Thursday, May 26, 2011

BIS #2390 PERPETUAL PROFESSION: A VOCATION TO CHERISH

Glenford Lowe sdb 
MATUNGA, MAY 26, 2011:Salesians in great numbers, together with friends and relatives and members of the Salesian Family, witnessed the final profession of Brother Royston Colaco at the Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians on May 24, 2011, during a Solemn Eucharistic Celebration by Fr. Michael Fernandes, Provincial of the Mumbai Province. Brother Royston Colaco was accompanied by his parents, while Fr. Ajoy and Fr. Michael Mascarenhas stood as witnesses.

 The Feast of Mary, Help of Christians is always a special day in the vocational journey of every Salesian. It is a day when young Salesians make their first profession, renew their Vows or make their Perpetual Profession. The Salesians of the Mumbai Province were specially blessed this year with the perpetual profession of Brother Royston Colaco. Brotherhood is a unique vocation. These men are called coadjutor brothers. In the Salesian Society, brothers and priests live and work together in a common mission to young people.

‘The Salesian Brother: Don Bosco’s genial creation of Don Bosco’ was a theme that ran all through the Solemn service.  Fr. Michael Fernandes took the opportunity to thank the parents of Royston for their generosity and warmly welcomed Royston as a perpetually professed member into the Salesian Congregation. The youthful choir of Our Lady of Dolours added to the solemnity.

At the reception that followed, Brother Royston took the opportunity to thank God, his parents and the many Salesians who journeyed with him towards this great day. With this perpetual profession and three other first professions to the Coadjutor Brotherhood, may the prayers of Brother P.M Thomas continue to lead many more youngsters to respond to God’s invitation in the Salesian mission with the young.

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