by Brother Royston Colaco sdb
LONAVLA-PUNE, MARCH 19, 2014: On March 16, 2014, the Community of Don Bosco Lonavla celebrated the Feast of St. Joseph, the patron of Salesian Brothers because of the presence of the Salesian brothers of the Mumbai Province. Ten Salesian Brothers gathered for the same. The brothers participated in a well animated Eucharist along with the aspirants and apostolic boys, praying specially for the Salesian Brother vocation. They also prayed for Br. Ramesh Durairaj who celebrated his birthday the previous day.
The brothers spent time together, to discuss on matters concerning the 'Salesian Brother' vocation. The inaugural address was delivered by Rev. Fr. Elson Baretto, the Economer and acting Provincial of the Mumbai Province. He stressed on the catchphrase: ‘Salesians, Be holy’ and motivated them to venture in other fields of expertise like catechesis, visiting families, organizing prayer groups, youth groups, counseling, etc. He reminded the brothers that they enjoy equal status as that of any other Salesian priest. Fr. Baretto presented Bl. Artemide Zatti as a model for the Salesian Brothers.
Br. Savio D’Mello, the Brothers’ Delegate of the Mumbai Province, co-ordinated the sessions during which the brothers discussed on how they could concretely implement the resolutions of the 7th Salesian Brothers Congress 2014. The brothers decided to concretize two of the five resolutions; firstly, to pay greater attention to regular personal and community prayer, using the Word of God as a springboard to our renewal and growth, and second, to commit themselves to a personal plan of integral growth in the area of spiritual, intellectual, socio-emotional balance, physical development and of the cultivation of skills that serve their apostolic commitments.
In the evening, a meaningful prayer service was conducted for the Salesian brothers and aspirants with special emphasis on the life of Bl. Stefano Sandor, sdb. This was followed by a short interaction between the brothers and the aspirants. Thereafter, the brothers invited the aspirants to live with them and experience their life. They reflected on the present lack of vocations to the Salesian brotherhood and discussed ways and means on how to better the situation and attract more vocations to this way of life. These two days of interaction were truly enriching for both the brothers and the aspirants.