Monday, June 30, 2014

BIS # 4010 ORIENTATION SESSION BY FR CORLIS

by Cl. Nelson Mudaliar

NASHIK-MAHARASHTRA, JUNE 30, 2014: In a bid to invite more youngsters to the panorama of job opportunities available in the market, Rev. Fr Corlis Gonsalves, the Rector of Don Bosco Vyawasaik Parshikshan Kendra, Chinchwad spoke to the brothers of Divyadaan and the Novices of the Salesian Training Institute on June 21, 2014, in a session that began at 7:15pm and ended at 8:30pm.


Fr Corlis began by stating a simple truth, "Job opportunities for a 'SKILLED INDIA' are still in plenty. Like Don Bosco had started Technical Institutes during the Industrial revolution with foresight, now one hundred and thirty-five DB Tech schools have been opened all across the country, which is second only after the government Institutes and Chinchwad is one that is of a very superior standard." He also said that, this vision stood as a mere dream without the awareness of these opportunities being created among the youth. Hence, he invited the brothers to look at their oratories in the light of creating awareness and promoting admissions to Chinchwad where the faculty always engaged in its mission of empowering the poor and marginalized youth and helping them take their place in society.


When speaking about the humble beginnings of Chinchwad in 1999, Fr. Corlis praised the work of Providence alone in awe, on how funds were raised since the work was always for the poor. With the recent investment made by LORCH, a German Welding Industry, the workshop in Chinchwad has become a centre of training for faculties of other institutes as well. Through a PowerPoint presentation, Fr. Corlis explained the scope in the four-wheeler, two-wheeler, refrigeration, retail, tailoring, hospitality, electrical, welding, BPO and CNC courses which DBVPK offered to students.


The greatest assets as affirmed by the corporate giants were mannerisms and soft skills that were nurtured in the students of DBVPK. After tie-ups with JBM, Volkswagen, BOSCH, Knorr Bremse, TAJ Group of Hotels, Mahindra, FIAT India and other industries, Fr. Corlis with pride said that almost 97% of the institute's students had settled down with a job. He also expressed his grief on the minimal number of catholic youth who were involved in these courses. Yet, the Institute rejoiced in the setting up of a new hostel and training centre at Chakan, which promised more seats to disadvantaged youngsters.


This was followed by a Q and A session involving the staff and students of both the Institutes. Fr Corlis clearly said,"As Don Bosco would want it, lack of education and money will never be an obstacle to someone for entering DBVPK, Chinchwad."  He urged the brothers of other provinces to seek out youngsters from their own states and villages who wished to enhance their lives.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

BIS # 4009 CREATIVE DAY AT NERUL

by Mrs. Kiran Mhatre

NERUL-MUMBAI, JUNE 28, 2014: Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul organized a 'CREATIVE DAY 'on June 21, 2014. It was organized to open a window of new perspective towards art, in the students. Rev Fr. Bonnie Borges (Manager) and Fr. Anthony Fonseca (Principal) were the Guests of Honour for the Opening Ceremony. The Programme commenced at 10 a.m. with the felicitation of the dignitaries.

An Art Workshop was conducted as a part of the Creative Day programme along with Creative Day competitions, for children of classes I to X. Events like 'Fun with Bottle Caps', 'Pebbles Decoration', 'Decoupage on Canvas' and 'Landscape on Canvas' were conducted. Thereafter the Creative Day was conducted from 10:00 a.m.to 12:00 p.m.   Students were divided into four Groups;A(I and II), B(III-V), C(VI and VII) and D(VIII-X). Seventy students participated from classes I to X. Students from different groups took part in the contest. The entire campus was abuzz with creativity.  

Overall, the Creative Day displayed an excellent array of talent, in the form of creative articles, which were well appreciated by the judges. On the whole, it was a well-organized competition.   Teacher Kiran and Teacher Prajakta (Art Teachers) were responsible for organizing and executing the entire creative day event.

BIS # 4008 DON BOSCO LONAVLA INAUGRATES SAVIO WEEK

by Cl. Clarence Martis

LONAVLA-PUNE, JUNE 28, 2014: Don Bosco Lonavla inaugurated the Dominic Savio week on June 27, 2014, at 7.30 pm. All the priests, brothers and the boys were present for the inauguration.


The programme began with the hymn to Dominic Savio. The theme of the Savio week was decided as 'Bloom in holiness'. The compere invited the Rector, Fr. Solomon Rapol, to declare the Savio week open. The staff and the captains of the teams and the leaders of the boarding were called for the lighting of the lamp. It was followed by a sermonette given by one of the apostolic boys, Cleopas Lobo.
 
The Novena prayer in honour of Dominic Savio was recited by all, after which, Fr. Rapol addressed the boys. He said that the one quality that he admired in Dominic Savio was the quality of obedience. He narrated the incident of the first meeting of Don Bosco and Dominic Savio where he put himself totally in the hands of Don Bosco. Fr Rapol urged the boys to practice the virtue of obedience during the Savio week. The inauguration ceremony ended with the singing of the Savio Anthem. This was followed by dinner and the night games.

BIS # 4007 DYC AND DBYS MEETING

by Judeline Rodrigues

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, JUNE 28, 2014: On June 21, 2014 at 5:30p.m, the newly appointed Youth Director of the Diocesan Youth Centre (DYC) Fr. Ryan Alex along with the second year theology students of St. Pius Seminary had an interactive meet with the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) Director and youth members.  The purpose of the meeting was for the brothers to interact with the youth and understand the variations they could bring about in their youth ministry.

The seminarians asked questions concerning the functioning of the SYM. The youth expressed their opinions and also spoke about what drew them to the Don Bosco Youth Services. Furthermore, they spoke of the Salesian Youth Spirituality and how they practiced it in their lives. They also highlighted the events they organized and how it helped them to grow in responsibility. They expressed how new members joined the SYM after the 'Youth Pasch' and the 'Jordan Call'. The youth also made known to the brothers the four commissions that they worked under namely; Spiritual, Communication, Socio-political and Sports. They said that the 'no age bar' policy provided a blend of experience as well as freshness.

Thereafter the DYC director and the brothers were given a guided tour of the entire Youth Services building. They were interested in knowing the way each sector functioned. The meeting ended with a hope that it would be the first of the many encounters to work hand-in-hand for the youth.

BIS # 4006 NURTURING THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW

by Neelam Rodrigues

ANDHERI-MUMBAI, JUNE 27, 2014: The Student Council Members and student representatives of Don Bosco High School, Borivali and Dominic Savio High School, Andheri attended a four day Leadership Camp which was organised by Adhyayan and the facilitators from the Central School of Drama, London from  June 21- 25, 2014, at Dominic Savio High School, Andheri.

It was an enjoyable yet instructive experience for those who attended. The leader in each of the participants was brought out through thought provoking discussions, team building activities and innovative games like 'Ultimate Ninja' which was undoubtedly the highlight. The facilitators; Chantal, Janet, Grace and Harshil organised each session flawlessly.
 
The camp mainly focussed on developing key leadership qualities like teamwork, public speaking and essential communication skills. The students were encouraged to think about what improvements could be made in their school and how they could work to achieve it. They were then asked to prepare presentations for the same. The World Conference and the Courtroom Scene were unforgettable. All the hard work and honing of leadership skills culminated in a presentation session, where students put forth their suggestions before their Principals through innovative means like role play and advertisements. It was indeed a perfect ending to the camp.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

BIS # 4005 SING , SHOUT AND CLAP HANDS


by Louie Pereira

NORTH ARABIAN VICARIATE, JUNE 26, 2014: A Gospel Music Concert was organized by the Salmiya Parish Youth (SPY) on June 20, 2014. The concert ever since its inception as an idea, bided to exhibit the hidden talents of parishioners. The event commenced amid enthusiasm fueled by the vivacious comperes: Lloyd D'Souza and Shayne Nair.

Likewise, the occasion was graced by the presence of the Parish Priest and Rector of the Salesian community, Fr. Blany Pinto sdb, and the Spiritual Director of the Salmiya Parish Youth, Fr. Lionel Braganza. Among the guests were Fr. Francis Khajria, Fr. Franco Pereira, and Fr. Constantine and Fr. Clive who were the visiting priests from the Konkan Province of the Salesians in India. In his welcome address, Fr. Blany lauded the efforts put together in organizing an event of such magnitude. Moreover, he also appreciated the participation of the parishioners. Likewise, Fr. Lionel voiced his youthful and joyous experiences of spiritually nourishing the youth of the parish for a commendable decade.
 
Subsequently, the participants took the stage and thrilled the audience. In a matter of time, the audience was overwhelmed by the talent of the participants from the age of four all the way to the age of 65. The Solo and Duet performers were as mel
odious as nightingales, captivating the ears of everyone present. The choirs, charismatic and creative as ever, displayed a whole new technique of vibrancy, instigating the parishioners to Sing, Shout, Jump and Praise the Lord. Finally, the performances of the bands baffled the audience by their professionalism and talent. A guest band 'Apostles Creed' was invited and they performed an exuberating show entailing everyone present to truly 'Sing, Praise and Worship Him'.

A vote of thanks was delivered by the core organizing team. All in all, the objective of the concert was achieved – the talents of the budding stars of our parish were showcased. It inspired many among the audience to whisper the 'concert' should be organized henceforth every year. 

BIS # 4004 THE MISSIONS OF JOWAHAR-MOKHADA


by Nevelle Coutinho

WALWANDA-THANE, JUNE 26, 2014: On June 24, 2014, Fr. Anaclete D'mello, sdb, the Director of Bosco Samajik Vikas Sanstha, visited Divyadaan and spoke to the brothers about the missions at Jowahar-Mokhada. He began the session by explaining the scope of the Sanstha which was the empowerment of tribals by conscientizing them about their rights and enabling them to fight for the same. Apart from this, he also informed the assembly about the technical school and career guidance facility offered to the children.


After giving an overall vision of the apostolate, Fr. Anaclete invited sixteen Brothers to join in the Sunday apostolate to help in teaching English to students from different schools in Jowahar-Mokhada. The conference brought great awareness of the type of problems faced by the adivasis and how the Salesians along with lay collaborators were working as a team to make the villagers of Jowahar-Mokhada independent and self-reliant.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

BIS # 4003 INAUGURATION OF THE JUBILEE YEAR AT DAKOR

by Cl. Jerome Aruldass Edison

DAKOR-GUJARAT, JUNE 25, 2014: The Salesian society of Don Bosco Dakor inaugurated the Jubilee year of their school on June 23, 2014. Fr. Isaac Arackaparambil the Rector of Dakor was the chief guest for the programme. The programme began with a moment of prayer thanking God for the abundant blessings poured on the institution. 


Mrs. Saroj led the assembly on a walk down memory lane presenting the history of the past 25 years. Firstly she pronounced the pioneering work done by Fr. Ivan Rodrigues and Fr. Michael Fernanades. Initially Fr. Ivan stayed in Mahalaxmi for 5 years and slowly began establishing the foundation of the school. Fr. Carlos was the first principal of Don Bosco Dakor.  All the Rectors and Principals were listed with the progress made by the school under their authority


The chief guest Fr. Isaac considered these twenty- five years as moments of growth for the children in character, will power and the ability to tackle obstacles in life. Fr. Isaac had a special word of thanks for all the teachers who rendered their selfless service to educate the students.  He finally wished the school with a growth, leading to the golden jubilee by Growing in the Grace of God

BIS # 4002 VISITATION TO BASIC CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY

by Fr. Bento D'Souza

BHINGAR-AHMEDNAGAR, JUNE 25, 2014: The first round of the visits to the Basic Christian Community was done by Fr.  Nelson Falcao and Fr. Bento D'Souza on June 18, 2014. In all nine zones were visited except for Bura Nagar and Vaidhya Colony. The parish Priest stressed that in prayer the personal pronoun, 'I', to be always used to relate and connect with the Gospel Reading on 'The Body & Blood of Christ', not the gathering or the circumstances and situations of life.


After much insistence, all the groups met in the designated house and performed the seven step method of Gospel prayer under the guidance of the Parish Council Members. In each group, the parish leaders spent some time encouraging the people to take the Gospel seriously into their lives and also apply the same in their relationship with their neighbours.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

BIS # 4001 FOR NOW AND FOREVER

by Susan D'costa

NORTH ARABIAN VICARIATE, June 24, 2014: On Thursday, June 12, 2014, the Cherubs Team of the Family Ministry of St Thérèse Parish in the North Arabian Vicariate organized its monthly programme for newlyweds.
 
The Programme began with Mass at 6:30 pm which was celebrated by Fr. Lionel Braganza sdb. The liturgy was well prepared keeping the theme 'marriage' in mind. The choir, ably led by Faust and Reema helped the congregation to participate better. In his usual witty style, Fr. Lionel touched upon various issues concerning marriage, emphasizing the importance of keeping Christ, love and mutual respect at the centre of their marriages.


The homily was followed by renewal of marriage vows. At the end of the mass, each couple came forward to receive special blessings from Fr. Lionel and to receive a little momento of the evening. Mass was followed by a brief presentation by Cherub Chrisma Pereira on the various parish activities to increase awareness and offer these young couples an opportunity to participate more actively in the parish community.


An enriching session was conducted by Amira Peter on 'After the wedding day and living happily ever-after' with a focus on the challenges of early married life. Once the euphoria of being "in-love" dies down, couples become increasingly aware of their differences. Gradually frustration, irritation and conflict creep in. The session introduced the couples to Gary Chapman's Five Love Languages as a way to understand differences and enrich their lives together. A lively fellowship of innovative games, spot prizes and dancing followed the session. Even the young parents with their newly borns participated enthusiastically.


Sheryl Jesus and Larissa Rodrigues delivered the Vote of Thanks and also expressed their appreciation for the Cherubs and the Parish for taking the trouble to arrange such an enjoyable evening for them. Nourished and enriched, the couples returned back to their homes after volunteering for the various parish activities.

BIS # 4000 SYM LEADERS MEET AT VIRAR

by Alan D'silva

VIRAR-MUMBAI, JUNE 22, 2014: On June 22, 2014, around sixty five youth leaders from the different Salesian institutions gathered at Resurrection Church, Virar for the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) Leaders meet. The programme began with the celebration of the Eucharist with Fr. Daresh Rathwa as the main celebrant and Fr. Glenford, Fr. Cleophas, Fr. McEnroe, Fr. Baptist and Deacon Kiran concelebrating. In his homily Fr. Daresh spoke on the feast of the day; Corpus Christi.
 
After the Eucharist the group moved to the hall. Fr. Richard D'silva addressed the youth present and gave them a message on letting go of their worries. Thereafter, the representatives from the different parishes presented their Annual reports on the activities conducted during the year 2013-14. Fr. Glenn gave a detail description of the events for the year 2014-15.


Post lunch housie and ice-breakers were animated to bring the youth together. The programme concluded with Fr. McEnroe delivering the Vote of Thanks to the youth leaders and animators.

Friday, June 20, 2014

BIS # 3999 ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DAY


by Sr. Jacinta Pinto

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, JUNE 19, 2014: The 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Day of Don Bosco Balprafulta was held on June 10, 2014 at Don Bosco Provincial House, Matunga. Present for the programme were Fr Crispino D'souza – Rector of Dominic Savio Andheri, Fr Gregory Almeida, the new director of Don Bosco Balprafulta, our ex- director, Fr. Barnabe D'souza, the staff and directors of various NGO's.


The theme of the Annual Day was 'Strengthening vulnerable families: An approach for child's holistic development. The programme began with a welcome speech by Ms Nikita Tanpure followed by a presentation on the works of Don Bosco Balprafulta for the year 2013-14 by Ms Aarti Paranjpee, the Programme Manager. The Panel discussion followed thereafter. Six eminent speakers; Mrs. Asha Rane, Mr. Pramod Nigudkar, Mrs. Anjali Gokarn, Sr. Merlin, Mrs. Manasi Joshi and Miss Marina D'costa from different organizations having worked with children and families were invited to speak through their expertise on various aspects of the theme.


The session was moderated by Sr. Jacinta Pinto, the executive director of Don Bosco Balprafulta. It was an interactive session where the audience not only raised questions but also gave valuable suggestions. This gave an impetus to push ahead for an urgent need to work in close collaboration with likeminded NGO's to start a process of working with vulnerable families. The panel discussion was followed by a question and answer session where the doubts of the audience were clarified. Some organization also took the opportunity to share the positive experiences of their NGO's in working with vulnerable families. The Annual Day ended with a vote of Thanks by Ms. Anjali  Parmar.

BIS # 3998 DON BOSCO LONAVLA BEGINS A NEW ACADEMIC YEAR


by Cl. Clarence Martis

LONAVLA-PUNE, JUNE 16, 2014: The academic year 2014-15 began with a programme ushering in God's blessings on the staff and students of Don Bosco, Lonavla. It  began with a warm welcome to the students, the new Principal Fr.Carlos, the Administrator Fr. Gregory, Bro.Bryce, Bro.Clarence and Teacher Mrs.Asgari Shaikh.


A short prayer service was conducted based on the theme 'Journeying with Don Bosco'. The various themes related to Don Bosco's system were highlighted during the prayer service. The Principal Fr. Carlos addressed the assembly thanking the benefactors, past Salesians, staff members as well as the present Salesian staff and teachers, for all the efforts put in by them in carrying out different activities. He also thanked the outgoing principal Fr. Lorenzo for all the efforts put in by him to maintain a high level of standard. The Rector Fr. Solomon introduced the new members of the management and staff to the assembly.

 
The programme ended with the vote of thanks by Fr. Solomon after which the students went to their respective classrooms to get their time-table, calendar and other details for the new academic year.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

BIS # 3997 DON BOSCO LONAVLA CELEBRATES ACADEMIC SUCCESS

by Cl. Clarence Martis and Mrs. Ujwala Thombre

LONAVLA-PUNE, JUNE 19, 2014: The campus of Don Bosco High School and Junior College, Lonavla reverberated with joy as the students of the X and XII secured 100% results. The hard work of the Principal, the teachers and the students bore fruit.


Seventy-two students appeared for the SSC examination, of which, six scored above 90%. Gupta Akshay stood first securing 92%, Shinde Samwad ranked second gaining 91.20% and Khandelwal Yash stood third with 90.40%.


A hundred and fifty-seven students appeared for the HSC examination, and all passed with good scores. Six from the Arts, eleven from the Science and seventeen from Commerce passed with distinctions.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

BIS # 3996 VOCATION CAMP AT ST. THERESE OF CHILD JESUS, KUWAIT

by BIS Correspondent

NORTH ARABIAN VICARIATE, JUNE 17, 2014: The community of Salesians in the North Arabian Vicariate organized a vocation camp from June 9-12, 2014 from 9 am to 5 pm. The twenty-eight youngsters who participated in the camp were chiefly from two main parishes of the vicariate, namely the parish of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Salmiya and the Holy Family Cathedral, Kuwait city. 


On the onset of the camp Fr. Blany Pinto, the Rector of the community, welcomed the gathering and introduced the two priests; Fr. Constantine Fernandes and Fr. Clive Telles from the Konkan Province who would conduct the camp. Fr. Lionel Braganza, the vice rector and the main coordinator of the vocation camp oriented the children towards the camp. Joining him was Fr. Francisco Pereira, who further addressed the gathering and conveyed the wishes of the Nuncio Petr Rajic and the Bishop Camilo Ballin.


One of the highlights of the camp was the session conducted by John Fernandes, Regional Product Compliance Manager of Al Shaya, initiating the students to think "out of the box" and respond creatively to situations. Having a deep and personal relationship with Jesus was the emphasis of the camp. Through a paper cutting story of two friends, John taught the youngsters, that power comes from knowing Christ personally and allowing Him to be in charge of your life.
How one ought to respond creatively and effectively in a given situation was the next topic of his session. He addressed to them with the help of an audio visual presentation on Arambh an NGO which uses discarded cardboard boxes and converts them into writing tables and school bags. All in all, the youngsters enjoyed the art, craft and creativity session very much. Fr. Franco Pereira thanked John Fernandes and exhorted the youngsters to express their gratitude to John not with mere words but by being more creative.

Monday, June 16, 2014

BIS # 3995 TEACHERS’ PROGRAMME HELD AT DON BOSCO LONAVLA

by Cl. Clarence Martis

LONAVLA-PUNE, JUNE 16, 2014: A two-day teachers' orientation was held at Don Bosco Lonavla on June 13 and 14, 2014. It was conducted by Fr. Solomon Rapol and Fr. George Carlos and attended by twenty-four educators.

The first day began with a prayer service animated by Fr. Solomon Rapol, imploring the blessings of God on the teachers and the students for the coming year. He then led the teachers to look into their past on how they were treated by their parents and how they looked at the students under their care. He conducted an awareness meditation and encouraged the teachers to get in touch with their subconscious. The teachers were then made to draw something that they felt during the meditation with their non-dominant hand. Fr. Rapol encouraged the teachers to share their drawings. He conducted many other smaller sessions such as Creative Thinking, Team Building, Don't React but Respond and Don Bosco's System of Education. All these sessions helped the teachers know their role and importance in the life of the students. The last session was 'Journey in Formation and Christian Values'. The teachers, through this session, were made aware of their standing through the four stages of Survival, Belonging, Self-Initiation, and A New World Order. The day concluded with the teachers lighting the candle and taking the Teachers' Oath.

The second day of the orientation was conducted by the Principal, Fr. George Carlos. He began the session with the hymn 'Love changes everything'. He conducted a session on 'Pedagogy and Teachers' Personality'. He spoke on the desirable qualities that a teacher must possess and the undesirable qualities that a teacher must get rid of. Fr. Carlos also spoke of the need not to be emotionally disturbed but to be well-balanced. The orientation ended with a thanksgiving song. He then discussed some of the finer points of the academic year with the teachers and handed them a copy of their time-table for the academic year. The teachers orientation was enriching and the teachers and staff are looking forward to a great year ahead.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

BIS # 3994 INAUGURATION OF NEW ACADEMIC YEAR AT DIVYADAAN

by Cl. Joyston Machado and Cl. Nelson Mudaliar

 

NASHIK-MAHARASHTRA, JUNE 14: To invoke the blessings of the Holy Spirit for the new Academic year 2014- 15 a solemn Eucharist was celebrated at Divyadaan. Rev. Fr Godfrey D'Souza, the Salesian Provincial, was the main celebrant along with Fr Ajoy Fernandes, the Salesian vice Provincial, Fr. Philip Gonsalves, the Capuchin Vicar Provincial and the other priests from the campus who concelebrated at the service. The students of Divyadaan, the Salesian novices, the Capuchin students, the Sisters of the neighboring communities as well as friends and well-wishers of Divyadaan were present for the same.

The melodious singing by the Divyadaan Community enhanced the festivity. Fr Godfrey D'souza, enlightened the gathering by quoting Pope Francis who calls upon seminarians and priests to be Pastors, rather than just being Scholars. He also spoke on St Barnabas, the saint of the day. In his homily he stressed on the need to lead with the attitude of a servant and ending the homily by alluding once again to the words of the Holy Father who calls on each one to avoid gossiping at all costs and to start speaking well of each other instead, which would enhance community life.


After Mass the inaugural function began with the traditional lighting of the lamp and a hymn to the Holy Spirit. Fr Robert Pen, the newly installed Rector of Divyadaan, welcomed the gathering and also felicitated the chief guests with a bouquet of flowers.  In his speech he reminded the gathering that responsibility is seen in service, dedication and trust. He invited the students to dwell on the following points: Intellectual humility and honesty; Knowledge and Wisdom; the knowledge that one does not possess the complete truth; the importance of Dialogue and Collaboration; the need to try thinking clearly, critically and creatively; the call to enjoy philosophizing.

The first year BPh students thanked the Lord for His many graces and blessings received in the last year through the prayer song-cum-dance, Shukriya Tera
under the direction of Brothers Bosco Carvalho and Romero D'Souza. The Annual Report of the year 2013-2014 was read by Fr. Felix Fernandes, the Principal, highlighting the major events and developments that took place in Divyadaan. Whereafter, Fr. Godfrey, inaugurated the Academic Calendar and presented a copy each to the guests and the Staff members.


The inaugural lecture was delivered by Rev. Fr. Wyman Gonsalves, Professor at Divyadaan. The topic of his talk was 'Discovering the Ecological Paradigm in Understanding the Socio- Economic Condition.' He impressed upon the audience the need to respect the Earth, reminding them: "the Earth does not need us; we need the earth." He quoted from his dissertation which is based on the works and the writings of Vandana Shiva. Fr. Gonsalves stressed upon the need to seek the sacred in the world around us, wh
erein every being has an intrinsic value and meaning. 

As Divyadaan steps into yet another academic year with renewed vigor and enthusiasm, the staff and the students join hands in seeking
the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit. together they prayed that their years of study in the seminary would make them better pastors, as they avoid the temptation of 'academicism,' as Pope Francis exhorted.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

BIS # 3993 GEOMATRIX 14 AT IIT MUMBAI

by Fr. Leon Cruz Ratinam

MUMBAI, JUNE 12, 2014: The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) and the Centre of Studies in Resources Engineering (CSRE) organised Geomatrix 14, a National Conference on Application of Geoinformatics in Rural, Urban & Climatic Studies on June 6 and 7.

Fr. Leon Cruz Ratinam and Orlene D'Cunha presented a paper on innovative ways of using crowd management (crowd control), crowd sourcing and GIS (Geographic Information System) techniques towards a comprehensive disaster management preparedness. The Chairperson of the session, Professor S Ninomiya, Deputy Director of the University of Tokyo, Japan, was quite appreciative of the presentation. At the conclusion of the conference, Fr. Leon Cruz Ratinam and Orlene D'Cunha were awarded the 'Best Paper' prize of the conference.

The paper presentation comprised of a proposed system framework for real time monitoring of crowd density using video surveillance system combined with GIS technologies, network analysis and crowd sourcing using the crowdmap of Ushahidi platform. The project which they worked and presented is currently being developed into the Centre for Disaster Management (CDM), Pune, for the forthcoming Kumbh Mela which will be held in Nashik.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

BIS # 3992 DIOCESAN YOUTH CONVENTION AT JHABUA

by Fr. Pratap Damor

JHABUA-MADYA PRADESH, JUNE 11, 2014: A three day Youth Convention programme was organized by Fr. Pratap Damor for the ICYM Youth of the Jhabua Diocese at Thandla from May 26-29. The convention gathered around 210 youth from the entire diocese. 'Touched by Jesus and walking in his footsteps' stood as the theme for the programme. Fr. Franklin, the National Youth Director hoisted the ICYM flag and Fr. Peter K declared the convention open and also celebrated the Inaugural Mass.

The following day, the convention began with the inflow of talks and moments of reflection. Fr. Franklin invited the youth to experience the touch of Jesus, thereby engaging oneself in a spiritual colloquy with him. Thereafter Fr. Varghese challenged the youth to bring out their potentials and actualize a greater and successful future for them. Mrs. Dolly imprinted within the youth the importance of Personality Development and its long term benefits. The convention came to an end with Bishop Devprasad Ganawa addressing the youth.

Monday, June 9, 2014

BIS # 3990 UMRETH DEANERY CAREER GUIDANCE SEMINAR

by Fr. Mayank Parmar sdb

UMRETH-GUJARAT, JUNE 9, 2014: The Umreth Deanery organized a Career guidance seminar on June 1, which aimed at helping students become aware of the variety of educational and career choices available in the world and assist them in discovering the most suitable options for them individually. The event began with the celebration of the Eucharist in the Umreth Parish presided over by Fr Mayank Parmar sdb, the ICYM Coordinator of the Umreth Deanery.

With the help of powerpoint presentations Mr. Francis Canis Macwan, the resource person of the day explained the various options in Arts, Commerce, Science and also Vocational courses. There were two sessions that focussed on 'choosing the right career'.  In the first part of the talk, the youth were motivated to study hard through live examples taken from the society. In the second part of the talk, Mr. Vikas Parmar on behalf of Don Bosco, Chinchwad presented the various courses available for the drop out youth at chinchwad, Pune. Then, Mr. Bharat from Rudan shared some tips in starting their own business. Mr. Francis then answered the questions raised by the participants.


There were fifty seven youth who participated in the seminar. The whole event was financed by Our Lady of Fatima and Vincent De Paul group. St. Vincent De Paul youth conference and Don Bosco Kapadvanj made the seminar a successful one with their hard work and dedicated service of getting the youth together at Umreth for this event. 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

BIS # 3989 FR. DARESH CELEBRATES HIS FIRST MASS IN KAWANT



by Cl. Mavron Fernandes

KAWANT – GUJARAT, JUNE 7, 2014: Fr. Daresh Rathwa celebrated his first mass as a newly ordained in Don Bosco, Kawant for the 9:30 am Eucharistic service. Many other Salesian priests and sisters of the neighboring communities made their presence felt.

Fr. Daresh offered his first mass as a thanksgiving offering to Jesus and our Lady for all the years of support and strength that they had provided him with. He being the first Salesian priest of the Rathwa tribe, many locals from the nearby villages joined in the celebrations. A short felicitation followed after the Eucharist. Fr. Daresh spoke a few words on how he spent fruitful years in the boarding at Kawant, met Fr. Ivan De'Souza, heard the voice of God, confronted his people to his decision of converting to Catholicism and further on following the footsteps of Don Bosco.

There were a lot of wishes for Fr. Daresh and blessings for his future ministry. Setting an example as that of the first Salesian from the Rathwa tribe, we hope to see some more join the Salesian Congregation and carry on serving the Lord in the footsteps of Our Father and Founder Don Bosco.


Thursday, June 5, 2014

BIS # 3988 SUMMER CLUB AT OUR LADY OF DOLOURS

by Cl. Crescens Lemos sdb

WADALA – MUMBAI, JUNE 5, 2014: The church of Our Lady of Dolours,  Wadala organized a six-week long summer club for the children of the parish from  April 21 to May 31,  2014 in the church premises. Fifty children registered themselves for the same. The camp was conducted from Monday to Saturday in the morning from 9:30am to 12:00pm and in the evening from 4:30pm to 7:00pm.  It was packed with a variety of programmes, activities and competitions.  The children were encouraged to play indoor games in the morning which included carrom, chess, table tennis and badminton.  The evenings were filled with exciting outdoor games like baseball, bucket ball, throw ball etc. During the summer club the children participated in various competitions like singing, dancing, cooking, fancy dress, best out of waste any many more engaging activities.


 As part of the summer club the children in collaboration with Greenline carried out a massive e-Waste drive. They collected 140kgs of e-waste which was then handed over to 'recycle karo' for proper disposal.   Some of the major activities included treasure hunt, water games, G.K. quiz and tele-games.  The kids went out for a picnic to Boscowadi Uttan where they had a wonderful time.   The club reached its pinnacle with the Camp-fire. The teams prepared themselves well for the event. Parishioners and well-wishers enjoyed performances by the children. The final day consisted of the prize distribution ceremony, wherein the children were given prizes in various categories.  Fr. Godfrey D'Sa gave away the prizes to the winning teams.
 
The summer club is indeed grateful to the parish team, parishioners and well- wishers for their support. The volunteers too played a major role to make the camp a huge success. The children were happy to be a part of the summer club 2014, more as it helped them to make new friends and grow in sound, body and spirit. The parents were glad that the club helped the children to socialize among their friends. The club helped the children the live up to the words of Don Bosco, 'Run, jump, play but do not sin'. 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

BIS # 3987 IT'S A SUMMER TO DISCOVER

by Br. Sandeep

SULCORNA-GOA, JUNE 4, 2014: A summer camp was organized for the boys of Shelter Don Bosco, Wadala at Sulcorna from May 3-29. Twenty six boys travelled to the camp site to discover something new this summer.  The theme of the summer camp 2014 was "It's a summer to discover". On the first day itself the boys were given a camp bag containing all the camp articles which they would require for the month.


On May 5, in the evening the camp was inaugurated by Fr. Benette, the Administrator of Sulcorna. During his inaugural talk he wished the boys good luck in discovering something new. The boys were divided into two teams, summer riders and warriors for the duration of the camp. Party games, nature collage making, full day treasure hunt, explanation of various departments and religions, outings, picnics, English week, football coaching, art work, political chair, gardening, camp-fire and other such activities kept t
he boys busy all throughout the camp.


The boys enjoyed all the activities which were a blend of information and entertainment. They had a lovely time relish
ing the various kinds of fruits available in the compound abundantly.  The special attraction of the camp were the swimming spots in the premises.  The boys were also introduced to writing the camp diary which many of the boys took very seriously and did a brilliant job at it.


 The campers also experienced the early rains in the month of May itself in Sulcorna. The camp was a grand success and the boys really had great time. A special thanks to the community of Don Bosco, Sulcorna for their hospitality and providing with the premises for the camp. The camp was possible due to various arrangements and planning which were carried out by Fr. Jesu, Br. Vincent and Br. Sandeep, the volunteers and the staff members. The boys left Sulcorna on May 29, in the morning to travel back to Shelter Don Bosco with broad smiles on their faces, gratefulness in their hearts and a caption ringing in their minds, "yes, I have discovered something new this summer".

Monday, June 2, 2014

BIS # 3986 PROMOTING SPIRITUALITY AT SUKET

by  Clement Mathera

SALAWAD-SUKET, JUNE 2, 2014: The month of May being dedicated to Mary, the parishioners gathered around the grotto daily to recite the rosary. It was very heartening to see people coming in large numbers. The rosary service was animated by different ward members. The brothers from different Seminaries helped in the animation and preaching. During this time they bade farewell to their dear Fr. Joe and thanked him for his ministry in the parish and welcomed Fr. Matthew Katara.


The main focus of the summer club was to instruct the children about First Holy Communion and the sacraments of Confession and Confirmation. The children were given basic computer knowledge and were also taught English. Varieties of games were organized for the kids and the winners were awarded with beautiful prizes. Catholic children who were regular for the Holy Eucharist and the rosary were also given special prizes. We thank God and Mother Mary for being with us.

BIS # 3985 CAREER CARNIVAL 2014

by Shalu Mehrotra

ANDHERI-MUMBAI, JUNE 2, 2014: Prafulta Psychological Services, Andheri organized 'Career Carnival 2014' on May 30 and 31. It aimed at helping students and parents become aware of the variety of educational and career choices available in the world and assist them in finding out what could be the most suitable options for them individually. Fr Godfrey D'sa, the Director of Prafulta, Andheri began the two day event with a prayer and words of encouragement to the team which had worked hard to organize this fair.

 Various options in Arts, Commerce, Science and also Vocational courses were displayed through charts and explained by Career Guidance counselors. There were sessions held on 'Ingredients of making a healthy Career choice' thrice in a day.  Over the two days, there were talks by professionals on Law, Music, Chartered Accountancy, Vocational courses, Mass Media, Dentistry and Psychology.

There were handouts available on 110 career options prepared by the Career Guidance counselors at Prafulta. Students could do a short test of 30 minutes to find out which educational and career options are suitable to them. While the students underwent the test, parents attended a talk on parenting. The process truly helped the students in refining their career choices.