by BIS Correspondent
MUMBAI, JAN 11, 2017: Father Ivan De Souza celebrated the Golden Jubilee of his Religious Profession, Father Joseph Soares and Father Xavier Devadas celebrated the Silver Jubilee of their Ordination and Father Bosco D'Mello, Father Jerome John, Father Cleophas Braganza and Father Matthew Katara celebrated the Silver Jubilee of their Religious Profession at the Shrine of Don Bosco's Madonna, Matunga on the January 7.
Father Ivan De Souza celebrated the Holy Eucharist. Father Xavier Devadas preached the homily and thanked God and the Salesian province of Mumbai on behalf of all his Salesian brothers celebrating their jubilee. He said, "God does not look at all at our talents and abilities but looks at our generous heart. God works miracles in our life everyday and we need to trust in Him." His vocation journey gave an insight into the marvellous work God has done in his life.
At the felicitation programme Father Godfrey D'Souza, Provincial of the Salesian province of Mumbai thanked the priests celebrating their Ordinations and Religious Profession Jubilees. "By your commitment, you are a sign of God's love and compassion. Today we celebrate you, your vocation, your call, your life of service but above all we celebrate God, His call, His faithfulness, His mercy which has been the anchor of your religious and priestly life. God did not see your ability or disability but your availability to fulfil your role for the kingdom of God," he said.
Each one of the jubilarians were felicitated by Father D'Souza and given a citation for their commitment and celebrating the Labourers of the Lord's Harvest. Father D'Mello thanked the gathering - of nearly 70 Salesian priests and their families - and the Salesian province of Mumbai for organising the memorable programme.