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posted Feb 6, 2019, 5:57 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Feb 6, 2019, 5:57 AM ]

Launching of 2022
Centenary preparations

The launching of the 2022 centenary preparations of the arrival of the Salesians in Northeast India was flagged off on January 31, 2019 on the Feast day of St John Bosco at Provincial House, Guwahati.

The event consisted of hoisting of the Centenary Flag, Centenary Anthem, Planting of a tree sapling, and a Centenary Prayer and message by Fr Januarius S. Sangma, Salesian Provincial of Guwahati.

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Rediscover joy of childhood: Archbishop Machado

Archbishop Peter Machado of Bangalore has stressed the need for us to rediscover the child in us to lead a joyful life. "People have lost their ability to laugh and be joyful spontaneously, because they have forgotten to be children. Life has become artificial for them," said Archbishop Machado, the chief celebrant at the feast of Don Bosco at the Salesian Provincial House in Bengaluru on January 31.

The prelate called upon priests, nuns and lay faithful to follow the example of Don Bosco and cultivate in them the tendency of a child. "Don Bosco is a gift to the modern world. As a friend of the youth, he had striven to bring out the joy of childhood. One needs to love children like Jesus," the prelate added.


"Father of dropouts" dies

A Salesian brother, who was hailed as the "father of dropouts" for his pioneering works in non-formal vocation training in eastern India, died on February 1 in Kolkata.

Brother Mathew Thaiparambil, founder director of Don Bosco Self-Employment and Research Institute (DBSERI) passed away at a Kolkata Hospital. He was 78. He was a renowned innovator and consultant, both among government and non-government circles in India and abroad for his unique and spectacular approach in training and creating job opportunities through non-formal technical education, the Salesian sources said.

Thaiparambil was a long-time consultant to the West Bengal government in vocational training and the Indian government for self-employment. He had initiated non-traditional income generating trades to train women in setting up small enterprises and be financially independent.


National Convention renews commitment to build peace

The fifth National Peace Convention ended with participants recommitting to work for peace. As many as 315 people from 18 states participated in the January 30 - February 1 convention held at Shofar Conference Centre, Gurgaon in Haryana.

The participants comprised professionals from various fields, Rotarians, educationists, social activists, teachers and students. Nearly 25 per cent of the participants were students from different states of India.

The Chief Guest at the valedictory function, Jill Carr-Harris, a peace activist from Canada, commended Fr Varghese Alengaden, the spirit behind the National Peace Movement, for organising the Convention for the past five years, and inspiring people of various fields to work for peace. She appealed to the participants to be inclusive in their approach and become justice makers by committing themselves to work for the empowerment of the weaker sections.


Miscreants attack priests in church, flee with cash

Two senior priests in Meghalaya's West Garo Hills district sustained injuries when a group of masked men attacked them inside a church early on Jan. 30, ransacked the premises and escaped with over Rs 1 lakh in cash, a senior police officer said. This was the fourth such instance of dacoity in Garo Hills churches in the past one month, and police suspect it to be the handiwork of the same gang, he said.