Diocesan News

Certificate course in Healthcare Ethics

The FIAMC Bio-Medical Ethics Centre at St Pius X College Complex, Goregaon East is conducting a unique Certificate Course in Healthcare Ethics (in only nine modules) covering the essential life issues, from the beginning of life to the end of life in simple language and PowerPoint sessions with case studies. The Course begins on Sunday, July 14, 2019 (only ONE Sunday a month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by fellowship lunch) and ends on March 8, 2020.

This Certificate course which trains one in HOW AND WHY TO PROTECT THE GIFT OF LIFE is specially designed for lay persons, family members, teachers, catechists, nurses, religious sisters, medical students, social workers and all those involved in educating children and youth.

To request for the brochure or register: call the FIAMC Bio-Medical Ethics Centre, Tel: 2927 0933, from Monday to Friday, between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or Mobile No. 98336 06980 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or send an e-mail to: fiamcmumbai@hotmail.com

All are welcome for the Inauguration on Sunday, July 14, 2019 to "come and see" even if they do not attend the course.

Fr Savio Silveira sdb appointed new INB Provincial

Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, the Salesian Rector Major has appointed Fr Savio Silveira sdb the Eleventh Provincial of the Salesian Province of St Francis Xavier (INB). Fr Savio Silveira will assume office on Thursday, September 12, 2019. The installation ceremony will be during the Eucharist at 6:30 pm in the Shrine of Don Bosco's Madonna, Matunga, Mumbai.

Fr Savio was born to Horace and Lydia Silveira on December 8, 1966 at Panjim, Goa. Savio began his priestly ministry as Administrator at Chhotaudepur (1996-1999). He was Parish Priest at Kawant (1999-2000), and was then appointed Rector at Chhotaudepur (2000-2002) and at Baroda (2002-2005). Between 2005 and 2007, he studied International Cooperation and Development at the European School of Advanced Studies, Pavia, Italy, and obtained a Master's Degree. He then took over as the Executive Director of the Development Office of the Province, a post he held for eight years from 2007 to 2015. He is the Founder of Don Bosco International School, Matunga. He was Provincial Councillor for three terms: 2002-2005, 2009-2012, and 2012-2015. He is presently the Vice Provincial of the Salesian Province of Bombay.

Fr Savio is a passionate environmentalist and an expert in environmental education. He is the Founder Director of GreenLine and the Convenor (read: mind and heart) of Don Bosco Green Alliance (DBGA), an online platform and an international collective of all green initiatives in the Salesian World which engage young people to contribute towards global environmental action and policy. Launched just a year ago, DBGA already has 126 members in 37 countries. He is actively involved in several environmental campaigns: Save Aarey, Chaka Chak Bandra, River March, GreenLine's 'e4E Campaign'.

Transforming Parishes Conference

His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias and Alpha India were honoured to host Fr James Mallon, author of Divine Renovation at the Transforming Parishes Conference for clergy and lay leaders on June 15, 2019. The hall was packed to capacity with 155 delegates, of which 33 were Parish Priests from the Archdiocese of Bombay who came with their assistant priests and lay leaders; two parish teams came from Pune and Bengaluru too.

Fr James Mallon's book Divine Renovation was written based on the Holy Spirit's transformation of Saint Benedict's parish in Halifax, Canada, where the percentage of missionary disciples shot up from 5% to 53% in a span of eight years of consistently using Alpha as a tool for evangelization, as the first of many steps in a massive reorganisation of pastoral priorities.

Fr James challenged us all—Cardinal, Bishops, clergy and laity alike—to take a close look at the Great Commandment and the Great Commission, and how these five key instructions from our Lord and Saviour play out in the five Church systems of worship, ministry, evangelization, community and discipleship. As taking out any system from the human body would lead to death, so also taking out any of these five systems from the Body of Christ would lead to the death of the Church. Pope Paul VI made it clear 44 years ago that the 'Church exists to evangelize', and Fr James Mallon reminded us again that a Church that fails to evangelize is on its way to extinction. Keeping us roaring with laughter, Fr James led us on a journey of daring to hope beyond our circumstances and be faithful in obedience to Christ, urging us to begin wherever we are.

If you missed the opportunity to learn from the Transforming Parishes Conference, and would like to find out more about how you can obey Christ's Great Commandment and Great Commission in a way that's relevant to today's context, please contact the Alpha Catholic Coordinator, Adele, at adele@alpha.org.in

A Witnessing Spirituality

Eager to share the gift of meditation beyond the boundaries of the city's municipal limits in the East, the WCCM Mumbai Community invited Fr Ryan Alex to conduct a half-day programme of discourses and meditation at Holy Cross Parish, Kurla. The 44 participants who came were not disappointed, as they listened to Fr Ryan systematically uncover, layer by layer, the meaning of what being a witness involved. Starting with its meaning – grammatically a noun that denotes one who sees an event, he posed various questions to us, among them our being called witnesses "in spite of not being present at the Ascension", when the original command was given.

Thoroughly engrained in the spirit of Taizé, Fr Ryan gently led us with its chants to the inner room, where we could hear the call to be witnesses from within. A Witnessing Spirituality can also be aptly termed a "Counter Spirituality" since, as Christians, we are called to go counter to the prevailing current in a secular context. Aptly therefore, he prefaced his talk with a guided meditation on the Suffering Christ.

Witnesses must be people of faith. Doubt is not the opposite of faith; rather, it helps enhance it. It is hypocrisy that is the antithesis of faith. We are often the 'infidel inside'. All growth, however, begins from within. But as the inner manifests itself outwardly, we often meet with paradoxes. How are we to let our light shine forth, if at the same time we are told not to parade our good works before men to seek their approval? The difference lies in whether we work for the glory of God or for our own personal glorification. This awareness lies at the core of being a genuine witness. Our deeds must match what we profess. Our own experiences reveal how people are turned away from Jesus Christ, because of the disconnect between what we say and what we do. Practical examples and the accounts of contemporary witnesses helped us understand the various aspects of what it meant to be a witness today.

As we began, so did we conclude. Drawn once more into silence through the Taizé chants followed by an extended period of silent meditation, we were all grateful for the gift of 'enlightenment' that we received during the session. It is a happy coincidence that Taizé and the World Community of Christian Meditation share the same contemplative character. The practice of contemplative prayer is at the heart of being a true witness.

Christopher Mendonca

Stress Management Seminar

Expressive art, voice and dance therapy, laughter and breathing techniques were elements of the 'Stress Management' talk given by Evelet Sequeira - a life coach and self-discovery facilitator. The talk was held on June 9, 2019, at Gloria Church Parish Hall, Byculla, organised by the Glorious Glorians – the Senior Parishioners Association. There was an eclectic mix of about 65 young and old parishioners who attended this event. Everyone felt it was a very rewarding and educative experience. Dr Evelet, along with her husband Steve, laid stress on self-affirmations like, "As I forgive myself, it becomes very easy to forgive others" and "I love myself; I can also love others." There were some voice chants given to us to lead a stress-free life.

Sandra Khan