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The Urn comes alive at Mizo Highlands

By Basumatary John
Guwahati, Jun. 13. Seling (Mizoram), June 12: 'I have met Don Bosco once when I was a young boy' said a man in Seling. He thought that the missionary whom he met long time back was Don Bosco himself and assumed that he was the same man who has come to Seling. But seeing that he was not whom he met he smiled away. The man whom he had met was of course a Salesian missionary, Fr. Ravalico, the pioneer of Salesian missions in Assam.
The Salesians first began their services at Saiha, Southern tip of Mizoram in 1991. The Don Bosco Society is engaged in quality education for the youngsters of Mizoram at Seling, Saiha, Lawngtlai and Thenzawl (to be opened soon). The work of the Salesians is gradually taking a big shape in Mizoram.

The Mizoram chapter of the relic visit at Seling will be a very significant event in the annals of the Salesian congregation of Guwhati province. It is because, despite the enormous distance of the places of the Salesian centres in Mizoram, pilgrims are thronging to see the sacred urn of Don Bosco beating the intense heat. They say 'Chibai Don Bosco' (hail Don Bosco).

Rt. Rev. Stephen Rotluanga DD, Bishop of Aizawl while celebrating the holy Eucharist said that 'Don Bosco is a gift of soul and spirit by God to nurture the young. He is like the Pentecostal gift of Holy Spirit who manifested purity in heart, mind and soul; a man who was born poor but rich in godly things'.

In Mizoram, the Salesians of Guwahati province run schools and are engaged in pastoral activities to serve the young and the laity. The Parish of Saiha has about 900 Catholics with fourteen villages under it. There are 3 other schools in the villages besides the Don Bosco School in Seling.

Later in the day, Rt. Rev. Stephen Rotluanga DD, hosted the relic at Christ the King Cathedral in Aizawl along with his congregation.


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