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Don Bosco Boys'Home Tuem celebrates Provincial Community Day (INP)

By Fr. Francis Xaivier Francis
Provincial Community Day
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Panjim, Jan. 19. The Salesians of the Province of Panjim-Konkan gathered around the provincial at Tuem, Goa as they celebrated the Province Community Day on January 18, 2012.
''Don Bosco the priest educator did not rest; he spent his entire life for the young giving them a reason to hope for and an experience of the joy of living,'' said the Provincial Fr. Ian Figiereido in the homely as he called on the Salesians to a deeper honest introspection of their apostolate and their profession to be good shepherds to the young.
Quoting the previous Rector Major Fr. Juan Vecchi's interview to Fr. Vittorio Chiari on the situation of the young all over the world, Fr. Ian called on the confreres to return to Don Bosco, to being a priest on the streets. By this we will be imitating Jesus the Good Shepherd who made the road the place for encountering humanity- there he met the women at the well, the women caught in adultery, Zacchaeus, the lepers, Bartimaeus, the Centurion whose servant he healed; the street was the place of many encounters, of warm gestures, of miracles and signs he elaborated.  However, being good shepherds to the young and communities at their service could remain a dangerous clich� if not attuned to the real problems youngsters face today he cautioned.  Quoting the Gospel of St. John Fr. Ian exalted the confreres to inculcate the qualities of the Good Shepherd namely, constant vigilance, fearless courage and patient love.  The challenge for us Salesians today is to go beyond the areas of primary prevention of taking care of youngsters who are with us, to seeking to respond to the immediate needs of the youngsters, to making the society aware of problems that affect the young and participating in the enacting of laws that aim at assuring protection and development of all youngsters, especially the weakest. Quoting GC 26 Fr. Ian said, we earnestly need to rethink our apostolate or may land in the danger of being classified as not among the category of good shepherds but of hirelings.
He concluded the homely wishing all the confreres a fruitful apostolate in the words of John Paul building a 'civilization of love'.
The community of Don Bosco Tuem Boys Home warmly welcomed the Salesians and felicitated the Provincial community and all the Salesians gathered in song, dance and words of appreciation.  A short well prepared cultural programme was staged to showcase the talents of the children and as a gesture of appreciation to the Salesians for all they did for them.
Fr. Maxim in his toast thanked the Provincial Fr. Ian for taking up the responsibility of leading the province.  In his capacity as the provincial Fr. Ian has forged ahead and adjusted the sails at great odds, as a leader he has being pushing us to see beyond the walls of our institutions while laying great emphasis on strengthening fraternal relationships, primacy of God and effective ministry said Fr. Maxim.  Today is the day we salute our leaders and mentors who have and are steering our province and our communities to being effective ministers, good shepherds to the young in the imitation of Jesus himself and our father and founder St. John Bosco.
The day ended with a sumptuous lunch and all the confreres departed to live and spread the love they soaked on the occasion of coming together on the Provincial Community day.


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