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Kolkata Salesian Province Begins Provincial Chapter

By Fr. Jacob Iruppakkattu, SDB
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Kolkata, Feb. 6. The Salesian Province of St. John Bosco, Kolkata began its Provincial Chapter at 2.30 PM on February 4, 2013 at Nitika Don Bosco, with a recollection preached by Fr. Tomy Augustine the Rector of Salesian College, Sonada. The inaugural session began at 5.00 PM with Fr. Johny Nedungatt the Moderator, who in the name of Fr. Thomas Ellicherail the Provincial declared the Chapter open, in the presence of 64 members. The Chapter is scheduled to end on Saturday 9, 2013 with the celebration of the Provincial Community Day and the New Priests' Day.
Fr. Tomy in his reflection based on the theme of the Chapter, spoke about being credible, visible and fruitful and highlighted the secret of fruitfulness: being a mystic, prophet and servant.

At the inaugural session lamps were lit by the Provincial, Fr. Joseph Pampadiyil the Vice Provincial, Fr. Joseph Manianchira the Economer, and the Chapter Moderator.  
After the initial ceremonies, Fr. Provincial in his welcome speech mentioned that the Chapter is the work of the Holy Spirit for which the virtues of faith and patience are required. He invoked the blessing of Don Bosco and the guidance of Mary Help of Christians on all. Messages from Fr. Cereda the Moderator of GC 27 and Fr. Maria Arokiam the South Asian Regional were read out, after which the business sessions began during which the traditional family spirit was not absent.

Salesian Province of St. John Bosco, Kolkata has been celebrating many Provincial Chapters since 1926.  Many other provinces in the North and the South were carved out from Mother Province Kolkata. Catering to various linguistic groups, while operating in Bangladesh, Nepal and earlier in Myanmar as well, Kolkata Province, with 232 members is rich in Salesian tradition and ethnic diversity.



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