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Shillong-Silchar Region Inaugurates Don Bosco's Bicentenary of birth


By Fr. Barnes
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Shillong, Aug. 16. Shillong: The Salesian Family of Shillong-Silchar region held the inauguration of the Bicentenary of Don Bosco's birth at Sacred Heart Theological College, Mawlai, 16th August 2014. The programme began with a solemn Eucharistic celebration, at 9.30am, presided by Rev. Fr. George Maliekal SDB, the Provincial of the Salesian Province, Silchar, at the Sacred Heart Shrine, Mawlai. Present were a number of priests and religious from institutions in and around Shillong together with representatives of the Salesian Cooperators and a large group of youth.
After the Holy Mass, there was a short flag hoisting ceremony which was done at the college premises. Fr. George Maliekal, hoisted the Bicentenary flag in solidarity with other Salesian Family institutions who did the same to honour the great saint and founder.

Another significant event of the day was the Music and Dance extravaganza entitled ''Homage to Don Bosco'', held at the college Auditorium, which began at 10.45 am and lasted up to 1.00 pm. Most Rev. Dominic Jala SDB, the Archbishop of Shillong Archdiocese was the Chief Guest of the day.

During the course of the celebration, the audience witnessed a variety of programmes, such as Band pieces from the Savio Band, songs, dance, choreography, choir piece, audio-visual presentation etc., The programme ended on a high note with a One Act musical play entitled ''Dream at the Age of Nine''.

The whole Salesian world is gearing towards 2015, the 200th birth anniversary of Don Bosco, a renowned educationist and apostle of the young. He was born on 16th August, 1815 at Becchi in Italy. He founded a world-wide congregation, the Society of Don Bosco, a congregation which has distinguished itself through the educational service to the youth in need.

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