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120 Young Men Take Vows to be Salesians in South Asia

By C.M. Paul
Novices in Dhajea, Darjeeling, with Novice Master Fr Samuel Mondol on May 24, 2021.
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Kolkata, May. 24. Darjeeling: Despite the pandemic disrupting regular schedules, the nine novitiates of the South Asia Region have more novices, making their first profession this year. Starting from traditional May 24, the date for the first professions, the 120 young men will make their first profession on different dates of May 24 and 31, June 30, August 15 and September 8.
Last year, the South Asia region had only 93 novices who made their first profession as Salesians of Don Bosco. The 120 novices are currently in seven novitiates in India, namely Shillong (29), Kohima (16), Dhajea (9), Nashik (6), Hyderabad (13), Yellagiri (17) and Padivayal Kerala (26), and neighbouring Bangladesh (1) and Sri Lanka (3).

Out of 120 novices, three are lay brother novices, one in Kohima novitiate for Guwahati province and two in Dhajea (Darjeeling) for Kolkata and Guwahati. The 12 Provinces of South Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh) has over 2,800 Salesians.


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