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National YaR Directory released
06/07/2012.  Chennai #N.5916

A comprehensive Directory of the Don Bosco National Forum for the Young at Risk (YaR) in India was released on July 05, 2012 at Don Bosco Centre-Yellagiri, by Fr Stanislaus Swamikannu, former provincial of Chennai and current director of Don Bosco Centre. The 280-page colourful elegant volume, with eye-catching photos and extensive statistics, shows how over time, the Salesians have made inroads among the most neglected and vulnerable children and youth of India.. Read More


Teaching Khasi at DBCIC Mawlai
05/07/2012.  Shillong #N.5914

In the spirit of Public Private Partnership, the Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures (DBCIC)- Mawlai in collaboration with the Department of Linguistics, North Eastern Hill University and Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) - Mysore is organising a three week workshop on ''Teaching Khasi to Non-Khasi Speakers.'' The workshop was inaugurated on July 03, 2012 by Prof A. N. Rai (ViceChancellor NEHU).. Read More


27 ordained Deacons at SHTC, Shillong
04/07/2012.  Shillong #N.5912

On July 01, 2012 in the early morning hours, 27 candidates prostrated themselves in front of the altar at Sacred Heart Shrine - Mawlai (Shillong), in total surrender to the Lord. Archbishop Dominic Jala laid his hands on them and the congregation invoked the intercession of all the saints through the solemn litany. 27 young men - after years of preparation, prayer and reflection took another decisive step towards the priesthood saying 'I am ready and willing.' . Read More


Furthering Salesian Youth Groups in Karnataka
02/07/2012.  Bangalore #N.5911

Don Bosco Youth Services, Karnataka, organised a training programme for Salesian youth coordinators, youth animators and youth leaders of the Salesian Family at Don Bosco Provincial House, Bangalore, on July 01, 2012.. Read More


Pope's Day Seminar ''FIDES ET RATIO'' at The Retreat, Yercaud
01/07/2012.  Tiruchy #N.5910

The solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul -Pope's day, was marked with a seminar on the Encyclical ''Fides et Ratio'' at the Retreat, Yercaud on June 29, 2012. Jnanodaya Salesian College, Yercaud presented it to more than 150 religious and formees of Yercaud. . Read More


Seminar on Religious Freedom at DBTC
30/06/2012.  Chennai #N.5909

'Religious freedom: the Path to Peace' was the theme of a half-day seminar organized by the second-year students of theology at the Don Bosco Theological College (DBTC), Kavarapettai, on 29th June as part of the Pope's Day celebrations. The theme, based on Pope Benedict XVI's message for the World Day of Peace 2011, was developed by two students, Bro. Jayan Joseph Sebastian SDB and Bro. Renigo Roy Pannerselvam SDB. Sr. Rosalia FMA responded to the papal document, particularly looking at it from the Indian-Christian context. . Read More


DTSFF 2012 - Short Film Festival in DBICA
30/06/2012.  Chennai #N.6104

The conclusion of the glorious ten of the DBICA Tamil Short Film Festival, and ushering of the 11th edition of DTSFF was noteworthy, as the scope of the festival was widened to Tamil short films from all over the world. This one-day festival featuring 28 short films, shortlisted from the 150 entries that came in, was held at the DBICA Theatres on Saturday, 30th June 2012. The lineup included various short films and documentaries in Tamil, from film makers all over the world. . Read More


Admissions for PG courses begin at Sacred Heart College , Tirupattur
25/06/2012.  Chennai #N.5907

Thousands of students from all over Tamilnadu gathered at the sprawling campus of Sacred Heart College on June 25, 2012 for Post Graduate admissions. The admission process started with preliminary tests at various levels.. Read More


Chennai BIS correspondents hone their reporting skills
25/06/2012.  Chennai #N.5908

A two-day workshop on the basics of 'News Writing and Reporting' was held on June 23-24 at the SIGA Communication Lab, Chennai, for the correspondents of Bosco Information Service (BIS) of the Province of Chennai. The workshop, led by Fr. Louis Kumpiluvelil SDB, the BIS Coordinator of the Province, was attended by 26 young Salesians from various communities of the province. The workshop dealt with the art of gathering news as well as writing, editing, and uploading the story on the Province website. . Read More


Peter Gonsalves threads together Gandhi's cloth-obsession: spins 'Khadi'
23/06/2012.  Abroad #N.5902

Salesian edu-communicator Peter Gonsalves' newest book KHADI: GANDHI'S MEGA SYMBOL OF SUBVERSION through SAGE publications is up for sale. A labour of love both time-consuming and energy-sapping, this is a sequel to the earlier Clothing for Liberation (SAGE, 2010). It contains 344 pages and is priced at Rs. 795. . Read More


House System Innaguration in Don Bosco Egmore 0n 23,06,12 Presided over by Public Commission Chairman Mr. Natraj IPS.
23/06/2012.  Chennai #N.5904

[ Write a clear and concise overview of the main point(s) in a sentence or two. Who:Mr. Natraj IPS(Tamil Nadu Public commission chairman) What:Innaguration of house system When:23/06/12 Where:Don Bosco Egmoare, Chennai. Why: To help the students to be united in studies and Sports and create in them leadership qualities. How: Dividing the students into four Groups Namely Bosco,Thomas, Rua, Savio. Each group has got a flag which denotes their team with differnt colour.. Read More


Lonergan scholar Fr. Ivo Coelho 'makes sense of an anomaly in Insight' at Boston
23/06/2012.  Abroad #N.5905

Indian Salesian Fr. Ivo Coelho- an international expert on philosopher-theologian-economist Bernard Lonergan, SJ - participated and presented a paper at the 39th Annual Lonergan Workshop at Boston College from June 17-22, 2012. This edition of the Lonergan Workshop celebrated the ''Promise and the Challenge of Vatican II - 50 years later'' while paying homage to Fr Frederick E. Crowe, SJ (leading light in Lonergan studies, who passed away earlier this year).. Read More


A Nun & a Salesian among College Toppers at Pastor Lenssen Polytechnic, Kuthenkuzhy
21/06/2012.  Tiruchy #N.5900

The final diploma exams at the Don Bosco/Pastor Lenssen Polytechnic College at Kuthenkuzhy, Tamil Nadu, witnessed four students in the toppers list, including a nun and a Salesian. Sr. Josephine of the Sisters of Notre Dame was the college topper with 594/600. Jomy Parecattil, sdb of the Salesian Province of Bangalore was placed fourth with 579/600. . Read More


Fr. Erathara Antony (INC) New National Delegate for Social Communications
21/06/2012.  Abroad #N.5901

Fr. Erathara Antony (E.J) of the Kolkata Salesian Province has been appointed as the new National Delegate for Social Communications. This was made public on June 21, 2012 in the animation letter from Fr Filiberto Gonzalez - General Councillor for Social Communications. . Read More


Fr Amaladoss Sanjone 'raises the mercury' at UPS, Rome with Licence Defense
20/06/2012.  Abroad #N.5898

Fr Amaladoss Sanjone of the Salesian Province of Tiruchy defended his Thesis for Licentiate ''The Spiritual Care of Young People through Some of the Writings of Don Bosco'' on a hot and sultry Roman evening on June 19, 2012, at the Salesian Pontifical University. . Read More


Dn. Lijo Vadakkan sets UPS-Rome 'ablaze'
20/06/2012.  Abroad #N.5899

Deacon Lijo Vadakkan originally from the Salesian Province of Bangalore and missionary in Ethiopia-Eritrea set the Salesian Pontifical University - Rome 'ablaze' with his well-appreciated Licence Defense on June 19, 2012. The title of the thesis was ''The Spiritual Figure of Don Bosco as viewed by the 'Pope of Don Bosco' - A Research based on the Speeches and Writings of Pope Pius XI.'' . Read More


The Retreat - Yercaud inaugurates Sola Illam 2012-13
19/06/2012.  Tiruchy #N.5894

Sola Illam - a semi boarding was inaugurated at The Retreat Yercaud, on June 18, 2012. 65 school boys have registered to join Sola Illam. Fr. Lourdusamy-Director of Sola Illam welcomed the gathering. . Read More


220 complete 'Computing Skills for Religious' at Yelagiri
19/06/2012.  Chennai #N.5897

This summer, 220 priests and religious, in 8 batches, successfully completed the week-long ''Computing Skills for Religious'' (CSR) programme at Don Bosco Centre, Yellagiri Hills. Don Bosco Centre organizes CSR programme every summer, primarily focusing on Computer fundamentals, Microsoft Office skills, Web and Multimedia. Ever since the course was launched in 1999, over 2,500 participants, consisting of bishops, priests, religious, seminarians, and other professionals - auditors, police personnel, and NGO administrators have completed this programme. . Read More


Fr Nestor Guria - 6th Provincial of Dimapur
17/06/2012.  Dimapur #N.5893

Fr Nestor Guria has been appointed as the sixth Provincial of the Province of St Francis De Sales, Dimapur, by Fr. Pascual Chavez, Rector Major of the Society of St. Francis De Sales. . Read More


Work starts at Don Bosco University's 500 acre campus
15/06/2012.  Guwahati #N.5891

With the graduation of the first batch of engineering students this year, Assam Don Bosco University, the first Catholic University in India (estd 2008) will hold its ground breaking ceremony at the site for its permanent campus at Tapesia Gardens some 16 kms away from state capital Dispur, 15 June, 2.00 pm.. The 90 minute programme will start with introductory words ''The twists, the turns and the surprises along the way!'' by Vice Chancellor Dr Stephen Mavely SDB. It will be followed by a brief reflection ''There is a time and a place... for everything under the sun!'' by Dr Joseph Almeida SDB, Immediate Past Provincial Superior.. Read More


Last pioneer of Andhra - Fr Panampara Abraham - laid to rest
15/06/2012.  Hyderabad #N.5892

A fitting and final farewell was given to Fr Abraham Panampara at Don Bosco Karunapuram, Warangal on June 13. The Requiem Mass was presided over by His Grace Most Rev. Thumma Bala the Archbishop of Hyderabad and Fr Raminedi Balaraju, the Hyderabad Salesian Provincial. The 'Panampara Effect' was tangibly felt as numerous salesians, priests, religious, relatives and faithful paid their final respects, prayed and bid him farewell.. Read More


Salesian College, Sonada inaugurates academic session 2012-13
13/06/2012.  Kolkata #N.5895

B. Ph Session 2012-13 was inaugurated on June 12, 2012 at Salesian College Sonada. Prior to this a solemn Eucharist was presided over by Fr. Michael Peedikayil, the Salesian Provincial of New Delhi. The programme began with the lighting of the lamp, devotional singing and reading from the Holy Bible and the Bhagavad Gita.. Read More


Prayerful start to academic year at Jnanodaya Salesian College, Yercaud
12/06/2012.  Tiruchy #N.5888

The inauguration of the academic year at Jnanodaya Salesian College, Yercaud, started prayerfully on June 06, 2012 in the evening. The monthly recollection, preached by Fr. Henry Dominic, sdb was followed by the Inaugural mass the next day at 6.45 a.m. presided oer by Fr. Albert Johnson - Provincial of Tiruchy.. Read More


Fr Panampara Abraham (INH) dies in an accident
11/06/2012.  Hyderabad #N.5886

Fr Panampara Abraham (fondly called P.E.), aged 83 - the last surviving of the first batch of pioneers who initiated the Salesian charism in Andhra - died in an accident enroute to the street children work at Vimukti, Vijayawada. The incident occured at 2pm on June 11, 2012. The funeral of this veteran Salesian is scheduled for June 13, 2012 at Don Bosco Philosophate, Karunapuram at 3.30 pm. . Read More


KJC - Bangalore inaugurates academic year 2012-2013
11/06/2012.  Bangalore #N.5887

Kristu Jyoti College Bangalore began the academic year 2012-13 on June 07, 2012. Fr. Thomas Anchukandam, INK Provincial, presided over the inaugural Eucharist and Fr. T. Xavier Terrence, professor and Controller of Examinations of St. Peter's Pontifical institute, Bangalore, was the Chief Guest. The inaugural theme was ''by Your Light we see the light.''. Read More


Hyderabad PDO Seminar Acts published in Madrid, Spain
09/06/2012.  Abroad #N.5884

The Acts of the 2nd Seminar on Planning and Development Offices held in Hyderabad from November 06-10, 2011 has been published by the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid, Spain. The seminar in which 90 people from 35 provinces, of 62 countries participated, had analysed the current situation in the context of 'mission ad gentes' and had discussed the road-map for the future. . Read More


Fr Varghese Pallipuram (INK) obtains ''Licence to Encounter'' at UPS, Rome
08/06/2012.  Abroad #N.5883

Fr Varghese Pallipuram of the Salesian Province of Bangalore (INK) successfully defended his thesis for Licentiate ''Spiritual Encounter of Hindu-Christian Youth in the Context of Salesian India: Problems and Prospects,'' at the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) Rome on June 08, 2012.. Read More


Strenna 2013: ''Don Bosco the Educator''
06/06/2012.  Abroad #N.5880

The first act of the Rector Major - Fr. Pascual Chavez at the summer plenary session of the General Council, was to present the Strenna 2013: ''Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I say, rejoice'' (Phil. 4:4) ''Like Don Bosco the educator, we offer young people the Gospel of joy through a pedagogy of kindness.''. Read More


DBYS Mumbai says: ''Thanks and Farewell Fr. Brian''
05/06/2012.  Mumbai #N.5878

Fr. Brian Moras, National Delagate for Vocation Ministry and Vocation Director of the Mumbai Province was given a loving farewell on June 03, 2012 by DBYS (Don Bosco Youth Services) at the Don Bosco Primary School Auditorium. Fr. Michael Fernandes, Provincial of the Mumbai Province and Fr. Ajoy Fernandes, Vice Provincial and Head of the Youth Pastoral Core Team of the province graced the occasion. Over 80 youth from across Mumbai gathered to say 'thank you' and 'farewell' to Fr Moras.. Read More


Student of Don Bosco Thanjavur secures 5th rank in State and 3rd in district
05/06/2012.  Tiruchy #N.5879

The results of the state level exam for Std. X announced by the Tamil Nadu Education Department on June 04, 2012 added a new feather in the much decorated cap of Don Bosco Matricualtion Higher Secondary School, Thanjavur. Master Aravind with a score of 493/500, made his alma mater proud by securing fifth rank in the state and third rank in the district.. Read More


Touring Summer Camp for better outreach at Don Bosco Manikandam
02/06/2012.  Tiruchy #N.5875

The Touring Summer Camp - a 'first-of-its-kind' initiative by Don Bosco Media and Don Bosco Vazhikatti, Trichy, witnessed enthusiastic children brave the scorching sun and participate whole-heartedly. Besides Spoken English Camps and Media Training Camps, Don Bosco Manikandam reached out to five nearby villages - Surakudippatti, Yagapudayanpatti, Theeran Managar, Gandhi Nagar and Karunya Nagar - identified as the most deserving of the neighbouring villages..