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BOSCOM South Asia Delegate - Father Ernest Rosario appointed Coordinator Salesian International Commission for Social Communication
27/08/2020.  Mumbai #N.9463
Posted by Chris Valentino, Mumbai
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Indian Salesian Father Ernest Rosario, South Asia Delegate for Social Communication is appointed Coordinator for the newly established Salesian International Commission for Social Communication, as of 26 August 2020. At an online meet organized by the General Councilor for Social Communications, Father Gildasio dos Santos Mendes, attended by the Coordinators of the Delegates for Social Communication of the various Regions - Zaida Elisa Navarrete (America), Father Pierluigi Lanotte (Mediterranean Europe), Fatherr James Gardner (Central-Northern Europe), Father Ernest Rosario (South Asia), Father Lijo Vadakkan (Africa-Madagascar) and Father Peter P Chinh (East Asia-Oceania) - Father Rosario was requested to head the newly established international committee. . Read More

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Don Bosco Alumnus appointed Indian Ambassador to Ethiopia
25/08/2020.  Mumbai #N.9458
Posted by Chris Valentino, Mumbai
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Don Bosco Alumnus/Past-Pupil Shri Robert Shetkintong (Dilbung) has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Robert joined the Indian Foreign Service in 2001. In 2003, he was posted to the Indian Mission in Tel Aviv as a language trainee (Hebrew). On completion of language course, he was posted to the Indian Embassy in Rome, and was there for almost 4 years. He then returned to New Delhi and served at the Headquarters between 2009 and 2012. He subsequently served at the Indian Mission in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania).. Read More

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Don Bosco Network South Asia-BOSCONET Annual Provincial Development Offices (PDO) Meet to Chalk Out Roadmap
22/08/2020.  Mumbai #N.9457
Posted by Chris Valentino, Mumbai
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The Don Bosco Network-BOSCONET Annual Provincial Development Office (PDO) Meet was held on 20 August 2020. The online video conference saw the participation of 11 PDO offices, alongwith BOSCONET Provincial In-charge Father Agilan Sarprasadam [INT] and BOSCONET staff. The meeting began with BOSCONET DIrector Father Noel Maddhichetty and Asst. Director Father Santhan Ubagram welcoming all the participants and inviting Father Jayaprakash-Director, Bosco Reach Out, to lead the prayer. Father Sarprasadam extended appreciation to BOSCONET for raising funds to facilitate Don Bosco India's relief operations during the pandemic. The PDOs were lauded for carrying out COVID-19 emergency relief work on a massive scale across India. . Read More

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Chennai & Tiruchy Youth Ministry Departments Listen to Young Voices on International Day of Youth
15/08/2020.  Mumbai #N.9448
Posted by Chris Valentino, Mumbai
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In view of the International Day of Youth, on 12 August 2020, from 6pm-9pm, the Salesian Provinces of Chennai [INM] and Tiruchy [INT] organized an online listening forum, to listen to 23 young people from different walks of life in the State of Tamil Nadu. The young people voiced out in 06 minutes each, their varied experiences, during the pandemic months, of actively demonstrating love for God, love for neighbour and love for nature . Read More

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South Asia SYM Coordinators Virtual Meet 'Empowering the Young to Lead Movements'.
15/08/2020.  Mumbai #N.9447
Posted by Chris Valentino, Mumbai
News in Ecology, Lifestyle, Media, Youth, Youth Groups


The opening session of the virtual meet of the Salesian Youth Movement Coordinators of South Asian Region on the International Youth Day [12 Aug 2020] was addressed by Father Jerry Thomas Don Bosco South Asia Green Alliance Coordinator. Speaking on ''Empowering the Young to lead Movements'' he invited SYM animators and leaders to ''Listen to the dreams of the young and enable them to live their dreams and passions.'' The challenge thrown to the 16 participants representing the provinces of South Asia was, ''What is the non-negotiable rule of your presence? Is it that every young person who visits any of the Salesian presence feels like returning again?'' . Read More

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Eminent Salesian Journalist Authors 02 Books for Budding Reporters & Sub-Editors
14/08/2020.  Mumbai #N.9446
Posted by Chris Valentino, Mumbai
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Father [Dr] Francis Karackat of the Salesian Province of Bangalore [INK] has penned 02 books,'Journalism: A Manual for Budding Reporters' and 'Journalism: A Manual for Budding Sub-Editors'. Father Karackat, with a University of Kerala Doctorate in Journalism on 'Ethics in Newspaper Journalism in Kerala', is also the recipient of the 'Best Inspiring Writer in Malayalam'-Shalom Media Award 2019, and is an acclaimed author of 33 books. . Read More

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International e-Colloquium 'Emerging from the Virus Crisis: Disruptive Challenges in Higher Education' at Sacred Heart College Tirupattur
13/08/2020.  Mumbai #N.9444
Posted by Chris Valentino, Mumbai
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On 06 and 07 August 2020, Sacred Heart Institute of Management Studies (SHIMS)of the Sacred Heart College (Autonomous), Tirupattur organized EDUSIGHTS International e-Colloquium 'Emerging from the Virus Crisis: Disruptive Challenges in Higher Education' to discuss how to cope up with COVID-19 crisis, with big changes in education. Should schools, colleges, universities and educators adapt or be life behind? Issues and themes commented on by the speakers were: National Education Policy 2020, Conduct of university exams for final year students, inequality of Internet access and connectivity, new self-management skills for educators, parents and students to cope up with the crisis, paradigm shifts in teaching and learning, power of social media and disruptive technologies, the rise and fall of student motivation. Over 1400 registered faculty members and researchers from 11 countries participated in the e-colloquium conducted through the GoToWebinar online platform.. Read More

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Yercaud 'Project Calls' Trains 40 Tribal Young through 21-Day Nursery & Nature Preservation Course
12/08/2020.  Mumbai #N.9441
Posted by Chris Valentino, Mumbai
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On 05 August, on the Foundation Day of the Salesian Province of Tiruchy, 'Retreat-Don Bosco' Yercaud completed the 21-day training course in Nursery and Nature Preservation 'Project CALLS' supported by Jugend Eine Welt of Austria and Don Bosco Network South Asia. Through this programme, people got to Learn-Work-Earn their livelihood. Yercaud being a hill station, people earn their living through tourism and the travel industry. With the lockdown continuously extended, the people, especially in the hill-station left with nothing to survive, managed to learn, work and earn through the Shevaroyhills Tribal Development Institute [STDi]. . Read More

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KristuJyoti College Online Youth Retreat
04/08/2020.  Mumbai #N.9436
Posted by Chris Valentino, Mumbai
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The students of Kristu Jyoti College Bengaluru through their online ministry 'Aflame Ministries' are organizing an online youth retreat from 07 August themed, 'I Belong'. . Read More

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Nepal Don Bosco Schools Innovate to Educate in COVID-19 Times
20/07/2020.  Mumbai #N.9430
Posted by Chris Valentino, Mumbai
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The Salesians of Don Bosco at Bharoul-Chakraghatti, East Nepal, managing 02 schools are conducting classes for 1500 students using 42 hired rooms, each called a community classroom. Every community centre with 10 students in attendance help to overcome the COVID-19 restrictions. The entire 46 member teaching faculty of both schools and the ancillary staff are ensuring the sustained consistency of this innovative educative method which started on 16 July 2020.. Read More

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BOSCOM South Asia Executive Body Google Meets
19/07/2020.  Mumbai #N.9429
Posted by Chris Valentino, Mumbai
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The annual Don Bosco Communication [BOSCOM] South Asia Executive Body Meeting took place via Google Meet on 17 and 18 July 2020. Convened by BOSCOM South Asia Delegate Father Ernest Rosario, the participants from the 11 provinces of South Asia were privileged to be accompanied throughout by the General Councillor for Social Communications Father Gildásio Mendez dos Santos. The executive body discussed, deliberated and debated the post-pandemic way forward on the theme, 'How Can We Creatively Accompany Young People in the Virtual World'. . Read More

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300 Mumbai Salesians' PPDS Corona Warriors Feed 01 Million in 100 Days at 65 Locations
13/07/2020.  Mumbai #N.9424
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Mumbai Salesians' Dominic Savio Andheri-Mumbai Alumni [Past Pupils], scored a century [100 days] of relentless COVID-19 Food Relief, reaching out to 01 million at 65 locations in Mumbai, as part of the 'Feed My Mumbai' campaign. With the intention to ensure that no one sleeps hungry, freshly cooked nutritious meals to the disadvantaged needy were distributed by these past-pupils, volunteers and Salesians, stepping out of their homes bravely for a noble cause. The significant milestone was reached on 12 July 2020, by 300 PPDS (Past Pupils of St Dominic Savio)Corona Warriors.. Read More

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Don Bosco Network-South Asia COVID-19 Solidarity Relief Sustains 1.59 Million Across India
03/07/2020.  Mumbai #N.9418
Posted by Chris Valentino, Mumbai
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India has 220,114 active cases of COVID-19 and 17400 deaths as of 01 July 2020 (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GOI). News flashes and ambulance sirens cause stress levels to rise. Few states in the country continue to impose lockdowns to control the escalating cases of infection, while most others have lifted restrictions. Though people can now come out into public and are free to move around, things are no longer the same. Livelihoods have vanished for a huge population of daily wagers across the country, affecting their very survival. For most middle-class people, incomes have been affected. Regular commodities are more expensive and petrol prices soaring. In the midst of this very volatile situation, the Don Bosco Network through its 11 Don Bosco planning and development partners (PDOs) across various states, geographies, cultures and economies, is keeping its ear to the ground, listening carefully to conversations for indications coming from the people. To be effectively helpful in the current context, we require to understand and formulate responses to various situations. The Don Bosco Network across India is doing just that.. Read More

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Regional Councilor for South Asia Father Biju Michael Intends ''to transform lives of half a million young people''
26/06/2020.  Mumbai #N.9415
Posted by Chris Valentino, Mumbai  - 3 Comments
News in Agencies, Chapter, Counselling, Don Bosco Tech India, Ecology, Education, Evangelization, Formation, Justice and Human Rights, Language and Cultures, Life and Health, Lifestyle, Marginalized, Mental Health, Missions, Procure, Profiles, Projects, Religion, Salesian Family, Salesian Society, Skills Training, Social Development, Social Life, Social Ministry, SPA-India, SPCSA, Spirituality, Success Story, The Regional, Vocation, Youth, Youth at Risk


The General Chapter 28 has profoundly renewed the General Council of the Salesian Congregation. For this reason, today we begin, with Father Biju Michael, Regional Councilor for South Asia, a series of interviews designed to get to know the new Councilors who assist the Rector Major in the animation and government of the Congregation a little better.. Read More

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Father Wyman Gonsalves Installed as MumbaiSalesians' Novice Master
16/06/2020.  Mumbai #N.9409
Posted by Chris Valentino, Mumbai  - 1 Comments
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Father Wyman Gonsalves of the Salesian Province of Bombay [INB] was installed as Rector and Novice Master on 16 June 2020, at Salesian Training Institute [STI] in Nashik. MumbaiSalesians' Vice-Provincial Father Ashley Miranda presided at the installation ceremony.. Read More

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Indian Salesian Father Thommai Antonyrajan Dies in Sri Lanka
14/06/2020.  Mumbai #N.9400
Posted by Chris Valentino, Mumbai
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Indian Salesian Father Thommai Antonyrajan of the Salesian Province of Tiruchy [INT] who was working in the Province of Sri Lanka [LKC], met a tragic end at sea, and was confirmed dead at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, 14 June 2020. He was aged 56. Father Thommai was a former Vice-Provincial of the Salesian Province of Tiruchy from 2005-2008.. Read More

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Jnanodaya Post-Novitiate Academic Year Begins at 'The Retreat' Yercaud
10/06/2020.  Mumbai #N.9397
Posted by Chris Valentino, Mumbai
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The academic year of the post-novitiate - Salesian Institute of Philosophy, Jnanodaya - at 'The Retreat' Yercaud, in Salem District of Tamil Nadu, began on 04 June 2020. . Read More

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RIP Father Stephen Kuncherakatt - ANS Publishes a Note
08/06/2020.  Mumbai #N.9395
Posted by Chris Valentino, Mumbai
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Indian Salesian Father Stephen Kuncherakatt died in Jerusalem on the night of 02 June 2020. He had been taken to the Italian hospital in Haifa for a check-up; the Salesians who accompanied him were unable to stay with him because of the emergency health rules and Father Kuncherakatt died in silence, accompanied by the sisters of the hospital. Agenzia iNfo Salesiana [ANS], the communication agency of the Salesians of Don Bosco, headquartered in Rome, published an article dated 08 June 2020, reproduced below. . Read More

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30-Minute Film ''Zatti, our Brother'' to Premiere on YouTube on 11 June
08/06/2020.  Mumbai #N.9394
Posted by Chris Valentino, Mumbai
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A 30-minute film ''Zatti, our Brother'' on the Salesian lay coadjutor nurse Blessed Artemide Zatti [1880-1951], is to be released on Thursday 11 June at 20:00 hrs, Argentine time, on the YouTube channel of the Argentine Salesian Bulletin. The original language is Spanish, with English, Italian, Portuguese, Polish and French subtitles. This is the 1st Salesian cinematographic narrative work produced in Argentina, by the Argentinian Salesian Bulletin with the support of the 02 Salesian Provinces in Argentina, the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid-Spain, and the Salesians of Don Bosco worldwide.. Read More

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Vatican Accepts Resignation of Salesian Bishop Jerome Dhas Varuvel of Kuzhithurai Diocese
07/06/2020.  Mumbai #N.9393
Posted by Chris Valentino, Mumbai
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Pope Francis on 06 June accepted the resignation of Salesian Bishop Jerome Dhas Varuvel of Kuzhithurai Diocese in Tamil Nadu. A press release issued by the Vatican noted, ''The Holy Father Pope Francis has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Kuzhithurai, India, presented by Bishop Jerome Dhas Varuvel.'' A Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) press release stated,''the Holy Father has appointed Archbishop Antony Pappusamy of Madurai as Apostolic Administrator of Kuzhithurai.'' Bishop Varuvel had submitted his resignation due to reasons of heath, prior to the mandatory retirement age. . Read More

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