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Savio Juniorate : Thanksgiving for 50 Years of Its Foundation

By Br. Bivan Mukhim SDB
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Shillong, Oct. 11. The Apostolic school of the province of Silchar, Savio Juniorate, Mawlai, Shillong, celebrated its Golden Jubilee of Foundation on October 11, 2012. From 1962 to 2012. From a small house with 72 boys to an institution that caters to thousands of young boys from all over India. By any account, it has been clearly a remarkable and eventful journey for Savio Juniorate. Thousands of Past Pupils,  Salesians, Religious and local clergy gathered for the occasion.
Fittingly based on the theme of 'Thanksgiving for the wonders God has done' for this institution and the 'glorious and bountiful journey', the staff and students put up a scintillating programme the whole day. The well choreographed, well anchored, foot-tapping musical concert on the life of St. Dominic Savio, the patron of the institute enthralled the audience. The day began with the holy mass presided over by the Archbishop of Shillong Rev Dominic Jala, SDB, himself a past pupil of this institution. Also present for the occasion were Rev. Thomas Menamparampil, SDB, Archbishop Emeritus of Guwahati and Bishop Joseph Aind, SDB of Dibrugarh. A good number of priests and religious also joined in the celebration.

Archbishop Dominic Jala of Shillong in his sermon recalled the day he spent in Savio Juniorate and said that the fruit of their hard work is being enjoyed by the students studying in this institution today. 'This institution has produced many leaders both in the Church as well as in the society,' said Archbishop Jala. Truly, the presence of government officials who passed out of this institute speaks volume of the contribution towards the society by this institution.

Going back in time is necessary to understand what the day meant for the staff, the students, the parents and the past pupils. The souvenir brought out to mark the occasion recalled to mind the remarkable missionary vision of the pioneers like Fr. Luigi Ravalico SDB, Fr. Joseph Marchesi SDB and Fr. Joseph Bacchiarello SDB. The admiration seems mutual as evident from the Rector of the institute Fr. Blasius Kujur SDB who welcomed the past pupils and the guest with these words. ''Dear friends, I must place on record my sincere gratitude and a great applause for the support extended by you to the cause of Savio Juniorate. The very fact that you have taken time off your busy schedule to be here today speaks volume of your commitment to the activities of this institution. A great asset to the institution is the team of priests who are the pillars of strength and been determining factors in the well running of this institute,'' the Rector said. He also reminded of the dream that the valiant missionaries had in starting the apostolic school.

Earlier the students put up a beautiful and colourful drill display and a flag dance much to the astonishment of the audience. Fr. Kenny Pakma, the chairman of the organizing committee and the principal of Sacred Heart Higher Secondary School, Mawlai proposed the vote of thanks.  
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