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Three Week long Vocation Camp held at Savio Juniorate Mawlai

By Daniel D M Cajee SDB
Vocation Campers at the camp held at Savio Juniorate
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Shillong, Jan. 28. The Annual Vocation Camp for those who aspire to join the Salesian way of life past Class VIII was held at Savio Juniorate, Mawlai, 27th December 2013 to 18th January 2014. A group of 63 robust and enthusiastic boys attended the three-week camp. Fr. Paul Olphindro Lyngkot, the Vocation Promoter, along with five clerics - Leeborki, Maitphang, Daniel Dabitlang, Silvanus and Sawlus - navigated the camp to fruition.
The camp was designed in such a way that those who attended it would get a foretaste of 'Juniorate life'. From dawn to dusk the boys were kept occupied with various activities geared towards a better understanding and discernment of their vocation. Praying and learning to pray, especially in English, were given utmost priority. There were certain hours of the day set aside for classes in elocution, vocabulary, dictation and related subjects. Manual work and games were also given importance. A variety of competitions were conducted between various groups in order to sieve-out leaders and bring forth the best from the participants. In line with Salesian traditions, outings and family get-together were organized at regular intervals. Few days before the camp came to its close, Fr James Thyrniang animated and prepared the boys for the reception of the sacrament of Reconciliation.

During the camp inputs on Salesian life were also imparted by different Salesians. Fr Kenny Pakma spoke about the fact that a Salesian is always and ought to be No.1 in everything and in every way, especially in work, prayer, games and other activities. He persuaded the young candidates to strive to be so. Fr.John Kalapura invited them to be ''happy and cheerful always\\'', just as Don Bosco recommended his boys to make cheerfulness the hallmark of their life. Fr.George Maliekal, the Provincial, asked the boys to cultivate three important things in order to be holy Salesians, most essential among which, was Prayer- a need for the one who is called to dialogue with the One who called. Fr.George Shining, Fr.Hubert T and Fr.Alistair M, three newly ordained priests, shared about their vocation and their adventurous and interesting journey to priesthood. They shared the unique and personal experiences they lived through while responding to God's call within their respective settings.

The camp concluded on the morning of January 18 with a Holy Eucharistic celebration. Those who have been selected to begin another stage of their life in Savio Juniorate are scheduled to return on the 28th of January 2014 just prior to the feast of Don Bosco.
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