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Don Bosco's Gift to Dimapur

By Fr. Tarcisius Toppo
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Dimapur, May. 25. The Relic of Don Bosco gave parting gifts to the Salesian Province of Dimapur, with one cleric making his perpetual profession and twelve making their first commitment, on 24 May at Don Bosco Provincial House, Dimapur. These thirteen young men had certainly, the rarest of the privileges,  of making their commitment in front of their father and founder himself and it was the best gift that the province could give to Don Bosco. Thirteen Salesian co-operators also renewed their commitment to continue the mission of Don Bosco.

The Holy Eucharist, concluding the visit of Don Bosco to the Province and the Solemnity of the Mary Help of Christians was presided over by Fr. James Poonthuruthil, Provincial, joined by Fr. Nestor Guria, Vice Provincial, Fr. Jose Palely, Economer, Fr. Carolus N, Vicar General of Kohima diocese, and  forty five priests - salesians and non salesians. The five hundred invitees who joined the celebration included members of the Salesian Family - FMAs, MSMHCs, Cooperators, Past Pupils - Religious from the neighbouring communities, parents/guardians of the professed, friends and well-wishers.

''Don Bosco was a saint and was also a saint maker'' said Fr. Joseph Pamapackal, in his homily. The preacher pointed out that Johnny Bosco was lucky to have many saintly people around him in his younger days, which included, Mamma Margaret, Joseph Caffasso, Joseph Cotollengo, Leonard Murialdo and several others. Fr Pamapackal further said ''as a priest, Don Bosco was a master of holiness and creator of the school of holiness. As a great educator, Don Bosco believed in the richness of the human person and devised a youth spirituality which was very appealing to them. For Don Bosco, holiness and happiness went hand in hand, and therefore, Don Bosco, was in need of holy educators to accompany the young on the road to holiness.''

After the Eucharist, around two thousand students of St. Paul's School, Dimapur, paid their homage to Don Bosco. Earlier around two hundred children from BOSCOME, a group of schools run by the Salesains for the poor and slum dwellers in Dimapur paid their homage. In the afternoon the relic was visited by neighbours belonging to all walks of life and religious affiliations.
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