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Fr Klement Vaclav, Councillor for Missions visits Dimapur Missions


By Fr. Tarcisius Toppo
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Dimapur, Nov. 29. Fr. Klement Vaclav, Councillor for the Missions visited the Province of Dimapur from November 16-21, 2011. His focus was the Arunachal Missions, since in his earlier visit it was not materialized. On his arrival, 16 November, he was first taken to Don Bosco School, Borduria, where he was accorded a warm welcome by the boarding children, co-operators and the parishioners. Early in the morning of 17 November, Fr. Joseph Thottappallil, drove Fr. Vaclav and those accompanying him viz., Fr. Jose Pallely, Fr. Mathew Tharakan and Fr. Anto Tharakan to Ottongkhowa, where a school is under construction. Though the road seemed rough, wild and dusty, they were gladdened by the smiling welcome they received from the children as well as the people. After the Breakfast and a little felicitation, the visitor had a look at the construction going on. Presently the school is being looked after the Disciple Sisters and teachers under the guidance of Fr. Joseph Thottappallil.  
The next stop over was at Don Bosco School, Kheti, where Fr. Klement presided over the Eucharist, at 11 am. The children took the opportunity of congratulating him on the occasion of his sacerdotal silver jubilee. In his homily, Fr. Vaclav, narrated his vocation story, and encouraged the boys and girls to join the army of Jesus to spread the Kingdom of God. After the Mass, there was a short but well prepared felicitation Programme to congratulate him. At around 2 pm, Fr. Vaclav left for Don Bosco Youth Centre, Khonsa, where he met Fr. Thottappilly George, Director and the children. After a quick look around, the visitor left for Minthong, the farthest mission in Tirap District of East Arunachal. In spite of the cold and chilly weather, the people were eagerly waiting to welcome him. A short felicitation programme was arranged for him by the children. On 18 November, Fr. Vaclav presided over the Eucharist. After the Eucharist a quick visit was paid to the Chief's House and the village. At around 9 am, he started off for the Don Bosco School, Longding, where the staff and the students were waiting to give the visitor a grand welcome as well as felicitate him.
In the afternoon, the troupe left for Life Plus, Jorhat, where he was welcomed by the confreres and the inmates. He visited both Life Plus as well as Bosco Institute. In the evening, around 6.30 pm, he went to Rua Home, the Aspirantate of Dimapur Province, where he presided over the Eucharist. In the homily he spoke about two most important words in the Bible: come and go. God calls us to come to Him to learn and to experience Him. He then sends us out to share this experience with others. He also added the need for credibility. Credibility means that we need to share what we have received; we cannot just keep it for ourselves. After the Mass and supper there was about an hour of felicitation programme.
On 19 November, the long and tedious journey across the Brahamaputra, took Fr. Klement to Harmutty, where he addressed the students of the school. He asked the students, ''What makes you happy?'' He added that they need to share this happiness with others. He also said that Jesus was the happiest man because He shared his life with people and gave up His life for the people. He challenged them to share their happiness with others. After an early lunch he left for Pallin, the farthest of the salesian missions in West Arunachal. Reaching the destination at around 6.30pm, Fr. Vaclav presided over the Eucharist, joined by the Salesians, Sisters and the children, after which a short felicitation programme was arranged in his honour.
On 20 November, the visitor troubled to Harmutty, where he was received by Fr. James Poonthuruthil, Provincial. After a cup of tea, he left for Don Bosco School, Doimukh, where he the growing centre, fruits of the hard labour of Fr. T.J. Sebastian and Fr. Regi Mani. In the evening Fr. Klement, proceeded towards St. Mary's Parish, Itanagar, on the making a stopover at Don Bosco Youth Centre, where he was received by Mr. Wanglin Lowandon, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Arunachal, Mr. Ita Pulu, Fathers, Sisters, Cooperators, DB Alumni and the staff of the DBYC. A short felicitation programme was held in his honour.
In his talk, Mr. Lowangdon, highlighted the yeomen services rendered by the Salesian Society in the North East, particularly in the Arunachal at the same time requesting that many more developmental works could be taken up. Fr. Vaclav, acknowledged the appreciation, and highlighted the works of salesians in the interiors areas like Ottonkhowa in the East, among the Wanchos. He stressed the need for working together, and particularly challenged the youngsters to carry the torch of Don Bosco to other parts of Arunachal.. Don Bosco's system of education is a gift to be shared, we are called to spread education and also called to spread the Gospel, he noted. After tea the visitor went to the Parish where he presided over the Eucharist. He also addressed the confreres of the Itanagar region in the Parish.
In his address, besides sharing news about other regions, he highlighted the fact of decreasing vocations in the West. The youngsters believe in Christ but they are not fond of the Church, he pointed out. He stressed the need to evangelise the Digital Continent which is called the 6th continent. Media often gives a distorted picture. This calls for evangelising the media. Church helps to be in relation with God. After dinner, Fr. Vaclav proceeded to Don Bosco School, to spend the night.
On 21 November, the last day of his visit, Fr. Vaclav, presided over the Mass at Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Itanagar with the members of the Salesian family and the boarding children. He spoke on the need to come to God and go out to proclaim the experience of God. People watch us to learn from us. God has a special call for all of us. We must look forward to fulfil our dreams. This calls for hard work and perseverance. He reminded everyone that two third of the world is non-Christian and Jesus is sending everyone to make disciples of all nations. He also addressed the school children, during the assembly, exhorting them to fulfil the dreams that God has for each one of them. After the assembly, the visitor met the staff of the school for few minutes, reminding them of the great responsibility of shaping hearts and minds of the young. He then left for the Delhi Public School, to inaugurate the Talent Search Contest, after which he left for Don Bosco College, Itanagar, where the staff and students felicitated the visitor. He also paid a short visit to Auxilium Convent, Itanagar and old DBYC, Itanagar. After the felicitation by the students at New Youth Centre, and lunch, he left for Tezpur, on the way, dropping in Auxilium Convent, Gopur, Tinali for a few minutes. At Tezpur, Rt. Rev. Michael Akasius, Bishop of Tezpur, welcomed him. After a cup of tea, Fr. Peter of Don Bosco School, Tangla, drove him to see the Tangla mission.
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