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''Living Consecrated Life Fully'' book launched in Mumbai

By Father Joaquim Fernandes SDB
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Mumbai, Jun. 21. Father Godfrey D'Souza, the Provincial of the Salesian Province of Mumbai, launched the book entitled ''Living Consecrated Life Fully'' by Father Chrys Saldanha SDB published by Tej-Prasarini, Don Bosco Communications, Mumbai, India on 9th June, 2019 at Don Bosco Provincial House, Matunga, Mumbai.
The unveiling ceremony began with Faith and Harmony, a choir conducted by Bosco Rodrigues adding a musical touch to the event with their rendition of 'God still loves the world' a hymn written by Father Peter Gonsalves SDB. Following the performance, Father Saldanha's book was presented to the gathering. The author himself addressed the gathering before the book was unveiled and presented to the dignitaries.

Father Saldanha, in his book, presents a glimpse of what it means to live a Consecrated Life today. He touches upon the commitment to respond to 'the call' and the consequent living out of this call through the vows of Chastity, Poverty, and Obedience through community life. The objective of the book is to deepen and fructify the call to live Consecrated Life more fully.

''I have titled this Foreword as a ''book for the thinking religious.'' Religious are adults, not children. We are meant to make mature and enlightened decisions, not childish escapes from adult responsibility. We are not the superior's children, but adult collaborators in the mission of the order, and, more truly, in the mission of Christ.   Read it-and you will see that my enthusiastic endorsement is on target'' wrote Father Joe Mannath SDB, National Secretary, Conference of Religious, India in his Foreword to this book.

At the launch of the book Father Chrys Saldhana  expressed his gratitude to Father Joaquim Fernandes, SDB, Director of Tej-Prasarini, Don Bosco Communications for his professional expertise in taking up the publication of this work, Verona Vaz for the competent editorial assistance, Surekha Gangurde for the attractive layout and William Fernandes the artist for the evocative cover design and for printing the book.

Father Chrys Saldanha, a Salesian priest, is a versatile speaker and has a lot of experience in a wide variety of settings. He has authored  books on Salesian spirituality and religious life entitled  ''Exploring Salesian Life Today'' and ''Challenges to Salesian Life Today''. Currently he lives and works in Ethiopia and gives conferences, courses and retreats. He was Provincial of the Province of Mumbai for a six-year term. He set up and directed the Don Bosco Renewal Centre in Bengaluru, India. He has spent 18 years in Rome, serving his Congregation in the formation sector. With a doctorate from St. Patrick's, Maynooth, Ireland, he served as Professor and Dean of Studies at Kristu Jyoti College, Bengaluru.

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