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Father Savio Silveira SDB assumes office as Salesian Provincial Mumbai

By Father Christopher Valentino SDB
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Mumbai, Sep. 14. Lonavla: The Salesians of INB Province of St Francis Xavier participated in a solemn, simple and short ceremony to welcome Father Savio Silveira as the 11th Provincial at Don Bosco Lonavla on September 12, 2019. The official installation/inauguration happened within a well-animated and meaningful Eucharist, during which Father Silveira professed the Creed and signed the official document, upon being invited by the outgoing Provincial and the principal president Father Godfrey D'Souza.
In his homily, Father D'Souza elaborated the eight qualities of a good leader, following the model of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd. In the presence of the Salesians, FMAs, member-representatives of the Salesian Family, the aspirants of Don Bosco Lonavla and other well-wishers, Father D'Souza welcomed Father Silveira to take on the mantle of the Good Shepherd.

Immediately after Mass, the entire gathering numbering two hundred and forty five attendees proceeded for a wonderfully conceived, coordinated and well executed felicitation ceremony. The aspirants of Don Bosco Lonavla performed two rousing band-pieces and a hymn recitation in voices, with Father Blany Pinto wielding the baton, with aplomb. The clerics Nathaniel George, Avil Correa and Coadjutor Salesian Aliester D'Souza had the entire ceremony planned to flawless perfection, with brilliant artistic displays conceptualized by Father Velasli Bandya.

Father Silveira was felicitated by the Salesian Provincial of Shillong Father Paul Lyngkot; the Vice Provincial of Bengaluru Father Jose Koyickal; FMA Provincial of Mumbai, Sister Rita Dora and by members of the ADMA and other Salesian Family representatives.

Addressing the gathering, Father D'Souza said, ''I am grateful to Father Savio for his wise compassionate counsel and collaboration as Vice Provincial, and for willing to coordinate various events within the province, of which the 13th National Boscoree was a splendid hallmark. Even at the national and international level, his concept of a worldwide global alliance as a response to the environment crisis has now materialized into the Don Bosco Green Alliance with over 128 affiliates. I wish you Savio, that you continue to walk in the footsteps of Jesus the Good Shepherd and lead the province to further and greater heights.''

Father Silveira responded in characteristic fashion inviting the aspirants to come and occupy centre stage, commenting, ''You my dear boys are the focus and centre of our work. You cannot be at the peripheries. Please come here, right in the centre, for this place is for you.'' He further added, ''we are here, standing on the shoulders of giants and we acknowledge the Salesians of the past, with reverence. We present here today are also great in some measure for we are part and parcel of the glorious heritage of the Mumbai Province. I stand here very serene and with great confidence, knowing full well that we will continue to make great strides with and for the young.'' He a specially commended the hosts, ''My very special thanks to the community of Don Bosco Lonavla for hosting the installation ceremony and for meticulously attending to every detail, to make it a truly meaningful.''
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