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Guwahati Province felicitates Jubilarians

By Fr. Bivan R. Mukhim
Guwahati, Nov. 2. The Province of Guwahati celebrated Provincial Community Day and felicitated the Jubilarians at Don Bosco College, Tura - Meghalaya on October 31, 2015. More than 70 confreres, including the Provincial Councillors and most of the animators of communities, were present on the occasion.
The celebration began with a formal get together and the blessing of the dream statues at the college campus. During the interaction, a short animation on the chapter document GC 27 and DB Bicentenary was presented by Fr. George Plathottam. In his animation he asked the members to be mystics and saints. ''We are called to be like Don Bosco, and fix our focus on Jesus Christ. We should be contemplative in action,'' he said. He also said that the provincial community day is a day of fidelity, thanksgiving and praise. ''We celebrate today God's faithfulness and fidelity to each of us,'' Fr. George continues. He exhorted each Salesians who were present to draw inspiration from Don Bosco and bear witness to the young people in the region through their service. Fr. Busolin Battista, the 94 year old Jubilarian, spoke to the Salesians and asked everyone to remain committed to the Salesian way of life and work.  
Rich tributes were paid to the dream statue of Don Bosco that was set up by the side of the college campus. Fr. VM Thomas, Provincial blessed the statues and congratulated the community members for turning the wasteland to a beautiful place by setting up the dream statues. The Platinum Jubilarian Fr. Busolin and the Silver Jubilarian Fr. Joseph Teron jointly cut the ribbon on the occasion.
The Holy Mass was celebrated by Fr. Busolin Battista and concelebrated by the provincial councilors and other Salesians. Fr. Busolin recalled the great work God has done in his life. He expressed gratitude to God for the guidance and help.
Fr. Joseph Teron, the Silver Jubilarian recalled in his sermon that jubilee is a day of rejoicing and thanksgiving to God. ''Religious life is the fulfillment of the commitment that God has chosen us. It is the fidelity of God that kept us going,'' he said. He recalled the contributions of elderly Salesians who left behind footprints on the sand of times and their examples that kept him going inspite of all odds. ''We need to walk side by side with Christ and with each member of the community to fulfill the mission entrusted to us,'' he exhorted.  
The informal gathering around the Jubilarians and Fr Provincial and the council, led by the community members of Don Bosco College, Tura was accompanied by a prayer song and a congratulation song. Words of appreciation and thanks were expressed towards Fr Provincial and the Provincial Council through a beautiful PowerPoint presentation highlighting the success of each. It was indeed a homely, informal, meaningful and unique celebration of the Provincial Community Day.
Fr. VM Thomas concluded the felicitation programme with words of appreciation and brotherly reminders to all. He exhorts everyone ''to hold on together to make our dream come true.'' He asked the Salesians to ''take forward the right legacy that is given by veteran confreres who have toil hard in these missions land and bring about change in the lives of the young people.'' Fr. Provincial appreciated the hard work of the confreres and said that ''our province is a structure of communion'' where each members is appreciated and loved. He encourages everyone to have greater sense of solidarity and accept, recognize, love and promote each other. ''Religious life is our journey to God together. Pray and accept each other,'' he said.
The Provincial community day and the felicitation of the Jubilarians concluded with a fraternal meal.      
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