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Extraordinary Visitation of the Vice Province of Sri Lanka Ends

By Maria Lawrence SDB  - 1 Comments
Fr. Maria Arokiam Kanaga, the Extraordinary Visitor, with the Salesians at the conclusion of the visitation.
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Kolkata, Mar. 27. On 27th March, 2013 the extraordinary visitation of the Vice Province of Sri Lanka by the Regional for South Asia Fr.Maria Arokiam Kanaga was concluded with a closing conference at 9.00 a.m. and the Eucharist at 11.30 a.m. About 28 Rectors, Administrators and leaders of Communites from the Island nation gathered at the Provincial House at Dungalpitiya for the event.
In his presentation Fr.Kanaga outlined his evaluation of the state of the province and encouraged the Vice Province to boldly opt to re-structure and re-launch in keeping with the needs of the current times. He further highlighted the need to break free from the mould of technical education catering to factories to empowerment of the youth for opportunities in the service industry.

He suggested also to explore options to begin newer initiatives around specialised academic education through English medium based International schools. Having established 2 parishes he encouraged them to cater more to Catholics with some parishes as the launch-pad for our youth services in the post war scenario.The visitation attains its significance as it is the first review after the close of the 30 year-long civil war and the move by the Salesians to open out more presences in the northern part of the country.

The visitation which took Fr.Kanaga to over 16 presences all over the country right through the season of Lent beginning with Ash Wednessday on 15th February closed on the eve of Maundy Thursday. Sri Lanka opened up to the ministry of the Salesians of Don Bosco in 1956 with the first centre at Negombo and currently has 63 Salesians serving at 16 centres around the Island nation mostly catering to the technical education segment following the nationalisation of all academic schools by the government in the early 1960s.

Sri Lanka encompasses a territory 65,610 Square Kilometers, divided into 7 Provinces, with a Population of 20 million people stands as the 53rd most populous country in the world with a 70% of the population following Buddhism & 7.4% Christians.


Antony EARATHARA India Mumbai
March 28, 2013

Congratulations to all the confreres in this Island Nation who have been striving hard to make the charism of Don Bosco come alive in spite of the difficult times the country has been going through. I am sure the future holds immense promises to the youth of Sri Lanka, and the Salesians will be able to help to realize many of them through their ministry.


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