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Welcome ceremony held for the 11th BOSCOREE 2010

By Fr. Tarcisius & Fr. Jonas Kerketta
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Dimapur, Dec. 29. The welcome and the warm up ceremony for the Boscouts and Guides was held in the evening of 29 December, at Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Dimapur. The Boscoree Chief, Fr. P.X. Francis welcomed the dignitaries, the Camp chief, assistant camp chief and sub camp chiefs as well as the two thousand and more scouts and guides coming from various parts of India. He officially handed over the charge of the Boscoree, to the camp chief Mr. K.S. Charles, who is currently the assistant youth director of the Archdiocese of Imphal.
Fr. Nestor Guria, Vice Provincial of Dimapur, on behalf of the Provincial, the confreres and the Boscoree organizing committee, welcomed the dignitaries and the participants which included Fr. Joe Almeida, Provincial of Guwahati, Fr. Dominic Sequiera, member of the International Youth Pastoral team, based at Rome, Fr. Maria Charles, South Asian Delegate for DBYA, South Asian coordinator for Education and Culture and secretary to AIDBES, guides and guide captains, boscouts and scoutmasters, fathers, brothers, sisters and accompanying teachers and guardians. He emphasized, in his speech, the cultural richness of the various cultures of India. He encouraged active participation in the current Boscoree telling them to enkindle the spirit of Don Bosco and Baden Powell, through their life of brotherhood and sisterhood.
''Get to know each other, share your talents and get enriched'' said Fr. Joe Almeida, Salesian Provincial of Guwahati, in his address to the participants. He said that ''You have come from various parts of India as messengers of peace. May peace which Jesus brought be a reality in our lives.''
Fr. Dominic Sequiera, conveyed the greetings of Fr. Pascual Chavez, Rector Major, Fr. Fabio Attard, Councillor for Youth Pastoral, and Fr. Maria Arokiam Kanaga, Regional Councillor for South Asia. In his address, he highlighted the similarities between Don Bosco and Baden Powell. Both of whom lost their fathers at an early age. Both had a dream to give youth a good future and great tomorrow. He pointed out that Don Bosco always considered groups and movements as the best means of educating youth because they are best suited to their life, age and interest.
Fr. Maria Charles, urged upon the participants to make the best use of these type of opportunities to build up their character, leadership qualities and abilities so that they can build a better India and a better world.
A glimpse of the rich and enchanting cultural heritage of North East was showcased through colourful dances, melodious folk tunes and visual presentations.  
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