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Chennai Province Celeberates Missionary Day

By Pathiaraj Rayappan SDB
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Chennai, Nov. 27. The Salesian Province of Chennai celebrated its first ever Provincial Missionary Day by bringing together missionaries, aspiring missionaries and members of missionary groups from various houses - in all about 190 persons under one roof at Don Bosco Boys' Home, Perambur, on Sunday 24th November. The beautifully decorated hall and a well-prepared little missionary exhibition helped create a missionary ambience and stimulate missionary enthusiasm among the participants.
Fr. Jayapalan, Provincial, welcomed the participants and invited them to be grateful to the missionaries that India received in the past. The participants had the opportunity to listen to and interact with missionaries. Fr. Johnson Paulraj, Bro. Francis Chinnappan and Bro. Antony Sigamani, all of whom had spent long years in Africa, shared their experiences in the missions. Other missionaries such as Fr. Augustine Sellam, Fr. Suresh Innocent, Fr. Gerald Miranda and Fr. Dominic Mathews spoke during the panel discussion and interacted with the participants.

After lunch there was a colourful cultural programme performed by the Formation Houses of the Province highlighting the history of Salesian mission in the world (and India in particular), the cultures of mission lands and the crying need for missionaries. The culmination of the day was the Holy Eucharist, the source and summit of our missionary activity, presided over by Fr. Provincial.
The participants listened to the call of God, ''Whom shall I send?'' and committed themselves to the mission by striving to strengthen the missionary groups in various communities. Saluting the missionaries who gave their past for our present and pledging themselves for the cause of mission, the participants returned home.
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