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Jubilee Celebrations - Celebrating the Labourers of the Lord's Harvest

By Father Joaquim Fernandes, SDB
Mumbai, Jan. 9. Father Ivan De Souza celebrated his Golden Jubilee of his Religious Profession, Fathers Joseph Soares and   Xavier Devadas celebrated their Silver Jubilee of their Ordination and Fathers Bosco D'Mello, Jerome John, Cleophas Braganza and Matthew Katara celebrated their Silver Jubilee of their Religious Profession.
Father Ivan De Souza celebrated the Eucharist at the Shrine of Don Bosco's Madonna, Matunga, Mumbai on the 7th January, 2017, nearly 70 Salesian Priests and their families were present. Father Xavier Devadas preached the homily and thanked God and the Salesian Province of Mumbai on behalf of all his brother Salesians celebrating their Jubilees. He mentioned that God does not look at all our talents and abilities but looks at our generous heart.  God works miracles in our life everyday we need to trust in Him. His vocation journey gave an insight into the marvellous work which God has done during his past few years.

At the felicitation programme Father Godfrey D'Souza, Provincial of the Salesian Province of Mumbai thanked the  Fathers celebrating their Ordinations and Religious Professions Jubilees. "By your commitment, you are a sign of God's love and compassion. Today we celebrate you, your vocation, your call, your life of service but above all we celebrate God, His call, His faithfulness, His mercy which has been the anchor of your religious and priestly life.  God did not see your ability or disability but your availability to fulfill your role for the kingdom of God" he said.
Each one of the Jubilarians were felicitated by Father Provincial and given a citation for their commitment and celebrating the Labourers of the Lord's Harvest. Father Bosco D'Mello thanked the gathering and the Salesian Province of Mumbai for organising the memorable programme.  

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