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12 Young Men Make 1st Profession as Salesians for 03 Provinces in Darjeeling
30/05/2020.  INC #N.9384
Posted by Nirmol Toppo, Kolkata
News in Evangelization, Formation, Missions, Parish / Church, Religion, Salesian Family, Salesian Society, Vocation


Darjeeling, known as the producer of arguably the best quality tea in India, has produced 12 Salesians for 03 provinces under the care of Father Samuel Mondal, the Novice Master and his team. The novices made their 1st religious profession at Nazareth Bhavan, Dhajea Busty on 24 May 2020. 06 of the newly professed belong to Kolkata province [INC], 04 to Guwahati province [ING] and 03 to New Delhi province [INN]. . Read More

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Don Bosco Childline Organises COVID-19 Awareness on Delhi Streets
30/05/2020.  INN #N.9383
Posted by Thoombalan Babu Varghese, New Delhi
News in BOSCO Out Reach, Agencies, BOSCO, Disasters, Life and Health, Lifestyle, Marginalized, Social Development, Social Life, Social Ministry, Youth at Risk


Don Bosco Childline, New Delhi organized a social awareness programme on COVID-19 on the streets of Delhi on 29 May, 2020. The resource persons informed the local people about the origin, transmission, symptoms and prevention of COVID-19.. Read More

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Indian Salesian Father Joshtrom Kureethadam Appointed Head of Laudato Si Year
30/05/2020.  INC #N.9382
Posted by Nirmol Toppo, Kolkata
News in Appointments, Ecology, Lifestyle, Parish / Church, Projects, Salesian Family, Salesian Society, Social Development, Spirituality, The Regional


The Vatican has appointed Indian Salesian Father Joshtrom Kureethadam SDB the coordinator of the Sector on Ecology and Creation. Father Kureethadam is to coordinate plans to materialize the visions of Laudato Si as Pope Francis has announced 24 May 2020 to 24 May 2021 as a special year of the papal encyclical.. Read More

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Don Bosco Nitika's 'ASK' Answers Catechetical Queries Online
29/05/2020.  INC #N.9381
Posted by Nirmol Toppo, Kolkata
News in Catechetics, Evangelization, Formation, Parish / Church, Religion, Salesian Society, Spirituality, Youth


Don Bosco Nitika Catechetical Centre based at Kolkata, has initiated ASK - Answers for Seekers of the Kingdom. The talks live-streamed on YouTube Channel Kolkata Salesians is the initiative of Nitika Director Father Gilbert Choondal, as several catechetical seminars are cancelled with the COVID-19 lockdown. Father Choondal answers questions on Catholic faith raised by the viewers, after ASK Online collects questions through emails, Whatsapp and SMS. The talk show started on 01 May 2020 and is viewed by about 1000 people from across the world. Nitika Catechetical Centre plans to launch similar content in Bengali, Santhali and Hindi. Over 100 topics are discussed already at ASK Online. Father Patrick Lepcha hosts the same programme in Nepali.. Read More

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Don Bosco Ashalayam Facilitates Homebound Journey of 60 Migrant Labourers
28/05/2020.  INN #N.9380
Posted by Thoombalan Babu Varghese, New Delhi  - 2 Comments
News in BOSCO Out Reach, Agencies, BOSCO, Development Office, Disasters, Justice and Human Rights, Life and Health, Marginalized, Migrants, Social Development, Social Life, Social Ministry


On 27 May 2020, Ashalayam Don Bosco, New Delhi helped 60 migrant labourers return home from Delhi to Madhuvani and Chhapra in Bihar, by 02 separate buses. The nationwide lockdown has pushed migrant labourers coming from various states across India and who have been thus far working in the country's capital, into a state of extreme helplessness and risk.. Read More

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MumbaiSalesians Mourn the Demise of Father Byron D'Silva
27/05/2020.  INB #N.9379
Posted by Chris Valentino, Mumbai
News in Missions, Obituary, Parish / Church, Profiles, Religion, Salesian Family, Salesian Society, Vocation


The Salesian Province of St. Francis Xavier Bombay [INB] mourns with great sadness the demise of Father Byron Anthony D'Silva, aged 77, on 27 May 2020 at 14:15hrs, at the Holy Spirit Hospital Andheri-Mumbai. He was a Salesian of Don Bosco for 56 years. The funeral service will be a private ceremony, due to the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions protocol. Born at Dramapur-Goa on 15 February 1943, Father D'Silva did his novitiate and made his 1st Religious Profession at Yercaud on 24 May 1964. He was ordained priest on 16 December 1972 at Panjim.. Read More

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Father Chrys Saldanha's Golden Jubilee of Priesthood Provides Life Lessons for Young Salesians [ANS Interview]
26/05/2020.  INB #N.9378
Posted by Chris Valentino, Mumbai
News in Anniversary, Formation, Profiles, Salesian Family, Salesian Society, Spirituality, Success Story, Vocation


Father Chrysanthus Saldanha, fondly called 'Chrys' is currently based at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He commemorated the Golden Jubilee of his sacerdotal ordination on 17 May. He also celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of his religious profession this year. Father Saldanha has dedicated himself to Salesian Formation and has also served as MumbaiSalesians' Provincial of St. Francis Xavier Bombay [INB]. He also coordinated the launch of Project Africa.Father Saldanha has done many good works in his Salesian life. 50 years after his priestly ordination, here is an interview- testimony that can say a lot for and to all young Salesians. Reproduced here, is the Interview published by Agenzia Info Salesiana (ANS).. Read More

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Sacred Heart Novitiate Manoharabad Concludes Silver Jubilee with Professions on 24 May
26/05/2020.  INH #N.9376
Posted by YERRAMANENI Baly, Hyderabad
News in Formation, Rector Major, Religion, Salesian Family, Salesian Society, Spirituality, Vocation


On 24 May, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, the Sacred Heart Novitiate, Manoharabad of the Province of St Joseph Hyderabad [INH] offered 10 young men, who made a courageous and generous offering of themselves to the Lord through their 1st Salesian religious profession. They were joined by 03 clerics who renewed their vows and 03 more clerics who made their perpetual profession. Due to the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, this was a simple celebration, but even the pandemic of such global proportions could not detract from the solemnity and festivity of this important moment in the lives of these young men.. Read More

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DBYA-South Asia Webinar Discusses Salesian Youth Ministry Amidst COVID-19
24/05/2020.  INN #N.9375
Posted by Thoombalan Babu Varghese, New Delhi
News in ChildEducare, DBYES, Disasters, Education, Education and Culture, Education Dept, Education Higher , Education School, Evangelization, Formation, Language and Cultures, Lifestyle, Media, Social Life, Social Ministry, SPCSA, The Regional, Vocation, Youth, Youth Groups


Don Bosco Youth Animation South Asia [DBYA-SA] organised a 02-hour webinar on 22 May 'Salesian Youth Ministry amidst COVID-19 to discuss the 04 dimensions [Educaion to Faith, Education and Culture, Social Experience and Vocational Guidance]. Youth Ministry Delegates and the heads of the 04 Dimensions of Youth Ministry from every Salesian province of South Asia, participated in the webinar. Moderated by Father Robert Simon, the panelists were Father Paulraj Amalraj, Father Maria Charles and Father Glenford Lowe. All the participants were invited to take stock and read the signs of the times during Covid-19 and accompany young people in these challenging times. . Read More

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Salesian News South Asia Weekly Podcast Launched
24/05/2020.  INC #N.9374
Posted by Paul CHERUTHOTTUPURAM, Kolkata
News in Media, Social Life, Success Story, The Regional


The Salesians of Don Bosco South Asia have launched the 1st weekly news podcast on the 54th World Communications Day on 24 May 2020. The Podcast was launched simultaneously at Turin, Italy and at Nazareth Bhavan Salesian Novitiate at Dhajea, Darjeeling on the occasion of the 1st profession of 13 new Salesians. . Read More

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