The Provincial delegates of South Asia for Social Communication and Formation met at Don Bosco Institute, Guwahati to discuss on the theme, “Towards a Salesian Proposal for formation in Digital world: Educational Ethics and Pastoral Aesthetics”. The joint meet is scheduled from August 2 to 5. The presence of the Councillor for formation Father Ivo Coelho and the Councillor for Social Communication Father Gildasio Mendes and their team members from Rome, together with the provincials in charge of Communication and Formation at the South Asia level, Father K.M. Jose and Father Jose Koyickal did add a greater force and credibility to the meeting.
Sneha (27), differently abled, was looked after by her mother for several years until her death a few months back. She was then looked after by her maternal uncle and another good-hearted lady, Lourdumary, who cared for her as a family member. But the time has come for Sneha for more care and attention than before. Hence, the Salesian Cooperators at Lingarajapuram decided to take Sneha to the Missionaries of Charity for more care.
Fr. Punnolikunnel (PJ) Thomas (87) was given a fitting farewell by the Salesian Province of Guwahati and the church in northeast India on 28th of July, 2022. Most. Rev. Thomas Menamparambil SDB, Archbishop emeritus of Guwahati, was joined by more than 85 Priests, many religious and laity in the funeral mass of Fr. PJ Thomas which was held at St. Joseph's Co-Cathedral Church, Pan Bazar. The mortal remains of the holy Salesian was then laid to rest in the Christian Cemetery at Uzan Bazar. The funeral rites were presided over by Fr. Januarius S. Sangma SDB, the provincial.
As a response to the widespread unemployment among the educated youth especially in the aftermath of the COVID pandemic, the Bangalore Rural Educational and Development Society (BREADS) through the Don Bosco Job Placement Network (JPN) Bangalore, collaborated with Don Bosco institutions in Karnataka and Kerala to organize job fairs.
With the end of semester examinations and students making a shift into the next step of their life,taking up careers in the industry, to equip the students with the media skills driving the Job Market, the Department of Visual Communication, Don Bosco Arts and Science Collegeorganized“Don Bosco Media Confab 2022” - a one day seminar for the all undergraduate students to meet and interact with top experts from the Media Industry and directlylearn from them, the contemporary trends in the field of Advertising, Radio and Television.
Don Bosco Vazhikaatti, Trichy, and Don Bosco Job Placement Network India, in association with Madurai Legal Awareness Coordination Committee (MLACC), organized a job fair for the youth belonging to marginalized communities in Madurai on June 26, 2022. Eight recruiters and 110 job seekers participated, and more than 90 issued job placement letters.
Don Bosco Church, Lingarajapuram, Bangalore, has initiated the Sunday Catechesis with novelties like fun with faith, faith games, pilgrimages, homework sheet cards and activities.
On 29 th June, the Pope’s Day Seminar was held at Don Bosco Theological Centre, Kavarapettai, Thiruvallur, Tamil Nadu. “On Synodality: The Specific Modus Vivendi (Way of Being) et Operandi (Way of Living) of the Church in India” was the theme of the Seminar. Fr. Arnald Mahesh SDB, Dean of Philosophy, St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute, Bangalore, delivered the keynote address. The chain of questions that he has proposed kept the listeners
engaged and called for more reflections.