On March 19, 2023, 14 Salesian students of theology from Becchi Don Bosco, Kavarapettai, were ordained Deacons by Most Rev. Dr. George Antonysamy D.D. Archbishop of Madras-Mylapore.
The Student Council and Cultural Club of Don Bosco Arts and Science College, Chennai , organised its first ever mega Intercollegiate Cultural Fest, JIVE’23, on March 13 and 14 with the theme “Choose life! Say no to drugs! It hosted participants from around 200+ colleges (Arts and Science, Medical and Engineering) in and around Chennai. The cultural fest had 17 on and off-stage events in which 1250 students from various colleges like Loyola, Stella Maris, Patrician, Gurunanak, WCC, MGC, St. Thomas, St. Joseph’s, MGR University, Vels University, Madras University, Stanley Medical College and Ramachandra Medical College participated.
The inauguration of Don Bosco College, TC Palya, Bangalore, on March 9, 2023, was a much-awaited historic moment graced by the presence of Father Miguel Angel (General Councillor for Youth Pastoral), Father Biju Michael (Regional Councillor for South Asia), Father Jose Koyickal (Provincial, Bangalore Province), Father Shalbin, the Vice Provincial, Father Joy (Economer), Monsignor C. Francis Monsignor S. Jayanathan, Father Alex (Rector, Visvadeep) and Father Bosco (Rector, Kristu Jyothi College).
The Annual day and Parents Day of Frans Schlooz School of Excellence (CBSE), Varadarajanpet, Tirchy, was held on February 25, 2023. Father Agilan Sarprasadam, Provincial of Tiruchy Province, was the chief guest. Several dignitaries, well-wishers, parents, and friends graced the occasion.
Don Bosco Tech Exhibition – 2023 and Skill Competitions were organized at Don Bosco ITI, AMSAM, N.Kuttapattu, Trichy, on March 2, 2023, to improve the practical skills in each trade. Students displayed their projects in an exhibition.
International Women's Day was celebrated on March 6, 2023, at Don Bosco Youth Village Susaipudayanpatti, Tiruchy. Eight hundred Self-Help Group members of 57 groups covering 24 villages participated in the celebration. Ramon Magsaysay award winner Mr Kulandai Francis, Founder-President, IVDP Krishnagiri, presided over the function and addressed the gathering on the importance of Self-Help Groups and the opportunities for improving the per capita income of the family through SHGs.
South Asia Team Visit concludes in Hyderabad; Poor Youth, the justification for our institutions - RM
The three-day South Asia team visit concluded with the message of the Rector Major, Father Angel Fernandez Artime, on March 3, 2023, at Hyderabad. He emphasised that the option for the poorest and neediest boys, girls and young people is the Salesian identity.
On Thursday, GROW BOSCO, a tree plantation campaign of the Salesian Province of St. Joseph, Hyderabad, India, was initiated by the Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Father Ángel ernandez Artime. On the occasion of the Team Visit 2023 to the South Asia Region, the Rector Major and the General Councillors, along with the children who accompanied them, went on a plantation spree in the premises of the Provincial House in Hyderabad.
The second day of the Team Visit of the General Council dealt with youth and youth ministry. Father Miguel Garcia, General Councillor for Youth Pastoral, restating the words of Don Bosco, said, ‘Be the signs of the times.’ He continued to explain that the signs of the times in the present digital world mean: scanned, read, interpreted, and assessed. It’s better to light a candle than curse the darkness, and we have to discover what the Lord is saying to us,
Salesians. “Don’t settle down for less than what you can achieve”, Father Miguel said with a broad smile.
The Young at Risk (YaR) Commission of the Salesian Province of Chennai organized YaR Day 2023 on the theme, "Choose Life. Not Drugs", on February 26, 2023. The aim was to spread awareness of substance use disorders among children and young adults. The programme was held at Don Bosco Beatitudes, Vyasarpadi, Chennai.
The 12th Annual National Convention of all Don Bosco Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) centres of India was held from February 3 to 5, 2023, at Don Bosco Skill Mission, Bangalore (Karnataka), with the theme, 'Let’s Reconnect' to revisit the origins of the network and closely look at the skilling memory lane with the idea of looking ahead to impact the lives of the needy youth in large numbers.
“Youth are the most important people to us,” the Rector Major said during the concluding ceremony of the Annual Youth Fest - Echoes 2023 of Andhra Region held at Chiguru – Navajeevan Children’s village, Vijayawada.