Pope Francis has appointed Fr. George Plathottam SDB, belonging to the Salesian Province of Guwahati, Assam, India as a Consultor to the Dicastery for Communications. The news came along with the announcement of “Speak with the heart: Veritatem facientes in caritate” as the theme for the 57th World Communications Day 2023. Father George Plathottam is currently the Secretary of the Office of Social Communication of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC). With a doctorate in communication, he has been a journalist and communication professor in New Delhi, before moving to Manila to take up the FABC assignment.
The International Symposium on the Salesian Charism and Don Bosco in Northeast India was held at Sacred Heart Theological College, Mawlai, Shillong, on September 20-23, as part of the centenary celebrations of the first arrival of the Salesians of Don Bosco to Northeast India in 1922. The three-day Symposium had resource persons from different parts of the mission from the three Salesian provinces of Guwahati, Dimapur and Shillong.
The Salesian Provincial of Bangalore Province, Father Jose Thomas Koyickal sdb, blessed and laid the foundation stone for the new building at Don Bosco Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, on September 20. Don Bosco Veedu (house) is a venture by the Salesians to educate and empower the deprived and the underprivileged of the society in Thiruvananthapuram.
Don Bosco Job Placement Network, Ranchi, initiated labour market information among the youth searching for jobs and organized six placement drives with job opportunities for more than four hundred youth.
Don Bosco Ranchi aims at decent jobs with safer and secure migration. Youth who are skilled, semi-skilled and un-skilled were provided job opportunities under various job profiles.
Don Bosco College, Golaghat, Assam, has been accredited with a B+ Grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bengaluru. Affiliated with Dibrugarh University and run by the Salesians of Don Bosco, Dimapur Province, the college was started in 2015 and scored a CGPA of 2.70 on a 7-point scale in its first cycle of assessment.
The Rector Major, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, released the book GLOBALIZATION AND GLOBAL FRATERNITY, authored by Father TC George SDB, Professor of Pastoral Theology, Kristu Jyoti College, Bangalore, at the meeting of the Salesian Family Major Superiors of the South Asia Region in Goa on September 14, 2022. Copies of the book were presented to Father Biju Michael, the General Councillor for South Asia and Father Clive Telles, the Provincial of Panjim, Goa. Father Jose Koyickal, the Provincial of Bangalore province, presented the book.
Assam Governor Professor Jagdish Mukhi conferred degrees at the 11th Convocation of Assam Don Bosco University at Tapesia Campus, Sonapur, on September 10. The degrees were conferred on 984 students, of which 472 students received Bachelor's Degree in Engineering & Technology, Arts and basic sciences and 494 students received Master's Degree in various branches of Engineering, Science and Management. Eighteen scholars received Doctoral degrees. Gold Medals were awarded to 36 outstanding graduates with the highest Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) in each programme.
At a solemn thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration on the feast of the Nativity of Our Lady, Rector Major Father Angel Fernandez Artime, called on the Salesians to inculcate a passionate heart of a missionary. The Holy Mass was held at the Basilica of Bon Jesu in Old Goa on September 9, 2022.
At a solemn thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration on the feast of the Nativity of Our Lady, Rector Major Father Angel Fernandez Artime, called on the Salesians to inculcate a passionate heart of a missionary during the Holy Mass held at the Basilica of Bon Jesu in Old Goa on September 9, 2022.
At an event marking Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav - 75 years of India’s independence - and Literacy Day, Church Art Kolkata honoured three Salesians for outstanding contributions to society along with several other eminent citizens at Indian Council for Cultural Relations Kolkata in Satyajit Ray auditorium on September 8, 2022. The Salesian achievers honoured were Bishop George Palliparambil of Miao diocese of Eastern Arunachal, Fr Sacria Nedumattathil of Don Bosco Human Resource Centre West Midnapore, and Fr. C.M. Paul, director of Radio Salesian Darjeeling.
The Salesian Sisters’ (FMA- Daughters of Mary Help of Christians) centennial cultural bonanza took place on September 3, 2022, at the Auxilium College, Katpadi, in the august presence of the Rector Major Fr Fernandez Artime Angel, Mother General Chiara Cazzuola, General Councillors Sr. Mora Ruth del Pilar, Sr. Borja Runita and Sr. Celine Jacob, SDB and FMA Provincials and other dignitaries.
The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, arrived at Chennai airport at 3.30 a.m. on September 2, 2022. He was welcomed to the Salesian Province of St. Thomas, the Apostle, Chennai (INM) by Rev. Fr. K.M Jose, the Provincial, Rev. Fr. Don Bosco, the Vice Provincial, Rev. Fr. Edwin Vasanthan, the Economer, Fr. John Christy, the Youth Pastoral Delegate Provincial and INM Salesian confreres.
On Saturday 27th August 2022, Don Bosco Institute of Communication Arts (DBICA) marked the milestone of the silver jubilee of its existence with a grand celebration at St. Bede School Auditorium at Santhome, Chennai, in the presence of the General Councillor for Social Communication Rev. Father Gildasio Mendes, SDB, as the chief guest.
The historical moment in the Salesian Province of Chennai had the presence of the Provincial team, the past directors and prominent media personalities and a vibrant group of youth and adults.