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Fr Antony Christy Awarded M.Th. Degree Obtains in Catechetics at UPS, Rome

By Don Bosco Augustine, sdb

Fr Lourdunathan Antony Christy from the Salesian Province of Chennai defended his thesis for Masters Degree in Theology (Department of Youth Pastoral & Catechetics) at UPS-Rome on February 07, 2014. Titled “Catechesis in a Pluri-Religious Context: A Study of the Dimension of Interreligious Dialogue within Catechesis in India Today,” the thesis was excellently defended bringing to fruition his two year stint at the Universita Pontificia Salesiana, Rome. Read More>>

English Language Immersion Techniques

Fr. Kasi Sagayaraj sdb

Around 1200 people from different parts of the country took part in a lively national lvele conference-cum-workshop on English Language Teaching (ELT) organized by Sacred Heart College, Tirupattur, in collaboration with the English language Teachers’ Association of India (ELT@I) on 3-4 February 2014. It was indeed a first of its kind, focusing on language immersion techniques. Read More>>

SEVENTH GLITTERING COLLEGE DAY AT DON BOSCO, DHARMAPURI

Matthew Adukanil SDB

The calends  of February witnessed the curtain raiser to the glittering seventh college day celebrations at Don Bosco College of Arts and Science, Dharmapuri, kicking off the salubrious mellow days of February. Read More>>

Sagayathottam: New Bicentenary Science Block Inaugurated – a fruit of DOBODA

On 22 January, the new Science Block was blessed and inaugurated by Fr Jayapalan Raphael, Provincial of Chennai, in the presence of Salesians, students, staff and parents of Don Bosco, Hr. Sec. School, Sagayathottam as well as representatives of students, staff and parents of Don Bosco, Egmore.  Read More>>

Don Bosco Scouts – Leadership Training

Scouts and Guides of Don Bosco District organised a one-day training programme for unit leaders of Chennai region on 18 January at St. Mary’s Anglo-Indian Hr. Sec. School, Armenian Street. The Programme started at 10.30 a.m. with flag procedure led by Mr. Justin Rayappa of St. Dominic Savio Higher secondary school, Santhome. Read More>>

Don Bosco, Gandhinagar – Retirement Ceremony

BIS Correspondent

0n 18th January 2014, a touching farewell celebration was organized at Don Bosco Hr. Sec. School, Gandhinagar, Vellore, to felicitate and thank two great teachers of Physical Education, namely, Bro. Lucas Gomes SDB and Mr. Perianayagam. Fr. Jayapalan Raphael SDB, Provincial of Chennai Province, presided over the thanksgiving Eucharist, wherein the Salesians, staff and the students, past pupils and friends joined to thank God for the gift of these great teachers and for their service for 21 and 37 years respectively. Read More>>

PROVINCIAL COMMUNITY DAY – 2014

BIS Correspondent

On the morning of 14 January, Aruludhayam ashram, normally a perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of Chennai, nestling on the slopes of a hilly range in A-Kattupadi, was suddenly awakened by the screeching of wheels and the chattering of Salesians from far and near who congregated there to celebrate the Provincial Community Day.  Read More>>

Football Festival in Polur

Bro. Franklin

The Don Bosco Academy of Sports conducted a two-day football festival at Polur on 14th and15th January. The tournament, in which ten senior teams and four junior teams took part, was inaugurated by Fr. V. Sebastian, the Rector of Sacred Heart Church, Polur.

Polur Soccers won the first place and were given Rs. 3001/- by L. Jeyasudha, MLA of Polur. Don Bosco Youth got the second place and they were given Rs. 2001/- by Mr, Pandu, the municipal secretary. Then Karaipoondi team got the third place and they were given Rs. 1001/- by Mr. Kumar, the Ward secretary of Polur. Many youth watched these matches and were attracted to play football. Read More>>

Don Bosco, Tirupattur: Alumni Reunion

Fr. Maria Ashok Kumar

The annual General Body meeting of the past pupils of Don Bosco Mat. Hr. Sec. School, Tirupattur, was held on 13th January, 2014. Fr. V.V. Abraham, the former principal, was the chief guest of the day. Read More>>

Seven Salesians ordained priests in Chennai

BIS Correspondent

Chennai, Jan 03: Seven Salesian seminarians were ordained priests on Friday, 27 December, at St. Francis Xavier’s Church on Broadway, Chennai, by the Most Rev. George Antonysamy, D.D., archbishop of Madras-Mylapore. Joining the archbishop at the impressive and moving ceremony were some 150 priests and over 2000 people. Read More>>

25,000 Attend Don Bosco Job Fair at Arcot

BIS correspondent

Chennai, Jan 03: More than 25,000 job seekers attended a post-Christmas Job Fair organized by Don Bosco Vazhikatti in association with NAESEY at Arcot in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu on 28 December. Over 10,000 were shortlisted by some 90 leading companies. The selected candidates were given appointment letters on the spot. Read More>>

Seminar on Psychosexual Integration and Celibacy for Salesians

BIS Correspondent

Chennai, December 7: A four-day seminar on psycho-sexual integration and celibacy was conducted for the leaders of communities of the Salesian province of Chennai by Fr. Joe Mannath SDB, the National Secretary of CRI, at the Salesian Provincial House here from 2-5 December. A small number of participants from the provinces of Tiruchy, Bangalore, Panjim and New Delhi also took part in the seminar. Read More>>

CRISEC Regional Meeting of Social Work Coordinators

Ravi Aruldass SDB

Chennai, December 7: A training programme on ‘Rights-based Approach to Social Work’ was held on 27-28 November for the social work coordinators of the various religious congregations and provinces of Tamilnadu-Pondicherry region at the Salesian Provincial House, Chennai. The 51 participants from 24 congregations who took part in the two-day programme organized by CRISEC (CRI Socio Economic Concerns), it was an eye-opener. Read More>>

Theological Symposium at DBTC, Kavarapettai

James Sundar sdb

 Chennai, 29 Nov: Don Bosco Theological Centre, Kavarapettai, Chennai, organized its annual theological symposium on the topic “Spiritual Significance of Emerging Contemporary Literatures” on 28th November. The symposium began with a prayer song. Then, Fr. Joseph Jayaraj sdb, Rector, welcomed the gathering. In his opening remarks, he highlighted the importance of the contemporary literatures in India, especially in Tamil Nadu. After which, Fr. Joe Andrew sdb, Rector & Parish Priest of Lourdes Shrine-Perambur, delivered the first session on secular movies. Read More>>

Chennai Celebrates Missionary Day

Pathiaraj Rayappan SDB

Chennai, 24 Nov: The Salesian Province of Chennai celebrated its first ever Provincial Missionary Day by bringing together missionaries, aspiring missionaries and members of missionary groups from various houses – in all about 190 persons—under one roof at Don Bosco Boys’ Home, Perambur, on Sunday 24th November. The beautifully decorated hall and a well-prepared little missionary exhibition helped create a missionary ambience and stimulate missionary enthusiasm among the participants. Read More>>

Vettrikku Vazhikaatti – Career Guidance Seminar at Lourdes Shrine, Perambur

Leo Joseph SDB

Nearly 1000 children from Chennai Corporation Schools and other Government schools joined the children of Perambur Lourdes School to participate in Vettrikku Vazhikatti (‘Pathway to Success’), a Career Guidance seminar, organized by Don Bosco Vazhikaatti, the Career Guidance and Job Placement cell of the Chennai Salesian Province, at Lourdes Shrine parish, Perambur, on 30 November. Read More>>

18 Salesian Cooperators Make Promise

Youth Centre Leaders Attend Training Programme

Extraordinary Visitation Concludes

Fr. Dolphie Sequeira Bon Voyage to Hong Kong!

Fr. Cedric Bout completes 95 Years

International Children’s Short Film Festival in Chennai

Stoking The Missionary Flame: Fr. Klement Vaclav at Becchi, Kavarapettai

Don Bosco Mega Talent Show

Polur ITC – A soul-cleansing experience

Our Missionaries to Canada

Grand Literary Fest at Don Bosco College, Dharmapuri 

Another milestone at Don Bosco Thalavadi

Governor opens Don Bosco School of Excellence

New Academic Year at St. Joseph, Katpadi

Chennai Salesian Family begins Year of Spirituality in preparation for Don Bosco Bicentenary

Becchians meet for annual Past Pupils’ Day

Sports Day at Sacred Heart: A Day of Inspiration and Perspiration

Sports Day at Don Bosco Wisdom Town

Dancing Feet bring smiles to rural children

Don Bosco School in Chennai reaches out to rural children

The students, staff and parents of Don Bosco Matriculation School and Don Bosco School of Excellence at Egmore donated Rs.25 Lakhs to the school children of St. Joseph High School, Pavunjur in Kancheepuram District of Tamil Nadu. The fund collected from the Charity Dance show DOBODA Season–3, conducted in January 2014, will be utilized to give scholarships, to build class rooms and laboratories to upgrade the beneficiary school to the Higher Secondary status. Read More>>

Provincial Circular, April 2014

Year of Salesian Spirituality

My dear Confreres,
Greetings from the Pisana, Rome! We are nearing the end of General Chapter 27. You have already received my GC Report No. 5 on the election of the General Councillors. It is a sign of God’s love and grace for the congregation. 

Our New Rector Major: Fr. Ángel Fernàndez Artime
We thank God for the gift of Fr. Ángel Fernàndez Artime, the new Rector Major and the tenth successor of Don Bosco, who was elected by the members of GC27 on 25 March 2014. Read More..

Province Programmes

Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga confirmed as Regional Councillor for South Asia   

The 27th General Chapter has confirmed Fr Maria  Arokiam Kanaga as Regional Councillor for South Asia.

Fr Arokiam accepted his election with these words: "The Lord, Our Lady and Don Bosco know my limits and what I can do, and I know a little of what is waiting for me because I've already done this job. I put my trust in the Lord, the Virgin Mary and in our father Don Bosco who is living here, and I accept."

The Seven Regional Councillors with the Rector Major

Maria Arokiam Kanaga was born on 4 October 1956 at Varadarajanpet, Trichy, India. He entered the novitiate at Yercaud, made ​​his first profession on 24 May 1976 and his perpetual profession in Madras on the same date in 1982. He was ordained priest in Rome in 1986.

Since 1992 he was Rector of the Sacred Heart College in Tirupattur, the Sacred Heart Seminary, Poonamallee, Madras, and the Salesian College at Yercaud. He earned his Doctorate in Philosophy from the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome.

He was Vice-Provincial in the Province of Madras from 1996 to 2002 and Delegate for Youth Ministry from 2006 to 2007.

He participated in the 24th, 25th and 26th General Chapters. At GC26 he was elected as Regional Councillor for South Asia.  He was a member of the pre-chapter Commission for GC27.

The Councillors of the other regions are the following:

Fr Américo Raúl Chaquisse: Africa-Madagascar 

Fr Václav Klement: East Asia-Oceania  

Fr Tadeusz Rozmus: Central and Northern Europe  

Fr Timothy Ploch: Inter-America  

Fr Stefano Martoglio: Mediterranean region  

Fr Natale Vitali: America Southern Cone

Fr. Ivo Coelho, new Councillor for Formation

Fr Ivo Coelho has been elected by the 27th General Chapter as the new Councillor General for Formation. Fr Coelho is currently Rector of the Salesian Theological Centre at Ratisbonne in Jerusalem. He was not a member of the present Chapter.

When the voting ended Fr Coelho had received a large majority. The Rector Major immediately contacted him by telephone to ask if he accepted the result of the election. Fr Coelho responded positively and the Chapter members, who had been following the phone call, applauded. Fr Coelho said, "I accept the will of the Chapter and see here the will of God for me and for the Congregation. I hope to do my best, with God’s grace and your help, and that of Don Bosco and Mary Help of Christians." Read More>>

Fr Guillermo Basañes elected as Councillor for the Missions   

The 27th General Chapter has entrusted to Fr Guillermo Basañes, till now Regional Councillor for Africa-Madagascar, the position of Councillor for the Missions . "With this team and this manager, I could not say no. I accept," was the way Fr Basañes expressed his willingness to accept the office.

Born on 19 October 1965 in Washington, USA, Fr Basañes made ​​his novitiate in La Plata, Argentina, his first profession was on 31 January 1986 and his perpetual profession on 24 November 1991 in Buenos Aires.

He went to Angola for practical training and did his theological studies in Lubumbashi. He was ordained deacon in August 1994 and became a priest on 12 August 1995.

He was a member of the pre-chapter commission for GC26 and at that chapter he was elected as Councillor for the Africa-Madagascar Region.

In 2009 he was appointed Member of the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, on the theme "The Church in Africa at the service of reconciliation, justice and peace."

As Councillor for the Missions, Fr Basañes succeeds Fr Václav Klement.

Bro. Jean Paul Muller confirmed as Economer General    

The 27th General Chapter has confirmed Bro. Jean Paul Muller as Economer General of the Salesian Congregation.

When the Rector Major asked him if he accepted the result of the election, Bro. Jean Paul replied: "First of all, thank you for your trust and thank you to the team that has been chosen. I will be asking for their help in the task. As Fr Guillermo said, I am glad to be a part of this team with the Rector Major and the others that have been chosen. Thank you. I accept."

Jean Paul Muller was born on 13 October 1957 in Grevenmacher, Luxembourg . He entered the novitiate of Jünkerath on 16 August 1978, made his first profession as a Salesian on 15 August of the following year and his perpetual profession on 15 August 1984.

He was a member of the House Council in the communities of Helenenberg (1995-2000) and Bonn (2005-2011), Provincial Councillor from 1990 to 2011 – first in Northern Germany and then in the Province of Germany where he was Delegate for the Missions from 2003 to 2012.

In 2004 he was elected a member of the Equipo de Dirección del Consejo de Misiones Católico Alemán.  From 2005 to October 2012 he was Director of the Salesian Mission Office in Bonn and he is also President of the Confederation of educational psychologists in Berlin.

On 27 January 2011, after consultation with the members of the General Council, the then Rector Major, Fr Pascual Chávez, appointed him Economer General of the Congregation.

He participated in the 23rd, 24th and 26th General Chapters and was a member of the pre-chapter Commission of GC27.

Fr. Francesco Cereda Elected Vicar of the Rector Major

Fr Francesco Cereda has been elected as the new Vicar of the Rector Major.   Fr Cereda has been Councillor for Formation until now and is currently Moderator of GC27.

"I am happy to work as Vicar of the Rector Major,  Fr Ángel.  With the help of Mary Help of Christians, I will try to be faithful in this ministry and I accept."  This was Fr Cereda's response to the General Chapter, indicating his willingness for the office. Read More>>

New Rector Major of the Salesians: Fr. Ángel Fernandez Artime

The 27th General Chapter has elected Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Provincial of Argentina South, as the tenth Successor of Don Bosco. The election took place at 10.20 on the first ballot. The official announcement was welcomed with a long and warm applause.

Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, 53 years, was born on 21 August 1960 at Gozón-Luanco, Spain. He made his first profession on 3 September 1978, his perpetual profession on 17 June 1984 and was ordained a priest on 4 July 1987. Originally from León Province, he has been Youth Ministry Delegate, Rector of the school at Ourense, member of the Council and Vice Provincial and, from 2000 to 2006, Provincial of León. Read More>>

Nine Salesians Ordained Deacons

BIS Correspondent

Chennai, 19 March: Nine Salesian students of theology from Don Bosco Theological College, Kavarapettai, were ordained Deacons at Don Bosco Shrine, Ayanavaram, Chennai, on Tuesday, 18 March, by the Most Rev. Dr. Soundararaju Perianayagam SDB DD, Bishop of Vellore. Six of the candidates were from the Province of Tiruchy, two from Chennai and one from Bangalore. Present on the occasion were Salesians from the three provinces of Tiruchy, Chennai and Bangalore, members of the Salesian Family in Chennai and a large number of family members of the ordained. Read More>>

First School and Parents’ Day Celebrations at Veeralur

BIS Correspondent

Chennai, 19 March: Don Bosco Matriculation School, Adamangalam (Veeralur), celebrated its first School and Parents’ Day on 15th March 2014 at 10.30 a.m. The school, which was started only a year ago, has 177 children on its tolls, comprising LKG, UKG, Class I and Class VI. The little ones come from as many as 15 different villages around Adamangalam. Read More>>

DBYC Rinaldi Makes History

David Mariaselvam SDB

Chennai, 19 March: At the end of an action-filled day of inter-oratories football tournament, Don Bosco Youth Centre, Rinaldi, created history by winning the covetous Mantovani Rolling Cup for the 9th successive year and claiming permanent possession of the trophy. The tournament, named after Fr. Orpheus Mantovani, had a special significance this year as it was the 50th year of his death. Fr. Mantovani was a great Italian Salesian missionary who pioneered the Don Bosco Beatitudes Social Welfare Centre in Vysarpadi and set in motion a saga or service to the poorest of the poor in the slums of northern Chennai. He would often say “Serving the poor was a beautiful form of prayer.” Read More>>

Gallery

Fr. BOUT – 95 Years Building Inauguration at DBCAD, Chennai Talent Show at DB Egmore
Inauguration of Don Bosco School of Excellence (CBSE) New Boarding Building Inauguration at Kadambur Extraordinary Visitation Begins
SHELTER Association Inauguration at SHC Tirupattur Extraordinary Visitor Fr. Andrew Wong`s Arrival Province Feast & Jubilee Celebrations 2013
Final Profession of Bro.Antonysamy Vanathaian DBHS Foundation and Feast Nedungadu Church Inauguration Maaranodai
DOBODA Season 2 PC 2013 : Day 4 PC 2013 : Day 3
PC 2013 : Day 2 PC 2013 : Day 1 PC 2013 : Inaugural Ceremony

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