It was a very cool and fresh morning on the 3rd of July 2018 after the heavy showers of blessings! The campus of Don Bosco, Katpadi, was festively decorated and all ready to host the INM Province Patron, St. Thomas Feast Day together with the 2017-18 Jubilee celebrations of 9 our confreres. The Don Bosco Hall was under renovation the last two weeks in view of the Jubilee celebration. At 9 a.m. the Provincial, Rev. Fr. K.M. Jose SDB, blessed the hall, in the presence of the Rector Rev. Fr. Michael Viyakulam and the Salesian community members.

    At 9.30 a.m. we witnessed a solemn entrance procession of about 100 priests, the nine Jubilarians, accompanied also by the Bishop Most Rev. Dr. Soundaraj Perianayagam D.D., who preferred to remain inconspicuous by joining just as a concelebrant. The school band and the Scouts provided the pomp and show at the start of this beautiful day. The Introduction for the Eucharist was done by the Provincial himself. Fr. Vincent Durairaj, a former Provincial of INM, presided over the Eucharist. Fr. Maria Selvam Rayappan gave a very brief but inspiring homily. The students of Don Bosco Theological Centre Kavarapettai, joined together in a splendid harmony of music and grace as they sang the mass hymns with soul-stirring voices hymns in Tamil and English. The entire liturgy was planned and animated by Rev. Fr. Parthiban, the Director of Deepagam. The hall was full to its capacity of 1000. Religious priests and nuns, relatives and family members of the Jubilarians were present, together with representatives of the Salesian Family.

    After the Solemn Eucharistic celebration, the invitees were provided warm refreshments and the Felicitation program commenced at 11.30 a.m. Rev. Bro. Anthonysamy was the Master of Ceremony. The Jubilarians were felicitated with mementoes, gifts and shawls by the Bishop, the SDB Provincial and the FMA Provincial who was also present for the Eucharist. Fr. A.M. Mathew and Fr. Charles Stephen felicitated them on behalf of the INM confreres. Bro. Meril Rodrigo and Fr. Joy Panackel thanked the gathering on behalf of the Jubilarians.  Cultural performances by Don Bosco School, Katpadi and DBTC, together with an audio-visual presentation by DBICA, made the entire program, entertaining and meaningful. Special INM awards 2018 for outstanding personalities in the Social Sector, Scout Movement and Salesian Cooperators. Special thanks to the Rector, the Salesians, Staff, workers and students of Don Bosco, Katpadi, for organizing the Province Feast day celebration. My sincere thanks to Fr. Don Bosco, the Vice Provincial, who coordinated and controlled the day’s program, together with Fr. Xavier Packia, the Economer, who saw to the financial details.

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