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At present there are the 20 aspirants with 8 Salesians in the Don Bosco Perambur Aspirantate community. The Aspirants are offered a strong mission Ad Gentes geared environment. The Aspirantate is open for souls seeking to serve the youth from all over Tamil Nadu. Rector Major was enthused to see all the 41 Aspirants (21 from Don Bosco Pannur) together, vibrant and bubbling with talents. The Aspirants welcomed the Rector Major with band. The community of Lourdes Shrine with its Rector Fr. Dev Joe SDB and the Rector of Pannur Fr. Jeffrey Gladstone SDB were there to welcome the Rector Major and his Secretary, together with the Regional and the INM core Council members. He was given an official welcome and a detailed description about the mission of Perambur Aspirantate by the Rector of the community Fr. Tharsius Arokiasamy SDB.
“Music in the Salesian house is like a soul to the body”. Emphasising this point of Don Bosco to the aspirants, the Rector Major himself played the guitar and sung a famous song in Spanish and made the entire community to participate. Addressing the gathering, he stressed the work and contribution of missionaries to our INM Province in particular. He also gave relevant statistics about Salesian missionaries around the world and he pointed that there are 9,500 Salesians as missionaries! He asked us to seek the grace of the Lord in accruing great honesty in facing our Salesian religious life, for fulfilling His will is the most beautiful thing that a Salesian could do. The Rector Major gave his word to keep the aspirants in his fervent prayers. The program concluded with the band playing a hymn to Don Bosco.
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