Category Archives: PROVINCE NEWS

Fr. Mathew Narimattam is no more

Dimapur  : 25th January 2018

It is with deep sorrow that we communicate to you the passing away of Fr. Mathew Narimiattam, SDB, 85, at Zion hospital, Dimapur at11.30 am.on 24th February 2018.  The mortal remains will be brought to Don Bosco, Dimapur shortly. Let us pray for the departed soul in our prayers. Today, there are three masses in Don Bosco: One at 7.00 a.m. by Nebu Mathew, the Economer in the morning, at 3.00 p.m. a malayalam mass at 3.00 p.m. and at 5.00 p.m. English mass presided over by Vice Provincial, Fr. Bosco sdb. The mortal remains will be brought to Salesian College by 5.30 a.m. on 26th February 2018. Thereafter the funeral Mass will be at 8.00 a.m., presided over Rt. Rev. Joseph Aind sdb DD, Bishop of Dibrugarh. Let us commend  the soul of Fr. Narimattam Mathew to Jesus, that He may forgive his sins and admit him into His eternal bliss.

Fr. James Poonthuruthil, the former Provincial passes away

Dimapur: 23rd Jan 2018:

Father James Poonthuruthil SDB, Rector and Professor at Sacred Heart Theological College Shillong, passed away on January 21 at NEIGRIHMS (North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences) in Shillong, Meghalaya. He would have turned 63 on January 27.

Father Poonthuruthil was under intense medical attention in the Critical Care Unit of NEIGRIHMS after being seriously hurt in a road accident on 14 January while travelling from Shillong to Guwahati in Assam. The Tata Nano car he was travelling in, rammed into a stationery truck on NH-6 at Umsawnongkharai near Nongpoh in the Ri Bhoi district of Meghalaya. The police, along with sisters and fathers of Nongpoh parish rushed the injured first to Nongpoh Civil Hospital and later to NEIGRIHMS.

The team of doctors at NEIGRIHMS conducted a surgery on him to stop swelling and hemorrhage in the brain. A part of the skull was removed to monitor and treat the brain. On a ventilator and in a coma, Father James continued to be ”not out of danger”.  On Friday, 19 January, tracheostomy (surgical incision on the windpipe to connect the ventilator) was done. But for occasional and slight involuntary movement of the hands, he responded little to the round the clock medical attention that was given him. He passed away at 7.55 PM, on 21 January.

Father Ponthuruthil’s body was taken to Sacred Heart Theological College and placed in the Shrine of the Sacred Heart. A requiem Mass was held at 5.00 PM on 22 January, after which the body was taken to Salesian College Dimapur in Nagaland for burial at 2.00 PM, on 23 January.

The former Provincial Superior of Dimapur Province, Father  Poonthuruthil, with a doctoral degree in Moral Theology from Alfonsiana, Rome, with the thesis ”Towards Responsibility: A Study of Erik H Erikson’s Theory of Psychosocial Development and Viktor E Frankl’s theory of Logotherapy.” served the Church in Northeast India in various capacities.

He was registrar of the Sacred Heart College from 1988 to 1992; and from 1994 to 1995. He was rector of Salesian College of Higher Education, Dimapur, during 1995-2001. He became the president of the Sacred Heart Theological College, Shillong in 2003, a post he held for three years. He was then appointed the Provincial Superior of the Salesian Province of Dimapur, Nagaland, from 2006 to 2012. A year later, he was appointed director of Integrated Training for Laity and Religious and Rector at Mathias Institute, Mawlai. He had taken over as the Rector of Sacred Heart Theological College Shillong in May this year.

 He was given the best of treatment, care and concern. Prayers and masses were being offered. But the Lord found it  wise and convenient to take him home in Heaven on 21.01.2018. May his soul rest in peace. He was a person who endeared to everyone, youngsters as well to the old. He was bold, courageous, yet gentle, loving  and caring. We will miss you dearest Father. Rest in peace till we meet  at Jesus’ feet.

 The funeral mass was at 2.00 p.m on 23rd january 2018  at Salesian College, chapel. He was buried in the Salesian College Province cemetery with due respect and honour. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let your perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.

DC of Palin visits DBS, Palin

Palin: 14.08.2017

DC of Palin-Kraa Daadi district, Shri Pige Ligu visits Don Bosco School, New Palin, Arunachal Pradesh. Giving away prizes to the Students for the Literary competitions conducted in view of Swachh Bharat Mission under PHED -Palin, Govt. Of Arunachal. The competitions were conducted under various topics such as: Essay Writing , Extempore Speech, Slogan and Debate. 90% of the prizes were extracted by Don Bosco Students in all the categories – First, Second and Third prizes respectively.

The DC exhorted the Students to keep on updating oneself by regularly visiting the library n also open their hearts for changes in the state. He has also acknowledged the yeomen service done by the Catholic mission in the state and he promised to help the institution on any request. The programme ended with refreshments.

Dance of Fortune calls shots in Salesian College, Dimapur

Dimapur: 13th August  2017

As a sign of gratitude to all who associate and collaborate with the Salesian College of Higher Education (SCHE), a concert on “Dance of Fortune“ (a four act Drama) was staged on August 12th and 13th at Fr. Paul Bernick Memorial Auditorium by the residential staff and students of the same  for the Youth, People, Priests and the religious of the Dimapur town.

The Drama was scripted by Fr. Tom Karthik sdb, Rector of SCHE. The play reveals the fact that misplaced or unreasonable love can make one blind to the faults of those who need to be guided and corrected. The show was intended to drive home the importance of combined responsibility of the parents and the school authority in educating a child to the viewers.

The programme also featured multi-media presentation, dances, songs, and instrumental. The event was co-ordinated by Fr. Felix Irudayaraj sdb, Vice-Principal and counsellor of SCHE.

The first day was attended by students, hostellers and villagers from Salesian College youth centres. On the second show, the crowd consisted of neighbouring institutions, benefactors and well-wishers. About 900 people participated in the two-day entertainment extravaganza.

New Principal for DBC, Itanagar

Itanagar: 10th August 2017

Fr. Jose George takes over as the Principal of  Don Bosco College, Itanagar. It’s a college with nearly 1200 students. He has  taken charge as the Principal on 25th July. Let us accompany him with our  prayerful support.

Second Day National Seminar by Pol. Science Dept.

Maram:  10th August 2017
In DBC, Maram, 2 Day National Seminar on “Regional and Global Dynamics in India-China Relations organised by Political Science Department.

JYOTI: A Sadri Film is Released

Golaghat: 10.08.2017

DBC, Golaghat had its freshers’ day on 8th August 2017. In it, a short Film titled ‘JYOTI’ was released and screened for the benefit of the students. It is a first ever salesian production in sadri. The film was produced by Fr. Jonas Kerketta SDB, Director of Media Department, Dimapur. Don Bosco College students were the actors. Film focused on the need to promote education in the rural areas to promote development. The film also focuses on the role of the educated youth in eradicating illiteracy among the rural masses. Many of the students were emotionally moved while watching the film.


Golaghat :  Aug 9:

Fr. Jonas Kerketta of Media Department, Dimapur addressed the students today as they were beginning the preparation for the celebration of the Independence day. On the occasion he spoke about Freedom.

He felt that India needs to be truly free, to be truly developed and have a great depth of self respect.  India must develop in such a way that it commands respect all over the world. India is very much respected much today all over the world thanks to the numerous sojourns of our dear Prime Minister.

India needs to be a developed country. It has not developed as expected, especially in job creation for youth, solutions for the debt ridden farmers and the like.

India is free from political subjugation of the foreign groups. But we have internal snares and subjugations. Many of the Indians are not free – Economically many are poor , Educationally many are illiterate and we suffer from the vigilantism movements. A small rumour is enough to create a mob and people gets killed  This is a sad story.

We need to become enlightened groups so that we are not only free externally but also internally.  For this the best prayer is that of the Nobel Laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore’s Where the mind is without fear”.  I encourage you to read and reflect on this.

At the conclusion of his motivational speech, he led the New India Pledge and all the management, staff and students took the oath.

A Seminar on Value and Importance of Education

Dimapur: 24 July 2017

A Seminar on “Value and Importance of Education” was held in Singrijan village last sunday. It was organized by the residential students of Youth Services of the Salesian college of Higher Education, Dimapur. The Chief resource persons were Fr. Dr. Policarp and Sr. Emelda Kerketta MSMHC. It began at 9 a.m. and ended by 2.00 p.m. It was split in to two sessions. Earlier, it started with the lighting of the lamp by the resource persons, catechists and a group of leaders.
Dr. Policarp underscored that education is for all not for few. Education is not only by school also through other means. The programme was further explicated with power-point presentation and action songs. These brought vitality and enthusiasm. There was a Holy Mass after the seminar. After the holy mass, there was a short felicitation programme. The catechist tossed the vote of thanks. The participants listened with the rapt attention. There were over 250 people. The entire programme left a deep impression on all the participants

Faith Fest Seminar is conducted

Dimapur  23 July 2017

A Seminar on “FAITH FEST” was conducted at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Dhobinala, Dimapur. Around 75 youth and over 30 adults participated in it from Diphupar Rongmei, Diphupar B, Burma Camp and Zeliangrong Village. It was started on 22nd July 2017 and ended by 23rd July 2017. The prominent animators were Fr. Tom Karthik, Br. Philip Kamei, Fr. Joshua and Fr. T.C. Joseph. It was interspersed with the dance competitions, Singing competitions, Bible Quiz and etc. The participants truly enlivened the day and were truly enriched