DIMAPUR, OCT. 8: The Salesian Province of Dimapur, comprising the states of Arunachal Pradesh, upper Assam, Manipur and Nagaland, felicitated 13 Salesians in a common jubilee celebration at Don Bosco Hr. Sec. School, Dimapur on 8 October 2016. The jubilarians include: Fr. Thomas Vattoth and Fr. Mathew Tharakan (Diamond Jubilarians of Religious Profession), Fr. Thomas Mulayinkal and Fr. Kuriakose Palathinkal (Golden Jubilarians of Religious Profession), Fr. Dennis Panipitchai, Fr. Thomas Vengakunnel, Fr. Sebastian Thuruthiyil, Fr. Lazarus Kujur and Fr. Jeremias Moshary (Silver Jubilarians of Priestly Ordination) as well as Fr. Theotimus Lakra, Fr. Benny James Kurian, Fr. M. J. Vianney and Fr. Guangdiat Nicholas (Silver Jubilarians of Religious profession). Two other silver jubilarians of Religious Profession, Brother Biju Joseph and Fr. Cyriac Manipadam were honoured in absentia as they are working out of Northeast India.
The two main highlights of the day’s jubilee celebrations consisted of the Jubilee Eucharist and a felicitation programme both of which were held in the auditorium of DBHSS, Dimapur. The Jubilee Eucharist was presided over by Fr. Mathew Tharakan and concelebrated by over 60 other priests including Fr. Nestor Guria sdb, Provincial of Dimapur, and Fr. Lazar, Vicar General of Dibrugarh Diocese. The homily was preached by Fr. Thomas Vengakunnel, principal of Don Bosco Hr. Sec. School, Dibrugarh. In his homily Fr. Thomas acknowledged and thanked the parents, the Salesian Congregation and especially God who has helped them to live and work for youth as members of the Salesian Congregation founded by St. John Bosco.
At 9.30 am the Bagpipe Band of Christ King Hr. Sec. School, Kohima, solemnly escorted the Jubilarians into the venue. The Eucharist was preceded by words of welcome by Fr. C. M. Joseph, Administrator of DBHSS, Dimapur.
The felicitation programme commenced with a scintillating prayer dance by the students of Bosco B.Ed. College, Dimapur. Fr. Nestor Guria sdb, Provincial of Dimapur Province congratulated the Jubilarians and welcomed everyone. The students of St. Mary’s Hr. Sec. School, Padampukhri, performed a rhythmic choreography. Fr. T. C. Joseph, principal of Bosco B.Ed College, pronounced words of felicitation and screened an audiovisual programme on the jubilarians, videographed in the current places of their life and work. The students of DBHSS Dimapur presented a choir piece in appreciation of the jubilarians. The little kids of BOSCOME schools delighted everyone with a lively Hindi dance.
Representatives of the jubilarians spoke on behalf of their companions. Fr. V. T. Thomas spoke on behalf of the two Diamond Jubilarians of Religious Profession. Fr. M. P. Thomas represented the two Golden Jubilarians of Religious Profession. Fr. T. J. Sebastian spoke for the five Silver Jubilarians of priesthood. Fr. R. K. Nicholas voiced the sentiments of the four Silver Jubilarians of Religious Profession.
Fr. Bosco Perianayagam, Vice Provincial, proposed the vote of thanks. The programme ended on an inspirational note as the whole assembly devoutly sang a hymn in honour of St. John Bosco.
Dimapur: 7th October 2016:
Around 37 participated in the Rectors, Parishpriests and Incharges meet 2016, held here at Don Bosco Provincial House. The Session began with the Invocation to the Holy Spirit and Addressing the assembly by Fr. Bosco Perianayagam sdb, the Vice – Provincial of Dimapur Province. After the inaugural ceremony, the participants were animated by Mr. Spoky Wheeler and Mrs. Kavitha Anand, the resource persons for the Leadership and Managment Training Programme, coordinated and Organised by Fr. Maria Charles from AIDBES, India. Thereafter, they were led along the lines of leadership and other related matters. The meeting lasted till the lunch time.
DIMAPUR: 3 October 2016
Leadership and Management Training Programme for Principals and Headmasters of Dimapur Province is underway at Provincial House Dimapur. The resource persons for the occasion are: Mr. Spokey Wheeler and Mrs. Kavitha Anand . Over 15 – 20 participants are there. The chief organiser of the event is Fr. Maria Charles sdb,AIDBES COORDINATOR together with the Salesian Province of Dimapur.