The brothers of Bangalore Province pursuing studies in Theology at Kristu Jyoti College, Bangalore had various programmes of animation during the summer holidays. The first phase was the language courses of about ten days, for learning Tamil and Kannada: the former for brothers hailing from Karnataka, but not proficient in Tamil, was held at KGF. The course in Kannada was for brothers from Kerala, but not proficient in Kannada, the theory part being organized at KJC and the practical part in various Salesian centres in and around Bangalore.

The second phase was the summer ministry in various Salesian centres through out the province, for about two months. The arrangements began with the notification by the Vice-Provincial about the availability of the brothers for summer ministry. The communities were asked to make the request for brothers, along with the period of time their presence was needed and the nature of the apostolate expected. Most of the communities responded with the required information and possible arrangements were accordingly made. Towards the end of the summer months, communities were asked to fill in a response sheet on the ministry of the brothers.

The third phase of the summer holiday programme was training in computer skills as requested by the brothers. This was carried out at the computer Centre of Don Bosco Church, Lingarajapuram from June 01 to 03. Brothers were imparted lessons in Tally, Photoshop and Corel Draw. During the evening hours, brothers also visited several families of the parish, and carried out a survey as directed by the parish authorities.

On June 04, a meeting of all the INK brothers studying at KJC was held at Don Bosco Provincial House, Bangalore. During the meeting attended by 23 brothers, Fr K.O. Thomas (Vice-Provincial) carried out with the brothers an evaluation of their summer apostolate. Later Fr Thomas Anchukandam (Provincial) addressed the brothers. He reminded them to be thinking theologians. He invited them to grow to greater detachment from home affairs and more attachment to the Congregation, to cultivate solid piety, to be more sensitive to diverse language and culture, to be challenged by the hard facts and aspects of formation, and to make optimum use of the years of theological training, keeping in their minds the immense possibilities emerging in ministering to young people, especially the poorer. Special mention was made of the opportunities that Salesians have in being partners with the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) at the national level.

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