In the 150th year of the Founding of the Salesian Society and the 75th year of the Canonization of Don Bosco, heeding the call of GC 26 to return to Don Bosco to start afresh from him, thirteen Salesians from the different provinces of Salesian India came together at Don Bosco Renewal Centre to begin a three-month diploma course in Salesian Studies. The Course is organized by Don Bosco Renewal Centre under the auspices of the SPCSA and the general supervision of Kristu Jyoti College, aggregated to the Pontifical Salesian University, Rome.
course was inaugurated on 4th October at 6.30 pm. The inauguration programme began with a meaningful prayer service conducted by Fr. Rosario John. Then Fr. Joe Mannath, the director of Don Bosco Renewal Centre, welcomed all the participants and especially the dignitaries who had come from Kristu Jyoti College. The message from Fr. Maria Arokiam, the Regional for South Asia, was read by Fr. Jose Thannickal. Among other things Fr. Maria highlighted that “this is a serious course, … intended to give a good grounding in Salesianity for confreres who are already well into their ministry. It is also intended to prepare leaders and animators for our communities.” Fr. Anton Padinjarathala, the principal of Kristu Jyoti addressed the participants stressing the need for serious studies on Don Bosco. Then Fr. Jose Kuttianimattathil, explained the dynamics and rationale of the course. The inaugural session ended with light refreshments after the participants introduced themselves.
The course owes much to Fr. Joaquim D’Souza, the former Regional, who took keen interest in initiating the process for starting this course. The course enjoys the full support of the Pontifical Salesian University, Rome. This is a milestone in the life of Salesian South Asia. It will enrich the lives of Salesians and those whom we serve.
Fr. Jose Kuttianimattathil, SDB