Mrs Lily Nirmal, Ms Cecilia Sable, and Mr Kiran attended the Salesian Family Day at St Joseph's / Don Bosco Kurla yesterday, 17 January 2010. There were about 250 participants from different branches of the Salesian Family - SDBs, FMAs, SMI sisters, Salesian Cooperators, Volunteers of Don Bosco (VDBs), Association of the Devotees of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA), and Past Pupils.
The program consisted of the Eucharist, at which Fr Michael Fernandes, SDB Provincial, presided; a video presenting the Strenna of the Rector Major for 2010, "Sir, we want to see Jesus", some dance and song items, and dinner.
The Strenna, being quite explicitly Christian, was perhaps somewhat difficult for the past pupils, many of whom are not Christian. However, it was a powerful presentation of the need that youth have for Jesus, and the invitation to all of us to evangelize them, present them Jesus.
The day was organized by the Kurla Unit of Cooperators and Past Pupils, under the guidance of Fr Elias Diaz, SDB Provincial Delegate for the Salesian Family.
For many, it was a good opportunity also to see the Kurla Don Bosco Campus, with its ITI, Engineering College, and Catering and Hotel Management College. Fr Adolph Furtado, the Rector, said that soon a Business Management College would also be set up. He explained the admission requirements for each of the branches. Being a minority institution, 50% of the seats are reserved for Christians, who, of course, have to do the CET and compete among themselves for seats.