Chennai – As part of their formation program, the brothers from Don Guanella Major Seminary who are preparing themselves for Final Profession participated in a course for final vows preparation organized at Don Bosco Renewal Centre, Bannerghatta, Bangalore January 6th-25th. In this time of intensive preparation for perpetual vows, this course really helped them prepare on a deeper level. The content of the course included consecrated life, community life, prayer, discernment, psycho-sexual integration & celibacy, and group counseling. The information from the sessions and the fraternal moments with participants from the Salesian congregation fostered an atmosphere to deepen their knowledge about religious life and motivated them to be more committed to this way of life.
Cuddalore – Experience is the best teacher. In life we do many activities consciously, yet we fail to learn from them. Some say we play to win. Some say we play for fame. Some say we play for money. Besides all these views games and sports has become a indispensible part of our daily life. Sports are not only for relaxation but also to discipline oneself and build a unity among team members. “Learn while playing,” is a mantra the Guanellians have imbibed from the Salesians to bring social awareness, character building, team spirit and value formation into the lives of young people in the local area.
St. Guanella Sports Club was solemnly inaugurated on July 6th in the presence of Fr. Soosai Rathinam, the Provincial Superior, and Fr. Visuvasam, the Local Superior. The Club will be guided and organized by Fr. John Paul Britto, who gave birth this new venture. Young people who are interested in sports such as Football, Volleyball, Basketball and Shuttle Cock are welcomed to join in, free of cost. There is sufficient coaching to guide and teach the athletes.
Mysore – ‘How beautiful it is when brothers live in unity.’ An inter-congregational sports meet brought joy and happiness to the Preethiya Sevakaru campus; Salesian and Guanellian families met each other and shared feelings, played party-games, danced, and held a singing competition along with a fantastic meal. Salesian brothers are in their postulancy and our Guanellian brothers are in their initial stage of formation. It was a great opportunity to build the relationship between the two families. As our founder said, “the separation from Don Bosco was the greatest agony that I underwent, more than the death of my father.”