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Salesian Mission Days 2018 - India

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This week, our Salesian Mission Day looks at India, where in less than a decade, the average age is set to be 29. The Salesians in India strongly feel that this is an opportunity to equip the nation for the future by forming young people in the vocational skills they need to succeed in a highly technical jobs market, and in Salesian style, integrating this with social, moral and leadership development through cultural activities, sports, and education in ethics and values.

The film below looks at Salesian professional schools in Kochi and Chennai, training young people in trades from graphic design and printing to electronics and vehicle bodywork.

 

 

This is an edited version of a video produced by the Salesian Missions Sector

as part of the resources for Salesian Mission Day 2018.

 

From its small beginnings in 1987, the the Province of Bangalore's Don Bosco Institute of Graphic Arts Communication Technology (DB IGACT) has grown to provide quality training in printing and pre-print to young people, mostly those from poor backgrounds who have not succeeded in education so far. The skills and outlook developed at DB IGACT means graduates are very much in demand from employers, and the Institute itself employs many of its former students.

 

In addition to its education and training function, DB IGACT is also a professional design and print service, known for its quality and good customer service.

 

Don Bosco Technical Campus is in Basin Bridge, one of the poorest areas of North Chennai. The Salesians founded Joe Tech, St Joseph's Industrial Training Centre, in the 1950s. Today, young people from the 118 slums around Basin Bridge are given the opportunity to train in a range of practical trades, and their employment opportunities are further enhanced by the partnerships the Salesians have created with major global companies including Toyota and Yamaha.

 

Learn more about these Salesian projects from their websites:

Don Bosco IGACT

Don Bosco Technical Campus

 

About Salesian Mission Day

From its beginning, our congregation has been missionary, aiming to take the good news of the Gospel out into the world by helping the young, especially the poorest, wherever we find them. Each year since 1988, the Salesians focus on an aspect of this missionary work across the world, to raise awareness of the work being done, and provide support by asking for your prayers, and if you are able to offer more, donations or volunteering to help the work continue.

This year, we look at Asia. Our theme is “Whispering the Gospel”, highlighting the gentle evangelisation that comes from sharing our values and Don Bosco’s educational approach in harmony with the traditions and cultures of the countries of Asia.

Salesian Mission Day is not a fixed date, and is not necessarily a single day, with each Province free to choose how to celebrate the worldwide mission theme.

So, in 2018, the first four Fridays of Easter, and Pentecost Sunday, are Salesian Mission Days for our Province. We will be sharing insights into Salesian projects in several countries, to help the Salesian Family to learn more about the countries and people Salesians are serving, and the differences they are making to young people’s lives through vocational education projects. We will also look at how Salesians from Asia are bringing their gifts to us in the British Province, where we have priests and brothers from India, China and Vietnam with us through Project Europe.

We hope you will take this journey with us, and offer your prayers and any other support you can.

 

If you would like to make a donation to the work of the Salesian missions, please contact Fr Kieran Anderson SDB, Director of our Mission Office.

 

If you are would like to volunteer with a Salesian project overseas, contact Anita Motha, Coordinator of BOVA (Bosco Volunteer Action).

 

Download the brochure for Salesian Mission Day 2018: Whispering the Gospel from sdb.org

 

Salesian Mission Day Prayer

 

Almighty God,


Maker of heaven and earth, who revealed Yourself to Elijah
neither in the violent wind, nor in the earthquake, nor in the fire,
but in the whisper of a gentle breeze,
make us docile to the whispering of the Spirit

to announce the heart of the Gospel to the heart of the Asian continent.


May the harmonious and joyful sound of an education that leads to employment

dignify the lives of our young people and lead them to an encounter with Jesus,

the "Carpenter of Nazareth".

 

Amen.

Last modified on Monday, 09 April 2018 15:14

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