Indian Salesians open second overseas mission aspirantate

First batch of 13 aspirants at Perambur

CHENNAI, (Fr. Pathiaraj) – The first Salesian Missionary Aspirantate in South India has been launched on 29 June by Fr. Jayapalan Raphael, the Salesian Provincial of Chennaiat at Don Bosoco, Permabur (Chennai). The programme included a send off ceremony three missionaries from the province going overseas – Fr. Solomon Kolandaiswamy SDB, Fr. Balasamy Yettukuri SDB and Bro. Leo Dhanraj SDB.  The celebrations began with a concelebrated Mass on the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, presided over by former of Dharmapuri Rev Antony SDB.

Don Bosco Missionary Aspirantate, Perambur, is the second missionary aspirantate of India.  It is inaugurated just seven months and seven days after the first missionary aspirantate at Sirajuli (Assam) in Guwhahati Province. It is the 14th missionary aspirantate of the congregation and the second outside Europe.

At the beginning of the Eucharist there was a traditional ceremony of lighting the Kuthuvilaku (Bronze Lamp) by different people who gain prominence in this function. The five wicks of the oil lamp were lit by Bro. Julian Santi SDB, the sole missionary left in the province, Fr. T. C. George the Delegate of Salesian Provincial Conference of South Asia for the missionary animation, Fr. Solomon Kolandaiswamy (one of the three missionaries), Fr. Provincial and Fr. Pathiaraj SDB, the Rector of the aspirantate.

After this ceremonial lighting of the lamp Fr. Provincial read out the letter of approval from the Rector Major and a letter from Fr. Václav Klement, General Councilor for the Missions. The Rector Major expressed in his letter that he felt proud of this new venture of theprovinceofChennai.  The Councilor for the Missions described it as a concrete response of the Indian Provinces to the call of the Rector Major: ‘It’s the time to give back’.

Fr. Francis Sebastian SDB, a missionary in Sri Lanka, preached the homily.  He explained that a missionary was the one who came out of his own ego to bring God’s love to the people.  He also shared his missionary experiences in Sri Lanka.

Soon after the Mass a short programme was organized felicitate the three missionaries.  Fr. Jayapalan, the Provincial, felicitated the three missionaries and presented them with a statue of Our Lady as a symbol of Our Lady accompanying them. The missionary aspirants also gave cultural items.  Around 250 people including Salesians, various religious and lay collaborators participated in the festivities.

This missionary aspirantate has 13 aspirants and one is from the Andaman Islands.
Eventually the candidates will come from all South Indian provinces.

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  1. C.M. Paul

    Excellent start of the new overseas missionary aspirantate… Strategic positioning near the Perambur Shrine lents it a high visibility too. All the best to Rector Fr Pathiraj and his team… And my wish – may the southern aspirantate provide galore zealous missionaries to overseas missions….

  2. The event began with a conference from Fr Urata Shinjiro who has only recently returned from Rome where he gained his Doctorate in Theology from the UPS. Using a well-prepared Presentation, he described his doctoral thesis in which a very practical, clear picture of Don Bosco merges, as someone very like us, very close to us, as represented in the “Cronichetta” by Fr Barberis, first Novice Master of the Congregation. questions (and answers) like “When, how much and what did Don Bosco eat?” gave the speaker a chance to let us know just how Don Bosco lived out his holiness and spirituality in concrete terms.

  3. Anton Richlyn

    I saw through online about Indian Salesians open second overseas mission aspirantate. I really happy to know about it. I am 16 years old studied only 8th standard staying in Urapakkam. Can you help me to join in this overseas mission aspirantate of don bosco. I am from Catholic family. This is my long goal of becoming a salesian. But since my education is less and also i do not want to go far academic qualification but interested in religious life. Please give me a hand. I am sending from my friend’s email address. Please reply positivity.

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