SIRAJULi – A faculty team from Assam Don Bosco University on their way from Master of Social Work 10-day Rural Praticum held at Sapoi Bhutiali village some 13 km beyond Dekhiajuli paid a brief visit to Don Bosco Centre at Sirajuli. The centre is situated on the way to Tezpur on National High Way 52 just before Sirajuli town.
Besides, tuition facility for local children, DB Centre houses Hubert D’Roasario Missionary Aspirantate started in 2011 as the first missionary aspirantate in India preparing young people for overseas missions. The Institute today has some 100 young aspirants from all over northeast India representing numerous tribes.
Under the leadership of former Salesian provincial of Guwahati, the first batch of young missionaries are currently pursuing Philosophy studies at Salesian College Dimapur. A second batch of novices are at Sunnyside in Upper Shillong.
“We hope to send the first batch of young missionaries in 2015 marking the bi-centenary of Don Bosco’s birth,” says director Fr Joseph Almeida.
Reporting on another peculiar incident at DB Centre Fr Almedia said, “Last week thieves tired to steal our only vehicle. It was the time we were fixing our gate facing the highway. Around three o’clock in the morning, thieves came with tow truck to tow away the parked jeep from our car porch. To our luck, neighbours living opposite side of the highway noticed unusual vehicle movement in our compound and alerted their neighbours who shouted and threw stones to chase the thieves who quickly fled with the tow truck leaving behind the jeep.”