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Don Bosco Tech Plants 12,000 trees

Staff and students planting saplings.

KRISHNAGAR, (C.M. Paul) – In a major eco friendly venture Don Bosco Technical School Krishnagar launched an ambitious Go Green project of planting 12,000 (twelve thousand) high yielding timber saplings, for a week from 22 September. The project consists of planting saplings of high quality timber yielding local varieties of trees like Mahagani, Akashmuni, Teak, and Kodam.

While the cost per sapling worked out to Rs. 2 (Rs.24,000 for 12,000 plants) the additional expenses incurred for planting these come to Rs.26,000.

Explaining the urgency of the project Rector of 78 year old Don Bosco Youth Centre Krishnagar Fr Thomas Kayyalackal says, “It is to utilize the land lying fallow, to protect the property from being encroached, and to be part of the go green movement.”

MC nuns at Don Bosco Go Green Campaign

“Besides providing green cover to the barren area in our farm, we hope to provide employment to people as well as set a model for other people to emulate. Eventually we hope to get economic benefit of having timber of our carpentry training school as well as getting financial support for the institution,” said Fr Kayyalackal.

The Superintendent of DB Tech Fr Mani Kariapuram said, “We hope to involve some 80 people (all the formal students, teachers and other collaborators of the Don Bosco Technical School, Krishnagar – in this project.”

The government officials particularly the District Commissioner, the Sub Divisional Officer, as well as officials of the forest department, the police, the schools, religious communities around, the Salesian province of Kolkata have shown considerable interest in the novel project.

Week-long Go Green Campaign

Speaking at the inaugural function, local Member of Legislative Assembly Mr Aboni Joardar (Retd. IPS) said “This is indeed a praiseworthy initiative by Don Bosco Krishnagar and an example to be emulated and it is hoped that more and more people realise the necessity of such initiative and carry such projects forward.”

To ensure that the saplings are not forgotten after the initial hoopla the school authorities have divided the forest into several sections and each section will be entrusted to one class each. A few people are also employed to look after the trees.

With a sturdy wall around the compound, gates with cow traps, guards, regular supply of water and manure, the Go Green campaigners have ensured the plants’ growth and protection from predators.


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SMI Study House and Student Hostel Blessed

Praying for SMI new house in Kolkata

KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) – Superior General of the Sisters of Mary Immaculate (SMI) Sister Lisette Thuruthimattam cut the ribbon and inaugurated a new building in Kolkata, 11 April. Archbishop Thomas D’Souza of Kolkata blessed the new building and presided at the solemn Eucharistic celebration with 24 priests. Some 200 Sisters and faithful participated in the well-ordered liturgy accompanied by excellent singing. The new chapel also has a balcony to facilitate participation of larger number of faithful

The three storey building besides being a study house for junior Sisters attending various Colleges and Universities in Kolkata can also host some 50 girls in its third storey hostel facility.

SMI Nati House Kolkata new building

The SMI founder father Bishop Louis Morrow SDB (1892-1987) of Krishnagar bought the SMI congregation’s first property and building in Kolkata with monies provided by a legacy left by Miss Natividad Marcus, a great friend and benefactor of Bishop Morrow from his days as Secretary to the Papal Nuncio in the Philippines. It was Bishop Morrow who named the property at15 Gurusaday Road– Nati House in memory of Miss Natividad a PhD in Philosophy from University of Manila and sponsor of Bishop Morrow’s catechetical publishing ventures. Miss Natividad died at SMI Mother House at Krishnagar in 1956.

The old house bought in 1957 was pulled down after 53 years and Archbishop Lucas Sirkar, SDB of Kolkata blessed the foundation stone for the new building, 4 December 2010.

First Holy Eucharist at new Nati House Kolkata

The work started under architect Krishnendu Ghosh and his team was follwed up by Sisters Regis and Daisy under the supervision of SMI Kolkata provincial Sr Lorraine and the local superior Sr. Janice.

Don Bosco Technical School Krishnagar prepared and supplied the iron grills, doors and windows of the new building under supervision of its director Fr Mani Kariapuram.

The first group of eight novices received their religious habit of white sari with three stripes on Sunday 20 April 1952 . Today, 60 years later, there are 625 Sisters working in 77 institutions in 5 provinces and one delegation inIndia, Africa andEurope. This year the congregation has over 30 novices and some 130 pre-novices.

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