Evolving Happiness with Don Bosco
Evolving Happiness with Don Bosco
Tennyson Xavier Fernandes
The celebration of 75 years of Salesian presence in Goa will culminate today, September 6, with a great final Eucharistic celebration by the principal celebrant Major Rector of the Salesians of Don Bosco and the 10th successor of Don Bosco, Don Ángel Fernández Artime at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Panjim. Don Bosco Panjim was instituted in June 1947 with the late Reverend Fr Joseph Moja as director who arrived with the late Reverend Vincent Scuderi and the late Reverend Fr Joseph Carreno in Goa in 1946. Restoration of the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, which was built 50 years ago adding a meditative and spiritual flavor for the benefit of those seeking to grow in purity and holiness, has been like a beautiful painting on a canvas. Don Bosco Panjim has evolved over the years as a leading educational, athletic, youth and spiritual development center in our state. Besides a high school, the Don Bosco Panjim campus now houses a night school, a high school and a middle school offering BCA, BBA, BBA (T&T), BAMC, BSW and MSW studies. Don Bosco College also offers a professional certificate course in sound engineering. When I joined Don Bosco Panjim, the old Chapel of Our Lady of Fatima was used as the campus of the Don Bosco Oratory. However, today when you enter the sports arena of the Don Bosco Oratory of Panjim, you enter a complete sports destination. The skillfully constructed and well-maintained sports facilities will fulfill the dreams and aspirations of those aspiring to become renowned sports personalities. , Dabolim, Tuem, Benaulim, Sulcorna and Odxel. In 1971, on the occasion of the silver jubilee of the arrival of the Salesians in Goa, the Don Bosco technical school in Panjim was transferred to Fatorda. The Reverend Father Henry Torra, Spanish, was put in charge of managing the construction of the buildings and starting the project. The purpose of the technical school was to train boys who could not complete their studies in various trades such as fitter, machinist, welder, electrician and car mechanic. In August 1983, the National Vocational Training Council of the Government of India recognized the technical school as an industrial training institute. It was a great joy to see the bud of technical education provided by the Salesians grow into a flower when, on July 15, 2011, the All India Commission for Technical Education (AICTE) gave approval to start Don Bosco College of Engineering, Fatorda, which today offers an opportunity for those who wish to obtain a degree in Computer Science, Electronics and Telecommunications, Civil and Mechanical Engineering. In 2006 the Salesians of Don Bosco established an agricultural training and research center at the Don Bosco Agro Ed complex in Sulcorna. A university college in agricultural sciences was established on the campus near Don Bosco Farm High School. Margaret Bosco Bal Sadan Paliem, Ucassaim, is a boys home away from home for the underprivileged and empowers boys through education and skills development programs in addition to providing shelter. Many boys have been successfully placed in different companies in India and abroad tree baptized as St Joseph Vaz Province of Panjim with its headquarters at Odxel consisting of ten houses in Goa and two and six houses in our neighboring states of Maharashtra and Karnataka, respectively. We are all blessed to have the Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Don Ángel Fernández Artime, to join us in celebrating and expressing our gratitude to God for Don Bosco’s gift. The Salesian Founding Fathers of Goa left a legacy with a lasting impact on all past pupils of Don Bosco. Whenever there was no money to buy food grains for the boys, the founding Salesian Fathers of Goa took turns and went to the hospital through Don Bosco Panjim and donated blood and used the money to buy food grains for needy children. I still remember getting 7 out of 100 marks in English as a tenth class student of Don Bosco Panjim for the preliminary exam in January 1986. But Jesus was kind enough to send Don Bosco’s face on fire Reverend Father Peter Gatti in my life. He helped me carve out a niche for myself as a public speaker, English poet, teacher, trainer and writer. Let us pray to God to bless our pastor and to help us continue to live an evolutionary happiness with Don Bosco.