AZIMGONJ, 12 June, (Biswajit Molla) – Fourteen Pre-novices hailing from various states of Eastren India: Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand, started their preparation for novitiate at Savio Bhavan, 1st June.
The year-long formation period has the motto: “Bloom where you are planted,” said Rector of Savio Bhavan Fr Samuel Mondal explaining the training programme for 2013-14.
In the evening of the same day the candidates carrying diyas (lighted candels) processed to the altar offering themselves to the Lord symbolically at the Holy Eucharist.
During the Gospel, they enacted the parable of the talents (Mt :25:14-30) as reminder of their year-long preparation.
“We are happy to be in the company of community members, and under the patronage of St. Dominic Savio,” said one of the pre-novices.
Commenting on the present group of pre-novices Fr Rector says, “I find them very enthusiastic and hard working. They are basically happy and spontaneous.”
The Rector thanked the pre-novices on behalf of the Community, “for the generous gift of themselves to the Lord and Salesian mission.”
Some 13 Salesians from the neigbouring Don Bosco Welfare Centre and parish community joined the pre-novices for dinner.