Salesian Specific Vocation
The novices are in the process of discerning their Salesians specific vocation. They had many occasions to meet with several Salesian Brothers - Coadjutors, but for this discernment a Br. Walter Thyrniang, a Principal of our Don Bosco Secondary School from Mansa, was invited to explain his vocation journey as a Salesian Brother - Coadjutor. The novices had a nice session with Br. Walter which has kept them thinking more about their Salesian vocation in the context of serving the young people and also their own human and God’s gifts traced in them.
The novices were very happy for the practical input and thankful to Br. Walter for his sincere sharing about the vocation to Salesian brotherhood. Since that time, the novices have earnestly been reflecting on their specific Salesian vocation to see where God calls them to. They believe that the Almighty God will show them the way as they pray for His light and guidance in this regard.
Way out to the Cinema
After the Christmas’ break, classes resumed on the 6th of January. That day in the afternoon was a bonus to the novices as they joined the whole community to go to ‘Arcades’ for a ’3 D’ movie. The rector with the staff members did decide to give to some of the novices the first opportunity to experience this new tri-dimensional movie. It was as a lesson of technological communication. It was also a sign of the community love and care for them. Some of the novices feared the presented actions of the film so they found a solution by taking their ’3 D’ goggles away for a while. After the film the novices were very excited with the new experiences and grateful to their formators.
EXPERIENCES WITH THE YOUNG PEOPLE FROM THE REFUGEE CAMP
The Novices, who are preparing themselves to become ‘Fathers, Teachers and Friends’ of the young in the footstep of Don Bosco, their Founder, were invited to a gathering of young people, coming to ‘City of Hope’ from a refugee camp of Makeni on the 4th of January. It was a touching experience indeed for all of them.
The novices realized the taught situation of the refugees when they received the firsthand information from the young people who are the victims of war, social unrest and political uncertainties. Most of the children and youth were coming from the neighbouring countries. Hearing their stories brought insights to see how much the novices’ help and presence were needed in the lives of these poor and abandoned youngster, who lost their parents, dear ones and friends, because of violence and a lack of security.
The novices could see how much grateful are the young refugees to the people who helped them.
The novices and the Salesian Sisters from ‘City of Hope’ did their charity and Christian duty by empathizing with the children and youth in joyful awareness that God has used them as an instrument of His love. At the end of the day, all could see the smiles on the children’s faces as they were happy to be in a place where they felt God’s care and love, and their own worth. Thanks to the Salesian Sisters and all others for making this day an experience of home for the young refugees.
HAPPY AND PEACEFUL NEW YEAR 2014
It was really by the grace of the Almighty God, that the community had a nice and spiritual experience of welcoming the New Year 2014 very vibrantly. They retained a lot of thanks to God, the Father, who has loved all so much, even so they have been sinners. The whole community had a thanksgiving Mass for the year 2013 at 23:00 hours and a blessing just at midnight. Later, all the members of the community with the novices gathered together in a family spirit in the TV rooming. They shared their experiences and wishes for the New Year 2014. During the day of the 1st of January, the novices went to the parish for the Mass - the Solemnity of the Mother of God.
After this, the novices had a free time with a short excursion outside of the novitiate community. In the evening they had a solemnized Evening Prayer, followed by a supper.
OUTING TO MUNDA WANGA ON THE 30th OF DECEMBER 2013
What a nice experience the community had! What they had was a discovery of the beauty of creation.
The community left for the Munda Wanga Environmental Park in Chilanga at 9 hours. Upon arrival, the community was welcomed with an extraordinary hospitality and was entrusted into the hands of a guide, who took all around the place. They had a chance to see different animals among them were lions, zebras, Impalas, camels, and donkeys to mention but a few.
Afterward, the community had its free time within the park, which included a lunch and then time of recreation like swimming. All had a nice time to remember.
THE 28th of DECEMBER - HOLY INNOCENTS
On the 28th December, the novices were invited to the Jesuits’ Novitiate to celebrate the feast of the Holy Innocents. Novices from different religious communities and congregations made it a point to be there. Our day started with the Celebration of Mass, presided by Fr. Peter the Novice Master from the Combonis’ Novitiate and concelebrated by others, also the ZMB Novice Master, Fr Christopher Rychcik. Some entertaining presentations from different novices’ groups were presented, especially referring to their cultural or artistic skills and talents.
The Salesian novices also played their part and performed an exhilarating drama. Then, they had a packed multihued lunch and sport activities where the Salesian novices proved by winning that a playground is a part of our Constitutions and charism. They returned at 17:30 hours and it was the end of their blessed and joyful day of the Holy Innocents.