Shillong, 13 October 2021: Nestled in one of the localities of Shillong named Mawlai in Meghalaya, India, Savio Juniorate, a cradle of Salesian vocation is all set to celebrate its 60th year of its existence on the 11th of October, 2022. The year-long celebration of this aspirantate began on the 11th of this month with a concelebrated Holy Mass led by the Provincial of Salesian Shillong Province at Savio Juniorate chapel to thank God for all his benedictions that he has showered on this religion institution that has produced for the vast majority of the present day Salesians in the North Eastern Region. While delivering the homily during the Holy Mass, the Provincial of Salesian Province of Shillong, Father Paul O. Lyngkot said celebration is a time to move forward to be closer to God, the church and the congregation. Fr. Lyngkot also said that celebration should be a time for all the members of the Salesian congregation to read and know more about Don Bosco. Turning his attention to the aspirants, Father Lyngdoh made an ardent appeal to them to read about the patron St. Dominic Savio and also to emulate his example.
Speaking to the Salesian clergy after the Holy Mass, Father Lyngkot suggested holding the morning and evening Euchristic adoration as part of the year-long celebration Savio Juniorate for strengthening one’s spirituality.
The celebration reminisces the dynamic leadership of Rev. Fr. AnthonyAlessi SDB who started the Savio Juniorate Aspirantage on the 11th of October, 1962 and canonically erected in 1964. Savio Juniorate saw the light of day as a result of the foresight, dynamism and hard work of Rev. Fr. Aloysius Ravalico, a man of great vision and optimism who thought about the future needs of the province.