New Beginnings...

Neil Fernandes SDB
11 Jun 2019
Don Bosco Loutulim
Don Bosco

Pre-Novices arrive at Don Bosco Loutolim, Goa for their year of formation, seen with Rector Fr Simao Fernandes

For long the Panjim Province has been dreaming of a formation house in Goa. Now, finally this dream has become a reality with the Pre-Novitiate in Loutolim. On June 10, 2019, thirteen pre-novices (Province of Panjim - 4, Province of Mumbai - 9) were formally inducted into the pre-novitiate by manner of a solemn Rite of Initiation at the hands of the Provincial, Fr. Felix Fernandes.

The pre-novices arrived in batches, the first batch of prenovices of the Province of Panjim arriving in the morning. The pre-novices of the Province of Mumbai arrived at 1.30pm with Fr. Johnson SDB. Some of the parents also accompanied the pre-novices.

After the parents bid farewell to their beloved sons, the pre-novices were given time to settle in. The Provincial, Vice-Provincial and the Economer arrived at 5.30pm and were welcomed to the house with the melodious voices of the pre-novices, along with a few words of welcome. At 6.30pm, a solemn mass was celebrated by Fr. Felix, during which the Rite of Initiation took place. Also present for the mass was the Vice-Provincial, Fr. Clive Telles, and the Economer, Fr. Francis Silveira, and the Parish Priest and assistant parish priest of Saviour of the World Parish, Loutolim.

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