Bicentenary of the birth of DonBosco 1815-2015
2015 marks the Bicentenary of Don Bosco’s birth, the patron saint of young people. The birth of Saint John Bosco on 16th August 1815 deserves a celebration. Don Bosco whose life and ministry as a pastor and a brilliant educator made an impact not only on the lives of the marginalized youth and poor people of his time but continues to inspire and benefit young people and inspire Youth workers and educators over the years.
The theme of the bicentenary is “Returning to Don Bosco” and emphasizes on the “rebirth” of Don Bosco’s spirituality in every individual Salesian. The Salesian family over the last three years began a spiritual preparation with the sacred relics of the pilgrim Don Bosco and visiting the Salesian world and arousing a greater commitment to the Salesian Charism.
The Kolkata province has planned a three day Salesian Family Congress from 25th to 27th September 2015 at Kolkata. Events planned include an exhibition on Don Bosco’s life and works, panel discussions, presentations on and by the Salesian Family groups, a mega public function at the city Indoor stadium for the young. Events for the celebration of the bicentenary of Don Bosco is being planned and discussions are being held by the college management team of Salesian College, Siliguri and Sonada campus to mark the occasion on 16th August, 2015.