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The Salesian Rector Major arrives in the City of Joy

By KNOTS Correspondent
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Kolkata, Nov. 5. Fr. Pascual Chavez Villanueva, the ninth successor of Don Bosco, was given a warm welcome to the City of joy along with Fr. Adriano Bregolin Vicar General of the Rector Major and Fr. Juan J. Bartolome Secretary to the Rector Major, in the morning hours of 5th November 2013.  Many Salesians and past pupils were already at Dum Dum airport by 7.30 AM with garlands, bouquets and excitement written on their faces.
Rector Major and his team was received at 8.30 AM by Fr. Thomas Ellicherail Provincial, Fr. Jose Pampadiyil Vice Provincial, Fr. Joseph Manianchira Economer and other confreres.  The past pupils who arrived in great number too presented bouquets and flowers as the dignitaries were led to the awaiting cars. After a half hour drive in the light morning sun, the convoy arrived at Provincial House, Kolkata.  The dignitaries were greeted and welcomed by many other Salesians along with BASE students, teachers and other staff members first at Nitika Don Bosco, and thereafter at the Provincial House.

At 1.30 PM the Rector Major will depart for Don Bosco Self Employment and Research Institute (DBSERI) at Mirpara, on the outskirts of the city, where he will meet the students at the Institute after. Thereafter he will proceed to Don Bosco, Liluah for an interaction and Eucharistic celebration with the young people, which will commence at 4.30 PM.

The last visit of the Rector Major to Kolkata was in 2005 when he spent a considerable amount of time visiting  the various Salesian presences.  The Salesian Family of Kolkata Province rejoices at the arrival of Fr. Pascual Chavez and his team and wishes them a happy and pleasant stay at our various Salesian presences in the City of Joy, Siliguri and Sonada in North Bengal and finally in Bangladesh.

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