The Rector Major of Don Bosco, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, the tenth successor of Don Bosco, made his first visit to Goa from 27th March to 1st April 2019. His prime reason for the visit was “to encourage the Salesian family in their wonderful work”.
His visit included the inauguration of the new formation house for the Salesians called Pre Novitiate House at Loutolim-Goa, praying at the Salesian Cemetery at Fatorda and addressing more than 1000 youth of the province gathered at Don Bosco College of Engineering, Fatorda.
On Thursday 28th March the Statue of St. John Bosco was unveiled by the Rector Major in the presence of the Rectors of the various houses of the Konkan Province, the staff of the Konkan Development Society and the staff of the Goa Salesian Society.
On Saturday evening, the Rector Major along with Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Filipe Neri Ferrao and the Bishop of Sindhudurg, Alwyn Barreto concelebrated the Holy Eucharist at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Don Bosco, Panaji.
Speaking at a press conference, Fr Artime acknowledged that the greatest challenge that India faces is how to overcome the great poverty that is prevalent. “According to me, education is a wonderful garment for any nation. It not just contributes to the present but also gives a future. It is a way to offer people very diverse ways of coming forward; and I can confidently say that the Salesian Society is doing their part here in India as far as education is concerned,” he said.
Addressing the issue of drugs, he admitted that drug abuse among youth is a serious problem. “Drugs corrupt the society, they demolish social service,” Fr. Artime said. “Salesian educational institutions are working towards prevention; fighting against those who sell drugs; investing in education and giving strength and courage to the youth to resist the wrongs of the world,” he told reporters.