The Salesian College Sunbury celebrated the Bicentenary of the birth of St John Bosco on Wednesday 12th August at the Lakeside Stadium. The bicentenary Eucharist was led by Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne. He was concelebrated by Fr Vaclav Klement the Councillor of the East Asia-Oceania region, Fr Greg Chambers the provincial, a number of Salesian priests and the parish priest of Sunbury, Fr Kevin Mackintosh.
The Brothers in formation from Clifton Hill and a number of Salesian Sisters also attended the Eucharist.
It was a celebration of great joy. The archbishop spoke passionately about the charism of Don Bosco in his homily telling the students that each person is special in the eyes of God and in the eyes of Don Bosco.
The music and singing was led by Sr Rochelle Lamb FMA. The students sang so well throughout the Eucharist. After the Eucharist, a special birthday cake was brought to the stage and “Happy Birthday Don Bosco” was sung by the whole school. Everyone was thrilled to have received a special live message from the Rector Major for the occasion. Here is Fr Angel’s speech:
Dear boys and girls at Salesian college in Sunbury, I fondly remember being with you on 14th May, during my visit to Australia.
This message is my response to your request as you celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Don Bosco on 12th August.
Dear young people, I greet you with great excitement as I remember you very well in my heart. I also greet all the staff of the college, Salesian brothers and sisters, and members of the Salesian family. Thank you once again for the fraternal encounter I had with you that was very similar to the encounter I had with Pope Francis in Valdocco in Turin recently. It was beautiful and profoundly enthusiastic.
I would like to invite you to do two things for me. That is to keep being enthusiastic and have a great spirit like the Salesian presence in Valdocco.
Every part of the world can be a Valdocco if we take it to heart and provide passionate education for the good of every young man and woman. The most important thing is to help a young person find the right education in life in order to face the world with confidence with the education they have received.
However, life would not be perfect if we don’t offer ourselves to Jesus and allow Him to be present in us.
So, have a wonderful celebration of the bicentenary with my challenge of making your school another Valdocco to produce good Christians and honest citizens.
Always be happy!
Thank you once again. It was nice being with you in May.
See you again!
Following the Eucharist, morning tea was hosted at the Salesian residence where a number of staff, students, and distinguished guests had some special moments with the archbishop and the Regional Councillor.
This is the first part of the celebration of the bicentenary at Salesian College in Sunbury. A carnival of fun games, food and many activities will be held on Friday 14th August for all students and staff. The principal will host a formal dinner to all staff members on Friday evening in the mansion to conclude the bicentenary celebrations.