The Salesians in Sunbury celebrated the feast of St. John Bosco on Thursday 2nd February as a community. The Eucharist was led by the rector, Fr Will Matthews, and participated by all confreres except Fr Joe Binh who is away on a sabbatical.
During the Eucharist, the rector acknowledged and celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of the Salesian Profession of Br. Noel Hannabery. Br Noel is a new member of the community coming from the Bairnsdale community that was closed down at the end of 2016. He made is First Profession here at Rupertswood in 1957.
Br Cahill Gleisner travelled back from his retirement home in Goonawarra to be with the community for the celebration. Br Cahill also celebrates 87th birthday on Sunday, 5th February.
In addition, the community was graced by a two-week pastoral experience stay of Br Dominic Aung Ko Myint from Burma. Br Dominic will be studying theology at Catholic Theological College in East Melbourne while staying at Don Bosco House in Clifton Hill. A recently arrived young Iraqi man, Melad, also joined the community for Mass and dinner with the community. Only a week ago, Melad came to Australia with his family on a humanitarian visa. Melad spent about four years in Turkey and worked closely with the Salesians.
Br Barry Parker is another addition to the community who was formally welcomed on this occasion. A keen person on Youth Ministry, recreational camps, photography and technology, he teaches in the junior and VCAL areas at Salesian College in Sunbury.