Good morning! Don Bosco has arrived….. The relics of our saintly father and founder, St. John Bosco are here with us in Cebu, Philippines…..
Thousands of people came , stayed and venerated Don Bosco during his whole day stay in Lourdes Parish. Different people kept vigil the whole night and this morning he was brought to Don Bosco Technology Center, Labangon. There he will be venerated for the next few days until Friday.
We left Cebu city at 2:00 AM in the morning and together with other Salesians, bosconians and parishioners, we received Don Bosco haded over to us by the community of St. Louis Schoo, Don Bosco Dumaguete there in Bato, as soon as the barge docked. From there we came back by motorcade stopping for a while in Argao where a teary-eyed mayor Galeos ( a bosconian alumnus) welcomed Don Bosco, whom he described as his friend , mentor and guide. People in Lawa-an, St. Joseph’s parish – Tabunok went out to the streets waving flags as the motorcade passed by. He was carried in procession from McDonalds up to Lourdes with throngs of people and parishioners lining both sides of the street to the dance of the sinulog and the hymn “St. John Bosco our Loving Father” (Don Bosco ritorna), played by the brass band of St. Louis School, Don Bosco Dumaguete.
A more than capacity crowd of worshippers attended the mass. And then the public veneration followed with people from all walks of life venerating , imploring, interceding Don Bosco for help in their needs… What a profound manifestation of faith….. I am certain that for everyone who attended with the proper dispositions, it was a very beautiful and spiritually enriching experience.
We hope and pray that more and more people these days, especially the young, can meet Don Bosco, Patron , Friend and Powerful Intercessor.
St. John Bosco, pray for us…
With you in Don Bosco,
Fr. George MIlitante SDB