Inaugural graduation Don Bosco Salelologa

On Friday December 5th was an auspicious day for Don Bosco College and Vocational Centre, Salelologa, Savaii, Samoa.

In Samoa rain signifies God’s blessings. All through the night God had sent down His abundant blessings from the heavenly clouds as a sign of His support for the events unfolding on this day. Then, miraculously, the rain ceased a short time before the start of the celebrations, as an expectant crowd of proud parents, students and teachers filled the parish church at Salelologa for the inaugural graduation of 19 students. The first intake of Don Bosco had reached the finishing line!

During the joyous celebration of Mass Father Mosese Tui applied the Gospel of the day, the cure of the blind man, to the day’s happening. We can be blind in many ways, but we must always seek the light.

Tears flowed nearly as copiously as the previous night’s rain when Father Mosese read out the names of the graduating students and Father Filipo Kapeli presented them with their certificates and there was hardly a dry eye in the church when Fathers Mosese, Filipo and Nick stretched out their hands over them in blessing.

After the Mass everyone proceeded to the College for prize giving, the presentation of certificates of completion to the “Tech 2” students and the highlight of the day: the announcement of the first “Dux” of Don Bosco College.

All shared the ample refreshments, provided by the students’ families. And then, ten minutes after the crowd had dispersed, as if to show his approval of the wonderful events, the heavens opened again as it only can in Samoa!


Reported by Fr Nick Castelyns SDB.

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