Fr. James Adayadiel, Fr. Mika Leilua and Fr. Mathew Vadakkevettuvazhiyil have been appointed to begin the mission of Don Bosco in New Zealand. The Salesians started their first presence in NZ at Massey. There is a parish and a Catholic Primary School attached to the parish. Fr. James is the Parish Priest and Superior of the religious community.
Fr. James worked in Salesian formation houses in India before he volunteered to be a missionary in Samoa. He left India in 1979 and worked in Samoa for about 30 years. It was his dream to have Salesians in NZ and after doing a lot of spade work finally the Salesians officially made their first presence on 1st February 2010. He brings with him a wealth of experience as a priest and administrator.
Fr. Mika who is a Samoan has spent most of his Salesian life in formation houses. His role as Novice Master of the Salesians in Fiji stands out as his major contribution to the Congregation. Before becoming a Salesian he worked as a civil servant in Samoa.
Fr. Mathew came to NZ in September 2009 from the Salesian Province of East Africa, Nairobi. He went to Africa as a young Salesian in 1983. He spent most of his life in educational field in Kenya and Tanzania.
Feast of Mary Help of Christians
The past pupils of Don Bosco with their families gathered once again on 30th May, to celebrate the feast of Mary Help of Christians.
New Zealand is a country of various nationalities and this was evident with families, from Korea, Philippines, India, Samoa, Singapore to name a few. The Holy Eucharist was celebrated by Fr. James, Fr. Mathew & Fr. Mika. The choir provided hymns with combined participation from all present.
Mass was followed by mouth watering snacks prepared by all families that partook in the celebration. Fr. Mathew took the opportunity to talk about the Four Main Groups of Salesians of Don Bosco.
The four main groups
- Salesians of Don Bosco: Priests and Brothers who live in the community
- Daughters of Mary Help of Christians: Salesian Sisters who live in the community
- Salesian Co-operators; Lay people, married men and women who live the spirit of Don Bosco and work for the young
- Volunteers of Don Bosco: Professional men and women willing to help and support the visions of Don Bosco.