Anisakan-Myanmar: 6 May, 2014
The Salesian vice province in Myanmar is blessed with five perpetually professed members on the feast of St. Dominic Savio.
The celebration was officiated by the Fr. Maurice Vallence, Superior of the vice province with 16 concelebrating Salesian priests. Fr. Maurice emphasized the beauty of the Salesian Brothers vocation in his homily. Culturally, the Salesian Brother vocation is not much valued and properly understood in the culture of the country.
Three Salesian Brothers came back from the Philippines to make their total commitment in the presence of their parents and relatives and the Salesian Family. Br Ambrose Thant Zin Oo, Br Dominic Sai Thi Ha and Br Sa Francis Xavier completed their specific formation at the Formation Centre of the Salesian Brothers in Paranaqe in the Philippines.
Two Clerics: Henry Myo Aung and John Peter Zin Min Thu who have been studying at the Catholic National Seminary in Yangon also made their perpetual profession with their fellow Salesian Brothers.
The profession celebration was honoured by the presence of Archbishop Charles Bo SDB. Among the five perpetuandi, four were invited to the Salesian life by Archbishop Charles himself. The faithful in Pathein Diocese came to know the Salesians of Don Bosco when Archbishop Charles was transferred from the Diocese of Lashio. He was the Bishop of Pathein from 1998-2004.
During his pastoral visits to the parishes bishop whispered to the young if they would like to become Salesians. The Myanmar vice province accepted many candidates from the diocese of Pathein during Bishop Charles’ leadership. One Salesian priest has been ordained from that diocese so far, and now the Salesians are blessed with 4 perpetually professed.
In his speech at the end of the Holy Mass, Archbishop reminded that special care for vocation is extremely important for the life of the congregation.
On behalf of the perpetuandi, Br. Sa Francis thanked Archbishop Charles Bo, superiors and the guests at the end of the Eucharist.
A special dinner was hosted in the evening by the Salesian Family to honour and welcome the new perpetually professed Salesians to the vice province.
By Fr Mariano Soe Naing SDB