Monday, November 29, 2010


NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 2, 2010: The ACPI Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2 vols), ed. Johnson J. Puthenpurackal, OFM Cap and George Panthanmackel, MSFS, was released on October 23, 2010 by H.E. Cardinal Telesphore P. Toppo, Archbishop of Ranchi, at Father Agnel School Auditorium, Gautam Nagar, New Delhi, in the presence of a number of dignitaries, including Justice Sree Markandey Katju of the Supreme Court of India, Dr Cyriac Thomas, Member of the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions, Dr Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, Islamic Scholar and Padma Bhushan Awardee, Mr John Dayal, Chairperson, Minority Commission of India, and Prof. Gracious Thomas, Coordinator, CBCI Chair, IGNOU. 
The encyclopedia is the fruit of the very hard work of the two chief editors, assisted by a board of sectional editors who include Keith D'Souza, SJ, Augustine Thottakara, CMI, Kuruvilla Pandikattu, SJ, Stanislaus Swamikannu, SDB, Vincent Aind, Saju Chackalackal, CMI, and Ivo Coelho, Sdb.
The two volume work contains four hundred and twenty two entries, more than eighty percent of which were contributed by members of the ACPI and staff of various Christian institutions all over the country. Very handsomely brought out by ATC Bangalore, the encyclopedia is a pleasure to the eye.
Among Indian Christian thinkers, the following are included: Swami Abhishiktananda, Robert De Nobili, Richard De Smet, (Mother Teresa), Raimon Panikkar, Brahmabandhav Upadhyaya and Thomas Stephens (unfortunately listed under ‘T’). Missing, unfortunately, are the Jesuits of the 'Calcutta Jesuit School of Indology': J. Putz, Pierre Johanns, J. Bayart, G. Dandoy, R. Antoine, and P. Fallon.
A milestone for the ACPI which was "conceived in 1975 and born in 1976 at Aluva (Kerala)" under the guidance and inspiration of the late Fr Richard De Smet, SJ, and the initiative of Dr Albert Nambiaparambil, CMI.
Among the contributors are at least twenty four Salesiansa good ten percent of the total of two hundred and thirty six writers. 
Fr Ivo Coelho sdb 


NASHIK, NOVEMBER 22, 2010: Pune Vidyapeeth (University) Marathi Department which is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee (2010-2011) held a Seminar cum Discussion on the Kristapurana of Fr. Thomas Stephens (1549-1619) on November 15 and November 16, 2010 at P.C. Ray Sabhagruha, Pune University.  It was a joint venture of Pune Vidyappeth Marathi Department and Don Bosco, Nashik.  The theme of the seminar was:  Kristapurana:  A Review (Punaravalokan)”.  The University Hall was filled to capacity which showed the great response from many intellectuals who gathered at Pune University from far and near, from other Universities as well as from the Colleges around. 

There were eminent speakers both from the Christian as well as from Pune University side. There were others from the field of Marathi literature itself.  From the Christian side the speakers and their themes of the talks were as follows:  Bishop Thomas Dabre (Bishop of Pune -  “Inauguration Talk”); Fr. Dr. Nelson Falcao, sdb (Main Talk of the Seminar on “Method and Principles of Inculturation and Inter-religious Dialogue in the Kristapurana”); Rev. Fr. Francis de Britto (“Bible and the Kristapurana”); Msgr. Francis Correia (“Shakespeare of the Konkan Land”); Rev. Fr. Caridade Drago, s.j. (“Indianisation in the Kristapurana); Dr. Cecilia Carvalho (“Language and Society in the Kristapurana”); Dr. Anupama Ujagare “(Kristapurana and Kristayan”).  The speakers from Pune University and others were: Prof. Dr. Kalyan Kale (Ex-HOD Marathi Dept. Pune University - “Various Editions of the Kristapurana”); Prof. Dr. Sadananda More (Prof. Philosophy Department, “Kristapurana: From Hindu Point-of-view”); Prof. Dr. Dilip Dhondge (Prof. at Satana University – “Linguistic Style in the Kristapurana”).

Prof. Dr. R.G. Jadhav, Marathi Literary critic and Ex-President of Marathi Sahitya Sammelan, affirmed that the Kristapurana has been a proper response to Indian tradition and culture.  He said that the Kristapurana cuts across all cultures, traditions and religions. Prof. Dr. Naganatha Kottapalle (Vice-Chancellor of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathawada Vidyapeeth, Aurangabad) stated that the Kristapurana has been an invitation to openness, broad-mindedness and inter-religious dialogue. Prof. Dr. Sadananda More spoke of the Kristapurana as a Great Christian Biblical Epic which was expressed and interpreted in Hindu-Vaishnavaite tradition from the Christian Greco-Hebrew-Latin-Scholastic categories. The significant words of late Dr. S.G. Tulpule were quoted more than once:  “Without sliding out even a little bit from the basic truth in the Bible, putting an Eastern garb agreeable to he Hindu mind, and that also in poetic form, on to the life of Christ, was truly a difficult task.  But Stephens has done it.  He has kept to the language (bhasha), conduct (vritta), ideas (kalpana), imagination of poets (kavisanketa) and all other poetic forms (kavyange) in pure Marathi. The Deity inside is that of Jesus Christ, the temple is Hindu (‘Murti Khristaci, Mandira Hinduce’), such is the arrangement of this Purana.” 

The whole two-day Seminar ended on a heavenly note of Mukti-Moksha (salvation/liberation) reaching Vaikuntha (heaven). The various talks and discussion created an atmosphere of Sarva-Dharma-Samabhava (equality of all) and awakened the feeling of the personal responsibility and duty to respond faithfully and generously to Sva-Dharma (one’s own Religion) among all the participants. 
Fr Robert Pen sdb


AURANGABAD, NOVEMBER 20, 2010: The community of Divyadaan ventured out for an Educational Tour to the famous rock- cut temples at Ajanta and Ellora in Aurangabad on November 17 and November 18, 2010.  This tri-annual tour was the outcome of a lot of detailed planning and arrangement done very much in advance by Fr. Savio D’souza, the Rector of Divyadaan, Fr. Anton D’souza and Br. Jacob.
The confreres placed their mortal feet on the immortal Ellora caves after a five hour enjoyable journey.  After a brief introduction on the co-existence of the Buddhist, Jain and Hindu temples, the guide led us to witness the cut-in and cut-out rock structures of the perfectly chiseled shrines. The precision of the Buddhist temple and the largest monolith of the chariot-shaped Kailash temple with graceful sculptures of Hindu gods and goddesses elevated one’s being to marvel at the ingenuity of the people.  The community captured the eternal memories of the caves in their hearts and proceeded to the historic Daulatabad Fort. The guide gave a detailed history of the fort’s strategic location, the deep moat, the dark tunnels, the minaret and the city structure that reflected the intense expertise of the builders. After a wholesome lunch, the confreres moved on to enjoy the Panchakki – an ancient watermill used for grinding flour, and Bibi-Ka-Maqbara – a pale imitation of the Taj Mahal built by Aurangzeb’s son. The confreres spent their evening in the famous Siddharth garden and feasted over a sumptuous dinner at Br. Jacob’s residence. After felicitating Jacob’s parents and the other guests, the community members proceeded to spend the night at Holy Cross School, thanks to the Convent Sisters.
The new day began with the Holy Eucharist which was offered as a thanksgiving for the Educational Tour and all the persons responsible for making it a success.  After expressing sentiments of gratitude to the Sisters, the community members headed for the world famous rock cut wonders at Ajanta caves.  The monks and artists of early Buddhism have put an amazing show of the rock formations, hammering out temples from top to bottom, sculptural embellishments, the exquisite murals, frescos and paintings that give an insight into the exuberance and talent that existed form ancient ages.
The remote sites of Ajanta and Ellora re-echo the architecture and spirituality of rich Indian culture. The co-existence of different faiths, the engineering skills of the artists and the awe-inspiring interiors of the caves help to appreciate and understand the vastness of ancient art. It is a national pride to have such ancient masterpieces of art and paintings in India. The saying is true ‘Old is Gold.’ This ancient heritage is a ‘Divya Daan’ to all future generations. The community members also enjoyed this bonding by praying together and sharing moments of oneness by singing songs and getting closer to one another. The confreres returned with grateful hearts and everlasting memories of ancient rich art. 
Cl. Bosco Carvalho sdb


DIVYADAAN, NOVEMBER 2, 2010: The Indian Catholic Youth Movement (ICYM) Eighth National Convention was held at Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya from October 10, 2010 to October 17, 2010. The Nashik Diocese Youth Team was led by Fr Anton D’Souza sdb, the youth director of the Nashik diocese.
On the way to Guawathi the group had the opportunity to visit Mother Teresa’s home at Kolkata. Fr Anton celebrated Mass for the youth and inmates at the tomb of Mother Teresa. In Guawathi the Nashik diocesan youth were sent to Jovai diocese for the mission experience. The Convention began with an inaugural mass celebrated by Archbishop Dominic Jala of Shillong Diocese. The Convention witnessed more than two thousand youth representing hundred and fifty two dioceses. During the convention, there were many input sessions. The last day witnessed one lakh people who gathered at the Calvary for the Eucharist. It was presided by the Papal Nuncio.
Overall it was a very enriching experience for the youth of the Nashik diocese. They had an opportunity to mingle with other youth and learn form them to be true disciples of Jesus Christ.
Fr Anton D’Souza, sdb

Sunday, November 28, 2010

‘GROW MORE’ 2010

Lonavla, November 1, 2010: The Don Bosco Scout and Guide Meet of the Maharashtra region, GRO MO 2010 commenced on October 31, 2010. Don Bosco Matunga; St. Dominic Savio, Andheri; Don Bosco Borivali; Don Bosco Nerul; Don Bosco Nashik; Don Bosco Savedi; Don Bosco Yerwada; Don Bosco Lonavala and Don Bosco Naigaon were the participants of this grand event.
It was a great joy to see the scouts and guides of the various schools well decked in their uniforms and enthusiastic to put their best feet forward for the camp. The scouts and guides along with their Scout Masters under the direction and the able guidance of Fr. Anthony Goyal, Fr. Lorenzo D’Souza and Fr. Glen Lowe pitched their tents in full earnest.
The ‘Friendship Games’ that followed enabled the scouts and guides to interact and get familiar with each other. The Grand Inauguration’ for the GRO MO 2010 was held close to twilight. We were privileged to have in our midst Mr. B.I. Nagarale, the State Chief Commissioner for Bharat Scouts and Guides, Maharashtra and Fr. Edwin Calosso, in charge of Groups and Movements as the chief guests for the evening. The March Past, Prayer Service and ‘The Anthem Presentation’ on the theme - ‘Peace on Earth’ were the highlights of the event.
The day concluded with the ‘Theme Presentation by the various schools. Creativity, spontaneity, exuberance, precision and good oration by the participants ignited the event.
All in all the day was an excellent starter to the GROMO 2010. Fr. Ajoy Fernandes and the organizing committee deserve a pat on their backs.
Cl. Evangelo D’Souza sdb


DIYVADAAN, OCTOBER 30, 2010: The Thirty fifth annual meeting of ACPI (Association of Christian Philsophers of India) was held at Carmel Vidya Niketan, Pakhal village,  Faridabad Dt., Hariyana from October 23 to October 27, 2010 to reflect on the theme “Tradition and Innovation: Philosophical Rootedness and Openness. On behalf of Divyadaan Institute, Frs.  Ivo Coelho, Aloysius Hemrom and Robert Pen participated in it. It was a gathering of intellectuals that reflected on tradition and innovativeness as the complementary and interrelatedness dimension of life.
The meeting began with a well organized function for the release of the two volumes ACPI Encyclopedia of Philosophy that took place on October 23 in the Auditorium of Father Agnel School, Gautam Nagar, New Delhi. In the presence of various dignitaries and officials His Eminence Cardinal Telesphore P. Toppo, Archbishop of Ranchi released it by giving the first copy to the chief guest His Lordship Justice Sree Markandey Katju, Supreme Court of India. During the function the ACPI book on Violence and Its Victims: A Challenge to Philosophizing in the Indian Context which contained ACPI papers presented at Anugraha, Dindigul,Tamilnadu, India in October 2009 and edited by Fr. Ivo Coelho, was also released at the hand of Dr. Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, an Islamic Scholar and a  Padma Bhusan Awardee.
The second phase of the ACPI meet began on October 23 in the evening at Carmal Vidya Niketan during which seventeen papers were presented by eminent scholars in the presence of sixty three philosophers across India. The papers were divided into three categories such as Philosophical Foundations, Religious Application and Social Critique. Fr. Ivo Coelho presented a paper entitled “Tradition-Innovation-Dynamics in Christianity” while Fr. Robert Pen gave an exposition on “Tradition-Innovation-Dynamics in Habermas’ Theory of Communicative Action”.
In the light of the theme the gathering also reflected on the Indian Christian Philosophizing.  Accordingly they expressed that the term ‘Indian’ constitutes a geographically bound political grouping, whereas ‘Christian’ stands for a religious grouping.  ‘Indian Christian’ however did not constitute two groups but ‘one’ group with a twofold ‘rootedness’. The members felt that innovation in Indian Christian Philosophizing has to be well rooted in the givenness of Indian Christian tradition. If not it can give rise to mere novelty in thinking without any stability and depth. They concluded that Indian Christian philosophizing has to be a philosophizing with a difference.  This difference of innovative philosophizing with solidity and width can come about only in so far as it is carried out from the depth of Indian Christian tradition.
Fr Robert Pen sdb


DIVYADAAN, OCTOBER 16, 2010: The Mass media has enveloped all walks of life. The human person, in his search for meaning, has intertwined himself/herself into this web of inter-subjective communication through the mass media. Yet the media is not self-revelatory. It has to be understood and grasped. It has to be deciphered and solved. In this process of understanding and deciphering the media and its effects, the brothers from Divyadaan, Salesian Institute of Philosophy participated in a two day course on Film Appreciation conducted by Rev. Fr. Robert Pen, sdb.
The course dealt with feature films and its effects. The brothers during the course viewed various blockbuster films and critically evaluated them. The first session saw the students discuss ‘The Rules of How to Discuss a Film’. The students systematically understood that in a critical evaluation of a movie one must understand 1) The production particulars 2) The Plot 3) The techniques involved 4) The Sociological theme and 5) The Educational relevance. The students further, through a video presentation, understood that a feature film takes over a year or a year and half to complete and that the feature film is not single continuous stream of movements but is made up of different ‘edited shots’. The brothers then through the next two days viewed different films and evaluated them. The evaluation of the feature films was done at two levels: the individual and the group level. During the evaluation the students had to first critically evaluate a film. The evaluation would then continue as the students were divided into groups of six and discussed their findings.
During the concluding evaluation the students expressed their gratitude for getting an opportunity to attend a course of such magnitude. They found this course useful as it would help them evaluate and understand feature films in new light especially during their practical training in the coming years. This would in turn help their boys to understand the ramifications of the media and thus counter its effects on their lives. 

Cl. Leon Rodrigues

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Towards A New Economic Order

Divyadaan, Nashik, 9th – 11th September: This year the annual academic seminar at Divyadaan was an International Seminar titled, ‘Towards a New Economic Order’. The Chief Speaker of the seminar was Dr Philip McShane, a world renowned scholar in the thought of Fr Bernard Lonergan. The aim of this seminar was to analyze a new perspective of looking at Economics both local and global. The seminar was held for three consecutive days with four sessions per day. There were two introductory guest speakers namely: Prof. Agnelo Menezes, the head of the economics department in St Xavier’s College, Mumbai; and Dr Bachav from the economics department of KTHM College, Nashik.
The seminar began with an Inaugural Prayer Service and introductory speeches which were given by Fr Ivo Coelho, Prof. Agnelo and Dr Bachav. Fr Ivo introduced the Chief Speaker of the Seminar Dr Philip McShane. He specified that for Lonergan the goal of economics was not money but an achieved and improved standard of living for everyone.
Prof. Agnelo spoke about looking at the darker side of Indian Economics. He aimed at an economics that was not a cocoon for the rich but an economics of the downtrodden. Dr Bachav condemned the lack of implementation in today’s economics and also stressed that economic policies should be according to our capacities to handle.
Dr Philip then took us through the day explaining the flaws about the present economic diagrams and presenting to all a new diagram which for him explained the workings of the economy in a better way.
On the second day Dr Philip introduced the emergence of money in the economy. He then went to specify the role of banks as helping to redistribute money and keep it in circulation. He further specified the role of innovations and the surge that comes along with it.
On the third day Dr Philip spent time in presenting a global picture of the new economics and also answering questions that were coming up from the participants. He championed the important role of education in this task for a new economic order. For him studying the dynamics of economy was a study of the dynamics of oneself.
The day ended with a valedictory function with responses given by Mrs Dakshayini Madangopal, a social worker working with the Salesians of Don Bosco; Cl. Denver D’Silva, a student representative; and Fr Ivo Coelho, a lecturer in Divyadaan. The Seminar ended with a vote of thanks given by Fr Savio D’Souza., the rector of Divyadaan.

Cl. Clarence Martis and Cl. Denver Dsilva


‘Objectivity is the fruit of Subjective Authenticity’ this particular statement is robbed from Bernard Lonergan’s Insight .This fascinated me as I was reading Dr Philip McShane’s article in the Divyadaan Journal and Economics For Everyone and still fancied me and my thoughts when I was driven into this seminar: Towards A New Economic Order. Now why do I drag this phrase of Lonergan’s here? Its because to start or rather proceed into moving towards an economic order one needs to launch deep into oneself, for me, as an anchor for the ship and then no matter what the waves, or what the currents are, it remains steady and grounded therefore doesn’t even take a chance of sinking, imagine this scene and apply it innovatively against the background of your own economics and see for yourself what insights you sight.
I will leave you with this here and jump into the backward reading of this phrase, ‘The fruit of Subjective Authenticity is Objectivity.’ This is in a simple way although with limited knowledge and with a weak foundation, I interpret this whole issue or event of moving towards A New Economic Order. What comes to my mind is a question – What is Economics for you, a cup of tea/coffee/cold drink/hard drink or a glass of water or whatever you think is for you. Why is it that which you think it is?
In order to set fire within, you must run after the What is the What? Or rather What is the Whating? Pushing this forward we would reach somewhere and it would involve a lot of mucking around endlessly. Take for instance, the football; only after a lot of kicks it reaches the goal. Let your thinking though imagine economics as an egg – What is an egg? Why is an egg an egg? What difference does it bring in the world, the world of those who produce it and of those who consume it? in the economical language. The basic consumer and the surplus consumer
This is puzzling enough for you and me, to think of economics or rather a new economic order and the complexity yet, simple order. To build, this order systematically but still in a disordered way. It may take eternity or may be not eternity to putting pieces of this bit of economics into one such established economy.
With the necessary conditions disposed or exposed to our intelligibility gives a taste of reality as to what is economy made of? The presupposition of demand-supply, consumer-producer, saving-investments, taking into the consideration of these (flows) taken into account and those skipped my mind. There is a possible need to deepen into these flows and get into dynamics that gets us and our thinking thought in making sense, or perhaps some sense, dawning to dim rays of light that flashes our thinking tank.
At this point, although a point placed in the air, hope your are coming to a certain awareness and realization of all that has been read by you. It doesn’t matter whether you marvel at the language and call this, What StUpIdity !! Or Is this fellow mAd or perhaps –Look at this person making a fool of his self!!
Yes, you may be right in speaking your mind to yourself or to the other while you have been reading.
The reason, may not be a reason itself but the economics to which we are married, and make love to, or kiss and hug everyday of our lives, maybe a wrong bride for us – a fundamental mistake of giving birth to mishap economy for the future and thus living an inauthentic subjectivity which bears a rotten fruit of objectivity.
I am not inviting you now to uproot the tree of life and divorce the bride, to whom one has given all love, but do think and feel for the future by already enacting in this: the present.
I hope this Step, of stepping a step, step by step towards – A New Economic Order has been a step stepping towards the inward and the outside of the self.
We are the diagram of Economics, the New Economics and are left with the Homes Of Wonder – simply by asking the HOW.
Therefore take time now in thinking and understanding and stay with this thinking thought. 
Cl. Romero D' Souza SDB

Saturday, August 14, 2010


11 th August: The Ninth workstation of First Choice Mahindra Services Ltd., the first of its type in the Nashik region, was inaugurated yesterday in the august presence of Rev. Fr. Provincial, Fr. Michael Fernandes sdb, Mr. Rajeev Dubey, President (HR, After Market and Cooperate Services) Member of the Group Management Board, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd., Mr. R. Subramani, CEO, Mahindra First Choice Services Ltd. and Mr. D.K. Sinha, Head-Netword Development.

The function began with the esteemed guests being invited into the premises. There the whole gathering was led into understanding the ‘why’ of creating a workshop of such refined quality. Mr. Dubey in his speech spoke about the magnitude of the work done by a multinational like Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. in the social sector. He mentioned that the company held dearly to its heart the thought of giving back to the country what it had received from it in the past. He said that the company dreamt of making India bigger and better, an India of tomorrow. The company, he said, was people, planet and profit friendly and towards this the company geared its plans and goals. Rev. Fr. Provincial in his talk emphasized the role of the Salesians of Don Bosco in the upliftment of the poor and abandoned youth. He felt that a joint venture of this stature would really be profitable to both the young as well as its employers.

After this, a general tour of the workshop was undertaken and the logistics of the First Choice centre was explained to the dignitaries. The ceremony ended with a word of thanks and appreciation. All those present were enthused with this project which now gears itself profit boys of the Wada-Mokhada region. The company promises to train six hundred boys annually.

CL. Leon Rodrigues, sdb


August 3, 2010: The Community of Divyadaan staged the musical The Prodigal Son’ written and composed by Lawrence Waddy in the Divyadaan Auditorium. Music was the theme for the evening. This Musical night began with the band. The brothers, under the able guidance of Mr. Bosco Monsorate, played the pieces The Crusader and Feelings.

The core of the night’s performance was the staging of the Musical ‘The Prodigal Son’. This musical is an adaptation from the Gospel parable of ‘The Lost Son’ narrated by Jesus (Lk 15: 11 - 31) which highlights the quality of the good shepherd. A crisp yet a meaningful performance ensured that the audience was spellbound and captivated. The audience truly appreciated the efforts of the brothers and acknowledged their performance. Mr. Merwin, a parishner who had been involved in the staging of the play a decade ago, stated that Divyadaan had been a centre of cultural performances during the past two decades. He felt that the brothers had really put in their best and were really good in the performance.

The brothers felt that the play was the most welcomed event in the life of the community. One thing that struck them was the fact that the entire community was involved in its production. They felt that the play was a wonderful time for community building. A load of talent was unearthed and a synergy was felt. The story of the Prodigal Son and its performance has left a lasting impression on the minds of all in the community.

The shows, held on July 31 and August 1, 2010, were attended by a total of about five hundred and fifty people from all over the city. The Musical was directed by the Assistants Brs. Leon and Jacob. The whole event was co-ordinated by Fr Felix Fernandes,

Friday, August 13, 2010


O n 13th August, 2010, It was a great day at Divyadaan, Salesian Institute of Philosophy as the councilor for the missions, Rev. Fr Klement Vaćlav, sdb visited the formation houses in Nashik. “The visit of any superior to a Salesian community is the visit of Don Bosco himself” were the words of Rev. Fr Savio, the Rector of Divyadaan as he welcomed Rev. Fr Klement at the solemn thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration. In the homily Fr Klement shared about the Salesian missions and told us that we need to give our whole life for the missions. As he concluded his homily he gave the assembly his own motto as a missionary, “All for Jesus, Jesus for All.”

At breakfast the community of Divyadaan welcomed Fr Klement Vaclav with a warm welcome song. After breakfast he had a glimpse of Divyadaan. He then visited the parish community, the school and the sub-station of Satpur. Later in the morning, he gave a conference to the novitiate community and joined them for a sumptuous meal. At 1:15 pm in the afternoon he gave a conference to the community of Divyadaan. During the conference he shared about his visits to the mission stations. He spoke of Don Bosco as a mission-oriented person who fostered missionary vocations only for the salvation of souls. He expressed his own reasons of becoming a missionary. He made us think about the concern and need for the Salesian Brother Vocation. In the time given for questioning, brothers posed their queries related to the missions.

Though the visit of our mission superior was short, we, the brothers of Divyadaan believe that the spirit of the missions has been reignited in our hearts and minds.

Cl. Melwin Ferrao, sdb

Thursday, July 29, 2010


Understanding is the word, I grapple with everyday of my life here at Divyadaan. From the time I entered till date, my life, Salesian Vocation, as a matter of fact, has been a task and concern to understand and know my growth. I firmly, believe that all “I am” today is because of my parents, my family, my friends, my Salesian family and all those whom I know. It’s because they understood me, with and in love. It is a blessing from God that I am here in the studentate of philosophy. My being here and doing philosophy is my love for wisdom, i.e. God. And I make efforts to see and feel God in everything in this beautiful world. Understanding God and others, even myself, is a Gift. And I must say that if God has given me this gift to understand, it is to give my all to Him in my vocation. And it is only through learning and living, through life and experience that, one comes to understand the Truth.

Spirituality is not a thing to be acquired or achieved once and for all, but to know and understand progressively through life-experiences. It must become part of life, as a whole – living in holiness. I am fascinated with the question – When did Don Bosco not pray? That which was asked at the time of his canonization. His life was prayer; his dedication in what he did; his love for poor abandoned youngsters; his motto: to save souls; his love to give Christ; his love for the Church; the Sacraments and the Priesthood which he lived till his death; his zeal to send missionaries all over the world; and his initiatives to work for the kingdom of God. Here was a man filled with God’s love and spirit. I strive daily to follow Christ, in the Don Bosco way, for I feel blessed to walk in his footsteps.

It has been two years and six months that I have professed this way of life and I find joy in living this way. I believe He understands me , no matter who I am ? Where I am? What I am? and How I am? Life is a mystery and ultimately it is life that brings me to a realization, a realization that you and I will only understand this mystery we are humbly open to this Understanding.

Staying here in Divyadaan, I have learnt that it is important to keep learning always, and learning through life experiences whether good or bad, through reading and reflection which helps me to grow up as an analytical and critical person, the application of my viewpoints and experiences, and arriving at a synthesis of life for the betterment of self. I have also learnt through relationships that enable both the one speaking and the one listening, and through prayer and reflection. It is in all this that somewhere, something will happen! This happening is the Understanding of my life and Spirituality. One may ask When will it happen ? I really do not know but being in his presence, sharing my life genuinely with the others is my task. Then hopefully, I will understand the Understanding.

I believe, this Understanding is something that happens to me and in me. It will come about only if I am passionate about it and living it – consciously or unconsciously. And if one is passionate about God and lives a spiritual life 24x7, then surely one will be truly a spiritual person. This does make a difference in one’s life. Thus, I invite myself and you all, to relish such spiritual moments be it in family prayer (the rosary, the morning prayer, night prayer) or be it in the community. Without doubt, with hearts and minds united, and being open to sharing with one another, our life will come to this real Understanding, i.e. GOD.

Cl. Romero D’souza, sdb.

Mass media … What is it?

We are living in a media-saturated age. We are witnesses to an unprecedented torrent of media messages that are making an impact by leaps and bounds. The mass media are the fruit of human ingenuity, research and hard work, passed on, with accelerated quality, potential and reach, form one generation to the next. They have shrunk the huge ‘undiscovered’ world of Christopher Columbus to the ‘global village’ of Marshal McLuhan and, from there, within the span of less than half a century, to the computer friendly ‘global living room’ of Bill Gates and his contemporaries. In order to clarify our idea of mass media further we could look at the following eight points.

1. Varieties of Mass Medium

There were times when the human being was constrained only to the limited print media like newspapers and magazines. Today however we can boast of variety of mass medium that we can have access to. Besides the development in the print media we also have audio-visual media like radio, transistor, taper recorder, digital camera, television, VCR, large screen films, LCD projectors, computers etc. The revolution in the communication technology and electronic media has further introduced us to satellite channels, e-mail, websites and a host of internet facilities. Different styles, contents, channel, sites abound in each of them. Whilst there are some fundamental ethical principles which we might advocate throughout this diversity (respect for other people, non-advocacy of racial hatred, telling the truth, etc), it would simply be silly to expect the same values in a documentary and a sitcom, a children’s magazine and an adult web-site. Generalized assessments and judgments are risky in so diverse a territory.

2. Plurality of Mass Media Theories

Besides the plurality of the mass mediums there are also numerous theories about how media affects people and that there are periods when scholars seem to agree that media effects are powerful and other periods when they tend to think that media effects are weak. It all seems to depend upon which theories of ‘how the media work’ are in vogue with the social scientists who study the media. Theories arise, seem to be useful, are tested and generally found wanting in one respect or another, and are replaced by other theories.

3. Negative Outlook towards the Media

Talk of values often leads to criticism forgetting the positive contribution of the media. The older generation for example tends to point to the media for the destruction of the traditional value system and its forgetfulness by younger generation. The religious leaders blame the media for the lack of congregational attendance and diminishing spiritual values. While we all speak from our particular bias (that depends upon our social, political, religious and educational context), we need to become more and more aware of it so as to transcend it as much as possible to increase objectivity in our media perception and attain a balanced evaluation of media.

4. Shallow and Limited Vision of Media

TV and other media are sometimes seen as something unserious, if not frivolous, whose main role is just to provide entertainment. Without forgetting their fun dimension that brings joy and laughter to the tension filled human life we need to recognize their deeper significance. We need to broaden our outlook of how media can be used in variety of manners for our personal as well as social growth in the field of psychology, politics, education and spirituality. Instead of limiting the usefulness of media for purely recreational purpose, we could extend it further for informative and educative purpose.

5. Difficulty in Scientific Measurement of Mass Media Effects

We all spend a great deal of time watching television, listening to the radio, reading magazines and newspapers, surfing internet for diverse web-sites and getting engaged with the e-mails. Yet, so many media researchers tell us that the effects of media on individuals seem to be trivial. That is, it is not possible to prove, scientifically, that media effects are powerful. While one may not able to demonstrate and measure the effects of media scientifically, one can not deny the fact that media are powerful and have a profound impact on people’s lives and our social and political order.

6. Diversity of Media Audiences

While we look at the variety of media available at our disposable, we also need to keep in mind the media audiences which too are diverse and varied. Just as there is enormous diversity within the media so too are media audiences diverse and varied. From a child to an adolescent and further to a fully grown adult everyone in the society is exposed to media in some way or the other. The diversity of media audience does not only consist in the age difference but it also depends upon gender difference, cultural heritage, social background, work experience, educational qualification and a whole lot of other factors. In fact each human person with its own mind and specific social, cultural, educational and religious upbringing provides a variety to the media audience. We need to take care not to assume that TV watchers, internet users and filmgoers are naïve, uncritical and impressionable. There is considerable sophistication and discernment in the way in which millions of people handle this aspect of their lives.

7. Diverse Effects of Mass Media

The media have sizable direct impact on the public. Besides the often-mentioned intended effects, they also include many unintended effects. We could delineate them as follows. Intended effects include: (1) the influence of commercial advertising on buying behaviour; (2) the impact of mass media political campaigns on voting; (3) public service announcements’ efficacy in promoting beneficial behaviour; (4) the role of prolonged multimedia campaigns in changing lifestyles; (5) monolithic indoctrination effects on ideology; and (6) the effects of mass-mediated ritual displays on maintaining social control.

The most often cited unintended effects of the mass media include: (1) the impact of programmes involving violence on viewers’ antisocial aggression; (2) representation on the media as a determinant of social visibility; (3) biased presentation on the media as influencing the public’s stereotyping of groups; (4) effects of erotic materials on objectionable sexual behaviour; (5) modes of media presentation as affecting cognitive styles; and (6) the impact of introducing new media on pubic thought processes.

8. Personal Responsibility in Media

Finally, it is the responsibility of each one to be self-critical in our role as media consumers/users. We often live in an illusory world thinking that we reign supreme in our own consciousness, that we are masters of what our minds accept or reject. One needs to become aware of the “mirage image” provided by the media and realize how the few self-appointed elites with their multinational industries and desire for total media control and try to manipulate people’s mind with ideas. What each one of us accepts or rejects, what we think and decide…all these are heavily influenced by the media bombarded messages. One needs to bear personal responsibility to the problem of how much control we have over our minds and how susceptible we are to being influenced (if not manipulated) by the media.

Fr Robert Pen, sdb


DIVYADAAN, JULY 19, 2010: On July 16, 2010, the third year students of philosophy from Divyadaan - Salesian Institute of Philosophy - Nashik, made a visit to the production plant of the Mahindra and Mahindra Company at Satpur, Nashik. This visit was part of their course that they were doing on industrial sociology. The visit was well guided and planned by Miss Asha Sabarwal of the Employee care and Administration section, Automotive Sector, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd.

The tour began with a power point informative presentation on the company’s history, its development across the globe, the car models in vogue and the achievements of the company till date. The students were then led to different workshops where the Mahindra models of Logan, Xylo and Scorpio were being manufactured. Each of the three workshops was huge with the latest hi-tech equipments and there were even imported Japanese robots that processed the body of the vehicles. The machines were also handled efficiently by competent employees. This blending of human being and machine power gave a finesse to the automobiles that was astonishing. The engineering supervisors at different workshops gave lucid explanations on the complex process of the birth of a vehicle, and the actual assembling of a car which the students witnessed with their own eyes complemented this information. The accommodation and functioning of heavy machinery was exceptional and reflected the mind of a genius organization.

The relationship between the company and workers was made known by the various schemes offered for the benefit of the employees. The products of Mahindra that have spiraled upward are an outcome of this professional relationship.

The students dived into the discipline of the industry and made an enriching experience of it. A keen interest was seen by the fact that the students posed queries, clarified many a doubt and gathered a lot of good information. This academic visit was certainly made possible by our lecturer and our principal who gave the students an impetus to enter into the world of industries, become aware of the technology involved and broadly analyse its role in moulding society.

Cl. Bosco Carvalho, sdb

Sunday, July 18, 2010



On June 30, 2010 as we keep a filial remembrance of our father and founder, St. John Bosco, one could not ask for something greater than to have his Lordship Rt. Rev. Lourdes Daniel, the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Nashik and the Bishop of Amravati, to pay a visit to Divyadaan. It was indeed a privilege to have him among us.

During his short visit, his Lordship assured the staff and students of Divyadaan of his prayers and wished them all the best as they continued their intellectual pursuits during this scholastic year. He was taken up by the vibrant energy of the community and was also pleased to see the way in which the activities of the house were being organized with certain finesse.

The community of Divyadaan hope and pray that this visit may be one of the many visits of his Lordship to our community.

Cl Mario D’Couto sdb


DIVYADAAN, JULY 1, 2010: On June 20, 2010, eighteen young dynamic clerics of Divyadaan began yet another year of their apostolate in the Jawahar-Mokhada region. It began with an orientation programme conducted by Fr. Anaclete and his team at the ‘Jungle Camp’, Walwande.

The programme was well planned and conducted. It was very informative, wherein the staff by means of power point presentations and clippings beautifully summarized the aims and objectives of the Salesians in the Jawahar-Mokhada region. The brothers were guided into knowing the different tribes, cultures and festivals of the people of the region. This opened up many ignorant minds to new and amazing facts about our very own people for whom we work for.

The brothers were then asked to share and evaluate their past experiences of working in that region with the people. This interaction kept the staff upbeat about the progress at various schools and took into consideration a couple of points that needed to be reconsidered and worked upon. This enriching experience came to an end with a meaningful talk given by Fr. Anaclete who encouraged and thanked the brothers for all their hard work. He also invited them to continue the good work of teaching at the various ashrams/schools in that region. He urged the brothers to be apostles of Don Bosco who wore his heart on his sleeves for his boys and maintained life long relationship with all those under his care.

The brothers were grateful to the staff at the ‘Jungle Camp’ for the guidance and the help provided. They have pledged to be catalysts of change in this region thus heralding a brighter and stronger future for our country.

Cl Sunil Pinto sdb