Don Bosco Provincial House, Hyderabad, 05 September 2021: Rev. Father Biju Michael, the Regional Councilor for South Asia, on his visit to the province of St Joseph, Hyderabad animated first cluster of communities at don Bosco Provincial House, Hyderabad with 50 confreres. There are 6 clusters in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and South Odisha. The fitting places are Hyderabad (Don Bosco Provincial House), Warangal (Don Bosco Philosophate, Karuna Puram), Visakhapatnam (Don Bosco Philosophate, Kondadaba), Vijayawada (Don Bosco School, Gunadala), Guntur (St Michael’s Boys Home), Kurnool (Don Bosco Technical School, Kurnool) to discern the choice of leadership in the Province.

The first consultation started at Don Bosco Provincial House at 1.30 pm. Fr Thathireddy Vijaya Bhaskar, sdb, the Provincial extended a warm welcome to Father Biju Michael, sdb to begin the consultation process to choose the next Provincial along with his secretary Fr Felix Serrao, sdb. The Regional Councilor animated the session and invited each one to recommend in writing the names of three confreres from their own Province or from any other Province who, before the Lord, they believe have the qualities to exercise the ministry of Provincial in the present circumstances of the Province of St Joseph, Hyderabad.

During the discernment in groups of five, the confreres gathered to discuss as an exercise of personal freedom, and also do a communitarian discernment of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT analysis) of the Province as seen today as directed by Fr Biju. Thus, it is to discern God’s will by proposing a vision for the Province in the next six years. He specified the goal of achieving such a vision in the next six years (God’s will for us Salesians of the Province in our context and time). He then recommended to suggest qualities they would look for in new Provincial, who will have the responsibility of animating and governing as they seek together to achieve such a vision with the help of the Spirit of God working in each of them and respective communities.

Father Biju thanked Father Thathireddy Vijaya Bhaskar, sdb for the work of animation and governance done in the province for the past six years. He implored god’s blessing on him for his availability, generosity, and dedication. Together with him he too thanked his close collaborators.
This consultation form is finally to be sent to the Regional either by email or online via QR Scan code (http://.cc/sdbinh) as confidential. Fr. Biju’s animation helped the confreres to take part in the process of choosing a leader with great enthusiasm.

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