Savio Bhavan Felicitates the Golden Jubilarians: Tom and Paul
Savio Bhavan Azimganj, the pre-novitiate community of the province, hosted the jubilee celebrations of its two confreres Frs Thomas Pola-ckal and Paul Valiaveettil on 25 February, 2017. Fr Polackal, popularly called Tom, turned golden as a priest and diamond as a Salesian and Fr Paul turned golden as a Salesian.
The celebrations began with the Holy Mass presided over by Fr Tom. A number of priests and nuns from the region were present at the Mass. While he expressed his personal gratitude to the heavenly Father for his priesthood and salesians life he also acknowledged the numerous blessings he received through his parents, confreres, and pastoral ministry. The pre-novices with their angelic voices created an ambient to help the assembly pray better. At the end of the Holy Mass the assembly which included also the students of Don Bosco School Azmganj congratulated the two soldiers of Christ.
A short felicitation programme staged by the pre-novices followed the Holy Mass. At the end of the gathering Fr Paul, a valiant missionary for many years among the Bengali speaking community, expressed his gratitude to God for blessing him with the priceless priestly vocation and guiding him for these fifty years of Salesian religious life. The jubilee celebra-tion ended with family meal. By Cl. Bijoy Mondal