The inaugural function held on 15 January set the stage ready for another milestone to a fruitful journey, paving the way to new perspectives and freshness in living the consecrated life as envisioned by Founder. At 8. 45 am, the capitulars of GC IX along with Most Rev. John Moolachira, Archbishop of Guwahati and other invitees gathered in the Chapel for prayer and inspiration. Drawing inspiration from Founder’s letter to the capitulars of the second General Chapter held in 1975, the assembly entrusted themselves to Jesus and sought for the assistance of Mother Mary. After prayer for the success of the Chapter, the assembly went in procession to Chapter hall.
Speaking on this remarkable occasion, Most Rev. John Moolachira, the Archbishop of Guwahati emphasized on the urgency to revisit the rich legacies and fond memories of the pioneers, to grasp the high ideals, vision and values, which inspired them while living the consecrated life.
Fr. Pascual Chavez Villanueva, SDB, the former Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco exhorted to start afresh from Christ according to the vision of Founder and become once again disciples who are docile to the voice and to the action of the Holy Spirit, who want to deepen the charismatic identity, the specific spirituality and the mission and the field of apostolate.
Fr. V. M Thomas SDB, the Salesian Provincial of Guwahati, Sr. Elizabeth George FMA, the Provincial of Guwahati, Sr. Jancy Francis SMI, Provincial of North East Province, Fr. George Panthanmackal MSFS, the Provincial of Northeast Province, Miss Bedasri Sarmah of the MSMHC Past Pupils Association, Mr. Khrawkupar Kharsyntiew of Young Apostle of Christ and Miss Deviflora Pariong of Women Apostle for Catechesis were among the speakers of the day.