14 January, 2019
The three newly ordained priests visit us
-Mrs. Elizabeth Soares and Ms. Reena Louis
The Salesian Province of Mumbai has been blessed with three newly ordained priests this year. On 22nd Dec 2018 Dn. Justus Mendis, Dn. Sunil Pinto and Dn. Rudolf D’Souza were ordained priests by His Emminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias at the Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, Don Bosco, Matunga. As is the custom, the newly ordained priests visit the institutions of the Mumbai Province in the month of January. On Monday, 14th January 2019, the three new priests paid a visit to Don Bosco, Matunga.
The day with the new priests began with the Eucharistic celebration presided over by the new priests, Fr. Rudolf D’Souza being the main celebrant, in the very shrine that they were ordained priests. They were joined at the altar for mass by our Principal, Fr. Bernard Fernandes, Vice-Principal & Administrator Fr. Roy Noronha and Fr. Lawrence D’Souza. A solemn entrance of the celebrants and the presentation of bouquet and a specially designed card for each of the new priests marked the beginning of the Mass. Fr. Bernard Fernandes introduced the new priests to the congregation that comprised students from Stds. 3 to 8, DBIS students, staff of DBHS and DBIS, parents and well-wishers.
At the homily, Fr. Justus outlined the Christian call, especially that of a close disciple and follower of Christ to be a priest. He cited the example of Fr. Rudolf who after having completed his graduation and while at work, answered the call to be a priest. Fr. Justus himself was struck down by sickness and bedridden for some time, and at the time of his treatment and recovery in the hospital, was visited by his then Principal, a priest. This left an indelible mark on the young Justus, who made a promise to be a priest if he recovered from his sickness. Recover, he did… and he went on to complete his studies and become a priest.
The mass was well animated with commentaries, readings, prayer of the faithful and the majestic singing of the choir. At the end of the celebration, as is the tradition, there was the kissing of the anointed hands of the newly ordained priests. The students of Stds. 5 to 9 were then addressed by the new priests in batches. Here the priests recounted their own stories of priesthood and answered the queries of students especially about their faith and the following of Christ more closely.
God bless our new priests… we accompany them with our prayers and good wishes!