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The 37th Annual Provincial Congress cum bicentenary celebration of the Salesian Cooperators saw nine new members to the Association who took the promise on 6th September 2015 at Divine Saviour Parish Church, Nongthymmai – Shillong. The solemn and meaningful act took place at the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by Fr. Paul Lyngkot, Salesian Vice Provincial of Silchar Province.
The Flag bearer Mr. Marius Kharkongor, Local Delegate of Nongthymmai Centre, and Mr. Anthony Laloo, Provincial Coordinator led the new members to the altar accompanied by the Celebrants. The symbolic gesture of the lighted candle held in their hands signifies the joy of living and sharing the Salesian Spirit in their different life’s situation. At the homily, Fr. Paul exhorted the Salesian Cooperators to live the Spirit of Don Bosco in the world. He also reminded the gathering on the words of Pope Francis which have been resonated to the Salesian Family by the Rector Major Don Angel Fernandez Artime on being cheerful despite the monotony and struggles of life. The assembly witnessed the readiness of the new members to live the spirit of Don Bosco through the pronouncement of the formula of the promise. After the promise taking the certificates were signed on the altar and were distributed to all the newly promised members.
The Association of Salesian Cooperators Shillong Province was started in 1977 with Auxilium Nongthymmai as its office. It was through Sr. Catherine Susngi that the association was initiated in the province. Presently there are sixteen centres, one sub-centre and three aspiring centres. Out of which eleven of them are directly under the care of the FMAs.