by Father Blany Pinto for BISMumbai

Don Bosco Apostolic and Aspirantate Facility at Lonavla is a place of vocational animation, mentoring, discernment, and accompaniment. Each year many young boys desirous of following Christ the Don Bosco way make an application to join and post-selection, have a lived experience in the company of the Salesians of Don Bosco. After their experience at Don Bosco Lonavla they proceed to Don Bosco Loutolim for their Pre-Novitiate. BISMumbai Interview Series with Mumbai Salesians' pre-novices continues with interview 04 featuring Loren Crasto

Loren, could share what are your favourite likes, hobbies, etc. ?

I love sports and learning various musical instruments. As for my hobbies, I like music, reading and movies.

Share something about your family?

I am blessed to have a loving family who are prayerful and very supportive. We are 05, I am the second child.

Why did you choose to come to DBLnl. What makes you go ahead to the PNC?

I choose to come to DBLnl to see if I have a vocation to serve the youth. I got a chance to join another congregation but the Salesians were very different compared to the others because they care for the lives of young people and this is the most important than any stage of life. The rich experience which I received in DBnl formed me to go ahead, not by force, but by love and prayer.

Any particular dream, aspiration that you have as a possible SDB ?

Yes, my particular dream and aspiration is to live Don Bosco's way of life and his teachings.

Any favourite moment, experience or interactions with SDBs or any other priests, nuns, brothers?

Yes,I had a lot of wonderful experiences with the Salesians of Don Bosco, which were the best moments of my life, to learn and to enjoy.

What do you think the Church should do now in this time of uncertainty?

To reach out to everyone, of all backgrounds, especially to those in need; to care for the lost sheep and to protect them.

Challenges- will you be able to cope?

Hmm... Maybe. Mostly yes.

Any particular quote or prayer or line or saying of DB that has struck you?

Yes, what Don Bosco promised his children: "Work, Bread and Heaven."

As you proceed ahead, any message for your companions after you?

Respect all the priests, brothers and everyone who teaches you, and who helps you directly or indirectly always. Encourage yourself to improve in all areas, and be able to multitask.