by Father Leon Cruz Ratinam for BISMumbai

'Tea with Salesians' is an informal weekly online catechesis for young people. The only requirement is that the young people need to come online with a cup of tea. The Salesians with a cup of tea initiate the chat on a few pre-decided themes. The theme is based on a news report or an issue that concerns young people. Accordingly, the animators put forth their questions and start the discussions. During the interactions, Catechesis is drawn out of the event and also in general any issues of young people, are addressed.

First initiated on 04 July 2020 for the youth of Nashik by Father Leon Cruz along with the Youth Ministry Team of Nashik comprising Salesians priests and nuns, the theme was 'impact of lockdown in their lives' and 'the suicide of a celebrity'. Young people shared their thoughts, expressed their concerns and were also interested in listening to the Church’s teachings. This free, frank, fearless discussion prompted the Salesians to initiate more such future 'tea sessions'.

There are plans to involve many more young people and many more Salesians in the forthcoming sessions. Currently the link for registration is :