BIS #6600 Salesian Cooperators' Promise Day at St. Anne's Ahmednagar

by Prof. Franklin Coutinho for BISMumbai

The Salesian cooperators celebrated their Promise Day on March 13, 2022 at an impressive Eucharistic planned by the Salesian Cooperators. Father Diego Nunes the Provincial Delegate of the Salesian Cooperators, was the main celebrant. Father Augustine Pereira, Father Vivian D'Souza and Father James Nigrel were concelebrants. FMA nun Sister Nilima Rodrigues was also present. Five of our Cooperators, Mr.Sameer Tribhuvan, Mr. Thomas Palghadmal, Mrs.Sulabha Palghadmal, Mrs. Leena Pawar and Mrs.Selvina Nelson took their promise to be full-fledged Salesian Cooperators in the St. Anne's Church Unit. With these five new cooperators the total number of Cooperators in our unit is 33.

The Provincial Coordinator Mrs. Jacinta D'Souza accepted the Promise in the name of the Association.The Local Coordinator and Formator of Province Prof Franklin Coutinho was responsible for the training and the paperwork involved in the process of accepting the candidates into the Association. The Office bearers Mrs. Sudha Pillai, Mr. Dian D'Souza and council members were present for Eucharistic Celebration. The relatives of the five candidates and a many Cooperators from Wadala, Antop hill, Kurla, Bandra, Andheri, Borivili, Virar, Koregaon Park, Pune, Laura Vicuna, Ahmednagar and our Unit were present for this ceremony that took place at the Parish Special mass. The candidates were prepared for this day by the local delegate, Father Pereira with intensive sessions on the Project of Apostolic Life as well as a year's preparation through study sessions and participation in the activities of the association. After the celebration of the Eucharist the priests and guests were felicitated and also treated to a modest brunch where The Parish team and the Cooperators of the unit joined in.We are grateful to the Provincial Council for guiding us and for accepting the application of the five candidates to take the promise on March 13, 2022. Unit Office bearers Prof. Franklin Coutinho, Mr. Prakash Salve, Mrs. Sagaymary Nadan, Mrs. Shyla Coutinho and all Unit cooperators helped to make it a grand success.