India: Thirteenth National Boscoree ends with spectacular closing ceremony – and calls for peace
The 13th National Boscoree 2018 culminated on 3rd January with the valedictory ceremony on the Fr Sean McFerran Parade Ground, at Divyadaan Salesian College of Philosophy, Nashik.
Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga, Don Bosco South Asia Regional Head of Operations was the Chief Guest for the Closing Ceremony. Other guests of honour were: Sr Rita Dora Thomas, Provincial of the Sisters of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians Mumbai, Fr Godfrey D’Souza, Salesian Provincial Mumbai and Fr Maria Charles, Director Don Bosco South Asia Youth Animation.
The Boscoree 2018 Camp Chief, Fr Ian Doulton, welcomed the dignitaries and introduced Fr Kanaga, while Fr D’Souza and Sr Thomas felicitated the Boscoree Core-Committee with souvenir mementoes commemorating the 13th National Boscoree.
Two books were launched as part of the closing ceremony: A research study, Children of Migrant Construction Workers in six Indian Cities, authored by Dr Ajoy Fernandes, Director of Don Bosco Research Centre (DBRC) Mumbai, and Gospel Stories, the revised and enlarged version, volume two, penned by Fr Kanaga, an acclaimed scholar on the philosophy of Swami Vivekananda and widely lauded author of original and creative popular books.
Addressing the scouts and guides, Sr Rita Dora said: “This Boscoree 2018 has been a wonderful experience of SDB-FMA collaboration and hope this will not just be a one-time event, rather something to be lived continually.’”
Fr D’Souza thanked the entire organising team for the wonderfully co-ordinated collaborative effort to ensure that this Boscoree 2018 was a memorable event of health, holiness and harmony.
Fr Charles congratulated the Mumbai Province and highlighting the relevance of the Boscoree 2018 theme for nation-building.
“This has been one of the best gathering of scouts and guides from all the Don Bosco and FMA schools from across India,” he said.
Fr Kanaga provided three pointers, saying: “You scouts and guides are the future of the country so it is your duty to be responsible, care for the environment and to cultivate a relationship with God.”
With the lowering of the flags in true scouting style and with patriotic fervour, the Boscoree flag was handed over by Fr Charles to Fr Januarius S Sangma, the Salesian Provincial of Guwahati to host the next edition of the scout-guide extravaganza, the 14th National Boscoree.
Extending his gratitude on behalf of the hosts and to all who shouldered the responsibility of planning and executing the 13th National Boscoree 2018, Fr Doulton, the Camp Chief brought the three-day mega scouting event to a close by lowering the National Flag as the entire campsite reverberated with the National Anthem.Tags: Asia, Boscoree, ceremony, India, Mumbai, National Boscoree, peace