On 4th and 5th of October, 2018, The four wheeler section of Bosco Boys Home and Technical Institute had a special session of 2 hours each conducted by the Salesian Lay Brothers: Br. Titus D’ Mello and Br. Anthony D’ Souza. Both the Brothers are an expert in this field and have a sound technical knowledge and experience of 30 years teaching the young skills and trades and turning them into skilled and good citizens of the country. Currently Br. D’ Mello is helping out in the administration of Don Bosco School and Jr. College, Borivali and Br. D’ Souza is helping out the community of Walvanda to run the Technical School.
The session on the 4th of October was taken by Br. D’ Mello in which he explained to the students the basic components of an automobile and the growth which took place in the automobile industry compared to the last 20 years and the future expected growth and new initiative to be explored by this industry. This was continued by another session taken by Br. D’ Souza on 5th of October explaining to the students the basic ideas of the Engineering drawing related to automobile repairing. In all there were 20 students present for this informative and knowledgable session conducted by the Brothers.
“It was for the first time that I was been taught by a Lay Brother and I was really impressed by the way they carried themselves and the creative and interesting way they passed on the knowledge to the class. Not even for once I felt bored or sleepy. Truly I enjoyed the class and the friendly interaction with the Brothers. I hope they do come again and take more classes for us.” shared Nikhil Shinde, a student.
Br. D’Souza said, “I really enjoyed my time with these youngsters. They are talented and hardworking, they are our future and it is our duty to mould them into good human beings.”
“I happy that the Brothers readily accepted my invitation and shared some of their valuable time with the students and passed on to them their priceless knowledge. I would like to add, a Salesian lay brother vocation is not for the faint-hearted. It is even not attractive to individuals with strong narcissistic tendencies since it asks for more profound selfless sacrifices. For starters, a cleric who distinguishes himself to be “a priest in the future” has better chances of earning pogi points from a crowd than a low profile lay brother who would never ever become a priest. But yet a Salesian lay brother has relatively more time to spend with the young. This is because priests are generally tied up celebrating the sacraments and carrying out other priestly ministries. I’ve experienced this reality a number of times. Priests suddenly vanish due to various circumstances. And most likely, lay brothers get to remain behind to look after and care for the young people. I appreciate their dedication and hard work and pray that they remain committed and faithful to their vocation and encourage more youngsters to become good and honest citizens.” quoted Dn. Romero D’Souza the Vice- Principal of the Institute.