30 Novices Donned the cassock

Shillong 5th May 2024: In a reverent ceremony at the Shrine of St. John Bosco Sohra Parish, 30 novices hailing from the Shillong Province and Guwahati Provinces donned their cassocks on May 5, 2024. The occasion was graced by Fr. John Zosiama (INS Provincia) as the main celebrant during the Eucharist, accompanied by Fr. Januarius Sangma, the outgoing Provincial of Guwahati Province, and Father Stephan Kharbani, the Parish priest of the Shrine, alongside the Fathers from Don Bosco Sunnyside Novitiate. Amidst the serenity of the shrine, Father John Zosiama delivered a poignant homily, emphasizing the essence of remaining in the love of God through obedience to His commandments. He articulated, "Jesus chooses us to share his love with others—it is not we who choose him, but he who chooses us. If we desire to bear fruit, we must abide in Jesus." The ceremony, resonating with sacred solemnity, witnessed the participation of hundreds of faithful from the Shrine Parish, as well as the parents and relatives of the novices. The atmosphere was charged with reverence and joy as the novices, clad in their cassocks, embarked on their journey of devotion and service within the religious community. The donning of the cassock holds profound significance within religious traditions, symbolizing humility, dedication, and the commitment to serve others. As the novices stepped forward in their cassocks, they embraced their roles with humility and purpose, inspired by the teachings of St. John Bosco and the unwavering guidance of their mentors. The ceremony not only marked a significant milestone in the lives of the novices but also served as a testament to the enduring legacy of faith and service fostered within the Don Bosco community. As they embark on their spiritual journey, the newly attired novices carry with them the blessings and aspirations of the entire congregation, ready to embody the spirit of love, compassion, and selflessness in their service to God and humanity.

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