Brick gifted as twinning symbol to Indian Missionary Institute
Date: 7/6/2012 4:56:35 AM
IVREA, Italy, (C.M. Paul) — In a gesture of solidarity and twinning of two Salesian missionary institutes, the Rector of Salesian Community at Ivrea, Fr. Eligio Caprioglio handed over to Regional Superior for South Asia Fr. Maria Arokiam Kanaga one brick from the chapel of the former missionary aspirantate, now turned into primary and secondary school, Thursday 5th July 2012.
“We would be happy to receive one brick from the first Indian overseas missionary institute, the Sirajuli aspirantate to Ivrea, to make the twinning more visible,” said Fr Caprioglio handing over the brick from the historic Cardinal Cagliero missionary institute at Ivrea.
The Cagliero aspirantate alone sent about 1,000 missionaries in the course of its existence (1922-1965) and majority of 460 foreign confreres who worked in India came from there.
This Sirajuli institute which started on 22 November 2011 is named after Hubert D’Rosario the first Indian archbishop of northeast India (Shillong-Guwahati).
Situated at Sirajuli in the diocese of Tezpur, Assam, it has 13 pre-novices and 40 aspirants.
Besides the Guwahati province, the missionary institute will recruit aspirants from “north and eastern Indian” provinces.
Meanwhile, last week (29 June 2012) a second missionary aspirantate was launched for south India at Don Bosoco, Permabur (Chennai) with 13 aspirants.