A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE:
We know how the Salesian Past pupils Association came into existence. It was not the initiative of Don Bosco. When on 24th June 1870 Carlo Gastini gathered some of the former classmates from the first Oratory to meet with Don Bosco for the first day, no one thought it would become a world wide association. Don Bosco was touched by the feeling of spontaneous gratitude displayed by the past pupils. There is no doubt that Don Bosco found it a genial idea. This soon became an annual event in the life of the oratory cherished both by the past pupils and Salesians.
Within the institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, the past pupils are considered as a living part of the family. At Mornese, the young people were privileged to enjoy the maternal care of Maria Domenica Mazzarello and the first sisters who knew how to foresee their needs. They were offered an educational continuity even after they had left the house of Mornese. As an extension of the education received from the FMA, the association came into being in 1908 with a view “to share and to disseminate the values of an educational heritage to be passed on to the future generations of the past pupils in the world.” (The Salesian Family of Don Bosco, 131).
IN Mangala Geetham HOME:
From 1978 onwards the work room girls when they finished their course, enrolled themselves in the past pupils unit. Since 1985 every year the II year teacher trainees, in the month of April, are enrolled in the past pupil’s unit. As per 30th August 2015 totally there are 1400 past pupils enrolled in the association.
Every year two meetings are in Mangala Geetham Home.
Their main activities are:
• Active participation in the Sunday mass and parish anbiams
• Pray, read, share the word of God and the lives of the Salesian saints.
• Leading a witnessing life.
• Coaching classes for the poorest students in the Mangala Geetham Home.
• Teach catechism and moral science with due preparation in the schools and in the parishes.
• Financial support for the education of the poor students studying in St. Mary’s Teacher Training Institute
• Counseling broken families
• Facilitating snacks for the weak students in the school
• Visit to the students families, the sick, old age home, orphanages, Udayum Ullangal etc.
Join us in giving back to the alma mater. Make a significant contribution to St. Mary’s Teacher Training Institute and leave your footprint in time by assisting present trainees and the poortest children of the locality to continue and complete their education. Support, inspire and shape the future of the poorest children and the young trainees to become efficient and effective future leaders.
For More Details Contact :
St. Mary’s Teacher Training Institute Past Pupil’s Association
Chetpet (T. k)