Past Pupils Meeting – Phum Chreh

The first meeting of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco School was organized after the official beginning of the new community in  Phum Chreh by Sr. Maria Thao and the Sisters on September 14, 2018. Sr. Maria had invited Sr. Elizabeth Ophrinii the pioneer of the mission in Chreh and Sr. Leeza John Kokkatt, the responsible of Past pupils, Cambodia to join the meeting. It was a day of great joy to see about a hundred young boys and girls that had completed studies in the school, gather together with openness and simplicity at their alma mater. Sr. Maria welcomed them and introduced the sisters and the teachers. Sr. Leeza spoke to them about forming the Past Pupils Union in Phum Chreh and the events which will be involving them in preparing for the grand meeting with Sr. Phyllis Fma, the general councilor in the Institute.
Sr. Maria gave them  some points to share in groups and in the general assembly. One of the boys Veasana who just has just come back from Vietnam after studying Engineering, recalled his humble beginning in Phum Chreh with Sr. Ophriini. He is so grateful for the education given by the sisters.  Many others too shared beautiful experiences that they had in their school years . All of them realize that the basic education and the formation given by the sisters helped them to reach to present position (teachers, accountants, engineers, ….)  It was indeed a satisfying experience for the Sisters, teachers and parents to see those young boys and girls growing with dignity of life.

Thanks our beloved sisters!

The 12th of July 2018 was a memorable and glorious day for us, Salesian Sisters Center in Battambang as 12 Girls had completed their study in grade 12. Some of them, have lived with the Salesian Sisters Center almost 3 to 5 years. They are full of gratitude and joy and have shared their beautiful experiences wirh the Salesian Sisters Center in Battambang where they lived. 

Please listen to them:

Hongly: “I never imagined that I can enter the Salesian Sisters Center to meet all beloved and kindness Sisters. It’s the way of God and Mary who brought me here.”
Sopheak: “I have a chance to go to complete my Faith according to the Catechism program in the parish with our friends in Salesian Sister Center in Battambang. Thank you for your love.”
Marineth: “The Salesian Sisters Center in Battambang provided me a chance to know Jesus Christ and Now I am happy and enthusiastic to be a Catholic”.
Soknat: “It’s very wonderful, joyful and cheerful to know many girls because the center led me to be generous, Loving, sincere, forgiveness person, stronger, open heart, respectful to other, learning how to live together, working in the group”.
Thida: “I have lived with the Salesian Sister Center in Battambang, I got many good experiences that made me to become  a good person and to be myself, such as to share my own natural talent and to be a truly serve leader through Oratory Program”.
Sokunthea: “In this house, I had opportunity to change my life and I feel that the time flies even I have spent 4 years of my life. I really would like to continue to live here but it’s time to go. Thank you very much.”

All of them in unison said “Sometimes it is very difficult to leave from the family and to stay with others who come from different places, but we experienced differently. We received Good Education,  learned Catechism and Value Education, , experienced True Love and Care, imbibed Open Heart to Forgiveness, grew in the attitudes of Responsibility, Respect Each Other, To be friendly, sincerity and learned the art of Working in Groups, Living Together, To be oneself and no other, Helping Each Other, leader in Oratory program

Recognized that it’s the plan of God and Mary brought us in the Salesian Sisters and we are grateful.

To experience and share the life of the mission in Myanmar

On the month of July 26, 2018  the group of VIDES Korea  guided by  Sr. Maria Kim and three Salesian Sisters and 24 young peoples from South  Korea reached St. Mary Mazzarello Community, Anisakan, Myanmar. They stayed for five days “To experience and share the life of the mission in Myanmar.”

They did various activities  with the grils and teachers from the Human Promotion and Vocational Training Center such as “Decorating bags, making bracelets, and teaching them dental care in particular how to brush teeth”,  . They also animated the Kindergarten kids of level 1, 2  and 3. They were mainly “Playing games, reading pictures' story books,coloring and flowers making and the mural painting with the kids”.

They visited ten poor families near Anisakan. They also distributed love parcel for each family. They listened their stories and encouraged them, gave them hope and assured them of their prayers. The families were touched and appreciated their acts of love.

On 28th July, 2018 they did likewise with the girl of the Human Promotion Center at Blessed Maria Romero Community in Pyin Oo Lwin. The girls were happy, joyful and actively participated in all the activities. They appreciated and admired them for their joyful witness of the Salesian Spirit.
They also visited Pake Chin Myaung Cave in Pyin Oo Lwin. They continued their journey and visited some famous places in Yangon.

Eternal rest grant unto Sr. Tecla, o Lord

The strong pillar of our presence in Myanmar Sr. Tecla Chit May passed away on the 20th of July 2018, at 8:45 am ending her long suffering of sickness. Her mortal remains was in Anisakan for three days amidst unceasing prayers and rosaries from different people and M. Mazzarello Community. She was thronged by the past pupils near and far.. The Funeral was on the 23th of July 2018, at 2:00 pm at Our Lady Shrine at Nazareth Center, Anisakan. Fr. Charles Saw Thi Han Lwin(SDB Provincial of Myanmar) presided the Holy Mass and 33 priests concelebrated. Many people came from different parts of Myanmar (pastpupils, friends and relatives) to join the triumphant entrance of Sr. Tecla Chit May to the Holy City of our merciful and loving God.

Date of Birth:                 1.10. 1946
First Profession:              5. 8. 1966 Shillong, India
Perpetual Profession:       5. 8. 1972 Bangalore, India
Date of Death              20. 7. 2018 Anisakan, Myanmar

Messengers of Hope for the Flood Victims of Hpa-an

The Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in Myanmar had the opportunity to be bearers of hope and consolation to the flood victims of two villages in Hpa-an. Through the request of Bishop Justin Saw Min Thide of Hpa- An Diocese, three Sisters headed by Sr. Agatha Nant Myint Kyi were decided on reaching two villages namely, Hton Bo Quay and Nga Net Kwin which were badly hit by the seasonal monsoon rains.

Through the generous help of some friends from ACTS-Myanmar (Singapore) the three Sisters became the messenger of hope assuring the families affected by the seasonal monsoon that indeed, God cares for His people. The Sisters of St. Francis Xavier Sisters hosted the group and in the evening with the help of the community of SFX and some of the girls and boys the relief goods were prepared.

On August 12th, after attending the Sunday Mass, the group left bringing with them the relief items in two trucks and had to cross the river by small boats. Sr. Agatha, Sr. Nicholas and Sr. Margaret were able to reach the village of Hton Bo Quay where the villagers, 120 families, were awaiting for the arrival of the food supply and other basic necessities. The families who received the food supply which consisted of rice, oil, noodles, potatoes, onions, salt, beans, Milo packs for children, chicken seasoning, and detergent such as powder, bar soap and cream soap.

One of the ladies recounted that in the past 50 years they have never experienced such flooding which reached to 5 feet high level of water. It brought fear to them as the water from Don Tha Mit river was flowing very fast.

Unfortunately, because of the bad weather it was impossible for the group to go to the village of Nga-Net-Kwin Near where 116 families waited to receive their supply. However, the headman of village together with his collaborators was not prevented to take the supply of his people. Luckily, with the help of a small tricycle and boat the supplies were brought and distributed to  116 families.

The 236 recipients of the food supplies were filled with gratitude to all the donors, especially members of ACTS – Myanmar, who responded quickly to their plight

“To our dear friends from Singapore, members of ACTS-Myanmar we, the Salesians Sisters of Myanmar, gratefully acknowledge your generosity to our people who have been greatly affected by the flooding these past months. You rekindled the hope in their hearts giving them the certainty that God hears the cry of the poor. May God bless your intentions and your family.”

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