DON BOSCO PAST PUPILS OF KENYA
WITH 2010 FAST approaching, many people are gearing to make personal resolutions, which they are likely to abandon speedily in the New Year.
We! Past pupils of Don Bosco here we come once again after a considerable disappearance in the pages of the Salesian Family magazine. This time with our number one resolution as we welcome 2010 that never gain shall we fail to put an article in the Family magazine.
WHO IS A DON BOSCO PAST PUPIL?
The past pupil of Don Bosco are people who have attended a Salesian oratory, school or other Salesian work and thus received a preparation for life based on the principles of preventive system of Don Bosco.
The education thus received forged bonds of filial loyalty, of gratitude, of readiness to witness to values of the system, of capacity of service and communion of sharing in spirit of family.
The past pupil is inspired by gratitude to participate, albeit at different levels and degrees, in the Salesian mission to the world, assuming responsibilities consonant with his status for collaboration and for accomplishment of the Salesian educative project.
The Christian past pupils accept some promises of baptism and confirmation and his living of them reflects the typical spirituality of Don Bosco which is expressed in an apostolic lifestyle inspired by the awareness of being a disciple of Christ.
To this end:
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF THE NATIONAL FEDERATION
By early 1990s Kenya had four vocational training centres namely: Embu, Makuyu, Siakago and Boys’ Town; one secondary school in Embu, and a primary school in Korr. The past pupils associations began in these institutions at various times. These were termed to as Local Units.
Between 30th and 6th May of 1992, a meeting was held in Rome as the first confederal assembly of the Association of past pupils of Don Bosco, in the Salesian generate. There were 80 delegates in all from 30 countries attending the meeting, representing 9 Million past pupils scattered all over the world. From Kenya, three representatives attended the meeting in Rome; Mr. Lawrence Maina from Embu, Mr. Joseph Gakaya from Boys Town and Mr.Peter Kimani from Makuyu.
The Kenya National Federation of Don Bosco Past pupils was launched on 12th December 1992 under the leadership of Fr. Joe Prabhu. The units, which participated then, were the units of Embu, Makuyu and Nairobi. The National Council comprising of the Chairmen of the local units met twice a year in the months of april and November respectively.
The acting officials in Kenya were:
The movement started in 1990, the brain child of Fr. Tony D’Souza (a former director of Don Bosco Boys’ Town) with a mere 150 pupils. Two years later, the association was launched on under the leadership of Fr. Joe Prabhu. It then acquired the name “Kenya National Federation of Don Bosco Past Pupils Association.”
The association is composed of all members from all Salesian houses namely:
The association is steered by the National Office whose role is to monitor the progress and the management of the local institutions. The office has eight (8) elected officials and currently they are as follows:
FUTURE PLANS FOR THE ASSOCIATION.
Centralizing its activities in a located office..
Mobilising registration of more past pupils in the association through an effective communication means.
Mobilising resources from well wishers for the up keep of the association.
TEN WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR LIFE AS A PAST PUPIL OF DON BOSCO
Look at your own life in the light of time. Millions of years have passed and millions will come
Now and then, a pinch of unpleasantness comes. It makes you aware of your pleasantness. Suppose you never had unpleasant moments in life, you would never had/ have pleasant ones. Your life as a past pupil would stagnate in utter boredom and you would become like a stone. So in order to keep you alive, now and then, here and there, nature gives you a little pinch. It makes life more lively.
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Take every opportunity to praise others and praise others and support their enthusiasm. If you put down others enthusiasm, the same may happen to you. As you sow, so shall you reap!
Meditation is letting go of anger from the past and all the planning for the future. Meditation is accepting this moment and living every moment totally with depth. Just this understanding, and a few days of continuous practice of meditation can change the quality of your life as a past pupil.
6. COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY;
If you are faced with someone who knows more than you, be like a child and keep your ears and eyes open for learning. If you are faced with someone who knows less than you, be humble and strive to make them as good as, or better than you. Play with a small child as you played when you were a child. Talk with an elderly person remembering that one day you will grow old. Communicate with a person of your age group like you are his/her best friend.
If the whole day you have been engaged in only gathering information, you do not take out time for yourself, to think and reflect. A few quiet moments are sources for creativity.
During floods, water has no direction, has no direction. Similarly, the energy in your life needs direction to flow. Today, many are confused because they’ve got no direction, it is all confusion. When you are happy there is so much life-energy in you; but when this life energy doesn’t know where to go, how to go, it gets stuck, when stagnates, it rots. For life-energy to move in a direction, commitment is essential. If you observe every small thing or big thing in life, they go with certain commitment.
The way to expand from individual to universal consciousness is to share others’ sorrow and joy. As you grow, your consciousness should also grow. When you expand in knowledge with time, then depression is not possible. The way to overcome personal misery as a past pupil of Don Bosco is to share universal misery! The way to expand personal joy is to share universal joy. Instead of thinking, “What can I gain from this world?” think about, “What can I do for the world.”
To cultivate the habit of listening, you have to go to a place where everything is beautiful. Where is this place? That most beautiful place within you! When you come to this place, then any place is beautiful. Then, wherever you are, you go, you add beauty there.
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