Addis Abeba: "Please don't call us ex-salesians, we have still the Salesian spirit within us. Don Bosco is still alive in our hearts", these were the words and sentiments of everyone who participated the gathering of the former Salesians which was held at the Salesianum in Addis Abeba on 4th June 2017. The meeting was scheduled to begin at 11 in the morning and was to proceed with the Eucharist Celebration at 12 and then followed by lunch.
But as it was seen that the members were so interested in sharing and reminiscing their past experience with the Salesians, there had to be some changes in the time-table. There were more than 15 former Salesians who attended the meeting at Gothara, where there was also present the Provincial, Vicar, Youth Ministry delegate and Abba Samuel, the in-charge for the Past pupils. The meeting was certainly a long awaited one and every one who were present expressed their joy and happiness in being part of the family once again. In his inaugural speech the Provincial expressed his great satisfaction and joy in seeing the members and reminded them of the great responsibility that they have in witnessing and living in their lives, the great values they have imbibed in the Salesian settings. There was also a moment of sharing for the members and everyone shared so spontaneously how the Salesian formation had contributed so much in their upbringing. Some representatives were chosen for the further contacts and the group decided to have frequent meetings in the future as to decide what would be the objective and aim of such a gathering. The group decided to call themselves "Associates of Don Bosco" instead of the redundant terminology "Ex-Salesians". The meeting was later ended with the Eucharistic celebration which was presided over by revered Fr. Estifanos, the provincial.