Mekanissa: It was indeed a red-letter day in the history of Don Bosco Mekanissa as more than 50 past pupils of various centers of Don Bosco in Ethiopia gathered together for a day of sharing and being together on Sunday, 4th June 2017. Even though it was on a short notice, the confreres of the community especially Abba Hailemariam, Br. Endalk and Br. Dagmawi set out to contact all the Past Pupils in all earnestness.
Their efforts were certainly not in vain as a good number of past pupils responded to the invitation with great interest and enthusiasm. Even though the meeting was scheduled to begin at 2 pm, already by 1'0 clock many cars and vehicles were lining up in the compound. The gathering witnessed the participation of a wide variety of 'Don Bosco Products' ranging from well-established level 1 Contractors to freshly graduated students from universities. The one characteristic common to all of them was that they were truly happy and contented of their formation at Don Bosco. After a moment of input regarding the identity of Don Bosco Past Pupil, and Past Pupil in the mind of Don Bosco, there was a time of sharing regarding the expectations of the Salesians regarding the Past Pupils and the past pupils from the Salesians. The meeting was ended with nominating of contact persons for each center and the group dispersed with the desire and determination to carry on in the future the initiative already begun.