PARENTS ASSOCIATION OF THE VSDB
The Parents Association of the Visitation Sisters of Don Bosco was founded on October 14, 1993 by the founder of the Congregation of the Visitation Sisters of Don Bosco himself Archbishop Hubert D’Rosario SDB DD. The founder felt the need of having sisters’ parents as the closest collaborators with the congregation and, being the sisters’ parents they are the source of inspiration and encouragement to the sisters.
The Founder Archbishop Hubert desired that as the sisters live as one family among themselves though coming from different families and backgrounds so also their parents should come and should know each other as a kind of extended family.
Aim and objectives
·The main objective of this association is to inculcate in parents human and Christian values so as to be good human persons and fervent members of the church
· To create a feeling of oneness among members who will share their joys and sorrows with each other. This is done, for instance, when someone is sick in the family of a sister who are close by visit the sick person. In case of the sad demise of a member, the Association offers Mass for the departed soul and sends condolence messages to the bereaved family along with a small amount of money as a token of unity. If possible the members attend the funeral services.
·To promote vocations. As people who understand the value of vocation, they promote vocations to priesthood and religious life especially to the vsdb congregation. When they come across any promising youth, they whisper a thought in his / her ears and also inspire the person to different institutions.
·To share in the mission of the Congregation. They do this through their daily prayers and by visiting different communities, encouraging the sisters and inmates. When a new house is opened, they make a small contribution to the community from their fund, just like our tribal custom, where parents give pots and pans to their daughters when they start their new family.
As parents prepare their children for marriage, the association also spends from its fund to make a silver ring on the final profession day of every sister.