HISTORY OF THE PAST PUPILS OF DON BOSCO
Don Bosco High School began operating in Matunga in 1941, but the Salesians of Don Bosco started their work in Tardeo, Bombay in 1928. This date is important to remember because 1978 is not far off; that year will notch up 100 years of Don Bosco in Bombay—a Golden Jubilee occasion for big debralions in which, it is to be expected, our Past Pupils will play a major role. Fifty years is a long span of time during which much good work has been done; from one small beginning in Tardeo we have now in Bombay alone, six important houses, including a Technical School and an Orphange.
The origin of the Don Bosco Past Pupils’ Movement, as is well know, can be traced back to the initiative of a small group of twelve artisans of the Oratory of Turin who, with Charles Gastini and two of his friends presented to Don Bosco to express their wishes, gifts and heartfelt gratitude to him on his feast day 24th June 1870. Within a few years this spontaneous and informal practice become a tradition. This attraction passed on to his boys and found its practical expression in the Past Pupils’ Moveinnt which is today spread out through the whole world
That historical meeting was repeated 16 times with an ever increasing number of past pupils. Don Bosco always appreciated that token of gratitude and used to address his past pupils as “Salesians in the world.”
The organizational structure of the Association consists at the local level of the Union or branch; Unit or Group; at the Provincial Level-Provincial Federation; at the National level the National Federation, and finally, the World Confederation. The World Confederation is divided into six major groups of which India is Group 5, comprising of eleven Far East countries. Our National President, Mr. Carlisle Curry (a Tardeo Past Pupil and Teacher) has been elected by the National Presidents of the Group 5 countries, as their Representative on the World Federation Committee.
When Don Bosco died Gastini told Fr. Rua: “Unable to build a monument worthy of the memory of Don Bosco we decided to form a federation and we wish to be a living monument dedicated to the memory of Don Bosco.” From the acceptance and application of Gastini’s proposal little by little throughout the world, those units were formed that testify to the efficiency of Don Bosco’s system which creates a tie of friendship that lasts a life time.
The great mind of Very Rev. Fr. Rinaldi, ever open to the understanding of the present times and to the exact valuation of their exigencies, was responsible for the formation of the World Confederation. He gave to the Organization this original characteristic by which the small units were knit in Provincial, National and International Federations.
This universal idea has infused a new soul the result of which must never be lost sight of viz, that because of this, the past pupils of the Oratory X and of the School Y and of the Hostel Z are purely and simply PAST PUPILS OF DON BOSCO, a direct by-product of the thought, of the soul, and of the life of Don Bosco himself.
Accordingly our Confederation can be considered the perennial living monument of Don Bosco in the whole world. This great monument is at present made up of more than 600 Units flourishing in 57 Nations.
We must be proud indeed to be part and parcel of this living monument and we must resolve to give our whole-hearted cooperation so that our Units, our Provincial Federations and our Indian National Federation may be second to none in showing their love and fidelity to Don Bosco.
Talking of Past Pupils of Bombay—the Association was started by Rev. Fr. A. Casarotti sdb in 1955. Past Pupils of Matunga alone today should number over 3000, with several holding good positions in all walks of life, and in public service; or in Association therefore could be a force to reckon with if only our members dedicate themselves to spreading the ideals of Don Bosco imbibed by them during the years spent in their Alma Mater. It is very active and it has a number of achievements to its credit. It gives to its Alma mater its full co-operation. Don Bosco High School is proud to be the seat of the office of the Indian National Federation during the time when Fr. Mariotta started this more than 40 years ago. The National Federation then moved to Madras and now it is in Kolkotta.
Don Bosco Past pupils Association which is now known over the world as Don Bosco Alumni
My dear Friends,
Greetings to all Don Bosco Matunga Alumni, perhaps one of the most active alumni units we have in your province. The Matunga Unit h