Salesians in Goa get new provincial

THE GOAN NETWORK | JUNE 23, 2022, 12:37 AM IST
Salesians in Goa get new provincial


Fr Clive Telles, principal of Don Bosco Higher Secondary at Panjim, has been appointed provincial ofthe Salesian Province of St Joseph Vaz in Goa.
He was nominated on Tuesday by Fr Angel Fernandez Artime, Rector Major of the Salesian Congregation and 10th Successor of Don Bosco, according to a report in the Agenzia info Salesiana (ANS), the communication agency of the Salesian Congregation.
The new provincial will begin his service on September 7 after the installation ceremony officiated by the Rector Major who is scheduled to visit Goa in September.
Fr Clive Telles will be succeeding Fr Felix Fernandes who has been leading the province as its provincial superior since 2016. The province has 105 confreres and 18 houses in Goa, Karnataka, and Maharashtra.
Fr Clive Justin Telles was born to John Telles and Inacinha Telles on August 20, 1976. His siblings consist of two elder sisters, Carol and Christine, and a twin brother Claude.
At an early age, Clive expressed the desire to be a priest and joined class VIII at the Salesian aspirantate at Don Bosco Lonavala.
After completing his higher secondary education, he joined the Pre-Novitiate at Bosco Udyogshala Pinguli. He completed his novitiate studies in Nashik and made his first profession on 24 May 1996. He completed his Philosophy studies at Divyadaan, Nashik, and his Theology at JDV, Pune. Fr Clive was ordained a priest on December 18, 2006, in Goa. He has a Bachelor's in English, a professional degree in Education (B.Ed), and also a Master's in Education.
He has served the Province as a provincial council member for six years, of which the last 3 years have been as the Vice-Provincial and Youth Ministry Delegate of the Province.
He was moderator of the Provincial Chapter and was then elected as the Province Delegate to the 28th General Chapter. In 2020, he participated in the General Chapter in Turin.
As an educationist, he has served as a teacher and in administrative roles in various schools of the province in the three states of Goa, Maharashtra, and Karnataka.
He served as an administrator for 3 years at Don Bosco, Kelmbet. He was then appointed Principal of Don Bosco High School & Junior College at Sindhudurg, Maharashtra for seven years of which the last three years he was also the Rector of the Institute.
Fr Telles dreams of a Province in which confreres continue to cherish their calling to be Salesians.
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