The Salesian Family and the students of IFAK Don Bosco gathered to celebrate the Feast of Saint Don Bosco on Wednesday, January 31st, at Mary Help of Christians Parish in Kimihurura.
This special day started with the finals of the Don Bosco Cup, where the senior six students emerged victorious in basketball, the senior four claimed the golden medal in volleyball, and the senior six also triumphed in football. Additionally, the students engaged in various sports activities such as bottle filling, fostering a sense of camaraderie and healthy competition.
During the Eucharistic celebration, Rev. Father Jean Bosco Ntirenganya, Principal of IFAK, delivered a poignant homily, reminding the students of the significance of Saint Don Bosco’s feast, which coincides with Heroes Day in Rwanda. He urged them to aspire to greatness, encouraging them to strive for excellence and to leave a lasting legacy through their actions.
“Strive to excel and leave a mark that will be remembered in our country and in the Church. Your deeds today will shape your legacy.”
Father Ntirenganya highlighted the exemplary virtues of Saint Don Bosco, emphasizing his joyfulness, compassion, and unwavering faith despite his humble beginnings and early hardships.
“Don Bosco was born into poverty and orphaned at a young age, yet he remained steadfast in his faith and trust in God’s love. I urge you to pour out your worries to God, trust in Him wholeheartedly, and you will find solace. Remember to always express gratitude for what you have, and your acts of kindness and compassion will ensure your remembrance.”
Among the highlights of the celebration was the act of consecration to the Virgin Mary performed by a group of students from IFAK known as the Company of the Immaculate Conception, following in the footsteps of Saint Dominique Savio.
The festivities concluded with a vibrant talent show featuring performances by the students, including singing, dancing, modeling and various forms of artistic expression.