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THE Salesian congregation at Don Bosco Technological Institute in Port Moresby guided students last week to understand God’s will for their lives.
During what was called the vocation orientation dimension last Thursday, the students reflected on the question, “What is your purpose in life”.
The vocation orientation dimension is one aspect of the Salesian educative pastoral plan of the institute.
The programme was hosted by Sister Ria Versario and Emil Vake
The orientation highlighted the prime significance of being called to “holiness” irrespective of the variety of possible vocations.
Living and carrying out God’s will  allows us to know, love and serve God with gladness.
The challenges and hardships faced in our lives are overcome when God is the centre of our lives.
Speakers from different vocations shared with the students about their experiences in marriage, missionary work and single life.
Christina Paula Delgado, leader of the group, organised a talk show to enlighten the students on the different aspects of a vocation, with a view to help them discern their vocation.
Science and mathematics lecturer Maria Fatima Alipio spoke on the blessings of the single life.
She shared the importance of having a prayerful life that would lead to personal contentment and happiness and being ready to serve others.
Noel Kibai, an information technology instructor, and Lucy Kibai, maths and sports lecturer, who have been married for 23 years, shared about having a better married life.
Sister Annie Saligumba, a Christian life education lecturer, Br Reto Wanner, fitting and machinist instructor, and Father Clifford Morais, the institute’s treasurer, shared with the students their lives as religious people.  The questions from the students  allowed the Salesian educators to share inspiring messages from their different perspectives.
Sr Annie, who has been a nun for 46 years, said being sincere and faithful to God’s call made her happy.
Br Reto, a former Protestant, said his firm decision to respond to God’s invitation made him a missionary Salesian brother, now serving the young people of PNG.
The playful childhood experiences of celebrating the Mass along with friends as a game has led Fr Clifford to be a priest.
“The seed sowed when I was eight years old inspired me to be a Salesian missionary now serving the PNG church,” he said.
“I had a fulfilling career as a bank officer but God’s calling to the priesthood was stronger.”

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