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Pakistan - A Vocational Story: Fr Samuel Adnan Ghouri, SDB

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June 27, 2017

pakistanTESTIMONY - Entrusted to the Salesian Province of the Southern Philippines, the Salesian presence in Pakistan continues to flourish. At the exact anniversary of Fr Noble Lal's priesthood ordination, the first Pakistani Salesian priest, which took place in Lahore on the occasion of the Feast of Mary Help of Christians, a new Salesian of Pakistan was ordained a priest this year: Fr Samuel Adnan Ghouri, ordained in the town of Quetta, which hosts the other Salesian house erected in the country.

Fr. Samuel Adnan Ghouri, SDB, was born in the household of Sadiq Masih and Rehmat Bibi, in the small village of Sargodha, near Lahore. He received his basic education from a government school in his home town. After his 10th grade, he worked actively in a youth group in his village. Because of the family’s strong religious influence and his personal interest in the Church’s activities, he experienced God’s call for him to work in His vineyard.

Samuel later joined as a candidate of the Salesian Congregation in 2003 in Lahore. In that same year, he was sent to a Salesian community in Quetta to learn more about living the consecrated life.

On the 10th of June 2007, he went to the Philippines to continue his formation in the Don Bosco Formation Center in Lawaan, Talisay City. He spent a year in Pre-Novitiate formation and another year in the Sacred Heart Novitiate under the guidance of his Novice Director, Fr. Godofredo Atienza, SDB, who is the current Provincial Superior of the Philippines South Province – FIS. His first religious profession took place on 6 May, 2009, as a Salesian cleric.

He studied Philosophy for two years in the Don Bosco Post-Novitiate Seminary in Canlubang, Laguna. He then moved back to Quetta and was assigned to the boarding school as a Practical Trainee for two years.

In 2013, he returned to the Philippines to continue his formation for priesthood as a Theology student in the Don Bosco Center of Studies, Parañaque. During his second year, he made his perpetual profession as a Salesian on 31 May, 2015. The following year, June 24, he was ordained deacon.

On completing his Theological Studies, Fr Samuel returned to Quetta, Pakistan, where he was ordained a Priest on the 24th of May, 2017,  the Feast of Mary Help of Christians.

He is currently serving in Quetta's Don Bosco Learning School and in Don Bosco Al-Falah Boy’s Hostel.

Source: infoans.org

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