Association of Salesian Cooperators (ASC) is the movement of laity of the Salesian Family of Don Bosco. It is also one of the three main branches of the Salesian Family founded directly by Don Boscoin 1876. The movement was created with the purpose to share the ideals of the Salesian PreventiveSystem in the education of young people, especially those who are the poorest, without the need to bea priest or a lay religious.The ASC’s superior is the Rector Major of the Salesians with Bishops and Priests of the dioceses canjoin this movement, sharing the ideals and educative philosophies of Don Bosco.
In 1873, Pope Pius IX approved the rules of the Salesian Society.In the 1876 Annual Conference’s report of the Society of Saint Francis de Sales, Don Bosco mentioned his plan to create the Association of Salesian Cooperators: In 1877 the Salesians did their first general chapter and Don Bosco reported the development of the cooperators and the Salesian Bulletin. He described the Association as people who wish to devote themselves to works of mercy in a specific rather than general way and he underlined that the mission of the cooperators is to take care of boys, who are exposed to immorality, catechizing them, keeping them happily busy on Sundays and holy days, finding them jobs with honest employers.
In the chapter, Don Bosco established the rules and missions of the cooperators and designed the way so that any Catholic lay person, willing to join his educative mission in favour of poor young people, could join.
THE PROFILE OF A SALESIAN COOPERATOR
• Someone rich in humanity.
• A baptized person bearing an immense love for the Church.
• A Salesian-in-the-world, as per Don Bosco’s original vision.
ASSOCIATION OF SALESIAN COOPERATORS OKHLA, NEW DELHI
Association of Salesian Cooperators of Okhla Unit is a very active group under the guidance of Salesian Family. The members are staunch believers of Catholic faith who are keen to radiate the flames of faith and illuminate the society where they live in. Their service to their workplace and parishes is praiseworthy. They put their heart and soul into everything they do. They run an extra mile to make everything perfect keeping an eye on Jesus their leader.As it says, ‘One bloom has the power to perfume a wholeroom’ the presence of Salesian Cooperators in the societyhas the power to perfume the whole society. The variousdomains where the Cooperators lay their hands are:
Education, Catechesis, Visit to the Orphanage, Juvenile Home, Old Age Home, Counselling, Family Apostolate, Prayer Meetings and various areas where humanness is at risk. One of the most important initiatives of Salesian Cooperators is the organizing of Inter School/Parish Don Bosco Bible Quiz.
The Association of Salesian Cooperators, Delhi very proudly organize the Inter-School/ Parish Don Bosco Bible Quiz every year.The Quiz is being organized for students of classes VI, VII, and VIII. This is a platform for the inquisitive minds to delve into the depth of the Holy Bible prayerfully. The zeal and enthusiasm bywhich the young students approach this Biblical Quiz is awesome.