St. John Bosco Boys Home has been blessed by God over the years with many generous friends and benefactors. It would be difficult to express the depth of our gratitude for all the support we have received.
As the Sisters of Mercy look toward the future of its ministries they recognize that the mission of St. John Bosco requires some serious planning for the future. We want to keep you informed all along the way of the events that will occur in the coming year. In this communication, we will try to explain how the mission will grow in a new direction, while always being focused on the needs of young men who require assistance and support of the Sisters of Mercy and those who have helped to support them over the years.
As of July 1, 2017, St. John Bosco Administrative planning group and the Sisters of Mercy will begin a process for restructuring the total programme of the current St. John Bosco Home for Boys. This process anticipates the design of a trade/training school with a basic educational component for boys, both in residence and those coming into a day-school programme. The planning process will reduce the number of younger residents below the age of 14 and focus resources primarily on a day programme for young men ages 16 and 20 who will both reside at Bosco, or attend the day programme on a daily basis.
This transition in the Bosco programme represents a recognition of the primary purpose of the Sisters of Mercy mission in Jamaica, as in all our educational settings which is to serve the needs of the poor and marginalized in our society. The Sisters of Mercy’s vision sees the best practice for overcoming disproportionate economic levels in society is in preparing young persons for the workforce, who then become active and productive members of society living lives rooted in Christian values. This transition from a full residential programme to a partial residence and adding a day programme component is one which will offer wider opportunities to enrich the lives of the Jamaican youth at a critical age before becoming independent.
The restructuring will evolve in several phases until it becomes the St. John Bosco Career Training Centre. The Sisters of Mercy will continue to meet with all those whose lives will be affected by this transition as well as open opportunities for other boys in the region in need of the specialized programme that we will offer. We will also stay in close touch with all those who cherish the mission in an effort to maintain support for the programme. This is where YOU come in.
WE WILL CONTINUE TO NEED YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT IN THE YEARS AHEAD. YOUR HELP WILL PUT THESE BOYS ON THE ROAD TO A NORMAL LIFE WHERE THEY CAN BECOME PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY. WITHOUT THESE OPPORTUNITIES, A LIFE OF CRIME IS THEIR BEST OPTION.
Be assured that you are in our prayers daily as we ask God to bestow blessings on you in abundance and reward you as only He can. Thank you again for all your years of support. We hope to keep you on board for the next phase of our growth. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call or email either Sister Mimi or myself. We would be happy to clarify and hear your thoughts.
SO, IN A NUTSHELL:
St. John Bosco Career Training Centre will become a ½ residential and ½ day programme (Education and Trades) for boys between the ages of 15 – 19 effective September 2017;
The Sisters of Mercy will continue in our mission to serve the poor and marginalized youth in rural Jamaica;
We will continue to need your help and support in the years to come! 😊
Sister Susan Frazer, RSM
Sister Mimi Krusling, RSM