Fr Mario Gasper Santosh, SDB, was appointed as its first parish priest by His Excellency Wenceslao Padilla, the bishop of Mongolia. About 200 people from all over the prefecture attended the great event, including 10 Salesians, other religious and priests. To celebrate the day, seven people were also baptized, including young people and adults.
The parish has more than 60 Catholics. About 10 years ago the government granted the village Shovoo to carry out social and religious activities. Started by the ICM sisters (Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary), it was then consigned to the prefecture. Then, entrusted to the Salesians one year ago, the Salesians now manage the crèche, an unofficial parish, the farms during summer, and many other social initiatives.
The village, with a population of 10 to 15 thousand people, is in a mountainous environment and surrounded by a river. In winter, snow blankets the land; in summer, green pastures bring on a life full of activity everywhere. A simple population, open to evangelization, as well as other development work.
For the Salesians, the New Year has started with a wonderful gift. We thank God for granting such a gift, useful for spreading His good news and serving His people.