Don Francesco Cereda, born in Veduggio con Colzano, in the Province of Milan, on the 6th of March 1951, made his first vows on the 16th of August 1968 after his novitiate in Missaglia. He made his perpetual vows on 14th of September 1974, after his Tirocinium at Parma. He was ordained deacon at Chiari on the12th of May 1979 and priest on the 24th of May 1980.
Don Cereda was animator in the post-novitiate community of Nave, in the Brescia province, till 1987 when he became Rector of the community and Head at the school in Parma. In 1986 he got a Mathematics degree at the State University of Parma. After having been Provincial Councillor for three years 1990-1993, he was naminated Provincial of the Italian Province of Lombardo Emiliana (ILE). At the end of his term he was given the office of Superior of the Visitatoria “Mary, Seat of Wisdom” of the Pontifical Salesian University till 2002 when, during the GC25, he was elected as Councillor for Formation.
The Councillor for Formation, as pointed out in Article 135 of the Constitutions, has the duty of furthering the integral and ongoing formation of the Salesians, following with particular care the initial formation ensuring that the content, arrangement of studies, formation methods and structures provide the conditions necessary for growth in the Salesian vocation.
In late afternoon they awaited the election of the Councillors for Youth Pastoral, Social Communications and Missions.