Japan - IVth Seminar on Spirituality for the Salesian Family
(ANS – Tokyo: 28 February 2007) - Each year in Japan there is a Seminar on Salesian Spirituality organised in turns by groups of the Salesian Family. In 2007 it has been organised by the Salesians at Sughinami, Tokyo, in the Salesian Intercultural and Technological Centre (SITEC) on 16 and 17 February. Speakers belonged to different groups of the Salesian Family in Japan. Sr. Letizia Yoko Ohno, from the Sisters of Charity of Miyasaki, spoke about “self-fulfilment” in consecrated life and the importance of human maturity. Mrs Utako Tsubaki, a lay woman spoke about “The spirituality of Saint Francis of Sales, Saint Jane de Chantal and Saint Vincent de Paul,” pointing out the similarities between these three giants of spirituality of the XVIIth century and Don Bosco. Sr. Naomi Tanaka, Daughter of Mary Help of Christians developed the topic “The Christian View of childhood according to Don Bosco and Souzo Kurahashi”, a well-known Japanese educator of the XXth century. With her talk, Sr. Tanaka helped those listening to understand the Preventive System following the intuitions of Don Bosco and Kurahashi. The Salesians also gave a report on a Seminar on Salesian spirituality held in the month of January at Bangkok, Thailand. The general lines of the Seminar in Sughinami were followed in Beppu, Ohita, for members of the Salesian Family in the area of Kyushu, in which Fr Orlando Puppo, Provincial of the Salesians in Japan took part.