Spain – Salesian Confraternities, a reflection of St. Giovanni Bosco's charism

09 April 2019

(ANS - Seville) - In the world of the Salesian Confraternities or Brotherhoods (Hermandades and Cofradías) the liturgical time of the commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus occupies a privileged place, because it combines devotion, social action and the protagonism of the young. On the entire territory of Spain, there are today about 30 entities of the faithful, dependent on the respective archdioceses, and born, largely, in the channel of the Associations of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco.

In places like Algeciras, Morón de la Frontera, Alicante, Malaga, Cadiz, Ciudad Real, Cordoba, Jerez, Mataró, Huesca, Elche or Palma del Río, just to mention a few places, traditional processions will take place from 12 to 21 April with an approximate number of 30,000 adherents.

As a corporation born within the Association of Past Pupils, the Malaga Brotherhood has, for example, expressed its marked Salesian character. Its apostolic impulse, service to people, the simplicity of the celebrations, the desire to be present among the young and humble families, work, initiative and profound Marian devotion are all aspects proper to Salesian spirituality.

"For all these reasons, on June 20, 1996, the then Provincial, Fr Eusebio Muñoz Ruiz, gave the title of Salesian Brotherhood and with the desire to deepen the commitment to young people."

This desire to expand the sense of confraternity is what has encouraged the process of creating the Provincial Council of the Salesian Brotherhoods. "The Salesian Brotherhoods are represented by an advisory and organizational council, reporting directly to the delegate of the Salesian Family and then to the Provincial. The Coordinator also belongs to the Council of the Salesian Family of the Spain-Mary Help of Christians Province," explains Manolo Orellana Delgado, Coordinator of the Brotherhoods.

The full life of the Salesian Confraternities is not limited solely to a season of penance during the week of the Passion or to the triduums and cults of Lent. It is worth emphasizing that, in their daily lives, they animate many different initiatives, which are centered on social work, solidarity campaigns, the collection of school materials, toys, food or clothing, as well as paying attention to the people received in nursing homes, schools or associations.

Such are a few small examples of the full life of these Salesian brotherhoods, a reflection of the charism of St. Giovanni Bosco.


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