Four full days of the animation visit were dedicated to different animation encounters with the Provincial Council (Provincial Fr. Andrew Wong), with the Formation Commission (Delegate Fr. Vincent Prastowo) and animating interactions with the Novitiate (6 novices) and Postnovitiate (13 postnovices) formation communities.
During the Formation team meetings the Salesians shared their thoughts on the “Personal Spiritual Accompaniment” Guidelines in the context of the initial formation and during the two meetings with young Salesians altogether explored the motivations for living the Salesian consecrated apostolic life in its two forms: Salesian Brother and Salesian Priest.
The half-day provincial Council Meeting with Fr. Klement was a good chance to exchange the progress in the fields of Youth Ministry and Formation on the journey as a newborn Vice-province. Special attention was dedicated to the new approach to the Aspirantate (Sumba community with a residential program and each local community open to accompanying candidates).
As a young and dynamic Vice-Province, the Salesians are investing in the preparation and qualification of their confreres, especially in the field of formation, social communication as well as with regular Rectors meeting focused on formation.
With the establishment of a new Provincial House community (Wisma - Jakarta, Rector Fr Noel Villafuerte) they aim at more effective animation of the 7 communities in Java and Sumba island and pray that the dream of the Rector Major to start the first presence in Flores will come true soon.
By Fr. Vincent Prastowo, SDB