RMG – Rector Major to receive honorary degree in Pedagogical Sciences from University of Palermo

05 October 2022

(ANS - Rome) - On Thursday afternoon, October 13, the Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, shall be awarded an honorary degree in Pedagogical Sciences by the University of Palermo. The graduation ceremony will be an opportunity for the Tenth Successor of Don Bosco to illustrate through his Lectio Magistralis "Salesian Pedagogy - present and future."
By reason of his presence in Palermo, moreover, the Rector Major will also take part in a series of other appointments, both animation and institutional.

On his first day of visit to Palermo, which is more communal and spiritual in nature, Fr. Á.F. Artime shall meet with the "Don Bosco Ranchibile" center’s educational community and bless the institute's new premises - an educational center that is steadily increasing its enrollment in school and extracurricular activities. Next, he is to visit the Vocational Training Center "Adolescent Jesus" to greet the students and the community. In the afternoon, back at the "Ranchibile" institute, he will address words of animation to the young people of the Universal Civil Service. The first day ends with a solemn Eucharist presided over by the Rector Major for the entire Salesian Family of Palermo, on the sidelines of which a plaque of merit will be presented to Salesian teacher Prof. Fr. Angelo Astuti.

The main activities of this two-day Sicilian event for the Rector Major, however, will be concentrated on Thursday, Oct. 13. In the morning, the 10th Successor of Don Bosco will go to the Episcope of Palermo for a meeting with the Metropolitan Archbishop and Primate of Sicily, Bishop Corrado Lorefice.

The morning will end with the Rector Major's visit to the “Santa Chiara” house in the Ballarò district.

Afterward, he shall receive the honorary citizenship of the city of Palermo from the mayor, Dr. Roberto Lagalla, at the Palazzo delle Aquile.

The central act of the visit, the conferral of the doctorate honoris causa in Pedagogical Sciences, will be carried out in the afternoon, beginning at 4:30 p.m. (UTC+2), at the university's Sala Magna in the Steri Monumental Complex.

The program will first include the greetings of the Rector of the University of Palermo, Prof. Massimo Midiri, and Prof. Gioacchino Lavanco, Director of the Department of Psychological, Pedagogical, Physical Exercise and Formation Sciences; then the Reading of the motivation, by Prof. Francesca Pedone, Coordinator of the Master's Degree Course in Pedagogical Sciences; and the Laudatio by Alessandra La Marca, Professor of Didactics and Special Pedagogy; finally, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime will give his academic prologue entitled: "La pedagogia salesiana tra attualità e futuro."

The ceremony shall be streamed live on the University of Palermo's social channels.

At the end of the day, the Rector Major will meet with the pastoral educational communities of Salesian houses in Palermo.


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