Philippines – Brother Jean Paul Muller visits Salesian Brothers Formation House

06 December 2022

(ANS – Parañaque) – The Economer General of the Congregation since 2010, Brother Jean Paul Muller was some days ago for an animation visit in the Philippines North - Malaysia province (FIN) especially in Manila. At this occasion Br Jean Paul has given also a conference to the Salesian Brothers in specific formation community of Blessed Stephen Sandor in Parañaque.

In his conference, Br Muller highlighted the identity of a Salesian Brother who is working closely and directly with the lay people as our mission partners and also is very close to the young people in his ministry. He stressed that the Salesian Brothers usually serve in specific areas like schools and vocation training centers. While working as administrators or TVET directors, at the same time, they also guide, accompany and teach the young people entrusted to them by God through the skills they have.  According to Br. Muller, our lay mission partners can also perform these and similar tasks. But what makes the consecrated Brother different from the lay person is his very own consecrated identity and spirituality.

In a short address the Economer General encouraged the Brothers in specific formation in Sandor Community to use their time properly to prepare themselves for the ministry when they return to their respective provinces after this 2-years course.  They are to become teachers and catechists to the young people; a witness to Christ to the young people. He added that the young people will not see them as just as an “ordinary men”, but there is something in them that would remind them about Christ being with them. Salesian Brother presence is not only to give the young people some technical skills but they are also present as educators of the faith.

At present the Sandor community (Rector Fr Ronel Vilbar) is made of 4 formators and 7 Salesian Brothers in specific formation heading from Indonesia, Timor Leste, Vietnam and India. In the whole Congregation there are only 3 similar venues for this stage of Brother's formation - in Mexico (MEG - Tlaquepaque), in Cameroon (AET - Yaoundé) and in Spain (SMX - Barcelona). Two years specific formation course in English is also open for Brothers from other Salesian Regions.


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