Myanmar – Formation Heart of Myanmar Salesians - Thibaw

12 September 2019

(ANS – Thibaw) – The young vice province of Mary Help of Christians of Myanmar (established 2004) decided, during the Provincial Chapter 2019, to reshape the Aspirantate and Prenovitiate stages of initial formation. At present, there are 24 candidates (16 in first year, 8 in second year) in Thibaw Don Bosco Aspirantate, Hsipaw, accompanied by 6 Salesians (five priests and one practical trainee). Although the social situation around Thibaw has not been very peaceful this year, the Aspirantate program is going well.

At present, in accordance with the 2019-2020 EPC of our community, the 24 Aspirants are accompanied through daily classes (Mon-Fri) every day until 3 pm with a focus on human formation, English language proficiency (reading, listening, vocabulary, writing, grammar), Salesianity - Preventive System, Catechism, Vocational Orientation, and exposure to the Salesian Mission (boarding house attached to Thibaw parish, summer catechesis, Bible sharing, PC classes, and especially regular exposure to the youth ministry in our parish).

The current two-year course will be soon reshaped, following the Provincial Chapter 2019, into a 4-year course, whereas the first year would be residential in Hsipaw (Thibaw), followed by two years in apostolic communities with the summer vacation study at University and concluding with the fourth year again in Hsipaw (Thibaw). Since 2018, the vice province made a choice to send the candidates to the inter-provincial Prenovitiate and Novitiate in Lawaan, Cebu (FIS province).

“We are happy to welcome into our midst two Filipina missionary volunteers (SALVO). Their presence will enhance the English language program of our candidates,” said Fr Lucas Naw, Rector of Thibaw.

“The vocational landscape of the country is changing very fast and also our Salesian vice province is trying to follow the signs of our times,” he adds. “And we are happy that this year, no fewer than 9 first-year Aspirants are coming from our Nazareth House in Anisakan (grade 7-10), with solid intellectual preparation and Salesian experience. Since our community has no Salesian Brother, we try to use the many materials produced during the EAO 2018 Salesian Brother Congress - like personal interviews or video clips. Among the 24 Aspirants, there are not less than 5 who are searching their attraction to the Salesian Brother vocation.”

The MYM vice province has 66 professed members this year and 3 prenovices in the Philippines. Thibaw community is trying to contribute with its effort and closer personal accompaniment to the vocational culture revival in the provincial community!

Source: AustraLasia


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