The Salesians in the world on the threshold of the 28th General Chapter
(Rome, 8 January 2020) - In view of the 28th General Chapter of the Congregation, the Salesians of Don Bosco convene a Press Conference to illustrate the different realities in which they operate throughout the world and what the strengths and challenges, new opportunities and risks for the Congregation in today's social and ecclesial context are. The invitation to journalists and media is for Thursday 23 January, 11:00 am, at the "Sacro Cuore" in Rome at Via Marsala 42, (near Termini Station).
Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, SDB, Superior General of the Salesian Congregation, will speak at length about what missionaries do in various parts of the world and in different religious, social and cultural contexts.
He will also be joined by Salesian cardinal Cristóbal López Romero, archbishop of Rabat (Morocco), who shall offer his views and specific knowledge on the work of the sons of Don Bosco in the Muslim context, as well as in Latin America, where he has served as a missionary, and in Spain, his country of origin.
On this same occasion, the objectives and expectations of the 28th General Chapter of the Congregation, scheduled in Turin from 16 February to 4 April 2020, will also be illustrated, its theme: "Which Salesians for today's young people?". Fr Stefano Vanoli, the Salesian coordinating the work of the Chapter, will be present.
The press conference will be moderated by Fr Giuseppe Costa, Salesian, journalist, former director of the Libreria Editrice Vaticana (LEV), the Vatican Publishing House.
At the end of the press conference, there will be time for a Q & A session and an aperitif.
Upon request, it will also be possible to reserve personal interviews.
For further information and to confirm your participation, please refer to the following contacts:
Democratic Republic of Congo – Fr Gavioli, SDB: "I'm grateful to the Lord because I have always been able to live together with the poorest and most vulnerable"
(ANS - Bukavu) - Bukavu is a populous city in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where Fr Piero Gavioli, a Salesian, 79 years old, of which 55 spent in the African country, resides. Previously, he lived for about forty years in Lubumbashi, where, in addition to leading a parish and teaching in the seminary, he was responsible for the youth ministry of the diocese; and six years in Goma, where he directed a large center consisting of an oratory, a vocational school, an orphanage and shelter for single mothers. He was then sent to Bukavu with five other Salesians to run a small vocational school entrusted to the Sons of Don Bosco by the Xaverian missionaries. “I'm happy because most of the kids finish their courses and find a job,” he says.
Peru – Mary Help of Christians Basilica: “A sign of friendship”. Eucharist for closing of temple's centenary and presentation of commemorative book
(ANS - Lima) - The jubilee year for the centenary of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Lima officially ended with the Eucharist on Sunday 1 August, presided over by the Archbishop of Lima, Msgr. Carlos Castillo, accompanied by the Apostolic Nuncio in Peru, Msgr. Nicola Girasoli, and by the auxiliary bishops of Lima, Msgr. Guillermo Cornejo and Msgr. Guillermo Elías, as well as several Salesians of Don Bosco. The Mass, officiated in the temple and also broadcast live, also saw the presence of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and a number of ecclesiastical and civil authorities, and was celebrated in an atmosphere of joy and gratitude.
RMG – Fr Maravilla: “Forming our Lay Mission Partners”
(ANS – Roma) – “Through the Sacrament of Baptism, all Christians are part of the people of God and share in the mission of the Church. Every lay person together with consecrated women and men and ordained ministers is co-responsible for the Church’s mission,” says Fr Alfred Maravilla, SDB, General Councilor for the Missions, in his message for the August missionary magazine “Cagliero 11”. Below we report his reflection on the role of the laity in the Church.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
MUCH GREATER THAN THE HILLS OF MONFERRATO
All of Don Bosco’s pedagogy is encapsulated in these autumn outings: familiarity and camaraderie; joy and celebration; a time to walk, as one walks along the paths of life; space for conversation and friendship; and Don Bosco’s good and kind presence.