Fr Ángel Fernández Artime confirmed Rector Major
(Rome, March 11, 2020) - The 28th General Chapter of the Salesian Congregation has renewed the mandate of Rector Major to the standing RM, namely Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, for 2020-2026. The election was decided at the first round of voting.
Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, 59, was born on 21 August 1960 in Gozón-Luanco, Asturias, Spain; he made his first profession on 3 September 1978, his perpetual vows on 17 June 1984 in Santiago de Compostela, and was ordained priest on 4 July 1987 in León.
Originally from León Province, he has been Youth Ministry Delegate, Rector of the school at Ourense, member of the Council and Vice Provincial and, from 2000 to 2006, Provincial of León.
He has a Doctorate in Pastoral Theology and a Licence in Philosophy and Pedagogy.
He was a member of the technical commission that prepared the General Chapter 26. In 2009, he was appointed Provincial of South Argentina, and thanks to this position he also got to know and collaborate personally with the then Archbishop of Buenos Aires, card. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, today Pope Francis.
On 23 December 2013, he was appointed Provincial of the new province of Mary Help of Christians in Spain, an office he couldn’t take on, since the 27th General Chapter had elected him as tenth Successor of Don Bosco. It was 25 March 2014.
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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.
RMG – SYM: THE JOURNEY | THE “LEADS” | THE PLAN
(ANS – Roma) – The “LEADS” (leaders) of Salesian Youth Movement from INTER-AMERICA - AMERICA SOUTH CONE - AFRICA-MADAGASCAR - SOUTH ASIA - EAST ASIA OCEANIA come together for the first time on ZOOM for their “PLAN LAUNCH”. It will take place on 31 JULY 2021 @ 14.30 (Rome time).
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.