RMG - Don Salvador Delgadillo: "Walking in the steps of Don Bosco, we found the treasure that illuminates our lives."

01 June 2017

(ANS - Rome) - Don Salvador Delgadillo, Salesian of Mexico, is the Director of the New Religious Community "San Giuseppe Cafasso" at the Salesian Center for Ongoing Formation (CSFPA), based in Quito, Ecuador. In the last week of May, he traveled to Italy - "Following the steps of Don Bosco" - with a group of Salesians, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, laymen and volunteers of the fourth phase of the Salesianity Course. "It was a profound spiritual experience,” he said, “that helped us renew our strength and walk like Don Bosco."

What is the Salesianity Project?

Salesianity courses are offered as an approach to the figure of our Father Don Bosco and the Salesian charism.

How does it develop?

It is a four-stage training process lasting 4 years that requires a physical presence at the center for one month each year. From this experience, various processes of reflection arise which have to be concluded with a project in our works.

Who has completed the Salesianity course?

In this group there were five Salesians, two FMA, one Don Bosco Volunteer, and several lay people from Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Paraguay and Bolivia.

What did it mean to follow Don Bosco's footsteps?

The participants were touched on seeing the locations Don Bosco actually lived in. Everybody talked about an interior renewal. We started in Annecy (France) and then reached Turin, Genoa and Rome. This road has been a path of spiritual renewal because we have experienced Don Bosco. And every day, there was a re-reading of his life and of his works in historical, pedagogical, and spiritual terms; the day would end with a written report about the sites, the things learned and the experiences lived.

This group could also meet the Rector Major ...

Yes, it was a delightful gift and a joy. Don Ángel is certainly a Father for us. He has given us strength, hope, and encouragement to love Don Bosco and to transmit it to our works. It was a truly motivating meeting, one of gratitude and joy. I can say that walking in Don Bosco's footsteps, we have found the treasure that illuminates our lives and service to the young.


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