Laos - "Learning patience by running on the road". Interview with Br. Carlo Bacalla, SDB

29 August 2018

(ANS - Vientiane) - Salesian brother Carlo Bacalla, originally from the South Philippines (FIS), has been a missionary in Africa for thirteen years. Now, for the past five years he has been an active member of the first Salesian community of Laos - Vientiane: the Don Bosco Vocation Training Center.

What makes you happy as a Salesian Brother?

There are two things that make me particularly happy. The first is the awareness of being helpful to young people, of giving them a preparation to make them good citizens of their country. The second is to be able to spend Sunday mornings doing what I love: sports!

What did you treasure most during your missionary experiences in Africa and Laos?

The thirteen years in Africa were the best lesson life could give me. I saw so much poverty and misery, but I always felt that God was there. In Laos, it's nice to share my life with so many people, young people and friends. Here, my great passion for running made me feel closer to the Laotians and the Creator. I learned so much of the people of Laos being on the road and wearing my running shoes.

What did you learn from the young people of Laos?

Honestly ... patience, patience, patience and more patience.

What keeps your Salesian vocation alive?

Prayer and the belief that I am doing something good for humanity. I can connect and communicate easily with God when I run, surrounded by nature. I believe that the solid initial formation I received has made me move forward until now. Sport, then, has been a great help in difficult times.


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