Italy - Visit of the Rector Major and his Council to the Salesian community of Testaccio

21 January 2022

Rome, Italy – January 2022 – The Salesian community of Testaccio - Rome welcomed the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, and his Council on the evening of Thursday 20 January 2022. The community chapel was the first meeting place with the solemn celebration of the vespers presided over by the Rector Major. The Rector of the house, Fr Orestes Fistarol, in his words of welcome introduce the community to the distinguished visitors. The community is made up of 39 confreres from 14 countries and 28 Salesian provinces; 18 of whom are in the various Licentiate courses and 15 in various Doctorate courses. At the end of the Vespers, the Rector Major delivered the traditional ‘good night’ message to the community focusing mainly on the joy of being Salesians and on the challenges of today’s society which require a solid formation. Hence invitating the student confreres to give the best of themselves and to acquire a good formation to respond well to the needs of the young. The second part of the auspicious evening consisted in the fraternal participation at the community meal in the refectory. Songs to Don Bosco in various languages gave the evening an added Salesian fraternal vibe. By way of conclusion, the Rector Major thanked the community for the warm welcome and renewed his invitation to all present to rediscover and to savour the joy and meaning of giving one’s life to Christ, without whom it would become bland and of no meaning. He also invited the community to keep the flame of love for Christ alive, as Don Bosco did. The memorable visit of the Rector Major and his council members came to an end with a few moments of spontaneous exchange of farewell pleasantries.

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