Portugal - POR Provincial Chapter

05 May 2022

Lisbon, Portugal - April 2022 - From April 22-24, the Provincial Chapter of the Salesian Province of Portugal (POR) was held, presided over by the Provincial Fr José Aníbal Mendonça and with Fr Tarcízio Morais as Regulator. The assembly took place at the Provincial headquarters in Lisbon and was attended by 27 Capitulars from the various communities of Portugal and Cape Verde, who reflected on the strategies for the coming years, with special attention to the program guidelines for 2020-2026 presented by the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime. These documents were previously studied and deepened in the communities with Salesians, youth, and laity, giving rise to a series of proposals studied during the days by the Chapter members. The report on the state of the province by the Provincial highlighted the challenges ahead. In making this analysis, the Provincial Chapter studied in depth the points that have the objective of evangelization of the young, the preferential option for those most in need, mission and formation shared with the laity, and the redesigning of the Salesian presence. The Provincial Chapter worked on the lines of the Provincial Organic Project, the Salesian Provincial Pastoral-Educational Project, and the Provincial Formation Project, the drafting of which will then be the responsibility of the Provincial and his Council. The Chapter Assembly offered criteria, guidelines, and priorities to support their elaboration. The presence of lay people and young people at the Provincial Chapter helped to focus on co-responsibility in the mission between Salesians and lay people and the need for common formation as a means of responding to the challenges that young people pose to Salesians.

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