Chile - Inauguration of new Salesian Provincial House
Santiago, Chile - September 2022 - The central animation teams of the Salesian Province of Chile (CIL) met on September 5 to inaugurate and bless the new facilities of the Provincial House. Members of the Youth Ministry, the Economer's Office, and the Communication teams, religious and lay people, as well as service staff, met for the last time in the building at Avenida República 173, which historically has been the headquarters of the central services, to close the activities. This moment was accompanied by Fr. Carlo Lira, CIL Provincial, his Vicar, Fr. David Albornoz, the Provincial Economer, Fr. José Toledo, and the Delegate for Youth Ministry, Fr. Juan Miguel Cárcamo. Afterward, they all moved to the new Provincial Headquarters, located on Av. Libertador B. O'Higgins 2379, an 1870 building, the former parish house of the Mary Help of Christians Shrine in Santiago, which has been restored and renovated to accommodate the Provincial services. In the chapel, Fr. Lira, during the ribbon-cutting ceremony and blessing of the rooms, invited those present to begin a new stage by looking at change through the eyes of faith, through the figure of the People of God, who were a nomadic people, constantly on the move. The inauguration concluded with a visit to the new environments and a fraternal sharing in the auditorium.