The first element of novelty, testimony to the vitality of the Salesian Family, was the renewal of the team of the Salesians of Don Bosco present in the Secretariat for the Salesian Family: Fr Joan Lluís Playà succeeded Fr Eusebio Muñoz as Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family; Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, former Spiritual Animator of the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA), continues to be part of the Secretariat, but as Postulator General for the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family; Domenico Nam has taken on the positions of World Delegate for the Salesian Cooperators and for the Past Pupils of Don Bosco, previously assigned to Fr Giuseppe Casti and Fr Jayapalan Raphael; while the new Spiritual Animator of ADMA is now Fr Alejandro Guevara.
With the offices renewed, the first digital contacts were then made. Attention was paid to requests from the Provinces or from specific groups of the Salesian Family from different parts of the world: animation of the Spiritual Exercises, participation in provincial meetings, meetings with the Past Pupils of the Provinces of East Asia, meeting with ADMA Primary… Without neglecting the translation of the book of the Salesian Family.
From 10 to 12 September the team of Salesians of Don Bosco present in the Secretariat gathered, and on 11 September, in particular, they took part in the Plenary meeting of the Secretariat, which was also attended by Sr. Maria Luisa Miranda and Dina Moscioni, who were already members; and Margarita F. and Antonio Boccia, whom the Rector Major recently appointed members of the Secretariat.
They were days of acknowledging the character of the Secretariat as an organ at the service of the Rector Major for the animation, formation and coordination of the Salesian Family; reflection on the functions to be assumed and on the way to organize; preparation of the part of the six-year program corresponding to the Salesian Family in the light of the nuclei of animation proposed by the Rector Major; and reasoning on how to face the next Days of Spirituality of the Salesian Family.
“Here, in a nutshell, are the first steps taken in this new 6-year term, while we continue to trust in the enveloping love of God who has given His Church the gift of our Salesian Family,” concludes Fr Playà, Delegate of the Rector Major for the Family Salesian.