From today until next Sunday, at least 8,000 people - not counting the last hour subscribers - can take part in the appointment, made with a skilful mix of common parts for everyone, between 13:00 - 15:30 (UTC +1), and specific programs developed by the appropriate regional/linguistic coordinating bodies.
The start of the common activities is expected with the opening session, prayer and the presentation of the Strenna 2021 by Fr Á.F. Artime; the regional work has already started: at 9.30 am, Italian time, the live broadcast, and the work of groups in East Asia-Oceania.
With his introductory speech, the Rector Major illustrates in detail the invitation that he himself has formulated to the entire Salesian Family for this 2021, "before a global reality that challenges us and that we cannot ignore".
Msgr. Derio Olivero, Bishop of Pinerolo, was invited offer a reading of his, under the banner of hope, of the time that all humanity is experiencing. It was not a casual invitation: besides being the bishop of a place loved by Don Bosco, who on several occasions retired there to get rest and soothe the pains of his infirmities, Msgr. Olivero in the spring of 2020 was ill with Covid-19 and risked dying, and was able to draw lessons from that experience.
On the sidelines of the common events, the various activities coordinated by the language and regional centers are scheduled, including the unmissable appointment with the virtual tour of the "Casa Don Bosco Museum".
Since the first edition of the Week of Spirituality of the Salesian Family it is the first time in history that so many people can participate in the appointment. This is already a first testimony of that hope that the Salesian Family is preparing to deepen and celebrate. In an era of crisis and pandemic, the members of the Don Bosco Family are able to get closer as never before, transforming a problem into an opportunity: thanks to modern technologies, but above all in communion of prayer and rooted in a common charism.