RMG - The Rector in the Salesian Religious Community

22 January 2021

(ANS - Rome) - The dissemination program of the text "Animating and Governing the Community - The Ministry of the Salesian Rector" proposes for these first months of 2021 the reading, study, sharing on the text's second part, entitled: "The Rector in the Salesian Religious Community”. At the end of September, animation material was proposed on the first part: “The Salesian Consecrated Identity”. In April, the introduction video and materials for animation relating to the third and final part shall be offered: “The Rector and the Shared Salesian Mission”.

From the messages received from the provinces, it is evident how these aids for help in reading and assimilation are valued by many communities, adapting them to the rhythms and methods most suited to each provincial or local context.

The second part concerns more closely the dynamics of daily life of the Salesian community and the service of animation and guidance that the Rector carries out within it. The first subtitle is the following: “Animator and Guardian of the Salesian consecrated identity”. The term "guardian of the charism" was the one that emerged most frequently in the 316 contributions that came from all seven regions, by groups of rectors, provincial councils and individual confreres. It was the starting material for the elaboration of the text.

In the video, the councilors for formation and for the missions, the regional councilors of Africa and Madagascar, the Mediterranean, South Asia, Central and Northern Europe present what it means to be a spiritual guide of the community (mystics), an animator of communion and co-responsibility (prophets) , responsible for the apostolic mission (servants).

The second part also focuses on very concrete aspects of the life of Salesian houses, tools and structures for animation, such as the local council, the assembly of the confreres, the community and personal project, the attention for young confreres and for older ones.

It is hoped that in these first months of the year sufficient space can be devoted to the reading and assimilation of this central part of the text. In addition to the video, other materials will be sent (PowerPoint, charts for the community ...) to encourage, above all, moments of reflection and community sharing.

The links of the videos can be accessed at www.sdb.org.


ANS - “Agenzia iNfo Salesiana” is a on-line almost daily publication, the communication agency of the Salesian Congregation enrolled in the Press Register of the Tibunal of Rome as n 153/2007.

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