Italy – Mediterranean Region meets in Florence

28 April 2021

(ANS - Florence) - The meeting of the Mediterranean Region, held in Florence at the Salesian Institute, which was opened by Don Bosco himself in 1881, took place on 26 and 27 April. It featured the presence of the Provincials of Italy and the national and regional Coordinators of Youth Ministry and Formation and in online connection with their counterparts of the Iberian and Middle Eastern area.

Animated and coordinated by the Regional Councilor, Fr Juan Carlos Pèrez Godoy, the meeting was intense and stimulating, both for the fraternal and joyful atmosphere, and for the contents proposed and the subsequent and extensive dialogue.

It was certainly a precious time for the consolidation of the Region's identity. Fr Miguel Ángel García Morcuende, General Councilor for Youth Ministry, began the two-day session with an analysis of the current pandemic time in relation to Salesian Pastoral. A time that has offered the opportunity for a more continuous and profound listening to oneself, one's communities, one's context and practices, and which has sometimes forced us to give up what was considered indispensable. The analysis highlighted how it is necessary to start afresh with renewed hope from the culture of encounter, of care, with an outgoing, pro-active pastoral that makes itself concretely present to young people and their families, giving them the utmost attention and closeness.

The priorities of the six-year planning for the Region were then outlined: quality of vocation animation, centrality of evangelization and the First Proclamation, focus on the poorest young people. Some events were agreed upon to give greater implementation force to these program guidelines.

Also very stimulating was the intervention of the General Councilor for Formation, Fr Ivo Coelho, with the members of his Sector, who explained how the formation process of the Salesians is moving decisively towards formation in the mission: more synodal, capable of reaching the heart, which shapes the consecrated identity within the mission shared with young people and the laity.

The very cordial and sincere, respectful and profound dialogue highlighted the will and the concrete possibility of everyone, together, making a successful journey as a Mediterranean Region, in the name of Don Bosco.

Those who were in attendance, on Tuesday afternoon, were then able to take a guided tour in the heart of the always beautiful city of Florence.



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