RMG – World Advisory Council of Salesian Family starts tomorrow

20 May 2021

(ANS - Rome) - The work of the World Council or Consulta of the Salesian Family (SF) will begin tomorrow, Friday 21 May. Until Sunday 23, Solemnity of Pentecost, the World Leaders of the 32 officially recognized groups belonging to the SF will gather, digitally, to share moments of spirituality, reflection and dialogue, under the motto: “Moved by Hope. 'See, I am making all things new' (Rev 21,5)”.

The activities over the three days will always start at 13:30 Italian (UTC + 2) and will include a first half hour of "welcome" and informal dialogue to recreate, even at a distance, the traditional atmosphere of unity and family.

Friday and Sunday will feature a more formative, reflective and informative character. Saturday will instead focus on group work, with groups already formed.

In detail, on Friday, after the recitation of the Novena to Mary Help of Christians and an introductory speech by Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, at 2.30 pm Fr Gustavo Cavagnari, professor of Pastoral Theology at the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) will take the floor to speak on the theme: “I make all things new”.

In Saturday's group work, the common thread of the discussion will be the guiding question: What are the most significant or meaningful novelties or news of the Kingdom emerging in our Group at this time?" After the due time of debate and analysis, a work of synthesis will be carried out, and the day shall end with the recitation of the Novena to Mary Help of Christians.

On Sunday 23, ample time will be given to internal communication within the group regarding issues of common interest, including: the presentation of the last group welcomed in the SF, the "Medianeiras de Paz"; a look at holiness in the SF; the next Days of Spirituality of the SF; the joint website; the 150th anniversary of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and the Past Pupils of Don Bosco.

The concluding remarks of the Rector Major and the prayer on the last day of the Novena to Mary Help of Christians will mark the end of the meeting of the World Council of the SF.

On the ANS Facebook page it will be possible to follow in live streaming:

  • Friday 21, from 2 pm to 4 pm (UTC + 2), the working session of the World Council;
  • Sunday 23, Solemnity of Pentecost, Mass from the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at 12:30, presided over by Fr Joan Lluís Playà, Central Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family; and the Mass at 6:30 pm, presided over by Msgr. Cesare Nosiglia, Archbishop of Turin;
  • Monday 24, at 6.30 pm, Mass of the Feast of Mary Help of Christians, presided over in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians by the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime.


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