Italy – A volume collects Letters of Fr Chávez to Salesians

04 June 2021

(ANS - Rome) - The Letters to the Salesians issued by Fr Pascual Chávez Villanueva, Rector Major emeritus, are collected in this unique work (1,386 pages) by Bro. Marco Bay, SDB, to encourage the rereading of the 12 years of the Rectorate (2002-2014) and rediscover the work, the guidance, the government, the events, the meetings, the anniversaries, the choices and the animation by Fr Chávez of the Society of St. John Bosco and of the Salesian Family. The volume, published by the Salesian publisher LAS, enjoys the presentation of Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major and X Successor of Don Bosco.

Fr Chávez clearly indicates that “to be able to make better use of them in the various communities, it is suggested that they be written in a simple and discursive language and that those rich in content on challenging topics alternate with other familiar and informal ones on the life of the Congregation. ... I will try,” Chávez himself points out, “to be faithful to this request to help develop more the sense of the Congregation and to stimulate reflection on the charism, two things both indispensable to ensure unity in diversity, one of the more valuable tasks I have to do. Thus the communication of the Rector Major will be placed at the service of animation and government, starting from what has been done or is being done in the Congregation and from its needs and challenges.”

Finally, “the aim is always to make known and appreciated all that you are and are doing, to take up the challenges that the Salesian mission encounters, to reflect aloud, trying to draw on our rich Salesian heritage, to answer you with the mind, the spirit and initiative of Don Bosco.”

“We hope that the reading will be to the liking of the Salesian Family to give continuity to the journey of hope that continues throughout the world,” concludes the editor of the volume, Bro. Bay.

Bro. Marco Bay currently collaborates with the General Secretariat of the Salesian Congregation and for the LAS publishing house he has published other collected works referring  to Fr Juan Edmundo Vecchi (1931-2002) and Fr Renato Ziggiotti (1892-1983), respectively VIII and V Successor of Don Bosco at the helm of the Salesian Congregation.

The book is available, in Italian, on the publisher's website.


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