Mexico - Salesian School in America: XXIII meeting "CIMAC-NAC-Mesoamérica"

11 June 2021

(ANS - Guadalajara) - The XXIII Meeting of the CIMAC-NAC-MESOAMERICA area took place online on 26 and 27 May. It involved the leaders of the Salesian schools in Central America, Mexico, the Antilles, and North America.

The meeting was attended by 29 participants, all responsible for the schools run by the Salesians, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, and the Daughters of the Divine Savior. 14 Provinces from 13 different countries were represented in the large group of participants.

The meeting's opening message was presented by Fr Filiberto González Plasencia, Provincial of the Salesian Mexico-Guadalajara Province (MEG). He urged participants to always seek new ways to update Don Bosco's Preventive System and thus answer to the needs of today's young people. The meeting was also attended by the representatives of the Salesian School in America (ESA, in Spanish), respectively Sr. Ivone Goulart, collaborator of the Youth Ministry Sector of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, and Fr Claudio Cartes, of the Salesian Youth Ministry Department. Both presented the Identity Card of the Salesian Schools, prepared by the ESA Central Commission.

An especially significant moment was the presentation of the work to update ESA's Strategic Planning for 2021-2023. The presentation was entrusted to Sister Patricia Parraguez, FMA, of the ESA Central Commission.

The first formative moment was carried out by Fr Felipe De Jesús Carranza Orozco, Vicar of the MEG Provincial, who presented the figure of Fr Paolo Albera, the Successor of Don Bosco, in the context of the centenary of his death (1921-2021). He spoke of the decisive role of Fr Albera in consolidating the Salesian work and the Salesian charism in a delicate historical moment, encompassed by the First World War.

The global educational pact and the Salesian school were, instead, the themes of the second formative moment, developed by Fr Eduardo Lara, Rector of the Salesian Higher Institute of Tlaquepaque, State of Jalisco. Finally, Sr. Sarah García, collaborator of the FMA Youth Ministry and reference person of the Office of Human Rights (IIMA) in Geneva, presented the project entitled: "Network of young defenders of the human rights of young people", an initiative aimed at creating a network of young people in defense of human rights.

The meeting ended with a concluding prayer and with the decision to continue the CIMAC-NAC-MESOAMÉRICA's work in February 2022. Finally, the immense work carried out by the meeting's leaders and the representatives of the region was honored: Sr. Flora Fanfan, FMA, and Fr Carlos Alberto Montoya Manzo, SDB.


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