A total of 109 participants have participated from most of the 12 EAO provinces, traditionally with the largest group from THA province: 21 pastoral and teaching lay mission partners from Thailand and 6 from Cambodia (total of 27).
The traditional program lasts 3 years (classified as Year A = History, Year B =Pedagogy and Year C = Spirituality), which usually involves studying in the Philippines for 3 weeks per year. But due to the pandemic situation, after a one-year (2020) break, this year the new cycle is changed to online learning instead.
The organizers are grateful for the full support of the SDB provincials with the assistance of Br. Raymond Callo (now in Rome, RMG). This program is an offer of the Institute of Salesian Studies and Spirituality of Don Bosco School of Theology, headed by Fr Francis Gustilo, since 2007.
Due to the pandemic the expected pilgrimage to the Salesian Holy Places last May 2020 was cancelled, but a new 3-year cycle has started now. The whole program is based on the “Syllabus of Salesian Studies” (approved by Fr Pascual Chavez and followed by Fr Francesco Cereda, then General Councillor for Formation).
It consists of 20 courses (4 subjects on Salesianity for each stage of formation: pre-novitiate, novitiate, post-novitiate, practical training, theologate). However, these subjects are clustered into the larger over-arching themes of HISTORY-PEDAGOGY-SPIRITUALITY.
This charismatically very important course can bring a deeper understanding of and enthusiasm for Salesian identity around the 23 countries of our EAO region.