Italy – Twelve Provincials, from four continents, for mid-term Review meeting

22 October 2021

(ANS - Turin) - A little more than a month after the previous edition, a new meeting of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, is being held in Turin with the Salesian Provincials who have reached the middle of their six-year term. On this occasion, 12 Provincials from four continents are participating: a further sign of the continuous and ever more intense return to normality in the activities of animation and government of the Congregation.

The event, scheduled from 19 to 28 October, is so close to the previous one due to the desire to recover the meetings lost during the hardest phase of the pandemic. As usual, it is organized by the Vicar of the Rector Major, Fr Stefano Martoglio, and by his Secretary, Fr Saimy Ezhanikatt.Participants in the meeting:

-      Fr Manuel Cayo, Provincial of Peru (PER);

-      Fr John Bosco Pitisant Dhepharat, Provincial of Thailand (THA);

-      Fr Giuliano Giacomazzi, Provincial of Italy-Lombardo-Emiliana (ILE);

-      Fr Manuel Jiménez, Superior of the Vice Province of Africa - Congo Congo (ACC);

-      Fr Jose Kochamkunnel, Provincial of India – Chennai (INM);

-      Fr Simon Asira Lipuku, Provincial of East Africa (AFE);

-      Fr Carlo Lira, Provincial of Chile (CIL);

-      Fr Pierre Célestin Ngoboka, Superior of the Vice Province of Africa Great Lakes (AGL);

-      Fr Krzystof Rychcik, Superior of the Zambia-Malawi-Zimbabwe-Namibia Vice Province (ZMB)

-      Fr Francisco Sánchez, Provincial of Ecuador (ECU);

-      Fr Januarius Sangma, Provincial of India-Guwahati (ING);

-      Fr Timothy Zak, Provincial of United States East and Canada (SUE).

The program includes also planned visits to places related to Don Bosco and re-live the Salesian charism and to live moments of fraternity. Thanks to the collaboration of the religious communities of the places concerned, the participating Provincials will be able to gain in-depth knowledge of Salesianity in Turin, Chieri, Colle Don Bosco, Mornese, Valponasca and Nizza Monferrato, in addition to the activities carried out by the Salesian Mission Office "Missioni Don Bosco" in Turin.

Each day will also include moments of formation with interventions ranging from Don Bosco's spirituality manifest in dreams to the sense of discipleship in Salesian religious life; from the role of Mary Help of Christians in Don Bosco's spiritual experience to the discussion of Don Bosco's vocational and spiritual adventure; up to the reflection on Salesian consecrated identity in the two forms.

All this, together with moments of spirituality and shared celebrations, will be the setting. The individual conversation that each Provincial has with the Rector Major to jointly examine the level of application of the guidelines delivered at the beginning of the mandate and any other recommendations, as well as the specific challenges and realities that each Provincial must face will also be pivotal in the programme.

From the comments and reactions expressed already in these first days by the Provincials, one perceives a great enthusiasm to be able to share these days together, to enrich oneself in mutual knowledge and grow in the sense of belonging to the Congregation.


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