Brazil – A time of listening, reflection, dialogue for Salesian Family Provincial Delegates

02 August 2022

(ANS - Campo Grande) - At the Missionary Institute "St. Joseph" in Campo Grande, State of Mato Grosso, Brazil, on July 25 and 26, 2022, the meeting of the Provincial Delegates of the Salesians (SDB) and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) Delegates for the Salesian Family from all over Brazil was held. The meeting, coordinated and organized by the Central Delegate of the Rector Major, for the Salesian Family Secretariat, Fr. Joan Lluís Playà, was also attended by some Salesian Cooperators (SSCC), representatives of Canção Nova (CN), and the Mediating Sisters of Peace (MP).

Also among those present were: Br. Dominic Duc Nam Nguyen, SDB, World Delegate for Salesian Cooperators and Past Pupils of Don Bosco; Sister Lucrecia Uribe, FMA, SSCC World Delegate and ADMA World Animator; and Antonio Boccia, World Coordinator of Salesian Cooperators (SSCC), already in Brazil for the Fifth Regional SSCC Congress, also held in Campo Grande from July 22-24.

After the opening Eucharist, presided over by Fr. Isidoro Paula da Silva, National Delegate for SSCCs, Fr. Playà explained the purpose of the meeting and invited the participants to introduce themselves and share the reality of the Salesian Family in the different Provinces and Groups.

The "Charter of Identity of the Salesian Family" was the first topic presented, through the videoconference given by Fr. Pascual Chávez Villanueva, Rector Major Emeritus of the Salesians of Don Bosco. From this topic came reflections and sharing of initiatives aimed at promoting the knowledge and vitality of the document.

The figure of the Provincial Delegate and of the animator of the different groups of the Salesian Family was the subject of another formative moment, curated by Fr. Playà. In his talk, these fostered an understanding of the nature, functions, and fundamental profile in this service, and on the occasion, they also reflected on the Provincial and Local Councils of the Salesian Family, further clarifying their purposes, members, activities...

On the second day, based on his personal experience, Mr. Boccia illustrated with clarity and depth of vision the theme "The Laity in the Church and in the Salesian Family." His talk was complemented by the contribution of several Salesian Lay Cooperators who highlighted the need for priests, religious men and women to accompany the laity in safeguarding and fostering their own lay vocation.

The gathering ended with the evaluation of the activities and the assumption of commitments by the participants, communications from the SF Secretariat, and gratitude for the richness of the content and the moments of fraternity experienced together. Indeed, the communion among the different representatives of the SF Groups was also consolidated through the informal moments of sharing and recreation, some planned outings and in communal prayer.

Source:, Salesiani BBH


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