Italy – A time to reflect and start again: Fr. Martoglio's visit to "Don Bosco" house in Rome

26 January 2023

(ANS - Rome) - Sometimes a Salesian house is so big that it needs to stop and listen to every part of it. To understand where it comes from and where it is going. And also because otherwise "one piece does not know what the other is doing." The community of the parish "St. John Bosco" in Rome did this last Sunday, January 22, around Fr. Stefano Martoglio, Vicar of the Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco, during the solemn Eucharistic celebration, and during the subsequent meeting with the Salesian work’s pastoral educational community.

With Fr. Martoglio, the community opened the Novena that is accompanying everyone to the Feast Day of St. John Bosco on Tuesday, January 31. The presence of the Vicar of the Rector Major gave the opportunity to have a time to look into each other's eyes, certain that Don Bosco is still alive in the community and guiding its choices. Choices that have also gone through the difficulties of the Covid-19 pandemic and slowdowns that in hindsight were providential.

The meeting led by Fr. Martoglio was necessary for all to gather more strength, redefine their goals and prepare to continue, even more energetically than before, their project of listening to the territory and its current state, often not easy.

In the meeting with the Vicar of the Rector Major, the community told its story, retracing the steps it has taken in recent years, in which it has grown by reorganizing forces within itself and involving new people, making a community take shape, one that has grown in tandem with the increase in the aging of the neighborhood's population and the increase in episodes of petty crime, stimuli to do more and better.

In this Don Bosco neighborhood, the parish in recent years has returned to a concrete presence through the many educational proposals of the Oratory-Youth Center and the University Residence, through the works of charity and assistance to the needy such as the Listening Center and the Prefecture Caritas Canteen, where a multiplicity of workers from the "St. John Bosco" parish and neighboring parishes lend their active contribution, and through cultural proposals and activities such as those offered by the parish choirs and the "Don Bosco" cinema theater, pieces of a large puzzle that comes together under the shadow of the Basilica, under the loving gaze of Don Bosco who continues to look at all his children and all his young people with his desire to see them "happy in time and in eternity."

These pieces are above all the educators, the volunteers, the Salesian Cooperators, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, and the Salesians of Don Bosco themselves, who must not only listen and listen to each other, but also tell each other, that is, tell "where they want to go" and "read the infinite needs of reality, which are also opportunities," as suggested by Fr. Martoglio in his greeting to the Pastoral Educational Community, where he compared the Don Bosco neighborhood to the Valdocco neighborhood of Turin in the mid-19th century, the cradle of the Father's mission and Master of Youth.


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