Italy – Meeting of Consultation Body for Missions Sector

02 February 2023

(ANS - Turin) - Finally in presence, the Missions Sector Consultation Body, with the Missions Councilor, Fr. Alfred Maravilla, his team, and the Regional Coordinators for Missionary Animation (RCMA), met from January 27-30.

The meeting was a fraternal moment of formation, sharing, and looking toward the future. Fr. Václav Klement, Councilor for Missions from 2008 to 2014, recently appointed superior of the Southern African Vice-Province (AFM), presented the history of the Consultation Body, its birth, its development, and the results that have emerged from these meetings over the years.

Fr. Maravilla, for his part, pointed out some important elements to understand the role and identity of the RCMAs for Salesian missionary animation. The emphasis is not so much on "doing," on the quantity of activities to be carried out, but on rethinking being missionaries today, on revitalizing the missionary spirit of every Salesian.

Each of the participants presented the situation of missionary animation in his own Region: Fr. Sunny Palamthattel for South Asia, Fr. Arun Charles for East Asia-Oceania, Fr. Štefan Kormančik for Central and Northern Europe, Fr. Sergio Ramos for South Cone America, Fr. Hernán Carmona for Interamerica and Fr. Privat Fouda for Africa-Madagascar. Fr. Silvio Faria, new RCMA for the Mediterranean Region, connected from Portugal.

Prominent among the points that emerged was the importance of networking and collaboration with other Sectors and the laity.

Part of the meeting was dedicated to sharing ongoing projects and ideas in view of the 150th anniversary of the First Salesian Missionary Expedition, which will occur in 2025.

Having experienced these days in the places of Don Bosco, presented in a profound way by Fr. Mike Pace, right on the eve of the feast of the Father, Teacher, and Friend of the Young gave new sap to continue on the path of missionary animation around the world with heightened conviction.


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