Italy – Gathering of World Council of Salesian Cooperators 2023

21 March 2023

(ANS - Rome) - At the Salesian Institute "Pius XI," the meeting of the World Council of the Association of Salesian Cooperators was held from March 16 to 19, 2023. The meeting was attended by World Councilors from the 11 regions into which the Association is divided, regions that group a total of 102 nations. Various topics engaged the participants during these days.

As has become a tradition of the Council meetings that are held in presence, in addition to carrying out activities proper to the Council, two moments of formation were also held, animated by the World Delegates of the Salesians and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians for the Association, respectively Salesian coadjutor Br. Duc Nam Nguyen and Sister Lucrecia Uribe.

In the first moment, they reflected personally and as a group on the report, presented by Dr. Pierluigi Dovis, Director of Caritas Diocesana of Turin, during the roundtable discussion held in the Salesian Family Spirituality Days held in Valdocco last January 12-15.

The Council then visited the Basilica of the Sacred Heart to learn about particular aspects of Don Bosco's presence in Rome.

There was also the participation of Maria Rita Scrimieri, Coordinator of the Study Center "Opera dei Tabernacoli Viventi," who presented the figure of Vera Grita, Salesian Cooperator, whose cause for canonization is underway.

With the conduct of the other moments by Antonio Boccia, World Coordinator of the Association of SSCCs, the Council began to elaborate the theme and the course of the next triennium 2023-2026 in preparation for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Holy See's approval of the Association of Salesian Cooperators, as well as beginning to think about the VI World Congress.

After communications from Carlo Pellegrino, Secretary, and Raul Abad Fernandez, Administrator, the work of the World Council was concluded, and on March 19 it participated in the Angelus in St. Peter's Square, receiving a greeting from Pope Francis.

The current Council during 2022 was practically all renewed. Present were:

- Barbara Klose, Central West Europe Region

- Blazkca Merkac, Europe Region, Central East

- Borja Perez Galnares, Iberian Region

- Darlene Reis, Brazil Region

- Deliana Almendras, Pacific Caribe South Region

- Italo Canaletti, Italy Middle East Malta Region

- Martin Calderon, Inter-American Region

- Miguel Zevrnjia, America South Cone Region

- Patrick Hinvi, Francophone Africa Region

- Philp Yu, East Asia Oceania Region

- Antuvan DS, outgoing councilor from the South Asia Region, introduced Devasia Kuriakose, the new councilor.

All of them, although meeting for the first time in attendance, immediately showed familiarity and understanding.



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