Italy – Course for missionaries over seventy has concluded

28 May 2024

(ANS – Turin) – After three intense weeks of sharing and discussion, the "Corso Sorgente" (Return to the Sources) for missionaries ad gentes "over 70" ended on Saturday, 25 May 2024, an experience proposed by the Sector for Salesian Missions to older Salesians with long missionary experience, so that they could return to the source of their Salesian missionary vocation.

The course began in Rome in the Zeffirino Namuncurà community, where the missionaries had formative opportunities on different topics following the three core areas: Anthropological/Cultural, Theological/Missiological and Salesian Charismatic.

The formative experience, after time in Rome, continued with pilgrimages to Mornese, the place of Saint Mary Domenica Mazzarello, and to Annecy, St Francis de Sales territory, and then ended in the footsteps of Don Bosco at Colle Don Bosco and Valdocco, including the Feast of Mary Help of Christians.

During the course, the participants also had a specific time called: "sharing my life lived on mission". In these moments they were able to talk about their missionary vocation, the challenges they experienced and how they overcame difficulties in the first years of mission, concluding some advice offered to companions and some recommendations for new missionaries, based on the life experience of 30, 40 or 50 years in mission.

 All the moments of the course have kept these objectives in mind: comparing one's life experiences gained in mission to understand old age and understand self, others and God; exlporing charismatic identity as a Salesian missionary to take stock of life in mission which involves suffering, overcoming difficulties and joys; sharing life and experience of mission in old age.

At the end of the experience, all the participants expressed their satisfaction with what they had experienced together.


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