RMG - Visit of the Rector Major to the Province of East Africa (AFE)

18 April 2017

(ANS - Rome) - Today, Tuesday 18 April, marks the beginning of the visit of the Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime to the Province of East Africa (AFE). Accompanied by his secretary, Fr Horacio López, the Tenth Successor of Don Bosco will be travelling between Tanzania and Kenya until 27 April. He will preside over celebrations of important anniversaries, will participate in the First Regional Congress for Salesian Brothers of Africa-Madagascar and, above all, he will testify anew the love of the Salesians for the neediest young people by visiting the refugee camp in Kakuma.

The visit is expected to begin in mid-afternoon, with his arrival at the airport in Dar es Salaam, the main city of Tanzania, and a brief meeting with Salesians and novices of the local community.

On Wednesday, the Rector Major will visit the aspirants and young people in Mafinga. The next morning, after Mass with the parish community, he will visit the Salesian communities of Iringa and Didia. The last leg of his visit to Tanzania will be in Moshi on 21-22 April. Here Fr A.F. Artime will celebrate the Eucharist for the 25th anniversary of the community, and will meet the Salesian Family.

In Nairobi, capital of Kenya, the Rector Major will preside at the Eucharist and will receive the perpetual professions of several Salesians. He will also visit the first Congress for Salesian Brothers to be held in the Africa-Madagascar Region.

The most important stage of the whole trip, from the point of view of the Salesian charism, will be the visit to the refugee centre in Kakuma, on Wednesday 25 April. Here the Tenth Successor of Don Bosco will meet young people living in the camp, along with the Salesians who work there and the personnel of various humanitarian agencies.

The following day he will meet with the Provincial Council and with the Salesians of the houses of Nairobi and its environs. On Wednesday 26 April, he will meet the Salesian Family in Nairobi and then, on the last day of his visit, the Rector Major will have the opportunity to meet the young people in the centres for street children in Karen and Langata, the Salesians and staff of DBYES (which houses the Social Communication Centre of the Province) and the community of students of theology in Utume.


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