South Korea – Discernment is the key to the future

06 November 2017

(ANS – Seoul) – Lasting two months, the Extraordinary visit of the Korean Province came to an end in Seoul with one full day of final meetings with the rectors and with the provincial council. Since August 26, the Extraordinary Visitor, Fr Václav Klement, has visited all 13 local communities and personally met with the country's SDB confreres, novices and candidates.

A moment of worldwide communion with the Congregation in each of the 14 communities and 17 meetings - council, commissions, Salesian Brothers- was viewing the Rector Major's video-messages – here with Korean subtitles. In each of the 120 personal talks, Fr Klement asked the confreres about their spiritual accompaniment, temptations that arise from a highly secularized society, as well as a vision of the future for the provincial community's growth.

The mission profile of the Korea province offers a large diversity of works, focused mainly on youth-in-need and youth-at-risk: 1 parish, 1 high school and 3 alternative schools, 10 group homes, 3 out-of-school youth ministries, 2 shelters, 2 youth centers, 1 retreat house, 1 vocational training center, 1 one-stop-service for youth-in-need, 3 counseling centers, 4 boarding houses, 1 probation center – six months for youth-at-risk, 5 youth groups - SYM, 2 centers for migrants. Most of the centers are subsidized and managed in close cooperation with local government agencies.

Much of the activity takes place thanks to the Salesian Family with 750 Salesian Cooperators, 475 Caritas Sisters of Jesus, 270 FMA Sisters, vibrant VDB groups, recently established ADMA group(s), and a good number of Don Bosco Alumni, all well-connected and informed by the Salesian Bulletin, the Salesian Family bimonthly magazine, with its circulation of 11,500 copies.

The visit was well-appreciated and attended in expectation of the Rector Major's scheduled visit, with other provinces of the EAO region, next November 2018.

A fast-changing society, ts culture, economy, religion and the country's many young people act, indeed, as a strong call to build up a solid culture of discernment at every level and in each sector of the provincial community. For the young and dynamic province, it is a clear invitation to strengthen the participatory culture, reflection and action via sound Salesian criteria.

Source: AustraLasia


ANS - “Agenzia iNfo Salesiana” is a on-line almost daily publication, the communication agency of the Salesian Congregation enrolled in the Press Register of the Tibunal of Rome as n 153/2007.

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