Indonesia – “We feel strongly encouraged and in deeper communion with Don Bosco!”

09 February 2018

(ANS – Jakarta) – After 6 days in Timor Leste and two days in Indonesia the 10th successor of Don Bosco just left from Jakarta to Rome. Here some resonances of the Salesians in the Indonesia Delegation about their feelings and experience:

"We feel and live the atmosphere of unity amongst us Salesians. It’s very interesting that each of our 7 settings prepared the SDB and the young to come to Wisma, Jakarta. It’s very important. We feel stronger unity of all of us SDBs with the young and lay mission partners and Friends of Don Bosco."

"We pray that the lived experience we can bring to our daily life to live our Charism. RM stressed ‘this is important’ and he observed that all (100%) SDBs of Indonesia came together. It’s a praise and challenge of us to continue!"

"The visit of RM enkindled our love to Don Bosco and for the Congregation. People didn’t know Fr. Angel personally before, but they loved him. His presence brings unity of all: SDB, SF members and our lay mission partners. It enkindled the Salesian spirit in each Salesian. Strengthen the Salesian vocation especially amongst the novices and temporary professed confreres."

"Two short days of the RM's visit enkindled the joy and optimism amongst the SDB. We feel more unity among the Salesian Family. Closer to living Don Bosco and the central government of SDB in Rome, whom we feel care and are concerned for us here!"

"This visit keeps our courage and enthusiasm! It keeps the hope to become a viceprovince of Indonesia! We need to grow and be even stronger Salesians!"

"I’m so happy with the Rector Major this time. Already the third time with the RM. But I'm also sad that I’m can’t bring our youth due to the incoming government exam. It was an encouragement to carry on our missions with the Muslim youth in our school with more commitment!"

"RM is a simple man, creating a environment of familiarity and entering the life of many. It encourages me to create it in our SDB community life and larger EPC life with the young."

"Since I’m working in the school with the Muslims, I was inspired to know better the world of Muslims."

"This visit gives me courage to continue our growth in family spirit with other Salesians. We realized that we can be more united with our Lay Mission Partners in order to make growth our mission."

"RM was inspired to meet our friends in "Lovely Hands" (Parish program for physically challenged children). He was like Pope Francis, always approaching the kids with a kiss and an embrace. It can help us to growth our vocation, to love the poor. Important."

"This visit brings us Joy, Togetherness, Salesian Family enthusiasm... and also to review our commitment to live our Salesian vocation faithfully. His conference talk, with the challenges was addressed to us Indonesian SDB in very concrete way!"

And the provincial, Fr. Apolinario Neto, concludes:

"The Rector Major carried out the role as center of our Congregation and of the whole Salesian Family and gave us a model of how to listen and accompany - both in Timor Leste and in Indonesia. He is a good model for us. Now our Superior knows our situation in our two countries. His visit strengthens our sense of belonging as disciples – missionaries. We feel strengthened with a new spirit in our Salesian life."


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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