As the Salesian Constitutions state in art. 139, the Economer General "coordinates and controls the provincial administrations, so that their management meets the needs of religious poverty and is at the service of the Salesian mission." It is precisely for this purpose that the new Provincial Economers meet at this time in Rome, to address the issues relating to the identity of the Economers of the Provinces.
During the meetings, they have the opportunity to listen to a number of presentations on topics such as: the identity and role of the Provincial Economer, the prevention of corruption in the field of economics, the Economic Information Report according to Canon Law, the organization of Planning and Development Offices, administration of the assets of the Congregation, the Economer in personnel management, and more.
The participants are Salesian brothers and priests from different Provinces from around the world. In addition to Br. Muller and Br. Alberto Rodríguez, Treasurer of the Congregation, also participating are: Fr Mutale Kinsamba Edouard (AFC), Br. Hubert Twagirayezu (AGL), Br. José Antonio Stephan Diaz (ANT), Fr Peter Carroll (AUL), Fr Vincente De Paula Marcelo (BBH), Fr Yeung Cho Law Savio (CIN), Fr Auguste Víctor (HAI), Fr Riccardo Cariddi (IME), Fr Yohanes Soerjonoto (INA), Fr Eric Cachia (MLT), Fr Francisco Mabui Alfiado (MOZ).
"The Provincial Economers have experiences of economic administration in different realities and in unequal situations. Some countries are at war, others in peace; some have anti-corruption norms and others are immersed in corruption. Aware of this situation, the meeting also presents the issue of corruption as a palpable reality in our nations, with the goal that the money that arrives in our Provinces is used to serve young people, because it belongs to the poor," said Br. Muller.
The Provincial Economers have a fundamental role in every Province and, the Economer General concludes, "they are aware that their mission derives directly from the Rector Major and lasts from three to six years. The service they have to do is to manage and organize Salesian structures and centers at the service of the most needy young people."