RMG – Rector Major on Animation Visit to Venezuela

05 February 2020

(ANS - Rome) - In his recent meeting with journalists in view of the Congregation's 28th General Chapter, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, was asked what the Salesians are doing in Venezuela. The Rector Major replied by talking about the concrete, even financial, help being offered to needy families and clarified: "The Salesians always remain at the side of the population in times of difficulty." To show even more the closeness of the whole Congregation to the Venezuelan people, exhausted by years of suffering, starting tomorrow, Thursday 6 February, until Tuesday 10, Fr Á.F. Artime will be on an Animation Visit to Venezuela.

After the reception at the airport and the transfer to the Provincial House of Caracas tomorrow evening, the official activities will start the next morning with the meeting with the Provincial Commissions, in Caracas. In the afternoon, however, the Rector Major travels to Los Teques to meet the Salesians in formation and celebrate the Eucharist.

On Saturday, 8 February, the central act will undoubtedly be the Eucharist celebrating the installation of the new Provincial of the Salesians of Venezuela, Fr Rafael Bernardo Montenegro Latouche, at the Temple of Don Bosco in Altamira, Caracas. Other important moments include the meeting with the Salesian Family in the morning and one with the bishops in the afternoon.

On Sunday 9, there is the solemn Mass at the "La Dolorita" center in Caracas; in the afternoon, his participation in the National Youth Meeting.

Monday shall be especially busy, what with meeting Salesian educators, the Eucharist in the "Boleita" center, in Caracas, and two meetings with two groups of the Salesian Family who are very present and active in Venezuela: the "Damas Salesianas" and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.

Finally, Tuesday, he has meetings scheduled with the new Provincial and his Council, and then with all the Directors of the Salesian works.

"We joyfully announce the visit of the Rector Major to our San Luca Province of Venezuela," announced the Social Communication Office of the Province. "Fr Ángel wanted to return to visit us and to share the experience lived in recent years in the animation of the Congregation worldwide, when we are by now on the threshold of the 28th General Chapter. He is the Don Bosco of our time, so we cannot miss the opportunity to meet on different occasions to continue to deepen our charism and our way of educating in the reality we live in."


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