Ecuador – Challenges for Salesian Family after 28th General Chapter

14 August 2020

(ANS - Quito) - In mid-August, around the anniversary of Don Bosco's birth, it is a tradition that the groups of the Salesian Family present in Ecuador, with their Councils, meet with the Provincial Council of Salesians to share their initiatives and continue to strengthen the commitment to walk together in a shared mission. The appointment was renewed again this year, albeit digitally, and saw the intervention and accompaniment of Fr Joan Lluís Playá, SDB, Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family, on the theme: “The challenges for the Salesian Family after the 28th General Chapter.”

Fr Playá underlined in his speech: “Pope Francis never ceases to launch and promote a Church projected towards the outside, outgoing. As a Salesian Family, it is a question of going to meet the charism as it was born, asking ourselves where the Holy Spirit wants to take us today, and responding, putting heart and faith, with enthusiasm and passion.”

Continuing, he also highlighted that "The Rector Major at the GC28 recalled that the Salesian Family, together with the work shared with the laity, constitutes the point of arrival and the guarantee of the advancement of the Salesian mission, for which we must continue to believe in this big family of which we are all part.”

Then he encouraged to revive the gift received from God, as said by Pope Francis, remaining faithful to the young and to the Holy Spirit; to cultivate that contemplative attitude which makes it possible to discover the fundamental points and the glances of hope that young people expect from the members of the Salesian Family; and to revive the "Valdocco Option", that is, to recover the spirit of Don Bosco as an element capable of generating transforming experiences.

Finally, he indicated some nuclei that will guide the work in the coming years:

- We are family: to better understand the reality of the Salesian Family, to know it, love it and commit ourselves within it.

- Mission and shared formation: having common causes in favor of the recipients of the action of the Salesian Family.

- Life of communion: the Church as a family of the children of God.

Time was then left to reflect on the speech of the Rector Major's Delegate for the Salesian Family, and work was done in groups on the same theme. Then the XII Meeting of the Salesian Family Ecuador 2020 was officially presented, to be held from 11 to 13 September, and finally, each branch of the Salesian Family illustrated the experiences lived and the activities carried out during this pandemic period.

Fr Playá's speech was broadcast live through the Salesianos Ecuador Facebook page and can be seen there.


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