RMG – GSFS2017, The Rector Major: “We can return home with the feeling we are sent on a true mission: the family”

23 January 2017

(ANS – Rome) – The 35th edition of the Days of Spirituality of the Salesian Family has come to an end. These days were held from January 19th to 22nd, under the responsibility of Fr. Eusebio Muñoz, Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family. The first activity of the last day was the celebration of the Eucharist, that was presided over by Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, who said, “We, as Salesian Family, are in this world, in our society, to witness to the light!”

After the moment of prayer and the presentation of the video-summary of the previous day, prepared by the community of “Canção Nova”, the closing ceremony commenced, starting with the presentation of the commitments undertaken by each group of the Salesian Family to enliven the Strenna 2017.

“I realize the beauty of a Salesian Family that is alive, strong, very fruitful, and above all a united family”, Fr. Muñoz said. In his conclusions, he underscored that today more than ever, “the union of Youth Ministry and Family Ministry is necessary to offer a profound educative proposal, one of a true change”.

In his concluding words, Fr. Á.F. Artime first of all thanked all for having shared together, day by day, the work of the Salesian Family and in particular thanked Fr. Joan Lluis Playà, the organizer of this great event. “Two words can be the synthesis and the perspectives of this 2017 – the Rector Major then said – a great convergence, in all the speeches”.

Besides, he reminded the words Pope Francis pronounced in Turin-Valdocco in 2015. “You educated me with affection; do not ever lose this way of educating”. Recalling these words, the Rector Major insisted on continuing our educative work “starting from affection, which is part of our heritage and which gives birth to reception, leads to keep the doors open, above all the door of our home, and even more the door of our heart.”

At the end of the 35th edition of the Days of Spirituality, the Rector Major invited everyone of those present and the entire Salesian Family in the world: “Let us feel that we are sent as Salesian missionaries in the midst of the families all over the world”. 


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