Thursday, May 1, 2008
Director's Meeting in Quito
This past week I was able to go to a Director's meeting in Quito, Ecuador! The picture above is Fr. Tim Zak from St. John Bosco Parish in Chicago, Fr. Santa-Bibiana from Belle Glade, Florida and myself as we prepared to celebrate the liturgy. We shared the week with 25 other Salesians from 9 different countries from our region. Our region includes Salesian provinces from Canada to Peru. The week was a great blessing as we heard talks on the role of the Salesian Director in the community. A special emphasis was given to Don Bosco and Jesus, the Good Shepherd as role models for the Salesian Director to follow. We had lot's of opportunities to share our experiences and our hopes with Directors involved in similar works. The week was a beautiful example of the rich cultural diversity of our Provinces and our region! Don Bosco is alive and well and his charism is being shared with young people all over the world! We are so blessed to be Salesians! Below are some other photo's of the week!
Fr. Santa and I at the Equator!
Fr. Tim and I along with some our Salesian friends from Venezuela in front of Cotopaxi Volcano. We made it to the base of the snow at 15,800 feet! Cotopaxi mountain is Ecuador’s highest active volcano - as well as being one of the most active volcanoes anywhere in Ecuador. It has a perfectly symmetrical shape and is just beautiful to see close up. On a clear day you could see the volcano from the Salesian Center in downtown Quito. The last really big eruption was in 1906 and the last minor eruption was in 1976. Thankfully there were no eruptions while we were there!
Up on the side of Cotopaxi I was really moved to just pray for my family, my community and the Salesian congregation! Being there was really like an invitation to pray. I couldn't help but think of Moses on the Mountain and his encounter with God! There was something so beautiful about it that it put you right away into contact with God!