Sunday, August 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Don Bosco!

Today is the 194th anniversary of the birth of St. John Bosco! Our Rector Major Fr. Pascual Chavez is calling us to prepare ourselves and all of our ministries for the coming Bi-Centenial on our beloved Father and teacher in the year 2015. Here are his words to a group of young people gathered in Colle Don Bosco today (via ANS):

“Go beyond…” is the task that Fr Pascual Chávez, Rector Major of the Salesians and 9th Successor of Don Bosco, left to young people taking part in the European Salesian Youth Movement`s `Confronto`. Gathered in the upper church at Colle Don Bosco, the 300 plus young people concluded their time together which began on 11th August, by celebrating Don Bosco`s birthday.

The Rector Major, addressing himself to young people in the SYM, both those present and worldwide, began his homily by inviting an attitude of joy and thanksgiving. “Human history, including its darker and more tragic pages, or those which have thrown God`s existence into doubt, speaks throughout of God`s ongoing love in so many people who have been involved, in His name, in efforts of justice, peace, civilisation, humanity and salvation, amongst whom Don Bosco, Mother Mazzarello and other Salesian educators and saints".

This grace is extended, in this 150th year, in the gift that Don Bosco gave through the Congregation and the Salesian Family.

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