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Newsletter for Salesian Missionary Animation Cagliero11 - june 2013



Newsletter for Salesian Missionary Animation
A Publication of the Mission Department for the Salesian Communities and Friends of the Salesian Mission

D ear confreres and friends of the
Salesian missions!
June - month of the Sacred
Heart of Jesus - offers us a chance to
renew the radical witness of the Gospel
way of life! Pope Francis pushes us to
the 'periphery' of the world with his
deep, simple and very missionary style!
After three years of work finally the
short document on The Missionary For-
mation of the Salesians of Don Bosco
Mission_Formation) for all Salesians in the
world has been approved by the Rector
Major and his Council, and published on
24th of January 2013, signed by the
Councillors for formation and for the
It seems a contradiction that we are
spread around the world in 133 coun-
tries, yet the life of the ordinary Sale-
sian becomes more focused in the local
reality, forgetting that he is part of the
larger world community to which he was
incorporated through his religious pro-
fession (Const Art. 59). Precisely be-
cause we live in a globalised world we
need a lot of an explicitly missionary
formation. Without the missionary for-
mation we cannot expect a life of radi-
cal witness to the Gospel way of life!
I thank all who have collaborated in
the preparation of the document! I
thank the Provincials, the Delegates for
formation and for missionary animation
who have already helped the confreres
discover this document. I invite every-
one to get hold of the document.
I entrust the entire journey to Mary,
the first disciple and missionary of Je-
Fr. Václav Klement, SDB
Councillor for Missions

Sacred Heart of Jesus Sacred Heart of Jesus
send us good and worthy Salesian vocations! send us good and worthy Salesian vocations!
D on Bosco had a great devotion to the Sacred Heart which was
expressed through his characteristic insistence on frequent
confession and communion and daily Mass as columns on which his
educational enterprise was built. He recommended it to his boys;
he printed the booklets The Nine Offices and the Guard of Hon-
our; he commissioned Fr. Bonetti to write the A Month in Honour
of the Sacred Heart. The First Friday of the Month in honour of
Sacred Heart was prescribed in the Regulations of the Oratory.
The Chaplet to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was another practice
which was found in the Companion of Youth. But Don Bosco
wanted to express the concrete and valid part of this devotion in
his work for youth at risk through the good work of leading away
from sin a companion and directing him to what is good. Towards
the end of his life he accepted the request of Pope Leo XIII and
built with great sacrifice the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Rome.
His first successor, Blessed Michael Rua, consecrated the Salesian
Congregation to the Sacred Heart on December 31, 1899 and on
that occasion, had sent to all the houses an “Instruction” about
this devotion. He underlined its importance especially for the
houses of formation and asked that the novitiates be dedicated to
Him. A few days before he died Fr. Rua asked Fr. Francis Cerutti
that a prayer to the Sacred Heart for vocations be composed. The
prayer below was presented to him, which he approved, then
recited it and asked that a copy be placed under his pillow.

cor Jesu sacratissimum,
ut bonos et dignos operarios
piae Salesianorum Societati mittere
et in ea conservare digneris,
te rogamus audi nos!
Jesus Christ, Salesian Parish, Victorias, Philippines

Sacred Heart of Jesus
that you may send
good and worthy members
to our Pious Salesian Society
and keep them faithful to it,
we beseech you hear us!

A good spiritual guide is the secret of a happy missionary

S ince I was an English teacher before I joined
the Salesians, I applied to be a missionary in
any English speaking country in Europe or elsewhere.
To my surprise, in 2003, as a dea-
con, the Provincial proposed to
send me to Hungary! I hesitated
but I accepted to work in Hun-
gary for 3 years. Meanwhile, fin-
ishing my theological studies in
Poland, I also tried to study Hun-
garian but I found it so hard and
complex that I would fall asleep
whenever I tried to study it. The
next year, after my priestly ordi-
nation, I went to Hungary as the
first European missionary of
Project Europe!
My first 3 years were
mainly language studies. I at-
tended the Debrecen University intensive language
course for 8 months in Budapest. But the language
and culture just seemed so strange and difficult. I
felt like a little child who could not communicate. I
lost my independence. I suffered psychologically and
spiritually. In fact, I wanted to leave Hungary 3
times. On hindsight, this experience taught me to
understand and accept others in the same way that I
want people to understand and accept me.
After the course I was sent to Péliföldszent-
kereszt where a Salesian was assigned to guide my
introduction to the new language and culture. With
his help I dared to “set out into the deep”! But there
were days when I would get upset and would not
want to teach because the students made fun of my
Hungarian. It was only when I learnt to laugh at my
own mistakes that I felt ‘liberated’ to dare to speak.
Gradually, I found many good friends who helped me
with my preaching and translation. Now I speak and
write in Hungarian with few mistakes. Thanks to the
effort I made in my first years.
Although Hungary was evangelised in the 10 th
century, the communist persecution from 1950 to
1990 has almost wiped out Christianity. Yet, we
found it easier to speak about Don Bosco and his
pedagogy as a point of departure
for evangelisation because the
Preventive System is permeated by
the Gospel. The friendly atmos-
phere in our schools and oratories
often becomes the starting point
which stirs up interest of the faith.
Since 2010 I have been working in
our Salesian school for Gypsies in
Kazincbarcika. Many of the young-
sters and teachers were baptised
by their Gypsy parents as children
but do not practice their Christian
faith. A multitude of different rea-
sons make our work complex in
many areas where there is a great
and urgent need not only of new evangelisation but
even of initial proclamation. Thus, I decided to re-
main here for good as missionary. In 2010 I was in-
vited to participate in the orientation course for
new missionaries and I received the missionary cross
in Valdocco.
Looking for a spiritual guide is no easy task
but he is indispensable to every missionary. If I am
still a missionary in Hungary today, it’s because I
have a regular and stable Salesian spiritual director.
He is the person I can speak to any time. At first it
was quite difficult, but with time I took more cour-
age to open my thoughts, desires, and opinions to
him. Now I became more certain about my mission-
ary vocation and I became more spiritually stable in
facing challenges. Thanks to my spiritual guide I am
happy as a missionary in Hungary. I learnt to love
more the youth and, consequently, I came closer to
God !
Fr. Robert Kukuczka
Polish, missionary in Hungary

The region of Western Europe is made up of 8 Provinces and about 1450 con-
freres. It is the only one of the eight regions without a Salesian novitiate. There
were three novices during the school year 2012-2013. The highly secularised con-
text, low birth rate and the very high average age of confreres do not promote vo-
cations to the consecrated life in general. We pray that during the Year of Faith and the visit of the rel-
ics of Don Bosco in the region may strengthen the confreres in their life of faith, inspire a renewed en-
thusiasm and passion to build up even today a culture of vocations among young people in our settings.
Salesian Missionary Intention Salesian Missionary Intention Salesian Missionary Intention Salesian Missionary Intention
Western Europe Region Western Europe Region -- Spain, Portugal, France Spain, Portugal, France -- (South) Belgium (South) Belgium
That during the Year of Faith the confreres of the region of Western Europe,
the most vocationally arid of all 8 Salesian regions in the world,
may continue to build a vocational culture with faith, enthusiasm and patience.

An interview of Fr. Américo Chaquisse, Superior of the Vice Province of Mozambique
in Portuguese with subtitles in English: