SALESIANS MISSIONARY INTENTIONS
For Salesians in Europe
That Projec Europe, a missionary project of the Congregation, may bear abundant fruit.
During his historic pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela (1982) Saint John Paul II said: “I address to you, old Europe, a cry full of love: Return to yourself, be yourself! Rediscover your origins. Relive your roots”. Project Europe of the Salesians of Don Bosco is gradually moving ahead on the road of this prophetic and missionary appeal. We pray that this journey may be consolidated and become fruitful, so that the Salesian communities in Europe may be renewed in the joy of the Salesian charism and mutual acceptance of the confreres.
IN THE LIGHT OF THE HOLY FATHER’S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR 2017
N. 104 - August 2017Newsletter for Salesian Missionary AnimationA Publication of the Missions Sector for the Salesian Communities and Friends of the Salesian Mission
W e continue to accompany with affectionate prayer the confreres of the next Missionary Expedition,the 148th. At Valdocco, everything is being prepared to welcome them and to send them forth.
A very interesting fact about this Expedition is that two Provinces, one in Europe and one in Africa,do two things at the same time – offer and receive ad gentes missionaries. The Spanish Province of Mary Helpof Christians SMX sends a priest from Catalonia, and the same Province receives two non-Europeans who arein their regency. In Africa, a new Visitatoria is born: Africa Congo-Congo ACC (Kinshasa-Brazzaville). This newVisitatoria is born while giving birth to two missionaries, both doing their regency - one goes to Spain and theother to the Antilles; and receives two Vietnamese trainees - a cleric and a Salesian Brother.
"Mission is no longer just a one-way movement towards missionlands," says the updated Salesian Missionary Manual. "This is, instead, a multidirectional movement. Each local church, therefore, sends and receives at the same time. Likewise, every Salesian Province, rich or poor in staff or resources, is co-responsiblein the missionary initiatives of the entire Salesian Society. All Provinces therefore send and receive!"
D. Guillermo Basanes SDBConsigliere per le missioni MISSIONARY ANIMATION IN THECHURCH. "Faith is strengthened bypassing it on!" Thus, missionary animation aims to educate and inform thepeople of God to keep alive in every Christianthe passion to make Jesus known and topreach the Gospel, promoting missionary vocations and eliciting cooperation in evangelization. Effective missionary animation promotesa gradual deepening of one’s own love for Jesus and his people. This is the "sweet and comforting joy of evangelizing" that "fills the life ofthe community of disciples" which releases theenergy “to serve Christ in oppressive situationsof human suffering, toplace oneself atthe service ofhumanity,without withdrawing into one’sown welfare."
SALESIAN MISSIONARYANIMATION. In the lightof Don Bosco’s charismaticexperience, we can now define our objective for Salesianmissionary animation. It is notlimited to celebrations, or occasional initiatives. It is rathera continuous process of "raising awarenessand animating the provincial and local communities, with a view to a deeper missionaryawareness, a service renewed in content andmethodology, and a renewed commitmentthat, to be credible, must be exercised simultaneously both inside and outside the community." This process is made concrete in the provincial project of missionary animation.
FIRST OBJECTIVE: Missionary animation has adual purpose, interdependent and mutuallycomplementary. It aims above all to keep missionary zeal alive in every Salesian and in theeducative and pastoral community and to promote missionary culture. This implies an organic missionary ministry, so that missionary animation is an option within the totality ofyouth ministry making all the dimensions ofthe Salesian Educative Pastoral Plan fruitful,and the various pastoral areas or sectors of themission. It also interacts with the initial andongoing formation of Salesians and involvesmembers of the Salesian Family according totheir particularcharism.
THE SECONDOBJECTIVE: Missionary zeal is thespark that triggers inevery Salesian an"openness to apermanentconversion”and to discerning the call of the Lord to be a missionary. Therefore, the second objective of Salesian missionary animation stems from the primary objective: to help Salesians to discernthe missionary vocation ad exteros, ad gentes,ad vitam.
MISSIONARY ANIMATION IN THE CHURCH. Salesian Missionary IntentionMay the Salesians in Oceania know how to express and share their faiththrough art, music, theatre and storytelling with an oratorian spirit. Wefind a very varied mosaic of cultures in each of the countries in Oceaniawhere the sons of Don Bosco are present. Young people in each of thesecontexts must grow in their ability to know, love and develop all that isgood and beautiful which is in the bosom of their communities.
Witness of Salesian Missionary SanctityFr. Pierluigi Cameroni SDB, Postulator General for the Causes of Saints
The Blessed young martyrs of the Salesian Oratory of Poznan (Poland). They wrote as follows to theirfamily members about their martyrdom on August 24, 1942: "My Beloved Parents, Brothers and Sisters!” begins the letter of Franciszek K?sy. “It is time to leave you; and it is on August 24, the day ofMary Help of Christians. (...) Good God takes me to Himself. Do not weep though I leave this worldat such a young age. I am in the state of grace right now, and I do not know whether later I would befaithful to my promises. (...) I go to heaven; goodbye. There in heaven I will pray to God for you ...
Pray sometimes for me, too. (…) I go now.""Beloved Parents! Mamma, Babbo, Mary, Henryk!” Edward Klinik addresses his relatives. “Wonderfulare the plans of God, and we accept them, because everything is for the good of our soul. (...) Mariahas been a mother to me right to the last moment. Now, when you, Mamma, you will not have meany more, take Jesus. (...) My dear ones, do not despair for me and do not weep because I am already with Jesus and Mary ... "I remember being struck by a Bible verse (Rev 10:11) long before I realized Ihad a religious vocation. This verse, which in its literal sense sounds missionary, kept coming back to me repeatedly as I opened the Bible several times toread from it at random. I never understood it but it took root in my heart andI never forgot it.
As a youngster I loved watching movies. When I joined the Salesians, to my badluck, the video library in my aspirantate was full of videos from ANS, mostly onthe missions. I watched them, not because I was eager to, but because it wasthe only option. To my surprise, they began to interest me so much that I madeit a point to watch at least two every week. A more explicit invitation camefrom our then regional, Fr, Basañes, when he visited the prenovitiate. Thatday, for the first time, I felt strongly that I might be called to be a missionary.
Ours being a young province, many asked me, “Why become a missionary whileyou still need missionaries in Tanzania?” My conviction is that I didn’t call myself tobe a religious nor a missionary. He who called me knows why He did it and what plans Hehas for me and for the mission ahead of me. This is not my mission and, therefore, He willprovide as per His plans. If He sent me toMexico it is because He wants me to be in Mexico and, certainly, He will find whoever He needsfor Tanzania.
My greatest joy as a missionary in Mexico is the atmosphere ofwarm welcome I experience in the province and from the peopleat large. As a practical trainee, I work in a place where childrenand young people form the majority of the population. Hence, Ifeel completely immersed in the Salesian mission.
My greatest challenge is the culture, which I find to be very different from that of my home country. The values that I live byand held dear are being confronted, and the readjustment is notthat easy. We are in a zone afflicted by violence born of drugs inthe streets, broken families, early marriage and young peoplewho are addicted and without a vision. Many of the youth I deal with are influenced by these, which is normalbecause they are products of this ambience.
To young Salesians who may be thinking of being missionaries I would say, discernment is very important. If youhave an opportunity to visit mission areas, please do so before you take your final decision. Take very seriouslythe human formation given in the formation houses. We need that to interact easily with new cultures. Aboveall, personal prayer is indispensable for a robust soul.
Cl David KombaTanzanian, missionary in MexicoFor Salesians in OceaniaThat they may share with the youngthe beauty of their vocation.
“You must prophesy again concerning many peoplesand nations and tongues and kings”.
“ I FEEL WANTED, WELCOMED AND ACCOMPANIED ”
Salesian Missionary Intentions
in the light of the Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for 2017
FOR ALL SALESIANS
That they may always and everywhere be men of the Church and of unity.
FOR SALESIANS IN THE AMERICAS
That they may keep alive in their hearts the love of Jesus for poor youth.
FOR SALESIANS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
That Salesians may continue to be signs of faith and hope among the persecuted Christians of the Middle East.
FOR SALESIAN VOCATIONS
That every Salesian community may radiate the joy of being called by the Lord.
FOR SALESIANS IN AFRICA AND
That, as prophets of mercy, justice and peace, they may know how to educate the young to the social dimension of charity.
FOR SALESIANS WHO WORK IN
That they may be Builders of Peace through the weapon of “education” and the proclamation of the “Prince of Peace”
FOR SALESIANS IN EUROPE
That Project Europe, a missionary project of the Congregation, may bear abundant fruit.
FOR SALESIANS IN OCEANIA
That they may share with the young the beauty of their vocation.
FOR THE 148 TH MISSIONARY EXPEDITION
That every Salesian may be a missionary according to the heart of Don Bosco.
FOR SALESIANS IN VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRES
That vocational training centres continue to be schools of development and Christian humanism in the world of work.
FOR SALESIANS IN ASIA
That they may be builders of communion in diversity.
FOR OLD AND SICK SALESIANS
That they may continue to radiate the joy of their vocation call and be intercessors for abundant graces of the Lord for the Salesian mission.