Don Bosco

Pilgrimage of Don Bosco in Equador

The Thanks of Ecuador to Don Bosco

In September 2008, the National Committee began to prepare the visit of the Urn of San Giovanni Bosco with its relics in Ecuador. Preparing the itinerary of the visit was not an easy task, one had to agree on many criteria to prepare the final program: Huaquillas, Machala, Cuenca. Paute. Sigsig, Limone, Sucúa, Macas. Riobamba, Guayco, Cuaranda, Ambato, Quito, Cayambe, Ibarra, San Lorenzo, Esmeraldas. Manta and Guayaquil. Nineteen cities would have witnessed the passage of Don Bosco, Father and Teacher of Youth.

Each city with a coordinator and a local committee, has prepared all the logistics. But the visit to the Urn was not just a question of logistics. At the national level a range of materials has been prepared to develop spiritual preparation. Don Bosco's visit was to be prepared by faith and heart.

Gradually it was a fire. And the Equador started to vibrate with the visit of the Urn of San Giovanni Bosco with its relics and has been a witness everywhere.

We must thank. First of all I would like to thank Fr Marcelo Farfán, Salesian Provincial in Ecuador, Sr. Vicenta Jaramillo, Provincial of the Salesian Sisters in Ecuador and Sr. Marta Suarez, Vice Provincial of the Daughters of the Sacred Hearts. Thanks to each of my confreres and to the whole Salesian Family, Salesians sons and daughters who worked lovingly to receive his "good father".

Thanks to the authorities, both nationally and locally, but a special form of heart thanks to the Ecuadorian Bishops' Conference and each of the Bishops of the Dioceses where the Urn was passed, confirming that Don Bosco is a saint of the Church.

Thank you very much Ing. Rodolfo Barniol Zerega and General Euclides Mantilla for the precious collaboration of the State Police during the visit of the Urn, and the Commission for the transit of Guayas,

Our gratitude to all journalists and writers, before and during the visit to the Urn, press editors and newspapers. I highlight my gratitude to all media, both radio, television and writing. In particular thanks to Mr. Carlos Pérez Barriga (El Universo), Mr. Francisco Robles Arosemena (Ecuavisa), Mr. Enrique Arosemena Robles (TC and Gamavisión) Dr. Luis Gómez Amador (RTS) and Ledo. Carlos Jijón (Teleamazonas).

I thank the Salesian University, Don Bosco Vocational Salesian Fund for Don Bosco audiovisuals, Yala, San Patricio Center for Spirituality and the Publishing House of the Province of Don Bosco, which sponsored the visit to the Urn.

Thanks Marcelo Mejía, Vanessa Jaramillo, Tatiana Capelo, Lorena Sanchez, Amparo Delgado, Fernanda Vasco, Erika Delgado, Paul Monroe, Michel Achi, Manuel Lopez, Enrico Espinosa, Juan Fernando Sandoval and Beatriz Saira, all of whom formed a real efficient team.

Finally, a profound thanks for the Ecuadorian people. Yes, thanks to all the children, young people, men and women who have come in large numbers to see, pray, celebrate and celebrate the passage of the saint of young people. I can say that Don Bosco is a saint who has attracted and moved everyone's heart. A saint loved by many. His pilgrimage to Equador was the "brisk walk" of a saint, but at the same time it was a journey of deep faith and prayer.

Thank you Don Bosco for the 122 year visit you gave us your blessing. That blessing was a seed that grew and today has become a big tree. Your visit engages us even more, as a Salesian Family, to be witnesses and sowers of your spirit in this land of Ecuador.

P. Alfredo Espinoza Mateus, sdb National Coordinator of the Visit