|Project:||Salesian Mission Centre|
|Date of foundation:||1981|
|Province:||all Polish provinces|
1. Origin and development of the Mission Office
The Salesian Missionary Centre, the official name of the Mission Office, was opened by decision of the National Conference of (Polish) Provincials in 1981. The decision was taken in order to support and carry out that part of Project Africa entrusted to the Polish provinces. The centre had a national character and its task became to coordinate all the mission initiatives in Poland. The first location for the Mission Office was at Lodz next to the Provincial House, then together with that community it was moved to Warsaw, and from 1991 has had its own place at n.20 Korovodu St. For 19 years the director of the centre was Fr Bronislaw Kant. In the house at Korowodu St. two communities, one SDB and the other FMA, have been set up.
2. The Mission Centre today
Today after the political transformation, the centre is completely free to carry out its activities. The activities are carried out according to the Plan for the Activities of the Salesian Mission Centre approved by the National Conference of Provincials in 2001. The plan was drawn up on the basis of directions provided by the Rector Major of the time, Fr J. Vecchi, during the Team Visit: “to ensure and to strengthen mission activity in Poland and strengthen the national mission centre”
2.1 Missionary animation
Animation and mission awareness is achieved through:
2.2 Distance adoption, various projects
One of the fruits of animation has been the number of benefactors. In 2006 this number has grown to almost 13,000 people.
2.3 The Salesian Missions magazine
The magazine comes out bimonthly - and has the important role of informing, forming and of mission animation in Poland. It is particularly for adults and young adults, but also for children. The magazine is sent to all benefactors and SDB and FMA communities as well as to many Salesian Cooperators. Some 13,000 are printed each print run.
2.4 Don Bosco International Volunteers
In 2002 a new kind of mission activity began, addressed mainly to young adults. More than 150 young adults, for the most part from local groups, take part in formation meetings organised at the mission office and in their local centres. Meetings at the mission office occur once a month, (alternating with a general meeting for all and another for leaders and those not belonging to any group).
The preparation for the journey to a mission lasts at least a year and occurs through formation meetings and one or two weeks living in community at the Mission Centre.
As a rule, mission trips to Africa, Latin America, Asia last for at least a year.
Volunteers also organise different activities focused on missions: Awareness-raising, animation, various mission exhibitions, lending a hand in orphanages, helping handicapped children, organising mission groups for youngsters.
2.5 Multimedia Don Bosco
For some years the Centre has prepared films and other materials dealing with Salesian missions. We are in contact with mass media in our nation. We try to develop ideas about missions in every way possible, using mass media.
2.6 Missionary Museum
The Missionary Museum has an important function in missiion animation. A visit to the museum is usually tied to the projectioin of a film, and meeting up with a missionary. The number of items registered amounts to some 2,500. Usually it is school children from around Warsaw who visit.
2.7 Reception Centre for missionaries
The Mission Centre also functions as ‘home’ for missionaries returning to Poland for the holidays, or for medical help. They all receive some financial help and Mass intentions.
2.8 The archive
2.9 Retreat House
The Mission Centre has sufficient space, so it is also open for different groups or individuals who want to deepen their faith by means of a Retreat or in formation gatherings.
Ul. Korowodu 20
|Tel:||(+48) (22) 644.86.78|
|Fax:||(+48) (22) 644.86.79|