RMG – VI General Assembly of Volunteers With Don Bosco

04 January 2018 (ANS – Rome) – The VI General Assembly sees the representatives of the “Volunteers With Don Bosco” gathered in Rome; coming from different parts of the world, they meet to reflect on the theme: «”Like living stones “(1 Pt 2:5) –  to grow in communion.” Introduced by the reflections dictated by Fr Pascual Chàvez and by the President of the Instituto Secolare “Cristo Re”, the 17 CDB and the 6 Ecclesiastical Assistants discussed the theme of communion and fraternal life according to the characteristics of a secular institute whose members “do not have a common life, but live in communion of life.” The meeting was attended by the Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family, Fr Eusebio Muñoz, whose qualified contribution strengthened the sense of belonging to the Salesian Family in which the CDBs form an officially recognized Group. The visits of the Rector Major’s Vicar, Fr Francesco Cereda, the SDB Regional Councilor for East Asia/Oceania, Fr Vaclav Klement, and of the Postulator General for the Causes of Saints, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni were welcomed and much-appreciated; there were also various messages of good wishes from Provincials/Coordinators of Groups of the Salesian Family. Representing the entire...

Italy – Ready for Confronto SYM 2017 Meeting

(ANS – Turin) – Only two days to SYM 2017 Confronto Meeting, the event focussing on the spirituality of Salesian Youth with circa 250 young people gathering from all over Europe, and beyond, to the sites of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello. To be Agents of Don Bosco’s Vision, Passion and Mission is the lofty objective that wants to be proposed to the youngsters of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM). by Gian Francesco Romano Taking place 11 – 16 August 2017, the SYM Confronto aims to resume the path begun with similar previous appointments celebrated in 2004 and 2009 in locations dear to Salesians.  250 young people shall be attending, teenagers and young adults who already active in their various local SYMs and who are eager to deepen the path of knowledge and formation in the spirituality of Don Bosco. The event will certainly have an international feel to it as young people from 19 European countries  will be attending – from Portugal to Ukraine, from Great Britain to Malta – as will children from the Sym Delegation of the Middle East with participants from Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Palestine, Egypt and Jordan. The official inauguration takes place at Colle Don...

CDB, Volunteers With Don Bosco, at VI General Assembly

(ANS – Rome) – The Volunteers of Con Don Bosco (CDB) constitute a Public Ecclesial Male Association of Lay Faithful. Founded by Fr Egidio Viganò, they are recognized as the 17th Salesian Family Group, to which they belong since 1994. During these summer months, the association’s leaders have been engaged in the preparation of the VI General Assembly which, invoked last year on the occasion of the Solemnity of Mary Help of Christians, shall take place in Rome from 28 December 2017 to 5 January 2018. The theme chosen by the Director, Dr. Darwin Petit, and the Central Council for the Assembly, shall be “LIKE LIVING STONES (1 Pt. 2:5) … for growing up in communion.” On this theme, every CDB has been called upon to explore aspects of the “profound life of communion” [Cost. 25] in their specific vocation and in the “live sense of belonging to the Institute” [Cost. 25]; and the importance of engaging in the path of systematic formation, both initial and permanent, “to assimilate and fully live the identity and spirituality of the Institute” [Cf. 27]. The convened brothers, acting as representatives of the entire Institute, besides reflecting on the life of communion and on...