18 DECEMBER 2009
The whole Salesian world is stopping to rejoice and give thanks to God for the gift of the Salesians of Don Bosco on 18 December. It 150 years since Don Bosco gathered seventeen young men in his room for the first formal agreement to work for the good of poor and abandoned young people, and to create a society in which its members could live in oneness with God and one another.
The Australia-Pacific Province is celebrating this day in a number of different ways, as is essential in a Province that is scattered across the face of Australia, and into the Pacific. In general, communities are meeting for a Eucharistic celebration – our celebration of “Thanksgiving” par excellence. Set within the Eucharist each Salesian will renew his vowed commitment to the consecrated life, and we will each receive a new copy of the Constitutions, the third edition, updated to include all the changes proposed and accepted at recent General Chapters, and with a new (2009) Preface by the Rector Major. Fr. Andy Wong asked us also to look out for a CD from the Rector Major, on the consecrated life, to be distributed to the confreres on this day. However, given our distances, there is no sign of it yet.
Celebrations across the province
All Salesians, except Fr. Mac, in South Australia gathered at Brooklyn Park house to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Salesians of Don Bosco. Fr. Germano was the main celebrant in the Eucharist. After the homily, all Salesians present renewed their vows and recieved the new copy of the Salesian Constitutions and Regulations from the rector. Confreres also signed in the new constitution book as reminder of their perpetual vows as Salesians. The evening was concluded in a Salesian style, a festive meal with plenty of laughs.
Have I missed out on your community’s celebrations? Please send me some information on how your community was celebrated for this 150th Anniversary. I promise to snap it ASAP.