After spending nearly three weeks in the region, the special visit of the Rector Major has come to an end at the centre of the Australia-Pacific province. Melbourne displayed a stunning sunny weather, 19 degree and blue sky, to say good-bye to the Rector Major. It has been a long trip with many smiles and handshakes, Eucharists and meals, meetings and discussions. Many people of the Pacific, New Zealand and Australia enjoyed meeting the tenth successor of St John Bosco, Fr Angel Artime SDB.
A large number of Salesians, Salesian Sisters, Salesian Co-operators, young people and parishioners gathered at St Margaret Mary’s church in North Brunswick to celebrate the Ascension of the Lord and to say farewell to Fr Angel on 17th May 2015. A number of migrants from different countries including Burma, Vietnam, Italy, Latin America were also present at the Eucharist.
Fr Angel was the principal celebrant of the Eucharist celebrated mainly in Italian. In his homily he stressed that the diversity of people in this Eucharist in communion with Jesus Christ is a richness itself. He invited all people to grow in the richness of God.
A light lunch was served in the parish hall after the Eucharist. There were some entertainments and cutting of a special cake by the Rector Major.
After lunch, Fr Angel visited Don Bosco Hostel and Youth Centre on Sydney Road in Brunswick.
Every good thing must come to an end. The Province of Mary Help of Christians [Australia & Pacific] is very grateful for the visit of the Rector Major. We wish him God’s blessing on his journey home, and upon his ministry as the Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco.