Young Salesian priests of the Province of Mary Help of Christians who are within the first five years of ordination gathered at Tofa Mamao Samoan Religious Cultural Centre for a three-days seminar run by Fr. Francis Gustilo from the North Philippines province.
Nine young priests, some of whom may be only at heart, participated in this seminar. They have come from Adelaide, Alafua, Fiji, Hobart, Melbourne and Salelologa.
The major theme of the seminar was “Don Bosco: the Originality of his Priesthood”. All sessions were solidly structured and presented from the wealth of the presenter’s own experience.
The tropical heavenly weather of Samoa tempted a number of participants to close their eyes off. Yet, the interesting nature of the presenter and the relevance of the topics kept all parties involved at truce.
Fr. Taisali, a young rector, was the coordinator of liturgy while Fr. Nick Castelyns kept an eye on the physical needs of the confreres during the seminar.
All nine priests together with Fr. Francis also concelebrated the Sunday Eucharist led by Fr. Falani at Leauva parish on Sunday morning. It is always inspiring and uplifting experience to be part of a joyful and meaningful Samoan Mass on a Sunday.
In addition to the seminar, the Salesians traveling from Australia spent extra two days in Samoa for sightseeing, spending quality time with the local confreres and visiting Salesian sisters.
Over all, Salesian works in Samoa are doing well with the technical college in Alafua, and a parish each in Leauva, Sinamoga and Savaii villages.
A new Salesian secondary school is planned to open in early 2011 in Savaii Island where a community has already been established for its preparation.