Fr Angel Artime SDB, the Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco, doesn’t seem to have much rest since his arrival in Melbourne. He was smiling through his busy first day at Salesian College Ruperswood in Sunbury. He made every one smile too. It was meeting the real Don Bosco, as many said after seeing Fr Angel on the first day.
On the second day, 15th May, Fr Angel paid a visit to the Archbishop of Melbourne, Most Rev. Denis Hart DD. It was a very pleasant and affirming meeting between two leaders. Archbishop Hart thanked Fr Angel for his visit, and for the contributions made by the Salesians to the Australian Catholic Church and the society.
Fr Angel then visited a community of Salesian Sisters in Scoresby. He was particularly thrilled about meeting Sr Esperanza Machuy, a missionary from Spain in Scoresby community.
A group of young people and a number of students from three Salesian schools in Melbourne gathered at St Joseph’s College in Ferntree Gully for a youth forum with the Rector Major in the afternoon. Each group of young people were given an opportunity to spend some time with him for questions and discussions. Fr Angel then spoke to the young of their diverse dynamic and the goodness within them. He encouraged them to work for a better future of the society.
In the evening, the Regional Superior Fr Vaclav Klement celebrated a Mass at the Provincial House with many Salesians from Melbourne, Sydney and Hobart. Fr Angel preached the homily.
Following the Mass, there was a conference with all Salesians present and the Rector Major. The Rector Major spoke about the successful work of the Salesians all around the world, and the challenges they face in a few countries. Fr Angel was very open, honest and friendly in his presentation. He also answered some questions from the Salesians.
The day concluded with a fraternal dinner served by the Ascot Vale community.