Fr Klement has left Rome and begun his five month long swing through EAO. He began an animation visit to the vice province of Myanmar on July 14 2014, landing at Yangon International Airport at 8:50 a.m. local time, 15 hours journey from Rome.
He was welcomed by the students of theology at the Provincial House in Yangon.
In a short and simple welcome program the Salesians expressed their joy and expectations of the Regional’s visit.
Fr Francis Dass, as vicar of the Superior, gave a welcome speech in the name of the Superior, Fr Maurice, who was unable to be there to welcome him. For his part Fr Klement passed on the greetings of the Rector Major and other superiors in reply.
Although 15 hours is a substantial flight and the time difference is 5:30 hours, it did not take Fr Klement long to adjust and he set to work immediately, meeting the students together in the assembly, and then individually as well.
On the following day, 15 July, Fr Klement visited the Salesian parish and the construction site of the Don Bosco Vocational Training Centre in Yangon.
On July 16 he went on to Anisakan (north of Mandalay at the geographical heart of the country) where he is currently meeting confreres. Anisakan has two communities, one known as ‘Nazareth’, with an aspirantate, Parish, Oratory and various pastoral activities, the other St Joseph’s novitiate, Between them there are some nine confreres and four novices.
Fr. Klement is scheduled to leave MYM on July 26.