Salesian provincials and formators from the East Asia and Oceania region gathered for regional meetings at Salesian Retreat Centre in Lysterfield, an outer suburb of Melbourne, in the last two weeks.
November 21-23 was a meeting of provincials and provincial delegates for formation facilitated by Fr. Cereda and Fr. Chrys from the General Council in Rome. In this meeting different issues of provincial animation in Salesian Formation (initial and ongoing) were discussed.
November 25 – 29 was a meeting of formation program for formators attended by many personnel from different formation houses (pre-novitiate to theology) from the region. The focus of the seminar was having a ‘Formation Team’ in each province. This is providing formation as a team, Formation Delegate or the Rector working with all personnel in formation community as a team.
Apart from the intense nature of the meetings, the provincials, the delegates and formation personnel were taken for tours around Melbourne for sightseeing as well as meeting up with the locals during their stay.
These participants also had a grace-filled opportunity to witness the diaconate ordination Mass for Br John and Br Ronnie of Thai Province by Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB on Saturday 23rd November.