150th Anniversary of the Salesians of Don Bosco
18.12.1859 – 18.12.2009
There are a few days to go to the conclusion of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Salesian Congregation. The 18 December, the date on the minutes written by Fr Alasonatti, recalls the meeting and the commitment of Don Bosco and some of his young men to “to band themselves into a Society or Congregation while, while aiming at the sanctification of each member by mutual assistance would strive to promote God’s glory and the salvation of souls, especially those in greater need of instruction and formation.”
A year of “grace,” as the Rector Major described it in his Letter of 24 June 2008, which will reach its climax on 18 December with the renewal of their religious Profession by all the Salesians in the world; “a spiritual and pastoral journey” which ought to lead the Sons of Don Bosco, and with them the various groups of the Salesian Family, to deepen their commitment to the education and the evangelisation of the young, especially those poor and abandoned.
The celebrations on 18 December will have several common elements, which were recalled, in an interview given to ANS, by Fr Francesco Cereda, Councillor for Formation and the coordinator of the commission for the 150th anniversary.
On 18 December the Salesians, in renewing their religious profession and following the prescribed norms can gain a plenary indulgence granted by the Apostolic Penitentiary “so that” – as the Rector Major requests – “the confreres of the Salesian Society may be even more open to the Divine generosity and therefore draw more abundant spiritual fruits.”
Source: ANS Info