My dear confreres and friends of SC,
We have begun a new year which only the presence of the Emmanuel can transform into “new times”. May it be so for each of you, your families, communities and SC teams throughout 2012.
On 24 January, Pope Benedict XVI will officially deliver his Message for the 46th World Communications Day: “Silence and Word: path of Evangelisation”. This year, and with this message, we will commence a joint experience between SDBs and FMAs, and urge Provinces around the world to carry out a journey of study and reflection on each year’s theme from when it is first proclaimed (24 January, Feast of St Francis of Sales), until the day it is actually celebrated (Sunday before Pentecost). This becomes a fundamental point for animation for the Provincial SC Delegate working in closely with other Sectors. You will receive some information about this.
The second matter this letter refers to is something that regards the whole Congregation. The Project Europe Commission met in December 2011, and as far as Social Communications is concerned a number of important tasks were assigned which I would ask you to put into practice from this point on: include testimonies and experiences of confreres and communities part of the Project, in the SB in each Province; include the “banner” and official “logo” associated with Project Europe in all the Web pages of the European Provinces as well as a link to sdb.org; send ANS articles, photos and videos which offer a short presentation of significant experiences.
A final point of a practical nature is the role SC plays in socialising “Strenna 2012” and the main theme for this first year of the Bicentenary preparation. You have lots of media at your disposition in each Province to do this, but just need to keep an eye on creativity, getting people involved, firing up passion for the salvation of the young.
Along with all the members of the Department I wish you a happy Feast of St Francis of Sales and of Don Bosco.
Best wishes to all,
Fr Filiberto González, Councillor for SC