The Delegates of Salesian Youth Ministry and Social Communications from East Asia Oceania Region gathered for a conference at Don Bosco Retreat centre near Dalat in Vietnam from 10th to 14th November.
Three days were set aside for each department while a day was dedicated for a joint meeting to see how the two departments could work together better.
The General Councillor for the Youth Ministry, Fr Fabio Attard SDB, and the General Councillor for Social Communications, Fr Filiberto Gonzalez SDB, together with their secretaries were present at the conference. The Regional Councillor for East Asia Oceania, Fr Vaclav Klement SDB, also joined in the last two days of the conference.
The host provincial of Vietnam Province, Fr Joseph Quang SDB, celebrated the Sunday Mass encouraging all participants to pray for God’s wisdom in their ministry with the young.
A few resolutions came out of the meeting including working together better for the young, to have a course module available at a regional university like Manila, and to have a stronger relationship with the delegates of the other sectors in the province.
Fr Bernie Graham and Fr Will Matthews from the Australia-Pacific Province attended the meeting representing the Youth Ministry and Social Communications respectively.
All in all, it was a fantastic fraternal gathering to spend some time together, exchanging information, and supporting each other for mutual benefits.
The hospitality of Vietnam province was truly outstanding. They are now planning to host the next Regional Salesian Brothers Congress in August 2018.