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Special Events During 2014

Special Events During 2014

We are at the beginning of a particularly significant year, a year that will arrive at the celebration of the 23rd General Chapter, starting next September. Among the events that the chapter participants will live, is important meeting with Mother Angela Vallese, the pioneer of the missions of America, of whom this year marks the centenary of her death. The stop in Lu Monferrato (Alessandria), her native land, at the conclusion of the Spiritual Exercises in Mornese, signifies a tribute to her memory and to the rootedness of the Salesian charism in America. Mother Vallese will accompany us in a new article, for an interesting missionary journey.

During the early months of the year, also the Salesian confreres will live the Chapter event, which sees them from time engaged in deepening the theme "Witnesses of the Gospel Radicalism". For the FMA, the Chapter will commit itself the election of the Guide and her General Council, who will be called to animate and govern the Congregation for the next six years.

During the early months of the year, also the Salesian confreres will live the Chapter event, which sees them from time engaged in deepening the theme "Witnesses of the Gospel Radicalism". For the FMA, the Chapter will commit itself the election of the Guide and her General Council, who will be called to animate and govern the Congregation for the next six years.

2014 also introduces the culminating period of preparation for the Bicentenary of the birth of Don Bosco. The gift of the Rector Major, Fr Pascual Chávez Villanueva, is set in the context of this event, and will sustain the commitment of the Salesian Family in deepening the spiritual experience of Don Bosco, the source of Salesian holiness.

The Church opens the new year with the first World Day for Peace celebrated by Pope Francis, with the theme: "Fraternity, the foundation and path to peace." In the following months, other World Days will accompany the faithful in living events leading to the fundamental values of life according to the Gospel.

On a global level the United Nations foresees various initiatives to highlight the theme of the International Year of Family Farming.

In their 2013 meeting at Cesuna, the DMA editorial group kept in mind the world, Church and Salesian proposals for 2014, paying specific attention to the basic themes that place us on the horizon of GC 23.
We can summarize them in view of building relationships for evangelization, with particular reference to the words and gestures of Pope Francis. It was decided to proceed in the writing of each Dossier with the method of Seeing, the analysis of a situation with its lights and shadows; Judging, beginning from the question: “What does God say about this?” and Acting, to answer the question: “What is God asking us to do to collaborate in the building of His Kingdom?”

As the DMA editorial group, we wish our readers a Happy New Year, accompanied by the shared ideas and sentiments the Magazine intends to arouse.

gteruggi@cgfma.org

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