The Rector Major Meets the Salesian Family in Japan

The Rector Major Meets the Salesian Family in Japan

Tokyo, Japan – We receive and transmit news from the Japanese Province of Alma Mater on the visit of the Rector Major, Fr. Pascual Chavez Villanueva, September 21-25.  “The Rector Major’s visit to Japan was planned together with the Salesian Family.  Certainly, the Salesians had a fundamental role, but right from the start of the preparations, we FMA, the Sisters of the Charity of Jesus, and the Salesian Cooperators were actively involved.
   The first encounter took place at the airport of Marita.  There, Fr. Pascual Chavez was welcomed by the Councillors of each Salesian Family group.  For a brief moment, the Rector Major spoke particularly to us FMA, and very affably conveyed to us Mother’s greetings, and asked when we would see each other again.
    The second encounter was the feast with the whole Salesian Family.  It took place in three phases.  There were the words of the Rector Major to the respective Councils, the Eucharistic celebration, and the celebration.  In his words to the Councils, Fr. Chavez stressed the importance of being aware of belonging to the Salesian Family.  He affirmed, “Every SDB, FMA, and Salesian Cooperator should receive the Constitutions together with the Charter of the charismatic identity of the Salesian Family when they make profession or the promise.”  Another point he repeated was that of synergy.  If we work together as Salesian Family, our action will be more efficacious.   
   During the homily at the Eucharistic Celebration, he underlined in particular the reality of the presence of so many saints in the Salesian Family.  Among them there are in Japan Fr. Vincent Cimatti.  During the feast, the Rector Major actively participated, without any sign of fatigue.  He sang and did all that we asked of him. 
   On the 23, at the Salesian Parish of Himonya-Meguro, the Rector Major met all the young people, especially those from 13 to 18 years of age, from the Salesian Parishes of the Tokyo Diocese.  He especially counselled the young people to defend themselves against the individualism that pervades society today. On the 24th, he visited and celebrated the Eucharist at the FMA community of Osaka.  The Sisters were impressed by the Salesian climate that had been created in such a short time. The Good Morning given to all the students created a special attraction, above all for the young people, toward the figure of the Rector Major, in whom they could see Don Bosco today.  The visit to Nagasaki and a brief pilgrimage to the places of the Japanese martyrs lead the Rector Major to the encounter with the Salesian Family in the Southern Japan.”

 

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