Rome (Italy). In view of the Feast of Don Bosco, Father and Friend of Youth, which is celebrated on 31 January 2023, the members of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) wish to prepare themselves spiritually by animating a Novena with the collaboration of young people from different parts of Europe and the Middle East.

Accepting the invitation of the Rector Major, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, Father and Center of Unity of the Salesian Family, SYM Europe and Middle East is committed to “be yeast in today’s human family” (cf. Strenna 2023). One way is to participate in a creative way and with typically youthful enthusiasm in the life and journey of the Salesian Family, especially in the celebration of the main moments of celebration.

The initiative was born in early January during the first online meeting of the new Small Team – elected in 18th  General Assembly of Zagabria, in Croatia where ideas for the ‘Salesian month’ were shared.

“The feast of our Father Don Bosco is approaching and we would like to be united in prayer during these days of preparation. We invite you to follow the Novena, which starting on Sunday 22 January, every day at noon Central European Time, will be published on the SYM Europe social media channels! Stay tuned and connected in prayer,” is the invitation they address to everyone through the social networks.

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