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JANUARY
SALESIAN MISSIONARY INTENTION
For all Salesians

That they may always and everywhere be men of the Church and of unity.

Full ecclesial communion is what Christ himself left us as his testament: “Father, that they may be one” (Jn. 17,21). The first step to fulfill this ardent desire of the heart of Christ is to pray as he did. Prayer will be followed by fraternal charity, which, as Pope Francis shows, reaches out to all believers, all the sons and daughters of God, in concentric circles. Being present in 132 countries is in itself a great ecclesial responsibility in the field of ecumenism: the sons of Don Bosco are called to become prophets and teachers, first through example.


N. 97 - January 2017
Newsletter for Salesian Missionary Animation
A Publication of the Missions Sector for the Salesian Communities and Friends of the Salesian Mission
D ear Confreres,
I am writing this letter today, December 8 th , 2016, on the 175 th year since the commencement of the
Salesian Oratory, when, as Don Bosco himself tells us, he recited that Hail Mary with Bartolomeo Ga-
relli. I do it with a precise intention. This is a favourable day to launch a missionary appeal “ad gentes” to
all the Provinces of the world and to all those confrères who feel called by the Lord to live their Salesian
vocation in this particular form: being available to be Salesian missionaries “ad gentes, ad exteros, ad vi-
tam” (“to the peoples”, “abroad”, “for life”). My appeal is a voice that must resound in all the Provinces
and Salesian presences in the world in order to favour generous responses.
The fundamental reason for this appeal is threefold:
The Evangelising mission in the world requires from us, Salesians of Don Bosco, that we go beyond, that we
open up even more to give a response to so many requests that continually come to us from the Church,
for a mission of evangelization in diverse places and among many peoples.
There are some presences of the Congregation we can no longer sustain because in some nations of the five
continents there are no Salesians who can offer their service, whereas in other places the apostolic
strengths are more numerous. I think in particular of the youth that are waiting for us in the context of
Project Europe, in the Middle East, in countries with a Muslim majority, in the islands of Oceania, in
South Sudan, in Mongolia, in Siberia, Cambodia and Malaysia, as well as among the young migrants of the
American continent… and in many other places!
The third motivation is intimately linked to the missionary passion of Don Bosco. After the great missionary
challenge of Argentina, in 1875, to arrive, in due time, in Patagonia, it was – as some of his successors
stated – as if he lived only for that project. Fr. Albera writes: “Missions were always the heart of his
heart and it was as if he lived only for them… He spoke about them with such an enthusiasm, that we
were amazed and strongly edified by his inflamed love for souls”.
Don Bosco himself, in the note he sent in 1880 to Pope Leo XIII, explicitly says: “Foreign missions were al-
ways a subject cherished by the Salesian Congregation”.
MISSIONARY APPEAL OF THE RECTOR MAJOR TO THE SALESIANS Salesian Missionary Intention
Full ecclesial communion is what Christ himself left us as his testament: “Father, that they may
be one” (Jn. 17,21). The first step to fulfill this ardent desire of the heart of Christ is to pray as
he did. Prayer will be followed by fraternal charity, which, as Pope Francis shows, reaches out
to all believers, all the sons and daughters of God, in concentric circles. Being present in 132
countries is in itself a great ecclesial responsibility in the field of ecumenism: the sons of Don
Bosco are called to become prophets and teachers, first through example.

Witness of Salesian Missionary Sanctity
Fr. Pierluigi Cameroni SDB, Postulator General for the Causes of Saints

Blessed Laura Vicuña (1891-1904) offered her young life for her mother's conversion.
Among the resolutions of her First Communion she wrote: “I propose to do as much as I
can to [...] make reparation for the offenses that you, Lord, receive every day from
humanity, especially from people in my family; My God, give me a lifetime of love,
mortification and sacrifice”.
On the occasion of the journeys I made in these years and that allowed me to visit 44 Provinces, I often said
that we have to reflect on this fact: if Don Bosco had decided to limit the field of the pastoral educative activi-
ty of the Salesians only to the needy youth of Italy – which would have been a legitimate priority, considering
that Italy was very much in need of his Salesians – and if he had not had the great passion and the great missio-
nary vision that spurred him at every moment, today the Salesian Congregation would be a small congregation,
limited to one nation. It was the missionary spur of our Father that made the Congregation universal in the
Church and in the world.
Dear Confrères, for the above reasons, I now address to you this strong appeal and invite you all to generosity.
First of all I ask the generosity of those confrères who hear this explicit call from the Lord. Then I ask the gene-
rosity of the Provinces, Rectors and, in particular, of Provincials, that they do not stifle in any way the missio-
nary unrest of young confrères and of no other confrère, confining their view and their interest only to their
own Province. We cannot forget our origins and our charismatic identity.
You know well how we proceed in these cases. As soon as the Rector Major receives a call, a letter or an email
from a confrère who expresses this wish, the Dicastery for the Missions begins a serene, serious and profound
discernment with the Confrère and with his Provincial. Everything is then brought to the knowledge of the Rec-
tor Major. Discernment often highlights the suitability of the candidate; but sometimes it is not so. In any case,
we only look for the good of the persons and of the mission.
This is my appeal, my dear Confrères.
I invite you to pray for this intention in the entire Congregation. Many are the persons who have not yet been
reached by the announcement of the Gospel. Many young people need a friend, a brother, a father whom they
will be able to find in the Salesians they will meet.
May Mary Help of Christians bless this generosity of yours and may Don Bosco continue to accompany us in our
commitment to being true missionary disciples of Jesus.
Yours affectionately
Fr. Ángel Fernández A., SDB
\ Rector Major
For all Salesians
That they may always and everywhere be men of the Church and of unity.

INIZIO

Salesian Missionary Intentions
in the light of the Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for 2017


JANUARY
FOR ALL SALESIANS
That they may always and everywhere be men of the Church and of unity.

FEBRUARY
FOR SALESIANS IN THE AMERICAS
That they may keep alive in their hearts the love of Jesus for poor youth.

MARCH
FOR SALESIANS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
That Salesians may continue to be signs of faith and hope among the persecuted Christians of the Middle East.

APRIL
FOR SALESIAN VOCATIONS
That every Salesian community may radiate the joy of being called by the Lord.

MAY
FOR SALESIANS IN AFRICA AND
MADAGASCAR
That, as prophets of mercy, justice and peace, they may know how to educate the young to the social dimension of charity.

JUNE
FOR SALESIANS WHO WORK IN
CONFLICT AREAS
That they may be Builders of Peace through the weapon of “education” and the proclamation of the “Prince of Peace”

JULY
FOR SALESIANS IN EUROPE
That Project Europe, a missionary project of the Congregation, may bear abundant fruit.

AUGUST
FOR SALESIANS IN OCEANIA
That they may share with the young the beauty of their vocation.

SEPTEMBER
FOR THE 148 TH MISSIONARY EXPEDITION
That every Salesian may be a missionary according to the heart of Don Bosco.

OCTOBER
FOR SALESIANS IN VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRES
That vocational training centres continue to be schools of development and Christian humanism in the world of work.

NOVEMBER
FOR SALESIANS IN ASIA
That they may be builders of communion in diversity.

DECEMBER
FOR OLD AND SICK SALESIANS
That they may continue to radiate the joy of their vocation call and be intercessors for abundant graces of the Lord for the Salesian mission.