Saturday 24 May 2014

Salesian formation in Quito

This morning, in Valdocco, I had the opportunity to get to know about the Salesian Formation centre at Quito from close up. The last part of a four part course was concluding here in Valdocco, and the Rector Major spent close to two hours with the participants, a wonderful mixture of laypeople, sdbs, and a sister from the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

The first thing that struck me was the presence of so many lay people for this course in Salesianity. Extraordinary. Perhaps unique in the Salesian world. And then the way the lay people spoke: of their Salesian vocation, of the mission, of youth.

In the several years of its existence, the Quito centre has been a true centre of formation and animation. The wonderful thing is that both sdbs and laypeople feel the need of such formation, and participate willingly in it. The centre has made a difference, and I think it is worth looking into whether this experience can be multiplied and incarnated in other parts of the salesian world.

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