Thursday 26 March 2015

Carreno and where to do formation

Nestor C. Impelido speaks about Fr Carreno in his Salesians in the Philippines: Establishment and Development from Delegation to Province (1951-1963) (Rome: LAS, 2007).

Don Bosco in Canlubang: pp. 187-190.
The Salesian Novitiate (1956-1963): p. 204-6, 210-12.
Don Bosco College-Seminary: 282-95
Renewing the Leadership [Fr Carreno in the provincial council]: 298, 301-304.

It seems Fr Carreno fought a huge battle to keep the young Filipino salesians in the Philippines for philosophy and college, while Fr Archimede Pianazzi at first opposed him, as did Fr Cogliandro, the newly appointed provincial. Both eventually changed their mind.

The issues don't seem to change. We are once more faced with the question of where best to form our young Salesians. But wisdom and prudence lies in the mastery of the particular situation, and particular situations keep changing. And besides, there is the wisdom that is discernment.

Carreno emerges as a rather determined character, with his 20 page letters to various people, including the Rector Major. As in India, so in the Philippines: a man completely in love with the local people, and with deep respect for them. Thanks to him, young Filipino Salesians stopped being sent to Cheng Chau - Hong Kong, and began doing not only the novitiate but also the postnovitiate cum college in Canlubang. Strange that I've seen both places in the last few weeks, and fallen in love with both. 

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