Wednesday 24 August 2016

The Salesian Rector, assessments (scrutinies) and admissions

Andrew Wong pointed out an interesting text in Don Bosco's recommendations to Don Rua, just appointed Rector of Mirabello, the first house outside Valdocco. The text is point 4 under the recommendations regarding Students: Don Bosco tells the Rector, who is also the confessor, not to ever take part in the meetings at which the students are assessed.

The question is: what was the early practice of the Congregation as far as scrutinies were concerned? Did Don Bosco take part, as Rector Major? Did he want his Rectors to take part?

What about their participation at the local council moments of admission?

And if the congregation takes away the clause about the Rector as the proposed spiritual director for confreres in initial formation (up to practical training) - will it take away also the friendly chat? And what would that imply for the figure of the Rector? Would be still be the Salesian Rector as Don Bosco conceived him? Would it be a change in the right direction?

My feeling still is that the real issue is not here, in the area of the juridical and the traditional, but in the area of our own experience of spiritual accompaniment, and our own preparation for this task. 

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