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CDB (Volunteers With Don Bosco) in their 6th General Assembly


By Luciano A, CDB


Genzano, Italy, 2 January 2018 -- The CDB Secular Institute (Volunteers With Don Bosco) founded in 1994 by Fr. Egidio Viganó (7th Successor of Don Bosco) held their 6th General Assembly in Genzano (Salesian Retreat house and Novitiate, founded by St. Louis Versiglia) since last December 28th 2017.


This General Assembly is focused on the Growth in Communion with the Scripture motto - ‘As the Living Stones’ (1 Peter 2,5). AG 6 is presided by the President Mr. Darwin P. and participated by 20 members and ecclesial Assistants mainly from Latin America and Europe.


At present the CDB Institute is officially still a ‘Public Ecclesial Association of Lay Faithful’ recognized in the Archdiocese of Caracas (Venezuela) due to historical reasons. The CDB is the 17th officially recognized group within the Salesian Family, their Central Assistant is Fr. Joan Lluis Playa, already known in the EAO region thanks to his two visits in 2015 (FIN) and 2016 (KOR, VIE and FIN-FIS), who is coming again in March 2018 for the VDB – CDB Assistant formation session held in Vietnam.


Due to many logistic reasons, no member from the CDB group of the Philippines (established in 2015) or their Ecclesial Assistant was able to participate in this General Assembly. In their absence the SDB Regional Councilor for the EAO Region and Fr. Reggie Porlucas, student in Anselmo University in Rome (FIN) took part as observers for one full day (December 29) in order to bridge the communication gap between the CDB world leadership and the first EAO group of CDB in Manila. Now there are five Aspirants accompanied by their Assistant Fr. Eli Cruz, SDB.


Among the fruits of this AG6 interaction are the fraternal contacts with other English speaking Assistants (Nigeria – Ghana, USA – California, Slovakia) and CDB (Argentina, Mexico, Czech Republic), awareness about the Secular Consecration Life beauty and challenges and a special role of the Secular Institute within the Catholic Church and within the Salesian Family.


For more information, visit: http://volontaricdb.org or access the Resources (www.bosco.link) CDB – Formation (Resources: CDB Formation 1-2-3-4) and CDB 6th General Assembly (Resources).


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  • vaclav 2018.01.03 18:10
    Ringrazio molto per la tua disponibilità. 

    Li accompagno nelle mie preghiere. 

    Credo che siano un bel dono del mondo.

    BUON ANNO NUOVO DI NUOVO.

    Anna (VDB)
  • vaclav 2018.01.05 01:25

    ANS - Rome) - The VI General Assembly sees the representatives of the “Volunteers With Don Bosco” gathered in Rome; coming from different parts of the world, they meet to reflect on the theme: «"Like living stones "(1 Pt 2:5) -  to grow in communion."

    Introduced by the reflections dictated by Fr Pascual Chàvez and by the President of the Instituto Secolare "Cristo Re", the 17 CDB and the 6 Ecclesiastical Assistants discussed the theme of communion and fraternal life according to the characteristics of a secular institute whose members "do not have a common life, but live in communion of life."

    The meeting was attended by the Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family, Fr Eusebio Muñoz, whose qualified contribution strengthened the sense of belonging to the Salesian Family in which the CDBs form an officially recognized Group. The visits of the Rector Major's Vicar, Fr Francesco Cereda, the SDB Regional Councilor for East Asia/Oceania, Fr Vaclav Klement, and of the Postulator General for the Causes of Saints, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni were welcomed and much-appreciated; there were also various messages of good wishes from Provincials/Coordinators of Groups of the Salesian Family.

    Representing the entire institute, the brothers also convened to approve modifications to the Constitutions and Regulations, as well as to elect the World Director and the Central Council to lead the Institute for the next four years with functions of "animation and government."

    The new Director was elected in the person of Gaetano C., a 42-year-old Italian teacher. He will be assisted by a Venezuelan Vice-President, a Mexican Formation Advisor and an Italian Communications Councilor. The composition of the Board will be completed when the World Director appoints the Central Administrator and the Central Secretary.

    The Assembly was also an opportunity to inform delegates on the current phase of the beatification cause of a CDB brother, Nino Baglieri, who died in 2007 "in hunger for holiness."

    Tomorrow, Friday 5 January, the Rector Major, Fr Angel Fernandez Artime, presides over the closing Mass for the Assembly; a CDB of Brazil will also make his perpetual profession and a young Italian CDB shall renew his temporary profession.

    The Volunteers With Don Bosco are a Public Association of Lay Faithful oriented to becoming a Secular Institute. Currently, there are 92 members present in 27 nations (7 in Africa, 13 in America, 2 in Asia, 5 in Europe) making their own specific contribution as consecrated seculars in the Salesian style.


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