EAO Good Night Talk
September 1, 2016
Don Bosco Alumni: Prayer and
(for download: Prayer and Promise (EN).docx)
Dear friends and
Bosconians – Alumni – Salesians: there are
different names for Don Bosco Past Pupils, who started from the annual
celebration of Don Bosco’s Feast-day on June 24th.
Bosconians forever! The
Don Bosco Alumni (Past Pupils) is the largest group among the 31 in the large Salesian
Family. Although there are few millions of young people who received the Don
Bosco education in our Oratories – Youth Centers, Schools or Parishes, the
World President Mr. Michal Hort acknowledge about100.000 registered members.
exciting to read the Alumni World Confederation 6 year flagship projects:
(1) Permanent secretariat: goal – collect 3 million of
Alumni contact address; (2) Don Bosco Alumni Business Platform – to support DB
mission; (3) Alumni Academy: to foster the formation of SDB delegates and
Alumni leadership; (4) Alumni Voluntary Service: to involve the Alumni in youth
ministry or missionary volunteer activity.
However I was more deeply struck by their newly
approved Statutes, which contains a wonderfully courageous prayer – promise,
suggested for all Alumni meetings:
PRAYER AND PROMISE of
the Past Pupils of Don Bosco
GOD, OUR FATHER, through the mediation of your Son, Jesus, and through
the intercession of Saint John Bosco give heed to the prayers of the Past
Pupils all over the world.
WE THANK YOU for the invaluable gift of education which we have
received, under the enlightened guidance of the Salesians, which have instilled
our lives with the Salesian Spirituality.
WE ASK YOU WITH FAMILIAL TRUST - Give
us strength and courage to live the human and Christian message, in the
Society and in the Church. - Encourage
us to become "good Christians and honest citizens”, - Help us to live together and promote
solidarity in our Association and beyond it. - Strengthen our faith, hope and charity.
WE PROMISE YOU
- to fight against injustice, blackmail, superficiality, indifference, - and to
defend at all costs, the values inspired from Don Bosco’s teaching, especially
life, freedom and truth with a spirit of social, political and financial
commitment, - and to be, “the salt of the earth and light of the world” with a
strong influence in the world and in the Church.
WE BEG YOU to watch over our
Salesian Family, our dear ones and all of us. Amen.
I dream that all who are receiving Don Bosco
education in our EAO countries may be invited to join one day the Don Bosco
Past Pupils Association. Next October 4-8 our ITM Vice-province is hosting in
Dili, Timor Leste the first Salesian family regional encounter: 11th EAO Regional Congress of
Salesian Family Past Pupils. We congratulate and pray for many fruits of
Fr. Václav Klement,
EAO Regional councillor