EAO Good Night Talk
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
1 October 2019
you like to become a Mission?
Dear Friends and Salesian Family members,
heartfelt greetings on the first day of the ‘Extraordinary Missionary Month’,
October 2019. It is really a wonderful opportunity for growing with the
missionary Church that Pope Francis has dreamed of during the last 6 years.
A few days ago (12
September) we congratulated our CDB
(Volunteers with Don Bosco = Con Don Bosco) secular institute on their 25th
anniversary (1994-2019). Although there are only 85 CDB members around the
world (including our first 4 member group in Manila), we may learn one
important belief from them: ‘Our entire life is a Mission!’ (CDB
Constitutions, art. 5)
One week ago I was privileged to
address the Salesian Family in Seoul on Salesian spirituality and Missions:
Looking around the Salesian Family today, we recognize many shining missionary
models and we can learn from and be inspired by them!
Br. Andrew Phuong,
Salesian of Don Bosco (Vietnamese missionary in PNG and Mongolia)
Ms. Teresa Tsujimura,
Salesian Cooperator (Japanese Past Pupil, missionary in Timor Leste) Ms. Olga
Krizova, VDB (Slovakia, with a dream ‘to live as a walking tabernacle)
Servant of God Nino
Baglieri, CDB (Italy, 38 years paralyzed, missionary of joy to the world)
Caritas Sisters of Jesus (Korea: living in container convent, Kimbe - Papua New
Mr Sanya, Alumnus of
Don Bosco (Thai: founders of Laos Salesian mission, Vientiane)
and many missionary members of the Salesian
Family, starting from Cardinal John Cagliero
These members of
the Salesian Family are not ‘supermen or superwomen’, but simply show us the
way to ‘Be a Mission’ in a simple, joyful and meaningful Salesian way! During
this mission month of October 2019, I encourage you to do some small missionary
act or commitment each day. We believe that we can keep our own faith alive
only if we share the faith in Jesus with others!
Let’s be inspired
by the Salesian animation booklet with a short reflection for each day! We also
admire the consistent work of the Vietnam-Mongolia and Korea province
missionary animation teams who re-produced this small booklet in their ‘local’
version, not simply translating it but adapting it to their own cultural
situation and sensitivity. Be inspired by Salesian missionaries!
Would you like to become a Mission?
Fr. Václav Klement, SDB