PrevPrev Article

NextNext Article

Larger Font Smaller Font Up Down Go comment Print Attachment


By Fr Mosese Tui, SDB

Auckland, New Zealand, 6 May 2019 -- On the Feast day of Saint Dominic Savio (6 May) all four Salesians of the Auckland community (still living in two locations - Massey and Avondale, Rector Fr Mosese Tui) came together for prayer, meal and sharing. Four SDBs from four different backgrounds - one Indian Salesian with many years in Africa, one Vietnamese with Korean experience, another Indian with 40 years of Pacific experience and one Samoan with experience of Australia, Fiji, Samoa and now in New Zealand. Ten years ago our first presence in Auckland was started and now is a good time to ask 'How is our Charism being shared in this country with multi-cultural and multi-religious population?'

During his three full days animation visit, our Regional Councillor, Fr Klement, had a good insight into our community dynamics and helped us to think about the dynamics of our charismatic growth in the future.

First of all we watched, after abundant lunch, the 2019 Strenna Video about 'Holiness For You Too'. With the Pacific wisdom we appreciated especially the direct body language of the Rector Major, who speaks with deep conviction, strong and contagious enthusiasm. Fr Angel means what he says, he bring us to the origin at Valdocco, when he prays in front of the casket of Don Bosco. In this way we are connected to the roots and so we can look to the future with hope and new energy!

In our sharing about the Salesian future in New Zealand we acknowledge that we are still only few (already lost one Salesian priest who joined the diocese) and not yet very much known in the local Church. The first part was about how to attract or bring possible new Salesians to Auckland; even temporary missionaries would be of great help! We recognize that is not so easy to stir up the interest of our parish youth regarding the Salesian vocation. Even in the Auckland seminary there are only three major seminarians (Vietnam, Myanmar, Korean origin).

Then we pondered on the Pacific Delegation support for our youngest presence in the Pacific. How to bring the multiple resolutions of the First Pacific Assembly (January 2019) into practice? There are challenges of communication, strengthening the effective animation and governance among the 3 countries: Samoa - Fiji - New Zealand. Even collecting the wisdom of the elders during past 40 years would be a great help for the future generation - so we encouraged Fr James to write down his experience.

Last but not the least we shared the theme of stronger community life in the present situation - we are meeting only once a week between Avondale and Massey and are still without a decent community house. Economic solidarity, budgeting and transparency were part of community building issue. Each one of us is working with all possible strength for the parish population and for the youth, but we recognize that our community life does not sustain us enough.

Auckland is the youngest presence in the Pacific (2009). While Samoa celebrates its 40th Salesian anniversary and Fiji its 20th anniversary, here in New Zealand we are still trying to find our way, how to root our charism in the people of God made up of so many different nationalities, cultures and religions. Saint Dominic Savio, pray for us!

Related news articles









Maximum Attachments : 0Byte/ 15.00MB
Maximum File Size : 15.00MB (Allowed extentsions : *.*)

  1. 5085(I)_First Center of Salesian Cooperators in Samoa

    Best gift for the 40th anniversary of Salesian presence By Fr. Taisali Leuluai, SDB Delegate to the Salesian Cooperators, Samoa Alafua Don Bosco, Samoa (Pacific Delegation AUL), 10 May 2019 -- After the memorable visit of the Rector Major t...
    Date2019.05.11 CategoryPac. Reply1 Views247 file
    Read More
  2. 5083_The Samoa presence about to celebrate 40 years

    Don Bosco Alafua By Mr. Mane Principal Don Bosco Technical School Apia, Samoa, 8 May 2019 -- Our Salesian presence in Samoa will soon celebrate its 40th anniversary (November 1979 - August 2019) and our Alafua Don Bosco is known as the moth...
    Date2019.05.09 CategoryPac. Reply0 Views278 file
    Read More
  3. 5081(III)_Sharing on the first 10 years of Salesian presence in New Zealand

    By Fr Mosese Tui, SDB Auckland, New Zealand, 6 May 2019 -- On the Feast day of Saint Dominic Savio (6 May) all four Salesians of the Auckland community (still living in two locations - Massey and Avondale, Rector Fr Mosese Tui) came togethe...
    Date2019.05.06 CategoryPac. Reply0 Views168 file
    Read More
  4. 5080(II)_Samoan Youth growing in Faith - Auckland, New Zealand

    The Year of Youth in Auckland By Fr. Joseph Pham, SDB Massey - Auckland, New Zealand, 4 May 2019 -- Every first weekend of the month the Samoan youth growing around Auckland diocese are invited to come together at the Malaeola (Samoan Chapl...
    Date2019.05.05 CategoryPac. Reply0 Views255 file
    Read More
  5. 5047(I)_St John Bosco Parish Sunday School Year 2019

    By Cl. Afi'a Enosa, SDB Suva, Fiji Islands, 24 March 2019 -- As the new academic year begins in Fiji, the Catechetic classes (Sunday school) have also started. It is wonderful to see the young come from our parish centres in Muanikoso, Mako...
    Date2019.03.25 CategoryPac. Reply0 Views202 file
    Read More
  6. 5043_Young Salesians in Suva are serving the parish community

    New parish in Fiji offers outreach to young Salesian in formation By Cl. Foua Jr, Peate, SDB Don Bosco House, Suva, Fiji Islands -- On 16 March 2019, the Salesian Community in Suva Fiji visited a family in the newly founded Parish of Saint ...
    Date2019.03.21 CategoryPac. Reply0 Views143 file
    Read More
  7. 4985(III)_Study, reflect, share and act together

    First Pacific Delegation Assembly By Fr James Hoe, SDB Moderator of the Pacific Delegation Assembly Le'auva'a, Samoa, 20 January 2019 -- For the first time, 28 confreres from the three countries of the Pacific Delegation (Fiji, New Zealand ...
    Date2019.01.20 CategoryPac. Reply1 Views308 file
    Read More
  8. 4982(III)_First Pacific Delegation Asssembly opens in Samoa

    By Cl. Pati Ioane, SDB Leauvaa, Samoa, 16 January 2019 --The day that we, the Pacific Delegation, have been dreaming of has finally arrived. The opening of the first ever Pacific Delegation Assembly was held at St Therese Retreat Centre, Le...
    Date2019.01.17 CategoryPac. Reply0 Views329 file
    Read More
  9. 4888(II)_"Come and See"

    First vocational day in Savaii-Samoa By Cl. Peter Duc Nguyen, SDB Savaii, Samoa, 20 October 2018 -- To help young boys take a closer glance at Salesian life and find vocations for the Congregation, specifically for the Pacific Delegation, t...
    Date2018.10.21 CategoryPac. Reply0 Views396 file
    Read More
  10. 4858(I)_“Care for our common home; Laudato Si.”

    Salesian Missions in Fiji By Bro. Sinapati Ioane, SDB Makoi, Fiji, 14 September 2018 -- While the people of Fiji were busy celebrating their Constitution Day (September 07, 2018) public holiday, the Don Bosco Formation community together wi...
    Date2018.09.22 CategoryPac. Reply0 Views395 file
    Read More
Board Pagination Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 Next
/ 6