Salesian Mission Day 2018 in Seoul
By Fr. Timothy Choi, SDB
Provincial delegate for missionary animation
Seoul, Korea, 28 October 2018 -- The Provincial Commission for Mission animation (Commission head Fr Timothy Choi) prepared the Salesian Mission Day session in the provincial house for the 54 confreres from the metropolitan area of Seoul, on 'Whispering the Gospel' (SMD 2018 theme).
The main talk was based on the SMD 2018 materials prepared by the Mission Sector in Rome, and was given by Fr Samuel Yu (Social Communication delegate, member of the Missionary animation team). All participants watched an inspiring video about Vietnamese Don Bosco Technical schools. This was followed by personal meditation and group sharing among the confreres, looking for some concrete ways to whisper the Gospel in our daily life.
The whole event was concluded by a good night talk, shared by Fr Marcello Baek, the Korea Vice-provincial, who took the place of Fr Guillermo Basanes, whose arrival from Yakutsk - Siberia was delayed. Then followed the fraternal agape in the refectory with a delicious dog soup and other delicacies offered by the provincial economer.
Salesian mission day 2018 as an event was over, but each local community was invited to prepare its own resolutions based on the SMD inspiration, how to Whisper the Gospel. Here are some emerging resolutions:
- Missionary animation for parishioners (SDBs have only one parish in Korea)
- Formation house pledged to invite one missionary ad gentes for a talk to the confreres each month
- The Youth at risk community decided to arrange a special 'sacrifice tree' with a 1000 Won decoration for each sacrifice. In this way they will be able to send some Christmas gifts to the Myanmar Vocation Training Centre in Myitkyina (project of the SMD 2018)
Let's whisper the Gospel in our daily life!