PrevPrev Article

NextNext Article

Larger Font Smaller Font Up Down Go comment Print Attachment


Annual Missionary Prayer Appeal Letter to the sick and aged confreres

By Fr Guillermo Basañes, SDB

RMG, Rome, 11 November 2018 -- Dear Confreres,

A cordial greeting to each of you, from the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Rome, the residence of our dear father Don Bosco and now also of his successor. Once again we have come to the annual remembrance of 11 November, the Salesian missionary remembrance par excellence.

In your frequent times for prayer and explicit contemplation, I entrust three specific prayer intentions this year to you to be kept in mind...

  • For the new missionaries sent this year as part of the 149th Expedition - twenty-five confreres, the majority of them young, who came from all continents and left for all continents. Pray for them that they may keep the missionary lamp burning in their Salesian souls and that they may be strong in adversity.

  • For confreres who are discerning their missionary vocation ad gentes. On 8 December next the Rector Major will address his third missionary appeal to the entire Congregation, convoking the 150th Missionary Expedition for September 2019. Pray therefore that many - from all the continents and of all ages, clerics and brothers – may have the courage to say yes to the Lord and his mission. This appeal by the Rector Major therefore urgently needs to be accompanied by your prayers!

  • For the young people of vast areas and countries that are still waiting for us, they are waiting for Don Bosco and above all, the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ. I am thinking especially of some countries of the former Soviet Union. On my way back from the Republic of Sakha (capital: Yakutsk), I flew over the huge territories of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. In Yakutsk I met a young Muslim from Tajikistan. Let us pray that Divine Providence’s time for these young people may be speeded up through the generosity of many sons of Don Bosco.


Fr Guillermo motivates our sick and aged confreres with the same words used by Fr Juan Edmundo Vecchi in his beautiful last letter on illness and old age (2001):

"Many young people and others have an image of the Salesian in full strength as one who comes out of his room in the morning and - after prayer with the community - goes down to the playground, welcomes the young people as they come in, chats with them, joins in their game of football and, a few minutes later, gathers them in a room for a catechism class often followed by the Eucharist.

This is a real situation: it happens in many parts of the world and it is authentic. The Salesian waits for the right moment to meeting with the young people and the moment of their arrival is one of the freshest when they are most open to new things.

However, there is a risk: that of isolating oneself, of emphasizing and thinking too much of pastoral results as coming from one's own strength, forgetting the gratuitous filial dimension and the self-offering that was typical of Christ, who made the cross his moment of revelation and the Eucharist his moment of communication."

Let's make it known (and translate this letter for our sick and old confreres) in order to involve them in the large worldwide Salesian missionary prayer movement!

Full version of the letter for download:


Drag and drop your files here, or Click attach files button.

Maximum File Size : 0MB (Allowed extentsions : *.*)

0 file(s) attached ( / )

  1. 4913(I)_The Salesian Family in Japan Say Good-bye to the Rector Major

    Rector Major's visit to Japan (8) By Chihiro Okawa, EXDB Tokyo, Japan, 13 November 2018 -- Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, the Rector Major of the Salesians successfully finished his visit to Japan early on the morning of 13 November 2018, and h...
    Date2018.11.13 CategoryGIA Reply0 Views721 file
    Read More
  2. 4912_Rector Major meets Salesians in Japan

    Rector Major's visit to Japan (7) By Fr Yoshiki Sekiya, SDB Tokyo, Japan, 13 November 2018 -- On Monday 12 November, in the morning, the Rector Major had a time of encounter with Salesians of Japan at the Chofu Seminariate. Around 45 confre...
    Date2018.11.13 CategoryGIA Reply0 Views970 file
    Read More
  3. 4911_Let Us Unite and Advance with Creativity!

    Salesian Family Day Japan 2018 with the Rector Major By Chihiro Okawa and Mitsuhiro Tateishi, EXDB Tokyo, Japan, 11 November 2018 -- On the afternoon of Sunday 11th November, the Salesian Family Day 2018 with Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, the ...
    Date2018.11.12 CategoryGIA Reply0 Views792 file
    Read More
  4. 4910(II)_How joyful for the Rector Major to accompany the young!

    The Salesian Youth Gathering with the Rector Major in Japan (5) By Chihiro Okawa, EXDB Tokyo, Japan, 11 November 2018 -- In the evening of 10 November, Salesian young people in Japan gathered at Chofu Salesian Seminary and Chofu Church to s...
    Date2018.11.11 CategoryGIA Reply0 Views787 file
    Read More
  5. 4910(I)_Strong motivation to pray and offer own limitations for the missions

    Annual Missionary Prayer Appeal Letter to the sick and aged confreres By Fr Guillermo Basañes, SDB RMG, Rome, 11 November 2018 -- Dear Confreres, A cordial greeting to each of you, from the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Rome, the residenc...
    Date2018.11.11 CategoryRMG Reply0 Views470 file
    Read More
  6. 4909(II)_From the cradle of the Salesian charism in Japan to the Provincial centre

    Rector Major's visit to Japan (4) By Fr Michael Lap, SDB Tokyo, Japan, 10 November 2018 -- Flying back to Tokyo from Miyazaki in the evening, the Rector Major visited the Provincial House of the Japan Province (GIA). He greeted the confrere...
    Date2018.11.10 CategoryGIA Reply0 Views811 file
    Read More
  7. 4909(I)_Don Bosco Alumni Cambodia are growing in animation and solidarity

    Don Bosco Past Pupils Association Cambodia By Mr Pho Vith, EXDB Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 10 November 2018 -- Next November 22-25 the Don Bosco Alumni (Asia - Oceania Region, that includes both South Asia and EAO regions of the SDB) are prepari...
    Date2018.11.10 CategoryCamb. Reply0 Views310 file
    Read More
  8. 4908_"Give your heart, cultivate unity!"

    Rector Major visits Miyazaki, in Japan (3) By Fr Michael Lap, SDB Miyazaki, Japan, 10 November 2018 -- On 8 November, the Rector Major arrived in Miyazaki Airport in the afternoon and was welcomed by 30 or so Salesian family members from Ky...
    Date2018.11.10 CategoryGIA Reply0 Views668 file
    Read More
  9. 4907_Rector Major visited the Cimatti Museum

    RM's visit to Japan (2) By Fr Michael Lap, SDB Tokyo, Japan, 8 November 2018 -- Today is the second day of the Rector Major Fr Angel Fernandez Artime's visit to Japan. We are happy to have him in Japan as the presence of our founder Don Bos...
    Date2018.11.09 CategoryGIA Reply0 Views754 file
    Read More
  10. 4906(III)_The Rector Major's Visit to Japan 2018 Started

    RM's visit to GIA (I) By GIA SC Tokyo, Japan, 7 November 2018 -- Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, SDB, the Rector Major and his secretary Fr. Horacio Lopez arrived safely at Haneda Tokyo airport late at night on the 7th Nov. The Visit of the Rec...
    Date2018.11.08 CategoryGIA Reply0 Views825 file
    Read More
Board Pagination Prev 1 ... 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 ... 449 Next
/ 449