PrevPrev Article

NextNext Article

Larger Font Smaller Font Up Down Go comment Print Attachment


By Fr. Eli Cruz
CDB Ecclesiastical Assistant

Canlubang - Philippines, 2 December 2020 -- A few days before the first profession of the CDB (Con Don Bosco = With Don Bosco), Salesian (Men) Secular Institute, we are happy to share the wisdom of their Ecclesiastical Assistant, former FIN provincial, Fr. Eligio Cruz, who has journeyed from the early days in 2014 with a growing group of a few young Bosconians.

How and when have you been inspired to launch the CDB vocation?

After my term as FIN Provincial in 2014, I was inspired to form the CDBs for the following reasons:

  • The FIN Provincial Chapter 2013, while it “sees the urgent need to work with young workers or professionals… also “recognizes that it is at a loss as to the new models of apostolic interventions.” The CDBs respond to this urgent need.
  • For the bicentenary of the birth of Don Bosco in 2015: What can give more lasting significance is the re-birthing in the Province of the avant-garde idea of Don Bosco about the ‘Extern Salesian’ which he presented in the 1860 Constitutions.
  • In the year of consecrated life in 2015: The Salesian Family has a unique vocation to offer through the professed CDBs who “by vocational choice live as laymen in the world… to enliven reality from within…” (CDB Constitutions, 6).

What did you learn from your interaction with the first CDB candidates?

  • There are male past pupils and lay mission partners that are waiting to offer their lives in the Salesian consecrated life while living in the world and with their families. They did not know such a vocation was possible before.
  • The first aspirants received a Salesian education in their younger years, which speaks of the lasting influence of the SDBs on their spirituality and sense of mission. But they want this expressed in their own fields of secular work.
  • The SDB must learn to adapt to their own secular life, for example, work schedule, corporate values and secular mindsets, in terms of times and topics of formation. And so the SDB becomes both a spiritual and a cultural animator.

What do you expect from CDB to contribute to the Salesian Family charismatic wealth?

  • Enrichment of the Salesian vocation by going back to Don Bosco’s vision of extern consecrated lay Salesians
  • Reaching out to young professionals and young workers directly like “field hospitals in the midst of battle” that the confined life of the SDBs restricts
  • Witness to an evangelical life lived in the world with the Salesian spirit."

At present there are 1200 VDB (Volunteers of Don Bosco - Women) and 80+ CDB (Volunteers with Don Bosco - Men) around the world. Within both SDB Asian regions, the CDB vocation has so far developed only in the Philippines, while in Vietnam they are just starting.

Your prayers and concern is appreciated: would you like to become another Assistant to the Secular Consecrated Salesians? Welcome!

Related news

Related resources - Boscolink:





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

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

0 file(s) attached ( / )

  1. 5525(I)_Witnesses of Faith: Treasures of the Salesian Family

    ALA_5525 By our own correspondent EAO Region, 4 December 2020 -- We have moved into Advent time, when we are also moved by Hope. During our challenging times we struggle with hope-filled convictions and a hopeful life-style. In this situat...
    Date2020.12.04 CategoryEAO Reply2 Views163 file
    Read More
  2. 5524(II)_Thoughts of Blessed Philip Rinaldi for his Feast on 5 December

    ALA_5524 By own correspondent World, 3 December 2020 -- Next Saturday, 5 December, the whole Salesian Family remembers the liturgical memory of Blessed Philip Rinaldi (1856-1931), the third successor of Don Bosco, one of the most genial so...
    Date2020.12.03 CategoryWorld Reply7 Views344 file
    Read More
  3. 5524(I)_Bisperas Sa Veritas – Sweet Sixteen

    ALA_5524 By Fr. Drans Nolasco, SDB Manila, the Philippines, 3 December 2020 -- Bisperas Sa Veritas, a weekly radio program that helps listeners and viewers prepare themselves for the Sunday liturgy, celebrated its 16th anniversary last Nov...
    Date2020.12.03 CategoryFIN Reply0 Views53 file
    Read More
  4. 5523(II)_SAVIO HAUS Oratory Day 2020

    ALA_5523 By Lucy Napitalai Bomana (Port Moresby), PNG, Sunday 29 November 2020 -- As the year draws to an end, the three Oratory centers: Bomana, Keto and Nebiri (situated on the outskirts of Port Moresby) with over two hundred fifty (250)...
    Date2020.12.02 CategoryPGS Reply0 Views73 file
    Read More
  5. 5523(I)_Six-year journey with the first Filipino CDB (Con Don Bosco) vocations

    ALA_5523 By Fr. Eli Cruz CDB Ecclesiastical Assistant Canlubang - Philippines, 2 December 2020 -- A few days before the first profession of the CDB (Con Don Bosco = With Don Bosco), Salesian (Men) Secular Institute, we are happy to share t...
    Date2020.12.02 CategoryFIN Reply0 Views237 file
    Read More
  6. 5522(II)_VIE Province: Salesian Brother Andrew Pham Tat Hoi Celebrates his Feastday and Golden Jubilee of Religious Profession

    ALA_5522 By Br. Pham hong Phuoc, SDB Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 30 November 2020 -- On the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, Salesian brother Andrew Pham Tat Hoi celebrated his patron saint and golden jubilee of religious profession. Fr Jos...
    Date2020.12.01 CategoryVIE Reply0 Views105 file
    Read More
  7. 5522(I)_Requiem Mass for Deceased Members of the Salesian Family 2020

    ALA_5522 By Salesian cooperator (CIN) Hong Kong, 25 November 2020 -- China Province offered a requiem mass on the day of the memorial of Mama Margherita at the Mary Help of Christians Parish (Tang Kong Po school). It is the Salesian Family...
    Date2020.12.01 CategoryCIN Reply0 Views331 file
    Read More
  8. 5521(II)_Michaelites celebrate 50 years in PNG

    ALA_5521 By Simon Mokot Kuli Parish, Jiwaka, Mt Hagen, PNG, November 2020 -- The congregation of Saint Michael the Archangel (CSMA), the Michaelites, celebrated fifty (50) years of humble service in PNG, at Kuli Parish, Mt. Hagen Archdioce...
    Date2020.11.30 CategoryPGS Reply0 Views75 file
    Read More
  9. 5521(I)_New provincial delegate and 8 newly promised ASC in Korea

    ALA_5521 By ASC social communication Seoul, Korea, 30 November 2020 -- The annual promise of new members was celebrated with the utmost wholehearted and careful preparation of the whole Provincial Council of Salesian Cooperators in Korea. ...
    Date2020.11.30 CategoryASC Reply0 Views104 file
    Read More
  10. 5520(V)_Heart of Life: First full time course spiritual director graduate from PGS - Fr Shoji

    ALA_5520 By Fr. Shoji, SDB PGS Vice-province, 28 November 2020 -- "At the outset I would like to place on record my profound gratitude to my PGS vice province for sending me to attend this particular Siloam programme at Heart of Life in Me...
    Date2020.11.29 CategoryPGS Reply0 Views128 file
    Read More
Board Pagination Prev 1 ... 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 ... 380 Next
/ 380