24 May 2018
Rector Major in Uruguay: I have found that the Salesian charism is, indeed, always alive
Rector Major “thrilled to see lay and consecrated people who share missions, dreams, and projects”
(ANS – Montevideo, Uruguay – May 14) – Fr. Angel Fernandez Artime has completed his animation visit in the Uruguay Province. At the airport he expressed his affection and gratitude. His last message was programmatic: “I was thrilled to see lay and consecrated people who share missions, dreams, and projects.”
Before boarding the plane, Fr. Fernandez said: “I want to convey to you my gratitude in a special way. Let’s start with a heart full of faces, smiles, hugs, and words that we have exchanged, a shared life…. I have found that the Salesian charism is, indeed, always alive.”
The last three days were especially intense. On May 11 he met about 150 people, both Salesians and lay members of the teams directing the country’s Salesian centers. At El Pelicano Retreat House, on the outskirts of Montevideo, the Rector Major said that the path of the spirit and of the mission between Salesians and laity could only be together, united.
On May 12 the Rector Major shared breakfast with members of the various communications teams of the province at Radio Oriental 770 AM, the radio station of the archdiocese of Montevideo. Because of the presence of the Rector Major in Uruguay, organizers rescheduled the procession in honor of Mary Help of Christians to an earlier date to coincide with the Rector Major’s visit. Alongside the welcome presence of the archbishop of Montevideo, Salesian Cardinal Daniel Sturla (at the Rector Major’s left in photo), Fr. Fernandez (photo, front right) accompanied the thousands of people who took part in the great Marian feast.
In honor of St. Mary Domenica Mazzarello, on Sunday, May 13, usually her feastday, the Rector Major met the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in their provincial house. “No one will knock on our doors unless we offer an experience of life that allows us to hear and feel God clearly in our midst, as a family full of humanity,” he said. He also encouraged them to remain faithful to the charism: “Do not be afraid. If the Institute and the Congregation remain faithful to what is most essential of our charism, the Spirit will continue to accompany us.”
Fr. Alfonso Bauer, the provincial, said, “The presence of Don Bosco’s tenth successor was a meeting that strengthened and encouraged us to continue to serve young people with enthusiasm and optimism.”