Italy: Don Bosco Volunteers Elect New World Moderator

01 Aug 2019

(ANS – Frascati, Italy – July 29) – On Friday, July 26, on the occasion of their Eighth General Assembly, the Don Bosco Volunteers, chronologically the seventh group of the Salesian Family, elected their new world moderator: Slovak Dagmar K., who in the previous central council was in charge of the Eastern European Regions, the Philippines, and English-speaking groups.

Italian Pina B. was elected as deputy; in the previous council she dealt with French-speaking groups (France, Belgium, and African countries) and relationships with the Salesian Family.

In addition to the moderator and her deputy, the general assembly also elected other DBVs of the central council, composed of 10 members. They will lead the nearly 1,200 DBVs, who are organized through 182 groups and 27 regions.

During the days of the general assembly, the 83 delegates from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe experienced intense days of reflection and sharing, after which they approved a document, “The mission of the DBVs,” which will serve as a guideline for the institute’s journey in the next six years.

The document explores the challenges present in the various areas (mass media, politics, human rights, work, family, youth, ecology, existential peripheries, ecclesial environments, interreligious and intercultural dialogue, etc.) into which Don Bosco Volunteers are called, as secular Salesian consecrated women, to be signs of the love of Christ in the midst of the world.

The DBV female secular institute with pontifical rights was founded by Blessed Philip Rinaldi, Don Bosco’s third successor, on May 20, 1917, in Turin. It is currently the most numerous secular institute of the Catholic Church, and has recently seen a significant recognition by Pope Francis. At the beginning of July the Holy Father appointed Olga Krisova, who led the DBVs for the last 12 years as world moderator, as a consultor for the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. She is one of the first seven women included as members of that Vatican dicastery.