08.29.2014

Growing like Don Bosco - Paranaque

Growing like Don Bosco - Paranaque

Philippines, Manila - Paranaque Curatorium

Once a year many of the EAO provincials (Manila, Cebu, Saigon, Bangkok, Dili and Yangoon) and some Delegation superiors (Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands) come together to listen to their brothers and clerics formed in Paranaque. The whole meeting (one full day) is concluded with half day listening to their formators and professors, another half day dedicated to draw some concrete operation conclusions for the formation of 38 clerics and 13 brothers from 10 different East Asia - Oceania countries).

Really, there is a rich variety of backgrounds and experiences: missionaries to Mongolia, PNG - SI, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Cambodia; young Salesians from Kenya and RDC Congo (Africa), from Pakistan, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines (East Asia), from Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands (Oceania) are guided by an international formation staff send from Korea, Philippines, Burma, Philippines and Vietnam. Inter-cultural dynamics are very rich and balanced!

Thanks be to God and all concerned in Paranaque Salesian formation, for the following growth:

- official start of the Salesian Brothers specific formation community (4formators+13 brothers) of Bl. Stefan Sandor started just in 2014, after a steadfast, long journey in past 10 years.

- continuous growth of solid Salesian formation culture in Paranaque (personal spiritual direction, conferences, lectio divina, personal plan of life, mutual support in formation) thanks to the long effort of Fr. Pepe and now of Fr. Henry and all dedicated formators.

- build up of the DBCenter of Studies (celebrated in 2013 its 30th anniversary) with the growing library, Salesianity studies and formation of formators programmes, extended to many other Congregations

- Paranaque is now a home for the 4-men-team of EAO formation coordination team (Br. Mon+Frs. Henry, Anthony and Francis) especially with animating the rectors or formators formation for the EAO region and guiding specific formation events in the EAO provinces upon a request!)

Next year on October 1, again back to Paranaque!

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