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''Ensure Poor are the beneficiaries of our services,'' Rector Major tells Salesians

By INS Correspondent
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Shillong, Oct. 28. Shillong: The Rector Major of the Salesians Father Angel Fernandez Artime SDB has underscored the need to ensure that poor are the beneficiaries of the services the Salesians render.'' The 10th successor of Don Bosco, currently on a visit to the province of Shillong was speaking to fellow confreres serving in Tripura and Silchar regions.
He called his conference to the Salesians 'a very important meeting, perhaps, the most important among the many meetings lined up for me these days.''

All Salesians working in Tripura and Silchar gathered around their Rector Major at Don Bosco Agartala on 27 th October, the first day of his visit to the province.

He expressed his happiness at meeting each one and congratulated everyone for the work being done. He had special words of appreciation for the Provincial and his council whose leadership, he said, the confreres too appreciate. He called INS, a ''young province that still has the possibility of shaping its identity and destiny.''

The Rector Major said, ''Each Salesian contributes to what will become the history of the province. One must ensure that his contribution is something that enriches the history being written.'' He also invited the salesians to be creative in discerning the present day needs of the youth and in responding to those needs. The Rector Major was especially eloquent when he urged fellow Salesians to keep in mind that ''the Poor are the true subjects of Don Bosco's charism.'' Decrying the tendency to replace the poor with the middle class that can be sensed in some places the Rector Major pointed out that ''the middle class perhaps has other options, but the poor has only us. We cannot move away from them.''

He also underscored the need to pay special attention to youth work, family apostolate, and parish apostolate.
On behalf of all Salesians present, Father Paul Panachikal thanked the Rector Major for the sharing and for clearly articulate the direction our apostolate should take.
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