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GC-27: Ringside Views and News - 18: PASCUAL CHAVEZ CHALLENGES SOUTH ASIAN SALESIANS TO DREAM BIG


By Fr. Jose Parappully, SDB  - 2 Comments
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Kolkata, Apr. 11. .     ROME:  Fr. Pascual Chavez, Rector Major Emeritus, was invited to preside at the Eucharist this morning (9/4/14) by the South Asia region. Chavez expressed his happiness in being able to celebrate together with the Salesians from South Asia. He said that he remembers very fondly the various experiences he had during his many visits to the region. He then began challenging the South Asian Salesians on a number of points.
He invited the Chapter members to remember his ''Dream for India'' that he had presented during his team visit to India, and to realize it.

He challenged them to fulfill the destiny to which God is calling them at this time in history. Being the region with the most number of Salesians they have a global responsibility toward the Congregation, he pointed out.

India (he focused on India rather than the region as a whole) is changing fast. Salesians have to meet the challenges of these changing times. They need to be involved in new and relevant ways. Do not be just spectators of this changing scenario, he said. But be active participants. This calls for both discernment and courageous and generous action.

Action, not as mere providers of social services, needed as they are, but as men consecrated to God. We need to be clear about our identity as religious and Salesians and what it involves and be present in the changing scenario and act from that identity.

Chavez challenged the Indian Salesians to dream big, and not to be just inward looking focused on local needs, but to have a global vision and contribute to the growth of the Congregation in other parts of the world with their personnel and their gifts and competence.

Indian Salesians, he said, have to give back in their turn to the world, knowing that they have received so much in the past through the services of so many generous missionaries from so many parts of the world.

Chavez had also a warning. You will not always have the numbers you now have, he said. Vocations are going to go down. ''How are you are preparing for that eventuality?'', he asked.

- Fr. Jose Parappully SDB (INN)
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George THADATHIL India
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April 13, 2014

Good pointers. Thanks. Welcome back to the dream land.


Paul CHERUTHOTTUPURAM India Itanagar
says:
April 11, 2014

Thanks Joe for the insider infos and timely dispatches...






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