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Chennai Salesian Family begins Year of Spirituality in preparation for Don Bosco Bicentenary


By Ravi Aruldass SDB
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Chennai, Aug. 18. A three-hour programme of animation on Don Bosco's Spirituality marked the launching of the third year in preparation for the bicentenary of Don Bosco's birth by the Salesian Family in Chennai, at St. Mary's Co-Cathedral on 17 August. Salesian Family members of Chennai took part in the event in large numbers. The resource persons for the day were Fr. Jayapalan Raphael, provincial of Chennai, Fr. Andrew Wong, Regional Councillor of East Asia-Oceania and currently Extraordinary Visitor of Chennai Province, Fr. Anthonyraj Chinnappan, vice-provincial of Chennai, and Fr. Lourdusamy Arockiadoss.
Fr. Jayaplan set the ball rolling with a brief presentation on the foundations of Christian spirituality, while Fr. Wong summarized Don Bosco's spirituality as presented by Fr. Aldo Giraudi, the well-known specialist in Salesian spirituality at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome. Fr Wong highlighted the point that in Don Bosco's spirituality, education was always an education to holiness and the educator's holiness was of key importance.

Fr. Antonyraj in his stimulating presentation invited the participants to look at the different elements of Salesian spirituality from wider perspectives, in view of making it relevant to our multi-religious situation as well as the present-day youth culture and sensibilities of the young people.

Fr. Arockiasamy, who recently returned from Rome after his Master's in Salesian studies under the guidance of Fr. Giraudo, shared with the audience his insights on 'Salesian presence and assistance'. Being with the young, entering their world, seeing things through their eyes, he said, were more important than telling young people what to do.

Fr. Xavier Pakiam, Rector and Parish Priest of the Co-Cathedral, concluded the celebration with a short audio-visual prayer service, inviting the members of the Salesian Family to walk in holiness with the young, for the young.
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