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South Asia Salesian Family draws up Mission Statement

By Joaquim Fernandes, sdb
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Mumbai, Sep. 28. The SFC2015 [Salesian Family Congress] of South Asia underway from 26-28 September at Don Bosco Liluah, Kolkata drew up the Mission Statement on the final day, today. 2000 family members participating from 12 groups of the Salesian Family discussed the vision and mission possibilities. The Mission Statement highlights the common identity, sense of belonging and provides fresh vitality to the One Family One Mission of Don Bosco.
The Mission Statement as drawn up by the members:
''We, the members of the Salesian Family, the disciples of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, rooted in the Eucharist, the Word of God and guided by Mary Help of Christians, imbued with the spirit, mind and heart of Don Bosco, enriched by our diverse, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, respecting the individual identity of each group and in communion with one another, resolutely move forward as mystics in the Spirit, prophets of fraternity and servants of the young, to be at the service of the Church, especially the young who are poor and at risk, and families through mutual collaboration, shared responsibility and accountability.

We commit ourselves,
> >To grow in holiness by living out Don Bosco's motto: ''Give me souls, take away the rest'' according to the charism of each family.
> >To foster networking at national, provincial and local levels among the Salesian Family Groups.
> >To enable the young and families to live their lives in all its fullness.

We strive
>> To improve our communion among ourselves by studying and reflecting seriously on the Salesian Family Charter and Salesian Family Directory, and accompanying each member of the Family in moments of joys and sorrows.
> >To be effective in the ecclesiastical and secular spheres as youth experts,
1]. by setting up youth spirituality and retreat centers in collaboration with other members of the Salesian Family at provincial level
2]. by combating social evils such as human trafficking, crimes against minors and women and any other forms of exploitation through networking and advocacy.
3]. by strengthening the ministry among the migrant youth.
>>To enhance our family apostolate
1]. by reaching out to the homes of the students of our institutions and of our neighborhood in a meaningful manner and
2]. by setting up family counselling centers at provincial level.

In order to carry forward the collaborative process effectively, all the Provincials and heads of the members of the Salesian Family will meet at least once a year at the national and provincial level. Thus we aim to achieve the goals of our charism as a strong united youth work agency of God's kingdom in our region.''
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