By: Marisol Becerra
Province Youth Ministry Assistant – Office Support Manager
This past Saturday Salesian Educators, Cooperators, Religious, and lay people gathered from around the United States for the Salesian 101: Online Salesian Youth Spirituality Formation session. It was a session filled with prayer, presentations, and meaningful discussions. Fr. John Roche led the presentations on the origins of the Salesian family, Don Bosco and St. Francis De Sales, as well as, an introduction to the Oratory and an explanation of the beginning of the movement that Don Bosco started in the Catholic Church, with his focus on helping the poor and those most vulnerable.
After these presentations all attendees broke out into small groups to discuss how one can live out the Salesian Mission in their respective communities. All groups were varied with different members of each community to discuss the current realities in their own places of work and this allowed for open and honest conversations. Overall, this formation session provided an opportunity to ignite the Salesian Spirit and send forth a better understanding of the mission that God put in Don Bosco’s heart, and the mission that he calls all Salesians, to guide the youth and those most vulnerable closer to Jesus Christ with joy and compassion, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Salesian Youth Ministry Office will be having these formation sessions on a quarterly basis and the next online session is set for October.