Thursday, 17 November 2022 – Day 3
(Rosemead / Bellflower, California – USA) – The Rector Major continued his visit of Southern California with a gathering with students of St. John BoscoHigh School. In his message to the young people, Don Angel affirmed the “Bosco Brotherhood” that was evident among them, “I am impressed by the respect and fraternity you have for one another. I know without a doubt you will carry that with you wherever your studies take you.” The Rector Major also blessed the new gym floor, saying “May this be a place of happiness, hardwork and sacrifice, and of ocurse many victories.” Don Angel Also made the very first “official” basket of the newly remodeled basketball court.
The Rector Major then visited Don Bosco Technical Institute in Rosemead. He was welcomed by the Salesians and lay leadership of the school. He shared a traditional Mexican lunch with the students and some of the educators. The Rector Major met with a group of student animators where he encouraged them to continue to live the Salesian Charism and the Oratory Experience with others, especially young people on the margins. With Fr. Hugo Orozco, regional councilor for Inter-America, the Rector Major was given a tour of the six engineering and technology programs at Don Bosco Technical Institute. Students shared demonstrations of their studies and the impacts their disciplines had on the betterment of society. The visit concluded with a festive assembly with the whole school community where the Rector Major was challenged to a race of remote control cars built by the students. The young people presented him with a special guitar, to which he shared with them two songs. He then played “La Bamba” with a band made up of students and teachers. He concluded the gathering with a message and blessing.
The Rector Major then returned to Bellflower to celebrate a special bilingual Eucharist in honor of St. Artemide Zatti with the Salesian Family of the Los Angeles region.
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