Monday, December 13, 2010


Leon Cruz Ratinam sdb
PUNE, DECEMBER 13, 2010: A seminar on the Salesian Constitutions was organized from December 10 to December 11 at Don Bosco Youth Centre, Pune. Around forty Salesians participated in the seminar animated by Fr. Chrys Saldanha who was very logical, lucid and well versed with the matter. Fr Chrys acknowledged, right at the beginning, that it was impossible to reflect over the entire constitutions in such a short time. Therefore the inputs dwelt on those parts of the constitutions that very deeply and clearly affected our identity and life as Salesians.

The sessions covered the following areas in a systematic manner: i) Who are we? (Art 1-7) ii) Salesian Priests and Brothers iii) The Salesian Spirit iv) Our Salesian Charism v) Our service to the young vi) Education closely tied in with evangelization vii) The Salesian Family viii) Community life ix) The fraternal and praying community x) Community plan xi) Apostolic community xii) Obedience, Poverty, Chastity xiii) Spiritual Direction and xiv) Formation.

The sessions were not mere input sessions but after each session meaningful questions and clarifications made the sessions interactive. All the participants appreciated Fr. Chrys for his mastery over the topics and were re-vitalized with Salesianity.

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