Fr Pascal Chavez Villanueva, who has been the Salesian Rector Major for the last 12 years, finishes his constitutional term of office during the forthcoming General Chapter in March when his successor will elected. Fr Chavez, a Mexican, was born on 20 December 1947. He attended the Salesian school, “Colegio Mexico”; this is where his vocation began and he pursued his goal of following Don Bosco. He made his first profession as a Salesian in August 1964, his perpetual profession at Guadalajara in August 1970, and was ordained a priest on the 8 December 1973.
On 22 November 1963, at 2.30 p.m. central time, John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. An hour earlier, across the Atlantic, C.S. Lewis had died at his home in Oxford.
Today, fifty years after his death, his global readership dwarfs the readership that he enjoyed in his own lifetime. His classic children's story, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, is one of the top ten bestselling books of all time, and it would be no exaggeration to say that there is now a whole C.S. Lewis industry generating millions of dollars in sales of his books and the film and television adaptations of his life and his work.
The ordinations on 24 January – in the presence of 1600 people including representation by all Salesian Family Groups, 60 concelebrating priests, amongst whom two Australian Salesians – were at the hands of the emeritus Archbishop of Kwangju and great friend of the Salesians, Archbishop Andrew Choi Chang Moo.
In just under two years, the Bosco Social Justice Group has raised over $40,000 towards its initial projects in Maliana, Timor-Leste. These projects, the refurbishment of infants' classrooms and the building of a community weaving centre, are now well under way. What is striking about this achievement is that the fundraising has been a collaborative effort. Strong support has come from local schools, including St John Bosco Primary School and St John Bosco College, residents of John Paul Village, the whole parish community and the wider Engadine community.
31st January and 1st February have traditionally been occasions for professions (31st) and for the new batch of novices to commence their novitiate (1st), for the Australia-Pacific Province. 2014 has been no exception.
Given that the ordinations in Korea were attended by the Provincial of the Australia-Pacific Province, the Vice Provincial, Fr Bernie Graham, undertook to travel to Fiji, where the novitiate, post novitiate and theologate are located, all but the first being more specifically for Pacifican Salesians. Because of the fewer numbers of Australian-born novices, the novitiate is combined. On 1 February 2014, two new novices have begun, one from Australia and one from the Pacific.
The long awaited day for Filomena Tanuvasa arrived on Saturday, 7 December 2014, at Engadine, NSW. Filomena, the second year novice of the Salesian Sisters of the South Pacific Region, was about to make her First Profession as a Salesian Sister in the presence of family members from Australia, New Zealand and Samoa and many Salesian Sisters and friends.
A recent discussion on what was the main cause of the turbulent times we live in attracted my attention. Some claimed it was the widespread disrespect for authority, others the lack of moral values, while others still opted for the spread of violence, the return of ‘the primitive tiger’ forever lurking in our nature. I pondered for days over what would be my response. The more I pondered, the more I became convinced that all the arguments advanced were valid but were in themselves symptoms of something deeper. So often many springs of water appearing on the surface are fed by a wellspring, hidden from view.
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