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The Rector Major exhorts Salesians to be Men of God
Chennai, Sep. 9. The animation of the Rector Major for the Salesian confreres of Chennai and  Pondicherry Regions was organized in the Citadel this evening, 7th September 2019, at 4.30 p.m. The Rector Major was then felicitated by Father Vincent Durairaj SDB, Former Provincial of the Salesian Province of Chennai.
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Jose Kochamkunnel SDB, Salesian Provincial of Chennai, welcomed the Rector Major, Father Angel Fernandez Artime SDB and invited him to speak to the Salesian conferers.

The Rector Major while speaking to the Salesians said that he had visited 98 countries, 84 Provinces and Vice Provinces until now.  The Rector Major asked his fellow Salesians a question ''How well do we know our Congregation?''. He presented brief statistics of our Congregation, in which he said that despite our shortcomings we are doing well and this shows the maturity of the Provinces.  

''In December 2017 we were 14,736 Salesians; in December 2018 we were 14,320; and at the end of this year 2019 we would probably be around 14,300. Though we have would have lost around 500 confreres, mainly due to the many irregular situations which are on record for quite a number of years, still the vocations that God provides us with every year are proof of his love for us! Therefore, there is numerical stability in the Salesian Congregation and for this we are very grateful to the Almighty.'' said he.

The Rector Major said that sometimes we Salesians are known for our work but not as men of God! Hence, he said that we need to make place in our heart for the mystery of God in our life and live the charism of Don Bosco. Once we develop a strong spiritual foundation, we then need to be innovative in our reaching out to the poorest of the poor and to be in the vanguard of progress for their social upliftment.

In his last meeting with the Pope a few months ago, Pope Francis had expressed that he was very happy and was reminded of the Salesians on every occasion he sees young people. The Pope was also pleased that our Salesian Congregation offers its service in almost every corner of the world

The Conference concluded at 6.45 p.m. with the Vote of Thanks by Father John Christy SDB and with a hymn to Don Bosco.

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