The Strenna of the Rector Major for 2018 invites the Salesian Family to look more closely at its role in accompanying the young at a more personal level. The Salesians in Ireland saw this as an opportunity to come together and reflect on how we can better connect with our young people. It was for this reason that a Day-Seminar was held on the 20th of January on the "Spiritual Accompaniment of Young People as inspired by the thought and praxis of Don Bosco". The seminar was given by Fr Louis Grech SDB, who has just completed his doctorate precisely on this topic. As a Salesian priest from Malta, he has had a vast experience in working with young people, and is currently Director of Youth and Vocation Ministry in Malta.
On November the 9th the Regional of the Central-North region of Europe, Fr Tadeusz Rozmus, arrived to continue an extraordinary Visitation of our Provence which is made up of Ireland and Malta. He will visit all the Salesian communities in Ireland to get to know the situation of our Province, and help us in the process of reshaping and restructuring our presences. He already has visited the Community in Celbrige and Maynooth, and at the moment he is meeting the confreres of the Community in Sean McDermott Str. He will then spend time with the Salesians in Crumlin. Finally he will visit the Limerick communities of Milford and Pallaskenry. May his time and presence with us and the Salesian Family be a fruitful and blessed experience for all. We ask the Lord to bless us and send his Spirit to guide us during this special time for our Province. Fr Tadeusz will stay in the Province until the 27th November 2016.
Fr Koenraad Van Gucht, Fr Lukasz Nawrat and Clerics Dominic Nguyen Viet Binh and Paul Tran Xuan Binh attended the third Meeting of Missionaries in Europe that took place 13 - 17 February. The meeting was organised by the department for the Missions and held at the "Salesianum" in Munich in Bavaria. At this bi-annual meeting there were 51 participants, including missionaries, speakers and some provincials. Also present were Fr Guillermo Basañes, Councillor General for the Missions, with the team from his department, and Fr Tadeusz Rozmus, Councillor for Central and Northern Europe. The theme of the gathering was "To revitalize the Salesian charism in Europe."...
Our Lady of Lourdes Church has become caught up in the Pope’s magnanimous gesture towards the world when it was designated to host one of these symbolic doors for the Jubilee Year. For this reason, to mark the opening of the Holy Year, a Christmas Carol Service was held on the 17th of December during which the Holy Door of Mercy was blessed. The service marked the beginning of the Christmas Novena, at the end of which the Holy Door will be solemnly opened at the Midnight Mass.