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(ANS - Palermo) - The regional conference of the Salesian Family of Sicily was held on Saturday 25th November (9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) in Palermo, at the Salesian Home "Adolescent Jesus", on the theme: "Common dreams and strategies to face the new challenges in Sicily".

The aim of the conference was to improve the common training path because the future also would need the Salesian Family: "What are the challenges of our time? - says Don Giovanni D'Andrea, Provincial of the Salesians of Sicily - With which strategies and in which ways, and how can we create new ways to respond to these challenges and not remain mere spectators in a society that is changing so fast? This is our dream, children of a dreamer Don Bosco. Saturday's occasion was useful for all the members of the Salesian Family of Sicily groups to reflect on what this time of ours is asking of us and what answers we can give, because as Salesian Family of Sicily, we cannot stay away from the needs of all people and of Christians in particular".

The speakers at the conference were:

  • Valerio Martorana, manager and journalist, member of the World Presidency of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco and Director of the magazine "Voci Fraterne", who spoke on "The new challenges of the Salesian Family in Sicily";

  • Salvo and Linda Adamo, from the MetaCometa Association, on "Foster Families - Solidarity Families";

  • Agostino Sella, President of the Don Bosco 2000 Association, on "Migrations and Solidarity Corridors";

  • Dony Sapienza, Vice President of the Social Cooperative "Centro Orizzonte Lavoro" on "Services and opportunities for the future of young people".

The debate was moderated by Massimo Melodia, Salesian Cooperator, who together with his wife Giuseppina is coordinator of the Salesian Family Movement.

The participants in the conference were the members of the Regional Council of the Salesian Family of Sicily, the Regional Councils of each group, the members of the city councils, Directors and Rectors of the Salesian houses of Sicily, Salesian Youth Movement team and Delegates and Assistants for the Salesian Family. The provincial of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) of Sicily, Sister Angela Maria Maccioni, was also present.

The event has already 180 members of the various groups of the Salesian Family of Sicily, representing the Past Pupils of Don Bosco, Past Pupils of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Salesians of Don Bosco, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA), Salesian Cooperators (ASSCC), Volunteers of Don Bosco (VDB), Volunteers with Don Bosco (CDB), Apostles of the Holy Family (ASF), Salesian Oblates of the Sacred Heart (SOSC), Disciples, Salesian Family Movement, Salesian Youth Movement.

The conference was coordinated by Fr. Franco Di Natale, Vicar of the Salesians of Sicily; Sr. Assunta Di Rosa, FMA; Stefano Carpino, Carolina Fiorica, Fr. Arnaldo Riggi and Massimo Melodia.


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