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Rector Major exhorts the Salesian Family - Be authentic Christian Witnesses
By Father Dominic Matthews SDB
Chennai, Sep. 9. Sister Lazar Nirmala FMA, The Salesian Provincial of Chennai welcomed The Rector Major, Father Angel Fernandez Artime at the FMA Provincial House, Kodambakkam. The Salesian Family members too were present for this programme.  
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The Rector Major addressed the gathering and thanked the warm welcome and loving presence of the Salesian Family members.  

The Salesian Family is one of the largest in the Church, having the presence of 31 members and that it was Don Bosco himself who had fashioned the Salesian Family. In the early stages of the Congregation, Don Bosco with the aid of the lay collaborators, managed to keep the Family members united and one in spirit. However, it was Don Philip Rinaldi who actually systematized the Salesian Family as we know it today.

The Rector Major stressed that the important trait of the Salesian Family is the communion of spirit through being joyful and optimistic. We are called to love each other in the Gospel Way and be authentic Christian witnesses of Christ.  He insisted that our exemplary life should be seen by others, hence we need to be a witness of the Gospel values.  Secondly, he requested the gathering to grow in the Salesian Family by way of living their unique identity, and by maturing in their call. He ensured that only the witnessing value inspires and invites people to join the Salesian Family. God has given each one a call we need to fulfill his plans in our lives and to serve the Church joyfully.  


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