Salesians of Don Bosco West Africa Province

Salesians of Don Bosco West Africa Province

Come again, Fr 聲gel!

March 16,,2016 - General

Sierra Leone and Liberia, both Anglophone West African nations belonging to AFW province (Artemide Zatti) have recently gone through fear and helplessness finally overcoming the dreaded Ebola scourge. The maiden solidarity visit of the 10th successor of Don Bosco, Fr. Ángel Fernández to the above countries and now Ghana is quite an epoch making event. His visit to Pademba Road Prison, the central prison in Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital, his lunch with disadvantaged young boys, his interaction with Laura Vicuna abused girls and Ebola orphans lit up the faces of these once vulnerable. The wretchedness and disappointment of the Ebola epidemic seem to melt away with a huge smile of encouragement.

At Don Bosco, Tema (Ghana), Fr. Ángel Fernández was thrilled by a colourful traditional Ghanaian welcome choreographed in a grand style. His encounter with the young (Salesian Youth Movement) has been etched on their minds unreservedly for a lifetime. The longing for an encounter with him spiral over to the Christian faithful at St. John Bosco Parish, Golf City. The early February sun that shone from the dark blue sky on 7th February, the colourful cultural dresses/dances of angel-like children and the haunting music of St. John Bosco choir filled the air. Fr. Angel’s Spanish accent dripping with charm and warmth represented don Bosco today being a sign of God’s love to the young especially the poor and needy.

As the evening sun was sinking, and in its golden light, a good number of the Salesian family witnessed the installation of a new provincial, Fr. Michael Karikunnel, whom many refer to as spiritually well-muscled, young and fit to ameliorate the challenges AFW province faces. The evening came to an end with a family feast, counting all representatives of the Salesian Family in the province. It was indeed a memorable visit of the Rector Major that will continue to linger in the hearts of all, especially with the many words of encouragement and challenge he gave.

Br Victor Chambers, SDB

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