On Saturday, 7th January 2023 at Don Bosco-IFAK Kimihurura, a presentation of the 2023 Strenna of the Rector Major was held with the presence of the Salesian Family in the Province of the Africa of Great Lakes (Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda).
For 2023 the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, has chosen “AS THE YEAST IN TODAY’S HUMAN FAMILY. The lay dimension of the Family of Don Bosco”, as the Strenna for the year 2023.
The event began with a prayer and was followed by the explanatory session of the Rector Major’s Strenna in the context of the AGL Province as well as the presentation of the PAG 2023 which is based on the Rector Major’s Strenna. All this was presented by Father Raymond Bavumiragiye, the Provincial Vicar. “We are all called to be the yeast in our centers” with the aim of providing a lifeline for today’s youth, Fr Raymond said.
Also an introductory video of the Rector Major’s strenna was screened, followed by a Q&A session where participants committed to abide by the Strenna’s message.
“To be leaven, with the presence and personal encounter with young people, through small daily gestures, made with love” are some of the ways suggested by Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, who emphasized the great opportunity that the Salesian Family has to be with a large number of boys and girls and their families every day, a source of commitment in life and hope in today’s difficult existential reality.
The session was followed by Holy Mass presided over by Father Provincial Pierre Celestin Ngoboka who also emphasized the Rector Major’s Strenna in the context of becoming the yeast in today’s Human Family.
The Rector Major offers the Strenna to the Salesian Family, with focus on a specific theme, and this is the ninth year of the presentation of the Strenna for the current Rector Major.