New General Council of Salesians Don Bosco
On February 16, 2020, the 28th General Chapter of Salesians Don Bosco opened in Turin in the Mother House of Valdocco, the deadline of which, scheduled for April 4, was brought forward to March 14 due to the situation that Italy and the whole world is experiencing because of coronavirus emergency.
The theme of the Chapter was: "Which Salesians for today's young people?"
Fr Ángel Fernández Artime was reconfirmed Rector Major for the 2020-2026 six-year term. The first thought of the re-elected Rector Major was for young people: "I think this period must be strongly marked by this conviction: we must bring God to young people. And at the same time, as I have said many times, and I will continue to say it all over the world: especially to the most needy young people, the poorest, the exploited, the discarded ... We were born for them ".
By his side, the Vicar General, Fr Stefano Martoglio (Italy), the Regional Councilors:
• Fr Alphonse Owoudou (Cameroon) for the Africa - Madagascar region
• Fr Gabriel Romero (Argentina) for the America South Cone region
• Fr Michael Biju (India) for the South Asia region
• Fr Giuseppe Nguyen Thinh Phuoc (Vietnam) for the East Asia region
• Fr Roman Jachimowicz (Poland) for the Central and Northern Europe region
• Fr Hugo Orozco Sánchez (Mexico) for the Interamerica region
• Fr Juan Carlos Pérez Godoy (Spain) for the Mediterranean region
and the Sector Councilors:
• Fr Ivo Coelho (India) - Formation
• Fr Miguel García Morcuende (Spain) - Youth Ministry
• Fr Gildásio Mendes Dos Santos (Brazil) - Social Communication
• Fr Alfred Maravilla (Philippines) - Salesian Missions
Finally, reconfirmed as Economer General was Bro Jean Paul Muller, Salesian coadjutor.