Egidio Viganò – “Letter of the Rector Major” in “Acts of the Superior Council of the salesian society”

The Rector Major has just returned from an extensive journey, the longest one he has undertaken, which involved circling the globe. Through his travels, he has gained first-hand knowledge, albeit incomplete, of the Salesian presence in various nations worldwide. He highlights the growing appeal from the southern hemisphere, particularly evident through initiatives like Project Africa and the establishment of young foundations in Polynesia, Melanesia, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka. He acknowledges the vast missionary horizons that lie beyond their current endeavors, challenging their generosity to eschew comfort and to intensify efforts in increasing the efficacy of their works.


  • Thinking over the journey
  • A call from the southern hemisphere
  • The importance of the workers’ world
  • Back to our salesian origins
  • An innate partiality
  • The Gospel of work
  • An earnest challenge that must be faced
  • The practicalities of our ‘lay aspect’
  • A few practical suggestions
  • In Mary we put our trust

Reference time period: 1983

E. Viganò, Letter of the Rector Major, in «Acts of the Superior Council of the salesian society», 63 (1983), 307, 3-39.

Reference institution:
Direzione Generale SDB
Direzione Generale SDB

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