Juan Edmundo Vecchi – “Letter of the Rector Major” in “Acts of the General Council of the salesian society of St John Bosco”

“Lift up your eyes and see the fields,” Jesus invited his disciples after conversing with the Samaritan woman, despite their suggestion for him to eat. His gaze held a mysterious understanding of the awaiting harvest. This enigmatic perspective is illuminated by his words: “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work.” The essence of his gaze lies in fulfilling the Father’s will, which is the salvation of every human being. With Christ, the universal Savior, this mission is proclaimed and extended to all nations and across every era.


  • 1. With our gaze fixed on christ.
  • 2. A missionary family.
  • 3. A new phase in our missionary praxis.
  • 4. The primacy of evangelization.
  • 5. A necessary and delicate task: inculturation.
    • The centrality of the mystery of Christ.
    • An adequate understanding of the particular culture.
    • In community.
    • The process of inculturation.
    • The stages.
  • 6. Interreligious and ecumenical dialogue.
    • Salesian attitudes and manner in dialogue.
  • 7. A watchword: consolidate.
  • 8. New frontiers.
  • 9. Together towards 2000.
  • Conclusion.

Reference time period: 1998

J. E. Vecchi, Letter of the Rector Major, in «Acts of the General Council of the salesian society of St John Bosco», 79 (1998), 362, 3-41.

Reference institution:
Direzione Generale SDB
Direzione Generale SDB

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