Presentation on theme: "THE PAL PVA The Project of Apostolic Life"— Presentation transcript:
1 THE PAL PVA The Project of Apostolic Life IL PROGETTO DI VITA APOSTOLICAThe Project of Apostolic LifeEl projecto de Vida ApostolicaLe Projet de Vie Apostolique
2 GARANTISCE LA FEDELTÀ ALL’ISPIRAZIONE ORIGINALE DI DON BOSCO SALVAGUARDA LA FIDELIDAD QUERIDA POR DON BOSCOGUARANTEES FIDELITY TO DON BOSCO’S ORIGINAL INSPIRATIONASSURE LA FIDELITÉ A L’INSPIRATION ORIGINELLE DE DON BOSCO
3 The PVA - a historic moment 1876: Decree of Foundation ofthe first official Rule of the Pious Association. Don Bosco underlines the apostolic natureof the Association.: Vatican Council II calls for the revision and the revitalization of the original spirit of every Institution in the Church.
4 The PVA - a historic moment 1972: The new updated Rule of the Association is born. It seeks torecuperate its apostolic nature.1976 :1st World Congress1985: 2nd World Congress1986: The Rule of Apostolic Life is born (RAL)Characteristic of it is its emphasis onthe mission. (cooperatori salesiani*)2001: The World Consulta is entrusted withthe task of animating the updating of the “RAL”.*With this word order, the Italian puts emphasis on being Cooperators”.
5 The PVA - a historic moment 2006: 3rd World Congress2007: The new Project of Apostolic Life (PAL) is promulgated ad experimentum. Characteristic of it is the charismatic identity in living the mission. (salesiani cooperatori*)2012: 4th World CongressDEFINITIVE APPROVAL OF THE STATUTES AND REGULATIONS OF THE PROJECT OF APOSTOLIC LIFE (PVA)2013: The Holy See approves the Project of Apostolic Life (PVA). Its distinguishing characteristic: the witness of a life lived within the Church, the Salesian Family, and the world.*With this word order, the Italian puts the emphasis on being Salesians.
6 WHO ARE WE NOW ? SPIRITUALLY MATUREPEOPLECHRISTIANS WITH A LIVELY AND CONVINCED FAITHACTIVE MEMBERS OF THE CHURCHCHRISTIANS WHO LIVE DON BOSCO’S APOSTOLIC PROJECTLAITY CAPABLE OF ANIMATING THE WORLD WITH CHRISTIAN VALUES
7 The PVA is a:Charter of Identity in the Church, in the Salesian Family, and in society“Book of life” which must always accompany usPrecious treasure occupying a privileged placeGospel project describing spiritual riches and our path to sanctity
8 ONE DOCUMENT IN TWO PARTS The PVA has a structure:ONE DOCUMENT IN TWO PARTSTHE STATUTES: define the vocational identity, the spirit, the mission, and the principles of the organizational structure of the Association.THE REGULATIONS: contain practical points which specify and regulate its actions, methodology, structure, and organization.(BEING)(DOING)
9 THE PVA has a SPIRIT: of unity: Sacramental: Christian Charismatic: SalesianSpecific:Membership
10 THE PVA has a SPIRIT: of family: The experience of faith and communion:“United in one heart and one soul”The experience of being brothers and sisters, with the sharing of faith, hopes, dreams, ideas, and experiences: to grow togetherThe experience of support in one’s vocation and the apostolate
11 THE PVA has a SPIRIT: of Co-responsibility: Life witness Apostolic commitmentParticipation in the life of the Association and of the Salesian Family (sense of belonging)
12 for living the Gospel: The Beatitudes(Art. 7) The PVA is a PROJECT:for living the Gospel: The Beatitudes(Art. 7)A PROJECT communicated by one’s LIFEwith a vital, congruent, and meaningful language(adults who make a difference)which is lived in the every day.A PROJECT seeking to make the KINGDOM presentlistening to the life-giving language of Christgiving, in different forms but always within the same Mission, concrete responses to the needs of the poor.
13 ONE DOCUMENT IN TWO PARTS: REGULATIONSNorms“Doing” in the Assoc.Its workingsIts functioningSTATUTESCharter of IdentityBeing the Assoc.FoundationEssential nature
14 The PVA is a PROJECT A gift from God and a personal choice that always go togetherWe must:be aware of thisdiscover that it is truly a path to sanctityknow it ever betterlive it as a way that leads to loveMaking of it a way to be and to live together with othersIt is a free and conscious response to Don Bosco
15 in the Salesian Family (PVA, 5) The PVA describes a (Ch. I)called to BE APOSTLESin the Church (PVA, 2)VOCATIONin the World (PVA, 6)in the Salesian Family (PVA, 5)
16 The Mission(Ch. 2)Of the peopleyouthfulmissionary
17 the poorest youth (PVA,8.11) OF APOSTOLIC EDUCATIONAL COMMITMENT (Ch. II)giving privileged attention tothe poorest youth (PVA,8.11)MISSIONThe PVA describes ain their familyin their marriagein their workplace and where they livein their social, cultural, and political realitiesemploying a method of goodness
19 The Pedagogy of Goodness is not just a pedagogical principle; it must also be recognized as an essential element of our spiritualityis authentic loveis love which generates the desire to be corresponded tois a love manifested in the language of simplicityis a love which is spread, creating a family atmosphereis a love which engenders trustis a love requiring great spiritual energies
20 simple attractive Salesian spirituality (Ch.III) because it’s about Don Bosco took his inspiration from St. Francis de Sales for a SPIRITUALITY that is…simplebecause it’s aboutthe essentialsbecause it is opento everyonebecause it is laden with human values and, thus, particularly fitting to educational actionof the peopleattractive
21 SpiritualitySalesian prayer is an APOSTOLIC PRAYERLIFEPRAYER
22 In communion and collaboration with the Salesian Family of St. John Bosco(Ch. IV)As time passed, numerous other Religious Orders and Lay Groups were founded in particular places, for particular needs, often by the Sons of Don Bosco, and sometimes in collaboration with his Daughters, and with the help of the Cooperators and other Friends so that today we have blossomed into a huge Family.At present, there are 30 Official Groups on the Salesian Family Tree – and while this is a wonderful reality, Don Chavez was concerned that “without real communion there is the danger of a progressive impoverishment of the project of Don Bosco even to the extent of being unfaithful to it.”AD 2014
23 Supreme Moderator of the ASSCC Center of Unity of the Entire Family Under the Leadership of the Rector Major of the Salesian Congregation,who guarantees fidelity to the CharismRector MajorSuccessor of DonBoscoSupreme Moderator of the ASSCCCenter of Unity of the Entire FamilyIt will be Don Angel that we will look to for ultimate direction and guidance in the coming 6 years – especially through his Strenne, the easiest means to promote unity within the Family. (2015’s is “Like Don Bosco , with the Young, for the Young”)Don Angel Fernandez Artime, SDBArt. 13
24 CHOICE MEMBERSHIP AND FORMATION PERSONAL FREE GRADUAL MOTIVATED ENTRANCEMEMBERSHIPRESPONSIBILITIESFIDELITY TO COMMITMENTS(Ch. V)PERSONALFREEGRADUALMOTIVATEDCHOICEThe SC is the first responsible for his ownhuman, christian, salesian an professional formationThe Association promotes and supports personal and group formation ( PVA, 29 )24
25 THE THREE “dimensions” of the formation THE MANTHE CHRISTIANTHE SALESIANTHE THREE “dimensions” of the formation
26 The Structure of the Salesian Cooperators Association (Ch. VI) WORLD COUNCIL:SEM + 11 Regional Councilorsin union with the Rector MajorPROVINCIAL COUNCILREGIONAL CONSULTALOCALCOUNCILCOUNCILLLOCAL CENTERMINIMUM NUMBEROF MEMBERS: 6Now we move to the reality of the CooperatorsSince the Cooperator Association is a “public juridical ecclesial person,” it has a definite structure of animation and government, divided into three levels: CLICK the World, CLICK the Province (which usually mirror SDB or FMA Provinces) and the CLICK Local.In addition to the three official levels of government, a non-governmental body, the Regional Consulta, was added to each Region to:help foster the animation of the Association within its Region, in keeping with the Rector Major’s directives,aid in the communication between Rome and the Provinces,and keep the Rector Major abreast of the how the Association is doing around the world.Thus, the 11 Regional Consultae CLICK were established, one for each of the Cooperator Regions of the world, which mostly mirror those of the SDB. Our Regional Councilor, Herman Lopez, converses at least monthly with the Provincial Coordinators/Representatives/Delegates of our Region.
27 To be at the service of the Local Center. The PVA: details the organization of the Association, beginning with its service (Ch VI)It is divided into three areas of governance and animation which guarantee autonomy while fortifying the bonds of union:Local: fundamental nucleus of the AssociationProvincial: spirit of unity among the CentersWorld: universality of communionPurpose of the entire structure:To be at the service of the Local Center.
28 The Local Center “Base of operations” Nucleus and Foundation Vital unit to reach objectivesThe vitality of subsidiarity within the Association depends on itThe bodies at higher levels (Provincial, World) are at its service, are respectful of its autonomy, and foster its ecclesial communion
29 Solidarity in the Association: Local, Provincial, World UNITYAnimationLocalCenterFraternityFormationSharingAUTONOMYGovernanceSOLIDARITYFunctioningNormativeInstitutional
30 The PVA describes our way of BEING: Our style of acting (Art.17)Our style of praying (Art 19)Our style of our community relationships in the Center, the Province, and the Association (Art.18)Our process of discernment and vocational growth (initial and on-going)Our identity and mission in the Salesian Family, in the Church, and in civic societyOur internal organization as Association
31 The Association’s Autonomy is based on the principle ofApostolic, Spiritual and Economic Subsidiarityconstitutes one of the pillars of theSocial Justice Doctrines of the ChurchThe term is derived from the Latin «subsidium afferre» (to lend aid).is meant to help the members of society -not to «destroy or absorb them».
32 The Profile of the Salesian Cooperator Someone rich in humanity - Typical element of the humanism of St. Francis de SalesA baptized person bearing an immense love for the Church, a Disciple of Jesus who lives in temporal realities with a clear identity, practicing a Christian lifestyleA Salesian-in-the-world, per Don Bosco’s original vision:He wanted the Cooperator to be a passionate collaborator with God through making important choices as regards the Salesian Mission: family, youth, education, Preventive System, and responsibility in society and in the political arena
33 Holy Salesian Cooperator = Friend of God & Friend of Man THE FORMATIVE JOURNEY OF THE SALESIAN COOPERATORHoly Salesian Cooperator = Friend of God & Friend of ManIn sighted policyIn social realitiesIn the familyIn marriageIn Salesian worksVOCATIONMISSIONSANCTITYapostolateChristian animation in temporal commitments“social liberation”daily lifeprofessionalismSALESIAN SPIRIT – P.S.SALESIAN SPIRITALITY
34 Holy Salesian Cooperator Friend of God & Friend of Man Attilio Giordani=Friend of God & Friend of ManATTILIO GIORDANI