After 10 days in the Vice-Province of AFM, during which the Rector-Major and his deputy attended the annual CIVAM meeting and then preached a retreat to 130 rectors and provincial councillors in Africa, Fr Pascual and Don Bregolin made a quick 20 hour visit to see the Salesian presence in Swaziland.
After a courtesy call on Bishop Louis Ndlovu, ordinary of the only diocese in the country, they were welcomed in traditional Swazi style, and Fr Pascual was dressed up with the insignia of an important chief.
During the banquet, reception speeches by some past-pupils and collaborators, expressed the appreciation of the local society towards the work of the Salesians over the past 60 years in aid of education and assistance to poor young people.
On the Sunday morning, the Rector-Major presided over the Eucharistic celebration at the Cathedral to and from which he walked, paraded by the school brass-band and drum-majorettes. Then the Rector, Fr Larry McDonnell guided him around some of the projects that comprise the Salesian NGO -Manzini Youth Care.
Thereafter, about 200 beneficiaries and collaborators enjoyed an open air meal during which the cathedral choir sang the MYC marimba band played and a few more speeches were made. By mid-afternoon, Don Chavez and Don Bregolin left by plane to Johannesburg to catch their connecting flight back to Rome. He will have to return for more than 20 hours next time, however intense these were, in order to get a
better understanding of the extent of the Salesian family presence in Swaziland.
By Francois Dufour