Dear members of the missionary group in Nashik! (Province of Mumbai, INB)
I rejoice together with the group's missionary activities relaunched as “Divyadaan Missionaries”. I thank the animators for their effective guidance for this very important initiative! This has happened after two years since my visit to Nashik, and a year after the appeal of the South Asian Salesian Provincial Conference to set up missionary groups in all provinces beginning with the houses of formation.
The prayer for the Missions and new missionary vocations, together with continued sensitivity to the missionary dimension of the Church and Salesian Congregation are the two main characteristics of a missionary group.
I also hope that the missionary group of Nashik will keep in touch with other groups in the formation houses of India, starting with Dimapur in the North East to South Aluva in Kerala.
The Vatican Council II has left us a precious legacy of the 'Church that is missionary by nature.' I urge you to form your hearts and minds during the three years of post-novitiate in this light. Thus you will experience the same missionary zeal of Don Bosco, who lived for the salvation of young people around the world.
Fr. Vaclav Klement
Councillor for the Missions