Members of the two councils during a break in their meeting on April 29.
On July 1 the two Salesian provinces of the Eastern U.S. and Canada will merge into one. This has been in the planning for some time, and planning continues rather intensely.
As one part of that planning, yesterday (April 29) three members of the Canadian provincial council spent all day meeting with the U.S. East council in New Rochelle, discussing such matters as personnel, finances, variances in church policies, variances in secular law, variances in province policies. Of course there's a great deal in common: chiefly the Gospel of Jesus Christ and our Salesian charism.Canada has been a separate Salesian jurisdiction only 21 years. Previously the eastern part of the country belonged to the New Rochelle Province, while the western part (Edmonton, Surrey) belonged to San Francisco. So all of the older Salesians in both countries know each other from long-ago years of study, retreats, etc. Many of them are looking forward to reacquaintance. The union will perhaps be a bit more challenging for the younger men on both sides of the border.
And we hope that the union will reinvigorate Salesians and Salesian ministry in both countries.