ASIA/HONG KONG - Fr Pascual Chavez, Salesian Rector Major opens Centenary History Museum on a hundred years of Salesian mission in China

Tuesday, 21 February 2006

Hong Kong (Fides Service) - In the spirit of Don Bosco, to commemorate the missionaries and to help young people today know about Salesian missionary work in the past the Salesian Hong Kong Province opened a Centenary History Museum inaugurated by Salesian rector major Fr. Pascual Chavez on 16 February. According to Hong Kong diocesan bulletin Kong Ko Bao the inauguration tape was cut by Fr. Chavez accompanied by his confreres. Fr Chavez is in Hong Kong to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the Salesian mission in China. The Museum which has an area of about 2,000sq. metres presents treasures of the Salesian mission: the chalice given by the then superior general to Fr L. Versiglia first missionary to China and a painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary which has a hundred years of history … during the presentation of the Museum to the rector major and others present Fr. C. Socol head of the Salesian archives said: “visitors can follow the life of Don Bosco, from his childhood, to his missionary life through images and objects. On show also material to illustrate Salesians activity in the field of education, family pastoral and evangelisation in hundred years of service in China”. At the end of the ceremony Fr. Chavez said prayers to thank God for the missionary work achieved and that the Salesians may continue in the footsteps of their predecessors. (Agenzia Fides 21/02/2006 Righe: 31 Parole: 357)