RUMBEK January 27, 2012 (CISA) -The Superior of the Sudan delegation of the Eastern Africa Province of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Fr Ferrington Rayen, has said that the presence of the relic of St Don Bosco in South Sudan means that Don Bosco is part of the new beginning of the new nation, South Sudan.
Fr Rayen said this on Wednesday January 25 during the Eucharistic celebration with the relic of St Don Bosco in Tonj Mission of the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek.
He described the presence of the relic of St Don Bosco as a pilgrimage of faith and a very historic event.
Fr Rayen encouraged South Sudanese to build their country in Christ and with Christ, explaining that St Don Bosco was in South Sudan to give hope to the people journeying towards a great future.
Fr. Rayen recalled the three values St Don Bosco embraced in his ministry among the youth, that is, work, bread, and heaven, challenging the youth to shun idleness and laziness and to work hard for their livelihood.
He described Don Bosco as an attractive saint leading people to Christ and called on the faithful to have Christ and the mother Mary at the centre of all plans towards nation building.
Meanwhile, the Parish Priest of Tonj Mission, Fr James Pulickal, prayed that the visit of St Don Bosco will bring blessings upon the leaders, the youth and all families in South Sudan.
The Diocesan Administrator of Rumbek, Fr. Fernando Colombo, expressed his solidarity with the religious and faithful of Tonj Mission, praying that the visit of St Don Bosco bring to South Sudan and to Rumbek Diocese renewal in faith, hope and good deeds especially among the youth.