Sam Phram (Thailand). A celebration of colors, encounters, smiles, emotions imbued with the Salesian charism, characterized the beginning of the 2nd Asian Congress of FMA Past Pupils. The Congress, which began on October 9 at 5 pm in San Phram, saw the presence of 95 participants from the 7 Provinces of India, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Australia, and Thailand that hosted the event. Sr. Khrasi Mary Nelia and Ms. Prathana Goswami participated in it.
Theme of the meeting: “Open mind, attentive listening, for a future of hope” which, from the face and expressions of the participants, already constitute a reality and a happy promise for the future. The ceremony opened with a beautiful procession of all the Federations, each with its own characteristics, preceded by a group of young people and Thai children dressed in clothes typical of the Country who accompanied this moment with a dance.
The message of Mother Yvonne, read by Sr. Maria Luisa Miranda, Councilor for the Salesian Family, reached the hearts of all as an encouragement and a recognition of the work of the Past Pupils of this continent rich in promise and challenges. Then, there was the greeting of Sr. Maria Luisa who praised the excellent organization of the event, welcoming all the participants and inviting them to use these days to study the charismatic roots, consolidate friendly relationships, and grow in commitment to the world. In turn, the following expressed their welcome and good wishes for the Congress: the Provincial, Sr. Nipha Agnese; Sr. Gabriela Patiño, World Delegate: Sr Ratana Agnese, Delegate of the Thai Federation: Ms. Manasawee Wongpradu, Confederal Councilor for the Asian region.
After supper, the day ended with the Good Night of Sr. Maria Luisa who, through the projection of two videos that showed the meaning of educational generativity and accompaniment, highlighted the importance of being generative, as the Association of FMA Past Pupils has been up to the present.