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This Over-all Province Plan (OPP) presents the fundamental options that guide our Vice-Province to ensure continuity and coherence in decision making. As the strategic plan for animation and government of PGS it is an instrument to overcome fragmentation and dispersion. It is the point of reference for all plans and programs of animation and government of the communities and works of our Vice-Province so that we may become a significant and prophetic expression of the Salesian charism in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands (GC25, 82-83).

Vice-Province of Blessed Philip Rinaldi Port Moresby November 10, 2017

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The Context of our Vice-Province

OUR SITUATION Our Vice-Province is composed of 39 Salesians and 2 novices coming from 13 countries. We have 9 communities: 2 tertiary institutions, 3 Secondary Schools, 2 Vocational Training Centres, 3 Parishes, 1 Aspirantate, 1 Provincial House. All our presences are located in strategic positions and are well set up with simple and functional structures. The internationality and great cultural diversity in our communities are our greatest resource. Confreres are generally open, available, and are exemplary in fidelity to their religious consecration. Many communities have less than 4 members. There is an institutional effort to understand the Melanesian worldview. After at least 1 year of presence new missionaries are asked to take the Cultural Orientation Course organised by the Melanesian Institute, Goroka. Starting this year, upon arrival the new missionaries will undergo also a 3-week initial orientation in the Provincial House. There had been many vocations in the past. Even today many enter the aspirantate but few enter the novitiate and even fewer have persevered, point out to the urgent necessity of forming Salesians to be spiritual guides. The problem is not a „vocation crisis‟ but lack of prepared Salesians who can accompany the young in our Melanesian context. Historically, the bishops of Papua New Guinea, had insistently invited the Salesians primarily for the technical education of non-selected boys especially those who are poorer. In Solomon Islands, the original invitation was for pastoral ministry, however, the technical institution was not opposed. This explains why today the school apostolate is the primary feature of our Vice-Province. All our schools continue this option to work for the non-selected, poor and marginalised students. Both in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, we Salesians have made a real contribution in the educative system of our 2 countries. Since 1985 we have pioneered with technical-secondary curricula with much initial resistance from the educational authorities. Now the technical-secondary curricula are the important features of the education reform in both countries. Permitted technical-secondary schools and training centres are apostolates where we can really help many poor and marginalised youth learn a trade and find a job. In 2015 DBSTC has been declared a technical college, offering NC1 until NC4 courses and National Diploma Courses. We are in uncharted waters since DBSTC is the first Catholic Agency Technical College. The struggle is to ensure its autonomy in the choice of students (especially those non-selected) and teachers, while guaranteeing that teachers‟ salaries are paid by the government. The government has already issued a circular that the choice of staff and students are the prerogative of the TSC and the TVET. By its nature, the college will soon demand Salesians in the administration to have TSC level 10 qualification. DBTI was approved by DHESRT to issue its own diploma in 2019. This is an important milestone after being affiliated with Divine Word University for many years. In 2019 DBTI will cease its affiliation with DWU. We have 3 parishes: Tetere has 16 out stations; Araimiri has 3 main villages with many sub villages; Sabama, a city parish of the urban poor in 19 Small Christian Communities. There is a strongly felt need in the Vice-Province for a change of mindset, attitude and greater openness to the signs of the times, to go beyond our comfort zones and launch new initiatives with missionary zeal in favour of youth most at risk like street children, abused young people, drug addicts, etc.


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THE ROOT CAUSES 1. Lack of quantitative consistency of all our communities and consequently also their qualitative consistency is the primary root cause; 2. Weakness in striving for the grace of unity in our lives as consecrated men, “seekers of God” (GC27, 32) and Salesian missionaries; 3. Weakness in missionary boldness due to “the complacent attitude that says: „we have always done it this way‟(Evangelii Gaudium 33) which leads to a pastoral maintenance mentality within our comfort zones and a creeping secular lifestyle; 4. Weakness in accompaniment and formation of Salesians, aspirants, lay mission partners and young people; 5. Weakness in leadership on all levels of both Salesians and lay mission partners and the formation of those in positions of leadership so that programs and processes are sustained; 6. Weakness in organised youth ministry on the Province and local levels; 7. Lack of real inter-cultural dialogue and understanding of its dynamics among Salesians, lay mission partners, and the young. Vision-Mission Statement of the Vice-Province of Blessed Philip Rinaldi Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands (PGS) We, the Salesians of Don Bosco in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands are consecrated disciples of the Lord, credible signs of prophetic communion and missionary servants of the young.

Therefore, entrusting ourselves to Mary, we bear witness to the evangelical way of life, fostering meaningful inter-cultural encounters, educating, evangelising, and accompanying the young towards integral development and social transformation, inspired by Don Bosco’s “Da Mihi Animas” and Preventive System of education.

OUR CORE VALUES 1. Primacy of God 2. Servant Leadership 3. Inter-culturality 4. Accompaniment 5. Right Relationship 6. Professionalism 7. “Gutpela Sindaun”


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II. CENTRAL OPTIONS [These priorities in the form of general positive objectives serve as inspiration and guide to the development of our ViceProvince as it takes shape within all our works.]

A. Work for the quantitative and qualitative consistency of our communities by requesting the Rector Major for missionaries ad vitam while liaising with other Provinces to request for ad tempus missionaries. B. Foster the grace of unity at all levels in the Vice-Province by actively encouraging the formulation of each confreres Personal Plan of Life, the Community Life Plan, the 10-year Development Plan of each presence in the light of our Overall Province Plan and the institution of the Province Animation Team. C. Strengthen the Formation of Salesians, lay mission partners and youth so that we may all grow in our charismatic identity and in collaborative ministry. D. Organise our Province Youth Ministry so that processes and programs are sustained undergirded by the Salesian Youth Spirituality and the young are accompanied in their journey towards adulthood. E. Invest in vocation promotion and accompaniment in terms of resources and personnel so that young people entrusted to our care are guided in their vocationl choices. F. Opt for the poor and the marginalised. We have gained our niche in the history of our countries because of our option for non-selected school leavers. However, we need to see the new forms of poverty and marginalisation in our countries today. G. Recognise the urgent need for a missionary, anthropological and pastoral conversion on all levels of our Vice-Province. This threefold conversion takes place only when personal conversion is given primacy in order to conquer inner weariness and the trap of maintenance mentality within our comfort zones which consume all zeal and missionary boldness.

III. MAIN AREAS OF ACTION A. MYSTICS IN THE SPIRIT Like Don Bosco, in dialogue with the Lord, journeying together moved by the Spirit. 1. God‟s Call “Through our religious profession we offer ourselves to God in order to follow Christ and work with him in building up the Kingdom. Our apostolic mission, our fraternal community and the practice of the evangelical counsels are the inseparable elements of our consecration which we live in a single movement of love towards God and towards our brothers.” (Const 3)


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As for Don Bosco, for us the primacy of God is the cornerstone of our raison d'etre in the Church and in the world. We are essentially “seekers of God” and witnesses of his love among the young and the poor. Our mysticism is expressed as both our personal and community lives become more profoundly human. Don Bosco lived and passed on an original style of union with God to be lived always (cf. Const 12, 21, 95) and everywhere according to the oratory criterion (cf. Const 40). The Salesian, then, bears witness to God when he spends himself for the young and remains with them in sacrificial dedication “to his last breath”, lives the “cetera tolle”, and knows how to tell them of his own experience of the Lord (GC27, 3233). 2. Situation The Salesians in PGS are working hard. They manifest apostolic passion by responding to the needs of the youth and accompanying them in their growth. All of the schools in the ViceProvince are open to poor or non-selected students. Majority of the members in our ViceProvince manifest total commitment for the young without any discriminations and are happy in serving them. However, certain challenges limit the quality and pastoral effectiveness of our work. We have been constantly limited by a shortage of confreres. Some confreres have to take up multiple roles, which cause overloading of responsibilities, exhaustion and fatigue, and even a loss of enthusiasm. Some Salesians find it difficult to make the proper balance in front of the heavy demands of work, that they have no time to pause, to reflect and to go deeper. The cultural diversity and richness are important resources for the EPC. Coming from such rich cultural atmosphere they are open to the sense of God and practical solidarity. Since the faith is not deeply rooted in most parts of the country our lay mission partners struggle to cope with cultural challenges like “Wantokism,” unstable family life and fast developing technological world. Today most of our young people in our countries are at the crossroads of a traditional, digital and technological world. They show enthusiasm and openness to life and spirituality. But many of them seem to be nominal and cultural Christians and so tend to be inconsistent in their choices and shallow in their faith convictions. There are many youth activities in our settings: youth groups, youth gatherings, youth retreats, etc. What is lacking, however, is a coordinated plan to foster the assimilation and owning up of the Salesian Youth Ministry Frame of Reference at all levels. There is also the need to have well sustained programs and processes aimed primarily at accompanying the young in their life journey and in fostering the Salesian Youth Spirituality. 3. Guidelines for action Way Forward: For a more radical following of the Gospel and fidelity to our Salesian vocation and mission, we need to change our mentality and modify our structures, moving… 1. from expecting reminders regarding rules of the Constitutions, to living the Constitutions as an expression of our passion for Christ and passion for humanity; 2. from being occupied with just any kind of work, to being dedicated totally to the mission as a means to saving souls, personal holiness and deeper union with God; 5

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3. from a preference to work that gives good feelings and self-satisfaction, to accepting apostolic work as the Salesian way to holiness. Guideline 1: Fidelity to the Salesian’s identity as a consecrated person Sanctify work by a constant awareness of being consecrated by God Let each Salesian - draft his own Personal Plan of Life, update it every year, and share it with the Rector during the friendly talk and with the Provincial during his visit; - have a stable spiritual director and refer to this person periodically. Let each community - ensure adequate time every year for the drawing up, approving and evaluating together a Community Plan of Life; - remind itself of the contemplative dimension of its work through community practices of spiritual discernment like Lectio Divina, group spiritual direction and review of life; - draw up a development plan especially in terms of the formation of the lay people. Let the Vice-Province - create venues or occasions in our program of life to periodically evaluate the radical character of our life-witness; - provide possibilities for ongoing formation for the review and renewal of Salesian consecrated life; - send confreres on a regular basis to attend regional ongoing formation programs. Guideline 2: Fidelity to Don Bosco Revive and foster Salesian traditions and practices that rekindle the Salesian passion for souls Let each Salesian - set aside a regular time for personal prayer and for reading and meditation on the Word of God; - work with others to build “a Salesian culture” in each setting. Let each community - give importance and be consistent and prompt with the regular practices of piety as a community; - assure its members of time and opportunities for traditional Salesian practices that enhance spiritual maturity such as personal spiritual reading and examination of conscience, regular confession, spiritual direction and friendly talk with the Rector, frequent visits to the Blessed Sacrament, etc; - set aside a time for the daily reading of the Constitutions either at the start of the Meditation, or before a meal. Let the Vice-Province - provide possible bi-monthly recollection materials to the communities that focus on return to Don Bosco‟s passion for souls; 6

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- coordinate and organise the celebration of meaningful creative liturgies during Provincial gatherings, meetings and retreats; - provide Salesian resources for the communities to use for Spiritual Reading and Meditation; - coordinate and strengthen youth ministry programs based on and following the indications of the Salesian Youth Ministry Frame of Reference.



Experiencing fraternal life, as at Valdocco, available for planning and cooperation. 1. God‟s call “To live and work together is for us Salesians a fundamental requirement and a sure way of fulfilling our vocation. This is why we come together in communities, where our love for each other leads us to share all we have in a family spirit, and so create communion between person and person. The community is a reflection of the mystery of the Trinity: there we find a response to the deep aspirations of the heart, and we become for the young signs of love and unity.” (Const 49) We recognise that community life is one of the ways of having an experience of God. Living “mystical fraternity” is an essential element of our apostolic consecration and a great help in being faithful to it. At a time when families and society are coming apart, we offer an alternative lifestyle based on respect and cooperation with the other person. Unanimity in our apostolic activity brings about the prophecy of the community and such testimony gives rise to new vocations. We are called to live the spirituality of communion which means a shift from life in common to communion of life. The Rector more than a manager is a father who brings his family together in communion and apostolic service. (GC27, 40, 45, 51) 2. Situation The internationality of confreres in our circumscription serves as a strong witness of fraternity to our lay mission partners and young people, and a lived experience of the internationality of the Congregation. Confreres are generally open, talented, available and exemplary in their fidelity to religious life. There is a healthy community life where there is respect, acceptance, true friendship, time to share, pray and relax together. This fosters the fidelity to our religious consecration. There is great love for Don Bosco and the Salesian identity is clearly visible. In all communities there is great care to be faithful to the daily Eucharist and regularity in community exercises of piety. Every community has a daily program. In many communities there is need to draw up a Plan of Community Life. Some Salesians either do not have or have not updated their Personal Plan of Life. Similarly we need to make our mechanisms of animation and governance (e.g. commissions, planning, development office, etc.) function properly. Due to the lack of numerical consistency of most communities, confreres have to take up multiple roles causing some to lose the balance between spiritual life and pastoral charity, between reflection and activity, discernment and planning. Sometimes, these cause tension, misunderstandings, and stress in ordinary daily life. Coupled with weak communities, these could sometimes trigger unresolved personal issues in some confreres. Hence, community 7

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life does not become formative for the personal vocational growth of every confrere. The shortage of Salesians has caused a heavy workload on all confreres. Many are multi-tasking and are overloaded with responsibilities which often cause exhaustion and fatigue, tension, burnout and loss of enthusiasm and missionary zeal. In all our settings there is a conscious effort to work with lay people, members of the EPC as well as with other agencies interested to help our work. Although in most presences there is regular reflection and evaluation of plans and the SEPP, some communities still need to draw up their SEPP. Working together in a shared community project Majority of the confreres show availability and positive disposition in taking up various assignments. Although some might feel they lack sufficient preparation, the Salesians are generally qualified in their areas of work. Working together can become difficult because of the many sacrifices it entails in daily life. Because of this difficulty, “working in autonomy”, as a manifestation of individualism, becomes a reality in some confreres. The lack of proper venues for discussion, greater emphasis put on roles and positions, certain unresolved community issues, and job descriptions which are not clear causing overlapping of responsibilities are some factors that weaken fraternal and cordial relationship in the community. The cultural richness and the diversity of the young people who frequent our presences give them the possibility to learn practical inter-culturality. There is also the challenge of helping and training our local vocation candidates in facing the difficulties they experience regarding “wantoks,” family pressure, drugs, drinking and discipline. Crucial role of leadership A good number of confreres accept leadership roles. Some are hesitant to accept leadership roles because they feel they are inadequately prepared. The Provincial orients new-comers by giving the prepared booklets on inculturation and discussing with them about the general situation of the country. He encourages those who have stayed for at least a year to take the course on Melanesian culture. Nevertheless, some confreres who accept new assignments still consider themselves ill-prepared. 3. Guidelines for action Way Forward: For a more radical following of the Gospel and fidelity to our Salesian vocation and mission, we need to change our mentality and modify our structures, moving… 1. from a community life based on common activities and designated roles, to warm fraternal communion that becomes a privileged setting for formation and animation; 2. from international communities separated by distance and local concerns, to intercultural communities that encourage mutual interaction among members for greater significant initiatives on behalf of poorest youth;


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from a haphazard and improvised preparation of community leaders, to a systematic, gradual and enculturated preparation for responsibility and leadership skills starting from initial formation; from qualification of confreres based on individual needs and requests, to a systematic plan for the qualification of confreres based on Provincial priorities.

Guideline 3: Living and working together as consecrated persons Promote communion among confreres and in the EPC as “a sure way of fulfilling our vocation� (Const 49) Let each Salesian - give priority to prompt and whole-hearted participation in community prayers through a proper budgeting and balancing of his time for various apostolic activities; - understand better the Melanesian culture by attending the Cultural Orientation Course for Expatriate Church Workers organised by the Melanesian Institute. Let each community - be sensitive to the needs and formation of young confreres, new confreres in the Province, and confreres in new positions; - grow together in the learning of skills and in practicing communication and conflict resolution in the spirit of charity and humility. Let the Vice-Province - formulate a yearly pastoral thrust based on the Strenna early enough before the start of each year so that it may give added direction to the community and personal life plans; - foster greater solidarity and communion among local communities at the Provincial level; - set up a systematic induction program to assist new confreres in the Vice-Province and confreres in new positions; - arrange for or invite resource speakers on communion-building skills and activities, like nonviolent communication and intercultural communication. Guideline 4: Formation and strengthening of leadership Set up structures for the qualification of confreres and preparation for leadership roles, especially in terms of attentive listening and collaborative ministry. Let each Salesian - take initiative in finding possible sources for personal enrichment and for qualifying and updating himself in coordination with the Rector and the Provincial; - be more available and open to listen to lay collaborators and students. Let each community - hold regular meetings among themselves (like House Council Meetings or Assembly of Confreres) or with lay collaborators (like Council of the Work, Board of Governors, and Parish Pastoral Council meetings) so that each confrere may be properly informed, involved and formed for collaborative ministry and in taking responsibilities in the future;


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- rediscover the importance of the Salesian Youth Spirituality and present it as a way to holiness for the young. Let the Vice-Province - prepare a comprehensive and systematic qualification plan for confreres according to the priorities of the Province and giving priority to those beyond the quinquennium; - provide opportunities for the elderly and senior confreres the possibility of ongoing formation - prepare a plan for training and formation of confreres, especially Rectors, in attentive listening and collaborative ministry; - draw up directives regarding the identity and functions of the Council of the Work and its relationship with the House Council in the light of Const 178, 179 and GC24, 171-172.


Servants of the Young

Going out to the peripheries, becoming prophetic signs in the service of the young! 1. God‟s call: “The Lord made clear to Don Bosco that he was to direct his mission first and foremost to the young, especially to those who are poorer. We are called to the same mission and are aware of its supreme importance: young people are at the age when they must make basic life-choices which affect the future of society and of the Church. With Don Bosco we reaffirm our preference for the young who are „poor, abandoned and in danger‟, those who have greater need of love and evangelisation, and we work especially in areas of greatest poverty.” (Const 26) Young people are “our burning bush” through which God is speaking to us. This strong experience of God can allow us to respond to the cry of the young. “We believe that God is awaiting us in the young.” Being with the young, making ourselves their neighbour, earning their confidence and accompanying them in their allegiance to the faith, allows us to encounter God and listen to him, expending all our efforts “until our last breath” and bearing witness by the gift of our life according to the spirit of the cross. Practising the twofold work and temperance replenishes a Salesian‟s life, nourishes his apostolic zeal and brings him close to the young, the Lord and his confreres. In our formation we take into account the training and preparation for serving the young, including through deeper study, cultural dialogue and significant pastoral experiences, ensuring a constant updating in accordance with the guidelines of the Church and of the Congregation. (GC27, 52-53, 59-60) 2. Situation At the service of the mission for the young Some Salesians can do their work with efficiency, creativity, initiative and commitment. Confreres are available and show positive disposition in taking up various assignments as well as in addressing the needs of young people who are poor, and marginalised. In general confreres willingly accept the deprivations of daily life and live a simple lifestyle. In some instances, despite the great difficulties involved in understanding the Melanesian world view and culture of young people, the Salesians continue in their struggle to journey with them. However, there are some confreres who lack Salesian qualities like kindness towards the young. There are also signs of a middle class lifestyle. 10

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It is crucial to maintain accountability, transparency and honesty in handling financial and administrative matters. Six of the nine Rectors are also Economers, blurring the check and balance (Cf. Const 176 and 184). This has been an enduring situation in our Vice-Province for a long time mainly due to lack of personnel. There had been a few cases of financial mismanagement. An indication of the extent of our pastoral work could be the number of local vocations. In the past, we had plenty of local vocations, but very few have persevered. The challenge is to have a well programed Formation Plan and form qualified formators who could accompany candidates and understand their Melanesian context. Professional approach as a sign of apostolic passion in the mission There is generally a professional approach among the Salesians in the Province. There is also much creativity, initiative and suggestions. There is consistent reflection and evaluation of plans and programs, as evidenced in the yearly evaluation and updating of the SEPP, where the Salesians are able to plan and discuss things and activities with various stakeholders. The Salesians respond to the needs of the local Church and show fidelity to her teachings. There is, however, still much to be desired regarding professionalism among the Salesians and lay mission partners in carrying out their pastoral work. Proper planning in our Salesian presences, schools and parishes need to be coordinated in the provincial level to enhance “a planning mentalityâ€? and continuity of our work. Right from the beginning the lay people have been our partners in the work of educating and evangelising the young. Initially all of them were expatriates. At present, most of our collaborators in both countries are locals. The challenge is to form them from being mere collaborators to real mission partners. The fluidity of personnel for a long term formation becomes difficult and therefore their charismatic formation (knowledge of Don Bosco, his system of education, his spirituality) becomes inadequate. There are many local lay collaborators who have shown their love and commitment to Don Bosco. However there has not been a constant momentum in emphasizing the charismatic formation of local lay mission partners. Temperance as Christian and Salesian asceticism In general, the Salesians in the Province are ascetic in their lifestyle. They are ready to accept deprivations in daily life. However, simplicity of life in our Province seems to be slowly diminishing. Some individual Salesians have an inner desire to have moments of silence during the day. In moments of tiredness, some find moments of rest and silence by cultivating personal prayer life and self-examinations. Difficulties, however, are experienced by other Salesians regarding dealing with modern day tensions. Some are not able to utilise well their free times that the mission or the work for Godâ€&#x;s Kingdom is forgotten in favor personal enjoyments. In particular, there is the danger of lack of moderation in terms of the use of social communication and social media. The Salesians seem to be losing the asceticism of silence. 11

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3. Guidelines for action Way Forward: For a more radical following of the Gospel and fidelity to our Salesian vocation and mission, we need to change our mentality and modify our structures, moving from‌ 1. from a mentality of being owners, administrators and in-charge of the mission, to a clear understanding of being stewards at the service of poorest youth and marked by readiness for more collaborative ministry; 2. from enhancing personal well-being characterised by a lifestyle of comfort and ease, to developing a personal plan of life, that enhances growth in the practice of pastoral and pedagogical charity; 3. from being caught up by the pervasive influence of materialism and secularism, to being credible and attractive witnesses, serving as catalyst to renewed Christian life and to increase in apostolic vocations; 4. from waiting for invitations and opportunities from various sectors, to organising initiatives for collaboration and partnership with existing and new forces for the charismatic development of our presences. Guideline 5: Growth in pastoral and pedagogical charity Exercise the ascesis of Salesian temperance as a means to grow in pastoral and pedagogical charity Let each Salesian - cultivate self-discipline, sense of balance and discretion in the use of modern means of communication and possibilities for relaxation; - grow in awareness of oneâ€&#x;s sense of stewardship as an expression of poverty and solidarity with the poor (C 79) Let each community - launch initiatives that help the young grow in their social awareness and commitment for transformation. - be aware of the standard living conditions of its lay mission partners, the young entrusted to its care, and the people within its immediate vicinity and align and adjust their standard of living accordingly; - renew the practice of Friday as a day of community penance (Reg 73) by discussing ways of exercising Salesian temperance as a community and as a means to grow in pastoral charity. Let the Vicew-Province - foster and deepen the reflection on initial proclamation in our Vice-Province to bring about renewal of missionary zeal; - come up with its own protocol on Child Protection and Right Relationship that includes guidelines on how to deal with cases of sexual abuse in our settings; - invest in the Salesian and professional formation of lay mission partners in view of them taking up administrative roles so that Salesians will be more free for pastoral and spiritual animation of the EPC.


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Guideline 6: Return to the young Renew our commitment to our mission on behalf of the young especially those who are poorer Let each Salesian - make the first approach and meet the young in their own situation through our daily Salesian Assistance with keen observation to identify vocation candidates; - be updated regarding Salesian, global and youth concerns that will help prepare him to deal with youth-related issues like addiction, the street children, and youth at risk. Let each community - entrust to the lay mission partners roles of authority and responsibility, in order to free the Salesians from administrative roles for pastoral and spiritual accompaniment of the young; - reflect regularly on how the missionary ardor can be concretely expressed in its setting in view of initiating a systematic study and appropriate intervention on behalf of poor youth in its locality. Let the Vice-Province - set-up a Planning and Development Office at the service of the mission at the Province level to coordinate and assist in various projects and plans of individual settings; - give first priority, in opening a new presence, to work on behalf of marginalised youth, e.g., drug addicts, orphans, youth at risk; - organise a deep reflection and systematic study on the current youth situation for more quality intervention; - contact missionary volunteer groups of other provinces, humanitarian groups or NGOs.

IV. OPERATIVE CRITERIA 1. Quantitative and qualitative consistency of presences Strive to keep at least 4 perpetually professed confreres in every community to assure the quality of our consecrated, fraternal and evangelical witness. 2. Qualification of confreres Continue the gradual qualification of selected confreres in line with the needs of the ViceProvince (education, philosophy, missiology, spiritual direction, youth ministry, catechesis and Salesianity). 3. Financial Transparency Assist and form Economers in sound financial management and administration, distinct from the office of Rector. 4. Youth Ministry Address the crisis of vocations through a well-organised youth ministry with sustained programs and processes aimed primarily at fostering the Salesian Youth Spirituality as well as the spiritual accompaniment of young people. 13

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5. Support for the aspirantate As the only formation house in the Vice-Province, the aspirantate needs to have a more permanent site with clear orientation and formation plan, as well as the support of the ViceProvince. 6. Formation of lay people Highlight the formation of lay people as mission partners as crucial for the growth and development of the Salesian charism in Melanesia 7. Missionary Ardour Revitalise missionary spirit among confreres, lay and youth so that after the three years of moratorium for opening new houses (2016-2018), the Vice-Province could expand beyond its comfort zones. 8. Educational Development Work for DBTI to obtain the University status which could serve as a coordinating institution for the educational apostolate of the Province. DBTI is envisioned to have in the future faculties that reflect our Salesian Charism: Technical Education, Engineering, Management and Business Studies, Youth Ministry and Catechesis, Humanities (Social Work, Social Communication).




1. Preparation of Personnel 1.1.In view of strengthening Salesian spiritual life, the role of animation by the Rector is essential. Those who have this mission need to be adequately prepared, especially in terms of giving spiritual accompaniment. First appointment Rectors shall go for the course for Rectors in Bangalore. 1.2.Our Provincial Formation Plan includes initial and on-going formation plans for Salesians and lay who are entrusted with roles of responsibility (Heads of schools, Directors of TVET centres, etc.) in our settings. 1.3.Our Province SEPP includes initial and on-going formation plan for lay and youth animators. 1.4.We allocate budget for the formation of Salesians and lay in the budget projections, both at local and provincial levels. 2. Economic and Structural Development 2.1. We work for an equitable distribution of resources in our province, with special attention to poorer and more needy areas. 2.2. We assure the sustainability of our works through proper accounting, transparency and financial discipline. 2.3. We deepen and foster collaborative ministry with our lay mission partners at the service of the mission.


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2.4. We set up the Council of Work as an effective means of collaborative ministry with our lay mission partners, while strengthening their Salesian formation and capacity for transparent management.