Addis Abeba: It was indeed a moment of grace for the entire province of AET as the Rector Major Emeritus Rev. Fr. Pascual Chavez was in the province to animate two sets of Spiritual retreats for the entire Salesian Family in Ethiopia. The retreat participants included from the Salesian fathers, Salesian sisters, Sisters of MSMHOC, volunteers and cooperators
from the various houses in the country and even abroad as was the case with the Salesian sisters who also included sisters from South Sudan. The retreats were held in two locations as Debrezeit and Dilla from 14 to 21 and 23 to 29 respectively. "For this is the will of God, your Sanctification", a quote from the letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians set the whole tone for the retreat. Fr. Pascual having been Rector Major for two terms and one term as President of the Conference of Superiors' General, with his wide knowledge of the Congregation and the Consecrated Life in general was able to animate the groups to an experience of conversion and renewal through many reflections from Pope Francis and the previous rector majors like Fr. Vigano and Fr. Vecchi. It was a lived experience of the paternity of Don Bosco for the entire group of the participants and everyone left the retreat house with the determination to live more fully and actively the wonderful charism of Don Bosco. May God bless Fr. Pascual with His choicest blessings.