Fr. Dhepharath, Don Bosco THA provincial.

Dear Confreres,

I have spent the whole month of June to visit our Salesian confreres in Cambodia and Laos. In
Cambodia we have all-in-all 5 houses, and in Laos we have 1 house in Vientianne.

We can say that our mission in Cambodia is entering into its second stage after the 25 years of
pioneering work and expanding the various works. It is now high-time to use this time to build a stronger and
more sustainable presence, standing more on one’s own feet. There is improvement and many adjustments
in many of our works so that our service to the young really answers to their needs in the midst of the fast
changing social, economic and political fields. Most important of all is how we can make our mission stable
in terms of the numbers of Salesian confreres, the quality of religious life and the works that we have. It is a joy
to see that at this moment we have 6 native Cambodian Salesian confreres, both clerics and brothers, who
are in their initial stage of formation; there is a concrete action laid down for a stable economy. We stand
to encourage and to pray for our Salesian confreres in Cambodia who are now moving forward in line with
the guidelines of the Superiors of our Congregation. We stand to encourage and to pray also for the Salesian
Sisters of Mary Help of Christians, the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and all the members of the
Salesian Family.

In Laos, our work answers to the needs of the young who want to have skills so that they can have a
livelihood to take care of themselves and their families. To have a job is a sign of one’s human dignity. Our
curriculum lasts from 6 months to one year, which answers the need of society for people, especially the
young, to have a work and not be a problem to the society. Our Salesian confreres in Laos are constantly
creative and enthusiastic in helping the underprivileged and poor youth to receive a decent education. The
Salesian confreres have to adapt themselves all the time to be able to live their religious life and fulfill their
mission to the highest results considering also the real political system and the administration of the country.
This is a difficult missionary work indeed. We stand to encourage and to pray for all our Salesian confreres
and the Sisters of Mary Help of Christians in Laos.

In the roadmap given by the Rector Major for the Salesian Province of Thailand for the period of 2017-
2023, he wrote in number 5: “In line with the GC 27, you and your council must help your confreres to deepen
their identity as consecrated persons, as men of Interior Life, of FAITH and a deep spiritual life [Mystics in the
Spirit]. You will have to devote a lot of your energy to this aspect of our life in order to ensure a thriving future
for the Province. We need to GROW in quality of our Religious Life in all three countries of Thailand –
Cambodia – Laos.”

In the roadmap number 10, the Rector Major wrote: “The young Delegation of Cambodia does need
close accompaniment at this moment of history, especially consolidate the Salesian communities and basic
animation structures for a solid growth of the Salesian Charism. The 10 points ‘Road Map 2016’ may be your
point of reference for an effective accompaniment.”

Father Dheparat Pitisant, SDB