(ANS – Rome) – Accompanied by the thought of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, the Salesian Family meets again in Turin to together deepen the journey proposed for this year through the Strenna: “‘Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven’ (Mt 6.10). Good Christians and Upright Citizens.” From Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 January, a vast representation of the 31 groups of the Salesian Family will crowd the courtyards of Valdocco for 4 days of reflection, prayer, sharing and meeting in the joyful style of Don Bosco.

Around 350 participants are expected to attend the Spirituality Days of the Salesian Family this year. After the morning reception, on the afternoon of the first day there will be the welcome of the Provincial of the Special Circumscription of Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta (ICP), Fr Enrico Stasi; an introduction to the Days, moderated by Fr Eusebio Muñoz, Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family; a moment of reflection and prayer by the “Adonai Group”; and the official presentation of the Strenna 2020 by the Rector Major.

On Friday morning, the bishop of Mallorca (Spain), Msgr. Sebastià Taltavull, shall lead a conference on the theme “Good Christians in the current city context”, followed by moments of reflection in groups and the Eucharist. In the afternoon, several testimonies are expected from the Salesian oratory of Aleppo and of several Salesian Cooperators and Past Pupils of Don Bosco. The day will culminate with a prayer vigil in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians.

Saturday 18 will open with a round table with several members of various groups of the Salesian Family; its theme: “Upright citizens with a Salesian spirit today.” This will be followed by Mass for all. The afternoon shall be dedicated to discovering the city of Turin through itineraries on the traces of the so-called social saints of the 19th century. In the evening, in full Salesian style, there will be a large family celebration.


On the last day, Sunday 19, after the Eucharist in the Basilica, the Rector Major will summarize the work of the days together and offer his final message.

Those who cannot physically participate in the Spirituality Days will be able to do it “virtually”, thanks to the live broadcast of the main moments via the ANS Facebook page.

For further information, please visit the official website: https://salesianfamilydays.com/