Logo Rector Major visit to Cambodia      Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, the world head of the Salesians of Don Bosco, will visit the Don Bosco Projects in Cambodia from February 28 to March 2, then he will continue his pastoral tour to Laos and the Philippines. Fr. Fernández will pay a honorable visit to the Cambodian Primer Minister, Samdech Hun Sen on the morning of February 29, as a sign of friendship with the Cambodian State that has invited Don Bosco in 1991 to work for the education of disadvantage children and youth of the Kingdom. 

       The 10th successor of Saint John Bosco in the authority of the Salesian mission, will be the second Rector Major to step in Cambodian soil. The first one was Fr. Juan Edmundo Vecchi in 1995, who recommended to the Salesians to continue in the areas of technical education and Children Fund for the poorest and most vulnerable youth of a country that recently signed a peace agreement between several factions in a long and bloody conflict.

       The outstanding visit marks also the 25th anniversary of the arrival of the Salesians of Don Bosco, the Daughters of Mary Help and other members of the Salesian Family to Phnom Penh on May 24, 1991 to create different projects for Cambodian children and youth upon the invitation of the Royal Government. The first contact of Don Bosco with the Cambodian people was in 1988 at the refugee camps in Thailand, where the Salesians opened 7 technical schools and the children fund.

       With the inspiration of the Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis, personal friend of Fr. Fernández since they worked closely in Argentina when the Pontífice was archbishop  of Buenos Aires and Fr. Fernández was provincial, the visit is also an encouragement to stay at the side of the poorest and most needed in a country that still in the list of the most poorer East Asian countries, but at the same time, one of the youngest in its population at the side of the Philippines.

Schedule of the visit

February 28, 2016 (Sunday)

10:30 AM: Welcoming the Rector Major at the airport and at Don Bosco Phnom Penh

11:15 AM: Wreath Laying on the Statue of Don Bosco in Celebration of the 25th year of presence of Don Bosco in Cambodia

11:30 AM: Lunch with the Salesian Family

04:00 PM: Welcome Program
Rector Major’s Address to the Salesian Family Members, students and staff from all Don Bosco Schools

4:45 PM: Opening of the 25th Celebration of DB’s Presence in Cambodia

5:00 PM: Opening of the exhibits of the different presences in Cambodia

5:30 PM: Assembly Mass with the Apostolic Vicariate; Rector Major’s Message before the final blessing

7:00 PM: Supper with the Salesian Family

8:00 PM: Cultural Program & Dancing

9:30 PM: Good night Talk by the Rector Major

February 29, 2016 (Monday)

8:00 AM: Opening of Sports Competition of students
Courtesy visit of the Rector Major and delegates to His Excellency Samdech Hun Sen
Assembly of Youth and Adult Animators of SYM with the Rector Major
Assembly of the Salesian Family with the Rector Major

11:30 AM: Lunch

02:00 PM: Departure going to the airport

03.55 PM: Flight to Siem Reap from Phnom Penh

04:35 PM: Arrival at Siem Reap and Check-in at the Hotel

07:00 PM: Supper in a Restaurant with Cultural Show

March 1, 2016 (Tuesday)

08:00 AM: Tour at the Angkor Wat and historical sites of the Cambodian Kingdom
Arrival at Phnom Penh of Fr. Prasert Somngam, THA Provincial, together with the Provincial Council: Fr. Smith Daengampan, Br. Anan Thanad, Fr. Chaiyara Yarat, Fr. Anthony and Fr. Joseph Kriengsak, Provincial Secretary

11:00 AM: Lunch

12:00 PM: Departure for Sihanoukville from Phnom Penh
N.B. All Salesians including Thai Confreres who didn’t go to Siem Reap will proceed to DB Sihanoukville.

02:25 PM: Departure flight of the Rector Major from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville

03:15 PM: Arrival at Sihanoukville airport

04:15 PM: Welcoming the RM at Don Bosco Sihanoukville
Honoring Don Bosco and Opening of the Memorial Plaque

06:00 PM: Holy Mass

06:30 PM: Community Evening prayer

07:00 PM: Family Dinner with simple program
Night Prayers and Good night Talk by the Rector Major to SDBs

March 2, 2016 (Wednesday)

06:40 AM: Animated Lauds and Breakfast

07:45 AM: Assembly of Confreres with the Rector Major

10:00 AM: Meeting with Salesian Delegation Council of Cambodia

12:00 AM: Holy Mass with the Rector Major as presiding celebrant

01:00 PM: Family Lunch

03:30 PM: Farewell to RM and guests with Planting a tree as a symbolic reminder of the Rector Major’s visit

03:40 PM: Land Travel with Rector Major to DBTS Kep

05:30 PM: 30-minute Stop over at DBTS Kep
Ceremony at the Don Bosco’s Birth House

06:00 PM: Land Travel to Phnom Penh

08:00 PM: Arrival to Don Bosco Phnom Penh & Supper

March 3, 2016 (Thursday)

06:00 AM: Departure going to the airport

08:20 AM: Estimated time of departure for Laos via PG 928

Media Covering………......Fr. Albeiro Rodas, Miss Maria Victoria López and Mr. Sen Ra
Diplomatic relations…. Mr. Sok Aun