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Scalabrini Celebration and Commemoration of June 1st


On 1 June Scalabrini Organisations across the world together with the broader global community celebrate and commemorate the Feast of Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini. 

At the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town on 1 June 2021, all staff and volunteers from that Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town and from the SIHMA gathered to celebrate and reflect on the significance of the date and looked at vision and practices of  Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini in the context of our past, current and future operation as Scalabrini organisations.  Fr Filippo Ferraro together with the Board of Trustees for the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town reflected on the life and vision of Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini including the importance Listening and hearing from people on the move Listen and hearing, adopting a Holistic and welcoming approach, addressing all stages of the migration Journey and striving for Justice not Charity. Fr Filippo emphasised the importance of the 4 verbs on migration from Pope Francis: to Welcome, Protect, Promote and Integrate. There after all the programmes and projects with in the Scalabrini Centre and SIHMA presented on their work and reflected on how our work corresponds with the vision and mission of Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini. SIHMA looks forward to taking what we learned and our reflections further in our day-to-day work. 

We have the joy of sharing the messages from Fr Leonir Chiarello, cs, the General Superior’s reflections for the celebration of the Feast Day. The reflections looked the presence and growth of the Scalabrini missions and organisations and their Mission and Organization. Please see below the message accordingly:

We also attach below the message for the Regional Superior for the Africa and Europe Section, Fr Mauro Lazzarato, cs, which reflects on the history of Scalabrini missions and programs and looks in particular at the importance of the role of the laity commencing with the Society of St Raphael. Please see below the message accordingly:  




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