【慈幼通訊社 ─ 2021 年01月 11 日羅馬慈幼總部訊】 ─ 在總部議會實錄432號（2020年）中，總會長范達民神父宣佈，將於鮑思高第二位繼承人歐培拉神父逝世一百周年這一年，特別紀念他。
羅馬慈幼歷史學院的Germain Kivungila，正編寫一部歐培拉神父的傳記，而Aldo Giraudo正編製歐培拉神父的作品集，當中以傳記式的資料作前序，並附有歐培拉神父有關神修及慈幼神恩貢獻的記錄。翻譯工作正進行中。
世界各地的鮑思高家庭通訊，將會刊載斐理諾神父有關歐培拉神父的文章，並在社會傳播議員Gildasio Mendes dos Santos神父的鼓勵下，致力歐培拉神父年的宣傳工作。
A year dedicated to the memory of Fr Paolo Albera
(ANS – Rome–RMG, 11 January 2021) – In the Acts of the General Council 432 (2020), the Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime promulgated a year dedicated to the memory of Fr Paolo Albera, commemorating the first centenary of the death of the second successor of Don Bosco.
2021 is therefore the Year of Paolo Albera. Elected by General Chapter 11 to succeed Don Rua, Albera was Rector Major from 1910 up to his death on 29 October 1921.
The Year will be inaugurated during the Salesian Spirituality Week, 15-17 January 2021, which this year, because of the Corona virus pandemic, will be held completely online. A video interview with Bro. Paolo Vaschetto, an Albera scholar currently pursuing a doctorate in Salesian history at the UPS, will be broadcast during these days.
The Year will be brought to a conclusion during the Salesian Spirituality Week, 13-16 January 2022.
During the year, one of the highlights will be a Congress on Fr Albera organized by the Salesian Historical Institute (ISS) – Rome, 30 October to 1 November 2021, at Valdocco.
Throughout the year there will also be a special exhibition, “Paulo Albera (1845-1921): The world seen through his eyes,” in “Casa Don Bosco” museum, Valdocco, Turin. The exhibition will be inaugurated by the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime. Photographic and documentary material has been meticulously researched from the Central Salesian Archives and other sources by Bro. Paolo Vaschetto and his collaborators, and gives us an extremely interesting glimpse into the life of the second successor of Don Bosco, not least into his many and demanding travels around the Salesian world, both as representative of Don Rua and as Rector Major. The exhibition also contains some items from the extensive correspondence carried out by Albera with the over 1,500 Salesians directly involved on different sides of World War I, and excerpts from Albera’s spiritual diary, which he wrote not only in Italian but for several years also in French and in English.
Germain Kivungila (ISS) is preparing a new biography of Albera, while Aldo Giraudo is working on an anthology of his writings, which will be prefaced with a biographical profile and a note on Albera’s spiritual-charismatic contribution. Work on translations is under way.
The Salesian Bulletins around the world will carry Bruno Ferrero’s article on Albera, and have been encouraged by Fr Gildasio Mendes dos Santos, Councillor for Social Communications, to find ways of promoting the Albera Year.
Ivo Coelho, SDB
General Councillor for Formation