Michal Klučka: from the heart of Europe to Africa, in Don Bosco’s footsteps

Michal Klučka is a young Salesian in formation, originally from Bratislava, Slovakia, but belonging to the Austria Province. However, he is not currently present in any of the two Central European countries, because he is completing a year of formation in Tatale, Ghana, where he collaborates in the pastoral care of the Salesian school and oratory.

A year ago he did not even know where Tatale was. Then his Provincial, Fr Petrus Obermüller, informed him about the options for internship: and in the end the choice fell on Tatale, in the North East of the African country, where Michal arrived two months ago.

For the young Salesian there are many new things in Tatale: for example the roads, so different from the European ones, and the scarcity of water and the great heat, all things that he is not used to at all. Yet Michal observes: “the people here are very friendly.” And he feels motivated to give his best among the youth of the oratory, in the formation of the animators and in the new evangelization.

“To help people, young people, so that they can grow according to their possibilities, gives me hope and strengthens me. I would like to be part of the change I wish to see in the world,” he reveals, a true spiritual Son of that great dreamer that Don Bosco was.

Still quite young with his well-worn 33-years, in Ghana he puts his talents among the boys to good use: he teaches them math and wins their confidence and friendship with music, playing the guitar and singing. With his being sincere and open, it is not difficult for him to get close to people. In addition, he is strongly motivated and makes Don Bosco’s motto his own: “For the young I learn, for them I work and I live.”

To make his testimony even more effective and known, he has also started a blog where he shares his reflections and, above all, the experiences he has with the young people of Tatale, youths such as Thompson, Joachim, Seth, and many others still.

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