A lot can happen in a short space of time - and in the 3 days we have been here, a lot certainly has! There has been a huge amount to take in, not least getting used to the idea that we won't be going to Boys Home, where we thought we would be spending our time, but instead will be based at another Salesian project, the Don Bosco Technology Centre (DBTC).
We have been to visit both DBTC and the nearby Salesian parish of Our Lady of Lourdes, and it certainly seems like there will be plenty to get involved in and keep us busy: but we'll know more from Monday when we move to our new home.
Meanwhile we have been staying at Provincial House where the overwhelming experience has been one of welcome and friendship. There is also a real sense of joy: everybody seems to be genuinely happy. I am feeling very positive about working in such an environment and sharing that joy: both receiving it from others and giving a share of it too.
During this time of "orientation" we have visited both some of the sites of Cebu and some of the Salesian communities. There has been a lot to take in, a lot to learn ... a process that I have no doubt has only just begun and will continue throughout our time here.