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Austria – Human Trafficking: "Salesian Missions" and VIS at 10th Conference of Parties to United Nations Palermo Convention

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(ANS - Vienna) – The 10th Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime ends today, 16 October, in Vienna, marking the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the Palermo Convention. The latter, signed in Palermo following the killing of Judge Giovanni Falcone, is the first legally binding treaty promoted by the United Nations in the context of the fight against crime.

The Convention contains three protocols: the first on the prevention, suppression and fight against trafficking in human beings, especially women and children; the second against the smuggling of migrants by land, sea and air; and the third against the illicit manufacture and trafficking of firearms.

The Salesian NGO "Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo, the International Volunteer Service for Development" (VIS) also takes part in the Vienna Conference, which participated in the group of international experts coordinated by "Salesian Missions" of New York. VIS, with its projects around the world, has been active for years on the issues contained in the Convention and is strongly committed to advocacy work for the promotion and protection of Human Rights, a commitment that since 2009 has led to the recognition of the Economic and Social Council of United Nations (ECOSOC). For these reasons, at the invitation of “Salesian Missions”, VIS has participated in the preparation of the group of experts and in the drafting of the declaration read in the Plenary during the conference by Bro. Günter Mayer, SDB.

Bro. Mayer highlighted the work that the Salesians are doing to prevent trafficking in human beings and to save, rehabilitate and repatriate children and young people who are victims of it.

“The Salesians of Don Bosco are active through their network of Salesian institutions and NGOs, in the implementation of a wide range of interventions,” he explained. “For example, in Nigeria awareness campaigns were carried out in 5 locations, with 268 secondary schools reached, for a total of about 170,000 students. Campaigns were carried out in markets, parks, hospitals, streets, mosques and churches, reaching around 240,000 people, while three national radios, with an audience of over 12 million people, were mobilized to disseminate relevant information. However, action must be taken at the international level with the support of the UN and the active participation of member states.”

In conclusion, Bro. Mayer stressed that to combat transnational organized crime there is a need for greater awareness of the population, with special attention to the rights of children and young people.

  • Austria
  • ONG
  • Diritti
  • ONU
  • VIS
  • Tratta
    Gian Francesco Romano

    India – First death anniversary of Archbishop Dominic Jala

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    India – First death anniversary of Archbishop Dominic Jala

    (ANS – Shillong) – 10th October: It has been one year since the tragic demise of Archbishop Dominic Jala, SDB, and Catholics across the city observed the solemn occasion by paying tribute to the late Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Shillong. A Holy Mass presided by the Archbishop of Guwahati Archbishop John Moolachira and concelebrated by five other bishops, priests, religious and few invited guests was held at the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians in Laitumkhrah. Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma together with other ministers also attended the Holy Mass.

    After the Holy Mass a short program to commemorate the day was held, in which two books on the Archbishop were released. This was followed by the visit to the tomb of the Archbishop.

    In the afternoon, a commemorative service was held at the late Archbishop's parental home. During the function a life size statue of the archbishop was unveiled by the Chief Minister, Mr Conrad Sangma, accompanied by Father John Madur the Diocesan Administrator.

    The people still missing him, this is the feeling that gloomed across the state. While all the services and functions were streamed live via Facebook and YouTube channels of various media houses in the city, many books and commemorative volumes were also published and released in honour of this “people’s bishop”.

    Speaking on the occasion Chief Minister lamented that “we still have a void because of his sudden demise”.

    Source: Don Bosco India

    • India
    • INS INDIA SHILLONG
    • Anniversari
    • Dominic Jala
    • Decessi
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Czech Republic – Salesians should lead by example in ecology

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      Czech Republic – Salesians should lead by example in ecology

      (ANS – Brno) – The Salesians in Brno-Žabovřesky have implemented several ecological projects. The latest one is the “green roof,” a living garden, which they built on the roof of the community house and church. The colorful plants create the symbol of the Salesians. The green roof has brought many positives, the most noticeable being the cooling of the building and the improvement of the microclimate in its surrounding area.

      Many years ago, Salesians in Brno started waste-sorting, followed up with composting biowaste, replacing old lights with energy-saving LED bulbs, buying repeatedly usable cups for their events and now they are planning to renew their live fence, and instead of the old bushes, plant about thirty hornbeams. “Pope Francis wrote the encyclical Laudato Si', which no longer discusses if we should be environmentally friendly, but how we should do it. We Salesians are an educational congregation and we have to set an example for young people in ecology as well,” says Fr Libor Všetula, the director of the Salesian community.

      The first green roof on a church in the Czech Republic

      The city of Brno issued a grant for green roofs and the Salesians managed to get it. The Project was prepared and achieved by Vojta Urban, who grew up in Salesian circles and lived at the Salesian house in Brno while studying garden architecture. They gave him the opportunity to implement one of his first major projects after graduation and he was able to involve other students too. “It's the first green roof on a church in the Czech Republic and what’s more, it's a Salesian one. I got the idea to make the Salesian symbol on it, so it could be seen on the satellite maps,” explains Vojta.

      Building a green roof has many positive effects in practical, aesthetic, and ecological ways, which is something the Salesians could feel immediately. Flowering plants attract insects and birds. The roof retains rainwater that would otherwise drain into the sewerage. The water gradually evaporates and cools the building and surrounding area. In the rooms near the roof temperature dropped by 10 ° C on summer days. “The roof isn’t hot anymore and it’s possible to stay on the roof terrace, that wasn’t possible before. When the sun shone a little, it was unbearably hot. The roof with the green garden has become a place where Salesians go spontaneously, even for personal prayer. And what is more, there are herbs that we use in the kitchen,” Fr Libor says, enumerating the project's benefits.

      Every house in the city raises the temperature, but when there is a green roof on it, the temperature around it decreases. Vojta explains that due to global warming, the city is getting hotter and hotter and the green roof will become not only a nice thing, but a necessary tool to help us live and breathe better. “Modern Christianity should lead by example also in ecology and in the way we create our environment. We should be visionaries and not be afraid to go into projects like this one, because even this attracts people. The Salesians have a progressive approach in many ways, and if they add ecology to it, it will be great,” thinks Vojta.

      {gallery}CEP - Brno Tetto Verde 2020{/gallery}

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      • CEP REPUBBLICA CECA
      • Ambiente
      • Creato
        Gian Francesco Romano

        South Africa – “Learn To Live School of Skills” took part in “T4 World Education Week”

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        South Africa – “Learn To Live School of Skills” took part in “T4 World Education Week”

        (ANS – Cape Town) – “Learn To Live School of Skills”, one of the projects at Salesian Institute Cape Town, has been chosen as one of 100 schools worldwide to present at the “T4 World Education Week” as part of an online event. The showcase gathered 100 schools to share expertise and best practices during the World Education Week, held from Monday to Friday, 5 to 9 October 2020.

        The schools, chosen from every continent, presented on the theme of “Learning Today”, and each school hosted a virtual event to demonstrate how to create change, based on their own innovations and successes, with an online audience calculated to reach 100,000 worldwide. The ambition driving World Education Week is to accelerate progress to achieve UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, a commitment designed to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all.

        “The management of the Salesian Institute Youth Projects (SIYP), pupils and teachers of the Learn to Live School of Skills are delighted to be included in this incredible global showcase of 100 schools! World Education Week will allow us to learn and innovate together with 100 schools from across the world, all committed to transforming education. With our focus on vocational skills training and project-based learning to youth from marginalised backgrounds, we are proud to be a special school of skills and are looking forward to sharing our practice in October,” said Fr Patrick Naughton, CEO of SIYP, before the event took place.

        The Salesian Institute Youth Projects is a registered NGO. The Salesian order has been delivering on their commitment and calling to the education and training of youth in their present premises at 2 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town for over a century.  Salesian Institute for Youth Projects (SIYP) was established in 1910 and is now operating with a level 1 B-BBEE status.  This year SIYP is celebrating its 110th anniversary. SIYP offers various youth development programmes to at-risk youth in and around Cape Town.

        The Learn to Live School of Skills is one of the programmes at the Salesian Institute Youth Projects. It is currently the only school specialising in Special Skills in the whole of the Western Cape. We have developed programmes to teach critical life skills and help disadvantaged youth get back on their feet and enter the increasingly competitive job market. This is the core of what we do.

        The Salesian Institute Youth Projects touches the lives of hundreds of greater Cape Town’s street and vulnerable youth. Many of these are the forgotten ones, some the very unfortunate products of dysfunctional and abusive families, some are influenced by the prevalent drug and gang cultures, and almost all are depressed by a background of poverty. Without a positive intervention in their lives, there would be little hope, little expectation of a normal life, nor much chance of them taking their place in society.

        “World Education Week” is an effort by thirty civil society organisations coming together after the record-breaking T4 conference on 30th May that was attended by over 100,000 teachers.

        • Sudafrica
        • AFM AFRICA MERIDIONALE
        • Educazione
        • Giovani a Rischio
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Italy – Salesian Fr Plakoo-Mlapa nominated winner of "Don Andrea Santoro Prize"

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          (ANS - Rome) - The Vicariate of Rome has selected the Togolese Salesian Fr Germain Plakoo-Mlapa to receive the “Don Andrea Santoro Prize” next 24 October, the eve of World Mission Sunday. Fr Plakoo-Mlapa was present at the martyrdom of the Salesian missionaries Fr César Antonio Fernández and Fr Fernando Hernández, which took place a few weeks apart in Burkina Faso, in 2019. His story was considered a valid testimony of Christian forgiveness towards his aggressors and towards the murderers of his own brethren.

          Fr Antonio César Fernández, a Spanish Salesian missionary, was killed on February 15, 2019, by a group of armed men, after an attack on the Nohao Customs house 10 km from the city of Bittou, Burkina Faso.

          Three months later, on 17 May 2019, Fr Fernando Hernández, also a Spanish Salesian missionary, was stabbed to death in Bobo Dioulasso, a city in the south-west of the country.

          “Don Plakoo-Mlapa was next to both of them… He doesn't know why he wasn't killed too. Now he is here, he is recovering and his heart is full of serenity and peace, because he knew how to forgive and continues to live with a heart full of Jesus and his love,” said the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, during the sending Mass of the 150th Salesian Missionary Expedition on 29 September 2019.

          The Don Andrea Santoro Prize was established last year on the occasion of the Extraordinary Missionary Month by the diocese of Rome to commemorate the figure of the Roman priest, fidei donum in Turkey, Fr Andrea Santoro, killed in 2006 in Trabzon. While in Turkey Fr Santoro wrote: “I'm here to live among these people and allow Jesus to do so by lending Him my flesh. One becomes capable of salvation only by offering one's own flesh. The evil of the world must be borne and the pain must be shared, absorbing it into one's own flesh to the depths, as Jesus did.”

          • Italia
          • Missioni
          • Martiri
          • Premi e Riconoscimenti
          • AFO AFRICA OCCIDENTALE FRANCOFONA
          • Fernando Hernández
          • Antonio César Fernández
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Croatia – A formative meeting in Zagreb provincial house

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            Croatia – A formative meeting in Zagreb provincial house

            (ANS - Zagreb) - The formative meeting entitled "Salesian Days" took place this year at two different times, 6 and 9 October, in the provincial house in Zagreb. There were more than 60 participants from various communities of the Salesian Province of Croatia. The theme of the meeting was: "Review of the Letter of the Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime". The choice of the theme was born last year, after the extraordinary visit by Fr Tadeusz Rozmus, then Councilor for the Central and North Europe Region.

            During the meeting, Fr ​​Tihomir Šutalo, CRO Provincial, presented the Letter, underlining the four most important themes: the quality of the province, charismatic renewal, Salesian pastoral work and economics.

            After a detailed presentation of the Letter's contents, the participants discussed the topics mentioned, dividing into three groups. What emerged was the need for joint planning, programming, monitoring and verification of the Province's structures and institutions to improve existing initiatives and be charismatically recognizable.

            Of particular interest was the discussion on "charismatic renewal". In this context, the need was expressed to abandon the mentality of the past and to find new answers to current challenges, always giving priority to young people. The latter, and especially the poorest, must be seen as the first recipients of the mission and must be placed at the center of pastoral action. It was recalled that the expression "poor young people" refers not only to social poverty, but also to an emotional and spiritual dimension. Precisely for this reason, qualitative reorganization of the communities will be necessary, to be more charismatic and apostolically effective.

            Reflection on the field of the economy and administration of the Province was also of special importance. In fact, the need to develop a clear strategy for the proper management of the provincial assets and, at the same time, to strengthen the contribution to the Provincial budget and establish greater transparency was highlighted.

            Finally, during the meeting, Fr ​​Tihomir Šutalo introduced 55 young clerics in initial formation to the participants and addressed a thought to the community of elderly and sick confreres. Taking his leave, the Provincial then recalled that he will soon visit the Province's local communities and thanked all present for this encouraging and useful meeting.

            • Croazia
            • CRO CROAZIA
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Chile – 2020 Provincial Day commemorates Fr Viganò

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              Chile – 2020 Provincial Day commemorates Fr Viganò

              (ANS - Santiago) - The celebration of the 2020 Provincial Day for the Salesians of Chile included a digital conference on the life and work of Don Bosco's VII Successor at the head of the Congregation, Fr Egidio Viganò.

              This appointment of communion and formation among the Salesians from all over the country took place on the afternoon of Monday 28 September in the context of the centenary of the birth of Fr Viganò (Sondrio, 26 July 1920) and in the 25th year of his death (Rome, June 23, 1995), and because of his very strong bond with Chile, a country where he arrived in 1939, at the age of 19, as a missionary still in formation, and where he remained until 1972 – obtaining, moreover, Chilean citizenship in 1958.

              At the opening of the event, the Provincial of the Salesians in Chile, Fr Carlo Lira, welcomed all the Salesians who connected online from various parts of the country and said: "I invite you to give thanks for the many confreres who have given their lives for the mission entrusted to us by Don Bosco. May we always be up to the needs of young people."

              Then Fr José Lino Yánez, who was Provincial Councilor at the time Fr Viganò was Provincial of Chile (1968-1971), presented the first report on the illustrious Salesian, and defined him as "a Chilean Salesian, in love with this land, in love with the Church, vibrant with Easter and Pentecost."

              Later, Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, archbishop emeritus of Santiago, spoke of Fr Viganò's contributions to Chilean and world religious life as a theologian, professor at the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC) and Councilor of Cardinal Raúl Silva Henríquez at the Second Vatican Council.

              "I consider the life and work of Father Egidio a special gift from God, a sign for the Congregation. He contributed to the formation of numerous diocesan priests, was an expert advisor for the Episcopal Conference and was the author of numerous articles on theology. His contribution to consecrated life touched, in particular, the clarification of the concept of charism, the opening of the Church to the participation of the laity, participants in the same charism of Don Bosco and in his mission," the cardinal observed.

              The third and last speaker was Fr Sergio Cuevas, who highlighted the relevant aspects of the magisterium and the action of Fr Viganò: the great tasks promoted in his long rectorate, the Africa Project, the promulgation of the new constitutions of the Congregation and what he delivered in his preaching to the clergy of Santiago and to the Roman Curia. "I emphasize in him the richness of his conscience, the strength of his faith and his great acceptance of God's will," he underscored.

              "The example of Father Viganò allows us to discern the signs of the times, to respond to the people we live with. May the grateful memory of the history of our Province inspire us to continue making progress towards the future", declared the Provincial in concluding the event.

              Source: Salesian Communications of Chile – (the complete reports of the speakers are also available)

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              • CIL CILE
              • Egidio Viganò
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Italy – Final event of "Hands in Dough" project

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                (ANS - Torre Annunziata) - Last 6 October, at the Salesian house in Torre Annunziata, the final event of "Mani in Pasta", the first pizzeria laboratory of the "Casa Valdocco" day center, was held with the support and funding from the Banco di Napoli Foundation for Child Care. On this occasion, the students who attended the course received the Pizza Chef Certificate, recognized by the Campania Region and, subsequently, the students of the second course were introduced.

                The workshop for pizza makers, which involved young people between 16 and 18 years old, was launched to offer young people at risk of social marginalization a possibility of learning and subsequent insertion into the world of work.

                As Fr Antonio Carbone, the Salesian in charge of the project, explained, Mani in Pasta' was born: “in an area where there are many difficulties and the prospects for work and commitment are also difficult. Our goal every day is to get young people off the street. We will save them from the clans thanks to a gastronomic laboratory that will teach them how to cook and bake pizzas. And thanks to this qualification they will be able to find an honest job.”

                For many young people in the area, in fact, the project was just that: an alternative to dangers or the underworld. “I would have liked the course to last longer, to learn more and more techniques and improve,” said the young Saverio, 16 years old. “I still don't know if I'll want to do this job when I grow up but I'll carefully preserve this certificate that I conquered with constancy and sacrifice,” he added, showing himself proud of the results achieved.

                But, precisely on the occasion of this moment of celebration, one cannot but turn a thought to Luigi, 17, who died in recent weeks in Naples, hit by a gunshot after attempting a robbery. Luigi was a guest of the Torre Annunziata community for a year and a half and, behind the counter, he was one of the most passionate.

                To him, Fr Antonio Carbone, dedicated a long post on Facebook, recalling that Don Bosco always invites us to find in every boy that "point accessible to good".

                “I remember him when with so much sacrifice he wanted to learn the profession of pizza chef, I remember him when during the months of lockdown three days a week, together with other guys he prepared pizzas to take to disadvantaged families, I remember him crying because in those months he couldn't see his family, I remember him on Sunday at Mass with downcast eyes when during the homily there was talk of the beautiful life to which Jesus calls us,” writes the Salesian, who then concludes: “I often hear this question asked: but of the children who pass through the community, how many are saved and how many are lost? Fortunately, life is an evolution, none of us have the seal of the saved and none are forever lost.”

                • Italia
                • IME ITALIA MERIDIONALE
                • Giovani a Rischio
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  India – Blessing and inauguration of Don Bosco Centre in Kanpur

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                  India – Blessing and inauguration of Don Bosco Centre in Kanpur

                  (ANS – Kanpur) – On 10th October, 2020, the Salesian Province of New Delhi inaugurated the new Don Bosco Centre at Maharajpur Nagar in Kanpur, the commercial capital of Uttar Pradesh. The centre will facilitate the formation of poor boys and girls and organize activities such as Personality Building, Social & Self Awareness programmes, Critical & Creative Thinking, Skill Development, Group Building, Basic Health Care and Psycho-Social support.

                  Being an industrial city, many runaway children land there for their survival, and gradually get into substance abuse, physical and moral abuse in Kanpur, the industrial city in Uttar Pradesh. Don Bosco Centre, Kanpur, with facilities for education, vocational training, health care and other capacity-building programmes will take initiatives on behalf of these poor children for mainstreaming them. The centre will promote the rights of children for survival and protection, and make every effort to rescue poor children from the unhealthy, abusive and hazardous environment associated with street life. The centre will reach out to young people with counselling services, accompany them and create facilities for medical care, education, vocational and employment training, placement, recreation and counselling service which are essential for an overall development and growth of children and young people. The centre will carry out research and documentation activities on different aspects of childcare, protection of children and youth mobilization.

                  At the blessing and inauguration event of the new Don Bosco Centre, Most Rev. Raphy Manjaly, Bishop of Allahabad Diocese, affectionately welcomed Salesians to the diocese and exhorted local people to support the initiatives of Salesians. Rev. Fr. Jose Mathew, Provincial of Salesian Province of New Delhi, warmly welcomed Fr K  Anthony, Chancellor of the Diocese, Fr Rolfie, the Dean of the Seminary, Fr Francis Xavier, the Parish Priest, and other distinquished guests.  He stated that Fr Henry Kumrawat and Fr Sameer Tirkey will study the needs of the poor children and young people of the area to respond adequately. They will facilitate activities to promote Personality Building, Social & Self Awareness, Critical & Creative Thinking, Skill Development, Group Building, Basic Health Care and Psycho-Social support.

                  The new centre illustrates the kind of achievements that are possible when Salesian Province of New Delhi partners and works together with Fondazione Opera Don Bosco Onlus Milano, Missioni Don Bosco Valdocco Onlus and Asha France. The new centre honours the spirit and intent of Fr John Kuzhikottayil and Fr Biju Abraham Akkilettu, the Provincial Economer.

                  Fr. Babu Varghese SDB

                  Source: Don Bosco India

                  • India
                  • INN INDIA NEW DELHI
                  • Nuova Presenza
                  • Formazione Professionale
                  • Giovani a Rischio
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Italy – Opening of diocesan inquiry into Beatification and Canonization Cause of Fr Silvio Galli

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                    Italy – Opening of diocesan inquiry into Beatification and Canonization Cause of Fr Silvio Galli

                    (ANS - Chiari) - “You alone are my desire”. This expression, from 1946, when he was a young cleric, was the leitmotif on Sunday 11 October 2020 at the official opening, in the Cathedral of Chiari (Brescia), of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God Fr Silvio Galli, Salesian of Don Bosco, priest, born on 10 September 1927 in Palazzolo Milanese (Milan) and died at the Salesian house "San Bernardino" in Chiari on 12 June 2012.

                    The presence of numerous people, who attended the event in different places, confirmed the reputation for holiness and signs that accompany the living memory of this Salesian. In fact, the opening of the Cause was especially encouraged and supported by the holy people of God who recognized Fr Galli as a singular witness of God's love.

                    The presence of three brothers of the Servant of God, together with the volunteers of the "Auxilium" Association, founded by Fr Galli himself, is significant. The presence of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, expressed the gratitude to the Lord on the part of the Congregation and the Salesian Family for the unique life witness of this religious and for his constant and generous support for the restoration of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians and the Salesian missions. The Lombard-Emilian Salesian Province (ILE) was represented by the Provincial, Fr Giuliano Giacomazzi, and by several confreres.

                    Before the Eucharist, the diocesan Bishop, Msgr. Pierantonio Tremolada, installed the members of the Tribunal who took their oath: Msgr. Antonio Lanzoni, Episcopal Delegate; Fr Carlo Lazzaroni, Promotor of Justice; Fr Claudio Boldini, Notary. Postulator of the Cause is Fr Pierluigi Cameroni.

                    In his homily, Mgr. Tremolada expressed the participation of the entire Brescia Church and the civil community in the event, and recognized in Fr Silvio Galli "a father to many people; he welcomed those who came to him, demonstrating wisdom and listening skills. He was a man who lived in charity towards the poor: the Auxilium is the testimony of this. His humility, meekness and loving kindness struck people: he was a good man who recommended being good. He conquered evil with good. He had his own way of living the Eucharist and nurtured a deep love for Our Lady."

                    In his greeting, the Rector Major recalled Fr Galli as "a model of priestly holiness and authentic consecrated life in a time marked by scandals, abandonment, worldliness, a true mystic of the Spirit anchored to the columns of the Eucharist and of Mary Help of Christians; example of an 'outgoing' priest, with the smell of sheep, with a great singularity: if there is no doubt that he goes out to look for the lost, to visit the sick, to comfort the prisoners, etc., he was above all a priest to whom people flocked: so to speak, he did not need to go out because it was the others who came looking for him; prophet of the sacredness of life, of every life, especially the weakest, defenseless, wounded, humiliated, exploited, marginalized, discarded; witness and incarnation of a living spiritual fatherhood, in a typically Salesian style.”

                    {gallery}ILE - Silvio Galli - 2020{/gallery}

                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Great Britain – “Battersea Angels”: Helping neighbours get back on their feet in a time of crisis

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                    Great Britain – “Battersea Angels”: Helping neighbours get back on their feet in a time of crisis

                    (ANS – London) – Fr David O'Malley, SDB, has spent the past months working in a community project, initially inspired by the Salesian parishes of Sacred Heart and the Church of England parish of St Mary's Battersea. Efforts were already being made to reach out to people in the local area and rebuild a sense of community and trust in a rapidly-changing area, but when lockdown hit, more community groups and volunteers soon joined them in supporting people who were isolated. With recent relaxations to COVID guidance, followed by further restrictions, the project is being reassessed to meet current needs. Fr David writes about his experience of being 'an Angel' in the past 6 months.

                    The Salesians in Battersea have combined with St Mary's Anglican Church and the Katherine Low Settlement to create "Battersea Angels." It is a network of over 400 volunteers in South West London who are ready to respond to their neighbours with the basic needs of food shopping, prescription collection, dog walking and befriending.

                    It has been a remarkable experience of a reservoir of hope and good will beneath the surface of a busy and sometimes impersonal part of London. Over the last six months, thousands of hours have been dedicated to supporting people who are shielding, or who have no money. So yes, we have also been buying shopping for some families who have slipped between the safety net of universal credit and a full-time income. It has not been easy. Many of the people we have served do not want handouts, but they need to have food for their family. Our Angels have had to work very sensitively with people who are feeling vulnerable and sometimes abandoned by the patterns of life they once knew. Angels were able to talk to them on the phone, listen to their needs and respond in a practical way with some down to earth socially-distanced contact.

                    Feedback has been incredibly positive. People did feel supported and were grateful for what we could do. However, they did not become dependent. Almost all those we helped have now been able to stand on their own feet and manage their lives again. They were good people, having a hard time and were helped in a way that preserved their dignity and independence. Some of the press like to talk about people who are spongers, cheating the system, but we did not come across any of them in the thousands of interactions we have had in the last six months. Most people have a quiet dignity, they want to manage their lives and we felt privileged to help them through an unstable time.

                    The experience of being an Angel has been interesting. It seems to have made our neighbourhood transparent. Usually, we travel around and notice houses and flats with the lights on in the evening and it all looks anonymous. Now we know that behind those lighted windows are families that are living close to the edge financially. Couples that are carrying complex health issues. Young parents who are unable to work or to properly care for their children. Suddenly, our neighbourhood looks different and we now know the depth of need behind closed doors. We recognise the quiet heroism of ordinary people who are just getting by and yet staying cheerful and optimistic. Many of us encountered situations that left us thinking 'how would I cope with their situation?' and came away not sad but full of admiration for the dignity and courage we found.

                    For the volunteers, all four hundred of us were actually the beneficiaries of this Angel experience. It drew out of us qualities that perhaps had laid dormant in the ordinary pattern of life: things like compassion, gratitude for our own stable situation, a sense of justice, a deeper faith in the goodness of humanity and a more grounded sense of priorities in life. But above all else, the experience raised an awareness of the possibility of a different sense of community in our area. Perhaps we can trust people more. Despite the media we consume, perhaps everyone is not out to get us. Perhaps we can let some of that fear of the stranger go and take the risk of smiling, saying hello, reaching out a hand in a wave.

                    We don't know how things will develop in the future for Angels. We have seen a dramatic fall in the emergency needs we have met for the last six months and will probably step our activity down until it might be needed again. But the befriending will continue because there is an emergency need still to overcome: the loneliness that seems especially difficult to bear in a busy city like London. When Mother Teresa visited London many years ago, she said that the greatest poverty in cities like ours was that of being unwanted, lonely and uncared for. I think many of our Angels would agree with her.

                    Source: Salesians UK

                    {gallery}GBR - Angeli di Battersea 2020{/gallery}

                    • Gran Bretagna
                    • GBR GRAN BRETAGNA
                    • Coronavirus
                    • Solidarietà
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Ivory Coast – Integral care for minors at risk in Salesian family homes

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                      Ivory Coast – Integral care for minors at risk in Salesian family homes

                      (ANS - Abidjan) - The "Our Lady of Peace" Province of West Francophone Africa (AFO), based in Abidjan, extends over eight countries: Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mali, Gambia, Togo, Guinea, Burkina Faso and Benin. In the current context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Province has provided emergency health care and food projects in shelters for minors in difficult situations: one in Abidjan, in the Ivory Coast, and the other in Kara, Togo.

                      The Abidjan project was fulfilled thanks to the support of the Salesian Mission Office "Don Bosco Mission" in Bonn, Germany, and took place in two locations: the "Don Bosco House" of the Salesians (SDB), which houses 41 young people, and the “Maria Domenica Mazzarello House” for the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), which welcomes 21 girls, from the municipality of Koumassi, in the city of Abidjan.

                      With the collaboration of 9 educators, and the supervision of a crisis management unit composed of two educators per home, the initiative has made it possible to acquire different types of equipment and materials necessary to prevent infections, such as devices for washing hands, materials for personal hygiene and health ... Furthermore, both minors and staff have been made aware of the dangers of Covid-19 and the measures to be taken to prevent it.

                      The houses have also ensured full care of children and young people. Besides making food kits, medicines and basic necessities available, and in consideration of the closure of schools and confinement, they have taken steps to keep minors busy in a healthy and enjoyable way with school reinforcement activities, readings, educational games and the viewing of courses via national television.

                      The project carried out in Kara, Togo, and supported by the Salesian Mission Office "Misiones Salesianas" in Madrid, Spain, was similar, with an integral care for minors, through activities for the prevention of infections, healthy nutrition, constant health monitoring, educational and recreational activities. In the Togolese center, there were 66 beneficiaries: 48 boys and 18 girls, assisted by 11 educators.

                      From both centers, in the Ivory Coast and in Togo, a heartfelt thanks was expressed to the Salesian General Coordination "DON BOSCO SOLIDARITY VS COVID-19" for its commitment and effort in the fight against the coronavirus.

                      {gallery}AFO - Abidjan e Kara - 2020{/gallery}

                      • Costa d'Avorio
                      • AFO AFRICA OCCIDENTALE FRANCOFONA
                      • Coronavirus
                      • Giovani a Rischio
                      • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        RMG – East Asia-Oceania Vocation Ministry 2020 - Way Forward

                        1 week 6 days ago
                        RMG – East Asia-Oceania Vocation Ministry 2020 - Way Forward

                        (ANS – Rome) – Any East Asia-Oceania (EAO) Salesian may access the complete summary of the “EAO 2020 Vocation ministry reports” on Boscolink , projected along the already traditional Salesian discernment path: Listening, Interpreting and Deciding the Way Forward. What wisdom can we get from this 22-page summary, especially wanting to trace the Way Forward for each specific province or delegation?

                        First of all the overview table shows a surprising variety and creativity in the mosaic called “Salesian Vocation Culture”: all 12 provinces have at present one Salesian assigned to animate and lead the vocation ministry (2 of them are full-timers), 11 of the EAO Provinces involve their young confreres in this ministry, 9 Provinces invite the young people to an annual summer vocation camp while 6 Provinces offer to the young people monthly vocation encounters and 5 Provinces even a regular weekly encounter.

                        Second attention is called by the missing points: while many young people declare SNS or the digital world as their first encounter with Don Bosco and his Salesians, more regular online vocation story sharing is expected; while the period of accompaniment and discernment is getting longer, only a few provinces are preparing their confreres for personal spiritual accompaniment.

                        The modern cultural impact on young people is pointed to as the most frequent challenge of vocation ministry (7 Provinces), closely followed by the need to move from simple recruitment to a vocation culture (5 Provinces); lack of clear vocation vision or provincial vocation plan (5 Provinces); the majority of vocations are coming from non-Salesian settings (5 Provinces); lack of role model among the confreres (3 Provinces) and more than 3 Provinces voice their need to involve more Salesians, lay people and Salesian Family members (e.g. Salesian Cooperators) in this important ministry.

                        This EAO Vocation Ministry summary is recommended reading for all SDBs. We feel that main challenge of the vocation ministry is to involve each single confrere in this movement. We point mainly to the priority of vocations in each provincial sector, to the need to build up basic structures (vocation team, vocation FB or videos, sharing vocation stories), but personal vision, zeal and commitment can’t be substituted by any structures.

                        Among the first follow-up steps may be the attentive reading of best practices: “Bible Camp” in Japan (since 1974), Sunday Aspirant encounters in Vietnam (691 junior-senior high school students and 223 college students in 5 centers), “Saturday evening online VocTok” in FIN province (SDB Vocation FB) or the changing face of the Junior Aspirantate in Thailand or East Timor.

                        Source: AustraLasia

                        • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                        • Vocazioni
                        • Asia EstOceania
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Uganda – International Day of the Girl Child in Palabek refugee camp

                          2 weeks ago
                          Uganda – International Day of the Girl Child in Palabek refugee camp

                          (ANS - Palabek) - The Salesians active in the refugee camp of Palabek, in northern Uganda, celebrated the International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October, together with 307 young people in situations of great poverty, aged between 12 and 19 years old. The day was celebrated one day in advance, Saturday 10 October, in memory of St. Daniel Comboni, a great saint who dedicated his entire life to mission work in Sudan.

                          With the support of the "Atabal" Foundation of Spain, the Salesians prepared a great formative experience, wherein, together with the young women, they explored what it means to be a girl in a refugee camp in the light of the word of God contained in Psalm 139, 14: “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” The young women were thus able to understand that they were created in a surprising and wonderful way by God and that they are precious to Him, who takes care of them and looks after them with love.

                          Enlightened by the testimony of Saint Maria Goretti, the girls were able to share their everyday concerns. They too must have a very strong faith to discern the difference between what is good and what is bad; and guided by Christian values, they are called to walk the paths that can bring them closer to God, even in the difficult situation of the refugee camp.

                          During this meeting they also pledged to do their part to ensure that their rights are respected: the right to be happy, not to be discriminated against, to be respected, to live their childhood, the right to education, rest and to free time, medical care and the right to grow up and decide who to marry.

                          “All the girls present were refugees and after a small survey we were able to discover that 91% of the 307 girls attend primary school, even though most of them are between 17 and 19 years old. Many of them grew up in different refugee camps, always on the run, always with the need to start over and with the impossibility of even finishing elementary school. 8%, on the other hand, attend secondary school and 1% the technical-vocational school, and have to travel miles and miles every day to attend them,” says Salesian missionary Fr Ubaldino Andrade.

                          Again, the questionnaire showed that 50% lost their father, probably in war, and 24% lost their mother.

                          The meeting ended with a good dish of polenta and beans with meat. Each young person received a "beauty kit" consisting of: underwear, soap, towels, body lotions, sanitary napkins, a blanket for sleeping, a pair of sandals and a water tube.

                          “They came home dancing and happy. They really deserve it,” concluded Fr Andrade.

                          {gallery}Uganda - Giornata Bimbe e Ragazze 2020{/gallery}

                          • Uganda
                          • Palabek
                          • AGL AFRICA GRANDI LAGHI
                          • Ragazze
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Mongolia – Special testimony of Bro. Krzysztof Gniazdowski, Salesian

                            2 weeks ago
                            Mongolia – Special testimony of Bro. Krzysztof Gniazdowski, Salesian

                            (ANS - Darkhan) – Bro. Krzysztof Gniazdowski, a Salesian brother, is originally from Skwierzyn (Poland). He took his first vows of obedience, poverty and chastity on 22 August 1995. In 2007 he was sent as a missionary ad gentes to Mongolia. A few weeks ago, the only Polish missionary in Mongolia celebrated his Silver Jubilee of religious profession and on this occasion Misje Salezjanskie (Salesian Missions) - a magazine of mission animation published by the Salesian Mission Office in Warsaw - dedicated an extensive interview to him, a summary of which is provided below.

                            Bro. Gniazdowski has always been involved in the education of young people, first in the technical school, now in the youth center. He told Misje Salezjanskie about the mission in the city of Darkhan, where he was assigned. His testimony regarding the parish of Mary Help of Christians reaches straight to the heart: "This is the only Catholic parish in the country and the 250 Catholics it welcomes are all from Mongolia," explains Krzysztof. "In the capital, however, we can also meet Koreans, Filipinos and people of other nationalities. People love to be with us, in the Salesian environment. Most of the parishioners are elderly, then there are some young people and children. It's rare to find a complete family that attends the country's parishes," he adds.

                            The article published in the magazine also features many color photos depicting the beautiful Mongolian landscape, cultural and religious traditions. In Mongolia, most people have a shamanic belief and less than 0.3% declare their belonging to the Catholic faith.

                            Bro. Krzysztof then offers an overview on the lifestyle of the Mongols, on traditional foods, on work and on a whole series of human details that characterize this population. The long description ends with a reflection on poverty.

                            "Some families in Mongolia live in conditions of extreme poverty," he says, "they even live in suburban landfills and their livelihood depends entirely on recycled waste. One day I was about to throw away my worn-out shoes when a boy approached me and asked me if he could take them. On that same day, I saw him play happily in the oratory, in my old shoes. My thought was simple: I took the vow of poverty, but these young people are living it! The simplicity and humility of the Mongols therefore hit me in the heart. I'm learning a lot from young Mongols and their families. Yes, I'm happy to be able to live and work in Mongolia," he concluded.

                            • Mongolia
                            • VIE VIETNAM
                            • Polonia
                            • Missioni
                            • Salesiani Coadiutori
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Brazil – Salesian Youth Observatory is born, "a new model of oratory for today's times"

                              2 weeks ago

                              (ANS - Rio Grande do Sul) - On 27 September the Salesian Youth Observatory (OSJ, in Portuguese) was officially inaugurated in Rio Grande do Sul, linked to the Don Bosco Faculty (FDB) of Porto Alegre, and to the Salesian Province "Saint Pius X", which supports it.

                              The Salesian Youth Observatory will be a place of approach to young people and in turn of reference for the entire world of youth, aimed at fostering actions that promote the protagonism and the construction for each young person of their own life project, as well as the formation of qualified adults for accompaniment and research. From the Salesian point of view, it will be a new model of oratory for the present times, a place of sharing to cast an attentive look at the world of youth and accompaniment. It will be an educational space par excellence.

                              “The Salesian Province of San Pio X, an expression of the Salesians of Don Bosco in southern Brazil, is launching a new space for approaching young people and for the formation of people qualified to carry out academic research in the field of youth and to accompany young people: it is the Salesian Youth Observatory,” explained Fr Gilson Marcos da Silva, Provincial of the Brazil-Porto Alegre Province (BPA).

                              “Within this space, we will commit ourselves to spreading Don Bosco's Preventive System and other Salesian values in the research and production of scientific knowledge aimed at society in its development phase. With the Observatory, we are committed to collaborating in the positive transformation of society through research on the realities of young people,” added the Executive Director of the "Dom Bosco" Catholic Faculty, prof. Edson Avila.

                              To watch the launch video of the initiative, please click here.

                              For more information, visit the website of the "Dom Bosco" Catholic Faculty.

                              • Brasile
                              • BPA BRASILE PORTO ALEGRE
                              • Giovani
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Angola – Hope for the future for children living in landfills

                                2 weeks 3 days ago
                                Angola – Hope for the future for children living in landfills

                                (ANS - Luanda) - Dulce, Esperança and Paulo are three of the thousands of children in the Lixeira district of Luanda, Angola, who are supported by the Salesians of Don Bosco with educational and housing projects. "Lixeira" means garbage dump, and it is in this very neighborhood where survival is most difficult amidst poverty, dust and waste that the Salesians carry on a concrete presence. It starts from a first approach and gradually becomes an educational project, food support, individual attention to the specific needs of each child or young person.

                                Angola continues to present a critical situation to the detriment of the most vulnerable social groups, exacerbated by the strong inflation that characterized 2019 and the effects of the pandemic. Field activities show that the phenomenon of street children is growing, even among girls, children.

                                But truly believing that school is a resource for changing the lives of the poorest minors allows the Sons of Don Bosco in Angola to never stop being strong, constant, constructive.

                                For all minors at risk, continuing the work started in recent years, the Salesians carry on the monitoring and first aid activities on the street, alongside the social reintegration and educational intervention services, and also promote greater awareness of the phenomenon and taking charge of social interventions in the related institutions.

                                In recent months, then, due to the pandemic, among street children they have conducted information campaigns on the dangers of Covid-19 and have also created an emergency center where to welcome them to keep them away from the dangers of contagion.

                                The Salesian program to support vulnerable social groups is being fulfilled with concrete objectives and results, year after year. Only in 2019, for example, thanks to the Salesian Mission Office "Missioni Don Bosco" in Turin, 237 children and young people aged 7 to 18 in the Lixeira district received all the attention of the street team and, after first aid and the first stages of approach and reception were integrated into the school system following that personalized path for each minor who enters a house of Don Bosco.

                                A journey that means creating the foundations for a new future for Dulce, Esperança, Paulo and any other reachable minor.

                                Further information is available at: www.missionidonbosco.org 

                                {gallery}ANG - Lixeira 2020{/gallery}

                                • Angola
                                • ANG ANGOLA
                                • Bambini di Strada
                                • Giovani a Rischio
                                • Missioni Don Bosco
                                • Coronavirus
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Italy – Don Bosco House Museum, a journey through the Preventive System

                                  2 weeks 3 days ago
                                  Italy – Don Bosco House Museum, a journey through the Preventive System

                                  (ANS - Turin) - The Casa Don Bosco Museum recently inaugurated in Turin does not limit itself to collecting artifacts and relics of great value from Salesian history: at the same time, it offers a journey dense with meaning. The Youth Ministry room is part of this itinerary that speaks everywhere of the Preventive System. It is presented to us by Fr Miguel Angel García, General Councilor for Youth Ministry.

                                  The dream of the nine-year-old (1824): wild animals, young people in prisons where violence generates violence, they become lambs. “Here is the field where you have to work”. In the center, Giovannino Bosco receives the magical words of his Preventive System that will illuminate the educational-pastoral action: not with thrashings, but through the power of love. As in all his dreams, the Lady dressed as a shepherdess appears, promised by Jesus: “I will give you the Teacher”.

                                  On the central panel, the dream of 1844: the transfer of the Oratory into the courtyard with the arcades. "The uncertainty about the place, the means and the people made me worry. I went to sleep with a restless heart”. The churches of dreams (Pinardi chapel and San Francesco di Sales church) welcomed hundreds of young people. These places and Don Bosco's presence among them are engraved in their gaze. Always the blue and the stars reminders of his dreams: stars in the night that will mark his life and show him the way.

                                  In the thick of the woods, in the midst of valleys, roads and footpaths, Don Bosco's missionary dream at the end of his life traces the mission journey of the Congregation (1886). Those lambs are now shepherds. His young missionaries faced "immense distances and difficult places". The saint looks ahead and remembers the words of the Lady of the Childhood Dream: “in due time you will understand everything”. His arm extends into the lives of many young people who go to all regions, a map without borders, from Valparaíso to Beijing.

                                  In the windows, original texts:

                                  The Dream of the nine years, collected in the notebooks of the Memoirs of the Oratory (manuscript written between 1873 and 1875): his more than 150 dreams express the charismatic strength and support the great projects of Don Bosco. Some refer to the saint's spiritual journey; others to the birth of the Congregation and to the profile of the Salesians; others convey important educational messages.

                                  The Letter from Rome (1884), addressed to the Salesian community of Turin-Valdocco: a fundamental document of Don Bosco to ensure and protect the genuine survival of his educational style. It is one of Don Bosco's most effective and richest pedagogical documents and expresses his insistence on family-style pedagogy, the climate of affection, respect, presence among young people and original trust.

                                  The Companion of Youth (1847): The first edition of this practical manual of instructions and prayers, published by Don Bosco (in 1888 he launched the 118th edition). It is a pedagogical tool in which he outlines a practical exercise of Christian life for young people.

                                  Don Bosco wanted to strengthen the sense of a God who provides, is present, active and merciful in the Oratory.

                                  Illustrations: Javier Carabaño

                                  {gallery}Italia - Sala PG al Museo DB - 2020{/gallery}

                                  • Italia
                                  • Musei
                                  • Sistema Preventivo
                                  • Pastorale Giovanile
                                  • Miguel Angel Garcia Morcuende
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Ecuador – "Donate your computer" - Salesians launch national campaign

                                    2 weeks 3 days ago

                                    (ANS - Quito) - According to Unicef, only 37% of families in Ecuador have an Internet connection. This means that more than 6 out of 10 children cannot study these days. This situation is aggravated in rural areas, where only 16% of households enjoy network connectivity. Faced with these circumstances, the Salesian Province of Ecuador, together with "Misión Don Bosco" and the Salesian Polytechnic University (UPS), launched the campaign "Donate your computer" at the national level. It aims to provide technology tools (tablets, laptops, PCs, keyboards, mouses, screens, speakers, electrical cables) to the vulnerable population of 12 cities across the country.

                                    Fr Francisco Sánchez, Provincial of Ecuador, said that the campaign "For daily bread" has been underway since March, thanks to which, in recent months, more than 4,000 families have benefited from a monthly card of 60 dollars for the purchase of basic necessities. "Today we want to take a step forward and present the 'Donate your computer' campaign, a solidarity initiative that under the slogan 'No one excluded', intends to ensure that vulnerable children, adolescents and young people can study under the same conditions as those that have a connection.”

                                    The proposal was born from the initiative of 30 students of the Faculty of Computer Science of the Polytechnic University of Quito, who since 20 July have repaired more than 100 electronic devices sent to the Salesian house in Esmeraldas. "Thank you for giving us the opportunity to demonstrate what it means to be good Christians and upright citizens," said one of the young people taking part in the campaign.

                                    The offices of the Salesian university in Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca operate as donation collection centers; an IT application was also developed that allows donors to know the status and destination of what they have donated, thus respecting the transparency policies. The evaluation and repair of the equipment is carried out by the students of Systems Engineering and Computer Science; donations are channeled through “Misión Don Bosco”.

                                    One of the donated equipment was donated to María Rosa Chasiluisa, who lives south of Quito and has six children. “Thank you very much for giving this help to my children. I'm very happy because with this computer they can make a career for themselves. I felt bad because my children, many times, were unable to connect to lessons or send their homework on time,” says this woman, one of the many mothers assisted by the Salesians in Ecuador.

                                    The initial goal of the "Donate your computer" campaign is to provide 500 technological tools so that needy children and young people of the Salesian works can attend virtual lessons, continue to digitally meet their classmates, do their homework and maintain the hope that a better world is possible through education.

                                    At a later stage, "Don Bosco Mission" also intends to work to promote connectivity, which is why the launch of the "ConectiviDAR" campaign is planned, which will allow access and good use of the Internet.

                                    {gallery}ECU - Dona il tuo PC 2020{/gallery}

                                    • Ecuador
                                    • ECU ECUADOR
                                    • Tecnologie
                                    • Solidarietà
                                    • Educazione
                                    • Internet
                                    • Coronavirus
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      The Philippines – Salesian appointed regional trustee for the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines

                                      2 weeks 3 days ago
                                      The Philippines – Salesian appointed regional trustee for the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines

                                      (ANS – Cebu City) – Fr. Fidel Ma. Orendain, SDB, has been nominated and elected as the regional trustee for the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) Region 7. CEAP aims to strengthen solidarity among member schools through Catholic education, to champion relevant, inclusive and transformative Catholic education with the Church in mind, and to be catalysts of change through dialogue, collaboration and education in the different dimensions of human life.

                                      CEAP R7 held its virtual general assembly last September 19, 2020 with the technical assistance of Don Bosco Technical College – Cebu. In that event, Fr. Fidel, rector and president of DBTC, gave the keynote speech for the event entitled, “Catholic Educators Role in developing Faith-driven People in facing Life’s Difficulties”. He was later nominated and elected by an overwhelming majority by the official school representatives of the member educational institutions of Cebu and Bohol. He later was inducted into office in a national online meeting last September 23.

                                      The regional trustee is the chief executive officer of the regional division of CEAP and the chairperson of the regional council. He coordinates for the effective communication of the needs of the region, formulate and carry out the will of the regional assembly, and render assistance to the region’s member institutions in matters relating to their operations. He serves for three years and may be reelected for another consecutive term.

                                      Philippine South (FIS) Salesian Provincial, Fr. Godofredo Atienza, said of the educational mission of Salesians: “I am happy that we are right there. We are just in the right place in education. I am looking forward to more encounters and I am happy that Fr. Fidel was elected as the regional trustee. The educational ministry is the Salesians’ special mission for the young.” The Salesian Philippines South Province is now better positioned to contribute and inform the educational ministry of the Church in region 7 with Fr. Fidel at the helm. This is both a gift and a challenge to better live the dream of St. John Bosco in our times, even during the pandemic.

                                      Source: AustraLasia

                                      • FIS FILIPPINE SUD
                                      • Filippine
                                      • Nomine
                                      • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                                        Gian Francesco Romano
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