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Italy - Civil Service with Salesians for Social Affairs: 1,250 places available for Italy and abroad

3 weeks 2 days ago
Italy - Civil Service with Salesians for Social Affairs: 1,250 places available for Italy and abroad

(ANS - Rome) - There will be about 1,250 young people aged between 18 and 29 who this year will be able to fulfill their Universal Civil Service in the projects presented by Salesians for Social Aps. This is the highest number ever and a big thank you for the result achieved goes to the staff at the national headquarters and at the regional levels for their commitment to the work of planning and design.

The projects envisage the involvement of young people especially in the educational and welfare fields, which will allow them to put themselves at the service of local communities, experimenting with paths of personal growth and maturation.

The Civil Service is an original experience of Italy that manages to combine the non-violent defense of the country with youth leadership and education for solidarity.

The decree identifying the Universal Civil Service projects funded for the year 2020 published by the Department for Youth Policies and Universal Civil Service, will allow us to implement:

- 74 projects in the ordinary call for proposals to be carried out in Italy for 1,077 participants;
- 14 projects in the “Garanzia Giovani” call for a total of 132 participants;
- 5 projects in the ordinary call for proposals to be carried out abroad (Spain, France, Albania) for a total of 51 places.

"Living the Civil Service in the coming months will help Italy to restart, not only to prepare for the future but to prepare the future especially for those engaged in the education of young people," explains Fr Roberto Dal Molin, president of Salesians Social APS.

The call for aspiring volunteers will be published in the next few days. Young people will be able to apply exclusively online by connecting to the DOL platform on the site https://domandaonline.serviziocivile.it

Access to the platform for Italian citizens residing in Italy or abroad must take place exclusively with SPID, the Public Digital Identity System.

It is therefore important that all young people interested in universal civil service who do not yet have SPID take action immediately to acquire their digital identity, to be ready when the call is published. Once the call is published, all the information necessary for correct submission of the application is available on the website www.serviziocivile.gov.it and www.salesianiperilsociale.it

 

  • Italia
  • Servizio Civile
    Alessandro Parrozzani

    Vatican - Fr Ignazio Stuchlý is Venerable

    3 weeks 3 days ago
    Vatican - Fr Ignazio Stuchlý is Venerable

    (ANS - Vatican City) - On 21 December 2020, the Holy Father Francis received His Eminence Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, in audience. During the audience, the Supreme Pontiff authorized the same Congregation to promulgate the decree concerning the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Ignatius Stuchlý, professed priest of the Society of St. Francis de Sales; born on 14 December 1869 in Bolesław (now Poland), he died in Lukov (Czech Republic) on 17 January 1953.

    Born in Bolesław, in the former Prussian Silesia, into a large family of peasants, Ignatius had a first intense experience of faith at school, where the teacher Jan Kolibaj, much in love with Our Lady, urges him about the priestly vocation. His rather precarious health conditions suddenly improve when a "folk healer" changes his diet: the latter also prophesies his priesthood. This dream could only be fulfilled many years later, not without some difficulties due to external and independent circumstances.

    Many spoke to him about Don Bosco and, after various vicissitudes, in 1894, he was welcomed in Turin and accompanied on his vocational journey by Fr Michele Rua. The aspirantate begins in Valsalice. There he meets the Venerable Fr Andrea Beltrami who will mark his journey of faith and his mission. In 1895 the novitiate begins in Ivrea. On the eve of his vows, he experiences a moment of vocational crisis, which he overcomes thanks to the paternal help of Fr Rua who urges him to immediately make his perpetual profession, which he did on 29 September 1896.

    In 1901 Ignazio Stuchlý was ordained a priest by the Archbishop of Gorizia, Cardinal Missia. Until 1910 he dedicated himself to poor children, distinguishing himself as a sought-after confessor and expert spiritual guide: these were years of sacrifice but of great spiritual fruit for vocations. Then he was in Slovenia, between Ljubljana and Verzej, until 1924, dedicating his energies to the maintenance of the Salesian works and to the construction of the beautiful shrine of Mary Help of Christians in Ljubljana. From 1925 to 1927 he returned to Italy in Perosa Argentina (Turin), where he was in charge of the formation of young people from his native lands, Bohemia and Moravia, in order to graft the Salesian Congregation "in the North", according to the prophetic words given to him years earlier by Fr Rua. In 1927 he returned to his homeland, to Fryšták, and where he held government posts, including the Province, from 1935 (Bohemia, Moravia, Slovakia) seeing an extraordinary flowering of the Salesian presence. He faces both the Second World War and the spread of communist totalitarianism: in both cases, the Salesian works are requisitioned, the confreres enlisted or dispersed, and he suddenly sees the work to which he had consecrated his life destroyed.

    Forty days before the fateful "Night of the Barbarians", in March 1950, he was struck by apoplexy: he then spent the last three years of his life, first in the retirement home in Zlín, then in Lukov, always guarded by the regime and isolated from his brothers. Thus his prophecy that he would die alone is fulfilled; but around his bed, peace and joy flourish, which he radiates in abundance. The very high esteem that he had always aroused in superiors, and his great ability to love and be loved, then flourish more than ever in the reputation of holiness. He died peacefully on the evening of January 17, 1953.

    Economer, prefect, vice-director, director, provincial, the Servant of God had held positions of responsibility for a large part of his life. A bit like Blessed Fr Rua, taken by him as an example, was considered a "living rule", an effective witness to the spirit of Don Bosco and capable of passing it on to subsequent generations, in very different contexts from nineteenth-century Turin. «Ignatius Stuchlý was a religious who did not write "Rules", but obeyed them». In difficult contexts and facing them with great faith and hope, he leaves us a message of great relevance: «We work while it is day. When the night arrives, the Lord will take care of it ».

    Website: https://istuchly.cz/

    • Vaticano
    • Santità Salesiana
    • Ignazio Stuchlý
      Virginia Nitto

      Spain - "A Mass with joy": album by Salesian Carlos Martinez Voces

      3 weeks 3 days ago

      (ANS - Madrid) - The composer Fr Carlos Martinez Voces, a Salesian, this week released a musical album entitled “Con Alegria Missa”, A Mass with Joy. It is a collection of 15 pieces of various genres, specially composed for Eucharistic celebrations. From rock to pop, passing through rap and blues, the album was born from the profound joy of believing in God. A loving God who wants to reach everyone.

      As for the title, the author underlines the desire to express genuine joy: “Everything I do, everything I sing, is based on the joy of living and giving thanks because we are alive,” he explained. “I wanted to hook myself to the tradition of our songs, respecting the texts and remembering that these are prayers of praise,” added Fr Carlos Martinez Voces.

      The composer then stated that with this album he wants to reach young people and their communities. Encouraging him in this new work was the convocation by Pope Francis of the Synod on young people. As Fr Carlos Martinez acknowledges: “it was a really long process”, but in all this journey for the composer his priority has always been clear: to spotlight young people.

      In fact, throughout his career, the composer has always shown a marked sensitivity towards the world of youth and has made music an indispensable tool for communicating with young people. In his work as a teacher, music has always helped him to get closer to the young, facilitating personal encounters and the development of creative skills.

      His activity as a musician began in 1989, with the composition "Juan Soñador", which was followed by other albums, such as "Esperanza", "Y prepararon la Pascua", "El arco de colores". His new album, “Con Alegria Missa”, has its own web page, where lyrics and scores can be downloaded. It can also be listened to on various platforms, such as Spotify, YouTube, Deezer and Google Play and purchased on Amazon or on the online store www.encristiano.com.

      • Spagna
      • Musica
      • Giovani
        Virginia Nitto

        South Africa - Distribution of food to 6,592 people, thanks to "Salesian Missions"

        3 weeks 3 days ago
        Foto: Salesian Missions

        (ANS - Johannesburg) - Aid to the most disadvantaged families and the hardest hit by the pandemic continues from “Salesian Missions”, the Salesian Mission Office of New Rochelle, United States. The latter, together with the Planning and Development Office in Johannesburg, South Africa, financed a food relief plan, thanks to which the Salesians were able to support 6,592 people in South Africa, Eswatini and Lesotho.

        To reach the people who most needed help, the Salesian missionaries worked in synergy with the "Don Bosco Educational Projects", with the "Salesian Institute Youth Projects", and with other Salesian organizations, which were able to identify the most vulnerable in their communities and to distribute food aid to them. A total of 1,030 families, with an impact on 6,592 people, received the aid over the course of three months.

        Of this support, Mrs Linda, from Cape Town, bears witness. Her husband, who worked part-time as a gardener before the national lockdown, lost his job and Linda often had to go to soup kitchens set up for the poor, looking for food to feed her family. In these months they survived only on rations of bread and black tea. When she received food aid from the Salesians, Linda said: "The food package has had a great impact on our daily life. I can give my family a cooked meal and save my few cents. Thanks to the Salesians for their kindness and for remembering us, the poor."

        In Eswatini, food kits helped Tengetile, a student who lives with her grandparents, after her father died. The grandparents, with their pension, were unable to feed her adequately and often the family ate only "pap", a semolina and corn porridge. "This food is a great gift from God," said Tengetile. "I'm grateful for these kits, which make my grandparents feel more at ease and allow me to improve the quality of studying at school."

        The Salesian missionaries were able to secure the funds to continue the aid until the beginning of 2021, when it is hoped that there will be less serious repercussions on the labor market and that the population can return to a certain normalcy.

        According to UNICEF, poverty is widespread in South Africa, with over 63% of children living below the poverty line.

        • Sudafrica
        • Missioni
        • Coronavirus
          Virginia Nitto

          Italy – New edition of “Christmas Concert” to help world's poor in pandemic crisis

          3 weeks 4 days ago
          Italy – New edition of “Christmas Concert” to help world's poor in pandemic crisis

          (ANS - Rome) - This year too, for the 28th time, the traditional artistic-solidarity event of the "Christmas Concert", promoted by the Congregation for Catholic Education, is being renewed. The concert supports the activities of the Salesian Mission Office, "Missioni Don Bosco", of Turin and of the Pontifical Foundation "Scholas Occurrentes", which this year joined in the common project "Together we network for our future!" intended to give concrete answers to the social and educational emergency caused by the ongoing pandemic.

          The show, recorded on 12 December last, will be broadcast on Italian TV Canale 5 on the evening of 24 December and will act as a driving force for donations that can be sent right now, and until 31 December, through the solidarity number 45530 - and that will be used to support the charitable projects of Missioni Don Bosco and Scholas Occurrentes designed to help those most affected by the pandemic.

          In this year that is about to end, "Missioni Don Bosco" has supported projects in 55 countries, reaching around 10,674,000 people. The action is made up of health awareness programs, the distribution of food and masks, educational assistance and hospitality for the homeless. Aid was concentrated in the areas most affected by the pandemic, through widespread intervention in many areas of the global South.

          Given the persistence of the pandemic, the commitment will be renewed in the new year. Bro. Giampietro Pettenon, SDB, President of "Missioni Don Bosco", explained:

          “We Salesians have many schools where we welcome thousands of children, who obviously cannot attend them at this time because the pandemic prevents it. For many of these children, it means giving up the only real meal of the day ... We have carried out, wherever possible, a door-to-door delivery of food packages, to help the poorest families feed their children.

          I am thinking for example of the children exhausted by hunger who in Madagascar, in the final phase of the morning, would fall asleep in the classroom: at home they ate breakfast at home with a cup of hot water! Or to India, where many migrant workers walk hundreds, thousands of kilometers to return home. Where there is a Salesian house, the confreres opened the doors and welcomed these people, fed them and were able to give them some rest.”

          Furthermore, this year the first edition of the "Christmas Virtual Race - Run for Charity" will be launched during the concert, a moment dedicated to sport and solidarity, born from the collaboration between Prime Time Promotions and the Amateur Sports Association "Corsa dei Saints". The race started on Saturday 19th and runs until December 31st: through the App downloadable from the Enternow platform, runners will be able to compete along their favorite routes and compete with others in a virtual way.

          Further information on: https://www.concertodinatale.it and www.missionidonbosco.org 

          • Italia
          • Rettor Maggiore
          • Ángel Fernández Artime
          • Natale Vitali
          • Missioni Don Bosco
          • Concerto
          • Solidarietà
          • Coronavirus
            Gian Francesco Romano

            RMG – New Provincial of Myanmar appointed: Fr Bosco Zeya Aung

            3 weeks 4 days ago
            RMG – New Provincial of Myanmar appointed: Fr Bosco Zeya Aung

            (ANS - Rome) - The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with the consent of his Council, has appointed the new Provincial of the "Mary Help of Christians" Vice Province of Myanmar (MYM) for 2021-2027: Salesian Fr Bosco Zeya Aung. Currently Vicar and Delegate for Formation of the Vice Province, the religious will assume the leadership of a Vice Province which, according to the most recent data, features 65 Salesians and 3 novices, active in 10 works.

            Fr Bosco Zeya Aung was born on 26 January 1976 in Mandalay, Myanmar. He attended the Salesian novitiate in Anisakan, where he made his first profession, on 24 September 1994; he made his perpetual vows on 24 September 2000, also in Anisakan, and was ordained a priest on 6 April 2003 in Pathein.

            He dedicated most of his service to the Salesian world of Anisakan: first as Vicar and Economer (2006-2007) of the Novitiate, then as Novice Master and Director (2011-2015); moreover, he was also parish priest (2015-2019) of the “Nazareth” house in Anisakan and is currently still its Director (since 2015).

            In 2007-2009 he studied in Rome at the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS), and has a degree in Psychology.

            He was a Councilor for the MYM Vice Province and is currently Vicar and Delegate for Formation. 

            • MYM MYANMAR
            • Myanmar
            • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
            • Nomine
            • Ispettori
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Germany – First Christmas in new home for disadvantaged young people

              3 weeks 4 days ago
              Germany – First Christmas in new home for disadvantaged young people

              (ANS - Essen) - On Theodor Hartz Strasse in Essen, at number 21, in the immediate vicinity of the Salesian house, there is a house that for many years, until 2015, had welcomed young people in need. After a five-year hiatus, on 25 November the house was re-inaugurated, as it is now being carried out under a new aegis and through a collaboration between Salesians and the local Caritas. And in a few days its guests are preparing to experience their first Christmas in this new home for disadvantaged young people - a home that still awaits an official name, but which will find one together with its young guests.

              The house is owned by the Salesians of Don Bosco, who in recent years, and with great sacrifices, have completely renovated it. The result, however, was worth it: it is now a beautiful home for seven children, who can develop new perspectives for the future here.

              “During renovations there were continuous delays and in the end it became clear that we could not do without a complete gutting,” explained Fr Otto Nosbisch, Director of the Essen work and staunch supporter of the initiative to give a new use to the structure. “Now we are practically dealing with a completely new interior, in the old outer walls.”

              Indeed, the result of the work on the old three-storey building, renovated in its central core, is impressive: large common areas have been created, a large kitchen, seven large single rooms, good bathrooms, ample balconies and a beautiful internal courtyard. Also, there is a space for assistants and therapists, offices and meeting rooms.

              Even if, according to the agreement, Caritas of Essen will manage the activities, the Salesian spirit will remain an integral part of the life of the house. “This was a particularly important point for us: with the Don Bosco Club, the daily oratory and all the other offers of the Don Bosco Campus, there are many opportunities for action in the vicinity; and with them, also concrete occasions of encounter,” said Fr Nosbisch.

              Building furniture together, hiking and a variety of other activities are already planned for the future; while as regards the equipment, colors and furnishings of the interiors - which were blessed by Fr Nosbich on the day of the inauguration - it should be noted that they were all selected by the staff who will animate the house, to have an optimal operating environment for the children's care.

              The young residents of Theodor Hartz Strasse, No. 21, will soon be involved in choosing the name to give to the house. Meanwhile, accompanied by Caritas workers and wrapped in the Salesian spirit, they can rediscover a healthy trust in life and in God's help.

              Source: DonBosco.de

              • Germania
              • GER GERMANIA
              • Giovani a Rischio
              • Nuova Presenza
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Chile – Teacher training: transversal-management diploma for Salesian school leaders

                3 weeks 4 days ago
                Chile – Teacher training: transversal-management diploma for Salesian school leaders

                (ANS - Santiago) – In 2020 the Provincial Department for Education concentrated its work on a plan of formation and strengthening of skills, offering over a dozen diplomas and courses made available to the leaders and teaching teams of the Salesian schools along with workshops as part of fostering the network of Salesian schools in the country.

                The Director of the Network of Salesian Schools, Juan Pablo Vásquez, reported that this great variety of formation is the result of the strategic planning established in 2019, thanks to a relationship with the Silva Henríquez Catholic University (UCSH), a Salesian insitute of higher education, and with other institutions, which have favored progress in the themes of continuing education.

                One of the most important formation events that took place this year was the diploma course in transversal management for managers of Salesian schools held by teachers from the UCSH School of Philosophy. It was attended by 64 primary and junior high school teachers of the schools of Copiapó, Talca, Linares, Punta Arenas, and Santiago (Liceo Arriarán Barros and Oratorio Don Bosco). The first course, which started in August, ends in Jan,uary 2021.

                On the morning of Friday 4 December, about 20 people, including pedagogical coordinators, professional technical coordinators, and directors and principals of the six schools that participated in the course, learned the results of the 2020 formation course presented by the UCSH teacher, prof. Pablo Solorzano.

                On the occasion, some of the participants expressed their intention to recommend the same course to other colleagues of theirs, “because teachers must continually improve, and even more so the principals, whose role is fundamental in training people"; or, again, “because it is necessary to form good people, capable of making their contribution to society, of participating and giving the best of themselves.”

                The online meeting concluded with the presentation of the course project for 2021, which is expected to be extended to new schools in the network, recognizing that moments of crisis, such as the current one, can offer opportunities to strengthen the professional skills of Salesian educators.

                Source: Salesian Bulletin (Chile)

                • Cile
                • CIL CILE
                • Scuole
                • Educazione
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  RMG – World Première of Rector Major's 2021 Strenna

                  3 weeks 5 days ago
                  RMG – World Première of Rector Major's 2021 Strenna

                  (ANS - Rome) - The first world screening of the Rector Major's 2021 Strenna takes place on 26 December, the feast day of Saint Stephen protomartyr; its theme: "Moved by hope: See, I am making all things new (Rev 21.5)". The event is an exceptional novelty, even as it respects traditional canons.

                  The program of activities foresees, first of all, the meeting of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with the Mother General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) and a small group of sisters at the FMA Generalate at 4.00 pm, Italian time. The X Successor of Don Bosco shall present a preview of the Strenna's contents, referring to the tradition that sees the Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Father and Center of Unity of the Salesian Family, to be the first to deliver the Strenna message for the new year to the FMA.

                  Subsequently, at 18:00 (UTC + 1) - and here is the real novelty - the worldwide screening of the Strenna video will take place: a screening that will be live streaming on the ANS Facebook page, with simultaneous comments in five languages, and which will make it possible to immediately share the perspective indicated by Fr Á.F. Artime to all today's followers and admirers of Don Bosco throughout the Salesian world.

                  Finally, immediately after the video screening  - and always in live streaming - the Rector Major will make himself available for an interview wherein users from home will also be able to participate by suggesting questions, and will thus deepen the themes and salient contents of the Strenna.

                  To participate, please connect to: https://www.facebook.com/agenziaans

                  {gallery}RMG - locandina lancio strenna 2021{/gallery}

                  • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                  • Strenna 2021
                  • Rettor Maggiore
                  • Ángel Fernández Artime
                  • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Thailand – Salesians Helping the Flood Victims in the South

                    3 weeks 5 days ago
                    Thailand – Salesians Helping the Flood Victims in the South

                    (ANS – Hatyai) – From the end of November to the first days of December 2020, a strong typhoon battered southern Thailand. This brought sudden flooding and disruption to 11 provinces. Even though the water level has come down, yet there is still much water around the area. The most devastated place was Nakornsrithammarat Province.

                    The Salesians, through their school - Saeng Thong Vitthaya, in Songkhla Province - mobilized the support from the Association of Past Pupils, The Parents-Teachers Association of the SME Section, the teachers and students - all together they contributed more than 2,000 food bags and some money to help the villagers of Amphoe Chawang [13 December 2020] and the local community of Bo Sap [16 December 2020]. The school also gave scholarships to Don Bosco Development Training Center in Amphoe Ronphiboon, through the Salesian confreres there, namely Fr Renzo Rossignolo and Fr Dominic Suphot Riewngam.

                    Aside from these, on 17 December 2020, a group of senior high-school students, under the leadership of Mr Khanisorn Kiratiphongwut, donated the amount of 49,400.--baht [$1,660.--] to the vice-Governor of Nakornsrithammarat Province. This amount came from the tutoring fees for Grade 4-6 done on-line through 'zoom', from 10-12 December 2020. Many students, even from other provinces, were interested to take the course. These registration fees were given completely to the schools and development centers for children in the five places that were badly affected by the typhoon in the Nakornsrithammrat Province.

                    The vice-Governor of Nakornsrithammarat Province was greatly impressed by the initiative of the students of Saeng Thong School, for their volunteerism and awareness for the good of the common needs, especially of their fellow students. He also praised the school for encouraging volunteerism, and driving this program deeply into the hearts of the students.

                    Source: AustraLasia

                    • Thailandia
                    • THA THAILANDIA
                    • Disastri e Calamità Naturali
                    • Solidarietà
                    • Studenti
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Cameroon – Classrooms full of life in new Salesian secondary school in Mimboman

                      3 weeks 5 days ago
                      Cameroon – Classrooms full of life in new Salesian secondary school in Mimboman

                      (ANS - Yaoundé) - The construction of the secondary school of the Salesians in Cameroon, in the district of Mimboman, in the capital of the country, Yaoundé, is now complete, up and running. The boys and girls are delighted to be able to study in a well-equipped space adapted to their educational needs, leaving behind the old building where they shared the spaces with some very noisy vocational training workshops, which made it very difficult to follow and carry out lessons.

                      The new building, operational since last November, features 12 classrooms, 10 equipped for conventional lessons, another soon to be used as a laboratory and the last to be set up as a computer room. It also has 3 offices and 3 classrooms to store the center's various equipment.

                      The new school welcomes about 500 young people, who are guaranteed the right to quality education. And the offer has also been expanded, with courses reaching the Baccalaureate.

                      The Salesian school is also committed to gender equality, ensuring that at least half of the places available are destined for female pupils, that they have safe spaces and above all that education is provided to all, guaranteeing all students the same possibilities.

                      The Salesian school project in Mimboman still has a long way to go and its director, Bediehide Octave Christian, explains: "We plan to build two more modules, with classrooms for teaching staff, administrative services, the library, workshops, a multipurpose room and a dining room." Nonetheless, the modern and functional structure is a great step forward for the education of many boys and girls.

                      For its part, "Bosco Global", a Spanish Salesian NGO that works with education to build a more just, equitable and sustainable world, and which supported the construction project of the Salesian secondary school in Mimboman, promised to continue to support this project, which is allowing many young people to access quality education in a neighborhood where education is perhaps the only opportunity to break the cycle of poverty that chains many families.

                      A video is available online that presents the new structure and gives voice to some of the protagonists of Mimboman.

                      Source: Salesianos.edu

                      • ATE AFRICA TROPICALE EQUATORIALE
                      • SMX SPAGNA MARIA AUSILIATRICE
                      • Bosco Global
                      • Solidarietà
                      • Educazione
                      • Scuole
                      • Camerun
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        RMG – Christmas greetings from the Rector Major: "God walks with us"

                        3 weeks 5 days ago

                        (ANS - Rome) - It is a message of hope - Christian hope rooted in faith in God who becomes man – the message the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, sends via a brief video to the whole Salesian Congregation and the Salesian Family as we approach Christmas and the new year.

                        After a difficult year full of trials for all humanity, as 2020 was, the only way to look at Christmas and 2021 with "serene interiority" is to use a gaze or outlook of faith, a faith that becomes hope. “I like faith that becomes hope,” the Rector Major begins with a quote from the Vietnamese Cardinal Van Thuán - one who knew about faith and hope, having been jailed for many years for his faith.

                        "How can we talk about Christmas when we have experienced all this?" asks Fr Á.F. Artime. For Christians it is always possible, because Christmas "means that God comes to meet us, that God becomes man still today, close to man, in His Son Jesus," says the Rector Major.

                        The new year can thus be a good opportunity to start again in a different fashion and better than before: more attentive to the care of Creation, to the "cry of thousands of young people", to welcoming migrants "in a humane way", and to building a world "of compassion, of mercy of hand that comes close to those who need it."

                        The video of the Rector Major is available on ANSChannel - in Italian, Spanish, English, French, Portuguese and Polish - in their respective language channels.

                        • Natale
                        • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                        • Rettor Maggiore
                        • Speranza
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Spain – International Migrants Day: a "we" to build a better society

                          4 weeks 1 day ago

                          (ANS - Madrid) - The Salesian Social Platforms take care of 35,000 migrants and about 1,000 asylum seekers or refugees in Spain. To celebrate International Migrants Day, which occurs today, December 18, they have prepared various initiatives.

                          According to the United Nations, in 2019 there were 272 million international migrants (people residing in a country other than their birthplace) in the world. In recent years there have been important episodes of migration, which have caused great inconvenience, trauma and loss of life. According to the UN "World Report on Migration 2020", the main causes of these migrations were conflicts, situations of extreme violence or serious economic and political instability, as well as a growing recognition of the effects of climate and environmental change on human mobility.

                          Faced with the reality of migrants, the State Coordination of Salesian Social Platforms and its various entities are working hard to accompany the processes of welcoming and integrating these people. They mainly accompany children, adolescents and young people, many of them unaccompanied, but they also develop programs for the care of their families and, above all, vulnerable adults.

                          In the 10 entities that make up the Coordination, the work is carried out through projects that meet the specific needs of these people: help with legal practices, lack of housing, migratory pain, uprooting and learning a new language. There are extracurricular educational programs projects that try to compensate for inequalities, or projects to support the regularization of documentation, specific job placement itineraries, foster homes, psychological support, actions to promote non-discrimination and intercultural mediation, projects to encourage participation of migrant women, actions to promote healthy habits, positive parenting projects and projects to provide information, guidance and legal advice.

                          Among the initiatives of the Salesian Social Platforms for the International Day of Migrants, the following should be noted:

                          -                 The 10th edition of the Kulunguelé Festival, an event of solidarity and non-culturalism by "FISAT Cartagena" visible on 18 December at 20:00 (UTC + 1) on the organization's social networks.

                          -                 The video about the “Malaikas” project of the “JuanSoñador” Foundation.

                          -                 The Intercultural Week, organized by the "Mornese" Foundation, with testimonies of life, and sharing of recipes, crafts, typical costumes, and lore.

                          -                 An online formation, organized by the State Coordination of Salesian Social Platforms, in collaboration with the “Fundación PorCausa”, to learn how to spread positive stories about migrants and migrations.

                          With this day, the State Coordination of Salesian Social Platforms wants to join in the defense of respect for human rights and respond to the contemporary challenge of migration, welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating, as suggested by the Pope in 2018. With this day, the leaders say of the Coordination, "we want to seal our commitment to welcome and include all migrants and all those who find themselves in situations of vulnerability in our society and guarantee the necessary means to defend the rights and dignity of these people."

                          • Spagna
                          • Migranti
                          • Piattaforme Sociali Salesiane
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            RMG – Fr Maniparamben appointed as Provincial of India-New Delhi Province

                            4 weeks 1 day ago
                            RMG – Fr Maniparamben appointed as Provincial of India-New Delhi Province

                            (ANS – Rome) – On 17 December 2020, the Rector Major, Rev. Fr. Angel Fernandez Artime, with the consent of his Council, nominated Rev. Fr. Davis Maniparamben, SDB as the 5th Provincial of the Salesian Province of “Jesus the Good Shepherd”, New Delhi, India (INN) for the six-year period of 2021-2027. The New Delhi Province spreads across nearly half of India, encompassing 9 States and 2 Union Territories of India. The Province with 204 Salesians is set to celebrate 25 years of its foundation in January (1997-2021).

                            Fr. Davis Maniparamben professed as member of the mother Province of Kolkata and has been part of the Delhi Province from its inception. He can speak and write Hindi and Bengali in addition to English and his mother tongue Malayalam.

                            Fr. Davis was born on 29 June 1961 of John and Elizabeth. Both his parents have gone to their eternal reward. Two of his sisters (Sr. Annie Joice and Sr. Maria Pushpam) are consecrated religious, in the Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC). His father, late John Maniparamben was a freedom fighter in the Indian national struggle for freedom, having been a Second World War veteran and later a soldier in the INA (Indian National Army) founded by the great freedom fighter, Shri Subhash Chandra Bose. Fr. Davis did his high school studies at Don Bosco School, Mannuthy, Kerala where he came in contact with the Salesians of Don Bosco.  He was fascinated by the work of the Salesians for the education of young students. He became a member of the Society of Salesians of Don Bosco on 24th May 1981.  He was ordained a priest on 30 December 1990 at Ollur, Kerala.

                            His education in different parts of the country (Trichur, Sonada, Shillong, Kolkata, Bangalore) has expanded his vision and ability to understand people and situations. He is a graduate with English Honours and holds a post-graduate degree in Counselling Psychology from Bangalore University. He has a professional degree in Education (B.Ed) from the University of Calcutta.

                            Fr. Davis Maniparamben became a Headmaster at Don Bosco School, Liluah (West Bengal) in the year 1991.  Since then, he has been in the educational field bringing out the best from his staff and students in places like Kokar, Kullu, and Alaknanda. He also taught at Jokbhala and guided the Salesian community Jabalpur. Since 2019 he is the Rector and Principal of Don Bosco School Alaknanda, Delhi. In 2019 the Delhi Minority Commission awarded the School, “Outstanding School Award.” For a time, he was among the panel of Inspectors for Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination. He is a member of the Peace Committee of the Delhi Minority Commission.

                            In addition to the long years of experience in Schools, he also has had the experience of being a Parish Priest at Hatia, Ranchi. At the Provincial level, he has served 4 terms as a Provincial Councillor (1997-2003 and 2008 – 2014). Currently, he is Provincial Delegate for Past Pupils and ADMA. In the past, he has been at various times, Provincial Delegate for Formation, Education & Culture, and Groups & Movements. He has also served as a full-time Youth Ministry Coordinator of the Province. He was elected by the confreres of the Province to be a delegate of the Province at the 28th General Chapter of the Salesian Congregation, held in 2020.

                            Fr. Davis Maniparamben who is known for his love for young people, for his dynamism and for his ability to create synergy among groups will be taking up the responsibility of being the Provincial of New Delhi Province from Rev. Fr. Jose Mathew Koorappallil, SDB who has led the Province from the front in the last six years, with great enthusiasm, courage, and organizational ability.

                            • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                            • INN INDIA NEW DELHI
                            • Nomine
                            • Ispettori
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Mongolia – Clean water for 300 families

                              4 weeks 1 day ago
                              Mongolia – Clean water for 300 families

                              (ANS - Shuwuu) - Although the late bishop Wenceslaus Padilla entrusted the Catholic mission station of Shuwuu (30 km from Ulanbaatar) to the Salesians only 4 years ago, the families who live in this district have been using the water of this Catholic mission since 1998.

                              Ms. Solongo, a catechist, described the daily life of ordinary Mongolians in Shuwuu in the video “Clean water services”. It was recorded by the Salesian missionary Fr Jaroslav Vracovsky and is available on the YouTube channel of the Salesians in Mongolia. This is a short film which, by showing what happens in Shuwuu, is also proposed as a valid resource for environmental education.

                              Here, throughout the year, citizens from the countryside come to the "Catholic well" and stock up on drinking water to take to their homes. In fact, the 300 families of Shuwuu are part of those 1.1 billion people who still lack fair access to water around the world. In many places in Mongolia, water is a rare commodity and is often brought to villages by tanker trucks.

                              Services like this, in a difficult year like the present one, are especially popular with families and young people in Shuwuu. Mongolia, in isolation since January, is in fact experiencing major difficulties and the challenges for citizens are numerous.

                              In light of this, Br. Andrew Le Phuong, Salesian Brother and Director of the Planning and Development Office (PDO), has been publishing a newsletter he started in July 2020. In English and Korean, the newsletter acts as an important bridge between potential donors or benefactors of the Salesian mission in Mongolia.

                              “Our hope,” they write from the Planning and Development Office, “is that 'Clean water services' and the other initiatives of the Salesians in Mongolia will become better known and attract more and more generous people around the world to contribute to our mission.”

                              Video - Newsletter

                              Source: AustraLasia

                              {gallery}Mongolia - Acqua 2020{/gallery}

                              • VIE VIETNAM
                              • Mongolia
                              • Acqua
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                India – Traditional Cluster Development Program: “Virasat - The Heritage”

                                4 weeks 1 day ago
                                India – Traditional Cluster Development Program: “Virasat - The Heritage”

                                (ANS – New Delhi) – Lockdown of varying degrees is one reality due to the pandemic. But going beyond that to a learning process using available resources of mobile telephony was something new for the pineapple farmers and processors of Assam. The partnership between FICCI and Don Bosco Tech Society made it possible for them. It was surely different, useful and engaging and hopefully futuristic.

                                Don Bosco Tech Society has partnered with FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industries) and FISCI (Food Industry Capacity & Skill Initiative) in the Traditional Cluster Development Program for the pineapple growers and pineapple processors in the State of Assam through a short term online training and certification.

                                Virasat- The Heritage is an initiative by the Industry Chamber that gives a platform to the small and medium enterprises working at traditional cluster level to showcase their talents and to share with the world, their amazing journey. This programme also offers a platform to different traditional clusters from various states of the country to share best practices and explore synergies.

                                The objective of the training is to create sustainable linkages between the rural and urban economies. The training modules are Digital literacy, Financial Literacy, Supply Chain Management, Packaging, and Entrepreneurship. The additional topics included the value addition of pineapple and e-commerce websites. The online training aims to promote pineapple growers to fruit entrepreneurs and form Farmers Production Organizations at cluster level across the state.

                                In collaboration with FICCI, we have already trained and certified 111 participants in the state of Assam through two separate initiatives. The experience of the initial pilot programme and the interest generated in the same has led to improving on the content and delivery as well as planning a bigger reach. It was surely a different and new experience for most of the participants to attend training sessions on their mobiles using online platforms and interact with the trainers and others engaged in similar activity.

                                While addressing a needy segment of the society this programme has also proved that lockdown does not necessarily lock up everyone. Both these training programmes organised online for the individual involved in farming and processing pineapple gives courage and hope that more can be meaningfully reached.

                                Source: Don Bosco India

                                • India
                                • Sviluppo Sociale
                                • Agricoltura
                                • Coronavirus
                                • Tecnologie
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Philippines – Two Don Bosco Volunteers for Asia

                                  4 weeks 2 days ago
                                  Philippines – Two Don Bosco Volunteers for Asia

                                  (ANS – Manila) – On the special Salesian Family Feast Day, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary (8 December 2020), the first two members of the CDB secular institute made their first profession during the Eucharist celebrated by the FIN Provincial, Fr Gerry Martin. The two new CDBs are currently the pioneers and representatives of the Secular Institute for the whole vast Asian continent: in fact, although between 1998 and 2010, thanks to the accompaniment of the Salesians, a first nucleus was born in South Korea, various reasons did not allow the continuation of their vocational journey.

                                  The first profession Eucharist was followed on the digital Zoom platform by a good number of CDB members in three other continents. The two first newly-professed members are part of a vibrant Filipino CDB group, born during the past 6 years with the accompaniment of their Ecclesiastical Assistant, Fr Eli Cruz, SDB.

                                  Here then is the vocation story-telling of one of the first Filipino CDB members:

                                  I only came to know about the CDB (Volunteers With Don Bosco) in 2014. It was not really something that I considered a vocational path; considering that when I was younger up to my early years of professional life, I really wanted to become a Salesian priest. I was very attracted to religious life.

                                  I went to the Salesian seminary (Aspirantate) to discern and immerse for several days. I had the chance to live their daily life, actively participated in their daily routines, scheduled a one-on-one chat with the priests, and spent most of my free time in front of the Blessed Sacrament and prayed for my vocation. However, upon further reflection and spiritual direction with the Salesians, I came to a decision that religious life was not meant for me.

                                  Months passed by and I was invited by Fr. Eli Cruz if I want to consider another Salesian Family which is the Volontari Con Don Bosco (CDB = Volunteers With Don Bosco). He gave me flyers and articles to read. At the same time, he set up also a meeting with Fr. Vaclav who was years ago the first CDB Assistant in Korea. It took me a while to process everything. I scheduled several meetings with Fr. Eli since I had questions about the CDB’s way of life, the Institute, the vocation, etc.

                                  Soon enough, I said yes to Fr. Eli. But in all honesty, I wasn’t really quite sure if this was the right vocation for me. I had worries and doubts. Thinking of being one of the first CDB aspirants in the Philippines was concerning to me. There were lingering questions like, who shall guide me in this CDB journey? What if I make mistakes? How do I know if was on the right track since there are no contemporary and local CDBs I can share my thoughts with? I opened these questions to Fr. Eli and brought these questions to my prayers. I asked the Lord to guide me and to bear me with as I’m a work in progress.

                                  As I continued my monthly CDB discernment session, I started learning about the Institute; its identity, and its purpose. I began delving into the CDB Constitutions, did some research about Consecrated Secular Life, and read more books about Salesian Spirituality. In due time, I was able to gradually absorb and appreciate my chosen vocation. It only proves that even if I do not fully understand my calling at first, God will never cease to help me figure things out until I finally get it.

                                  My regular formation with our Ecclesiastical Assistant has helped me enrich my vocation. Our collaboration has given me the opportunity to know myself better and ways to further improve my character. The vocation growth continues with each session and it opens the discovery on where God is leading me and what He is preparing me to do.

                                  As I continued my CDB journey, there were challenges that came along the way. As a secular, I live in the world and the demands of the corporate life consumed most of my time. I struggled with my prayer life. I told myself that it’s not an excuse to say that I am busy and swamped with workload… I had to change my routine. Instead of praying the rosary at night, which leads me to fall asleep right away due to exhaustion, I do it while I’m travelling to work. During breaks, I tried to pause for about 10 to 15 minutes to calm things down and assess what happened during the day and how I could change or improve my actions the next day. Also, I need to get used to people asking me when will I get married or what is my sexual preference since they do not see me dating someone. There are times that I’m being challenged on what I know about love, courtship, and sexuality since I’m not in a relationship. At first, I found the questions bothersome, but I got used to it since these are the questions that will be asked from me not just once but a hundred times. Nevertheless, I already have a canned response which is honest and at the same time believable.

                                  On 8 December 2020, during my first profession, I pronounced my decisive and joyful ‘yes’ to the invitation of Christ to become a faithful layman, called by the Spirit, to follow Christ through Salesian Consecrated Secularity. I committed myself to work for the transformation of the world animated by the spirit of Don Bosco.

                                  Living my experience as a CDB, rooted in Salesian teachings, reminds me of what Don Bosco said: “For you I study, for you I work, for you I play, for you I will give my life, to my last breath.” In the corporate world, I might not explicitly teach the faith, but I show it through my actions in terms of listening, mentoring, coaching, and by being a friend. By vocational choice, I consider myself as a field hospital after the battle; ready to give priority to the wounded and to warm the hearts of the faithful as I live in the world, not of the world, but for the world.

                                  Source: AustraLasia

                                  • Filippine
                                  • FIN FILIPPINE NORD
                                  • CDB Volontari Con Don Bosco
                                  • Asia
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Ecuador – "I dream of being a happy Salesian among people"

                                    4 weeks 2 days ago

                                    (ANS - Yaupi) - After taking part in the 150th Salesian Missionary Expedition in 2019, the young 25-year-old Salesian trainee Alexandre Akilimali came to Ecuador to carry out his ministry in the indigenous community of Yaupi. That day he fulfilled a dream: to give his life for others, wherever God wants.

                                    Alexandre was born into a Catholic family in Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. At the age of 13, he entered the "ITIG Don Bosco" in his city where he learned about the Salesians and the figure of Don Bosco for the first time. As a student, he met the then Director, Fr Fermin Kikoli, a decisive figure for his vocation to consecrated life. “He was a person who welcomed the students with great affection, a Don Bosco among the young,” recalls Alexandre. While for the central missionary vocation it was Bro. Honorato Alonso who, although elderly, did not stay in the workshops, but went out into the courtyard to play with the children and young people.

                                    Having begun the journey of initial formation in Salesian life, at the end of the post-novitiate he wrote a letter to the Rector Major to express his availability for the missions ad gentes (outside his culture) and ad vitam (for life).

                                    Fr Ángel Fernandez Artime, Rector Major, accepted his request and so Alexandre went to Turin-Valdocco to participate in the Salesian Missionary Expedition No. 150. Of the journey of preparation, a sentence remained imprinted in his heart: “As missionaries, you will learn about new cultures. But don't think about going there to give something new; on the contrary, first go and learn from others and then share what you have.”

                                    Without knowing much Spanish, he arrived in Ecuador and, after a few months of formation in Quito, he was transferred to the community of Yaupi. “I couldn't imagine that there was such a place in Ecuador!” he says. Added to his amazement was joy when the local children, of Shuar ethnicity, welcomed him with traditional dances and songs.

                                    “I'm still getting into the culture, because I'm a stranger to young people. But many come to me out of curiosity and I take the opportunity to get to know them better, play in the yard and share time together. These first months have taught me the value of patience,” says the missionary, who teaches Physics and Philosophy at the community student residence.

                                    Due to the pandemic, the daily dynamics have changed. He now records the contents to be broadcast on the radio, but on Saturdays, he walks in the jungle for an hour and a half and invites children and young people to participate in catechesis. Currently he animates a group of 15 children who are preparing for First Communion, and another 6 for Confirmation.

                                    Alexandre asked God to illuminate his steps and allow him to discover what He wants from him, to then serve the people of Ecuador as a priest. His dream is to be a happy Salesian among the people he will meet on this missionary journey.

                                    {gallery}ECU - Missionario 2020{/gallery}

                                    • Ecuador
                                    • ECU ECUADOR
                                    • Missioni
                                    • Rep Dem del Congo
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Czech Republic – Salesian honey in České Budějovice

                                      4 weeks 2 days ago
                                      Czech Republic – Salesian honey in České Budějovice

                                      (ANS – České Budějovice) – The Salesian Youth Center in České Budějovice has entered new waters with its “Salesian honey” project and, as a result,  has broadened and deepened its educational influence.  

                                      Since 2013, the “Salesian honey” project has resided in the thoughts of the current Director of the Salesian Youth Center Ondřej Trojek. He explained that “the idea was conceived at a lecture I attended and I must admit that the other attendees were more enthused about the idea than I was. The thought had been slowly ripening in my mind and awaited the right moment and the right people”.

                                      This year’s beekeeping season is considered one of the worst and most difficult ones in the last couple of decades. Since its founding, the history of the Salesians proves that no beginnings are as smooth as one may imagine. On the contrary, they are always arduous and demanding. In a similar fashion, the “Salesian honey” project also does not lie on a bed of roses. Yet on December 8th, we  launched the sale of the first batch of Salesian honey which is a high quality, honest, and original product. The vision of the “Salesian honey” project is to serve as an impetus of new financial support to the Salesian Youth Center in České Budějovice, which will enable to continue the work with youths throughout České Budějovice.

                                      Due to the financial backing of the City of České Budějovice, we were not only able to purchase essential beekeeping equipment, but also beekeeping suits for children and thus enable children to visit our beekeeping sites. For many of these children, this was their first encounter with beekeeping and with the life of a honeybee. After witnessing the childrens’ bright, sparkling eyes above the open beehive where they had the opportunity to observe worker bees, drones and the queen bee alone.  We are convinced that this is the way forward.

                                      The story of the “Salesian honey” project is interwoven with dozens of enthusiastic people who participate in this project (i.e, employees of the Salesian Youth Center in České Budějovice, members of the local Salesian Cooperators community, friends and friends of their friends). The fact that this story of honey connects us and enriches us is the most fun aspect of the whole beekeeping experience. We cannot forget that the key elements of the “Salesian honey” project are children and youths, who have the opportunity to become (at least for a short moment) beekeepers and get to know bees themselves, as well as the beekeeping craft from up close.

                                      At the beginning of the Oratory, many people surrounding Don Bosco considered his ideas and work with the youth as foolishness. Perhaps, the Salesian Youth Center in České Budějovice is finding itself in a similar position. Still, we believe that we are becoming a part of something new and that in a few years, our “Salesian honey” will be a household favorite and available for sale throughout all of the Czech Republic and also in the Italian Torino in Valdocco - the cradle of the Salesian family.

                                      “Everything began quite inconspicuously in the morning of the celebration of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on December 8th, 1841. In the same year, Fr Cocchi opened the first Oratory in Torino.” The founder of the Salesian Order Don Bosco recalls and continues: “I kneeled and prayed the Hail Mary.” After forty-five years he told his Salesians: “All the gifts that we received from heaven, are the fruit of that initial Hail Mary prayer, which I prayed with fervor and honest intention.” Similar to Don Bosco before 179 years, the Salesians in České Budějovice have entered a new phase this time connected to beekeeping.

                                      Further information and products here: www.salesianskymed.cz 

                                      {gallery}CEP - Miele 2020{/gallery}

                                      • CEP REPUBBLICA CECA
                                      • Rep Ceca
                                      • Oratorio
                                      • Sviluppo Sociale
                                      • Creato
                                      • Ambiente
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Brasil – Spiritual Exercises in the midst of a pandemic

                                        4 weeks 2 days ago
                                        Brasil – Spiritual Exercises in the midst of a pandemic

                                        (ANS – Colônia) – To make the annual Spiritual Exercises in the midst of a pandemic. That was the challenge. The subject was discussed at a meeting of the Rectors of communities in a virtual meeting. We settled on a hybrid. Thus, a small group would be in the Conference Home of Jaboatão; the others, in their own houses, would follow the common part online and make the best they could in their own community.

                                        From 23 to 27 November, a group of 7 Salesians were in Cologne (Jaboatão) and 30 other confreres took part in their own communities. A Salesian sister also joined the group in the Conference Home. The common moments, transmitted through the Youtube Channel (Northeast Salesians) were the two talks (9:30 and 14:30) and the good night (21 hours); in the home community, the Eucharistic celebration (in the morning) and the special celebration of each day (in the evening).

                                        The preacher, Fr. Francisco Alves de Lima (Fr. Chicão) was in Santa Izabel do Rio Negro, a Salesian mission in the heart of the Amazon forest. From there he sent the written material and the videos with the talks. In the written material were the texts for deeper reflection, which went out by email to the confreres. On whatsapp, the confreres received the special celebrations of each day and the links to the talks and the good nights.

                                        The opening of the retreat was transmitted live, with a moment of prayer, communications and the introductory word of Fr. Provincial. The first talk did not arrive on time. The first day was one of disagreement and problems with the transmission. The following days the talks and the good night flowed regularly.

                                        In Jaboatão, we found a Retreat House, which had been renovated well, presenting itself clean, organized, and functional.

                                        In the evaluation, through an online form, 30% of the confreres responded about their personal experience, content and modality of the retreat. Here are some transcribed testimonies of the evaluation.

                                        Personal experience of the retreat:

                                        "Without any doubt, although he was not visible, the Holy Spirit acted! Better than many others...".

                                        "It was the first retreat I made in this format. I tried to live well all the moments as if it were a retreat in person. Moments of prayer, visit to the Blessed Sacrament, Eucharist, prayers...".

                                        Content of the Retreat:

                                        "I really liked the theme and the preaching. They were very clear and often even strong. It provoked us a lot".

                                        "It was the appropriate time for a review and nurturing of one's own vocation".

                                        Special modality of this Retreat:

                                        "I believe it was very opportune, in this time of pandemic, to be able to follow this method. There were limitations, but we made the retreat. This was important for me. My personal experience was very fruitful. I would like to thank you".

                                        "Interesting, even if there are some drawbacks. The reading of the text on the computer screen was not too tedious, keeping the ability to hold my attention. It could be used on other occasions, for confreres of a certain age".

                                        At the final good night, Fr. Provincial in Brasilia, taking part in the Cisbrasil meeting, thanked the preacher, praising the quality of his contribution and drawing lessons from the hybrid form of the Retreat. At the end, he opened a window of hope: he announced that the provincials agreed that in 2022 the novitiate in Curitiba would be transferred to Jaboatão.

                                        Fr. João Carlos Ribeiro, SDB

                                        • Brasile
                                        • BRE BRASILE RECIFE
                                        • Ritiri Spirituali
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
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