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Egypt – The Salesian Missions “Sunrise Project”

Gian Francesco Romano
3 weeks 3 days ago
Egypt – The Salesian Missions “Sunrise Project”

(ANS – Cairo) – Through the Salesian Missions “Sunrise Project” for refugees and vulnerable Egyptians, 400 people are receiving support and 80 past graduates were recently invited to participate in in-depth seed fund grant training. These graduates submitted entrepreneurial projects to the Sunrise team who chose to fund approximately 40 projects.

In 2014, Salesian Missions, thanks to support of external donors, began working with the “Instituto Don Bosco” in Cairo to fund scholarships as part of the “Sunrise Project”. This skills training program assists refugees and vulnerable Egyptians in gaining the technical and life skills they need to find employment and support their families.

One of the grantees, Hwaida Eltegany Awaad, is a 48-year-old mother of five and is originally from the Sudan. She created a home-based sewing business with her seed funding. Awaad is the head of her household and responsible for caring for her children and her mothers. The seed funding allowed her to launch her business using her sewing machine, an iron, needles and bed fabrics. She had sewing training in the Don Bosco Institute and is now making bed sheets and pillow covers for her clients. She is also using the leftover fabrics to make sofa remote control holders.

Awaad is promoting her products through her connections to some of the high-class Egyptians in the fifth settlement. She is making excellent profits from the remote holders. In fact, she is making more money from the remote holder than the bed sheets. Now, she is thinking about starting a workshop with other Sudanese women.

Another seed grant recipient, Aldardaa Makin, is a 35-year-old Sudanese mother of two children who is also responsible for taking care of her husband. She launched a home-based business using two sewing machines, colorful yarns and needles, reinforced plastic bags and special fabrics for bags. Makin is creating hand bags, toys and shopping bags.

“The technical training and seed grant program have allowed many participants to increase their skill level and launch their own businesses,” says Father Mark Hyde, director of Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco. “The additional social services provided during this project have also been a real success, ensuring that participants have the health screening they need as well as the nutrition in order to focus their attention on the training.”

The “Sunrise Project” also provides life skills training, health awareness, entrepreneurship literacy workshops, job panels, seed grants, and violence prevention training to help refugees build the skills needed to succeed in the workplace and adjust in their new urban environments. One of the great successes of the project is the additional social services, including transportation vouchers for travel to and from the courses, funded for participants. Those engaged in the training are also provided vouchers to purchase groceries and other items from a local store. This helps to ensure that basic needs like nutrition are met for these individuals, as they work hard to meet the needs for themselves.

Each participant also receives a voucher for a primary care check-up and eye exam with a doctor who comes to the school. Some medicine prescriptions are included, and they receive referrals for secondary care as needed.

Including this project year, the Sunrise Project in Cairo has improved the livelihoods and quality of life of more than 1,300 Sub-Saharan African and Syrian refugees and vulnerable Egyptians.

Source: Salesian Missions

  • Egitto
  • MOR
  • Rifugiati
  • Formazione Professionale
  • Lavoro
  • Donne

    Poland – Erasmus+ project at Salesian High School in Wroclaw

    Gian Francesco Romano
    3 weeks 3 days ago
    Poland – Erasmus+ project at Salesian High School in Wroclaw

    (ANS – Wrocław) – The Salesian High School from Wroclaw, Poland, every year has a wide range of programs and training, youth exchanges that have been permanently included in the school’s activities. The European projects, the beneficiaries of which is the Salesian High School from 2004, emphasize formal and non-formal education aimed at developing the skills of students, teachers and employees, exchange of experience, and building relationships.

    “Trail of extinct and active volcanoes, earthquakes across Europe” is a 3-year project carried out by students and teachers from Poland, Portugal, Spain, France, Turkey and Italy. It is an interdisciplinary project combining Biology, Geology, Seismology, Physics, Geography, Language, Arts.

    In many developed and developing countries around the world, earth science education is lacking. Many students and adults do not have a formal understanding of the structure of the earth or earth processes. This is unfortunate, as a large number of people all over the world live at or near areas where earth processes can and do create large amounts of damage and living in these areas increases people’s vulnerability to hazards.

    Volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides, floods, and tsunamis are all examples of earth processes that affect huge amounts of people every year. Based on data from the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, in 2007 hundreds of people were killed in geologic disasters and over one million people were affected by these events.

    The project aims to provide students with the tools to study volcanoes in Volcano Observatories and broader look at the problem of volcanoes in Europe. Salesian education, trainings for students and teachers in research centres in Europe, along with professional development program, have been designed to offer both formal and practical opportunities for students to expand their knowledge and abilities of making observation and measurements in seismology, using special equipment to do researches of volcanoes in international groups.

    Knowledgeable students and teachers can help to develop preparedness strategies for their schools and communities. Volcano studies will bring opportunities to explore current events in the Earth Sciences and prevent disasters in the world. The project put the interest in volcanoes to good use by choosing a career that augments the work of volcanologists, seismologist.

    “Through educational activities in the project that were successfully carried out: online laboratories, lectures at schools, contests for creating volcano models, field trips in all schools, lessons on volcanic rock research, multimedia presentations, training for students in Italy, teacher training in France and the school managed to offer both formal and practical education for pupils,” explained Dr Magdalena Szewczyk, coordinator of the ERASMUS+ project, deputy headmaster of the Salesian School DON BOSCO in Wrocław.

    The students from the Salesian High School were going to Naples in Italy, Las Palmas in the Canary Islands, Spain, to Madalena in the Azores, Portugal, Issoire, in France, Antalya in Turkey.

    During the meetings, they were introduced teaching with research-based methods to increase student engagement and understanding of material.

    The project’s products: lesson plans, posters, booklets, films could be used by students and teachers from all of the Europe.

    The website www.volcano-erasmusplus.eu and educational platform http://geoscience.volcano-erasmusplus.eu has downloadable materials, brochures with various activities for students, materials for teachers.

    See also: www.salez-wroc.pl 

    • Polonia
    • PLN
    • Educazione
    • Scienze
    • Europe
    • Unione Europea

      Spain - Campobosco 2018: "We will go half". Youth pilgrimage to Salesian Places

      Gian Francesco Romano
      3 weeks 3 days ago

      (ANS - Madrid) - Approximately 650 Spanish and Portuguese youngsters will participate in "Campobosco 2018" from 29 July to 7 August. Organized by the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM), this meeting is aimed at young people aged 19 and over, youths with experience within Christian groups and preferably animators in the Salesian youth centers. The participants will go on pilgrimage to the places where the Salesian charism of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello was born and spread.

      The starting point will be Barcelona, ​​the city visited by Don Bosco in 1886, two years before his death. The route will continue, after crossing France, through northern Italy. Young people will stay at Colle Don Bosco, formerly called "i Becchi", where Don Bosco was born. From there they will move to Chieri, in whose seminary the founder of the Salesians was formed as a priest, and then they will reach other important places and towns of his life. They will also cross Mornese, home of Mother Mazzarelo, co-founder with Don Bosco of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA). Turin will be the last destination of the pilgrimage, where they will visit the first Salesian oratory and the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Valdocco.

      "During the Campobosco we will get near Jesus and his Gospel through the Word of God, where we will discover faces of young people; we will look at the face of Jesus, who inspired our founders; we will compare ourselves with the faith lived by Don Bosco, Mother Mazzarello and the young people of the first Oratory. In this Campobosco we want to highlight the young people of the first Oratory, according to the same criteria of the Synod of Bishops on young people: faith, discernment, vocation and accompaniment," say the organizers.

      The young will be accompanied by Salesians, FMA and animators. There will be the Provincials of the two Salesian Provinces in Spain, Fr Ángel Asurmendi (SMX) and Fr Juan Carlos Pérez Godoy (SSM), the Salesian Provincial of Great Britain, Fr James Briody, and the Provincial of the FMA of Spain, Sr. María Rosario García Ribas.

      The motto chosen for this year is "We will go half" (Iremos a Medias), taking up the promise made by Don Bosco to his Successor, Michele Rua.

      This year there will also be a novelty: the "Campobosco 2018" app, developed by Carlos Magán and available for iOS and Android systems.

      Still on the subject of technology and communication, the Campobosco 2018 can be followed via the social networks of the Salesian Youth Movement of Spain with the hashtag #IremosAMedias and #CPB18.

      • Spagna
      • SMX
      • SSM
      • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
      • Madre Mazzarello
      • Don Bosco
      • Campobosco
      • MGS Movimento Giovanile Salesiano

        India – Salesians Launch Civil Service Training

        Gian Francesco Romano
        3 weeks 4 days ago
        India – Salesians Launch Civil Service Training

        (ANS – Tura) – The Salesian Province of Guwahati (ING) has inaugurated in July a centre for training India’s “creamy layer”, the civil service officers of the country in Tura, Garo Hills. Christened Don Bosco Academy (DBA), the centre provides training in collaboration with India’s premier civil service trainer, Alternative Learning Systems (ALS) at Don Bosco College, Tura. The centre aims to reach out to students of Garo Hills and adjoining regions. It has the backing of the entire province, the local church, government and lay collaborators.

        Classes at DBA taught by an experienced faculty, are beamed live from New Delhi via satellite and the students in Tura are able to attend the classes and interact with their teachers in real time along with thousands of students across the country. DBA aims to provide access and quality training to aspiring students from the region. Many students who cannot afford to go to the national capital to pursue their dream is able to do their studies in their own town.

        This activity is an additional service of the Salesian Province of Guwahati besides the 31 year old Don Bosco College and fifteen year College of Teacher Education and the decade old Assam Don Bosco University and several other higher educational institutions.  The Salesian institutions in the Garo Hills region alone have some 10, 000 students pursuing various levels of education from primary school to college.

        Speaking of the civil service coaching program in Tura, Fr George Plathottam, founder Director of DBA, said the centre intends to provide opportunity to students who have the motivation, desire and ability to pursue advanced careers in government service and civic leadership.  Compared with other states in India, Northeast India has a very low representation in the top administrative services of India. This is not due to dearth of talent but due to lack of access and opportunity.  We hope to bridge the gap in the coming years. DBA’s future plans include offering training in the national level entrance examinations in medicine and engineering, using the same V-SAT technology and coaching offered by ALS. 

        The Salesians of Don Bosco, who are pioneers in education in the region, hope to form many successful leaders from the region who will serve the country. Don Bosco Academy would be able to offer qualitative and sustained coaching to aspiring students to crack India’s most sought after civil service examinations.  Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma, son of the most outstanding tribal leader from the region and a Don Bosco past pupil  Purno  A Sangma, has extended enthusiastic support to the project. Mr. Augustine Tigidi, the first Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer from the Garo tribe, another outstanding Salesian past pupil, has offered to render voluntary support to DBA by being a mentor and advisor to its students. Now retired from India’s civil service after a distinguished career and living in Tura, Mr Tigidi said he is grateful to the Salesians who educated and supported him to pursue civil service.

        DBA Director Fr Plathottam said, “We are focused on training leaders with competence and commitment to serve the people. We will do everything possible to ensure the students get the best of attention to become successful. We also want to offer youth other courses suited to provide quality training in personality development, soft skills and leadership, and prepare them to meet the challenges of the times to become good leaders in society as dreamed by Don Bosco “We are overwhelmed, he added, “by the support of the government, civil society, public and the local church leadership.”

        The Catholic missionary work in Garo Hills was pioneered by two Italian Salesians Fr A. Pianazzi and L. Rocca in 1932, ten years after the Salesians first came to Northeast India. As the Salesians are on the threshold of the first centenary of their presence in Northeast India, there are three provinces in the region and Don Bosco is a well known name in education with a wide network of schools, technical institutes, colleges and a university, providing quality education.

        {gallery}India - Tura - Formazione Servizi Civici{/gallery}

        • India
        • ING
        • Educazione

          Argentina - The soul vibrates in Rodeo del Medio, in the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians

          Gian Francesco Romano
          3 weeks 4 days ago
          Argentina - The soul vibrates in Rodeo del Medio, in the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians

          (ANS - Rodeo del Medio) - The Shrine of Mary Help of Christians of Rodeo del Medio hosts the best organ in all of Argentina. It was donated by General Rufino Ortega (father) and used for the first time over a century ago.

          "An oratory without music is like a body without a soul," said Don Bosco to emphasize that the role of music in a Salesian house is of the utmost importance. In fact, singing is a form of prayer that expresses the characteristic joy of the Salesian charism. Don Bosco himself, according to the writings that allude to his life, "knew how to play the piano and the organ fairly well."

          The organ of the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians in Rodeo del Medio is considered the best in Argentina and is a pride for the faithful of the province of Mendoza. This instrument was manufactured in Germany by the "Ibach" firm in Barmen, at the request of General Ortega, 100 years ago.

          According to the newspaper "Diario Uno" of Mendoza, it was General Ortega who, together with Fr Aquiles Pedrolini, SDB, traced the streets of Rodeo del Medio. The Salesian was also the one who started Salesian work in Rodeo del Medio and who played the organ for the first time in 1909.

          The organ has 1,214 pipes, 2 keyboards of 60 notes each, a 30-note pedal board, 28 registers, one set and five free combinations. The organ of the sanctuary has been completely restored four times: in 1979, in 1994, in 2004 and in 2014.

          Some of the pipes were made from fir trees. For this reason, they emit a sound comparable to an orchestra double bass. But the organ itself, according to the key in which it is played, can also emulate the human voice, a flute, a trumpet, an oboe and many other instruments.

          Lucila Barrionuevo de Bombal, instead, was the one who donated the land and supported the construction of the sanctuary building, 109 years ago. The project was entrusted to the Salesian architect Fr Ernesto Vespignani.

          The decorating is the work of the Spanish artist Antonio Estruch and his brothers, who finished the painting work on February 22, 1916. In 1916 the bishop of Cuyo, mgr. José Américo Orzali, designated the sanctuary as the site of the new parish dedicated to Mary Help of Christians. The parish is responsible for the care of the chaplaincies in the area of Rodeo del Medio and surroundings and works for the needy and religious formation through different groups.

          • Argentina
          • Musica
          • ARN
          • Storia

            Italy - Cafè Bijoux: artistic workshop with the aim of welcoming women in difficulty

            Jesus Jurado
            3 weeks 5 days ago
            Italy - Cafè Bijoux: artistic workshop with the aim of welcoming women in difficulty

            (ANS - Verona) - In Italy there are many women who live in precarious conditions: there are those who have problems with drug addiction or psychiatric problems, those who live on the streets or have a complex family situation. These fragile women ask for the help of someone who values ​​them, starting from their abilities, making them regain their dignity and self-confidence. In Verona there is Café Bijoux, a female artistic workshop established with the aim of welcoming and have women in difficulty work, supported by Salesians for the Social - SCS-CNOS Federation.

            Café Bijoux was born in Verona in 2012. A female arts workshop with the aim of welcoming and making women who are homeless or in precarious conditions work. Here they can put their qualities to the service of others: some are specialized in crochet, others in sewing, others in manual and creative works (even reusing waste materials). These objects are then sold during fairs and markets in the Verona area. Café Bijoux is also a meeting point for chatting, drinking a coffee or preparing a dessert, forgetting the condition of loneliness from which they come.

             

            Café Bijoux welcomes more than 40 distressed women from different countries. They have different stories, some with a past of drug addiction, those who have always lived on the street, those with a psychiatric problem, those who have been a victim of trafficking, those who are unemployed, those who have a complex family situation. Princess, for example, after being exploited since she was young and having fought with her mental illness, is today a woman who has obtained an occupational internship. She cooks, shops, takes public transport, ultimately a woman capable of self-determination and having a life of dignity and freedom.

            At Café Bijoux the Spazio Cucina, or Kitchen Space, has also been created, which has proved to be an excellent resource to promote the knowledge of other foods and cultures. Thanks to the kitchen lunches for festivities and birthday cakes are never lacking. These moments are the most difficult because they remind women of their loneliness, the lack of family support, their children and memories of a different past that resurface for those who have gone through such experiences. Hence, creating opportunities to be together strengthens relationships and the person himself.

            The relationships that are created between both women and the female operators are based on spontaneity and this allows them to create a relationship of help and support where women feel free to open up and become protagonists of their personal journey.

             

             

            • Italia
            • Cafè Bijoux

              Chile - Fr Mario Scomparin to receive "Santiago Apostle Cross" award

              Jesus Jurado
              3 weeks 5 days ago

              (ANS - Santiago de Chile) - On Sunday 24 August 2014, the Salesian Fr Mario Scomparin, Italian, a missionary in Chile, received a first recognition for his missionary service and on the occasion declared: "During these 50 years I have always been a missionary. In the places where I have worked, I felt like a missionary and I brought the Word of God." For his pastoral work and his dedication to service among people, he will now be awarded with the "Santiago Apostle Cross".

              In fact, the award is attributed to people who live the testimony of Jesus Christ as true disciples and missionaries, a form of recognition for the precious services given to the Church of Santiago, in different fields, such as evangelization, pastoral care, human promotion, Catholic education and charity, especially in this Year of Mercy.

              Fr Scomparin receives this award for his missionary work in Chile. "Father Mario has lived and worked intensively in the formation of various leaders," said a parishioner, "especially in the Youth House and in the Parish." Another person who knows the life of the priest said, "I want to thank him for his service and his priestly heart. We know that he is an avant-garde priest, he is an extraordinary pastor. He is a priest who is with the people."

              Fr Mario Scomparin made his first religious profession on 16 August 1954 and was ordained priest on August 22, 1964.

              He will receive the "Santiago Apostle Cross" on Wednesday, July 25th, in the Cathedral of Santiago de Chile. Mass and the awards ceremony will be presided by Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, SDB, archbishop of Santiago.


              The city's Patron saint is also celebrated on July 25. This year marks 457 years of the archdiocese service towards the city's evangelization and awards to a number of people shall be consigned for their pastoral work.

              The "Santiago Apostle Cross" is awarded to people who have contributed significantly to the archdiocese as lay faithful, priests and religious, and in this context the name of Fr Scomparin emerges spontaneously, a sign of gratitude for his pastoral service.

              Fr Scomparin was director of the Salesian house in the South area of La Cisterna, where in 2005 he received the recognition of "Vecino Destacado" of the municipality.

              • Cile
              • Mario Scomparin
              • Croce

                Ecuador - A "Salesian Mundialito" for street children

                Alessandro Parrozzani
                3 weeks 5 days ago

                (ANS - Guayaquil) - Tania, Melanie, Nicole, Alex, Darío, Héctor, Wagner, Elian, Jandry, Amely, Brithany, Damaris, Jeremy, Lexer, Neicer, Kelly, Daniela, Andrés, Jaxon, Boris, Pablo, Jostin and Ariel are 23 of the 160 protagonists of the XI Mundialito of the Salesian Proyecto Ecuador. They gathered at the "Don Bosco House" in Guayaquil, where from 19 to 21 July the football championship called the Salesian Mundialito was held for children and street children.

                The participants prepared for a year, their coaches encouraging them to play team games as a team, respect the rules of the game, teaching them to breathe, play, dominate their emotions and enjoy the game regardless of winning or losing a match.


                Football that so empassions any child or adolescent is part of the Salesian educational proposal. A key tool that fosters the good use of free time and transcends into working in and as an association, organization, and being empowered, a protagonist.

                The "Salesian Mundialito" is a formative sporting meeting attended by children and adolescents at risk who come from the streets where they live in Ambato, Esmeraldas, Santo Domingo, San Lorenzo, Quito, Cuenca and Guayaquil, a city where the "Salesian Proyecto" works with them.


                This year the headquarters was Guayaquil, where the educators prepared all the logistics that a championship of this kind requires. They organized housing, food, game regulations, technical congress, recruited referees and complementary Salesian accompaniment activities.


                The support of the Salesian Province of Ecuador, the Salesian Polytechnic University, NGOs and the contribution of other centers of the country made the annual development of the sporting event possible.

                The "Salesian Mundialito" is a significant and meaningful experience in the life of each of the players, allowing them to practice football techniques and tactics while defending the flag of their city or town. They also let others know about their respective cultures, sharing it with their friends who come from other geographical regions. They visit the most important tourist sites and sporting stadiums in the country, and have the chance to meet professional players who are an example for them. Experiences of this type, for young people in a situation of risk, become a source of strength and an engine to move forward amid so many problems.


                The "Salesian Mundialito" for street boys and girls ended on 21st July. The participants returned to their “homes”, some with medals and trophies and others with great friendships forged inside this context. Each certainly brings home, and in his or her heart, the positive experiences, teachings and memories that are sure to inspire changes favorable to their lives.

                {gallery}Ecuador Mundialito{/gallery}

                • ECU
                • Ecuador

                  Italy – Meeting of Directors of Communication of ecclesiastical institutions

                  Alessandro Parrozzani
                  3 weeks 5 days ago
                  Italy – Meeting of Directors of Communication of ecclesiastical institutions

                  (ANS - Rome) – On 23 July, the directors and heads of Communication of ecclesiastical institutions gathered at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. The idea came about via the collaboration between the University and the Social Communication Offices of the Salesians; its aim: to find opportunities to share mutual knowledge and foster collaboration between the various Social Communication offices that work every day to publish and broadcast information on the Church and on Christianity, and to spread the Good News.

                  During the morning work session, the experiences and concrete challenges of each one were presented alongside proposals to best address them (for example, on the institutional, economic, organizational level, etc). The sharing of good practices also aimed to shed light and reflect on the fundamental role of communication of those who set out to proclaim the Gospel.

                  During his introduction, Fr Filiberto González Plasencia, Councilor General for Social Communication of the Salesians Don Bosco, insisted that the first task of a Christian communicator was ultimately to show or spotlight Christ, more than simply any institution. Rev. José María La Porte, dean of the Faculty of Institutional Communication of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, then presented several priority subjects and issues of research and study, of interest to all.

                  In the second part of the meeting, under the coordination of Prof. Arasa, vice dean of the faculty of Institutional Communication, participants each briefly illustrated the peculiarities of the work of their organization. Some of the themes that emerged from the discussion were: the importance of formation and training of every organization's top management in the field of communication; the role of interculturality to well manage internal communication in organizations that are international in character; the need to rethink the contents of one's communication, and to have a strategic vision of one's work; ongoing formation, with an eye to the future; and finally the commitment to share ideas in a permanent and ongoing discussion with the other realities of the Church.

                  The final agreement was therefore to continue these informal meetings on a quarterly basis - the next at the end of October or beginning of November 2018). It was a common belief that a roundtable of this kind would help all those working in this field to step out and emerge from their own respective local realities and learn new experiences so as to focus on areas of common intervention in upcoming Church events.

                  • Comunicazione Sociale

                    Italy - UPS: Registration open for 34th Ed. Formators Course

                    Jesus Jurado
                    3 weeks 6 days ago
                    Italy - UPS: Registration open for 34th Ed. Formators Course

                    (ANS - Rome) – The 34th Permanent Formation Course for vocational formators of consecrated life, diocesan clergy and community animators is scheduled from February 18 to May 31, 2019, at the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS). This course is always a highly appreciated service to the Church, to the Dioceses and, especially, to Consecrated Life.

                    The purpose of the course is to promote integral formation according to one's own charism and suitability to the presbyteral ministry. The course is divided into five dimensions, which are strictly linked to each other and structured to foster a strong revival of consecrated and presbyteral life in its essential and vital aspects, namely: spiritual / biblical; theological; anthropological (psychological - sociological - cultural); ecclesiastic / charismatic; educational / experiential.

                    The formula of a sapiential - practical character, now more than tried and tested, directs the Course especially to those who already have experience as formators who intend to undertake four months of ongoing training so that they may expand and update their knowledge and skills for service, in view of one's mission. For this purpose a wide range of magisterial interventions are expected, responding to the real needs of the participants, who are from many different Institutes and backgrounds.

                    Of notable interest the five seminars proposed: Methodology of the Formative Project; Lectio Divina exercise; Exercises / Empathic interview laboratory & Counseling; Problem forum of vocational cases. One last seminar is Community Animation, which is divided into five afternoon workshops. The direct involvement of students in specific experiences is also especially important: the Week of Fraternity and Cohabitation; the visit / interiorization in Assisi, in Lecceto at the monastery of the Augustinian nuns and in Marino at the formative structure of the Oblate missionaries of Mary Immaculate.

                    It is worth noting that the success of the course has an interesting impact on the esteem of the UPS in the various Religious Institutes and in the increase in enrollment in academic courses, particularly in the Faculty of Educational Sciences. One of the characteristics that emerge is also the type of fraternal relationship that is established between the participants involved that can be said to be daily in group dynamics and sharing their experience for the issues that are addressed during their school hours.

                    Registration for the course is therefore open. For further information, please consult the program or directly contact Fr Carlo Maria Zanotti at: zanotti@unisal.it.

                    Programma: Corso Formativo-PDF



                    • Italia
                    • UPS
                    • Corso di Formazione

                      Nicaragua - Miraculously escapes ambush, Salesian bishop Msgr Juan Abelardo Mata Guevara

                      Jesus Jurado
                      3 weeks 6 days ago
                      Nicaragua - Miraculously escapes ambush, Salesian bishop Msgr Juan Abelardo Mata Guevara

                      (ANS - Masaya) – Last July 15, in what appears to be a planned attack by paramilitaries, the car in which the Salesian bishop Mgr. Juan Abelardo Mata Guevara was hit by a barrage of bullets fired by an armed group on the road connecting the capital of Managua to Masaya. The bishop and his driver escaped miraculously unharmed, while the car's windows and two tires were destroyed by a dozen bullets.

                      "In all likelihood, that was a failed attack," says Paco de Coro. That the Church of Nicaragua is in the crosshairs of the violent repression the Sandinista government of President Daniel Ortega has implemented against anyone who opposes the regime seems to be a matter of fact. From mediators to opponents, the bishops, priests and friars working to help the victims and refugees during these tough times have been moved to the top of the "black list" of the so-called "Turbas", the pro-government groups of paramilitaries, fomented also by different organs of communication that have defined the religious as "traitors".

                      This last serious attack was against Msgr. Juan Abelardo Mata Guevara, 72 years old, Salesian, bishop of Estelí, former president of the Episcopal Conference, member of the Episcopal commission charged with mediating dialogue between government and civil society. His is one of the most critical voices against President Ortega's government.

                      Roberto Petray, the bishop's assistant, said the bishop "was intercepted by paramilitaries who fired bullets at the car, breaking glass and trying to set fire to it." Escaping unharmed, the bishop took refuge in a house, where National Police agents showed up and escorted him safely to Managua.

                      Fuente: Vatican Insider, Paco de Coro, SDB

                      • Nicaragua
                      • Mons Juan Abelardo
                      • Imboscada

                        Italy - Foreign minors: first of all teenagers!

                        Jesus Jurado
                        4 weeks ago
                        Italy - Foreign minors: first of all teenagers!

                        (ANS - Rome) - Behind each of the millions of refugees and asylum seekers, forced to flee their country because of wars and violence, there is a story to listen to, made of suffering but also of hope towards rebuilding their future. Among these many unaccompanied minors, there is M who arrived in the Casa Famiglia of Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco more than three years ago.

                        M comes from Mali. When he was accepted in the Casa Famiglia he did not speak a word of Italian and was afraid of everything. Slowly he began to trust the educators, to play football, to go out and about with the other boys, even Italians, and especially with a Rwandan boy, also in Casa Famiglia, who had lost his hearing due to meningitis.

                        When his Italian improved, M made numerous friendships with volunteers from the Family Home; he also established close relations with two families of the Movement of Foster Families of the Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco who involved him in their activities. Not without difficulty, he obtained his middle school diploma and gained some work experience, but his goal, or at least the one entrusted to him by his family of origin, was to go, once adult, to Spain, where he had a cousin; there they believed there was more money to be earned there, and according to his parents' plans, M would help them build a house for himself and his family in the village he had left in Mali.

                        On turning 18, the educators of the Family Home guided and accompanied him towards an adult structure that welcomed him in and helped continue the project that they had started. But despite his reference families' warnings of the dangers and opportunities he was leaving behind, M left for Spain. As was to be expected, he did not find anything he had hoped to find. They took his money and documents from him and sent him to work as a day laborer. He began to send desperate messages to the Family Home that had hosted him as a teenager. As soon as it was possible, a plane ticket was purchased to have him return to Rome.

                        Once in Rome, M understood the error, and with the help of another family he found a job in a building site. He worked hard and soon obtained two pay raises for his efforts. Thus he started sending money to his family to build the house. M continues to spend his free time at Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco and the other teens look at him as an example.

                        • Italia
                        • Minori

                          Vatican - Presentation of Positio super virtutibus of Servant of God Ignazio Stuchlý

                          Jesus Jurado
                          4 weeks ago
                          Vatican - Presentation of Positio super virtutibus of Servant of God Ignazio Stuchlý

                          (ANS - Vatican City) - On 20 July, during the visit the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, accompanied by Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, Postulator General, and Dr Lodovica Maria Zanet, a Postulator collaborator, made to Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the volume of the Positio super Vita, Virtutibus et Fama Sanctitatis of the Servant of God Ignazio Stuchlý, Professed Priest of the Society of St. Francis of Sales, was presented.

                          As speakers, the Positio featured Fr. Zdzisław Kijas, OFM Conv., as Postulator Fr Pierluigi Cameroni and as collaborators Dr. Lodovica Maria Zanet, Fr. Jan Ihnát, SDB, and Fr Petr Zelinka, SDB. The structural elements of the "Positio" - which presents in an articulated and in-depth way all the documentary and testative probationary apparatus concerning the virtuous life of the Servant of God - are: a brief presentation by the Speaker; the Informatio super virtutibus, that is, the theological part in which the virtuous life of the Servant of God is demonstrated; the two Summarium with the testimonial and documentary proofs; the Biographia ex Documentis. After consignment, the Positio will first be examined by the historical Consultors of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

                          The Servant of God Fr Ignazio Stuchlý was born in Bolesław, in the former Prussian Silesia, on December 14, 1869, in a large family of peasant farmers. A young man tenacious in his commitment and firm in hope, he is accepted among the Salesians in 1894. He arrives in Turin on September 8th, and lives the formation stages in Valsalice and Ivrea: he is in contact with the great Salesians of the first generation. Initially destined for the missions, by order of Fr Rua the Servant of God remains in Italy and prepares to support the growth of Salesian works in the Slavic areas. He is then in Gorizia (1897-1910); Slovenia, between Ljubljana and Verzej, until 1924; then, from 1925 to 1927, he was in Perosa Argentina, where he formed the new recruits to establish the Salesian Congregation "in the North". In 1927, he returned to his homeland, to Fryšták, and there he also held government positions, including the inspectorate, from 1935.

                          After the broader consequences of the Balkan War and the First World War, he faces both the Second World War and the spread of Communist totalitarianism: in both cases, Salesian works are requisitioned, the confreres enlisted or dispersed, and he suddenly sees the work he had consecrated to life destroyed. Forty days before the fateful "Night of the Barbarians", in March 1950, he was struck by apoplexy: the lively esteem he had always aroused in his superiors, and his great ability to love and be loved, flourished more than ever in the fame of holiness. He died peacefully on the evening of 17 January 1953. Economer, prefect, vice-director, director, provincial, the Servant of God held positions of responsibility for a large part of his life. A little like Blessed Fr Rua, taken as example, was considered a "living rule", an effective witness to the spirit of Don Bosco and capable of transmitting it to subsequent generations.

                          A man who had lived in many different geographical, linguistic and cultural realities (such as today's Moravia, Bohemia, Slovakia, Poland, Slovenia, Italy), even in border lands, the Servant of God proposes himself today as a man of peace, unity and reconciliation among peoples.

                          • Servo di Dio
                          • Ignazio Stuchlý

                            Spain - "Marticoffee", a new educational and social café project inaugurated

                            Gian Francesco Romano
                            1 month ago

                            (ANS - Barcelona) –  The "Marticoffee" educational and social cafeteria project was presented on Tuesday 17 July before a large audience with many people filling the hall and huge media interest in a project promoted by the Salesian Social Platform of the Martí-Codolar center, one of the nine Social Education Platforms of "Salesians Sant Jordi" in the autonomous community of Catalonia.

                            The leaders of "Sant Jordi Salesians" are firmly convinced that the formation and integration of young people into the job market is essential to their achieving autonomy, gaining resources and knowledge that transform their lives and the environment around them. It is a line of work that "Salesians Sant Jordi" is strongly promoting in collaboration with "Fundació Jovent", also of the Salesians.

                            Present at the event were Paco Estellés, Director of "Salesians Sant Jordi" and also of "Fundació Jovent"; Beatriz Martínez, Counselor of the Employment Area of ​​the Horta Guinardó District; and Raúl Lerones, Director of the Social Platform of the Salesians of Martí-Codolar.

                            "Marticoffee" is a project that has emerged from the Employment Promotion Network as part of the Horta-Guinardó economic development plan. Every year, thanks to this work and vocational training experience, 40 of the young people attending the hotel courses will be able to gain experience and work at the Salesian center in Martí Codolar.

                            In this process of formation, accompaniment and socio-professional integration, "Salesians Sant Jordi" and "Fundació Jovent" proceed hand in hand and coordinate to offer the best opportunities for training and work for the most vulnerable young people.

                            During 2017, "Salesians Sant Jordi", through its nine platforms in Catalonia, has carried out 54 projects in many areas: promotion of the life quality of children; social and work placement of young people; welcome and reception to migrants; residential assistance; family orientation and community development – in all, it has helped a total of 4,072 children and young people who were at risk of social exclusion.

                            The "Fundació Jovent" counts on collaborators in the world of formal and non-formal education, people who accompany these youths to develop their first work experience, ensure it is successful and that it guarantees that their experience and autonomy enables them to seek and find jobs subsequently, or to encourage them to continue with their professional or vocational training.

                            {gallery}Spagna - Marticoffee{/gallery}

                            • Spagna
                            • SMX
                            • Federazione Pinardi
                            • Lavoro

                              Colombia – “Life Outlook” protection program: formal education, skills training and internships to prepare them for the workforce

                              Gian Francesco Romano
                              1 month ago
                              Colombia – “Life Outlook” protection program: formal education, skills training and internships to prepare them for the workforce

                              (ANS – Medellin– The “Life Outlook” protection program works with youth between 15 and 17 years of age who are involved in an internship through Don Bosco City in Medellin, where violent drug wars routinely tear families apart. The program provides youth with adult support and access to formal and technical education so that youth will have the skills needed to enter the workforce successfully.

                              The formal education offered through the program is a fundamental aspect of the process of helping youth to reconnect back into school and life with their peers. Salesian missionaries offer grade school and high school level educational services. In addition, once youth are ready, they can advance to more technical skills training. The technical training is also offered with an internship where youth can work to put their classroom skills into practice.

                              Youth are paired up with jobs in the auto mechanics, woodworking and furniture making, and clothing employment sectors. They are also offered space for rest and lodging, where they are able to take advantage of their free time. It’s also a safe space where they can study, connect with peers and relax.

                              The Life Outlook program also offers youth the opportunity to belong to youth clubs that foster cultural, environmental, artistic and other aspects within youth. There are currently seven youth clubs. In the ecological youth club, members engage in a walk that allows them to check out the land’s natural riches in terms of fauna, flora and water reservoirs. This teaches youth about the importance of the environment and gives them time to connect with peers with common interests.

                              Many of the students in this program were once living on the streets or living at risk of violence, drugs and exploitation. Salesian missionaries and lay volunteers have a presence on the streets to reach at-risk youth and encourage them to visit Don Bosco City. Once youth visit the program, the rehabilitation process begins by meeting the young person’s most immediate needs such as food, clothing and shelter.

                              If youth wish to stay at Don Bosco City instead of returning to the streets, they are provided with housing and a remedial education in addition to being taught life skills and how to live with others. After youth are acclimated into the program and have caught up academically, they can access the formal education, job skills training and the internship program.

                              “We know that access to education for both boys and girls lays the foundation for a better future for homeless, abandoned and at-risk youth,” says Father Mark Hyde, director of Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco. “In Colombia especially, where almost 20 percent of school-age children do not attend school, it is crucial that we offer this opportunity to as many youth as we can.”

                              Close to 33 percent of Colombians live in poverty, according to the World Bank. One in five children in the country has no access to education and 800,000 children reside in refugee camps. The crisis of street children is at epidemic proportions and thousands of at-risk youth have been recruited as child soldiers.

                              Fonte: Salesian Missions

                              • Colombia
                              • COM
                              • Formazione Professionale
                              • Educazione
                              • Lavoro
                              • Bambini di Strada
                              • Ciudad Don Bosco

                                RMG – Nominated first Superior of new Malta Vice Province: Fr Paul Formosa

                                Gian Francesco Romano
                                1 month ago
                                RMG – Nominated first Superior of new Malta Vice Province: Fr Paul Formosa

                                (ANS - Rome) - Yesterday, 19 July, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with the consensus of his Council, appointed Fr. Paul Formosa as the first Superior of the new "Mary Help of Christians" Vice Province of Malta (MLT), current Superior of Malta's Provincial Delegation.

                                Fr Paul Formosa, Maltese from Valletta, was born on October 31, 1960. After completing his novitiate in Dublin, Ireland, between 1980 and 1981, he made his perpetual vows in Dingli, Malta, on July 2, 1987, and ordained priest in Valletta on July 14, 1989.

                                After completing his formation in Ireland, he did most of his ministry in the Maltese archipelago where he served as Economer at the "Sant'Alfonso" Salesian community in Sliema (1991-95), and Economer at Dingli (1998-2007); he also became Director of the Dingli community (2001-2007) before returning to to Sliema-Sant'Alfonso as Director (2007-2016).

                                For the Province Delegation of Malta, dependent on the Province of Ireland, he was Economer (2004-2008) and Delegate of Youth Ministry (2004-2011 and 2012-2017), as well as Provincoal of the Delegation from 2011 until yesterday.

                                • RMG
                                • Malta
                                • MLT
                                • Nomine
                                • Ispettori

                                  RMG – Nominato il primo Superiore della nuova Visitatoria di Malta: don Paul Formosa

                                  Gian Francesco Romano
                                  1 month ago
                                  RMG – Nominato il primo Superiore della nuova Visitatoria di Malta: don Paul Formosa

                                  (ANS – Roma) – Nella giornata di ieri, 19 luglio, il Rettor Maggiore, Don Ángel Fernández Artime, con il consenso del suo Consiglio, ha nominato il primo Superiore della nuova Visitatoria “Maria Ausiliatrice” di Malta (MLT): è don Paul Formosa, che già ricopriva l’incarico di Superiore della Delegazione ispettoriale di Malta.

                                  Paul Formosa, maltese di La Valletta, è nato il 31 ottobre del 1960. Dopo aver svolto il suo noviziato a Dublino, in Irlanda, tra il 1980 e il 1981, ha emesso i voti perpetui a Dingli, Malta, il 2 luglio del 1987, ed è stato creato sacerdote a La Valletta il 14 luglio 1989.

                                  Dopo aver completato la formazione in Irlanda, ha svolto praticamente tutto il suo ministero nell’arcipelago maltese, servendo come Economo presso la comunità salesiana “Sant’Alfonso” di Sliema (1991-95), poi, sempre come Economo, in quella di Dingli (1998-2007); quindi anche come Direttore a Dingli (2001-2007); e poi di nuovo a Sliema-Sant’Alfonso, come Direttore (2007-2016).

                                  Per la Delegazione ispettoriale di Malta, dipendente dall’Ispettoria dell’Irlanda, è stato Economo (2004-2008) e Delegato di Pastorale Giovanile (2004-2011 e 2012-2017), nonché Superiore della Delegazione, dal 2011 fino a ieri.  

                                  • RMG
                                  • Malta
                                  • MLT
                                  • Nomine
                                  • Ispettori

                                    RMG – Established new "Mary Help of Christians" Vice Province of Malta

                                    Gian Francesco Romano
                                    1 month ago

                                    (ANS - Rome) - During the summer session of the General Council, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with the consensus of his Council, ordered the establishment of a Salesian presence in Malta. In view of the appointment of the first Superior of the new Vice Province - which was entitled "Mary Help of Christians" and which will bear the initials "MLT" - the Councilor for the Salesian Central and Northern Europe, Fr Tadeusz Rozmus, went to Sliema, and on July 14th, he met for consultations with the Salesians present in Malta.

                                    The establishment of the new Vice-Province occurs almost 40 years since the Provincial Delegation of Malta was born, dependent on the Province of Ireland, and constitutes a further step towards an existence of full autonomy for the Salesian presence in the Maltese archipelago.

                                    "The development of the charism in Malta has been characterized in recent years by a growing youthful dynamism, by new Salesian vocations and by great public appreciation towards Don Bosco and his works," said Fr Rozmus. "Moreover, the average age of the confreres allows us to hope for the increase of the charism even outside of Malta, and represents a good prerequisite for future expectations that the creation of the new Vice Province expresses."

                                    The decision of the Rector Major was accompanied by a serious and profound discernment, carried out together with the Salesians of the Irish Province and accompanied by the General Council. Such a process not only led to the choice of the inauguration for Malta, but also provided the opportunity to express gratitude to the Irish Province.

                                    The fraternal presence of the Irish Salesians, who have always shown great attention for the development of the Salesian charism in Malta, was spoken of and highlighted by many. "The success of the new Vice Province is, therefore, also their success," added the Councilor for the Central and Northern Europe Region. "Of course, both sides are very interested in continuing their collaboration and some points of common interest have already been underscored."

                                    Currently, the new Vice-Province has 36 Salesians and two novices who are finishing their novitiate in Pinerolo, Italy. Furthermore, four Maltese youths are carrying out the post-novitiate in Malta, while two others are about to finish the formation course in Theology at the "Crocetta" Faculty in Turin. Various European Provinces are also collaborating with Malta, especially in Poland; at this moment there are four Polish Salesians in Malta, who are completing their training.

                                    • RMG
                                    • Malta
                                    • IRL
                                    • MLT
                                    • Tadeusz Rozmus

                                      Democratic Republic of Congo - Music and sports for Masina children

                                      Gian Francesco Romano
                                      1 month ago
                                      Democratic Republic of Congo - Music and sports for Masina children

                                      (ANS - Kinshasa) - "Never allow young people to be idle during recreation" (MB XII, 17), said Don Bosco, and before him also St. Filippo Neri. These two great saints of the oratory had already understood centuries ago that youth can indeed develop in a healthy fashion when they receive valid proposals for work, formation and leisure. This is why today in Kinshasa, the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco are working to offer their students the means and opportunities to practice music and sports.

                                      Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is today a huge mass of people: about 17 million inhabitants swarm through its streets and among them there are many children and young people in need, some because they belong to families already poor in themselves, others because they have embraced street life and are thus exposed to every sort of danger.

                                      Salesians work for all these young people with its six centers in the city. One of these is the "Michele Rua" oratory in Masina, a municipality in the capital of Kinshasa. The oratory has become a place of human encounters and formation within what is a densely populated working class neighborhood that is currently experiencing socio-economic difficulties.

                                      The Salesian oratory in Masina now welcomes 800 minors, boys and girls, from 7 to 15 years. And yet, due to the difficulties the neighborhood is experiencing, more needy children are expected to turn to the Salesians.

                                      Why the new Vice Province of Africa Congo Congo (ACC) is calling for solidarity: the Salesians in Masina intend to offer all young people the opportunity to learn about music and grow through sports, but to do so they must provide children with musical instruments, sports uniforms, whistles, soccer balls, basketballs, handballs ...

                                      It is a simple project, but deeply rooted in Don Bosco's Preventive System, and of great importance because, as card. Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, archbishop of Kinshasa, said on the occasion of the diocesan celebration of World Youth Day, "the present and the future of the country belong to the young."

                                      For more information, visit: www.missionidonbosco.org 

                                      {gallery}Kinshasa - Masina - Sport e Musica{/gallery}

                                      • Repubblica Democratica del Congo
                                      • AFC
                                      • Musica
                                      • Sport
                                      • Missioni Don Bosco

                                        Guatemala - A university that benefits young indigenous people

                                        Gian Francesco Romano
                                        1 month ago
                                        Guatemala - A university that benefits young indigenous people

                                        (ANS - San Pedro Carchá) - On Saturday, 14 July 2018, the first four university students of the new Mesoamerican University, which is taking shape in the municipality of San Pedro Carchá, 220 km north of Guatemala City, graduated in Educational Administration.

                                        With the support of a university, it was possible to present a proposal for a strategic alliance and joint work between the Mesoamerican University at San Pedro Carchá and the "Talita Kumi" Foundation, where "Talita Kumi" represents the inspiring expression of a pastoral educational project applied in the Salesian mission of Carchá, Guatemala. Fr Jorge Puthenpura, a Salesian from India, had the audacity to "invent" a model of female religious life within the local indigenous culture, the qeqchi culture. In this context live the religious who preserve the charism in the typical forms of the local culture.

                                        July 14th was, in every way, a historic day for the beginning of this adventure in Higher Education. The Mesoamerican University, with its less than four years of existence, is growing at a surprising pace; from the 44 students who started in 2015, it already has 564 in 2018, with a percentage growth of 1,400%!

                                        The Mesoamerican University began offering courses in Pedagogy; the following year, it  added Educational Administration and Educational Sciences; in its third year, the faculties of Social Work and Bilingual Primary Education were opened; and the Agronomic Engineering course in its fourth year.

                                        Although there are four university facilities in the neighboring city of Cobán, Fr Puthenpura sensed that there was room for this bold project: an offer of higher education that would cover the needs of the region. In fact, the government does not offer a university educational proposal, as most of the population lives by working the land and cultivating their fields and farms.

                                        The philosophy behind this innovative project of higher education is based on the Salesian spirit, which is oriented to the human and Christian promotion of young people, to students who attend their courses, and to those who will benefit from the services that will be offered by professionals formed at the University.

                                        The Mesoamerican University present in San Pedro Carchá is also an important part of a much more ambitious and broader project: for years "Talita Kumi"has been promoting the leadership and empowerment of thousands of indigenous women and it has extended to the departments of Quiché, Izabal, Petén and Alta Verapaz.

                                        • Guatemala
                                        • CAM
                                        • Indigeni
                                        • Università
                                        • IUS
                                          ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana