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Haiti – "ENTEC Technical-Vocational School" inaugurated

1 month ago

(ANS - Port-au-Prince) - To improve the quality of education and the employment prospects of young Haitians, the country's Salesians, in agreement with the Haitian state, have signed a memorandum of understanding and inaugurated the Ecole Normale Technique - ENTEC. The objective of this structure is to train the formators of the technical-vocational institutes and its inauguration represents an important first step in Haiti's history of vocational training.

In the speech given at the inauguration ceremony, which took place last 10 July, the Superior of the Vice Province of “Blessed Philip Rinaldi” of Haiti (HAI), Fr Jean Paul Mésidor, said: “Today we are happy to find ourselves in the situation of being able to continue believing in the future. If the present is uncertain, our presence here for the ENTEC inauguration expresses our determination to continue looking at the horizon to discover that ray of hope that will make us dream of a good Haiti, especially for her children. It is this optimism in the possibility of doing better and better that characterizes the work of the Salesians in Haiti these past 85 years.”

In fact, the Salesians in Haiti, in line with their commitment to the Haitian state, pursuant to the law of 5 June 1935, continue to be a stable and reliable collaborator in the field of vocational training. It is for this reason that now the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco intend to continue their collaboration with the national authorities - through the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training and with the National Institute of Vocational Training - in the context of the strategic development plan of the country and the new law on vocational training, as well as with a view to improving the quality of teaching and more specifically the formation of technical-vocational teachers.

The ENTEC, in particular, will favor the permanent and ongoing formation of teachers and educators of the technical-professional institutes and will endow them with solid pedagogical skills applicable to their sector. The intention is to establish a permanent body of formators at all levels, capable of maximizing the performance and internal efficiency of technical and professional institutes.

In this important and ambitious project the Salesians receive the support of various international friends, including the Spanish Cooperation, the Salesian NGO "Jóvenes y Desarollo" and the Autonomous Community of Madrid.

{gallery}HAI inaugurazione ENTEC 2019{/gallery}

  • Haiti
  • HAI
  • Formazione Professionale
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Italy – Holy Family Apostles towards their X General Chapter

    1 month ago
    Italy – Holy Family Apostles towards their X General Chapter

    (ANS - Rome) - From 25 July to 5 August 2019 the “Apostles of the Holy Family” (ASF), the tenth group of the Salesian Family, shall be in Rome for their Institute's X General Chapter. Fr Eusebio Muñoz, SDB, the Rector Major's Delegate for the Salesian Family, shall accompany them in this fundamental moment of discernment, reflection and planning. Last January he was appointed "Pontifical Assistant" for the ASF Chapter by the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CIVCSVA).

    The Institute of the Apostles of the Holy Family was founded by Cardinal Giuseppe Guarino in Messina (Italy), on June 29, 1889, and have been part of the Salesian Family since 1984. The ASF live and bear witness to their vocation, especially by supporting families: inspired by Don Bosco's pedagogical system, they take care of children, especially the most needy; they dedicate themselves to the Christian and comprehensive education of young people in schools and parishes; they visit families in difficulty or disintegrated, offer advice to engaged couples, and open their homes to host families so they can enjoy rich and meaningful spiritual experiences.

    130 years after its foundation, the ASFs are called to carry out a thorough review of the Institute's status, renew their mission's apostolic zeal.

    For this reason the CIVCSVA has entrusted the role of Pontifical Assistant to Fr Muñoz with the task "of supporting the Institute in the regular development of religious life and in overcoming certain difficulties". In this role, Fr Muñoz has supported the ASF in its preparation of the General Chapter: first through two meetings with the World Council; and more recently, in June, at the ASF Generalate in Messina, with a meeting with the designated Capitulars during which both the methodology and the fundamental contents of the Chapter were defined.

    Among the meeting's specific themes: the management of the Institute's presence; attention to the major religious figures; and the general objectives set by the Institute for its future. In this sense the ASF General Chapter will also avail itself of the support of Fr Sabino Ardito, SDB, Professor emeritus of the Faculty of Canon Law of the Salesian Pontifical University, for a review of the Constitutions and Regulations.

    Tomorrow, Thursday, July 18, begins the week of Spiritual Exercises that precedes the Chapter. All members of the ASF shall listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit to understand what God summons the Institute to in these times and to put itself at His joyful service.

    • Italia
    • Famiglia Salesiana
    • Eusebio Muñoz
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Democratic Republic of the Congo – A water well to change lives of mothers and children

      1 month ago
      Democratic Republic of the Congo – A water well to change lives of mothers and children

      (ANS - Lubumbashi) - The Cité Plateau III is a poor and overcrowded area of ​​Lubumbashi where child labor is considered normal and the rate of schooling is extremely low. This disastrous context is also conditioned by an endemic lack of water, which has created a framework that is a total hygienic and sanitary emergency. For this reason, the Salesians intend to build a well that gives clean water to the neighborhood's population.

      The only drinking water available at Cité Plateau III is distributed by a few rudimentary fountains, fed by the same aquifer where waste waters also end up. Rainwater is also collected, which women store in old and dirty containers, as they do for the water that accumulates in the stone quarries scattered throughout the territory, also very often contaminated. In other cases, the mothers of families get up at 4 am to go and draw water from the wells of the neighboring districts, but this is not always possible. Thus the local population remains exposed to the risk of severe dehydration, which can lead to loss of consciousness, multiple organ failure and even death.

      The project conceived by the Spiritual Sons of Don Bosco foresees drilling 100 meters to draw on a pristine aquifer to build a well, the installation of a submerged electric pump - which will be fed by 4 solar panels for renewable energy - the placement of 2 underground reservoirs and masonry work.

      The presence of a safe water source would bring great benefits on several fronts: it would prevent the spread of diseases, such as cholera and typhoid fever, often fatal for children and pregnant women; contribute to improving children's health conditions, often forced to leave school to work, also due to water scarcity; significantly increase the quality of life of all the women in the neighborhood who would no longer be forced to travel for miles to get some clean drinking water, women often pregnant and in the company of their youngest children.

      The well project will directly benefit at least 6,000 people, but at an indirect level it will do much more: the initiative provides for the direct involvement of the inhabitants of Cité Plateau III in the well's management, and an awareness-raising campaign that will be launched once the inauguration takes place to train the locals on the importance of personal hygiene.

      For more information, visit the website: www.missionidonbosco.org 

      • Repubblica Democratica del Congo
      • AFC
      • Acqua
      • Salute
      • Missioni
      • Missioni Don Bosco
        Gian Francesco Romano

        RMG – Vietnam North Delegation approved by the Rector Major

        1 month ago
        RMG – Vietnam North Delegation approved by the Rector Major

        (ANS – Rome) – Two years after the memorable visit of the Rector Major to the VIE province of St. John Bosco (Vietnam-Mongolia) in 2017, the Tenth Successor of Don Bosco approved the establishment of the Vietnam North Delegation in the General Council session on 10 July, in accordance with art. 156 of the SDB Constitutions. After the Mongolia Delegation (established in 2009) this is the second Delegation depending on the Provincial of Vietnam-Mongolia.

        The main motivation for the establishment of the new Delegation is a more effective charismatic animation of the Salesian mission. especially for poor young people. The second motivation is our contribution to the local Church (7 different dioceses in the northern part of Vietnam) and also the difficulty of the significant distance from the provincial house (1500 km) where the majority of the 33 communities are located.

        According to the Decree of the Rector Major, the Delegation comprises the 10 local communities of Cat Dam, Duc Ninh, Duong A, Hoa An, Ky Anh, Lao Cai, Ngan Son, Quang Nap, Trai Giao and Van Phuc. Currently there are 43 Salesians (9 Salesian Brothers, 32 Salesian Priests and two practical trainees) who will be part of the Delegation. Fr. Tran Quoc Tuan (Thomas Aquinas) has been appointed as the first Delegate Superior-Provincial. He will lead and animate the confreres with his 3 member council (Economer, Youth Ministry delegate and Councillor).

        The Delegation comprises 4 canonical and 6 non-canonical communities. Most of the Salesian works are parishes with a daily Oratory - Youth Centre, while two of the communities are also ministering to ethnic minorities and marginalised youth. Since the territory in North Vietnam is a cradle of the Vietnamese Catholic Church from the 16th century, the Delegation will invest its energy in a dynamic vocation ministry.

        Beyond the other four Delegations in the EAO region (AUL-Pacific, FIS-Pakistan, THA-Cambodia and VIE-Mongolia), there are another 6 Salesian Delegations in the other continents: PLE-Bielarussia, AFW-Nigeria, AFE-Sudan, AFO Senegal, Mali, Guinea Conakry and Gambia - a total of 10 Delegation in the entire Congregation. Each Delegation has its own Statutes (art. Constitutions 156 or 159) approved by the Rector Major and is an integral part of the respective province.

        The new Delegation will be officially open in early September at the beginning of next school year 2019-2020.

        {gallery}VIE - Delegazione del Nord 2019{/gallery}

        • RMG
        • VIE
        • Vietnam
          Virginia Nitto

          Israel – Pilgrimage in places where Word was made Flesh

          1 month ago
          Israel – Pilgrimage in places where Word was made Flesh

          (ANS – Jerusalem) – What have the fruits of the 8-day pilgrimage of the General Council in the Holy Land been? It was a unique opportunity to touch the places of Jesus, to walk in the places where Word was made Flesh and lived among His people!

          The pilgrimage dynamics generated many profound experiences through a variety of encounters.

          The encounter with pilgrims from many religions - Jews, Muslims and a range of Christian denominations. They prayed, chanted, danced, walked in procession, sailed the Galilee, touched the holy places (stones, tombs or icons), lit candles all of which helped to underscore the multi-religious dynamics of today's world. The overlapping or blending of different faiths and believers in the Land of Jesus thus opens the hearts of His disciples towards the faithful of other religions.

          There was the encounter with many Saints, starting from the Holy Family of Nazareth and following the footsteps of our Venerable Salesian Brother Simaan (Simon) Srugi, who was born and baptized in Nazareth and died in Beitgemal (Salesian community near Jerusalem). Even a simple icon of St Domenico Savio with Jesus opens the eyes of faith in different ways.

          The encounter with many members of the Salesian Family-Don Bosco Past Pupils can be also found amid the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land. Aside from the SDB, there are Cancão Nova, FMA and Salesian Cooperators. The pilgrims had a chance to pray at the tomb of Fr Antonio Belloni, founder of the Salesian works in the Holy Land.

          There was the meeting with Salesian Youth featuring both Muslims and Christians. 80% of our students in Nazareth are Muslim and the majority of our Oratory boys in Bethlehem are also Muslims, but at this time, schools in the Holy Land were closed and students home for their summer vacations.

          They met with all five SDB communities in the Holy Land - Nazareth, Bethlehem, Cremisan (new provincial house), Beitgemal and Ratisbonne (Jerusalem). The Middle East Province comprises 80+ SDBs from 22 different countries. The pilgrims had a chance to appreciate the very challenging mission of our confreres in each of the five communities.

          Among all these encounters there was ample time to pray, reflect, pause, breathe deeply and experience the places where Jesus grew up in His family, walked the streets and in the fields, ate, performed His miracles, taught about the Kingdom and His Father, suffered and was humiliated and, in the end, crucified. Many the sites and centuries crossed. Walking in the Holy Land makes the pages of the Gospel and Scripture come alive and real - from the harsh Judean desert to the very small Jordan river.

          The Rector Major and his Councillors were especially grateful to Middle East Provincial Fr Alejandro Leon, his councillors and all the SDB communities in the Holy Land who welcomed the pilgrims. This very strong faith experience of the General Council will certainly have an effect on their ministry of animation and governance.

          Aside from the variety of pilgrim groups, every August since 2018 the SDB Formation Department has been organizing the “Holy Land Experience”; this year it was in Italian-Spanish, and next year (2020) it shall be in English.

          Source: AustraLasia

          {gallery}Pellegrinaggio CG 2019{/gallery}

          • Israele
          • Palestina
          • Consiglio Generale
          • Pellegrinaggi e Peregrinazioni
            Gian Francesco Romano

            RMG – SALESIAN DIRECTOR - A ministry for animation and government of local community

            1 month ago
            RMG – SALESIAN DIRECTOR - A ministry for animation and government of local community

            (ANS - Rome) - The Rector Major and his Council have approved the definitive text of "The Salesian Director, a ministry for the animation and government of the local community". Translations are already underway and will be published later this year in the main languages ​​spoken in the Congregation.

            It is an important step in a process that began with the 27th General Chapter: "...the Rector Major and the General Council providing for the updating of the Director's Manual ..." (GC 27 69.11). This commitment was entrusted to the Formation Dicastery during the planning of the six-year term (ACG419 p.55).

            In a first international seminar, with representatives of the various regions (17-19 June 2016), the path to be followed was defined, setting of the start of a consultation that involved all the Provinces. Many directors sent their contributions together, as did several provincial councils. Numerous other Salesians did so individually, for a total of 316 contributions received.

            Organized by regions, the material was the subject of study together with the text of the 1986 manual.

            In a second seminar (29-31 May 2017) work was carried out on the result of this text produced by each region. In contact with the members convened for the two seminars, an editorial group then began a work of synthesis from which the first draft text emerged.

            The draft that the Rector Major with the Council has now approved is number 28. This speaks for how much work of verification, integration of new contributions, rethinking of the scheme, reformulation of the contents has occurred over time.

            Final approval is not the final goal, but rather the starting point as the most important phase is the involvement of all the communities and all the confreres.

            The Rector Major writes in the preface: "The directors are key figures in the renewal of the Congregation and of our service to young people in the educative-pastoral community. They are the key of the much desired ongoing formation, which must be implemented in our religious communities and, by extension, also in our educative-pastoral communities. This manual is therefore mainly addressed to them and to all those involved in their formation, first of all to the provincials and to their councils. The new manual is at the same time aimed at all Salesians and all members of every Salesian religious community."

            This is the challenge, but above all the opportunity, which presents itself, in a season that is extremely fruitful, in the approach to the 28th General Chapter, in which this instrument of ongoing formation fully inserts itself.

            In the coming months, additional articles will be published on ANS which will present the manual's contents.

            • RMG
            • Formazione
            • Direttori
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Great Britain – Praise for Salesian ethos at “Outstanding” St John Bosco College, Battersea

              1 month ago
              Great Britain – Praise for Salesian ethos at “Outstanding” St John Bosco College, Battersea

              (ANS – London) – Inspectors from the Diocese of Southwark declared “St John Bosco College” in Battersea “Outstanding” in a report published last week, following a two day inspection under Section 48 of the Education Act. This provides for regular inspections by the Bishop, of the Catholic life, Religious Education and collective worship in the schools of his Diocese.

              The inspectors found the students “happy and confident”, and were impressed by their motivation to learn, and by the support expressed by parents they spoke to. They commented on the strong Salesian ethos of the school, and its inclusive, caring environment, where students “spoke warmly of the support, praise and encouragement they receive.”

              “In discussions and in lessons, pupils articulate their understanding of what it means to belong to a Salesian school,” the report states. “RUAH, respect-understanding-affection-humour, means the ‘breath of God’. Pupils described it as the ethos of the school. Their understanding of RUAH is demonstrated by the spirit of friendship and mutual respect between all members of the community.”

              Inspectors were particularly impressed by the work being done in the specialist units at the school. “The College’s concern for all pupils is reflected in the highly effective work of the Devereux and Savio centres for pupils with a range of complex needs, particularly Autistic Spectrum Disorders. A visit to the centres during the inspection witnessed the care and intense support by specialist teachers for these pupils. A parent, reflecting the overwhelming support of parents, said it is a school with ‘patience and understanding’ that ‘deeply upholds the ethos that every child should know that they are loved’.”

              Inspectors commended pupil leadership as a strength: “Sixth form pupil leaders are outstanding role models for younger pupils and contribute effectively to creating an environment in which pupils know they are secure and cared for.”

              They praised the work of the College chaplaincy, which provides a rich variety of opportunities for students to develop the practice of their faith, stating that “the efficacy of chaplaincy provision is profound.”

              Parents told inspectors how much they appreciated the high level of pastoral care, which was identified as a significant strength, especially for new students joining during the school year. “Their development and success demonstrate the passion and commitment of staff to all pupils regardless of ability, faith or circumstances.”

              The involvement of SDBs was seen as tremendously positive: “The impact of the Salesian priests and brothers cannot be overstated. Testimony from staff and pupils emphasised an understanding of their own personal responsibility in building the Kingdom of God within the school community. They overwhelmingly respond by creating an authentic Salesian school through prayer and service to others.”

              Leadership and governance in the school was credited for the success of its Catholic life. “The professional expertise and leadership of the headteacher is a significant factor in strengthening spiritual development across the school. He is supported by all staff who demonstrate their own deep understanding of service in the way they conduct themselves. Staff appreciate that their well-being is prioritised with senior leaders and staff, including the chaplain, trained as mental health champions.”

              The quality of teaching and assessment in Religious Education was praised in the report, which said that the subject “is held in high regard by pupils,” who “genuinely enjoy their lessons and appreciate the range of opportunities to learn about Christianity and other world religions.”

              Director of Education for the Diocese of Southwark, Dr Simon Hughes, wrote to the Headteacher to congratulate him on the “wonderful outcome”, and thanked everyone for their hard work and dedication “in ensuring that Saint John Bosco College remains an incredibly effective institution, that is completely rooted in its Salesian values and ethos.”

              Headteacher Paul Dunne said, “I’m particularly pleased that the inspectors recognised the crucial role that the Salesian Community and Parish have played in making the school outstanding, and as Headteacher, I am very grateful for the excellent support that the Salesian Trustees provide for the school.”

              The Salesian GBR Province sends congratulations to Mr Dunne and everyone at SJBC, and thanks them for all they do to provide an excellent model of Salesian education.

              Read the report in full on the school website: 
              http://www.sjbc.wandsworth.sch.uk/news/?pid=10&nid=1&storyid=80

              • RMG
              • Formazione
              • Direttori
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Great Britain – Praise for Salesian ethos at “Outstanding” St John Bosco College, Battersea

                1 month ago
                Great Britain – Praise for Salesian ethos at “Outstanding” St John Bosco College, Battersea

                (ANS – London) – Inspectors from the Diocese of Southwark declared “St John Bosco College” in Battersea “Outstanding” in a report published recently, following a two day inspection under Section 48 of the Education Act. This provides for regular inspections by the Bishop, of the Catholic life, Religious Education and collective worship in the schools of his Diocese.

                The inspectors found the students “happy and confident”, and were impressed by their motivation to learn, and by the support expressed by parents they spoke to. They commented on the strong Salesian ethos of the school, and its inclusive, caring environment, where students “spoke warmly of the support, praise and encouragement they receive.”

                “In discussions and in lessons, pupils articulate their understanding of what it means to belong to a Salesian school,” the report states. “RUAH, respect-understanding-affection-humour, means the ‘breath of God’. Pupils described it as the ethos of the school. Their understanding of RUAH is demonstrated by the spirit of friendship and mutual respect between all members of the community.”

                Inspectors were particularly impressed by the work being done in the specialist units at the school. “The College’s concern for all pupils is reflected in the highly effective work of the Devereux and Savio centres for pupils with a range of complex needs, particularly Autistic Spectrum Disorders. A visit to the centres during the inspection witnessed the care and intense support by specialist teachers for these pupils. A parent, reflecting the overwhelming support of parents, said it is a school with ‘patience and understanding’ that ‘deeply upholds the ethos that every child should know that they are loved’.”

                Inspectors commended pupil leadership as a strength: “Sixth form pupil leaders are outstanding role models for younger pupils and contribute effectively to creating an environment in which pupils know they are secure and cared for.”

                They praised the work of the College chaplaincy, which provides a rich variety of opportunities for students to develop the practice of their faith, stating that “the efficacy of chaplaincy provision is profound.”

                Parents told inspectors how much they appreciated the high level of pastoral care, which was identified as a significant strength, especially for new students joining during the school year. “Their development and success demonstrate the passion and commitment of staff to all pupils regardless of ability, faith or circumstances.”

                The involvement of SDBs was seen as tremendously positive: “The impact of the Salesian priests and brothers cannot be overstated. Testimony from staff and pupils emphasised an understanding of their own personal responsibility in building the Kingdom of God within the school community. They overwhelmingly respond by creating an authentic Salesian school through prayer and service to others.”

                Leadership and governance in the school was credited for the success of its Catholic life. “The professional expertise and leadership of the headteacher is a significant factor in strengthening spiritual development across the school. He is supported by all staff who demonstrate their own deep understanding of service in the way they conduct themselves. Staff appreciate that their well-being is prioritised with senior leaders and staff, including the chaplain, trained as mental health champions.”

                The quality of teaching and assessment in Religious Education was praised in the report, which said that the subject “is held in high regard by pupils,” who “genuinely enjoy their lessons and appreciate the range of opportunities to learn about Christianity and other world religions.”

                Director of Education for the Diocese of Southwark, Dr Simon Hughes, wrote to the Headteacher to congratulate him on the “wonderful outcome”, and thanked everyone for their hard work and dedication “in ensuring that Saint John Bosco College remains an incredibly effective institution, that is completely rooted in its Salesian values and ethos.”

                Headteacher Paul Dunne said, “I’m particularly pleased that the inspectors recognised the crucial role that the Salesian Community and Parish have played in making the school outstanding, and as Headteacher, I am very grateful for the excellent support that the Salesian Trustees provide for the school.”

                The Salesian GBR Province sends congratulations to Mr Dunne and everyone at SJBC, and thanks them for all they do to provide an excellent model of Salesian education.

                Read the report in full on the school website: www.sjbc.wandsworth.sch.uk/ 

                • Gran Bretagna
                • GBR
                • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Peru – "Total School", the last work left by Fr Ugo de Censi for the benefit of the poorest

                  1 month ago

                  (ANS - Chimbote) - Chimbote is a port city in the Department of Ancash, in northern Peru. Here many volunteers of "Operation Mato Grosso", led by the great figure of Fr Ugo de Censi, SDB, have dedicated and devote their lives to helping the poor. The Salesian initiative of "Operation Mato Grosso" is active in Peru through approximately 70 works or centers, thanks to the support of Italian and Peruvian volunteers and benefactors. The most recent center is the so-called "Total School", built in the sands in the settlement "The builders of Nuevo Chimbote". "This school is a center that Fr Ugo de Censi really wanted to see done," said Fr Umberto Bolis, SDB.

                  Fr de Censi used to visit Chimbote frequently because the poverty of children and young people made him suffer. Just at Chimbote, "Operation Mato Grosso" has eight kindergartens, a refectory called "Mamma mia" which is attended by about a thousand people every day, and now the "Total School", a primary school, where students can study, receive teaching material, uniforms and lunch, all for free, but on the one condition: that they live the "spirituality of charity with the poor" and that they are open to the Providence of God.

                  The "Total School" is the most recent project of "Operation Mato Grosso" to have been started by Fr de Censi. Last Thursday, 11 July, the inauguration of the structure that houses the primary school took place; but the project then plans to accompany the students up to high school.

                  The last dream of the late Fr de Censi is thus fulfilled, a dream in favor of the poorest children and young people because as a Salesian he was convinced of the importance of educational work and therefore of the kindergartens and of a school that educates for life.

                  The "Total School" of Nuevo Chimbote will provide not only humanistic and scientific formation, but also moral, spiritual and artistic education, so as to achieve a full development of the person. The school also features spaces for carpentry, masonry, weaving, and, of course, for the famous works in wood and ceramics.

                  The school was built thanks to young volunteers from the Oratory of the Andes who worked hard to obtain the necessary funds and who raised the structure for free during their school holidays.

                  "Father Ugo taught us that we must welcome children for free. The most important thing is charity. If someone gives you something, it's because he loves you, and that's what we did with these children," said the Director, Erica Lazzari.

                  Source: RSD - radiorsd.pe

                  {gallery}PER - Scuola Totale 2019{/gallery}

                  • Perù
                  • PER
                  • Scuole
                  • Missioni
                  • Nuova Presenza
                  • Ugo de Censi
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    RMG – "Entrust, have trust and smile!" Rector Major's Letter on 150th anniversary of ADMA's foundation

                    1 month ago

                    (ANS - Rome) – "Entrust, have trust and smile!" This is the title of the letter addressed by the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, to the Salesians and to the whole Salesian Family on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA), promoted by Don Bosco on 18 April 1869, one year after the consecration of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians at Valdocco.

                    Fr Á.F. Artime urges renewing the Marian dimension of the Salesian vocation, examining the convictions and making a careful evaluation of own's devotion to the Help of Christians as Salesians of Don Bosco, undoubtedly a useful proposal for the entire Salesian Family throughout the world, and making current the appeal Fr Egidio Viganò addressed in his time when he invited Salesians to "make a place for Our Lady in our home."

                    With the desire to make Mary Help of Christians ever more at home with us, a simple reflection is offered on Salesian attachment to the Eucharist and to Mary Help of Christians on the path followed in these 150 years since ADMA's foundation, on the popular nature of the Salesian charism that was consigned over time as a treasure to be guarded, and on the path to embark upon "from the house of Mary to our own homes."

                    The letter goes on to say that in harmony with this year's Strenna, it must be remembered that there is no way to sanctity without the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the keystone for the radical conversion of the heart to the love of God. Trust in Mary is a condition for living the baptismal grace and maturing it through the journey of faith, convinced that She takes us “by the hand to a meeting with her Son Jesus, the Son of God the Father.”

                    “Devotion to Mary Help of Christians was understood and promoted by Don Bosco precisely from the point of view of the help and the defense of the faith of the people of God, tempted by ideologies that removed the Christian sense of the meaning of life, and by many movements that attacked the faith and unity of the Church founded on the solid rock of Peter's profession of faith.”

                    With ADMA, Don Bosco wished to offer Christians an itinerary of sanctification and apostolate that is simple and accessible to all, with the intent of defending and promoting the faith of the people and enhancing the contents of popular religiosity.

                    In conclusion, the Rector Major writes: “While we give thanks for these 150 years in the life of the Association of Mary Help of Christians let us commit ourselves in fidelity to the charism of the holy founder of our Salesian Family, to allow ourselves to be guided by the Holy Spirit in a renewed evangelizing and educative zeal... The essential aspect of this evangelizing zeal consists in the renewal of the Association and giving special attention to the family and to the new generations.”

                    Following these guidelines, a call to remaining faithful to the footsteps or path traveled by Don Bosco whose devotion to the divine Mother of the Saviour characterized and strongly marked all his spirituality and his pastoral and educative actions.

                    The full text of the letter is available here.

                    {gallery}RMG - Lettera ADMA 2019{/gallery}

                    • RMG
                    • Rettor Maggiore
                    • ADMA
                    • Anniversari
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      United States - Another medal for the "Space Washing Machine" of Verona Don Bosco at "Global Innovation Award 2019"

                      1 month ago

                      (ANS - San José) - The "Wemit" project created by the students of the "Don Bosco" Institute of Verona - or the "Space Washing Machine", as it is popularly called - was judged the world's second best invention of the year by the judges of the "Global Innovation Award", an award sponsored by the big companies of Silicon Valley. The result of the ingenuity of the "iDB Tech-No-Logic Team" of the "Don Bosco" of Verona, the project has thus achieved a new success, after one recorded last April at the world science and robotics competition, the FIRST*LEGO League World Championship.

                      After the victory at the robotics world championships on April 20th in Houston, Texas, in which they beat the 108 finalist teams with the maximum score in all categories (scientific project, innovation, presentation capacities and teamwork), in this new competition - the most prestigious ever - the technical juries evaluated the invention's technical-scientific congruence, its feasibility, utility and novelty, an invention designed to wash astronauts' clothes in the absence of gravity and without water.

                      In a few words, the transition between the world robotics championship and the "Global Innovation Award" is from "project" to "a true and proper prototyped invention."

                      There were 40,000 competing teams and only 20 worldwide were selected for the California final, celebrated last July 2 in San José. The winners of the competition were the "Franco Droid", a Brazilian team that created a solution to serve female astronauts to avoiding infection in spaceships; ex-aequo with the "space washing machine" came the project "Growing Food", of an American team from Maryland, related to the cultivation of vegetables for astronauts.

                      The iDB Tech-No-Logic Team is composed of 5 male students and 3 female students from the 4th Year of the Scientific and Applied Sciences Lyceum, namely Pietro Formenti, Pietro Fornalè, Beatrice Ligozzi, Alessio Montignani, Filippo Oliosi, Camilla Salvagno, Paolo Venturini and Maddalena Zuccato. They were guided by prof. Luca Zanetti, and assisted by two other teachers: Anna Baruzzi and Andrea Materassi. The result, certainly due to the genius and commitment of the students, was certainly also favored by the setting and support of the school that made human resources, classrooms, labs and technologies available to them even outside the normal lesson times and the traditional ministerial school curricula.

                      • Stati Uniti
                      • Italia
                      • INE
                      • Tecnologie
                      • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Panama – Student of "Don Bosco" Technical Institute participates in UN World Forum

                        1 month ago

                        (ANS - City of Panama) - Santiago Corrales Rodríguez, a last year student of the Don Bosco Technical Institute, was invited as a representative of Latin America to participate in the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) organized by the United Nations (UN) in New York from 9 to 18 July 2019.

                        The HLPF is an annual meeting promoted by the UN to evaluate the progress made year by year by different countries in pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals, among which there is certainly, among the most important, the conservation of the environment.

                        At this time the young Santiago has the opportunity to participate in a round table with young Salesians, representing Europe, Africa and the Pacific Islands, whose central theme is "Youth Aspirations & Climate Urgency."

                        From 2018 the Don Bosco Technical Institute (ITDB) of the City of Panama is part of the "Don Bosco Green Alliance", the international Salesian organization that has the task of supporting and fostering the projects developed by young people for the conservation of the environment in the cities where they live. The Salesian school has been chosen by the United Nations to represent the young people of the Latin American region at the HLPF by virtue of the work done through the "ECOClub ITDB", which promotes the recycling of waste; moreover, the institute is supported by the entire citizenship, since it is the only school in the country that functions as a center for the collection and optimization of recycling.

                        The ECOClub ITDB started working in 2017 with a group of students who, worried about the country's environmental condition, organized waste collection activities, tree planting and the promotion of separate waste collection and recycling. Over time they received support from their parents and from the "Fundación ECO Creando", which allowed them to be recognized by the Ministry of the Environment and to be part of the 5 separate waste collection centers in Panama City.

                        • Panama
                        • ONU
                        • Ambiente
                        • Creato
                        • Don Bosco Green Alliance
                        • CAM
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Spain – International Volunteering begins: "They welcome you"

                          1 month 1 week ago

                          (ANS - Barcelona) - For many young people, the experience of volunteering leaves a profound impact on their lives. Some then decide to donate their lives as priests or religious, given the immense work that must be done for the benefit of the poorest. Others change their way of life and their vision of the world. In all cases, there is no doubt that the experience of volunteering radically changes lives. During this month of July a group of volunteers from the Spanish Salesian NGOs "Solidaridad Don Bosco", "VOLS" and "Jóvenes y Desarrollo", began their journey to experience solidarity and learning in different parts of the world.

                          "Volunteering as an operational expression of an interior attitude of service and solidarity," explains the document of the Salesian Congregation dedicated to this dimension. It should be noted, however, that "Salesian voluntary service is not limited to young Christian practitioners, but is addressed to all people of good will, both to baptized non-practicing Christians, and to those of other religions who, in a spirit of openness towards people and cultures, want to create a new world through social action, sharing the Salesian ideal and its method."

                          The Salesians of Spain have given life to Salesian Volunteer Services and in these summer months many young people are, indeed, leaving for different parts of the world. Miguel Peinado was the first to leave, from Barcelona to Lungi, Sierra Leone, on June 21st.

                          "If I had any doubts about my arrival in Sierra Leone," Miguel says today, "they vanished the next day when I left my room and Father Larry welcomed me with a hug, preamble to the loving welcome that the rest of the community would offer me. And the last remnants of the fear of not being able to adapt to the children dissolved the afternoon of the first day when we went with Mar and Alberto to the oratory, and at every step we were joined by a new group of children who took us directly by the hand and they constantly asked us in krio language: "O'poto, udat na yu padi" (white man, who is your friend?). It is impossible not to feel good because it is they who welcome you."

                          On Saturday, June 29, a total of 8 young people and 3 carers left Barcelona, Valencia and Seville to experience the "Work Camp" in Tangier, Morocco, in the "Lerchundi House". Among them is Anna Puigbó who before leaving said: "I look forward to learning about the new reality, living it fully and profoundly, getting to know people, discovering things and growing as a person."

                          In the forthcoming weeks, other young people will travel as volunteers in Guinea Conakry, Peru and Cambodia.

                          "The service of the volunteers reaches its fullness when their action is explicitly motivated and inspired by the Christian choice and by the witness of charity," the Salesian document on volunteering reaffirms.

                          • Spagna
                          • Volontariato
                          • Pastorale Giovanile
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            RMG – Salesian Historical Researches n° 72

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                            RMG – Salesian Historical Researches n° 72

                            (ANS - Rome) – Issue number 72 (January-June 2019) of Ricerche Storiche Salesiane (Salesian Historical Researches), the bi-monthly magazine of Salesian religious and civil history, published by the Istituto Storico Salesiano (Salesian Historical Institute) has been published. Highlights are the second part of the study of the "Kristu Jyoti College" of Bangalore, India, the essays on the Indian Salesian Philip Thayil and on the Venerable Polish cardinal August Hlond, and an analysis of Don Bosco's Marian homiletic drafts.

                            Kristu Jyoti College, Bangalore: storia e significato dell’apertura della prima istituzione salesiana nell’arcidiocesi di Bangalore – parte II (“Kristu Jyoti College, Bangalore: history and significance of the opening of the first Salesian institution in the archdiocese of Bangalore - part II”) represents the second installment of Fr Thomas Anchukandam's contribution to the presentation of this fundamental work of the Indian Salesian panorama. Besides presenting the historical, geo-political, social, ecclesial and Salesian context, the article illustrates the developments of this important theologate built to form priests prepared for a rapidly evolving world.

                            Don Philip Thayil: Visionario e Innovatore (1917-2003) (“Fr Philip Thayil: Visionary and Innovator, 1917-2003”) is a research paper written by Fr Mathew Kapplikunnel, which focuses on the visionary and charismatic figure of this atypical Salesian. A belated vocation, devoid of higher education and without special talents, he was however charged with an apostolic zeal comparable to Don Bosco's, which led him to carry out highly original Salesian-inspired initiatives, especially in the fields of social communication, art, culture and vocational promotion. Today the "Don Bosco Vennala" cultural center and printing press represent his very tangible legacy.

                            The third study deals with a complex topic: on March 9, 2017, during the Congress of theological consultors, the Positio super vita, virtutibus, fama sanctitatis of the Servant of God Cardinal August Hlond, primate of Poland, Salesian, was voted. Although the Positio received nine out of nine affirmative votes, the General Postulation of the Salesian Congregation was asked to provide feedback on several points. The study Sulle obiezioni circa i nove voti positivi espressi dai consultori teologi sulla positio per il processo di beatificazione e di canonizzazione del Servo di Dio cardinale August Hlond, primate della Polonia (“On the objections regarding the nine positive votes cast by theologic consultors on the positio for the process of beatification and canonization of the Servant of God cardinal August Hlond, primate of Poland”), of the author Fr Stanisław Zimniak tries to provide clarifications precisely on said objections, concerning the issue of apostolic administrators, regarding the heroic practice of the virtues of prudence and justice, and to religious vows and studies.

                            The journal then proceeds with the presentation of Gli appunti di predicazione mariana di don Bosco (“Don Bosco's Marian Preaching Notes”), edited by Fr Aldo Giraudo, which offers the critical edition of seven autographed preaching notes by Don Bosco kept in the Central Salesian Archive and composed on the occasion of several Marian feasts.

                            The publication concludes with the profilo (profile) of 'zealous Salesian, indomitable bishop' Msgr. Antoni Baraniak, archbishop of Poznań (1957-77); two note (notes) - one on the memoirs of the missionary historian Fr Luigi Bolla, and the other on the contribution to Salesian studies of Daniela Cavallaro;  numerous recensioni (reviews) of Salesian publications and segnalazioni (suggested readings).

                            • RMG
                            • Ricerche Storiche Salesiane
                            • Augusto Hlond
                            • Maria
                            • Don Bosco
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              RMG – A new life begins for the Salesian House of Maynooth, Ireland

                              1 month 1 week ago
                              RMG – A new life begins for the Salesian House of Maynooth, Ireland

                              (ANS - Rome) - One of the initiatives which the Salesians of the “Saint Patrick” Province of Ireland (IRL) have undertaken for this 2019 - a year celebrating the centenary of their presence on the island - concerns re-establishing the Salesian House of Formation in Maynooth. For this reason, Fr Cyril Odia, first Rector of the new Formation community, went to Rome and on Monday, 8 July, presented the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with a copy of the brochure illustrating the new program of formation. Also present at this meeting were Fr Ivo Coelho, General Councilor for Formation, and other members of his formation team.

                              Located in the heart of a university campus, the Salesian community of Maynooth, officially called "St Catherine's Centre", has for years been a living presence of Salesian animation, providing numerous activities and proposals to university students. Now, however, St Catherine's Center will serve as a Centre for Salesian Formation and Studies to meet the needs not only of Irish Salesian vocations, but also to help the formation of young foreign Salesians who come to the IRL Province as part of Project Europe.

                              The Rector Major is familiar with the Saint Catherine Centre, having visited last February for the Centenary Celebrations. Welcomed by numerous students and by the Salesian community, he was thus able to experience “the beautiful climate” in person, which is created where the interaction between Salesians and young people reflects Don Bosco's founding experience of a religious life lived in the midst of the young.

                              The Maynooth campus - where the Salesian center is located - serves two renowned universities: “St. Patrick’s College”, an internationally renowned Pontifical University, and the “Maynooth National University of Ireland”, today acknowledged as one of the leading new universities in the world. This makes it ideal for Salesian confreres in initial formation who will reside in the immediate vicinity to their lecture halls. Moreover, the campus has a clear international character with so many foreign students enrolled making it also accessible to other Salesians from Europe and beyond.

                              This venue is also strategic because it also offers many opportunities for apostolic activity by Salesians in formation towards young university students: the community is in regular contact with the students on campus through the common room, and also takes care of the chaplaincy of the large local secondary school. Finally, the Salesian community of Maynooth is involved in the local parish and in the animation of different groups.

                              • RMG
                              • Rettor Maggiore
                              • IRL
                              • Irlanda
                              • Ángel Fernández Artime
                              • Formazione
                              • Ivo Coelho
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Italy – A new "Valdocco House" for youths in need of education and accompaniment

                                1 month 1 week ago

                                (ANS - Torre Annunziata) - A center for minors to combat the phenomenon of children dropping out of school: it shall open at the beginning of next month in Torre Annunziata, near Naples, thanks to the initiative of a Salesian and the collaboration of the institutions. Given its specific mission, the center was given the name of "Casa Valdocco".

                                The "Casa Valdocco" project received authorization from the Social Policies Sector of the Municipality of Torre Annunziata just a few days ago. In this way, the intuition of Fr Antonio Carbone, Salesian, Director and Parish Priest of the Salesian center in the coastal town, as well as being President of the association "Piccoli passi grandi sogni onlus" - ie small steps, big dreams - the organization that from 1 August will start the center's activities.

                                "We wanted to offer a different answer compared to family homes for minors and the oratory," explained Fr Carbone. "We want to take care of the children who need scholastic and emotional support."

                                The center can host up to 30 minors, those most at risk, sent by local social services and the local district. It will offer activities of a playful and educational nature, and will be carried out by educators able to provide not only school support, but also human support.

                                "We couldn't manage to make a change in the problem of students leaving school," continues the Salesian. "There are young people who need redemption, a second chance."

                                The service will function in the afternoon and will also offer the possibility of having lunch. It will officially start from August 1st and will reach full capacity in September.

                                In a frontier area, characterized by few opportunities for young people and a high unemployment rate, the multi-purpose center for minors is a key to removing children from the streets and preventing the underworld from recruiting those who live in difficult conditions.

                                The new day center will also enrich the already plentiful proposals of the Salesians of Torre Annunziata who offer their beneficiaries a parish with an oratory and youth center and the two educational communities "Mamma Matilde" and "Peppino Brancati" - also coordinated from the non-profit organization "Piccoli passi grandi sogni" - which instead offer a residential welcome to young people at risk.

                                The recipe of Casa Valdocco is the same as Don Bosco's: to carry out prevention activities to encourage the education of young people and foster their integration into civil society.

                                • Italia
                                • IME
                                • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Great Britain – Salesian Students from Bolton speak up for our planet & the poor at Westminster & on BBC TV

                                  1 month 1 week ago
                                  Great Britain – Salesian Students from Bolton speak up for our planet & the poor at Westminster & on BBC TV

                                  (ANS - London) - Students from Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton, featured in the BBC news, when they attended “The Time is Now”, a march and lobby at the seat of the UK government in Westminster, London, calling for our politicians to act quickly on climate change. The event, on 26th June, was organised by several groups including CAFOD, and thousands of people took part.

                                  At school, the group had been exploring how Catholic teaching urges us all to care for creation, and to be aware of the severe impact the climate crisis has on the poorest societies in the world. They prepared for speaking to their Member of Parliament, Sir David Crausby, MP for Bolton North East, and opened communication with him ahead of the event, creating green hearts which the RE department sent to Sir David’s office. He tweeted in response, “Students from @tsc_re recently sent me green hearts to show support for ambitious action to tackle climate change. We’ve used some of them to decorate my Bolton office to keep this issue at the front of our minds.”

                                  At Wednesday’s event, the students were filmed by the BBC’s Newsround programme, a news show especially for young people, talking about the reasons they had gone to London. One young man expressed concern for the animals around the world who suffer as a consequence of climate change, and another student said she wants to see a world where people have equality, and “nobody is hurt by the things we can change”.

                                  “It’s important that younger people listen to this subject,” another student told Newsround, “because it’s important for the future generation, and the generation after that, and after that.”

                                  The group met the Bishop of Salford, the Right Reverend John Arnold, who stopped by to say hello and to thank them for using their voices in support of the earth and the poor.

                                  Newsround also filmed the Thornleigh students as they told Sir David Crausby about their concerns for the environment their generation will inherit. Taking the Newsround mic, a student got the chance to interview the MP for the national television audience: “If I was to say to you that politicians are not doing enough about climate change,” he asked, “what would you say?”

                                  Sir David said this was probably right, but he also pointed out that solving climate problems for future generations does not rest solely with politicians, “It’s all of the people working together and demanding a better deal that will change the world,” he said.

                                  These compassionate young people are certainly leading the way for us in bringing about that change.

                                  After the hard work of campaigning for our common home, there was time for some sightseeing around Westminster and Whitehall, and the end of the day, the group attended Mass celebrated by Bishop John, before getting on the coach back to Bolton.

                                  Once everyone was safely home, Thornleigh’s RE department tweeted: “We could not be more proud of this bunch today! Now begins the work of encouraging others to join us in our work to protect God’s creation, our common home!”

                                  Watch the BBC Newsround item.

                                  {gallery}GBR - Studenti per il clima 2019{/gallery}

                                  • GBR
                                  • Gran Bretagna
                                  • Ambiente
                                  • Politica
                                  • Creato
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Costa Rica - Commemorated awarding of title of "Honorary Citizen" to Protector of poor and sick: Sr. Maria Romero Meneses, FMA

                                    1 month 1 week ago

                                    (ANS - San José) - It was May 29, 1989, when Sister Maria Romero Meneses, Daughter of Mary Help of Christians, was given, posthumously, the title of honorary citizen of Costa Rica, because of her exceptional services rendered to the Republic by the religious. To celebrate this honorary citizen, great FMA and blessed of the Catholic Church, last Sunday, 7 July, the city of San José held a large procession, which gathered thousands of faithful around her relics, in memory of this nun who spent 46 years of her life in the country at the service of the poor and the needy.

                                    Sister Romero Meneses was the first woman to obtain honorary citizenship of Costa Rica. The Archbishop of San José, Msgr. José Rafael Quirós, said of her: “We recognize the remarkable services rendered to the Homeland by this Nicaraguan nun who, with love and solidarity, spent her life for the poorest. Sister Mary was a gift of God for Costa Rican society and for the universal Church which, in its supreme authority, recognized its Christian and heroic virtues."

                                    In the thirtieth anniversary of the conferral of citizenship, the Association of former Parliamentarians and Parliamentarians of Costa Rica coordinated a "Round Table on Sr. Maria Romero Meneses" in the Hall of Former Presidents of the Republic of Parliament. Representatives of deputies and former MPs, Representatives of the Apostolic Nuncio and the Archbishop participated; as did different associations and religious groups, the Salesian Family, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, diocesan and religious priests.

                                    The reports were attended by Mr. Alejandro Soto Zúñiga and Alex Solís Fallas, who mentioned the historical process of granting citizenship, with due recognition for Sister Romero. For Mr. Fallas, promoter of this initiative, this round table took on a double meaning, since besides being one of the deputies who voted for Sr. Romero Meneses, is also the father of the girl who benefited from the miracle for which the FMA was beatified.

                                    María Romero Meneses was born on January 13, 1902, in Nicaragua, in Granada, to a family of deep faith. In 1910 the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians arrived in Nicaragua, entered the "Mary Help of Christians" School of the FMA and made her First Communion. Since then she felt that Jesus was with her and that He would never have abandoned her. She died on 7 July 1977.

                                    "A humble religious of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians she founded wonderful social works in Costa Rica, her second home. Her fame crossed the borders of Central America, the United States and South America. And it was a reputation for holiness," Sr. M.D. Grassiano, FMA, wrote of her. She was declared Venerable by Pope John Paul II on 18 December 2000 and beatified April 14, 2002.

                                    {gallery}Ricordo suor Romero Meneses - 2019{/gallery} 

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                                    • Costa Rica
                                    • Santità Salesiana
                                    • Famiglia Salesiana
                                    • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                                    • Maria Romero Meneses
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Philippines - Salesians in formation experience the life of urban and rural communities

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                                      Philippines - Salesians in formation experience the life of urban and rural communities

                                      (ANS - Parañaque) - From 10 to 30 June, the Salesians in formation of the "Seminaryo ng Don Bosco" in Parañaque participated in an intensive summer program in rural and urban environments, designed to allow participants to achieve different objectives, apostolic and formative.

                                      These objectives are:
                                                  - Discover the presence of God among the poor and articulate the nature of this presence by experiencing community life in urban and rural contexts;
                                                  - Better understand the reality in which the poor live and learn about the social structures that support and accompany them;
                                                  - Experiment a participatory approach within the community and identify the latter's needs;
                                                  - Learn to respond effectively to the concrete needs of the community;
                                                  - Achieve a deeper and fuller self-knowledge.

                                      The program began with a visit to the Makati City prison. Subsequently, the young people in formation then visited the Laura Vicuña Foundation and the Center for street children "Kuya", participating in the apostolic activities with these minors.

                                      From 12 to 18 June, the program then included a stop in Valenzuela City, where participants could experience the "urban immersion" phase, a real urban immersion. They in fact lived in close contact with the families working in the city's factories.

                                      On the evening of June 18, together with the members of the "Sandor Community", which takes care of the specific formation of the Salesian Brothers, the young students moved to Sagada, located in the province of Mountain. From there, the following morning they went to the small community of Kilong, and the "St. Joseph the Worker" parish, where they finally sorted into the different communities of Kilong, Tetepan, Antadao and Aguid, being welcomed by their respective host families.

                                      They then experienced the lives of rural families, sharing their daily life experiences with them.
                                      After this real immersion, urban and rural, all those who took part in the program re-elaborated and reflected on the experiences lived during this period, under the guidance of Fr Arnold Sanico, a Salesian. The following days were spent to share moments of fraternity and to visit sites around Sagada.

                                      Finally, in the afternoon of Sunday 30 June, the participants in the program returned to Parañaque.

                                      {gallery}Filippine - Summer Immersion Program 2019{/gallery}

                                      • Filippine
                                      • FIN
                                      • Formazione iniziale
                                      • Povertà
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Vatican - Among the first women members of CIVCSVA there were two members of the Salesian Family

                                        1 month 1 week ago
                                        Vatican - Among the first women members of CIVCSVA there were two members of the Salesian Family

                                        (ANS - Vatican City) - On yesterday, 8 July 2019, Pope Francis appointed 23 new members of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CIVCSVA), and, the novelty: including seven women, superiors and leaders of female congregations and institutes. It is a great joy for the Salesian Family to observe that, among these seven women, two are part of the great tree born from Don Bosco: Mother Yvonne Reungoat, Superior General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), and Olga K., General President of the Secular Institute of Volunteers of Don Bosco (VDB).

                                        Although the CIVCSVA has already boasted as Under-Secretary Sister Carmen Ros Nortes, one of the highest ranking female officials in the Vatican, the entry of the Superiors General is a novelty. Until now, in fact, the members of the Congregation were only male General Superiors of Institutes and Congregations.

                                        The presence of women as members in the Vatican dicasteries is one of the signs that Pope Francis wants to give to entrust more responsibility to women in the Church. And to point out the fact that it is not just episodic, it is sufficient to recall that last May four other women had been appointed among the Consultors of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops. Moreover, also in that case there had been the satisfaction of the Salesian Family for the appointment among the Consultors of Fr Rossano Sala, SDB, and of Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, FMA - which, just a few weeks before, in April, had been inserted also among the Councilors of the Vatican City State.

                                        The CIVCSVA, led by the Brazilian cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, is composed of five offices and is responsible for promoting and regulating the forms of consecrated and monastic life in the Catholic Church.

                                        • Vaticano
                                        • Nomine
                                        • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                                        • VDB Volontarie di Don Bosco
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
                                          ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana

                                          Haiti – "ENTEC Technical-Vocational School" inaugurated

                                          1 month ago

                                          (ANS - Port-au-Prince) - To improve the quality of education and the employment prospects of young Haitians, the country's Salesians, in agreement with the Haitian state, have signed a memorandum of understanding and inaugurated the Ecole Normale Technique - ENTEC. The objective of this structure is to train the formators of the technical-vocational institutes and its inauguration represents an important first step in Haiti's history of vocational training.

                                          In the speech given at the inauguration ceremony, which took place last 10 July, the Superior of the Vice Province of “Blessed Philip Rinaldi” of Haiti (HAI), Fr Jean Paul Mésidor, said: “Today we are happy to find ourselves in the situation of being able to continue believing in the future. If the present is uncertain, our presence here for the ENTEC inauguration expresses our determination to continue looking at the horizon to discover that ray of hope that will make us dream of a good Haiti, especially for her children. It is this optimism in the possibility of doing better and better that characterizes the work of the Salesians in Haiti these past 85 years.”

                                          In fact, the Salesians in Haiti, in line with their commitment to the Haitian state, pursuant to the law of 5 June 1935, continue to be a stable and reliable collaborator in the field of vocational training. It is for this reason that now the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco intend to continue their collaboration with the national authorities - through the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training and with the National Institute of Vocational Training - in the context of the strategic development plan of the country and the new law on vocational training, as well as with a view to improving the quality of teaching and more specifically the formation of technical-vocational teachers.

                                          The ENTEC, in particular, will favor the permanent and ongoing formation of teachers and educators of the technical-professional institutes and will endow them with solid pedagogical skills applicable to their sector. The intention is to establish a permanent body of formators at all levels, capable of maximizing the performance and internal efficiency of technical and professional institutes.

                                          In this important and ambitious project the Salesians receive the support of various international friends, including the Spanish Cooperation, the Salesian NGO "Jóvenes y Desarollo" and the Autonomous Community of Madrid.

                                          {gallery}HAI inaugurazione ENTEC 2019{/gallery}

                                          • Haiti
                                          • HAI
                                          • Formazione Professionale
                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                            Italy – Holy Family Apostles towards their X General Chapter

                                            1 month ago
                                            Italy – Holy Family Apostles towards their X General Chapter

                                            (ANS - Rome) - From 25 July to 5 August 2019 the “Apostles of the Holy Family” (ASF), the tenth group of the Salesian Family, shall be in Rome for their Institute's X General Chapter. Fr Eusebio Muñoz, SDB, the Rector Major's Delegate for the Salesian Family, shall accompany them in this fundamental moment of discernment, reflection and planning. Last January he was appointed "Pontifical Assistant" for the ASF Chapter by the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CIVCSVA).

                                            The Institute of the Apostles of the Holy Family was founded by Cardinal Giuseppe Guarino in Messina (Italy), on June 29, 1889, and have been part of the Salesian Family since 1984. The ASF live and bear witness to their vocation, especially by supporting families: inspired by Don Bosco's pedagogical system, they take care of children, especially the most needy; they dedicate themselves to the Christian and comprehensive education of young people in schools and parishes; they visit families in difficulty or disintegrated, offer advice to engaged couples, and open their homes to host families so they can enjoy rich and meaningful spiritual experiences.

                                            130 years after its foundation, the ASFs are called to carry out a thorough review of the Institute's status, renew their mission's apostolic zeal.

                                            For this reason the CIVCSVA has entrusted the role of Pontifical Assistant to Fr Muñoz with the task "of supporting the Institute in the regular development of religious life and in overcoming certain difficulties". In this role, Fr Muñoz has supported the ASF in its preparation of the General Chapter: first through two meetings with the World Council; and more recently, in June, at the ASF Generalate in Messina, with a meeting with the designated Capitulars during which both the methodology and the fundamental contents of the Chapter were defined.

                                            Among the meeting's specific themes: the management of the Institute's presence; attention to the major religious figures; and the general objectives set by the Institute for its future. In this sense the ASF General Chapter will also avail itself of the support of Fr Sabino Ardito, SDB, Professor emeritus of the Faculty of Canon Law of the Salesian Pontifical University, for a review of the Constitutions and Regulations.

                                            Tomorrow, Thursday, July 18, begins the week of Spiritual Exercises that precedes the Chapter. All members of the ASF shall listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit to understand what God summons the Institute to in these times and to put itself at His joyful service.

                                            • Italia
                                            • Famiglia Salesiana
                                            • Eusebio Muñoz
                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                              Democratic Republic of the Congo – A water well to change lives of mothers and children

                                              1 month ago
                                              Democratic Republic of the Congo – A water well to change lives of mothers and children

                                              (ANS - Lubumbashi) - The Cité Plateau III is a poor and overcrowded area of ​​Lubumbashi where child labor is considered normal and the rate of schooling is extremely low. This disastrous context is also conditioned by an endemic lack of water, which has created a framework that is a total hygienic and sanitary emergency. For this reason, the Salesians intend to build a well that gives clean water to the neighborhood's population.

                                              The only drinking water available at Cité Plateau III is distributed by a few rudimentary fountains, fed by the same aquifer where waste waters also end up. Rainwater is also collected, which women store in old and dirty containers, as they do for the water that accumulates in the stone quarries scattered throughout the territory, also very often contaminated. In other cases, the mothers of families get up at 4 am to go and draw water from the wells of the neighboring districts, but this is not always possible. Thus the local population remains exposed to the risk of severe dehydration, which can lead to loss of consciousness, multiple organ failure and even death.

                                              The project conceived by the Spiritual Sons of Don Bosco foresees drilling 100 meters to draw on a pristine aquifer to build a well, the installation of a submerged electric pump - which will be fed by 4 solar panels for renewable energy - the placement of 2 underground reservoirs and masonry work.

                                              The presence of a safe water source would bring great benefits on several fronts: it would prevent the spread of diseases, such as cholera and typhoid fever, often fatal for children and pregnant women; contribute to improving children's health conditions, often forced to leave school to work, also due to water scarcity; significantly increase the quality of life of all the women in the neighborhood who would no longer be forced to travel for miles to get some clean drinking water, women often pregnant and in the company of their youngest children.

                                              The well project will directly benefit at least 6,000 people, but at an indirect level it will do much more: the initiative provides for the direct involvement of the inhabitants of Cité Plateau III in the well's management, and an awareness-raising campaign that will be launched once the inauguration takes place to train the locals on the importance of personal hygiene.

                                              For more information, visit the website: www.missionidonbosco.org 

                                              • Repubblica Democratica del Congo
                                              • AFC
                                              • Acqua
                                              • Salute
                                              • Missioni
                                              • Missioni Don Bosco
                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                RMG – Vietnam North Delegation approved by the Rector Major

                                                1 month ago
                                                RMG – Vietnam North Delegation approved by the Rector Major

                                                (ANS – Rome) – Two years after the memorable visit of the Rector Major to the VIE province of St. John Bosco (Vietnam-Mongolia) in 2017, the Tenth Successor of Don Bosco approved the establishment of the Vietnam North Delegation in the General Council session on 10 July, in accordance with art. 156 of the SDB Constitutions. After the Mongolia Delegation (established in 2009) this is the second Delegation depending on the Provincial of Vietnam-Mongolia.

                                                The main motivation for the establishment of the new Delegation is a more effective charismatic animation of the Salesian mission. especially for poor young people. The second motivation is our contribution to the local Church (7 different dioceses in the northern part of Vietnam) and also the difficulty of the significant distance from the provincial house (1500 km) where the majority of the 33 communities are located.

                                                According to the Decree of the Rector Major, the Delegation comprises the 10 local communities of Cat Dam, Duc Ninh, Duong A, Hoa An, Ky Anh, Lao Cai, Ngan Son, Quang Nap, Trai Giao and Van Phuc. Currently there are 43 Salesians (9 Salesian Brothers, 32 Salesian Priests and two practical trainees) who will be part of the Delegation. Fr. Tran Quoc Tuan (Thomas Aquinas) has been appointed as the first Delegate Superior-Provincial. He will lead and animate the confreres with his 3 member council (Economer, Youth Ministry delegate and Councillor).

                                                The Delegation comprises 4 canonical and 6 non-canonical communities. Most of the Salesian works are parishes with a daily Oratory - Youth Centre, while two of the communities are also ministering to ethnic minorities and marginalised youth. Since the territory in North Vietnam is a cradle of the Vietnamese Catholic Church from the 16th century, the Delegation will invest its energy in a dynamic vocation ministry.

                                                Beyond the other four Delegations in the EAO region (AUL-Pacific, FIS-Pakistan, THA-Cambodia and VIE-Mongolia), there are another 6 Salesian Delegations in the other continents: PLE-Bielarussia, AFW-Nigeria, AFE-Sudan, AFO Senegal, Mali, Guinea Conakry and Gambia - a total of 10 Delegation in the entire Congregation. Each Delegation has its own Statutes (art. Constitutions 156 or 159) approved by the Rector Major and is an integral part of the respective province.

                                                The new Delegation will be officially open in early September at the beginning of next school year 2019-2020.

                                                {gallery}VIE - Delegazione del Nord 2019{/gallery}

                                                • RMG
                                                • VIE
                                                • Vietnam
                                                  Virginia Nitto

                                                  Israel – Pilgrimage in places where Word was made Flesh

                                                  1 month ago
                                                  Israel – Pilgrimage in places where Word was made Flesh

                                                  (ANS – Jerusalem) – What have the fruits of the 8-day pilgrimage of the General Council in the Holy Land been? It was a unique opportunity to touch the places of Jesus, to walk in the places where Word was made Flesh and lived among His people!

                                                  The pilgrimage dynamics generated many profound experiences through a variety of encounters.

                                                  The encounter with pilgrims from many religions - Jews, Muslims and a range of Christian denominations. They prayed, chanted, danced, walked in procession, sailed the Galilee, touched the holy places (stones, tombs or icons), lit candles all of which helped to underscore the multi-religious dynamics of today's world. The overlapping or blending of different faiths and believers in the Land of Jesus thus opens the hearts of His disciples towards the faithful of other religions.

                                                  There was the encounter with many Saints, starting from the Holy Family of Nazareth and following the footsteps of our Venerable Salesian Brother Simaan (Simon) Srugi, who was born and baptized in Nazareth and died in Beitgemal (Salesian community near Jerusalem). Even a simple icon of St Domenico Savio with Jesus opens the eyes of faith in different ways.

                                                  The encounter with many members of the Salesian Family-Don Bosco Past Pupils can be also found amid the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land. Aside from the SDB, there are Cancão Nova, FMA and Salesian Cooperators. The pilgrims had a chance to pray at the tomb of Fr Antonio Belloni, founder of the Salesian works in the Holy Land.

                                                  There was the meeting with Salesian Youth featuring both Muslims and Christians. 80% of our students in Nazareth are Muslim and the majority of our Oratory boys in Bethlehem are also Muslims, but at this time, schools in the Holy Land were closed and students home for their summer vacations.

                                                  They met with all five SDB communities in the Holy Land - Nazareth, Bethlehem, Cremisan (new provincial house), Beitgemal and Ratisbonne (Jerusalem). The Middle East Province comprises 80+ SDBs from 22 different countries. The pilgrims had a chance to appreciate the very challenging mission of our confreres in each of the five communities.

                                                  Among all these encounters there was ample time to pray, reflect, pause, breathe deeply and experience the places where Jesus grew up in His family, walked the streets and in the fields, ate, performed His miracles, taught about the Kingdom and His Father, suffered and was humiliated and, in the end, crucified. Many the sites and centuries crossed. Walking in the Holy Land makes the pages of the Gospel and Scripture come alive and real - from the harsh Judean desert to the very small Jordan river.

                                                  The Rector Major and his Councillors were especially grateful to Middle East Provincial Fr Alejandro Leon, his councillors and all the SDB communities in the Holy Land who welcomed the pilgrims. This very strong faith experience of the General Council will certainly have an effect on their ministry of animation and governance.

                                                  Aside from the variety of pilgrim groups, every August since 2018 the SDB Formation Department has been organizing the “Holy Land Experience”; this year it was in Italian-Spanish, and next year (2020) it shall be in English.

                                                  Source: AustraLasia

                                                  {gallery}Pellegrinaggio CG 2019{/gallery}

                                                  • Israele
                                                  • Palestina
                                                  • Consiglio Generale
                                                  • Pellegrinaggi e Peregrinazioni
                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                    RMG – SALESIAN DIRECTOR - A ministry for animation and government of local community

                                                    1 month ago
                                                    RMG – SALESIAN DIRECTOR - A ministry for animation and government of local community

                                                    (ANS - Rome) - The Rector Major and his Council have approved the definitive text of "The Salesian Director, a ministry for the animation and government of the local community". Translations are already underway and will be published later this year in the main languages ​​spoken in the Congregation.

                                                    It is an important step in a process that began with the 27th General Chapter: "...the Rector Major and the General Council providing for the updating of the Director's Manual ..." (GC 27 69.11). This commitment was entrusted to the Formation Dicastery during the planning of the six-year term (ACG419 p.55).

                                                    In a first international seminar, with representatives of the various regions (17-19 June 2016), the path to be followed was defined, setting of the start of a consultation that involved all the Provinces. Many directors sent their contributions together, as did several provincial councils. Numerous other Salesians did so individually, for a total of 316 contributions received.

                                                    Organized by regions, the material was the subject of study together with the text of the 1986 manual.

                                                    In a second seminar (29-31 May 2017) work was carried out on the result of this text produced by each region. In contact with the members convened for the two seminars, an editorial group then began a work of synthesis from which the first draft text emerged.

                                                    The draft that the Rector Major with the Council has now approved is number 28. This speaks for how much work of verification, integration of new contributions, rethinking of the scheme, reformulation of the contents has occurred over time.

                                                    Final approval is not the final goal, but rather the starting point as the most important phase is the involvement of all the communities and all the confreres.

                                                    The Rector Major writes in the preface: "The directors are key figures in the renewal of the Congregation and of our service to young people in the educative-pastoral community. They are the key of the much desired ongoing formation, which must be implemented in our religious communities and, by extension, also in our educative-pastoral communities. This manual is therefore mainly addressed to them and to all those involved in their formation, first of all to the provincials and to their councils. The new manual is at the same time aimed at all Salesians and all members of every Salesian religious community."

                                                    This is the challenge, but above all the opportunity, which presents itself, in a season that is extremely fruitful, in the approach to the 28th General Chapter, in which this instrument of ongoing formation fully inserts itself.

                                                    In the coming months, additional articles will be published on ANS which will present the manual's contents.

                                                    • RMG
                                                    • Formazione
                                                    • Direttori
                                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                                      Great Britain – Praise for Salesian ethos at “Outstanding” St John Bosco College, Battersea

                                                      1 month ago
                                                      Great Britain – Praise for Salesian ethos at “Outstanding” St John Bosco College, Battersea

                                                      (ANS – London) – Inspectors from the Diocese of Southwark declared “St John Bosco College” in Battersea “Outstanding” in a report published last week, following a two day inspection under Section 48 of the Education Act. This provides for regular inspections by the Bishop, of the Catholic life, Religious Education and collective worship in the schools of his Diocese.

                                                      The inspectors found the students “happy and confident”, and were impressed by their motivation to learn, and by the support expressed by parents they spoke to. They commented on the strong Salesian ethos of the school, and its inclusive, caring environment, where students “spoke warmly of the support, praise and encouragement they receive.”

                                                      “In discussions and in lessons, pupils articulate their understanding of what it means to belong to a Salesian school,” the report states. “RUAH, respect-understanding-affection-humour, means the ‘breath of God’. Pupils described it as the ethos of the school. Their understanding of RUAH is demonstrated by the spirit of friendship and mutual respect between all members of the community.”

                                                      Inspectors were particularly impressed by the work being done in the specialist units at the school. “The College’s concern for all pupils is reflected in the highly effective work of the Devereux and Savio centres for pupils with a range of complex needs, particularly Autistic Spectrum Disorders. A visit to the centres during the inspection witnessed the care and intense support by specialist teachers for these pupils. A parent, reflecting the overwhelming support of parents, said it is a school with ‘patience and understanding’ that ‘deeply upholds the ethos that every child should know that they are loved’.”

                                                      Inspectors commended pupil leadership as a strength: “Sixth form pupil leaders are outstanding role models for younger pupils and contribute effectively to creating an environment in which pupils know they are secure and cared for.”

                                                      They praised the work of the College chaplaincy, which provides a rich variety of opportunities for students to develop the practice of their faith, stating that “the efficacy of chaplaincy provision is profound.”

                                                      Parents told inspectors how much they appreciated the high level of pastoral care, which was identified as a significant strength, especially for new students joining during the school year. “Their development and success demonstrate the passion and commitment of staff to all pupils regardless of ability, faith or circumstances.”

                                                      The involvement of SDBs was seen as tremendously positive: “The impact of the Salesian priests and brothers cannot be overstated. Testimony from staff and pupils emphasised an understanding of their own personal responsibility in building the Kingdom of God within the school community. They overwhelmingly respond by creating an authentic Salesian school through prayer and service to others.”

                                                      Leadership and governance in the school was credited for the success of its Catholic life. “The professional expertise and leadership of the headteacher is a significant factor in strengthening spiritual development across the school. He is supported by all staff who demonstrate their own deep understanding of service in the way they conduct themselves. Staff appreciate that their well-being is prioritised with senior leaders and staff, including the chaplain, trained as mental health champions.”

                                                      The quality of teaching and assessment in Religious Education was praised in the report, which said that the subject “is held in high regard by pupils,” who “genuinely enjoy their lessons and appreciate the range of opportunities to learn about Christianity and other world religions.”

                                                      Director of Education for the Diocese of Southwark, Dr Simon Hughes, wrote to the Headteacher to congratulate him on the “wonderful outcome”, and thanked everyone for their hard work and dedication “in ensuring that Saint John Bosco College remains an incredibly effective institution, that is completely rooted in its Salesian values and ethos.”

                                                      Headteacher Paul Dunne said, “I’m particularly pleased that the inspectors recognised the crucial role that the Salesian Community and Parish have played in making the school outstanding, and as Headteacher, I am very grateful for the excellent support that the Salesian Trustees provide for the school.”

                                                      The Salesian GBR Province sends congratulations to Mr Dunne and everyone at SJBC, and thanks them for all they do to provide an excellent model of Salesian education.

                                                      Read the report in full on the school website: 
                                                      http://www.sjbc.wandsworth.sch.uk/news/?pid=10&nid=1&storyid=80

                                                      • RMG
                                                      • Formazione
                                                      • Direttori
                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                        Great Britain – Praise for Salesian ethos at “Outstanding” St John Bosco College, Battersea

                                                        1 month ago
                                                        Great Britain – Praise for Salesian ethos at “Outstanding” St John Bosco College, Battersea

                                                        (ANS – London) – Inspectors from the Diocese of Southwark declared “St John Bosco College” in Battersea “Outstanding” in a report published recently, following a two day inspection under Section 48 of the Education Act. This provides for regular inspections by the Bishop, of the Catholic life, Religious Education and collective worship in the schools of his Diocese.

                                                        The inspectors found the students “happy and confident”, and were impressed by their motivation to learn, and by the support expressed by parents they spoke to. They commented on the strong Salesian ethos of the school, and its inclusive, caring environment, where students “spoke warmly of the support, praise and encouragement they receive.”

                                                        “In discussions and in lessons, pupils articulate their understanding of what it means to belong to a Salesian school,” the report states. “RUAH, respect-understanding-affection-humour, means the ‘breath of God’. Pupils described it as the ethos of the school. Their understanding of RUAH is demonstrated by the spirit of friendship and mutual respect between all members of the community.”

                                                        Inspectors were particularly impressed by the work being done in the specialist units at the school. “The College’s concern for all pupils is reflected in the highly effective work of the Devereux and Savio centres for pupils with a range of complex needs, particularly Autistic Spectrum Disorders. A visit to the centres during the inspection witnessed the care and intense support by specialist teachers for these pupils. A parent, reflecting the overwhelming support of parents, said it is a school with ‘patience and understanding’ that ‘deeply upholds the ethos that every child should know that they are loved’.”

                                                        Inspectors commended pupil leadership as a strength: “Sixth form pupil leaders are outstanding role models for younger pupils and contribute effectively to creating an environment in which pupils know they are secure and cared for.”

                                                        They praised the work of the College chaplaincy, which provides a rich variety of opportunities for students to develop the practice of their faith, stating that “the efficacy of chaplaincy provision is profound.”

                                                        Parents told inspectors how much they appreciated the high level of pastoral care, which was identified as a significant strength, especially for new students joining during the school year. “Their development and success demonstrate the passion and commitment of staff to all pupils regardless of ability, faith or circumstances.”

                                                        The involvement of SDBs was seen as tremendously positive: “The impact of the Salesian priests and brothers cannot be overstated. Testimony from staff and pupils emphasised an understanding of their own personal responsibility in building the Kingdom of God within the school community. They overwhelmingly respond by creating an authentic Salesian school through prayer and service to others.”

                                                        Leadership and governance in the school was credited for the success of its Catholic life. “The professional expertise and leadership of the headteacher is a significant factor in strengthening spiritual development across the school. He is supported by all staff who demonstrate their own deep understanding of service in the way they conduct themselves. Staff appreciate that their well-being is prioritised with senior leaders and staff, including the chaplain, trained as mental health champions.”

                                                        The quality of teaching and assessment in Religious Education was praised in the report, which said that the subject “is held in high regard by pupils,” who “genuinely enjoy their lessons and appreciate the range of opportunities to learn about Christianity and other world religions.”

                                                        Director of Education for the Diocese of Southwark, Dr Simon Hughes, wrote to the Headteacher to congratulate him on the “wonderful outcome”, and thanked everyone for their hard work and dedication “in ensuring that Saint John Bosco College remains an incredibly effective institution, that is completely rooted in its Salesian values and ethos.”

                                                        Headteacher Paul Dunne said, “I’m particularly pleased that the inspectors recognised the crucial role that the Salesian Community and Parish have played in making the school outstanding, and as Headteacher, I am very grateful for the excellent support that the Salesian Trustees provide for the school.”

                                                        The Salesian GBR Province sends congratulations to Mr Dunne and everyone at SJBC, and thanks them for all they do to provide an excellent model of Salesian education.

                                                        Read the report in full on the school website: www.sjbc.wandsworth.sch.uk/ 

                                                        • Gran Bretagna
                                                        • GBR
                                                        • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                                                          Gian Francesco Romano

                                                          Peru – "Total School", the last work left by Fr Ugo de Censi for the benefit of the poorest

                                                          1 month ago

                                                          (ANS - Chimbote) - Chimbote is a port city in the Department of Ancash, in northern Peru. Here many volunteers of "Operation Mato Grosso", led by the great figure of Fr Ugo de Censi, SDB, have dedicated and devote their lives to helping the poor. The Salesian initiative of "Operation Mato Grosso" is active in Peru through approximately 70 works or centers, thanks to the support of Italian and Peruvian volunteers and benefactors. The most recent center is the so-called "Total School", built in the sands in the settlement "The builders of Nuevo Chimbote". "This school is a center that Fr Ugo de Censi really wanted to see done," said Fr Umberto Bolis, SDB.

                                                          Fr de Censi used to visit Chimbote frequently because the poverty of children and young people made him suffer. Just at Chimbote, "Operation Mato Grosso" has eight kindergartens, a refectory called "Mamma mia" which is attended by about a thousand people every day, and now the "Total School", a primary school, where students can study, receive teaching material, uniforms and lunch, all for free, but on the one condition: that they live the "spirituality of charity with the poor" and that they are open to the Providence of God.

                                                          The "Total School" is the most recent project of "Operation Mato Grosso" to have been started by Fr de Censi. Last Thursday, 11 July, the inauguration of the structure that houses the primary school took place; but the project then plans to accompany the students up to high school.

                                                          The last dream of the late Fr de Censi is thus fulfilled, a dream in favor of the poorest children and young people because as a Salesian he was convinced of the importance of educational work and therefore of the kindergartens and of a school that educates for life.

                                                          The "Total School" of Nuevo Chimbote will provide not only humanistic and scientific formation, but also moral, spiritual and artistic education, so as to achieve a full development of the person. The school also features spaces for carpentry, masonry, weaving, and, of course, for the famous works in wood and ceramics.

                                                          The school was built thanks to young volunteers from the Oratory of the Andes who worked hard to obtain the necessary funds and who raised the structure for free during their school holidays.

                                                          "Father Ugo taught us that we must welcome children for free. The most important thing is charity. If someone gives you something, it's because he loves you, and that's what we did with these children," said the Director, Erica Lazzari.

                                                          Source: RSD - radiorsd.pe

                                                          {gallery}PER - Scuola Totale 2019{/gallery}

                                                          • Perù
                                                          • PER
                                                          • Scuole
                                                          • Missioni
                                                          • Nuova Presenza
                                                          • Ugo de Censi
                                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                                            RMG – "Entrust, have trust and smile!" Rector Major's Letter on 150th anniversary of ADMA's foundation

                                                            1 month ago

                                                            (ANS - Rome) – "Entrust, have trust and smile!" This is the title of the letter addressed by the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, to the Salesians and to the whole Salesian Family on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA), promoted by Don Bosco on 18 April 1869, one year after the consecration of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians at Valdocco.

                                                            Fr Á.F. Artime urges renewing the Marian dimension of the Salesian vocation, examining the convictions and making a careful evaluation of own's devotion to the Help of Christians as Salesians of Don Bosco, undoubtedly a useful proposal for the entire Salesian Family throughout the world, and making current the appeal Fr Egidio Viganò addressed in his time when he invited Salesians to "make a place for Our Lady in our home."

                                                            With the desire to make Mary Help of Christians ever more at home with us, a simple reflection is offered on Salesian attachment to the Eucharist and to Mary Help of Christians on the path followed in these 150 years since ADMA's foundation, on the popular nature of the Salesian charism that was consigned over time as a treasure to be guarded, and on the path to embark upon "from the house of Mary to our own homes."

                                                            The letter goes on to say that in harmony with this year's Strenna, it must be remembered that there is no way to sanctity without the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the keystone for the radical conversion of the heart to the love of God. Trust in Mary is a condition for living the baptismal grace and maturing it through the journey of faith, convinced that She takes us “by the hand to a meeting with her Son Jesus, the Son of God the Father.”

                                                            “Devotion to Mary Help of Christians was understood and promoted by Don Bosco precisely from the point of view of the help and the defense of the faith of the people of God, tempted by ideologies that removed the Christian sense of the meaning of life, and by many movements that attacked the faith and unity of the Church founded on the solid rock of Peter's profession of faith.”

                                                            With ADMA, Don Bosco wished to offer Christians an itinerary of sanctification and apostolate that is simple and accessible to all, with the intent of defending and promoting the faith of the people and enhancing the contents of popular religiosity.

                                                            In conclusion, the Rector Major writes: “While we give thanks for these 150 years in the life of the Association of Mary Help of Christians let us commit ourselves in fidelity to the charism of the holy founder of our Salesian Family, to allow ourselves to be guided by the Holy Spirit in a renewed evangelizing and educative zeal... The essential aspect of this evangelizing zeal consists in the renewal of the Association and giving special attention to the family and to the new generations.”

                                                            Following these guidelines, a call to remaining faithful to the footsteps or path traveled by Don Bosco whose devotion to the divine Mother of the Saviour characterized and strongly marked all his spirituality and his pastoral and educative actions.

                                                            The full text of the letter is available here.

                                                            {gallery}RMG - Lettera ADMA 2019{/gallery}

                                                            • RMG
                                                            • Rettor Maggiore
                                                            • ADMA
                                                            • Anniversari
                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                              United States - Another medal for the "Space Washing Machine" of Verona Don Bosco at "Global Innovation Award 2019"

                                                              1 month ago

                                                              (ANS - San José) - The "Wemit" project created by the students of the "Don Bosco" Institute of Verona - or the "Space Washing Machine", as it is popularly called - was judged the world's second best invention of the year by the judges of the "Global Innovation Award", an award sponsored by the big companies of Silicon Valley. The result of the ingenuity of the "iDB Tech-No-Logic Team" of the "Don Bosco" of Verona, the project has thus achieved a new success, after one recorded last April at the world science and robotics competition, the FIRST*LEGO League World Championship.

                                                              After the victory at the robotics world championships on April 20th in Houston, Texas, in which they beat the 108 finalist teams with the maximum score in all categories (scientific project, innovation, presentation capacities and teamwork), in this new competition - the most prestigious ever - the technical juries evaluated the invention's technical-scientific congruence, its feasibility, utility and novelty, an invention designed to wash astronauts' clothes in the absence of gravity and without water.

                                                              In a few words, the transition between the world robotics championship and the "Global Innovation Award" is from "project" to "a true and proper prototyped invention."

                                                              There were 40,000 competing teams and only 20 worldwide were selected for the California final, celebrated last July 2 in San José. The winners of the competition were the "Franco Droid", a Brazilian team that created a solution to serve female astronauts to avoiding infection in spaceships; ex-aequo with the "space washing machine" came the project "Growing Food", of an American team from Maryland, related to the cultivation of vegetables for astronauts.

                                                              The iDB Tech-No-Logic Team is composed of 5 male students and 3 female students from the 4th Year of the Scientific and Applied Sciences Lyceum, namely Pietro Formenti, Pietro Fornalè, Beatrice Ligozzi, Alessio Montignani, Filippo Oliosi, Camilla Salvagno, Paolo Venturini and Maddalena Zuccato. They were guided by prof. Luca Zanetti, and assisted by two other teachers: Anna Baruzzi and Andrea Materassi. The result, certainly due to the genius and commitment of the students, was certainly also favored by the setting and support of the school that made human resources, classrooms, labs and technologies available to them even outside the normal lesson times and the traditional ministerial school curricula.

                                                              • Stati Uniti
                                                              • Italia
                                                              • INE
                                                              • Tecnologie
                                                              • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                Panama – Student of "Don Bosco" Technical Institute participates in UN World Forum

                                                                1 month ago

                                                                (ANS - City of Panama) - Santiago Corrales Rodríguez, a last year student of the Don Bosco Technical Institute, was invited as a representative of Latin America to participate in the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) organized by the United Nations (UN) in New York from 9 to 18 July 2019.

                                                                The HLPF is an annual meeting promoted by the UN to evaluate the progress made year by year by different countries in pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals, among which there is certainly, among the most important, the conservation of the environment.

                                                                At this time the young Santiago has the opportunity to participate in a round table with young Salesians, representing Europe, Africa and the Pacific Islands, whose central theme is "Youth Aspirations & Climate Urgency."

                                                                From 2018 the Don Bosco Technical Institute (ITDB) of the City of Panama is part of the "Don Bosco Green Alliance", the international Salesian organization that has the task of supporting and fostering the projects developed by young people for the conservation of the environment in the cities where they live. The Salesian school has been chosen by the United Nations to represent the young people of the Latin American region at the HLPF by virtue of the work done through the "ECOClub ITDB", which promotes the recycling of waste; moreover, the institute is supported by the entire citizenship, since it is the only school in the country that functions as a center for the collection and optimization of recycling.

                                                                The ECOClub ITDB started working in 2017 with a group of students who, worried about the country's environmental condition, organized waste collection activities, tree planting and the promotion of separate waste collection and recycling. Over time they received support from their parents and from the "Fundación ECO Creando", which allowed them to be recognized by the Ministry of the Environment and to be part of the 5 separate waste collection centers in Panama City.

                                                                • Panama
                                                                • ONU
                                                                • Ambiente
                                                                • Creato
                                                                • Don Bosco Green Alliance
                                                                • CAM
                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                  Spain – International Volunteering begins: "They welcome you"

                                                                  1 month 1 week ago

                                                                  (ANS - Barcelona) - For many young people, the experience of volunteering leaves a profound impact on their lives. Some then decide to donate their lives as priests or religious, given the immense work that must be done for the benefit of the poorest. Others change their way of life and their vision of the world. In all cases, there is no doubt that the experience of volunteering radically changes lives. During this month of July a group of volunteers from the Spanish Salesian NGOs "Solidaridad Don Bosco", "VOLS" and "Jóvenes y Desarrollo", began their journey to experience solidarity and learning in different parts of the world.

                                                                  "Volunteering as an operational expression of an interior attitude of service and solidarity," explains the document of the Salesian Congregation dedicated to this dimension. It should be noted, however, that "Salesian voluntary service is not limited to young Christian practitioners, but is addressed to all people of good will, both to baptized non-practicing Christians, and to those of other religions who, in a spirit of openness towards people and cultures, want to create a new world through social action, sharing the Salesian ideal and its method."

                                                                  The Salesians of Spain have given life to Salesian Volunteer Services and in these summer months many young people are, indeed, leaving for different parts of the world. Miguel Peinado was the first to leave, from Barcelona to Lungi, Sierra Leone, on June 21st.

                                                                  "If I had any doubts about my arrival in Sierra Leone," Miguel says today, "they vanished the next day when I left my room and Father Larry welcomed me with a hug, preamble to the loving welcome that the rest of the community would offer me. And the last remnants of the fear of not being able to adapt to the children dissolved the afternoon of the first day when we went with Mar and Alberto to the oratory, and at every step we were joined by a new group of children who took us directly by the hand and they constantly asked us in krio language: "O'poto, udat na yu padi" (white man, who is your friend?). It is impossible not to feel good because it is they who welcome you."

                                                                  On Saturday, June 29, a total of 8 young people and 3 carers left Barcelona, Valencia and Seville to experience the "Work Camp" in Tangier, Morocco, in the "Lerchundi House". Among them is Anna Puigbó who before leaving said: "I look forward to learning about the new reality, living it fully and profoundly, getting to know people, discovering things and growing as a person."

                                                                  In the forthcoming weeks, other young people will travel as volunteers in Guinea Conakry, Peru and Cambodia.

                                                                  "The service of the volunteers reaches its fullness when their action is explicitly motivated and inspired by the Christian choice and by the witness of charity," the Salesian document on volunteering reaffirms.

                                                                  • Spagna
                                                                  • Volontariato
                                                                  • Pastorale Giovanile
                                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                    RMG – Salesian Historical Researches n° 72

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                                                                    RMG – Salesian Historical Researches n° 72

                                                                    (ANS - Rome) – Issue number 72 (January-June 2019) of Ricerche Storiche Salesiane (Salesian Historical Researches), the bi-monthly magazine of Salesian religious and civil history, published by the Istituto Storico Salesiano (Salesian Historical Institute) has been published. Highlights are the second part of the study of the "Kristu Jyoti College" of Bangalore, India, the essays on the Indian Salesian Philip Thayil and on the Venerable Polish cardinal August Hlond, and an analysis of Don Bosco's Marian homiletic drafts.

                                                                    Kristu Jyoti College, Bangalore: storia e significato dell’apertura della prima istituzione salesiana nell’arcidiocesi di Bangalore – parte II (“Kristu Jyoti College, Bangalore: history and significance of the opening of the first Salesian institution in the archdiocese of Bangalore - part II”) represents the second installment of Fr Thomas Anchukandam's contribution to the presentation of this fundamental work of the Indian Salesian panorama. Besides presenting the historical, geo-political, social, ecclesial and Salesian context, the article illustrates the developments of this important theologate built to form priests prepared for a rapidly evolving world.

                                                                    Don Philip Thayil: Visionario e Innovatore (1917-2003) (“Fr Philip Thayil: Visionary and Innovator, 1917-2003”) is a research paper written by Fr Mathew Kapplikunnel, which focuses on the visionary and charismatic figure of this atypical Salesian. A belated vocation, devoid of higher education and without special talents, he was however charged with an apostolic zeal comparable to Don Bosco's, which led him to carry out highly original Salesian-inspired initiatives, especially in the fields of social communication, art, culture and vocational promotion. Today the "Don Bosco Vennala" cultural center and printing press represent his very tangible legacy.

                                                                    The third study deals with a complex topic: on March 9, 2017, during the Congress of theological consultors, the Positio super vita, virtutibus, fama sanctitatis of the Servant of God Cardinal August Hlond, primate of Poland, Salesian, was voted. Although the Positio received nine out of nine affirmative votes, the General Postulation of the Salesian Congregation was asked to provide feedback on several points. The study Sulle obiezioni circa i nove voti positivi espressi dai consultori teologi sulla positio per il processo di beatificazione e di canonizzazione del Servo di Dio cardinale August Hlond, primate della Polonia (“On the objections regarding the nine positive votes cast by theologic consultors on the positio for the process of beatification and canonization of the Servant of God cardinal August Hlond, primate of Poland”), of the author Fr Stanisław Zimniak tries to provide clarifications precisely on said objections, concerning the issue of apostolic administrators, regarding the heroic practice of the virtues of prudence and justice, and to religious vows and studies.

                                                                    The journal then proceeds with the presentation of Gli appunti di predicazione mariana di don Bosco (“Don Bosco's Marian Preaching Notes”), edited by Fr Aldo Giraudo, which offers the critical edition of seven autographed preaching notes by Don Bosco kept in the Central Salesian Archive and composed on the occasion of several Marian feasts.

                                                                    The publication concludes with the profilo (profile) of 'zealous Salesian, indomitable bishop' Msgr. Antoni Baraniak, archbishop of Poznań (1957-77); two note (notes) - one on the memoirs of the missionary historian Fr Luigi Bolla, and the other on the contribution to Salesian studies of Daniela Cavallaro;  numerous recensioni (reviews) of Salesian publications and segnalazioni (suggested readings).

                                                                    • RMG
                                                                    • Ricerche Storiche Salesiane
                                                                    • Augusto Hlond
                                                                    • Maria
                                                                    • Don Bosco
                                                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                      RMG – A new life begins for the Salesian House of Maynooth, Ireland

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                                                                      RMG – A new life begins for the Salesian House of Maynooth, Ireland

                                                                      (ANS - Rome) - One of the initiatives which the Salesians of the “Saint Patrick” Province of Ireland (IRL) have undertaken for this 2019 - a year celebrating the centenary of their presence on the island - concerns re-establishing the Salesian House of Formation in Maynooth. For this reason, Fr Cyril Odia, first Rector of the new Formation community, went to Rome and on Monday, 8 July, presented the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with a copy of the brochure illustrating the new program of formation. Also present at this meeting were Fr Ivo Coelho, General Councilor for Formation, and other members of his formation team.

                                                                      Located in the heart of a university campus, the Salesian community of Maynooth, officially called "St Catherine's Centre", has for years been a living presence of Salesian animation, providing numerous activities and proposals to university students. Now, however, St Catherine's Center will serve as a Centre for Salesian Formation and Studies to meet the needs not only of Irish Salesian vocations, but also to help the formation of young foreign Salesians who come to the IRL Province as part of Project Europe.

                                                                      The Rector Major is familiar with the Saint Catherine Centre, having visited last February for the Centenary Celebrations. Welcomed by numerous students and by the Salesian community, he was thus able to experience “the beautiful climate” in person, which is created where the interaction between Salesians and young people reflects Don Bosco's founding experience of a religious life lived in the midst of the young.

                                                                      The Maynooth campus - where the Salesian center is located - serves two renowned universities: “St. Patrick’s College”, an internationally renowned Pontifical University, and the “Maynooth National University of Ireland”, today acknowledged as one of the leading new universities in the world. This makes it ideal for Salesian confreres in initial formation who will reside in the immediate vicinity to their lecture halls. Moreover, the campus has a clear international character with so many foreign students enrolled making it also accessible to other Salesians from Europe and beyond.

                                                                      This venue is also strategic because it also offers many opportunities for apostolic activity by Salesians in formation towards young university students: the community is in regular contact with the students on campus through the common room, and also takes care of the chaplaincy of the large local secondary school. Finally, the Salesian community of Maynooth is involved in the local parish and in the animation of different groups.

                                                                      • RMG
                                                                      • Rettor Maggiore
                                                                      • IRL
                                                                      • Irlanda
                                                                      • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                                      • Formazione
                                                                      • Ivo Coelho
                                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                        Italy – A new "Valdocco House" for youths in need of education and accompaniment

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                                                                        (ANS - Torre Annunziata) - A center for minors to combat the phenomenon of children dropping out of school: it shall open at the beginning of next month in Torre Annunziata, near Naples, thanks to the initiative of a Salesian and the collaboration of the institutions. Given its specific mission, the center was given the name of "Casa Valdocco".

                                                                        The "Casa Valdocco" project received authorization from the Social Policies Sector of the Municipality of Torre Annunziata just a few days ago. In this way, the intuition of Fr Antonio Carbone, Salesian, Director and Parish Priest of the Salesian center in the coastal town, as well as being President of the association "Piccoli passi grandi sogni onlus" - ie small steps, big dreams - the organization that from 1 August will start the center's activities.

                                                                        "We wanted to offer a different answer compared to family homes for minors and the oratory," explained Fr Carbone. "We want to take care of the children who need scholastic and emotional support."

                                                                        The center can host up to 30 minors, those most at risk, sent by local social services and the local district. It will offer activities of a playful and educational nature, and will be carried out by educators able to provide not only school support, but also human support.

                                                                        "We couldn't manage to make a change in the problem of students leaving school," continues the Salesian. "There are young people who need redemption, a second chance."

                                                                        The service will function in the afternoon and will also offer the possibility of having lunch. It will officially start from August 1st and will reach full capacity in September.

                                                                        In a frontier area, characterized by few opportunities for young people and a high unemployment rate, the multi-purpose center for minors is a key to removing children from the streets and preventing the underworld from recruiting those who live in difficult conditions.

                                                                        The new day center will also enrich the already plentiful proposals of the Salesians of Torre Annunziata who offer their beneficiaries a parish with an oratory and youth center and the two educational communities "Mamma Matilde" and "Peppino Brancati" - also coordinated from the non-profit organization "Piccoli passi grandi sogni" - which instead offer a residential welcome to young people at risk.

                                                                        The recipe of Casa Valdocco is the same as Don Bosco's: to carry out prevention activities to encourage the education of young people and foster their integration into civil society.

                                                                        • Italia
                                                                        • IME
                                                                        • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                                                                          Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                          Great Britain – Salesian Students from Bolton speak up for our planet & the poor at Westminster & on BBC TV

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                                                                          Great Britain – Salesian Students from Bolton speak up for our planet & the poor at Westminster & on BBC TV

                                                                          (ANS - London) - Students from Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton, featured in the BBC news, when they attended “The Time is Now”, a march and lobby at the seat of the UK government in Westminster, London, calling for our politicians to act quickly on climate change. The event, on 26th June, was organised by several groups including CAFOD, and thousands of people took part.

                                                                          At school, the group had been exploring how Catholic teaching urges us all to care for creation, and to be aware of the severe impact the climate crisis has on the poorest societies in the world. They prepared for speaking to their Member of Parliament, Sir David Crausby, MP for Bolton North East, and opened communication with him ahead of the event, creating green hearts which the RE department sent to Sir David’s office. He tweeted in response, “Students from @tsc_re recently sent me green hearts to show support for ambitious action to tackle climate change. We’ve used some of them to decorate my Bolton office to keep this issue at the front of our minds.”

                                                                          At Wednesday’s event, the students were filmed by the BBC’s Newsround programme, a news show especially for young people, talking about the reasons they had gone to London. One young man expressed concern for the animals around the world who suffer as a consequence of climate change, and another student said she wants to see a world where people have equality, and “nobody is hurt by the things we can change”.

                                                                          “It’s important that younger people listen to this subject,” another student told Newsround, “because it’s important for the future generation, and the generation after that, and after that.”

                                                                          The group met the Bishop of Salford, the Right Reverend John Arnold, who stopped by to say hello and to thank them for using their voices in support of the earth and the poor.

                                                                          Newsround also filmed the Thornleigh students as they told Sir David Crausby about their concerns for the environment their generation will inherit. Taking the Newsround mic, a student got the chance to interview the MP for the national television audience: “If I was to say to you that politicians are not doing enough about climate change,” he asked, “what would you say?”

                                                                          Sir David said this was probably right, but he also pointed out that solving climate problems for future generations does not rest solely with politicians, “It’s all of the people working together and demanding a better deal that will change the world,” he said.

                                                                          These compassionate young people are certainly leading the way for us in bringing about that change.

                                                                          After the hard work of campaigning for our common home, there was time for some sightseeing around Westminster and Whitehall, and the end of the day, the group attended Mass celebrated by Bishop John, before getting on the coach back to Bolton.

                                                                          Once everyone was safely home, Thornleigh’s RE department tweeted: “We could not be more proud of this bunch today! Now begins the work of encouraging others to join us in our work to protect God’s creation, our common home!”

                                                                          Watch the BBC Newsround item.

                                                                          {gallery}GBR - Studenti per il clima 2019{/gallery}

                                                                          • GBR
                                                                          • Gran Bretagna
                                                                          • Ambiente
                                                                          • Politica
                                                                          • Creato
                                                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                            Costa Rica - Commemorated awarding of title of "Honorary Citizen" to Protector of poor and sick: Sr. Maria Romero Meneses, FMA

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                                                                            (ANS - San José) - It was May 29, 1989, when Sister Maria Romero Meneses, Daughter of Mary Help of Christians, was given, posthumously, the title of honorary citizen of Costa Rica, because of her exceptional services rendered to the Republic by the religious. To celebrate this honorary citizen, great FMA and blessed of the Catholic Church, last Sunday, 7 July, the city of San José held a large procession, which gathered thousands of faithful around her relics, in memory of this nun who spent 46 years of her life in the country at the service of the poor and the needy.

                                                                            Sister Romero Meneses was the first woman to obtain honorary citizenship of Costa Rica. The Archbishop of San José, Msgr. José Rafael Quirós, said of her: “We recognize the remarkable services rendered to the Homeland by this Nicaraguan nun who, with love and solidarity, spent her life for the poorest. Sister Mary was a gift of God for Costa Rican society and for the universal Church which, in its supreme authority, recognized its Christian and heroic virtues."

                                                                            In the thirtieth anniversary of the conferral of citizenship, the Association of former Parliamentarians and Parliamentarians of Costa Rica coordinated a "Round Table on Sr. Maria Romero Meneses" in the Hall of Former Presidents of the Republic of Parliament. Representatives of deputies and former MPs, Representatives of the Apostolic Nuncio and the Archbishop participated; as did different associations and religious groups, the Salesian Family, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, diocesan and religious priests.

                                                                            The reports were attended by Mr. Alejandro Soto Zúñiga and Alex Solís Fallas, who mentioned the historical process of granting citizenship, with due recognition for Sister Romero. For Mr. Fallas, promoter of this initiative, this round table took on a double meaning, since besides being one of the deputies who voted for Sr. Romero Meneses, is also the father of the girl who benefited from the miracle for which the FMA was beatified.

                                                                            María Romero Meneses was born on January 13, 1902, in Nicaragua, in Granada, to a family of deep faith. In 1910 the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians arrived in Nicaragua, entered the "Mary Help of Christians" School of the FMA and made her First Communion. Since then she felt that Jesus was with her and that He would never have abandoned her. She died on 7 July 1977.

                                                                            "A humble religious of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians she founded wonderful social works in Costa Rica, her second home. Her fame crossed the borders of Central America, the United States and South America. And it was a reputation for holiness," Sr. M.D. Grassiano, FMA, wrote of her. She was declared Venerable by Pope John Paul II on 18 December 2000 and beatified April 14, 2002.

                                                                            {gallery}Ricordo suor Romero Meneses - 2019{/gallery} 

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                                                                            • Costa Rica
                                                                            • Santità Salesiana
                                                                            • Famiglia Salesiana
                                                                            • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                                                                            • Maria Romero Meneses
                                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                              Philippines - Salesians in formation experience the life of urban and rural communities

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                                                                              Philippines - Salesians in formation experience the life of urban and rural communities

                                                                              (ANS - Parañaque) - From 10 to 30 June, the Salesians in formation of the "Seminaryo ng Don Bosco" in Parañaque participated in an intensive summer program in rural and urban environments, designed to allow participants to achieve different objectives, apostolic and formative.

                                                                              These objectives are:
                                                                                          - Discover the presence of God among the poor and articulate the nature of this presence by experiencing community life in urban and rural contexts;
                                                                                          - Better understand the reality in which the poor live and learn about the social structures that support and accompany them;
                                                                                          - Experiment a participatory approach within the community and identify the latter's needs;
                                                                                          - Learn to respond effectively to the concrete needs of the community;
                                                                                          - Achieve a deeper and fuller self-knowledge.

                                                                              The program began with a visit to the Makati City prison. Subsequently, the young people in formation then visited the Laura Vicuña Foundation and the Center for street children "Kuya", participating in the apostolic activities with these minors.

                                                                              From 12 to 18 June, the program then included a stop in Valenzuela City, where participants could experience the "urban immersion" phase, a real urban immersion. They in fact lived in close contact with the families working in the city's factories.

                                                                              On the evening of June 18, together with the members of the "Sandor Community", which takes care of the specific formation of the Salesian Brothers, the young students moved to Sagada, located in the province of Mountain. From there, the following morning they went to the small community of Kilong, and the "St. Joseph the Worker" parish, where they finally sorted into the different communities of Kilong, Tetepan, Antadao and Aguid, being welcomed by their respective host families.

                                                                              They then experienced the lives of rural families, sharing their daily life experiences with them.
                                                                              After this real immersion, urban and rural, all those who took part in the program re-elaborated and reflected on the experiences lived during this period, under the guidance of Fr Arnold Sanico, a Salesian. The following days were spent to share moments of fraternity and to visit sites around Sagada.

                                                                              Finally, in the afternoon of Sunday 30 June, the participants in the program returned to Parañaque.

                                                                              {gallery}Filippine - Summer Immersion Program 2019{/gallery}

                                                                              • Filippine
                                                                              • FIN
                                                                              • Formazione iniziale
                                                                              • Povertà
                                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                                Vatican - Among the first women members of CIVCSVA there were two members of the Salesian Family

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                                                                                Vatican - Among the first women members of CIVCSVA there were two members of the Salesian Family

                                                                                (ANS - Vatican City) - On yesterday, 8 July 2019, Pope Francis appointed 23 new members of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CIVCSVA), and, the novelty: including seven women, superiors and leaders of female congregations and institutes. It is a great joy for the Salesian Family to observe that, among these seven women, two are part of the great tree born from Don Bosco: Mother Yvonne Reungoat, Superior General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), and Olga K., General President of the Secular Institute of Volunteers of Don Bosco (VDB).

                                                                                Although the CIVCSVA has already boasted as Under-Secretary Sister Carmen Ros Nortes, one of the highest ranking female officials in the Vatican, the entry of the Superiors General is a novelty. Until now, in fact, the members of the Congregation were only male General Superiors of Institutes and Congregations.

                                                                                The presence of women as members in the Vatican dicasteries is one of the signs that Pope Francis wants to give to entrust more responsibility to women in the Church. And to point out the fact that it is not just episodic, it is sufficient to recall that last May four other women had been appointed among the Consultors of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops. Moreover, also in that case there had been the satisfaction of the Salesian Family for the appointment among the Consultors of Fr Rossano Sala, SDB, and of Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, FMA - which, just a few weeks before, in April, had been inserted also among the Councilors of the Vatican City State.

                                                                                The CIVCSVA, led by the Brazilian cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, is composed of five offices and is responsible for promoting and regulating the forms of consecrated and monastic life in the Catholic Church.

                                                                                • Vaticano
                                                                                • Nomine
                                                                                • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                                                                                • VDB Volontarie di Don Bosco
                                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano
                                                                                  ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana