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Slovenia - Salesian Family meets Rector Major

1 month ago
Slovenia - Salesian Family meets Rector Major

(ANS-Maribor) - On 8 May the Don Bosco Salesian Center of Maribor hosted for the second time Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, currently participating in the Meeting of Provincials of the Central and Northern Europe Region in Veržej from 7 to 10 May.

The Provincial of Slovenia, Fr Marko Košnik, greeted and welcomed the Rector Major, the Provincials of the Region, the leaders of the Salesian Family groups, numerous young people and members of the Salesian Family. After the greetings of Fr Tadeusz Rozmus, Councilor for the Central and Northern Europe Region and the heads of the Salesian Family groups, the edu-cultural program began.

The choir of the young students of the Salesian High School of Želimlje performed various songs and the students of the Rakovnik Music School performed a number of musical pieces. The new documentary of the Servant of God Fr Andrea Majcen, produced by IME Comunicazioni and ANS, was then presented. Subsequently the young people from the Fuskabo - social circus group, with the acrobats and the playful performances, performed.

Fr Artime concluded the meeting with a brief but significant speech in which he thanked everyone for their warm welcome and encouraged the young people and the Salesian Family to follow Don Bosco in his charismatic style. Children and young people from the Don Bosco Maribor Center prepared a thank you with the song "May cheerfulness be your way" and gave the Rector Major a shepherd's cane, a bouquet of lilies of the valley and a puppet of Don Bosco to all the Provincials.

For those present, the brief but intense meeting was truly an important confirmation of bringing forward the charism of Don Bosco in Slovenia in all its ways.

 

{gallery}SLOVENIA - Incontro Famiglia Salesiana con il Rettor Maggiore{/gallery}

  • SLO
  • Slovenia
  • Rettor Maggiore
  • Famiglia Salesiana
    Alessandro Parrozzani

    RMG – International Meeting of Salesian Bulletin: "Communicating to involve in the mission: the Press and digital culture"

    1 month 1 week ago

    (ANS - Rome) - Only a few weeks to go until the International Meeting of the Salesian Bulletin, scheduled from 25 to 29 May in Rome, which will see the presence of 45 Directors of the Salesian Bulletins of the Congregation.

    The Salesian Bulletin is an institutional magazine; as such it was born and developed in the mind of Don Bosco. In the beginning this magazine made visible to all its members, sympathizers and potential friends what it was and what a nascent Congregation did. For an institution that was established and developed in such a surprising way, that has a grand mission and many needs, it is fundamental to make oneself known, to make oneself visible to public opinion in order to involve many people in the youth and popular mission of Don Bosco.

    "The Salesian Bulletin undoubtedly made Don Bosco known outside of Valdocco and Turin," said Fr Filiberto González, General Councilor for Social Communication. "He presented the identity and image of his mission. Among the various works of Don Bosco as a communicator is the Salesian Bulletin, a magazine which makes visible to society his work in favour of the most needy young people and ad gentes missions."

    Participants arrive at the La Salle house in Rome on 25 May. The meeting opens with the celebration of Mass with Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians, on Sunday 26 May. Specialists from different countries, with preparation and experience in the publishing sector, shall be offering their ideas so that "Don Bosco's magazine" not only continues to be valid, current, and fulfill its mission among readers, but also, with quality and professionalism, continues to take the appropriate steps to move from print to the editions and languages ​​of digital readers.

    On Wednesday 29 May, the Directors of the Salesian Bulletin will gather to celebrate the Eucharist in the church of San Pellegrino, inside the Vatican State, and will later participate in the general audience with Pope Francis.

    The meeting itself aims to broaden the mind and action of the directors of the Salesian Bulletin to the future, as clearly emerges from the theme: "Communicating to involve in the mission, between the press and digital culture".

    In an interview, the Rector Major said: "Don Bosco was certain that the Salesian Bulletin was to be a means to communicate the good that was being done ... And also to be involved in the great educational revolution in favor of young people and popular classes within the Salesian mission."

    • Italia
    • Bollettino Salesiano
    • Comunicazione Sociale
    • Filiberto González
      Gian Francesco Romano

      RMG – International Meeting of Salesian Bulletin: "Communicating to involve in the mission: the Press and digital culture"

      1 month 1 week ago

      (ANS - Rome) - Only a few weeks to go until the International Meeting of the Salesian Bulletin, scheduled from 25 to 29 May in Rome, which will see the presence of 45 Directors of the Salesian Bulletins of the Congregation.

      The Salesian Bulletin is an institutional magazine; as such it was born and developed in the mind of Don Bosco. In the beginning this magazine made visible to all its members, sympathizers and potential friends what it was and what a nascent Congregation did. For an institution that was established and developed in such a surprising way, that has a grand mission and many needs, it is fundamental to make oneself known, to make oneself visible to public opinion in order to involve many people in the youth and popular mission of Don Bosco.

      "The Salesian Bulletin undoubtedly made Don Bosco known outside of Valdocco and Turin," said Fr Filiberto González, General Councilor for Social Communication. "He presented the identity and image of his mission. Among the various works of Don Bosco as a communicator is the Salesian Bulletin, a magazine which makes visible to society his work in favour of the most needy young people and ad gentes missions."

      Participants arrive at the La Salle house in Rome on 25 May. The meeting opens with the celebration of Mass with Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians, on Sunday 26 May. Specialists from different countries, with preparation and experience in the publishing sector, shall be offering their ideas so that "Don Bosco's magazine" not only continues to be valid, current, and fulfill its mission among readers, but also, with quality and professionalism, continues to take the appropriate steps to move from print to the editions and languages ​​of digital readers.

      On Wednesday 29 May, the Directors of the Salesian Bulletin will gather to celebrate the Eucharist in the church of San Pellegrino, inside the Vatican State, and will later participate in the general audience with Pope Francis.

      The meeting itself aims to broaden the mind and action of the directors of the Salesian Bulletin to the future, as clearly emerges from the theme: "Communicating to involve in the mission, between the press and digital culture".

      In an interview, the Rector Major said: "Don Bosco was certain that the Salesian Bulletin was to be a means to communicate the good that was being done ... And also to be involved in the great educational revolution in favor of young people and popular classes within the Salesian mission."

      • Italia
      • Bollettino Salesiano
      • Comunicazione Sociale
      • Filiberto González
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Italy - "Pizzoratorio": a job opportunity for young people

        1 month 1 week ago

        (ANS - Torre Annunziata) - "To young people, especially the most fragile, it's not just a job that needs to be found; they must also be educated in that job by investing in their passions". These are the words of Fr Antonio Carbone, Vice-President of "Salesians per il Sociale", and current coordinator of the communities for minors "Mamma Matilde" and "Peppino Brancati" of Torre Annunziata, who every year welcome fragile minors, in a state of neglect or with problematic situations within the family of origin.

        Thanks to the commitment and passion of educators and operators, these young people are followed in their schooling, trained in the world of work and accompanied in becoming responsible adults.

        Young people like Pasquale who, thanks to the community, is pursuing his dream of opening a pizzeria. The boy tells us: "Even if at the beginning it was difficult to fit in, today the community is my second family. There are eight of us in the house, the youngest is nine years old and the oldest is 18: there are those who go to school, those who work and who, like me, participate in vocational training courses. One of the most beautiful things in community life is to laugh and joke with the operators, but also with the coordinators and priests who are very close to us."

        Indeed, closeness remains a key element in the educational relationship, together with providing adequate formation and opportunities for integral growth. "Every morning I go to Naples for the pizza maker's lab, while in the afternoon I'm busy with the boys in the oratory," he continues.


        "My dream is that of opening a pizzeria. I know it's a very demanding and tiring job but it's my passion!" the boy concludes.

        To give increasingly more job opportunities to young people like Pasquale, the association "Piccoli Passi Grandi Sogni – Small Steps, Big Dreams", which coordinates the two communities of Torre Annunziata, has created a new project called "Pizzoratorio", a vocational training workshop set up in the premises of the Salesian oratory: it is basically a vocational training center that will allow participants to acquire a professional qualification as pizza maker.


        "We are in a territory where there are so many difficulties and the prospects for work and commitment are also difficult," explains Don Carbone. "We want to do our best to ensure that no child is left out: thus the dream of creating this workshop that will allow many young people to move towards a better future."

        The project has already received the support of "Salesians per il Sociale" and of the "DON BOSCO NEL MONDO" Foundation.


        Here the video testimony of Pasquale. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1KnkvLrpww 

        • Italia
        • IME
        • Formazione Professionale
        • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
        • Opzione Preferenziale
        • Disagio
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Italy – Feast of St Domenico Savio in Basilica of Lecce

          1 month 1 week ago
          Italy – Feast of St Domenico Savio in Basilica of Lecce

          (ANS - Lecce) - On May 6 the whole Salesian Congregation commemorates that great model of youthful holiness that is Saint Domenico Savio. In Lecce, however, it is celebrated in a special way because in Lecce is the only basilica in the world dedicated to him. It is custodian to a relic of the saint and is a visible sign, for the Leccesi and for the Salesian Province of Southern Italy, of a proposal of authentic Christian life lived in the typical style of Domenico Savio: friendship with the Lord and joyful relationships with peers.

          The basilica was built in the early 1970s to thank God for the miracles that occurred, thanks to the intercession of the saint, in Lecce and in Maglie, a town nearby. In these places, in 1950, two mothers who risked death invoked Domenico Savio and by his intercession obtained the grace of healing. It was thanks to the canonical recognition of these two miracles that the Church then formally approved the sanctity of this young man.

          In these days many were the expressions of affection of the people of Lecce towards Domenico Savio. At the center was the Eucharist on May 6, presided by the Provincial of Southern Italy, Fr. Angelo Santorsola, who recalled that Domenico Savio is still today a model of life that is current, and that following his example it is possible to be credible witnesses of an enterprising youth.

          The celebration then expressed itself in various other events: the "March" of Saint Domenico Savio, thanks to which the statue of the saint traveled several streets of the neighborhood; the festivities in the square, complete with a concert; a sharing of the "Family Dinner" for the whole local Salesian Family; the 30th Bicycle Run in the streets of Lecce; and the event "Savio's Got Talent", which highlighted the innumerable skills of the children and young participants.

          Perhaps the most heartfelt initiative was "St. Domenico Savio and the gift of life", the prayer vigil held on Friday, May 3rd, together with mothers expecting a child, boyfriends and young spouses: an exchange of greetings via video, the spiritual communion that united in a twinning the Basilica of Saint Domenico Savio in Lecce with the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians of Turin-Valdocco.

          The greatest miracle that Saint Domenico Savio continues to perform in Lecce is that, thanks to him, many young people can still have the opportunity to know the Lord and to say, like him: "I absolutely need to make myself a saint!" 

          {gallery}IME - Festa Domenico Savio 2019{/gallery}

          {gallery}ICP - Veglia San Domenico Savio 2019{/gallery}

          • Italia
          • IME
          • Domenico Savio
          • Torino
          • Valdocco
          • Santità Salesiana
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Peru – Artistic legacy of Fr Ugo de Censi continues to resound in country's every corner

            1 month 1 week ago
            Peru – Artistic legacy of Fr Ugo de Censi continues to resound in country's every corner

            (ANS - Cajamarca) - Missionary giant Fr Ugo de Censi died silently in December 2018, while Peru was busy discussing silly political diatribes. But the work of this Italian, nationalized Peruvian, a Salesian missionary and a devotee of Don Bosco, is still very much alive in over 50 rural and poor communities in the country, wherein he knew how to bring not only prayers but also hope and work. One of these towns is is Polloc, in the district of La Encañada, near Cajamarca, where generations of young people have won the battle against a destiny that had seemed already written, thanks to the work started by Fr de Censi.

            Cajamarca is an Andean city located in the mountainous region of northern Peru; according to the National Institute of Statistics and IT (INEI), it is the poorest region in the country. "What should Cajamarca do to get out of poverty?" Mr. Pablo Secada asked himself, and the concrete answer was, "to invest in children and people." This is exactly what Fr de Censi thought when he sent the Volunteers of Operation Mato Grosso to open a house there and to dedicate himself to the poorest.

            "Father Ugo", as he was called, arrived in Peru in 1976. He was 52 years old and had lived under the Alps, so he chose a place with snow. That place was Chacas, on the slopes of the White Cordillera. Chacas was destroyed by the earthquake of 1970 and then suffered the assaults of Sendero Luminoso. Now the city, where he was parish priest for 42 years, enjoys unity and optimism. The Salesian is buried there, at the foot of the main altarpiece of Chacas.

            In Polloc, Fr de Censi's project continues in the hands of Fr Alessandro Facchini, a diocesan priest who followed the idea of ​​giving priority to education and the development of trade skills of the poor. The Sanctuary of the Virgin of the Rosary was built in fine granite, and an institute was set up where young people can attend five-year technical training courses. This means they learn a trade, and many of them, in fact, then manage to start up small businesses. Some also prepare mosaics for Italian churches, where the craft of stone carving and intaglio is at risk of extinction.

            In the Sanctuary of the Virgin of the Rosary, with its remarkable architecture, and in the surrounding workshops and gardens, art and good vibes resound everywhere - this without receiving any money from the State or mining companies. At dusk, from one of its beautiful balconies, one can contemplate the red-colored sky and feel as close to Paradise.

            Source: El Comercio

            {gallery}PER - Arte Polloc 2019{/gallery}

            • Perù
            • PER
            • Ugo de Censi
            • Arte
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Spain – Salesian youth centers launch an application to prevent alcohol consumption by minors: "Pasaporte 0,0"

              1 month 1 week ago

              (ANS - Madrid) - The Confederation of Don Bosco Youth Centers, Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians of Spain, presents "Pasaporte 0,0", a program to prevent the consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors.

              Alcohol is the most consumed and socially accepted drug in Spain due to the low risk perception that exists. It is often also a prelude to the consumption of other substances with the same harmful effects on health.

              For these reasons, the Don Bosco Youth Centers Confederation launched the "Pasaporte 0,0" campaign, as part of its health education guidelines. The initiative is aimed at adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17, especially those at risk of social exclusion, whose socio-demographic characteristics predispose them to a situation of particular vulnerability, drug use and addictions.

              The campaign, funded by the Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare (IRPF and the National Plan on Drugs), aims to combat the consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors, through prevention and education.

              The campaign presentation ceremony took place yesterday, May 7th, at Citycentro, the youth center of the Salesian presence "Ciudad de los Muchachos", in the Vallecas neighborhood, in Madrid. The boys and girls of this Salesian youth center were the first to download the application of the campaign on their smartphones and to start learning about "Pasaporte 0,0".

              The Passport 0,0 app, downloadable from Google Play, was created with the intention of being an educational tool that can be used by both educational agents and adolescents, who can even have fun with it. Its design and development involved teenagers and young people, social mediators, technical staff with different professional profiles, and parents.

              Complementing the application, didactic materials have been developed to support activities to prevent alcohol consumption in minors. All these materials are also available on the website www.pasaporte00.org for all those organizations that want to use them in their prevention activities.

              {gallery}Spagna - App Pasaporte 2019{/gallery}

              • Spagna
              • Oratorio
              • Droga
              • App
              • Tecnologie
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Italy – Italian edition of the work of Arthur J. Lenti, SDB, completed

                1 month 1 week ago
                Italy – Italian edition of the work of Arthur J. Lenti, SDB, completed

                (ANS - Rome) - The third and final volume, in Italian translation, of Arthur J. Lenti's Don Bosco, history and spirit, has been published:  Expansion of Horizons (1876-1888). Published by LAS, it illustrates the final decade of Don Bosco's life, a very fruitful period of initiatives and reflections, which inaugurated the worldwide spread of Salesian work and saw the spread of the fame of the Saint of Youth. It was also a time of trial and suffering, especially during the years of physical decline.

                by Fr Aldo Giraudo, SDB

                After the first chapter, dedicated to the historical context, the volume develops four major themes that characterized this period: the developments of Salesian Work in Europe and America, with a focus on Don Bosco's ideals and missionary visions (chapter 2-6 ); differences with the Archbishop of Turin, Msgr. Lorenzo Gastaldi, the reasons for the dispute and the "concordia" wanted by Leo XIII (chapters 7-8); care for the institutional, educational and spiritual consolidation of the Congregation, of the works and of the communities (chapters 9-12); the physical decline of Don Bosco, his last illness and death (chapters 13-14). The concluding chapter (chapter 15) illustrates the process of beatification and canonization, concluded in 1929 and 1934 respectively.

                The volume contains the general index of the authors, names and place names of the three volumes.

                Fr Arthur Lenti's extensive study is acknowledged as one of the most important recent contributions on the figure and work of Don Bosco. The content is the product of readings and materials developed for lessons in 25 years of teaching at the Institute of Salesian Spirituality in Berkeley, California.

                Compared to the more spartan English edition (Don Bosco: History and Spirit, 7 vols., Rome, LAS 2007-2010, still on sale), the Italian version is characterized by an accurate review and reorganization of contents, archival sources and an updated bibliography.

                • Italia
                • Libri
                • Stati Uniti
                • SUO
                • Arthur Lenti
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Angola – Condolences for death of Fr Filiberto Rodríguez Martín, SDB

                  1 month 1 week ago
                  Angola – Condolences for death of Fr Filiberto Rodríguez Martín, SDB

                  (ANS - Benguela) - Fr Luis Víctor Sequeira Gutiérrez, Superior of the Vice Province of Angola, informs: "In the joy of the angels that welcome him, I come to inform you of the Easter of Fr Filiberto Rodríguez Martín, which took place today (7 May, Ed.) at 11:05, after he had concluded the prayer of the Holy Rosary, accompanied by the Salesians, by his niece and by his brother Honorio. Give him eternal rest, Lord."

                  Fr Rodríguez was born on 8 November 1942 in Valsalabroso (Salamanca), Spain. He made his first Salesian profession in 1960, in Astudillo (Palencia), studied Philosophy in the years 1960-63 in Medina del Campo (Valladolid) and in 1970 he graduated in Religious Sciences - Theology at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome. He was ordained a priest in 1970 in Salamanca; in 1974 he also graduated in Chemistry at the University of Oviedo.

                  Among his many positions, he was Administrator of the Salesian School of Ourense, Director of the School and Vocational Training Center "Don Bosco" of León, Provincial Administrator of the Province of Spain-North West.

                  From 1988 to 1994 he was Provincial of the Salesians of the same territory. In 1994 he returned to Ourense as Director of the Salesian Institute.

                  From 1996 to 2008 he served the Congregation as Regional Councilor for Western Europe.

                  In 2008 he was appointed Superior of the Salesian Vice-Province in Angola and currently worked in Benguela.

                  Fr Rodríguez Martin passed on to House of our Father on 7 May 2019, at the age of 76, with 59 years of religious profession and 49 years of priestly ordination.

                  • Angola
                  • ANG
                  • Decessi
                  • Spagna
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Ecuador - Mons. Alfredo Espinoza started walking as archbishop of Quito

                    1 month 1 week ago
                    Ecuador - Mons. Alfredo Espinoza started walking as archbishop of Quito

                    (ANS - Quito) – Taking place on 2 May, in a cathedral full of faithful, was the installation of Msgr. Alfredo Espinoza Mateus, SDB, as the new archbishop of Quito and Primate of Ecuador. During the ceremony, he wore a chasuble featuring the image of Jesus on the front and the face of Don Bosco on the back, thus showing his love for the Salesian vocation.

                    The rite, which began at 6.00 pm, was attended by Msgr. Andrés Carrascosa Coso, Apostolic Nuncio in Ecuador; Msgr. Fausto Trávez, outgoing archbishop; the Bishops of Ecuador; authorities of the National Government; various ecclesiastical authorities and over 250 priests from Quito, including several Salesians, such as Fr Francisco Sánchez, Provincial.

                    Also present were various groups of the Salesian Family who came from different parts of the country to accompany the Salesian bishop, who had been the head of the diocese of Loja for five years before arriving in Quito.

                    During the initial ceremony, Msgr. Carrascosa Coso read the decree of the nomination by Pope Francis; then Msgr. Espinoza issued the solemn profession of faith and the oath of allegiance before the entire assembly, and then signed the canonical installation.

                    This was the preamble to one of the most symbolic moments of the ceremony because shortly after, the Apostolic Nuncio, a few steps from the altar, handed over the pastoral care to the new archbishop of Quito, as a sign of his new pastoral office. Mons. Espinoza took possession of the Cathedral, while a strong ovation started from the assembly and many bishops approached to embrace him.

                    The reflection proposed by Msgr. Espinoza in the homily focused on the episcopal motto chosen: "I will make you fishers of men." The new archbishop of Quito said he arrived in the archdiocese with a great pastoral passion to make the "streets of Quito" his own, and that trust in God will allow him to raise and throw nets for abundant fishing.

                    "To this mission I want to invite you all. I replied, I have a clear idea of ​​the mission that the Lord places in my life, but it is not my mission, it is our mission. We must all throw the nets and be fishers of men," concluded Msgr. Espinoza amid the watchful eye of those present.

                    Another aspect of which he spoke is the urgency of a priestly ministry for which he committed himself to be close to priests as a father; to the priests, he asked for "fidelity, coherence, transparency of life, commitment, service, dedication, spiritual life and prayer, availability, obedience, but, above all, I hope that you are pastors, in the image of Good Shepherd who is Christ."

                    And on the fact of being Primate, he affirmed that it is a title that commits him to be the first servant of all, with an open heart and a preference for young people, because, as he has said many times, he is "bishop by obedience, but Salesian by vocation."

                    {gallery}ECU - Insediamento Espinoza a Quito 2019{/gallery}

                    • ECU
                    • Ecuador
                    • Vescovi
                    • Alfredo Espinoza Mateus
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Honduras – "No to drugs": a current and necessary campaign

                      1 month 1 week ago

                      (ANS - Tegucigalpa) - According to a study by the Honduran Institute for the Prevention of Alcoholism, Drug Addiction and Pharmaceutical Drug Addiction (Ihadfa), drug use starts between the ages of eight and ten. Experts stress the importance of creating prevention processes in all environments but, above all, in the educational field. For this reason, over 200 students from the "San Juan Bosco" Vocational Training Center in Tegucigalpa have developed a drug prevention campaign.

                      A published survey shows that children indicate that among the reasons for the use of drugs at an early age are: "problems at home or school, sadness, worries and anger, feeling alone or misunderstood, mere curiosity or wanting to know what it feels like, wanting to appear popular and important or be accepted by a group," explains psychologist Sandra Paz. For these reasons it is necessary not only to carry out campaigns, but also to create educational processes that help adolescents and young people to become aware of this social problem.

                      In fact the groups of the "San Juan Bosco" Vocational Training Center, coming from different technical areas, have developed logos and slogans to raise public awareness on the harmful effects on health by drugs.

                      The "Networks" area wanted to convey the message of accompanying people and especially young people, because many revert to drugs because they seek attention, dialogue and communication they do not find at home. The group designed a logo with three raised hands and the slogan: "Yes, you can live without drugs."

                      The students of the area "Ceiling and Wall Installations" used the image of a traffic light and chose the motto: "With Christ in our hearts we will have a life without dependencies."

                      The students of "Graphic Design" called attention to the problem of addiction, which strongly affects families, and proposed the slogan: "a life without drugs can save lives."

                      The "Welding" students focused on the development of the motto: "Drugs do not make you free" and reflected on the theme of youthful weakness, of those who give in to peer pressure and let themselves be transported into the world of addictions .

                      The youths of of "Motorcycle Mechanics" presented the motto: "Leave your mark against drugs", while students of the "Automobile" course clearly summarized: "No to drugs, yes to life."

                      The other groups proposed titles like "Drugs disappear", "We say No to drugs 24/7", and "Drugs bind us like chains".

                      As experts point out, it is important to create prevention processes.

                      • Honduras
                      • CAM
                      • Droga
                      • Scuole
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Vietnam – “Heart in Hand”: a Vietnamese Salesian Volunteer Group

                        1 month 1 week ago
                        Vietnam – “Heart in Hand”: a Vietnamese Salesian Volunteer Group

                        (ANS – Ho Chi Minh City) – What is the Heart in Hand? The “Heart in Hand” group consists of Catholic and non-Catholic youths who want to contribute to the spread of the culture of love through personal and community life witness according to the Gospel. They do this especially by sharing and advancing the material, cultural and faith life of the community through long-term volunteer programs, coming to less privileged areas of the country and of the people, with the missionary spirit and educational way of Don Bosco.

                        By Fr. Bartolomeo Phan Tran Thai

                        The missionary volunteer group, now in existence for two years, is growing through the initiative of many college students and young professionals. From a few dozen last year, more than 40 of them will serve their 3 months exposure during summer. Two Salesians of Don Bosco are responsible for their formation and accompaniment.

                        It's amazing to read their testimonials after summer volunteer experience in some of our missionary communities in the Highlands or in the North of Vietnam:

                        "I came to this region by chance, but I wanted to bring them all sorts of things, I wanted to bring love and share some human warm, to share with the less privileged children and people here. A short journey had many interesting surprises. Only a few days ago I would wonder: Why did I come here to this periphery?"

                        "I spent a few weeks in a very isolated and rural place, sharing the ethnic people's way of life. They enriched me a lot! I have experienced life full of sincerity among this tribal people and learn from their innocent life and innocence of their children. Since I am coming from the big city, during the first days I was nervous and afraid of how I might interact with them. But day by day I experienced, in this windy, isolated village, a new perspective of life. Local people and children here go through it easily, they don't find it difficult, they don't complain about their poor life. They calmly immerse themselves in the landscape and nature here."

                        Two Salesians are fully involved in the annual formation program starting after the Lunar New Year (Tet) with 4 monthly sessions in Dalat and Ho Chi Minh City and culminating with the send off (mission) for the summer volunteer experience in different Salesian settings in the Highlands and Northern part of Vietnam.

                        The enthusiasm of the young people also has resulted in the Charity Fundraising Music concert and other activities to support the 'Heart in Hand' - a wonderful fruit of synergy among the Youth Ministry and Missionary Animation Sector of St John Bosco province (Vietnam-Mongolia, VIE).

                        Source: AustraLasia

                        • Vietnam
                        • VIE
                        • Volontariato
                        • Missioni
                        • Pastorale Giovanile
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Hungary - Conclusion of Extraordinary Visitation in UNG Province

                          1 month 1 week ago
                          Hungary - Conclusion of Extraordinary Visitation in UNG Province

                          (ANS - Péliföldszentkereszt) - On Friday 3 May, the Extraordinary Visitation of Fr Tadeusz Rozmus, on behalf of the Rector Major, of the “St. Stephen King” Province of Hungary ended in Péliföldszentkereszt. For his final report Fr Rozmus used the title: "Quo vadis, Hungarian Province?"

                          In the text he drafted, the Regional Councilor presented what he observed during his Extraordinary Visitation, highlighting both the strengths of the UNG Province, so that they can be valued and appreciated, and the currently weakest areas, so that they may be improved.

                          Salesian Hungary, said Fr Rozmus, is "a beautiful Province", probably among the smallest in the Congregation on a global level, as far as numbers are concerned; yet very active, having many educational institutions, and very much appreciated, also for its contribution to the life of the Catholic Church in the country.

                          Furthermore, charismatic fidelity is achieved through the many institutions engaged in youth ministry, and in particular in some areas of the country where the preferential option is given to the poorest and most abandoned young people.

                          The picture that emerged, therefore, is that of an international community that seeks to fulfill its mission in today's society.

                          Among the most beautiful moments lived during the weeks of the Extraordinary Visitation (from the end of March to the beginning of May), Fr Rozmus pointed out the experience, defined as "unforgettable", by the Spiritual Exercises preached for the first time to members of the Salesian Family of the Country: an appointment that offered the opportunity to experience spiritual and charismatic recharging days in a family atmosphere.

                          The Regional Councilor concluded his speech with words of encouragement: "Sursum corda! God bless you!"

                          The Hungarian Province, canonically erected in 1929, currently has 43 Salesians belonging and seven aggregate houses, as well as three novices.

                          {gallery}UNG - Fine Visita Straordinaria 2019{/gallery}

                          • Ungheria
                          • UNG
                          • Visita Straordinaria
                          • Tadeusz Rozmus
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Morocco - End of Rector Major's Animation Visit to Kenitra: a testimony of fraternity

                            1 month 1 week ago
                            Morocco - End of Rector Major's Animation Visit to Kenitra: a testimony of fraternity

                            (ANS - Kenitra) - The Visit of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, to the Salesian house in Kenitra, Morocco, has ended. On Friday 3 May, in the morning, the X Successor of Don Bosco completed the scheduled activities by going to the nursery school of the Institute of the Holy Family and the Female Vocational Training Center "JUK-CFF".

                            by Fr Piotr Wolny, SDB

                            Upon his arrival at the Institute of the Holy Family, the Successor of Don Bosco was welcomed in a festive atmosphere, in the specially decorated courtyard, by many children from the nursery school, accompanied by the educational team. The festivities began first with a song that raised a message of human brotherhood, beyond the differences, among all "the children of the earth"; then greetings were made to Fr Á.F. Artime, pronounced by the school director, Ms Jamila Jaber, and a pupil of the institute.

                            After posing for all the photos with the children and school staff, Fr Á.F. Artime went to the JUK-CFF vocational training workshops for young women. Welcomed by the Director, Loubna Rakib, the Rector Major was honored with an Arabic song prepared by the young women in formation.

                            For his part, he responded by encouraging them to continue their studies in childcare professions; he then attended the graduation ceremony for students who'd completed the last year of courses, an event also attended by the President of the JUK, various civil authorities, representatives of international support organizations and the Secretary General of Catholic Education in Morocco (ECAM).

                            In the speech given for the occasion, Fr Á.F. Artime congratulated all the new graduates for the achieved diploma: "I see that you have come a long way," he said, thanking the entire educational team at the same time. He then shared his concern for the promotion of women's education worldwide; and after a moment of agape, the Rector Major concluded his visit and, accompanied by Msgr. Cristóbal López Romero SDB, archbishop of Rabat, went to the airport.

                            The involvement and availability of all those involved in this visit has allowed to give a strong testimony of the possibility of living together, despite any cultural and religious differences. Because "Don Bosco takes care of cultures, takes nothing away, does not destroy," as one woman said during a dialogue with the Rector Major.

                            {gallery}Marocco - Visita RM 3 - 2019{/gallery}

                            Photos of the visit are available on ANSFlickr

                            • Marocco
                            • Ángel Fernández Artime
                            • Rettor Maggiore
                            • FRB
                            • Ragazze
                            • Donne
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              RMG – 8th International Congress of Mary Help of Christians: all logistical information available

                              1 month 1 week ago
                              RMG – 8th International Congress of Mary Help of Christians: all logistical information available

                              (ANS - Rome) – On the occasion of the beginning of the Marian month – May -, Fr Eusebio Muñoz, Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family, renews the invitation to the groups of the Salesian Family to participate in the VIII International Congress of Mary Help of Christians, to be held from 7 to 10 November 2019 in Buenos Aires (Argentina); its title: "With Mary, Woman who believes". All information on how to participate is available on the web cited below.

                              Many are the ways in which the Salesian Family continues the dream of Don Bosco, present in all the places where the poorest and least expect a response of humanity, with the sole desire of Don Bosco: "My dear children in Jesus Christ, near or far, I always think of you. I have only one desire: to see you happy in time and in eternity."

                              But this dream cannot be fulfilled with human strength alone: we must acknowledge, as Don Bosco did, that: "She did it all!"

                              Under the motto "With Mary, Woman who believes", the Salesian Family now wants to renew this entrustment to Mary Help of Christians, persevering in the commitment to receive and transmit the gift of faith. Promoted by the Association of Mary Help of Christians on the 150th anniversary of its foundation, the Congress is an event aimed at the whole Salesian Family that feels brought together by Mary Help of Christians, to thank her for the gifts she continually donates.

                              Directly addressing the superiors and leaders of the Groups of the Salesian Family, as well as to the Provincials of the Salesians of Don Bosco and to the Provincial Delegates of the Salesian Family, Fr Muñoz writes: "We are therefore all invited, especially the Groups of the Salesian Family, to promote and adhere to this event: we would like it to encourage the participation of families and young people. The Congress will in fact be dedicated to the accompaniment of young people and families on the path to holiness: "With Mary, Woman who believes", let us look at her who is not only a model, but also a guide and help in the journey of the young and those who accompany them. A commitment that is passed on from generation to generation."

                              By visiting the website dedicated to the International Congress it is possible to obtain all the necessary indications and logistic information: www.mariaauxiliadora2019.com.ar 

                              • RMG
                              • Maria Ausiliatrice
                              • ADMA
                              • Famiglia Salesiana
                              • Eusebio Muñoz
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Ethiopia - Food support for Abeba and her sisters

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                                Ethiopia - Food support for Abeba and her sisters

                                (ANS - Dilla) - Abeba is 8 years old and lives in a small sheet metal house in Dilla, together with her mother and three younger sisters. If it were not for the Salesians, not only would she not have an education, but her very existence would be at risk, because the economic condition of her family is so precarious that she and her sisters have the security of eating only at the school of Don Bosco's spiritual children. Today Abeba is happy because, having attended school, she can write her story with her own hands.

                                Abeba's mother occasionally works in a coffee field, like most Dilla adults. However, the scarcity of rainfall in the area in recent years has also led to fewer employment opportunities for her. Abeba's father, on the other hand, went to live in Addis Ababa, 350 km further north, to work. The two times he returned he brought his wife and daughters some money and some bags of legumes; but now he has been away a long time, so much so that he has not yet met his last daughter, Berhane, of almost two years.

                                At the Salesian school Abeba attends the same class as her sister, Tigist, who is 6 years old. While Tigist still struggles a bit, Abeba is happy to have learned to read and write, and so she shares: "We are happy to go to school, because we are with our friends and because they give us lunch and a snack and even if in the evening, at home, mother failed to prepare food, we have a full stomach. At school we eat teff and beans. Sometimes, eggs. Once for a snack, fruit juice - so good! In the courtyard there is a fountain, and we often argue with others to drink first, but then we immediately make peace."

                                The intervention of the Salesians in Dilla is a response to the lack of a healthy and regular diet for many, and also represents an example of a virtuous economy, as most of the food comes from Wallame, a town not far away, where the Salesians have another school and a center of agricultural production and breeding pigs: this is how the self-sufficiency of the food program develops and work is created for dozens of farmers.

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

                                • Etiopia
                                • Fame
                                • Povertà
                                • Missioni
                                • Missioni Don Bosco
                                • Ragazze
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Morocco – Rector Major in Kenitra: "let us try to work together for the happiness of young people"

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                                  (ANS - Kenitra) - The second day of his visit to the Salesian presence in Morocco yesterday, Thursday 2 May, the Rector Major spent entirely at the Kenitra house to learn in detail the reality of the schools run by the Salesians.

                                  by Fr Piotr Wolny, SDB

                                  The X Successor of Don Bosco was first of all welcomed by the children and by the educational community of the Don Bosco Primary School, founded in 1937 with 14 foreign students and which today forms 700 students. "Don Bosco is known and loved in Kenitra. Teachers and parents are proud of a pedagogy that loves and respects students," said the director of the Salesian center, Fr José Antonio Vega.

                                  One of the parents' representatives then spoke of how they see their children flourish "in this garden that Don Bosco prepared, and where he sowed seeds of love, family spirit and solidarity, and where trust and tolerance prevail."

                                  One of the students also shared his thoughts: "Every morning I wake up ready to learn new lessons and to live new experiences, and above all, to live important values. If all the schools teach their students various subjects, the Don Bosco School has taught me values that will contribute a lot to my development. (...) The School of Don Bosco is for many of us a second family, and we are proud to be a part of it."

                                  After attending numerous performances of dance, song and poetry of and by the children, the visit continued at the Don Bosco Institute, which in October 2008 started its first two classes and now counts 260 students. Welcomed by the children, the educational team and by past pupils with greetings and songs in French, Spanish and English, the Rector Major was able to make a journey through the cultural traditions of different countries of the world. 

                                  The visit continued at the “JUK-SPEL” center, the vocational training school established first as an association (Joyeuse Union Kenitra - JUK) which organized sports and cultural activities for Jewish, Muslim and Christian citizens, and later became a vocational center with the addition of the Electrical section (Section Professionnelle Electricité - SPEL). Today the center educates and starts 160 young people into the labor market and also organizes short courses, such as the one currently underway in Renewable Energy for another 60 students.

                                  To all these children, and to the girls trained in the adjacent Female Formation Center (JUK-CFF), the Rector Major recalled that they are at the center of every Salesian educational project: "You are in the first place!"

                                  The day ended with time reserved and dedicated, respectively, to the teachers and parents of the students, during which Fr Á.F. Artime thanked everyone for their service and trust and renewed the invitation to an educational alliance between all the actors involved: "Let us try to work together for the happiness of young people."

                                  Photos of the visit are available on ANSFlickr

                                  • Marocco
                                  • FRB
                                  • Rettor Maggiore
                                  • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                  • Islam
                                  • Dialogo
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Sri Lanka – Fr Almeida: "Please pray for us!"

                                    1 month 1 week ago

                                    (ANS - Dungalpitiya) - Gratitude for the closeness shown and the prayers; trust in the leadership of the Archbishop of Colombo and President of the local Episcopal Conference, card. Malcolm Ranjith; desire to return to normality as soon as possible, despite the limitations and despondency of a nation that hoped to have left the violence behind ... There is all this in the new press release published yesterday, May 2, by the Salesian Provincial in Sri Lanka, Fr Jospeph Almeida:

                                    Dear Friends,

                                    I would like to thank all those who reached out to us during this tense period. I would like to thank you all for your concern and prayers.

                                    Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith has been exceptional in his leadership during this time of trial and tribulation. He has asked Catholics to be restrained and not resort to violence in retaliation. He has initiated inter-religious dialogue. Relief efforts for the victims have been severely hampered by the restriction of movement and tight security around places of importance including the places that were attacked. Permits to visit and offer pastoral support to the survivors is restricted to only some Priests, Sisters, the Red Cross and government-recognized psychiatrists/counselors.

                                    The island-wide curfews have been lifted except for parts of the Eastern Province where the group responsible for the attacks is based. On April 30, Sri Lanka's President ordered an end to the country's ban on social media while calling on the public "to use social media responsibly even though the ban is lifted, due to the prevailing situation in the country."

                                    Life is gradually returning back to normalcy despite the possibility of future attacks. Sri Lankans are getting back to work restoring some normalcy to their daily routine. The Security Forces, using the powers they have been entrusted with to search, detain and interrogate during the Emergency Regulations, have taken measures to strengthen the security in all parts of the island while day-to-day life is close to being restored. However all citizens, still driven by the fear and panic caused by the surprise attacks, are set to remain vigilant against any future attacks. The government has decided to take steps to tighten security at all the religious places, schools, tourist hotels, hospitals and embassies and provide security to all the Catholic religious leaders and to important places of the government.

                                    Many countries including the USA, UK, Canada and Australia have placed a travel ban to Sri Lanka other than for essential travel, due to intelligence pointing to a new wave of attacks. The USA has ordered the evacuation of all school-aged children of US Govt. employees and issued a level 3 travel advisory to American citizens against travel to Sri Lanka. The Archbishop of Colombo has cancelled all church services until further notice due to the threat of further attacks.

                                    We all hope the situation will return fully back to normal very soon, and that the Sri Lankan people are able to get back on their feet following the terrorist attacks. Please pray for us.

                                    Thank you and wishing you God's Blessings.

                                    Yours Truly,

                                    Fr. Joseph Almeida, SDB,

                                    Provincial

                                    • LKC
                                    • Sri Lanka
                                    • Terrorismo
                                    • Islam
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Philippines – BDO Foundation builds training center for Mindanao youth

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                                      Philippines – BDO Foundation builds training center for Mindanao youth

                                      (ANS – Mati City) – Hundreds of disadvantaged and out-of-school youth in Mindanao are expected to benefit from a new Technical-Vocational Training Center built by BDO Foundation at the Don Bosco Training Center in Mati City, Davao Oriental.

                                      Donations pooled by BDO employees lead to the construction of a new technical-vocational training facility at Don Bosco Training Center-Mati, which contributes to the efforts of the Salesian Society of St. John Bosco to educate and evangelize underserved youth.

                                      The construction of the building and the provision of tools and equipment for the training of students were made possible by donations from BDO employees.

                                      Located in Barangay Dahican, the two-story structure was turned over to school administrators and students in an event led by BDO Foundation president Mario Deriquito, BDO Foundation program director Rose Espinosa and BDO Davao-Mati branch head Gail Lawas.

                                      The new training facility was graciously accepted by the Salesian Society of St. John Bosco represented by Cebu Province provincial superior, Fr. Godofredo Atienza, DBTC-Mati training director, Fr. Rex Carbilledo, and DBTC-Mati Rector, Fr. Rey Jude Albarando.

                                      According to Fr. Albarando, “We Salesians work hard, but we know that without the assistance of others, we could only go so far. We are grateful to people who have a heart for the needy.”

                                      “Thank you BDO family for your support. You have given us Salesians not only the reassurance that God never abandons us. You have also given hope to hundreds, even thousands, of youth in Mindanao,” he added.

                                      In the next three years, around 560 senior high school students from Don Bosco and neighboring public high schools are expected to learn technical-vocational skills through workshops conducted in the new facility.

                                      Graduates of DBTC-Mati are hired by some of the biggest industries and companies in the country.

                                      The construction of the Tech-Voc center in Mati City is in keeping with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal No. 8 to promote sustained economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all.

                                      Through this corporate citizenship initiative, BDO Foundation hopes to contribute to the mission of Don Bosco to capacitate students and make them employable in the Philippines and abroad.

                                      The initiative is also in line with the foundation’s advocacy to support communities marginalized by disasters.

                                      In 2012, Typhoon “Pablo” battered Davao Oriental, devastating thousands of residents in coastal areas. One of the strongest to hit Mindanao, the storm damaged homes, infrastructure, and school buildings.

                                      Source: Manila Standard

                                      • Filippine
                                      • FIS
                                      • Formazione Professionale
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Chile - Agreement of collaboration between Episcopal Conference of Chile, Public Prosecutor and Salesian Province

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                                        Chile - Agreement of collaboration between Episcopal Conference of Chile, Public Prosecutor and Salesian Province

                                        (ANS - Santiago) - The Salesian Province in Chile, represented by the Provincial, Fr Carlo Lira, and with the presence of the Provincial Vicar, Fr David Albornoz, participated in the signing of the framework agreement for collaboration between the Episcopal Conference of Chile and the Public Prosecutor, on Tuesday 30 April.

                                        The agreement reaffirms the Congregation's commitment, as part of the Catholic Church, to provide all information on past, present and future cases that constitute crimes against children, adolescents, young people and people with disabilities committed by Salesian lay or consecrated men and women.

                                        The text states that “the object of the agreement is to facilitate the exchange of information regarding past, present and future investigations into sexual crimes committed by diocesan clerics against children, adolescents or persons in a situation of disability at the time of the events, protecting the confidentiality requested by the people who turned to the CECh (Chilean Episcopal Conference, Editor's Note)".

                                        For Fr Lira, this is the policy that the Salesian Congregation has been implementing since last year, but which from April 30 is formally fulfilled with a document and the signature of all the interested parties.

                                        "With this agreement," the Provincial explained, "we want to take another step forward in the task of ensuring that there is no room in our institution for people who abuse the greatest treasure we have received from the Lord: the young, the most delicate and precious to human society, as Don Bosco himself clearly stated."

                                        The Provincial concluded with the promise that the Salesians of Don Bosco will do everything possible to create safe and healthy environments, "where it is known that those who do not respect the principles that inspire us from the Gospel and our Salesian spirituality will have to assume the consequences of their actions."

                                        Participating in the ceremony were the CECh Secretary General, Msgr. Fernando Ramos; the national prosecutor, Jorge Abbott; representatives of the Marists and Schoenstatt Fathers; the President of the National Council on the abuse and accompaniment of the victims, Ana María Celis; and Msgr. Juan Ignacio González.

                                        Msgr. Ramos also explained in an interview that the previous years were "special years for the Church, of crisis, in which there were a series of very harsh situations, but also opportunities ... that gave the possibility of a greater conversion and renewal."

                                        • Cile
                                        • CIL
                                        • Abusi
                                        • Chiesa
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
                                          ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana

                                          Slovenia - Salesian Family meets Rector Major

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                                          Slovenia - Salesian Family meets Rector Major

                                          (ANS-Maribor) - On 8 May the Don Bosco Salesian Center of Maribor hosted for the second time Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, currently participating in the Meeting of Provincials of the Central and Northern Europe Region in Veržej from 7 to 10 May.

                                          The Provincial of Slovenia, Fr Marko Košnik, greeted and welcomed the Rector Major, the Provincials of the Region, the leaders of the Salesian Family groups, numerous young people and members of the Salesian Family. After the greetings of Fr Tadeusz Rozmus, Councilor for the Central and Northern Europe Region and the heads of the Salesian Family groups, the edu-cultural program began.

                                          The choir of the young students of the Salesian High School of Želimlje performed various songs and the students of the Rakovnik Music School performed a number of musical pieces. The new documentary of the Servant of God Fr Andrea Majcen, produced by IME Comunicazioni and ANS, was then presented. Subsequently the young people from the Fuskabo - social circus group, with the acrobats and the playful performances, performed.

                                          Fr Artime concluded the meeting with a brief but significant speech in which he thanked everyone for their warm welcome and encouraged the young people and the Salesian Family to follow Don Bosco in his charismatic style. Children and young people from the Don Bosco Maribor Center prepared a thank you with the song "May cheerfulness be your way" and gave the Rector Major a shepherd's cane, a bouquet of lilies of the valley and a puppet of Don Bosco to all the Provincials.

                                          For those present, the brief but intense meeting was truly an important confirmation of bringing forward the charism of Don Bosco in Slovenia in all its ways.

                                           

                                          {gallery}SLOVENIA - Incontro Famiglia Salesiana con il Rettor Maggiore{/gallery}

                                          • SLO
                                          • Slovenia
                                          • Rettor Maggiore
                                          • Famiglia Salesiana
                                            Alessandro Parrozzani

                                            RMG – International Meeting of Salesian Bulletin: "Communicating to involve in the mission: the Press and digital culture"

                                            1 month 1 week ago

                                            (ANS - Rome) - Only a few weeks to go until the International Meeting of the Salesian Bulletin, scheduled from 25 to 29 May in Rome, which will see the presence of 45 Directors of the Salesian Bulletins of the Congregation.

                                            The Salesian Bulletin is an institutional magazine; as such it was born and developed in the mind of Don Bosco. In the beginning this magazine made visible to all its members, sympathizers and potential friends what it was and what a nascent Congregation did. For an institution that was established and developed in such a surprising way, that has a grand mission and many needs, it is fundamental to make oneself known, to make oneself visible to public opinion in order to involve many people in the youth and popular mission of Don Bosco.

                                            "The Salesian Bulletin undoubtedly made Don Bosco known outside of Valdocco and Turin," said Fr Filiberto González, General Councilor for Social Communication. "He presented the identity and image of his mission. Among the various works of Don Bosco as a communicator is the Salesian Bulletin, a magazine which makes visible to society his work in favour of the most needy young people and ad gentes missions."

                                            Participants arrive at the La Salle house in Rome on 25 May. The meeting opens with the celebration of Mass with Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians, on Sunday 26 May. Specialists from different countries, with preparation and experience in the publishing sector, shall be offering their ideas so that "Don Bosco's magazine" not only continues to be valid, current, and fulfill its mission among readers, but also, with quality and professionalism, continues to take the appropriate steps to move from print to the editions and languages ​​of digital readers.

                                            On Wednesday 29 May, the Directors of the Salesian Bulletin will gather to celebrate the Eucharist in the church of San Pellegrino, inside the Vatican State, and will later participate in the general audience with Pope Francis.

                                            The meeting itself aims to broaden the mind and action of the directors of the Salesian Bulletin to the future, as clearly emerges from the theme: "Communicating to involve in the mission, between the press and digital culture".

                                            In an interview, the Rector Major said: "Don Bosco was certain that the Salesian Bulletin was to be a means to communicate the good that was being done ... And also to be involved in the great educational revolution in favor of young people and popular classes within the Salesian mission."

                                            • Italia
                                            • Bollettino Salesiano
                                            • Comunicazione Sociale
                                            • Filiberto González
                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                              RMG – International Meeting of Salesian Bulletin: "Communicating to involve in the mission: the Press and digital culture"

                                              1 month 1 week ago

                                              (ANS - Rome) - Only a few weeks to go until the International Meeting of the Salesian Bulletin, scheduled from 25 to 29 May in Rome, which will see the presence of 45 Directors of the Salesian Bulletins of the Congregation.

                                              The Salesian Bulletin is an institutional magazine; as such it was born and developed in the mind of Don Bosco. In the beginning this magazine made visible to all its members, sympathizers and potential friends what it was and what a nascent Congregation did. For an institution that was established and developed in such a surprising way, that has a grand mission and many needs, it is fundamental to make oneself known, to make oneself visible to public opinion in order to involve many people in the youth and popular mission of Don Bosco.

                                              "The Salesian Bulletin undoubtedly made Don Bosco known outside of Valdocco and Turin," said Fr Filiberto González, General Councilor for Social Communication. "He presented the identity and image of his mission. Among the various works of Don Bosco as a communicator is the Salesian Bulletin, a magazine which makes visible to society his work in favour of the most needy young people and ad gentes missions."

                                              Participants arrive at the La Salle house in Rome on 25 May. The meeting opens with the celebration of Mass with Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians, on Sunday 26 May. Specialists from different countries, with preparation and experience in the publishing sector, shall be offering their ideas so that "Don Bosco's magazine" not only continues to be valid, current, and fulfill its mission among readers, but also, with quality and professionalism, continues to take the appropriate steps to move from print to the editions and languages ​​of digital readers.

                                              On Wednesday 29 May, the Directors of the Salesian Bulletin will gather to celebrate the Eucharist in the church of San Pellegrino, inside the Vatican State, and will later participate in the general audience with Pope Francis.

                                              The meeting itself aims to broaden the mind and action of the directors of the Salesian Bulletin to the future, as clearly emerges from the theme: "Communicating to involve in the mission, between the press and digital culture".

                                              In an interview, the Rector Major said: "Don Bosco was certain that the Salesian Bulletin was to be a means to communicate the good that was being done ... And also to be involved in the great educational revolution in favor of young people and popular classes within the Salesian mission."

                                              • Italia
                                              • Bollettino Salesiano
                                              • Comunicazione Sociale
                                              • Filiberto González
                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                Italy - "Pizzoratorio": a job opportunity for young people

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                                                (ANS - Torre Annunziata) - "To young people, especially the most fragile, it's not just a job that needs to be found; they must also be educated in that job by investing in their passions". These are the words of Fr Antonio Carbone, Vice-President of "Salesians per il Sociale", and current coordinator of the communities for minors "Mamma Matilde" and "Peppino Brancati" of Torre Annunziata, who every year welcome fragile minors, in a state of neglect or with problematic situations within the family of origin.

                                                Thanks to the commitment and passion of educators and operators, these young people are followed in their schooling, trained in the world of work and accompanied in becoming responsible adults.

                                                Young people like Pasquale who, thanks to the community, is pursuing his dream of opening a pizzeria. The boy tells us: "Even if at the beginning it was difficult to fit in, today the community is my second family. There are eight of us in the house, the youngest is nine years old and the oldest is 18: there are those who go to school, those who work and who, like me, participate in vocational training courses. One of the most beautiful things in community life is to laugh and joke with the operators, but also with the coordinators and priests who are very close to us."

                                                Indeed, closeness remains a key element in the educational relationship, together with providing adequate formation and opportunities for integral growth. "Every morning I go to Naples for the pizza maker's lab, while in the afternoon I'm busy with the boys in the oratory," he continues.


                                                "My dream is that of opening a pizzeria. I know it's a very demanding and tiring job but it's my passion!" the boy concludes.

                                                To give increasingly more job opportunities to young people like Pasquale, the association "Piccoli Passi Grandi Sogni – Small Steps, Big Dreams", which coordinates the two communities of Torre Annunziata, has created a new project called "Pizzoratorio", a vocational training workshop set up in the premises of the Salesian oratory: it is basically a vocational training center that will allow participants to acquire a professional qualification as pizza maker.


                                                "We are in a territory where there are so many difficulties and the prospects for work and commitment are also difficult," explains Don Carbone. "We want to do our best to ensure that no child is left out: thus the dream of creating this workshop that will allow many young people to move towards a better future."

                                                The project has already received the support of "Salesians per il Sociale" and of the "DON BOSCO NEL MONDO" Foundation.


                                                Here the video testimony of Pasquale. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1KnkvLrpww 

                                                • Italia
                                                • IME
                                                • Formazione Professionale
                                                • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                                                • Opzione Preferenziale
                                                • Disagio
                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                  Italy – Feast of St Domenico Savio in Basilica of Lecce

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                                                  Italy – Feast of St Domenico Savio in Basilica of Lecce

                                                  (ANS - Lecce) - On May 6 the whole Salesian Congregation commemorates that great model of youthful holiness that is Saint Domenico Savio. In Lecce, however, it is celebrated in a special way because in Lecce is the only basilica in the world dedicated to him. It is custodian to a relic of the saint and is a visible sign, for the Leccesi and for the Salesian Province of Southern Italy, of a proposal of authentic Christian life lived in the typical style of Domenico Savio: friendship with the Lord and joyful relationships with peers.

                                                  The basilica was built in the early 1970s to thank God for the miracles that occurred, thanks to the intercession of the saint, in Lecce and in Maglie, a town nearby. In these places, in 1950, two mothers who risked death invoked Domenico Savio and by his intercession obtained the grace of healing. It was thanks to the canonical recognition of these two miracles that the Church then formally approved the sanctity of this young man.

                                                  In these days many were the expressions of affection of the people of Lecce towards Domenico Savio. At the center was the Eucharist on May 6, presided by the Provincial of Southern Italy, Fr. Angelo Santorsola, who recalled that Domenico Savio is still today a model of life that is current, and that following his example it is possible to be credible witnesses of an enterprising youth.

                                                  The celebration then expressed itself in various other events: the "March" of Saint Domenico Savio, thanks to which the statue of the saint traveled several streets of the neighborhood; the festivities in the square, complete with a concert; a sharing of the "Family Dinner" for the whole local Salesian Family; the 30th Bicycle Run in the streets of Lecce; and the event "Savio's Got Talent", which highlighted the innumerable skills of the children and young participants.

                                                  Perhaps the most heartfelt initiative was "St. Domenico Savio and the gift of life", the prayer vigil held on Friday, May 3rd, together with mothers expecting a child, boyfriends and young spouses: an exchange of greetings via video, the spiritual communion that united in a twinning the Basilica of Saint Domenico Savio in Lecce with the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians of Turin-Valdocco.

                                                  The greatest miracle that Saint Domenico Savio continues to perform in Lecce is that, thanks to him, many young people can still have the opportunity to know the Lord and to say, like him: "I absolutely need to make myself a saint!" 

                                                  {gallery}IME - Festa Domenico Savio 2019{/gallery}

                                                  {gallery}ICP - Veglia San Domenico Savio 2019{/gallery}

                                                  • Italia
                                                  • IME
                                                  • Domenico Savio
                                                  • Torino
                                                  • Valdocco
                                                  • Santità Salesiana
                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                    Peru – Artistic legacy of Fr Ugo de Censi continues to resound in country's every corner

                                                    1 month 1 week ago
                                                    Peru – Artistic legacy of Fr Ugo de Censi continues to resound in country's every corner

                                                    (ANS - Cajamarca) - Missionary giant Fr Ugo de Censi died silently in December 2018, while Peru was busy discussing silly political diatribes. But the work of this Italian, nationalized Peruvian, a Salesian missionary and a devotee of Don Bosco, is still very much alive in over 50 rural and poor communities in the country, wherein he knew how to bring not only prayers but also hope and work. One of these towns is is Polloc, in the district of La Encañada, near Cajamarca, where generations of young people have won the battle against a destiny that had seemed already written, thanks to the work started by Fr de Censi.

                                                    Cajamarca is an Andean city located in the mountainous region of northern Peru; according to the National Institute of Statistics and IT (INEI), it is the poorest region in the country. "What should Cajamarca do to get out of poverty?" Mr. Pablo Secada asked himself, and the concrete answer was, "to invest in children and people." This is exactly what Fr de Censi thought when he sent the Volunteers of Operation Mato Grosso to open a house there and to dedicate himself to the poorest.

                                                    "Father Ugo", as he was called, arrived in Peru in 1976. He was 52 years old and had lived under the Alps, so he chose a place with snow. That place was Chacas, on the slopes of the White Cordillera. Chacas was destroyed by the earthquake of 1970 and then suffered the assaults of Sendero Luminoso. Now the city, where he was parish priest for 42 years, enjoys unity and optimism. The Salesian is buried there, at the foot of the main altarpiece of Chacas.

                                                    In Polloc, Fr de Censi's project continues in the hands of Fr Alessandro Facchini, a diocesan priest who followed the idea of ​​giving priority to education and the development of trade skills of the poor. The Sanctuary of the Virgin of the Rosary was built in fine granite, and an institute was set up where young people can attend five-year technical training courses. This means they learn a trade, and many of them, in fact, then manage to start up small businesses. Some also prepare mosaics for Italian churches, where the craft of stone carving and intaglio is at risk of extinction.

                                                    In the Sanctuary of the Virgin of the Rosary, with its remarkable architecture, and in the surrounding workshops and gardens, art and good vibes resound everywhere - this without receiving any money from the State or mining companies. At dusk, from one of its beautiful balconies, one can contemplate the red-colored sky and feel as close to Paradise.

                                                    Source: El Comercio

                                                    {gallery}PER - Arte Polloc 2019{/gallery}

                                                    • Perù
                                                    • PER
                                                    • Ugo de Censi
                                                    • Arte
                                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                                      Spain – Salesian youth centers launch an application to prevent alcohol consumption by minors: "Pasaporte 0,0"

                                                      1 month 1 week ago

                                                      (ANS - Madrid) - The Confederation of Don Bosco Youth Centers, Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians of Spain, presents "Pasaporte 0,0", a program to prevent the consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors.

                                                      Alcohol is the most consumed and socially accepted drug in Spain due to the low risk perception that exists. It is often also a prelude to the consumption of other substances with the same harmful effects on health.

                                                      For these reasons, the Don Bosco Youth Centers Confederation launched the "Pasaporte 0,0" campaign, as part of its health education guidelines. The initiative is aimed at adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17, especially those at risk of social exclusion, whose socio-demographic characteristics predispose them to a situation of particular vulnerability, drug use and addictions.

                                                      The campaign, funded by the Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare (IRPF and the National Plan on Drugs), aims to combat the consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors, through prevention and education.

                                                      The campaign presentation ceremony took place yesterday, May 7th, at Citycentro, the youth center of the Salesian presence "Ciudad de los Muchachos", in the Vallecas neighborhood, in Madrid. The boys and girls of this Salesian youth center were the first to download the application of the campaign on their smartphones and to start learning about "Pasaporte 0,0".

                                                      The Passport 0,0 app, downloadable from Google Play, was created with the intention of being an educational tool that can be used by both educational agents and adolescents, who can even have fun with it. Its design and development involved teenagers and young people, social mediators, technical staff with different professional profiles, and parents.

                                                      Complementing the application, didactic materials have been developed to support activities to prevent alcohol consumption in minors. All these materials are also available on the website www.pasaporte00.org for all those organizations that want to use them in their prevention activities.

                                                      {gallery}Spagna - App Pasaporte 2019{/gallery}

                                                      • Spagna
                                                      • Oratorio
                                                      • Droga
                                                      • App
                                                      • Tecnologie
                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                        Italy – Italian edition of the work of Arthur J. Lenti, SDB, completed

                                                        1 month 1 week ago
                                                        Italy – Italian edition of the work of Arthur J. Lenti, SDB, completed

                                                        (ANS - Rome) - The third and final volume, in Italian translation, of Arthur J. Lenti's Don Bosco, history and spirit, has been published:  Expansion of Horizons (1876-1888). Published by LAS, it illustrates the final decade of Don Bosco's life, a very fruitful period of initiatives and reflections, which inaugurated the worldwide spread of Salesian work and saw the spread of the fame of the Saint of Youth. It was also a time of trial and suffering, especially during the years of physical decline.

                                                        by Fr Aldo Giraudo, SDB

                                                        After the first chapter, dedicated to the historical context, the volume develops four major themes that characterized this period: the developments of Salesian Work in Europe and America, with a focus on Don Bosco's ideals and missionary visions (chapter 2-6 ); differences with the Archbishop of Turin, Msgr. Lorenzo Gastaldi, the reasons for the dispute and the "concordia" wanted by Leo XIII (chapters 7-8); care for the institutional, educational and spiritual consolidation of the Congregation, of the works and of the communities (chapters 9-12); the physical decline of Don Bosco, his last illness and death (chapters 13-14). The concluding chapter (chapter 15) illustrates the process of beatification and canonization, concluded in 1929 and 1934 respectively.

                                                        The volume contains the general index of the authors, names and place names of the three volumes.

                                                        Fr Arthur Lenti's extensive study is acknowledged as one of the most important recent contributions on the figure and work of Don Bosco. The content is the product of readings and materials developed for lessons in 25 years of teaching at the Institute of Salesian Spirituality in Berkeley, California.

                                                        Compared to the more spartan English edition (Don Bosco: History and Spirit, 7 vols., Rome, LAS 2007-2010, still on sale), the Italian version is characterized by an accurate review and reorganization of contents, archival sources and an updated bibliography.

                                                        • Italia
                                                        • Libri
                                                        • Stati Uniti
                                                        • SUO
                                                        • Arthur Lenti
                                                          Gian Francesco Romano

                                                          Angola – Condolences for death of Fr Filiberto Rodríguez Martín, SDB

                                                          1 month 1 week ago
                                                          Angola – Condolences for death of Fr Filiberto Rodríguez Martín, SDB

                                                          (ANS - Benguela) - Fr Luis Víctor Sequeira Gutiérrez, Superior of the Vice Province of Angola, informs: "In the joy of the angels that welcome him, I come to inform you of the Easter of Fr Filiberto Rodríguez Martín, which took place today (7 May, Ed.) at 11:05, after he had concluded the prayer of the Holy Rosary, accompanied by the Salesians, by his niece and by his brother Honorio. Give him eternal rest, Lord."

                                                          Fr Rodríguez was born on 8 November 1942 in Valsalabroso (Salamanca), Spain. He made his first Salesian profession in 1960, in Astudillo (Palencia), studied Philosophy in the years 1960-63 in Medina del Campo (Valladolid) and in 1970 he graduated in Religious Sciences - Theology at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome. He was ordained a priest in 1970 in Salamanca; in 1974 he also graduated in Chemistry at the University of Oviedo.

                                                          Among his many positions, he was Administrator of the Salesian School of Ourense, Director of the School and Vocational Training Center "Don Bosco" of León, Provincial Administrator of the Province of Spain-North West.

                                                          From 1988 to 1994 he was Provincial of the Salesians of the same territory. In 1994 he returned to Ourense as Director of the Salesian Institute.

                                                          From 1996 to 2008 he served the Congregation as Regional Councilor for Western Europe.

                                                          In 2008 he was appointed Superior of the Salesian Vice-Province in Angola and currently worked in Benguela.

                                                          Fr Rodríguez Martin passed on to House of our Father on 7 May 2019, at the age of 76, with 59 years of religious profession and 49 years of priestly ordination.

                                                          • Angola
                                                          • ANG
                                                          • Decessi
                                                          • Spagna
                                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                                            Ecuador - Mons. Alfredo Espinoza started walking as archbishop of Quito

                                                            1 month 1 week ago
                                                            Ecuador - Mons. Alfredo Espinoza started walking as archbishop of Quito

                                                            (ANS - Quito) – Taking place on 2 May, in a cathedral full of faithful, was the installation of Msgr. Alfredo Espinoza Mateus, SDB, as the new archbishop of Quito and Primate of Ecuador. During the ceremony, he wore a chasuble featuring the image of Jesus on the front and the face of Don Bosco on the back, thus showing his love for the Salesian vocation.

                                                            The rite, which began at 6.00 pm, was attended by Msgr. Andrés Carrascosa Coso, Apostolic Nuncio in Ecuador; Msgr. Fausto Trávez, outgoing archbishop; the Bishops of Ecuador; authorities of the National Government; various ecclesiastical authorities and over 250 priests from Quito, including several Salesians, such as Fr Francisco Sánchez, Provincial.

                                                            Also present were various groups of the Salesian Family who came from different parts of the country to accompany the Salesian bishop, who had been the head of the diocese of Loja for five years before arriving in Quito.

                                                            During the initial ceremony, Msgr. Carrascosa Coso read the decree of the nomination by Pope Francis; then Msgr. Espinoza issued the solemn profession of faith and the oath of allegiance before the entire assembly, and then signed the canonical installation.

                                                            This was the preamble to one of the most symbolic moments of the ceremony because shortly after, the Apostolic Nuncio, a few steps from the altar, handed over the pastoral care to the new archbishop of Quito, as a sign of his new pastoral office. Mons. Espinoza took possession of the Cathedral, while a strong ovation started from the assembly and many bishops approached to embrace him.

                                                            The reflection proposed by Msgr. Espinoza in the homily focused on the episcopal motto chosen: "I will make you fishers of men." The new archbishop of Quito said he arrived in the archdiocese with a great pastoral passion to make the "streets of Quito" his own, and that trust in God will allow him to raise and throw nets for abundant fishing.

                                                            "To this mission I want to invite you all. I replied, I have a clear idea of ​​the mission that the Lord places in my life, but it is not my mission, it is our mission. We must all throw the nets and be fishers of men," concluded Msgr. Espinoza amid the watchful eye of those present.

                                                            Another aspect of which he spoke is the urgency of a priestly ministry for which he committed himself to be close to priests as a father; to the priests, he asked for "fidelity, coherence, transparency of life, commitment, service, dedication, spiritual life and prayer, availability, obedience, but, above all, I hope that you are pastors, in the image of Good Shepherd who is Christ."

                                                            And on the fact of being Primate, he affirmed that it is a title that commits him to be the first servant of all, with an open heart and a preference for young people, because, as he has said many times, he is "bishop by obedience, but Salesian by vocation."

                                                            {gallery}ECU - Insediamento Espinoza a Quito 2019{/gallery}

                                                            • ECU
                                                            • Ecuador
                                                            • Vescovi
                                                            • Alfredo Espinoza Mateus
                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                              Honduras – "No to drugs": a current and necessary campaign

                                                              1 month 1 week ago

                                                              (ANS - Tegucigalpa) - According to a study by the Honduran Institute for the Prevention of Alcoholism, Drug Addiction and Pharmaceutical Drug Addiction (Ihadfa), drug use starts between the ages of eight and ten. Experts stress the importance of creating prevention processes in all environments but, above all, in the educational field. For this reason, over 200 students from the "San Juan Bosco" Vocational Training Center in Tegucigalpa have developed a drug prevention campaign.

                                                              A published survey shows that children indicate that among the reasons for the use of drugs at an early age are: "problems at home or school, sadness, worries and anger, feeling alone or misunderstood, mere curiosity or wanting to know what it feels like, wanting to appear popular and important or be accepted by a group," explains psychologist Sandra Paz. For these reasons it is necessary not only to carry out campaigns, but also to create educational processes that help adolescents and young people to become aware of this social problem.

                                                              In fact the groups of the "San Juan Bosco" Vocational Training Center, coming from different technical areas, have developed logos and slogans to raise public awareness on the harmful effects on health by drugs.

                                                              The "Networks" area wanted to convey the message of accompanying people and especially young people, because many revert to drugs because they seek attention, dialogue and communication they do not find at home. The group designed a logo with three raised hands and the slogan: "Yes, you can live without drugs."

                                                              The students of the area "Ceiling and Wall Installations" used the image of a traffic light and chose the motto: "With Christ in our hearts we will have a life without dependencies."

                                                              The students of "Graphic Design" called attention to the problem of addiction, which strongly affects families, and proposed the slogan: "a life without drugs can save lives."

                                                              The "Welding" students focused on the development of the motto: "Drugs do not make you free" and reflected on the theme of youthful weakness, of those who give in to peer pressure and let themselves be transported into the world of addictions .

                                                              The youths of of "Motorcycle Mechanics" presented the motto: "Leave your mark against drugs", while students of the "Automobile" course clearly summarized: "No to drugs, yes to life."

                                                              The other groups proposed titles like "Drugs disappear", "We say No to drugs 24/7", and "Drugs bind us like chains".

                                                              As experts point out, it is important to create prevention processes.

                                                              • Honduras
                                                              • CAM
                                                              • Droga
                                                              • Scuole
                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                Vietnam – “Heart in Hand”: a Vietnamese Salesian Volunteer Group

                                                                1 month 1 week ago
                                                                Vietnam – “Heart in Hand”: a Vietnamese Salesian Volunteer Group

                                                                (ANS – Ho Chi Minh City) – What is the Heart in Hand? The “Heart in Hand” group consists of Catholic and non-Catholic youths who want to contribute to the spread of the culture of love through personal and community life witness according to the Gospel. They do this especially by sharing and advancing the material, cultural and faith life of the community through long-term volunteer programs, coming to less privileged areas of the country and of the people, with the missionary spirit and educational way of Don Bosco.

                                                                By Fr. Bartolomeo Phan Tran Thai

                                                                The missionary volunteer group, now in existence for two years, is growing through the initiative of many college students and young professionals. From a few dozen last year, more than 40 of them will serve their 3 months exposure during summer. Two Salesians of Don Bosco are responsible for their formation and accompaniment.

                                                                It's amazing to read their testimonials after summer volunteer experience in some of our missionary communities in the Highlands or in the North of Vietnam:

                                                                "I came to this region by chance, but I wanted to bring them all sorts of things, I wanted to bring love and share some human warm, to share with the less privileged children and people here. A short journey had many interesting surprises. Only a few days ago I would wonder: Why did I come here to this periphery?"

                                                                "I spent a few weeks in a very isolated and rural place, sharing the ethnic people's way of life. They enriched me a lot! I have experienced life full of sincerity among this tribal people and learn from their innocent life and innocence of their children. Since I am coming from the big city, during the first days I was nervous and afraid of how I might interact with them. But day by day I experienced, in this windy, isolated village, a new perspective of life. Local people and children here go through it easily, they don't find it difficult, they don't complain about their poor life. They calmly immerse themselves in the landscape and nature here."

                                                                Two Salesians are fully involved in the annual formation program starting after the Lunar New Year (Tet) with 4 monthly sessions in Dalat and Ho Chi Minh City and culminating with the send off (mission) for the summer volunteer experience in different Salesian settings in the Highlands and Northern part of Vietnam.

                                                                The enthusiasm of the young people also has resulted in the Charity Fundraising Music concert and other activities to support the 'Heart in Hand' - a wonderful fruit of synergy among the Youth Ministry and Missionary Animation Sector of St John Bosco province (Vietnam-Mongolia, VIE).

                                                                Source: AustraLasia

                                                                • Vietnam
                                                                • VIE
                                                                • Volontariato
                                                                • Missioni
                                                                • Pastorale Giovanile
                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                  Hungary - Conclusion of Extraordinary Visitation in UNG Province

                                                                  1 month 1 week ago
                                                                  Hungary - Conclusion of Extraordinary Visitation in UNG Province

                                                                  (ANS - Péliföldszentkereszt) - On Friday 3 May, the Extraordinary Visitation of Fr Tadeusz Rozmus, on behalf of the Rector Major, of the “St. Stephen King” Province of Hungary ended in Péliföldszentkereszt. For his final report Fr Rozmus used the title: "Quo vadis, Hungarian Province?"

                                                                  In the text he drafted, the Regional Councilor presented what he observed during his Extraordinary Visitation, highlighting both the strengths of the UNG Province, so that they can be valued and appreciated, and the currently weakest areas, so that they may be improved.

                                                                  Salesian Hungary, said Fr Rozmus, is "a beautiful Province", probably among the smallest in the Congregation on a global level, as far as numbers are concerned; yet very active, having many educational institutions, and very much appreciated, also for its contribution to the life of the Catholic Church in the country.

                                                                  Furthermore, charismatic fidelity is achieved through the many institutions engaged in youth ministry, and in particular in some areas of the country where the preferential option is given to the poorest and most abandoned young people.

                                                                  The picture that emerged, therefore, is that of an international community that seeks to fulfill its mission in today's society.

                                                                  Among the most beautiful moments lived during the weeks of the Extraordinary Visitation (from the end of March to the beginning of May), Fr Rozmus pointed out the experience, defined as "unforgettable", by the Spiritual Exercises preached for the first time to members of the Salesian Family of the Country: an appointment that offered the opportunity to experience spiritual and charismatic recharging days in a family atmosphere.

                                                                  The Regional Councilor concluded his speech with words of encouragement: "Sursum corda! God bless you!"

                                                                  The Hungarian Province, canonically erected in 1929, currently has 43 Salesians belonging and seven aggregate houses, as well as three novices.

                                                                  {gallery}UNG - Fine Visita Straordinaria 2019{/gallery}

                                                                  • Ungheria
                                                                  • UNG
                                                                  • Visita Straordinaria
                                                                  • Tadeusz Rozmus
                                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                    Morocco - End of Rector Major's Animation Visit to Kenitra: a testimony of fraternity

                                                                    1 month 1 week ago
                                                                    Morocco - End of Rector Major's Animation Visit to Kenitra: a testimony of fraternity

                                                                    (ANS - Kenitra) - The Visit of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, to the Salesian house in Kenitra, Morocco, has ended. On Friday 3 May, in the morning, the X Successor of Don Bosco completed the scheduled activities by going to the nursery school of the Institute of the Holy Family and the Female Vocational Training Center "JUK-CFF".

                                                                    by Fr Piotr Wolny, SDB

                                                                    Upon his arrival at the Institute of the Holy Family, the Successor of Don Bosco was welcomed in a festive atmosphere, in the specially decorated courtyard, by many children from the nursery school, accompanied by the educational team. The festivities began first with a song that raised a message of human brotherhood, beyond the differences, among all "the children of the earth"; then greetings were made to Fr Á.F. Artime, pronounced by the school director, Ms Jamila Jaber, and a pupil of the institute.

                                                                    After posing for all the photos with the children and school staff, Fr Á.F. Artime went to the JUK-CFF vocational training workshops for young women. Welcomed by the Director, Loubna Rakib, the Rector Major was honored with an Arabic song prepared by the young women in formation.

                                                                    For his part, he responded by encouraging them to continue their studies in childcare professions; he then attended the graduation ceremony for students who'd completed the last year of courses, an event also attended by the President of the JUK, various civil authorities, representatives of international support organizations and the Secretary General of Catholic Education in Morocco (ECAM).

                                                                    In the speech given for the occasion, Fr Á.F. Artime congratulated all the new graduates for the achieved diploma: "I see that you have come a long way," he said, thanking the entire educational team at the same time. He then shared his concern for the promotion of women's education worldwide; and after a moment of agape, the Rector Major concluded his visit and, accompanied by Msgr. Cristóbal López Romero SDB, archbishop of Rabat, went to the airport.

                                                                    The involvement and availability of all those involved in this visit has allowed to give a strong testimony of the possibility of living together, despite any cultural and religious differences. Because "Don Bosco takes care of cultures, takes nothing away, does not destroy," as one woman said during a dialogue with the Rector Major.

                                                                    {gallery}Marocco - Visita RM 3 - 2019{/gallery}

                                                                    Photos of the visit are available on ANSFlickr

                                                                    • Marocco
                                                                    • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                                    • Rettor Maggiore
                                                                    • FRB
                                                                    • Ragazze
                                                                    • Donne
                                                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                      RMG – 8th International Congress of Mary Help of Christians: all logistical information available

                                                                      1 month 1 week ago
                                                                      RMG – 8th International Congress of Mary Help of Christians: all logistical information available

                                                                      (ANS - Rome) – On the occasion of the beginning of the Marian month – May -, Fr Eusebio Muñoz, Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family, renews the invitation to the groups of the Salesian Family to participate in the VIII International Congress of Mary Help of Christians, to be held from 7 to 10 November 2019 in Buenos Aires (Argentina); its title: "With Mary, Woman who believes". All information on how to participate is available on the web cited below.

                                                                      Many are the ways in which the Salesian Family continues the dream of Don Bosco, present in all the places where the poorest and least expect a response of humanity, with the sole desire of Don Bosco: "My dear children in Jesus Christ, near or far, I always think of you. I have only one desire: to see you happy in time and in eternity."

                                                                      But this dream cannot be fulfilled with human strength alone: we must acknowledge, as Don Bosco did, that: "She did it all!"

                                                                      Under the motto "With Mary, Woman who believes", the Salesian Family now wants to renew this entrustment to Mary Help of Christians, persevering in the commitment to receive and transmit the gift of faith. Promoted by the Association of Mary Help of Christians on the 150th anniversary of its foundation, the Congress is an event aimed at the whole Salesian Family that feels brought together by Mary Help of Christians, to thank her for the gifts she continually donates.

                                                                      Directly addressing the superiors and leaders of the Groups of the Salesian Family, as well as to the Provincials of the Salesians of Don Bosco and to the Provincial Delegates of the Salesian Family, Fr Muñoz writes: "We are therefore all invited, especially the Groups of the Salesian Family, to promote and adhere to this event: we would like it to encourage the participation of families and young people. The Congress will in fact be dedicated to the accompaniment of young people and families on the path to holiness: "With Mary, Woman who believes", let us look at her who is not only a model, but also a guide and help in the journey of the young and those who accompany them. A commitment that is passed on from generation to generation."

                                                                      By visiting the website dedicated to the International Congress it is possible to obtain all the necessary indications and logistic information: www.mariaauxiliadora2019.com.ar 

                                                                      • RMG
                                                                      • Maria Ausiliatrice
                                                                      • ADMA
                                                                      • Famiglia Salesiana
                                                                      • Eusebio Muñoz
                                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                        Ethiopia - Food support for Abeba and her sisters

                                                                        1 month 1 week ago
                                                                        Ethiopia - Food support for Abeba and her sisters

                                                                        (ANS - Dilla) - Abeba is 8 years old and lives in a small sheet metal house in Dilla, together with her mother and three younger sisters. If it were not for the Salesians, not only would she not have an education, but her very existence would be at risk, because the economic condition of her family is so precarious that she and her sisters have the security of eating only at the school of Don Bosco's spiritual children. Today Abeba is happy because, having attended school, she can write her story with her own hands.

                                                                        Abeba's mother occasionally works in a coffee field, like most Dilla adults. However, the scarcity of rainfall in the area in recent years has also led to fewer employment opportunities for her. Abeba's father, on the other hand, went to live in Addis Ababa, 350 km further north, to work. The two times he returned he brought his wife and daughters some money and some bags of legumes; but now he has been away a long time, so much so that he has not yet met his last daughter, Berhane, of almost two years.

                                                                        At the Salesian school Abeba attends the same class as her sister, Tigist, who is 6 years old. While Tigist still struggles a bit, Abeba is happy to have learned to read and write, and so she shares: "We are happy to go to school, because we are with our friends and because they give us lunch and a snack and even if in the evening, at home, mother failed to prepare food, we have a full stomach. At school we eat teff and beans. Sometimes, eggs. Once for a snack, fruit juice - so good! In the courtyard there is a fountain, and we often argue with others to drink first, but then we immediately make peace."

                                                                        The intervention of the Salesians in Dilla is a response to the lack of a healthy and regular diet for many, and also represents an example of a virtuous economy, as most of the food comes from Wallame, a town not far away, where the Salesians have another school and a center of agricultural production and breeding pigs: this is how the self-sufficiency of the food program develops and work is created for dozens of farmers.

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

                                                                        • Etiopia
                                                                        • Fame
                                                                        • Povertà
                                                                        • Missioni
                                                                        • Missioni Don Bosco
                                                                        • Ragazze
                                                                          Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                          Morocco – Rector Major in Kenitra: "let us try to work together for the happiness of young people"

                                                                          1 month 1 week ago

                                                                          (ANS - Kenitra) - The second day of his visit to the Salesian presence in Morocco yesterday, Thursday 2 May, the Rector Major spent entirely at the Kenitra house to learn in detail the reality of the schools run by the Salesians.

                                                                          by Fr Piotr Wolny, SDB

                                                                          The X Successor of Don Bosco was first of all welcomed by the children and by the educational community of the Don Bosco Primary School, founded in 1937 with 14 foreign students and which today forms 700 students. "Don Bosco is known and loved in Kenitra. Teachers and parents are proud of a pedagogy that loves and respects students," said the director of the Salesian center, Fr José Antonio Vega.

                                                                          One of the parents' representatives then spoke of how they see their children flourish "in this garden that Don Bosco prepared, and where he sowed seeds of love, family spirit and solidarity, and where trust and tolerance prevail."

                                                                          One of the students also shared his thoughts: "Every morning I wake up ready to learn new lessons and to live new experiences, and above all, to live important values. If all the schools teach their students various subjects, the Don Bosco School has taught me values that will contribute a lot to my development. (...) The School of Don Bosco is for many of us a second family, and we are proud to be a part of it."

                                                                          After attending numerous performances of dance, song and poetry of and by the children, the visit continued at the Don Bosco Institute, which in October 2008 started its first two classes and now counts 260 students. Welcomed by the children, the educational team and by past pupils with greetings and songs in French, Spanish and English, the Rector Major was able to make a journey through the cultural traditions of different countries of the world. 

                                                                          The visit continued at the “JUK-SPEL” center, the vocational training school established first as an association (Joyeuse Union Kenitra - JUK) which organized sports and cultural activities for Jewish, Muslim and Christian citizens, and later became a vocational center with the addition of the Electrical section (Section Professionnelle Electricité - SPEL). Today the center educates and starts 160 young people into the labor market and also organizes short courses, such as the one currently underway in Renewable Energy for another 60 students.

                                                                          To all these children, and to the girls trained in the adjacent Female Formation Center (JUK-CFF), the Rector Major recalled that they are at the center of every Salesian educational project: "You are in the first place!"

                                                                          The day ended with time reserved and dedicated, respectively, to the teachers and parents of the students, during which Fr Á.F. Artime thanked everyone for their service and trust and renewed the invitation to an educational alliance between all the actors involved: "Let us try to work together for the happiness of young people."

                                                                          Photos of the visit are available on ANSFlickr

                                                                          • Marocco
                                                                          • FRB
                                                                          • Rettor Maggiore
                                                                          • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                                          • Islam
                                                                          • Dialogo
                                                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                            Sri Lanka – Fr Almeida: "Please pray for us!"

                                                                            1 month 1 week ago

                                                                            (ANS - Dungalpitiya) - Gratitude for the closeness shown and the prayers; trust in the leadership of the Archbishop of Colombo and President of the local Episcopal Conference, card. Malcolm Ranjith; desire to return to normality as soon as possible, despite the limitations and despondency of a nation that hoped to have left the violence behind ... There is all this in the new press release published yesterday, May 2, by the Salesian Provincial in Sri Lanka, Fr Jospeph Almeida:

                                                                            Dear Friends,

                                                                            I would like to thank all those who reached out to us during this tense period. I would like to thank you all for your concern and prayers.

                                                                            Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith has been exceptional in his leadership during this time of trial and tribulation. He has asked Catholics to be restrained and not resort to violence in retaliation. He has initiated inter-religious dialogue. Relief efforts for the victims have been severely hampered by the restriction of movement and tight security around places of importance including the places that were attacked. Permits to visit and offer pastoral support to the survivors is restricted to only some Priests, Sisters, the Red Cross and government-recognized psychiatrists/counselors.

                                                                            The island-wide curfews have been lifted except for parts of the Eastern Province where the group responsible for the attacks is based. On April 30, Sri Lanka's President ordered an end to the country's ban on social media while calling on the public "to use social media responsibly even though the ban is lifted, due to the prevailing situation in the country."

                                                                            Life is gradually returning back to normalcy despite the possibility of future attacks. Sri Lankans are getting back to work restoring some normalcy to their daily routine. The Security Forces, using the powers they have been entrusted with to search, detain and interrogate during the Emergency Regulations, have taken measures to strengthen the security in all parts of the island while day-to-day life is close to being restored. However all citizens, still driven by the fear and panic caused by the surprise attacks, are set to remain vigilant against any future attacks. The government has decided to take steps to tighten security at all the religious places, schools, tourist hotels, hospitals and embassies and provide security to all the Catholic religious leaders and to important places of the government.

                                                                            Many countries including the USA, UK, Canada and Australia have placed a travel ban to Sri Lanka other than for essential travel, due to intelligence pointing to a new wave of attacks. The USA has ordered the evacuation of all school-aged children of US Govt. employees and issued a level 3 travel advisory to American citizens against travel to Sri Lanka. The Archbishop of Colombo has cancelled all church services until further notice due to the threat of further attacks.

                                                                            We all hope the situation will return fully back to normal very soon, and that the Sri Lankan people are able to get back on their feet following the terrorist attacks. Please pray for us.

                                                                            Thank you and wishing you God's Blessings.

                                                                            Yours Truly,

                                                                            Fr. Joseph Almeida, SDB,

                                                                            Provincial

                                                                            • LKC
                                                                            • Sri Lanka
                                                                            • Terrorismo
                                                                            • Islam
                                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                              Philippines – BDO Foundation builds training center for Mindanao youth

                                                                              1 month 1 week ago
                                                                              Philippines – BDO Foundation builds training center for Mindanao youth

                                                                              (ANS – Mati City) – Hundreds of disadvantaged and out-of-school youth in Mindanao are expected to benefit from a new Technical-Vocational Training Center built by BDO Foundation at the Don Bosco Training Center in Mati City, Davao Oriental.

                                                                              Donations pooled by BDO employees lead to the construction of a new technical-vocational training facility at Don Bosco Training Center-Mati, which contributes to the efforts of the Salesian Society of St. John Bosco to educate and evangelize underserved youth.

                                                                              The construction of the building and the provision of tools and equipment for the training of students were made possible by donations from BDO employees.

                                                                              Located in Barangay Dahican, the two-story structure was turned over to school administrators and students in an event led by BDO Foundation president Mario Deriquito, BDO Foundation program director Rose Espinosa and BDO Davao-Mati branch head Gail Lawas.

                                                                              The new training facility was graciously accepted by the Salesian Society of St. John Bosco represented by Cebu Province provincial superior, Fr. Godofredo Atienza, DBTC-Mati training director, Fr. Rex Carbilledo, and DBTC-Mati Rector, Fr. Rey Jude Albarando.

                                                                              According to Fr. Albarando, “We Salesians work hard, but we know that without the assistance of others, we could only go so far. We are grateful to people who have a heart for the needy.”

                                                                              “Thank you BDO family for your support. You have given us Salesians not only the reassurance that God never abandons us. You have also given hope to hundreds, even thousands, of youth in Mindanao,” he added.

                                                                              In the next three years, around 560 senior high school students from Don Bosco and neighboring public high schools are expected to learn technical-vocational skills through workshops conducted in the new facility.

                                                                              Graduates of DBTC-Mati are hired by some of the biggest industries and companies in the country.

                                                                              The construction of the Tech-Voc center in Mati City is in keeping with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal No. 8 to promote sustained economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all.

                                                                              Through this corporate citizenship initiative, BDO Foundation hopes to contribute to the mission of Don Bosco to capacitate students and make them employable in the Philippines and abroad.

                                                                              The initiative is also in line with the foundation’s advocacy to support communities marginalized by disasters.

                                                                              In 2012, Typhoon “Pablo” battered Davao Oriental, devastating thousands of residents in coastal areas. One of the strongest to hit Mindanao, the storm damaged homes, infrastructure, and school buildings.

                                                                              Source: Manila Standard

                                                                              • Filippine
                                                                              • FIS
                                                                              • Formazione Professionale
                                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                                Chile - Agreement of collaboration between Episcopal Conference of Chile, Public Prosecutor and Salesian Province

                                                                                1 month 1 week ago
                                                                                Chile - Agreement of collaboration between Episcopal Conference of Chile, Public Prosecutor and Salesian Province

                                                                                (ANS - Santiago) - The Salesian Province in Chile, represented by the Provincial, Fr Carlo Lira, and with the presence of the Provincial Vicar, Fr David Albornoz, participated in the signing of the framework agreement for collaboration between the Episcopal Conference of Chile and the Public Prosecutor, on Tuesday 30 April.

                                                                                The agreement reaffirms the Congregation's commitment, as part of the Catholic Church, to provide all information on past, present and future cases that constitute crimes against children, adolescents, young people and people with disabilities committed by Salesian lay or consecrated men and women.

                                                                                The text states that “the object of the agreement is to facilitate the exchange of information regarding past, present and future investigations into sexual crimes committed by diocesan clerics against children, adolescents or persons in a situation of disability at the time of the events, protecting the confidentiality requested by the people who turned to the CECh (Chilean Episcopal Conference, Editor's Note)".

                                                                                For Fr Lira, this is the policy that the Salesian Congregation has been implementing since last year, but which from April 30 is formally fulfilled with a document and the signature of all the interested parties.

                                                                                "With this agreement," the Provincial explained, "we want to take another step forward in the task of ensuring that there is no room in our institution for people who abuse the greatest treasure we have received from the Lord: the young, the most delicate and precious to human society, as Don Bosco himself clearly stated."

                                                                                The Provincial concluded with the promise that the Salesians of Don Bosco will do everything possible to create safe and healthy environments, "where it is known that those who do not respect the principles that inspire us from the Gospel and our Salesian spirituality will have to assume the consequences of their actions."

                                                                                Participating in the ceremony were the CECh Secretary General, Msgr. Fernando Ramos; the national prosecutor, Jorge Abbott; representatives of the Marists and Schoenstatt Fathers; the President of the National Council on the abuse and accompaniment of the victims, Ana María Celis; and Msgr. Juan Ignacio González.

                                                                                Msgr. Ramos also explained in an interview that the previous years were "special years for the Church, of crisis, in which there were a series of very harsh situations, but also opportunities ... that gave the possibility of a greater conversion and renewal."

                                                                                • Cile
                                                                                • CIL
                                                                                • Abusi
                                                                                • Chiesa
                                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano
                                                                                  ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana