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RMG – “Your face, Lord, I seek” ... In the footsteps of Don Bosco

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RMG – “Your face, Lord, I seek” ... In the footsteps of Don Bosco

(ANS - Rome) - “Your face, Lord, I seek” ... In the footsteps of Don Bosco. The fourth seed video on “Young Salesians and accompaniment - Orientations and Guidelines” is presented with this title. In summary, it captures what in the text, from n° 100 to n° 107, is described as "spiritual centering" of the accompaniment, as it emerged in the research from which the text was born.

N° 100 reads: We have seen that our formees and their spiritual guides have a ‘spiritually centred’ idea of personal spiritual accompaniment. This is a positive and encouraging signal, revealing an interest and predisposition to discover within one’s personal story the plan of God and the working of the Spirit. It also means that the young are looking for adults who can accompany them in this kind of journey, helping them to move towards the ‘high standard of Christian living’ to which we are called.

No less intense is the desire to make Don Bosco's charismatic heritage his own.

The difficulties encountered are also frankly highlighted: "Attention to the Salesian charism is very strong during the novitiate but much weaker in the successive phases."

In the 3-minute video, one of the basic principles of the Ratio is reaffirmed: "To become a consecrated apostle like Don Bosco is the guid­ing principle of our process of formation. (FSDB 41). Fr Rinaldi says it even more clearly and loudly, with the words of this video seed: "The Salesian is either a Salesian or he is nothing; he is either of Don Bosco's or of no one. If we study Don Bosco, if we follow his system, we will truly be his sons; otherwise we shall be nothing, we shall be beating the air and getting nowhere."

As in the previous months, the young novices and confreres who produced the video in the five main languages - Marco (ITA), John Paul (ENG), Rufin (FRA), José Luis (ESP), Alvaro (PT) ask 3 questions to stimulate sharing and discussion in the communities, involving together above all young people in formation and the teams of formators. This, in fact, remains the main objective of the video support, and is also accompanied by additional tools (PowerPoint and PDF) sent via email to the communities: to encourage reading and sharing, taking part in this process, which has already been born from the contribution of 86% of young people in formation and is aimed primarily at them and those accompanying them.

The video in English is available here.

A space is accessible on Google Doc to share opinions on this issue, across regions and languages.

  • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
  • Formazione
  • Formazione Iniziale
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Thailand – “Walking Together to Promote Peace”

    1 month 1 week ago
    Thailand – “Walking Together to Promote Peace”

    (ANS – Hatyai) – The spirit of brotherhood encouraged by the Holy Father through his Encyclical Letter "Fratelli tutti" is also fulfilled thanks to small gestures or symbolic initiatives. Like the one it brought,  on the morning of 22 November 2020, the Salesian community in Hatyai, Songkhla Province, to welcome the group of ambulant monks for world peace and the representatives of the five religions [Buddhists, Christians, Islam, Brahman-Hindu and Sikh] who will participate in this walk for peace from the south to the north of Thailand.

    They arrived to make a friendly visit and to arrange some activities at the Lourdes Parish Church - Hatyai [under the care of the Salesians]. On this occasion, Fr Bancha Kitprasert, the rector of the community, welcomed the group and shared Catholic teaching on love and peace. At the end, Phra Sutham Thitathammo, leader of the walk to promote peace in the world, offered the 'Peace Flag' to Fr Bancha Kitprasert, the symbol of unity to create peace according to the teachings of each religion. In the afternoon, Bro. Thanad Anan walked together with the group to the central mosque of Songkhla Province. He was also the representative of the Catholics in the dialogue on peace.

    Moreover, the Dharma Force of Peace Activity "Walking Together to Promote Peace" was organized to create synergies among the 5 religions, comprising Buddhists, Christians, Moslems, Brahman-Hindu and Sihk, based on the teachings of each religion - together in cooperating with one another to create understanding, leading to a heart that moves away from materialism, moving to peace, and bringing peace to all in Thailand. This walk started on 13 November 2020 at the border of Amphoe Betong, Yala Province [South], and will end at the border of Amphoe Chiangkhong, Chiangrai Province [the northernmost border of the country].

    They will arrive on 10 January 2021 with an accumulated distance of more than 4,000 kilometers. Fr Rangsiphon Plianphan is the representative on the part of the Catholics of Thailand; he coordinates and joins in this walk activity as well.

    All along the way, there are dharma dialogues and visits to religious followers. These religious followers are also invited to join the walk in order to create love, compassion, and well-wishing for one another. Many Salesian communities and centres, especially those in Ronphiboon and Chumphorn, will be there to welcome and join the activities to promote peace.

    Source: AustraLasia

    {gallery}THA - Pellegrinaggio per la pace 2020{/gallery}

    • Thailandia
    • THA THAILANDIA
    • Dialogo
    • Fratellanza
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Chile – Several success stories of Salesian education: Gold Medal students at "WorldSkills Chile 2020"

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      (ANS - Santiago) - The students of the Salesian Institute of Talca, namely Nicolás Méndez and Maverick Silva, of the 4th year in the field of Electronics, and Sebastián Palma of the 4th year of Electricity; and the pupil Sebastián González Cassone, 4th year student of the Alameda educational center, participated in the 4th edition of the "WorldSkills Chile 2020" Vocational Training Olympics, held in digital format in November. In these competitions, they achieved the Gold Medal in their respective competitions. The recognition opens them new doors on their professional and working future.

      For Sebastian Palma, first classified in the Industrial Control competition, the experience was gratifying despite the stress of competing. “It was a week of hard work, struggling with anxiety, stress and fatigue, but when the closing ceremony on Friday arrived, I could only think of one thing: I want that medal!”

      The students Maverick Silva and Nicolás Méndez, victorious in the Mechatronics competition, are now delighted with this victory. For Maverick it is the coronation of a dream. He remembers, in fact, that last year, when the class gave a theme to write in the form of a newspaper article, "I put the title: 'Student of the Salesian Educational Center of Talca wins WorldSkills 2020'. Well, I never imagined it would actually come true! It was very rewarding.”

      For his part, Nicolás said that the experience was one of great learning. “I think the competition has helped us improve and develop our skills as electrical technicians and learn at advanced levels of mechatronics,” he said.

      The expert professors Lucas Olave and Patricio Cáceres also commented on these successes and acknowledged that the competition was really fierce, with participants also coming from other countries and high-level challenges, in which it was not possible to improvise, because the competitions required a hard previous workout. And this year, then, the additional difficulty of the remote mode was also added.

      For the Salesian Institute of Alameda, in the center of Santiago, the standard-bearer of success was Sebastián González Cassone, who won the Gold Medal in the "Computer Networks" category, thanks to a model developed with Professor Raúl Vásquez. Today the teacher himself testifies that not even this result came by chance, indeed: it is the result of a long journey, made up of commitment, formation, self-learning and study, in which a Bronze Medal had already been obtained.

      “Winning the first prize in my specialty filled me with joy,” says Sebastián. “Everything I learned during the third and fourth years paid off and was acknowledged. Worldskills is a great opportunity to test everything one learns… And it has also helped me feel more confident in the world of work,” he said. Source:

      Source: Boletín Salesiano de Chile

      {gallery}CIL - Medaglie Oro 2020{/gallery}

      • Cile
      • CIL CILE
      • Formazione Professionale
      • Premi e Riconoscimenti
      • Studenti
      • Scuole
        Gian Francesco Romano

        RMG – “It is time for GC28”: Rector Major's new videos on Action Program of 6-year term underway

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        RMG – “It is time for GC28”: Rector Major's new videos on Action Program of 6-year term underway

        (ANS - Rome) - At the conclusion of the 28th General Chapter of the Salesian Congregation, and to encourage distributing the contents and instructions of that assembly among all Salesians, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, inaugurated a series of video - “It's time for GC28” - in which he discusses one of the eight Actions for the new six-year term contained in the document “Post-Chapter Reflections”.

        “The time has come to make life of what we have reflected and thought,” begins the Rector Major in this first video, which introduces and explains the first guideline: “SALESIAN OF DON BOSCO FOREVER. Six years for growth in Salesian identity.” The initiative will continue with a video approximately every three months in order to complete the presentation of all eight program lines over the course of about two years.

        The video, lasting five minutes, is already available today - in Italian, Spanish, English, French and Portuguese - on the ANSChannel language channels. The subtitled video will be released in other languages soon.

        • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
        • CG28
        • Rettor Maggiore
        • Comunicazione Sociale
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Guatemala – Aid is still much-needed

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          Guatemala – Aid is still much-needed

          (ANS - San Pedro Carchá) - 28 days have passed since the arrival of the Eta and Iota storms in the lands of Central America and the consequences of their passage are still being felt. Houses destroyed, roads damaged, families affected, people dead and missing. In the Campur area, near San Pedro Carchá, in the Department of Alta Verapaz, the Salesians animate a mission with the population of the Q'eqchì ethnic group, which has heavily suffered the effects of these natural phenomena. About 500 families and as many houses remained underwater, about 6,000 people were hit and transferred to shelters, hundreds of small businesses and crops were lost. And at least five villages in the area are in a very precarious state.

          The entire village of Campur was flooded due to the amount of rain that fell and the overflow of various water sources found on the slopes of the mountains surrounding the region.

          Like the villagers, the mission station “San José” in Campur was also completely flooded. The first phase of the reconstruction, which consisted of the renovation of the parish hall and the area of ​​the small classrooms, was completely damaged, as was the curate's house.

          The Salesian community of San Pedro Carchá and the Don Bosco Center, directed by Fr Antonio de Groot, accompanied and supported the inhabitants with the delivery of food and the offer of accommodations to the needy. But aid is still absolutely necessary: ​​after so many days there are still entire villages that have not been reached by rescuers; villages that previously could be reached on foot or with some vehicle can now only be reached by boats.

          Edín Pacay

          {gallery}Guatemala - Eta e Iota - 2020{/gallery}

          • Guatemala
          • CAM CENTRO AMERICA
          • Disastri e Calamità Naturali
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Brazil – Archbishop Bonifacio Piccinini, SDB, rest in peace

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            Brazil – Archbishop Bonifacio Piccinini, SDB, rest in peace

            (ANS - Cuiabá) - The Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Cuiabá, the Salesian Msgr. Bonifacio Piccinini, died on the evening of Saturday 28 November, at the age of 91. He had been hospitalized at the "Santa Casa" hospital in Cuiabá the previous Monday 23 November, due to an illness, but never recovered. After the funeral, he was buried in the crypt of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Cuiabá.

            As bishop, he had participated in the building of over 200 churches in Mato Grosso, and the State Governor, the Hon. Mauro Mendes, decreed three days of mourning for the death of the archbishop, as a sign of gratitude for all the work he did.

            Bonifacio Piccinini was born on May 13, 1929, in Luiz Alves, State of Santa Catalina. He made his first religious profession in the Salesian Congregation on 31 January 1948 in Pindamonhangaba and his perpetual profession on 19 December 1953 in Lorraine. He was ordained a priest on 11 February 1960 in Turin.

            During his Salesian life he was Director of Studies at the Salesian Institute of Pedagogy and Philosophy in Lorraine (1960-1962); Coordinator of the Department of Philosophy of the Salesian Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters of Lorraine (1964-1970); Director of the Salesian Institute of Pedagogy and Philosophy, Lorraine (1971-1973); and Director of the San Manoel College in Lavrinhas (1974-1975).

            On 27 June 1975 he was appointed coadjutor archbishop of Cuiabá and received episcopal ordination the following 31 August in Lavrinhas, SP, choosing a fully "Salesian" episcopal motto: "Bonum facere parvulis" (do good to the little ones). On 15 August 1981, he assumed the office of titular archbishop of Cuiabá.

            • Brasile
            • Decessi
            • Bonifacio Piccinini
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Vatican – “Fratelli tutti”: new website online and, today, also online seminar

              1 month 2 weeks ago
              Vatican – “Fratelli tutti”: new website online and, today, also online seminar

              (ANS - Vatican City) – Yesterday the Vatican's Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development announced the launch of a special website dedicated to the Encyclical of Pope Francis "Fratelli tutti". Created with the collaboration of the Dicastery for Communication, the website aims to spread the Encyclical's message on fraternity and social friendship in a widespread manner, deepening and making known all the aspects of the text and the magisterium of the Holy Father. Today, with the same aim, on the initiative of the Pontifical Lateran University, an online seminar is also taking place entitled: "Fratelli tutti: an encyclical beyond the time of crisis".

              The page www.fratellitutti.va, intuitive and quick to consult, is currently offered in three languages ​​(Italian, Spanish and English), but it also contains numerous resources in other languages, including French, Portuguese, Arabic and Chinese.

              The homepage menu, which in color recalls the orange of the paper edition of the Encyclical, is divided into sections, constantly updated:

              -      “Fratelli tutti”, with a general introduction;

              -      "The Encyclical", where it is possible to download the text in the available languages ​​and to see the video of the presentation conference held in the New Hall of the Synod on 4 October last;

              -       “Reflections”, which includes comments and analyzes from various ecclesiastical, religious and civil authorities;

              -      “News”, in which journalistic articles, videos and interviews relating to the “Fratelli tutti” are presented;

              -      "Resources", which collects infographics and other material for in-depth study and reflection, such as the Prayer to the Creator composed expressly for the Encyclical.

              The Vatican Dicastery is currently working on increasing the number of languages ​​in which to make the various contents available, as well as on a section that collects the video presentation of the Encyclical (some of which are already visible on YouTube in the "Fratelli tutti" Playlist), and a space for sharing contributions that may come from local Churches, organizations, associations and communities, religious or otherwise, such as "Initiatives" aimed at implementing the message contained in "Fratelli tutti".

              It should also be noted that today, 2 December, at 15:00 (UTC + 1), a seminar is taking place at the Pontifical Lateran University (PUL) to reflect on the Encyclical, entitled: “Fratelli tutti: an encyclical beyond the time of crisis.”

              Promoted by the PUL in collaboration with the Pontifical Representation at the international organizations FAO, IFAD and WFP, and the "Rome Forum of Catholic-inspired NGOs", it aims to deepen the themes of the Encyclical that have directly reflected on the presence of the civil society in international life and for the conduct of Nations. From relationships between peoples, to dialogue, from solidarity inclusion to economic processes in the name of the person, to the search for a method to promote peace, security, development, respect for fundamental rights from below, from the grassroots.

              The seminar, which will also be attended by Sister Alessandra Smerilli, Daughter of Mary Help of Christians, professor of Political Economy at the Pontifical Faculty “Auxilium”, is broadcast live on the PUL YouTube channel

              • Vaticano
              • Fratellanza
              • Sito
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Syria – Country increasingly in difficulty. New initiatives to support young people and families

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                Syria – Country increasingly in difficulty. New initiatives to support young people and families

                (ANS - Damascus) - The Syrian civil war represents one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time. The population has shrunk from 21 million to 17 and today 13 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian support, including the more than 6 million internally displaced people - 28% of whom in the capital Damascus alone - in addition to the 3 million who live in hard-to-reach areas. Furthermore, since mid-March, the Syrian government has begun to apply severe restriction measures to contain the spread of Covid-19.

                Activities across the country are now profoundly impacted by curfews, movement restrictions, market closures and commercial freezes. The costs of primary goods continue to exceed purchasing power and Syrian families are experiencing a moment of unimaginable economic stress.

                To the direct effects of the economic crisis are added school-related problems: schools work in fits and starts, and students (from primary school children to university students) are not equipped to follow lessons from home, and are falling further behind in their studies.

                Faced with this situation, the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco in Syria, active in Damascus, Kafroun and Aleppo, are by now used to working in emergency conditions, and have taken action to help families who, already tried by years of war, are now facing the effects of the pandemic.

                For this reason they have set up two different support programs for those in academic difficulty: one that will benefit 200 children, and another aimed at 180 students in the last years of high school and university.

                Along with these school reinforcement projects, a third has been added: economic support to 200 vulnerable families.

                Each initiative is carried out with the objective, proper to the Salesian charism, of taking care of the most disadvantaged minors and offering them those opportunities for development that otherwise they could not achieve

                Because, as the Syrian Salesian Fr Pier Jabloyan said during a testimony, “whoever sows terror and pain through war is destined to end up in the garbage heap of history. But whoever stays with those who suffer will be remembered forever.”

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

                • Siria
                • MOR MEDIO ORIENTE
                • Coronavirus
                • Missioni Don Bosco
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Italy – Salesian Garden of Heaven welcomes four new witnesses

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                  Italy – Salesian Garden of Heaven welcomes four new witnesses

                  (ANS - Rome) - Missionaries, pastors, animators, architects ... There is no single definition that can collect and define the four Salesian priests, Italo Spagnolo, Vincenzo Marrone, Vincenzo Gorgone and Gaetano Urso, who have died prematurely in recent days; apart from being “true Sons of Don Bosco”. Because from Piedmont to Sicily, to Africa, their work consisted in living the "grace of unity", the love for God lived in the service of their younger brothers.

                  Fr Spagnolo and Fr Marrone both belonged to the Special Circumscription of Italy, Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta (ICP), both boasted a missionary experience in Africa of over 30 years and were both tireless. Fr Spagnolo, in 2014, when he had already served for three decades in various missions in West Africa, "snatched" permission from his doctor and Superiors to return to Nigeria to be "in charge" of the new Salesian presence in Ijebu-Ode. He was already 73 and just recovering from a tumor.

                  As a spiritual testament, we can recall these words: “At 79 I continue to live my Salesian vocation with joy and enthusiasm, like in the beginning. The Salesian vocation is all-encompassing: it gives us the sense of God and of working unconditionally for his Kingdom, totally free; it gives us the joy of the community that supports us in every circumstance; it offers us a wonderful field of action: being and working with young people and being close to the people with the spirit of Don Bosco is immensely gratifying. We give ourselves, we sacrifice ourselves, we love and are reciprocated.”

                  A similar path was that of Fr Marrone, for over 35 years a missionary in Nigeria, where he went, making himself available: when the "Africa Project" was launched and the Piedmont Province was entrusted with the patronage of Nigeria, he informally told the Provincial: “If you need to, count on me!” Three months later he was sent to Ireland to study English and prepare for departure.

                  In Nigeria he was the founder of Salesian houses, schools, oratories, workshops and a theological studentate. He too, last March, left a sort of "spiritual testament": "I am a missionary by gift of God, in a church and a congregation that have always given me ample space and 'crosses' if you want, but that I have always loved; projects superior to me that have moved me and still excite me, because they are projects of God who is always new and who renews our youth.”

                  Of Fr Gorgone and Fr Urso, both belonging to the Sicilian Province (ISI), the ISI Provincial, Fr Giovanni D'Andrea, left a concise and expressive reminder: “This morning (yesterday, 1 December, Ed.) two confreres, shortly after each other, returned to Heaven ... Both 'architects': the first of chapels and churches in our Province, the second 'architect' of Youth Ministry, among the supporters of the birth of the Salesian Youth Movement, almost 50 years ago, and a supporter of Salesian associations. May the Lord welcome these 'good and faithful servants' into the Glory of Heaven, from today in the company of Don Bosco, whom they have followed in their lives.”

                  {gallery}Italia - 4 SDB Defunti 2020{/gallery}

                  • Italia
                  • Decessi
                  • ISI ITALIA SICILIA
                  • ICP ITALIA CIRCOSCRIZIONE SPECIALE PIEMONTE E VALLE D'AOSTA
                  • Missioni
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Burundi – Consecration and inauguration of Mary Help of Christians shrine in Buterere

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                    Burundi – Consecration and inauguration of Mary Help of Christians shrine in Buterere

                    (ANS - Bujumbura) – Taking place on Saturday 28 November 2020, the day on which the universal Church celebrates the anniversary of the first Marian apparitions in Kibeho, Rwanda, at the Salesian house of Buterere, in Bujumbura, the consecration and inauguration of the "Mary Help of Christians" shrine, which falls within the territory of the Salesian parish "St John Paul II" of Buterere.

                    The faithful of the parish came in large numbers to participate in the long-awaited consecration ceremony. Among the ecclesiastical figures present, Msgr. Gervais Banshimirubusa, archbishop of Bujumbura, the main celebrant, and Msgr. Évariste Ngoyagoye, bishop emeritus of the same archdiocese, in addition to the Vicar of the “Africa Great Lakes” Vice Province, Fr Raymond Bavumiragiye, and many other Salesians who work in Burundi. As regards the institutional authorities, there was none other than the Vice President of the Republic, Hon. Prosper Banzombaza.

                    At 10:30 the procession began which, leaving the building that welcomes pilgrims, arrived at the door of the shrine, where Msgr. Banshimirubusa introduced the ceremony with a special admonition, then opened its doors.

                    At that point the Mass began, well animated by the parish choir and young dancers. The consecration of the shrine took place in several phases: first the blessing of the altar, the tabernacle, the lectern and the walls with the sprinkling of holy water. The assembly then invoked the saints through litanies, and relics were placed on the altar. Then all the elements that had been sprinkled with holy water were also anointed with holy oil and incensed. Later, the altar was covered with a white tablecloth, flowers were placed on it and candles were lit.

                    In his homily, Msgr. Banshimirubusa thanked God for allowing this shrine to be built and blessed. He underlined the fact that a shrine is a place of grace, prayer and conversion and, with reference to the Gospel of the day, he spoke of the role that the Virgin Mary played in Cana and the role it still plays in the daily life of every human being.

                    At the end of the Mass, two people gave official speeches. Fr Bavumiragiye thanked all those who contributed to the shrine's construction project and offered a few notes on the history of devotion to Mary Help of Christians in the Salesian Congregation. The Vice President of the Republic thanked the Salesians, the local Church and its pastors, inviting the Salesians to carry out other development projects.

                    The celebrations for the great ceremony continued outside, in front of the church, in a well-equipped place for celebrations.

                    Finally, the Archbishop of Bujumbura thanked the Salesians for their fine collaboration and asked that the parish and the shrine be well managed separately, so that each reality can do its part in the best possible way. Then, he urged the Salesians to build a good school in Buterere and concluded his speech with a blessing.

                    {gallery}AGL - Santuario Buterere 2020{/gallery}

                    • AGL AFRICA GRANDI LAGHI
                    • Burundi
                    • Maria Ausiliatrice
                    • Consacrazione
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Brazil – First 90 years of Colégio Dom Bosco's quality education in Campo Grande

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                      Brazil – First 90 years of Colégio Dom Bosco's quality education in Campo Grande

                      (ANS - Campo Grande) – This year the "Colegio Dom Bosco" (CDB) of Campo Grande celebrates its 90th anniversary. Keeping faith with the motto of its patron, it continues to be "a house that welcomes, a parish that evangelizes, a school that leads to life, a courtyard wherein to meet in joy."

                      Founded in 1930, the CDB has contributed a lot to building the history of Campo Grande and Mato Grosso do Sul. Having become an educational center of reference since the early decades, it was the cradle of important Salesian works such as the Don Bosco Museum of Cultures, in the 1950s, and the "Dom Aquino" Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters, founded in 1962, which became the “Don Bosco Catholic University” (UCDB) in 1993. The expansion of the institute in the 1980s, with the construction of the Don Bosco Sports Complex - further expanded in 1991 - also led it to become the largest multi-sports educational center in the State.

                      The architectural project, perfected starting in the 1930s, consists of large rooms, which favor meetings and school activities. The chapel occupies the central part of the courtyard and is visited daily by students, collaborators and visitors. The covered courtyard and the other internal courtyards and playgrounds are a natural invitation to recreation and playful activities in groups. And sports and cultural activities, so dear to Don Bosco, are cultivated at all educational levels.

                      But all the structures are small compared to the true uniqueness of the CDB, which resides in its charism: "The difference of a Salesian school from the others is all in the way in which everything is fulfilled: through much joy, love, affection and dialogue. Another differential is the Preventive System, based on reason, religion and kindness. As an educator, I see this system very much alive and current in our relationship with today's young people. Through this pedagogical practice we guarantee them an integral education and, following Don Bosco's great goal, we form 'good Christians and upright citizens'," explains Professor Monica Brites, a teacher at the CDB for 25 years.

                      The work welcomes children from kindergarten, with environments and teaching materials developed by the Salesian Edebê, which open up many possibilities for pedagogical work with children.

                      At elementary school, bilingual education, implemented in 2019 in collaboration with the International School, allows the effective learning of the English language and the broadening of students' horizons. And the educational path is also marked by access to new technologies.

                      And in high school, pedagogical activities take place full-time with interactive lessons and workshops prepared to complete the teaching-learning process.

                      Finally, school ministry involves students on a daily basis in welcoming, celebrations and meetings for the various educational levels, promoting parties and formation opportunities.

                      • Brasile
                      • BCG BRASILE CAMPO GRANDE
                      • Scuole
                      • Anniversari
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Italy – Young Advent. "Wait and live the dream"

                        1 month 2 weeks ago

                        (ANS - Naples) - The Covid-19 pandemic has forced every organization to rethink its traditional activities. For months, gatherings and face-to-face meetings have been replaced or at least accompanied by digital appointments. For the start of Advent and the new liturgical year, the Youth Ministry teams of the Provinces of Southern Italy of the Salesians and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, working together and with the Salesian Youth Movement, have designed a new way to forge a path with young people via the network, which also uses traditional digital platforms, but which is not limited only to those.

                        The itinerary, entitled "Young Advent - wait and live the dream", began last Saturday, November 28, the eve of the first Sunday of Advent. "Seat" of the first meeting, instead of the traditional Lucanian mountains or the small house of Grumento, was the "Google Meet" platform: after the beautiful experiences of "QuaresimaViva 2020" and "GioCat" held online during the lockdown, the Salesian Youth Movement decided to re-propose the Advent journey in a version that still sees everyone connected from home.

                        The first meeting of introduction, held by the respective Provincial Delegates for Youth Ministry, Fr Gianpaolo Roma and Sr. Giuliana Luongo, saw about 40 young people connected. And on the occasion, the project that will develop on the four Sundays of Advent was presented. A path different from all the others, carefully planned and designed so that every young person can make their own path according to their needs and commitments. An elastic pandemic-sized format, which will have as its guideline the figure of Joseph of Nazareth, a biblical character too often overlooked.

                        The focal and most innovative point of this "Youth Advent" is its structure and the way in which it is expressed. Each week, in fact, a link is sent to subscribers containing a video on the weekly theme, which will be based on four key words relating to Joseph: Desire, Hope, Call and Response.

                        At that point the creativity of each participant comes into play, as they will have the opportunity to choose how to experience the proposed theme within his or her week. The options are varied and extensive: readings, songs, questions for reflection ... As well as requesting a "face to face" meeting with Salesians and FMA who have generously given their availability, or even booking for the sharing groups to be held on Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon, all in the full freedom of everyone who can adapt the Advent path to themselves and to his or her own particular situation. The journey will therefore advance in a unique way for each young person as they approach Christmas. The second and final meeting, on the online platform, is scheduled for December 23rd.

                        "All that remains is to entrust everything into the hands of Mary, woman of Waiting, and wish everyone a happy Young Advent!" conclude the SYM animators Marica Dezio and Nico Paolangelo.

                        • Italia
                        • IME ITALIA MERIDIONALE
                        • Pastorale Giovanile
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Philippines – Don Bosco Legazpi bears strong typhoons with donors' help

                          1 month 2 weeks ago
                          Philippines – Don Bosco Legazpi bears strong typhoons with donors' help

                          (ANS – Legazpi) – What Molave (typhoon “Quinta” in the Philippines, October 2020) failed to destroy, super-typhoon Goni (typhoon Rolly in the Philippines, October 2020) flattened. And it wasn’t the end. Because then Vamco (typhoon Ulysses, in the Philippines, November 2020) had to come and inflict the “coup de grâce”. Fortunately, “Don Bosco Agro-Mechanical Technology Center” in Bicol only suffered the destruction of its crops. It is an agricultural school. However, it did suffer infrastructure damage last December 2019 with Kammuri, typhoon Tisoy.

                          In May 2020 the Don Bosco centre was already reaching out to families affected by the lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Food relief packs had been distributed to fourteen communities. That would translate to 743 families or 2,720 individuals.

                          In the wake of the three successive typhoons, Don Bosco Legazpi reached out to 730 families in 20 communities. Food relief packs were distributed. Roofing materials were also given out to some families. (Funding limited the number of families that could be assisted.)

                          To one community in Guinobatan, cleaning materials (pails, basins, bath soap, detergent soap, etc.) were given out because they suffered a mud flood. In San Miguel island, fishing boats were given out to some families. Many more families lost their fishing boats, but limited funding forced the number of beneficiaries to a few families. A few months back Don Bosco Legazpi had completed a training program in crop production for the Agta, a group of indigenous people in Bicol. Salesians and their lay mission partners also reached out to them with food relief packs for 125 families.

                          Don Bosco Legazpi has already forged a strong working relationship with these communities. “We have also learned how to organize an efficient outreach effort. And the reason is simple. Calamities are a yearly occurrence in the Bicol region and so we work with these communities almost every year. Typhoons are the most common occurrence. Sometimes they are storm surges that wreak havoc in coastal areas. This was the case in Tiwi two years ago. But the biggest relief effort in recent memory was due to the eruption of Mayon volcano about four years ago,” they say.

                          The Salesian outreach activities are funded by donors from the Philippines and abroad. The extent of the assistance is heavily dependent on the funding received. This was true in the past. This remains true in the present and in the future. And Don Bosco Legazpi hopes to maintain the trust of these donors.

                          {gallery}FIN - DB Legazpi - 2020{/gallery}

                          • Filippine
                          • FIN FILIPPINE NORD
                          • Disastri e Calamità Naturali
                          • Solidarietà
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Italy – Women's redemption also starts from kitchen

                            1 month 2 weeks ago
                            Italy – Women's redemption also starts from kitchen

                            (ANS - San Benigno Canavese) - After a past to be forgotten, a future to be discovered. It is the story of Siddhi, Cindy, Ritha… And not only them. Because for 22 women victims of trafficking today there is an opportunity for redemption, represented by formation courses in the hotel and restaurant sectors organized by the Italian Red Cross, in collaboration with the National Center of Salesian Works - Vocaional Training and Ongoing Education (CNOS-FAP).

                            The courses are part of the European project "Pathways". They last two years, see the Italian Red Cross, and the participation of seven other organizations from Italy, Greece and the United Kingdom, at the forefront in the field of migration and assistance to migrant victims or presumed victims of trafficking.

                            After a month of theoretical lessons and cooking, pastry and cleaning workshops in the Salesian center of San Benigno Canavese, on the outskirts of Turin, the girls were able to do a 60-hour internship and, subsequently, a 6-month stage aimed at job placement.

                            "Cindy takes care of whipping the egg whites," says Daniela Gilardo, the teacher of the course that everyone calls "Maestra", because Cindy not only creates a perfect product, but she does it by singing and dancing. Good humor spreads throughout the kitchen of the center of San Benigno, where, at the end of the course, the recipes and steps are reviewed and the most difficult names of the ingredients are memorized. The teacher rewrites the doses for the dough on the blackboard, the girls take notes, memorize and, above all, do hands-on practice in the kitchen.

                            “I learned to cook many things: pasta, pizza and savory pies”, says Siddhi, 42 from Nigeria, who has lived in Italy for many years now. “I enjoy making bread at home, I don't buy it anymore and my children love it.” It is difficult to put behind a past like that experienced by Siddhi, even more to tell it. “I arrived in Italy when I was a child and I didn't realize what was happening around me…” This woman with a contagious smile prefers to look ahead, and trust in a job behind the stove, amid pots and pans, after the internship. And maybe, who knows, maybe even open her own restaurant one day.

                            “It's impossible to forget what I went through but engaging in this course is a distraction and at the same time a hope,” confides Ritha, mother of a six-year-old boy, also from Nigeria and who also arrived in Italy when she was still a girl.

                            “A cleaning company, a restaurant or a hotel. I would love to work in the industry after this course. Despite all the pain, life goes on and having people next to me who tell me 'You can do it' gives me strength.”

                            And Ritha's desire is also to help, through her example, the many girls who live what she experienced years ago.

                            • Italia
                            • ICP ITALIA CIRCOSCRIZIONE SPECIALE PIEMONTE E VALLE D'AOSTA
                            • Donne
                            • Sviluppo Sociale
                            • CNOSFAP
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Papua New Guinea – Michaelites celebrate 50 years

                              1 month 2 weeks ago
                              Papua New Guinea – Michaelites celebrate 50 years

                              (ANS – Jiwaka) – The congregation of Saint Michael the Archangel (CSMA), the “Michaelites”, the 21st group of the Salesian Family, celebrated fifty (50) years of humble service in PNG, at Kuli Parish, Jiwaka Province, Mt. Hagen Archdiocese. The three-day celebration commenced on 17th and concluded on 21st November, 2020.

                              The Catholic Church in the Highlands Region came together as a family to acknowledge, appreciate and thank God for the long service of the Michaelites, and share the joy of success for the last 50 years. Many religious clergy men and women from various congregations serving the people of God in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea joined the celebrations. A large number of Laity from the five dioceses joined the three-day celebration. The celebrations coincided with the centenary celebration of the foundation of the Michaelite Congregation and the 5th anniversary of the Divine Mercy Shrine at Ruquist, Kuli Parish.

                              Archbishop Douglas Young, Archbishop of Mt Hagen, Bishop Arnold Orowae, Bishop of Wabag, priests from the Highlands region as well as from other parts of the country were present for the concluding solemn Eucharistic celebration.

                              In his homily, Archbishop Douglas Young recalled some pioneer missionaries of the Michaelite congregation to PNG in 1970; Fr Ludwik Wypasek, CSMA, Fr Stanislaw Sniezek, CSMA, Fr Zdzislaw (Zyggy) Kruczek, CSMA. “They were all different with strong and unique characters displayed in their missions,” he said.

                              Being the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Archbishop Douglas thanked God for the Michaelites and their dedication to the mission in PNG. “We ask Mother Mary and her parents, Joachim and Anna, for protection, commitment and the strength to remain faithful to God’s divine plan,” he said.

                              Reflecting on the last 50 years, he said, “The perfect way to be thankful is to share what we receive today with the next generation.  We certainly cannot pay back the pioneer missionaries for their service, but we must share with those who are with us today, as well as those who come later. We are here today to thank God and the Michaelite missionaries for their answer to the call for a mission in this part of the world. The missionaries brought light to darkness, joy where there was fear and hope where there was sadness. At the appointed time, this also reached the Highlands of PNG.  We should be proud of those who brought us this good news.

                              The missionaries, by their vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience, promise to give up certain possessions, be married to Jesus and other people, and to remain obedient to the Lord's call.

                              By the vow of poverty, they promise to leave their homes, family, and culture, to spread the good news to others. By the vow of Chastity, they promise to give up marriage and bind themselves totally with Jesus and with people of other places and culture, those whom they know little about, and who at times don’t love and respect them. In this gesture, they manifest God’s love and mercy for all humanity. By their vow of Obedience, they promise to obey their superiors as being obedient to God, like Abraham, Moses, and Mary.

                              Celebrating this jubilee should also drive us to make some resolutions to follow in the footsteps of missionaries. Missions are successful when people learn from the missionaries and continue in their footsteps, spreading the good news in loving service of others.”

                              At the end of the Holy Mass, Fr Bogdan Swierczewski, CSMA, Deputy Provincial of the Michaelites in PNG and the Pacific, read out a letter from their General Superior, Fr Dariusz Wilk, who was unable to join the celebration due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

                              The Michaelites are only based in the Archdiocese of Mt. Hagen. They had moved to the Diocese of Wabag and moved back to Mt. Hagen. Currently, there are five (5) priests, eight (8) seminarians, and one postulant in PNG. Their Headquarters is in Rebiamul, Mt. Hagen.

                              The Congregation was founded in 1897 by Blessed Father Bronisław Markiewicz (1842-1912).

                              Simon Mokot

                              {gallery}PGS - 50 Micheliti - 2020{/gallery}

                              • Papua Nuova Guinea
                              • PGS PAPUA NUOVA GUINEA E ISOLE SALOMONE
                              • Micheliti
                              • Anniversari
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Pakistan – Fr Gabriel Cruz, Salesian missionary: "It's not easy to be Catholic in Pakistan"

                                1 month 2 weeks ago

                                (ANS - Lahore) - Fr Gabriel Cruz is a Mexican Salesian with 23 years of Salesian religious life and 14 years of priesthood. He always wanted to be a missionary and the current Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, approved his application and assigned him to Pakistan in 2018. In recent months the coronavirus has blocked most of the Salesian activities in Pakistan as well, but the Spiritual Sons of Don Bosco nevertheless continued to serve the population and provide emergency aid.

                                Today Fr Cruz is in Lahore, a city bordering India. The Salesians have been there and in Quetta for 21 years, they are appreciated "both civilly and ecclesially," says the religious.

                                The work is extremely varied: in Lahore, there is a technical institute, an elementary school, a boarding school for children, workshops for girls and a youth center open on Saturdays. In Quetta, on the other hand, there is a school and two boarding schools, one for boys and one for girls.

                                In the Lahore boarding school, the Salesians serve over 130 children and young people. “We offer them shelter, food, education and religious formation. Most of them are Catholics, but we also have young internists of other Christian confessions. The school and the Technical Institute of Lahore instead is attended by over 200 students, including some Muslims," he says.

                                The Spiritual Sons of Don Bosco also offer sewing, tailoring, make-up artist workshops for girls. "About 50 girls, including Catholics, Christians and Muslims, attend our workshops," adds Fr Cruz.

                                To all their pupils the Salesians offer "technical teaching, so that they can have job opportunities in the future". But above all for Christian students, education is of vital importance. “It is not easy to be Catholic here, because Pakistan is one of the most conservative Muslim countries that exist. Christians are a minority and are considered of minor importance. We have few opportunities within society," acknowledges the missionary.

                                And yet, he testifies, “Pakistani Christian youth are extraordinary! They have bright eyes, full of life and dreams, they dream of great things, they want to study, work, know other places, they are good sportsmen ... They all come from poor families where respect for God and for others is transmitted with great devotion."

                                “The work of the Salesians in Pakistan is growing and improving day by day. We are not at war and there is no religious persecution, but Christians are considered impure and therefore in many regions, they reject us outright. But Don Bosco's future in Pakistan is promising because there is much to offer young people and there are many who intend to become Salesians and missionaries," concludes Fr Cruz.

                                Source: Misiones Salesianas

                                • Pakistan
                                • FIS FILIPPINE SUD
                                • Missioni
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  RMG – Rekindling Passion for Formation in East Asia-Oceania Region

                                  1 month 2 weeks ago
                                  RMG – Rekindling Passion for Formation in East Asia-Oceania Region

                                  (ANS – Rome) – The EAO Regional Formation Commission held its annual meeting last November 16 – 19 via online (Zoom) for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sixteen provinces and delegations were represented by their respective formation delegates, provincial and delegates who joined from different time zones along with Fr Joseph Phuoc, the new EAO regional councillor. The daily three-hour sessions moderated by Fr Mel Racelis, the new EAO formation coordinator, ran smoothly in general and enabled both the Rome-based organizing team from the Formation department and the various participants to reflect, interact, share, discuss, pray and share a sense of fellowship, despite the miles of physical distancing, and some technical challenges.

                                  Formation Councillor Fr Ivo Coelho welcomed the participants and set the tone and objectives of the four-day meeting. In his opening address, he highlighted certain challenging themes from GC 28 which should be considered in the ensuing discussions, especially formation both in mission and for mission, as well as formation together with lay mission partners who also form part of the formation team.

                                  The sessions were well attended and participated. Everyone shared whatever they could contribute and worked hard even offline to prepare for the next day’s sessions. The objectives of this year’s annual meeting were all achieved: (1) a draft of the EAO regional formation plan for the next five years was produced following GC 28; (2) a list of suggestions were collected for the upcoming revision of the Ratio as well as the Criteria and Norms in terms of both the process and the contents for revision; and (3) certain formation concerns in the region were shared and resolved, and formation delegates got the chance to be formed and be informed.

                                  On the last day, Fr Silvio Roggia and Br Raymond Callo of the Formation department gave short but captivating presentations of the new Manual of Salesian Rectors, the guidelines for the Personal Accompaniment of Young Salesians, and the Congregation’s School of the Salesian Spiritual Accompaniment. Before the close of the meeting, the participants were blessed with very encouraging words coming straight from the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, who told every formation delegate “not to get tired” of keeping the lines of communication with him and the Formation department busy while walking together on the same path.

                                  At the end of the four-day meeting, everyone signed out bringing home more work to do but with hearts rekindled with passion for formation and filled with gratitude to God for the wonderful experience of synodality and communion.

                                  {gallery}RMG - Formazione EAO 2020{/gallery}

                                  • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                                  • Formazione
                                  • Asia EstOceania
                                  • Ivo Coelho
                                  • Joseph Nguyen Thinh Phuoc
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Vatican – Pope Francis to young people of IUSVE: thank you "for having prepared an Advent journey"

                                    1 month 2 weeks ago

                                    (ANS - Vatican City) - “I express my appreciation to the young people of the Salesian University Institute who are part of Cube Radio, for preparing an Advent journey inspired by the Word of God for each Sunday and by the encyclical Laudato si’.  I invite you to involve other young people and users of the network in preparing for a holy Christmas by spreading – also through the social media accounts of Vatican News – the Word of God and inviting them to care for our common home. I pray for you and you pray for me.” Thus Pope Francis, in a video message, released yesterday, November 26, thanked the young people of IUSVE for their “Advent Green Dream” project.

                                    The initiative of the Salesian University Institute of Venice (IUSVE) intends to develop a daily accompaniment for Advent in the light of Laudato Si' through 26 phrases extracted from the Encyclical Letter and as many icons that narrate a salient aspect with fresh and current graphics, together with a question that helps to concretize the care of the Common Home in one's life.

                                    The path, which thanks to the collaboration with the "Don Bosco Green Alliance" will be shared through the social channels of the institution - also in English, Portuguese and Spanish - is divided into four macro-themes, one for each Sunday of Advent, and shall also accompanied by a short video and a verse taken from Sacred Scripture.

                                    All information to join the Advent itinerary can be found on the website www.cuberadio.it.

                                    “We are experimenting with a new way of doing pastoral communication through images and symbolic language,” explains Marco Sanavio, Director of Cube Radio. “The encouragement of Pope Francis prompts us to commit ourselves further on the front of care for the environment and people, which also reveals our way of keeping hope alive in such a difficult time as the one we are going through.”

                                    The working group that worked on the project includes professors Luca Chiavegato and Federico Gottardo, Jasmine Pagliarusco, social media manager of Cube Radio, and the communication student Marica Padoan, author of the icons, and is coordinated by Marco Sanavio, Director of the academic broadcaster, as well as by Michele Lunardi, head of the Coordinated Communication Office. The theological consultant is Professor Carlo Meneghetti.

                                    “Great was the joy and honor in having received a video message of thanks from Pope Francis for our initiative,” added Fr Nicola Giacopini, Director of IUSVE. “Our students and all collaborators were moved by the attention and affection shown that we reciprocate with the commitment to disseminate the videos prepared by Cube Radio on social networks and in digital places, especially with the involvement of young people from all over the world. We welcome with passion and creativity the invitation to guard and take care of the Common Home so that this Advent and this Christmas we prepare to welcome the Holy Child into our hearts and into the world with hope and peace. Thank you Pope Francis, we will not fail to pray for you.”

                                    Video

                                    • Vaticano
                                    • Papa Francesco
                                    • IUSVE
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Brazil – Unisales launches "Lince Platform"

                                      1 month 2 weeks ago

                                      (ANS - Vitória) - Millions of people are forced to leave their country for the most varied reasons and their number has been growing for at least 20 years. Brazil is one of the countries that welcomes a large number of immigrants and refugees, especially from Latin America, and a great challenge for Brazil today is to preserve the fundamental rights of these people. Thinking of all this, Prof. Thaíse Valentim Madeira and Law student Laércio Jorge have developed the “Lince” Platform, a digital channel of social interaction aimed at promoting the reception, legal assistance and social inclusion of immigrants, refugees and stateless persons.

                                      For the professor, networks can promote inclusive and participatory citizenship of immigrants. “We want to create a plural and democratic environment through which we will act collectively in the cultural, social and regional political sphere. This will come from the communicative action of the subjects involved, who will present themselves to the community through the Platform.”

                                      The Platform was born within a Technological Innovation Program promoted by the Salesian University Center (UniSales) and funded by the Foundation for Support for Research and Innovation of the Brazilian State of Espírito Santo (FAPES). Through digital tools, the Platform aims to be a means to systematize the data that will contribute to the creation and implementation of public policies and the protection of human rights - and to this end, the Platform has the prospect of establishing partnerships and agreements with public bodies.

                                      Also, it will offer complete and free legal assistance to immigrants, refugees and stateless persons living in the State via the Center for Judicial Practices of the Salesian University Center, which can help, for example, to carry out practices such as the regularization of migration, residence permits, naturalization, obtaining social benefits, assistance in legal trials, guidance in the field of labor law ...

                                      With its presence on the web, the project also aims to combat false news, radicalization and extremism, aiming to be, on the contrary, a space for the sharing and publication of secure and reliable information. Furthermore, a reserved space is foreseen as a forum for communication between members, so that everyone can get to know each other and exchange experiences.

                                      The Lince Platform team invites all immigrants, refugees and stateless persons to get to know the space and interact with each other at www.plataformalince.org 

                                      The initial assistance process, in this pandemic period, takes place exclusively in virtual mode. But those interested in legal assistance can register using the form available online and they will be subsequently contacted individually.

                                      • Brasile
                                      • BBH BRASILE BELO HORIZONTE
                                      • Università
                                      • Migranti
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Myanmar – The most senior Myanmar SDB has gone to the Salesian garden

                                        1 month 2 weeks ago
                                        Myanmar – The most senior Myanmar SDB has gone to the Salesian garden

                                        (ANS – Anisakan) – During the memorable visit to Anisakan and Mandalay (October 2016), the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime at his departure gave his Salesian Cross to the most senior SDB of Myanmar, Fr Cyril Francis. Four years later the “Ah Pho - Grandpa Cyril” - as Father Cyril was known around Anisakan - went peacefully and well prepared to the house of the Father. After 91 years of life, 69 years as consecrated Salesian of Don Bosco and 59 years of priesthood Fr Cyril has entered the well-deserved joy and peace of eternal life.

                                        The last 6 years of his life he spent again in Anisakan, first amongst the novices as their confessor and then for the last two years cared for by many was able to offer his old age suffering through his prayers. Well aware of his coming end, Fr Cyril received the sacrament of the sick on 18 October and was well prepared for his encounter with his Creator and Redeemer.

                                        One of the first Burmese Salesians of Don Bosco, 5th of six siblings, he did his initial formation in India: novitiate in Kotagiri, postnovitiate in Sonada and theology in Shillong. After his novitiate he continued his IA and BA at Calcutta University. His practical training was one year in Sonada and one year in Mandalay (Lafon memorial high school). At his priestly ordination (by Bishop Ferrando in Shillong) he chose as his motto: “Surely, Goodness and Mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Ps 23:6)

                                        After his ordination he returned home to Burma and since 1962 was appointed as Catechist, then as Prefect of Studies, Bursar and later also as Rector at Nazareth House Aspirantate, Anisakan. He was always ready to serve wherever it was necessary. When the foreign missionaries were repatriated in 1966 he became the Rector of Nazareth. Then he took charge of the young Salesians in formation, teaching Philosophy and taking charge of Aspirants.

                                        When the Salesians took over the Apostolic Prefecture of Lashio, Fr Cyril was posted between 1975-1990 as parish priest in the very poor area of Kyaukme, taking charge of nearby parishes without any priest as well (Pamaichyun, Kachin villages around Pang Pau, Shan villages around Thibaw) as a mobile missionary with never-ending energy, founding these Catholic communities. From 1990 a new bishop, Charles Bo, SDB, took Fr. Cyril as his Vicar General of Lashio, already elevated to a Diocese.

                                        After long years of heavy missionary work, in 1990 the Superiors sent him again to Anisakan as confessor of the Aspirants and Novices. But Oratory work for the children of nearby villages also kept him very busy. And in his advanced age he was still busy for 20 years with a very charitable apostolate on behalf of some 150 poor families and widows for their daily livelihood - distributing rice, oil, dry ration, salt and chilly. Without fail this monthly help continued until 3 years ago.

                                        He was a zealous missionary, strong devotee of Mary Help of Christians, faithful and consistent friend of poor people with the outreaching heart of Don Bosco. Fr Cyril was really a good role-model, an affective and effective model to many of our younger confreres during his long years of Salesian consecrated life.

                                        Source: AustraLasia

                                        • MYM MYANMAR
                                        • Decessi
                                        • Myanmar
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
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