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India – Delhi Police awards Don Bosco Alaknanda Counselor for counseling COVID Delhi Police personnel

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India – Delhi Police awards Don Bosco Alaknanda Counselor for counseling COVID Delhi Police personnel

(ANS – New Delhi) – Ms. Anjali Tresa Veliath, Counselor at Don Bosco School, Alaknanda, New Delhi, was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by S.N.Shrivastava IPS, Commissioner of Police, Delhi, for her extraordinary, dedicated service in counseling the Covid-19 Delhi Police personnel.

The sudden spread of Covid-19 brought the life of people to a standstill globally. A new disease, huge stigma, an enormous amount of fear, lack of information all added to the agony. As the nation went to a total lockdown, there was chaos all over and the Delhi Police had to safeguard the people of Delhi. While dealing with the people many of the police personnel got infected. As Delhi Police officials felt the need to give psychological support to their staff members at this hour of crisis, they reached out to various institutions and organisations. A team of 23 committed and qualified psychologists and counselors supported by psychiatrists and doctors took up the challenge, aiming at ‘Wellness for Delhi Police’.

Anjali Tresa Veliath, School Counselor of Don Bosco School, Alaknanda, holding a Masters in Psychology (Clinical) with a few years of experience in counseling was approached by Mr Sakhi John of ‘Distress Management Collective India’ asking for her support in this endeavour. She was more than happy to take up this responsibility from 5 May 2020 and reached out to patients who were assigned to her. Anjali says: “Initially it was a bit difficult for me as I found that many weren’t ready to get counseling support. But slowly I managed to win them over. I have given psychological support and solace to more than 200 Police Personnel.”

The general impression she got was that the biggest problem people had was the fear of death as they were scared by the news of the shocking fatality rates from countries like Italy, Spain, USA, etc. The second aspect was isolation; nobody wanted to be in quarantine. The third one was stigma; some of them even asked her whether their own people will accept them once they go back to their houses. This fear made many conceal their Covid-19 Positive status from their family members.

With sentiments of satisfaction after receiving the Certificate of Appreciation from S.N.Shrivastava IPS, Commissioner of Police, Delhi, Anjali affirms: “Never have I experienced anything like the impact of Covid-19. These sessions of counseling with Covid-19 patients were different because it was more of a crisis management and the effort was more on the mitigation of fear. I had to do it on war-footing as there were many people to be addressed on a single day.”

Fr. Babu Varghese SDB

  • India
  • Coronavirus
  • Scuole
    Virginia Nitto

    Italy - XXX Marian Day of ADMA

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    Italy - XXX Marian Day of ADMA

    (ANS - Turin) - "Dream and make people dream". This is the motto of ADMA's XXX Marian Day held in Turin on Sunday 20 September with about 400 participants including adults and young people. A somewhat special day, because it was marked by the handover of the animation of the Association from Fr Pierluigi Cameroni to Fr Alejandro Guevara. An atmosphere of celebration and gratitude marked the event, with moments of participation and emotion, such as the delivery of a beautiful photo album and Marian stoles. Renato Valera, President of ADMA, coordinated the day, underlining how Mary Help of Christians always accompanies the Association.

    Fr Cameroni retraced the journey of almost 14 years, describing what animating ADMA meant for him, looking at Don Bosco, apostle of the Help of Christians and founder of the Association: “The Association grows and matures to the extent that each member feels the call to respond to a grace received, to 'give back' or rather to share and spread the grace experienced, because faith is strengthened by giving it: this translates into a living and dynamic presence in one's family, in the workplace, in participating in the formative and prayer life of the Association, in dedicating time and energy to ADMA… Our Lady has always guided us in these years, she has inspired us in many circumstances without being too tied and bound to projects and programs. Christian life, like education, is like a river that should not be reined in too much, but left free in its path: accompanied, not forced or constrained ... One of the realities that most helped me to grow spiritually was the great ability to share life and faith especially during retreats and spiritual exercises. Communion in God creates very strong bonds between people and strengthens the believing experience and the vocational identity of each.”

    Fr Alejandro Guevara shared his life story and how he arrived at this mission entrusted to him by the Rector Major. Fr Roberto Carelli presented the formative journey of the year 2020-2021 entitled "Dream and make dream", inspired by the slogan of Pope Francis addressed to the Salesians at the conclusion of the General Chapter: “Don Bosco dreamed and made people dream. But his dreams were not an escape from reality, on the contrary, an immersion in reality, and they did not have to do with sleep and inertia, but with vigilance and works, not with purely human genius and resourcefulness, but with the inspirations and fruitfulness of God. The invitation to dream and to make people dream urges us to take care of formation, that of young people as well as that of adults, because it encourages us not to stop at facts, not to drown in occupations and concerns, and asks us to place ourselves, according to the spirit of Don Bosco, in the perspective of God, in the perspective of grace, faith, vocation and mission, praise and service of God, of a contemplative and non-operative life not closed in on itself but dedicated to others, especially if they are poorer.”

    In the afternoon, in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, there was the participatory Eucharistic celebration presided over by Fr Leonardo Mancini, provincial of Piedmont-Valle d'Aosta, during which 6 aspirants shared the joy and grace of joining ADMA and of the Salesian Family. A day of grace with many gifts and reasons to pray, to give thanks, to entrust and to continue dreaming!

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    • ADMA
    • Italia
      Virginia Nitto

      United States - “Salesian Missions” highlights life-changing humanitarian aid for young people around the world

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      United States - “Salesian Missions” highlights life-changing humanitarian aid for young people around the world

      (ANS - New Rochelle) - “Salesian Missions”, the Salesian Mission Office of New Rochelle, has joined humanitarian organizations and countries around the world in commemorating the International Day of Peace, which is celebrated every year on 21 September. The General Assembly of the United Nations declared the International Day of Peace as a day dedicated to fostering the ideals of peace among all nations and peoples. This year's theme is "Shaping Peace Together" and invites everyone to celebrate the day by spreading compassion, kindness and hope in the face of the global pandemic.

      All over the world, Salesian missionaries have responded to the needs caused by the pandemic by providing assistance programs to young people, children and their families. On the occasion of the International Day of Peace, "Salesian Missions" highlighted the humanitarian aid programs, which are capable of changing the lives of many young people.

      INDIA

      Thanks to funding from "Salesian Missions", the Anma Integrated Development Association (AIDA) was able to support 13 farmers by donating tea plants to them. The Salesian missionaries in India, aware of the difficult situation in which the workers employed in the tea plantations work, are working to offer the laborers opportunities to break the cycle of poverty in which they often find themselves.

      SOUTH AFRICA

      The Salesian missionaries, supported by the donors of “Salesian Missions”, have provided food rations to vulnerable families and, in the coming weeks, a second delivery of food parcels is expected. In South Africa, further donations have come from “Don Bosco Mondo” and will allow the start of substantial production of masks.

      SOUTHERN SUDAN

      The students who attend the Don Bosco Vocational Training Center in Juba have received scholarships to contribute to their formation and continue their studies. Scholarships, which focus primarily on female students, cover 50 percent of the tuition and make it much easier for young women to get an education.

      THAILAND

      A donor from Salesian Missions has decided to pay for the studies for two brothers. Funding was provided to the Hua Hin Vitthayalai Salesian school, located in the city of Hua Hin. The father of these children is paralyzed and cannot work; the mother barely earns enough to buy food and pay rent and electricity. The family did not have the extra money to pay for school fees, so donor support was key to providing the brothers with an education.

      • Pace
      • Missioni
      • Stati Uniti
        Virginia Nitto

        Lithuania - Fr Massimo Bianco, Salesian: "Mission before a territory is a way of life"

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        (ANS - Vilnius) - Fr Massimo Bianco, SDB, has been a missionary in Lithuania for twenty years. He is 57 years old, lives and works in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, in a large suburban parish.  

        “Being a missionary is responding to a call, which I have matured for a long time,” he says. “I had spent three summer experiences in Africa, precisely in Nigeria, in the end I 'landed' on European soil, but I gradually understood that mission before a territory is a way of life. Even if the standard of living here is different from Africa, the need for evangelization in a secularized and post-Soviet world I would say is the same: here you meet people who are not physically malnourished, but are malnourished in spirit. Here I replied: 'Here I am! Send me!' to the One who is the source of every missionary call.”

        Fr Massimo explains that in recent years he has tried first of all to listen, to fit into a different culture with respect, patience and progressiveness: the language, the climate, the people, the faith lived in small communities were various aspects to be integrated, a little bit at a time. “In the face of moments of loneliness and difficulty,” he continues, “I try not to lose heart. Of course, the moment comes, sooner or later, when you ask yourself: 'But what am I doing here?' It is therefore a question of overcoming the temptation to let go, at the same time you realize that you carry within yourself a disease called 'protagonism and efficiency', driven by the human desire to always see results, but often this is not possible, at least in short term. In these cases, the life of prayer and the support of the Salesian and parish community in which I live help me a lot.”

        As a Salesian of Don Bosco, Fr Massimo feels the task and the desire to make children and young people aware of the figure of Don Bosco, the Saint of the young, in a particular way. “This requires on my part to struggle with the temptation of a mediocre life that is satisfied with the 'minimum acceptable result',” he underscores. “So always start again, keep the missionary fire alive in your heart, continue until I pass the baton to others, when God wills, with the awareness that it is worth working for the Kingdom of Heaven. It's not just a matter of understanding that the Lord sends us to proclaim His Word, but it is a matter of becoming the voice of that Word ourselves, with our presence and our testimony.”

        Source: Fides (http://www.fides.org/it/news/68647-EUROPA_LITUANIA_Verso_la_Giornata_Missionaria_La_missione_prima_di_un_territorio_e_uno_stile_di_vita_dice_un_missionario_salesiano_a_Vilnius

        • Lituania
          José Luis Munoz

          Italy - Rosignano Monferrato and Mons. Ernesto Coppo, apostle of the three worlds

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          Italy - Rosignano Monferrato and Mons. Ernesto Coppo, apostle of the three worlds

          (ANS - Rosignano Monferrato) - The town has a centuries-old history, a source of important historical essays, all linked to the strategic position of the town, “sentinel of Casale”, a perennial seat of military garrisons. On the Sasso that dominates the town is the 12th-century castle and the parish of San Martino emerges on the opposite hill.

          In Rosignano, Don Bosco found fertile ground, thanks also to the impulse of the parish priest, Mons. Giovanni Bonelli, his fraternal friend. Vocations flourished copiously. Famous was the "sentinel of the Oratory", brother Marcello Rossi who for decades was the faithful guardian of the first house founded by the Saint in Valdocco. And then again the Sorbone sisters, including Sister Angelica, pioneer and provincial in Argentina and Chile, and Mother Enrichetta, Vicar General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians until 1942. And then again, among the many vocations, the brothers Fr Arturo and Fr Dante Caprioglio. Among all these extraordinary Salesian vocations, the figure of Mons. Ernesto Coppo, Bishop and Salesian Missionary in the United States, Australia and Italy, stands out.

          Mons. Ernesto Coppo was born on February 6, 1870, in the Stevani district of Rosignano. He began his studies in the house that Don Bosco opened in Borgo San Martino. Among Ernesto's companions is the young Pietro Ricaldone, from Mirabello. Here they both meet Don Bosco, an encounter that will mark their lives.

          He concluded his formation in the seminary of Casale and on 7 August 1892 he was ordained a priest. The following year he entered the Salesian novitiate in Foglizzo, and on 4 October 1894, he made his perpetual profession in the hands of Blessed Fr Rua. In 1898, at the head of a group of Salesian priests, he reached New York to carry out a demanding and courageous apostolate at the service of migrants who had come to America in search of a better future.

          "Twenty years of mission absorbed all the forces of Fr Coppo in the service of emigrants and their youth, both from a religious, social and civil point of view," remembers Fr Ricaldone years later.

          This surge of faith and service to his neighbors most in need brought him to Australia in 1923, at the Apostolic Vicariate of Kimberley. Consecrated Bishop at the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians in Turin, he departed for Kimberley to be among the indigenous people. These are years of intense pastoral work: he reaches distant villages, meets families, gives impetus to the human needs of work, formation, development, the Gospel. The organizational and pastoral experience learned in America he makes available to his Australian people.

          Back in Italy, he becomes a formidable animator for the Missions. Fr Ricaldone, who became Rector Major, remembers him thus: "Mons. Coppo aspired to declare himself an old Missionary Bishop and with insistent zeal, he invited his listeners to think about the needs of the Church in the most remote missions". Until the last moment, he lived the priestly magisterium, ceasing his earthly existence in Ivrea where he had gone to preside over a Marian Congress, on the evening of 28 December 1948, at the age of 78.

          The hometown, where Mons. Coppo returned many times, during this 2020 remembers the 150th anniversary of his birth. It celebrates him as an example of missionary commitment and evangelizing passion of enormous relevance: for his intelligent work among migrants in America, for the support and promotion of the Australian indigenous peoples, for his patient and welcoming charity towards all those whom he met also in Italy.

          José Luis Munoz

          India – "E-Oratory" created by young people for young people

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          (ANS - Mumbai) - A group of children from a slum located near Mumbai, with the mobile phone of one of their parents, hunger in their bellies and enthusiasm in their hearts, reinvented Don Bosco's oratory at the time of Covid-19: 4 or 5 very young people gave birth to the “Don Bosco E-Oratory” of Navi Mumbai, an online oratory whose beneficiaries are scattered throughout various states of India. Every day there are about 250 children and young people who "attend", even thousands of kilometers away from each other.

          In normal times, the Salesian Oratory of Navi, on the outskirts of the Mumbai megalopolis, used to offer hours of recreation and learning to about 250 children. But like all aggregation centers, with the outbreak of the pandemic, it has been closed for months.

          “When we went around for our food relief measures, the children themselves would say: 'Please open the school campus, we want to come play and study.' We could not do so, for their safety,” say the local Salesians. “Then they themselves told us: 'send us some fun videos and suggest us something we can do in small groups in our own place. And so we did.”

          At that point, the first 4-5 children borrowed a mobile phone from one of their parents and listened to a couple of educational stories from an animator, who also offered them a few suggestions for group activities. The children, in response, made funny videos, with dances and games, and sent them back to the oratory's coordinator. And seeing how much fun the little ones were having, their neighbors started to participate too.

          “As the number of groups grew, we asked the help of a group of volunteers in Navi Mumbai, who call themselves, ‘Team Spreading Smiles’. They now organize regular fun activities and learning programmes. They teach story-telling, maths, drawing, craft and origami, life skills for kids (e.g., good touch-bad touch) and language. They conduct competitions and quizzes… ”

          The presence of this E-Oratory is even more significant considering that these children's government schools do not have online classes.

          The E-oratory started on 7 July with only 4 or 5 children, but it spread like wildfire among the children of the slum of Navi Mumbai, and then, through word of mouth among parents, also among the children of workers currently living in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand.

          “When their families were in Mumbai, the children came to our oratory. Now they have returned to their villages of origin, but the little ones continue to 'attend' our 'E-Oratory' every day,” said local Salesians.

          Those in charge of other oratories who are interested in joining the Navi Mumbai "E-Oratory" can write to: principal.nerul@sdbinb.in or donbosconerul@gmail.com.

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          • India
          • INB INDIA MUMBAY
          • Oratorio
          • Coronavirus
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Madagascar – Solidarity and prevention to help the needy and protect against infections

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            Madagascar – Solidarity and prevention to help the needy and protect against infections

            (ANS - Antananarivo) - Madagascar is also still struggling with the Covid-19 pandemic. Not only because the new coronavirus has infected 15,925 people with 216 victims in the country, but also because the lack of international tourists due to the blocking of flights and travel has generated enormous problems for the tourism industry and all the related activities it generates. Faced with this situation, the Salesians have worked out a detailed plan to help, as far as possible, the people most in need, starting with those closest to their environments.

            The Sons of Don Bosco have been present in the great “Red Island” since 1981. Today their presence is articulated in a Vice-Province dedicated to Mary Immaculate with 11 houses. From the “Notre Dame de Clairvaux” center in Ivato, on the outskirts of the capital, Antananarivo, the Salesians issued a report on the support they have been offering.

            In the first place, even if due to the closure of the schools the teaching work is very limited, the Sons of Don Bosco are continuing to pay the salaries of employees regularly, and indeed, in consideration of the current economic situation, they have distributed a one-off bonus to them. Also, resident workers forced to remain in the Center despite the restrictions are granted a salary increase of around 15%.

            Thinking of the students and their families, the religious of the Ivato center distributed a package with 8 kg of rice, 2 kg of dried vegetables, and a bar of soap to all the students. Each week they also distribute another package containing 5 kg of rice and 1.5 kg of dried legumes to final-year students - 85 young people - when they return home at the weekend. And a second distribution of rice and dried vegetables has already begun to all the center's students forced to stay at home.

            A similar service, with a small package of rice and dried legumes, is also given to the students of the oratory recovery school. And in the cases of greatest difficulty they have come to know about - for example, when both parents of the children have been left without income - the Salesians have also given cash aid.

            From the point of view of prevention, moreover, in the center of Ivato, the health provisions are being strictly observed: soap and water are present in many areas of the center, masks are made available and social distance is maintained in common areas such as the classrooms, the refectory, the study room and the dormitory.

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            • Madagascar
            • MDG MADAGASCAR
            • Coronavirus
            • Solidarietà
              Gian Francesco Romano

              RMG – Video launch of interview with Fr Stefano Martoglio and Fr Ivo Coelho

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              RMG – Video launch of interview with Fr Stefano Martoglio and Fr Ivo Coelho

              (ANS - Rome) – Released at the beginning of July was the video interview with the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, and the Councilor for Formation, Fr Ivo Coelho, presenting the document “Animating and Governing the Community - The Ministry of the Salesian Rector.” On Thursday 24 September an interview with Fr Stefano Martoglio, Vicar of the Rector Major, and Fr Coelho will be available on the first of the three parts of the document entitled "The Salesian consecrated identity."

              Br. Raymond Callo, a lay Salesian member of the Department for Formation, introduces the aforesaid interview and the animation material that will accompany it with a 3-minute video, available starting today on ANSChannel. It gives us an idea of the emerging themes and suggestions offered for reflection and sharing on this part for the next three months.

              The choice made during the 28th General Chapter was to invite the various Salesian communities in 2020/21 to make their own "Animating and Governing the Community - The Ministry of the Salesian Rector", while the initial formation communities in the same period focus their attention on “Young Salesian and Accompaniment – Orientations and Guidelines”. For the following year, 2021/22, the path is exchanged, to complete the dissemination of the two documents in the first two years of the sexennium.

              • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
              • Formazione
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Canada – Remembering Fr. Romeo Trottier, SDB (1937-2020)

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                Canada – Remembering Fr. Romeo Trottier, SDB (1937-2020)

                (ANS – Sherbrooke) – Fr. Romeo Trottier, SDB, passed serenely from Sherbrooke, QC, into eternity at 4:20 a.m. on Sunday, September 13. In faith, we trust that he didn’t stop at the Pearly Gates but continued until he reached the Salesian Garden and was welcomed by Don Bosco, the Madonna, and the pantheon of holy Salesians.

                Fr. Romeo was 83 years old, was professed as a Salesian for 65 years, and was a priest for 54½ years. He’d been suffering from leukemia for about two years, continuing his ministry of Canadian Salesian communications as best he could. He was taken to University Sherbrooke Hospital (CHUS) on Saturday, September 5 with breathing difficulty, and on Wednesday, September 9 was taken to Fleurimont Hospital to receive palliative care.

                Fr. Romeo was one of the great men of the one-time Canadian delegation and Canadian vice province, where he passed his entire Salesian life except for his studies in New Jersey, New York, and Italy. “He was an expert in Salesian spirituality, the key person in the creation of the Canadian vice province in 1988, and a model of friendly presence to the young even in his 80s,” writes Fr. Rich Authier, former superior of the vice province.

                Fr. Romeo succeeded Fr. Ron Quenneville as provincial delegate for Canada in 1976 and served for 12 years until the erection of the vice province. For many years (starting around 1990), he edited Canadian Salesian news in a couple of formats, and after the untimely death of Fr. Paul Cossette in 2013, he also took over Carrefour Salésien, the Canadian Salesian Bulletin.

                Fr. Romeo came from a small town called Proulxville, near Three Rivers, Que., where he was born to Donat and Aline Carpentier Trottier on the feast of the Assumption in 1937 and baptized the next day at the parish church of St.-Severin. The town may be small, but the Trottiers were a large family: Fr. Romeo had six brothers and six sisters, and he landed almost exactly in the middle of the procession, the sixth-born.

                Romeo attended the local elementary school from 1943 to 1950. Like many of our Canadian confreres, he owes his vocation (after God and family) to the recruiting efforts of the legendary Fr. Pierre Decarie. Fr. Decarie came to Romeo’s school in the spring of 1950 to speak to the youngsters about Don Bosco and the Salesians, and he also mentioned the seminary in Newton, NJ, and the summer camp in Ellenville, NY.

                Romeo had already taken the entrance exam for the Three Rivers diocesan minor seminary, but he showed an openness to the Salesians. Mr. and Mrs. Trottier consented for Romeo to go to Newton. There were already many Canadians studying there, who came to number about 20, including youngsters who headed south with him.

                Romeo had never been farther away from home than Montreal. But in July 1950 he set out for Ellenville, and in the fall to Don Bosco Seminary. He liked his first-year experience, even though he had to learn English. The Canadian aspirants attended separate classes until they were proficient enough in English gradually to be integrated into the regular classes. Romeo particularly liked his classes taught by Son of Mary Dominic DeBlase, Bro. Peter Granzotto, and Bro. Vince Zuliani.

                In 1951 the aspirantate was transferred to Haverstraw, NY, as Don Bosco Juniorate under the directorship of Fr. Joseph Caselli, who was a very understanding superior.

                Desiring “to be a good Salesian and worker in the Lord’s vineyard,” Romeo entered St. Joseph’s Novitiate in Newton on September 7, 1954. He was part of a very distinguished novitiate class, Fr. Aloysius Bianchi’s first as master of novices. They lived in the “gray house,” the so-called Horton mansion. Some of the others in the class were Tony Ambrogio, John Blanco, Francis Bracchi, Bob Falk, Barney Hagus, George Hanna, Jean-Paul Lebel, Orlando Molina, Gerard Richard, and Alfred Rinaldi. They made their first profession on September 8, 1955.

                Following graduation from Don Bosco College in 1958, magna cum laude, Bro. Romeo was sent to the Don Bosco School in Jacquet River, NB, for three years of practical training (1958-1961). It was a small, rather insular boarding school with about 100 boys, fifth to eighth grade. He made his perpetual profession in 1961 at St. Louis de Kent, NB.

                When it was time to study theology, Bro. Romeo had the luxury of a fine cruise across the Atlantic—at the time that was less expensive than flying. While some of the Canadian theologians went to Lyons or Castellamare, Bro. Romeo was the only one who went to Rome. He took the “propedeutic” or preparatory year of non-theological studies. The purpose of this program eluded him then and still did till the end of his life.

                In 1962 he moved up to Turin and enrolled at the PAS—the famous “Crocetta” theologate (taking its name from the neighborhood). Unfortunately, he arrived too late to have been taught by the Ven. Joseph Quadrio, but he remembers that the seminarians prayed at the holy priest’s bedside the night before he died, October 23, 1963. He was privileged to take courses with some of the Congregation’s most distinguished professors, such as Fr. Domenico Bertetto, Fr. Agustino Favale, Fr. Antonio Javierre (the future cardinal), Fr. Pietro Brocardo, and Fr. Eugenio Valentini.

                His classmates in Turin and Rome included George Hanna, and schoolmates included Angelo Amato (another future cardinal), Emilio Allué, Javier Aracil, John Blanco, John Basso, Tom Juarez, Jeremiah Reen, and Earl Bissonnette.

                In 1965 the main campus of the PAS was shifted to its new location in Rome, and Bro. Romeo was in the first “senior” class there. That gave him an opportunity to witness the last session of Vatican II and take part in the closing Mass, December 7, 1965. He vividly remembered the Council’s closing with its many speeches on December 8.

                Ordination to the priesthood came at the hands of the cardinal vicar, Luigi Traglia, on March 5, 1966, at St. John Bosco Church in Cinecittà. His mother and one sister were able to come and spend a few days in Rome. He earned an STL from what had become the UPS (instead of PAS).

                Being present for the closing days of Vatican II was a special experience, and most special was a post-ordination audience with Pope Paul VI with the class’s parents, each newly ordained greeting the Pope. He told the newly ordained, “Wherever you go, be priests of the Council”—which, obviously, stuck with Fr. Romeo.

                Fr. Romeo’s first priestly assignment was to Seminaire Salésien in Sherbrooke, Que., where he stayed for 15 years (1966-1981), teaching Latin, religion, English, and art history at various times, and also at various times responsible for student life and discipline. At the time the school enrolled about 80 pupils, all boarders. The following year (1967), it opened to local day students. In these years he earned a Bachelor’s degree in education from Quebec City’s Laval University (1972) and a Master’s degree in pastoral education at the University of Sherbrooke (1973).

                In 1975 he was appointed director of the community and school, serving two terms (till 1981). Simultaneously, from 1976 he was superior of the Canadian delegation, till 1988. This responsibility entailed visiting the houses, overseeing the delegation’s finances, and working in collaboration with the provincial in New Rochelle. He collaborated with three provincials—Frs. Sam Isgro, Dominic DeBlase, and Richard McCormick—but enjoyed most working with Fr. Dominic, whom he found particularly affable.

                Then he collaborated for nine years as vice provincial (1988-1994, 2006-2009) with Fr. Richard Authier when the Canadian delegation was elevated to a vice province (1988-2009). Around 1988 he was named Salesian provincial delegate for the Canadian Cooperators, serving them officially until 2018.

                His influence with the Cooperators was tremendous. According to Rosa D’Addario, their former coordinator: “In all things Salesian [he was] definitely the authority, most informed. With regard to others, encouraging, loving, attentive, a caring listener with a delightful sense of humor, warm, enthusiastic, friendly, approachable, wise, and compassionate; always made you feel welcome and completely at ease. He always participated in regional encounters.” She adds, “Fr. Romeo was a great person, and I will really miss him!”

                When his term as director in Sherbrooke ended, in 1981 he moved to Ste. Claire Parish in Montreal as an assistant. When Fr. Jean-Paul Lebel volunteered for the missions and left for Rwanda in 1983, Fr. Romeo succeeded him as pastor and director, serving till 1995. In 1984 he was one of the province’s delegates to GC22.

                A short stint at Maria Ausiliatrice Parish in Riviere-des-Prairies, Montreal, followed (1995-1996) before he was sent back to Sherbrooke as director for two more terms (1996-2002). He remained thenceforth in Sherbrooke, doing multiple jobs at times, including community treasurer, pastoral ministry, Cooperators, communications, etc.

                Fr. Romeo listed parish work, his years of theological study, and student life in Jacquet River as his most enjoyable experiences as a Salesian. He retained happy memories particularly of Fr. Ted Ciampi and Fr. Paul Avallone, two of the founders of Salesian work north of the border, and of Fr. Joe Caselli and Fr. Maurice Petit.

                Fr. Mike Mendl, SDB 

                • Canada
                • SUE STATI UNITI EST E CANADA
                • Decessi
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Ethiopia – Salesian commitment in one of African countries most affected by Covid-19

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                  Ethiopia – Salesian commitment in one of African countries most affected by Covid-19

                  (ANS - Addis Ababa) - Covid-19 cases in Ethiopia are growing rapidly every day and are approaching 70,000, with over a thousand confirmed deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. The World Health Organization has included Ethiopia among the 13 African countries most at risk for the spread of coronavirus.

                  One of the sectors most affected by the presence and spread of the virus is the education system. The pandemic has led to the closure of schools and universities, since March 2020. This situation has put the authorities, the Ministry of Education, institutions, parents and students in an unprecedented situation.

                  More than 26 million young people and children are unable to attend school.

                  The Ministry says it is studying the conditions for reopening schools, but that a solution has not yet been found. Suffice it to say that Ethiopian schools house on average between 50 and 60 students in a single class. Consequently, it is very difficult to maintain a safe social distance between students, as any one desk is generally shared between 2-3 children.

                  Despite the concerns of schools and trade unions, all school buildings, including the Salesian ones, have thus remained closed. The vocational training centers, at the moment, are considering restarting, welcoming only a limited number of students.

                  The interventions of the Salesians in Ethiopia, however, have not been limited to the field of education and school. In recent months, the resources made available by the Salesians have also been invested in the purchase and distribution of basic necessities, such as sanitary kits, food rations, containers for water, clothes and blankets. Also, there have been numerous programs to raise awareness of the virus and the risks it entails.

                  The Salesians of all the communities present in Ethiopia have been taking part in the fight against Covid-19, together with the Capuchin and Ursuline nuns, and various lay collaborators in the mission.

                  {gallery}AET - Scuole Covid-19 - 2020{/gallery}

                  • Etiopia
                  • AET AFRICA ETIOPIA
                  • Coronavirus
                  • Scuole
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Brazil – "Rádio Dom" joins "Brazil Salesian Network of Social Action"

                    1 month 1 week ago

                    (ANS - Curitiba) - "Rádio Dom" is a Salesian, social and youth communication vehicle that was established in 2017 in the city of Curitiba, in the State of Paranà, with the intention of being a bridge between the voiceless and society. In this commitment to promote freedom, dignity, youth leadership and fostering the discovery of oneself and one's talents, the radio station promotes the vitality of many adolescents and young people in a state of vulnerability by providing socio-educational resources. Now “Rádio Dom” becomes part of the “Brazil Salesian Network of Social Action”, thus giving greater impetus to the dissemination of the various initiatives carried out by Salesian social works.

                    The radio currently has six studios in two States. Of these, three are in detention units for young people in conflict with the law. With more than 45 volunteers, including speakers, journalists, technicians and planners, the broadcaster has a vast program that embraces formation, education, Salesianism, social life and music. Having the Salesian Province of Brazil-Sao Paulo as its promoter, it has become an element of contact with young people and allows the members of the Salesian Family and the sympathizers of Don Bosco to have access to information on social works, as well as topics relevant to marginalized young people.

                    The radio is currently growing and its web platform has reached over a million hits. Much appreciated for its programming and its social projects, it believes in and puts into practice the fundamental principles of online youth animation. In collaboration with Vatican Radio, it broadcasts the voice of the Pope, gives space to round tables on youth leadership, growth, evangelization and dignity and never forgets to take a look at the poor. And all this it does with and for young people.

                    Its social-oriented programming allows listeners to become aware of the needs of the community every day and offers a sense of community. The debates, symposia and partnerships with public youth organizations also intensify the depth of the topics covered and put all those who otherwise would have no voice on the agenda.

                    Also, together with the Salesian University Center of Sao Paulo (UNISAL), "Radio Dóm" curates a space on youth vulnerabilities where some young people are trained to work and to accompany young people in prison.

                    The most successful project of "Rádio Dom" continues to be the one that gave it life: communication education for young people in prison and interned in socio-educational institutions. The boys in prison, in fact, cannot appear via video, and if they did they would risk increasing the stigma their condition already often causes them. The radio, on the other hand, provides the ideal solution, giving them the opportunity to express themselves with respect for the dignity of every human being. From this project others were born which focused on this audience, which tries to show children and society that the crime that these young people may have committed does not really say who they are, does not sum them up and does not limit them.

                    For more information on Radio Dom or other Salesian social works throughout Brazil, visit the Union For Life (UPV) or download the UPV application available for Android and iOS.

                    Ronnaldh Oliveira, SDB, and the Communication Team of Rádio Dom

                    • Brasile
                    • BSP BRASILE SÃO PAULO
                    • Radio
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      East Timor – An infirmary for Laga orphanage

                      1 month 1 week ago
                      East Timor – An infirmary for Laga orphanage

                      (ANS - Laga) - The "Fondazione Opera Don Bosco Onlus" of Milan launches a new global appeal: the goal is to create an infirmary that takes care of and accompanies the 104 girls staying in the orphanage of Laga, in East Timor.

                      The project has set itself the goal of safeguarding the health of the girls who are the orphanage's guests, creating an independent area with related services in which to treat cases of illness without involving all its guests. Allowing the separation of sick girls in an environment other than the two dormitories would ensure a lower spread of contagious diseases and provide better care of sick children with a general improvement in the girls' health and, consequently, also a more constant attendance at school.

                      After the liberation of Indonesia in 1999, East Timor enjoys political freedom, but the conditions of the people, especially in rural areas, has remained critical. Added to this is a high percentage of women dying in childbirth - East Timor is one of the countries with one of the world's highest maternal mortality rates - often because they refuse health care, preferring the help of relatives and acquaintances. Thus, one of the consequences of this situation, added to a condition of general poverty, is the presence of a large number of orphans.

                      The Salesians arrived in East Timor in 1959 precisely with the intention of supporting the local population in a path of growth and formation, dedicating themselves especially to young people and to the many children left without a family or in need of daily support.

                      One of the country's Salesian houses is in Laga, a town located by the sea, made up of many villages scattered over the surrounding hills and mountains. The orphanage, run by the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and named after Blessed Laura Vicuña, was inaugurated in 1996. Today it houses 104 girls aged 6 to 17: some are orphans of one or both parents, others are daughters of divorcees and have been abandoned, while others, despite having one of their parents alive, were abandoned due to diseases such as tuberculosis and other social problems. There are also girls who come from distant villages who, if they were not hosted by the Salesians, would leave their studies; and, finally, there is a small group of girls who have suffered abuse in the family and who have been reported by the area's social workers to the Salesians.

                      Today the Laga orphanage can carry out its activities mainly thanks to the help of long-distance adoptions and occasional benefactors from abroad or locally. The construction of the infirmary will be essential to ensure a better lifestyle for the many girls present inside.

                      Further information is available on the website of the Fondazione Opera Don Bosco Onlus.

                      {gallery}TLS Laga - 2020{/gallery}

                      • TLS TIMOR EST
                      • Timor Est
                      • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                      • Orfanotrofio
                      • Fondazione Opera Don Bosco Onlus
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Papua New Guinea – Silver Jubilee for Salesian presence in Kumgi

                        1 month 1 week ago
                        Papua New Guinea – Silver Jubilee for Salesian presence in Kumgi

                        (ANS – Kumgi) – 25 years ago, upon the invitation of Bishop William Kurtz, SVD, the pioneer Salesian missionaries came to the Diocese of Kundiawa, in Simbu Province to start their mission on behalf of youth. The pioneer Salesian missionaries were the late Br Ramon de la Cruz (Filipino), the late Fr Joseph Savina (Italian), and Fr David Buenaventura (Filipino). In 1996, Don Bosco Kumgi welcomed its first intake of woodworking students. The garage of the Salesian Residence at the time served as the workshop.

                        In 1997, Fr Joseph Savina was installed as the first Rector of Don Bosco Kumgi and in the same year, the school was named “Don Bosco Institute of Technology.” By 2002, the school had been more popularly known as “Don Bosco Tech – Kumgi” (DBTK). In 2015, Don Bosco Tech - Kumgi (DBTK) was raised to the level of a college and assumed the name “Don Bosco Simbu Technical College” (DBSTC). This year, at DBSTC, there are more than 500 students, 34 teachers and 5 ancillary staff.

                        The theme for the Silver Jubilee is: “DB KUMGI: High 5 @ 25.” The events aim at showing gratitude for the past, celebrating the present, and envisioning the future.

                        High 5 is a gesture of greeting and signifies relationship, friendship and celebration. 5 stands for the 5 elements of the logo or seal of DBSTC: the laurel leaves for education and success, the gear for technical training and skills, the cross shows that DBSTC is a Catholic mission school, the Bird of Paradise stands for Papua New Guinea, and the motto: “Training for Life.” 5 also stands for the 5 aims of DBSTC as indicated in the school’s handbook. “High 5 @ 25” invites and also challenges the community of DBSTC to move forward and continue fulfilling the dream of Don Bosco on behalf of  young people.

                        On Monday (7 Sept), there was the Road Show at Kundiawa town. The school truck and school bus were decorated. The statue of Saint John Bosco was mounted on a stand and displayed on the truck along with some students in their traditional "bilas" costumes representing the various provinces of PNG.

                        On Tuesday (8 Sept), there was the Talent Show and the Battle of the Bands in DBSTC's gym.

                        On Wednesday (9 Sept), there was the Open House Exhibit. Outsiders and students from other schools came to see the technical workshops and the projects of the Bosconians. In the afternoon, the Musical Play entitled "Man With A Dream", on the life of Saint John Bosco, premiered in the DBSTC gym. It was directed by Fr Clifford Morais. Selected Bosconians took part either as members of the cast or the crew. In the afternoon, some community leaders of the tribes nearby came to hand over their gifts to the Salesian Community: flowers, fruits, vegetables, 2 live chickens, 1 live pig and cash. Three community leaders spoke on behalf of their tribes. Fr Edwin Genovia (Principal) and Fr Angel Sanchez (Rector) also addressed them afterwards.

                        On Thursday (10 Sept), there was the Silver Jubilee Thanksgiving Mass presided by the Bishop of Goroka, Bishop Dariusz Kaluza MSF. In his homily, he indicated three key words that summarise the readings and the celebration: Hope. Joy. Greatness. The occasion was also graced by the presence of the former bishop of Kundiawa, currently the Archbishop of Madang, and the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of PNG-SI, Archbishop Anton Bal. Several priests came to concelebrate in the Thanksgiving Mass. Some religious sisters working in Kundiawa Diocese also participated. Archbishop Anton Bal, Fr Ryszard Wajda SVD (Diocesan Administrator of Kundiawa), Fr Dominic Kachira SDB (Vice Provincial of the Salesians in PNG-SI), and Fr Angel Sanchez SDB (Rector of DBSTC) delivered their speeches. Some members of the Governing Council of DBSTC were also present. Fr Dominic, in the name of the confreres of PGS Vice Province, handed a gift to the Salesian Community of Kumgi: a portrait of the Good Shepherd as a reminder of the mission of the Salesians to be signs and bearers of the love of the Good Shepherd.

                        After Mass, Archbishop Anton Bal blessed the monument of St John Bosco with St Dominic Savio and Blessed Laura Vicuña, as well as the 8 new kiosks or ‘haus win’ in the school grounds. Before noon, the Musical "Man With A Dream" was again staged for the guests.

                        On Friday (11 Sept), the Cultural Show was held. A total of 18 groups participated and performed to showcase the colourful and diverse culture of Papua New Guinea. Thousands came to watch this most awaited show. Fr Dominic Kachira SDB and Br Reto Wanner SDB (PGS Provincial Secretary) and Mr. Nick Bange (member of the Governing Council of DBSTC) were the judges for the cultural show.

                        On Sunday (12 Sept), there was another Thanksgiving Mass (Misa Bilong Tok Tenkyu) but this time with the Catholic faithful from the surrounding communities. The Diocesan Administrator of Kundiawa Diocese, Fr Ryszard Wajda SVD, presided over the Mass. In his message, Fr Angel Sanchez SDB (Rector) briefly narrated the history, origins and development of the Salesian work in Kumgi. He reminded the assembly of the pioneer Salesian missionaries and those who helped them find the land (more than 18 hectares in size) and put up the school. He also called out the names of the past rectors of Kumgi. There have been 8 since the time of Fr Joseph Savina. Towards noon, "Man With a Dream" was staged for the third time. In the afternoon, there was "bung kaikai" (shared meal) among the 7 small Catholic communities surrounding DBSTC.

                        The first Rector of Don Bosco in Kumgi is named "Joseph." The patron of the Salesian Community is "Saint Joseph." The oldest parish in the Diocese of Kundiawa is Saint Joseph Parish in Mingende where the Salesians also help with Sunday Masses. Surely St Joseph has been interceding for Don Bosco Kumgi. His name is even mentioned in the Vision-Mission Statement of DBSTC recited in the assembly on Mondays and Fridays.

                        For who can best help and assist the Salesians in their ministry and apostolate of “training for life” than the Guardian of the Redeemer himself, who, with Mama Mary, trained the boy Jesus!

                        Fr Savio Angelo Sanchez, SDB 

                        {gallery}PNG - 25 Simbu 2020{/gallery}

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

                          Brazil – Salesians in support of a solidarity economy: "Salesian Empreendendo Com Você" project

                          1 month 1 week ago

                          (ANS - Campos) - At the basis of Salesian pedagogy, Don Bosco set - and directly exercised - the triad made up of Reason, Religion and Loving-kindness. The spirit of Don Bosco continues to animate the Salesians even today, when they commit to help their neighbor, whether near or far, even in unusual and innovative ways. It is with this spirit that the Don Bosco Institute of Campos, in the Province of Brazil-Belo Horizonte, launched the project "Salesiano Empreendendo Com Você" (Salesians do business with you).

                          Based on the principles of Solidarity Economy, the project has two major objectives: on the one hand, to create an economic network that involves all those who gravitate around the institute - pupils and their families, teachers and managers, collaborators, past pupils ... - so that they can carry out commercial transactions with each other and support each other; on the other hand, it also intends to implement a training course and preventive measures and preparation for the economic crisis which, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the reduction of money circulating, is expected to hit the city of Campos in the coming months.

                          In the project's first phase, each participant shall receive a link to a digital form that will allow them to learn about the profiles of the members of the Salesian Family of Campos and of other local collaborators in greater detail. An online catalog will then be produced where each interested enterprise will be able to present and offer - at no cost - its own products. The local Salesian Family's social networks shall then be used for advertising to the small and medium firms that are members.

                          In the second and third phases, the project shall instead focus on the presentation of round tables and workshops led by professionals and specialized companies in the sector. They will share content to help small and medium-sized entrepreneurs redesign their company plans given the difficulties expected.

                          The project relies on the support of various trade associations in the city and on sharing content to promote the democratization of knowledge, the main communication vehicle of the city and the region.

                          In this way, the Don Bosco de Campos Institute makes its presence felt in the world of social commitment, considering it its duty, by charism and vocation, to accompany and help citizens in a time of general difficulties.

                          The complete project is available, in Portuguese, at this link.

                          • Brasile
                          • BBH BRASILE BELO HORIZONTE
                          • Lavoro
                          • Società
                            Alessandro Parrozzani

                            Lithuania – “Don Bosko Vasara 2020”: a fire lit in the hearts of Lithuanian children and animators

                            1 month 1 week ago
                            Lithuania – “Don Bosko Vasara 2020”: a fire lit in the hearts of Lithuanian children and animators

                            (ANS - Telsiai) - “The mission, first of all, teaches you something: what Lithuania has taught us is the value of Mercy”. Thus began the volunteers who during the summer managed to live a missionary volunteer experience of about three weeks in Lithuania, in Telsiai.

                            After the first two days, spent in the capital (Vilnius) to learn about the history of the Lithuanian people, the group headed for their final destination, Telsiai, a town built on the shores of Lake Mastis, in the Samogitian region, where there is a Salesian community: it is there that the experience of the Youth Summer Camp took place with the name “Don Bosko Vasara 2020” (Don Bosco Summer 2020).

                            In the mornings of the first week of their stay, the Italian volunteers interacted with the young local animators, and all together they deepened the fundamental teachings of Salesian animation, starting with the central stages and meetings of Don Bosco's life. In the afternoon, the true and proper "Don Bosko Vasara 2020" activities took place at the "Vincento Borisevicius" school. At the beginning of the week, the children and young people enrolled were already 45, but doubled by the end of the experience. "Not a bad number for a first experience ... in these times of Covid-19!" commented one of the volunteers.

                            The program of activities included: welcome, games, prayer and dance of the hymn of the Youth Summer Camp, workshops for age groups, snacks and games divided into teams, to conclude the day with songs and prayer. Only for the animators, then, there was a small supplement of activities, for a quick sharing on the day.

                            From the second week, the children, welcomed in the morning, saw the formula of the day remaining the same, but with more time for games plus, through short performances and activities, the addition of a "formative pill" on Don Bosco.

                            At the end of the experience, it was possible to observe how the animators immediately challenged themselves, got involved, starting a beautiful journey of growth with Don Bosco; and that the children, after the first days of acquaintance, opened up with smiles, laughter, jokes, the desire to play, be together and have fun.

                            In conclusion, the volunteers who'd left from Italy testified: "At the end of the third week we were able to really say that we had hit the target proposed to the kids: 'For us, holiness consists in being joyful'. This is why we returned to Italy with a special conviction: Don Bosco's language is universal. A game, a smile, a little attention is enough to speak the same language, the language of the heart, and it is immediately like feeling at home! During these days a fire has been lit in the hearts of children and animators; now it's a question of safeguarding and feeding this fire and these hearts!"

                            {gallery}Lituania - DB Vasara 2020{/gallery}

                            • Lituania
                            • ICP ITALIA CIRCOSCRIZIONE SPECIALE PIEMONTE E VALLE D'AOSTA
                            • Volontariato
                            • Missioni
                              Alessandro Parrozzani

                              Papua New Guinea – Silver Jubilee for Salesian presence in Sumba

                              1 month 1 week ago
                              Papua New Guinea – Silver Jubilee for Salesian presence in Sumba

                              (ANS – Kumgi) – 25 years ago, upon the invitation of Bishop William Kurtz, SVD, the pioneer Salesian missionaries came to the Diocese of Kundiawa, in Simbu Province to start their mission on behalf of youth. The pioneer Salesian missionaries were the late Br Ramon de la Cruz (Filipino), the late Fr Joseph Savina (Italian), and Fr David Buenaventura (Filipino). In 1996, Don Bosco Kumgi welcomed its first intake of woodworking students. The garage of the Salesian Residence at the time served as the workshop.

                              In 1997, Fr Joseph Savina was installed as the first Rector of Don Bosco Kumgi and in the same year, the school was named “Don Bosco Institute of Technology.” By 2002, the school had been more popularly known as “Don Bosco Tech – Kumgi” (DBTK). In 2015, Don Bosco Tech - Kumgi (DBTK) was raised to the level of a college and assumed the name “Don Bosco Simbu Technical College” (DBSTC). This year, at DBSTC, there are more than 500 students, 34 teachers and 5 ancillary staff.

                              The theme for the Silver Jubilee is: “DB KUMGI: High 5 @ 25.” The events aim at showing gratitude for the past, celebrating the present, and envisioning the future.

                              High 5 is a gesture of greeting and signifies relationship, friendship and celebration. 5 stands for the 5 elements of the logo or seal of DBSTC: the laurel leaves for education and success, the gear for technical training and skills, the cross shows that DBSTC is a Catholic mission school, the Bird of Paradise stands for Papua New Guinea, and the motto: “Training for Life.” 5 also stands for the 5 aims of DBSTC as indicated in the school’s handbook. “High 5 @ 25” invites and also challenges the community of DBSTC to move forward and continue fulfilling the dream of Don Bosco on behalf of  young people.

                              On Monday (7 Sept), there was the Road Show at Kundiawa town. The school truck and school bus were decorated. The statue of Saint John Bosco was mounted on a stand and displayed on the truck along with some students in their traditional "bilas" costumes representing the various provinces of PNG.

                              On Tuesday (8 Sept), there was the Talent Show and the Battle of the Bands in DBSTC's gym.

                              On Wednesday (9 Sept), there was the Open House Exhibit. Outsiders and students from other schools came to see the technical workshops and the projects of the Bosconians. In the afternoon, the Musical Play entitled "Man With A Dream", on the life of Saint John Bosco, premiered in the DBSTC gym. It was directed by Fr Clifford Morais. Selected Bosconians took part either as members of the cast or the crew. In the afternoon, some community leaders of the tribes nearby came to hand over their gifts to the Salesian Community: flowers, fruits, vegetables, 2 live chickens, 1 live pig and cash. Three community leaders spoke on behalf of their tribes. Fr Edwin Genovia (Principal) and Fr Angel Sanchez (Rector) also addressed them afterwards.

                              On Thursday (10 Sept), there was the Silver Jubilee Thanksgiving Mass presided by the Bishop of Goroka, Bishop Dariusz Kaluza MSF. In his homily, he indicated three key words that summarise the readings and the celebration: Hope. Joy. Greatness. The occasion was also graced by the presence of the former bishop of Kundiawa, currently the Archbishop of Madang, and the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of PNG-SI, Archbishop Anton Bal. Several priests came to concelebrate in the Thanksgiving Mass. Some religious sisters working in Kundiawa Diocese also participated. Archbishop Anton Bal, Fr Ryszard Wajda SVD (Diocesan Administrator of Kundiawa), Fr Dominic Kachira SDB (Vice Provincial of the Salesians in PNG-SI), and Fr Angel Sanchez SDB (Rector of DBSTC) delivered their speeches. Some members of the Governing Council of DBSTC were also present. Fr Dominic, in the name of the confreres of PGS Vice Province, handed a gift to the Salesian Community of Kumgi: a portrait of the Good Shepherd as a reminder of the mission of the Salesians to be signs and bearers of the love of the Good Shepherd.

                              After Mass, Archbishop Anton Bal blessed the monument of St John Bosco with St Dominic Savio and Blessed Laura Vicuña, as well as the 8 new kiosks or ‘haus win’ in the school grounds. Before noon, the Musical "Man With A Dream" was again staged for the guests.

                              On Friday (11 Sept), the Cultural Show was held. A total of 18 groups participated and performed to showcase the colourful and diverse culture of Papua New Guinea. Thousands came to watch this most awaited show. Fr Dominic Kachira SDB and Br Reto Wanner SDB (PGS Provincial Secretary) and Mr. Nick Bange (member of the Governing Council of DBSTC) were the judges for the cultural show.

                              On Sunday (12 Sept), there was another Thanksgiving Mass (Misa Bilong Tok Tenkyu) but this time with the Catholic faithful from the surrounding communities. The Diocesan Administrator of Kundiawa Diocese, Fr Ryszard Wajda SVD, presided over the Mass. In his message, Fr Angel Sanchez SDB (Rector) briefly narrated the history, origins and development of the Salesian work in Kumgi. He reminded the assembly of the pioneer Salesian missionaries and those who helped them find the land (more than 18 hectares in size) and put up the school. He also called out the names of the past rectors of Kumgi. There have been 8 since the time of Fr Joseph Savina. Towards noon, "Man With a Dream" was staged for the third time. In the afternoon, there was "bung kaikai" (shared meal) among the 7 small Catholic communities surrounding DBSTC.

                              The first Rector of Don Bosco in Kumgi is named "Joseph." The patron of the Salesian Community is "Saint Joseph." The oldest parish in the Diocese of Kundiawa is Saint Joseph Parish in Mingende where the Salesians also help with Sunday Masses. Surely St Joseph has been interceding for Don Bosco Kumgi. His name is even mentioned in the Vision-Mission Statement of DBSTC recited in the assembly on Mondays and Fridays.

                              For who can best help and assist the Salesians in their ministry and apostolate of “training for life” than the Guardian of the Redeemer himself, who, with Mama Mary, trained the boy Jesus!

                              Fr Savio Angelo Sanchez, SDB 

                              {gallery}PNG - 25 Simbu 2020{/gallery}

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

                                Sierra Leone – Don Bosco Fambul fights consequences of coronavirus among the most vulnerable

                                1 month 1 week ago
                                Sierra Leone – Don Bosco Fambul fights consequences of coronavirus among the most vulnerable

                                (ANS - Freetown) - Coronavirus infections in Sierra Leone have been well under control: there are few positive cases and few deaths. The government has lifted restrictions on mobility, but the main concern is that 47% of the population does not have access to running water and social distancing is very difficult to achieve due to the overcrowding in which most of the slum population lives. In this context, where the most serious consequence of the pandemic is poverty, Don Bosco Fambul continues to serve the people most in need.

                                Thanks to the experience gained during the Ebola epidemic, the Salesians started working from the very beginning on prevention and raising awareness of the virus. For this reason, the Salesians left the Don Bosco Fambul headquarters as a first-aid base and transferred the children and young people who were not infected to the buildings of the "New Fambul", on the capital's outskirts.

                                At the same time, the downtown bus, which was used for the "Don Bosco on Wheels" project, travels through the streets of Freetown's poor neighborhoods during the night. In this way, the Salesians and their collaborators identify and help street children and young girls who prostitute themselves. The bus has never stopped serving people: even during the curfew, it was able to go out onto the streets, having received permission from the police to do so.

                                “During the first weeks of isolation we took care of almost 500 minors. One hundred of them have already been reintegrated into the great family of Don Bosco Fambul,” said Fr Jorge Crisafulli, rector of Don Bosco Fambul.

                                Don Bosco Fambul is also the only institution that works with prisoners in this complex situation of fear of the spread of the coronavirus. The work in prisons, after the revolt that took place in the Pademba prison last April, due to the confusion generated by the virus, now requires the patience to start from scratch. "But let us not lose heart, because we are the only hope for them," adds the Salesian missionary.

                                The Salesian interest in helping minors, in many cases innocent or attributed with petty crimes, placed in cells together with adults, led the religious to negotiate agreements with the prison management for their release or to agree on various activities within the prison.

                                For this reason, in the midst of the pandemic, "Don Bosco Fambul" continues to carry out medical examinations of the injured and the sick, and has also re-equipped a section to house infected people, transforming the prison chapel into a clinic to isolate suspected cases.

                                Finally, the Salesian structure also takes care of distributing food to supplement the only meal that the prisoners receive every day.

                                • Sierra Leone
                                • AFW AFRICA OCCIDENTALE ANGLOFONA
                                • Coronavirus
                                • Don Bosco Fambul
                                  Alessandro Parrozzani

                                  Italy – Don Bosco Social Works of Sesto San Giovanni and Yamaha: from training to hiring

                                  1 month 1 week ago
                                  Italy – Don Bosco Social Works of Sesto San Giovanni and Yamaha: from training to hiring

                                  (ANS - Sesto San Giovanni) - The collaboration between the Salesian Vocational Training of Sesto San Giovanni and "Yamaha Motor Italia", established during the 2019/20 school year, has already given its first fruits. Although both institutions had to face and deal with the lockdown, as did all of Italy, the collaboration generated the hiring of two students at two official Yamaha dealers.

                                  Michele Musolino and Marco Crippa, both students of the “Automotive” training course, have been selected to follow courses and training internships at Yamaha where they have shown great passion and commitment. In June, they then obtained a technical diploma from the Salesian Vocational School and subsequently received a job offer from Yamaha dealers.

                                  “It was a great journey,” reveals Michele. “I started this experience in third grade by taking a course in the Gerno branch, where I was suitable for Yamaha standards, then towards the end of the school year I did an internship at Yamaha Motor to understand the working method and in the fourth, I went to do the internship at 'Valli Moto' in Lissone. After the exams, I took my CV to Roberto Valli… who hired me! That's the top! I have found good and helpful people and I'll be able to do a job that I like.”

                                  Marco is of the same opinion: “Mine is an apprenticeship contract with a maximum duration of three years, with the aim of training me as a motorcycle repair mechanic. It includes, in addition to full-time work of a maximum of 40 hours per week, some training courses regarding my specialization! This work experience at the 'Motortimes' dealership in Saronno has already given me a lot of emotions, despite being there from very recent times. It may seem trivial, but working on Yamaha-branded bikes gives me an extra boost.”

                                  “The partnership with Yamaha is a flagship of our professional training,” comments Francesco Cristinelli, Director of the CNOS-FAP Salesian Vocational Training Center in Sesto. “The kids have the opportunity to have access to a cutting-edge automotive workshop and to work on the latest-generation Yamaha-branded vehicles. Then the best, like Marco and Michele, have the opportunity to build their future inside first-rate workshops. The news is even more important, if we consider the complicated school period we've had to face in 2020.”

                                  “This collaboration has the value of giving our contribution to the territory and to society in terms of skills, to create new highly technical professionals who can immediately integrate into the world of work. In every field, skills make and will make more and more a difference… Soon, other students of the fourth class will be selected to undertake the same path, and we are confident that in a year we'll be able to speak of new and exciting results,” added Andrea Colombi, Yamaha Motor Country Manager.

                                  For more information: www.yamaha-motor.it - ​​www.salesianisesto.it 

                                  {gallery}ILE - Yamaha 2020{/gallery}

                                  • Italia
                                  • ILE ITALIA LOMBARDO EMILIANA
                                  • Formazione Professionale
                                  • Lavoro
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    India – Vivek Saini, Salesian Past Pupil, a frontline warrior fight against Covid-19

                                    1 month 1 week ago
                                    India – Vivek Saini, Salesian Past Pupil, a frontline warrior fight against Covid-19

                                    (ANS - New Delhi) - Dr. Vivek Saini, a Salesian past pupil of the Don Bosco Institute in New Delhi, 2009 alumnus, is one of the "warriors" in the frontline in the global fight against Covid-19. He is currently deploying his medical expertise at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital (LNJP) in New Delhi, currently the largest hospital dedicated to combating Covid-19 in India. He has already served three cycles, each lasting one month, in the Intensive Care Unit.

                                    If you ask his professors what memories they have of Vivek, they will tell you about a shy and introverted boy who, however, loved to participate in as many extracurricular activities as possible. Even today he proudly holds dear a portfolio of all the certificates he won during his student days, with notes of merit in drawing, basketball and ping-pong. Vivek is also a trekking enthusiast and semi-professional travel photographer. His “Khanabdoshi” Instagram page is like his digital alter ego.

                                    After school, he attended the University Course of Medicine and Surgery at the prestigious “Maulana Azad Medical College.” He later completed the specialization in Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the same college. In his professional and human curriculum, there is also a 10-month service with “Doctors Without Borders”, during which he worked in the remote health centers in the peripheries, trying to eradicate the local infectious diseases prevalent in West Bengal.

                                    Currently, he works at the LNJP, where the Delhi government has provided him with accommodation, as he must observe strict isolation, away from family and friends, during the period of activity.

                                    Given the nature of his service, the shifts, even if they involve a natural rotation, are quite irregular. Sometimes Vivek's shift starts at 3 am and continues until 10 am. The worst part of the job, however, is not the time schedule, but working with all the personal protective equipment on. Many healthcare professionals have fainted from heat and dehydration while wearing them. Once the kit is on, you cannot eat, drink or use the bathroom until you have properly undressed and sterilized everything. In addition, the safety goggles and visor fog up due to heat and humidity, making it even more difficult to see and act.

                                    It is under these conditions that all healthcare professionals like Vivek take care of patients.

                                    “Working in the ICU has, so far, been like a bag of mixed feelings, like an unpleasant roller coaster ride,” says Vivek. “There are days when unfortunate news has to be broken to several families, while on other days, the joy on the face of recovered patients is a blessing like a ray of hope. The work effort put in by the medical teams throughout the world may never truly be completely compensated.”

                                    Despite everything, Vivek truly believes that, despite our shortcomings, humans are capable of incredible feats and he looks to the future with confidence. “These are undoubtedly difficult times. But we also have the opportunity to be the most beautiful version of ourselves. It's times like these that say how good and humane we really are… The world shall recover from the pandemic soon. The tragic loss of those who've left us shall linger for long. But hopefully, we'll make a better world with all that this pandemic has taught us.”

                                    Fr Babu Varghese, SDB

                                    • India
                                    • INN INDIA NEW DELHI
                                    • Coronavirus
                                    • Salute
                                    • Exallievi
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Italy – Casa Don Bosco Museum: unique opportunity to get closer to Salesian history and Turin

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                                      Italy – Casa Don Bosco Museum: unique opportunity to get closer to Salesian history and Turin

                                      (ANS - Turin) - The "Casa Don Bosco Museum" built at the Salesian complex in Turin-Valdocco will be inaugurated on 2-3-4 October 2020. The project and design of the new museum followed a philological line that brought to light the original rooms of the second half of the 19th century. To all this was added the exhibition of Marian, liturgical, devotional and artistic collections, while considerable restoration work was applied to furnishings, fabrics, objects of artistic and devotional value.

                                      Among the guests who confirmed their presence are: Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians; the well-known art critic Vittorio Sgarbi; Alberto Cirio, President of the Piedmont Region; Chiara Appendino, Mayor of Turin; various authorities of the Italian institutional, artistic and cultural world, together with those responsible for the architectural, museographic and museological project of this “house-museum”.

                                      The President of the Region and the Councilor for Culture and Tourism comment that there could not have been a better choice than to create a "house-museum" to tell the story of a man who was a point of reference and "home" for hundreds of thousands of young people over two centuries, and who is, still today, an innovative precursor of a formation and educational system that is more current than ever.

                                      A story or history, Don Bosco's, deeply connected to the life and traditions of Piedmont. A bond that the House Museum narrates through the settings recreated to immerse the visitor into the private and working daily life of the Salesian community, enriched by important collections of sacred art that represent a heritage for all those who shall choose to visit.

                                      "Our Congregation of the 'Salesians of Don Bosco' has the joy and responsibility of delivering, for the good of the whole Salesian family in the world, for the pilgrims and tourists of the City of Turin, the new, completely renovated museum design of the places of the origins, of Don Bosco's educational and spiritual adventure," declared the Rector Major, Fr Á.F. Artime. "The rooms located under the courtyard and the Mother House were renovated, but the collection of objects belonging to both Don Bosco and the first Salesian community was also completely restored. It is a heritage to be discovered and enjoyed, to appreciate its cultural, devotional and Salesian identity."

                                      The three days for the official opening are:

                                      Friday 2 October - Press conference addressed to press and media professionals for a complete presentation of the new museum itinerary (by accreditation and invitation);

                                      Saturday 3 October - Inauguration of the Casa Don Bosco Museum in the presence of the civil and religious authorities (by accreditation and invitation);

                                      Sunday 4 October - Opening to the public of the Casa Don Bosco Museum (free access).

                                      From January 2021 the Museum will be included in the Museum Subscription circuit.

                                      The opening of the new Museum represents a unique opportunity to get closer to Salesian history and that of the city of Turin.

                                      For more information, please visit the website: https://basilicamariaausiliatrice.it/inaugurazione-museo-casa-don-bosco/ 

                                      • Italia
                                      • ICP ITALIA CIRCOSCRIZIONE SPECIALE PIEMONTE E VALLE D'AOSTA
                                      • Rettor Maggiore
                                      • Luoghi Salesiani
                                      • Musei
                                      • Arte e Cultura
                                      • Personaggi illustri
                                        Gian Francesco Romano
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