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Equatorial Guinea – Study, sport and joy in Real Madrid sports school "Don Bosco-Malabo"

1 month 2 weeks ago

(ANS - Malabo) - Almost a hundred children in need in Equatorial Guinea participate in the socio-sports school project that the Real Madrid Foundation has opened at the “Don Bosco” school in Malabo, the country's capital. Through the practice of football and basketball, boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 17 learn values ​​and improve their academic performance. The current pandemic situation and last year's compulsory lockdown prevented sporting activities, but not the accompaniment of children and their families.

Gill, Urbano, José Felipe, Melisa, Teresa, Bisila ... are just some of the children who benefit from the socio-sports school project carried out in collaboration between the Real Madrid Foundation and the Salesians of Malabo. This school, in fact, is one of the 21 socio-sports schools opened in 14 countries on three continents since this alliance between the Salesian Mission Office "Misiones Salesianas" of Madrid and the institution of the "Los Blancos".

From Monday to Friday, students go to the “Don Bosco” school in Malabo to wear their uniforms and participate in sports and recreational activities specially designed for them. Through playing football and basketball they learn the values ​​of team play, but also improve their eating habits, hygiene and academic performance.

For kids, sport is an outlet and a means of socialization that helps them develop on a human and educational level. Mayoka is a 16-year-old girl who plays basketball in the “Don Bosco” school in Malabo: “What I like most is the joy and the atmosphere of camaraderie between us. They help us with our studies and we really enjoy learning the sport we like; indeed, we wouldn't mind if it were every day of the week!”

During the school year, at the institute, the goal in the first quarter is to get to know the participants and explain the activities, with friendly tournaments. In the second quarter, the emphasis is on training the coaches and supporting the project beneficiaries in the studies, through reinforcement lessons.

Last year, the pandemic stopped all activities due to the mandatory lockdown decreed by the government starting in March. However, the school continued to operate online, accompanying children and their families with advice on how to prevent contagion and awareness talks and proper hygiene.

This year the activities continue according to the limits of capacity and all necessary preventive measures: use of masks during tutoring, disinfecting hands before entering the playing field or in any activity organized by the school and measuring the temperature of the participants before they enter the sports complex.

What does not change, despite the circumstances, in the socio-sports schools of the Real Madrid Foundation is the joy and the motto that benefits thousands of vulnerable children all over the world: “They play, we educate”.

  • Guinea Equatoriale
  • ATE AFRICA TROPICALE EQUATORIALE
  • Procure Missionarie
  • Sport
  • Misiones Salesianas
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Malta – Turning Burundi’s Child Street Beggars to School Children

    1 month 2 weeks ago
    Malta – Turning Burundi’s Child Street Beggars to School Children

    (ANS – Sliema) – The Maltese National Federation of Past Pupils and Friends of Don Bosco and the “Association des Anciens de Don Bosco au Burundi” have launched a new project “Giving Every Child a Chance – Helping Poor Burundi Children”. This partnership project is supporting 38 children who are among the poorest in Burundi as they are orphaned children who do not have the means to attend school and spend their time on the streets living the life of beggars. The aim of the project is to support these children in their education as well as to support some of their mothers to help them earn a living and teach them skills on healthy cooking, budgeting and try to help them access work to earn a living.

    The project started in September 2020, with the Maltese National Federation launching an appeal to benefactors to help us fundraise toward this project and ADB Burundi. The project includes:

    - Integration, animation, and supervision of children through games, singing and dancing.

    - Purchase of school uniforms and stationary.

    - Monitoring of children's school education.

    - Support, supervision and training of mothers.

    - Help children revise lessons and do their homework.

    - Paying for School fees for children.

    The children’s attendance at school has now become regular and they also have been introduced to prayer. For Christmas, the 38 children were, for the first time, taken to the local church to celebrate Christmas. They were given new T-shirts with the picture of Don Bosco and Mary Help of Christians.

    The project has also brought positive results in the locality where those children were born and live. Most of these children were beggars and wandered the streets, but after taking them to school and providing them with after school activities, child begging on the streets has declined. This positive change impressed people in their locality and brought much satisfaction to their mothers.

    For the feast of St. John Bosco, the Burundi Past Pupils organised a pilgrimage to the sanctuary of Mary Help of Christians in Buterere. On the feast day, they celebrated mass in their parish Pacis Regina of Kinando. After mass, the children and their mothers were invited for a meal to celebrate the feast of St. John Bosco.

    {gallery}Malta - Burundi - Bimbi aiutati da ExDB{/gallery}

    • Malta
    • Exallievi
    • Burundi
    • Povertà
    • Bambini di Strada
    • Scuole
    • Educazione
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Bolivia – Bolivia Provincial, Fr Juan Pablo Zabala, rest in peace

      1 month 2 weeks ago
      Bolivia – Bolivia Provincial, Fr Juan Pablo Zabala, rest in peace

      (ANS - La Paz) - With deep sadness, but at the same time with the certainty that the Merciful Father has already welcomed him into Heaven, the Salesian community of Bolivia (BOL) announced that yesterday, Monday 1 March, BOL Provincial, Fr Juan Pablo Zabala Torrez, SDB, died in the city of La Paz, due to COVID-19. "Let us pray for his eternal rest and give thanks to God for his life and ministry," said the religious of the "Our Lady of Copacabana" Province on Facebook.

      Fr Zabala was born on 15 January 1965 in La Paz, Bolivia. He carried out his novitiate at Santa Eulalia, Peru, made his first religious profession on 12 February 1985 and perpetual profession on 31 January 1992 in La Paz. On 24 September 1994, he was ordained a priest in La Paz-El Alto.

      He had been Vicar of the "Paul VI" Theologate community of Cochabamba in 1998-99, Director of the "Don Bosco" Institute of the same city from 1999 to 2005, and Vicar of the "Don Bosco Institute" of La Paz since 2017.

      For the BOL Province he had also been Secretary (1997-99), Councilor (1999-2002 and 2017 – to present), Vicar (2002-2005), and Delegate for Provincial Services-Educational Centres (2004-2005).

      He had also previously held the position of Provincial of the BOL Province in 2005-2011.

      • Bolivia
      • BOL BOLIVIA
      • Decessi
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Brazil – Fr Gabriel Romero's Extraordinary Visitation to BRE Province has begun

        1 month 2 weeks ago
        Brazil – Fr Gabriel Romero's Extraordinary Visitation to BRE Province has begun

        (ANS - Recife) - Yesterday, Monday 1 March, the Extraordinary Visitation of the Salesian Province of "St. Luigi Gonzaga" of Brazil-Recife (BRE) officially began. The Extraordinary Visitation, carried out every six years by the Rector Major or his delegate, is being carried out on this occasion by Fr Gabriel Romero, Regional Councilor for America South Cone, a territory that includes the Provinces of the Congregation present in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Chile and Uruguay. Opened yesterday, the visit will last for almost three months, until next May 22.

        Having been elected Regional Councilor at the Congregation's 28th General Chapter, held last year, and due to the slowdown in travel due to the pandemic, the one that began yesterday is the first Extraordinary Visitation conducted by Fr Romero.

        "It is certainly my first visit to a Province as a Councilor. I'm learning to speak Portuguese, so a first challenge will be to be able to listen well and speak with all my confreres, with young people and lay people. And, above all, to know the beauty and reality of the Salesian mission in the Northeast of this beautiful country that I am getting to know, which is Brazil. It shall be very nice to be able to share these months with all of you!" Fr Romero said to the "Nordeste Hoje" provincial bulletin team.

        And then he added: "The Rector Major sends his greetings to all the confreres of the Province, especially to the elderly who always pray for the Congregation and who support it with their prayers and their bearing witness. And, yes, he also sends an exhortation to encourage the Salesian brothers to always work among the young and to strengthen our identity of consecrated life, as consecrated Salesians. This is the strongest message that the Rector Major wants to send to us Salesians, to the Province."

        The Extraordinary Visitation began with Mass on Monday morning, and immediately continued with a moment of dialogue with the community of the Provincial House. Fr Romero spoke to the Salesians present about the various aspects of community life and the mission of animation of the Provincial Center.

        At the Provincial House the visit will continue until Thursday 4 March, and will include a moment of personal dialogue of the Regional Councilor with each Salesian and with the heads of the Shared Services Center to learn about the reality of community life and the mission of the Provincial Center. At the end of the visit, Fr Romero will leave in writing some guidelines for the future journey, which he will do in all the communities he will visit.

        Source: Nordeste Hoje

        • Brasile
        • BRE BRASILE RECIFE
        • Gabriel Romero
        • Visita Straordinaria
          Gian Francesco Romano

          India – Energy Forever for a green future: Solar Powered SPCI house

          1 month 2 weeks ago
          India – Energy Forever for a green future: Solar Powered SPCI house

          (ANS – New Delhi) – “That's one small step for a man; a giant leap for mankind”. Neil Armstrong's immortalised words hold good for anything important that we initiate, however insignificant it may appear. It holds good for the inauguration of the new 45-kilowatt solar power plant on the grid and rainwater-collectors at SPCI Don Bosco House, New Delhi on 23 February 2021. Supported by Jugend Eine Welt, in partnership with Don Bosco Network- Bosconet, this installation is one vital step towards fulfilling the Salesian congregational ambition of greening all Salesian campuses worldwide by 2032.

          Don Bosco Network's vision has always been in alignment with the environment actions outlined by the Sustainable Development Goals while also resonating with Pope Francis' call to care for our common home- the Earth. In December 2019, the Salesian Energy Forever Conference reflecting on an appropriate Don Bosco response to the environmental crisis impacting the young people we care for and serve, enumerated concrete actions that the Salesians worldwide could take to make an important difference.

          Don Bosco Network actively promotes many of those green initiatives: greening campuses with clean renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, promoting afforestation and green cover, greening training, updated green skills and promoting jobs in green sectors, e-learning, efficient natural resource management through rainwater harvesting, waste management, etc.

          Fr. Biju Michael SDB, the Regional Superior, and Fr. Davis SDB, Provincial, Salesian Province of Delhi inaugurated the 45 KW on-grid solar plant at the Don Bosco SPCI House in Dwarka, New Delhi, putting it on the green map of Don Bosco India. On the proud occasion, Fr. Biju Michael acknowledged the instrumental role of Don Bosco Network in conceptualising and successfully implementing this important contribution towards achieving the goals of the Energy Forever initiative in India. He especially appreciated the Director, Fr. Noel Maddhichetty SDB, and Fr. Santhanam Ubagaram SDB, Assistant Director, as well as the team, for this commendable achievement.

          Don Bosco Network continues its commitment to the various green goals established by the Energy Forever Conference because Energy Forever is the way to a future forever for the young people; especially those in vulnerable situations in India and around the world.

          • India
          • INN INDIA NEW DELHI
          • Creato
          • Ambiente
          • Michael Biju
            Gian Francesco Romano

            RMG – Many innovations in new volume of Don Bosco's Letters

            1 month 2 weeks ago
            RMG – Many innovations in new volume of Don Bosco's Letters

            (ANS - Rome) - The ninth volume of Don Bosco's Letters, edited by Fr Francesco Motto, SDB, former Director of the Salesian Historical Institute (ISS) and current president, has been in bookstores for days now, published by the LAS Publishing House of the Associazione Cultori di Storia Salesiana (ACSSA). A volume of 605 pages, containing 469 letters, written and sometimes only signed by Don Bosco in the three-year period 1884-1886 (lett. 3956-4424). A complex of texts that, it can be said, somehow rewrite the story of Don Bosco at the end of his life.

            40% of the letters are unpublished, thus many unknown correspondents to Salesian history come to light.

            The country boy from Castelnuovo has come a long way: in the 1880s the name "Don Bosco" resonated in Italy and abroad, including the icy Magellanic lands and various torrid cities in India.

            Many letters (about a third) are written in French, a language that Don Bosco barely knew. The fact is not irrelevant: Don Bosco's various trips to the Côte d'Azur, the triumphal trip to Paris in 1883, the edition of "biographies" in French, had made him known across the Alps as the nineteenth-century Saint Vincent de Paul. It is above all a circle of French benefactors, some of whom are very generous, who had been supporting the Salesian work in those years.

            Furthermore, in the three-year period considered, we find a seventy-year-old Don Bosco who was seriously ill. In many letters he is forced to justify the delay in answering, their brevity, bad spelling, the need to use a secretary…. Yet he never ceases to write personally to particular civil and religious authorities, to some confreres, to certain benefactors, to illustrious figures never known in person.

            Like the other previous volumes, this ninth volume of letters also makes it possible to distinguish between those penned by Don Bosco, those of which he wrote the minute (then copied by the secretary and signed by him), the letters written by others and simply signed by him, the printed circulars prepared by the collaborators, but always bearing his signature.

            Highlights are Fr Rua and two editors of the "Salesian Bulletin", Fr Bonetti and Fr Lemoyne, the latter in particular who became Don Bosco's secretary in those years and secretary of the Superior Chapter. To him we owe moving letters to individual Salesians, some circulars, the circular naming Fr Rua as Vicar of Don Bosco with full powers (1885) and, above all, the two letters from Rome of 1884.

            If Don Bosco's childhood, his youth, the very first experiences of Valdocco are well known, for the adult Don Bosco and for the elderly Don Bosco the main and unavoidable source are his letters: a sort of daily autobiography. All that remains is to wait for the last volume of the correspondence, the tenth, which will collect the letters of the year 1887, January 1888 and those found after the publication of the individual volumes. The final one will also offer the overall indexes of the saint's entire epistolary corpus, with almost 5,000 letters.

            • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
            • Don Bosco
            • Storia
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Malawi – The ZMB Vice-province extraordinary visitation commenced in Malawi

              1 month 2 weeks ago
              Malawi – The ZMB Vice-province extraordinary visitation commenced in Malawi

              (ANS – Lilongwe) – The 3-month long extraordinary visitation of ZMB Vice Province of Mary Help of Christians (Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia; canonical erection in 1998) started in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi on February 19, 2021 with the arrival of the Visitor, Fr Václav Klement from Rome. The aim of each Extr. Visitation is to foster deeper communion with the Rector Major and the whole society, animating the confreres with the Valdocco message of GC28 and contribute to the provincial journey discernment with the past 6-year evaluation.

              After the Superior of the Vice-province, Fr Chris Rychcik, with his Youth Ministry Delegate, Fr Chris Kunda, and Lilongwe Rector, Fr Michael Mbadama, welcomed the visitor at the airport, the first community of Don Bosco Lilongwe started immediately. After 26 years of Salesian presence in this landlocked African country we have now two canonical communities of Lilongwe and Nkhotakhota (230 km from the capital on the Malawi lakeside). In Malawi there are 11 Salesians (only 3 of them are coming out of Africa – from Poland, Vietnam and South Korea) and 15 prenovices (heading from all 4 countries of ZMB vice province).

              The harvest in Malawi is plentiful, a small number of Salesian in two communities attends to two large parishes with 26,000 Catholics organized in 93 small Christian communities and six schools with a total youth population of almost 14,000 students. Both communities in Malawi closely accompany the young people also through the SYM and Youth Centers, with the presence of young people of different religions background. The Salesian Family is still in the rooting stage with one center of Salesian Cooperators, DB Past Pupils and ADMA respectively.

              Mostly rural structure of Malawi with not-yet-well developed educational system makes the Charism of Don Bosco very relevant. The young Catholic community that celebrates this year only 120th Birthday (1901-2021) is very vibrant and the local vocations to priesthood and religious life are numerous.

              Held during the visitation was a blessing of the boarding house of Don Bosco High School in Nkhotakhota (capacity of 150 boys) built with the generous help of the Rector Major and the Visitor was able to see probably one of the largest Salesian parish schools in Africa, Tsabango Primary and John Lee Memorial Primary schools in Lilongwe with more than 11,000 students (grade 1-8).

              The Extraordinary visitation is opened exactly 5 years after the previous, held by Fr Americo Chaquisse, in 2016. God willing, from Malawi the Visitor will continue towards Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe with all the necessary precautions of the pandemic times. The schools in Malawi were just reopened after another 5-week period of closure.

              The ZMB Vice Province has 14 Salesian communities (two of them not-yet canonical) in 4 countries, with 3 houses of formation (pre-novitiate, novitiate and postnovitiate) with some 116 Salesians (average age of 42) including 13 Salesian Brothers, one Salesian Bishop and 10 novices. Most of the works are parishes, with a growing number of schools with boarding houses and first works for the youth in need and youth at risk. Every year also a good number of missionary volunteers from other other continents are involved in the ZMB Salesian mission.

              {gallery}ZMB - Visita Straordinaria 2021{/gallery}

              • Malawi
              • Václav Klement
              • ZMB ZAMBIA MALAWI ZIMBABWE NAMIBIA
              • Visita Straordinaria
                Gian Francesco Romano

                India – Young women in legal trouble learn job skills

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                India – Young women in legal trouble learn job skills

                (ANS – Ravulapalem) – Twenty-three young women who lived at the Salesian Surakshita Home, located in the town of Ravulapalem in Andhra Pradesh, India, were supported through funding from Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco. Surakshita Home provides living facilities for young women who have been in legal trouble. There are dorms, bathrooms, a dining hall, a work room and a training hall.

                When young women enter the program run by Surakshita Home, they are given clothing and proper nutrition. They are sent for a medical examination and women with special health needs receive individual follow-up care. They are also able to access a counselor and legal support for their cases in court. In addition, the young women are empowered with information about their rights, and they access training in tailoring, maggam embroidery and other handicrafts.

                During the five months that funding was provided, 23 women completed their coursework. The goal was to help them learn skills for employment so that they can live independently. They also stitched 10,000 masks and distributed them in the neighboring villages as part of helping with the COVID-19 pandemic response.

                After the program, some young women found work in tailoring shops while others were able to do dressmaking and embroidery work for themselves. Four of the young women were given tailoring machines so that they could launch a small business to become self-sufficient.

                Once they are released from the program, women are integrated back into society. Salesian staff members visit parents and guardians, and they help young women go back home if possible or find other reasonable accommodations.

                “This program is giving young women in trouble with the law a second chance at life,” said Father Gus Baek, director of Salesian Missions. “Salesian programs not only educate, but they prepare young people for work in fields that are hiring and jobs are available.”

                India has the world’s fourth largest economy but more than 22 percent of the country lives in poverty. About 31 percent of the world’s multidimensionally poor children live in India, according to a report by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative. A multidimensionally poor child is one who lacks at least one-third of 10 indicators, grouped into three dimensions of poverty: health, education and standard of living.

                Salesian programs across India are primarily focused on education. Salesian primary and secondary education in the country helps youth prepare for later technical, vocational or university study. Other programs help to support poor youth and their families by meeting the basic needs of shelter, proper nutrition and medical care.

                Source: Mission Newswire

                • India
                • INH INDIA HYDERABAD
                • Donne
                • Formazione Professionale
                • Lavoro
                • Procure Missionarie
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  RMG – Two important publications on Salesian meditation released

                  1 month 2 weeks ago
                  RMG – Two important publications on Salesian meditation released

                  (ANS - Rome) – At the beginning of Lent, the Formation Department of the Salesian Congregation released two important publications on Salesian meditation. Below is the letter with which Fr Ivo Coelho, General Councilor for Formation, presents the two texts to the Provincials and Provincial Delegates for Formation.

                  Dear confrers,

                  I am happy to be able to present to you The Practice of Meditation in the Prayer of the Salesians of Don Bosco (accessible by clicking here), fruit of a seminar organized by the Formation Sector in Rome, 10-12 May 2018. The aim of the seminar was to clarify the place of meditation in the tradition and life of the Salesians of Don Bosco and to offer guidelines in this area. We asked ourselves three fundamental questions: what is Salesian meditation? Why should we meditate? And how do we meditate? To our pleasant surprise, the seminar had surprisingly positive echoes from around the Salesian world, and not only from those involved in initiating young novices and Salesians into the art of meditation. This strengthened us in our determination to make available the fruits of our seminar, and this is what we are happy to be able to offer you at this moment.

                  The book includes, obviously, the four main papers presented at the seminar: Notes for a “brief treatise” on meditation at the origins of the Society of St Francis de Sales, by Giuseppe Buccellato; Learning to meditate with St Francis de Sales, by Eunan McDonnell; Meditation as Lectio Divina, by Giuseppe M. Roggia; and Three perspectives on the importance of Christian meditation, by Xabier Blanco. These have been revised by the authors and edited by Giuseppe Buccellato.

                  Buccellato is also responsible for the Pointers and Suggestions for Daily Meditation (accessible by clicking here) that form a second contribution to the process, an aid for initiating people to meditation in the early phases of initial formation. It can be used with profit both by formation guides and by those going through these phases, but also by anyone, individuals or communities, who would like to renew their way of practising the half hour of meditation that is part of our Salesian way of life.

                  Our little seminar was a beautiful learning experience for us who participated in it. It began with a sharing of our own experiences of meditation, which was then illuminated by the four papers. This process led to a rather rich discussion and to some practical conclusions, which were shared in a letter sent to all the provinces and which may be found also in the present book. From Buccellato we learnt that Giulio Barberis, the first novice director of the Congregation, used to dedicate the first period of the novitiate, no doubt at Don Bosco’s urging, to initiation to meditation. Don Bosco insisted on the affective dimension of meditation – something that, as Eunan McDonnell reminded us, is at the very heart of the teaching of St Francis de Sales. In turn, St Francis’ insistence on the place of the Word of God in meditation has been ‘canonized’ by Vatican II, as Giuseppe M. Roggia pointed out. Salesian meditation today, therefore, is very much lectio divina: listening to, reflecting on, praying over and allowing ourselves to be carried by God’s Word and his Spirit. Xabier Blanco in his turn took us to the person and example of Jesus himself. Jesus prayed because he felt the need to pray, because he loved. People today, including the young, seem to be rediscovering the need for silence and for prayer. This is what the young people told us during the Synod on youth, faith and vocational discernment. The Salesians of today are, therefore, certainly invited to give an adequate response to them. When the people of God ask for bread, we cannot give them stones.

                  Dear confreres, the practice of meditation, as Don Bosco saw, is fundamental to our vocational fidelity and to our mission. Our Constitutions put it beautifully: “For us mental prayer is essential. It strengthens our intimate union with God, saves us from routine, keeps our heart free and fosters our dedication to others. For Don Bosco it is a guarantee of joyous perseverance in our vocation.” (C 93)

                  The Practice of Meditation in the Prayer of the Salesians of Don Bosco is being made available at the moment in digital format. This does not exclude the possibility of some provinces or regions going into print, though this would obviously entail a further checking of the text. Since all of the material included in the book is original, so there is no question of seeking further copyrights: it would be enough to indicate your intentions to us in the Formation Sector. 

                  I hope this work will serve to awaken a renewed interest in and appreciation of the very important element of Salesian prayer that is our daily meditation. The season of Lent that we are just beginning is a favourable time to listen to and meditate on the Word, which calls and moves us to conversion.

                  A warm thanks once again to all those who contributed to the seminar: our four contributors, Giuseppe Buccellato, Eunan McDonnell, Giuseppe M. Roggia and Xabier Blanco; our editor Giuseppe Buccellato; the many confreres who helped in the translations; and the members of the Formation Sector, most especially Silvio Roggia who has been the driving force behind the arduous efforts of gathering the contributions, seeing to the translations, and bringing the whole project to completion.

                  Affectionately,

                  Ivo Coelho, SDB

                  • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                  • Formazione
                  • Meditazione
                  • Ivo Coelho
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    RMG – 60th anniversary of Servant of God Matilde Salem's death

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                    RMG – 60th anniversary of Servant of God Matilde Salem's death

                    (ANS - Rome) - Tomorrow, Saturday 27 February, will be the 60th anniversary of the death of the Servant of God Matilde Salem (1904-1961), a lay woman, very active in charity, who, thanks also to the collaboration with the Salesians of Middle East, knew how to live an authentic life of faith and benefit many needy people.

                    Matilde Salem (née Chelhot) was born in Aleppo on November 15, 1904. The wealthy condition of the family did not prevent Matilde from a strong interior life. On August 15, 1922, she married Georges Elias Salem. However, the joy of this union was soon tarnished by the impossibility of becoming a mother and the bridegroom's fragile health. In fact, on October 26, 1944 she became a widow. She could have rebuilt a life: beauty, wealth, noble trait, chosen friendships could have won her over. Instead, it was then that she discovered her true vocation: to dedicate herself totally to her neighbor with a wider love.

                    Her family were the poor young people of her town. In collaboration with the Greek Catholic Archbishop of Aleppo, Msgr. Isidoro Fattal, she undertook to carry out the grandiose project left by her Georges by will, committing the conspicuous capital he created with his successful commercial activity. The "Georges Salem Foundation" entrusted to the Sons of Don Bosco, called in 1947, shall from that moment on be her home and her family.

                    She enriched herself with various spiritual experiences: Salesian benefactress, daughter of St. Francis of Assisi, co-founder of the Work of Infinite Love. As for charity, there was no charity that did not see her as a supporter: Catechetical Society, St. Vincent's conferences, summer camps for poor and abandoned children, Vice-Presidency of the Red Cross, Islamic charity, work in favor of young lawbreakers, and more.

                    On Whit Monday 1959 she found herself struck by cancer. In response to the doctors' diagnosis, a single comment: “Thank you, my God”. It was a 20-month via crucis. By her will, she distributed all her possessions in favor of the various charities, so much so that she could say: “I am dying in a house that no longer belongs to me”. She died with a reputation for holiness on 27 February 1961 at 56 years of age. She is buried in the Salesian church in Aleppo.

                    The Cause of Beatification of Matilde Salem concerns a lay woman from the Middle East, who lived the evangelical ability to "see with the heart", practicing the humility of the little ones, working for the unity of Christians, the sanctification of priests, the evangelical promotion of many works of charity in favor of all those in need of any Christian confession and any religion. She was a disciple of Christ following the example of the women of the Gospel who followed Jesus putting their goods at the service of the Kingdom of God.

                    Today the testimony of a woman of peace and reconciliation is made even more relevant by the dramatic situation that for over ten years has affected her beloved country, Syria.

                    • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                    • Matilde Salem
                    • Santità Salesiana
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Democratic Republic of Congo – A memory of Ambassador Attanasio, killed on his way to visit relief and development works

                      1 month 2 weeks ago
                      Democratic Republic of Congo – A memory of Ambassador Attanasio, killed on his way to visit relief and development works

                      (ANS - Bukavu) - The news of the killing of the Italian ambassador Luca Attanasio, of the carabiniere, his police bodyguard, Vittorio Iacovacci, and of his driver, Mustapha Milambo, has had much media attention. Fr Piero Gavioli, an Italian Salesian missionary active in the country for 55 years, and who had met Attanasio just two days before the attack, offers an affectionate memory of him, along with some considerations.

                      On Saturday 20 February, Luca Attanasio arrived in Bukavu from Goma. On the way from Goma to Bukavu, they stopped to visit some of the World Food Program (WFP) projects for the displaced (circa 5 million people in the country, mainly women and children).

                      At 4:30 pm, the ambassador had an appointment with the small Italian community of Bukavu (about 25 people, almost all religious) at the provincial house of the Xaverians. As ambassador, Attanasio visited his compatriots at least once a year, making himself available to those who had to renew their documents, to spare Italians residing in the East an expensive trip to Kinshasa.

                      This time too he was very cordial: he gave us news of Kinshasa (where he and his family were victims of Covid-19), he asked us for news, he let the Deputy Director of WFP, Rocco Leone, speak to us, he introduced us to Vittorio Iacovacci, the carabiniere, his bodyguard, he promised that he would look into ensuring that there was a consular representative in Goma ... Then we attended a reception, I greeted him with the promise that next time he was to visit our school of trades… We parted; the next day he left for Goma where he had to meet the Italian community. I think on Monday he was headed to visit other WFP-assisted centers north of Goma.

                      I allow myself two considerations. An assassinated Italian ambassador makes headlines. In North and South Kivu there are hundreds of people who are killed every year by armed groups. Unfortunately, they do not make the news ... We hope that this assassination pushes the authorities to take measures to pacify our region and all of Eastern Congo.

                      In various regions, armed groups recruit their fighters from among young people from the interior, who live in misery and have no prospects for a future. A few years ago, when I was in Goma, the teachers had started a strike movement for wage claims. Some older boys, who had been in the armed groups, threatened them: if you don't let us study, we shall go back into the bush. The pacification of eastern Congo will come when there are conditions for life and development for all.

                      Ambassador Attanasio was very sensitive to this aspect, and was killed while he was on his way to visit relief and development works.

                      In their own small way, the Salesians in Goma, Bukavu, Uvira welcome vulnerable children into vocational schools who could, otherwise, be attracted by armed groups. We offer them a trade and a prospect for the future. It is our contribution to building peace in eastern Congo.

                      • AFC AFRICA CENTRALE
                      • Rep Dem del Congo
                      • Decessi
                      • Personaggi illustri
                      • Missioni
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Poland – 89th representation of Passion of Christ: "Mystery of Hope"

                        1 month 2 weeks ago

                        (ANS - Krakow) - 89 years have passed since the young Salesians in Krakow proposed the sacred representation of the Passion of Christ entitled "Mysterium" for the first time. Every year, the actors are the Salesian clerics who study in Krakow: first they were only those of the Salesian Provinces of Krakow (PLS) and Wrocław (PLO), then they came from all four Polish Provinces (thus also from Warsaw and Piła); for some years now, there are also some young people from the group “Ziemia Boga” (The Land of God).

                        If the event is therefore a consolidated tradition, this year's edition presents several novelties: first of all, the representation is in the form of a musical, and in this new guise has seen adaptations and changes: many of the texts that were recited by certain characters are sung this year.

                        Moreover, and above all, this year's representation is intended to be a "Mystery of Hope", because it wants to remind the spectator of today, gripped by the problems of the pandemic, that friendship is able to overcome even the border of death, that God perseveres every day alongside man and that the redemptive death of Jesus on the cross broke the chains imposed by sin.

                        The person in charge of the preparation of the entire musical performance is Mr. Marcin Kobierski, an actor of the "Bagatela" Theater in Krakow, who also wrote the lyrics, created the choreography, as well as the scenography and costumes. He himself testified: “The previous show was marked by suffering… I did not want to surpass myself in this direction, because we are all already marked by the suffering of this pandemic, which is very present in social life. The Passion must always be there, of course, but I wanted to look at it this time from a different perspective: so as not to stop only on suffering and instead look to where it leads, that is, to the hope of the Resurrection and eternal life. Jesus with his passion opens Heaven to us.”

                        This special musical, which asks everyone a crucial question - "And you, do you believe that on the third day the power of death was broken?" - had its premiere, as usual, on the first Saturday of Lent, last February 20, after the general rehearsals open to the public had already shown a notable appreciation.

                        The shows, like every year, will be staged every weekend of Lent until Palm Sunday, with four performances every weekend - obviously, unless otherwise ordered by the authorities due to the epidemiological situation. Although the number of seats available fell from 320 to 120 due to the pandemic, interest, as in previous years, is high, and tickets sold out in two days.

                        For more details, please visit the pages: www.facebook.com/losiowka and seminarium.sdb.org.pl/

                        Dominik Kruszyński SDB and Fr Marcin Wosiek

                        {gallery}PLS - Mysterium 2021{/gallery}

                        • Polonia
                        • PLS POLONIA KRAKÓW
                        • Arte e Cultura
                        • Teatro
                        • Teologia
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          India – South Asia Economers Meeting 2021

                          1 month 3 weeks ago
                          India – South Asia Economers Meeting 2021

                          (ANS – New Delhi) – Two days of South Asia Economers' Meet took place in Don Bosco Provincial House, Okhla, New Delhi, on 22nd and 23rd February, 2021. Fr. Biju Michael, Regional Councillor of South Asia, Fr. Davis Maniparamben, Provincial of New Delhi Province, and eleven Provincial Economers participated in the meeting hosted by Delhi Province and co-ordinated by Fr. Amaladoss Samson, Co-ordinator of Economers' Forum South Asia.

                          After the opening prayer animated by Fr. Babu Varghese, Youth Ministry Delegate of New Delhi Province, Fr. Biju Abraham, Provincial Economer of Delhi Province, and Fr. Amaladoss Samson, Co-ordinator of Economers' Forum South Asia welcomed Fr. Biju Michael, Regional Councillor of South Asia, Fr. Davis Maniparamben, Provincial of New Delhi Province, and the participants.

                          In the opening address, Fr. Davis Maniparamben appreciated the significant roles the Economers play in the provinces of South Asia in ensuring responsibility, accountability and transparency in financial administration and the leadership they provide for the variety of services in the region. Fr. Davis said, ''We may be strong as individual provinces, but together we can be stronger and synergize to reach out much more than we can imagine.'' He stressed that we need to align ourselves to the vision of the Rector Major and that of the Regional Councillor for South Asia region to make a real impact of our Salesian mission for the young.

                          Fr. Biju Michael, Regional Councillor for South Asia, spoke about the role of Provincial Economers in transforming systems and recalled their attention to the centre of the Salesian charism. He stated: “Any organized human system, like our SDB Congregation, is a complex system that is formed of four fundamental components such as purpose, organization, process and resources. The purpose should be something that is shared and inspirational. When many intelligences focus on a unified purpose, the impossible begins to evolve.”

                          In the afternoon online session, Bro. Jean Paul Muller, Economer General, presented the Priorities of the Rector Major and the General Council for the six-year period from 2020 to 2026. Mr. Joselyn Martin, Auditor, addressed the Economers in the evening session and clarified their doubts.

                          Source: Don Bosco India

                          • India
                          • INN INDIA NEW DELHI
                          • Economia
                          • Asia Sud
                          • Michael Biju
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            United States – “Education is a matter of the heart”. The “Don Bosco Prep” experience

                            1 month 3 weeks ago
                            United States – “Education is a matter of the heart”. The “Don Bosco Prep” experience

                            (ANS – Ramsey) – “Don Bosco Prep” in Ramsey, NJ, is a Private Catholic College Preparatory High School for Boys. Since it was founded in 1915, it has carried out the education and evangelization of young men through the charism of St. John Bosco. Don Bosco Prep mirrors St. John Bosco, who advocated that “education is a matter of the heart,” and Salesians and their lay collaborators in the Salesian mission strive to create a family spirit in an oratory environment.

                            Dedicated to empowering young men, the school provides rigorous academics at the Advanced Placement, honors and college prep levels, and encourages participation in extracurricular activities, clubs and athletics. Located on a 35-acre campus in Ramsey, Bergen County, New Jersey, the school's 850 students are accepted to the finest colleges and universities in the country and go on to make significant contributions to their families and communities.

                            The preventive system of education – marked by reason, religion and kindness – is practiced by educators and students alike.

                            Today, 12 members of the Salesian Community in residence at “Don Bosco Prep”, along with two Salesians residing in nearby care facilities, mirror St. John Bosco’s pastoral heart and joyful spirituality. They are actively involved in the lives of our students: in the classroom, in the chapels, in the lunch areas, in the auditorium, on the playing field, or – in a word – all around campus. They guide our students, their parents, and our lay colleagues by their example, their leadership, and their prayer. Their active presence is greatly felt.

                            Looking after the example of St. John Bosco – an exceptional educator, whose preventive system transformed the whole (person  body, heart, mind, and spirit) so as to then send the young forth to transform the world – many of the Don Bosco Prep students became honourable citizens and good Christians and went forth to further their education and then made a difference in an array of vocations, including within the Church.

                            Over 150 alumni have gone on to serve as diocesan or religious priests or religious brothers. We currently have two alumni in formation for the Salesians and two alumni in formation for dioceses. Countless more alumni have become lay missioners in other countries, or serve in their local parishes in various ministries, including the diaconate.

                            But it all comes back to reaching the heart. “I think that the way we mostly reflect St. John Bosco is that we are a home that welcomes,” said Burton Oh ’22. “Everyone is always included, especially the new students. No one is ever excluded. And just like St. John Bosco used to do, before the pandemic, when kids would stay late after school to volunteer, the Salesians would invite us into their home for dinner. It is truly a home that welcomes all.”

                            Further information: https://www.donboscoprep.org/ 

                            By Jennifer Passerino

                            Source: Salesians SUE

                            • Stati Uniti
                            • SUE STATI UNITI EST E CANADA
                            • Educazione
                            • Scuole
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              India – General Councillor for Formation meets Young Salesians of the Mumbai Province

                              1 month 3 weeks ago
                              India – General Councillor for Formation meets Young Salesians of the Mumbai Province

                              (ANS – Mumbai) – The priests and brothers of the quinquennium of the Mumbai Province have gathered in the Provincial House at Matunga (Mumbai) for their annual course of animation. The 25 participants began the four-day course on 22 February 2021. On the second day, Fr Ivo Coelho – the General Councillor for Formation – addressed the participants. He began his session by listening to the participants share their experience of their first few years of active ministry as priests and perpetually professed brothers. Fr Coelho acknowledged the growth in experience and maturity that he noticed in the Salesians, many of whom he knew during their years of initial formation.

                              Based on the sharing of the Salesians, Fr Coelho invited the participants to reflect on three aspects. He began by comparing the period of the quinquennium of their ministry to the quinquennium of the priestly ministry of Don Bosco. He told the young Salesians that Don Bosco spent the first three years of his priesthood at the Convitto Ecclesiastico where along with moral theology, canon law and pastoral experience, he was taught to reflect on his ministry. He said that every Salesian ought to imitate Don Bosco in reflecting on their ministry, and this should be done in faith. Quoting article 119 of the Constitutions of the Society of St Francis de Sales, he encouraged the Salesians to listen to the voice of the Spirit while immersed in the apostolate, and in the midst of the poor.

                              Secondly, he asked the young Salesians to clarify their notion of being ‘Salesian religious’ priests. He said this in the context of clarifying that pastoral ministry for a Salesian is much more than merely the administration of the sacraments. He said, “Don Bosco began a new way of being priests.” While it included the practice of the evangelical counsels, it necessarily included living in community and participating in the mission. He emphasised the primacy of the Christian vocation to be Alter Christus. He stated that ministerial priesthood was thus, secondary, and an office of service, and not dominance.

                              Finally, he encouraged the young Salesians to not only offer accompaniment to youth, but also seek accompaniment from a spiritual guide. He reminded the Salesians that Don Bosco had the gift of counsel, and was a guide to many youth. However, he also sought guidance from Joseph Cafasso who was his spiritual guide. According to him, along with the sacrament of reconciliation, spiritual direction is extremely important for every Salesian to grow during the period of on-going formation.

                              He then responded to the various queries of the participants. This included diverse topics like the vocation of the Salesian Brother, having non-Salesians as spiritual guides, the issues faced by young Salesians in the area of affectivity, and maintaining one’s identity as educator-pastors in the digital world.

                              {gallery}India - Visita d Coelho 2021{/gallery}

                              • India
                              • INB INDIA MUMBAY
                              • Formazione
                              • Ivo Coelho
                              • Salesiani Sacerdoti
                              • Salesiani Coadiutori
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Sierra Leone – "Don Bosco" Youth Center in Freetown: factory that saves lives with a smile

                                1 month 3 weeks ago

                                (ANS - Freetown) - Thousands of minors roam the streets of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, every day. They don't go to school because they are orphans or have been kicked out or ran away from home and survive by grouping into gangs. In many cases they come from large families where there was not enough food or space for everyone, and if they are girls or young women the dangers for them double ... The coronavirus, in this past year, has further increased the problems for these children, that during the lockdown they had nowhere to hide. However, the “Don Bosco” youth center of Dwarzak parish in Freetown has become a big family for them, where they can play, learn, receive food and, at the same time, lay the foundations for a dignified future.

                                Fr Sergej Goman is a Salesian missionary from Belarus. Just over forty, he spent most of his religious life in West Africa. In Sierra Leone he dedicated himself to street children, Ebola orphans. During the pandemic he also collaborated on various projects with the "Don Bosco Fambul" work. For three years he has been in charge of the “Don Bosco” Youth Center in Dwarzak and has become a father-figure for dozens of abandoned or problematic minors.

                                The Salesian center offers young people a space for recreation and sports, to receive school help, a meal and personal and spiritual accompaniment in a safe and healthy environment, where joy and laughter are the protagonists. Salesians promote an attitude of service in children, adolescents and young people, helping them to become honest citizens and good and devoted people.

                                Every day about 50-100 boys and girls aged between 7 and 18 participate in the recreational, educational and spiritual activities of the Youth Center. 50 young people receive nutritional assistance three times a week and 80 children receive educational and spiritual assistance at the Youth Center, six days a week. These activities promote an environment full of values and hope, where young people feel safe and free.

                                Other activities are table tennis, educational films, performances and quizzes, the music band, music courses ... The Youth Center also organizes sports programming six days a week with football and basketball training, friendly matches in Lungi and Freetown, and championship races; it also offers formation and meeting spaces for animators and educators.

                                In a country of enormous contradictions - it has a population among the youngest in the world, but also one of the lowest life expectancies, there is no shortage of resources, yet poverty is very high - the Salesians help to educate aware young people in joy and serenity of their rights and their possibilities, so that they can write bright pages in the history of Sierra Leone.

                                • Sierra Leone
                                • AFW AFRICA OCCIDENTALE ANGLOFONA
                                • Missioni
                                • Giovani a Rischio
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Portugal – Salesians of Estoril develop “Salesian Digital Oratory” to continue accompanying young people

                                  1 month 3 weeks ago
                                  Portugal – Salesians of Estoril develop “Salesian Digital Oratory” to continue accompanying young people

                                  (ANS - Estoril) - With proposals for activities segmented by age group, the Salesians of Estoril have developed a "Salesian Digital Oratory" in response to the challenge posed by the interruption of normal school activities due to the Covid-19 pandemic. To promote the physical, psychological and spiritual well-being of children, young people, and their families, the local Salesian institute has prepared a program of educational, recreational and playful activities, led by Salesian students and educators.

                                  Education is a tool that is used to face the challenges that arise in life. Resilience, especially in these times, seems to have become the watchword. For this reason, in the face of the alarm generated by the current context of education, and the consequent social call to action, educators know that they must give primacy to what has the most value. And so, in a charismatic way, in response to the challenge of interrupting school and other activities, the Salesian Digital Oratory was born.

                                  “The Oratory was a response of proximity to students and their families, capable of conferring the perception of social support, of promoting hope, of warming the soul and of mobilizing essential resources for physical, psychological and spiritual. Inspired by the month that celebrates our Patron Saint, and trying to give color to a project that had already been conceived, we witnessed a reconciliation of synergies that led us to believe that the path would be this: to replicate the Oratory of Don Bosco adapted to contemporary reality and needs,” explained the Salesians of Estoril.

                                  Stimulated by the objective of doing more and better, the activities have been designed in the most diverse ways and areas of knowledge: informal learning, oriented to the essential art of learning to be happy.

                                  Sports, music, science, emotions, spirituality, arts, cooking, social networks, study methods and techniques, games, photography… All this and much more occupied the days of students and young people. The activities were segmented by age groups, from 4 to 18 years, to ensure greater adaptability to the diversity of the participants.

                                  The interactions between educators and participants exceeded initial expectations, reinforcing the certainty that, by working together, it is possible to overcome all difficulties, and to learn and continue to grow at the rhythm of the heart.

                                  • Portogallo
                                  • POR PORTOGALLO
                                  • Oratorio
                                  • Coronavirus
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Brazil – Collaboration between past pupils from different faculties of "UniSALESIANO" gives life to veterinary clinic

                                    1 month 3 weeks ago

                                    (ANS - Araçatuba) - A collaboration between two past pupils of the "UniSALESIANO" Salesian University of Araçatuba, belonging to the Brazil-Campo Grande Province (BCG), has resulted in a veterinary clinic that strikes you right from the start. The fostering and enhanced appreciation of talents and personal inclinations, so typical of Salesian education, left a tangible and immediately evident sign in this case.

                                    Four years have passed since veterinarian Fabianna de Simone Souza, 34, graduated from the UniSALESIANO, but the Salesian institute of higher education is still a real and important presence in the life of this professional.

                                    After finishing her university studies, Fabianna worked in some businesses in the area, but then decided to pursue her dream: to open her own veterinary clinic. But not just any clinic. "I wanted something that was an extension of people's homes with benches to sit outside, gardens to relax ... Something out of the ordinary," she explained.

                                    For this reason, the veterinary surgeon contacted the Coordinator of the UniSALESIANO Architecture Course, prof. Giuliano Pincerato, looking for collaboration. “It was the first thing that came to mind. The UniSALESIAN has such a wealth of professionals and projects that I decided that the facade of the clinic would be done by some of them," she clarified.

                                    Fabianna's request was immediately examined and satisfied by the teacher in a perspective that always tries to enhance multidisciplinarity. "It was the union of Veterinary with Architecture that made it possible to achieve the goal of adapting the space in the best possible way," said prof. Pincerato.

                                    The person in charge of the project was the architect Mariana Rie Nonaka Yamaguchi, who graduated last year from the UniSALESIANO. In her work, the architect prepared a re-adaptation in the spaces of the clinic, which involved a reform of the rooms, their reorganization, the decor ... "This project was very useful for my final dissertation. It is enriching to leave the classroom and have contact with the client, it helps you to develop confidence. It was a sensational experience," said Mariana.

                                    So now Fabianna has her own veterinary clinic where she can fulfill her dream of treating animals in an ethical, dignified and humane way - all traits, she stresses, - which have a lot to do with the training and formation she received at the UniSALESIANO. “It was wonderful to attend your dream faculty in a place that provides the student with attention to her practical experiences. For five years, in parallel with the theoretical lessons, I carried out internships which were very important for my learning and my career,” concludes the young professional.

                                    For his part, the Director of the UniSALESIANO of Araçatuba, Fr Erondi Tamandaré, observes that some of the objectives of the courses in Architecture and Veterinary Medicine are, respectively, to design, create and cure - activities that truly express the vocation of man and of woman according to the plan of God, "the great architect and keeper of the universe".

                                    {gallery}Brasile - Clinica veterinaria 2021{/gallery}

                                    • Brasile
                                    • BCG BRASILE CAMPO GRANDE
                                    • Università
                                    • Exallievi
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Mexico – “Don Bosco's Tuesdays”: Past Pupils present Salesian social charism

                                      1 month 3 weeks ago
                                      Mexico – “Don Bosco's Tuesdays”: Past Pupils present Salesian social charism

                                      (ANS - Mexico City) - To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco, the Past Pupils active in Southern Mexico since July 2020 are organizing various digital video conferences. This series of events, entitled, for its weekly frequency, "Don Bosco's Tuesdays", has already made known every group of the Salesian Family present in Mexico, and has recently opened a new thematic cycle. The Salesian Family of Mexico, which participates en masse in these digital events, last February 14 also came together in condolences for the passing of Fr Rodolfo Sánchez Romo, an appreciated Salesian, which took place on the previous 12 February.

                                      The appointments of “Tuesday with Don Bosco” - broadcast at 8.30 pm on Zoom and on the Facebook page of the Past Pupils - since last January 19th are aimed at presenting the social activities inspired by the charism of the Saint of Youth.

                                      On the theme "The Salesian preferential option for poor and excluded young people", Virginia Cerón Martínez, Delegate for Mission Animation and Social Works of the Province of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians "Our Lady of Guadalupe" (MME), presented the various works and apostolates of the Province, their objectives, their scope and future expectations.

                                      On 26 January the project "Yolia niñas de la Calle A.C." was presented, a work founded 25 years ago by the professional educator Mónica Rábago González, Salesian Cooperator, together with other associates of that group. The special guest of that Tuesday spoke of how her motivation to serve was born at a very young age, thanks to the testimony of an FMA, and her experience of people in extreme poverty in the Salesian Youth Centers and Oratories.

                                      On 2 February it was the turn of the "Déjame Ayudarte" (Let me help you) foundation, the "Chavos de Don Bosco" Salesian Project, which was presented by Fr Noé Jorge Lara, SDB, Vicar of the foundation, who illustrated the details of the Mission, Vision and Values of the institution, which assist children, adolescents and young people in vulnerable situations in a typically Salesian perspective, that is, preventive.

                                      On Tuesday 9 February, instead, there was the "Institute for the Improvement of Indigenous Communities - Don Bosco" (IMCI Don Bosco) in Matagallinas. The great service to the Mixe population and other ethnic groups in the area, as well as programs for agricultural production, animal care, textile workshops, together with formal courses, school and boarding school ... were at the center of the intervention by Fr Pedro Narvaéz Cab, SDB, who did not fail to recall how the Salesian work has been the cradle of many vocations, or where many young Salesians have carried out their formation and forged their conviction of serving God in the style Don Bosco.

                                      {gallery}MEM - Martedi di Don Bosco 2021{/gallery}

                                      • MEM MESSICO MÉXICO
                                      • Exallievi
                                      • Famiglia Salesiana
                                      • Decessi
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Papua New Guinea – Start of school, educational and pastoral activities

                                        1 month 3 weeks ago
                                        Papua New Guinea – Start of school, educational and pastoral activities

                                        (ANS - Port Moresby) - The continent that undoubtedly has withstood the impact of Covid-19 best is Oceania. In the young Salesian Vice Province of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands (PGS), always with great attention, but with fewer limitations than elsewhere, school, educational and pastoral activities have therefore been restarted.

                                        The 2021 Pastoral Year for the Mary Help of Christians Parish, Rapolo, Port Moresby, was officially launched on Saturday 6 February with a day of formation and prayer. The meeting was opened by Fr Möise who introduced the Rector Major's 2021 Strenna to the participants. He later explained the Salesian Culture to the participants since many of them were new to the Salesian environment and reminded the participants that they are valuable to Don Bosco and are members of the Don Bosco Educative-Pastoral Community. The participants were also urged by Fr Möise, that moved by hope in Christ they are to commit themselves this year by extending their hands to their fellow brothers and sisters in their respective parishes and sub-parishes. The participants ended the formation with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and professed their faith as a sign of commitment to God in their ministries.

                                        “Don Bosco Technical School”, located in Gabutu, Port Moresby, celebrated Ash Wednesday with a Eucharistic celebration that also opened the academic year. Held on Wednesday, 17th February, the theme of the celebration was “Give and it shall be given back to you” (Luke 6:38). Archbishop Francesco Panfilo, SDB, was the main celebrant accompanied by the School Rector, Fr Pedro Sachitula, SDB.

                                        In his homily, Archbishop Panfilo reminded the school of the meaning of Lent as a journey towards the resurrection of our Lord Jesus. His message to the school community was an invitation to pray more and better during this time of Lent; to get closer to our Lord Jesus; to fast from things we do not really need and to share what we save from our fasting to the needy.

                                        After the Mass there followed a program to mark the formal opening of the academic year 2021 with the presentation of awards of continuing students from 2020.

                                        Finally, the “Don Bosco Rural Training Centre”, sited in Honiara, Henderson, Solomon Islands, came alive on 19 February to inaugurate the new scholastic year invoking the Holy Spirit. The Holy Eucharist was presided over by Rector Fr Robinson Parappilly, and concelebrated by Fr Bai Albesa, the Principal of the school, and Fr Dai. The young people of the RTC very well prepared the liturgy with solemn dancing processions and singing using the special musical instruments of Solomon Islands. 

                                        During the Holy Eucharist, Fr Robinson inspired the students and teachers to have dreams quoting Holy Father Pope Francis's Encyclical Fratelli Tutti. He also told them the stories of Joseph the dreamer, St. Joseph the dreamer, and Don Bosco the great dreamer. Their dreams had a vision and the mission followed. “We are here to fulfill our own cherished dreams and fulfill them following the vision mission of our RTC,” said Fr Robinson. 

                                        This was followed by the official inauguration ceremony. Fr Bai in his welcome address emphasised the Strenna of the Rector Major to Hope for the better. Then, he explained to the students the role and functions of various youth groups, sodalities and clubs and urged them to develop leadership qualities. In his speech, Fr Parappilly acknowledged the contributions made by previous missionaries and Salesians and said the school will develop nationally and internationally accepted curriculum and will implement in the following years: “We will work in close collaboration with the Ministry of education, agriculture, and like-minded NGOs and Universities to empower the staff and students.”

                                        The ceremony concluded with the singing of the alma mater song by the Bosconian.

                                        {gallery}PGS Riaperture - 2021{/gallery}

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