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Italy - When the present is called future: "The School of Doing" inaugurated

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(ANS - Naples) - The first school year of the "La scuola del Fare" Vocational Training Center officially opened yesterday, Thursday 24 October, promoted by CNOS / FAP at the Salesian Institute in Naples (Italy). The inaugural event was attended by leading figures from the Salesian world, local administrations and the Third Sector, such as Vincenzo De Luca, President of the Campania Region, Chiara Marciani, Regional Councilor for Vocational Training, and Fr Fabio Attard, General Councilor for the Salesian Youth Ministry, who stated: "When a boy or girl lives in an environment where he feels welcomed, accompanied, promoted and made a protagonist, the present is called the future."

In a territorial context strongly in need of vocational training programs, the "School of Doing" shall involve 120 students who have left conventional education. It follows an approach in which "doing", or a hands-on, practical part, takes on a prevalent role in formation, together with the collaboration with national and international companies in the territory, all with a view to giving concrete answers to students' needs, also in terms of future employment.

At the premises made available by the Salesian Institute of Naples, the classrooms and workshops of the "School of Doing" will develop: over 1,200 square meters where the courses of "Motor Vehicle Repair Operator" and "Operator of Logistic Systems and Services" will take place, a training course of over 1,000 hours per year, of which more than half is reserved for workshop activities.

On the opening day, the presentation of the two three-year courses and of the teachers and educators preceded the cutting of the ribbon, with a blessing from the Superior of the Salesian Province of Southern Italy (IME), Fr Angelo Santorsola.

Then the institute's "Open Day" began, during which all the students, already attending the school for a period of orientation, guided the visitors by simulating practical lessons in the workshops.

The renovation works for the construction of the school were supported by much-appreciated collaborators who immediately embraced the project, inspired by the very Salesian educational idea of ​​"learning to learn".

Since yesterday, thanks to the Salesian commitment and skills, and the support of many different figures - Campania Region, UNICREDIT Bank, ONGs such as "Con i Bambini - With the Children", "Fondazione Alberto and Franca Riva Onlus", "San Gennaro Community Foundation" , "IF-ImparareFare", "Cometa Formazione", "Il Millepiedi Social Cooperative Society" ... - a concrete path of hope has opened up to contrast scholastic dispersion and child educational poverty, by providing a platform from which many young people may find fulfillment in life and in work.

{gallery}IME - Scuola del Fare - 2019{/gallery}

  • Italia
  • IME
  • Formazione Professionale
  • Fabio Attard
  • Pastorale Giovanile
    Gian Francesco Romano

    RMG – GC28: The sense of welcome explained by Fr Rafael Gasol

    1 month 2 weeks ago
    RMG – GC28: The sense of welcome explained by Fr Rafael Gasol

    (ANS - Rome) - "Today it's important to be able to talk about welcoming pilgrims, young people and children who come to Valdocco." This is how Fr Rafael Gasol, head of hospitality of the Turin-Valdocco community, explains in the video about the welcome desk, which is part of the series "Interviews with the eyes of ...".

    It is important to let people know that when they arrive at Valdocco, they will immediately find a point of reference, someone ready to welcome, who makes you feel at home, who guides you on this important and profound spiritual visit. “The sense of acceptance is not only at Valdocco,” continues Fr Gasol in the video, “but in all the Salesian communities of the world.”

    The video with the interview with Fr Gasol is being published today, 115 days from the beginning of the 28th General Chapter, on the various ANSChannel channels.

    • RMG
    • CG28
    • Valdocco
    • Torino
    • ICP
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Papua New Guinea – The universal call to the Mission

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      Papua New Guinea – The universal call to the Mission

      (ANS - Rapolo) - The laity are those "faithful (who) are by baptism made one body with Christ... who... carry out for their own part the mission of the whole Christian people in the Church and in the world... They live in the century ... and are called there by God that by exercising their proper function and led by the spirit of the Gospel they may work for the sanctification of the world from within as a leaven. In this way they may make Christ known to others, especially by the testimony of a life resplendent in faith, hope and charity." (Lumen Gentium, n° 31). In this Extraordinary Missionary Month that is coming to an end, a testimony comes from Papua New Guinea of how necessary and how effective the missionary initiative of the laity can be.

      The call to mission is for everyone, yes everyone!  In the Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands Vice Province, it is easy to think that missionaries are only the priests and religious in our lives. The Salesian priests guide us in our faith.  The religious brothers work with the youth and the sisters give their time and energy to spreading the Good News. Yet, we must not forget that the call to mission is for all. 

      At Don Bosco Technical Secondary School, Rapolo, we are grateful for the efforts and commitment of lay people who serve in simple yet extraordinary ways. Every week lay volunteers dedicate their weekends to lead Catechism classes for the young children of the newly established parish.  On the other hand, this is an extremely sacred ministry for those who donate their time and talents. The children start their day praising their God at the Eucharistic celebration and continue to learn more about Him at the catechism class. 

      The Salesian Co-operators share their talents and gifts in a very practical way.  Every Sunday, these amazing people go out to different communities and offer basic medical checkups of blood pressure and sugar levels for the people of the village. This helps the people create a ‘healthy plan of life’ so that they may live a long and healthy.

      Still others are the laity who dedicate themselves to the accompaniment of young people in daily life, in classrooms and courtyards, offering children models and establishing with them that closeness and confidence that lead to an effective transmission of values ...

      This is Mission! The love of Christ and neighbor drives the mission in our hearts to serve one another. We pray for all our missionaries, that they may be blessed and encouraged to continue their ministry. “Go out to all nations and proclaim the Good News,” Christ tells us. These people put the command of Christ into practice.  Our lives give you thanks and praise, O God!

      Matthew Nguyen, a young American lay person, volunteer of the Salesian Lay Missioner program  

       {gallery}PGS - SSCC infermieri 2019{/gallery}

      • Papua Nuova Guinea
      • PGS
      • Volontariato
      • Laici
      • Missioni
        Gian Francesco Romano

        India – Rector Major's Vicar visits North-East India

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        India – Rector Major's Vicar visits North-East India

        (ANS - Guwahati) - It was 21 July 1921 when Fr Paolo Albera, then Rector Major, accepted the pressing invitation of the Vatican to assume the leadership of the Apostolic Prefecture of Assam in North East India. The first 11 Salesian missionaries - six priests and 5 coadjutors - led by Fr Louis Mathias, arrived at the headquarters of the Prefecture in Shillong on January 13, 1922. For this reason, today the North East Provinces (Guwahati - ING, Dimapur - IND , and Shillong - INS) are engaged in three years of preparation for the centenary of Salesian presence. And in the context of the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Guwahati Province, erected in 1959, the Vicar of the Rector Major, Fr Francesco Cereda, visited the ING and INS Provinces in recent days.

        Fr Cereda, accompanied also by his Secretary, Fr Saimy Ezhanikatt, who belongs to ING Province, was welcomed last October 13 with great enthusiasm, first at the airport, then at the Provincial House, by numerous Salesians, young people and members of the Salesian Family. Later, he met with the Provincial Council to learn about the current state of the Province and its future projects. He then met with the Salesian Family.

        The following day, Fr Cereda celebrated the Eucharist at the Generalate of the "Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians" - aka "Ferrandine" – as they were founded by Msgr. Stefano Ferrando, SDB; he then participated in a festive meeting with the young people of the local Salesian schools, and offered the inaugural address of a symposium on "Evangelization and Catechesis".

        Young people at risk and in street conditions were also greeted by the Vicar of the Rector Major, who showed them the attention and closeness of the entire General Council; as well as the parishioners of Tangla, who impressed Fr Cereda for the beauty of their traditional rites.

        Friday 17 was the day for a large celebration, thanks to the 60th anniversary of the ING Province. For the occasion, a solemn Eucharist was celebrated with the participation not only of Fr Cereda, but also of numerous bishops, of Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga, Regional Councillor for South Asia, and over 4,000 faithful, especially young people, coming from different Salesian houses throughout the territory.

        "Both in Guwahati and Shillong I was able to get to know a very lively and active Salesian Family, I felt all the warmth," said Fr Cereda. The Vicar observed with pleasure also the "missionary identity" of the ING Province, which then gave life to the IND and INS Provinces; and recalled that "in 1921, when the Salesians arrived, the Catholics in the region were five thousand, today they are a million."

        Fr Cereda stayed in the INS Province until Saturday 19 – and the Province shall also welcome the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime in a few days; he concentrated on several specific works and themes: he visited the Salesian shrine of Cherrapunjee, which houses one of the relics of Don Bosco; greeted the relatives of the late Mgr. Dominic Jala, SDB, archbishop of Shillong who recently passed away in the USA; and animated and shared reflections on the Salesian missionary and on the figures of holiness raised in that region: the venerable Mgr. Stefano Ferrando, and the Servants of God Oreste Marengo and Costantino Vendrame.

        Finally, sharing a report on his journey with the community of the Salesian Central Office in Rome, Fr Cereda recalled that Fr Mathias defined the North-East of India as a "new Patagonia", a "new frontier of the Congregation"; and concluded by quoting the consecration of that region to Mary Help of Christians made by Msgr. Mathias once he became Apostolic Prefect of Assam. This is why today one can say that the fertile evangelization of those lands "is a Marian miracle."

        • India
        • Vicario del Rettor Maggiore
        • Francesco Cereda
        • ING
        • INS
        • Missioni
        • Famiglia Salesiana
        • Santità Salesiana
        • Oreste Marengo
        • Costantino Vendrame
        • Stefano Ferrando
        • Maria Arokiam Kanaga
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Germany – Commemoration of Fr Lunkenbein, model of a missionary and of a commitment to Creation

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          Germany – Commemoration of Fr Lunkenbein, model of a missionary and of a commitment to Creation

          (ANS - Berlin) - On the occasion of the Synod of Bishops on the Pan-Amazon region, still in progress at the Vatican, and because of the Extraordinary Missionary Month, the Salesians of Germany commemorate Fr Rudolf Lunkenbein, SDB, who, as an active missionary in Mato Grosso, Brazil, committed himself to giving his life for the rights of the Bororo indigenous people. He and the indigenous Simão Bororo were killed by white landowners in 1976.

          Even after more than 40 years, the German Salesians stress the extreme timeliness of his commitment, why they have published a new publication on the life and works of Fr Lunkenbein entitled: "Er lebte, was er predigte. Fr. Rudolf Lunkenbein SDB: Ermordet - für die Rechte of the Indianers "(He lived what he preached. Fr Rudolf Lunkenbein SDB: Killed - for Indigenous Rights).

          "Father Lunkenbein encourages us to be authentic and passionate evangelizers. The commitment to peace, justice and the preservation of Creation are indispensable today," commented the Provincial of Germany, Fr Reinhard Gesing, SDB.

          The author of the publication is Fr Josef Grünner, SDB, Head of the Salesian Mission Office in Bonn, who thus speaks of the Servant of God: “Fr Lunkenbein represents, in an extraordinary way, a new type of missionary, completely in line with the Second Vatican Council and with a profound understanding, in accordance with the spirit of Vatican II, of the world mission and evangelization. Surely, he would share the insistent exhortations of Pope Francis contained in Laudato Sì and would invite us to commit ourselves all with the utmost effort to the care of 'our common home'."

          The testimony of Lunkenbein is still very much current even today, given the present situation in the Amazon region where the persevering destruction of the rainforest, due to economic interests, threatens the foundations for the very survival of indigenous peoples. Ecologists, natives and their allies often still pay for their commitment to the rights of indigenous peoples with their lives, as happened also to Fr Lunkenbein more than 40 years ago. 

          {gallery}Germania-Brasile - Ricordo don Lunkenbein 2019{/gallery}

          • Germania
          • GER
          • Rodolfo Lunkenbein
          • Missioni
          • Brasile
          • Martiri
          • Sinodo per la regione Panamazzonica
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Italy – Venerable Giuseppe Quadrio, teacher and man of incandescent prayer

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            Italy – Venerable Giuseppe Quadrio, teacher and man of incandescent prayer

            (ANS - Tirano) - The usual annual appointment in Valtellina, organized by parish priest Fr Gian Luca Dei Cas and the "Amici di don Quadrio", on approaching the anniversary of the death of Venerable Fr Giuseppe Quadrio (1921-1963), and also commemorating the great missionary figures of Blessed Maria Troncatti (1883-1969) and Servant of God Fr Carlo Braga (1889-1971), was inspired this year by the Strenna "Holiness also for you, too!" "The Saints are living Words, they are flames of burning charity and truth that everyone hear and understand. Covered with the Word of God they become signs and bearers of his love," commented Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, Postulator General of the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family.

            On the evening of Saturday 19 October, Fr Cameroni, at the oratory of Tirano, presented holiness in the Salesian Family, highlighting how the Salesian charism was embodied over time in a plurality and variety of forms in the context of the holiness of the Church and as a response to the sole call to holiness.

            On Sunday 20 October, at the parish church of Vervio, the birthplace of Fr Quadrio, a solemn Eucharistic celebration was held presided over by Fr Marek Charzan, Director of the theological studentate of Turin-Crocetta, where Fr Quadrio lived his mission as a teacher and formator. In his homily, Fr Ferdinando Bergamelli - who was a pupil of Fr Quadrio and who accompanied him in the last days of his life - inspired by the Word of God, presented Fr Quadrio as a teacher and witness of prayer, spiritual guide and friend of the young sent to the priesthood. At the beginning of the new year of study at the Gregorian University of Rome on 12 October 1947, the last of the resolutions formulated by the young priest said: "(I will be) glowing in prayer, in intimacy with God."

            There was also a remembrance of Fr Remo Bracchi, recently deceased, a great lover of Salesian sanctity, in particular, a curator and popularizer of the writings of Venerable Fr Giuseppe Quadrio and of the Letters of the Servant of God Fr Carlo Braga, also originating from Valtellina.

            The video of the intervention of Fr Cameroni in Tirano is available on YouTube

            • Italia
            • Giuseppe Quadrio
            • Carlo Braga
            • Maria Troncatti
            • Pier Luigi Cameroni
            • Santità Salesiana
              Gian Francesco Romano

              RMG – Rector Major visits Nepal and India

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              RMG – Rector Major visits Nepal and India

              (ANS - Rome) - Nepal is still struggling to rise from the terrible experience of the earthquakes that shook it deeply in the spring of 2015. For this reason, the Animation Visit that Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, X Successor of Don Bosco, leads to that country will surely be a useful encouragement for the local Salesian presence and young people.

              Accompanied by his Secretary, Fr Horacio López, the Rector Major arrived today, Tuesday 22 October, in Nepal, where he will stay until Thursday 24. He shall then continue to the India-Calcutta Province (INC), to which the Salesian works of Nepal refer.

              After being welcomed at Kathmandu airport, the Rector Major shall spend the day meeting with all the Salesians, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) and various religious authorities.

              Tomorrow, October 23, the central act will be the Mass for the Salesian Family and the young people at the "Don Bosco Thecho" center, followed by the blessing of the foundation stone of the Salesian Mission in Western Nepal, and a visit to the Lubhu center in the afternoon.

              On Thursday 24, on reaching the town of Biratnagar, the Rector Major shall animate another meeting with local Salesians and FMA, as well as dialoguing with the local youth and presiding over the Eucharist for all the faithful present. On Thursday evening, Fr Á.F. Artime will cross the border and enter India.

              On Friday 25, at Siliguri, he meets with the INC Provincial and his council, and the students of the area's Salesian schools as well as members of the Salesian Family. On Saturday 26, the last day of the Animation Visit to the Province, he will inaugurate and bless the new structures of the Campus of the Salesian College of Siliguri, and celebrate a special Eucharist for the children of the various youth groups who attend the institute.

              {gallery}Nepal - Arrivo RM - 2019{/gallery}

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              • India
              • INC
              • Nepal
              • Rettor Maggiore
              • Ángel Fernández Artime
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Uruguay – "The abundance of life": seminar on vocational dimension in Youth Ministry

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                (ANS - Montevideo) - "Ennoblecer el corazón" (Ennobling the heart) is the name of the Transversal Development Project of the Salesian Youth Ministry of the "St Joseph" Province of Uruguay; its title: "The abundance of life" and was guided by three experts in the field: Fr Daniel García, a Youth Ministry Department member; Salesian brother Hugo Vera, SDB, from Argentina; and Ana María Díaz, from Chile.

                The vocational project's name is inspired by Don Bosco's phrase: "I have always tried to illuminate the mind, ennobling the heart."

                Attended by more than 120 directors, educators and formators, the seminar was held at the Salesian Formation Institute in Montevideo. At the beginning of the work sessions, before Msgr. Luis Eduardo González, auxiliary bishop of Montevideo and rector of the "Cristo Rey" Major Seminary, Fr Alfonso Bauer, Provincial, emphasized the importance of focusing on the vocational theme "together", that is, with the young and the laity: "Today is not the moment of prescriptions, but of research and discernment," he said; he encouraged the greater involvement of people because "it is not a topic for spectators ... We want to live life as a vocation and accompany young people on this journey."

                Subsequently the speakers of the seminar gave their talk, each one preceded by an exhibition by the group "Aristophanes", who with their songs for years have animated the various pastoral events proposed in the field of Youth Ministry and in Salesian feasts.

                Fr García indicated that “the paradigm of how to accompany young people is the path to Emmaus, in a special way, knowing how to listen. Today we cannot think of pastoral care without starting from the person. And this cannot be obtained without the possibility of listening. The art of listening and accompaniment must be cultivated."

                Fr Lezama then explained that the "key" of the vocational prospects lies in the fact that "vocation is not something external to our life, it is not something that stops outside; it is our life that is 'vocationed'."

                "To ennoble the heart. The Salesian Youth Vocational Spirituality project" was the theme of Ana María Díaz, who presented the foundations and contents of the proposal for the transversality of the Vocations Ministry.

                Fr Bauer concluded the seminar, hoping that this had been a phase of sowing, which "will be strengthened by waiting, cultivation and care, leaving aside the self-reference and assuming the dynamics of walking together." 

                {gallery}URU - Pastorale vocazionale trasversale 2019{/gallery}

                • URU
                • Uruguay
                • Pastorale Giovanile
                • Vocazioni
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Spain – "Car of the future" project awarded at "Simo Educación 2019" fair

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                  (ANS - Ciudad Real) - "Simo Educación", an international exhibition of educational technology and innovation, selected ten of the most innovative training experiences presented in different categories. Among these, one made at the Salesian Institute in Ciudad Real: the "El coche del Futuro" project (The car of the future).

                  The Salesians arrived in Ciudad Real over 50 years ago. In 1962, they started the school-reception center "Sto. Tomás de Villanueva", a presence that focussed on poor and orphaned youth. Over time, they expanded their educational and social offer through primary and vocational training courses, and mechanics, carpentry and printing workshops. Later, they took over the school that today is called "Salesianos - Hermano Garate", which recently developed the project "The car of the future".

                  This is a project carried out by the primary school teacher Carlos García Turrillo, who involved children of the sixth year in an innovative learning path. His proposal was considered by the people in charge of the "Simo Educación" fair to be one of the ten most innovative training experiences presented, and was awarded the 2019 Educational Innovation Award in the "Best Innovative Experience - Nursery and Primary School" category.

                  The "El coche del futuro" project involved the students through cooperative learning and gamification processes of the notions involved, as well as offering them fundamental elements of electronics and robotics. The objective was the construction of a scale-model car, fostering a methodology of working in groups and using renewable energies. The project was developed in three phases and the concepts of geometry, natural sciences, languages ​​and robotics were elaborated and developed.

                  As a novelty in this 2019 edition of "Simo Educación", two of the 10 projects already selected will have the chance to win a further award: the "InnoTechEdu Award", and the "Award for Best Innovative Experience in Teaching", the absolute top prize, of 2019, which will go to the project that will have obtained the highest overall score by the jury. Both prizes will be announced Wednesday 6 November in Madrid during the celebration of the fair as part of the "InnoTechEdu Party & Prizes" evening on the theme: "We love our teachers!"

                  • Spagna
                  • Educazione
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Japan – The Salesian Family in Japan prepares for Pope Francis’ visit

                    1 month 2 weeks ago
                    Japan – The Salesian Family in Japan prepares for Pope Francis’ visit

                    (ANS – Tokyo) – Pope Francis will visit Thailand (20-23 Nov) and Japan (23 -26 Nov). In both countries, the Catholics are a tiny minority (0.3% of the whole population in Thailand and even less in Japan). For this reason, the role of Catholic social communication is very important, in order to help the understanding of the visit for both ordinary citizens and the Catholic community.

                    In Japan, Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the atomic-bombed cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, along with Tokyo. He will also meet with Emperor Naruhito and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The most recent visit of a Pope to Japan was in 1981 when St John Paul II also visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

                    The October issue of the Salesian Bulletin of Japan (Don Bosco no Kaze, no. 23) helps the broader Salesian family in Japan (with numerous Past Pupils - non-Christians) to understand who the Pope is, and carries a brief, lively presentation of Jorge Mario Bergoglio - Pope Francis.

                    In the meantime, the Catholic community seizes any opportunity to link to their fellow citizens through the mainstream media as well. A simple and passionate article by Fr Nakamaro Abe, SDB, was recently published in the Opinion column of the Nishi Nippon online edition. Fr Abe presents the Pope and the meaning of his visit to civil society, an audience that is not very familiar either with the specific religion or with the role of the Pope.

                    Pope Francis is introduced as the 'first disciple of Jesus' and Christian leader of 'one-third of the world's population as the Catholic 'care-taker'. Then St Francis of Assisi is introduced - since his name was taken by the current Pope as an inspiration for 'nurturing life, fighting the suppression of human dignity due to economic disparity and understanding each person as an important partner.'

                    Also, this year is 470 years since St Francis Xavier, himself a member of the Society of Jesus, introduced Christianity to Japan. And Fr Abe also notes the episode when young Bergoglio, after meeting with then General Pedro Arrupe, was about to volunteer to be a missionary in Japan.

                    Fr Abe concludes his short presentation of the Pontiff's visit to Japan: 'A Japanese watch shines on the Pope's left wrist. Our future will be one step closer to peace if we can acquire the same attitude as the Pope who accompanies us by believing in the potential of our neighbours - our partners.'

                    Source: AustraLasia

                    • Giappone
                    • Famiglia Salesiana
                    • Papa Francesco
                    • GIA
                    • Bollettino Salesiano
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Poland - "With gratitude we look at the past, to build the future"

                      1 month 2 weeks ago

                      (ANS - Warsaw) - A brief visit, but full of meaning and perspective, describes the trip of Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, to Warsaw between last Friday and Sunday (18-20 October) on the occasion of the Salesian Province's 100 years. Among the various important meetings held by the X Successor of Don Bosco, highlights include meeting the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda. The theme of the various events was given by the appreciation and gratitude towards Salesian education.

                      Already in his first official appointment, with Msgr. Salvatore Pennacchio, Apostolic Nuncio in the Country, Fr Á.F. Artime welcomed the words of the bishop who, with a long experience behind him, emphasized that he knew the Salesian world well, having observed it first hand in different countries, and he expressed his appreciation for the Salesians' work in education, formation, social promotion throughout the world.

                      After the meeting with the Nuncio, also attended by the Councilor for Central and Northern Europe, Fr Tadeusz Rozmus; the Provincial of Warsaw, Fr Tadeusz Jarecki, and the Secretary of the Rector Major, Fr Horacio López; Fr Á.F. Artime met the Polish President before a large delegation from the Salesian Family.


                      In their cordial conversation, the Rector Major and the President of Poland touched on the theme of education, and here too the gratitude for the Salesians' work emerged: both at the general level, for everything accomplished in this field in the last 100 years; and with a personal note when the President recalled that as a young man he used to attend the sports field run by the Salesians with his friends, declaring he had always felt welcomed and very much at home in that environment.

                      Also on Friday 18, the Rector Major gathered with several Polish prelates, starting with the cardinal and archbishop of Warsaw, Kazimierz Nycz. He talked with them about the centenary's theme - which opened last fall under the motto: "With gratitude we look at the past, to build the future", the event to conclude with a solemn celebration on 10 November at the Marian shrine of Różanystok.


                      On Saturday, then, the Rector Major continued to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Warsaw Province by meeting young people and the Salesian Family in the city of Łódź. Subsequently he presided over a Eucharist for over 1,800 people of the Salesian Family, including about 1,200 children and young people. In his homily, he stressed the primacy of love in education. "More important than what we do is how we do it," he said, inviting us to give ourselves wholeheartedly and to use one's heart as a measure to evaluate one's own work and commitment.

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                      • Polonia
                      • PLE
                      • Anniversari
                      • Rettor Maggiore
                      • Ángel Fernández Artime
                      • Personaggi illustri
                      • Politica
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        India – Teaching children to write: their future

                        1 month 2 weeks ago
                        India – Teaching children to write: their future

                        (ANS - Jamtoli) - In Jamtoli, in the State of Jharkhand, India, the Salesians started a new presence in 2012. The house, belonging to the Salesian Province of India New Delhi (INN), is still small and under development and is dedicated to the education of children through school and catechesis. The Salesian center is a true missionary outpost, given that Jamtoli is a tribal area lacking in social, educational, health and infrastructure opportunities, where every year thousands of children aged 9-14 stop studying to work in the mines.

                        The inhabitants of the Jamtoli area are extremely poor, mostly illiterate or semi-illiterate, and survive by practicing subsistence farming and animal breeding with rudimentary methods. The older generations are resigned to their destiny and continue to live a marginalized life, while the young remain without opportunities for decent work.

                        The Salesians purchased 12 acres of land to establish a new mission and two of them immediately left to start new activities. The housing arrangement is still precarious and the religious live in a temporarily adapted stable, but for them this is of little significance: because the important thing is to be alongside the population.

                        Rather, what they are focusing on is to start an integrated development program as soon as possible that can lead to an improvement in the quality of life of the entire community, focusing primarily on education, schooling and formation for children.

                        The project they have in mind is in pure Salesian style. It is about building a school, a simple building of 4 classrooms, which for children and the entire local population of those isolated lands would mean a lot: not just literacy, but also play, sharing, care ... In a word, it would mean future.

                        The project's direct beneficiaries shall be about 900 children, belonging to various tribal ethnic groups. Furthermore, around 300 young people and adults could use the same spaces at other times of the day to receive initial literacy courses.

                        The school's long-term plan is to reach almost 1,600 children between the ages of 5 and 14.

                        As they wrote from Jamtoli's mission: "If we can offer a good foundation to a child while he is still small, then we can open the path to future prosperity."

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

                        • India
                        • INN
                        • Missioni
                        • Missioni Don Bosco
                        • Povertà
                        • Scuole
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Paraguay – "A million children recite the Rosary": it's the prayer of my heart

                          1 month 2 weeks ago

                          (ANS - Asunción) - In one of the most beautiful documents on the Virgin ever written, namely the apostolic letter "Rosarium Virginis Mariae", Pope John Paul II answered to the criticism of those who say the Rosary is "a repetitive prayer." The Polish Pontiff emphasized that it is a prayer perfectly suited to human nature, which needs repetition; the Rosary, then, is "the expression of love that never tires of returning to the loved one." For this reason, the children of the "Salesianito" school in Asunción joined the global initiative: "One million children recite the Rosary."

                          Pope Leo XIII wrote eleven encyclicals on the Rosary; Pius XII recited the rosary and called it "the Breviary of the Gospel"; Pope Francis said: "The Rosary is the prayer that always accompanies my life; it is the prayer of the simple and the saints ... It is the prayer of my heart."

                          "If one looks superficially at this repetition, one might be tempted to consider the Rosary an arid and boring practice. However, another consideration one can have of the Crown can be reached, if it is considered to be taken as an expression of that love that never tires of returning to the loved one," explained St. John Paul II.

                          The children of the Salesian schools have joined the global initiative "One million children recite the Rosary", a manifestation of faith that aims to ask the Virgin Mary for peace and unity in the world. This year the intentions were directed above all to the Extraordinary Missionary Month, praying above all for the missionaries and for the increase in missionary vocations.

                          The initiative of "One Million Children Recite the Rosary" was born from an incident in 2005 in Venezuela. Then a group of children was reciting the Rosary in front of a votive shrine, and some women felt the presence of the Virgin. One of them recalled a phrase from Saint Pio of Pietrelcina: "If one million children pray the Rosary, the world will change." Since then, the initiative has been revived over the years and has become consolidated as a fixed appointment on October 18th.

                          For Don Bosco and for the Salesian Family, reciting the Rosary is one of the fundamental legacies of the charism. When the marquis Roberto d'Azeglio visited the oratory, he said that reciting the rosary was a waste of time; Don Bosco replied: "Well, I have this habit in my soul, and I can tell you that my institution is based on it: I would be willing to leave many other very important things before this."

                          • Paraguay
                          • PAR
                          • Preghiera
                          • Scuole
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Vatican – Fr Lucas Jeimphaung Dau Ze appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Lashio

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                            Vatican – Fr Lucas Jeimphaung Dau Ze appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Lashio

                            (ANS - Vatican City) - Today, October 18, Holy Father Francis has appointed Fr Lucas Jeimphaung Dau Ze, SDB, as Coadjutor Bishop. He is currently Counselor of the Mary Help of Christians Vice Province of Myanmar (MYM ) and Director of the Salesian Philosophy Department of Pyin Oo Lwin.

                            Fr Dau Ze was born in the village of Hpa Hping, in Shan State, Myanmar, on October 18, 1962. He attended the Salesian novitiate in Anisakan between 1983 and 1984, made his perpetual vows on May 6, 1993, in Anisakan, and ordained a priest, also in the same city, on 21 April 1996.

                            He served as Economer at the "Nazareth" center of Anisakan (1998-2006), as Director and Parish Priest at the same center (2006-2012), and then as person in charge of the center of Pang Way (2012-2017), and Director of the Salesian Philosophy Dept of Pyin Oo Lwin.

                            For the MYM Vice Province, he was a Councilor (2007-10, and again from 2015 to date), as well as a Delegate for Youth Ministry (2008-2011) and Delegate for the Missions (from 2017 to present).

                            His studies include a Bachelor's degree in History, awarded by the University of Yangon, Myanmar, in 1989; a specialization in the Philippines, which earned him a Diploma in Family Counseling, received in 2004 from the "Jesuit University"; and a Master in Pastoral Sociology in 2006 at the Asian Social Institute.

                            • Vaticano
                            • MYM
                            • Myanmar
                            • Lucas Jeimphaung Dau Ze
                            • Nomine
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Vatican – Christmas Concert 2019: "Let's network for the Amazon"

                              1 month 3 weeks ago

                              (ANS - Vatican City) - "Let's network for the Amazon": the echo of the current Synod in progess also reaches the 27th edition of the Christmas Concert in the Vatican, the event promoted by the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education in support of "Don Bosco Missions" and of the Pontifical Foundation "Scholas Occurrentes", presented Tuesday, October 15th, in the Sala Marconi of Palazzo Pio.

                              The secretary of the Congregation, Msgr. Angelo Vincenzo Zani; the Salesian brother Giampietro Pettenon, President of the "Don Bosco Missions"; Josè Maria del Corral, President of "Scholas Occurrentes"; Fr Davide Banzato, a priest who is often active on Italian TV networks; Ernestina Macuxi and Hosana Purubora, of the "Indigenous Missionary Council", all spoke of the importance of preserving the Amazon because "Mother Nature needs her lung".

                              During the event "Let's network for the Amazon" was shown, the common charity project that includes two specific interventions: one of an educational nature for the students, which will be carried out by "Scholas Occurrentes" to raise awareness among the students of the 450,000 schools in the world belonging to the “Scholas.social” platform, promoting reforestation activities in the same schools and institutions.

                              The other is by "Missioni Don Bosco", which will go directly to support the indigenous population in the degraded district of Iauaretê, northwest of the Brazilian Amazon, on the border with Colombia, in an area where the Salesians have been present for 90 years. The project aims to preserve the presence, tradition and culture of the indigenous population, also helping it to preserve itself from the scourge of alcohol. "Working with children and educating them means involving parents too, in an awareness-raising work, especially towards women. It is an education that starts with the kids, but that also reaches parents who, in turn, are mostly young people, ”explained Br Pettenon.

                              The project aims to eventually create "a home for these children, so that they find a dining room and a room to sleep" when the family is not able to care for them.

                              In favor of the charitable cause, also this year the cast of the concert, produced by Prime Time Promotions, confirms to be of great prestige and, at the moment, foresees the presence of Lionel Richie, Bonnie Tyler, Susan Boyle, Elisa, Mahmood, Simone Cristicchi, Fabio Rovazzi, Noemi, Davide Merlini …

                              The Italian charity telephone number 45530 will be active in support of the projects from 2 November to 31 December.

                              The Christmas concert will be broadcast in Italy and around the world on Canale 5, the evening of Christmas Eve and, re-broadcast, on the afternoon of December 25.

                              Tickets can be purchased online at www.concertodinatale.it or at all TicketOne outlets. For information and reservations, call +39 06 68136738. All proceeds from ticket sales and SMS solidarity donations will go to the Scholas Occurrentes Foundations and the Don Bosco Valdocco Missions.

                              • Vaticano
                              • Sinodo per la regione Panamazzonica
                              • Musica
                              • Concerto
                              • Natale
                              • Missioni Don Bosco
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                RMG – Rector Major's Visit to Warsaw for Province's centenary

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                                RMG – Rector Major's Visit to Warsaw for Province's centenary

                                (ANS - Rome) - 100 years of activity always constitute an anniversary worthy of being celebrated on a large scale: and what could be better than inviting the Rector Major, the "Don Bosco of today", to celebrate the centenary of a Province? It is precisely for this reason that from today, October 18, and until Sunday the 20th, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime is on an Animation Visit to Warsaw to pay tribute to the service rendered by his Polish confreres in the Province dedicated to “St. Stanislao Kostka ”(PLE) over the past 100 years.

                                The X Successor of Don Bosco landed mid-morning at the "Fryderyk Chopin" airport in the Polish capital, accompanied by his Secretary, Fr Horacio López, and the Councilor for Central and Northern Europe, Fr Tadeusz Rozmus.

                                During the day, several important official meetings have been scheduled: first with the Apostolic Nuncio in Poland, Msgr. Salvatore Pennacchio; then continuing with the President of the Polish Republic, Andrzej Duda; and finally ending with the Archbishop of Warsaw, Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz, several Polish bishops and prelates and the Superiors of the four Salesian Provinces of Poland.

                                Tomorrow, Saturday 19, will be a day dedicated, instead, to more informal appointments: in the morning, at Łódź, the Rector Major will animate the Feast with young people and the Salesian Family, followed by a solemn Eucharist; after the festive lunch, he will give interviews to the national media and, on his return to Warsaw, he will spend the late afternoon and evening with his confreres.

                                His return flight to Rome is scheduled for the morning of Sunday 20.

                                The “St Stanislaus Kostka” Province, based in Warsaw, founded in 1919, currently has 277 Salesians - with 235 priests, 11 coadjutors, 5 deacons and 16 clerics - as well as 3 novices. As for their presence in the territory, there are 28 religious houses, 30 parishes, 7 schools and 22 oratories.

                                • RMG
                                • Rettor Maggiore
                                • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                • PLE
                                • Polonia
                                • Visita di Animazione
                                • Anniversari
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  RMG – Planning a School of Salesian Spiritual Accompaniment

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                                  RMG – Planning a School of Salesian Spiritual Accompaniment

                                  (ANS – Rome) – A group of 17 Salesians from all over the world met 11-12 October 2019 at Sacro Cuore, Rome, to plan a “School of Spiritual Accompaniment” to be offered to the Congregation and perhaps also to the Salesian Family.

                                  The consultation was convoked by the Formation Department and involved Salesians from all over the world, who brought the wealth of their qualification and experience to bear on the topic in question. 

                                  The School is meant primarily to prepare Salesians formators for Salesian spiritual accompaniment. Fr Fabio Attard, the general councilor for the Department of Youth Ministry and Br Raymond Callo, a member of the Formation Department, facilitated the meeting.

                                  The training program to form Salesians in spiritual accompaniment is one of the directives of the document YOUNG SALESIANS AND ACCOMPANIMENT: Orientations and Guidelines recently approved by the Rector Major and his council. The document emerged from the research on Salesian personal accompaniment involving 4,000 confreres, including also 538 spiritual guides, in our Congregation (see Marco Bay, Young Salesians and Accompaniment: Results of an International Survey, soon to be published in English by Kristu Jyoti Publications, Bangalore).

                                  There were three important areas the participants discerned as a priority in the training in Salesian personal spiritual accompaniment:

                                  • to create a culture of accompaniment – specifically Salesian, personal, and spiritual – for our confreres starting from those in initial formation;
                                  • to address the formation of the person of the formator and the lack of formators who are trained to spiritually accompany our confreres;
                                  • the methodology to be used and the processes to be initiated.

                                  The next step for the Department of Formation is to design the training program based on this consultation and implement it as early as possible - hopefully even by the summer of 2020.

                                  {gallery}RMG - Accompagnamento Spirtuale Salesiano - Incontro 2019{/gallery}

                                  • RMG
                                  • Accompagnamento
                                  • Formazione
                                  • Pastorale Giovanile
                                  • Fabio Attard
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Ecuador – A Salesian house as venue for Peace Talks between National Government and indigenous organizations

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                                    Ecuador – A Salesian house as venue for Peace Talks between National Government and indigenous organizations

                                    (ANS - Quito) - The Salesian House of Spirituality "San Patricio", located in Cumbayá, Quito, was the venue for peace talks between the National Government and indigenous organizations. The trust and security offered by the Salesians and their works was the reason the UN, through a representative, opted for the center of Don Bosco's spiritual children.

                                    For reasons of national security, the process of logistics and organization of the talks were kept confidential until the end of the event.

                                    Going back over what happened recently, of note the demonstrations beginning on Tuesday 8 October, followed by several days of mass protests against the latest economic measures adopted by the government. Salesian centers were sites of peace and humanitarian that welcomed over 4,500 indigenous people from the Sierra area and from the eastern areas of Ecuador.

                                    From Tuesday 8 to Monday 14 October, the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians has become a focus of attention for people and the distribution of goods that the Church and the population of Quito, together with many people from other provinces and nations, wanted to donate.

                                    As many as 93 volunteers, along with 35 doctors and paramedics, took care of different sectors: cooking, clothes, personal hygiene items, dispensary and medical care, cleaning, child care and health. The volunteers self-summoned themselves and, with competence and Salesian spirit, catered to the needy population. The Shrine of Mary Help of Christians was thus a "sanctuary" in the radical sense, that is, a place of "protection", of Salesian humanitarian aid.

                                    Furthermore, the Salesian Polytechnic University, through the Federation of Students, teachers and administrative staff, was the protagonist of humanitarian aid and solidarity given in all these days.

                                    Salesians like Fr Javier Herrán, Rector, along with Rómulo Sanmartín, Jaime Chela, Robert García, just to name a few, accompanied the population through diverse fields, as "pastors committed to our people", as expressed by Msgr. Alfredo Espinoza, SDB, archbishop of Quito.
                                    Fr Francisco Sánchez, Superior of the Salesians in Ecuador, made an official statement before civil society, issuing a statement in which he reaffirmed his commitment to accompany indigenous peoples as a priority option for the Salesian mission, and asked the national government to look for different options regarding economic measures.

                                    The "Sacred Heart of Jesus" Salesian Province is missionary and its option for the poorest is the raison d'être of its charism. Don Bosco worked for the poorest, and the poorest are the natives. 

                                    {gallery}ECU - Accoglienza indigeni 2019{/gallery}

                                    • Ecuador
                                    • ECU
                                    • Indigeni
                                    • Pace
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Spain – Salesian Social Platforms Call for Measures to Eradicate Poverty

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                                      Spain – Salesian Social Platforms Call for Measures to Eradicate Poverty

                                      (ANS - Madrid) - In Spain, the number of people in conditions of social exclusion is equal to 8.5 million: 18.4% of the population. The risk of poverty and exclusion rate affects 28.3% of children in Spain, or 2.2 million small citizens. Social exclusion in Spain is a structural phenomenon, influenced by factors such as job insecurity, which has led to an increase in the percentage of poor and excluded workers (12% of the active population is today in a situation of social exclusion), or difficulty in accessing housing (rents have increased by 30% in the last two years). Today, two million people live in fear of becoming homeless.

                                      Poverty and social exclusion especially affect young people, families with minors and single parents, leading to a "youth" of poverty and exclusion, with a clear deterioration of young emancipated people. 21% of families with children are in a condition of social exclusion. All this is aggravated by the "chronicity" of poverty: young people belonging to a condition of social exclusion are more likely to create families in conditions of social exclusion.

                                      The organizations of the State Coordination of Salesian Social Platforms (Asociación Valponasca, Federación Pinardi, Fundación Ángel Tomás-FISAT, Fundación Boscos, Fundación Don Bosco, Fundación JuanSoñador, Fundación María Auxiliadora, Fundación Mornese, Fundación Valsé and Salesians Sant Jordi), work daily to address these inequalities, accompanying groups in conditions or at risk of social exclusion.

                                      On the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the Salesian social entities have drawn up a manifesto to ask that people be placed at the center of political agendas, promoting the achievement of the first Sustainable Development Goal: to end poverty in all its forms in the world and the inequalities that prevail in our society.

                                      Currently, the Salesian Social Platforms in Spain have 371 active social projects and help over 50,000 people, thanks to the commitment of 1,284 educators and 1,421 volunteers.

                                      Responding to the situation of poverty experienced by so many people, the Salesian Social Platforms have developed specific services for young people, minors, women and migrants at risk of social exclusion. Through various intervention programs and their resources, they seek to provide equal opportunities to the most disadvantaged groups, through an integral process, which includes education, skills training, socio-work placement and awareness-raising of society.

                                      The Salesian Social Platforms invite citizens "to actively participate in the denunciation of social injustices and to ask our political representatives to undertake to deal coherently and responsibly with all the proposals of this manifesto, and to work for a more just and more inclusive society."

                                      • Spagna
                                      • Sociale
                                      • Povertà
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        RMG – GC28: Salesian Coadjutor Luigi Zonta illustrates façade of Basilica "born of Don Bosco's dream"

                                        1 month 3 weeks ago

                                        (ANS - Rome) - 122 days from the beginning of the 28th General Chapter, the third video of the series "Interviews with the eyes of ..." is presented, the project carried out by ANS in collaboration with IMEComunicazione through which members of the Community of Valdocco guide us to discover Salesian places and history.

                                        This week the protagonist of the interview is Salesian Coadjutor Luigi Zonta, who illustrates the facade of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians. "The Basilica was born first of all from a dream of Don Bosco," begins Br Zonta who then, with great enthusiasm, focuses on the facade's architectural features, especially on the columns that "give a sense of support to the whole facade."

                                        The full video is available on ANSChannel.

                                        • Valdocco
                                        • CG28
                                        • Torino
                                        • Basilica
                                        • Salesiani Coadiutori
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
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