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Thailand – Fast-changing face of “Thai Valdocco”: Don Bosco Bangkok

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Graduation of the German Dual Voc Edn. Training 2019

(ANS – Bangkok) – Since 1949, the Don Bosco Technological College (previously Technical School) in Bangkok has been journeying with youth in need, working and less-privileged youth in Thailand and other neighbouring countries. All the Salesians work in Cambodia and Laos, too, has its roots in this school. But in the fast-changing industrial scenario of South East Asia, Don Bosco Bangkok is no exception to change.

Integration into the vocational training structure of Thailand ranks twelfth in automobile production worldwide. German companies such as Mercedes Benz and BMW have also been manufacturing in Thailand for many years. In order to assert itself in international competition, Thailand has ambitious plans. The country wants to develop into a hub for green technologies and electro-mobiles.

However, this can only be achieved with appropriately qualified employees. The Thai branches of German automotive companies have set up their own training centers for this purpose and work closely with Thai (technical colleges) vocational schools. In this way, high-quality professional know-how is transferred to Thailand. German-Thai Dual Excellence Education (GTDEE) is a training program of the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce (AHK Thailand), in which the trainees work in a company in a practice-oriented manner and also attend vocational school.

The Don Bosco Technological College Bangkok deals with practical professional topics and also teaches general subjects such as Thai, English, and social studies. The aim from the start was to implement a sustainable training structure based on the German model. The learning and training content of the German training framework and the framework curriculum were adapted as part of the Thai vocational training structure.

The AHK Thailand also identified training content in Thailand that corresponds to the German training framework. This resulted in three-year vocational training that follows the German training regulations and includes their qualifications.

The successful concept from Germany has been implemented since last 2013 by the AHK Thailand initially together with the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and with the corporate partners B. Grimm Group, BMW Thailand Company Limited and Robert Bosch Limited Thailand for several professions and also by the Thai Ministry of Education supports.

Since the end of 2018, the AHK Thailand has been offering its services for the training of young Thai specialists as part of business partnerships, which has also significantly improved the quality of the training. Initially, due to the Thai vocational training structure, only certification in accordance with quality category “C” as local dual vocational training with German system elements was possible.

The newly-adapted training structure meant that the trainees were able to achieve quality category "B" in local dual vocational training based on the German model in the year before last and quality category "A" German dual vocational training abroad in cooperation with Mercedes Benz and BMW last year.

This year, for the first time, trainees from Pathumthani Brewery Co. Ltd, as electronics technicians for industrial engineering in cooperation with the Don Bosco Technological College in Bangkok, will be able to achieve quality category “A” of German dual vocational training abroad.

The AHK Thailand supports the partner companies and vocational schools in a variety of ways throughout the program. The cooperation is based on a coordinated combination of curricula and a general training plan.

The performance control takes place via PAL exams. PAL is the development center for examination tasks for technical professions in Germany. A feature of the PAL exams is that not only theoretical knowledge, but also practical application is tested.

Apprentices have to acquire all professionally relevant qualifications in order to receive a certificate from the AHK Thailand that reflects the high standard of training. This certificate confirms that the trainees have successfully completed their training to become highly qualified specialists. These skilled workers are wanted by companies. The companies reduce their costs for continuous training and achieve increased employee loyalty. Since the successful implementation of GTDEE, the AHK Thailand has already carried out more than 860 vocational final exams.

All Don Bosco Technological College students in 2020 have been admitted to work in all three companies, i.e., BMW, Mercedes Benz and Singha Beer. “We are glad that our Thai Bosconians are ready for the competitive industrial scenario not only with their human and religious education, but also with their excellent skills,” Francis Wichai Srisura, Head of DBTC Automotive Mechatronics Department, concludes.

Source: AustraLasia

  • Thailandia
  • THA THAILANDIA
  • Formazione Professionale
  • Lavoro
    Gian Francesco Romano

    India – “An Affable Pastor”, a book on late Archbishop Dominic Jala, SDB, has been released

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    India – “An Affable Pastor”, a book on late Archbishop Dominic Jala, SDB, has been released

    (ANS – Shillong) – A commemorative volume of edited works on the life of Late Archbishop Dominic Jala was released the 3rd September by Father Paul Olphindro Lyngkot SDB, Salesian Provincial, at Don Bosco Provincial House, Mawlai.

    The short function began with a prayer led by Father John Zosiama, the INS Vice Provincial. Later a short description about the book entitled “An Affable Pastor” was given by Brother MA Abraham who coedited the work with Father Jose Varickasseril. Brother Abraham stated that the sole intention of publishing this book was to keep alive the memory of Late Archbishop Jala who was a very versatile person and a pastor who was very human, and who died prematurely in a car accident last 10 October 2019 near Wilbur Springs, in Colusa County, California, United States.

    The volume is composed of a wide range of articles comprising of Theological, Philosophical, Biblical, Canonical, Kerygmatic, Catechetical, Liturgical themes etc.

    The In Memoriam section contains inspiring impressions about the Late Archbishop.

    Father Lyngkot commended the work of the two editors and called the book a “very special book”. He said that the book opened the door for all those who knew Late Archbishop Dominic Jala to reflect more deeply about his life. He also recalled that the book got its name from the affability of the father of Late Archbishop Jala which the son assuredly imbibed.

    • India
    • INS INDIA SHILLONG
    • Dominic Jala
    • Libri e Pubblicazioni
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Hong Kong – “Youth Outreach”: loving what young people love

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      Hong Kong – “Youth Outreach”: loving what young people love

      (ANS - Hong Kong) - "Youth Outreach" (YO) is a non-profit organization well known in Hong Kong for its work dedicated to young people at risk. It was founded in 1991 by Fr Peter Newberry, a Salesian, together with a group of lay people and thanks to the economic and institutional support of the citizens of Hong Kong. Over the years, the organization has consolidated and established itself in its current headquarters: a 15-storey building in the Sai Wan Ho area, where more than 100 employees work. Here, support is given to young people at risk, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

      Recently, Fr Newberry said that "Youth Outreach" has received a large grant from the "Jockey Club Charities Trust" of Hong Kong, which will last four years and which will be used to launch a project called "Reaching the Unreachable", a program for the mental health care of young people at risk and their families.

      Youth Outreach services and activities have now been described and summarized in a video, visible on the organization's YouTube channel. In the video, it is possible to virtually visit the building, get to know the social workers who work there and see the crisis prevention center, the housing, the Hip Hop school, the youth employment program, the psychological services and volunteering and much more. Leading the viewer on this virtual tour is "Bun", a Hip Hop teacher, who arrived in YO after being a street kid himself.

      The name "Youth Outreach" takes on a very particular meaning if you read it in Chinese, in which it is composed of three ideograms: 協 青 社. The second of these ideograms means "youth or green" and its central position between the other two is emblematic. The first means "aid", while the latter "society". This creates the evocative image of a society that helps the most disadvantaged young people, that supports and cares for them.

      The video, which offers good inspiration for any Salesian urban environment, is available here.

      • Hong Kong
      • CIN CINA
      • Giovani a Rischio
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Argentina – Time to take care of the Common Home

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        Argentina – Time to take care of the Common Home

        (ANS - Córdoba) - Caring for the planet has now become an urgent need rather than an option. It requires you to get to work right away. The Salesian Province "Blessed Artemide Zatti" of Northern Argentina (ARN) wants to walk as a community towards proposals and attitudes of life that favor the care of Creation and the construction of a more sustainable planet. This objective is included among the policies of the Provincial Organic Project (POI), written in 2016 and updated in 2020.

        The POI is a common plan of discernment and pastoral commitment that guides the practices and supports the life and mission of each of the Salesian houses in a Province, based on the most important decisions taken by the Provincial with his Council.

        Among the choices included in the ARN POI, there is one in particular that responds - in the words of Pope Francis - to the cry of "sister mother earth": it is policy no. 13: "Promote the care of the Common Home".

        In order to include in each of the educational-pastoral communities of the ARN Province, the ecological awareness proposed by the encyclical Laudato Sì, on the basis of this policy, training and awareness-raising instances will be generated and projects will be developed that move in this direction.

        The first concrete action aimed at implementing policy no. 13 was the formation of a provincial team that will develop the project for the care of the Common Home.

        The representatives of the various sectors and services, with the accompaniment of a regional representative of the "Don Bosco Green Alliance", have started a process of discernment that moves according to the rhythms marked in the encyclical Evangelii Gaudium: recognize, interpret and choose (no. 51).

        In this way, it is possible to begin to walk in the choice and implementation of actions that allow to take on, adopt, in each of the Salesian communities and structures of animation, a profound ECOLOGICAL CONVERSION.

        Source: Don Bosco Norte

        • Argentina
        • ARN ARGENTINA NORD
        • Ambiente
        • Creato
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Spain – Salesian schools start lessons with enthusiasm and in compliance with safety measures

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          Spain – Salesian schools start lessons with enthusiasm and in compliance with safety measures

          (ANS - Madrid) - In the first days of September, the classrooms and courtyards of the 136 Salesian schools throughout Spain are again filled with over 95,000 students, plus thousands more teachers and staff members. The Salesian centers have made an effort to apply the indications of the authorities and to guarantee a safe return to school. But this alone is not enough.

          Aware that, in addition to the safety protocols indicated, it is necessary to accompany the emotional world of children, young people and their families, at the beginning of the month a virtual meeting was organized for more than 400 teachers of infant and elementary education, who were trained in emotional education.

          In many cases, the summer holidays have almost faded between the end of the last school year and the beginning of the current one. "We have never disconnected," assures Rosa Erro, a teacher at the Salesian institute in Pamplona. "Since the first days of the new school year weren't enough, we put together a team in the summer and adapted some measures."

          For his part, José Antón, from the Elche institute, explains that "since July we have adapted the protocols to the various drafts published by the authorities. It was an ongoing job, but we did it with enthusiasm and with the final goal in mind: that children can come to school feeling accompanied and safe."

          "We are preparing a plan of psychological attention to our beneficiaries and also to the care of the courtyard," confirms Fr Santiago Domínguez, Director of the Don Bosco Center in Villamuriel.

          The involvement of the faculty at this time is essential for everything to go well. "The teachers are starting this year that is so atypical with enthusiasm, as we all try to give the best of ourselves to our students and their families. We will solve all the problems that arise with goodwill," says Lidia Borniquel, of the Salesians of La Almunia de Doña Godina.

          From the very beginning, the Salesian centers have insisted on making students aware of the importance of following preventive measures. "We have prepared a welcome day for the whole center, but with a tutor present in the classroom, to focus on the educational aspects, prevention and collaboration," the Salesians of Pamplona declare.

          In Salesian schools, in addition to the daily measurement of the temperature, the interpersonal distance of 1.5 meters and the use of masks, the appointment of a Coordinator for the management of the Covid-19 emergency is also envisaged, who will monitor compliance with hygiene measures, and will be in direct contact with families and the reference health center.

          Although teachers are available to start providing distance learning again in the event of a new lockdown, the importance of face-to-face education is emphasized in Salesian schools. "The gap between those who are most disadvantaged and those who are not will widen more if we work from home," adds Prof. Erro. "Digitization is good up to a point. We educate through who we are, not through screens," confirms Fr Domínguez.

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          • SSM SPAGNA SAN GIACOMO MAGGIORE
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          • Coronavirus
            Gian Francesco Romano

            RMG – Not just Salesians for young people. Young Salesians

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            RMG – Not just Salesians for young people. Young Salesians

            (ANS - Rome) - "Young Salesians and accompaniment - Orientations and Guidelines". The first 'seed' of reflection that 5 young Salesians toss to their colleagues and all the Salesians in their 3-minute video in 5 languages ​​for the month of September is to open our eyes to this awareness: there is a large number of young Salesians. It is a charism, a gift, a challenge: how to be and become increasingly more the face of Don Bosco, be close to the millions of young people who are clamoring for such proximity? The GC28 encouraged young people to be true and proper protagonists and not just beneficiaries: this is true above all for those thousands of young people who are or are about to become Salesians.

            From the answers to the questionnaire in which 86% of the young people in initial formation took part, the data that emerged concerned the age and distribution of Salesians, the vast majority being under 30 years of age. The Salesian is a religious Congregation with a large number of young religious, the most widespread across the 5 continents.

            It is not a homogeneous distribution in terms of age, if one compares the percentage of Salesians with temporary vows with respect to the total in two regions that are geographically close, but very different by birth: in the Mediterranean, the percentage of SDBs with temporary vows is 4.17%; in Africa Madagascar, it is 37.35% (31 December 2018). These differences between Regions and Provinces, however, do not diminish the number of young confreres as a whole Congregation, but rather offer clear indications on the new face of the Salesians that is emerging.

            72.48% of novices as of December 31, 2019, live in Africa, South Asia, East Asia and Oceania. 93% of post-novices replied to the 2017 questionnaire on accompaniment. Of this group of young Salesians, 59.4% used English. It is not necessary to be prophets to grasp the signs of the future that give hope and at the same time strongly challenge us, especially for the formative investment to which one is called as a Congregation.

            John Paul, Anselmo, Marc-Auguste, Chema, Tommaso ask three questions at the end of the video to stimulate reflection and community sharing. They are recorded in the PowerPoint/PDF that is attached to the video itself, where more space is given to the data and links to the pages of the accompanying document whose dissemination is to be promoted (in the 1st chapter in particular):

            • How do we cultivate the SENSE OF BELONGING to the Church and to our Salesian Congregation? Are we open to the great HORIZONS that the Church and the Congregation open before us?
            • How do we experience INTERNATIONALITY and INTERCULTURALITY? They are perceived as a problem or as a valuable resource?
            • How does the DIALOGUE BETWEEN GENERATIONS work within our training community?

            The video is accessible on ANSChannel.

            There is also a space in GoogleDoc where you can share opinions across regions, between regions and languages

            {gallery}RMG - Primo Seme Formazione 2020{/gallery}

            • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
            • Formazione
            • Accompagnamento
              Gian Francesco Romano

              India – Krishna's return home thanks to Don Bosco

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              India – Krishna's return home thanks to Don Bosco

              (ANS - Trivandrum) - Krishna Khakhlari, 42, is from the State of Assam and worked with informal jobs in Trivandrum, in the State of Kerala, since 2015. He has a grandmother, a wife and three daughters at home to feed, to whom he always sent all the money he earned. For him, the well-being of his family has always been a priority. But a few months ago, on 11 June 2020, his life completely changed. On his bicycle ride to work, he had a serious accident and suffered a serious head injury.

              Doctors from the Trivandrum Medical College, where he was treated for 10 days, confirmed that the wound had paralyzed him from the waist down and that he would never move on his own. For Krishna, this meant that he could no longer take care of his family, who furthermore were 3,500 km away from the site of the accident.

              Mr. Abhilash, the Assistant Labor Officer, was familiar with the work of the “KISMAT” project for migrant workers and put Krishna in contact with the volunteers.

              KISMAT is the name of a project of BREADS, the Planning and Development Office of the Salesian Province of Bangalore. This project serves migrants from other states of India who work in the state of Kerala. That is, it serves people like Krishna: people who work occasionally and who earn only in the days of actual work.

              When the Indian government imposed the lockdown, Krishna's only thought was to get home as soon as possible. KISMAT members, after consulting with doctors and collecting reports, obtained a certificate of fitness to travel. The doctors suggested transporting him by plane, but the hypothesis was rejected due to the many difficulties imposed by the pandemic.

              Having abandoned the idea of ​​flying, KISMAT staff held further meetings with the district labor official, who agreed to have Krishna taken to his home in an ambulance; the government would pay the costs. First, an ambulance was found willing to travel 7,000 km (to the state of Assam and back).

              Accompanied by three assistants, Krishna was finally able to make his journey; and after the lengthy journey, lasting six days, he was able to reunite with his grandmother, wife and three children.

              The KISMAT team wanted to thank everyone who was involved in this journey and recalled that KISMAT means "destiny": a destiny, that of Krishna, which they are happy to have changed for the better.

              VIDEO

              • India
              • INK INDIA BANGALORE
              • Solidarietà
              • Coronavirus
              • Disabilità
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Italy – Installation of Fr Kanaga as new Visitor of Salesian Pontifical University

                1 month 2 weeks ago
                Italy – Installation of Fr Kanaga as new Visitor of Salesian Pontifical University

                (ANS - Rome) - Last Saturday, 5 September, during a Eucharistic celebration presided over by Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians and Grand Chancellor of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS), Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga was appointed as the new Superior of the Vice Province "Maria Sede della Sapienza” of the UPS.

                Also present for the occasion were the Rector Major's Vicar, Fr Stefano Martoglio, the Councilor for Formation, Fr Ivo Coelho, and the Councilor for Youth Ministry, Fr Miguel Angel García Morcuende.

                The new Visitor, a past pupil of the UPS where he studied Theology and obtained a Doctorate in Philosophy, took up the post for the 2020-2026 term.

                Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga Kanaga was born on 4 October 1956 in Varadarajanpet, Trichy, India. He entered the novitiate of Yercaud and took his first religious vows on May 24, 1976, and his perpetual vows on the same day in 1982, in Madras. He was ordained priest in Rome in 1986.

                Director since 1992 of the "Don Bosco" of Tirupattur, of the Theological Institute of Madras-Poonamallee and of Yercaud, he studied Theology and obtained a Doctorate in Philosophy at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome.

                For the Madras Province, he was Vicar from 1996 to 2002 and Delegate for Youth Ministry from 2006 to 2007.

                He participated in General Chapters 24, 25 and 26 and was a member of the Pre-Chapter Commission of the GC27.

                The 26th General Chapter (2008) elected him Regional Councilor for South Asia and the 27th General Chapter (2014) confirmed him in this position.

                For the occasion, Fr Mauro Mantovani, Rector Magnificus of UPS, expressed his good wishes to Fr Kanaga, wishing him "a fruitful work at the service of the common mission", and at the same time thanked Fr Eugenio Riva, Kanaga's predecessor in the position as UPS Visitor, "for the great work done in recent years."

                {gallery}UPS - Arokiam Kanaga - 2020{/gallery}

                • Italia
                • UPS UNIVERSITÀ PONTIFICIA SALESIANA
                • Maria Arokiam Kanaga
                • Insediamenti
                • Rettor Maggiore
                • Ángel Fernández Artime
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Brazil – Campo Grande Province celebrates centenary of Fr Thannhuber's death

                  1 month 2 weeks ago
                  Brazil – Campo Grande Province celebrates centenary of Fr Thannhuber's death

                  (ANS - Campo Grande) - Even if his case is not canonically recognized as martyrdom and there is no ongoing Cause, the life story and circumstances of the death of the German Salesian missionary Fr José (Josef) Thannhuber are remembered and celebrated as clear examples of self-giving, holiness and the giving of one's blood in the name of faith and for the salvation of the souls entrusted to him. For this reason, on the occasion of the centenary of his birth in Heaven, the Salesians of his Province wanted to remember him.

                  August 29, 1920, is a Sunday. At around 8 in the morning, immediately after the festive Mass in the chapel of the community of Palmeiras, Mato Grosso, a group of about 40 armed men enters the courtyard of the Salesian house taking everyone hostage: there are four Salesians, including Fr Thannhuber, Director of the community, a collaborator and a surveyor who is a guest of the Salesians. For much of the day, they are kept under gun threat. At around 4 in the afternoon, the leader of the attackers, named Tobias, orders everyone to start walking on the road to Cuiabá, 100 km away. But the journey is short, lasting only a few minutes. The walk is  interrupted by gunfire and, after being shot in the back of the head, Fr Thannhuber lies bloody on the ground, according to the description of the Salesian historian Fr Jean-Baptiste Duroure. Taking advantage of the confusion, the other Salesians flee into the bush and at eight the next morning, after walking all night, they arrive in Coxipó, where they share the sad news.

                  Still today the real reasons for that criminal action are not known, but the main suspects gravitate around disputes over the demarcation of the territory.

                  All this could be just the simple description of a vile crime, but it acquires supernatural contours in the face of the prophecy of Blessed Michael Rua, the Successor of Don Bosco at the head of the Salesian Congregation.

                  When José Tannhuber was still a cleric and a student of philosophy, he went to greet the then Rector Major, together with the group assigned to the missions in 1902: Don Rua, in addition to the usual recommendations, outlined the future field of work for each one, prophesying the great good they would do. But when it was the cleric Tannhuber's turn, Fr Rua remained silent: and since the cleric insisted that he tell him a few words about his future, the Superior, almost against his will, only answered: "Tomorrow, tomorrow". Tannhuber was not discouraged, waited impatiently and the next day he showed up again. And Don Rua, with a contrite spirit and looking at him gently, after a few moments said: "Well, be prepared for martyrdom."

                  Fr Thannhuber was the first Salesian to shed his blood on the lands of Mato Grosso. Three other missionaries and an indigenous catechist subsequently fertilized these lands with the gift of their lives: Fr João Fuchs and Fr Pedro Sacilotti (1934) and the Servants of God, Fr Rodolfo Lunkenbein and the indigenous Simão Bororo (1976).

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                  • BCG BRASILE CAMPO GRANDE
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                  • Martiri
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Spain – "San Juan Bosco" Higher Institute honored with Medal of City of Seville for its 75 years of activity

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                    (ANS - Seville) - On Monday 7 September, the Council of Spokespersons of the City of Seville made public its awarding honorary distinctions of the city for people and institutions for 2020: among these, there is also the "San Juan Bosco" Institute. The honors will be awarded on 23 September in Fibes as the health crisis caused by Covid-19 has prevented the traditional institutional event which is held every year on May 30 in the Lope de Vega theater on the occasion of the feast day of San Ferdinando, the city's patron saint.

                    On the occasion of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Salesian house, the City Council, chaired by Juan Espadas, a Salesian past pupil, was keen to acknowledge the educational work carried out in favor of the citizenship in the field of teaching, education and research. In the press release announcing the awarding of the prize, the work of the Institute is recognized as a "reference educational and cultural institution, through which 3,500 students have had access to human and professional training, open to transcendental values ​​and to society that they have been called to build."

                    It is worth noting that this recognition comes 25 years after the conferral of the honor of "Alfonso X the Wise" granted to the same Salesian house in 1995, for its 50 years of activity.

                    The leaders of the Salesian house through social networks thanked all those who made this distinction possible, through their support, their esteem and recognition.

                    Since 1943 the Congregation of the Salesians of Don Bosco has never ceased to accompany the university students of Seville through its "House", with a first group of university students who were welcomed in the Salesian house of San Benito da Calatrava in the center of Seville, while the current building was built near Arroyo Street. The word "home" is not a metaphorical resource for Salesians: it is intended to indicate the special atmosphere and the educational style that characterize the work.

                    Today the Salesians continue to "accompany" and encourage the integral development of university students, to continue, faithful to their origins, to improve society through their dedication to the education and evangelization of young people.

                    Every year, at the beginning of the academic year, the "San Juan Bosco" Higher Institute opens its doors to over 100 university students willing to live an experience of formation, friendship and accompaniment. And every year the Salesians do everything possible to ensure that the educational and pastoral objectives of their mission to the young are realized: to form good Christians and upright citizens through the methodology of the Preventive System.

                    In its 75 years of activity, the "San Juan Bosco" Higher Institute has contributed to enriching the political, academic, religious, cultural and social life of Seville, thanks to its past pupils, who have held positions of the highest level.

                    It is a faithful mirror of the values ​​with which Don Bosco always worked among his young people.

                    • Spagna
                    • SMX SPAGNA MARIA AUSILIATRICE
                    • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Brazil - Museum of Salesian Works on Google Arts & Culture

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                      Brazil - Museum of Salesian Works on Google Arts & Culture

                      (ANS - São Paulo) - The Museum of the Salesian Works of Brazil (MOSB) can now be visited through Google Arts & Culture, an online collection of high-resolution images of works of art exhibited in various museums around the world. Thanks to this platform, launched in 2011, it is possible to visit many museums, scattered in every corner of the globe. The museum exploration feature uses the same technology used by Google's Street View project.

                      The MOSB, which can now be admired and visited online, was officially created in 2008 and is a private institution located on the premises of the “Liceu Coração de Jesus” College. The purpose of this museum is to preserve, study and disseminate the great heritage of the Salesian Congregation in Brazil. The museum has a vast collection, which includes music collections, photographs, archives, clothing and much more.

                      The MOSB preserves materials from the late 19th century and also houses a large taxidermy collection, with numerous species of stuffed Brazilian fauna, which were mostly used by Salesian priests and teachers for natural science lessons at the end of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. There is also a rich collection of mineralogy and sacred objects.

                      Of great interest is the MOSB music collection, in which sources are preserved that refer to other concepts related to the teaching of music, which thus becomes an important field of research. The costume collection, on the other hand, is made up of vestments used by Salesian priests. The collection also includes chasubles, copes, shoes, gloves, caps, hats, mitres and belts.

                      As mentioned, the museum is part of the historical building of the "Liceu Coração de Jesus", the first Salesian house founded in São Paulo in 1885. The school has been declared part of the Historical, Archaeological, Artistic and Tourist Heritage of the State of São Paulo in 2013. In the complex there are also the Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in neoclassical style, built in 1881, and the “Grande Otelo” Theater.

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                      • BSP BRASILE SÃO PAULO
                        Virginia Nitto

                        South Sudan - Scholarships for girls from Juba Vocational Training Center

                        1 month 2 weeks ago
                        South Sudan - Scholarships for girls from Juba Vocational Training Center

                        (ANS - Juba) - The young women who attend the Don Bosco Vocational Training Center in Juba, South Sudan, have received scholarships that will contribute to their formation and that will allow them to continue their studies, thanks to donor funding of “Salesian Missions”, the Salesian Mission Office of New Rochelle, USA.

                        These scholarships, which focus primarily on female students, cover 50% of the tuition, making it much easier for girls to get an education. Ayany Pamela, one of the students at the Vocational Training Center, said: “This program gave me the courage to go back to school. I had not been able to continue my studies due to financial problems, but then I learned that women were being given this opportunity. This has greatly affected my personal life, allowing me to acquire knowledge and skills. Without this program, I cannot imagine how I would have continued my education or found a good job.”

                        John Garry, a teacher at the Juba Vocational Training Center, noted that these scholarships are transforming the lives of many young women. The program is also encouraging families, who are usually reluctant to send their daughters to school.

                        In South Sudan, due to a lack of financial support, many families decide to marry girls early. The aim of the program is to reduce the incidence of early marriage and to enable young women to gain education and independence in the workplace.

                        Professor Garry added: “I see a lot of improvements since girls get a better education. There are many girls who join technical fields such as electronics, auto-mechanics and information technology. Without a doubt, very soon our girls will compete with men in the development of the country in these fields. Don Bosco and our benefactors have given hope to many poor families.”

                        South Sudan gained independence in 2011 but faced a civil war, which began in December 2013, and led to a humanitarian crisis even before the coronavirus pandemic. Responding to civil war is nothing new for Salesian missionaries, who are dedicated to numerous projects throughout the country.

                        South Sudan is a mainly rural country, with 80% of the population having a daily income estimated to be below one dollar, according to the World Bank.

                        • Sudan del Sud
                        • Missioni
                          Virginia Nitto

                          South Korea – “Bible and Life” growing amidst the digital world

                          1 month 2 weeks ago
                          South Korea – “Bible and Life” growing amidst the digital world

                          (ANS – Seoul) – Already 37 years after starting the “Bible and Life Publications”, the Caritas Sisters of Jesus in South Korea are endeavouring to keep up this important Bible apostolate, not only with traditional printed matters (books, magazine, notebooks for writing the Bible books, prayer books, interactive catechism or Bible textbooks for children, catechumens or adult Catholic community), but they are also venturing into the digital ocean.

                          Even without knowing Korean, you can get an idea from their official webpage of how many different ways the 14 Caritas Sisters with their 10 lay mission partners try to keep pace in the digital media world. Also, the current 37th anniversary of Bible & Life foundation in 1983 is being “celebrated” with a new online “Catholic ON” program on the web.

                          As one of the 32 groups of the Salesian Family, you may perceive also the ongoing inspiration and collaboration with the SDBs of South Korea. Among their bestsellers are the books written by former KOR Provincial Fr Stefano Yang or the re-published letters of the Salesian missionary in South Sudan, late Fr John Lee (1962-2010) “Would you like to become my friend?”.

                          This ongoing team searching how to bring the Word of God and the salt of the Gospel to the ordinary life of Catholic Christians will become visible soon. The Caritas sisters already started their studio recording of interactive Bible programs last August on 205th Birthday of Don Bosco (August 16) and soon the CatholicON program will be online.

                          Bible and Life Publications Website

                          Bible and Life YouTube channel

                          Bible and Life Facebook pages

                          Source: AustraLasia 

                          • Corea del Sud
                          • KOR KOREA
                          • Suore della Carità di Gesù
                          • Editrici
                          • Famiglia Salesiana
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Germany – Annual Report of Don Bosco Mission Bonn

                            1 month 2 weeks ago
                            Germany – Annual Report of Don Bosco Mission Bonn

                            (ANS – Bonn) – “Don Bosco Mission Bonn” has released its annual report with a balance sheet and information about supported Don Bosco Projects. From August 2019 until August 2020 the Mission Office passed on 7.6 Euro million in 64 countries for SDB and FMA projects abroad. Don Bosco Mission receives one million euros specifically for Covid-19 projects.

                            “Thanks to all our partners for the good cooperation in the past year and the trustful atmosphere to donors, partners and relief organizations,” says Dr. Nelson Penedo, Head of Don Bosco Mission. “I would like to explicitly thank our partner organization Don Bosco Mondo, also located in Bonn, for the good and trustful cooperation.” Dr. Penedo announced that he would like to cooperate with Don Bosco Mondo even more closely in the future.

                            The funds generated are slightly less compared to the previous year, as fundraising is becoming increasingly difficult due to the decline in church ties and other social developments.

                            In addition to project-funding abroad, the sending of 23 young adults as volunteers is an important pillar of the Salesian charism at Don Bosco Mission Bonn. Fr Josef Grünner SDB thanked all Salesians and Sisters who enable young people to have this experience and who took care of them during their one-year service, especially this year when the premature termination - due to COVID-19 - caused a lot of chaos.

                            The Mission Office is looking forward to next year, when hopefully the Beethoven Moves! project with youth from Medellín coming to Bonn reaches its fever pitch. The 5th symphony concert, which had to be postponed by one year, will take place with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn in August 2021.

                            The report (only available in German) can be downloaded here: www.donboscomission.de/jahresbericht/2020 

                            • Germania
                            • GER GERMANIA
                            • Procure Missionarie
                            • Solidarietà
                            • Coronavirus
                            • Volontariato
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Kenya – Season of Creation 2020: message from DBTA Deputy Director

                              1 month 2 weeks ago
                              Kenya – Season of Creation 2020: message from DBTA Deputy Director

                              (ANS – Nairobi) – Every year from 1st September to 4th October, Christians mark what has come to be known as the Season of Creation (SOC). This is the time that is set aside for all people of goodwill to reflect on their relationship with all the created things in our common home. The theme for this year is “Jubilee for the Earth” and it coincides with the quinquennium celebration of the Laudato Sì', and the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. Here we share a reflection by Br. John Njuguna, Don Bosco Tech Africa Deputy Director.

                              As Salesians, we continue to be challenged by the statement that was made by Pope Francis in his encyclical “Laudato Sì'”, where he stated that “young people demand change. They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded”.   It is quite logical that we should not pretend to be preparing the youngsters for a future that we continue to disfigure even in front of their own eyes.

                              As part of the six-year plan of the congregation, the Rector Major has stated that as educators and pastors, we cannot be indifferent to this reality. We are all called to do something. Together with Pope Francis, we recognize the evidence provided by Science that the acceleration of climate change coming from human activity is real. Air pollution, water pollution, improper waste disposal, loss of biodiversity and other environmental issues that have a negative impact on human life are increasing. Unsustainable production and consumption are pushing our world and its ecosystems beyond their limits, thus undermining their ability to provide resources and actions vital to life, development and regeneration.

                              We at Don Bosco Tech Africa (DBTA) have taken the lead through our “Green TVET” Project where we are promoting the use of renewable energy, the management of waste, the management of water resources as well as the promotion of the green campus with a special focus on greening the curriculum and the human resource.

                              We invite all our friends, partners and associates to pause for a while during this period of SOC and reflect on what as individuals and groups we have done to make the world uninhabitable either by acts of commission or omission. Secondly, take a resolution to do something that future generations will appreciate. If you plant more trees today, the future generations will have cleaner air than we do. If you reduce industrial waste and sending effluent to the rivers and oceans, the water quality will be higher than it is today and marine life will be more vibrant than it is today. If you start practicing sustainable consumption, the future generations will find plenty of resources that they will need for their livelihoods.

                              DBTA reaffirms her commitment to make sure that every Province and Vice Province in the Africa – Madagascar Region will make our TVET centers, education centers, oratories and parishes educational models of care for the environment and for nature. We shall also expand the network of Salesian institutions to be included in the Don Bosco Green Alliance, fostering the participation of young people in global campaigns on behalf of the sustainable environment and ecological causes for the care of creation and human life. Lastly, we shall undertake to achieve a 100% transition to renewable energy for all TVET Centers in Africa before 2032.

                              The time to act is now. Let us allow ourselves to enter into the arena of ecological conversion that we may live as ecological citizens.  May the simplicity of St. Francis of Assisi and his love for all of God’s creation continue to inspire us in our journey towards ecological citizenship where we will feel and experience how interconnected we are with each creature whether living or nonliving.

                              We need the environment to live healthier, happier and holier!

                              {gallery}Burundi - Attivita verdi 2020{/gallery}

                              • AFE AFRICA EST
                              • Kenya
                              • Creato
                              • Ambiente
                              • Don Bosco Green Alliance
                              • Don Bosco Tech Africa
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Vatican – Serving a wounded world: interreligious solidarity

                                1 month 3 weeks ago
                                Vatican – Serving a wounded world: interreligious solidarity

                                (ANS - Vatican City) - The Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue and the World Council of Churches have launched a joint appeal to all Christians in these times of pandemic. It is an appeal aimed at common reflection and addressed with special attention to young people.

                                As Christians, it is our responsibility to open a dialogue with the faithful of other religious traditions, the World Council of Churches states, this appeal stemming from the conviction that walking this path together is a factor of great importance.

                                The text's starting point is the recognition of the current context of the pandemic as an opportunity to discover new forms of solidarity and to rethink the post-Covid-19 world.

                                The contents of this joint appeal have been collected in a short document, of 24 pages, divided into five parts: analysis of the current crisis (the times of the pandemic are reread with evangelical eyes); solidarity sustained by hope; the basis for interreligious solidarity; principles; recommendations. The common principles highlighted are:

                                - Humility and vulnerability;

                                - Respect for each individual;

                                - Community, compassion and the common good;

                                - Dialogue and mutual learning;

                                - Repentance and renewal;

                                - Gratitude and generosity;

                                - Love: we are called to live God's Love.

                                The document highlights that all Christians "are invited to serve others" on the basis of several specific recommendations:

                                - Find ways of bearing witness to suffering;

                                - Promote a culture of inclusiveness which celebrates difference as God's gift;

                                - Nurture solidarity, through spirituality;

                                - Expand the formation of the clergy, religious communities, lay people and pastoral workers;

                                - Engage and support young people, whose idealism and energy can be an antidote to cynicism, in an effort to heal the wounded world we are part of;

                                - Create spaces for dialogue;

                                - Rethink projects that promote inter-religious solidarity.

                                The full text of the document is available on AustraLasia.

                                • Vaticano
                                • Coronavirus
                                • Dialogo
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Ecuador – Fr Ambrosio Sainaghi, SDB, dies after a life dedicated to the missions

                                  1 month 3 weeks ago
                                  Ecuador – Fr Ambrosio Sainaghi, SDB, dies after a life dedicated to the missions

                                  (ANS - Macas) - Fr Ambrosio Sainaghi, SDB, an Italian Salesian missionary, died on Wednesday 2 September, at the age of 96, in the community of Macas, where he had lived since 2016. There he spent his last years of life, accompanied by his Salesian confreres with whom he shared the same passion: the missionary vocation.

                                  His interest in religious life and missions was born in an oratory in Milan. There he met a Salesian missionary from China who became his catechism teacher. After a few months, he had to return to China and then asked Ambrosio to replace him in the position of catechist. The young Ambrosio accepted the proposal and then made the decision to start the aspirantate.

                                  During the novitiate, he asked to leave as a missionary and was assigned to Latin America. Ecuador awaited him, a country of which he knew little, and he arrived there on November 10, 1950.

                                  He studied Theology in Colombia, in Bogotá and, after four years, he returned to Ecuador, in Gualaquiza for his priestly ordination, which took place on November 5, 1961.

                                  Bomboiza, a Salesian community located in the jungle, which serves the Shuar indigenous population, is a community that today remembers Fr Sainaghi with much affection, given that he was one of its founders. His job was that of an itinerant missionary: he brought the joy of the Gospel to the area's communities and met and talked with young people.

                                  His work in Sucúa was also noteworthy, where he worked hard so that the Shuar could obtain identity cards and become citizens. At the time, non-indigenous people showed great contempt towards indigenous people, because they did not have an identity card, but Fr Sainaghi fought to see their rights respected and accompanied them at all times.

                                  He spent a good part of his missionary life, a good 30 years, in Cuenca. The work functioned as a place of welcome for Salesians who came from the eastern areas for medical treatment, to carry out their studies or to purchase products necessary for their work in the communities.

                                  Here, he had the opportunity to help street children who survived by working as shoeshines or selling newspapers. On weekends he gathered them and organized football matches with them, gave them food, clothes and talked to them about God's love, just as Don Bosco had done before him with the children who came to Turin from different parts of Italy.

                                  Fr Sainaghi was a man and a Salesian who fulfilled his vocation with satisfaction. As he said in an interview in 2016: “I do not regret being a Salesian: I am happy and content, happy to have given my life for the mission and, if God permits, to continue working according to my missionary vocation, which I was lucky enough to exercise all my life.”

                                  Social Communication Office of the Ecuador Province

                                  • Ecuador
                                  • ECU ECUADOR
                                  • Decessi
                                  • Missioni
                                  • Indigeni
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Spain – Emotional education and accompaniment, also necessary for safe return to school

                                    1 month 3 weeks ago
                                    Spain – Emotional education and accompaniment, also necessary for safe return to school

                                    (ANS - Madrid) - Masks, social distancing, hygiene, work in small groups ... Health measures that have been repeated over and over to us to ensure a "safe return to school". The families, the administrative staff, the teaching staff have worked on all the measures indicated by the health authorities. But this is not enough: it is also necessary to accompany the emotions, so that children and their families can face and re-elaborate everything they have experienced in these months of the pandemic.

                                    In order to deal with a safe return to school, yesterday, Thursday 3 September, the first online training meeting was held for teachers of kindergartens and the first years of elementary school, organized by the pedagogy and orientation sector of the “Spain-St James the Greater” Province and supported by the Salesian publisher EDEBÉ.

                                    The meeting brought together, through the Zoom platform, over 400 educators from Salesian centers throughout Spain. Teachers from kindergarten and elementary school from various centers, teams of guidance counselors, were able to receive from Beatriz Montañés, an expert in emotional education, resources and proposals that will help them in this atypical start of the new school year.

                                    The speaker – a psycho-pedagogue and expert in evolutionary psychology, teacher of infant education at the Salesian center in La Orotava, as well as a member of the socio-affective education team of the Province of "Spain-Mary Help of Christians" - in her presentation appreciated the fact that teachers, families and students came together and wanted to learn to deal with a situation of uncertainty for which it is necessary to learn to manage emotions: “Let us take advantage of the circumstances to teach children everything that happens in the orchestra of our brain and how to contribute to live in harmony,” she said.

                                    In the two and a half hours of the session, the interventions of Dr. Montañés focused on the search for a common balance between reason and heart, which helps to give strength to students, families and teachers in view of the start of the school year.

                                    The educational proposal aimed at achieving various objectives, including the importance of working on the emotional learning process to help students adapt to the new reality, as well as analyzing the situations to be experienced in the classroom from a multidimensional perspective: thinking, emotion and behavior.

                                    Participants were presented with useful strategies for creating and maintaining their own and others' emotional well-being. Among the tools proposed, three keys will help accompany both children and families, generating emotional well-being: information, trust and contact "reinvented" through glances, imaginary hugs, gestures from a distance ...

                                    “Our maxim 'Education is a thing of the heart' makes sense now more than ever, to take care of ourselves and our boys and girls, to work with families, to get to know each other and learn to recognize and manage our emotions,” concluded Dr. Montañés.

                                    • Spagna
                                    • SSM SPAGNA SAN GIACOMO MAGGIORE
                                    • Educazione
                                    • Scuole
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      RMG – Ten seeds to deepen “Young Salesians and accompaniment. Orientations and directives”

                                      1 month 3 weeks ago
                                      RMG – Ten seeds to deepen “Young Salesians and accompaniment. Orientations and directives”

                                      (ANS - Rome) - A series of 10 videos, short and packed with content, to be used as "small seeds" to sprout reflection on the text Young Salesians and accompaniment - Orientations and directives: this is the new proposal that the Formation Department launches to the Salesian houses of initial formation. An initiative that starts today, with an introductory video that kicks off the entire journey and which intends to illustrate the proposed path month by month until June 2021.

                                      Given the interest aroused with the series of videos dedicated to Animating and governing the communityThe ministry of the Salesian Rector - of which a new release is planned for the end of the month, with the video on the first part of the text, dedicated to Salesian consecrated identity - a new multimedia initiative is now being launched to facilitate the reading and assimilation of the document on accompaniment.

                                      The purpose of the videos is to reach young Salesians present in the houses of initial formation in the most immediate and effective way and, through them, to support a shared reflection on the main themes of Young Salesians and accompaniment - Orientations and directives.

                                      This text was born thanks to the involvement of over 4,000 young people in formation and Salesian accompanying persons, and is a document that the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, approved with his Council and presented at the 28th General Chapter. Now it is a question of ensuring its dissemination and effective reception in Salesian houses, especially among the communities of initial formation. This is where the idea of these seed videos came from, made in 5 languages by young confreres, who turn to their counterparts in other countries and cultures to reflect together on the issues, opportunities and challenges related to Salesian personal accompaniment today.

                                      The videos - available in Italian, English, Spanish, French and Portuguese - have an average length of about 3 minutes; they are therefore also suitable for their sharing and viewing on the main social networks. Among the themes highlighted: youth and the capillarity of the presence of Salesians in formation as a great resource; the originality of accompaniment in the Salesian charism; creating trust, the heart of the preventive system in formation.

                                      The "launch" video is available from today on sdb.org, on the language channels of ANSChannel of YouTube, and on the site https://formazionesdb.org/. One video is expected to be broadcast per month, from September 2020 to June 2021.

                                      Each video ends with some questions to stimulate personal and community reflection. It is accompanied by a card - in PowerPoint or PDF - which deepens the focus of each video, that is, the generating idea of ​​the document that one wants to focus upon in that month, highlighting opportunities and challenges.

                                      Finally, you are invited to share your thoughts on each "seed" through a web platform, thus making dialogue and confrontation truly global.

                                      The video on the first “seed” will be made available online - again on sdb.org, on the language channels of ANSChannel, and on the website www.formazionesdb.org - next Thursday, 10 September.

                                      {gallery}RMG ten seeds 2020{/gallery}

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

                                        India – Don Bosco Alaknanda Alumnus Ankon Mitra, Origami India Torch-bearer, wins “Lexus Design Award India 2020” for Craft

                                        1 month 3 weeks ago
                                        India – Don Bosco Alaknanda Alumnus Ankon Mitra, Origami India Torch-bearer, wins “Lexus Design Award India 2020” for Craft

                                        (ANS – Roma) – Don Bosco Alaknanda New Delhi alumnus, Ankon Mitra, an architect and artist of international repute and the recipient of the All-India Gold Medal for Sculpture in 2018 from the Prafulla Dahanukar Foundation, has won the prestigious “Lexus Design Award India 2020” for Craft Design.

                                        Ankon Mitra, the topper of his batch in the year 2000, studied architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and graduated with a distinction and a University Gold Medal. He went on to receive an MSc. in Adaptive Architecture and Computation from the prestigious University College London, magna-cum-laude. His work has been exhibited in India, Italy, France, UK, USA, Japan and at the Shanghai International Paper Art Biennale in 2019. He is a member of the British Origami Society, Origami USA, the Sculpture Network in Europe and the Paper Artist’s Collective Worldwide. His work will be showcased at the Arte Laguna in Venice, CODA Museum in Apeldoorn, Netherlands and at the Seoul Architecture Biennale in Korea in 2021. 

                                        With “Oritecture”, Mitra shares a unique vision of a universe forming and dissolving from acts of folding. Mitra says: “The ancient art of Origami is not only a child’s craft but a cutting-edge tool/technique that is being deployed by robotic engineers, space scientists, biotech researchers, mathematicians, computation experts, botanists, architects and artists to create solutions for the real world in the 21st Century.”

                                        Mitra passionately believes in the two maxims – “Geometry aims at the eternal” (Plato), and “The universe is mathematics” (Max Tegmark).

                                        Ankon Mitra, often referred to as the torchbearer for Origami in India, is also a TEDx speaker and a warrior for “making connections across disciplines”.

                                        Here you can watch Ankon Mitra’s Works

                                        Father Babu Varghese, SDB

                                        Source: BIS India

                                        • India
                                        • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                                        • Exallievi
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
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