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Rwanda – Gatenga Youth Center: amid coronavirus lockdown on activities, young people not discouraged

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Rwanda – Gatenga Youth Center: amid coronavirus lockdown on activities, young people not discouraged

(ANS - Kigali) - Among the hardest hit by the lockdown on activities, in different ways and at different times, practically globally, are young people: young people who inevitably have dreams, plans, expectations ... All things that have been stopped or at least suspended at this stage. At the "Don Bosco" Youth Center in Gatenga, in Kigali, the Director and several young people met to elaborate past problems with awareness and identify prospects of hope in and for the future.

“I'm a student from Gatenga; I'm attending the five-year courses, the hotel sector. The pandemic has affected us in various ways. We were on the verge of completing our secondary education courses, but this was not possible because of coronavirus. We felt discouraged, but we could not remain in this state. So we started to review the materials of the lessons on our own,” said a young female student from the Salesian center.

The same spirit of resilience in the face of difficulties belongs to Fr Innocent Gatete, SDB, Director of the Gatenga center, who broadcast a message and made it rekindle among his young people, too, this last Monday 11 May, as part of the Salesian solidarity activities to help those affected by the blockage of activities that take place near the Salesian work.

Addressing the young, Fr Gatete assured them that the coronavirus pandemic is under control and encouraged them to make good use of time at home. “Do not be afraid. The epidemic will pass and we'll soon return to school, and our activities at the oratory will resume. While at home, review the lessons you have done; follow the programs of the Ministry of Education on radio and television.”

The spread of COVID-19 in the world has deprived young people of the moments of joy and sociability they previously experienced and lived by participating in the oratorian activities.

Niyitegeka Moses, a young sports coach at the Gatenga Youth Center, explains what the problem was from his point of view: “The great challenge that we young people are facing is that the epidemic has slowed down our 'cruising speed'. This prevents us from completing some of the projects we had planned, while others are at a standstill.”

He then continued: “Some government youth programs have been postponed due to the freeze on activities. In fact, many things have not been done as expected and this will likely have a negative impact on development.”

However, this young coach believes that with concrete measures, taken locally, there is still hope for a better future.

“Being young, we will have to be active and inventive so as to be sure that once we start again we won't be starting from scratch, but rather that when the time comes, we can soon catch up,” he observed.

  • AGL AFRICA GRANDI LAGHI
  • Rwanda
  • Coronavirus
  • Giovani
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Italy – On 23 May, 100 years ago, monument to Don Bosco inaugurated in Turin

    1 month 3 weeks ago
    Italy – On 23 May, 100 years ago, monument to Don Bosco inaugurated in Turin

    (ANS - Turin) – On 1 September 1911, at the International Congress of Past Pupils, attended by people from 22 countries, the idea of ​​erecting a Monument to Don Bosco as a solemn expression of gratitude to the great educator from those who had benefited by his charisma, came about. The idea was to inaugurate it in 1915, in memory of the centenary of his birth, but the First World War delayed the inauguration, which took place on May 23, 1920, on the eve of the feast day of Mary Help of Christians and the solemnity of Pentecost. From tomorrow, it will be 100 years that it welcomes faithful and members of the Salesian Family when they come on pilgrimage to the Salesian Mother House.

    The monument consists of a truncated pyramid and two lateral wings that form a sort of altar. At the top and in the center of the pyramid there is the main group consisting of the figure of the saint, surrounded by 4 children; at the base of the staircase is the group of “Humanity bowed to the kiss of the Cross” in the guise of a veiled woman who offers a man the crucifix to kiss.

    The lateral wings are used to represent Don Bosco's greatest devotions: on the right, there is the “devotion to the Holy Eucharist” represented by a robust worker in adoration, before whom a woman prays and a mother expresses the tenderness of Christian motherhood; on the left the “devotion to the Virgin Help of Christians” where a proud Indios prostrates himself to Mary Help of Christians, to whom two devoted virgins bear flowers.

    All around the pyramid runs a festoon with an ornamental motif of exotic fruit, which recalls the theme of the three high reliefs located on the back and which show some of the main areas of action of the spiritual sons of Don Bosco at the time of the monument: “The Salesian missionaries among Italian emigrants” at the center; on the right “the Salesian trade schools”, and on the left “the Salesian agricultural schools”.

    A fundraiser was launched to build the monument, which was very successful. The estimated sum was £ 200,000 (Italian Lira), soon reached with donations, and with the City of Turin which alone contributed £ 20,000.

    The international competition for the choice of the project was then started. Among 59 candidates, after several rounds, Gaetano Cellini of Ravenna won; better than the other competitors he had been able to capture the spirit of charity that had permeated the Saint's activity.

    The inauguration was majestic: a large audience, lively and sincere enthusiasm from all present. For the occasion, the event's organizing committee also had a scenographic lighting system installed which involved the monument, the church of Mary Help of Christians and the adjacent oratory.

    On the monument to Don Bosco located in Piazza Maria Ausiliatrice, Fr Bruno Ferrero, Director of the Italian Salesian Bulletin, made an evocative presentation that illustrates the inherent messages and the Salesian values ​​that it manages to convey.

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    • ICP ITALIA CIRCOSCRIZIONE SPECIALE PIEMONTE E VALLE D'AOSTA
    • Arte e Cultura
    • Don Bosco
    • Exallievi
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Venezuela – Coronavirus is now the least of problems for Venezuelan families

      1 month 3 weeks ago
      Venezuela – Coronavirus is now the least of problems for Venezuelan families

      (ANS - Caracas) - Without food, without water, without electricity, nor medicines, nor fuel ... The situation in Venezuela is so critical that the COVID-19 pandemic is the last concern for families. The Salesians continue to work alongside the population and to distribute food, water and hygiene products to the most vulnerable, especially to the children of the "Red de Casas Don Bosco", to prevent malnutrition.

      The South American country is now suffering more than ever: it faces the biggest fuel shortage crisis in its history due to falling oil prices. “Right now people have to wait up to three days in a row to get 20 or 30 liters of gasoline. All this is not only serious for the mobility of people, but also for the shipment of food and medicine. The country is paralyzed,” say the Salesians, who do everything to help the population to ensure that every day is a little better than the previous one.

      To get food you have to stand in long lines and it is impossible to keep the social distance. “The health emergency for COVID-19 has only aggravated a major humanitarian crisis that began in 2016 and from which no way out is foreseen. At the moment, coronavirus is the least of our concerns, even if infections and deaths increase without knowing the real numbers,” add the Salesians.

      In the face of this tragic scenario, the Salesian missionaries have sided with the population and offer all kinds of support to children and their families. Thus, the civil association "Red de Casas Don Bosco", through its seven centers, offers more than 700 breakfasts and meals a day to children in vulnerable situations, along with hygiene kits. “If it weren't for this support, they would have nothing to eat. We have more and more cases of malnutrition among those who come to the centers to ask for help,” continue the spiritual sons of Don Bosco.

      Leonardo Rodríguez, Director of "Red de Casas Don Bosco", explains: “Some children live in our homes because they are subjected to protective measures. Others, who live in very difficult conditions or are orphans, or whose parents have had to emigrate and have left them alone, participate in the programs we call the Open Courtyard.”

      “Malnutrition in children under five causes irreversible problems in cognitive development.” For this, the "Red de Casas Don Bosco" has set up seven programs for the protection of children and adolescents in as many States in the Country.

      The Salesians clearly perceive that many people “in addition to facing difficulties in accessing basic services, are experiencing profound despair.” And faced with this critical situation, they have no choice but to flee: all this allows us to imagine a new wave of migration.

      Source: Misiones Salesianas

      • Venezuela
      • VEN VENEZUELA
      • Coronavirus
      • Fame
      • Povertà
      • Solidarietà
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Italy – Feast Day of Mary Help of Christians: together at a distance, too

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        Italy – Feast Day of Mary Help of Christians: together at a distance, too

        (ANS – Turin) – The feast day of Mary Help of Christians occurs next Sunday, 24 May. Normally the feast day in Turin has always been marked by many celebrations and an evening procession among the city's most heartfelt and participatory. But this year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the party will be "special" and it will become even more important to be able to participate while staying "at a distance". Here is the live broadcast/streaming schedule:

        Sunday 24 May - Feast Day of Mary Help of Christians

        The main celebrations will take place in the Basilica of Maria Ausiliatrice in Turin:

        - at 11:00 am (GMT+2), featuring the solemn Eucharistic concelebration presided by Msgr. Cesare Nosiglia, Archbishop of Turin;
        Live streaming on the ANS Facebook page, with commentary in Italian.

        - at 5 pm, the solemn Eucharistic concelebration presided by Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major;
        Live streaming on the ANS Facebook page, with commentary in Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese; and only, in Spanish, also on the ANS YouTube channel and the Colombian broadcaster TeleVid.

        - at 8:30 pm, the Rosary meditated inside the Basilica. Subsequently, the statue of the Help of Christians will be brought to the square in front of the church and the archbishop of Turin and the Rector Major of the Salesians will pronounce a prayer of entrustment to Mary Help of Christians.
        Live streaming on the ANS Facebook page, with commentary in Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese; and only, in Spanish, also on the ANS YouTube channel and the Colombian broadcaster TeleVid.

        Many faithful and groups of the Salesian Family all over the world have already confirmed their spiritual participation - especially in the act of entrusting themselves to Mary Help of Christians: a way to put the fate of the world tried by the pandemic under her mantle.

        The feast day of Mary Help of Christians was set for May 24 by Pope Pius VII in memory of his return to Rome (24 May 1814), after his imprisonment under Napoleon in Fontainebleau. Originally the celebration was limited to the Church of Rome, but was soon adopted by the Tuscan dioceses (1816) and then extended to the universal Church. The groups of the Salesian Family are closely linked to Mary's devotion under the title of Help of Christians, as Saint John Bosco, the founder of the Salesian Congregation, chose her as the main patroness of the Salesian Family and of his works.

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        • Maria Ausiliatrice
        • Festa di Maria Ausiliatrice
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Philippines – Life jackets of hope: Don Bosco Tondo and Covid-19

          1 month 3 weeks ago
          Philippines – Life jackets of hope: Don Bosco Tondo and Covid-19

          (ANS – Manila) – Tondo is the heart of the metropolis and known as the most populous district in the city of Manila, making up 38.0% of the total population of the city and without a doubt also the abode of the poorest of the poor. Take for example the homes of Tondo Brgy. 115 interspersed among little alleys that zig-zag haphazardly, causing diseases and sickness to spread easily. Keeping this data in mind, they are the ones who are most affected by this Luzon lockdown, for most of them, if not all, are contractual workers, sidewalk vendors, street dwellers, and the like. When the nation practically stopped, their lives became endangered as well, for they do not know where to find the money that can brook their families’ daily needs to live.

          “There is always a reason to hope,” the priest and author Henri Nouwen wrote, “even when your eyes are filled with tears.” (You Are the Beloved: Daily Meditations for Spiritual Living, p.375)

          Don Bosco Youth Center-Tondo with its 50 years of presence in the midst of these poor, carrying its Salesian charismatic identity, looked at this situation with hope. The Salesian Family of DBYC-Tondo cannot be blinded and deafened of the necessities of the poor to survive day after day during Enhance Community Quarantine (ECQ). God’s generosity which cannot be outdone has reached these underprivileged people through various ecclesial, public and private institutions, foundations, and individuals. The Salesians and lay volunteers tirelessly made an effort to partner with these benefactors to bring food to the table of each poor family, who have been struggling since the start of the ECQ.

          One of them that is worth mentioning is Caritas Manila who provided financial assistance to families who are in dire need. Through the generosity of their partners from different private companies, Caritas Manila, extended their support to the poorest among the people under the care of the Salesians, amounting to 26 million of Pesos worth of gift cheques that were evenly distributed to each of the family regardless of religion, race, and stability.

          Private individuals who desired to remain anonymous, overflowingly shared their resources with the sole purpose of assisting those who are most vulnerable during this time of the world Covid-19 pandemic, these are not just the economically poor but also our medical and security front liners. They shared numerous sacks of rice, useful stuff like diapers, milk, canned goods, frozen meats, fresh vegetables, and bottled water. All these were distributed to the 17 Barangays under the Parish of St. John Bosco and nearby barangays who are also in need of help. Especially to Brgy. 105, where hundreds of houses turned into ash last April 19, 2020.

          Daily repacking, assessing, and distributing these goods manifests the family spirit among the members of the Salesian Family. To this very moment we are indebted to these silent and unknown heroes and saints who contributed financially, physically, and spiritually for the benefit of these people are remarkably and undoubtedly signs of God’s love and presence among us.

          On top of the physical help that the Salesian setting is providing for the people, even in our empty church, we cannot but most of all take care of their souls and their spiritual well-being. The fact that the people are not at church doesn’t keep them from being the church. Thanks to the advancement of technology, the masses, and prayers sponsored by the parish and the Salesian community, have reached their homes through Facebook live streaming of the daily rosary, Eucharistic Adoration and Sunday Masses.

          To sum it up, we have estimated to have reached half a million families of our parishioners and from other parishes, our youth and our TVET trainees. With the help of benefactors and hundreds of civil and church volunteers, this unimaginable vast outreach of Don Bosco Tondo is indeed about Grace.

          At the end of the day our hearts echoed with Peter Wehner's who said “I feel like I’m handing out life.”

          Source: AustraLasia

          {gallery}Filippine - Don Bosco Tondo vs COVID19 - 2020{/gallery}

          • Filippine
          • FIN FILIPPINE NORD
          • Coronavirus
          • Solidarietà
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Slovakia – Only 56, after serious illness, Provincial Fr Jozef Ižold dies

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            Slovakia – Only 56, after serious illness, Provincial Fr Jozef Ižold dies

            (ANS – Bratislava) – Yesterday, 20 May, on the eve of the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord which is celebrated in Slovakia today, Fr. Jozef Ižold, Provincial of the Salesians in Slovakia, went to the Father’s house. Fr Ižold died at 56 years of age, 29 of religious life, and 19 of the priesthood, after ten months of struggling with cancer, a period he knew how to live with deep faith and hope in the Risen Christ.

            Jozef Ižold was born on January 30, 1964, in Rybník nad Hronom, in the then communist Czechoslovakia, to a simple family, but rich in living faith. After completing his high school studies, he wanted to enter the Diocesan Seminary of Bratislava. It was the only one in Slovakia at the time. Since his request was refused four times, after consulting a religious of the Missionaries of St. Vincent de Paul, he turned to the Salesians, who at that time lived in hiding, as clandestines.

            In 1988 he entered the underground aspirantate and after the collapse of the communist regime, in 1990 he entered the reopened novitiate: on August 10, 1991, at 27 years of age, he became a Salesian of Don Bosco. After the post-novitiate in Nave, Italy, he carried out his formation with post-novices in Žilina, Slovakia, to return to Italy in 1994 to study Philosophy at the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome.

            In 1997 in Turin-Crocetta he began his studies in Theology. After the diaconate, received in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, he returned among the post-novices of Žilina as a member of the formation team. He was ordained a priest on 20 January 2001, in Žilina, and remained to work in Salesian Formation.

            From 2005 to 2008 he was Provincial Delegate for Formation, becoming part of the Provincial Council. In 2008 he became Vicar of the Provincial. In January 2014, the then Rector Major, Fr Pascual Chávez, appointed him Provincial of the Salesians in Slovakia. In that position, he lived and experienced, in 2017, in Bratislava, the great joy of the beatification of the Salesian martyr Fr Titus Zeman, SDB.

            In the summer of 2019 he was diagnosed with a very aggressive tumor. He was treated by doctors and accompanied by his confreres, fought against his illness for ten months. Fr Jozef Ižold died on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, late in the evening, at the Provincial House of Bratislava.

            Fr Rastislav Hamráček, SDB

            Provincial Delegate for Social Communication

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            • SLK SLOVACCHIA
            • Ispettori
            • Decessi
              Gian Francesco Romano

              RMG – New logo, but same mission for "DON BOSCO IN THE WORLD" Foundation

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              (ANS - Rome) - The "DON BOSCO NEL MONDO" Foundation - the organism of the Salesian Congregation whose purpose is the promotion, support, and development of Salesian Works and Missions across the globe - renews its graphics with a new logo, more modern and more linear, where the world is no longer seen as a physical place but as a world made of people and affections, and where the representatives of the five continents embrace each other around the Salesian Family, forming a virtual world that brings everyone together in the solidarity and the educational principles of Don Bosco.

              In the logo, the house at the center is the symbol of hospitality: a place open to all those looking for support, where Don Bosco welcomes two young people who need help. The arms symbolize both a safe shelter and an arrow that tends upwards to the Trinity and to the love of God, while the semicircle of five people is stylized as they, from the five continents, huddle in a virtual embrace, receiving and giving their support.

              Our mission does not change,” the Foundation says reassuringly. “We will always be next to the most needy with educational projects, support for the most vulnerable sections of the population, female empowerment, protection of minorities, and our common home. Our vision and our goal are to educate young people and allow them to be the architects of their own change and to provide them with the necessary tools to build their own future.”

              In supporting Salesian works in over 130 countries around the world, the "DON BOSCO NEL MONDO" Foundation contributes to providing food, shelter, medical care, education and vocational training to children and young people in difficult situations; and in the selection of projects, the Foundation favors difficult territorial situations and emergencies and structures that do not have the resources necessary for their sustenance.

              Just to cite a few examples of the work done in the last year: in N'Djamena, Chad, the "DON BOSCO NEL MONDO" Foundation supported the literacy project involving 300 girls between the ages of 16 and 22, girls who were exposed to the risk of violence, exploitation and forced marriages.

              In Paraguay, the Foundation accompanies the Salesians who are active at the Abierto "Don Bosco Róga" Integral Educational Center, and raises funds so that it can continue and improve its service to nearly 400 poor and abandoned young people.

              In Zambia, in Mansa, where access to water is a serious obstacle to development, the Foundation has helped the Salesian community to equip itself with a well and water-supply equipment, thus allowing agricultural production and breeding to the advantage of 500 families from 5 villages.

              For more information:

              https://www.donbosconelmondo.org - Facebook - Twitter

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              • Comunicazione Sociale
              • Missioni
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Tunisia – Salesians at the time of lockdown

                1 month 3 weeks ago
                Tunisia – Salesians at the time of lockdown

                (ANS - Manouba) - Tunisia too, like almost every countries across the globe, has lived and still partially lives the circumstance of confinement. The Tunisian government had the intuition to close everything even before the disease manifested itself in a striking way, playing on the "prevention" of contagion; thus, it acted upon the very first cases that arrived in early March, imported from Italy. In Tunisia, as elsewhere, all school, educational, sports and religious activities, both of the mosques and of the few Catholic churches, have been suspended since 14 March until further notice.

                “We Salesians, five confreres, were therefore confined to the two schools, three in Manouba and two in Tunis,” says Fr Domenico Paternò, SDB, Director of Manouba. “We reacted first of all by trying to ensure online teaching through our teachers. It's not easy, but there has been a good response, even if not all students are connected.”

                The oratory continued to follow the animators. With them, training continued on Don Bosco's Preventive System, thanks to the young Patrick Kizembe and Fr Bashir Souccar, a Syrian Salesian in Manuoba since last September, who produced training sessions in Arabic for both animators and teachers. For the two parishes entrusted to the Salesians, the spiritual link continued through the available communications.

                Fr Faustino García Peña, for the parish of Hammamet, edited the commentary on the Gospel every week and a weekly update letter, sending everything to the emails of Italian and European parishioners. A Facebook page has also been opened for the parish of Tunis, named Paroisse Sainte Jeanne D'Arc Tunis.  Mass is transmitted from the Salesian chapel of Manouba: every Saturday at 18:30 (Tunisian time) in Italian, and Sunday at 10 am in French.

                The two schools are keeping in touch with the students' families to ensure financial support for the two schools, which interrupted didactic activities on 12 March, and the school year has now been declared closed.

                “For the support of the needy,” continues Fr Paternò, “the Tunisian Church has concentrated aid on the diocesan Caritas, and there we have directed those who were in need, while some priests were authorized to go to some collection points of those who needed food. Furthermore, we all contributed with prayer.”

                The COVID-19 pandemic in Tunisia has so far caused 1,045 infected people and 47 victims. From 4 May, and then again on Monday, 18 May, the Tunisian authorities have loosened the confinement measures since 4 May, with a first phase of gradual reopening.

                The Salesians, for their part, conclude: “We hope for things go well, and that the Risen Lord will give us the opportunity to return to serve our recipients.”

                • Tunisia
                • ISI ITALIA SICILIA
                • Coronavirus
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  India – Sustaining a Million Vulnerable Lives: Don Bosco Solidarity COVID-19 Relief

                  1 month 3 weeks ago
                  India – Sustaining a Million Vulnerable Lives: Don Bosco Solidarity COVID-19 Relief

                  (ANS – New Delhi) – India is nearing the end of COVID-19 lockdown 3.0 and people are weary. According to their individual situations, people are weary of different things. For the poor and the migrant, it continues to be about existence: no jobs, incomes and even food in some places. Their immediate and sole concern is getting back home to a sense of emotional security. Where hopefully, they are not treated like cattle just because they are from a different state.

                  From 25 March to 14 April 2020, when the nation was thrown without warning into the chaos of lockdown 1.0, it was the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as the Don Bosco Network, who leaped to the rescue of the poor and stranded across India. These NGOs across the country fed the poor and penniless, sheltered the stranded, provided reassurance and preventive education.  India Today reported the central government’s response to the Supreme Court on 6 April, about the people fed across the country during the first lockdown. A total of 84,26,509 people were provided meals. Of these, 54.15 of lakh people were fed by state governments while the remaining 30.11 of lakh were fed by NGOs. The state-wise data presented by the Centre shows that in 13 states and Union Territories, NGOs outperformed state governments in providing humanitarian relief in the form of free meals. 

                  With its immense reach, the Don Bosco Network consisting of 354 NGOs across the states of India, fed 10,82,446 people either through cooked food or grocery kits (1,45,822) to date. They manufactured and distributed 4,10,375 masks to people who otherwise have no access. Because of their vast experience on the ground over the decades, they knew who would be most impacted and went there quickly.

                  Don Bosco Solidarity COVID-19 relief found the transgender communities along the highways in Telangana and Kalaburagi, it tracked the autodrivers and rickshaw pullers in Chennai and Delhi. It identified the migrants in Kerala, Gurugram and elsewhere in their makeshift homes. It extended itself to those completely locked in, from the vulnerable elderly in the South to the children in the North East, helping them with their specific needs. Don Bosco Solidarity provided shelter and transport where possible to stranded people. It provided medical aid, health camps and psychological services wherever needed. The Don Bosco Network reached out to refugees and people living in slums and on the streets, providing food and awareness about COVID-19. The network has supported the government infrastructure through funds and supplying health workers, police and other government personnel with protective face masks. Don Bosco NGOs have partnered brilliantly with the local administration in many places to coordinate relief work for the maximum benefit.

                  The massive quantum of relief work that NGOs managed during these past months is not sustainable without funding. As economic uncertainty clouds the world’s horizon and jobs disappear, NGOs such as the Don Bosco Network also have to find different ways to help already-marginalised people such as the poor and migrants, cope with these long-term challenges while supporting them in the short term.

                  By BOSCONET, Don Bosco Network-South Asia

                  {gallery}India - BoscoNet - DB COVID-19 2020{/gallery}

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                  • Coronavirus
                  • Solidarietà
                  • ONG
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Italy – Fr Agostino Favale, SDB, first Director of UPS Institute of Spiritual Theology, turns 100

                    1 month 3 weeks ago
                    Italy – Fr Agostino Favale, SDB, first Director of UPS Institute of Spiritual Theology, turns 100

                    (ANS - Rome) - One hundred candles for Fr Agostino Favale, SDB, who turns 100 today, 20 May. Born in Ceresole d'Alba (Cuneo, Italy) he developed his vocation as a Salesian in mission land, in Mato Grosso, Brazil, before returning to Italy in 1947 where he was ordained and completed his studies at the Gregorian University and the Salesian Pontifical Athenaeum (PAS) of Turin, where he also taught Medieval, Modern and Contemporary Ecclesiastical History. In 1965, with the birth of the new Salesian Pontifical University in Rome, he moved to this new institution and became the first Director of its Institute of Spiritual Theology.

                    One of his concerns was always to integrate study with pastoral action, within the limits allowed by his commitment as a professor. While still teaching in Turin, he dedicated himself to the catechesis of young people and adults, the preaching of courses of spiritual exercises, Sunday apostolic activity, and spiritual assistance in summer camps for young people.

                    At the request of several Rectors Major - Fr Ricceri, Fr Viganó - he was invited several times to hold Spiritual Exercises, ongoing formation courses, and conferences all over the world and to many groups of the Salesian Family. As Director of the UPS Theological Institute, he promoted meetings at the central level; the "Weeks of Salesian spirituality", which began in 1973 and consolidated from year to year.

                    He has 19 books to his credit, some of which have also been translated into other languages, about twenty in collaboration as curator or editor - including the 15-volume Magisterium Conciliar Series - and many other books as co-author, as well as over 140 titles of contributions in books and articles in dictionaries and magazines.

                    He was a consultor to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and to the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. But above all, his work has left an indelible mark on generations of students, for his always attentive imprint to the human dimension.

                    After teaching non-stop for 46 years, between PAS in Turin and UPS in Rome (February 1954 - February 2000), he stopped direct teaching, while continuing to receive requests for other lessons.

                    Fr Favale, always lucid, reflective, deeply human, authentic religious and convinced Salesian - he is credited with the affirmation: "before the Salesian religious comes man" - since 2014 he has lived in the UPS "infirmary".

                    "All past and present members of the Institute, we feel indebted to those who gave life to this beautiful tree 46 years ago, which today reaches all five continents with its branches thanks to the presence of alumni, men and women. In the name of each of them, we cry out forcefully: 'Thanks, Don Favale! May the Lord bless you for all the good you have done,'" Fr Jesús Manuel García Gutiérrez, Professor at the UPS Spirituality Institute, said today.

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                    • UPS UNIVERSITÀ PONTIFICIA SALESIANA
                    • Anziani
                    • Anniversari
                    • Personaggi illustri
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Italy – Appointment of FMA Salesian Cooperators Delegate

                      1 month 3 weeks ago
                      Italy – Appointment of FMA Salesian Cooperators Delegate

                      (ANS - Rome) - On 9 May 2020, the Mother General of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians announced that Sister Carmen Lucrecia Uribe, of Colombian nationality, had been designated as the World Delegate of the Association of Salesian Cooperators (ASSCC) for the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.

                      Below is a presentation and first impressions of the new FMA Delegate of the Salesian Cooperators.

                      Formation as an FMA

                      I have been a Daughter of Mary Help of Christians since 1982, the year of Religious Profession in the Colombian Province "María Auxiliadora" (CMA). From the very beginning, I felt that "to be a teacher was my passion". I had the opportunity to train in Educational Psychology at the "Auxilium" Faculty of Educational Sciences in Rome and then I specialized in Educational IT. In educational centers, I worked as an educating teacher, coordinator, and director, in private and state schools.

                      Accompanying young people, being close to them and their families, was a strong summons that helped me to strengthen the Salesian identity, to deepen the Preventive System, and to contextualise it.

                      The experience with the Salesian Family

                      In 1998, when I was Provincial Vicar, I had the opportunity to be part of the Provincial Council of the Salesian Family and to have a concrete approach to the different groups of the Salesian Family, at the local and the national level.

                      As Provincial (2005-2010), I carried out joint animation work, especially with the group of Past Pupils and Salesian Cooperators. Participation in the last three General Chapters of the FMA Institute has allowed me to broaden my vision and to grasp the journey that the Salesian Family has made in recent years.

                      The charismatic roots are well-founded under the guidance of the Spirit and the hand of Mary in the heart and in the experience lived by Don Bosco. We live in the awareness that the Spirit pours out the charism among many laypeople, men and women, in a shared mission, at the service of children, adolescents, and young people most in need, in very different forms and expressions.

                      The future lines of the Association of Salesian Cooperators

                      At the World Congress in 2018, the main options that represent the springboard to be where the Lord calls one “to be Don Bosco today” were indicated: to strengthen fidelity to the apostolic promise, increase the sense of belonging to the Church, to the Association, and to the Salesian Family, to take care of the family spirit and shared responsibility.

                      As a World Delegate, I commit myself to accompanying the Association by walking together with young people to build a more Christian and humane society.

                      I am grateful to Mother Reungoat, and to the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, to the Delegates who preceded me, and especially to Sister Leslye Sándigo, who has worked in communion to spread the charism in these years. I entrust myself to the Lord to support me in this new mission and I ask everyone to accompany me with prayer and fraternity.

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