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India - A school for children of tribal and marginalized people to break the cycle of poverty

Gian Francesco Romano
1 month 2 weeks ago
India - A school for children of tribal and marginalized people to break the cycle of poverty

(ANS - Azimganj) - The town of Azimganj, in the district of Murshidabad, India, was an important commercial hub in the 18th century and hosts many Jain temples that testify to the glories of distant times. The Salesians arrived here in 1966 and are currently active in the field of education and parish and social activities. Among the various initiatives carried out since 1966, the religious opened the "Don Bosco" school with elementary and middle or junior high school classes.

Attended by minors coming from contexts of great misery, it welcomes children mainly of tribal origin or belonging to the lower castes and who survive among a thousand privations. In many cases, they were born of undernourished mothers and were undernourished babies, a factor that has caused so many of their cognitive delays. They live in poor huts without electricity or toilets. Parents cannot even pay the tuition fees that amount to one euro a month.

The children who attend the "Don Bosco" are the first of the family of origin to go to school, and this triggers a series of problems. First of all, nobody is able to help them with their homework; secondly, there are many parents who prefer to direct them to work, rather than encourage them to finish their studies, because they do not have the tools to understand how important education is to break the vicious circle of ignorance and exploitation in which they find themselves born.

The Spiritual Sons of Don Bosco do their utmost to help these 1,300 minors, including elementary and junior high school children. They have scarce means available, but a lot of ingenuity: to make up for the lack of blackboards, they have painted the walls black and write on them with chalk; students follow the lessons sitting on the floor, because there are no desks.

Ever more urgent is the need to purchase chairs and desks, blackboards, bookshelves and books, audiovisual equipment to guarantee a minimum of dignity to students and teachers and to help and support the most problematic students to overcome difficulties, especially through the use of books and audio-video material that can better stimulate learning and foster their curiosity.

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

  • India
  • INC
  • Scuole
  • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
  • Povertà
  • Missioni
  • Missioni Don Bosco

    China – Br. Henry Hung: one of the most famous EAO Salesian Brothers

    Gian Francesco Romano
    1 month 2 weeks ago
    China – Br. Henry Hung: one of the most famous EAO Salesian Brothers

    (ANS – Hong Kong) – Salesian Brother Henry Hung Ling-yeung (1944-1998) was probably among the most prominent and internationally known Salesian Brothers in the East Asia-Oceania (EAO) Region. His specialization in Electronics Engineering, in Turin, Italy, empowered him to serve his “second homeland” in Taiwan (Republic of China) in his mature years.

    Hung was born in Koyui, Guandong province, China, on 31st October 1944. At 10 years of age, he enrolled in Hong Kong Salesian “Aberdeen Technical School” in 1954, and was baptized in the same year. With the permission of his parents, he joined the “St. Dominic Savio” Aspirantate in Hong Kong and make his first profession on 16th August 1963. Hung was bright and eager to learn, he was also practical and realistic. The superiors sent him for further study in Italy - Turin, “Rebaudengo Institute” for Salesian Brothers. After 7 years he obtained PhD in Electronics Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin.

    After his return to China province in 1972, he was assigned to Salesian Technical School in Tainan, Taiwan. At the same time, he was invited as visiting professor to the “National Cheng Kung University” as a researcher. In November 1978 Br. Hung went to the USA SDB Provinces for research - where he also taught in DB Technical School. He was involved in Don Bosco Multimedia project (East - New Rochelle) and also went to assist in computerization program (West - San Francisco).

    He spent his last 17 years of his short life again in Taiwan: since 1981 was assigned in Salesian Technical School as Head of Electricity and Electronics Department and workshop design work, and continued also his teaching and research at Taiwan National Cheng Kung University. Subsequently, he was appointed a chaired specialist and consultative member in the “R.O.C. National Science Committee”, the Head of the School of Information Technology and advisor to the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) in Rome. Not long after that, he was elected to be one of the Top Ten Young Scientist of Taiwan.

    In the 1990's, the SDB Provincial, Fr. John Baptist Zen, commissioned him to study the situation and vision of the Technical Schools in the CIN Province. Br. Hung submitted a report, which was important in the reshaping of the Technical Schools in later days.

    Henry possessed great talent and knowledge and was learned in his field, but at the same time, he was a low-key gentleman, friendly and easy to approach. As University professor he really put seriously his heart in this work. As Salesian he like also to take care of those Hong Kong and Macau students who came to Taiwan for university studies. In his daily community life, he would be always keeping the timetable of prayers as a good religious Brother.

    Besides founding the “Information Engineering Research School” in the Taiwan National Cheng Kung University, also successfully developed many systems for the Information Technology in Taiwan, effectively raising the standard in the Computer industry. In 1990 he obtained the Honour of “Outstanding Person in Information Technology,” in 1993 his name was recorded in the “Famous Persons in the World”. Looking back at his teaching career, he has trained over 150 PhD's and MEng's in Taiwan.

    Twenty years ago, when he was on summer break in Macau (Escola D. Luis Versiglia) one afternoon he went for a bicycle ride and was unfortunately involved in an accident. As result of his injuries, he died aged only 54. That was a great loss to the Congregation and to the civil society. But heaven was to add one illustrious 'Doctor' who was like a perfect electronic project, singing forever the praises of God his creator.

    Source: AustraLasia

    • Cina
    • CIN
    • Tecnologie
    • Salesiani Coadiutori

      Spain - 500 minors at risk of exclusion to benefit from summer of Salesian accompaniment

      Gian Francesco Romano
      1 month 2 weeks ago
      Spain - 500 minors at risk of exclusion to benefit from summer of Salesian accompaniment

      (ANS - Valencia) - "Situation of risk" is a phrase that has a very broad and at the same time complex meaning. It could be defined as "the situation in which, due to personal or family circumstances, the integral development of the child is at risk", as E. Carballeira defines it. "Children at risk - he continues - are usually those who live in particular conditions: broken families, poverty, low cultural level ...". In Spain, the socio-economic situation is exacerbating these conditions and the children at risk of exclusion and poverty are increasing.

      It has been written, and often repeated, that children have three primary rights: health, education and protection, which – alas - many governments have forgotten. "Save the Children" states that at present "one child out of three in Spain is at risk of poverty or social exclusion". For the Salesians, children and young people are the very reason for the educational process.

      The "Fundación Angel Tomás", through various projects, organizes numerous activities so that the underage beneficiaries of the organization will have interesting programs available to them for their free time during the summer. This year, thanks to the "Educo" scholarships, a group of 485 children from the urban areas of Valencia, Elche and Cartagena, will be guaranteed nourishing and healthy meals.

      The Don Bosco Center has dedicated the week of 25 June - 1 July for the Talayuelas summer camp, while the "Entreamics" center hosts a summer camp from July 2 to 7 in Bocairent.

      At the Salesians of Alcoy, the urban summer camp is from 2 to 27 July with many proposals and excursions: water parks, adventure games, swimming pool, horseback riding and many other activities related to leisure and youth animation.

      The urban camp of Cartagena is scheduled August 1 to 7 and will bring together 100 children and preadolescents between the ages of 6 and 14; in the same period another camp will take place in Elche, which will host 135 minors.

      At Alraso Cartagena, during the month of July, various activities are also planned for young people between the ages of 15 and 21: school mentoring, cultural initiatives, trips to the beach, the pool, the water park and the zoo.

      The "Camino de Santiago" and the "Don Bosco Challenge" are reserved for older children, aged between 16 and 18, during the week of July 16th to 23rd.

      Minors at "risk of exclusion" are, alas, the poor of our current era, people who receive little time and little formation.

      • Spagna
      • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
      • Estate Ragazzi

        Syria - Recalling the testimony of Misho and Anwar Samaan

        Jesus Jurado
        1 month 3 weeks ago
        Syria - Recalling the testimony of Misho and Anwar Samaan

        (ANS - Aleppo) - On June 29, the universal Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, brothers in faith and martyrdom. Misho and Anwar Samaan were also brothers and they too are "martyrs", in a broad sense, because of the war in Syria. To remember their testimony of life is the Salesian who saw them grow up, Fr Pier Jabloyan, SDB.

         

        "Misho Samaan was born on September 7, 1998. He began attending the oratory in third grade. He was serene and friendly, passionate about dance and that is why every time he could, he would participate in parties, especially those for Don Bosco. When he became an animator, he began to share his gift with the younger boys and taught them to dance.

        Misho grew up in the oratory, and participated in sporting events, especially basketball tournaments, helped also by his tall stature. His presence in the oratory team was always effective.

        He was a young Christian, like so many young people who seek the Lord in daily events. He had many questions awaiting answers, participated in catechism and associations of the Salesian Youth Movement.

        His older brother, Anwar, was born on July 20, 1993. He was also a 'son of the Salesian oratory' in Aleppo. Every Friday he participated in catechism and was a member of the 'Domenico Savio' association. He became an animator and with his simplicity and availability, with a very friendly and spontaneous presence, he managed to make many young friends, why everyone loved him.

        Every Sunday he and his brother attended the oratory Mass. And Anwar willingly put into practice Don Bosco's counsel in approaching Confession, an aspect that was noticed when the penitential celebrations were organized in preparation for Christmas and Easter.

        These two brothers could not fulfill their many dreams, which they were cultivating, because of the war. Rockets hit their home, causing their death and their mother's also, Minerva, on April 11, 2015, in the Easter Octave. Thus, they too participated in the cross of the Lord, and then participated in his Resurrection and glory.

        These two brothers loved Don Bosco and the Salesians. It could also be seen from the images of Don Bosco they kept in their wallets and the paintings hanging at home.

        We are sure that now they are enjoying his company and that of all the saints in the presence of the Lord."

         

        • Siria
        • Testimonianza
        • Misho e Anwar

          Haiti - Putting students at the center of learning

          Jesus Jurado
          1 month 3 weeks ago
          Haiti - Putting students at the center of learning

          (ANS - Port-au-Prince) - Observing the need for a pedagogy more centered on the student, the Salesian Vocational Training Office (BTFPSA, in French) of the "Rinaldi Foundation" of Haiti launched an initiative to implement an approach based on skills in Salesian vocational schools. Supported by Caritas and the Spanish Salesian NGO "Jovenes y Desarollo", the BTFPSA contacted dr. Yannick Daoudi, educational consultant in Canada, to train Salesian Vocational Training Centers personnel to use this approach in institutions.

          In addition to reorganizing the content into learning modules focused on specific practical skills, the method operates a methodological conversion that focuses on the student as the main actor of the learning phenomenon. The student should be curious, full of initiative, persevering and organized. A similar student must find new information and know how to use new technologies, to know how to collect and share them. In this sense the teacher plays the role of a facilitator who supports the student, who organizes activities, advises, accompanies, encourages and supports.

          During the whole 2017-2018 school year, dr. Daoudi has made regular visits to Haiti to train the formators and administrative and managerial staff of Salesian centers and accompany them in the implementation of this learning approach. He also worked diligently to provide assessments and advice on the current situation of Salesian centers.

          While there is still a lot to be done in the transition to a full competence-based approach, there is much hope that this new style can bring great benefits to Haitian youth, so much in need of sharing and building a future, fully aware of their own means.


          In the face of the natural disasters that have struck Haiti in recent years, and faced with the many problems that still afflict the country, the students of the Salesian Vocational Training Centers will be more actively involved in their education and better equipped to pursue their dreams.


          Source: Rinaldi Foundation

          • Haiti
          • Allievi

            RMG - Meeting of the International Commission Youth Ministry and Family

            Gian Francesco Romano
            1 month 3 weeks ago
            RMG - Meeting of the International Commission Youth Ministry and Family

            (ANS - Rome) - From June 22 to 24, at the Salesian Headquarters in Rome, the International Commission Youth Ministry and Family met for the first time. This Commission, coordinated by the General Councilor for Salesian Youth Ministry, Fr Fabio Attard, SDB, assisted by the collaborators of the corresponding Dicastery, is composed of 15 other people, Salesians, laity and lay experts on this theme, from the five continents.

            A first objective of the meeting was to gather the essential guidelines that emerged from the International Congress "Youth and Family Ministry" (Madrid, 27 November-1 December 2017), promoted by the Salesian Youth Ministry Dicastery. At the Congress, celebrated amidst the two Synods of the Bishops on the Family, the promulgation of the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia of Pope Francis, and the Synod of Bishops on "Youth, faith and vocational discernment", about 300 delegates came together from the Salesian Provinces of the whole world.

            In addition to evaluating the Congress and sharing current challenges in the sector, members of the International Commission were asked to draw up a proposal that could help the Youth Ministry Dicastery to plan pastoral initiatives for the near future.

            Specifically, the participants offered ideas and suggestions for the preparation of a document on Salesian Youth and Family Ministry which can offer motivations and criteria for discernment for the reflection and future actions of pastoral operators.

            The themes at the heart of the Commission's reflection took inspiration from some central chapters of the Salesian Youth Ministry Framework of Reference, the third edition of which was published in 2014. By alternating group and assembly sessions, international experts studied how the family questions Salesian charism, the mission and history; asked themselves how the Salesian "family spirit" dialogues with the Preventive System and the Pastoral Educational Community; and how Salesian educational planning for pastoral care can be or become a true family experience.

            At the end of the meeting, a Drafting Group was formed which, starting from the ideas gathered during the meeting of the Commission, shall work on a document on "Salesian Youth Ministry and Family" that could represent a support for pastoral workers in the Provinces, a tool to integrate with the most recent Magisterium of the Church in this field and to enrich the patrimony of the Congregation's own ideas and thoughts - not only, but also - in view of a future edition of the Framework of Salesian Youth Ministry.

            {gallery}RMG - Incontro PG e Famiglia 2018{/gallery}

            • RMG
            • Pastorale Giovanile
            • Pastorale Giovanile e Famiglia
            • Fabio Attard

              RMG – Fr. Jacob Hamaguchi appointed as 14th Provincial of Japan

              Gian Francesco Romano
              1 month 3 weeks ago
              RMG – Fr. Jacob Hamaguchi appointed as 14th Provincial of Japan

              (ANS – Rome) – On 28 June 2018, after the recent consultation for the new Provincial, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with the consent of his Council, appointed Fr Jacob Hideaki Yamagouchi as Japan's 14th Provincial for the period of 6 years (2018-2024), when the Province of St. Francis Xavier is preparing to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Salesian presence in the country.

              Fr Hamaguchi was born in Sasebo (Nagasaki) on 1 May 1958, and joined the Salesian Novitiate 1981-1982 in Chofu (Tokyo), made his first profession on 25 March 1982, and his perpetual profession on 19 March 1988 in Chofu. After his ordination, in Tokyo on 23 September 1990, he dedicated much of his ministry in youth social work, the “Boys Home” in Kodaira (Tokyo) for 14 years.

              Then he was assigned to assisting Salesian Bishop Francis Osamu Mizobe in his challenging assignment in the Takamatsu diocese with other Salesians (2005-2009). Since 2010 he has been committed to formation in Chofu (2010-2018). Last 1 April he was assigned as Rector of Meguro community in Tokyo (parish, kindergarten and youth center).

              Since 2015 Fr. Hamaguchi has also served as the Vice-provincial and Delegate for Formation, even if since last February Fr. Michael Lap is the Formation Delegate. Since last April 2018, Fr. Hamaguchi has begun his new role as Youth Ministry delegate. 

              Under the former provincial Fr. Hamaguchi was also a Coordinator of the PROJECT TEAM, an ad hoc commission in charge of the ongoing reshaping process at the provincial level. The main focus is the province's poor young people and to empower the lay mission partners with Salesian formation.

              Hamaguchi will succeed as GIA Provincial to the Bishop Elect of Saitama, Fr. Mario Yamanouchi.

              • RMG
              • GIA
              • Giappone
              • Nomine
              • Ispettori

                RMG – First Provincial of Indonesia Vice-Province appointed: Fr Andrew Wong

                Gian Francesco Romano
                1 month 3 weeks ago
                RMG – First Provincial of Indonesia Vice-Province appointed: Fr Andrew Wong

                (ANS – Rome) – On 26 June 2018, after the consultation for the Provincial of INA Vice Province, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with the consent of his council, appointed Fr Andrew Wong as the first Superior of Indonesia for the 6-year term (2018-2024).

                Fr Andrew Wong was born in Santa Ana (Manila - Philippines) on November 30, 1952, and joined the Salesian Novitiate in 1971-1972 in Canlubang, made his first profession on May 1, 1972, and his perpetual profession on March 23, 1978, in Paranaque-Manila. After his ordination in 1979, he dedicated most of his ministry in formation houses: Paranaque, Canlubang, Bacolod in the Philippines, Jakarta (Indonesia) and in Fatumaca (Timor Leste) - as formator, teacher, superior and also as novice master.

                Andrew also earned his MA degree at the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) in Rome in Youth Ministry and Catechetics and speaks quite a few languages (English, Italian, Filipino - Tagalog, Tetum and Bahasa Indonesia). He participated in the General Chapters 25, 26 and 27.

                After the establishment of the new ITM Vice Province of St. Callistus Caravario, Fr. Andrew was appointed by the Rector Major as the first Superior (1998-2004) during the difficult transition times of the Timor Leste Referendum (1999) and Independence in 2002.

                Then he was again called by Fr. Pascual Chávez as the provincial of FIN - Manila province (2005) where he served until the GC26 (2008). He was then elected as the second EAO Regional Councilor (2008-2014). The then newly elected Rector Major Fr. Á.F. Artime called Fr. Wong to the formation ministry – a 3-year term in Ratisbonne Theologate in Jerusalem (Middle East - MOR province) until last August 2017.

                Last school year he was assigned by the Rector Major to Paranaque - Manila, the “Blessed Steven Sandor” international community of specific formation for Salesian Brothers as Vice-rector and Catechist. And finally, upon his renewed availability for the missio ad gentes (January 2018), the Rector Major assigned him recently to the newly established INA vice province.

                The Profession of Faith of the new Provincial will take place on Wednesday, 1 August, 2018, during the Eucharist celebration in Jakarta.

                • RMG
                • Ispettori
                • Nomine
                • INA

                  Italy - Fr Eugenio Fizzotti, SDB, ascends to heaven

                  Gian Francesco Romano
                  1 month 3 weeks ago
                  Italy - Fr Eugenio Fizzotti, SDB, ascends to heaven

                  (ANS - Rome) - Last Monday, 25 June, at the hospital in Salerno where he was hospitalized, the Salesian Fr Eugenio Fizzotti passed away. Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, he taught at numerous universities, both pontifical and state, and was renowned as one of the leading scholars and popularizers of the thought of Viktor Frankl.

                  Fr Fizzotti was born on 1 July 1946 in Caserta, and had entered the Salesians in 1964, attending the novitiate in Portici. On his journey of religious formation, he was sent to Vienna for studies in Theology, and was consecrated as a priest by Paul VI in St. Peter's Square in Rome on 29 June 1975.

                  His Viennese years of formation were fundamental for his vocation, religious and educational, as they allowed him to attend the courses of prof. Viktor Frankl, founder of the "Viennese Third School of Psychotherapy", known throughout the world as "logotherapy and existential analysis".

                  He then served the Congregation in various communities in southern Italy - Naples, Salerno, Locri - and with various pastoral positions. Then he continued his specialization studies in Moral Theology at the Gregorian University and the Alfonsianum in Rome.

                  From 1984 to 1986 he directed, as a Journalist, the Press Office of the General Directorate of the Salesian Congregation.

                  Subsequently he started teaching at universities, taking courses in Psychology of Religion and Professional Deontology at the Salesian Pontifical University - a position he held until 2008 - and then teaching, throughout his academic career, also at many other universities and centers of higher education, both pontifical and state.

                  For the UPS he was also Director of the Institute of Psychology (1994-2001) and Dean of the Faculty of Educational Sciences (2001-2002).

                  Prolific author of books and academic contributions, especially in the field of logotherapy and the transposition of the thought of Viktor Frankl, he was also Honorary President of the Association of Franklian Logotherapy and Existential Analysis (ALÆ.F.), Scientific Director of “Ricerca di Senso - Research of meaning/purpose”, the association's magazine, and honorary member of the" Austrian Medical Society of Psychotherapy."

                  In 2002, he was awarded the Grand Prix by the "Viktor Frankl Foundation" of the city of Vienna, annually destined to a personality who world-wide is especially committed to the deepening and diffusion of psychological and psychotherapeutic orientations of a humanistic-existential nature.

                  The funeral takes place this afternoon, Wednesday, June 27, in the Salesian church of Caserta.

                  • Italia
                  • UPS
                  • Decessi
                  • Docenti
                  • Personaggi illustri

                    Philippines – Manila awarded for best presentation of Salesian vocation

                    Gian Francesco Romano
                    1 month 3 weeks ago
                    Philippines – Manila awarded for best presentation of Salesian vocation

                    (ANS - Manila) - Almost a year after the announcement of an international competition to produce an efficient presentation of the Salesian consecrated apostolic vocation - reflecting the two forms, presbyteral and lay - the winners were declared: Fr Ryan Oliver Bautista and deacon Jerome Quinto, both from the North Philippines Province (FIN).

                    In August 2017, in view of the beatification of Salesian priest and martyr Fr Titus Zeman, which took place on September 30, 2017, in Bratislava, Slovakia, the Dicastery for Formation launched an invitation to young Salesians to make a presentation that would flank the two blessed Salesian martyrs: Fr Zeman, as an example of Salesian Priest, and Stefano Sandor, as an example of Salesian Brother.

                    The declared purpose was: "to prepare a presentation that offers a correct and adequate image of the Salesian and of their unique vocations and missions in the two forms desired by Don Bosco."

                    In addition to the award-winning work, which came from the Philippines, other proposals arrived at the Roman offices of Formation Sector from the regions of Africa-Madagascar and South Asia. The presentations were evaluated by a jury, made of 7 confreres, members of the Social Communication and Formation Departments, plus the Postulator for the Cause of Canonization.

                    The winning piece was produced by the two young Salesians in collaboration with another Filipino religious, brother Kristoffer Omandam, OSM (Servite Order), who made the illustrations.

                    Their presentation insists on one point: "what moves the heart of the Good Shepherd?" Blessed Sandor is indicated as one who knew how to "give his life for the young poor workers", while Blessed Fr Zeman as "a life given for young vocations". Both are presented as trusted and credible witnesses of Don Bosco in their respective countries, Hungary and Slovakia.

                    The first beneficiaries of this presentation will be, first of all, the over 600 Salesian prenovices who are present in the seven regions of the Congregation: already from the pre-novitiate stage it is, in fact, opportune to present the Salesian consecrated identity in its two forms. Moreover, the presentation can be used in numerous other circumstances.

                    On 23 August, in Parañaque-Manila, the award ceremony for the two young Salesians will take place in the community's curatorium.

                    The work of the two young Filipinos has been realized in multiple versions (PDF document, PowerPoint presentation, 25-slide film in Mp4 format) and is accessible on the AustraLasia website and here.

                    • Filippine
                    • FIN
                    • Salesiani
                    • Salesiani Coadiutori
                    • Istvan Sándor
                    • Titus Zeman
                    • Santità Salesiana
                    • Martiri
                    • Formazione

                      East Timor – Salesian Prenovices and Formators prepare the EAO Congress

                      Gian Francesco Romano
                      1 month 3 weeks ago
                      East Timor – Salesian Prenovices and Formators prepare the EAO Congress

                      (ANS – Los Palos) – As the EAO Salesian Brothers Congress which will be held in Vietnam is approaching, the Salesian brothers in the Vice-Province of Timor-Leste (TLS) got together for the pre-congress meeting. The meeting was held in the Salesian Community of Don Bosco Los Palos. The meeting was led by Fr. Manny Pinto, SDB, the provincial delegate for Formation. Aside from the 10 Salesians brothers and Salesian priest in-charge of various level of formation in the vice-province, the 25 pre-novices were also present in this formative encounter.

                      The meeting began on June 9, with an opening talk from Br. Adriano de Jesus who gave emphasis on one and the same Salesian vocation. He encouraged the Brothers and the pre-novices that God calls us first and foremost to be Salesians. This is the central point of our vocation. Only when we appreciate our Salesian vocation, we begin to discern between being a Salesian brother or a Salesian priest.

                      Then, the encounter continued with a short talk by Fr. Anacleto Pires, the current novice master of TLS vice-province. Fr. Anacleto presented to the Brothers and the pre-novices the theology of consecrated life and highlighted that whatever states of life that we are in, the most important call of God for us all is to be holy. The encounter continued with the talk of Fr. Manny Pinto. He reminded those present in the meeting about the importance of the two dimensions of Salesian vocation. He emphasized the fact that these two dimensions of Salesian Vocation do not mean that one is superior to the other, but they complement each other. Both Salesian Brothers and Salesian Priests consecrate themselves for the young. Don Bosco becomes model for both dimensions of Salesian Vocation.

                      In the afternoon session, the time was given to the Brothers and Priest formators for sharing and exchanging some insights as part of the journey towards Salesian Borther’s Congress in Vietnam. The encounter terminated with a picture together as a remembrance of such a precious encounter which enables the province to look deep into the Salesian Brother vocation.

                      Source: AustraLasia

                      • Timor Est
                      • TLS
                      • Salesiani Coadiutori

                        Brazil - A missionary journey of the past: from Manaus to Iauaretê

                        Gian Francesco Romano
                        1 month 3 weeks ago
                        Brazil - A missionary journey of the past: from Manaus to Iauaretê

                        (ANS - Sao Gabriel de Cachoeira) - Even in 2018 there are places in the world that can only be reached through a long and difficult journey. This is the case of the Salesian mission of Iauaretê, at the extreme western border of Brazil, right before the border with Colombia. Here is the story of this long journey in the words of Br Giampietro Pettenon, SDB, Head of "Missioni Don Bosco" of Turin, who arrived at the mission with his team.

                        We reach Manaus after a long journey from Turin. In the capital of Amazonia the Salesians coordinate the work of the missionary houses among the natives of the region and we take another flight from there to Sao Gabriel de Cachoeira. Here too there are the Salesians, for a good 103 years, and the town develops around the historical nucleus of buildings that were the Salesian college and its large church, which today is the cathedral of the diocese.

                        The next day we leave for Iauaretê, reachable only by river. Because the journey takes 12 hours, you have to leave in the morning, because traveling in the dark is too dangerous. Wake up at dawn, breakfast, load luggage and off we go!

                        The skipper of the boat, a native, takes us for an hour up to a check point. We are entering the exclusively indigenous area and the army controls access. Immediately after, we turn and go up a tributary of the Rio Negro, the Rio Vaupes. Since we are still in the rainy season, the river is particularly swollen with water. At a certain point, on the contrary, it seems we are flying, with perfectly smooth water that reflects the clouds! The illusion ends when after a slight mist arrives light and thin rain, but insistent!

                        Shortly after, the rapids arrive, forcing us to unload all our luggage and continue on a truck in the middle of the forest for five kilometers. Then we reload everything and start again on the boat.

                        Along the shore we see small indigenous communities, each with a chapel and a small school next door. They are communities founded by the Salesians: the hallmark of the educative and at the same time evangelizing house of the Sons of Don Bosco is a church with a school nearby. Without the education of the young, evangelization risks becoming proselytism. And without a church, the educational work risks becoming a social service.

                        In the end, after 11 hours of travel on the river, we arrive at Iauaretê, one hour in advance. It went well, today!

                        • Brasile
                        • BMA
                        • Missioni
                        • Missioni Don Bosco

                          UN - "Girls with no name": United Nations applaud Salesian work in favor of girls

                          Gian Francesco Romano
                          1 month 3 weeks ago

                          (ANS - New York) - "Misiones Salesianas" - the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid - in collaboration with the "International Mary Help of Christians Institute" (IIMA), "VIDES International" and "Jugendhilfe Weltweit", organized at the United Nations in New York a side event of the 38th session of the Human Rights Council taking place in Geneva. The goal was to give visibility to the most vulnerable minors who are forced to work as prostitutes to survive, a harsh reality presented in the documentary "Love".

                          Thanks to the documentary "Love" and the testimony, narrated in a video-message, of a girl who left the streets of Freetown to learn a trade and become a protagonist of her life, the Salesians showed the good practices carried out to steal the girls away from the streets, and the successes that education can offer in countries like Sierra Leone, Benin and India, where child prostitution is widespread.

                          In addition to the young woman's testimony, at the event entitled "Girls with no name", experts of the IIMA and VIDES and of the Salesian missionary Fr Jorge Crisafulli, for years active for the most needy minors in Sierra Leone, spoke to the audience on the issue.

                          Sponsored by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and more than a dozen countries, the event was attended by representatives of more than fifteen countries and delegations of the UN Council.

                          The First Lady of Sierra Leone, Fatima Maada Bio, went specifically to New York to attend the event. In her speech, she thanked the work of the Salesians in her country, through the work "Don Bosco Fambul", and assured all that the issue will be one of her concerns and that she will do all she can to make it so also for the new government, just elected.

                          Fr Crisafulli spoke of the work of prevention and unconditional love for the girls: "At Don Bosco Fambul we are committed to making these girls understand that the situation in which they find themselves is not their fault, and that they can start again, dream of a better future and make their dreams come true because they are unique, wonderful, each a work of art made by God."

                          • ONU
                          • Ragazze
                          • Prostituzione
                          • Sierra Leone
                          • AFW

                            Brazil - Young university students collect food for indigenous Bororo and Xavante

                            Gian Francesco Romano
                            1 month 3 weeks ago
                            Brazil - Young university students collect food for indigenous Bororo and Xavante

                            (ANS - Araçatuba) - "Apathy, lack of solidarity, conformism and low commitment of university students are worrying signs in Latin American universities" reports a study published a few months ago by the association of Universities and Institutes of Higher Education in Mexico (ANUIES). The Salesians and the Salesian Institutions of Higher Education (IUS) try to cope with these situations with pastoral and service proposals.

                            For example, the Salesian Universitary Centres of Lins and Araçatuba (UniSALESIANO) is implementing a service proposal in favor of missions with indigenous peoples.

                            In concrete terms, the University Pastoral of "UniSALESIANO" has started to collect non-perishable foodstuffs to be delivered to the natives of the Bororo and Xavante del Mato Grosso tribes. The charitable action is part of the "Missionary Volunteer" project, which is being carried out this year for the second time by UniSALESIANO.

                            More than 20 academic students of various courses at the UniSALESIANO site in Araçatuba and Lins will leave on July 1st for Mato Grosso on an expedition that will take them to the villages of Meruri (Bororo) and San Marcos (Xavante), where they will remain until next 8 July.


                            During this period, the group shall develop activities, do volunteer work and have the opportunity to experience a moment of learning and exchanging of experiences. "And they will also have the opportunity to experience a deeper cultural understanding, to achieve a cultured vision of the new realities," explained the Pro-Rector of the Pastoral Ministry, Fr Waldomiro Bronakowski.

                            To participate in the project, interested students had to participate in a two-step selective process. In the first, young university students filled out a form with the membership application and answered questions about themselves. Then, an individual interview took place with a psychologist.

                            The group thus selected will travel under the supervision of two course coordinators, Prof. Mirella Justi, professor of Psychology, and Prof. Juliana Mitidiero, professor of Physical Education, both of the Araçatuba office.

                            The UniSALESIANO carried out the first missionary volunteering trip last year, in 2017, and lasted about 14 hours. On that occasion the selected students took over the needs of the natives and, on their return to UniSalesiano, they began to create improvement and development projects for those communities, to be implemented over the years.

                            Undoubtedly this experience of solidarity and service to the most needy breaks the pattern of an exaggerated individualism that many university students experience when they live only for their own projects and studies.

                            • Brasile
                            • Università
                            • IUS
                            • Volontariato
                            • Giovani
                            • Indigeni

                              Ethiopia – Ten years of "Bosco Children Project"

                              Gian Francesco Romano
                              1 month 3 weeks ago

                              (ANS – Addis Abeba) – "Bosco Children Project" in Addis Abeba celebrates 10 years of its existence.  The Bosco Children project has been giving a concrete and efficient answer to the street children problem that has remarkably increased in the last fifteen years in Ethiopia, especially in the capital city Addis Abeba.  The socio-economical situation, broken families, different ethnic conflicts and the spreading of HIV are the most plausible causes of this phenomenon.

                              In tackling this growing situation, the Salesians of Don Bosco, together with lay volunteers and other collaborators, are striving to give an adequate answer by trying to achieve: rehabilitation of street children through education and technical schools, reintegration into the family and society, wherever possible; daily sharing in a general counselling service.  

                              The entire process followed at the Bosco Children center is through a process of three steps.  

                              1st step: Meeting on the street - The street is the setting where the first contact takes place in an informal way that creates a relationship between the social worker and the children. 

                              2nd step: Orientation program - Bearing in mind and respecting their personal choices, children have opportunities for safe accommodation with daily meals, orientation, counselling, health care, literacy program and skills training offered to them. 

                              3rd step: Institutional care program - One-to-one follow up and counselling, skills training courses (bamboo, automotive, leather, metal work, wood work, food preparation), personal rehabilitative program for each child, academic programs, guidance and follow-up for social integration etc.  

                              Needless to say, the presence of Bosco Children project in Addis Abeba is very much appreciated by the locals as well as the government officials.  The presence of hundreds of officials and well-wishers on the day of graduation, which took place on 23 June 2018, was a visible sign of this appreciation from their part.

                              • Etiopia
                              • AET
                              • Bambini di Strada
                              • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                              • Anniversari
                              • Opzione Preferenziale
                                ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana