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Thailand – XII General Chapter of “Sisters Servants of Immaculate Heart of Mary” (SIHM)

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Thailand – XII General Chapter of “Sisters Servants of Immaculate Heart of Mary” (SIHM)

(ANS – Ratchaburi) – From 1-5 February 2020, the Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (SIHM) held their XII General Chapter at Bann Pornpatchara Hatainiramol, Ratchaburi Province, with the theme: “SIHM: the living message of the Mission of Love and Service in the midst of the present world.”

Bishop Joseph Prathan Sridarunsil, SDB, the Bishop responsible for the SIHM Congregation, graced the occasion by presiding the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the opening of the Chapter. Noted was also the presence of Fr Surachart Kaewseni, the representative of Bishop John Bosco Panya Kritcharoen, the local Ordinary, Fr John Bosco Dheparat Pitisant, the Provincial of the Salesian Province of Thailand, and Sr. Theresa Kohasuwan, the representative of the Provincial of the FMAs.

The Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary was born through the initiative of Bishop Gaetano Pasotti, SDB, the head of the first Salesian missionaries to enter Thailand. The Bishop announced the official establishment of the Congregation on 7 December 1937 in Bangnokkhuek, Samut Songkhram Province. There were 7 young women working at the kitchen of the Salesian seminary in Bangnokkhuek; they started their novitiate on 8 December 1937 to lay a strong foundation to their religious life.

Bishop Gaetano Pasotti invited two FMA Sisters - Sr. Antonietta Morallato, Novice Mistress, and Mother Luigina Di Giorgio, the first Directress, to help in the initial formation of the candidates. They stayed on in this responsibility from 1941 to 1964. After a period of intensive formation, the first group of 6 novices made their first religious profession. From this small, humble beginning, the Congregation started to send the Sisters to work at the various churches of Ratchaburi Diocese.

In 1964, Mother Agatha Ladda Satvinit was elected by the members to be the first Thai General Superior.

In 1987, the SIHM Congregation became officially a member of the Salesian Family. To distinguish the charism and apostolate of the SIHM are the educational commitment, also carried out through different institutes, and a zealous missionary service. 

At present, the Congregation has 96 members working in 4 dioceses – in Ratchaburi, Surat Thani, Bangkok and Chiangmai. Aside from this, there are 5 members working as missionaries in Cambodia. There is also one native member among the missionaries there.

{gallery}THA - Capitolo SIHM 2020{/gallery}

  • Thailandia
  • THA THAILANDIA
  • Suore Ancelle del Cuore Immacolato di Maria
  • Famiglia Salesiana
    Gian Francesco Romano

    RMG – Orientations and guidelines on Salesian personal accompaniment to be released during GC28

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    RMG – Orientations and guidelines on Salesian personal accompaniment to be released during GC28

    (ANS – Rome) Young Salesians and Accompaniment: Orientations and Guidelines will be released during General Chapter 28 (GC28).

    Fruit of a long process of collaboration between the Formation and Youth Ministry Departments, the Orientations and Guidelines were approved by the Rector Major and his council in June 2019. The process involved two international seminars, a survey involving young people and Salesians in initial formation as well as their spiritual guides, the publication of the findings (M. Bay, Young Salesians and Accompaniment: Results of an international survey), a first draft of the Orientations and Guidelines by a small team along with the Formation Department, and the study and contributions of the Rector Major and the members of the Council resulting eventually in the approval of the text.

    The structure of the text is dictated by the process of discernment. A first part, Recognizing, presents the study of Salesian personal accompaniment and topics emerging from the study. A second part, Interpreting, reflects on the emerging topics in the light of the Salesian tradition. A third part, Choosing, presents strategies for improving personal accompaniment in the processes of formation.

    The study brought to light the close link between Youth Ministry and initial Formation. If the Salesian Youth Ministry involves personal accompaniment and vocational discernment, Salesian vocations emerging from these processes will be much better prepared for their formation journey.

    Another insistent note was the request coming from those in formation for genuine freedom of choice of a spiritual guide. The Orientations and Guidelines meet this request by insisting on the Preventive System as the model of formation, and by changing certain parts of the Ratio that spoke of the Rector of the formation community as the spiritual director proposed to, though not imposed on, confreres in formation. Especially when formation tends to remain at the level of external conformity, rather than going down to the level of motivations, attitudes and convictions, and when there is fear rather than mutual trust and confidence, there is the risk of reducing personal spiritual accompaniment to “one of the obligations to be met” if one is to “get through” and “survive.” By inviting formators to gain the confidence of those entrusted to them, the Orientations and Guidelines are, in fact, going back to the heart of the Preventive System expressed so marvellously by Don Bosco in his 1884 Letter from Rome.

    An important strategy is the preparation of formators and spiritual guides. Over the years, the Congregation all over the world has learned to prepare professors for its formation houses. The challenge before it now is to make equally systematic the specific preparation of formation guides for the service of formation. One of the concrete results is the three-module School of Salesian Spiritual Accompaniment, the first module of which will be offered in English in September 2020 and in Italian in April-May 2021. 

    Ivo Coelho, SDB

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

      Vietnam – R.I.P. Fr John Nguyen Van Ty, former Salesian Provincial

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      Vietnam – R.I.P. Fr John Nguyen Van Ty, former Salesian Provincial

      (ANS – Ho Chi Minh City) – With loving memory and gratitude, the Province of Vietnam-Mongolia sorrowfully announces the Heavenly Home Return of one of its members, the beloved Fr John Nguyen Van Ty, SDB. After a short period of a critical sickness, surrounded by his confreres, he passed away on 29 January, 2020, at the age of 76, after 59 years of religious life and 49 years of priestly life.

      Fr John Nguyen Van Ty was an orphan at his childhood, raised by the Daughters of Charity and embraced by the Salesians as a teenager. He belonged to the first group of Vietnamese novices (1959) under the guidance of Fr Andrew Majcen, the founder of Salesian works in Vietnam.

      After his initial formation in Hong Kong (China) and Rome (Italy), he returned to Vietnam and assumed different responsibilities, such as Principal and Rector of the Technical School. At the end of the Vietnam War, he took up the role of Superior of the Delegation as all missionaries were expelled by the new regime.

      Together with his Delegation council, he animated and led the remaining Salesians to enter the new way of life and apostolate in a Marxist–socialist society, living and working with the poor people in villages and farms and, at the same time, figuring out how to serve the young in an atheist society, in particular, focusing upon vocation ministries in spite of inner and outer difficulties.

      As the situation was being politically improved and more young people joined the Salesian Society, the Salesian Delegation was raised into a Vice-Province in 1984 with his continuing leadership. During a six-year break from leadership, he was appointed as the Novice Master (1991-1997) and appointed again as a Provincial in 1997.

      Finishing his office as provincial, he was sent by the Rector Major for a renewal course to Berkeley, then to the Mongolia mission. It was there that he almost collapsed with severe heart attacks. Recovering and returning to Vietnam, he dedicated his life to giving conferences to the novices and conducting retreats to various members of consecrated congregations, as well as lectures in various seminaries until his recent final illness.

      The Vietnamese Salesians are deeply grateful to Fr John Nguyen Van Ty as he guided the Delegation (then the Vice-Province and finally a Province) through various unseen difficulties caused by our historical situation. In spite of human limitations and possible human errors during his leadership, one may say that the Salesians in Vietnam have been led by him to live faithfully to Don Bosco’s mission to the poor youth and to the missionary spirit!

      The whole Salesian Family of Vietnam, especially the Don Bosco Past Pupils would and shall remember Fr John very much!

      The Sower went out to sow the seeds. The seeds that had been sown by Fr John Nguyen Van Ty have grown and born fruits with more than 400 Salesians SDB, among them, more than one hundred have been called to be ad gentes missionaries in all five continents.

      The Funeral Mass was held at “Don Bosco” Xuan Hiep church, Thu Duc, Ho Chi Minh City, at 8 o’clock on 1 February, 2020, presided by the Archbishop of Ho Chi Minh City Archdiocese, Mgr. Joseph Nguyen Nang, with three other bishops and more than 180 priests from other dioceses and congregations who concelebrated with him. During the Mass, Mgr. Nguyen Nang reminded people about joy in the Catholic faith when a good Christian, a holy priest has passed away to return to God and mentioned the dedicated services of Fr John, not only in the Salesian Congregation but also for the needs of the Church in Vietnam and evangelization in the world.

      • VIE VIETNAM
      • Vietnam
      • Decessi
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Rwanda – Meet Uwiringiyimana Grace, young girl studying welding at Don Bosco Rango TVET

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        Rwanda – Meet Uwiringiyimana Grace, young girl studying welding at Don Bosco Rango TVET

        (ANS – Rango) – Uwiringiyimana Grace is a young girl who has decided to do away with the cultural beliefs that ladies can’t pursue technical studies, especially welding courses formerly attributed to men only. After realizing that the welding sector could provide her a better living, Grace decided to enrol at Don Bosco Rango TVET School.

        She said that the welding trade is the career of her choice because she loves it. Apart from that, she was inspired by those already practicing the welding job.

        “I have been inspired by welders when I saw how they make doors. That's when I decided to join this career,” she said.

        Uwiringiyimana is in level three in the welding trade. The young girl is optimistic that at the end of her studies, she will be able to land her dream job or create her own welding workshop.

        “I hope that after my studies, as soon as financial means are available, I'll be able to set up my own workshop where I can practice my profession,” she explains.

        Uwiringiyimana encourages other young girls to join Technical and Vocational formation and trades, adding that young girls should not underestimate TVET studies: they are the same as other courses.

        “There are some who try to discourage me, asking if I am not ashamed as I am the only girl in a group of many boys,” she says. “I say no, I am here to study and not to have any other affairs with boys. This is a profession for all of us. You can't tell which one is for men and which one is for women,” she adds.

        Don Bosco Rango TVET School is located in the Huye District of the Southern Province of Rwanda. The School is owned and managed by the Salesians of Don Bosco. The centre of Rango was initially established to accommodate young Salesians preparing to become priests, living there and attending classes in Nyakibanda. Now it serves as the site for Technical and Vocational Education for young people, a large number of them coming from poor families.

        Fr Turabanye Jean Pierre Turabanye, the school's director, says that this year, 2020, the school has had a larger number of students’ registration compared to the 65 students of last year. “We have more than 100 students already registered to start the Classes. We have students who come from all around and they are enrolled in six vocational training courses, notably, Construction, Carpentry, Hospitality, Sewing, Hairdressing and Welding… And the Hairdressing section was recently added to educate how to take care of hair, skin, nails…”

        Moreover, students are offered lunch at no cost, thanks to the help of donors, and Don Bosco Rango TVET School provides other forms of support, which include facilities for sports, student field visits, etc.

        “As for staff, there are ten teachers, the Deputy in Charge of Studies, the Deputy in Charge of Discipline who is assisted by two German volunteers, so the centre has sufficient staff to be able to supervise young students,” Fr Turabanye said.

        This year the “Don Bosco Tech Africa” organization, which started six years ago, is committed to helping improve the quality of vocational training in Africa and this year Don Bosco Rango TVET school has been selected among the centres in Africa which will benefit from aid for modernization through technical training.

        • Rwanda
        • AGL AFRICA GRANDI LAGHI
        • Ragazze
        • Donne
        • Formazione Professionale
        • Scuole
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Austria – Volunteer service: welcome to "Don Bosco Volunteers"

          1 month 3 weeks ago

          (ANS - Vienna) - The Salesians and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in Austria invite young men and women from European Union countries to volunteer in Austria. The joint initiative aims to promote voluntary commitment in the service of children and young people in Austria and Europe.

          “Many people experience that volunteering enriches others' lives and their own. With 'Don Bosco Volunteers' we are strengthening a significant bond between faith and social commitment in Europe," said Fr Petrus Obermüller SDB and Sister Maria Maul FMA, respectively Provincial of the Salesians of Don Bosco and Provincial of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians of Austria.

          Through the European project "Time for young people", through the European Solidarity Corps, five volunteers are currently working in Don Bosco's structures in Austria. As volunteers they make an important contribution to society and the Church and make important personal, social, cultural and religious experiences during their service.

          The 25-year-old Noemi, from Hungary, has been working for five months (and will continue to do so until June) in the "Don Bosco" schools in Vöcklabruck and has many contacts with the students: "I spend most of my time helping out at Caffè Mazzarello in the school. This is the heart of the school when it comes to sharing. I think it's really special. I am also delighted to be able to participate in the 'Confronto' meetings, where I meet active and motivated young people."

          Furthermore, once a week Noemi goes with Sister Zäzilia Holzer, FMA, with the ludo-bus in the individual neighborhoods of the city, to let the children play: “Even without a good knowledge of German, we can understand each other well. At the same time we have fun. All children need a carefree time to play!"

          And while learning the language, Noemi gives some English lessons and also helps in the care of the garden: “I really like it here. I am happy to have been so warmly welcomed in this beautiful country."

          The "Don Bosco Volunteers" association is an institution recognized in the European Solidarity Corps and since September 2019 allows five European volunteers to spend ten months in the structures of the Salesian Family in Austria. Until March it will be possible to apply for a volunteering experience starting from September 2020.

          To apply and for further information: volunteers@donbosco.at and visit www.donbosco.at/volunteers 

          • AUS AUSTRIA
          • Austria
          • Volontariato
          • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
          • Unione Europea
          • Europe
            Gian Francesco Romano

            India – Prafulta Convocation Ceremony for ABE Teachers held in Mumbai

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            India – Prafulta Convocation Ceremony for ABE Teachers held in Mumbai

            (ANS – Mumbai) – The Convocation Ceremony for 42 Archdiocesan Board of Education (ABE-Archdiocese of Bombay) Teachers, trained in “Basic Skills in Counselling” conducted from June-November 2019, by Mumbai Salesians' “Prafulta-Centre for Psychogical Wellness”, was held on 19 January 2020, at St. Andrew's College Bandra. Prafulta has been conducting this course for the past 14 years.

            The representational theme for the convocation was RAINBOW: 'Reverence' involved lighting of the lamp by Fathers Dennis Gonsalves, Godfrey D'Sa, Magi Murzello, along with Shalu Mehrotra and Rachna Jog, followed by 'Aloha' a welcome song, after which was 'Invoking God's presence' in the form of a well synchronized prayer dance. Next was 'Nostalgia' a power-point presentation on the course learning. 'Blissful' felicitations of the guests with handmade cards and key chains, led onto 'Ode' a sharing by 02 teachers of the magical memories through this course. 'Wow' was the reception of course-completion certificates from the Chief Guest Father Dennis Gonsalves - ABE Secretary.

            One of the teacher participants said, “I would call these 100 hours, a journey within. More than anything, this course has empowered me to understand the feelings of others and at the same time scrutinize my own thought processes,” while another chipped in saying, “More than ever, our children today need our emotional support and understanding. This course has helped me to accept and understand the variety of children I encounter in my all-inclusive classroom and be present for each of them.”

            Initiated way back in 2005, Prafulta’s “Teacher Counselor Course” (as it was then named), has till date trained 777 teachers from 133 ABE schools. Father D'Sa-Director, Prafulta going down memory lane described, “this course started with the vision of transforming every school into a home, where the environment becomes more child friendly.” Shalu Mehrotra, Course coordinator/facilitator since its inception, shared, “a follow-up study reveals that even after several years, there was an attitudinal change in many teachers, helping them be more empathetic towards their students, assisting these with issues of relationships, stress, self-esteem, and conflict with parents/peers, etc.”

            A few school principals present on the occasion, too acknowledged the important role these teachers were playing in the lives of children, especially with those that needed extra attention and care. Father Gonsalves emphasized, “training in counselling skills for teachers is the need of the hour and I pledge my total support to training such as this.”

            Source: Don Bosco India

            • India
            • Prafulta
            • Psicologia
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Italy – "Young in search of life's meaning, of hope for the future": Feast of Don Bosco in Valdocco

              1 month 3 weeks ago

              (ANS - Turin) - The feast of Don Bosco has ended in Valdocco, Turin, the city of Don Bosco. As the Rector Major wrote in the book "The city of Don Bosco", "the true city of the Saint were the young"; in fact, the Saint of Youth identified himself with the city where thousands of boys lived on the street, in the avenues, in the outskirts, and dedicated himself to them to give them three things: “a house where to feel like family, a father who listened to their problems, and a promising future.”

              The celebration of the feast day of St Giovanni Bosco began on January 31 in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Valdocco, the beating heart of Salesian spirituality. The celebrations in the Basilica were continuous and with various groups.

              Presiding at the 11:00 Eucharist was Msgr. Heriberto Bodeant, bishop of Melo, Paraguay. “In this Mother House, on this holy day dedicated to Don Bosco, we cannot neglect the fact that we feel like the essential nucleus of a large family that wants to embrace the young people of the world,” said Fr Guido Errico, Rector of the Basilica, during the homily.

              The courtyards of Valdocco were full of young people as they were in Don Bosco's time and when Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, greeted the pilgrims, it seemed that it was Don Bosco himself who had come to meet the young people coming from many parts of the world. The 10th Successor of Don Bosco presided over the Eucharist in the afternoon, at 6:30, with the young people of the Salesian Youth Movement. He affectionately addressed them: “Dear boys and girls of all the places of our beautiful Salesian world, and all of you present in this beautiful Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, I have prayed for you. I think, my dear young people, that praying for you is a beautiful expression of affection. Know that the most precious thing in our life is Jesus Christ, who has conquered us and who is in love with us ... It is the unique and greatest thing that Don Bosco has offered to his children.”

              The last Eucharist of the day was presided by the archbishop of Turin, Msgr. Cesare Nosiglia, who in his homily recalled the work of Don Bosco for the young people of his time. “Young people, as Don Bosco teaches, are always present, even if they seem absent: they do it with unusual languages, but very clear to those who can interpret them. Only by accepting and understanding these languages ​​can we enter their inner world and establish a contact not only external, but deeply and amicably ... After all, they continue to be young in search of the meaning of life, of sincere affection, of joy and hope in the future.”

              {gallery}Italia - Festa Don Bosco a Valdocco 2020{/gallery}

              • Italia
              • Don Bosco
              • Festa Don Bosco
              • ICP ITALIA CIRCOSCRIZIONE SPECIALE PIEMONTE E VALLE D'AOSTA
              • Rettor Maggiore
              • Ángel Fernández Artime
              • Giovani
              • MGS Movimento Giovanile Salesiano
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Brazil – Closing of diocesan inquiry into cause of martyrdom of Servants of God Fr Rodolfo Lunkenbein and Simão Bororo

                1 month 3 weeks ago
                Brazil – Closing of diocesan inquiry into cause of martyrdom of Servants of God Fr Rodolfo Lunkenbein and Simão Bororo

                (ANS - Meruri) - On 30 and 31 January, on the occasion of Don Bosco's feast day, the diocesan inquiry of the cause of martyrdom of the servants of God, namely Fr Rodolfo Lunkenbein, SDB, (1939-1976) and Simão Bororo (1937-1976) closed in the Salesian mission of Meruri, State of Mato Grosso (Brazil).

                On the evening of January 30, the last session of the process took place, chaired by Msgr. Protógenes José Luft, bishop of Barra do Garças. The following were present: members of the tribunal, the Postulator General of the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, the Vice-Postulator, Fr Paulo Eduardo Jácomo; Joao Bosco Maciel who collaborated in the diocesan phase; Fr Natale Vitali, Regional Councilor for America South Cone, Fr Gildásio Mendes dos Santos, Provincial of Brazil-Campo Grande (BCG); Fr Joseph Grünner, representing the Province of Germany; several Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians; the ADMA group of Meruri and members of the Bororo Indigenous community.

                In front of the large picture of Fr Lunkenbein and Simão Bororo were the boxes containing the documents of the Inquiry. In the context of a celebration of the Word and through readings recalled were the values of martyrdom, the testimony of faith, inculturation of the Gospel, defense of indigenous peoples made by Fr Lunkenbein and Simão Bororo who with their blood sealed an alliance of fraternity and peace at the service of the Bororo people.

                Extremely evocative were the signs and rites proper to the Bororo culture that accompanied this ceremony: songs, ritual dances, and two large pariko, headgear of macaw feathers worn on the forehead exclusively by men during the funeral rite. All those present were able to perceive that an event of great historical and spiritual significance was taking place for the Church of Mato Grosso, for the Salesian Family and the Indigenous community, in light of the recent Synod of Bishops on the Amazon.

                On the morning of Friday 31 January, the solemn Eucharist took place on the feast day of Don Bosco, presided by the diocesan bishop in an atmosphere of joy and gratitude.

                Fr Lunkenbein and Simão Bororo wrote, with numerous other martyrs, one of the most glorious pages of the Amazon. They participated significantly and meaningfully in the passion, death and glorious resurrection of Jesus, fighting, giving their lives to defend life, dignity and the rights of the Bororo people and of all indigenous peoples.

                {gallery}Brasile - Fine inchiesta Lunk-Simao 2020{/gallery}

                • Brasile
                • BCG BRASILE CAMPO GRANDE
                • Rodolfo Lunkenbein
                • Simão Bororo
                • Pier Luigi Cameroni
                • Santità Salesiana
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Slovakia – Commemorating Fr Ernest Macák, SDB

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                  Slovakia – Commemorating Fr Ernest Macák, SDB

                  (ANS - Bratislava) - The Salesian Family of Slovakia lived the month of January 2020, the Salesian month, celebrating the centenary of the birth of Fr Ernest Macák, a faithful and upright Salesian, contemporary of Blessed Fr Titus Zeman. Fr Macák, who was Provincial of the Salesians in the 1990s, passed away on 13 October 2016, and is highly esteemed for his holy life, one of profound prayer and full of Salesian spirituality.

                  The celebrations in his honor took place in several cities, on the occasion of his birth (7 January), his baptism (11) and his name day (12).

                  In the Provincial House, in Bratislava, a Eucharist was celebrated. It was presided over by Fr Andrej Kňaze, Provincial Economer, who for three years had Fr Macák as confessor. Preaching the homily was Fr Marián Valábek, a member of the Provincial Council when Fr Mackál was Provincial. “He knew how to live baptism and the priesthood heroically, albeit in a simple and everyday way. He was a seeker. His example and the books he left us can help us in our search for God," testified Fr Valábek.

                  After the celebration, the unveiling and blessing of a commemorative plaque of Fr Macák took place in front of the parish church. Fr Kňaze offered his testimony on Slovak Catholic radio: "Truly one felt so much wisdom, so much holiness in the meetings with him ... A holy Salesian".

                  In Košice, in the Salesian house of Kalvaria, a moment of Eucharistic adoration was organized during which the Salesians and lay people present were able to meditate on the thoughts of Fr Macák. In the following commemorative event, two Salesians, Fr Vincent Feledík and Fr Ladislav Miko, commemorated the man. “He excelled in the care of the confreres and young people. He tried to do everything to save vocations - especially the weaker ones.” Their words were then accompanied by songs from the Psalms and by reading several unpublished meditations of Fr Macák on the Our Father.

                  Finally, in Žilina, the teachers of the Vocational Training Center and Salesian school "Saint Joseph the Worker" also celebrated Fr Macák. During the Mass for the opening of the new school semester, Fr Ján Holubčik, Delegate for Youth Ministry, presented the life story of Fr Macák and encouraged the teachers to follow his example in working with the boys.

                  Michaela Štubňová

                  {gallery}SLK - Don Macak 2020{/gallery}

                  • Slovacchia
                  • SLK SLOVACCHIA
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Italy – New IFMA website is online

                    1 month 3 weeks ago
                    Italy – New IFMA website is online

                    (ANS – Rome) – On St John Bosco’s Feast Day, the FMA Institute communicates the Good News of the creation of a new space for Institute ‘InFormation’, the IFMA website: www.cgfmanet.org 

                    The FMA Institute is living a time of grace as it journeys towards GCXXIV, urged by Mary to “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:5) and in harmony with Pope Francis who calls us to newness in the spirit of the Gospel “new wine, new wineskins.” It is precisely the contemporary context with the Educommunication challenges, youth cultures, new educational frontiers that challenges us to inhabit the Digital Communication Ecosystem with awareness and prophetic strength, to give visibility to the mission.

                    Pope Francis gives us the theme for the 54th World Social Communications Day 2020 “That you may recount... (Ex 10:2) Life becomes history”, which highlights how the heritage of Memory is especially precious in communication. There is no future without being rooted in lived history. Memory should not be considered as a ‘static body’, but rather a ‘dynamic reality’. It is the memory that gives us stories, hopes, dreams, and experiences from one generation to the next.

                    The intent of the IFMA Web Site as a new ‘InFormative’ space is to broaden our gaze on a world in constant change, interacting with the various audiences, so that all may be Interlocutors capable of giving sense and meaning to experience and Co-creators of Good News.

                    The heart of the Website is the Infosphere environment, a network of information interconnected with each other, which challenges the FMA Institute to be there in the heart of Contemporaneity, enriching the universe of its educational, communication, evangelizing, socio-political, ecological mission, offering ‘InFormative’ opportunities for sharing life and culture, meaning and opinion, dialogue and participation.

                    IFMA, by generating news and telling it, gives visibility to the Salesian Charism in the fabric of multicultural relationships and expressions, promoting Formation for Interculturality, the development of a Vocational Culture, the search for new ways for Education, Communication, and Evangelization.

                    Amid the cacophony of voices and messages that surround us, we need a human story that can speak of ourselves and of the beauty all around us. A narrative that can regard our world and its happenings with a tender gaze. A narrative that can tell us that we are part of a living and interconnected tapestry. A narrative that can reveal the interweaving of the threads which connect us to one another,” wrote Pope Francis in his Message for the 54th World Social Communications Day.

                    Stories mark us, shape our convictions and behaviors, can help us understand and say who we are. Through the IFMA website, FMA, Salesians, Laity, and young people of the Salesian Family can tell the Good News about the life and mission of the Provinces in the different contexts of the FMA Institute.

                    • Italia
                    • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                    • Sito
                    • Comunicazione Sociale
                      Gian Francesco Romano
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