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Sweet Talk – Types of Sugar in your Food

4 days 6 hours ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP As we are paying more attention to the increase in incidences of obesity and diabetes, we often focus on what we should eat, namely, how much “sugar and carbohydrates” is not considered excessive. I thought we might want to understand the many faces of sugar and how that relates to carbohydrates in the upcoming weeks. *Scientifically, sugar …
salesianfamily

Provincial Letter: June 12th, 2019

4 days 6 hours ago
Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, Our Western Province of St. Andrew is preparing for our Provincial Chapter which will take place from Sunday, June 16 to Friday, June 21, 2019.   This Chapter will take place at Three Rivers where we usually host one of our two retreats.   This provincial chapter is in preparation for the General Chapter which will take place next year 2020 in …
salesianfamily

Marian Celebration

2 weeks 4 days ago
By: Fr. Beto Chavez, SDB – Associate Pastor (St. Mary’s Parish) The community of Saint Mary’s Parish in Boyle Heights celebrated our Mother’s, Mary Help of Christians, day with an enthusiastic  attitude. Our pastor Fr. Rafael Saiz, SDB lead the celebration with a procession followed by Mass and then by a reception after with a live band.  During our Novena celebration some confreres came to …
salesianfamily

Newly Inducted Salesian Cooperators

2 weeks 4 days ago
By: Elizabeth Gamarra (ASC – USA Western Province) This year’s celebration of this Solemnity was uniquely joyful for our Province, its Salesian Family, and the Association of Salesian Cooperators. On May 24th, six new Cooperators made their Promise during the MHC Bilingual Mass celebrated at St. Dominic Savio Parish in Bellflower and presided by Fr, Ted Montemayor, SDB Provincial of USA-West.   These candidates had completed their …
salesianfamily

Establishing a Healthy Relationship with the Seniors

2 weeks 4 days ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP May 26, 2019 was a beautiful day of celebration at St. Bridget Chinese Catholic Church in Chinatown, Los Angeles. Not only were we Salesians celebrating the Feast of Mary Help of Christians, but this was the occasion for the induction of 18 candidates to become Salesian cooperators. As usual, Fr. Ted, our Provincial, delivered a memorable homily …
salesianfamily

Provincial Letter: May 29th, 2019

2 weeks 4 days ago
Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, I just drove into San Francisco from Watsonville, where I attended a farewell and thank you party for Michele Bowling, which took place last night at a private home.   Michele has worked with St. Francis High School since its beginnings when the Diocese of Monterey and the Salesians entered into a joint agreement to build a new high school on …
salesianfamily

Say Goodbye to Soda for Good!

3 weeks 4 days ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP I have a confession to make. The sin was committed last week. It was the sin of omission. Last week in our discussion about the benefits of water, I pointed out that beer and alcohol should not be counted as part of the daily liquid intake. However, I forgot about a very important liquid that we should …
salesianfamily

Provincial Letter: May 22nd, 2019

3 weeks 4 days ago
Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, This Friday we celebrate the Feast of Mary Help of Christians!  Happy Feast day to all the Salesian Family.  As all of you well know, Mary Help of Christians meant so much to Don Bosco.  From the age of nine years of age, when Don Bosco had that famous dream, Johnny Bosco saw Mary (the women his Mother taught him …
salesianfamily

Bosco Tech to Host Baccalaureate and Commencement Exercises on June 1st

1 month ago
Don Bosco Technical Institute (Bosco Tech) will host its baccalaureate and commencement exercises for the graduating class of 2019 on Saturday, June 1, starting at 5 p.m. The Baccalaureate Mass will be held on the campus mall, with the traditional conferral of diplomas and graduation ceremony immediately following. This year’s graduation keynote speaker is Roger Gibbs. A 1974 graduate of Bosco Tech’s Electronics program, Gibbs …
salesianfamily

2019 St. Francis Seminary Reunion: Magnificent!

1 month ago
By Patrick O’Driscoll Class of ’70 The annual all-school reunion of former 1960s and ’70s Salesian junior seminarians of St. Francis High School returned to the pastoral locale of our youth – East Lake Avenue in Watsonville – to celebrate in 2019. Fifty years after graduation, the St. Francis centennial class of 1969 (also known as “The Magnificent Seven”) was a focus of congratulations and …
salesianfamily

Water: Good Water

1 month ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Sixty years ago, I could never imagine in my lifetime that we would pay for a bottle of water. Back then in Macau, water was the most undesirable drink that you could offer to a kid. A treat was, this is still very fresh in my memory, to go to the corner store down the end of …
salesianfamily

Provincial Letter: May 15th, 2019

1 month ago
Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, On Monday, May 13th, the Salesian World celebrated the feast of St. Mary Dominica Mazzarello, who, along with Don Bosco, founded the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians or as they are more commonly known, the Salesian Sisters.   We wish the Salesian Sisters a “Happy Feast Day” and pray that God will continue to bless them with many good and …
salesianfamily

Bosco Tech offers dynamic Summer Programs for Sixth through Twelfth Grader

1 month 1 week ago
By: Karen Krynen ROSEMEAD, CA. – June 7, 2019 – Don Bosco Technical Institute (Bosco Tech) will offer academic enrichment and review courses, as well as sports camps, to boys and girls in sixth to twelfth grade during the summer. Six-week high school courses begin on Monday, June 17, while five-week middle school courses begin on Monday, June 24. High school students can earn a full year’s …
salesianfamily

North American Salesian Network (NASN) Annual Meeting 2019

1 month 1 week ago
North American Salesian Network (NASN) held its annual meeting from Monday, April 29, 2019 to Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at De Sales Center in Brooklyn, Michigan, which is also the site of the novitiate of Oblates of St. Francis de Sales (www.desales.org, 1124 Ventura Dr, Brooklyn, MI 49230). NASN, made up of groups that share in the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales, facilitates the …
salesianfamily

Don Bosco Tech sponsor party at the Salesian Youth Family Center

1 month 2 weeks ago
Members of Bosco Tech’s Spanish Club and National Hispanic Honor Society hosted a party for children at East Los Angeles’ Salesian Youth Family Center last Friday. The Tech students raised funds to host the party, provide lunch, and give gifts and gift cards to every child in attendance. Special thanks to the Tech’s Jacob Armas, Adrian Alvarado, Joshua Dueña, Adam Galaviz, Alexis Mendoza, Anthony Smith, …
salesianfamily

Water: How Much Do You Know about Water and Health?

1 month 2 weeks ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP When it comes to health issues and management, it seems like the Eastern and Western approaches often differ. However, the perception of water and its value to your health appears to be very similar. It is a popular belief in Hong Kong, Japan and China that you should drink two cups of warm water before eating breakfast. …
salesianfamily
Salesian Family Bulletin • Salesians of Don Bosco • Province of St. Andrew the Apostle • San Francisco, California

Sweet Talk – Types of Sugar in your Food

4 days 6 hours ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP As we are paying more attention to the increase in incidences of obesity and diabetes, we often focus on what we should eat, namely, how much “sugar and carbohydrates” is not considered excessive. I thought we might want to understand the many faces of sugar and how that relates to carbohydrates in the upcoming weeks. *Scientifically, sugar …
salesianfamily

Provincial Letter: June 12th, 2019

4 days 6 hours ago
Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, Our Western Province of St. Andrew is preparing for our Provincial Chapter which will take place from Sunday, June 16 to Friday, June 21, 2019.   This Chapter will take place at Three Rivers where we usually host one of our two retreats.   This provincial chapter is in preparation for the General Chapter which will take place next year 2020 in …
salesianfamily

Marian Celebration

2 weeks 4 days ago
By: Fr. Beto Chavez, SDB – Associate Pastor (St. Mary’s Parish) The community of Saint Mary’s Parish in Boyle Heights celebrated our Mother’s, Mary Help of Christians, day with an enthusiastic  attitude. Our pastor Fr. Rafael Saiz, SDB lead the celebration with a procession followed by Mass and then by a reception after with a live band.  During our Novena celebration some confreres came to …
salesianfamily

Newly Inducted Salesian Cooperators

2 weeks 4 days ago
By: Elizabeth Gamarra (ASC – USA Western Province) This year’s celebration of this Solemnity was uniquely joyful for our Province, its Salesian Family, and the Association of Salesian Cooperators. On May 24th, six new Cooperators made their Promise during the MHC Bilingual Mass celebrated at St. Dominic Savio Parish in Bellflower and presided by Fr, Ted Montemayor, SDB Provincial of USA-West.   These candidates had completed their …
salesianfamily

Establishing a Healthy Relationship with the Seniors

2 weeks 4 days ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP May 26, 2019 was a beautiful day of celebration at St. Bridget Chinese Catholic Church in Chinatown, Los Angeles. Not only were we Salesians celebrating the Feast of Mary Help of Christians, but this was the occasion for the induction of 18 candidates to become Salesian cooperators. As usual, Fr. Ted, our Provincial, delivered a memorable homily …
salesianfamily

Provincial Letter: May 29th, 2019

2 weeks 4 days ago
Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, I just drove into San Francisco from Watsonville, where I attended a farewell and thank you party for Michele Bowling, which took place last night at a private home.   Michele has worked with St. Francis High School since its beginnings when the Diocese of Monterey and the Salesians entered into a joint agreement to build a new high school on …
salesianfamily

Say Goodbye to Soda for Good!

3 weeks 4 days ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP I have a confession to make. The sin was committed last week. It was the sin of omission. Last week in our discussion about the benefits of water, I pointed out that beer and alcohol should not be counted as part of the daily liquid intake. However, I forgot about a very important liquid that we should …
salesianfamily

Provincial Letter: May 22nd, 2019

3 weeks 4 days ago
Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, This Friday we celebrate the Feast of Mary Help of Christians!  Happy Feast day to all the Salesian Family.  As all of you well know, Mary Help of Christians meant so much to Don Bosco.  From the age of nine years of age, when Don Bosco had that famous dream, Johnny Bosco saw Mary (the women his Mother taught him …
salesianfamily

Bosco Tech to Host Baccalaureate and Commencement Exercises on June 1st

1 month ago
Don Bosco Technical Institute (Bosco Tech) will host its baccalaureate and commencement exercises for the graduating class of 2019 on Saturday, June 1, starting at 5 p.m. The Baccalaureate Mass will be held on the campus mall, with the traditional conferral of diplomas and graduation ceremony immediately following. This year’s graduation keynote speaker is Roger Gibbs. A 1974 graduate of Bosco Tech’s Electronics program, Gibbs …
salesianfamily

2019 St. Francis Seminary Reunion: Magnificent!

1 month ago
By Patrick O’Driscoll Class of ’70 The annual all-school reunion of former 1960s and ’70s Salesian junior seminarians of St. Francis High School returned to the pastoral locale of our youth – East Lake Avenue in Watsonville – to celebrate in 2019. Fifty years after graduation, the St. Francis centennial class of 1969 (also known as “The Magnificent Seven”) was a focus of congratulations and …
salesianfamily

Water: Good Water

1 month ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Sixty years ago, I could never imagine in my lifetime that we would pay for a bottle of water. Back then in Macau, water was the most undesirable drink that you could offer to a kid. A treat was, this is still very fresh in my memory, to go to the corner store down the end of …
salesianfamily

Provincial Letter: May 15th, 2019

1 month ago
Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, On Monday, May 13th, the Salesian World celebrated the feast of St. Mary Dominica Mazzarello, who, along with Don Bosco, founded the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians or as they are more commonly known, the Salesian Sisters.   We wish the Salesian Sisters a “Happy Feast Day” and pray that God will continue to bless them with many good and …
salesianfamily

Bosco Tech offers dynamic Summer Programs for Sixth through Twelfth Grader

1 month 1 week ago
By: Karen Krynen ROSEMEAD, CA. – June 7, 2019 – Don Bosco Technical Institute (Bosco Tech) will offer academic enrichment and review courses, as well as sports camps, to boys and girls in sixth to twelfth grade during the summer. Six-week high school courses begin on Monday, June 17, while five-week middle school courses begin on Monday, June 24. High school students can earn a full year’s …
salesianfamily

North American Salesian Network (NASN) Annual Meeting 2019

1 month 1 week ago
North American Salesian Network (NASN) held its annual meeting from Monday, April 29, 2019 to Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at De Sales Center in Brooklyn, Michigan, which is also the site of the novitiate of Oblates of St. Francis de Sales (www.desales.org, 1124 Ventura Dr, Brooklyn, MI 49230). NASN, made up of groups that share in the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales, facilitates the …
salesianfamily

Don Bosco Tech sponsor party at the Salesian Youth Family Center

1 month 2 weeks ago
Members of Bosco Tech’s Spanish Club and National Hispanic Honor Society hosted a party for children at East Los Angeles’ Salesian Youth Family Center last Friday. The Tech students raised funds to host the party, provide lunch, and give gifts and gift cards to every child in attendance. Special thanks to the Tech’s Jacob Armas, Adrian Alvarado, Joshua Dueña, Adam Galaviz, Alexis Mendoza, Anthony Smith, …
salesianfamily

Water: How Much Do You Know about Water and Health?

1 month 2 weeks ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP When it comes to health issues and management, it seems like the Eastern and Western approaches often differ. However, the perception of water and its value to your health appears to be very similar. It is a popular belief in Hong Kong, Japan and China that you should drink two cups of warm water before eating breakfast. …
salesianfamily
Salesian Family Bulletin • Salesians of Don Bosco • Province of St. Andrew the Apostle • San Francisco, California

InTouch Newsletter

Checked
50 minutes 33 seconds ago

Sweet Talk – Types of Sugar in your Food

4 days 6 hours ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP As we are paying more attention to the increase in incidences of obesity and diabetes, we often focus on what we should eat, namely, how much “sugar and carbohydrates” is not considered excessive. I thought we might want to understand the many faces of sugar and how that relates to carbohydrates in the upcoming weeks. *Scientifically, sugar …
salesianfamily

Provincial Letter: June 12th, 2019

4 days 6 hours ago
Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, Our Western Province of St. Andrew is preparing for our Provincial Chapter which will take place from Sunday, June 16 to Friday, June 21, 2019.   This Chapter will take place at Three Rivers where we usually host one of our two retreats.   This provincial chapter is in preparation for the General Chapter which will take place next year 2020 in …
salesianfamily

Marian Celebration

2 weeks 4 days ago
By: Fr. Beto Chavez, SDB – Associate Pastor (St. Mary’s Parish) The community of Saint Mary’s Parish in Boyle Heights celebrated our Mother’s, Mary Help of Christians, day with an enthusiastic  attitude. Our pastor Fr. Rafael Saiz, SDB lead the celebration with a procession followed by Mass and then by a reception after with a live band.  During our Novena celebration some confreres came to …
salesianfamily

Newly Inducted Salesian Cooperators

2 weeks 4 days ago
By: Elizabeth Gamarra (ASC – USA Western Province) This year’s celebration of this Solemnity was uniquely joyful for our Province, its Salesian Family, and the Association of Salesian Cooperators. On May 24th, six new Cooperators made their Promise during the MHC Bilingual Mass celebrated at St. Dominic Savio Parish in Bellflower and presided by Fr, Ted Montemayor, SDB Provincial of USA-West.   These candidates had completed their …
salesianfamily

Establishing a Healthy Relationship with the Seniors

2 weeks 4 days ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP May 26, 2019 was a beautiful day of celebration at St. Bridget Chinese Catholic Church in Chinatown, Los Angeles. Not only were we Salesians celebrating the Feast of Mary Help of Christians, but this was the occasion for the induction of 18 candidates to become Salesian cooperators. As usual, Fr. Ted, our Provincial, delivered a memorable homily …
salesianfamily

Provincial Letter: May 29th, 2019

2 weeks 4 days ago
Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, I just drove into San Francisco from Watsonville, where I attended a farewell and thank you party for Michele Bowling, which took place last night at a private home.   Michele has worked with St. Francis High School since its beginnings when the Diocese of Monterey and the Salesians entered into a joint agreement to build a new high school on …
salesianfamily

Say Goodbye to Soda for Good!

3 weeks 4 days ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP I have a confession to make. The sin was committed last week. It was the sin of omission. Last week in our discussion about the benefits of water, I pointed out that beer and alcohol should not be counted as part of the daily liquid intake. However, I forgot about a very important liquid that we should …
salesianfamily

Provincial Letter: May 22nd, 2019

3 weeks 4 days ago
Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, This Friday we celebrate the Feast of Mary Help of Christians!  Happy Feast day to all the Salesian Family.  As all of you well know, Mary Help of Christians meant so much to Don Bosco.  From the age of nine years of age, when Don Bosco had that famous dream, Johnny Bosco saw Mary (the women his Mother taught him …
salesianfamily

Bosco Tech to Host Baccalaureate and Commencement Exercises on June 1st

1 month ago
Don Bosco Technical Institute (Bosco Tech) will host its baccalaureate and commencement exercises for the graduating class of 2019 on Saturday, June 1, starting at 5 p.m. The Baccalaureate Mass will be held on the campus mall, with the traditional conferral of diplomas and graduation ceremony immediately following. This year’s graduation keynote speaker is Roger Gibbs. A 1974 graduate of Bosco Tech’s Electronics program, Gibbs …
salesianfamily

2019 St. Francis Seminary Reunion: Magnificent!

1 month ago
By Patrick O’Driscoll Class of ’70 The annual all-school reunion of former 1960s and ’70s Salesian junior seminarians of St. Francis High School returned to the pastoral locale of our youth – East Lake Avenue in Watsonville – to celebrate in 2019. Fifty years after graduation, the St. Francis centennial class of 1969 (also known as “The Magnificent Seven”) was a focus of congratulations and …
salesianfamily

Water: Good Water

1 month ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Sixty years ago, I could never imagine in my lifetime that we would pay for a bottle of water. Back then in Macau, water was the most undesirable drink that you could offer to a kid. A treat was, this is still very fresh in my memory, to go to the corner store down the end of …
salesianfamily

Provincial Letter: May 15th, 2019

1 month ago
Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, On Monday, May 13th, the Salesian World celebrated the feast of St. Mary Dominica Mazzarello, who, along with Don Bosco, founded the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians or as they are more commonly known, the Salesian Sisters.   We wish the Salesian Sisters a “Happy Feast Day” and pray that God will continue to bless them with many good and …
salesianfamily

Bosco Tech offers dynamic Summer Programs for Sixth through Twelfth Grader

1 month 1 week ago
By: Karen Krynen ROSEMEAD, CA. – June 7, 2019 – Don Bosco Technical Institute (Bosco Tech) will offer academic enrichment and review courses, as well as sports camps, to boys and girls in sixth to twelfth grade during the summer. Six-week high school courses begin on Monday, June 17, while five-week middle school courses begin on Monday, June 24. High school students can earn a full year’s …
salesianfamily

North American Salesian Network (NASN) Annual Meeting 2019

1 month 1 week ago
North American Salesian Network (NASN) held its annual meeting from Monday, April 29, 2019 to Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at De Sales Center in Brooklyn, Michigan, which is also the site of the novitiate of Oblates of St. Francis de Sales (www.desales.org, 1124 Ventura Dr, Brooklyn, MI 49230). NASN, made up of groups that share in the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales, facilitates the …
salesianfamily

Don Bosco Tech sponsor party at the Salesian Youth Family Center

1 month 2 weeks ago
Members of Bosco Tech’s Spanish Club and National Hispanic Honor Society hosted a party for children at East Los Angeles’ Salesian Youth Family Center last Friday. The Tech students raised funds to host the party, provide lunch, and give gifts and gift cards to every child in attendance. Special thanks to the Tech’s Jacob Armas, Adrian Alvarado, Joshua Dueña, Adam Galaviz, Alexis Mendoza, Anthony Smith, …
salesianfamily

Water: How Much Do You Know about Water and Health?

1 month 2 weeks ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP When it comes to health issues and management, it seems like the Eastern and Western approaches often differ. However, the perception of water and its value to your health appears to be very similar. It is a popular belief in Hong Kong, Japan and China that you should drink two cups of warm water before eating breakfast. …
salesianfamily
Salesian Family Bulletin • Salesians of Don Bosco • Province of St. Andrew the Apostle • San Francisco, California

Sweet Talk – Types of Sugar in your Food

4 days 6 hours ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP As we are paying more attention to the increase in incidences of obesity and diabetes, we often focus on what we should eat, namely, how much “sugar and carbohydrates” is not considered excessive. I thought we might want to understand the many faces of sugar and how that relates to carbohydrates in the upcoming weeks. *Scientifically, sugar …
salesianfamily

Provincial Letter: June 12th, 2019

4 days 6 hours ago
Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, Our Western Province of St. Andrew is preparing for our Provincial Chapter which will take place from Sunday, June 16 to Friday, June 21, 2019.   This Chapter will take place at Three Rivers where we usually host one of our two retreats.   This provincial chapter is in preparation for the General Chapter which will take place next year 2020 in …
salesianfamily

Marian Celebration

2 weeks 4 days ago
By: Fr. Beto Chavez, SDB – Associate Pastor (St. Mary’s Parish) The community of Saint Mary’s Parish in Boyle Heights celebrated our Mother’s, Mary Help of Christians, day with an enthusiastic  attitude. Our pastor Fr. Rafael Saiz, SDB lead the celebration with a procession followed by Mass and then by a reception after with a live band.  During our Novena celebration some confreres came to …
salesianfamily

Newly Inducted Salesian Cooperators

2 weeks 4 days ago
By: Elizabeth Gamarra (ASC – USA Western Province) This year’s celebration of this Solemnity was uniquely joyful for our Province, its Salesian Family, and the Association of Salesian Cooperators. On May 24th, six new Cooperators made their Promise during the MHC Bilingual Mass celebrated at St. Dominic Savio Parish in Bellflower and presided by Fr, Ted Montemayor, SDB Provincial of USA-West.   These candidates had completed their …
salesianfamily

Establishing a Healthy Relationship with the Seniors

2 weeks 4 days ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP May 26, 2019 was a beautiful day of celebration at St. Bridget Chinese Catholic Church in Chinatown, Los Angeles. Not only were we Salesians celebrating the Feast of Mary Help of Christians, but this was the occasion for the induction of 18 candidates to become Salesian cooperators. As usual, Fr. Ted, our Provincial, delivered a memorable homily …
salesianfamily

Provincial Letter: May 29th, 2019

2 weeks 4 days ago
Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, I just drove into San Francisco from Watsonville, where I attended a farewell and thank you party for Michele Bowling, which took place last night at a private home.   Michele has worked with St. Francis High School since its beginnings when the Diocese of Monterey and the Salesians entered into a joint agreement to build a new high school on …
salesianfamily

Say Goodbye to Soda for Good!

3 weeks 4 days ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP I have a confession to make. The sin was committed last week. It was the sin of omission. Last week in our discussion about the benefits of water, I pointed out that beer and alcohol should not be counted as part of the daily liquid intake. However, I forgot about a very important liquid that we should …
salesianfamily

Provincial Letter: May 22nd, 2019

3 weeks 4 days ago
Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, This Friday we celebrate the Feast of Mary Help of Christians!  Happy Feast day to all the Salesian Family.  As all of you well know, Mary Help of Christians meant so much to Don Bosco.  From the age of nine years of age, when Don Bosco had that famous dream, Johnny Bosco saw Mary (the women his Mother taught him …
salesianfamily

Bosco Tech to Host Baccalaureate and Commencement Exercises on June 1st

1 month ago
Don Bosco Technical Institute (Bosco Tech) will host its baccalaureate and commencement exercises for the graduating class of 2019 on Saturday, June 1, starting at 5 p.m. The Baccalaureate Mass will be held on the campus mall, with the traditional conferral of diplomas and graduation ceremony immediately following. This year’s graduation keynote speaker is Roger Gibbs. A 1974 graduate of Bosco Tech’s Electronics program, Gibbs …
salesianfamily

2019 St. Francis Seminary Reunion: Magnificent!

1 month ago
By Patrick O’Driscoll Class of ’70 The annual all-school reunion of former 1960s and ’70s Salesian junior seminarians of St. Francis High School returned to the pastoral locale of our youth – East Lake Avenue in Watsonville – to celebrate in 2019. Fifty years after graduation, the St. Francis centennial class of 1969 (also known as “The Magnificent Seven”) was a focus of congratulations and …
salesianfamily

Water: Good Water

1 month ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Sixty years ago, I could never imagine in my lifetime that we would pay for a bottle of water. Back then in Macau, water was the most undesirable drink that you could offer to a kid. A treat was, this is still very fresh in my memory, to go to the corner store down the end of …
salesianfamily

Provincial Letter: May 15th, 2019

1 month ago
Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, On Monday, May 13th, the Salesian World celebrated the feast of St. Mary Dominica Mazzarello, who, along with Don Bosco, founded the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians or as they are more commonly known, the Salesian Sisters.   We wish the Salesian Sisters a “Happy Feast Day” and pray that God will continue to bless them with many good and …
salesianfamily

Bosco Tech offers dynamic Summer Programs for Sixth through Twelfth Grader

1 month 1 week ago
By: Karen Krynen ROSEMEAD, CA. – June 7, 2019 – Don Bosco Technical Institute (Bosco Tech) will offer academic enrichment and review courses, as well as sports camps, to boys and girls in sixth to twelfth grade during the summer. Six-week high school courses begin on Monday, June 17, while five-week middle school courses begin on Monday, June 24. High school students can earn a full year’s …
salesianfamily

North American Salesian Network (NASN) Annual Meeting 2019

1 month 1 week ago
North American Salesian Network (NASN) held its annual meeting from Monday, April 29, 2019 to Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at De Sales Center in Brooklyn, Michigan, which is also the site of the novitiate of Oblates of St. Francis de Sales (www.desales.org, 1124 Ventura Dr, Brooklyn, MI 49230). NASN, made up of groups that share in the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales, facilitates the …
salesianfamily

Don Bosco Tech sponsor party at the Salesian Youth Family Center

1 month 2 weeks ago
Members of Bosco Tech’s Spanish Club and National Hispanic Honor Society hosted a party for children at East Los Angeles’ Salesian Youth Family Center last Friday. The Tech students raised funds to host the party, provide lunch, and give gifts and gift cards to every child in attendance. Special thanks to the Tech’s Jacob Armas, Adrian Alvarado, Joshua Dueña, Adam Galaviz, Alexis Mendoza, Anthony Smith, …
salesianfamily

Water: How Much Do You Know about Water and Health?

1 month 2 weeks ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP When it comes to health issues and management, it seems like the Eastern and Western approaches often differ. However, the perception of water and its value to your health appears to be very similar. It is a popular belief in Hong Kong, Japan and China that you should drink two cups of warm water before eating breakfast. …
salesianfamily
Salesian Family Bulletin • Salesians of Don Bosco • Province of St. Andrew the Apostle • San Francisco, California

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RMG – New Provincial of India-Mumbai appointed

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RMG – New Provincial of India-Mumbai appointed

(ANS - Rome) - On the last day of the second week of the summer plenary session of the General Council, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, with the consensus of the other members of the Council, appointed Fr Savio Silveira as Provincial of the Province of India- Mumbai (INB) for the six-year period of 2019-2025.

Fr Silveira was born on 8 December 1966 in Panjim, State of Goa, India. After attending the Salesian novitiate in Nashik, he made his first vows on May 31, 1985, and perpetual vows on May 25, 1992, in Mumbai; he was ordained a priest on December 21, 1995, in his hometown.

He served in various Salesian communities: in in Chhota Udaipur as Bursar (1996-99), in Kawant as Parish Priest (1999-2000), again in Chhota Udaipur as Director and Parish Priest (2000-02) and in Baroda as Director (2002-2005).

Between 2005 and 2007, he studied International Cooperation and Development at the European School of Advanced Studies, Pavia, Italy, and obtained a Master’s Degree.

He then took over as the Executive Director of the Development Office of the Province, a post he held for eight years from 2007 to 2015. He is also the Founder of Don Bosco International School Matunga.

For the Province with headquarters in Mumbai, he was several times Provincial Councilor (2002-2005, 2009-2012 and 2012-2015), and currently holds the posts of Provincial Vicar.

He is also the Spokesperson for the "Don Bosco Green Alliance", the Salesian platform that brings together over 100 Salesian institutions around the world committed to protecting the environment and building a new generation of citizens committed to respect for Creation.

Fr Savio Silveira will assume office on Thursday, 12 September 2019. The installation ceremony will be during the Eucharist at 18:30 hrs in the Shrine of Don Bosco’s Madonna, Matunga, Mumbai. Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga will represent the Rector Major at the installation of our Eleventh Provincial.

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    RMG – New Provincial of India-Mumbai appointed

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    RMG – New Provincial of India-Mumbai appointed

    (ANS - Rome) - On the last day of the second week of the summer plenary session of the General Council, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, with the consensus of the other members of the Council, appointed Fr Savio Silveira as Provincial of the Province of India- Mumbai (INB) for the six-year period of 2019-2025.

    Fr Silveira was born on 8 December 1966 in Panjim, State of Goa, India. After attending the Salesian novitiate in Nashik, he made his first vows on May 31, 1985, and perpetual vows on May 25, 1992, in Mumbai; he was ordained a priest on December 21, 1995, in his hometown.

    He served in various Salesian communities: in in Chhota Udaipur as Bursar (1996-99), in Kawant as Parish Priest (1999-2000), again in Chhota Udaipur as Director and Parish Priest (2000-02) and in Baroda as Director (2002-2005).

    Between 2005 and 2007, he studied International Cooperation and Development at the European School of Advanced Studies, Pavia, Italy, and obtained a Master’s Degree.

    He then took over as the Executive Director of the Development Office of the Province, a post he held for eight years from 2007 to 2015. He is also the Founder of Don Bosco International School Matunga.

    For the Province with headquarters in Mumbai, he was several times Provincial Councilor (2002-2005, 2009-2012 and 2012-2015), and currently holds the posts of Provincial Vicar.

    He is also the Spokesperson for the "Don Bosco Green Alliance", the Salesian platform that brings together over 100 Salesian institutions around the world committed to protecting the environment and building a new generation of citizens committed to respect for Creation.

    Fr Savio Silveira will assume office on Thursday, 12 September 2019. The installation ceremony will be during the Eucharist at 18:30 hrs in the Shrine of Don Bosco’s Madonna, Matunga, Mumbai. Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga will represent the Rector Major at the installation of our Eleventh Provincial.

    • India
    • INB
    • Nomine
    • Ispettori
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Italy – Muslim and Christian youths pray together for concluding Ramadan celebration

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      Italy – Muslim and Christian youths pray together for concluding Ramadan celebration

      (ANS - Naples) - For the third consecutive year, at the "Don Bosco" Salesian Institute in Naples, there was the celebration of the end of Ramadan, with the Unaccompanied Foreign Minors welcomed in the Community dedicated to them, namely "Il Ponte", or the bridge. This year the experience was enriched by the young people of the new "La Zattera" Reception Center, also managed by the Salesians, which welcomes children in a state of emergency in the city of Naples, and of the "PuntoGiò" project, in collaboration with "SCS Salesiani per il Sociale" and the bank "Intesa San Paolo", their efforts dedicated to young immigrants now adults, with housing difficulties and without reference points.

      On the evening of Saturday, June 8th, about 60 immigrant youngsters, both Muslims and Christians, gathered with the children and families of the oratory to give birth to this party.

      Hassan, from Ghana, on behalf of the children of the Ponte, greeted those present by saying: "We are 15 minors, but with us there are also young adults, for a total of 26 young people ... On Saturday evening, with the 'PuntoGiò' project, we invite our other immigrant friends and the number goes up to over 40. We come from various countries. Some of us have been in Italy for two years, others for a few days, almost all arrived with the famous boats ... And many of us have also passed through the famous Libyan prisons ... But these stories, thank God, have passed. Most of us are Muslims, but there are also Christians. We are well together, without difficulty, but above all we are good and well at 'Don Bosco' ... Here there is no one first these or first the others ... Here we all feel first!"

      Karim, from Egypt, presenting the meaning of Ramandan's celebration, emphasized: "We want to pray and celebrate with you, especially with our Christian brothers, because God is one, the same God, ours and yours: the God of Abraham. Praying together for us is important, it is not the first time ... even at Christmas we prayed together. It is important because only in this way can we say that we are brothers, we love each other and there are no wars or hatred."

      The evening began with a moment of Christian and Muslim prayer. Moussa and Aliu, Muslim boys from Senegal, sang Islamic prayers; Julius, a Christian from Nigeria, sang "Jesus, You are Great". The moment of prayer ended with the exchange of peace between all.

      The same boys then organized the rest of the evening, with traditional African and Asian dishes and a musical moment.

      The Salesians of the "Don Bosco" of Naples strongly believe in these moments of integration as important gestures to educate young people to the faith. 

      {gallery}IME - Fine Ramadan 2019{/gallery}

      • Italia
      • IME
      • Dialogo
      • Islam
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Colombia – Fantastic story of child working landfill at 6, now studying Law

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        Colombia – Fantastic story of child working landfill at 6, now studying Law

        (ANS - Medellin) - Juan David says that at the age of 6 he collected garbage to support his two younger siblings in Medellín, Colombia. Currently, he is instead a student of the Latin American Autonomous University where he attends the courses of Jurisprudence. In the middle of these two phases, there was the Salesian "Ciudad Don Bosco" house of Medellín.

        Juan David is one of those people (today there are 158 million) who knows full well what child labor is, because he himself was exploited in this way. When he was 6, Fernando, aged 3, and Maria, just one, would wait for his return every day so as to get something to eat. He had begun to beg, but still couldn't quite scrape enough to feed them. It was then that he decided to work as a 'recycler'. "It's the word we use to define children who work in landfills in search of some object that may have an economic value," he told the COPE portal.

        Juan David is the son of his mother's first husband, who died shortly after his birth, and his siblings have another father. "My mother rarely appeared inside the house, she was very neglected ... The problem arose when they got sick and we needed more money for medicines."

        Before the mafias of drugs, sexual exploitation, or paramilitaries managed to get their hands on him, in 2007 he was lucky enough to run into Juan Carlos Reigota, Coordinator of the "Derecho a Soñar" project. "He took us to study at 'Ciudad Don Bosco, at the Salesians".

        James Alexander Areiza of "Ciudad Don Bosco" explains: "We have been working for 54 years with the most vulnerable population in Medellín, the department of Antioquia and many other areas of Colombia. We are committed Salesians and lay people who do a job of human, academic and professional formation." Areiza also specified that they are trying to "remove these children from the street, from drugs, from sexual exploitation and from war. Many are child soldiers and continue to be threatened by criminal gangs."

        "Recently," says Juan David, "I met some of my childhood friends and I was surprised to see how many of them have problems with drugs. They were even surprised when they saw me again; they thought I was dead, as happened to many others who they no longer saw... And they were amazed even when I explained to them that my life had changed and that I was even studying at university."

        On his future Juan David has no doubts: "I want my work from now on to focus on helping those children and young people who face a kind of life that is very difficult to get out of."

        Source: COPE

        • Colombia
        • Ciudad Don Bosco
        • COM
        • Bambini di Strada
        • Sfruttamento minorile
        • Lavoro Minorile
        • Opzione Preferenziale
        • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Spain – IUS Europe in Madrid: University and Education Ministry

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          Spain – IUS Europe in Madrid: University and Education Ministry

          (ANS - Madrid) - The Director of the Salesian University School of Sarriá (EUSS), Andreu Moreno, Coordinator of the Salesian Higher Education Institutes (IUS) of Europe, and Fr Marcelo Farfán, Coordinator General of the IUS, attended the meeting of IUS Europe in Madrid, 5 and 6 June, at the Center for Higher Studies (CES) "Don Bosco". The event brought together representatives of the 7 European university institutions: CES (Madrid), EUSS (Barcelona), ISBJ (Zilina), IUSTO (Turin), IUSVE (Venice), Jabok (Prague) and UPS (Rome).

          The meeting followed up on the activities that correspond to both the common program of IUS at both global and continental levels. To this end, contributions were provided regarding the application of the document "Orienteering for Salesian University Pastoral Care", the formation course for IUS directors and the development of the new website.

          A Salesian university cannot do without a pastoral care for the university. “The University Pastoral Care,” it is stated at the Salesian Polytechnic University of Ecuador, “constitutes the transversal axis of all university activity. It directs the various practical realizations of the Salesian presence in the field of university. Its action is aimed at raising awareness of the university educational community and, above all, it has the mission of promoting academic excellence as a base for transforming social action, respecting religious, social diversity, cultural, ethnic, age and sexual relations of people and groups, in order to contribute to the construction of an equitable, ecumenical and intercultural society.”

          The Madrid meeting discussed the formation proposal for pastoral animators elaborated by the group of Pastoral Coordinators of European IUS. Also, the European nuclei of the Education Group of the IUS presented the planning of a new study on interculturality and education to be developed in the next two years.

          It was also important to analyze the research situation in the different institutes and the possible strategies to be developed to meet the needs that higher education in Europe is experimenting.

          Finally, there was a presentation of the publication: "Salesian Charism and Higher Education", material designed to accompany all educators and teachers of Salesian universities.

          The Constitutions of the Salesians of Don Bosco affirm: “... to educate and evangelize following a project of integral formation of man, oriented to Christ, the perfect man.”

          • Spagna
          • IUS
          • Europe
          • SSM
          • Pastorale Universitaria
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Philippines – 3 Year EAO Salesian Studies Seminar Workshop concludes

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            Philippines – 3 Year EAO Salesian Studies Seminar Workshop concludes

            (ANS – Batulao) – With the third EAO Salesian Studies Seminar Workshop held in Batulao (8 - 29 May), a three year cycle of Salesianity Program (2017-2019) came to an end. All together there have been 15 consistent participants since 2017. Several EAO Provinces have consistently sent the same confrere(s) and Lay Mission Partners (LMP), who are becoming resource persons in their respective SDB provinces, SDB Delegations or Salesian Cooperators Associations. There is a growing number of Lay mission partners participating every year.

            With this third year of EAO Salesian Studies (Salesianity) seminar-workshop the first cycle on Don Bosco History (2017) - Don Bosco Pedagogy (2018) and Don Bosco Spirituality (2019) has concluded. Most of the EAO provinces benefit from training Salesians, Salesian Cooperators or Salesian Lay Mission Partners. The largest number from one single province comes from THA (Thailand - Cambodia - Laos) as a strong sign of commitment for the formation of mission partners. Last year there was also one participant from Africa-Madagascar Region - Province AFO (French speaking Western Africa), and this year, Fr. Michael Pace - SUE (USA East - Canada) Province.

            “We give thanks to all resource persons, this year Fr. Mike Winstanley (Great Britain) and many others from the EAO region. We very much appreciate the priceless contribution of all translators (especially the Provincial of THA Fr. John Bosco Theparat Pitisant and Fr. Anusit) as well all those in the FIN province, who contributed in many ways to the not-so-easy logistic transfer from Paranaque (Don Bosco Center of Studies, 2017-2018) to Batulao Retreat House” the organizers say.

            All together over the past 3 years, the participants 'mastered' 25 courses (themes) at an average of 2 days per course for an equivalent of nearly 60 days, meaning 480 hours of study, reflection and research. With this East Asia Oceania Project, each one of the attendees will become in turn another resource person for the Lay Mission Partners and other Salesian Family members in their respective countries.

            Source: AustraLasia

            • Filippine
            • Asia EstOceania
            • Laici
            • Scuola di Salesianità
              Gian Francesco Romano

              RMG – Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Fr Silvio Galli, SDB, begun

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              RMG – Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Fr Silvio Galli, SDB, begun

              (ANS - Rome) - On 12 June 2019, the 7th anniversary of the ascent to heaven of Fr Silvio Galli, the bishop of Brescia, Msgr. Pierantonio Tremolada, was presented with the Supplex libellus, that is the official instance with which the Salesian Congregation asks for the opening of the diocesan Inquiry into the virtues, the fame of holiness and signs of Fr Silvio Galli, Professed Priest of the Society of Saint Francis of Sales.

              Fr Silvio Galli was born on 10 September 1927 in Palazzolo Milanese, the first of eight brothers. After attending the Salesian Institute "Sant'Ambrogio" in Milan, he carried out the novitiate in Montodine (CR), made his first profession as a Salesian on 11 September 1943 and perpetual profession in 1949. Ordained a priest on 1 July 1953, he completed practical training in Varese and fostered a deep spiritual friendship with Domenichino Zamberletti, a little boy who died in the concept of holiness.

              Destined for the house in Bologna, he obtained a degree in Literature and from 1959 until the end of his life he was in Chiari (Brescia), dedicating himself in the first years to teaching aspirants to Salesian life and then, over the years, more and more in the generous service to the poor, immigrants, prisoners, those who are hungry, those who have no homes, drug addicts, alcoholics, the mentally ill, and varied forms of material, spiritual and moral poverty. In the reception of very many people he exercises the ministry of listening, of consolation, of reconciliation and of exorcism.

              He animates and takes care of the formation of the Salesian Cooperators, of the members of the ADMA, of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco and of numerous volunteers who collaborate in his charitable work. With the help of generous volunteers and benefactors, he founded the "Auxilium" reception center. With life and word he teaches us to discover and serve Christ in the poor, bearing witness to the love of the Good Shepherd.

              This is how he presented himself: "I am but a poor priest ... It amazes me also that all the people afflicted by problems, sometimes unsolvable, turn to me ... Only with prayer, a very powerful weapon, with faith in the Madonna and her son Jesus, sometimes these problems are solved."

              He concludes his earthly life on 12 June 2012, surrounded by a widespread reputation for holiness and signs. With the Cause of Fr Silvio Galli, the candidates for the holiness of the Salesian Family rise to 169.

              • Vaticano
              • Silvio Galli
              • Santità Salesiana
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Mali – For future of youth the need to improve educational quality of Sikasso

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                Mali – For future of youth the need to improve educational quality of Sikasso

                (ANS - Sikasso) - Salesian missionaries arrived in Mali 35 years ago to work with disadvantaged children and young people, give them quality education and improve their lives. Bamako, Sikasso and Touba are today the three Salesian houses in Mali. Unfortunately, here in this country too, children and young people have to deal with violence. The Salesians, for their part, bet on education as one of the most important means to get out of poverty, violence and the absence of peace.

                A few years ago the magazine of "Misiones Salesianas" in Madrid reported: "The population of Mali, after a year marked by violence, could neither sow nor harvest. Children will not see the colors of spring shine because their future is imperfect. Whether their future can be perfect depends on us. We take advantage of the joy of Easter to become a light that helps, after a year of darkness, to bring forth a new spring." Unfortunately it seems that this situation has not changed, and there have been more "deaths, massacres, kidnappings, attacks on churches and a Christian religious procession," the Spanish newspaper El País wrote in recent months.

                But in May, the Spanish Salesian NGO "Solidaridad Don Bosco" began to develop a project to expand the Salesian educational center in Sikasso. The project, which relies on the support of the Spanish municipalities of Utrera and Pozoblanco, has a duration of 12 months, so it is expected to be completed in May 2020, and will benefit young people in situations of exclusion served by the center.

                The center currently has a student body of 430 students and 11 classrooms, so the spaces are clearly insufficient with respect to the needs. In order to improve the service offered by the center and the quality of education, a building was built with 8 additional classrooms which, thanks to this project, will be fully equipped; the project also includes the recruitment of the necessary teachers.

                The center offers vocational training in the Automotive, Electrical and Metal Construction sectors; however, with the new classrooms, it will also provide additional training during holiday periods, through recreational and leisure activities.

                "Solidaridad Don Bosco" not only thanks its supporters, but also wants to continue to inform about the good done for young people and the new steps that are being taken in this project, which represents a small but significant step for children and young boys and girls of Mali to develop professionally and have opportunities for their future.

                • Mali
                • Missioni
                • Educazione
                • ONG
                • Spagna
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Ecuador – "Mary Help of Christians" parish officially becomes Diocesan Marian Sanctuary

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                  (ANS - Quito) - Before the month dedicated to the patron saint of the Salesians ended, on Thursday, May 30, 2019, Msgr. Alfredo Espinoza Mateus, SDB, archbishop of Quito and Primate of Ecuador, presided the Eucharist during which the parish of Mary Help of Christians in Quito was consecrated as a Diocesan Shrine. Hundreds of parishioners and members of the Salesian Family took part in the celebration.

                  One of the celebration's most emotional moments was the blessing of the statue of Mary Help of Christians and the site's incensation where it was placed, by Msgr. Espinoza, with the presence of Fr Romulo Sanmartín, SDB, parish priest. At the end of the enthronement rite, all those present welcomed with joy the representation of the Mother of God and Mother of Don Bosco in the new Diocesan Marian Sanctuary.

                  The center's history began in 1925 when the Salesians arrived in the "El Girón" quarter of Quito. Ten years later, on 2 June 1935, a public chapel dedicated to Mary Help of Christians was inaugurated. On 30 May 1957, Cardinal Carlos María de la Torre erected the parish of Mary Help of Christians. Later, on 28 November 1971, the present temple was solemnly consecrated, with the presence of Cardinal Pablo Muñoz Vega.

                  From the very beginning this church has attracted a large number of faithful, devotees of Mary. For this reason a formal request was made that it not only be considered a territorial church, but for it to become a church of Quito. On 3 April 2019, Msgr. Fausto Trávez, OFM, signed the decree of erection and the denomination of Diocesan Marian Sanctuary.

                  According to Fr Sanmartín there are three elements that characterize a sanctuary: first, that it is a place of sure sanctification; second, that it is a place of pilgrimage; and third, that it is a place where one is helped and that is, in this case, the Mother of God will be of help to all the sons and daughters who will visit her.

                  This new name of the Salesian church also implies new pastoral challenges for the community of Don Bosco's spiritual Sons and the lay people who accompany it, as it becomes necessary to care for the pilgrims who shall constantly visit and to make Mary Help of Christians known in the surrounding neighborhoods - especially given the large presence of schools, universities, public and private institutions.

                  • Ecuador
                  • ECU
                  • Maria Ausiliatrice
                  • Vescovi
                  • Alfredo Espinoza Mateus
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Great Britain – Salesian Old Boy honoured by Queen

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                    Great Britain – Salesian Old Boy honoured by Queen

                    (ANS – Rome) – Father Michael Fava, the most senior Catholic Army Chaplain, has been awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Fr Michael is a former pupil of Salesian College, Farnborough.

                    In November 2018, Fr Michael was appointed Deputy Chaplain General, the first Catholic to be appointed to this post.

                    Speaking of the Honour, Fr Michael said “I am stunned by this news, but very grateful for the acknowledgement that it represents for Catholic chaplaincy in the Army, and of the role of the Catholic Bishopric of the Forces. It is a tremendous honour to receive this on everyone’s behalf.”

                    He was commissioned into the Royal Army Chaplains Department in 1997. As well as serving in the UK and Northern Ireland he has served in Germany and Cyprus and served on operational tours of duty in Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Kosovo, and Afghanistan.

                    He was created an Honorary Chaplain to the Queen in 2017. He was Apostolic Administrator of the Bishopric of the Forces during the period ‘sede vacante’ May 2015 – Sep 2018.

                    Fr Michael is a priest of the Diocese of Portsmouth and an old boy of the Salesian College, Farnborough.

                    Bishop Paul Mason, Bishop of the Forces, said, “With over two decades in service as an Army chaplain, Fr Michael Fava has distinguished himself though his unique blend of dedicated professionalism and sensitive pastoral and priestly service. In receiving the CBE Fr Michael’s faithful commitment to his priestly vocation and his service as chaplain to the British Army are recognised and valued in a very important way. All of us in the Catholic Bishopric of the Forces are very proud of him and very happy to see him honoured in this way by the Queen.”

                    by Barry Hudd

                    • Gran Bretagna
                    • GBR
                    • Exallievi
                    • Militari
                    • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Brazil – Many prizes and awards for Salesians

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                      Brazil – Many prizes and awards for Salesians

                      (ANS - Campo Grande) - In recent days, Salesian brother Damião de Jesus Souza and Fr Ângelo Cesar Cenerino, of the Province of Brazil-Campo Grande, received honorary citizenship from the municipality of Primavera do Leste, in the State of Mato Grosso. At the same time two other Salesians from the same Province, Fr João Marcos de Araújo Ramos and Fr Tiago Figueiró, received the "Pope John Paul II" Award from the municipality of Campo Grande.

                      The title of "honorary citizen" was given to the two spiritual Sons of Don Bosco for their respective services rendered to local society in the care of children and young people, especially those most in need. As stated by the First Secretary of the Municipal Council of Primavera do Leste, Dr. Kinha Juriti, this tribute "is a way to thank and congratulate for all that has been done for the city; that, it is true, has only 33 years of history, but it must be considered that this is how a solid future is built."

                      Fr Cenerino is today pastor of the church of N.S. de La Salette and director of the Salesian community. “This title makes sense only thanks to the Salesian Mission that welcomed me 35 years ago in Araçatuba and has always given me the conditions and support for the realization of the mission, as a Salesian and as a priest who exercises the ministry in favor of the people of God, especially for young people," he commented.

                      The "maestro Damião", as he is known in the city, is the President of the Salesian Social Center, supported in collaboration by the Municipality, the Salesian Mission and the parish of N.S. de La Salette, and which has already contributed to changing the lives of about 5,000 people living in conditions of social vulnerability. The project currently serves around 200 children and adolescents between 7 and 13 years of age.

                      At the same time, Fr de Araújo Ramos, Pro-Rector of Pastoral and Community Affairs of the Catholic University of Don Bosco, and Fr Figueiró, Councilor for Diocesan Pastoral in Três Lagoas, were awarded the "Pope John Paul II" Prize by the Municipal Chamber of Campo Grande: a tribute to the Christians, religious and laity, who have distinguished themselves for the important works done for the benefit of the citizenship.

                      Fr de Araújo Ramos has held numerous posts in the service of Salesian higher education; while Fr Figueiró has recently developed the historical research "Cabreúva: from the secret to the prose", which has thrown new lights on the roots of Campo Grande.

                      • Brasile
                      • BCG
                      • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        India – Farewell to Fr Stroscio, great missionary, friend of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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                        India – Farewell to Fr Stroscio, great missionary, friend of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

                        (ANS - Calcutta) - Salesian Fr Rosario Stroscio, for 40 years chaplain of the Missionaries of Charity of Mother Teresa, as well as, at 97 years of age, the oldest Salesian of the India-Calcutta Province, passed away last 9 June. The funeral is scheduled for Friday, June 14, at 14:30 local time, at the Marian shrine of Bandel.

                        According to what Fr Mathew George, INC Provincial Secretary, has reported, Fr Stroscio started having a high fever from the previous evening, immediately after participating in the Mass. Visited by a doctor and after taking some medicine, he seemed to have recovered, but was in any case given the anointing of the sick. As he had difficulty breathing during the night, he was taken to the Ruby hospital where he died on Sunday morning 9.

                        Fr Stroscio, one of the 460 Salesian missionaries to travel to India from 1906 to today, was born in Furnari, Sicily, in 1922. He reached India as a teenager in 1939, after leaving Sicily in the footsteps of the missionaries who had so impressed him in his youth. A life of commitment and poverty began. "We were very poor, but cheerful," he told the Corriere della Sera newspaper a few years ago.

                        He nevertheless endured his cross and explained Christianity to the Indians with simplicity. Because "it is a difficult religion only for those who have studied too much," he explained. "They immediately understood concepts like the resurrection and immortality of the soul. It was a kind of obviousness." In the first month already 20 had asked to be baptized. And it was only the beginning.

                        In his long life he had to overcome many difficulties: like when in 1940 Mussolini declared war on the United Kingdom - of which India was still a colony - and he was interned in a camp. They treated him well, but in the Rajastan desert there were almost 50° C and the prisoners were beginning to die. Thus the missionary and his other companions in misfortune were moved to a place at the foot of the Himalayas. They were released only in 1944 and Fr Stroscio resumed his mission.

                        Many were the events of historical importance he was witness to, but in the mind of the missionary above all there was the moment of the first meeting with Mother Teresa. "I saw her for the first time in the Cathedral of Calcutta in 1948," he recalled. "She was very intelligent. She had a gift for languages and a great big smile. She understood that I had understood her, and I understood that she understood me. She looked for the face of Jesus in others, and found Him in the dying, the disinherited, the disabled, the orphans and women rendered mad by violence."

                        In addition to building the church dedicated to Mary Help of Christians in Gobra, Calcutta, Fr Stroscio was the first National President of the Indian chapter of the Marian Movement for Priests, which he served for various mandates starting in the 1970s.

                        A former History Professor at the Salesian Institute of Sonada and then INC Provincial (1967-1973), he was accused of the trumped-up crime of "conversion" during his missionary service in Maliapota, in the diocese of Krishnagar, and risked being deported. It was then that Mother Teresa intervened in his favor. She asked the Marxist government to have him as chaplain of the Missionaries of Charity at the large rehabilitation center of "Prem Dan", also in Calcutta. The authorities withdrew the expulsion order and from 1979 Fr Stroscio continued to reside in Calcutta.

                        The Salesian was able to "repay his debt" with the future saint some years later when, in 1997, Mother Teresa was hospitalized for heart problems. The then Archbishop of Calcutta, Msgr. Henry Sebastian D’Souza, asked Fr Stroscio to pray for her and to give her the anointing of the sick. The two prayed together and on that occasion the religious woman recovered.

                        Fr Stroscio got to know the Venerable Francesco Convertini (1898-1976) especially during the last years in which they lived in the same religious community. He was his provincial superior and director of the community in which Father Convertini died on 11 February 1976.

                        The words with which Fr Stroscio concluded the announcement of the death of Fr Convertini: "All his life was a magnificent testimony of the most fruitful technique of priestly ministry and missionary work. We can summarize it in the simple expression: 'To win souls for Christ there is no medium more powerful than goodness and love!' " Words that are also confirmed by the long and laborious missionary life of Fr Stroscio.

                        Sources: Matters India, Corriere della Sera

                        • India
                        • INC
                        • Decessi
                        • Missioni
                        • Madre Teresa
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Mexico – 75-year success at "Revolución", thanks to charism of Don Bosco

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                          (ANS - Guadalajara) - The Salesian center of "Revolución" in Guadalajara has recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. The celebrations began last May 24, on the occasion of the feast of Mary Help of Christians, with the Eucharist presided by the Provincial of Mexico-Guadalajara, Fr Hugo Orozco Sánchez, in the presence of the center's Director, Fr Óscar Miguel Martínez, of the Rector of the church, Fr Arnulfo Fajardo, of many Salesians, members of the Salesian Family, pupils and past pupils together with their families, parishioners and many sympathizers of the Salesian house.

                          The Salesian center on "Avenida Revolución" began when the local archbishop, Msgr. José Garibi Rivera, in 1935 entrusted the care of the chapel dedicated to Mary Help of Christians to the Salesians. Soon the chapel, in addition to offering Eucharistic celebrations, became a festive oratory. Beginning in 1947, through the work of Fr Ignacio Sandoval, the "Mexico School" was born, which took care of children and young people most in need. Later, in 1963, the school was incorporated into the Secretariat of Public Education and opened its doors to become the "Anahuac Revolución" Salesian School, exclusively for males;  next to the church of Mary Help of Christians was the girls' school; and all this complex, for decades, has formed a single Salesian presence.

                          During the homily of the Mass, Fr Orozco recalled "Mary Help of Christians as a maternal example, companion and mediator, as a loving figure who discovers that she is loved by God." After the celebration, the “75 años de luz” festival was held in the school premises, a circus arts show that ended with fireworks and that represented an allegory of day and night, of lights and of shadows, in homage to those who through this time and in that place have been light for hundreds of children and young people.

                          Fr Martínez, for his part, said on the sidelines of the celebrations: "The success of these 75 years has been the charism of Don Bosco, the way of treating children. We have been a home where they have always been able to feel loved and welcomed: we have become a family, a courtyard where we can meet and make friends, a school where we can find God and discover sacramental life."

                          The Salesian center in "avenida Revolución" in Guadalajara is currently composed of the church dedicated to Mary Help of Christians and the Salesian school "Anahuac Revolución", which is one of the three Salesian schools in this city, served by a single community of Salesians. 

                          {gallery}MEG - 75 anni Revolucion 2019{/gallery}

                          • Messico
                          • MEG
                          • Anniversari
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            RMG – Appointed new Provincial of Colombia-Bogota Province

                            6 days 11 hours ago
                            RMG – Appointed new Provincial of Colombia-Bogota Province

                            (ANS - Rome) - During the summer plenary session of the General Council, with the consensus of the other Council members, Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime appointed as new Superior of the "St Peter Claver" Province of Colombia-Bogotà (COB) Father John Jairo Gómez Rúa, former Provincial of the "St Luigi Bertrando" Province of Colombia-Medellín (COM) between 2012 and 2018.

                            Fr Gómez Rúa was born on 27 December 1963 in Medellín. After attending the Salesian novitiate in Rionegro, between 1983 and 1984, he made his first vows on 31 January 1984 and perpetual vows on 9 January 1990 at La Ceja.

                            Ordained a priest in the city of Medellín on 17 October 1992, he was Vicar at the Tuluá center (1993-95), Vicar and then Director of Rionegro (1995-97; 97-98), and Director and Master of Novices at La Ceja from 1999 to 2006.

                            For the COM Province he was Provincial Vicar (2006-2010) and Delegate for Formation and for the Salesian Family (2007-2011), before taking on the role of Provincial in 2012.

                            He is currently Director of the interprovincial Post-novitiate "Filippo Rinaldi" of Copacabana.

                            Fr Gómez Rúa takes on the role as COB Provincial for the six-year period of 2019-2025 this next July 28 during the Eucharist which will be chaired by the Regional Councilor for Inter-America, Fr Timothy Ploch, at the National Shrine of Our Lady del Monte Carmelo - Leone XIII Institute in Bogotà.

                            • RMG
                            • Nomine
                            • Ispettori
                            • COB
                            • COM
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Philippines – “DREAM BIG”: SALVO outreach experience in Mindanao

                              6 days 11 hours ago
                              Philippines – “DREAM BIG”: SALVO outreach experience in Mindanao

                              (ANS – Davao) – 35 members of the SALVO (Salesian Lay Volunteers) movement of Philippines Southern (FIS) Province took a further step in fostering an outreaching missionary spirit with their 4 immersion days in Davao City - Buda, Mindanao island, on the last days of May.

                              The Buda presence (part of the Davao-Dacudao community) begun by an Italian missionary Fr Franco Uras, SDB, is located in the ancestral lands of the Lumads (the ethnic minorities of Mindanao) with a humble vocational training center and social work in the local society. At present there are 2 Salesian priests, 10 lay mission partners and 15 trainees - students.

                              SALVO animators share their satisfaction: “It was one way for the youth who are from other FIS Salesian settings and other young professionals to know that we have other SDB houses that need their help. During our group and individual sharing, there were those who thought about going for long-term volunteering and also asking when the scheduled immersion experience in Don Bosco Formation Center (Cebu) will take place. In this way they can discern the possibility of knowing if they are being called to Salesian consecrated life. We could sense that it gives new life to the two Salesians in Buda, because there were volunteers wanting to help and assist them. The experience validates the relevance of our Buda mission. How we would like to expose our young Salesians to living there for one or two months during summer!”

                              Also the younger member of Buda presence, Fr Ariel Arias shares his immediate enthusiastic feedback:

                              “I was happy while listening to the sharing of SALVO volunteers insights after their experience: One shared that it was the first ever trip with deep purpose and meaning; another said that she would bring along her children next time. Still another one said that she would make this kind of activities a yearly event for her and her friends in their company.

                              I was so happy because the eyes of the volunteers and their hearts were opened to the plight and needs of the indigenous youth and children of Buda, a humble place in the heartland of Mindanao, through the presentation of the Don Bosco Agri-preneur Project in Buda.

                              I am so happy because the volunteers expressed willingness to help and become part of the Buda project in their own way: help offered in the legal aspect of the project, willingness to help in the marketing of "Padre Ninno's products".

                              I am so happy because I was able to talk and propose to two volunteers their 'Come and See' in Cebu, for a life committed to the Lord in the Salesian Vocation. One considered it seriously. Indeed, that experience was to me a venue to see the volunteers' heart and possibility for vocation to Salesian life.

                              I am so happy because now many volunteers came to know more about Don Bosco Buda's long term vision, mission, and directions for the indigenous youth. We hope that they in turn will help us more concretely in the realization of our mission - the saving souls through capacity building, agri-preneurial enterprises, and socio-economic upliftment of the indigenous people/youth of Mindanao as a whole.”

                              Source: AustraLasia

                              • Filippine
                              • FIS
                              • Missioni
                              • Volontariato
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Italy – Bridge between Sicily and Senegal: with "Missionary childhood", built by children

                                6 days 11 hours ago

                                (ANS - Gela) - A group of forty children between 4 and 7 years of age, together with their catechists and animators and a young Salesian, have worked to fulfill a dream: to build a bridge between Sicily and Senegal. Thus, from the need to explain to children the value of acceptance and support, the "Missionary Childhood" project was born.

                                Thanks to the collaboration with the association "Don Bosco 2000" which also operates in Senegal, Fr Alfredo Calderoni, a young Salesian active in the Oratory of Gela, gave rise to a program involving animators and catechists, children and their families from February to May.

                                "Every month," he explains, "we chose a theme, starting from charity, and then we concretely made small objects by recycling material brought from home. The meetings always started with a little formation, then we moved on to the activity. Every month we collected money from their savings and sent it to Senegal to buy school kits."

                                The project ended May 24, the solemnity of Mary Help of Christians, with a show and the feast of peoples. "We involved the adults, starting with the little ones: showing them that the savings collected here actually made something in Senegal made it easier to have their trust," says Fr Calderoni.

                                From this project the "mini grest" was also born, a mini-summer camp dedicated to children and above all, the "bridge" built at the oratory brought fruits, which in turn became contagious. "A school near us," the Salesian continues, "once we saw the photos, videos and drawings they sent us from Senegal to thank us, wanted to raise funds during the year-end show and send the money to Senegal through 'Don Bosco 2000'."

                                "We have laid the foundations to build a bridge and to start a project that will surely continue," concludes Fr Calderoni.

                                • Italia
                                • ISI
                                • Senegal
                                • Migranti
                                • AFO
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  RMG – New edition of formation course for Provincials has begun

                                  1 week ago
                                  RMG – New edition of formation course for Provincials has begun

                                  (ANS - Rome) - The 11 Provincials of the world's Salesian Provinces or Vice Provinces come from Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa, and starting yesterday afternoon, Sunday 9 June, they have begun the formation course dedicated to them. Accompanying the Provincials on this intense journey will be the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, and the other members of the General Council.

                                  Participants in the course are:

                                  • Fr Angelo Santorsola, Provincial of Southern Italy (IME);
                                  • Fr José Aníbal Mendonça, Provincial of Portugal (POR);
                                  • Fr Joseph NG Chi-Yuen, Provincial of the Chinese Province, based in Hong Kong (CIN);
                                  • Fr Jacob Hideaki Hamaguchi, Provincial of Japan (GIA);
                                  • Fr Andrew Wong, Provincial of the Indonesia Vice Province (INA);
                                  • Fr Jose Kuruvachira, Provincial of India-Dimapur (IND);
                                  • Fr Mario Villalba, Provincial of Paraguay (PAR);
                                  • Fr Pierre Célestin Ngoboka, Provincial of the Africa Great Lakes Vice Province (AGL);
                                  • Fr Stefano Aspettati, Provincial of the Central Italy Circumscription (ICC);
                                  • Fr Ignacio Ocampo Uribe, Provincial of Mexico-México (MEM);
                                  • Fr Timothy (Won Chol) Choi, Provincial of South Korea (KOR).

                                  For two weeks, until Saturday 22 June, the 11 Provincials already in office in their respective circumscriptions (some already for over a year, others for just a few months) will have the opportunity to receive ideas and indications from the General Council, and to gain a broader vision of the needs, challenges and processes underway in the Congregation – elements, these, that are decisive for harmonizing the local paths with the general one of the Salesian Society and of the Universal Church.

                                  In consideration of their role of animation and of government, the Provincials will also receive various inputs on the legal aspects of the administration; without forgetting, of course, opportunities for mutual sharing and of Salesian fraternity.

                                  It should be pointed out that the course that has just begun is the last training course for new Provincials before the 28th General Chapter (GC28); the next one, in fact, will take place in June 2020 and will be led by the General Council renewed by the GC28.

                                  • RMG
                                  • Corso Ispettori
                                  • Consiglio Generale
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Mexico – "Working as network to better serve recipients of Salesian mission". Formation for PDO and CFP staff

                                    1 week ago

                                    (ANS - Amatitán) - From Monday 3 to Friday 7 June there was the Third Formation Workshop for Planning and Development Offices and Salesian Vocational Training Centers (CFP), a continental event that aims to guide the strengthening of the capacities of these bodies in the service of the Salesian mission.

                                    The meeting was promoted with the objective of sharing experiences, understanding common challenges and fostering networking. The previous workshops took place in September 2018 in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and in February 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

                                    The meeting was attended by the leaders of various PDOs and CFPs from various countries of the Salesian regions of Interamerica and America South Cone. Specifically, this workshop focused on the "Logical Framework" for international call for tenders, and on chain of impacts within the formation project. PDO representatives directed their efforts to learn how to develop, monitor and evaluate projects; while the people in charge of the Centers (PCP) were engaged in learning skills training via understanding the Salesian ecosystem, the different models of accompaniment and their practical application.

                                    The first day of work began with the Eucharist presided by the Superior of the Province of Mexico, Guadalajara (MEG), Fr Hugo Orozco Sánchez, who in his homily stressed the importance of “working as a network to better serve the recipients of the Salesian mission."

                                    Later the engineer Humberto Camacho, Coordinator of OFPROBOL, the PDO of Salesian Bolivia, said, "We are building together a path", referring to the work that has already been developed, gradually and in a projectual way, and they want continued.

                                    The Design and Development Offices are research, analysis and planning centers at the service of Salesian works and, more specifically, for poor and needy young people. The Vocational Training Centers are institutions in which formal technical qualification studies and work qualification programs are promoted mainly aimed at young people.

                                    The event brought together 80 people from 17 Latin American countries and 23 Provinces (18 of the Salesians and 5 of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians). In addition, five Salesian NGOs participated in various projects in Latin America: "Don Bosco Mondo" from Germany, "Jóvenes y Desarrollo" from Spain, "Salesian Missions" from the United States, "Jugend Ein Welt" from Austria and "VIS - International Voluntary Service for Development" from Italy.

                                    The workshop has fundamentally served to deepen the "Logical Framework" as a fundamental tool for participating in major international projects, as well as the chain of impacts and the monitoring and evaluation procedures.

                                    • Messico
                                    • PDO
                                    • Formazione Professionale
                                    • MEG
                                    • Interamerica
                                    • America Cono Sud
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      RMG – “Don’t Suffocate Our Future!”

                                      1 week 3 days ago
                                      RMG – “Don’t Suffocate Our Future!”

                                      (ANS – Rome) – ‘Beat Air Pollution’ was the theme for World Environment Day 2019, a global event celebrated annually on 5 June.  In the context of this theme on air pollution, Don Bosco Green Alliance (DBGA), together with the Don Bosco Network (DBN), held a month-long campaign entitled “Don’t Suffocate Our Future!”. 

                                      According to research studies, effects of air pollution are more serious in children than in adults. Since children are still growing, air pollution harms them during the developmental stage of their life, causing lifelong health problems. Interestingly, research also indicates that children exposed to polluted air at a young age are in danger of developing clinical depression as they grow older.  Negative mental health can have adverse influence on many aspects of life, including daily activities, social interactions and educational achievements.

                                      In the face of these serious threats caused by air pollution, young people from across the Salesian world raised their voices to demand: “Don’t Suffocate Our Future!” The month-long campaign from 1 May to 5 June used various social media platforms to make this demand of young people heard, both by civil society and especially by decision-makers. 

                                      World Environment Day itself was marked by several events organized by various Salesian institutions in different parts of the world.  In Spain, Plataformas Sociales Salesianas, together other Salesian associations such as the Confederation of Don Bosco Youth Centres and the National Salesian Youth Pastoral Centre, launched the challenge #PonteEnVerde (#GoGreen). 

                                      In Panama, the Eco Club of Instituto Tecnico Don Bosco, Panama City, celebrated the day by conducting a cleanliness drive in four different areas of the city. In the Dominican Republic, ‘Green minds PEDB’, the Ecological Group of the Don Bosco Educational Plaza participated in the programme "Youth that advances and changes, a country that progresses". They generated awareness on the necessity of protecting the environment with the help of banners, singing and dancing at different strategic locations in the city.

                                      The Don Bosco Oratory at Santiago del Estero, Argentina, visited the Maco forest and planned for the replanting of the different species that inhabit the native forests. They also identified the various flora and fauna that help measure the health and vitality of the forest. The students of the Salesian School Don Bosco, at Villarrica, Paraguay, created various videos highlighting the ills of air pollution, and posted them across various social media platforms. Also, in Paraguay, the Salesian Agricultural Institute at Caaguazu has planned the ‘Youth march for Clean Air” on 8 June.

                                      In India, youth volunteers from the Salesian environmental organization GreenLine, Mumbai, visited different important parts of the city, creating awareness on air pollution and encouraging citizens to make a pledge to combat this problem. The youth group from Don Bosco Parish, Baroda, planted saplings in the parish compound to celebrate World Environment Day. Similarly, the boys from Snehalaya, a home for street boys in Baroda, planted saplings in their compound.  Over 150 children from Chithra Don Bosco in Bangalore were given saplings to be planted in their own homes. These children also took a pledge to nurture these plants.

                                      “There has been active participation by Salesian institutions in several countries in this year’s World Environment Day celebrations,” said Fr. Savio Silveira, the Convener of DBGA.  “It is very encouraging to see the strong support Salesians are giving young people in responding to environmental challenges,” he added. 

                                      {gallery}WED 2019{/gallery}

                                      • RMG
                                      • Creato
                                      • Ambiente
                                      • Don Bosco Green Alliance
                                      • Don Bosco Network
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Hungary – Farewell to Fr Havasi, Hungarian Salesian

                                        1 week 3 days ago
                                        Hungary – Farewell to Fr Havasi, Hungarian Salesian

                                        (ANS - Budapest) - The Hungarian Salesian Province announces with profound emotion that Fr József Havasi, former Provincial, passed away on the afternoon of 5 June 2019, at 90 years of age, 72 as a Salesian, 59 as a priest. "We give thanks to God for having known him," his confreres from Budapest communicate.

                                        Fr Havasi was born on 14 March 1929 on the outskirts of Budapest in a family with 6 children. From an early age he wanted to become a priest and sought his vocation among religious orders. As a Scout he was able to meet the Salesians and was admitted to the Salesian Institute of the Clarisseum, where the future blessed Stephen Sandor also lived.

                                        Here he attended the aspirantate in 1943 and then was sent to Nyergesújfalu to finish the Salesian Lyceum. In 1946 he began his novitiate in Mezőnyárád, and made his first vows on August 16, 1947. Those perpetual he pronounced on December 8, 1951 in the Clarisseum - clandestinely, because of the communist dictatorship, in front of 4 people, including Stephen Sandor.

                                        After the suppression of the religious orders by the regime, in 1950 he was received at the diocesan seminary of Vac - hidden in the bishop's palace; but in 1952 he had to leave the city and go to work. At this time, however, he attended the State University, earning a degree in Literature. During the 1956 Revolution he managed to escape to Italy, completed his theological studies and was ordained a priest on 11 February 1960 in Turin.

                                        Having no hope of returning to Hungary, he wanted to go to the Philippines as a missionary. But the Provincials sent him as close as possible to his homeland: in Vienna, Austria, where he worked for 30 years in an institute and home for young people.


                                        In the Seventies he managed to get in touch with the Hungarian Salesians, who later managed to visit him in Vienna; later, having become an Austrian citizen, he was also able to return visits to Hungary, and he helped them by bringing religious books, Salesian materials, magazines, and related material.

                                        In 1990, after the fall of the regime, Rector Major Fr Egidio Viganò appointed him Hungarian Provincial. He took the leadership of the Province on 31 January 1991 and – a rarity - was renewed for two terms: thus, he was the Provincial for 18 consecutive years, until 8 November 2008. He succeeded in reconnecting his confreres, rebuilding the buildings and reorganizing everything, ensuring prosperity for the Hungarian Province once again.

                                        In 2013 he received the Knightly Cross of the Order of Merit for having been able to rebuild the Hungarian Province.

                                        "He always said he was happy and was an active member of the Budapest-Újpest community to the end," his confreres say of him. 

                                        {gallery}UNG - Morte don Havasi{/gallery}

                                        • Ungheria
                                        • UNG
                                        • Decessi
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
                                          ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana

                                          RMG – New Provincial of India-Mumbai appointed

                                          2 days 11 hours ago
                                          RMG – New Provincial of India-Mumbai appointed

                                          (ANS - Rome) - On the last day of the second week of the summer plenary session of the General Council, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, with the consensus of the other members of the Council, appointed Fr Savio Silveira as Provincial of the Province of India- Mumbai (INB) for the six-year period of 2019-2025.

                                          Fr Silveira was born on 8 December 1966 in Panjim, State of Goa, India. After attending the Salesian novitiate in Nashik, he made his first vows on May 31, 1985, and perpetual vows on May 25, 1992, in Mumbai; he was ordained a priest on December 21, 1995, in his hometown.

                                          He served in various Salesian communities: in in Chhota Udaipur as Bursar (1996-99), in Kawant as Parish Priest (1999-2000), again in Chhota Udaipur as Director and Parish Priest (2000-02) and in Baroda as Director (2002-2005).

                                          Between 2005 and 2007, he studied International Cooperation and Development at the European School of Advanced Studies, Pavia, Italy, and obtained a Master’s Degree.

                                          He then took over as the Executive Director of the Development Office of the Province, a post he held for eight years from 2007 to 2015. He is also the Founder of Don Bosco International School Matunga.

                                          For the Province with headquarters in Mumbai, he was several times Provincial Councilor (2002-2005, 2009-2012 and 2012-2015), and currently holds the posts of Provincial Vicar.

                                          He is also the Spokesperson for the "Don Bosco Green Alliance", the Salesian platform that brings together over 100 Salesian institutions around the world committed to protecting the environment and building a new generation of citizens committed to respect for Creation.

                                          Fr Savio Silveira will assume office on Thursday, 12 September 2019. The installation ceremony will be during the Eucharist at 18:30 hrs in the Shrine of Don Bosco’s Madonna, Matunga, Mumbai. Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga will represent the Rector Major at the installation of our Eleventh Provincial.

                                          • RMG
                                          • INB
                                          • Nomina
                                          • Ispecttori
                                            Jesus Jurado

                                            RMG – New Provincial of India-Mumbai appointed

                                            3 days 11 hours ago
                                            RMG – New Provincial of India-Mumbai appointed

                                            (ANS - Rome) - On the last day of the second week of the summer plenary session of the General Council, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, with the consensus of the other members of the Council, appointed Fr Savio Silveira as Provincial of the Province of India- Mumbai (INB) for the six-year period of 2019-2025.

                                            Fr Silveira was born on 8 December 1966 in Panjim, State of Goa, India. After attending the Salesian novitiate in Nashik, he made his first vows on May 31, 1985, and perpetual vows on May 25, 1992, in Mumbai; he was ordained a priest on December 21, 1995, in his hometown.

                                            He served in various Salesian communities: in in Chhota Udaipur as Bursar (1996-99), in Kawant as Parish Priest (1999-2000), again in Chhota Udaipur as Director and Parish Priest (2000-02) and in Baroda as Director (2002-2005).

                                            Between 2005 and 2007, he studied International Cooperation and Development at the European School of Advanced Studies, Pavia, Italy, and obtained a Master’s Degree.

                                            He then took over as the Executive Director of the Development Office of the Province, a post he held for eight years from 2007 to 2015. He is also the Founder of Don Bosco International School Matunga.

                                            For the Province with headquarters in Mumbai, he was several times Provincial Councilor (2002-2005, 2009-2012 and 2012-2015), and currently holds the posts of Provincial Vicar.

                                            He is also the Spokesperson for the "Don Bosco Green Alliance", the Salesian platform that brings together over 100 Salesian institutions around the world committed to protecting the environment and building a new generation of citizens committed to respect for Creation.

                                            Fr Savio Silveira will assume office on Thursday, 12 September 2019. The installation ceremony will be during the Eucharist at 18:30 hrs in the Shrine of Don Bosco’s Madonna, Matunga, Mumbai. Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga will represent the Rector Major at the installation of our Eleventh Provincial.

                                            • India
                                            • INB
                                            • Nomine
                                            • Ispettori
                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                              Italy – Muslim and Christian youths pray together for concluding Ramadan celebration

                                              3 days 11 hours ago
                                              Italy – Muslim and Christian youths pray together for concluding Ramadan celebration

                                              (ANS - Naples) - For the third consecutive year, at the "Don Bosco" Salesian Institute in Naples, there was the celebration of the end of Ramadan, with the Unaccompanied Foreign Minors welcomed in the Community dedicated to them, namely "Il Ponte", or the bridge. This year the experience was enriched by the young people of the new "La Zattera" Reception Center, also managed by the Salesians, which welcomes children in a state of emergency in the city of Naples, and of the "PuntoGiò" project, in collaboration with "SCS Salesiani per il Sociale" and the bank "Intesa San Paolo", their efforts dedicated to young immigrants now adults, with housing difficulties and without reference points.

                                              On the evening of Saturday, June 8th, about 60 immigrant youngsters, both Muslims and Christians, gathered with the children and families of the oratory to give birth to this party.

                                              Hassan, from Ghana, on behalf of the children of the Ponte, greeted those present by saying: "We are 15 minors, but with us there are also young adults, for a total of 26 young people ... On Saturday evening, with the 'PuntoGiò' project, we invite our other immigrant friends and the number goes up to over 40. We come from various countries. Some of us have been in Italy for two years, others for a few days, almost all arrived with the famous boats ... And many of us have also passed through the famous Libyan prisons ... But these stories, thank God, have passed. Most of us are Muslims, but there are also Christians. We are well together, without difficulty, but above all we are good and well at 'Don Bosco' ... Here there is no one first these or first the others ... Here we all feel first!"

                                              Karim, from Egypt, presenting the meaning of Ramandan's celebration, emphasized: "We want to pray and celebrate with you, especially with our Christian brothers, because God is one, the same God, ours and yours: the God of Abraham. Praying together for us is important, it is not the first time ... even at Christmas we prayed together. It is important because only in this way can we say that we are brothers, we love each other and there are no wars or hatred."

                                              The evening began with a moment of Christian and Muslim prayer. Moussa and Aliu, Muslim boys from Senegal, sang Islamic prayers; Julius, a Christian from Nigeria, sang "Jesus, You are Great". The moment of prayer ended with the exchange of peace between all.

                                              The same boys then organized the rest of the evening, with traditional African and Asian dishes and a musical moment.

                                              The Salesians of the "Don Bosco" of Naples strongly believe in these moments of integration as important gestures to educate young people to the faith. 

                                              {gallery}IME - Fine Ramadan 2019{/gallery}

                                              • Italia
                                              • IME
                                              • Dialogo
                                              • Islam
                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                Colombia – Fantastic story of child working landfill at 6, now studying Law

                                                3 days 11 hours ago
                                                Colombia – Fantastic story of child working landfill at 6, now studying Law

                                                (ANS - Medellin) - Juan David says that at the age of 6 he collected garbage to support his two younger siblings in Medellín, Colombia. Currently, he is instead a student of the Latin American Autonomous University where he attends the courses of Jurisprudence. In the middle of these two phases, there was the Salesian "Ciudad Don Bosco" house of Medellín.

                                                Juan David is one of those people (today there are 158 million) who knows full well what child labor is, because he himself was exploited in this way. When he was 6, Fernando, aged 3, and Maria, just one, would wait for his return every day so as to get something to eat. He had begun to beg, but still couldn't quite scrape enough to feed them. It was then that he decided to work as a 'recycler'. "It's the word we use to define children who work in landfills in search of some object that may have an economic value," he told the COPE portal.

                                                Juan David is the son of his mother's first husband, who died shortly after his birth, and his siblings have another father. "My mother rarely appeared inside the house, she was very neglected ... The problem arose when they got sick and we needed more money for medicines."

                                                Before the mafias of drugs, sexual exploitation, or paramilitaries managed to get their hands on him, in 2007 he was lucky enough to run into Juan Carlos Reigota, Coordinator of the "Derecho a Soñar" project. "He took us to study at 'Ciudad Don Bosco, at the Salesians".

                                                James Alexander Areiza of "Ciudad Don Bosco" explains: "We have been working for 54 years with the most vulnerable population in Medellín, the department of Antioquia and many other areas of Colombia. We are committed Salesians and lay people who do a job of human, academic and professional formation." Areiza also specified that they are trying to "remove these children from the street, from drugs, from sexual exploitation and from war. Many are child soldiers and continue to be threatened by criminal gangs."

                                                "Recently," says Juan David, "I met some of my childhood friends and I was surprised to see how many of them have problems with drugs. They were even surprised when they saw me again; they thought I was dead, as happened to many others who they no longer saw... And they were amazed even when I explained to them that my life had changed and that I was even studying at university."

                                                On his future Juan David has no doubts: "I want my work from now on to focus on helping those children and young people who face a kind of life that is very difficult to get out of."

                                                Source: COPE

                                                • Colombia
                                                • Ciudad Don Bosco
                                                • COM
                                                • Bambini di Strada
                                                • Sfruttamento minorile
                                                • Lavoro Minorile
                                                • Opzione Preferenziale
                                                • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                  Spain – IUS Europe in Madrid: University and Education Ministry

                                                  3 days 11 hours ago
                                                  Spain – IUS Europe in Madrid: University and Education Ministry

                                                  (ANS - Madrid) - The Director of the Salesian University School of Sarriá (EUSS), Andreu Moreno, Coordinator of the Salesian Higher Education Institutes (IUS) of Europe, and Fr Marcelo Farfán, Coordinator General of the IUS, attended the meeting of IUS Europe in Madrid, 5 and 6 June, at the Center for Higher Studies (CES) "Don Bosco". The event brought together representatives of the 7 European university institutions: CES (Madrid), EUSS (Barcelona), ISBJ (Zilina), IUSTO (Turin), IUSVE (Venice), Jabok (Prague) and UPS (Rome).

                                                  The meeting followed up on the activities that correspond to both the common program of IUS at both global and continental levels. To this end, contributions were provided regarding the application of the document "Orienteering for Salesian University Pastoral Care", the formation course for IUS directors and the development of the new website.

                                                  A Salesian university cannot do without a pastoral care for the university. “The University Pastoral Care,” it is stated at the Salesian Polytechnic University of Ecuador, “constitutes the transversal axis of all university activity. It directs the various practical realizations of the Salesian presence in the field of university. Its action is aimed at raising awareness of the university educational community and, above all, it has the mission of promoting academic excellence as a base for transforming social action, respecting religious, social diversity, cultural, ethnic, age and sexual relations of people and groups, in order to contribute to the construction of an equitable, ecumenical and intercultural society.”

                                                  The Madrid meeting discussed the formation proposal for pastoral animators elaborated by the group of Pastoral Coordinators of European IUS. Also, the European nuclei of the Education Group of the IUS presented the planning of a new study on interculturality and education to be developed in the next two years.

                                                  It was also important to analyze the research situation in the different institutes and the possible strategies to be developed to meet the needs that higher education in Europe is experimenting.

                                                  Finally, there was a presentation of the publication: "Salesian Charism and Higher Education", material designed to accompany all educators and teachers of Salesian universities.

                                                  The Constitutions of the Salesians of Don Bosco affirm: “... to educate and evangelize following a project of integral formation of man, oriented to Christ, the perfect man.”

                                                  • Spagna
                                                  • IUS
                                                  • Europe
                                                  • SSM
                                                  • Pastorale Universitaria
                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                    Philippines – 3 Year EAO Salesian Studies Seminar Workshop concludes

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                                                    Philippines – 3 Year EAO Salesian Studies Seminar Workshop concludes

                                                    (ANS – Batulao) – With the third EAO Salesian Studies Seminar Workshop held in Batulao (8 - 29 May), a three year cycle of Salesianity Program (2017-2019) came to an end. All together there have been 15 consistent participants since 2017. Several EAO Provinces have consistently sent the same confrere(s) and Lay Mission Partners (LMP), who are becoming resource persons in their respective SDB provinces, SDB Delegations or Salesian Cooperators Associations. There is a growing number of Lay mission partners participating every year.

                                                    With this third year of EAO Salesian Studies (Salesianity) seminar-workshop the first cycle on Don Bosco History (2017) - Don Bosco Pedagogy (2018) and Don Bosco Spirituality (2019) has concluded. Most of the EAO provinces benefit from training Salesians, Salesian Cooperators or Salesian Lay Mission Partners. The largest number from one single province comes from THA (Thailand - Cambodia - Laos) as a strong sign of commitment for the formation of mission partners. Last year there was also one participant from Africa-Madagascar Region - Province AFO (French speaking Western Africa), and this year, Fr. Michael Pace - SUE (USA East - Canada) Province.

                                                    “We give thanks to all resource persons, this year Fr. Mike Winstanley (Great Britain) and many others from the EAO region. We very much appreciate the priceless contribution of all translators (especially the Provincial of THA Fr. John Bosco Theparat Pitisant and Fr. Anusit) as well all those in the FIN province, who contributed in many ways to the not-so-easy logistic transfer from Paranaque (Don Bosco Center of Studies, 2017-2018) to Batulao Retreat House” the organizers say.

                                                    All together over the past 3 years, the participants 'mastered' 25 courses (themes) at an average of 2 days per course for an equivalent of nearly 60 days, meaning 480 hours of study, reflection and research. With this East Asia Oceania Project, each one of the attendees will become in turn another resource person for the Lay Mission Partners and other Salesian Family members in their respective countries.

                                                    Source: AustraLasia

                                                    • Filippine
                                                    • Asia EstOceania
                                                    • Laici
                                                    • Scuola di Salesianità
                                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                                      RMG – Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Fr Silvio Galli, SDB, begun

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                                                      RMG – Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Fr Silvio Galli, SDB, begun

                                                      (ANS - Rome) - On 12 June 2019, the 7th anniversary of the ascent to heaven of Fr Silvio Galli, the bishop of Brescia, Msgr. Pierantonio Tremolada, was presented with the Supplex libellus, that is the official instance with which the Salesian Congregation asks for the opening of the diocesan Inquiry into the virtues, the fame of holiness and signs of Fr Silvio Galli, Professed Priest of the Society of Saint Francis of Sales.

                                                      Fr Silvio Galli was born on 10 September 1927 in Palazzolo Milanese, the first of eight brothers. After attending the Salesian Institute "Sant'Ambrogio" in Milan, he carried out the novitiate in Montodine (CR), made his first profession as a Salesian on 11 September 1943 and perpetual profession in 1949. Ordained a priest on 1 July 1953, he completed practical training in Varese and fostered a deep spiritual friendship with Domenichino Zamberletti, a little boy who died in the concept of holiness.

                                                      Destined for the house in Bologna, he obtained a degree in Literature and from 1959 until the end of his life he was in Chiari (Brescia), dedicating himself in the first years to teaching aspirants to Salesian life and then, over the years, more and more in the generous service to the poor, immigrants, prisoners, those who are hungry, those who have no homes, drug addicts, alcoholics, the mentally ill, and varied forms of material, spiritual and moral poverty. In the reception of very many people he exercises the ministry of listening, of consolation, of reconciliation and of exorcism.

                                                      He animates and takes care of the formation of the Salesian Cooperators, of the members of the ADMA, of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco and of numerous volunteers who collaborate in his charitable work. With the help of generous volunteers and benefactors, he founded the "Auxilium" reception center. With life and word he teaches us to discover and serve Christ in the poor, bearing witness to the love of the Good Shepherd.

                                                      This is how he presented himself: "I am but a poor priest ... It amazes me also that all the people afflicted by problems, sometimes unsolvable, turn to me ... Only with prayer, a very powerful weapon, with faith in the Madonna and her son Jesus, sometimes these problems are solved."

                                                      He concludes his earthly life on 12 June 2012, surrounded by a widespread reputation for holiness and signs. With the Cause of Fr Silvio Galli, the candidates for the holiness of the Salesian Family rise to 169.

                                                      • Vaticano
                                                      • Silvio Galli
                                                      • Santità Salesiana
                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                        Mali – For future of youth the need to improve educational quality of Sikasso

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                                                        Mali – For future of youth the need to improve educational quality of Sikasso

                                                        (ANS - Sikasso) - Salesian missionaries arrived in Mali 35 years ago to work with disadvantaged children and young people, give them quality education and improve their lives. Bamako, Sikasso and Touba are today the three Salesian houses in Mali. Unfortunately, here in this country too, children and young people have to deal with violence. The Salesians, for their part, bet on education as one of the most important means to get out of poverty, violence and the absence of peace.

                                                        A few years ago the magazine of "Misiones Salesianas" in Madrid reported: "The population of Mali, after a year marked by violence, could neither sow nor harvest. Children will not see the colors of spring shine because their future is imperfect. Whether their future can be perfect depends on us. We take advantage of the joy of Easter to become a light that helps, after a year of darkness, to bring forth a new spring." Unfortunately it seems that this situation has not changed, and there have been more "deaths, massacres, kidnappings, attacks on churches and a Christian religious procession," the Spanish newspaper El País wrote in recent months.

                                                        But in May, the Spanish Salesian NGO "Solidaridad Don Bosco" began to develop a project to expand the Salesian educational center in Sikasso. The project, which relies on the support of the Spanish municipalities of Utrera and Pozoblanco, has a duration of 12 months, so it is expected to be completed in May 2020, and will benefit young people in situations of exclusion served by the center.

                                                        The center currently has a student body of 430 students and 11 classrooms, so the spaces are clearly insufficient with respect to the needs. In order to improve the service offered by the center and the quality of education, a building was built with 8 additional classrooms which, thanks to this project, will be fully equipped; the project also includes the recruitment of the necessary teachers.

                                                        The center offers vocational training in the Automotive, Electrical and Metal Construction sectors; however, with the new classrooms, it will also provide additional training during holiday periods, through recreational and leisure activities.

                                                        "Solidaridad Don Bosco" not only thanks its supporters, but also wants to continue to inform about the good done for young people and the new steps that are being taken in this project, which represents a small but significant step for children and young boys and girls of Mali to develop professionally and have opportunities for their future.

                                                        • Mali
                                                        • Missioni
                                                        • Educazione
                                                        • ONG
                                                        • Spagna
                                                          Gian Francesco Romano

                                                          Ecuador – "Mary Help of Christians" parish officially becomes Diocesan Marian Sanctuary

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                                                          (ANS - Quito) - Before the month dedicated to the patron saint of the Salesians ended, on Thursday, May 30, 2019, Msgr. Alfredo Espinoza Mateus, SDB, archbishop of Quito and Primate of Ecuador, presided the Eucharist during which the parish of Mary Help of Christians in Quito was consecrated as a Diocesan Shrine. Hundreds of parishioners and members of the Salesian Family took part in the celebration.

                                                          One of the celebration's most emotional moments was the blessing of the statue of Mary Help of Christians and the site's incensation where it was placed, by Msgr. Espinoza, with the presence of Fr Romulo Sanmartín, SDB, parish priest. At the end of the enthronement rite, all those present welcomed with joy the representation of the Mother of God and Mother of Don Bosco in the new Diocesan Marian Sanctuary.

                                                          The center's history began in 1925 when the Salesians arrived in the "El Girón" quarter of Quito. Ten years later, on 2 June 1935, a public chapel dedicated to Mary Help of Christians was inaugurated. On 30 May 1957, Cardinal Carlos María de la Torre erected the parish of Mary Help of Christians. Later, on 28 November 1971, the present temple was solemnly consecrated, with the presence of Cardinal Pablo Muñoz Vega.

                                                          From the very beginning this church has attracted a large number of faithful, devotees of Mary. For this reason a formal request was made that it not only be considered a territorial church, but for it to become a church of Quito. On 3 April 2019, Msgr. Fausto Trávez, OFM, signed the decree of erection and the denomination of Diocesan Marian Sanctuary.

                                                          According to Fr Sanmartín there are three elements that characterize a sanctuary: first, that it is a place of sure sanctification; second, that it is a place of pilgrimage; and third, that it is a place where one is helped and that is, in this case, the Mother of God will be of help to all the sons and daughters who will visit her.

                                                          This new name of the Salesian church also implies new pastoral challenges for the community of Don Bosco's spiritual Sons and the lay people who accompany it, as it becomes necessary to care for the pilgrims who shall constantly visit and to make Mary Help of Christians known in the surrounding neighborhoods - especially given the large presence of schools, universities, public and private institutions.

                                                          • Ecuador
                                                          • ECU
                                                          • Maria Ausiliatrice
                                                          • Vescovi
                                                          • Alfredo Espinoza Mateus
                                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                                            Great Britain – Salesian Old Boy honoured by Queen

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                                                            Great Britain – Salesian Old Boy honoured by Queen

                                                            (ANS – Rome) – Father Michael Fava, the most senior Catholic Army Chaplain, has been awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Fr Michael is a former pupil of Salesian College, Farnborough.

                                                            In November 2018, Fr Michael was appointed Deputy Chaplain General, the first Catholic to be appointed to this post.

                                                            Speaking of the Honour, Fr Michael said “I am stunned by this news, but very grateful for the acknowledgement that it represents for Catholic chaplaincy in the Army, and of the role of the Catholic Bishopric of the Forces. It is a tremendous honour to receive this on everyone’s behalf.”

                                                            He was commissioned into the Royal Army Chaplains Department in 1997. As well as serving in the UK and Northern Ireland he has served in Germany and Cyprus and served on operational tours of duty in Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Kosovo, and Afghanistan.

                                                            He was created an Honorary Chaplain to the Queen in 2017. He was Apostolic Administrator of the Bishopric of the Forces during the period ‘sede vacante’ May 2015 – Sep 2018.

                                                            Fr Michael is a priest of the Diocese of Portsmouth and an old boy of the Salesian College, Farnborough.

                                                            Bishop Paul Mason, Bishop of the Forces, said, “With over two decades in service as an Army chaplain, Fr Michael Fava has distinguished himself though his unique blend of dedicated professionalism and sensitive pastoral and priestly service. In receiving the CBE Fr Michael’s faithful commitment to his priestly vocation and his service as chaplain to the British Army are recognised and valued in a very important way. All of us in the Catholic Bishopric of the Forces are very proud of him and very happy to see him honoured in this way by the Queen.”

                                                            by Barry Hudd

                                                            • Gran Bretagna
                                                            • GBR
                                                            • Exallievi
                                                            • Militari
                                                            • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                              Brazil – Many prizes and awards for Salesians

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                                                              Brazil – Many prizes and awards for Salesians

                                                              (ANS - Campo Grande) - In recent days, Salesian brother Damião de Jesus Souza and Fr Ângelo Cesar Cenerino, of the Province of Brazil-Campo Grande, received honorary citizenship from the municipality of Primavera do Leste, in the State of Mato Grosso. At the same time two other Salesians from the same Province, Fr João Marcos de Araújo Ramos and Fr Tiago Figueiró, received the "Pope John Paul II" Award from the municipality of Campo Grande.

                                                              The title of "honorary citizen" was given to the two spiritual Sons of Don Bosco for their respective services rendered to local society in the care of children and young people, especially those most in need. As stated by the First Secretary of the Municipal Council of Primavera do Leste, Dr. Kinha Juriti, this tribute "is a way to thank and congratulate for all that has been done for the city; that, it is true, has only 33 years of history, but it must be considered that this is how a solid future is built."

                                                              Fr Cenerino is today pastor of the church of N.S. de La Salette and director of the Salesian community. “This title makes sense only thanks to the Salesian Mission that welcomed me 35 years ago in Araçatuba and has always given me the conditions and support for the realization of the mission, as a Salesian and as a priest who exercises the ministry in favor of the people of God, especially for young people," he commented.

                                                              The "maestro Damião", as he is known in the city, is the President of the Salesian Social Center, supported in collaboration by the Municipality, the Salesian Mission and the parish of N.S. de La Salette, and which has already contributed to changing the lives of about 5,000 people living in conditions of social vulnerability. The project currently serves around 200 children and adolescents between 7 and 13 years of age.

                                                              At the same time, Fr de Araújo Ramos, Pro-Rector of Pastoral and Community Affairs of the Catholic University of Don Bosco, and Fr Figueiró, Councilor for Diocesan Pastoral in Três Lagoas, were awarded the "Pope John Paul II" Prize by the Municipal Chamber of Campo Grande: a tribute to the Christians, religious and laity, who have distinguished themselves for the important works done for the benefit of the citizenship.

                                                              Fr de Araújo Ramos has held numerous posts in the service of Salesian higher education; while Fr Figueiró has recently developed the historical research "Cabreúva: from the secret to the prose", which has thrown new lights on the roots of Campo Grande.

                                                              • Brasile
                                                              • BCG
                                                              • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                India – Farewell to Fr Stroscio, great missionary, friend of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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                                                                India – Farewell to Fr Stroscio, great missionary, friend of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

                                                                (ANS - Calcutta) - Salesian Fr Rosario Stroscio, for 40 years chaplain of the Missionaries of Charity of Mother Teresa, as well as, at 97 years of age, the oldest Salesian of the India-Calcutta Province, passed away last 9 June. The funeral is scheduled for Friday, June 14, at 14:30 local time, at the Marian shrine of Bandel.

                                                                According to what Fr Mathew George, INC Provincial Secretary, has reported, Fr Stroscio started having a high fever from the previous evening, immediately after participating in the Mass. Visited by a doctor and after taking some medicine, he seemed to have recovered, but was in any case given the anointing of the sick. As he had difficulty breathing during the night, he was taken to the Ruby hospital where he died on Sunday morning 9.

                                                                Fr Stroscio, one of the 460 Salesian missionaries to travel to India from 1906 to today, was born in Furnari, Sicily, in 1922. He reached India as a teenager in 1939, after leaving Sicily in the footsteps of the missionaries who had so impressed him in his youth. A life of commitment and poverty began. "We were very poor, but cheerful," he told the Corriere della Sera newspaper a few years ago.

                                                                He nevertheless endured his cross and explained Christianity to the Indians with simplicity. Because "it is a difficult religion only for those who have studied too much," he explained. "They immediately understood concepts like the resurrection and immortality of the soul. It was a kind of obviousness." In the first month already 20 had asked to be baptized. And it was only the beginning.

                                                                In his long life he had to overcome many difficulties: like when in 1940 Mussolini declared war on the United Kingdom - of which India was still a colony - and he was interned in a camp. They treated him well, but in the Rajastan desert there were almost 50° C and the prisoners were beginning to die. Thus the missionary and his other companions in misfortune were moved to a place at the foot of the Himalayas. They were released only in 1944 and Fr Stroscio resumed his mission.

                                                                Many were the events of historical importance he was witness to, but in the mind of the missionary above all there was the moment of the first meeting with Mother Teresa. "I saw her for the first time in the Cathedral of Calcutta in 1948," he recalled. "She was very intelligent. She had a gift for languages and a great big smile. She understood that I had understood her, and I understood that she understood me. She looked for the face of Jesus in others, and found Him in the dying, the disinherited, the disabled, the orphans and women rendered mad by violence."

                                                                In addition to building the church dedicated to Mary Help of Christians in Gobra, Calcutta, Fr Stroscio was the first National President of the Indian chapter of the Marian Movement for Priests, which he served for various mandates starting in the 1970s.

                                                                A former History Professor at the Salesian Institute of Sonada and then INC Provincial (1967-1973), he was accused of the trumped-up crime of "conversion" during his missionary service in Maliapota, in the diocese of Krishnagar, and risked being deported. It was then that Mother Teresa intervened in his favor. She asked the Marxist government to have him as chaplain of the Missionaries of Charity at the large rehabilitation center of "Prem Dan", also in Calcutta. The authorities withdrew the expulsion order and from 1979 Fr Stroscio continued to reside in Calcutta.

                                                                The Salesian was able to "repay his debt" with the future saint some years later when, in 1997, Mother Teresa was hospitalized for heart problems. The then Archbishop of Calcutta, Msgr. Henry Sebastian D’Souza, asked Fr Stroscio to pray for her and to give her the anointing of the sick. The two prayed together and on that occasion the religious woman recovered.

                                                                Fr Stroscio got to know the Venerable Francesco Convertini (1898-1976) especially during the last years in which they lived in the same religious community. He was his provincial superior and director of the community in which Father Convertini died on 11 February 1976.

                                                                The words with which Fr Stroscio concluded the announcement of the death of Fr Convertini: "All his life was a magnificent testimony of the most fruitful technique of priestly ministry and missionary work. We can summarize it in the simple expression: 'To win souls for Christ there is no medium more powerful than goodness and love!' " Words that are also confirmed by the long and laborious missionary life of Fr Stroscio.

                                                                Sources: Matters India, Corriere della Sera

                                                                • India
                                                                • INC
                                                                • Decessi
                                                                • Missioni
                                                                • Madre Teresa
                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                  Mexico – 75-year success at "Revolución", thanks to charism of Don Bosco

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                                                                  (ANS - Guadalajara) - The Salesian center of "Revolución" in Guadalajara has recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. The celebrations began last May 24, on the occasion of the feast of Mary Help of Christians, with the Eucharist presided by the Provincial of Mexico-Guadalajara, Fr Hugo Orozco Sánchez, in the presence of the center's Director, Fr Óscar Miguel Martínez, of the Rector of the church, Fr Arnulfo Fajardo, of many Salesians, members of the Salesian Family, pupils and past pupils together with their families, parishioners and many sympathizers of the Salesian house.

                                                                  The Salesian center on "Avenida Revolución" began when the local archbishop, Msgr. José Garibi Rivera, in 1935 entrusted the care of the chapel dedicated to Mary Help of Christians to the Salesians. Soon the chapel, in addition to offering Eucharistic celebrations, became a festive oratory. Beginning in 1947, through the work of Fr Ignacio Sandoval, the "Mexico School" was born, which took care of children and young people most in need. Later, in 1963, the school was incorporated into the Secretariat of Public Education and opened its doors to become the "Anahuac Revolución" Salesian School, exclusively for males;  next to the church of Mary Help of Christians was the girls' school; and all this complex, for decades, has formed a single Salesian presence.

                                                                  During the homily of the Mass, Fr Orozco recalled "Mary Help of Christians as a maternal example, companion and mediator, as a loving figure who discovers that she is loved by God." After the celebration, the “75 años de luz” festival was held in the school premises, a circus arts show that ended with fireworks and that represented an allegory of day and night, of lights and of shadows, in homage to those who through this time and in that place have been light for hundreds of children and young people.

                                                                  Fr Martínez, for his part, said on the sidelines of the celebrations: "The success of these 75 years has been the charism of Don Bosco, the way of treating children. We have been a home where they have always been able to feel loved and welcomed: we have become a family, a courtyard where we can meet and make friends, a school where we can find God and discover sacramental life."

                                                                  The Salesian center in "avenida Revolución" in Guadalajara is currently composed of the church dedicated to Mary Help of Christians and the Salesian school "Anahuac Revolución", which is one of the three Salesian schools in this city, served by a single community of Salesians. 

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                                                                  • Messico
                                                                  • MEG
                                                                  • Anniversari
                                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                    RMG – Appointed new Provincial of Colombia-Bogota Province

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                                                                    RMG – Appointed new Provincial of Colombia-Bogota Province

                                                                    (ANS - Rome) - During the summer plenary session of the General Council, with the consensus of the other Council members, Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime appointed as new Superior of the "St Peter Claver" Province of Colombia-Bogotà (COB) Father John Jairo Gómez Rúa, former Provincial of the "St Luigi Bertrando" Province of Colombia-Medellín (COM) between 2012 and 2018.

                                                                    Fr Gómez Rúa was born on 27 December 1963 in Medellín. After attending the Salesian novitiate in Rionegro, between 1983 and 1984, he made his first vows on 31 January 1984 and perpetual vows on 9 January 1990 at La Ceja.

                                                                    Ordained a priest in the city of Medellín on 17 October 1992, he was Vicar at the Tuluá center (1993-95), Vicar and then Director of Rionegro (1995-97; 97-98), and Director and Master of Novices at La Ceja from 1999 to 2006.

                                                                    For the COM Province he was Provincial Vicar (2006-2010) and Delegate for Formation and for the Salesian Family (2007-2011), before taking on the role of Provincial in 2012.

                                                                    He is currently Director of the interprovincial Post-novitiate "Filippo Rinaldi" of Copacabana.

                                                                    Fr Gómez Rúa takes on the role as COB Provincial for the six-year period of 2019-2025 this next July 28 during the Eucharist which will be chaired by the Regional Councilor for Inter-America, Fr Timothy Ploch, at the National Shrine of Our Lady del Monte Carmelo - Leone XIII Institute in Bogotà.

                                                                    • RMG
                                                                    • Nomine
                                                                    • Ispettori
                                                                    • COB
                                                                    • COM
                                                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                      Philippines – “DREAM BIG”: SALVO outreach experience in Mindanao

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                                                                      Philippines – “DREAM BIG”: SALVO outreach experience in Mindanao

                                                                      (ANS – Davao) – 35 members of the SALVO (Salesian Lay Volunteers) movement of Philippines Southern (FIS) Province took a further step in fostering an outreaching missionary spirit with their 4 immersion days in Davao City - Buda, Mindanao island, on the last days of May.

                                                                      The Buda presence (part of the Davao-Dacudao community) begun by an Italian missionary Fr Franco Uras, SDB, is located in the ancestral lands of the Lumads (the ethnic minorities of Mindanao) with a humble vocational training center and social work in the local society. At present there are 2 Salesian priests, 10 lay mission partners and 15 trainees - students.

                                                                      SALVO animators share their satisfaction: “It was one way for the youth who are from other FIS Salesian settings and other young professionals to know that we have other SDB houses that need their help. During our group and individual sharing, there were those who thought about going for long-term volunteering and also asking when the scheduled immersion experience in Don Bosco Formation Center (Cebu) will take place. In this way they can discern the possibility of knowing if they are being called to Salesian consecrated life. We could sense that it gives new life to the two Salesians in Buda, because there were volunteers wanting to help and assist them. The experience validates the relevance of our Buda mission. How we would like to expose our young Salesians to living there for one or two months during summer!”

                                                                      Also the younger member of Buda presence, Fr Ariel Arias shares his immediate enthusiastic feedback:

                                                                      “I was happy while listening to the sharing of SALVO volunteers insights after their experience: One shared that it was the first ever trip with deep purpose and meaning; another said that she would bring along her children next time. Still another one said that she would make this kind of activities a yearly event for her and her friends in their company.

                                                                      I was so happy because the eyes of the volunteers and their hearts were opened to the plight and needs of the indigenous youth and children of Buda, a humble place in the heartland of Mindanao, through the presentation of the Don Bosco Agri-preneur Project in Buda.

                                                                      I am so happy because the volunteers expressed willingness to help and become part of the Buda project in their own way: help offered in the legal aspect of the project, willingness to help in the marketing of "Padre Ninno's products".

                                                                      I am so happy because I was able to talk and propose to two volunteers their 'Come and See' in Cebu, for a life committed to the Lord in the Salesian Vocation. One considered it seriously. Indeed, that experience was to me a venue to see the volunteers' heart and possibility for vocation to Salesian life.

                                                                      I am so happy because now many volunteers came to know more about Don Bosco Buda's long term vision, mission, and directions for the indigenous youth. We hope that they in turn will help us more concretely in the realization of our mission - the saving souls through capacity building, agri-preneurial enterprises, and socio-economic upliftment of the indigenous people/youth of Mindanao as a whole.”

                                                                      Source: AustraLasia

                                                                      • Filippine
                                                                      • FIS
                                                                      • Missioni
                                                                      • Volontariato
                                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                        Italy – Bridge between Sicily and Senegal: with "Missionary childhood", built by children

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                                                                        (ANS - Gela) - A group of forty children between 4 and 7 years of age, together with their catechists and animators and a young Salesian, have worked to fulfill a dream: to build a bridge between Sicily and Senegal. Thus, from the need to explain to children the value of acceptance and support, the "Missionary Childhood" project was born.

                                                                        Thanks to the collaboration with the association "Don Bosco 2000" which also operates in Senegal, Fr Alfredo Calderoni, a young Salesian active in the Oratory of Gela, gave rise to a program involving animators and catechists, children and their families from February to May.

                                                                        "Every month," he explains, "we chose a theme, starting from charity, and then we concretely made small objects by recycling material brought from home. The meetings always started with a little formation, then we moved on to the activity. Every month we collected money from their savings and sent it to Senegal to buy school kits."

                                                                        The project ended May 24, the solemnity of Mary Help of Christians, with a show and the feast of peoples. "We involved the adults, starting with the little ones: showing them that the savings collected here actually made something in Senegal made it easier to have their trust," says Fr Calderoni.

                                                                        From this project the "mini grest" was also born, a mini-summer camp dedicated to children and above all, the "bridge" built at the oratory brought fruits, which in turn became contagious. "A school near us," the Salesian continues, "once we saw the photos, videos and drawings they sent us from Senegal to thank us, wanted to raise funds during the year-end show and send the money to Senegal through 'Don Bosco 2000'."

                                                                        "We have laid the foundations to build a bridge and to start a project that will surely continue," concludes Fr Calderoni.

                                                                        • Italia
                                                                        • ISI
                                                                        • Senegal
                                                                        • Migranti
                                                                        • AFO
                                                                          Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                          RMG – New edition of formation course for Provincials has begun

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                                                                          RMG – New edition of formation course for Provincials has begun

                                                                          (ANS - Rome) - The 11 Provincials of the world's Salesian Provinces or Vice Provinces come from Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa, and starting yesterday afternoon, Sunday 9 June, they have begun the formation course dedicated to them. Accompanying the Provincials on this intense journey will be the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, and the other members of the General Council.

                                                                          Participants in the course are:

                                                                          • Fr Angelo Santorsola, Provincial of Southern Italy (IME);
                                                                          • Fr José Aníbal Mendonça, Provincial of Portugal (POR);
                                                                          • Fr Joseph NG Chi-Yuen, Provincial of the Chinese Province, based in Hong Kong (CIN);
                                                                          • Fr Jacob Hideaki Hamaguchi, Provincial of Japan (GIA);
                                                                          • Fr Andrew Wong, Provincial of the Indonesia Vice Province (INA);
                                                                          • Fr Jose Kuruvachira, Provincial of India-Dimapur (IND);
                                                                          • Fr Mario Villalba, Provincial of Paraguay (PAR);
                                                                          • Fr Pierre Célestin Ngoboka, Provincial of the Africa Great Lakes Vice Province (AGL);
                                                                          • Fr Stefano Aspettati, Provincial of the Central Italy Circumscription (ICC);
                                                                          • Fr Ignacio Ocampo Uribe, Provincial of Mexico-México (MEM);
                                                                          • Fr Timothy (Won Chol) Choi, Provincial of South Korea (KOR).

                                                                          For two weeks, until Saturday 22 June, the 11 Provincials already in office in their respective circumscriptions (some already for over a year, others for just a few months) will have the opportunity to receive ideas and indications from the General Council, and to gain a broader vision of the needs, challenges and processes underway in the Congregation – elements, these, that are decisive for harmonizing the local paths with the general one of the Salesian Society and of the Universal Church.

                                                                          In consideration of their role of animation and of government, the Provincials will also receive various inputs on the legal aspects of the administration; without forgetting, of course, opportunities for mutual sharing and of Salesian fraternity.

                                                                          It should be pointed out that the course that has just begun is the last training course for new Provincials before the 28th General Chapter (GC28); the next one, in fact, will take place in June 2020 and will be led by the General Council renewed by the GC28.

                                                                          • RMG
                                                                          • Corso Ispettori
                                                                          • Consiglio Generale
                                                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                            Mexico – "Working as network to better serve recipients of Salesian mission". Formation for PDO and CFP staff

                                                                            1 week ago

                                                                            (ANS - Amatitán) - From Monday 3 to Friday 7 June there was the Third Formation Workshop for Planning and Development Offices and Salesian Vocational Training Centers (CFP), a continental event that aims to guide the strengthening of the capacities of these bodies in the service of the Salesian mission.

                                                                            The meeting was promoted with the objective of sharing experiences, understanding common challenges and fostering networking. The previous workshops took place in September 2018 in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and in February 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

                                                                            The meeting was attended by the leaders of various PDOs and CFPs from various countries of the Salesian regions of Interamerica and America South Cone. Specifically, this workshop focused on the "Logical Framework" for international call for tenders, and on chain of impacts within the formation project. PDO representatives directed their efforts to learn how to develop, monitor and evaluate projects; while the people in charge of the Centers (PCP) were engaged in learning skills training via understanding the Salesian ecosystem, the different models of accompaniment and their practical application.

                                                                            The first day of work began with the Eucharist presided by the Superior of the Province of Mexico, Guadalajara (MEG), Fr Hugo Orozco Sánchez, who in his homily stressed the importance of “working as a network to better serve the recipients of the Salesian mission."

                                                                            Later the engineer Humberto Camacho, Coordinator of OFPROBOL, the PDO of Salesian Bolivia, said, "We are building together a path", referring to the work that has already been developed, gradually and in a projectual way, and they want continued.

                                                                            The Design and Development Offices are research, analysis and planning centers at the service of Salesian works and, more specifically, for poor and needy young people. The Vocational Training Centers are institutions in which formal technical qualification studies and work qualification programs are promoted mainly aimed at young people.

                                                                            The event brought together 80 people from 17 Latin American countries and 23 Provinces (18 of the Salesians and 5 of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians). In addition, five Salesian NGOs participated in various projects in Latin America: "Don Bosco Mondo" from Germany, "Jóvenes y Desarrollo" from Spain, "Salesian Missions" from the United States, "Jugend Ein Welt" from Austria and "VIS - International Voluntary Service for Development" from Italy.

                                                                            The workshop has fundamentally served to deepen the "Logical Framework" as a fundamental tool for participating in major international projects, as well as the chain of impacts and the monitoring and evaluation procedures.

                                                                            • Messico
                                                                            • PDO
                                                                            • Formazione Professionale
                                                                            • MEG
                                                                            • Interamerica
                                                                            • America Cono Sud
                                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                              RMG – “Don’t Suffocate Our Future!”

                                                                              1 week 3 days ago
                                                                              RMG – “Don’t Suffocate Our Future!”

                                                                              (ANS – Rome) – ‘Beat Air Pollution’ was the theme for World Environment Day 2019, a global event celebrated annually on 5 June.  In the context of this theme on air pollution, Don Bosco Green Alliance (DBGA), together with the Don Bosco Network (DBN), held a month-long campaign entitled “Don’t Suffocate Our Future!”. 

                                                                              According to research studies, effects of air pollution are more serious in children than in adults. Since children are still growing, air pollution harms them during the developmental stage of their life, causing lifelong health problems. Interestingly, research also indicates that children exposed to polluted air at a young age are in danger of developing clinical depression as they grow older.  Negative mental health can have adverse influence on many aspects of life, including daily activities, social interactions and educational achievements.

                                                                              In the face of these serious threats caused by air pollution, young people from across the Salesian world raised their voices to demand: “Don’t Suffocate Our Future!” The month-long campaign from 1 May to 5 June used various social media platforms to make this demand of young people heard, both by civil society and especially by decision-makers. 

                                                                              World Environment Day itself was marked by several events organized by various Salesian institutions in different parts of the world.  In Spain, Plataformas Sociales Salesianas, together other Salesian associations such as the Confederation of Don Bosco Youth Centres and the National Salesian Youth Pastoral Centre, launched the challenge #PonteEnVerde (#GoGreen). 

                                                                              In Panama, the Eco Club of Instituto Tecnico Don Bosco, Panama City, celebrated the day by conducting a cleanliness drive in four different areas of the city. In the Dominican Republic, ‘Green minds PEDB’, the Ecological Group of the Don Bosco Educational Plaza participated in the programme "Youth that advances and changes, a country that progresses". They generated awareness on the necessity of protecting the environment with the help of banners, singing and dancing at different strategic locations in the city.

                                                                              The Don Bosco Oratory at Santiago del Estero, Argentina, visited the Maco forest and planned for the replanting of the different species that inhabit the native forests. They also identified the various flora and fauna that help measure the health and vitality of the forest. The students of the Salesian School Don Bosco, at Villarrica, Paraguay, created various videos highlighting the ills of air pollution, and posted them across various social media platforms. Also, in Paraguay, the Salesian Agricultural Institute at Caaguazu has planned the ‘Youth march for Clean Air” on 8 June.

                                                                              In India, youth volunteers from the Salesian environmental organization GreenLine, Mumbai, visited different important parts of the city, creating awareness on air pollution and encouraging citizens to make a pledge to combat this problem. The youth group from Don Bosco Parish, Baroda, planted saplings in the parish compound to celebrate World Environment Day. Similarly, the boys from Snehalaya, a home for street boys in Baroda, planted saplings in their compound.  Over 150 children from Chithra Don Bosco in Bangalore were given saplings to be planted in their own homes. These children also took a pledge to nurture these plants.

                                                                              “There has been active participation by Salesian institutions in several countries in this year’s World Environment Day celebrations,” said Fr. Savio Silveira, the Convener of DBGA.  “It is very encouraging to see the strong support Salesians are giving young people in responding to environmental challenges,” he added. 

                                                                              {gallery}WED 2019{/gallery}

                                                                              • RMG
                                                                              • Creato
                                                                              • Ambiente
                                                                              • Don Bosco Green Alliance
                                                                              • Don Bosco Network
                                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                                Hungary – Farewell to Fr Havasi, Hungarian Salesian

                                                                                1 week 3 days ago
                                                                                Hungary – Farewell to Fr Havasi, Hungarian Salesian

                                                                                (ANS - Budapest) - The Hungarian Salesian Province announces with profound emotion that Fr József Havasi, former Provincial, passed away on the afternoon of 5 June 2019, at 90 years of age, 72 as a Salesian, 59 as a priest. "We give thanks to God for having known him," his confreres from Budapest communicate.

                                                                                Fr Havasi was born on 14 March 1929 on the outskirts of Budapest in a family with 6 children. From an early age he wanted to become a priest and sought his vocation among religious orders. As a Scout he was able to meet the Salesians and was admitted to the Salesian Institute of the Clarisseum, where the future blessed Stephen Sandor also lived.

                                                                                Here he attended the aspirantate in 1943 and then was sent to Nyergesújfalu to finish the Salesian Lyceum. In 1946 he began his novitiate in Mezőnyárád, and made his first vows on August 16, 1947. Those perpetual he pronounced on December 8, 1951 in the Clarisseum - clandestinely, because of the communist dictatorship, in front of 4 people, including Stephen Sandor.

                                                                                After the suppression of the religious orders by the regime, in 1950 he was received at the diocesan seminary of Vac - hidden in the bishop's palace; but in 1952 he had to leave the city and go to work. At this time, however, he attended the State University, earning a degree in Literature. During the 1956 Revolution he managed to escape to Italy, completed his theological studies and was ordained a priest on 11 February 1960 in Turin.

                                                                                Having no hope of returning to Hungary, he wanted to go to the Philippines as a missionary. But the Provincials sent him as close as possible to his homeland: in Vienna, Austria, where he worked for 30 years in an institute and home for young people.


                                                                                In the Seventies he managed to get in touch with the Hungarian Salesians, who later managed to visit him in Vienna; later, having become an Austrian citizen, he was also able to return visits to Hungary, and he helped them by bringing religious books, Salesian materials, magazines, and related material.

                                                                                In 1990, after the fall of the regime, Rector Major Fr Egidio Viganò appointed him Hungarian Provincial. He took the leadership of the Province on 31 January 1991 and – a rarity - was renewed for two terms: thus, he was the Provincial for 18 consecutive years, until 8 November 2008. He succeeded in reconnecting his confreres, rebuilding the buildings and reorganizing everything, ensuring prosperity for the Hungarian Province once again.

                                                                                In 2013 he received the Knightly Cross of the Order of Merit for having been able to rebuild the Hungarian Province.

                                                                                "He always said he was happy and was an active member of the Budapest-Újpest community to the end," his confreres say of him. 

                                                                                {gallery}UNG - Morte don Havasi{/gallery}

                                                                                • Ungheria
                                                                                • UNG
                                                                                • Decessi
                                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano
                                                                                  ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana