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RMG – Fr Roshan Miranda appointed as 4th Provincial of LKC Province

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RMG – Fr Roshan Miranda appointed as 4th Provincial of LKC Province

(ANS – Rome) – On 11 June 2021 Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, the Rector Major, with the consent of his Council, nominated Fr Angelo Sylvester Miranda, SDB (known as Roshan), as the 4th Superior of the Salesian Vice Province of “St Joseph”, Sri Lanka (LKC), for 2021-2027. The Vice Province has 102 confreres including missionaries.

Fr Roshan was born on December 27, 1979 in Negombo; completed his High School at St Mary’s College, Negombo, and Higher Secondary at Don Bosco Seminary, Dankotuwa. Recalling his early experience of Salesian life, Fr Roshan declares with joy: “I am happy to say that I was an Oratorian from the Salesian house in Negombo (Mother House). I spent a lot of my childhood time in the Salesian Oratory. The Salesians there nurtured my Religious and Salesian vocation.”

In 1996 he joined the Don Bosco Aspirantate at Dankotuwa and completed his pre-novitiate there. In 1998 he started his novitiate formation at Don Bosco Kotadeniyawa and made his first profession on 15 August 1999. He did his Practical Training at Bosco Sevana-Uswetakeiyawa, Don Bosco Aspirantate – Dankotuwa, and Don Bosco Boys’ Home – Kandy. He made his final profession on 1 May 2006 at the Mary Help of Christians Shrine in the Philippines. He was ordained on 4 September 2008 at Dungalpitiya, Sri Lanka.

After his ordination, he worked as Administrator at the Technical Center Negombo and the Don Bosco Boys’ Home, Murunkan. He was Assistant Parish Priest of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Palliyawatta, in 2010-2011. He was Dean at Don Bosco – Ahungalla, Technical Center – Pallawarayankattu, and English Academy – Killinochchi. In 2012-2014, and in 2018-2019, he served as Socius of the novitiate at Kotadeniyawa. He served as Rector at Bosco Sevana – Uswetakeiyawa (2014-2015) before going to Italy for studies. From 2019 he served as Vicar of the Superior for the Vice Province and as Delegate for Youth Ministry in the Vice Province since 2020.

Fr Roshan has also a Master’s degree in Salesian Spirituality from the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) in Rome (2016-2018) and has undergone training for Rectors and Formators at Don Bosco Renewal Centre, Bangalore (India), and a Formators' Course at UPS, Rome. He speaks both Sinhala and Tamil, the island's two main languages, and English and Italian.

Fr Roshan takes up the baton of leadership from Fr Joseph Almeida, SDB who ably served the Vice Province in the last six years; he is going to begin the leadership of a very young and dynamic group of confreres whose median age is 34.5.

  • LKC SRI LANKA
  • Nomine
  • Ispettori
  • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
    Gian Francesco Romano

    RMG – Fr Líder Justiniano Flores appointed Provincial of Bolivia

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    RMG – Fr Líder Justiniano Flores appointed Provincial of Bolivia

    (ANS - Rome) - Yesterday, 10 June, on the eve of the Feast Day of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, with the consensus of the General Council, appointed Fr Líder Justiniano Flores as the 15th Provincial of Our Lady of Copacabana Province of Bolivia (BOL) for 2021-2027.

    Born in Buen Retiro, Ichilo, Santa Cruz (Bolivia) on 15 April 1982, he speaks Spanish and Italian. He made his first profession in 2004 in Cochabamba and his perpetual profession in Rome on 29 October 2010.

    Since 2013 he has held numerous positions in the Cochabamba community. From 2013 to 2016 he was Councilor in the former post-novitiate of Fatima. In December 2016 he was Director of the "Colegio Don Bosco" of Quintanilla; position held until February 2019, the date on which he began his new position as Director of the community of Montero - Muyurina, in Santa Cruz.

    On 4 December 2020, again in the Province of Bolivia, he was appointed Provincial Councilor and, on 1 February 2021, Provincial Delegate for the Salesian Family.

    • Bolivia
    • BOL BOLIVIA
    • Ispettori
    • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
    • Nomine
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Italy – 1961 - June 11 - 2021: 60 years ago the first stone of Don Bosco Temple

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      Italy – 1961 - June 11 - 2021: 60 years ago the first stone of Don Bosco Temple

      (ANS - Castelnuovo Don Bosco) - Exactly 60 years ago, on 11 June 1961, the ceremony of laying the foundation stone of the "Don Bosco" Temple in Castelnuovo Don Bosco took place on the very site where the "Saint of Youth" was born. The stone was blessed and set by the then archbishop of Turin, Cardinal Maurilio Fossati. It was the beginning of the works that led, after a few years, to what one can see is now a vast and imposing basilica soaring on the "Colle Don Bosco".

      The Basilica, which became such on April 12, 2010, by the will of Pope Benedict XVI, is made up of two superimposed churches and was designed by Eng. Enea Rocca and built by the construction company of Giuseppe Stura and Sons. It was built on the site of the “Biglione farmhouse” of which Don Bosco's father, Francesco, was a sharecropper. The Bosco family lived in the farmhouse and Giovanni Bosco was born there on August 16, 1815.

      On the afternoon of that 11 June, the Chronicle of the House reports the presence of numerous religious and Salesian personalities: in addition to Card. Fossati, there was also the bishop of Asti and other bishops; the Rector Major of the time, Fr Renato Ziggiotti, accompanied by his Vicar, the General Economer, and several other General Councilors, including the future Rector Major Fr Luigi Ricceri; the Mother General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Mother Angela Vespa, together with her Vicar, and the General Economer; civil authorities such as the Vice-prefect and the Commissioner of Asti, the mayor of the municipality of Castelnuovo, Giuseppe Musso.

      The stone did not come from the quarries, but from the Turin basilica of Maria Ausiliatrice, where it served as a base for the painting of the Madonna.

      "The speech was given, with new eloquence and unusual warmth, by Fr Guido Favini, Secretary General of the Salesian Cooperators, who was able to highlight the truest meaning of the ceremony, as it was intended to be a tribute to the whole Salesian Family in the ever more felt presence of Don Bosco in the contemporary world,” the chronicle continues with precision.

      Then Fr Ziggiotti read the telegram from the Secretariat of State of His Holiness, and read the petition which was walled up in the First Stone together with the parchment. Addressing Don Bosco himself, the plea affirmed:

      "We swear fidelity to the program you left us: prayer and work for the apostolate of souls; religion, reason and loving kindness, in our educational system and in all social relationships; fervent love for Jesus, for Mary Most Holy, for the Pope, for the Hierarchy, for the Holy Church. And help us from Heaven to live holy in the practice of the Constitutions and Regulations; to remain faithful to our vocation until death, to expand the kingdom of Jesus Christ in the world ..."

      While the parchment, in addition to citing the names of the authorities present, also cited the purpose of this sanctuary dedicated to Don Bosco: "so that prayer may be raised confidently to implore for protection on the lands so dear to his childhood."

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      • Italia
      • Luoghi Salesiani
      • Anniversari
      • ICP ITALIA CIRCOSCRIZIONE SPECIALE PIEMONTE E VALLE D'AOSTA
        Gian Francesco Romano

        RMG – Permanent accompaniment

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        RMG – Permanent accompaniment

        (ANS - Rome) - The tenth video seed completes the series of aids offered in recent months to encourage the reading and sharing of "Young Salesians and Accompaniment – Orientations and Guidelines" (GSA). In this last message, Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime and the General Councilor for Formation Fr Ivo Coelho, together with Christopher, Wellington, Carl, Ignazio, young post-novice confreres, trainees and theology students who, together with many other companions, have made the production of this and previous video messages possible.

        The last focus is “permanent accompaniment”. As the document says, "Personal spiritual accompaniment is not meant only for handling crises; its aim is continued growth in Christ. Just as formation is lifelong, so also personal spiritual accompaniment is lifelong." (GSA 174). What is proposed here is perfectly in line with what the Church is following today and which Pope Francis in his magisterium has repeatedly reiterated: "Let us bring others to Jesus, but let us also allow ourselves to be led by Him. This is what we should be: guides who themselves are guided." (2/2/2015).

        If there is a witness who speaks unequivocally with his life on this issue, it is Don Bosco. " Don Bosco was guided for almost 30 years by Cafasso, and before that by a series of directors beginning with the good Calosso." (GSA 173).

        The words with which Fr Angel ends the video message are like a mandate that fulfills and opens the way at the same time. It's more of a beginning than an end, not just for this 10th seed video, but for the whole journey so far. After all, this journey had no other purpose than to open a path and encourage everyone to follow it, so as to permanently become good guides for young people, capable of letting themselves be guided by the voice of the Spirit through the many mediations with which He accompanies us every day.

        "Accompaniment is formation in mission. Living accompaniment well allows us, in turn, to become valid traveling companions of young people, just as Don Bosco was for Magone, for Savio. Following him Albera, Rua, Cagliero, Rinaldi have been able to guide generations of young people and Salesians all the way to us. It is a seed that identifies with Don Bosco's charism and mission.”

        “And it is what the young people have expressly asked of us during the 28th General Chapter. Let us not disappoint them. In order to respond to them, we must first of all be guided guides, in all the seasons of our lives, starting with this one we are living, beginning with today.” (Fr Angel).

        The most heartfelt thanks from the Formation Department goes to the province of Sicily, to the community of Alcamo, and in particular to one of their young trainee confreres, Moschetti Orazio, who with great dedication took care of all the shooting and editing of the videos. for the dissemination of both this document and of "Animating and Governing the Community - the Ministry of the Salesian Rector". Each video was produced in 5 different languages for a total of 70 productions and montages in 10 months. And all this without changing the already very demanding agenda of the commitments he has as a trainee in his community.

        It is nice to conclude with this sincere appreciation of what the young confreres can do, because in fact "Young Salesians and Accompaniment - Orientations and Guidelines" is mainly the result of what more than 3,500 young people in formation from the pre-novitiate to the five-year period have contributed in the 2017 study, from which this journey began. We hope that this active and generous cooperation will also characterize the process of revising the Ratio, which has just begun.

        You can access the video from the following hyperlink on the ANS Youtube channel.

        It can be downloaded together with the related animation materials, as well as access to the 9 previous seeds/videos and related aids, from the multimedia section of the formation page on the website: www.sdb.org.

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

          Mexico - Salesian School in America: XXIII meeting "CIMAC-NAC-Mesoamérica"

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          (ANS - Guadalajara) - The XXIII Meeting of the CIMAC-NAC-MESOAMERICA area took place online on 26 and 27 May. It involved the leaders of the Salesian schools in Central America, Mexico, the Antilles, and North America.

          The meeting was attended by 29 participants, all responsible for the schools run by the Salesians, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, and the Daughters of the Divine Savior. 14 Provinces from 13 different countries were represented in the large group of participants.

          The meeting's opening message was presented by Fr Filiberto González Plasencia, Provincial of the Salesian Mexico-Guadalajara Province (MEG). He urged participants to always seek new ways to update Don Bosco's Preventive System and thus answer to the needs of today's young people. The meeting was also attended by the representatives of the Salesian School in America (ESA, in Spanish), respectively Sr. Ivone Goulart, collaborator of the Youth Ministry Sector of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, and Fr Claudio Cartes, of the Salesian Youth Ministry Department. Both presented the Identity Card of the Salesian Schools, prepared by the ESA Central Commission.

          An especially significant moment was the presentation of the work to update ESA's Strategic Planning for 2021-2023. The presentation was entrusted to Sister Patricia Parraguez, FMA, of the ESA Central Commission.

          The first formative moment was carried out by Fr Felipe De Jesús Carranza Orozco, Vicar of the MEG Provincial, who presented the figure of Fr Paolo Albera, the Successor of Don Bosco, in the context of the centenary of his death (1921-2021). He spoke of the decisive role of Fr Albera in consolidating the Salesian work and the Salesian charism in a delicate historical moment, encompassed by the First World War.

          The global educational pact and the Salesian school were, instead, the themes of the second formative moment, developed by Fr Eduardo Lara, Rector of the Salesian Higher Institute of Tlaquepaque, State of Jalisco. Finally, Sr. Sarah García, collaborator of the FMA Youth Ministry and reference person of the Office of Human Rights (IIMA) in Geneva, presented the project entitled: "Network of young defenders of the human rights of young people", an initiative aimed at creating a network of young people in defense of human rights.

          The meeting ended with a concluding prayer and with the decision to continue the CIMAC-NAC-MESOAMÉRICA's work in February 2022. Finally, the immense work carried out by the meeting's leaders and the representatives of the region was honored: Sr. Flora Fanfan, FMA, and Fr Carlos Alberto Montoya Manzo, SDB.

          • Messico
          • MEG MESSICO GUADALAJARA
          • Scuole
          • Figlie del Divin Salvatore
          • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
          • Filiberto González
            Gian Francesco Romano

            RMG – 150th Issue of Cagliero 11!

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            RMG – 150th Issue of Cagliero 11!

            (ANS – Rome) – During the first World Consultative Assembly of the Missions Sector in September 2008, a strong need was felt for greater visibility of missionary animation in the Salesian Congregation. After long discussions on ways to promote missionary animation at the Congregational level Fr Václav Klement, then Councillor for the Missions, proposed a simple monthly bulletin. Hence, “Cagliero11” was born in January 2009. “Cagliero” refers to Fr. John Cagliero, the leader of the first missionary expedition; the number “11” recalls the send-off of the first Salesian missionary expedition on 11 November 1875. This monthly invitation to all Salesian communities around the world had three main objectives: to contribute to the visibility of the missions; to make people pray for the missions; and to foster new missionary vocations.

            The first issues were precisely to see how the confreres would react to this new publication, simultaneously in 5 languages. Its simple 2-page A4 format makes it very easy to read and print for the notice board of a community, school or parish. Initially, reflections about Don Bosco and other Salesian missionaries were published. But not long after, missionaries were invited to share their experiences. This turned out to be the most attractive and most-read part of Cagliero11. Many of these stories have been reprinted in countless editions of the Salesian Bulletin.

            How many Salesians, members of the Salesian Family and lay people have discovered their missionary vocation after reading the sharing of a missionary in Cagliero11! A copy is often found on the community noticeboard in many Provinces. It is now translated into twenty languages every month, in a new format and is accompanied by a 1-minute video clip mainly for young people: CaglieroLIFE.

            However, Cagliero 11 is just a part of other initiatives to promote missionary animation. It is connected to the monthly Missionary Intention and prayer every 11th of the month, the annual celebration of the Salesian Mission Day, the formation of the missionary youth group in every local setting and the Salesian Missionary Volunteering as a missionary expression of our young adults ministry at the Province level.

            Missionary animation aims, above all, at keeping alive in every Salesian the passion and joy of making Jesus known. It is under the care of the Province Delegate for Missionary Animation (PDMA) who works in close collaboration with the Province Delegates for Youth Ministry, for Social Communications and for Formation. Missionary enthusiasm attracts young people to Salesian life. Hence, an effective missionary animation is intimately linked to vocation promotion.

            Looking back at the past 150 issues, we can only thank the Lord for this simple yet wonderful inspiration of Cagliero 11. We are similarly challenged to keep alive Don Bosco’s missionary spirit alive with enthusiasm, creativity, and in a spirit of communion and collaboration with all other sectors of the Province.

            To celebrate this anniversary, a short video has been produced and can be found on the YouTube channel Settore per le Missioni Salesiane

            Fr Alfred Maravilla,

            General Councillor for the Missions

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            • Missioni
            • Alfred Maravilla
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Togo – To form young people so they obtain decent jobs

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              Togo – To form young people so they obtain decent jobs

              (ANS - Kara) - The Spanish Salesian NGO "Bosco Global", with the support of the Municipality of Malaga, has started a project in Kara that provides assistance and formation for the future of 183 young people at risk of social exclusion.

              The work of Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in Togo dates back almost half a century ago. Since then, the religious of the Salesian Family have been committed to training thousands of children and young people, most of whom are at risk of marginalization, to offer them and their families a better future.

              A clear example of all this is the project that "Bosco Global", with the support of the Municipality of Malaga, started at the beginning of the year in Kara at the FMA's "Foyer Jean XXIII" Education and Formation Center.

              This project aims to offer opportunities to young people through training and accompaniment towards decent work. In practice, it tries to train young people, most of whom have dropped out of school, through courses and workshops in Cooking-Pastry Making, and Cutting and Sewing.

              Once the courses have been completed, the boys and girls who benefit from them, of various religions, ethnicities and nationalities, receive a diploma recognized by the State which will facilitate their entry into the job market.

              Furthermore, this action aims to make the training of the Center known and positively appreciated by local youth. The project seeks to adapt its courses to the needs of students and the world of work, while improving the equipment of the tailoring, cooking and hairdressing workshops and, at the same time, creating a team that favors the employment of the center's students in companies through internships and apprenticeships.

              In Kara, a large number of young people do not have access to school and youth unemployment is very high. Most young people have unskilled jobs and very precarious working conditions, which further weakens this segment of society and makes it even more vulnerable.

              The socio-cultural situation, combined with the economic difficulties of many families in guaranteeing basic studies for their children, make it difficult for them to continue their studies, especially for girls. For this reason, the initiative carried out by the Salesian NGO is an unprecedented opportunity for many boys and girls to have accredited vocational training that allows them to integrate into the professional world in dignified conditions.

              • AFO AFRICA OCCIDENTALE FRANCOFONA
              • Togo
              • Bosco Global
              • ONG
              • Sviluppo Sociale
              • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Philippines – "Don Bosco" work in Legazpi becomes development model for rural environments' youth

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                (ANS - Legazpi) - In the Philippines, the average age of farmers is 57. Young people with a solid agricultural background can thus truly make a difference. Also, both North and South Philippine Salesian Provinces (FIS and FIN) made a preferential option in 2001 to accompany young people from rural areas. And the "Don Bosco" work in Legazpi, in the Bicol region, one of the poorest in the Philippines, has become a natural location for this project. This is how the “Bosconian Young Farmers Club” (BYFC), an agricultural club of young past pupils of Don Bosco, came about in 2017.

                Since 2001, several hundred young people have received good technical and vocational training in the field of natural farming in the Salesian structure, so they have the ability to become key players in rural development. Today, as a result of that training, BYFC volunteers can offer: a Youth Cooperative that supports and accompanies agro-entrepreneurial initiatives and promotes family-based natural farming, the reduction of the Ecological Footprint of Salesian activities, and a Youth Farm Tourism, in collaboration with the “Colle Don Bosco” Youth Farm in Legazpi.

                After an initial start-up phase between 2017-2019, the pandemic period motivated the DBYC volunteers to take advantage of the situation to refine their training in agricultural mechanics and entrepreneurship, and they structured BYFC as an organization.

                Thus, last July, thanks to the intervention of sector professionals, the first 10 volunteers received an orientation on the possible role of BYFC for youth agriculture and on the club's regulations. That day was solemnized by the community Mass presided over by the then Director of the work, Fr Ronilo Javines, also Delegate for Marginalization in the Youth Ministry team.

                The club sees the Salesian past pupils as protagonists and animators of this agricultural entrepreneurship initiative, as particular as it is necessary for the economic and youth situation of the area.

                Furthermore, last February, a first meeting was held with a bank official to discuss the possibility of benefiting BYFC with incentives for promising start-ups and thus favoring their growth and development.

                BYFC currently has 10 members and 5 honorary members, all animated by Fr Javines.

                "This small but very significant seed could bear many fruits and inspire other Salesians and past pupils in many agricultural realities to follow this path!" commented those in charge of Salesian environmental initiatives in the East Asia-Oceania Region.

                Further information is available on the DBYC Facebook page.

                Source: AustraLasia

                • Filippine
                • FIN FILIPPINE NORD
                • Rurali
                • Sviluppo Sociale
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Haiti – Salesians and Church of Haiti in mourning: Msgr. Ducange Sylvain, SDB, Auxiliary Archbishop of Port-au-Prince, has passed away

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                  Haiti – Salesians and Church of Haiti in mourning: Msgr. Ducange Sylvain, SDB, Auxiliary Archbishop of Port-au-Prince, has passed away

                  (ANS - Port-au-Prince) - The Salesians of the Blessed Philip Rinaldi Vice Province of Haiti (HAI) have announced the death of Msgr. Ducange Sylvain, SDB, auxiliary archbishop of Port-au-Prince and titular bishop of Nove. Yesterday, June 8, he reached  the University Hospital of Mirebalais, following respiratory complications related to Covid-19.

                  The Salesian prelate was born on 5 April 1963 in Port-au-Prince, had attended the Salesian novitiate in Jarabacoa in the Dominican Republic between 1985 and 1986, had taken perpetual vows in 1992 in Brussels, Belgium, and was ordained a priest on 8 July 1995 in Port-au-Prince.

                  He served the Congregation as Director of the "Fondation Saint-Vincent" school in Cap-Haïtien (1989-1991) of the work of Carrefour-Thorland (1998-2004), and as Director and Economer in Pétion-Ville (2004-2010 ).

                  For the HAI Vice-Province he was Councilor (2000-2007), Delegate for Youth Ministry (2004-2006), for Formation (2006-2007), and Provincial Superior (2010-2016), finding himself having to animate his confreres, Salesian Family and the young people of the country in the difficult phase following the terrible earthquake of 12 January 2010.

                  Appointed bishop in June 2016 by Pope Francis, he received episcopal ordination on the following 27 August.

                  "We ask the faithful, men and women religious, members of the Salesian Family, collaborators and friends and all those who knew him to continue to pray for his soul's rest," said the Salesians of Haiti in a statement.  They concluded by stating: “In the certainty that not even death can separate Msgr. Ducange from the Love of Christ, mentioned in his episcopal motto - Caritas Christi Urget Nos (the Love of Christ drives us) - strengthened by the death and resurrection of Christ, let us enter into the hope that believes and that loves."

                  • Haiti
                  • HAI HAITI
                  • Vescovi
                  • Coronavirus
                  • Decessi
                  • Sylvain Ducange
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Morocco – Salesian Cardinal López Romero invites Christians to be "sacrament of encounter" with their Muslim neighbors

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                    (ANS - Rabat) - The archbishop of Rabat, Morocco, Salesian cardinal Cristóbal López Romero, has convened, 25 years after the previous one, a new diocesan synod, on the theme “Because of Jesus and the Gospel, which Church in Morocco”, designed to encourage the small Catholic community in Morocco to live more fully its mission of being “a Church of encounter and dialogue” in the 99% Sunni Muslim country.

                    The archbishop of Rabat has launched a diocesan synod to encourage the small Catholic community in Morocco to more fully live out its mission of “encounter and dialogue.”

                    "Ours is an unassuming Church (we are less than 0.1% of the population), but it seeks to be significant, a sign and sacrament of the Kingdom of God," said the cardinal in an interview granted to ACI Stampa.

                    His local Church is a truly Catholic Church ("That is to say universal. Christians are all foreigners from more than 100 countries"); truly ecumenical ("open and in relation with all the other Christian communities (Orthodox, Anglicans, Protestants"); truly Samaritan ("help those in need, those who are vulnerable"). But Cardinal López Romero believes that "although we already have made a part of the journey, we can do more.”

                    "For example, how to live Islamic-Christian dialogue after the Pope's visit, after Fratelli Tutti, after the Document of the Universal Fraternity signed by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam al Tayyeb?" he asked himself.

                    Thanks to the Pope's visit, which took place in March 2019, the Church in Morocco has received great visibility. In addition to the national and international consideration and the increased recognition of the Moroccan authorities and people, after that visit "priests from various dioceses, especially African ones, came and installed new religious congregations; we have increased pastoral and formative activities. The work of communication in its digital dimension has been consolidated. And all this during the 15-month pandemic.”

                    Now, this new synod intends to further relaunch the mission of the Church in Morocco, because "the whole local Church must ask itself how to concretely live its mission, both in the place where it is today and in the future."

                    "To live dialogue on a daily basis, the Christian must know and feel himself as the 'sacrament of encounter'," explained the cardinal of Spanish origin.

                    In this sense, he then clarified, there is a dimension of Islamic-Christian dialogue, in which "everyone can and must participate. It is practiced and lived in universities, schools, workplaces, on public transport and transport, in poor neighborhoods, in clubs, in cultural centers, always and in every way. This basic dimension of dialogue does not exclude or take away the importance of the others. For this reason we also value the dialogue of works (joint commitment in favor of the great causes of humanity), and the theological dialogue, which shares the life of faith, and the mystical dialogue of joint prayer."

                    "The model of dialogue that we propose and offer,” he finally concluded, “can only be God himself: although He is God, He enters into a dialogue of love with humanity. And the Church, in the words of Paul VI, 'becomes dialogue, becomes conversation'.”

                    • Marocco
                    • Cardinali
                    • Cristóbal López
                    • Dialogo
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Myanmar – Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians 4 years after their arrival

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                      Myanmar – Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians 4 years after their arrival

                      (ANS – Kalay) – The Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians (MSMHC) landed in the Chin Hills of Myanmar at the invitation of Bishop of Kalay, Felix Lian Khen Thang. The pioneer sisters were Sr. Julie Mate, Sr. Mary Niang and Sr. Simona Gualnam. They reached the promised land of Myanmar 4 years ago (July 2017) accompanied by Sr. Christine Mynsong (General Councillor).

                      “Our dream in Myanmar is to educate and witness the Gospel of Jesus Christ to everyone. Our charism is fully missionary-oriented with the focus on missio ad gentes. We strive to live the Salesian Spirit of Don Bosco which affects and permeates our whole life, both interior life, and our mission,” the sisters say.

                      At present 6 sisters are living in two communities in Myanmar. After 4 years in Myanmar, in the state of Chin, they have identified the strengths and challenges of the reality to which God has called them.

                      “What surprised us most is that people are genuine and authentic in practising their faith. Our Catholic believers are simple and friendly in their approach. The challenge that we face is a lack of financial support for their livelihood. Most of their family heads are addicted to alcohol and lack awareness of the importance of Education. Women and children are the victims of poverty and lack of education,” the sisters add.

                      The sisters carry out many and much-varied activities: “From St. Mary’s Convent we are visiting 100 families and praying for them. Some 150 children have access to our Ferrando Nursery school (dedicated to the Founder of MSMHC, the venerable mons. Stefano Ferrando, SDB) and their parents are interacting with us. So far through ‘Sujok treatment’ (a kind of acupressure) we are able to reach out to 1900 patients. We are also taking care of hostel girls' education, promoting their health and hygiene, assisting them in English conversation and moral education,” they add.

                      The second house in Myanmar is “Ferrando Convent” at Leitawhtan, Tedim. It was officially inaugurated two years ago, on 24 May, 2019. There are only 12 Catholic families, so the sisters visit both Catholic and non-Catholic families in the villages of this parish.

                      “As missionary sisters, we attend funeral services and pray for the sick, visit them in hospitals and at their homes. Our community is also engaged with teaching Catechism for Catholic children and assists the English conversation class for the neighbouring children. As Salesian Family members we also organize a Sunday Oratory for some 30 children. We nurture our dream about evangelizing and educating through formal or informal school, to care for women, girls, and children, according to their needs,” the sisters conclude.

                      The MSMHC is the 12th officially recognised group in the Salesian Family of Don Bosco. With 1,290 professed members in 205 houses and 87 novices (January 2021) they are the second-largest Congregation of religious women in the Salesian Family, right after the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA). MSMHC members are in 10 countries: India, Myanmar, Hawaii (USA), Italy, Germany, Eswatini, South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, and Ethiopia.

                      More information on their website: http://www.msmhc.org/ 

                      • Myanmar
                      • Suore Missionarie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                      • Famiglia Salesiana
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Haiti – Salesians and Church of Haiti in mourning: Msgr. Ducange Sylvain, SDB, Auxiliary Archbishop of Port-au-Prince, has passed away

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                        Haiti – Salesians and Church of Haiti in mourning: Msgr. Ducange Sylvain, SDB, Auxiliary Archbishop of Port-au-Prince, has passed away

                        (ANS - Port-au-Prince) - The Salesians of the Blessed Philip Rinaldi Vice Province of Haiti (HAI) have announced the death of Msgr. Ducange Sylvain, SDB, auxiliary archbishop of Port-au-Prince and titular bishop of Nove. Yesterday, June 8, he reached  the University Hospital of Mirebalais, following respiratory complications related to Covid-19.

                        The Salesian prelate was born on 5 April 1963 in Port-au-Prince, had attended the Salesian novitiate in Jarabacoa in the Dominican Republic between 1985 and 1986, had taken perpetual vows in 1992 in Brussels, Belgium, and was ordained a priest on 8 July 1995 in Port-au-Prince.

                        He served the Congregation as Director of the "Fondation Saint-Vincent" school in Cap-Haïtien (1989-1991) of the work of Carrefour-Thorland (1998-2004), and as Director and Economer in Pétion-Ville (2004-2010 ).

                        For the HAI Vice-Province he was Councilor (2000-2007), Delegate for Youth Ministry (2004-2006), for Formation (2006-2007), and Provincial Superior (2010-2016), finding himself having to animate his confreres, Salesian Family and the young people of the country in the difficult phase following the terrible earthquake of 12 January 2010.

                        Appointed bishop in June 2016 by Pope Francis, he received episcopal ordination on the following 27 August.

                        "We ask the faithful, men and women religious, members of the Salesian Family, collaborators and friends and all those who knew him to continue to pray for his soul's rest," said the Salesians of Haiti in a statement.  They concluded by stating: “In the certainty that not even death can separate Msgr. Ducange from the Love of Christ, mentioned in his episcopal motto - Caritas Christi Urget Nos (the Love of Christ drives us) - strengthened by the death and resurrection of Christ, let us enter into the hope that believes and that loves."

                        • Haiti
                        • HAI HAITI
                        • Decessi
                        • Coronavirus
                        • Vescovi
                        • Sylvain Ducange
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Morocco – Salesian Cardinal López Romero invites Christians to be "sacrament of encounter" with their Muslim neighbors

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                          (ANS - Rabat) - The archbishop of Rabat, Morocco, Salesian cardinal Cristóbal López Romero, has convened, 25 years after the previous one, a new diocesan synod, on the theme “Because of Jesus and the Gospel, which Church in Morocco”, designed to encourage the small Catholic community in Morocco to live more fully its mission of being “a Church of encounter and dialogue” in the 99% Sunni Muslim country.

                          The archbishop of Rabat has launched a diocesan synod to encourage the small Catholic community in Morocco to more fully live out its mission of “encounter and dialogue.”

                          "Ours is an unassuming Church (we are less than 0.1% of the population), but it seeks to be significant, a sign and sacrament of the Kingdom of God," said the cardinal in an interview granted to ACI Stampa.

                          His local Church is a truly Catholic Church ("That is to say universal. Christians are all foreigners from more than 100 countries"); truly ecumenical ("open and in relation with all the other Christian communities (Orthodox, Anglicans, Protestants"); truly Samaritan ("help those in need, those who are vulnerable"). But Cardinal López Romero believes that "although we already have made a part of the journey, we can do more.”

                          "For example, how to live Islamic-Christian dialogue after the Pope's visit, after Fratelli Tutti, after the Document of the Universal Fraternity signed by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam al Tayyeb?" he asked himself.

                          Thanks to the Pope's visit, which took place in March 2019, the Church in Morocco has received great visibility. In addition to the national and international consideration and the increased recognition of the Moroccan authorities and people, after that visit "priests from various dioceses, especially African ones, came and installed new religious congregations; we have increased pastoral and formative activities. The work of communication in its digital dimension has been consolidated. And all this during the 15-month pandemic.”

                          Now, this new synod intends to further relaunch the mission of the Church in Morocco, because "the whole local Church must ask itself how to concretely live its mission, both in the place where it is today and in the future."

                          "To live dialogue on a daily basis, the Christian must know and feel himself as the 'sacrament of encounter'," explained the cardinal of Spanish origin.

                          In this sense, he then clarified, there is a dimension of Islamic-Christian dialogue, in which "everyone can and must participate. It is practiced and lived in universities, schools, workplaces, on public transport and transport, in poor neighborhoods, in clubs, in cultural centers, always and in every way. This basic dimension of dialogue does not exclude or take away the importance of the others. For this reason we also value the dialogue of works (joint commitment in favor of the great causes of humanity), and the theological dialogue, which shares the life of faith, and the mystical dialogue of joint prayer."

                          "The model of dialogue that we propose and offer,” he finally concluded, “can only be God himself: although He is God, He enters into a dialogue of love with humanity. And the Church, in the words of Paul VI, 'becomes dialogue, becomes conversation'.”  

                          • Marocco
                          • Cardinali
                          • Cristóbal López
                          • Dialogo
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Myanmar – Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians 4 years after their arrival

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                            Myanmar – Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians 4 years after their arrival

                            (ANS – Kalay) – The Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians (MSMHC) landed in the Chin Hills of Myanmar at the invitation of Bishop of Kalay, Felix Lian Khen Thang. The pioneer sisters were Sr. Julie Mate, Sr. Mary Niang and Sr. Simona Gualnam. They reached the promised land of Myanmar 4 years ago (July 2017) accompanied by Sr. Christine Mynsong, General Councillor.

                            “Our dream in Myanmar is to educate and witness the Gospel of Jesus Christ to everyone. Our charism is fully missionary-oriented with the focus on missio ad gentes. We strive to live the Salesian Spirit of Don Bosco which affects and permeates our whole life, both interior life, and our mission,” the sisters say.

                            At present 6 sisters are living in two communities in Myanmar. After 4 years in Myanmar, in the state of Chin, they have identified the strengths and challenges of the reality to which God has called them.

                            “What surprised us most is that people are genuine and authentic in practising their faith. Our Catholic believers are simple and friendly in their approach. The challenge that we face is a lack of financial support for their livelihood. Most of their family heads are addicted to alcohol and lack awareness of the importance of Education. Women and children are the victims of poverty and lack of education,” the sisters add.

                            The sisters carry out many and much-varied activities: “From St. Mary’s Convent we are visiting 100 families and praying for them. Some 150 children have access to our Ferrando Nursery school (dedicated to the Founder of MSMHC, the venerable mons. Stefano Ferrando, SDB) and their parents are interacting with us. So far through ‘Sujok treatment’ (a kind of acupressure) we are able to reach out to 1900 patients. We are also taking care of hostel girls' education, promoting their health and hygiene, assisting them in English conversation and moral education,” they add.

                            The second house in Myanmar is “Ferrando Convent” at Leitawhtan, Tedim. It was officially inaugurated two years ago, on 24 May, 2019. There are only 12 Catholic families, so the sisters visit both Catholic and non-Catholic families in the villages of this parish.

                            “As missionary sisters, we attend funeral services and pray for the sick, visit them in hospitals and at their homes. Our community is also engaged with teaching Catechism for Catholic children and assists the English conversation class for the neighbouring children. As Salesian Family members we also organize a Sunday Oratory for some 30 children. We nurture our dream about evangelizing and educating through formal or informal school, to care for women, girls, and children, according to their needs,” the sisters conclude.

                            The MSMHC is the 12th officially recognised group in the Salesian Family of Don Bosco. With 1,290 professed members in 205 houses and 87 novices (January 2021) they are the second-largest Congregation of religious women in the Salesian Family, right after the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA). MSMHC members are in 10 countries: India, Myanmar, Hawaii (USA), Italy, Germany, Eswatini, South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, and Ethiopia.

                            More information on their website: http://www.msmhc.org/ 

                            {gallery}MSMHC in MYM - 2021{/gallery}

                            • Myanmar
                            • Suore Missionarie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Madagascar – Food support for needy youth

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                              Madagascar – Food support for needy youth

                              (ANS – Ivato) – Youth attending the Salesian-run “Notre Dame de Clairvaux” in Ivato, Madagascar, were provided nutritional support for two months thanks to funding received from donors through Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco. In addition to school and job training, youth are offered free morning and midday meals. More than 1,000 meals are provided each weekday. Additional meals are provided over the weekend.

                              The centre provides support to children and youth living in extreme poverty, many of whom are fatherless or orphans who have been abandoned by both parents. Some are being raised by aunts and grandmothers. Currently, there are 170 primary school students and 265 students in the vocational training centre. Notre Dame de Clairvaux also has 125 interns preparing for work. The centre has a job search office with a coordinator that helps youth who are graduating find and retain stable work.

                              Salesian missionaries have been operating Notre Dame de Clairvaux since 1984. They started with 90 youth in 1984 and grew to 450. They receive support from donors and associations, including Belgium’s Via Don Bosco.

                              Father Erminio De Santis, director of Notre Dame de Clairvaux, said, “We are also striving to produce our own rice fields and develop a small farm of poultry, pigs and dairy cows for additional nutritional support for those we serve. We are also optimizing our workshops to increase income-generating activities and always looking for new activities compatible with the training we give to our young people.”

                              Willis is one of the youth attending Notre Dame de Clairvaux who benefited from the food support. From a poor family, he is the youngest of seven brothers and sisters. When Willis was 9 years old, his father lost his job and his parents separated. He was forced to drop out of school. The following year the family lost his sister to an illness and his mother. Another older sister has serious mental health issues.

                              Willis has had to fend for himself for most of his life. He has developed some psychological problems as a result of the long lack of affection and the daily difficulties of finding food. At one point he faced drug use. Fortunately, he was brought by guardians to Notre Dame de Clairvaux in October 2020, and since then he has been gaining an education and learning a trade. He is happy in his environment and thankful for a second chance in life.

                              Madagascar, an island in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa, is one of the poorest countries in the world. Seventy percent of Madagascar’s almost 19 million people live in poverty with 5.7 million of those youth between the ages of 10-24, according to UNICEF. This number is expected to double by 2025.

                              For close to 80 percent of the country’s inhabitants who live in rural areas and practice subsistence farming, living conditions have been steadily declining in recent years, particularly when it comes to access to transportation, health services, education and markets. Because of the lack of hygiene and access to safe drinking water, coupled with chronic malnutrition, people in Madagascar often suffer from respiratory ailments, tuberculosis and hepatitis.

                              Source: Mission Newswire

                              • Madagascar
                              • MDG MADAGASCAR
                              • Fame
                              • Povertà
                              • Procure Missionarie
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Peru – "Priorities for young people, the poorest, those at high social risk and vulnerability"

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                                (ANS - Lima) - At the beginning of 2021, the Salesians of Peru renewed their commitment through four "Salesian flags" that indicate their will to work for the construction of a more democratic, just and supportive nation. "Today we focus on the first of these flags: the priority for young people, the poorest, those at high social risk and vulnerability," explains the Provincial, Fr Manuel Cayo, SDB.

                                For us Salesians, young people are our main concern, we were born to respond to their requests and challenges. And the reality of our Country makes our task even more necessary and decisive.

                                In general, society views adolescents and young people with fear, as something dangerous that can harm them. At the same time, we got used to seeing them lying on the street, taking drugs or getting drunk. For a long time, the adolescent was seen as the future of the country and, therefore, was one of the most protected groups in society. Investments have been made in education and formation. Since the 1980s, they have become the most vulnerable sector. There are no more policies for this sector and today we have many young people outside the system, without life plans.

                                The social figures of young people in our country are frightening: the unemployment rate of men under 30 is 19.8%. In the case of women, it reached 25.2%. While the overall unemployment rate is 13.2%.

                                According to UNICEF data, the percentage of children, adolescents and young people living in poverty in Peru increased from 26.9% in 2019 to 39.9% in 2020, as a direct consequence of the pandemic. There are more than two million children between the ages of 15 and 24 who neither study nor work. And 21% of young people the statistics consider "destitute".

                                At the same time, the consumption of socially accepted and illegal drugs is on the rise: national studies show that 59.7% of the population between the ages of 12 and 15 and 87.3% of young people between the ages of 19 and 24 consume alcohol. Also, the results of the National Survey on Drug Use among Students (ENCODE) show that 17.2% of young people in middle and high school have used drugs at some point in their life, 18.6% are males and 15.9% females. There is a lack of strategies and policies for this segment of the population, the most exposed to lack of work and marginalization.

                                Faced with these numbers and the reality they reflect, we cannot remain inert. That's why our first flag manifests the following fundamental option:

                                Presence and Defense are the two words that summarize this flag and which are for us a stimulus that leads us to be where we cannot but be, to be faithful to this charism that makes us Samaritans of the young.

                                Fr Manuel Cayo, SDB

                                Provincial of Peru

                                • PER PERÙ
                                • Perù
                                • Giovani a Rischio
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  RMG – A new video from "CaglieroLIFE" series

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                                  (ANS - Rome) - “We all need and deserve someone we can rely on.” This is the fundamental message of the new video of the “CaglieroLIFE” series of the month of June.

                                  The videos of the “CaglieroLIFE” series are short multimedia productions of about one minute that the Sector for the Missions of the Salesian Congregation has started producing last February thanks to the collaboration with the “Don Bosco Intuition Entertainers Media” (DBIEM - www.dbiem.org), based in France. They aim to complete the paper missionary bulletin "Cagliero11" and present a theme linked to the Salesian intention of the month, which can be used as a tool for animation, discussion and sharing within the various youth groups.

                                  In this month of June 2021, in which the magazine "Cagliero11" reaches the significant milestone of the 150th issue, the video of "CaglieroLIFE" specifically explores the theme of trust: "God loves those who trust."

                                  The video can be found on the YouTube channel of the Sector for Salesian Missions, on the www.sdb.org site and, subsequently, it will be uploaded to the Sector's Facebook page.

                                  • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                                  • Missioni
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    India – Bangalore Province and NGO BREADS at forefront of relief efforts for victims of pandemic

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                                    India – Bangalore Province and NGO BREADS at forefront of relief efforts for victims of pandemic

                                    (ANS - Bangalore) - The NGO "BREADS", the Planning and Development Office of the India-Bangalore Province (INK), has recently released a list of the services offered in the fight against Covid-19 and its consequences from 10 Salesian institutions and from their own headquarters in the two Indian states in which the Province extends - Kerala and Karnataka.

                                    • Don Bosco Chitradurga distributed 40 ration kits to the Covid-affected families.
                                    • The Don Bosco Youth Forum in Kollam started the blood donation drive in collaboration with the district hospital for the Fishermen Community; while the Don Bosco TEAM COVID continues to reach out to the Covid-infected and -affected families with vaccine registration, door delivery of essentials, medicines, mid-day meals and ambulance service.
                                    • Don Bosco Hospet provided Covid-19 awareness and masks and grocery kits distribution.
                                    • Don Bosco College Mannuthy distributed 40 ration kits to the Covid-affected migrants.
                                    • Don Bosco Sachivothamapuram distributed 90 ration kits to the Covid-affected families.
                                    • KISMAT continues to render its services to the interstate migrants in Kerala state with: distribution of ration kits, counselling, travel arrangements, unpaid wage settlements, hospital assistance, RTPCR test assistance, Covid-19 awareness, registration for vaccination, job placement, shelter and educational support for students.
                                    • Don Bosco Veedu Trivandrum distributed 200 Covid-19 Preventive Medical Kits to tuition students and poor families and distributed 850 food kits.
                                    • Don Bosco Hassan in association with BREADS, reached out to Holy Cross Hospital, Chikmagalur, Karnataka with essential medical help; medicines and dry rations were provided to 75 Covid-19-positive patients, along with 100 face masks, 20 litres of sanitizer, 1000 hand gloves, 50 PPE kits, 4 oxymeters, 4 thermometers, 200 face shields, and 30 inhalers.
                                    • Don Bosco Yadgir with the support of BREADS Bangalore reached out with essential help to the people struggling without basic requirements. The supply of ration kits and medicines reached 227 families.
                                    • Don Bosco Pyar Kalaburagi in association with BREADS and Solarpack distributed 100 ration kits.
                                    • Starting from its Headquarter, BREADS along with its partners in CORONA CARE Bengaluru, continues its programmes: deliver cooked meals - lunch and dinner - for free, with an average of 230 beneficiaries daily, ration kits and medical help distribution, financial assistance to the Covid-19 patients and the opening of a new Covid-19 Care Center in Bangalore city, this past 20 May.

                                    {gallery}India - Servizi BREADS 2021{/gallery}

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

                                      Belgium – Former Olympic gold medalist Kim Gevaert: “Don Bosco school believed in everyone's talents”

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                                      Belgium – Former Olympic gold medalist Kim Gevaert: “Don Bosco school believed in everyone's talents”

                                      (ANS – Haacht) – From 2002 to 2008 she belonged to the absolute world top in athletics, a few years earlier Kim Gevaert (42) was one of the best pupils at the Don Bosco school in Haacht (Belgium). Excellent results, a good student, and a hard worker. 25 years later, she returned to her old school.

                                      “Empathy and 'believing in' were strongly present in this Salesian school,” says Kim. “There was attention for the complete development of the child. The school tried to bring out the talents of the students and you could do what you were interested in. I definitely felt that.”

                                      “I still remember how I was the weak link in the volleyball team at school, at least that's how I felt. Eventually, I became one of the stronger runners on the national relay team, but I was very good at empathizing with people when they made a mistake or were not in the best of shape. I never pointed the finger, but understood how that person felt. That empathy and humility are things I have acquired here.”

                                      The former student and athlete, European Champion in the 100 and 200 meter dash in Gothenburg 2006 and Gold Medalist in the 4x100 relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, adds: “I also enjoyed the moments of reflection. In the sixth year, we went on a weekend silent retreat with the sisters. Then we had to be quiet and go to Mass with them at four o'clock in the morning. Moments like that broaden your view. Those people choose such a life and I could understand that. I think it's important, as a parent, to counterbalance all the misery that children see. Through faith, you give them a sort of something to hold on to. In the end, they choose what to do with it later on. Maybe nothing, but maybe they need that something to hold on to in order to learn to reflect or to calm down. I raise my children Catholic, but with a broad view of the world. Faith, what is it?', 'What does it do to me?' That broader view of faith and of the world, that is our starting point.”

                                      Kim has also been dedicating herself for some time to underprivileged youth in Congo. “My husband and I wanted to do something for the children in his native Congo,” says Kim. “I know very well that we grew up in a warm family with lots of opportunities. As we get older, you realize more and more that we were lucky. For many children, that is not the case. That is why I wanted to give something back to society by dedicating myself to the youth in Congo.”

                                      This article is an excerpt from an article that appeared in Don Bosco magazine, the magazine for the Salesian Family of the Province of Belgium North (BEN).

                                      Here also two video-links:

                                      Where Kim wins the European Championship 200m for the 2nd time.

                                      And when Kim and her team receive the gold medal of the 2008 Olympics.

                                      • BEN BELGIO NORD E OLANDA
                                      • Belgio
                                      • Sport
                                      • Personaggi illustri
                                      • Exallievi
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Italy – A volume collects Letters of Fr Chávez to Salesians

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                                        Italy – A volume collects Letters of Fr Chávez to Salesians

                                        (ANS - Rome) - The Letters to the Salesians issued by Fr Pascual Chávez Villanueva, Rector Major emeritus, are collected in this unique work (1,386 pages) by Bro. Marco Bay, SDB, to encourage the rereading of the 12 years of the Rectorate (2002-2014) and rediscover the work, the guidance, the government, the events, the meetings, the anniversaries, the choices and the animation by Fr Chávez of the Society of St. John Bosco and of the Salesian Family. The volume, published by the Salesian publisher LAS, enjoys the presentation of Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major and X Successor of Don Bosco.

                                        Fr Chávez clearly indicates that “to be able to make better use of them in the various communities, it is suggested that they be written in a simple and discursive language and that those rich in content on challenging topics alternate with other familiar and informal ones on the life of the Congregation. ... I will try,” Chávez himself points out, “to be faithful to this request to help develop more the sense of the Congregation and to stimulate reflection on the charism, two things both indispensable to ensure unity in diversity, one of the more valuable tasks I have to do. Thus the communication of the Rector Major will be placed at the service of animation and government, starting from what has been done or is being done in the Congregation and from its needs and challenges.”

                                        Finally, “the aim is always to make known and appreciated all that you are and are doing, to take up the challenges that the Salesian mission encounters, to reflect aloud, trying to draw on our rich Salesian heritage, to answer you with the mind, the spirit and initiative of Don Bosco.”

                                        “We hope that the reading will be to the liking of the Salesian Family to give continuity to the journey of hope that continues throughout the world,” concludes the editor of the volume, Bro. Bay.

                                        Bro. Marco Bay currently collaborates with the General Secretariat of the Salesian Congregation and for the LAS publishing house he has published other collected works referring  to Fr Juan Edmundo Vecchi (1931-2002) and Fr Renato Ziggiotti (1892-1983), respectively VIII and V Successor of Don Bosco at the helm of the Salesian Congregation.

                                        The book is available, in Italian, on the publisher's website.

                                        • Italia
                                        • Pascual Chávez
                                        • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                        • UPS UNIVERSITÀ PONTIFICIA SALESIANA
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
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