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Democratic Republic of Congo – Latest tributes to Msgr. Jean Pierre Tafunga Mbayo, SDB

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Democratic Republic of Congo – Latest tributes to Msgr. Jean Pierre Tafunga Mbayo, SDB

(ANS - Lubumbashi) - The Catholic faithful of Lubumbashi, in the Province of Upper Katanga, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, have lost their pastor, fully active until then, following an illness: Msgr. Jean Pierre Tafunga Mbayo, a Salesian of Don Bosco, in fact, passed away on March 31, 2021, and in recent days has received several and dutiful tributes to his memory for the work done in his diocese and throughout the country.

The remains of the metropolitan archbishop arrived from South Africa in the capital of Upper Katanga on Wednesday 7 April, and were received by the religious, political and administrative authorities and then taken to the "Saints Peter and Paul" cathedral in Lubumbashi. Meanwhile, the diocesan Church had already announced five days of  mourning in his memory from Monday 5 April to Friday 9 April, which took place amid Masses and vigils in the cathedral.

On Friday 9 April, the day of the funeral, many people came from all over the country to give the last farewell to Msgr Tafunga. After the Mass, presided over by Msgr. Marcel Utembi, President of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO), some moving words of remembrance and farewell to the life and work of the Salesian prelate were read. Finally, the body of the archbishop was buried in the crypt of the cathedral.

Born in Panda-Likasi, Democratic Republic of Congo, on 23 July 1942, Msgr. Tagunfa had joined the Salesians in 1964, attending the novitiate in Kansebula. He made his first vows on 28 August 1965 and his perpetual vows on 20 February 1971 in Lubumbashi. He was ordained a priest on 16 September 1972 in Likasi.

He was Director of the Salesian house in Goma, in North Kivu, from 1981 to 1987, and Director of the Salesian center in Kansebula from 1987 to 1990. In that year, he was then installed as Provincial Superior of the "Assumption of Mary" Province of Central Africa, becoming the first African to take up this post. However, he was unable to complete his six-year term because in October 1992 Pope John Paul II appointed him bishop of Kilwa-Kasenga, receiving episcopal ordination on the subsequent Feast Day of Don Bosco, January 31, 1993.

On 10 June 2002, John Paul II again appointed him bishop of Uvira. On 31 July 2008, he was appointed coadjutor archbishop of Lubumbashi by Pope Benedict XVI, with the right of succession, becoming titular of the archdiocese on 1 December 2010 and assuming its pastoral guide on the following 30 January.

"Amor et misericordia" was his motto and the insignia of his pastoral action.

  • AFC AFRICA CENTRALE
  • Rep Dem del Congo
  • Vescovi
  • Decessi
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Ecuador – Forming yourself as a leader for a more just America

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    Ecuador – Forming yourself as a leader for a more just America

    (ANS - Quito) – On Friday 9 April, the “America Social Salesiana” Network (RASS) began its formative proposal for 2021 with the module “Salesian leadership for social transformation”.

    The ongoing education center "The Institute of Salesian Studies at Don Bosco Hall", located in Berkeley, California, USA, is the entity responsible for the development of this transversal module, considered of vital importance by the RASS, as it offers alternative formation aimed at strengthening Salesian leadership within social works and services, generating innovative experiences that have relevance and impact in different contexts, and that can bring about a social transformation for the benefit of children and young people at risk, people with whom members of RASS share life, mission and work on a daily basis.

    Fr Rafel Bejarano, Coordinator for Social Works of the Youth Ministry Sector, together with James Areiza Bolivar, Delegate of the RASS coordination team, and the operational team of the Network, gave a cordial and fraternal welcome to the 64 consecrated Salesians and lay people of the Salesian Works and Social Services of America, representatives of the 15 Provinces of America who committed themselves to participating in this formative space through synchronous digital meetings on the Zoom platform.

    To encourage participation and the exchange of experiences among the participants, the sessions take place in two groups of 32 participants each, with a duration of two hours, for 7 consecutive Fridays and at different times.

    The objective of this module is to provide knowledge and tools focused on transformational and authentic Salesian leadership models, so that they are effectively applied in the social and organizational field on the basis of innovative evidence and experiences that have already testified to have generated a significant impact in different contexts and which have therefore achieved a social transformation.

    “We are moved by the hope of being able to make a contribution to the task of fostering Salesian leadership. We are convinced that this is an elementary and essential theme for working as active agents of change and establishing structural changes to reduce the social inequalities that we live in our continent, especially those that our children and young people face,” say those responsible for the Salesian Social America Network.

    • Ecuador
    • Rete America Sociale Salesiana
    • Pastorale Giovanile
    • Opzione Preferenziale
      Gian Francesco Romano

      United States – The city of Downey seeks support from the Salesians

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      United States – The city of Downey seeks support from the Salesians

      (ANS – Downey) – Once the Governor of California gave schools in Los Angeles County the green light to return to in-person instruction, the city of Downey found itself without any after-school program for their 12 elementary schools. There were only seven business days before the schools opened again, and they needed to hire 26 people to staff the district's after-school programs.

      Veronica Lizardi, Director at Downey Unified School District, contacted JC Montenegro, Director of the “We Care” program at St. Dominic Savio Parish, to see how the Salesians could help the children of Downey using the model of the We Care after-school program of St. Dominic Savio.

      The We Care program started in 2014 at Savio with the simple objective of serving the children of the neighborhood who were on a waiting list for the after-school programs provided by the city of Downey. “We started with just 35 children and were soon serving over 115 children every school day,” stated Jonathan Lara, the program coordinator.

      Through the “We Care program”, the Salesians of Savio were able to hire and train twenty-six young adults to serve in the city of Downey’s after-school programs. Today we serve over 200 children every school day. We believe this was a miracle; we had only seven days to create a program, find and train its staff and accomplish all the legal steps to be ready to serve children. We believe Don Bosco helped us to bring to reality a new Salesian presence among the children of Downey.

      Juan Carlos Montenegro

      {gallery}SUO - Downey 2021{/gallery}

      • Stati Uniti
      • SUO STATI UNITI OVEST
      • Pastorale Giovanile
      • Scuole
      • Animatori
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Senegal – Guaranteeing "A New Opportunity" and development projects at home: VIS commitment

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        (ANS - Dakar) - Migration must be a right, not necessarily an obligation dictated by situations of necessity. And when life leads you to have to retrace your steps, then the help of someone who gives you "A New Opportunity" is essential to starting over. The Salesian NGO of the "International Volunteering for Development" (VIS) firmly believes in these principles. And the story of Elhadi Ndiaye, a Senegalese worker and father, is a perfect testimony to this.

        Elhadi says:

        My name is Elhadi Ndiaye and I am the father of six children. I have 19 years of migratory experience in Italy, where I worked as a worker in a leather and hide processing factory and later as a seller of costume jewelery and footwear.

        Over the years my residence permit expired and my self-employment could not guarantee its renewal. I had become an undocumented migrant and was no longer able to meet my and my family's needs in Senegal.

        I therefore decided to take advantage of the assisted voluntary repatriation opportunity offered by VIS as part of the UNO project - "A New Opportunity". This allowed me to return to Senegal permanently and to develop my own business project.

        As soon as I arrived, through the UNO project I had a grant to start a sheep breeding and fattening project in Gossas: I buy sheep at low prices and then resell them at a higher price once they have reached a good fattening condition. In addition, during the wintering period, the profits from sheep farming allowed me to cultivate a two-hectare land in my village, to develop food crops.

        Currently, these breeding and cultivation activities have allowed me to successfully reintegrate into my community, abandon the migration project and take care of my family and the education of my children.

        Senegal has 105,937 people in Italy, equal to 4.19% of the foreign population residing in Italy. Among them, 39.9% are inactive or unemployed. Thanks to the UNO project, VIS works to offer an opportunity for redemption and socio-economic reintegration to people who wish to return to their country of origin, providing support to their entrepreneurial activities that contribute to the development of the territory.

        • Senegal
        • VIS
        • Migranti
        • Sviluppo Sociale
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Angola – Pedro Sánchez visits "Dom Bosco" Center in "Lixeira"

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          (ANS - Luanda) - After the institutional and commercial meeting held in Angola on 8 April, the President of the Spanish government, Pedro Sanchez, visited the "Dom Bosco" Center of the Luanda Salesians, located in the Lixeira district, one of the city's most disadvantaged districts, which is home to 250,000 inhabitants and whose name translates as “landfill”.

          The Salesians arrived there in 1996, starting their educational work with small schools. It was 2003 when the current center was built, thanks to the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID, in Spanish) and its Portuguese counterpart.

          A sign painted at the entrance to the Salesian school, which reads "Educating is a matter of the heart", welcomed Pedro Sánchez. About 1,500 students greeted the Spanish politician, who personally received the affection and sympathy of the students, whose smiles were evident even if hidden behind masks.

          The President of the Spanish Government had time to visit the facilities of the Center, see firsthand the educational work that is carried out there, take an official photo with the authorities and school staff, and give a short speech to those present, in which he underlined the "commendable" educational work that the Salesians carry out in the country. Accompanying him were the Superior of the Vice Province of Angola, the Uruguayan Salesian Fr Martín Lasarte, and his provincial Vicar and Director of the Center, the Spanish Salesian missionary Fr Manuel Ordóñez.

          On his official Twitter account, the President of the Spanish government expressed his satisfaction with the visit to the Salesian educational center, underlining the importance of education for the progress of society: “We are proud that Spanish citizens are working on this project and promoting the formation of Angolan children and adolescents. It symbolizes the great collaboration between Spain and Angola.”

          About 6,000 students are educated in this educational center, including infant, primary, secondary education, bachelor's-level degrees and vocational school. Given the lack of classrooms to accommodate all students, the center has lessons in three shifts: already at 7:30 am the school opens its doors to younger students, then continues in the afternoon with primary and secondary school students, and finally, in the afternoon and evening, with the students of the bachelor's degree, until 10:30 pm.

          Thanks to the work they carry out with the students of this center, the Salesians have received the National Literacy Prize for several years; and the “Don Bosco Method”, as it is called, has also served as a reference for the Angolan government in the process of literacy. Without forgetting that vocational training and attention to minors in situations of vulnerability are other characteristics of this Salesian educational center.

          In a Country severely affected by the war (1975-2002), the Salesians have been present since 1981, and they arrived there in response to the missionary appeal made by the then Rector Major, Fr Egidio Viganó, through the "Africa Project". Currently, the Congregation animates 11 houses scattered throughout the country, with about 120 Salesians, more than half of whom are in the formation phase.

          • Angola
          • ANG ANGOLA
          • Personaggi illustri
            Gian Francesco Romano

            RMG – #SYMPRAYSFORMYANMAR

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            RMG – #SYMPRAYSFORMYANMAR

            (ANS - Rome) - Young people who pray for young people. This initiative promoted by the Youth Ministry Department stimulated prayer for Myanmar from every continent yesterday, Sunday 11 April. The Department for Youth Ministry has also prepared a related video.

            Young people know that there is a promise in prayer, because whatever is asked of the Father in the name of Jesus, He will do it; they remember the summons to pray and keep watch, because the days are bad; and they undertake a direct channel to meet God: to pray at all times.

            The video is available on ANSChannel.

            • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
            • MGS Movimento Giovanile Salesiano
            • Pastorale Giovanile
            • MYM MYANMAR
            • Myanmar
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Vatican – Pope calls two Salesians and a Daughter of Mary Help of Christians among Consultors of CIVCSVA

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              Vatican – Pope calls two Salesians and a Daughter of Mary Help of Christians among Consultors of CIVCSVA

              (ANS - Vatican City) - On Saturday 10 April, the Press Office of the Holy See announced the names of the new Consultors of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CIVCSVA) appointed by the Holy Father. Among the 19 chosen, three members of the Salesian Family. They are:

              • Fr David Ricardo Albornoz Pavisic, SDB, Judge of the National Ecclesiastical Court of Appeal of Santiago de Chile. Born in Punta Arenas on 4 November 1963, he has been a professed Salesian since 1989 and was ordained a priest in 1996. For the Chilean Province, he is currently also Provincial Vicar, Delegate for the Salesian Family and the Salesian Bulletin;
              • Fr Mario Oscar Llanos, SDB, Dean of the Faculty of Education at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome. Argentine, from Córdoba, he was born on 17 April 1959, and has been a professed Salesian since 1978 and a priest since 1987;
              • Sister Pina del Core, FMA, Director of the Institute of Psychological Research in the Educational Field of the Pontifical Faculty of Educational Sciences Auxilium in Rome and former Dean of the "Auxilium" for nine years. In 2016, she had already been appointed by Pope Francis as a Consultor of the Congregation for Catholic Education.

              The consultors are appointed by the Supreme Pontiff - for a five-year term - to collaborate with the members of the Congregation according to their specific competence and in relation to the objectives and commitments of the Dicastery. The consultors offer their contribution through consultations, studies or opinions on specific situations or questions concerning the life, mission and government of the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Apostolic Societies.

              {gallery}Vaticano - Consultori{/gallery}

              • Vaticano
              • Vita Consacrata
              • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
              • Nomine
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Italy – US shopping vouchers for poor families in Sampierdarena, thanks to Salesian commitment

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                Italy – US shopping vouchers for poor families in Sampierdarena, thanks to Salesian commitment

                (ANS - Genoa) - Over 70 needy families in the Genoese district of Sampierdarena have received a shopping card that will allow them to shop for 35 euros a week for the next three months, for a total of 420 euros per family. This is a concrete measure to  help the many people in difficulty following the pandemic, deployed in the Salesian "Don Bosco" parish in Genoa thanks to a loan from "UsAid", the American international development agency, to “Salesiani per il Sociale APS” and to the Salesian NGO “International Volunteer Service for Development” (VIS).

                Wafa arrived in Italy from Tunisia 20 years ago with her husband. She has three children and her husband's bricklaying job had allowed them to get by until recently, but with the pandemic, the demand for labor has decreased and "keeping five people without even one salary is impossible," she testifies.

                Those who received the card are originally from Senegal, Tunisia, Ecuador, but also Eastern Europe and some from Italy; they have lived in Sampierdarena for years, and if before the pandemic they'd managed to keep a family, not without difficulty, they can no longer do so today. Overall for Sampierdarena, it is 30 thousand euros, an important breath of fresh air in a reality like the one that revolves around the “Don Bosco” parish.

                The choice of families to help with the "Money Cards" required much work. Fr Pierdante Giordano, parish priest of "Don Bosco", committed himself to this initiative with the volunteers of the parish Caritas group and the "Nodo sulle Ali del Mondo - Node on the Wings of the World", referent in Sampierdarena of "VIS" and "Salesians for Social APS". They started with families already assisted by Caritas itself and by "San Vincenzo"; scores were assigned based on the members of the family unit, the Equivalent Economic Situation Indicator (ISEE), the possible loss of work of one of the members, the age of the children ... and the work has also expanded beyond the parish.

                Caritas of Sampierdarena, through the Salesians of Don Bosco, has been helping various families in the area in conditions of poverty for years: “For now, we are following 180 and these 72 are the most needy among those to which the young people of 'Don Bosco' bring their food packages that they prepare by drawing on the food bank. This Card is a great help for these groups, which we will continue to help anyway,” he adds.

                The rechargeable card project, says Michela Vallarino, Vice President of VIS, “was born at the request of the Italian Salesians who asked themselves how to support families in this pandemic. This is a cooperation project made in collaboration with the United States and which was not limited only to the Cards, but which in Sampierdarena also saw the distribution of protective devices, when last year they were difficult to find, and of 470 tablets throughout Italy, to enable those who could not afford a device to access distance learning.”

                • Italia
                • Stati Uniti
                • ICC ITALIA CIRCOSCRIZIONE CENTRALE
                • Solidarietà
                • Coronavirus
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  RMG – Eighth video-seed: community mission accompaniment

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                  RMG – Eighth video-seed: community mission accompaniment

                  (ANS - Rome) - In the process of disseminating the Salesian Formation document "Young Salesians and accompaniment - Orientations and Guidelines", the focus in this month of April is "Role of community and mission" (from n. 140 to 151 of the text).

                  No. 141 reads: “There is a reciprocal relationship between spiritual accompaniment and community. We keep in mind that by community we mean not only the Salesian religious community but also the educative and pastoral community (EPC) – and this is especially significant in the phase of practical training. A good formation journey helps one become more open to others and more willing to make a gift of oneself in service. On the other hand, it is also true that the community ambient has a great impact on the journey of each one, and on his openness and ability to benefit from spiritual accompaniment.”

                  The eighth video-seed is precisely an invitation to read and share this part of the document. It was made with the help of Christopher, Ignazio, Wellington, Enrico and Orazio, in the room, now a chapel, where Don Bosco wrote his Letter from Rome of 10 May 1884. It is from what he sees from this room in the courtyards of Valdocco and that makes him suffer, that the: “It is not enough to love! They must realize that they are loved”. The Salesian way of being among young people and with those who share the same mission forms and attunes the heart to what is dear to Don Bosco.

                  This is also the strong message that Pope Francis addressed to the Salesians during the GC28:

                  “We are formed not for the mission but in the mission, around which our whole life revolves, with its choices and priorities. Initial and ongoing formation cannot be considered as something prior, parallel to or separate from the disciple’s identity and sensibility. The mission inter gentes is our best school: it is where we learn to pray, reflect, study and rest.”

                  The seed video ends with three questions to stimulate reflection and exchange within the communities:

                  - How do relationships within the Salesian community, the educative pastoral community and in the open field where we interact with young people become my and our formation?

                  - What and how significant is the interaction with the laity in the formation phase I am experiencing?

                  - What value do we give to pastoral experiences and their accompaniment? Do they become "learning from experience," the heart of our ongoing formation?

                  The video is available in English on the specific language channel of ANSChannel.

                  To download the video and related animation materials, and to access material offered with the previous 7 video-seeds, click here.

                  • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                  • Formazione
                  • Accompagnamento
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    RMG – April video of "CaglieroLIFE" series

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                    (ANS - Rome) - The videos of the series entitled “CaglieroLIFE”, conceived and created by the Missions Sector of the Salesian Congregation, continue. Every 11th of the month - monthly recurrence of missionary day - one-minute videos are published, which 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. The April video is about RESPECT: I am loved, therefore I respect.

                    All the videos are published on the YouTube channel of the Salesian Missions Sector and, subsequently, also uploaded to the Facebook page.

                    With the publication of the video in April, the Sector for the Missions also invites you to adhere to the proposal of the General Councilor for Youth Ministry, Fr Miguel Angel García Morcuende, and of the Salesian Youth Movement from all over the world, to pray for Myanmar on Sunday April 11th at 3 pm local time (10:30 am Italian time) and to share the moment on social networks using the hashtag #SYMPRAYSFORMYANMAR.

                    A prayer composed by a citizen of Myanmar will be recited, a beautiful moment of spiritual union, precisely on the 11th day of the month in which the Salesian missions are remembered.

                    The April video is available here

                    • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                    • Missioni
                    • Myanmar
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Myanmar – The country today: a report from a Burmese citizen

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                      Myanmar – The country today: a report from a Burmese citizen

                      (ANS - Yangon) - In view of the prayer initiative promoted by the Salesian Youth Movement of the Youth Ministry Department of the Salesian Congregation in favor of Myanmar (Sunday 11 April, Myanmar 15:00), a Burmese citizen wanted to share with ANS a report on the current situation in the country.

                      On 1st February 2021, the military of Myanmar staged a coup, arresting the President, the State Councillor and many other members of the government and civilians. It was the end of 5 years of an experiment in democracy in the country under the leadership of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Myanmar has been under military dictatorship since 1962 with different names of the government. Only in 2015 was a democratically elected government installed.

                      This time, instead, things are quite different. The people of Myanmar, especially the young did not bow to the junta. Tens of thousands of them protested daily in all parts of Myanmar. Civil Disobedient Movement (CDM) did a great impact to the junta that the military is not able to run the government until now. The Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH), which is made up of elected law-makers of the General Election of November 2020, is working hard in the field of diplomacy to reach out to the  international community and their work impose much pressure on the junta.

                      After more than two months of the coup, the Young People, who call themselves Generation Z, keep demonstrating in so many places of the country. The military has no other way but to use violent means – shoot and arrest – to suppress the protests. So far, they have shot and killed about 600 people and many are wounded; 2751 people have been detained and most of them do not even know the reason of their arrest. The junta continues to shoot and kill. The worst action is night raids, in which the soldiers and police go around in the residential areas shooting recklessly; they break into houses in the middle of the night and shoot, beat and arrest people arbitrarily; they take away their money and valuable things in the house. The people have nowhere to turn to for security and justice.

                      Most of the young people feel the need to take up arms for self-defense. They have formed Civil Defense Force (CDF) to protect the people. However, the people have no ammunition that can compete against the fully-armed soldiers. Many expected that the international community would intervene to stop the killing of unarmed people. The situation is as such that the people of Myanmar will have to be their own masters and fight back as much as they can. If things go on like this, a bloodbath is unavoidable in Myanmar. As usual, the young are the ones that suffer in all the social transformation.

                      So, dear friends, please pray for Myanmar earnestly and please know that your solidarity is our strength to go through this difficult crisis.

                      • Myanmar
                      • Violenze
                      • Giovani
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Chile – International formation meetings: the Preventive System in the 21st century

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                        Chile – International formation meetings: the Preventive System in the 21st century

                        (ANS - Santiago) - The Salesian School of America (ESA), together with the Catholic University "Silva Henríquez" (UCSH) and the Salesian Province of Chile, has organized a series of formative meetings on the Preventive System for educators of the American continent.

                        Accompanying educators and fostering the charism through its vital core, that is the Preventive System, is a constant challenge for all Salesian education, secondary school and university. For this reason, this cycle of distance learning was created, through the Zoom platform, for all those educators present in America who wish to strengthen their educational and charismatic vocation.

                        About 170 people - including Salesians, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Directors and Rectors, teachers of schools and vocational training centers and universities, from the American continent – as well as the Provincial of the Salesians of Chile, Fr Carlo Lira - took part in the first meeting, held on April 7.

                        Fr Claudio Cartes, Referent for the Salesian School of America of the Salesians of Don Bosco, greeted the participants and said that "Salesian environments have a great path, which is the Preventive System. We want to strengthen this charismatic identity in our educational and evangelizing mission.” 

                        Sr. Ivone Goulart, Referent for the Salesian School of America of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, also greeted participants: “The challenge is to educate like Don Bosco. The preventive system in education is needed today more than ever," she said.

                        The speaker of this first meeting was Fr Alejandro Rodríguez, Doctor of Education at the University of San Francisco, who discussed: "Salesian leadership, charism and education in a preventive key".

                        The priest presented several elements that should be considered in educational spaces in the post-pandemic era, such as: planning in the face of economic volatility, building trust, greater systemic optimization, high expectations to deliver quick results, new skills , abilities and knowledge, increase personal and organizational adaptability, greater flexibility to work how and where one wishes to.

                        And after having manifested: "The preventive system is a vocation of service to young people who are looking for answers", he concluded with some points that he wanted to emphasize clearly:

                        -       Educating is an art that requires a familiar environment and a precise intentionality.

                        -       The Salesian Preventive System is a relationship.

                        -       The added value is its own prevention.

                        -       Leadership is experience: of the spirit, of Don Bosco, of the Oratory as structure and criterion, of assistance as presence, of encounter in joy and solidarity.

                        His presentation was completed by a question and answer session.

                        The next appointment will be held on Wednesday 14 April at 10:00 (UTC-4) in Chile and the conference will be held by Fr Michael Vojtas, professor at the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) in Rome. To register: www.salesianos.cl/sistemapreventivo 

                        • Cile
                        • CIL CILE
                        • Scuole
                        • Formazione
                        • Sistema Preventivo
                        • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Italy – Missionaries heralds of hope

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                          Italy – Missionaries heralds of hope

                          (ANS – Rome) – On 4 April  2021, at the end of Vespers of the Solemnity of Easter, the Mother General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Sr. Yvonne Reungoat, communicated to the Generalate Community the destination of the eight new FMA missionaries.

                          The new missionaries, from seven Provinces and three Continents, learned of their destination at the end of a time of discernment, prayer, and dialogue lived from 15 to 26 March 2021, with the accompaniment of the Councillor for the Missions, Sister Alaíde Deretti.

                          Mother Yvonne wished the new missionaries “to be like the first missionaries, whom Mother Mazzarello had the courage to send to America, and for this we are here. On this Easter day, the Angel sent Mary Magdalene to proclaim the Resurrection and you are called to proclaim the Resurrection of Jesus in the certainty that He accompanies you and that every difficulty is a participation in the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus. (…) Missionary is love in the heart that leads us to live and proclaim the Good News. The hope on this Easter evening is that you may be witnesses and heralds of the Resurrection”.

                          Sr. Alaíde Deretti, Councillor for the Missions, thanking each new missionary and their provinces of origin for their generous ‘yes’, took up the words of Pope Francis: ” ‘outgoing Church’… is the command of Jesus, who in Mark’s Gospel asks His followers to go all over the world and preach the Gospel ‘to every creature’. The Church is either outgoing or it is not the Church. Either it is in proclamation or it is not the Church. If the Church does not go out, it is corrupted, it is distorted. It becomes something else” (From the interview with Gianni Valente – Extraordinary Missionary October, 2019).

                          The Councillor wished them “to allow themselves to be led by faith and hope in this particular time when the world needs health, safety, and courageous heralds of the Gospel”.

                          The new missionaries will continue their formation journey in preparation for the mission ad gentes, intensifying the study of the language of the Founders, attending courses at the Pontifical Urbanianum University of Rome, participating in moments of encounter with the different Sectors, and sharing the experience of life in the international and multicultural community of the FMA Generalate.

                          The destinations of the new-missionaries:

                          • Czopur Anna (PLJ)
                            St. Mary D. Mazzarello Province (AEC) – Camerun, Guinea Equatorial, Gabon, Congo Brazzaville
                          • Nguyen thi Hong Anna (VTN)
                            St. Francis di Sales Province (ABA) – Patagonia
                          • Gonsalves Collette (INB)
                            Our Lady of Good Counsel Province (IMR) – Malta
                          • Do Carmo Albina (TIN)
                            Queen of Peace Preprovince (ANG) – Angola
                          • Coching Maria Alem (FIL)
                            Jesus Adolescent Province (MOR) – Egypt
                          • Pham thi Bich Thao Maria (VTN)
                            St.  Francis Xavier Province (ABB) – Patagonia
                          • Kim Min Seon Cristina (KOR)
                            Mary Our Help Province (CMY) – Cambodia, Myanmar
                          • Quintero Arévalo Emma Teresa (CMM)
                            St. Mary D. Mazzarello Province (AEC) – Camerun, Guinea Equatoriale, Gabon, Congo Brazzaville

                          Mother communicated the destination of Sr. Hwang Hye Soon Giuseppina, from Morning Star Province (KOR), formerly a missionary in China. Sister Giuseppina, after having participated in the discernment process together with the new missionaries, was assigned to Queen of Peace Preprovince (ANG) – Angola.

                          Source: CGFMA

                          • Italia
                          • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                          • Yvonne Reungoat
                          • Missioni
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Mexico – Extraordinary Visitation of Fr Hugo Orozco Sánchez to "Our Lady of Guadalupe" Province (MEM) continues

                            5 days 22 hours ago

                            (ANS - Ciudad de México) - From 26 to 28 March, Fr Hugo Orozco Sánchez SDB, Regional Councilor for Interamerica, as part of his Extraordinary Visitation to the "Our Lady of Guadalupe" Province of Mexico-México (MEM), stopped in the social work “Artesanado Salesiano di Nazareth” in Mexico City, where he met and got to know the whole educative-pastoral community. Accompanying him in many moments of his visit were also Fr Ignacio Ocampo Uribe, MEM Provincial, and his Vicar, Fr Carlos Barbosa Castillo.

                            During the Eucharistic celebrations he presided over, the Regional Councilor highlighted the importance of the social work that takes place in this center and underlined the need to continue to support it, recalling that it offers many children, adolescents and young people access to formal and vocational education, and participates in the Salesian project of social promotion “Chavos de Don Bosco”.

                            On Good Friday, last April 2, Fr Orozco Sánchez presided over the celebration of the Lord's Passion in the Parish-Shrine of Mary Help of Christians. The assembly of the faithful gathered in the parish, even if small, in compliance with all health measures in force, was very significant; hundreds of other parishioners and faithful were also spiritually united in the celebration online via social networks.

                            To all the faithful, present and connected via the internet, the Regional Councilor reminded us that "God loves us immensely, does not abandon us and is always ready to forgive us, to the point of having given the life of His beloved Son to save us."

                            On Saturday 3 April 2021, during the solemn Easter Vigil, in the same church, Fr Orozco Sánchez said: "The Resurrection is an opportunity to start over from where it all began ... We who are witnesses of the Risen One, are people who give, we are joyful people, we are optimistic people, people who give comfort, people who smile despite the difficulties ... We are the people who believe in the Resurrection.”

                            Then he underlined the invitation that the angel made to women and disciples to "go to Galilee, to see Jesus", highlighting that Christ loves us so much that, even if we have abandoned Him, He allows us to start over from the place where it all began, the place of the first meeting and the "first love".

                            And, referring to what the Pope said about this image of Galilee, he added that it contains three beautiful Easter messages: “The love of Jesus has no limits; the love of Jesus confronts us with a better future; and for the love of Jesus there is not a single sin that leaves us excluded from His love for us. Three Easter messages that, if we make them our own, will really give us reason to celebrate this Easter!”

                            • Messico
                            • MEM MESSICO MÉXICO
                            • Hugo Orozco Sánchez
                            • Pasqua
                            • Visita Straordinaria
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Myanmar – Solidarity and prayer for Myanmar continue throughout East Asia-Oceania Region

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                              Myanmar – Solidarity and prayer for Myanmar continue throughout East Asia-Oceania Region

                              (ANS - Yangon) - After the violent clashes that broke out in Myanmar last Saturday 27 March, during which civilians, students and even children lost their lives, the Salesians and the Salesian Family of the East Asia-Oceania Region have intensified their movement of prayer and solidarity.

                              Many Asian local churches have also expressed their closeness to the suffering people of Myanmar, who have witnessed violence, killings and imprisonment since February. Korean Cardinal Andrew Yeom soo-jung (archbishop of Seoul, South Korea) also invited the entire Catholic community, made up of 1 million people, to a prayer novena in Myanmar, which ends today, April 7.

                              A day of prayer was also held last March 31 organized by the Interprovincial Conference of the FMA of East Asia (CIAO in English), which includes 8 Provinces and a total of 1,110 Sisters. On this occasion, the FMA Province of Philippines and Papua New Guinea (FIL) made its digital platform available to follow the event online.

                              The Salesian Provinces and the Association of Salesian Cooperators of many countries belonging to the East Asia-Oceania Region responded to the appeal for prayer and solidarity. In many places, then, the prayer activity was especially intensified during the days of Holy Week.

                              In these difficult months for Myanmar, through the Catholic media and social networks, there are many stories of hope that follow one another. The Burmese people are showing great courage and determination, showing themselves willing to suffer for freedom and for a better future for the country.

                              In recent weeks, citizens' responses to violence are becoming more and more creative: drums are beaten, rubbish is unloaded in public places, the United Nations is appealed to in the streets of Yangon. All this always through the civil disobedience movement.

                              A few days ago, Pope Francis also shared his solidarity with the suffering people of Myanmar, whom he personally visited a few years ago. "I kneel with you in the streets of Myanmar," said the Holy Father.

                              Thus, the prayer for peace in this country does not stop and appeals to world leaders are growing to respond to the cry of those who suffer.

                              • Myanmar
                              • MYM MYANMAR
                              • Asia EstOceania
                              • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                              • Salesiani Cooperatori
                              • Preghiera
                              • Violenze
                              • Famiglia Salesiana
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Italy – Alin, from pupil to entrepreneur thanks to Salesian Vocational Training

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                                Italy – Alin, from pupil to entrepreneur thanks to Salesian Vocational Training

                                (ANS - Serravalle Scrivia) - Alin Cazacu is a young past pupil of the Salesian Vocational Training Center (VTC) of Serravalle Scrivia in the province of Alessandria, Piedmont. Thanks to his determination, his commitment, and the teachings received during his years as a student of the Salesian course in the Salesian VTC, he was able to fulfill his dream of starting his own business: he opened a pizzeria.

                                A serious preparation towards the world of work and the possibility of an internship in a firm so as to immediately put into practice what he had learned 'at his desk' were the keys to entering the world of work as a protagonist.

                                Today Alin is 27 years old and lives in Sardigliano. Three years ago - with his business partner and best friend - he opened the pizzeria “Il Quadrifoglio” in Cassano Spinola. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, they are only engaged in take-away, but the hope is to re-open the dining room to full capacity, since it had become a point of reference for the neighboring townspeople.

                                Alin attended the VTC course in Serravalle Scrivia as a sales assistant: “A friend of mine recommended it to me. He told me about a beautiful environment, useful for learning and being inserted into the world of work,” he says.

                                The training course led him first to do an internship in a clothing store, then to start working in a pizzeria as an employee.

                                “In the store, I put into practice the notions learned above all on how to approach customers, be polite and how to understand the needs of those in front of you. The course was very useful because they also taught me English - essential these days - and I was able to take the HACCP qualification for preparing and serving food and drinks, which came in handy later, saving time and money. Finally, I have perfected the theoretical knowledge in internship: theory and practice for a complete formation.”

                                The vocational school staff explain: “The course, completely free, includes 300 hours of internship, in collaboration with the commercial activities of the area, especially the outlet (the largest in Italy) in the third year of attendance, after the first two in which supplementary vocational subjects are taught.”

                                Depending on the chosen address, the subjects taught change: "Sales techniques, cash management, organization of the point of sale ... in addition to English, Russian and business Chinese, languages required for dealing with customers who arrive in Serravalle.”

                                Thus, after a few years as an employee, Alin and his friend decided to go on their own. Now he bakes and serves pizzas and can't wait to go back to setting the tables for all the customers who have learned to know him, appreciate his professionalism and taste his pizzas.

                                • ICP ITALIA CIRCOSCRIZIONE SPECIALE PIEMONTE E VALLE D'AOSTA
                                • Formazione Professionale
                                • CNOSFAP
                                • Italia
                                • Lavoro
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  East Timor – Flood victims needs shelter-food-medicines

                                  1 week ago
                                  East Timor – Flood victims needs shelter-food-medicines

                                  (ANS – Dili) – A flash flood caused by torrential rains crippled areas around the capital city of Dili, East Timor, as well as some nearby islands in Eastern Indonesia (NTT), including the island of Flores and the Western part of Timor Island, Indonesia, in the early morning hours (3-5 AM) of Easter Sunday (April 4). To date, reports claim there are some 160+ victims of landslides and houses buried under mud, kilometres of destroyed road, and thousands of displaced people. In Dili, the water in the rivers rise as much as 2-4 meter above the ordinary level.

                                  Although the main rainfall stopped on Monday (April 5), the water-level was still high. Rescue work continues to search and discover missing people and restore the basic roads and streets in the affected area.

                                  The Salesians of Don Bosco (Vice Province of St Callisto Caravario, East Timor - TLS) with the headquarters in Dili-Comoro, one of the centres of this natural disaster, is now sheltering some 3,000 people who fled from their homes due to this calamity in its “Comoro Don Bosco” compound. Some blankets, food and basic medicines were distributed. Also, the archbishop of Dili, Virgilio da Silva, SDB, was present with his words of consolation to the flood refugees.

                                  At the same time, the whole Salesian Family, with the Comoro FMA communities, Salesian Cooperators, ADMA and Don Bosco Past Pupils extend their hands to the victims.

                                  At present, the TLS Vice Province has 11 canonical communities in East Timor, with 3 of them located precisely in the capital of Dili-Comoro district, with the parish of Mary Help of Christians; “Don Bosco Technical Centre”, a TVET centre, with a large oratory; and a post-novitiate community with the Philosophy study centre. Also, the Provincial house is located in the Dili-Comoro venue.

                                  On the other hand, the Salesians of Don Bosco are not yet present in the Eastern Indonesia provinces affected by the flash floods, especially in Flores Island. The only presence is the Don Bosco community of Sumba, apparently without any major damages.

                                  Prayers and any meaningful sign of solidarity is highly appreciated. “We pray for the people of East Timor and Easter Indonesia!” the Salesians say.

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                                  • Timor Est
                                  • TLS TIMOR EST
                                  • Indonesia
                                  • INA INDONESIA
                                  • Disastri e Calamità Naturali
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Mozambique – Solidarity, fundamental ingredient in "Don Bosco-Maputo" Social and Sports School of Real Madrid

                                    1 week ago

                                    (ANS - Maputo) - The “Don Bosco-Maputo” Real Madrid Social-Sports School carries out its activities at the “San José de Lhanguene” Salesian Mission in Mozambique's capital. The Salesians have been working in the country for over a century to help the most disadvantaged children, offering them an integral education. Through the practice of football and basketball, more than 70 children and adolescents between the ages of 3 and 17 learn values ​​and improve their academic performance in this sports and educational project that involves the Salesians and the Real Madrid Foundation. The current pandemic situation has affected the activities, but not the accompaniment of children and their families, which continues with solidarity and awareness-raising activities.

                                    The Salesian Mission San José, in Maputo, is part of the collaboration project of the Socio-Sports Schools that the Real Madrid Foundation has launched with the Salesian Mission Office of Madrid, "Misiones Salesianas" - a collaboration that has turned 10 in 2021 and which today is divided into 21 schools in 14 countries on three continents, benefiting almost 4,000 children every year.

                                    For three days a week, the students of the "Don Bosco-Maputo" school participate in training sessions for an hour and a half. Sport and educational reinforcement complement each other so that through sport the project participants learn good habits for study, hygiene and nutrition.

                                    Mandatory confinement during the last school year and the consequences of the pandemic forced a reduction in sports activities and the number of participants. However, the accompaniment of children and their families has translated into solidarity, through the distribution of food, masks and protective devices, as well as through awareness-raising speeches to avoid infections.

                                    Source: Misiones Salesianas

                                    Walter is 13 years old and one of the participants in the football school: “Here we have fun, we learn a lot and make friends. When I grow up, I want to be a teacher and I know that what I'm learning will help me achieve this goal," he says.

                                    The school year in Mozambique begins in February. Last year, all activities were marked by the pandemic, but classroom activities were replaced by visits to children and their families to encourage and help them during the lockdown.

                                    The limitations of participation and health measures to avoid contagion are still respected: the use of masks during school reinforcements, hand disinfection before entering the playground or in any activity organized by the school and measurement of the participants' temperature before entering the sports complex take place.

                                    However, what never changes in the socio-sports schools of the Real Madrid Foundation is the joy of the students, a concrete expression of the motto that guides these activities which benefit thousands of vulnerable children all over the world: "They play, we educate".

                                    • MOZ MOZAMBICO
                                    • Mozambico
                                    • Sport
                                    • Coronavirus
                                    • Educazione
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Spain – A digital and inclusive school for the disadvantaged: "Don Bosco F5"

                                      1 week ago

                                      (ANS - Sevilla) - "Don Bosco F5" will be a digital, inclusive and supportive school, the first to be developed in Andalusia under the "Simplon.co" pedagogical model. It has already selected the first 25 participants who will be educated in the new technologies according to this model. This is a project born from the collaboration between the "Fundación Don Bosco" and the "Factoría F5", which will be financed by the "Endesa" energy company. It is part of the activities developed by the "Fundación Don Bosco" in the "Polígono Sur" area of ​​Seville, considered one of Spain's most vulnerable areas, where a large number of minors, young people and families are immersed in highly vulnerable situations, especially in terms of employment.

                                      The "Don Bosco F5" school project was born as a response to the crisis generated by Covid-19 to seek a strategic alliance between three leading realities in educational and social intervention, technological training and entrepreneurial commitment; and without forgetting that currently in Spain there are 12.3 million people in a situation of social exclusion (data from the tenth report on the population at risk of poverty or exclusion - AROPE) while there are over 56,000 vacancies in the technology sector (data from “Fundación Telefónica”).

                                      "Don Bosco F5", thus, wants to be a commitment to hidden talents, especially among women in precarious situations, unskilled young people, long-term unemployed, applicants for international protection, gypsies, excluded young people, immigrants and all those groups that start from a situation of fewer opportunities.

                                      An innovative methodology will be used for the development of the project, focused on job placement, centered on an active, 100% practical pedagogy, which will combine classroom and online dynamics, deductive learning methods and a constant vocational orientation, with the creation of real projects for the organizations involved, lectures by industry professionals, meetings and hiring days with companies and at job fairs.

                                      One of the most interesting aspects of this inclusive project is that it will be possible to access training in the most sought-after skills in the digital sector even without prior knowledge on the subject.

                                      At the same time, this is not a leap in the dark: the experience of the already active F5 schools states that 76% of students in the months immediately following the training obtain a job, access further training courses or start an entrepreneurial project.

                                      On a technical level, a 1,000-hour formation will be offered on Front-end design and development of websites and applications (HTML, CSS and JavaScript), Design and back-end development of websites and applications, User experience design and prototyping, Usage of agile methodologies, such as Kanban or Scrum.

                                      After receiving over 150 applications, 25 people have been selected who, despite coming from unfavorable personal, economic and/or social circumstances, have shown that they possess the required qualities: personal autonomy, logic, great motivation and the ability to work as a team.

                                      • Spagna
                                      • Lavoro
                                      • SMX SPAGNA MARIA AUSILIATRICE
                                      • Scuole
                                      • Giovani a Rischio
                                      • Tecnologie
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Brazil - Easter Vigil in the Iauaretê mission

                                        1 week 4 days ago
                                        Brazil - Easter Vigil in the Iauaretê mission

                                        (ANS - Iauaretê) - How is Easter lived and experienced in the missions? Salesians tell us how one prepares for the most important days of the year in the poorest lands in the world. In particular, Fr Roberto Cappelletti, a missionary in the Amazon, in Iauaretê, at the extreme western border of Brazil, right in front of the border with Colombia, wanted to share the solemn moment of the Easter Vigil in his mission.

                                        The Easter Vigil in Iauaretê is extremely evocative and special. Iauaretê is a missionary district with 10 villages around the Salesian house and each village is consecrated to a Salesian Saint.

                                        As Fr Cappelletti explains: “On the night of the Vigil, each village lights a large fire in the central and community part. Simultaneously communicating the beginning with the sound of the bells of the main church, the inhabitants of each village light their candle at the central fire and walk towards the parish. The inhabitants of the ten villages,” he continues, “arriving in front of the parish church, form a large circle in front of the pile of wood prepared by the liturgy team. Each village also brings with it the new Easter candle. During the song, everyone, each with their own candle, sets fire to the large pile of wood from which, during the liturgy, the 10 candles of the villages and the paschal candle of the main church will be lit. It is a time of great spirituality and very emotional. Children, adults and the elderly, as a sign of faith in the Risen Christ, bring their small contribution of light, as witnesses of the Resurrection. In 2017, I celebrated 37 baptisms during the Easter Vigil. Let's say that the celebration lasted a little longer than expected (3 hours), but it was really beautiful,” added the missionary.

                                        Fr Cappelletti also wanted to share an anecdote, dating back to a few years ago, when he celebrated the Easter Vigil in the village of the Hupda ethnic group, Santa Cruz do Cabarí.

                                        “In 2018 I celebrated the Easter Vigil in the village of the Hupda ethnic group, Santa Cruz do Cabarí. On Holy Thursday all the inhabitants of the other Hupda villages of the Japú river arrived. There were about 700 people. I spent Thursday night, all Friday, and all Saturday confessing these people; 95% confessed in their own language, which I did not know,” he explained. “I entrusted everything to the Mercy of God, who knows all and forgives all. I had brought a traditional Easter candle, but to my surprise they, amazing beekeepers, had made a huge one out of beeswax. I was moved. Due to its size, they transported it to the center of 'Our Church under the Stars' with a wooden cart. On that night, 85 baptisms were celebrated between children and adults. The most beautiful Easter Vigil I've ever experienced.”

                                        Source: Missioni Don Bosco

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