Main page content

Italy – Fr Quadrio and Fr Braga: Testimonies of Hope

1 week 2 days ago
Italy – Fr Quadrio and Fr Braga: Testimonies of Hope

(ANS - Sondrio) – The traditional meeting to commemorate the Salesian holiness linked to Valtellina (Sondrio Province) was marked this year by two special anniversaries: the centenary of the birth of the Venerable Fr Giuseppe Quadrio (Vervio, 28 November 1921) and the 50th anniversary of the death of the Servant of God Fr Carlo Braga (San Fernando - Philippines, 3 January 1971).

On the evening of 17 October in Mazzo di Valtellina, at the historic Lavizzari Palace, there was a memorial function for Don Quadrio. It began with a talk by Dr Lodovica Zanet, collaborator of the Postulation for the Causes of the Saints of the Salesian Family, who retraced some key elements of human and spiritual life of Don Quadrio, highlighting the inseparable link with the presence and action of the Holy Spirit. "Reviewing briefly the life of Fr Quadrio gives the feeling that his earthly parable was equivalent to a short arc, all stretched towards the Lord, full of zeal for Him. Even his falls spurred him on more and more to that great and all-embracing love that burned within him, and in comparison, to which every small imperfection seemed serious: when you love, nothing is small, nothing is indifferent" she narrated. Father Quadrio himself attributed to himself a particular bond with the Holy Spirit, experiencing a "mystical" moment himself, during the Pentecost period of his twenty-three years (1944). From then on, he would impose on himself a "new name", which would remain secret, but with which he would sign his spiritual Diaries: "Docibilis a Spiritu Sancto".

This was followed by the touching testimony from Maria Pia Gallo who described her experience of entrusting herself to the intercession of Fr Quadrio in a moment of serious illness from which she was healed, thanks to the united prayer of many people linked in particular to Turin’s ADMA.

The following day, Fr Carlo Braga was commemorated in Tirano. Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, Postulator General for the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family, re-read the last letter of the Valtellinese missionary, written on the eve of his death on 2 January 1971. It was addressed to Sister Rita Mazza, FMA, which constitutes, in essence, a spiritual testament, synthesis of his entire family and vocational history, centered on pastoral charity, lived in the practice of the family spirit and in the exercise of a fatherhood that makes itself loved, and which the young Carlo had experienced in his encounter with Blessed Michael Rua.

In fact, when Carlo was a young boy attending the boarding school in Sondrio, he had the grace of meeting Don Rua on a visit to the city and of having the honour of being his little secretary for a day: "When I presented myself to receive orders, he smiled at me, put my right hand between his, and said to me: 'We will always be friends!'". It was a tradition of goodness made up of looks, smiles and hands that had passed from Don Bosco to young Michael Rua, and from them to little Carlo Braga. Most Rev. Luciano Cappelli, a Salesian, Bishop of Gizo, in the Solomon Islands, recalled the traits of paternity and closeness experienced during the years he lived as a young Salesian with Fr Braga in the Philippines, expressed through concrete gestures of love.

A solemn concelebrated Eucharist was held on Sunday 17 October in the parish church of Vervio, presided over by Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, who reread Fr Quadrio's testimony in the light of the Word of God, highlighting the trait of a true servant who knows how to give good things to his brothers and sisters in the conditions of his own life: as a consecrated man, as a priest, as a theologian, as a teacher. The Cardinal asked for the intercession of Fr Quadrio and Fr Braga, so that even today the Salesian Family will be able to lead the young generations in paths of faith and holiness.

{gallery}ILE - Ricordando don Quadrio e don Braga 2021{/gallery}

  • Italia
  • ILE ITALIA LOMBARDO EMILIANA
  • Santità Salesiana
  • Pier Luigi Cameroni
  • Giuseppe Quadrio
  • Carlo Braga
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Spain – The Rector Major inaugurates the Don Bosco Park in Valladolid

    1 week 2 days ago
    Spain – The Rector Major inaugurates the Don Bosco Park in Valladolid

    (ANS - Valladolid) - The celebration of 50 years of Salesian presence in Valladolid, in particular in the districts of Pajarillos and Las Flores, was the main reason for the visit of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, to the city of León. On Saturday 16 October, as part of the anniversary celebrations, the "Don Bosco Park", located next to the Salesian presence, was inaugurated in Valladolid and a commemorative monument was also blessed.

    About 200 people gathered in the park: children and young people, educators, members of the Salesian Family and many others who, in the course of these 50 years, had woven into the history of this presence, together with the representatives of the Municipal Council of Valladolid, the deputy mayor and 5 councilors, and the Rectors of the Salesian houses of the “Spain-St James the Greater” Province (SSM) were also present.

    The ceremony began with a brief review of the history of these 50 years. Subsequently, Carlos López, the sculptor of the monument, explained the meaning of the monolith, with the name of Don Bosco engraved on it, and the bronze dove with the relief of the face of the Turin’s saint above it. "Don Bosco's face is engraved on the dove, is a reflection of Salesian pedagogy, because the Salesians were the protagonists of education in this neighborhood, leaving in the place the seal of the founder," he explained.

    Manuel Saravia, deputy mayor, thanked the Salesians for their presence in the city, underlining that the title of the park to Don Bosco, and the adjacent "Salesian Steet", were extremely meaningful for the activities carried out by the Salesians in education, social promotion, and youth care. Before blessing the monument, the Rector Major thanked the families, the neighborhood, and the Municipality for their presence and their support for Salesian initiatives. In this sense, he expressed the commitment of the Salesians to “continue to be in the places where people were.” “We loved Valladolid very much and felt much loved, which is why we will always be by your side to continue dream our together for the future,” he said.

    Fr Rogelio Arenal, Rector of the house, closed the event thanking everyone for their presence and generosity, and the Municipality of Valladolid for their support.

    Another significant moment of the day was the meeting convened by the Provincial, Fr Fernando García, and by his Council, with all the Rectors of the SSM houses - the first meeting of this type to be held in person since the beginning of the pandemic.

    The Rector Major, speaking to the Rectors, stressed that “the Congregation is experiencing a very beautiful moment, with serenity, looking ahead” and with “profound communion”. Therefore, he insisted on three challenges on which to continue working: the option for the poorest young people; deepening the charismatic identity in the Salesians. in the laity and in the houses, and finally to commit to the formation of the Salesians and of the laity who share the charism and mission.

    Again, Fr Á.F. Artime underlined the role of the Rector as “guarantor of the charismatic identity of every Salesian house” and stressed the need to live “the Salesian sacrament of presence” among young people, in an “affective and effective” way, as “the commitment we make with them, to be among them, is always valid.”

    In the afternoon, the Rector Major met Most Rev. Ricardo Blázquez, the cardinal archbishop of Valladolid, and then completed the day with a moment of prayer and dialogue with the entire Salesian Family of the city.

    On this occasion, he insisted on the importance of the mission shared with the laity. To the members of the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA) he urged them to “be what you must be”, offering, with respect, a proposal in the freedom that comes from the Gospel. To the Salesian Cooperators he highlighted the task of “witnessing to a true Christian life”. And, faced with the challenges of the present moment, he encouraged, as the Pope invites, to be the leaven, to build bridges, and to be a Church with open doors.

    • Spagna
    • Rettor Maggiore
    • Ángel Fernández Artime
    • SSM SPAGNA SAN GIACOMO MAGGIORE
      Virginia Nitto

      RMG – Network of VTCs in America: Provincial Delegates of the Continent meet

      1 week 2 days ago
      RMG – Network of VTCs in America: Provincial Delegates of the Continent meet

      (ANS - Rome) – On Wednesday 13 October, the department of Youth Ministry held an online meeting of the “Network of Vocational Training Centres (VTC) in America. It was attended by 15 delegates of the Provinces of the American continent, Fr Miguel Angel García Morcuende, the General Councilor for Youth Ministry, and a management group composed of 8 people. The meeting was conducted as part of the project to strengthen the skillsets and was led by Fr Claudio Cartes, the Youth Pastoral delegate of America.

      During the meeting, Fr ​​García Morcuende urged the participants to "network with like-minded forces as a tool for improvement", which will generate institutional changes in increasingly complex activities, and to advance as a network in the areas of training and upskilling, of providing support and as part of institutional development, institutional relations and visibility.

      The idea of ​​such a network began to be formulated in 2018, but its practical coordination began to mature more intensely from 2020. The meeting held last week was a significant milestone, as it brought together for the first time the representatives of various Provinces specifically appointed for this purpose and favored knowledge and interaction between the participants.

      This network, which was consolidated in various stages and with the accompaniment of the Congregation’s Youth Ministry Sector. The primary motive of this move was to provide a space for discussion at the continental level, capable of fostering dialogue and reflections on the strengths and common difficulties of the Salesian VTCs. In this way, it will be able to meet the real needs of the young people of the American continent in terms of training, professional or vocational qualification. This would enable them to search for decent work, which promotes them as positive agents of change in society and in the Church. At the same time, the network also seeks to optimize processes, share good practices and promote training requirements, through coordination of institutional processes. In turn this would provide a greater visibility in the continent's VTC environment.

      The meeting, organised by the Salesian VTC Network Management Team, presented the steps taken to date and the different significant stages that are upcoming. Next stages in promoting the VTCs are: reinforcing the identity, reasons and challenges; the impact and benefits of networking for the VTCs in the continent; and the organisational proposal currently under consideration for the network.

      Afterwards, the provincial contact persons for the VTCs shared their expectations and suggestions, with a view to generate synergy inspired by the charism and following the example of networking based on other similar experiences of networking in the Salesian mission, such as the Salesian School in America (ESA) and the Salesian Network of Works and Social Services for Young People at Risk (RASS).

      At the end of the meeting, it was agreed to share the provisional schedule for 2022, which would be proposed by the management team to be taken into consideration in planning the works of each Province on the continent.

      • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
      • Formazione Professionale
      • Pastorale Giovanile
      • Miguel Angel Garcia Morcuende
      • America Cono Sud
      • Interamerica
        Gian Francesco Romano

        I feel at home

        1 week 4 days ago
        I feel at home

        (ANS - León) On Friday 15 October, the Rector Major of the Salesian Congregation began a three-day visit to what was once his home province. Ángel Fernández Artime, the 10th successor of Don Bosco, had a meeting with the Salesian Family of León and with the Salesians of the Santiago el Mayor health house. On Saturday 16 and Sunday 17, in Valladolid, he will take part in the celebrations marking 50 years of Salesian presence in the city.

        In the hall of the Don Bosco Centre in León, more than a hundred people were waiting for him in the afternoon, including Salesians, Salesian Sisters, Salesian Cooperators, Members of Damas Salesianas, Past Pupils and educators from the different areas of the Salesian presence in León. As soon as he began his greeting to those present, the Rector Major commented that he felt "at home" and moved to see the different groups of the Salesian Family and "so many familiar faces, with whom I have shared so much".

        He began by speaking about the reality of the Salesian Family in the world as "a very rich reality", which has been able to respond to the needs of those most in need during the pandemic. Fernández Artime pointed out the wide network of collaboration and communication that was activated during the pandemic, and which allowed aid to be channelled (more than 12 million euros) to hospitals, canteens, and aid the neediest families in 73 countries. He valued the sensitivity towards those most in need and the creativity in providing responses. He said, “We have to offer, whatever may be the situation, the best that we have as a charism.” He continued specifying, “As men and women believers, the family spirit that we have as our identity card, and the spirit of joy and hope that we are to carry are the best that we can offer.”

        Responding to questions from the audience, the Rector Major underlined the importance of continuing to accompany young people in discovering their vocation and explained that he feels it is "a great blessing" that each year the Congregation has about 450 novices. Addressing educators, he pointed out the importance of being aware of the "topicality of the Salesian charism", and insisted on "the affective and effective presence among young people", being among them, as one of the fundamental, inalienable elements of Salesian pedagogy.

        He also referred to the moment the Church is living with the celebration of the synod on synodality. He explained that, as Salesian Family, we must participate through the initiatives of each diocese, but also grow, as Congregation and Family, in the dimension of synodality, "getting to know each other more, dialoguing more among us, listening to each other more".

        "Thank you for your dedicated life".

        After the meeting with the Salesian Family, the Rector Major went to the Santiago el Mayor community to share prayer and dinner with the elderly and sick brothers and sisters of the nursing home.

        Visibly moved, the 10th successor of Don Bosco addressed these Salesians and wondered if "a whole life of dedication will have been worthwhile", to which he replied that "today the Congregation is what it is thanks to you". For this reason, he asked these sick confreres that "the pastoral work you can do now is your prayer, which has an exceptional value". "First you lived the pastoral care from your dedication - he told them - and now you live the pastoral care from the Gethsemane of sickness, weakness and suffering".

        The first day of the Rector Major's visit to León concluded with a family dinner attended, in addition to the Salesians from the city's communities, the Salesian Sisters from the nearby María Auxiliadora school were present too.

        • Ángel Fernández Artime
        • Spagna
        • Rettor Maggiore
          José Luis Munoz

          Italy – The new Academic Year opens at the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS)

          1 week 5 days ago
          Italy – The new Academic Year opens at the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS)

          (ANS – Rome) – The inauguration of the Academic Year 2021-2022 of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) was held yesterday, 14 October 2021. The Rector Major and Grand Chancellor of the UPS, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, presided over the Eucharist at the parish church of "Santa Maria della Speranza" adjacent to the university campus. Subsequently, as the Academic part of the event, the new Rector, Fr Andrea Bozzolo, gave the introductory speech, followed by the keynote address of Prof. Susy Zanardo, professor of Moral Philosophy at the European University of Rome, on the guiding theme of the inauguration and the entire new year: "With young people for a new beginning. Change of era and grace of hope".

          Fr Á.F. Artime in his homily at mass, began by recalling that “the Holy Spirit be for us believers, today and always, the guide of our lives as believers, guide of the Academic Year for each one of us, the guide and life of our university as an institution".

          Then he recalled the mission of the UPS,"to show how the light of faith generates thought and nourishes educational proposals". And, reflecting on the challenges of this time, and the motto chosen, he observed: "only an intense spiritual experience will offer us the indispensable light that which is called for through this year's academic motto: 'a new beginning'".

          Finally, before concluding, he recalled that in November we will celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the birth of an illustrious UPS professor, the venerable Don Giuseppe Quadrio, from whose example he called upon the entire academic community "to ask the Lord for the grace of a heart docile to the Holy Spirit".

          Once in the Paul VI Hall of the UPS, Fr Bozzolo illustrated in broad terms the salient moments of the life of the institution in the past year, during which, despite the difficulties of the pandemic, the Salesian university has educated and accompanied over 1,700 students, from 97 different countries, over half being lay people, thanks to the work of the 275 Professors.

          Then, he outlined the prospects for the new year: "More than offering concrete operational lines, which will have to mature through common dialogue, I think it is the Rector's task to outline the cultural and spiritual formative horizon, within which multiple activities can take place". And after citing the guiding motto for the year 2021-2022, he stressed the need not so much to offer new services or new initiatives, but to proceed with an authentic renewal of community dynamics and the capacity to witness. He concluded by reiterating that we must "face the challenges we face before our University and for our times" in teaching Christian hope.

          For her part, Prof. Zanardo, after having illustrated with a wealth of examples and quotes said: " in this historical moment, in the complexity and dissonance of experience, the question of meaning and the meaning of everything remains inescapable." She underlined the role of the university in accompanying young people in their search for answers and encouraged the latter by reminding them: "Be fabrics of dreams, but your freedom needs bonds and roots".

          In conclusion, Fr Á.F. Artime pronounced the ritual words with which he opened the new academic year.

          Videos to review the Eucharistic celebration and the Academic part are available on the UPS YouTube channel.

          • Italia
          • UPS UNIVERSITÀ PONTIFICIA SALESIANA
          • Rettor Maggiore
          • Andrea Bozzolo
          • Speranza
          • Ángel Fernández Artime
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Italy – Caritas sisters of Jesus elect their new Superior General

            1 week 5 days ago
            Italy – Caritas sisters of Jesus elect their new Superior General

            (ANS – Ariccia) – Caritas Sisters of Jesus (CSJ, or “Suore della Carita di Gesù”, in Italian language) have elected during their 18th General Chapter on October 14th (Ariccia, next to Rome, Italy) their new Superior General, Sr. Emiliana Park. She succeed the former Superior Sr Teresia Furuki (2015-2021) as the leader of the more than 900 sisters strong religious congregation, born in 1937 in Miyazaki, Japan.

            The new Superior General was born in South Korea, made her first religious profession in 1983, final vows in 1989 in Gwangju. Sr Emiliana served 6 years as Provincial Councilor for formation in Korea, then was elected as General Councilor for the family apostolate (6 years) and then served as General Councilor for Formation until the GC18.

            Newly Mother General shares heart few hours after the unexpected election:

            “Humanly, although I’m afraid, I believe that the Lord will lead me because I have surrendered everything to the Lord and obeyed. At the 18th General Chapter, we are making a resolution that ‘we must live our founding charism creatively while looking at the signs of the times’. I’m asking the Spirit of the Risen Lord to renew us. And I would like, together with all fellow sisters and in solidarity with the Salesian Family, to step on the 6-year journey of Caritas Congregation.”

            The 45 delegates of the General Chapter gathered in Ariccia, represent their fellow sisters living and witnessing the Love of God to the poor people in 16 countries in all 5 continents, with a recent strong drive for the African missions (Uganda, South Sudan). In 1986 the Congregation was officially accepted as the 16th member of the Salesian Family of Don Bosco.

            The theme of the General Chapter is “Renewed by the Spirit of the Risen Lord: For our common home, where we all live together” and the GC18 will conclude on 21 October with the closing Mass celebrated by the Rector Major in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Valdocco, Turin.

            • Italia
            • Suore della Carità di Gesù
            • Famiglia Salesiana
              Gian Francesco Romano

              RMG – Social Communication and Missions together: To "Communicate Christ today"

              1 week 5 days ago

              (ANS - Rome) - On 13 and 14 October the delegates of Social Communication and Missionary Animation of the Africa-Madagascar region gathered for an online formation meeting on the theme "Communicating Christ today".

              Fr Gildasio Mendes, General Councilor for Social Communication, underlined some important characteristics of inculturation and anthropology to be true communicators of the Gospel, inviting us to reflect on how to use the arts as a tool for evangelization in the digital universe.

              Fr Alfred Maravilla, General Councilor for the Missions, shared a reflection on the mentality of today's young people, the so-called “millennials” and the “Generation Z”, to activate responses in the local contexts where the Delegates work.

              Important reflections emerged from the sharing in groups which enriched all the participants and, in particular, time was dedicated to the work of the two Delegates of each Province to plan concrete actions for a common journey.

              The enthusiasm of all the Salesians present shows the desire to bear witness to the Gospel and make full use of the potential that the new forms of communication offer us: collaboration between the missions, which can carry forward the "news" and the "contents" of the evangelizing action, and social communication, which possesses the means and the skills to make the Good News known in today's world, is fundamental.

              Next year's Salesian Mission Day will address precisely this theme and joint work between the two Sectors will be proposed to the Provinces to be active Salesian evangelizers where young people are present.

              • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
              • Africa
              • Missioni
              • Comunicazione Sociale
              • Alfred Maravilla
              • Gildasio Mendes dos Santos
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Uruguay – “Forest of Hope” to celebrate St Isidore school’s 140th anniversary

                1 week 5 days ago
                Uruguay – “Forest of Hope” to celebrate St Isidore school’s 140th anniversary

                (ANS - Las Piedras) - As part of the celebrations for the 140th anniversary of the Salesian school of Saint Isidore, in Las Piedras, Uruguay, a "Forest of Hope" was inaugurated on Wednesday 13 October in the Héctor Ellis Park. The event was attended by Fr Alfonso Bauer, Provincial of Uruguay, together with the departmental authorities, the representatives of the Heritage Committee, the inspectors for the Primary School, namely Lourdes Bardino and Mario Ibarra, and the delegations of local, public and private educational institutions.

                Uruguay - “Forest of Hope” to celebrate St Isidore school’s 140th anniversary

                (ANS - Las Piedras) - As part of the celebrations for the 140th anniversary of the Salesian school of Saint Isidore, in Las Piedras, Uruguay, a "Forest of Hope" was inaugurated on Wednesday 13 October in the Héctor Ellis Park. The event was attended by Fr Alfonso Bauer, Provincial of Uruguay, together with the departmental authorities, the representatives of the Heritage Committee, the inspectors for the Primary School, namely Lourdes Bardino and Mario Ibarra, and the delegations of local, public and private educational institutions.

                After the welcome, the students of the sixth year of the Agronomy course explained how they are carrying out the project called "El Bosque" and showed their enthusiasm for this work, which they consider a legacy for future generations of school students, who they will have the responsibility for its upkeep. They then thanked the school’s Principal, the teachers, the staff, the students and past pupils who motivated and supported them in the Project’s development. They also said they were inspired by Don Bosco's maxim: "To achieve success at work, have charity in your heart and patience in carrying it out".

                The sixth-grade students also spoke during the event, expressing their wish that the "Forest of Hope" becomes a place of encounter with God.

                Finally, Fr Andrés Boone, Principal of the school, emphasized that a dream is coming true with this forest. “I didn't want another plaque on the school wall,” he explained. “I had wanted the current generations of the school to leave something for future generations, for the world of tomorrow and for the city of Las Piedras. I called this dream 'The Forest'. Later it was called 'The Forest of Hope' and joined the Don Bosco Green Alliance,” he added.

                Fr Boone then recalled: “It is necessary to create an awareness of ecological citizenship, which goes beyond teaching. It is about developing ecological habits, attitudes and an ecological lifestyle.” The institutions present, were then invited to visit “The Forest” to plant trees whenever they wish.

                As a follower of a dreamer, Fr Boone also expressed the desire that all educational institutions celebrate the "Season of Creation" next year, defined as a time of renewal of our relationship with the Creator.

                The celebration ended with a common prayer and the traditional cutting of the ribbon by the students of each of the educational institutions present.

                {gallery}URU - Bosco della Speranza 2021{/gallery}

                • Uruguay
                • URU URUGUAY
                • Scuole
                • Anniversari
                • Ambiente
                • Creato
                • Don Bosco Green Alliance
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Spain – Salesian missionary Fr Antonio César Fernández receives, posthumously, the Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit

                  1 week 5 days ago
                  Spain – Salesian missionary Fr Antonio César Fernández receives, posthumously, the Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit

                  (ANS - Madrid) - The Spanish Salesian missionary Fr Antonio César Fernández, assassinated in Burkina Faso in 2019, was posthumously awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit, on the proposal of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation. The Official State Gazette published Royal Decree 893/2021 on 11 October with which it granted this prestigious recognition to the Salesian missionary.

                  Fr Antonio César Fernández was killed on February 15, 2019, during a jihadist attack on the southern border of Burkina Faso. The attackers stopped the vehicle in which the Spanish missionary and two other Togolese Salesians were traveling on their way back from the Provincial Chapter of the French speaking Salesian Province of West Africa (AFO), which had been held in Lomé (Togo). After examining the vehicle, Fr Fernández was taken to a nearby forest, where he was later shot and killed.

                  Born in Pozoblanco, in the Province of Córdoba, on 7 July 1946, and a Salesian since 1963, Fr Antonio César Fernández had served as a missionary in various African countries since 1982, the year in which he started the Salesian presence in Togo, his first assignment. In the following years he worked as Novice Master (1988-1998) and served, among many functions, as Delegate for the AFO at the 25th General Chapter of the Salesians in 2002. His last assignment was to serve the Salesian presence in Burkina Faso. He was killed at 72 years of age, after 55 years of Salesian life and 46 of priestly life.

                  After his assassination, various tributes were paid to him, both where he had worked as a missionary and in his country of origin. His much-attended funeral was held in Pozoblanco, where he was buried. Since May of this year, his hometown also has a street named after him.

                  The Order of Civil Merit, established by King Alfonso XIII in 1926, currently depends on the Spanish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation. The award is awarded to reward “the civic virtues of public officials in the service of the State, as well as the extraordinary services by Spanish and foreign citizens for the good of the Nation.”  It consists of seven degrees, which are, from highest to lowest: Collar, Grand Cross, Commander by Number, Commander, Officer's Cross, Knight's Cross, Silver Cross. In the case of the Grand Cross, the person awarded this title is given the title of Excellence or Most Excellent Sir or Madam.

                  The Salesians of Spain have expressed deep gratitude for the posthumous conferral of the Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit to the Spanish Salesian missionary Antonio César Fernández, because in this way, his dedicated life is presented as an example for all of society.

                  • Spagna
                  • Missioni
                  • Martiri
                  • Violenze
                  • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                  • Antonio César Fernández
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Rwanda – A new Salesian parish in the country's capital

                    1 week 6 days ago
                    Rwanda – A new Salesian parish in the country's capital

                    (ANS - Kigali) - On 2 October 2021 a new Salesian parish was born in the capital of the Republic of Rwanda, Kigali. Dedicated to Mary Help of Christians, the parish is located on the hill of Kimihurua, and is part of a Salesian work started in 1956. The church, which until now was simply a public church, was erected as a parish by the archbishop of Kigali, the cardinal Antoine Kambanda.

                    The new parish, the 33rd of the archdiocese of Kigali, can count on modern infrastructures and was built from scratch thanks, in particular, to the financial help of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, and of many benefactors, under the supervision and the coordination of Fr Danko Litrić, when he was Rector of the community.

                    "Having a Salesian parish in Kigali is the fulfillment of one of the decisions of the fourth Provincial Chapter, which had expressed the desire to see a Salesian parish in each of the capitals of the three countries that make up the Vice Province, namely Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda," said Fr Célestin Ngoboka, Superior of the “St Charles Lwanga” Salesian Vice Province of Africa Great Lakes (AGL).

                    Cardinal Kambanda, in addition to inaugurating the parish of Mary Help of Christians in Kimihura, also installed the first parish priest, namely Fr Augustin-César Habanabakize, SDB. In his speech, Msgr. Kambanda did not hesitate to express his satisfaction with the contribution of the Salesians to the pastoral mission of his archdiocese: “I am very grateful to the Salesian Congregation for its continuous work and for having given us priests who help us spread the Gospel; and especially today for their efforts to make the project to build the parish of Mary Help of Christians in Kimihurura a reality.”

                    In his speech of thanks, Fr Célestin Ngoboka illustrated the main lines on which the pastoral care of the new parish must be aligned: “A pastoral care centered on young people without forgetting families,” he said. Then he also invited the faithful to help the new parish priest and his team to carry out the pastoral mission that has been entrusted to them.

                    The Salesians of Kimihurua, who have long been known for their involvement in quality education through a kindergarten, primary and secondary school, will now also be involved in a new field of work which is the parish ministry.

                    The local Christian community, through its spokesperson, expressed its joy for the birth of a parish close to their homes. If many Christians know the Salesians through their sports fields and their schools, now they will know them even better through this parish. Mr Bernard Mutaganda said on the occasion: “The beautiful church you see here was built by the Salesians. We thank them because the place where we went to mass had very few seats and going to the neighboring parish of the Holy Family was difficult for us. We also thank our archbishop, who accepted to erect the new parish in Kimihurura, right amidst our homes.”

                    For three years, this beautiful church, now a parish, has aroused the interest of the local population, and many weddings are also held there. Furthermore, on social networks, its defined as one of the most beautiful churches in the country, due to its location, style and simplicity.

                    {gallery}AGL - Parrocchia Kigali 2021{/gallery}

                    • AGL AFRICA GRANDI LAGHI
                    • Rwanda
                    • Parrocchie
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      RMG – Formation and Accompaniment Course for recently appointed Provincials ends: a success of sharing and communion

                      1 week 6 days ago
                      RMG – Formation and Accompaniment Course for recently appointed Provincials ends: a success of sharing and communion

                      (ANS - Rome) - The third session of the Formation and Accompaniment Course for recently appointed Provincials in 2021 ended yesterday, Wednesday 13 October. Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, together with his Vicar, Fr Stefano Martoglio, and the other Sector Councilors, accompanied seven Salesian Provincials for more than ten days of listening, dialogue and discussion, which strengthened the sense of belonging to the Congregation and communion among all the participants.

                      The comments from the participating Provincials are an enthusiastic testimony of the validity and effectiveness of this appointment:

                      Fr Roland Mintsa, Tropical Equatorial Africa (ATE): “I am very happy about this course, and I have received lots of useful information on how to govern and handle the province. I am going back with a lot of enthusiasm and positive energy, and I feel I can enlighten our confreres and share with them with more knowledge on the various services and the activities that are being taken forward at the level of the Salesian Congregation.”

                      Fr Gerardo Martin, Northern Philippines (FIN): “I am so happy to be in the new provincials’ course. It is a wonderful experience to have a personal encounter with the Rector Major and the General Council. I was so happy to experience the camaraderie and the community experience in the Generalate. It is indeed a very memorable and enriching experience for me.”

                      Fr Hailemariam Medhin Tesfay, Africa Ethiopia (AET): “It was a wonderful experience for me being part of this group and getting to know about the general governance of the Salesian Congregation, and  I really experienced the care, concern and fraternity of the Rector Major, the Vicar General and each of the Councilors. I feel more confident, enthusiastic and refreshed after this course.”

                      Fr Luis Fernando Valencia, Colombia-Medellín (COM): “A great meeting with the confreres of the Generalate of the Congregation, who encourage us, listen to us, excite us to be among the young people of our various Provinces, working together for the Kingdom of God and its justice.”

                      Fr Leader Justiniano Flores, Bolivia (BOL): “I felt at home. This meeting was a very beautiful, very profound, very heartfelt experience. We were welcomed in an atmosphere of great fraternity, it was a blessing. The meeting with the Rector Major gave us a climate of great fraternity and we learned important aspects for leadership, to carry our Provinces forward, where we return enlightened by the words of the Rector Major, of each of the Councilors and of the other confreres of the Central Office we met with. I return happy with the hope and conviction that, in the service we have now begun, God and the Rector Major accompany us with all their advice.”

                      Fr Ricardo Carlos, Brazil-Campo Grande (BCG): “This course is actually a real encounter. It is a great opportunity for sharing information and above all for fraternity in the group of new Provincials. We spoke with the Rector Major and with the Sector Councilors. We lived days of joy and also of deepening on various topics. We want to bring all this enthusiasm to our Provinces to be able to put into practice all that we have lived, learned and meditated on here. I am convinced that this experience will help me to carry out this service for young people even better. ”

                      Fr Adolfo de Jesus Sarmento, Mozambique (MOZ): “For me it was a very beautiful experience, with all the provincials from different regions of the world. We truly lived a very fraternal experience with the Rector Major, the General Councilors and the confreres of the Generalate. I was able to feel the Spirit of Don Bosco in my heart, and experienced the Salesian charism in a great spirit of communion.”

                      The Rector Major commented: “I am really very satisfied with these experiences with the new Provincials as they allow us to get to know each other in depth, to live days of true fraternity and sharing of the charism, and they also help the mutual exchange of knowledge: for the General Council to know the reality with which the Provincials are confronted every day, and for the Provincials to see with their own eyes the course and the path of the Congregation on a global level. I am convinced that these meetings are a blessing and an important resource for growing in the service of animation and government for the benefit of all the confreres and young people of whom we are and will always be at their service.”

                      {gallery}RMG - Corso Ispettori 3 - 2021{/gallery}

                      • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                      • Rettor Maggiore
                      • Corso Ispettori
                      • Ángel Fernández Artime
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Dominican Republic – Salesians launch a Syllabus for Ecological Formation for Salesian schools, which will benefit over 6,000 pupils

                        1 week 6 days ago
                        Dominican Republic – Salesians launch a Syllabus for Ecological Formation for Salesian schools, which will benefit over 6,000 pupils

                        (ANS - Santo Domingo) - The Salesian School Sector - SES, in Spanish - of the Salesian presence in the Dominican Republic has launched the "Syllabus of the Salesian Ecological Movement: Integral Ecology, Reflection and Action for the Care of the Common Home", a document based on Pope Francis' encyclical “Laudato Sì” on the care and protection of the environment.

                        This text proposes a syllabus to be covered over a period of two years of education, aimed at helping students to reflect and reason, so that they can develop an ecological awareness and adopt more sustainable ways of relating to Creation.

                        The itinerary is aimed at the ecological clubs of the 15 Salesian secondary schools in the Dominican Republic, and will thus directly involve about 6,892 students.

                        The methodology used by the text was explained by Mrs. Monica Volonteri, director of the SM Foundation, a non-profit educational institution that develops research projects and teacher training and interventions in vulnerable social contexts; while Fr William Batista, SDB, head of the Salesian School Sector, presented the expected impact of this syllabus on the young people of the Salesian schools who will receive the training material.

                        “As Salesians, we can only courageously take on the challenge of formation from this perspective, which is renewing and full of hope, aware that the new generations are very concerned for the care of the planet which they will inherit from us. This is why we accompany our boys and girls in generating valuable initiatives and together we change our habits to help heal the world,” said Fr Batista on the occasion.

                        A number of authorities took part in the official launch of this initiative, including: the Deputy Minister for the Environment, Federico Franco; the Mayor of the National District, Carolina Mejía; Fr José Pastor Ramírez, SDB, Superior of the Salesians of the Antilles, as well as representatives of various institutions that work for the protection and care of the environment, and students of Salesian schools.

                        {gallery}Rep Dominicana - Itinerario Ambientale 2021{/gallery}

                        • ANT ANTILLE
                        • Rep Dominicana
                        • Ambiente
                        • Creato
                        • Scuole
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Albania – Integral ecology and cooperation: VIS recalls Pier Paolo Ambrosi's vision 4 months after his death

                          1 week 6 days ago
                          Albania – Integral ecology and cooperation: VIS recalls Pier Paolo Ambrosi's vision 4 months after his death

                          (ANS - Tirana) - The team of the International Volunteers for Development (VIS) in Albania and some representatives of it’s Rome office met in Tirana from 8 to 10 October to commemorate the person and the vision of Pier Paolo Ambrosi, the National VIS Development Delegate for thirty years, who passed away on 2 June this year.

                          “The local Church,” wrote Ambrosi a few months before his death, recalling the beginning of the VIS work in Albania, “turned to the VIS asking to 'do something' for the people of the forgotten mountain valleys. VIS responded with a project proposal that today, in view of Laudato Sì, we could define as 'integral ecology' and 'economic ecology'.”

                          The meet was focused precisely on this vision of cooperation, which already at the beginning of the new millennium was based on the integral approach to which Pope Francis invites us today: “The Albanian case in the vision and action of Pier Paolo Ambrosi: The community approach for the human and sustainable development of rural and marginal areas". This conference took place on Saturday 9 October, with various presentations from institutions, beneficiaries and partners, who explained from varying points of view what the theme meant, in Ambrosi's vision, to cooperate according to the participatory method and with community based approach.

                          During the event, a series of study support initiatives and scholarships were also announced for young Albanian students at the University of Trento, the Salesian University Institute of Venice (IUSVE) and the University of Gastronomic Sciences of Pollenzo.

                          The event, which was also attended by the relatives of Pier Paolo Ambrosi, was moreover an opportunity to visit some works created thanks to the projects supporting rural communities and young people in the North, in the district of Malësi e Madhe, by the border with Montenegro.

                          The culmination of the mission was the Mass celebrated by the Rector of the local community, Fr. Gino Marcucci at the Mary Help of Christians Church of the "Don Bosco Center" in Tirana, during which the industrious, effective and humble service that Pier Paolo Ambrorsi carried out in the country in favor of many people.

                          {gallery}Albania - Ricordo Ambrosi 2021{/gallery}

                          • Albania
                          • IME ITALIA MERIDIONALE
                          • Decessi
                          • Laici
                          • VIS
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Italy – FMA’s 24th GC: the first "Goodnight" of Mother General Chiara Cazzuola

                            2 weeks ago

                            (ANS - Rome) - On 11 October 2021, Mother Chiara Cazzuola, 10th Successor of Mother Mazzarello at the head of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), offered her first Salesian "Goodnight" to the participants of the FMA’s 24th General Chapter with a message marked by the gratitude and centrality of Mary in the life of every religious and of the Institute.

                            Already on October 5, 2021, immediately after the election, the newly elected Mother had said to the Chapter Assembly: “It is a mission greater than me. I trust in the Lord, and I entrust myself to Mary Help of Christians whom I feel very present. For this, I say Yes and I thank you for your trust. I know that it will be a path that we shall travel together.”

                            Then, on the evening of Sunday 11, she expressed the following words with serenity and clarity:

                            “The heart experiences many different feelings, but there is one above all the others: and it is gratitude. Thanks to the Lord for having called us to this wonderful Institute that Our Lady wanted. And this is a beautiful certainty that accompanies us. When we say 'Mary is present in our life, in the life of the Institute' we are telling the truth! (...)

                            Mother Mazzarello used to say to the sisters: 'let's behave and live as if we always had Mary beside us'. And we really do, even if we don't see Her! (...)

                            So my thanks is for that. And then for each of you: for the amazement in every meeting, for the fraternity, the cordiality, for the welcome that is breathed every day and which makes the universality of the FMA Institute visible. This gives us strength to live in the present and to look to the future with the certainty that it is Mary who guides us, and is the source of our fidelity. (...)

                            Reading the Constitutions, we notice how the Marian dimension is transversal: the reference to Mary is present in all the articles. And we are constantly invited to be 'Helpers' too. Art. 4 says for the young - girls and boys - but I would say, 'starting from our communities'. (...)

                            So, looking to Mary and living in communion with Her really means finding the source and also the strength of our fidelity; and also of this desire we have, to be generative communities: of life and vocational fruitfulness. (...)

                            Therefore I entrust all of you to Her, and to you I entrust Her, so that we can truly keep Her in mind and let Her accompany us and make us docile to the Word of the Lord.”

                            The video of Mother Chiara Cazzuola's first "Goodnight" is available on the YouTube channel of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. 

                            • CG24 FMA
                            • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                            • Chiara Cazzuola
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Italy – UPS: Tomorrow - Opening of the Academic Year, with the Rector Major

                              2 weeks ago
                              Italy – UPS: Tomorrow - Opening of the Academic Year, with the Rector Major

                              (ANS - Rome) - “With Young People for a New Beginning. Changing times and the Grace of Hope” is the theme that will accompany the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) of Rome in the new academic year 2021-2022. Inspired by Don Bosco’s experience with the young, and ever mindful to structure educational and spiritual activities for and with young people, the inauguration of the new year will take place tomorrow, Thursday 14 October 2021, and will be broadcast in live streaming.

                              As per tradition, the inauguration includes two moments, one spiritual and one purely academic:

                              - at 9:30 am (UTC+2), in the "Santa Maria della Speranza" parish church, adjacent to the university, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Grand Chancellor of the UPS and Rector Major of the Salesians, will preside over the Eucharistic celebration.

                              - at 11:00, in the university’s Paul VI Hall, the Academic activity will begin, with the Report of the new Rector Magnificus, appointed last June, Prof. Fr. Andrea Bozzolo, and the keynote address by Prof. Susy Zanardo, professor of Moral Philosophy at the European University of Rome, specialist on the themes of ethics, anthropology, and relations of gift and the different forms of reciprocity, in the intertwining between philosophical reflection, social sciences and psychoanalysis.

                              In view of the opening of the new academic year and the resumption of lessons, which is the first to open under his rectorate, Fr Bozzolo sent a message to the Professors and students, illustrating the meaning of the year’s guiding theme, “With young people for a new beginning. Changing times and the grace of hope.”

                              “'With young people' is an expression that comes from the heart of the Salesian charism. Don Bosco fulfilled his work not only as a set of structures and activities for the young people of his time, but also as an educational and spiritual experience that took shape and quality with their active involvement. It is a style and an experience that we intend to continue here at the UPS with you, young people, and your educators.

                              'For a new beginning': after the severe restrictions caused by the pandemic, today we find ourselves hoping for a 'restart' which we hope will be stable and lasting. But the new beginning we need is above all cultural, ethical, and spiritual. The exit from the obsessive cult of personal autonomy, which consumes the world and others as pure instruments of its own fulfillment, and the start of a new anthropological season.”

                              The new year, thus starts with vision and determination at the UPS in the awareness, quoting Fr Bozzolo again, of the “task that God and history assign to our time; to form students who will have to assume great responsibilities in the Church and in society.

                              To watch the Mass and the inauguration of the Academic year live, visit the University website: www.unisal.it  

                              • UPS UNIVERSITÀ PONTIFICIA SALESIANA
                              • Italia
                              • Anno Accademico
                              • Andrea Bozzolo
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                RMG – Inauguration of the Salesian School of Social Communication for Central and North Europe

                                2 weeks ago
                                RMG – Inauguration of the Salesian School of Social Communication for Central and North Europe

                                (ANS – Rome) – The 8th of October was a special date for all the Delegates for Social Communication in the Region of Central and North Europe. Together they began a journey by taking part in an opening session of the School of Formation. This meeting gathered over 40 participants.

                                After welcoming all the participants by Fr. Mariusz Jawny SDB, the Regional Coordinator of the School, he began the meeting with the Lord’s prayer said by everybody in their own language. It was followed by worship hymns sang by musicians from Košice (Slovakia) - Fr. Laco Miko SDB and Michal Privarčák.

                                During the meeting Fr. Gildasio Mendes dos Santos SDB, the General Councillor for Salesian Social Communication, shared a word about the importance of this historical moment. He emphasized the important part that each Delegate takes in the area of Social Communication in Salesian style. He made it very clear, that the Delegates can benefit greatly from participating in the Salesian School of Social Communication and sharing their experience with each other. Fr. Gildasio also congratulated the Salesian Sisters attending the school for the proclamation of Chiara Cazzuola FMA as Mother General.

                                The second guest of honour, Fr. Roman Jachimowicz SDB, the Regional Councillor for Central and North Europe, addressed the participants, reminding them about their role as Communicators who reach young people and plant the Salesian ethos in their hearts. He also said that the Salesian School of Social Communication is a way to build a community in order to serve young people in best possible way using the media.

                                Fr. Harris Pakkam SDB, the Member of the Sector of Communication, Director of the ANS news agency, helped with interpreting during the meeting, as the school gathered English and Italian speaking participants. He also shared the idea of the Don Bosco Global Youth Film Festival, organized by the Salesian Congregation for young people worldwide.

                                Finally, the Regional Coordinator of the School had a chance to introduce all the Delegates for Social Communication to each other and encouraged them to introduce other members of the Salesian Family that they invited for the school.

                                {gallery}RMG - Apertura Scuola Salesiana CS - ECN - 2021{/gallery}

                                • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                                • Comunicazione Sociale
                                • Gildasio Mendes dos Santos
                                • Europa Centro Nord
                                • Roman Jachimowicz
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Belgium – Presentation of the documentary “Libertad” in Brussels

                                  2 weeks ago
                                  Belgium – Presentation of the documentary “Libertad” in Brussels

                                  (ANS – Bruxelles) – On Wednesday 6th of October, Don Bosco International had the honour to welcome in Brussels a delegation formed by representatives of Misiones Salesianas (Spain) and Don Bosco Fambul - Freetown (Sierra Leone) presenting the documentary "Libertad" ("Freedom"). The aim of this advocacy initiative is to raise awareness on the situation of minors serving their sentences in adult prisons around the world, with the example of Pademba Prison in Sierra Leone.

                                  Mr Alberto Lopez and Mr Angel Gudiña represented Misiones Salesianas, the main producer of the documentary, accompanying two witnesses from Sierra Leone: Fr Jorge Crisafulli SDB and Mr Chennor Bah, respectively Director and Junior Staff of Don Bosco Fambul in Freetown. Such a delegation, guided by the Executive Secretary of Don Bosco International, Mr Renato Cursi, was able to meet some stakeholders of the Salesians of Don Bosco within the European Institutions in Brussels.

                                  Bilateral meetings took place with the Permanent Representative of Spain to the European Union and its officers dealing with Cooperation for Development, with officers from the Secretariat of the European Parliament’s Sub-Committee for Human Rights and from the Secretariat of the EU-ACP (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific) countries’ Joint Parliamentary Assembly, as well as with the Unit for Western Africa of the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Partnerships.

                                  The documentary was projected in two occasions: the first projection took place at COMECE, the Commission of EU Member States’ Catholic Bishops’ Conferences, and the second at the Chapel for Europe, an ecumenical space in the heart of the district of EU institutions in Brussels. Representatives from EU and other intergovernmental organizations were invited, while the second event was devoted to an audience of Brussels-based civil society organizations, including faith-based organizations.

                                  The most appreciated element of this advocacy initiative was the testimony of Mr Chennor Bah, who shared his personal experience as a former street child and prisoner, then volunteering and now working as Junior Staff at Don Bosco Fambul in Freetown, helping out his old friends in prison and younger children who are still living in the streets. His story is one of suffering, redemption and forgiveness: Chennor showed how young people are an asset for society even when society has tried to discard them, and how important it is to reach out the most vulnerable among young people even in prisons and correction centers.

                                  For those who missed the opportunity to watch the documentary, you are welcome to find it here.

                                  {gallery}Belgio - Presentazione Libertad - 2021{/gallery}

                                  • Belgio
                                  • Don Bosco International
                                  • Misiones Salesianas
                                  • Don Bosco Fambul
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Pakistan – Salesian Education: Excellence despite odds

                                    2 weeks 1 day ago
                                    Pakistan – Salesian Education: Excellence despite odds

                                    (ANS - Quetta) - Pakistan has one of the lowest literacy rates in South Asia at less than 50%. Although the country's Constitution acknowledges free and compulsory education between 5 and 16 years old, the rule is often not respected in rural areas for those over 13. In this context, and despite the difficulties and instability of the country, which borders Afghanistan, the Salesian centers in Quetta and Lahore try to offer quality education and an innovative teaching style. Over 1,000 students attend Salesian schools every day, considered among the best in Pakistan, for formal and informal education.

                                    Offering quality education, accessible and convenient for the most disadvantaged families has been the goal of the Sons of Don Bosco in Pakistan since their arrival in the country in 1998. For this reason, first in Quetta and then in Lahore, the Salesians have developed a formal and informal education project, which also includes Vocational Training.

                                    “We try to offer quality and innovative education. The Pakistani education system is focussed on memorizing and reproducing, focused only on the ideas to get to know, while we try to awaken also the skills of the students. For this reason, in recent months we have installed interactive multimedia boards in almost all the classrooms,” says Fr Gabriel Cruz, a Mexican Salesian missionary who has been active in Lahore for three years. In fact, the “Don Bosco” Technical and Youth Center in Lahore is considered the country’s best.

                                    In Salesian schools, attention is paid not only to the formation of students, but also to providing economic benefits, scholarships and accommodations for students from the poorest families.

                                    In Lahore, the Salesians offer three-year programs in Mechanical Engineering, Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. There are also one-year courses in Welding, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Plumbing, Carpentry, Electricals and a Diploma in Information Technology. Finally, there is the possibility of shorter courses, lasting 6 months, for hairdressers, beauticians and make-up artists.

                                    The Don Bosco schools in Quetta are attended by 600 pupils, of whom almost half are girls and the vast majority are Christians. In addition, the boarding schools house 30 boys and 20 girls. In Lahore, the formal education system welcomes 200 students, while there are 250 students in Vocational Training courses and 150 young people housed in the hostel.

                                    As in any Salesian work, the courtyard or playground is an important element in education: “We offer outdoor activities, music, theater, cinema and sports competitions,” says the Salesian missionary.

                                    Pastoral care and humanitarian work also have an important place in the daily work of the Salesians in Pakistan, focusing on the needs of the population in the midst of natural disasters and the distribution of food and hygiene kits during the pandemic.

                                    The future does not hide its challenges and difficulties: “We need help because we find it hard to pay the salaries of teachers as the beneficiaries are poor. We intend to develop a program of infant nutrition in schools and another project for free school transport for those students who come come to our schools every day from over 30 kilometers away,” the Salesians emphasize.

                                    • Pakistan
                                    • FIS FILIPPINE SUD
                                    • Missioni
                                    • Dialogo
                                    • Islam
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Italy – Prof. Michal Vojtáš, SDB, is the new Vice Rector of the Salesian Pontifical University

                                      2 weeks 1 day ago
                                      Italy – Prof. Michal Vojtáš, SDB, is the new Vice Rector of the Salesian Pontifical University

                                      (ANS - Rome) - On Thursday 7 October 2021 the Grand Chancellor of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS), the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, appointed prof. Fr Michal Vojtáš Vice Rector of UPS for the next three years. Promotion of scientific research and synergy between the various entities of the UPS will be among his priority commitments.

                                      Thanking him for the trust, Fr Vojtáš undertakes to "carry out the task in close collaboration with the Rector, in synergy with the various entities of the University and of the Salesian Congregation, promoting scientific research, accompanying the staff and students and facilitating strategic processes."

                                      Born in Kosice, Slovakia, on 16 April 1977, and a Salesian since 1997, Prof. Vojtáš is an expert in the area of ​​planning and educational leadership. He received his doctorate from the Faculty of Education Sciences of the UPS with a thesis entitled "Planning and discerning: Salesian educational-pastoral planning between history, theories and innovative proposals" (LAS, Rome, 2015).

                                      He is currently the Director of the Don Bosco Study Center and lecturer in the Chair of Salesian History and Pedagogy of the Faculty of Educational Sciences. He has developed collaborations with the Salesian Headquarters, the Salesian Institutions of Higher Education (IUS) and various Salesian institutions on a continental, national and local levels.

                                      He is the author of several publications, including: "Salesian pedagogy after Don Bosco" and "Reviving Don Bosco's Oratory: Salesian Youth Ministry, Leadership and Innovative Project Management", and edited the Proceedings of the International Congress "Youth and life choices: Educational Perspectives".

                                      He is an editorial board member of the journals “Journal of Salesian Studies”, “Orientamenti Pedagogici - Pedagogical Orientations” and “Note di Pastorale Giovanile - Notes of Youth Ministry”.

                                      • Italia
                                      • UPS UNIVERSITÀ PONTIFICIA SALESIANA
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Italy – Casa Don Bosco Museum in the heart of "Art with those who are part of it"

                                        2 weeks 1 day ago

                                        (ANS - Turin) - The "Abbonamento Musei" (Museum Pass) association, which links some of the most prestigious and characteristic cultural centers of Piedmont, Lombardy and Valle d'Aosta, has launched a new initiative to accompany tourists and people interested in history, art and culture in their adventures of discovery: it is “L’Arte con chi ne fa parte - Art with those who are part of it”, a proposal that will allow you to visit the participating museums with a new vision altogether, because it will be the founders, the first collectors, the entrepreneurs, the nobles and the sovereigns who will guide you along the evocative visits and routes. The Don Bosco House Museum also takes part in the initiative, which has completed little more than a year after its inauguration, and having now completed its final layout, can thus become a key player thanks to the presentation of the figure of Don Bosco.

                                        Within the project, the Don Bosco House Museum offers two guided tours:

                                        The first package - Saturday 16 October 2021, at 15:30 - tells of a life marked by “Salesian” dreams that have changed the lives of millions of young people all over the world. A visit that leads to the discovery of the main events in St John Bosco’s life in Valdocco. Dreams are the common thread that will accompany the discovery of the main places and historical events.

                                        The second package - the following Saturday, 23 October 2021, again at 15:30 - is a journey that starts from the courtyard of Valdocco and leads to the most remote corners of the Earth. From the cellar of the oratory to Japan, from the Rondò della Forca to Brazil. The Valdocco courtyard is open to the territory in which it is located, precisely because it is a point of meeting and dialogue. It is the space of play, running around, theater and prayer for the young.

                                        "Art with those who belong to it" is an opportunity to get to know museums through the most interesting of voices and stories of their protagonists. And the Don Bosco House Museum by joining the initiative continues its path of increasingly profitable and effective inclusion among the museums of Turin and Piedmont.

                                        For info and reservations: info@museocasadonbosco.it 

                                        • Italia
                                        • ICP ITALIA CIRCOSCRIZIONE SPECIALE PIEMONTE E VALLE D'AOSTA
                                        • Musei
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
                                          Checked
                                          19 minutes 41 seconds ago
                                          ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana
                                          More posts about Salesian World News (ANS-Rome)