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Italy – Prenovices of Europe meet Rector Major at Colle Don Bosco

1 week 5 days ago
Italy – Prenovices of Europe meet Rector Major at Colle Don Bosco

(ANS Castelnuovo Don Bosco) A very special meeting took place last Sunday, August 4, at Colle Don Bosco, where Don Bosco grew and matured: the meeting between Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, who as Rector Major is called to lead the entire Salesian Congregation, and 36 young prenovices, who are still in a phase of attentive discernment of their own vocation; the meeting, as it was, of a father with many little children in their search.

The meeting with the Rector Major was actually only one stage for the priests, even if important, of a wider journey, fulfilled along 15 days of a journey on the Salesian Places. “The young people who have completed it are young people who in about a month will begin the journey of the novitiate within the four Salesian novitiates in the Old Continent,” Fr Fabiano Gheller, Delegate for Vocational Animation of the Piedmont and Aosta Valley Special District (ICP), said to ANS.

Accompanied by seven Salesians, namely directors and members of the Formation Department, the priests looked to Don Bosco and his sites to discover the fundamental steps of his vocational itinerary. Thus, in comparison with the life of the Saint of the Young and, in constant relationship with the Sacred Scriptures, they were accompanied towards understanding the fundamental passages of their own lives, to say yes to God in the Salesian style.

The days alternated moments of their journey and discussions in couples and in groups, together with profound explorations of Salesian spirituality.

“It is a beautiful experience of fraternal life, of sharing and identification with Don Bosco and with that model of life that we chose with God,” Walter testified, a prenovice of the Sicily Province.

“These are very particular days,” concludes the prenovice, “which permit us to rediscover the beauty of our call and which give us also a very peculiar breadth for those who want to be born to the Salesian life, because they make us know and appreciate the reality in which Don Bosco was born and where our Congregation was born.”

  • ICP
  • Italia
  • Rettor Maggiore
  • Ángel Fernández Artime
  • Prenovizi
  • Formazione iniziale
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Colombia – Singer Andrés Cepeda enchanted by Salesian charism in “Ciudad Don Bosco”

    1 week 5 days ago
    Colombia – Singer Andrés Cepeda enchanted by Salesian charism in “Ciudad Don Bosco”

    (ANS Medellin) – Nearly 100 children, adolescents and young people, alongside animators and participants in the initiative “Our UNICEF”, promoted by the same international organization, participated in recent days in a meeting with Andrés Cepeda, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in Colombia. The musician and singer took up this role on 10 November 2017 and on the occasion said: “Music in this cause is a vehicle that can help us bring important messages and express what children want to tell people, that we absolutely have to listen to.”

    The Colombian artist, born in Bogota on 7 July, 1973, is a singer and composer known for his love songs. On 18 July last, he went to the Salesian house of “Ciudad Don Bosco” to meet the youth animators who work there, the house's beneficiaries and the children of the district of Carpinelo, who are part of the Unicef program.

    Immediately after meeting the Director, Fr Carlos Manuel Barrios, and several coordinators of the various programs – who invited him to learn about the mission of Don Bosco within the house – the singer went to the main auditorium, where he was welcomed by many guests.

    William Barrios, National Head of the Salesian Programme “House of Specialized Protection” – which he too passed through in youth – then explained to all present that Andrés Cepeda’s visit had the objective of raising awareness on the processes carried out in collaboration with the “Our Unicef” program and to motivate regional leaders and assistants to work for positive leadership, children’s rights and peace.

    The meeting consisted in the development of a series of workshops aimed at generating reflections on how the participation of young people can generate positive changes in society.

    “I feel very happy to be with you all and to know ‘Ciudad Don Bosco’. We'll work very well together in this meeting,” said Andrés Cepeda.

    Finally, the singer delighted the audience with two of his most famous hits: Día tras día and Déjame ir, recorded together with the band Morat.

    • Colombia
    • COM
    • Ciudad Don Bosco
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Brazil – New youth leaders prepared to take leading role in evangelization

      1 week 6 days ago
      Brazil – New youth leaders prepared to take leading role in evangelization

      (ANS – Corumbá) – “In different contexts, among the different types of youth groups of the Youth Ministry – states the Manual of the Provincial Delegate for Missionary Animation – there are groups that keep the missionary flame in the youth and ecclesial community alive; it is a dimension corresponding to everyone.” In fact, the missionary flame is born and grows in the groups, but it is formed on the basis of the sacrifice and dedication of the provincial and local animators of each province. This is also the case of the new youth animators who have trained at the Missionary School of Corumbá.

      During four days of formation and sharing the young animators had the opportunity to study, pray, sing, celebrate, meditate and exchange many experiences among themselves. One of the fundamental experiences was the presentation of the theme of holiness. “It's all very beautiful, especially because sanctity was made for young people,” said Luis Felipe de Jesús, student of the “Cidade Dom Bosco” center in Corumbá.

      Rafael Gustavo Lopes, SDB, presented the theme, based on the 2019 Strenna. According to him, young people today are “thirsty to live holiness, and it is perfectly possible to reach it, to be cheerful, optimistic and fulfilling one's duties, be a good son, a good friend, a good father, a good teacher, in the places where we live daily,” he said.

      The participants in the “Exchange between Animators” were also able to attend several workshops and the result was technical formation in the main areas of action of young people in pastoral groups in schools. “I learned to be an animator and to participate in a group,” said Gabriela Souza Szablewiski, 15 years old. She adds, “Some of these meetings were formed to train other young people.”

      The strongest moments of the meeting, according to the young people, were the Eucharistic celebrations, the Lectio Divina, the recitation of the Enlightened Rosary and the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

      The Provincial Delegate for Youth Ministry - Educational-Cultural Dimension (Schools), as well as Director of the Salesian Institute “St Antonio”, Fr Hermgilenedo Conceição da Silva, considers the results of this meeting to be positive. “I think it was a very special moment for young people, educators and Salesians.”

      The experience of the “Exchange between Animators” is an ancient tradition of the Brazilian Campo Grande  Province – a Province that in this 2019 celebrates 125 years of history. According to Fr Wagner Galvão, Provincial Delegate for Youth Ministry, “the school is the place where education and evangelization take place, the place where Salesians have the opportunity to lead many young people to God.” And the Exchange between Animators is a special moment to bring together young animators in order to evangelize other young people.

      {gallery}Brasile - Scambio per animatori 2019{/gallery}

      • Brasile
      • BCG
      • Animatori
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Italy – 500 young people participate at German summer camp “Come to Bosco” at the Colle Don Bosco

        1 week 6 days ago
        Italy – 500 young people participate at German summer camp “Come to Bosco” at the Colle Don Bosco

        (ANS – Castelnuovo Don Bosco) – Swimming, relaxing and getting to know Don Bosco. From 14 July to 18 August around 500 young people will experience a very special summer camp, following the invitation of the German Salesian province at the Colle Don Bosco near Turin in Italy, where Don Bosco grew up. “Here we have fun, but also can learn something and we can see something from the world,” says a 27-year old participant from the “Don Bosco Haus” in Chemnitz (Saxony).

        Each group can choose their own program and term of stay. Volunteers at the Colle Don Bosco support them in any way possible to make their holidays a great experience. “Leisure time is always important for young people,” says Fr Johannes Kaufmann, responsible for youth ministry in the German Salesian province. “And we have the possibility here to bring the life story of Don Bosco, his ideas and accomplishments closer to the young people.”

        At Valdocco the participants can visit Don Bosco’s first oratory. They can have a scavenger hunt in Turin and discover its sights. A Chieri tour, where Don Bosco went to school and became a priest, is also on the program. And there is the Colle Don Bosco itself with its basilica and the house, in which Don Bosco grew up. And of course, there are plenty of possibilities for leisure time, like hiking or playing cards.

        “I will keep everything in good memory,” says Sylvia from Chemnitz. “And it opened a new path for me to the life and work of Don Bosco.”

        {gallery}Vieni da Don Bosco - GER - 2019{/gallery}

        • Luoghi Salesiani
        • GER
        • Pastorale Giovanile
        • Italia
          Gian Francesco Romano

          El Salvador – “FUSALMO” promotes youth employment in one of Salvador's most violent municipalities

          2 weeks ago
          El Salvador – “FUSALMO” promotes youth employment in one of Salvador's most violent municipalities

          (ANS  Soyapango) – “Fundación Salvador del Mundo” (FUSALMO) is a non-profit Salesian organization that promotes the development of skills and integral and innovative education through the protagonism of children, adolescents and young people in conditions of social vulnerability. As part of the Salesian work that FUSALMO carries out through the area of socio-occupational management, young people are offered the opportunity to attend an English course for call centers, accompanied by specific training to the resources needed to work in a call center and the links with the employment offers of the sector's companies.

          The course lasts six months and the lessons are held at the sports facilities of Don Bosco in the municipality of Soyapango, one of the most violent municipalities in El Salvador, which is why many young people in that town are discriminated against in recruitment.

          According to statistics from the Foundation for Higher Education (FES), the unemployment rate among young people aged 15-29 in El Salvador is 11.8%, much higher than the national unemployment rate (7%).

          “The young people who currently attend the course are already in the last phase, the one where interviews are carried out within the workshops ‘STEAM+LAB’, and where one collaborates with the human resources departments of the call centers with which we collaborate, who come to visit our facilities and carry out interviews of English knowledge assessment with the kids,” explained Jazmin cuellar, coordinator of the project FUSALMO. “On the total of participants, 80% is already eligible to go to work.”

          Through its programmes, FUSALMO seeks to provide young people with the necessary tools and knowledge so that, in collaboration with the various companies, they can find a job and improve the quality of their lives and that of their families.

          “I learned things I didn’t know before. I improved my English and I have the chance to get my first job, thanks to the alliances that FUSALMO has with call centers. I am very grateful to FUSALMO for giving me the opportunity to participate in this course. They are in solidarity with young people: it doesn't matter if they have much or little money; they give us this opportunity and this is very good,” says Denis Campos, 19 years old.

          “When I started the course I didn’t have many expectations. I just came to pass the time. But then I realized that I liked English. They are good the opportunities FUSALMO offers because they do not waste time and then because elsewhere to teach you English you have to pay a lot, but here, regardless of the economic resources you have, you can come to learn,” adds 18-year-old Katherine Hernández.

          {gallery}Fusalmo - Call Center - 2019{/gallery}

          • El Salvador
          • CAM
          • Lavoro
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Peru – Initiated the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Father Luigi Bolla, Salesian missionary

            2 weeks ago
            Peru – Initiated the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Father Luigi Bolla, Salesian missionary

            (ANS – Lima) – On 1 August 2019, the Provincial Vicar of Peru, Fr Humberto Chávez, and Fr Vicente Santilli, officially presented to the Archbishop of Lima, mons. Carlos Gustavo Castillo Mattasoglio, the Supplex libellus, that is the official request with which the Salesian Congregation asks the opening of the diocesan Inquiry on the virtues, the fame of holiness and signs of Fr Luigi Bolla, SDB: an original witness of consecrated life, evangelization and inculturation of the Gospel and the Salesian charism in 60 years of life shared fully with the indigenous Shuar and Achuar peoples.

            Luigi (Luis) Bolla was born in Schio on 11 August 1932 from a deeply Christian family. At the age of 12, in the chapel of the oratory, he heard a voice saying: “You shall be a missionary in the jungle among the natives and you will give them my Word. You will walk a lot on foot.”

            He made his first Salesian vows on 16 August 1949. In 1953, at the age of 21, he left for Ecuador, where after his theological studies, he was ordained a priest on 28 October 1959. He had quickly learned Spanish and the Shuar language, but the call of the Lord was another: He wanted him to give his life to the Achuar people. Noting that the greatest number of Achuar was in Peru, in February 1984 he passed definitively to that Province to work in the Apostolic Vicariate of Yurimaguas. Years of solitude and isolation awaited him because of the distance and lack of confreres with whom to form a community. Without losing his Salesian and priestly identity, he identified himself with the Achuar people. Despite dangers and difficulties of all kinds, he never lost faith in God. He continued to study the customs, ethnology and culture of the Achuar.

            His main mission was always to proclaim the Gospel to all the Achuars, whom he loved as children. At the same time, he worked tenaciously to accompany the Achuar people in their organization, encouraged their education and took care of the health and development of these people, who loved and appreciated him, calling him: “Yánkuam’ Jintia: Light star of the path”. He died in Lima on 6 February 2013.

            The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, wrote: “The spiritual and cultural heritage of Father Bolla is extraordinary and the start of his Cause of Beatification allows us to preserve, deepen and transmit it. Moreover, the relevance of this Cause is the great breadth it takes in relation to the celebration of the Synod of Bishops on the theme of Amazonia: new paths for the Church and for an integral ecology. A Synod that, as Father Bolla did, starts from listening to the indigenous peoples and communities living in the Amazon.”

            With the Cause of Father Bolla, the number of candidates for sanctity of the Salesian Family rise to 171.

            • Perù
            • PER
            • Luis Bolla
            • Missioni
              Jesus Jurado

              Italy – FMA: with Mary towards the Institute's 150th

              2 weeks ago
              Italy – FMA: with Mary towards the Institute's 150th

              (ANS - Mornese) – On 5 August 2019, from the Rooms of Mother Mazzarello in Mornese, Italy, Mother Yvonne Reungoat officially opens the Triennial of preparation for the 150th of the Foundation of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (1872-2022). A day of remembrance and of the future, of gratitude and of fidelity that projects the FMA Institute forward with hope. August 5 is an opportunity to return to the evangelical and charismatic sources, to the motivations that give meaning to Salesian life and mission. It is an event of grace that leads us profoundly into the roots of the Salesian vocation.

              The Institute's Mother General, Mother Yvonne Reungoat, wrote in the opening letter of the Triennial: “'Mary walks in this house' (cf Cronistoria V, 51-52), are the words that Don Bosco addressed to the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians at his last meeting in Nizza Monferrato in 1885, in harmony with the theme of the forthcoming XXIV General Chapter of the Institute. The house is the world, where the mission entrusted to the whole FMA Institute is carried out, wherever Mary is present as a guide and inspirer in helping us to live the generative power of the charism in the contemporary world. 'Mary walks with us' is a reality that evokes a 'vision', a certainty, rooted in faith and the Salesian charism, a lived experience.”


              For the occasion, Mother Reungoat also released a video-message.

              The celebration of August 5, recalled Mother Reungoat, is an opportunity to “renew the certainty that Mary walks with us, she supports and accompanies, protects and embraces us” (Christus Vivit, n. 45). The renewal of the “Yes” of each FMA that takes place in every time and place is an event of communion.

              For this reason, the hope is to live the preparation to the 150th of the Foundation of the Institute and the journey towards the XXIV General Chapter – scheduled in Rome between September and November 2020 - “with gratitude and awe in contemplating the richness of sanctity, of educational passion, of missionary creativity that flourishes in the Institute.”

              “With the young we remain united in prayer and in the joy of belonging to the Lord and to the Salesian Family, entirely of Mary,” concludes the FMA Mother General.

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

                Uruguay– Don Bosco immortalized in large murales, artwork by José Gallino

                2 weeks 3 days ago
                Uruguay– Don Bosco immortalized in large murales, artwork by José Gallino

                (ANS Salto) – A huge mural of Don Bosco has appeared these past few days in one of the main arteries of the city of Salto, work of the famous Uruguayan graffiti artist and former Salesian student José Gallino.

                On the occasion of the start of the centenary celebrations of the Salesian College “Nuestra Señora del Carmen”, in Salto (located north of the country, 500 km from the capital) founded on 16 August 1920, the murales of Don Bosco measuring 6 meters wide and 10 meters high, which covers one of the building's external walls, was commissioned, and stands right next to the entrance door.

                José gallino is 33 years old, originally from Salto, and for 7 years he has dedicated himself to immortalizing various Uruguayan folk figures on the walls of the whole country. Artists, footballers, writers, communicators and even the technical director of the Uruguayan national football team are the protagonists of his works of street art.

                The artist is very close to the ecclesial and, above all, Salesian world. He studied in the boarding school “María  Auxiliadora”, his brother at the Salesian college, his mother is a catechist and his father was sacristan in the Cathedral of Salto.

                He first began his art by drawing graffiti based on animals and motifs related to the countryside and nature.

                He painted the Don Bosco mural in just three days and he said it’s the highest one he has ever painted. He created it with an airbrush, setting down a foundation by brush and then applying a new layer with the airbrush.

                When asked for the process of mural's execution the artist explained that the first thing he does is study; then, at the time of putting his ideas on a sheet, he creates a diagram that he then takes as a reference in the process of painting it on the wall “so the gigantography is well diagrammed.”

                “When I was little I wouldn’t finish my works. I always left them half finished. I didn’t finish a work of art that I started painting. Now it's different; not only do I finish them but many times I restore them as I did for the mural of the footballer Cavani that I painted some time ago in Salto,” said the artist.

                “Painting for me is a therapy. I don’t usually see how it’s coming, but once the work's at an advanced stage I move away and see what I’ve done. Sometimes I make mistakes, but the larger the work, the more precise they can be,” he concluded.

                by Francisco Ardaix

                {gallery}DonBoscoURU{/gallery}

                • Uruguay
                • URU
                • Don Bosco
                • Arte e Cultura
                  Jesus Jurado

                  Uruguay – Don Bosco inmortalizado en un gran mural, obra artística de José Gallino

                  2 weeks 3 days ago
                  Uruguay – Don Bosco inmortalizado en un gran mural, obra artística de José Gallino

                  (ANS – Salto) – Una enorme mural de Don Bosco viste desde hace unos días una de las arterias principales de la ciudad de Salto, obra del conocido grafitero uruguayo y exalumno salesiano José Gallino.

                  Con motivo del inicio de las celebraciones del centenario del Colegio salesiano Nuestra Señora del Carmen de la ciudad de Salto (ubicado al norte del país a unos 500 km de la capital), fundado el 16 de agosto de 1920, fue encargado este mural de Don Bosco de 6 metros de ancho y 10 de alto que recubre una de las paredes exteriores del edificio, justo al lado de la puerta de ingreso al mismo.

                  José Gallino tiene 33 años, es oriundo de Salto y desde hace 7 se dedica a inmortalizar a distintas figuras populares uruguayas en muros de todo el país. Artistas, futbolistas, escritores, comunicadores y hasta el director técnico de la Selección Uruguaya de Fútbol son protagonistas de sus obras de arte callejero.

                  El muralista está muy vinculado al mundo eclesial y principalmente salesiano. Estudió en el Colegio María Auxiliadora, su hermano en el Colegio de los Salesianos, su mamá es catequista y su papá fue sacristán de la Catedral de Salto.

                  Comenzó con su arte diseñando grafitis sobre animales y motivos relacionados al campo y la naturaleza.

                  El mural de Don Bosco lo hizo en apenas 3 días y asegura que es el más alto que ha pintado. Lo realizó con aerosol, tras una base con pincel y luego aplicando una nueva capa de aerosol.

                  Consultado sobre el proceso de ejecución del mural el artista explicó que primero siempre investiga y al momento de plasmar su idea hace una cuadricula en la hoja que toma de referencia y después la pasa a la pared, “así la gigantografía queda bien diagramada”.

                  “Cuando era pequeño nunca terminaba las obras, siempre las dejaba a mitad de trabajo. Nunca finalizaba una obra de arte que intentaba a pintar. Ahora ya es distinto, no solo las termino, sino que además muchas veces las restauro como pasó con el mural de Cavani (futbolista uruguayo) que pinté hace un tiempo acá en Salto”, confesó al artista. “Pintar para mi es una terapia, no acostumbro a ir viendo cómo va quedando, sino que una vez que la obra está avanzada me alejo y veo lo que hice. A veces tengo errores, pero cuanto más grande es la obra, más exacto puedo ser”, concluyó.

                  Por: Francisco Ardaix

                  {gallery}DonBoscoURU{/gallery}

                  • Uruguay
                  • URU
                  • Don Bosco
                  • Arte
                    Jesus Jurado

                    Malaysia – Young people in Malaysia waiting for more Salesians

                    2 weeks 3 days ago
                    Malaysia – Young people in Malaysia waiting for more Salesians

                    (ANS – Kuching) – Exactly one year after the previous animation visit the two Salesian missionaries, Fr Andre Belo and Fr Ramon Borja (FIN province) in Kuching received another short 3 day visit from their Regional Councillor. The past twelve months have brought many transformations to our youngest presence in the EAO region.

                    First of all, they are now only two, since the youngest member of the community returned to his native country for good. The second major change is that finally the small Salesian community is able to live together in 'their own house' located in Kuching City, in a so-called 'Ministry house' used before by the Archdiocesan Youth Ministry office lay staff. So, over these days the two Salesians are arranging their newly renovated 'base camp' - community house, which will also serve for some small group prayer meetings in the small chapel on the ground floor.

                    With this transfer from the large Bau Parish of St Stephen's, with dozens of mission stations, our two Salesians are able to fully concentrate on the Youth Ministry Office in the Kuching Archdiocese entrusted to them by Archbishop Simon Poh a few months ago. Together with other two full time lay mission partners, Frs Mon and Andre are providing leadership for the youth events, formation and other activities in the whole diocese, with very large parishes stretching up to 150 kilometres from the centre. This new mission shows the trust given by the Kuching Catholic community to the recently arrived Salesians.

                    Although the main project of the St Joseph's Technological College has been delayed for many external reasons, the two missionaries are not wasting time and continue to learn BM (Bahasa Malay). Fr Mon serves the local youth - the great majority of them from the Bidayuk ethnic group -with Fr Andre. Along the way they are learning to make many friends among the clergy, other religious (Franciscans, Mill Hill, Jesuits and Marists) and especially among the youth and committed lay people.

                    During the 3 days, the visitor was able to take part in the ordinary pastoral activity, like Sunday Mass celebrated in the public school cafeteria (the majority of the boarders in the Kuching countryside are Catholics) or in one of the Extraordinary Missionary Year 2019 events - Meeting with Fr. Gerry (Indian Jesuit) regarding Catholic involvement in society and politics. Beside these events, most of the time was spent in mutual open dialogue - discernment reagrding the vision and action for putting down our charism's roots in Malaysia.

                    At the end of the day, the main need is to have another one or two missionaries, to have our young Salesian community 'complete'! Together with the Kuching missionaries we appeal for your prayers and provide a possible profile of the 'wanted missionary', possibly from our Region - healthy Salesian Brother or Priest under 50 years of age, able to learn Bahasa Malaysia, with missionary dreams to journey in faith with the young people of Malaysia, being interested in technical education and able to build up an international - multicultural community day by day.

                    Source: AustraLasia

                    • Malesia
                    • Giovani
                    • Kuching
                    • Salesiani
                      Jesus Jurado

                      Nigeria – Organizing events to relaunch one's life

                      2 weeks 3 days ago
                      Nigeria – Organizing events to relaunch one's life

                      (ANS– Benin City) – From large congresses to private receptions, the job of event organizer is increasingly entrusted to women. Probably the ability to coordinate multiple activities, resources and people, without losing attention to detail, must be a typically feminine talent. In Nigeria, being able to become an event planner represents for many girls and young women a real opportunity to redeem themselves from a life that often sees them forced to make extreme choices, such as illegal emigration.

                      Many of the girls involved in human trafficking who come to Europe from Africa come from the state of Edo and in particular from Benin City, a populous Nigerian city. Behind the promise of being able to reach Europe, the traffickers ask the girls for very high amounts of money for the journey, to be repaid with their work once they arrive at their destination.

                      The sad reality is that in Europe these young people do not find the jobs promised, in homes, as nurses or carers: instead, between threats and violence, and with the theft of their passports to prevent them from fleeing, they are forced into the circuit of sexual exploitation.

                      To try to give a concrete answer to the phenomenon of human trafficking and to offer employment opportunities in their country of origin, the Salesians carried out an in-depth market study to understand which professional figures were most in demand and which jobs could be more suitable for girls.

                      And so it has emerged that one of the professional figures and requests missing is events organizer: a professional who can organize events, especially at family level, related to sacraments such as baptism, Confirmation, weddings and/or family celebrations (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.).

                      The events organizer brings together demand and supply, coordinates the different suppliers (restaurateurs, audio and video service, logistics, equipment, etc.), takes care of the decorations and monitors the fulfillment of the event itself.

                      Why the Salesian mission of Ondo is working to launch the course of “Events Management”, which foresees several steps: a formation offered via a skills-based approach, with documents and training curricula developed in the first year; in the second half of the first year, the equipment required by reference documents will be acquired; following the identification of the formators, the courses will be launched, a two-year course, for a maximum of 20 girls a year, selected among the most vulnerable and at risk.

                      Finally, the process of official recognition of this new course will be started: in this way the program would have a strong impact at the national level because it can be replicated by other entities in the Catholic sector, public or private, who want to act for the formation and employability of girls and young women.

                      The course of events management, organized by the NGO “International Volunteer for Development – VIS” and co-funded by the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI), is part of the campaign “Stop Human Trafficking”.

                      For further information, please visit: www.missionidonbosco.org 

                      • Nigeria
                      • Tratta
                      • Donne
                      • AFW
                      • Missioni Don Bosco
                        Jesus Jurado

                        Kenya – “Don Bosco Tech Africa” launches Labour Market Survey report

                        2 weeks 4 days ago
                        Kenya – “Don Bosco Tech Africa” launches Labour Market Survey report

                        (ANS – Nairobi) – The Continental Report of the Labour Market Survey covering 25 sub-Saharan countries of Africa and Madagascar was officially launched yesterday, July 31st, at Don Bosco Tech Africa (DBTA) head office in Nairobi by Fr. Simon Asira, the DBTA board chairperson and the Provincial of AFE. The first copy was handed to Fr. Américo Chaquisse, Regional Superior of Africa and Madagascar. Present at the occasion was Fr. Alphose Owoudou, provincial of ATE, DBTA board members and the staff.

                        Father Asira appreciated the outcome and congratulated the DBTA team for conducting the survey which will not only enhance quality education in Don Bosco TVET centers in the Region but also promote dissemination of quality information to the public. Fr. Chaquisse said that DBTEC office is meant to facilitate the work of provincials of Africa and Madagascar to help them to understand the reality of Africa and this report will help them achieve this. “Our aim is quality, to prepare the young to be competitive, to be the best.” He congratulated DBTA for the good work done.

                        Fr. George TJ., the Executive Director of DBTA, stated that the Survey Report was a product of the concerted effort of the staff of DBTA, collaboration from the different SDB provinces and other stakeholders. He added that the report process started in early 2018 and underlined that in the main report there are 25 country reports that take into consideration the situation of every country.

                        He further stated that the document of the Market Survey will help Salesian TVET Institutions in the Africa-Madagascar Region to realign their training offer in accordance with the needs of the market for the benefit of the Youth entrusted to the Salesian Education in the Region.

                        With the report now accessible to the public, Fr. George TJ urged that Don Bosco Centres must take advantage of its findings and also share it with the relevant stakeholders in the TVET sector.

                        The survey was funded by the German Government through Don Bosco Mondo, Germany. The process was also supported by La Francophonie, Dakar. The main consultant was Maria Herazio and data analysis was done by Depa Consultancy.

                        Although the document is a copyright the information in the survey can be used for other research for the good of the young people. The document will also act as involvement in advocacy.

                        • Africa
                        • Kenya
                        • Américo Chaquisse
                        • Formazione Professionale
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Ecuador – 3rd Meeting of Salesian Mission Offices in Latin America

                          2 weeks 4 days ago
                          Ecuador – 3rd Meeting of Salesian Mission Offices in Latin America

                          (ANS - Quito) - The III Meeting of the Salesian Mission Offices of Latin America began yesterday morning, 31 July. At the headquarters of the host province in Quito, representatives of the Mission Offices of Chile, the Antilles, Bolivia, Venezuela, Uruguay, Peru, Argentina, Central America and Ecuador are gathered.

                          The meeting is also attended by Fr George Menamparampil, Coordinator of the Salesian Mission Offices, who in his initial speech underlined the importance of the work of these bodies in the current contexts, to obtain resources for the benefit of the recipients of Salesian actions.

                          "It is necessary for every Province to know that it has the right to receive economic assistance, but also to provide resources for other places where there are also many needs," said Fr Menamparampil.

                          Fr Maffeo Panteghini, Director of the Fundraising Office of the Province of Ecuador, welcomed the representatives gathered in Quito and spoke of the need to focus not only on the collection of economic resources, but also on the motivations, through the various communication channels, so that people take an active role and become missionaries in their different fields.

                          On the first day of work, each of the representatives of the Mission Offices briefly presented the work and the various initiatives underway in their own country, with the aim of strengthening the fund management offices through the exchange of experiences.

                          Today, training topics are being addressed, such as: "Fundraising strategies", with a presentation by Miguel Ángel Zumba; and from Ecuador the experience of the ties of "Salesian Solidaridad" will be shared. The ideas that emerge shall then be examined and re-elaborated in the various work groups.

                          On Friday, August 2, a representative of the Salesian Mission Office of Madrid will intervene through a videoconference on the theme: "Actions for the sustainability of the Mission Office and provincial policies for fundraising". This will be followed by reflections entitled: "Looking for companies and NGOs to generate strategic alliances". The day will conclude with the presentation of the project to support Venezuela and the conclusions of the meeting curated by Fr Menamparampil.

                          Finally, Saturday 3 will be an opportunity for participants to visit some of the works located in Cayambe.

                          {gallery}ECU - III Incontro Procure 2019{/gallery}

                          • Ecuador
                          • Procure Missionarie
                          • Interamerica
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Uruguay – Maria Auxiliadora, First Lady of Uruguay, passed away

                            2 weeks 4 days ago
                            Uruguay – Maria Auxiliadora, First Lady of Uruguay, passed away

                            (ANS - Montevideo) - Maria Auxiliadora Delgado, wife of President Tabaré Vázquez and First Lady of Uruguay, passed away due to a heart attack on Tuesday 30 July, at the age of 82 years. Fr Alfonso Bauer, Salesian Provincial, sent his condolences for the loss of a great woman and excellent wife, born educator and "woman of faith and very devoted to Mary Most Holy, whose company she is surely enjoying in Heaven now."

                            In 2016 Maria Auxiliadora Delgado de Vázquez granted the second interview of her life to the Salesian Bulletin, opening the doors of her home and her private life. She said she had always been grateful to her parents for the moral and spiritual inheritance received; she revealed the fundamental pillars of the 50 years lived next to the one who today is the President of the Uruguayans, a man with whom she forged a family of 4 children and 11 grandchildren. It was in Salesian circles that Tabaré Vázquez met her and since began a long history of life together.

                            She was always and for all "Mary", even for her collaborators, and began to be called by her full name, "Maria Auxiliadora", when she and her husband entered politics.


                            When asked to put her multiple roles in order of importance, she declared without hesitation that in that period of her life she was "wife, first of all, then grandmother and then mother" and confessed that her children would complain and say: "old lady, you're more devoted to your grandchildren than to us." And yet, she replied that they had no great needs to refer to her: "They know that if they need me, I am there. I don't think I've ever disappointed any of them. I have never ceased to be present, even in times of much work."

                            She stated that the secret to cultivating good relationships with children - which she recommended to today's parents and grandparents - lay in several simple ingredients: “always stay close to them, listen to them a lot, respect them, know how to understand them and put brakes and limits on them, but always with affection.”

                            "We join the grief of the President and his family, shared by all of Uruguay, for the death of his wife. A woman who knew how to give a beautiful testimony of faith, love for her family and a compassionate heart towards the humble," said Salesian cardinal Daniel Sturla, archbishop of Montevideo.

                            Several sentences from the long interview given by the First Lady summarize well her deep faith and her intimate love for Mary Help of Christians, to whom she was linked from her very name: "I am a simple woman, a great devotee of Mary Help of Christians"; "What I feel for Mary Help of Christians is difficult to explain"; "I am of Mary Help of Christians and I feel I am part of the Salesian Family."

                            • Uruguay
                            • Decessi
                            • Personaggi illustri
                            • Maria Ausiliatrice
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Vatican – Fr Quijano Rodríguez, SDB, new Apostolic Vicar of Pucallpa

                              2 weeks 5 days ago
                              Vatican – Fr Quijano Rodríguez, SDB, new Apostolic Vicar of Pucallpa

                              (ANS - Vatican City) - In accepting the renunciation of the pastoral government of the Apostolic Vicariate of Pucallpa, in Peru, presented by Msgr. Gaetano Galbusera Fumagalli, SDB, the Holy Father Francis appointed Fr Augusto Martín Quijano Rodríguez, SDB, as new Apostolic Vicar; until now he was Counselor and Delegate for the Missions of the Peru Province.

                              Fr Quijano Rodríguez was born in Aija, Peru, on 7 March 1969. He studied Philosophy in Lima (1992-1993) and Theology in Santiago, Chile (1994-1998). He made his perpetual profession on 31 January 1995 in Lima, and was ordained a priest, also in Lima, on November 22, 1997.

                              After his priestly ordination, he was a Councilor (1998-2000) and then Vicar (2000-2001) of the community "San Juan Bosco" of Rimac, Lima; he then served at Quebrada Honda from 2001 to 2008 in various roles as Parish Priest, Economer and Director; he was Director and Economer of the San Francisco de Sales community in Lima (2008-2010); then held the positions of Director and Economer in the Salesian house of Monte Salvado; from 2016 he has been the Director at the San Lorenzo house.

                              In the “Santa Rosa” Province of Peru, he was on several occasions a Delegate for the Missions and for Missionary Animation.

                              • Vaticano
                              • Nomine
                              • Vescovi
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Italy – 1870-2020: towards 150th anniversary of Fr Ricaldone's birth, IV Successor of Don Bosco

                                2 weeks 5 days ago
                                Italy – 1870-2020: towards 150th anniversary of Fr Ricaldone's birth, IV Successor of Don Bosco

                                (ANS - Mirabello Monferrato) – Fr Pietro Ricaldone, IV Successor of Don Bosco, was born on 27 July 1870,  why Mirabello Monferrato, his birthplace, is working to commemorate the 150 years since his birth (27 July 2020) with a series of events that will develop throughout 2020.

                                The initiatives are inspired by the multi-faceted personality and activity of Fr Ricaldone: a great spiritual Son of Don Bosco and like him, an Educator and apostle of youth, who gave impetus to the spirituality and formation of the Salesian Family, to the Missions that spread across the continents, to the organization and design of the Oratories, to the growth of Vocational Training in various sectors, especially those of Agricultural Schools – famous the various exhibitions he organized, the Salesians present in the Centri delle Nazioni.

                                In particular he took care of the development of culture and of the Salesian school, activating the Higher Institute of the Pontifical Salesian Athenaeum (PAS), gave life to the Salesian Catechetical Center and to the LDC publishing house; he gave value to the places linked to Don Bosco, specifically Colle Don Bosco and to the Casa Madre of Turin-Valdocco.

                                Together with his predecessor, Blessed Philip Rinaldi (of Lu Monferrato, just 5 kilometers from Mirabello), he set up a Salesian province that took special care of the formation of missionary vocations heading towards the priesthood (Ivrea, Mirabello, Penango, Bagnolo Piemonte) or to lay religious life, such as for Coadjutors (Bernardi Institute Semeria del Colle Don Bosco, Rebaudengo Institute of Turin, Agricultural Institute of Cumiana) …

                                The town of Mirabello Monferrato has always kept alive the memory of this son of theirs, not only dedicating a square and a monument to him in a meaningful site, but also generously collaborating with the Salesian house that Don Bosco himself had opened in the village which was the first Salesian home to be started outside of Turin and who had as its first Director a young Father Rua, who later became the Successor of Don Bosco and is today recognized as blessed by the Church.

                                But above all, Mirabello contributed to Salesian life by giving young people from all over the world over 30 Salesians from Don Bosco and 35 Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA).

                                For this reason the citizenship of Mirabello willingly shares this anniversary with the Salesian Family and makes available the most significant places of its connection with Father Ricaldone (his birthplace, the church where he was baptized, the chapel of the Salesian Institute ...), as well as the people's welcome and cordiality in offering the opportunity to get to know better the message of faith and generosity and values that inspired Fr Ricaldone in spreading the charism of Don Bosco.

                                • Italia
                                • Pietro Ricaldone
                                • Anniversari
                                • Storia
                                • Luoghi Salesiani
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Spain – Five Salesian schools selected among Erasmus+ school exchange program

                                  2 weeks 5 days ago
                                  Spain – Five Salesian schools selected among Erasmus+ school exchange program

                                  (ANS - Valencia) - In mid-July, the Spanish Service for the Internationalization of Education (SEPIE) published its list of the 209 selected projects, involving a total of 900 European schools. Among them are 5 projects of the Salesian centers: "Friends of sustainable nutrition" of the "San Juan Bosco" school in Valencia; "A Clean Word" from the school of the same name in Morón de La Frontera; "Campus Stellae for Europa" of the "Paseo-Colegio San Miguel Arcángel" Institute of Madrid; "The Roman footprint in Pamplona and Parma" of the Salesian center of Pamplona; and "Europe, a community of values" of the "San Francisco de Sales" school in Ciutadela.

                                  The main objective of the school exchange associations is to enhance the European dimension in the participating schools in order to strengthen their capacity for European cooperation and to deal with new challenges. In this way it also intends to promote the values ​​of inclusion and tolerance.

                                  The duration of these projects is between 12 and 24 months, and up to 36 months if it includes long-term mobility (exchanges) of secondary education students at least 14 years old at the time of mobility. Each project involves 2 to 6 schools and Spain is one of the leading countries in the fulfillment of this type of project, that is in second place and before Germany, France and Italy, for example.

                                  Verónica Pastor, head of the Foreign Languages ​​Department and Coordinator of the "Erasmus+" program at the "San Juan Bosco" school in Valencia, explains that the "Friends of Sustainable Food" project involves two Salesian institutes: Valencia and "Notre Dame des Minimes" school of Lyon: "It is an exchange of good practices for the promotion of the French language. For our school it is a great step forward in the promotion of multilingualism, not only of the first language, English, but also for the second language: French. Furthermore, the project promotes sustainability and, in particular, sustainable food, a commitment of both centers, which share projects for environmental protection."

                                  With the same scheme of collaboration between two Salesian centers, the project "The Roman footprint in Pamplona and Parma" between the students of the Salesianos Pamplona and the Salesian school of Parma, is presented. "For the school it is a further element of quality in the internationalization process, and a step forward in the educational sphere of the European Union."

                                  Source: www.salesianos.edu 

                                  • Spagna
                                  • Scuole
                                  • Europe
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    RMG – VIII International Congress of Mary Help of Christians

                                    2 weeks 6 days ago
                                    RMG – VIII International Congress of Mary Help of Christians

                                    (ANS - Rome) - The Salesian Family of Argentina is preparing to welcome the VIII International Congress of Mary Help of Christians, an event promoted by the Association of Mary Help of Christians, which this year celebrates the 150th anniversary of its foundation. The Congress will take place in Buenos Aires from 7 to 10 November and shall include the presence of the Rector Major and other provincials and leaders of the Salesian Family groups.

                                    Numerous institutes, shrines and chapels of Argentina bear the name of the Help of Christians, bearing witness to the devotion to Our Lady of Don Bosco in this country, the destination, in 1875, of the first Salesian missionaries. One of the emblematic sites is the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in the district of Almagro, which for the Salesians of Argentina is a point of dissemination of their mission, a center of cohesion and a source of grace. It is also a place dear to Pope Francis, who was baptized here and who therein has constantly found an oasis of prayer and entrustment to the Help of Christians.

                                    The Congress program is available at www.mariaauxiliadora2019.com.ar 

                                    The highlights:

                                    Thursday 7 November: opening celebration.

                                    Friday 8: presentations, testimonies and moments of celebration on the theme of the Congress "With Mary, a believing woman". Fr Roberto Carelli, Fr Gustavo Cavagnari and Sr. Linda Pocher will discuss the biblical, theological, pastoral and Salesian aspects.

                                    Saturday 9: presentation of Salesian sanctity linked to Argentina: the blessed Artemide Zatti, Laura Vicuña and Ceferino Namuncurà. In the afternoon, with the Salesian Youth Movement, a "Caminata Peregrina" will take place, a testimony of youthful and popular faith that will travel the streets of the city from the church Mater Misericordiae, which welcomed the first Salesian missionaries, to the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians.

                                    Sunday 10 November: closing celebration, presided over by the Rector Major.

                                    Registration and participation: open to all Groups of the Salesian Family and to those who wish to participate through the official website of the Congress: www.mariaauxiliadora2019.com.ar by emailing confirmation of registration payment to: inscripcioncongreso@donbosco.org.ar 

                                    The deadline for registration is September 27th. Nearly 600 people are currently registered. The cost of registration includes the participant kit, Thursday dinner, Friday lunch and dinner and Saturday and Sunday lunches; simultaneous translation service in four languages: Spanish, English, Italian and Portuguese.

                                    Live broadcast/streaming: for those who cannot participate, Mass and the opening session will be broadcast live, as will the closing Eucharist. The broadcast of individual moments of the event will be available online at the end of each day.

                                    For resources and promotional material: http://mariaauxiliadora2019.com.ar/promocion/ 

                                    • Maria Ausiliatrice
                                    • ADMA
                                    • RMG
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Vatican – "I will do this job Salesian-style": Vatican Gendarmerie's new chaplain, Fr Fontana

                                      3 weeks ago

                                      (ANS - Vatican City) - After many years of work for young people within the Salesian Congregation, Fr Francesco (Franco) Fontana goes to serve directly at the center of the universal Church: he was in fact chosen by Pope Francis as chaplain of the Directorate of Security Services and Civil Protection of the State of Vatican City, replacing Msgr. Alberto Lorenzelli, nominated auxiliary bishop of Santiago de Chile. I will do this job Salesian-style, Fr Fontana said to the ANS agency.

                                      Fr Fontana, 69 years of age, 51 of Salesian life and 39 of priesthood, accepted this appointment in a spirit of service to the Church. "I accepted the will of God with hope and affection for the Pope. It will be something totally new for me ... And I must admit that I will miss my 'pests'!," he confided.

                                      In the last 5 years, in fact, Fr Fontana was Director of the "Istituto Sant 'Ambrogio" in Milan, where he accompanied the human and spiritual growth of about 2,000 students. At the same time, he was also Councilor of the Italian Lombardy-Emilian Province (ILE).

                                      Previously, he served in various Salesian houses, always as Director, Catechist or Dean: in Parma, in Bologna-Blessed Virgin of San Luca, in Castel de 'Britti (BO), in a center for the recovery of adolescents and young street kids, and Chiari (BS), site of a school that goes from elementary to secondary school and the Institute of Vocational Training.

                                      Nor should the tasks carried out as a Youth Ministry Delegate for the ILE Province and National Coordinator of Mission Animation, CNOS Delegate for the NGO "VIS - International Volunteering for Development" and its Vice President be forgotten.

                                      In his curriculum of studies there is the baccalaureate in Theology from the Salesian Pontifical University of Turin, and the Degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Parma, which was followed by the qualification for teaching in secondary schools.

                                      In his new assignment within the Vatican, the experiences gained alongside two bishops will be useful: the late card. Giacomo Biffi, who wanted him as a Youth Ministry Delegate in Bologna and with whom he collaborated assiduously as Secretary General of the National Eucharistic Congress held in Bologna in 1997; and Msgr. Ernesto Vecchi, whom he accompanied during the delicate mission as Apostolic Administrator Bishop of Terni-Narni-Amelia, as moderator of the diocesan Curia.

                                      Looking at his new position as chaplain of the Gendarmerie, Fr Fontana stated: "It will be a nice challenge, also because I arrive after the appreciated ministry and work done by Msgr. Lorenzelli. I will commit myself to accompanying the Gendarmes, among whom there are many young people, with a discreet pastoral work, like a good parish priest, so that we can grow together."

                                      • Vaticano
                                      • Salesiani
                                      • Nomine
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Philippines – "Silsilah": experience of Islamic-Christian dialogue in Mindanao

                                        3 weeks ago

                                        (ANS - Zamboanga City) - Fr Eugene Maclasang, Delegate for Pakistan, and Fr Arvin Abatayao, Delegate for Mission Animation of the South Philippines Province, spent two weeks (1-15 July) in Zamboanga City, on the island of Mindanao - where the majority of the population is of Islamic faith - to participate in the second edition of the "Silsilah" Special Islamic-Christian Dialogue Program, under the theme: "Christianity and Islam at the crossroads."

                                        Silsilah is an Arabic word meaning chain, tie or connection, chosen by the priest of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) Fr Sebastiano d’Ambra, founder of the movement for dialogue between Christians and Muslims (1984). This second appointment of Silsilah brought together 31 people, men and women, 16 Muslims and 15 Christians, helping each to learn more about their own faith and the faith of others.

                                        On Tuesday, 2 July, the long series of conferences on the theme of meeting or the encounter began, which lasted until Thursday 11 July. The work in class alternated with two weekends of reciprocal full immersion: Muslims in Christian families and Christians in Muslim families.

                                        "During the seminar we had many and dynamic exchanges with our Muslim co-participants: we shared our reflections with ease during meals and breaks, prepared the cultural presentations together, as well as various reports," says Fr Maclasang. These moments between one lesson and another contributed much to reducing or eliminating mutual prejudices. And despite the differences on so many issues or aspects, a common point was found in the common conception of God as mercy.

                                        Much importance was also given to prayer in the belief of the founder of the Silsilah movement who professed how necessary it was to be fervent in one's faith to live the spirituality of dialogue.

                                        The highlight of the experience for the two Salesians was the two weekends spent in Muslim families. "During these cultural immersions I was able to quickly feel at home with the families to which I was assigned, thanks to the Filipino characteristics we share: the smile, the hospitality, the respect. But what struck me was not so much the religious difference as the evident poverty. It was an excellent examination of conscience about my vow of poverty," continues Fr Maclasang.

                                        "The Silsilah special program," adds the Salesian, "opened my eyes to the reality of the southern region of the Philippines. And besides having met and made friends with several good Muslims, I have also come to understand the challenges that the Filipino Catholics live daily in a Muslim environment, challenges not really so different from those of our Christian youth in Pakistan."

                                        "May I hear the voice of the Lord clearly and continue to immerse myself in this reality of 'life in dialogue'," concludes the religious.

                                        • Filippine
                                        • FIS
                                        • Dialogo
                                        • Islam
                                        • Povertà
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
                                          ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana

                                          Italy – Prenovices of Europe meet Rector Major at Colle Don Bosco

                                          1 week 5 days ago
                                          Italy – Prenovices of Europe meet Rector Major at Colle Don Bosco

                                          (ANS Castelnuovo Don Bosco) A very special meeting took place last Sunday, August 4, at Colle Don Bosco, where Don Bosco grew and matured: the meeting between Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, who as Rector Major is called to lead the entire Salesian Congregation, and 36 young prenovices, who are still in a phase of attentive discernment of their own vocation; the meeting, as it was, of a father with many little children in their search.

                                          The meeting with the Rector Major was actually only one stage for the priests, even if important, of a wider journey, fulfilled along 15 days of a journey on the Salesian Places. “The young people who have completed it are young people who in about a month will begin the journey of the novitiate within the four Salesian novitiates in the Old Continent,” Fr Fabiano Gheller, Delegate for Vocational Animation of the Piedmont and Aosta Valley Special District (ICP), said to ANS.

                                          Accompanied by seven Salesians, namely directors and members of the Formation Department, the priests looked to Don Bosco and his sites to discover the fundamental steps of his vocational itinerary. Thus, in comparison with the life of the Saint of the Young and, in constant relationship with the Sacred Scriptures, they were accompanied towards understanding the fundamental passages of their own lives, to say yes to God in the Salesian style.

                                          The days alternated moments of their journey and discussions in couples and in groups, together with profound explorations of Salesian spirituality.

                                          “It is a beautiful experience of fraternal life, of sharing and identification with Don Bosco and with that model of life that we chose with God,” Walter testified, a prenovice of the Sicily Province.

                                          “These are very particular days,” concludes the prenovice, “which permit us to rediscover the beauty of our call and which give us also a very peculiar breadth for those who want to be born to the Salesian life, because they make us know and appreciate the reality in which Don Bosco was born and where our Congregation was born.”

                                          • ICP
                                          • Italia
                                          • Rettor Maggiore
                                          • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                          • Prenovizi
                                          • Formazione iniziale
                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                            Colombia – Singer Andrés Cepeda enchanted by Salesian charism in “Ciudad Don Bosco”

                                            1 week 5 days ago
                                            Colombia – Singer Andrés Cepeda enchanted by Salesian charism in “Ciudad Don Bosco”

                                            (ANS Medellin) – Nearly 100 children, adolescents and young people, alongside animators and participants in the initiative “Our UNICEF”, promoted by the same international organization, participated in recent days in a meeting with Andrés Cepeda, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in Colombia. The musician and singer took up this role on 10 November 2017 and on the occasion said: “Music in this cause is a vehicle that can help us bring important messages and express what children want to tell people, that we absolutely have to listen to.”

                                            The Colombian artist, born in Bogota on 7 July, 1973, is a singer and composer known for his love songs. On 18 July last, he went to the Salesian house of “Ciudad Don Bosco” to meet the youth animators who work there, the house's beneficiaries and the children of the district of Carpinelo, who are part of the Unicef program.

                                            Immediately after meeting the Director, Fr Carlos Manuel Barrios, and several coordinators of the various programs – who invited him to learn about the mission of Don Bosco within the house – the singer went to the main auditorium, where he was welcomed by many guests.

                                            William Barrios, National Head of the Salesian Programme “House of Specialized Protection” – which he too passed through in youth – then explained to all present that Andrés Cepeda’s visit had the objective of raising awareness on the processes carried out in collaboration with the “Our Unicef” program and to motivate regional leaders and assistants to work for positive leadership, children’s rights and peace.

                                            The meeting consisted in the development of a series of workshops aimed at generating reflections on how the participation of young people can generate positive changes in society.

                                            “I feel very happy to be with you all and to know ‘Ciudad Don Bosco’. We'll work very well together in this meeting,” said Andrés Cepeda.

                                            Finally, the singer delighted the audience with two of his most famous hits: Día tras día and Déjame ir, recorded together with the band Morat.

                                            • Colombia
                                            • COM
                                            • Ciudad Don Bosco
                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                              Brazil – New youth leaders prepared to take leading role in evangelization

                                              1 week 6 days ago
                                              Brazil – New youth leaders prepared to take leading role in evangelization

                                              (ANS – Corumbá) – “In different contexts, among the different types of youth groups of the Youth Ministry – states the Manual of the Provincial Delegate for Missionary Animation – there are groups that keep the missionary flame in the youth and ecclesial community alive; it is a dimension corresponding to everyone.” In fact, the missionary flame is born and grows in the groups, but it is formed on the basis of the sacrifice and dedication of the provincial and local animators of each province. This is also the case of the new youth animators who have trained at the Missionary School of Corumbá.

                                              During four days of formation and sharing the young animators had the opportunity to study, pray, sing, celebrate, meditate and exchange many experiences among themselves. One of the fundamental experiences was the presentation of the theme of holiness. “It's all very beautiful, especially because sanctity was made for young people,” said Luis Felipe de Jesús, student of the “Cidade Dom Bosco” center in Corumbá.

                                              Rafael Gustavo Lopes, SDB, presented the theme, based on the 2019 Strenna. According to him, young people today are “thirsty to live holiness, and it is perfectly possible to reach it, to be cheerful, optimistic and fulfilling one's duties, be a good son, a good friend, a good father, a good teacher, in the places where we live daily,” he said.

                                              The participants in the “Exchange between Animators” were also able to attend several workshops and the result was technical formation in the main areas of action of young people in pastoral groups in schools. “I learned to be an animator and to participate in a group,” said Gabriela Souza Szablewiski, 15 years old. She adds, “Some of these meetings were formed to train other young people.”

                                              The strongest moments of the meeting, according to the young people, were the Eucharistic celebrations, the Lectio Divina, the recitation of the Enlightened Rosary and the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

                                              The Provincial Delegate for Youth Ministry - Educational-Cultural Dimension (Schools), as well as Director of the Salesian Institute “St Antonio”, Fr Hermgilenedo Conceição da Silva, considers the results of this meeting to be positive. “I think it was a very special moment for young people, educators and Salesians.”

                                              The experience of the “Exchange between Animators” is an ancient tradition of the Brazilian Campo Grande  Province – a Province that in this 2019 celebrates 125 years of history. According to Fr Wagner Galvão, Provincial Delegate for Youth Ministry, “the school is the place where education and evangelization take place, the place where Salesians have the opportunity to lead many young people to God.” And the Exchange between Animators is a special moment to bring together young animators in order to evangelize other young people.

                                              {gallery}Brasile - Scambio per animatori 2019{/gallery}

                                              • Brasile
                                              • BCG
                                              • Animatori
                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                Italy – 500 young people participate at German summer camp “Come to Bosco” at the Colle Don Bosco

                                                1 week 6 days ago
                                                Italy – 500 young people participate at German summer camp “Come to Bosco” at the Colle Don Bosco

                                                (ANS – Castelnuovo Don Bosco) – Swimming, relaxing and getting to know Don Bosco. From 14 July to 18 August around 500 young people will experience a very special summer camp, following the invitation of the German Salesian province at the Colle Don Bosco near Turin in Italy, where Don Bosco grew up. “Here we have fun, but also can learn something and we can see something from the world,” says a 27-year old participant from the “Don Bosco Haus” in Chemnitz (Saxony).

                                                Each group can choose their own program and term of stay. Volunteers at the Colle Don Bosco support them in any way possible to make their holidays a great experience. “Leisure time is always important for young people,” says Fr Johannes Kaufmann, responsible for youth ministry in the German Salesian province. “And we have the possibility here to bring the life story of Don Bosco, his ideas and accomplishments closer to the young people.”

                                                At Valdocco the participants can visit Don Bosco’s first oratory. They can have a scavenger hunt in Turin and discover its sights. A Chieri tour, where Don Bosco went to school and became a priest, is also on the program. And there is the Colle Don Bosco itself with its basilica and the house, in which Don Bosco grew up. And of course, there are plenty of possibilities for leisure time, like hiking or playing cards.

                                                “I will keep everything in good memory,” says Sylvia from Chemnitz. “And it opened a new path for me to the life and work of Don Bosco.”

                                                {gallery}Vieni da Don Bosco - GER - 2019{/gallery}

                                                • Luoghi Salesiani
                                                • GER
                                                • Pastorale Giovanile
                                                • Italia
                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                  El Salvador – “FUSALMO” promotes youth employment in one of Salvador's most violent municipalities

                                                  2 weeks ago
                                                  El Salvador – “FUSALMO” promotes youth employment in one of Salvador's most violent municipalities

                                                  (ANS  Soyapango) – “Fundación Salvador del Mundo” (FUSALMO) is a non-profit Salesian organization that promotes the development of skills and integral and innovative education through the protagonism of children, adolescents and young people in conditions of social vulnerability. As part of the Salesian work that FUSALMO carries out through the area of socio-occupational management, young people are offered the opportunity to attend an English course for call centers, accompanied by specific training to the resources needed to work in a call center and the links with the employment offers of the sector's companies.

                                                  The course lasts six months and the lessons are held at the sports facilities of Don Bosco in the municipality of Soyapango, one of the most violent municipalities in El Salvador, which is why many young people in that town are discriminated against in recruitment.

                                                  According to statistics from the Foundation for Higher Education (FES), the unemployment rate among young people aged 15-29 in El Salvador is 11.8%, much higher than the national unemployment rate (7%).

                                                  “The young people who currently attend the course are already in the last phase, the one where interviews are carried out within the workshops ‘STEAM+LAB’, and where one collaborates with the human resources departments of the call centers with which we collaborate, who come to visit our facilities and carry out interviews of English knowledge assessment with the kids,” explained Jazmin cuellar, coordinator of the project FUSALMO. “On the total of participants, 80% is already eligible to go to work.”

                                                  Through its programmes, FUSALMO seeks to provide young people with the necessary tools and knowledge so that, in collaboration with the various companies, they can find a job and improve the quality of their lives and that of their families.

                                                  “I learned things I didn’t know before. I improved my English and I have the chance to get my first job, thanks to the alliances that FUSALMO has with call centers. I am very grateful to FUSALMO for giving me the opportunity to participate in this course. They are in solidarity with young people: it doesn't matter if they have much or little money; they give us this opportunity and this is very good,” says Denis Campos, 19 years old.

                                                  “When I started the course I didn’t have many expectations. I just came to pass the time. But then I realized that I liked English. They are good the opportunities FUSALMO offers because they do not waste time and then because elsewhere to teach you English you have to pay a lot, but here, regardless of the economic resources you have, you can come to learn,” adds 18-year-old Katherine Hernández.

                                                  {gallery}Fusalmo - Call Center - 2019{/gallery}

                                                  • El Salvador
                                                  • CAM
                                                  • Lavoro
                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                    Peru – Initiated the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Father Luigi Bolla, Salesian missionary

                                                    2 weeks ago
                                                    Peru – Initiated the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Father Luigi Bolla, Salesian missionary

                                                    (ANS – Lima) – On 1 August 2019, the Provincial Vicar of Peru, Fr Humberto Chávez, and Fr Vicente Santilli, officially presented to the Archbishop of Lima, mons. Carlos Gustavo Castillo Mattasoglio, the Supplex libellus, that is the official request with which the Salesian Congregation asks the opening of the diocesan Inquiry on the virtues, the fame of holiness and signs of Fr Luigi Bolla, SDB: an original witness of consecrated life, evangelization and inculturation of the Gospel and the Salesian charism in 60 years of life shared fully with the indigenous Shuar and Achuar peoples.

                                                    Luigi (Luis) Bolla was born in Schio on 11 August 1932 from a deeply Christian family. At the age of 12, in the chapel of the oratory, he heard a voice saying: “You shall be a missionary in the jungle among the natives and you will give them my Word. You will walk a lot on foot.”

                                                    He made his first Salesian vows on 16 August 1949. In 1953, at the age of 21, he left for Ecuador, where after his theological studies, he was ordained a priest on 28 October 1959. He had quickly learned Spanish and the Shuar language, but the call of the Lord was another: He wanted him to give his life to the Achuar people. Noting that the greatest number of Achuar was in Peru, in February 1984 he passed definitively to that Province to work in the Apostolic Vicariate of Yurimaguas. Years of solitude and isolation awaited him because of the distance and lack of confreres with whom to form a community. Without losing his Salesian and priestly identity, he identified himself with the Achuar people. Despite dangers and difficulties of all kinds, he never lost faith in God. He continued to study the customs, ethnology and culture of the Achuar.

                                                    His main mission was always to proclaim the Gospel to all the Achuars, whom he loved as children. At the same time, he worked tenaciously to accompany the Achuar people in their organization, encouraged their education and took care of the health and development of these people, who loved and appreciated him, calling him: “Yánkuam’ Jintia: Light star of the path”. He died in Lima on 6 February 2013.

                                                    The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, wrote: “The spiritual and cultural heritage of Father Bolla is extraordinary and the start of his Cause of Beatification allows us to preserve, deepen and transmit it. Moreover, the relevance of this Cause is the great breadth it takes in relation to the celebration of the Synod of Bishops on the theme of Amazonia: new paths for the Church and for an integral ecology. A Synod that, as Father Bolla did, starts from listening to the indigenous peoples and communities living in the Amazon.”

                                                    With the Cause of Father Bolla, the number of candidates for sanctity of the Salesian Family rise to 171.

                                                    • Perù
                                                    • PER
                                                    • Luis Bolla
                                                    • Missioni
                                                      Jesus Jurado

                                                      Italy – FMA: with Mary towards the Institute's 150th

                                                      2 weeks ago
                                                      Italy – FMA: with Mary towards the Institute's 150th

                                                      (ANS - Mornese) – On 5 August 2019, from the Rooms of Mother Mazzarello in Mornese, Italy, Mother Yvonne Reungoat officially opens the Triennial of preparation for the 150th of the Foundation of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (1872-2022). A day of remembrance and of the future, of gratitude and of fidelity that projects the FMA Institute forward with hope. August 5 is an opportunity to return to the evangelical and charismatic sources, to the motivations that give meaning to Salesian life and mission. It is an event of grace that leads us profoundly into the roots of the Salesian vocation.

                                                      The Institute's Mother General, Mother Yvonne Reungoat, wrote in the opening letter of the Triennial: “'Mary walks in this house' (cf Cronistoria V, 51-52), are the words that Don Bosco addressed to the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians at his last meeting in Nizza Monferrato in 1885, in harmony with the theme of the forthcoming XXIV General Chapter of the Institute. The house is the world, where the mission entrusted to the whole FMA Institute is carried out, wherever Mary is present as a guide and inspirer in helping us to live the generative power of the charism in the contemporary world. 'Mary walks with us' is a reality that evokes a 'vision', a certainty, rooted in faith and the Salesian charism, a lived experience.”


                                                      For the occasion, Mother Reungoat also released a video-message.

                                                      The celebration of August 5, recalled Mother Reungoat, is an opportunity to “renew the certainty that Mary walks with us, she supports and accompanies, protects and embraces us” (Christus Vivit, n. 45). The renewal of the “Yes” of each FMA that takes place in every time and place is an event of communion.

                                                      For this reason, the hope is to live the preparation to the 150th of the Foundation of the Institute and the journey towards the XXIV General Chapter – scheduled in Rome between September and November 2020 - “with gratitude and awe in contemplating the richness of sanctity, of educational passion, of missionary creativity that flourishes in the Institute.”

                                                      “With the young we remain united in prayer and in the joy of belonging to the Lord and to the Salesian Family, entirely of Mary,” concludes the FMA Mother General.

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

                                                        Uruguay– Don Bosco immortalized in large murales, artwork by José Gallino

                                                        2 weeks 3 days ago
                                                        Uruguay– Don Bosco immortalized in large murales, artwork by José Gallino

                                                        (ANS Salto) – A huge mural of Don Bosco has appeared these past few days in one of the main arteries of the city of Salto, work of the famous Uruguayan graffiti artist and former Salesian student José Gallino.

                                                        On the occasion of the start of the centenary celebrations of the Salesian College “Nuestra Señora del Carmen”, in Salto (located north of the country, 500 km from the capital) founded on 16 August 1920, the murales of Don Bosco measuring 6 meters wide and 10 meters high, which covers one of the building's external walls, was commissioned, and stands right next to the entrance door.

                                                        José gallino is 33 years old, originally from Salto, and for 7 years he has dedicated himself to immortalizing various Uruguayan folk figures on the walls of the whole country. Artists, footballers, writers, communicators and even the technical director of the Uruguayan national football team are the protagonists of his works of street art.

                                                        The artist is very close to the ecclesial and, above all, Salesian world. He studied in the boarding school “María  Auxiliadora”, his brother at the Salesian college, his mother is a catechist and his father was sacristan in the Cathedral of Salto.

                                                        He first began his art by drawing graffiti based on animals and motifs related to the countryside and nature.

                                                        He painted the Don Bosco mural in just three days and he said it’s the highest one he has ever painted. He created it with an airbrush, setting down a foundation by brush and then applying a new layer with the airbrush.

                                                        When asked for the process of mural's execution the artist explained that the first thing he does is study; then, at the time of putting his ideas on a sheet, he creates a diagram that he then takes as a reference in the process of painting it on the wall “so the gigantography is well diagrammed.”

                                                        “When I was little I wouldn’t finish my works. I always left them half finished. I didn’t finish a work of art that I started painting. Now it's different; not only do I finish them but many times I restore them as I did for the mural of the footballer Cavani that I painted some time ago in Salto,” said the artist.

                                                        “Painting for me is a therapy. I don’t usually see how it’s coming, but once the work's at an advanced stage I move away and see what I’ve done. Sometimes I make mistakes, but the larger the work, the more precise they can be,” he concluded.

                                                        by Francisco Ardaix

                                                        {gallery}DonBoscoURU{/gallery}

                                                        • Uruguay
                                                        • URU
                                                        • Don Bosco
                                                        • Arte e Cultura
                                                          Jesus Jurado

                                                          Uruguay – Don Bosco inmortalizado en un gran mural, obra artística de José Gallino

                                                          2 weeks 3 days ago
                                                          Uruguay – Don Bosco inmortalizado en un gran mural, obra artística de José Gallino

                                                          (ANS – Salto) – Una enorme mural de Don Bosco viste desde hace unos días una de las arterias principales de la ciudad de Salto, obra del conocido grafitero uruguayo y exalumno salesiano José Gallino.

                                                          Con motivo del inicio de las celebraciones del centenario del Colegio salesiano Nuestra Señora del Carmen de la ciudad de Salto (ubicado al norte del país a unos 500 km de la capital), fundado el 16 de agosto de 1920, fue encargado este mural de Don Bosco de 6 metros de ancho y 10 de alto que recubre una de las paredes exteriores del edificio, justo al lado de la puerta de ingreso al mismo.

                                                          José Gallino tiene 33 años, es oriundo de Salto y desde hace 7 se dedica a inmortalizar a distintas figuras populares uruguayas en muros de todo el país. Artistas, futbolistas, escritores, comunicadores y hasta el director técnico de la Selección Uruguaya de Fútbol son protagonistas de sus obras de arte callejero.

                                                          El muralista está muy vinculado al mundo eclesial y principalmente salesiano. Estudió en el Colegio María Auxiliadora, su hermano en el Colegio de los Salesianos, su mamá es catequista y su papá fue sacristán de la Catedral de Salto.

                                                          Comenzó con su arte diseñando grafitis sobre animales y motivos relacionados al campo y la naturaleza.

                                                          El mural de Don Bosco lo hizo en apenas 3 días y asegura que es el más alto que ha pintado. Lo realizó con aerosol, tras una base con pincel y luego aplicando una nueva capa de aerosol.

                                                          Consultado sobre el proceso de ejecución del mural el artista explicó que primero siempre investiga y al momento de plasmar su idea hace una cuadricula en la hoja que toma de referencia y después la pasa a la pared, “así la gigantografía queda bien diagramada”.

                                                          “Cuando era pequeño nunca terminaba las obras, siempre las dejaba a mitad de trabajo. Nunca finalizaba una obra de arte que intentaba a pintar. Ahora ya es distinto, no solo las termino, sino que además muchas veces las restauro como pasó con el mural de Cavani (futbolista uruguayo) que pinté hace un tiempo acá en Salto”, confesó al artista. “Pintar para mi es una terapia, no acostumbro a ir viendo cómo va quedando, sino que una vez que la obra está avanzada me alejo y veo lo que hice. A veces tengo errores, pero cuanto más grande es la obra, más exacto puedo ser”, concluyó.

                                                          Por: Francisco Ardaix

                                                          {gallery}DonBoscoURU{/gallery}

                                                          • Uruguay
                                                          • URU
                                                          • Don Bosco
                                                          • Arte
                                                            Jesus Jurado

                                                            Malaysia – Young people in Malaysia waiting for more Salesians

                                                            2 weeks 3 days ago
                                                            Malaysia – Young people in Malaysia waiting for more Salesians

                                                            (ANS – Kuching) – Exactly one year after the previous animation visit the two Salesian missionaries, Fr Andre Belo and Fr Ramon Borja (FIN province) in Kuching received another short 3 day visit from their Regional Councillor. The past twelve months have brought many transformations to our youngest presence in the EAO region.

                                                            First of all, they are now only two, since the youngest member of the community returned to his native country for good. The second major change is that finally the small Salesian community is able to live together in 'their own house' located in Kuching City, in a so-called 'Ministry house' used before by the Archdiocesan Youth Ministry office lay staff. So, over these days the two Salesians are arranging their newly renovated 'base camp' - community house, which will also serve for some small group prayer meetings in the small chapel on the ground floor.

                                                            With this transfer from the large Bau Parish of St Stephen's, with dozens of mission stations, our two Salesians are able to fully concentrate on the Youth Ministry Office in the Kuching Archdiocese entrusted to them by Archbishop Simon Poh a few months ago. Together with other two full time lay mission partners, Frs Mon and Andre are providing leadership for the youth events, formation and other activities in the whole diocese, with very large parishes stretching up to 150 kilometres from the centre. This new mission shows the trust given by the Kuching Catholic community to the recently arrived Salesians.

                                                            Although the main project of the St Joseph's Technological College has been delayed for many external reasons, the two missionaries are not wasting time and continue to learn BM (Bahasa Malay). Fr Mon serves the local youth - the great majority of them from the Bidayuk ethnic group -with Fr Andre. Along the way they are learning to make many friends among the clergy, other religious (Franciscans, Mill Hill, Jesuits and Marists) and especially among the youth and committed lay people.

                                                            During the 3 days, the visitor was able to take part in the ordinary pastoral activity, like Sunday Mass celebrated in the public school cafeteria (the majority of the boarders in the Kuching countryside are Catholics) or in one of the Extraordinary Missionary Year 2019 events - Meeting with Fr. Gerry (Indian Jesuit) regarding Catholic involvement in society and politics. Beside these events, most of the time was spent in mutual open dialogue - discernment reagrding the vision and action for putting down our charism's roots in Malaysia.

                                                            At the end of the day, the main need is to have another one or two missionaries, to have our young Salesian community 'complete'! Together with the Kuching missionaries we appeal for your prayers and provide a possible profile of the 'wanted missionary', possibly from our Region - healthy Salesian Brother or Priest under 50 years of age, able to learn Bahasa Malaysia, with missionary dreams to journey in faith with the young people of Malaysia, being interested in technical education and able to build up an international - multicultural community day by day.

                                                            Source: AustraLasia

                                                            • Malesia
                                                            • Giovani
                                                            • Kuching
                                                            • Salesiani
                                                              Jesus Jurado

                                                              Nigeria – Organizing events to relaunch one's life

                                                              2 weeks 3 days ago
                                                              Nigeria – Organizing events to relaunch one's life

                                                              (ANS– Benin City) – From large congresses to private receptions, the job of event organizer is increasingly entrusted to women. Probably the ability to coordinate multiple activities, resources and people, without losing attention to detail, must be a typically feminine talent. In Nigeria, being able to become an event planner represents for many girls and young women a real opportunity to redeem themselves from a life that often sees them forced to make extreme choices, such as illegal emigration.

                                                              Many of the girls involved in human trafficking who come to Europe from Africa come from the state of Edo and in particular from Benin City, a populous Nigerian city. Behind the promise of being able to reach Europe, the traffickers ask the girls for very high amounts of money for the journey, to be repaid with their work once they arrive at their destination.

                                                              The sad reality is that in Europe these young people do not find the jobs promised, in homes, as nurses or carers: instead, between threats and violence, and with the theft of their passports to prevent them from fleeing, they are forced into the circuit of sexual exploitation.

                                                              To try to give a concrete answer to the phenomenon of human trafficking and to offer employment opportunities in their country of origin, the Salesians carried out an in-depth market study to understand which professional figures were most in demand and which jobs could be more suitable for girls.

                                                              And so it has emerged that one of the professional figures and requests missing is events organizer: a professional who can organize events, especially at family level, related to sacraments such as baptism, Confirmation, weddings and/or family celebrations (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.).

                                                              The events organizer brings together demand and supply, coordinates the different suppliers (restaurateurs, audio and video service, logistics, equipment, etc.), takes care of the decorations and monitors the fulfillment of the event itself.

                                                              Why the Salesian mission of Ondo is working to launch the course of “Events Management”, which foresees several steps: a formation offered via a skills-based approach, with documents and training curricula developed in the first year; in the second half of the first year, the equipment required by reference documents will be acquired; following the identification of the formators, the courses will be launched, a two-year course, for a maximum of 20 girls a year, selected among the most vulnerable and at risk.

                                                              Finally, the process of official recognition of this new course will be started: in this way the program would have a strong impact at the national level because it can be replicated by other entities in the Catholic sector, public or private, who want to act for the formation and employability of girls and young women.

                                                              The course of events management, organized by the NGO “International Volunteer for Development – VIS” and co-funded by the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI), is part of the campaign “Stop Human Trafficking”.

                                                              For further information, please visit: www.missionidonbosco.org 

                                                              • Nigeria
                                                              • Tratta
                                                              • Donne
                                                              • AFW
                                                              • Missioni Don Bosco
                                                                Jesus Jurado

                                                                Kenya – “Don Bosco Tech Africa” launches Labour Market Survey report

                                                                2 weeks 4 days ago
                                                                Kenya – “Don Bosco Tech Africa” launches Labour Market Survey report

                                                                (ANS – Nairobi) – The Continental Report of the Labour Market Survey covering 25 sub-Saharan countries of Africa and Madagascar was officially launched yesterday, July 31st, at Don Bosco Tech Africa (DBTA) head office in Nairobi by Fr. Simon Asira, the DBTA board chairperson and the Provincial of AFE. The first copy was handed to Fr. Américo Chaquisse, Regional Superior of Africa and Madagascar. Present at the occasion was Fr. Alphose Owoudou, provincial of ATE, DBTA board members and the staff.

                                                                Father Asira appreciated the outcome and congratulated the DBTA team for conducting the survey which will not only enhance quality education in Don Bosco TVET centers in the Region but also promote dissemination of quality information to the public. Fr. Chaquisse said that DBTEC office is meant to facilitate the work of provincials of Africa and Madagascar to help them to understand the reality of Africa and this report will help them achieve this. “Our aim is quality, to prepare the young to be competitive, to be the best.” He congratulated DBTA for the good work done.

                                                                Fr. George TJ., the Executive Director of DBTA, stated that the Survey Report was a product of the concerted effort of the staff of DBTA, collaboration from the different SDB provinces and other stakeholders. He added that the report process started in early 2018 and underlined that in the main report there are 25 country reports that take into consideration the situation of every country.

                                                                He further stated that the document of the Market Survey will help Salesian TVET Institutions in the Africa-Madagascar Region to realign their training offer in accordance with the needs of the market for the benefit of the Youth entrusted to the Salesian Education in the Region.

                                                                With the report now accessible to the public, Fr. George TJ urged that Don Bosco Centres must take advantage of its findings and also share it with the relevant stakeholders in the TVET sector.

                                                                The survey was funded by the German Government through Don Bosco Mondo, Germany. The process was also supported by La Francophonie, Dakar. The main consultant was Maria Herazio and data analysis was done by Depa Consultancy.

                                                                Although the document is a copyright the information in the survey can be used for other research for the good of the young people. The document will also act as involvement in advocacy.

                                                                • Africa
                                                                • Kenya
                                                                • Américo Chaquisse
                                                                • Formazione Professionale
                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                  Ecuador – 3rd Meeting of Salesian Mission Offices in Latin America

                                                                  2 weeks 4 days ago
                                                                  Ecuador – 3rd Meeting of Salesian Mission Offices in Latin America

                                                                  (ANS - Quito) - The III Meeting of the Salesian Mission Offices of Latin America began yesterday morning, 31 July. At the headquarters of the host province in Quito, representatives of the Mission Offices of Chile, the Antilles, Bolivia, Venezuela, Uruguay, Peru, Argentina, Central America and Ecuador are gathered.

                                                                  The meeting is also attended by Fr George Menamparampil, Coordinator of the Salesian Mission Offices, who in his initial speech underlined the importance of the work of these bodies in the current contexts, to obtain resources for the benefit of the recipients of Salesian actions.

                                                                  "It is necessary for every Province to know that it has the right to receive economic assistance, but also to provide resources for other places where there are also many needs," said Fr Menamparampil.

                                                                  Fr Maffeo Panteghini, Director of the Fundraising Office of the Province of Ecuador, welcomed the representatives gathered in Quito and spoke of the need to focus not only on the collection of economic resources, but also on the motivations, through the various communication channels, so that people take an active role and become missionaries in their different fields.

                                                                  On the first day of work, each of the representatives of the Mission Offices briefly presented the work and the various initiatives underway in their own country, with the aim of strengthening the fund management offices through the exchange of experiences.

                                                                  Today, training topics are being addressed, such as: "Fundraising strategies", with a presentation by Miguel Ángel Zumba; and from Ecuador the experience of the ties of "Salesian Solidaridad" will be shared. The ideas that emerge shall then be examined and re-elaborated in the various work groups.

                                                                  On Friday, August 2, a representative of the Salesian Mission Office of Madrid will intervene through a videoconference on the theme: "Actions for the sustainability of the Mission Office and provincial policies for fundraising". This will be followed by reflections entitled: "Looking for companies and NGOs to generate strategic alliances". The day will conclude with the presentation of the project to support Venezuela and the conclusions of the meeting curated by Fr Menamparampil.

                                                                  Finally, Saturday 3 will be an opportunity for participants to visit some of the works located in Cayambe.

                                                                  {gallery}ECU - III Incontro Procure 2019{/gallery}

                                                                  • Ecuador
                                                                  • Procure Missionarie
                                                                  • Interamerica
                                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                    Uruguay – Maria Auxiliadora, First Lady of Uruguay, passed away

                                                                    2 weeks 4 days ago
                                                                    Uruguay – Maria Auxiliadora, First Lady of Uruguay, passed away

                                                                    (ANS - Montevideo) - Maria Auxiliadora Delgado, wife of President Tabaré Vázquez and First Lady of Uruguay, passed away due to a heart attack on Tuesday 30 July, at the age of 82 years. Fr Alfonso Bauer, Salesian Provincial, sent his condolences for the loss of a great woman and excellent wife, born educator and "woman of faith and very devoted to Mary Most Holy, whose company she is surely enjoying in Heaven now."

                                                                    In 2016 Maria Auxiliadora Delgado de Vázquez granted the second interview of her life to the Salesian Bulletin, opening the doors of her home and her private life. She said she had always been grateful to her parents for the moral and spiritual inheritance received; she revealed the fundamental pillars of the 50 years lived next to the one who today is the President of the Uruguayans, a man with whom she forged a family of 4 children and 11 grandchildren. It was in Salesian circles that Tabaré Vázquez met her and since began a long history of life together.

                                                                    She was always and for all "Mary", even for her collaborators, and began to be called by her full name, "Maria Auxiliadora", when she and her husband entered politics.


                                                                    When asked to put her multiple roles in order of importance, she declared without hesitation that in that period of her life she was "wife, first of all, then grandmother and then mother" and confessed that her children would complain and say: "old lady, you're more devoted to your grandchildren than to us." And yet, she replied that they had no great needs to refer to her: "They know that if they need me, I am there. I don't think I've ever disappointed any of them. I have never ceased to be present, even in times of much work."

                                                                    She stated that the secret to cultivating good relationships with children - which she recommended to today's parents and grandparents - lay in several simple ingredients: “always stay close to them, listen to them a lot, respect them, know how to understand them and put brakes and limits on them, but always with affection.”

                                                                    "We join the grief of the President and his family, shared by all of Uruguay, for the death of his wife. A woman who knew how to give a beautiful testimony of faith, love for her family and a compassionate heart towards the humble," said Salesian cardinal Daniel Sturla, archbishop of Montevideo.

                                                                    Several sentences from the long interview given by the First Lady summarize well her deep faith and her intimate love for Mary Help of Christians, to whom she was linked from her very name: "I am a simple woman, a great devotee of Mary Help of Christians"; "What I feel for Mary Help of Christians is difficult to explain"; "I am of Mary Help of Christians and I feel I am part of the Salesian Family."

                                                                    • Uruguay
                                                                    • Decessi
                                                                    • Personaggi illustri
                                                                    • Maria Ausiliatrice
                                                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                      Vatican – Fr Quijano Rodríguez, SDB, new Apostolic Vicar of Pucallpa

                                                                      2 weeks 5 days ago
                                                                      Vatican – Fr Quijano Rodríguez, SDB, new Apostolic Vicar of Pucallpa

                                                                      (ANS - Vatican City) - In accepting the renunciation of the pastoral government of the Apostolic Vicariate of Pucallpa, in Peru, presented by Msgr. Gaetano Galbusera Fumagalli, SDB, the Holy Father Francis appointed Fr Augusto Martín Quijano Rodríguez, SDB, as new Apostolic Vicar; until now he was Counselor and Delegate for the Missions of the Peru Province.

                                                                      Fr Quijano Rodríguez was born in Aija, Peru, on 7 March 1969. He studied Philosophy in Lima (1992-1993) and Theology in Santiago, Chile (1994-1998). He made his perpetual profession on 31 January 1995 in Lima, and was ordained a priest, also in Lima, on November 22, 1997.

                                                                      After his priestly ordination, he was a Councilor (1998-2000) and then Vicar (2000-2001) of the community "San Juan Bosco" of Rimac, Lima; he then served at Quebrada Honda from 2001 to 2008 in various roles as Parish Priest, Economer and Director; he was Director and Economer of the San Francisco de Sales community in Lima (2008-2010); then held the positions of Director and Economer in the Salesian house of Monte Salvado; from 2016 he has been the Director at the San Lorenzo house.

                                                                      In the “Santa Rosa” Province of Peru, he was on several occasions a Delegate for the Missions and for Missionary Animation.

                                                                      • Vaticano
                                                                      • Nomine
                                                                      • Vescovi
                                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                        Italy – 1870-2020: towards 150th anniversary of Fr Ricaldone's birth, IV Successor of Don Bosco

                                                                        2 weeks 5 days ago
                                                                        Italy – 1870-2020: towards 150th anniversary of Fr Ricaldone's birth, IV Successor of Don Bosco

                                                                        (ANS - Mirabello Monferrato) – Fr Pietro Ricaldone, IV Successor of Don Bosco, was born on 27 July 1870,  why Mirabello Monferrato, his birthplace, is working to commemorate the 150 years since his birth (27 July 2020) with a series of events that will develop throughout 2020.

                                                                        The initiatives are inspired by the multi-faceted personality and activity of Fr Ricaldone: a great spiritual Son of Don Bosco and like him, an Educator and apostle of youth, who gave impetus to the spirituality and formation of the Salesian Family, to the Missions that spread across the continents, to the organization and design of the Oratories, to the growth of Vocational Training in various sectors, especially those of Agricultural Schools – famous the various exhibitions he organized, the Salesians present in the Centri delle Nazioni.

                                                                        In particular he took care of the development of culture and of the Salesian school, activating the Higher Institute of the Pontifical Salesian Athenaeum (PAS), gave life to the Salesian Catechetical Center and to the LDC publishing house; he gave value to the places linked to Don Bosco, specifically Colle Don Bosco and to the Casa Madre of Turin-Valdocco.

                                                                        Together with his predecessor, Blessed Philip Rinaldi (of Lu Monferrato, just 5 kilometers from Mirabello), he set up a Salesian province that took special care of the formation of missionary vocations heading towards the priesthood (Ivrea, Mirabello, Penango, Bagnolo Piemonte) or to lay religious life, such as for Coadjutors (Bernardi Institute Semeria del Colle Don Bosco, Rebaudengo Institute of Turin, Agricultural Institute of Cumiana) …

                                                                        The town of Mirabello Monferrato has always kept alive the memory of this son of theirs, not only dedicating a square and a monument to him in a meaningful site, but also generously collaborating with the Salesian house that Don Bosco himself had opened in the village which was the first Salesian home to be started outside of Turin and who had as its first Director a young Father Rua, who later became the Successor of Don Bosco and is today recognized as blessed by the Church.

                                                                        But above all, Mirabello contributed to Salesian life by giving young people from all over the world over 30 Salesians from Don Bosco and 35 Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA).

                                                                        For this reason the citizenship of Mirabello willingly shares this anniversary with the Salesian Family and makes available the most significant places of its connection with Father Ricaldone (his birthplace, the church where he was baptized, the chapel of the Salesian Institute ...), as well as the people's welcome and cordiality in offering the opportunity to get to know better the message of faith and generosity and values that inspired Fr Ricaldone in spreading the charism of Don Bosco.

                                                                        • Italia
                                                                        • Pietro Ricaldone
                                                                        • Anniversari
                                                                        • Storia
                                                                        • Luoghi Salesiani
                                                                          Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                          Spain – Five Salesian schools selected among Erasmus+ school exchange program

                                                                          2 weeks 5 days ago
                                                                          Spain – Five Salesian schools selected among Erasmus+ school exchange program

                                                                          (ANS - Valencia) - In mid-July, the Spanish Service for the Internationalization of Education (SEPIE) published its list of the 209 selected projects, involving a total of 900 European schools. Among them are 5 projects of the Salesian centers: "Friends of sustainable nutrition" of the "San Juan Bosco" school in Valencia; "A Clean Word" from the school of the same name in Morón de La Frontera; "Campus Stellae for Europa" of the "Paseo-Colegio San Miguel Arcángel" Institute of Madrid; "The Roman footprint in Pamplona and Parma" of the Salesian center of Pamplona; and "Europe, a community of values" of the "San Francisco de Sales" school in Ciutadela.

                                                                          The main objective of the school exchange associations is to enhance the European dimension in the participating schools in order to strengthen their capacity for European cooperation and to deal with new challenges. In this way it also intends to promote the values ​​of inclusion and tolerance.

                                                                          The duration of these projects is between 12 and 24 months, and up to 36 months if it includes long-term mobility (exchanges) of secondary education students at least 14 years old at the time of mobility. Each project involves 2 to 6 schools and Spain is one of the leading countries in the fulfillment of this type of project, that is in second place and before Germany, France and Italy, for example.

                                                                          Verónica Pastor, head of the Foreign Languages ​​Department and Coordinator of the "Erasmus+" program at the "San Juan Bosco" school in Valencia, explains that the "Friends of Sustainable Food" project involves two Salesian institutes: Valencia and "Notre Dame des Minimes" school of Lyon: "It is an exchange of good practices for the promotion of the French language. For our school it is a great step forward in the promotion of multilingualism, not only of the first language, English, but also for the second language: French. Furthermore, the project promotes sustainability and, in particular, sustainable food, a commitment of both centers, which share projects for environmental protection."

                                                                          With the same scheme of collaboration between two Salesian centers, the project "The Roman footprint in Pamplona and Parma" between the students of the Salesianos Pamplona and the Salesian school of Parma, is presented. "For the school it is a further element of quality in the internationalization process, and a step forward in the educational sphere of the European Union."

                                                                          Source: www.salesianos.edu 

                                                                          • Spagna
                                                                          • Scuole
                                                                          • Europe
                                                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                            RMG – VIII International Congress of Mary Help of Christians

                                                                            2 weeks 6 days ago
                                                                            RMG – VIII International Congress of Mary Help of Christians

                                                                            (ANS - Rome) - The Salesian Family of Argentina is preparing to welcome the VIII International Congress of Mary Help of Christians, an event promoted by the Association of Mary Help of Christians, which this year celebrates the 150th anniversary of its foundation. The Congress will take place in Buenos Aires from 7 to 10 November and shall include the presence of the Rector Major and other provincials and leaders of the Salesian Family groups.

                                                                            Numerous institutes, shrines and chapels of Argentina bear the name of the Help of Christians, bearing witness to the devotion to Our Lady of Don Bosco in this country, the destination, in 1875, of the first Salesian missionaries. One of the emblematic sites is the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in the district of Almagro, which for the Salesians of Argentina is a point of dissemination of their mission, a center of cohesion and a source of grace. It is also a place dear to Pope Francis, who was baptized here and who therein has constantly found an oasis of prayer and entrustment to the Help of Christians.

                                                                            The Congress program is available at www.mariaauxiliadora2019.com.ar 

                                                                            The highlights:

                                                                            Thursday 7 November: opening celebration.

                                                                            Friday 8: presentations, testimonies and moments of celebration on the theme of the Congress "With Mary, a believing woman". Fr Roberto Carelli, Fr Gustavo Cavagnari and Sr. Linda Pocher will discuss the biblical, theological, pastoral and Salesian aspects.

                                                                            Saturday 9: presentation of Salesian sanctity linked to Argentina: the blessed Artemide Zatti, Laura Vicuña and Ceferino Namuncurà. In the afternoon, with the Salesian Youth Movement, a "Caminata Peregrina" will take place, a testimony of youthful and popular faith that will travel the streets of the city from the church Mater Misericordiae, which welcomed the first Salesian missionaries, to the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians.

                                                                            Sunday 10 November: closing celebration, presided over by the Rector Major.

                                                                            Registration and participation: open to all Groups of the Salesian Family and to those who wish to participate through the official website of the Congress: www.mariaauxiliadora2019.com.ar by emailing confirmation of registration payment to: inscripcioncongreso@donbosco.org.ar 

                                                                            The deadline for registration is September 27th. Nearly 600 people are currently registered. The cost of registration includes the participant kit, Thursday dinner, Friday lunch and dinner and Saturday and Sunday lunches; simultaneous translation service in four languages: Spanish, English, Italian and Portuguese.

                                                                            Live broadcast/streaming: for those who cannot participate, Mass and the opening session will be broadcast live, as will the closing Eucharist. The broadcast of individual moments of the event will be available online at the end of each day.

                                                                            For resources and promotional material: http://mariaauxiliadora2019.com.ar/promocion/ 

                                                                            • Maria Ausiliatrice
                                                                            • ADMA
                                                                            • RMG
                                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                              Vatican – "I will do this job Salesian-style": Vatican Gendarmerie's new chaplain, Fr Fontana

                                                                              3 weeks ago

                                                                              (ANS - Vatican City) - After many years of work for young people within the Salesian Congregation, Fr Francesco (Franco) Fontana goes to serve directly at the center of the universal Church: he was in fact chosen by Pope Francis as chaplain of the Directorate of Security Services and Civil Protection of the State of Vatican City, replacing Msgr. Alberto Lorenzelli, nominated auxiliary bishop of Santiago de Chile. I will do this job Salesian-style, Fr Fontana said to the ANS agency.

                                                                              Fr Fontana, 69 years of age, 51 of Salesian life and 39 of priesthood, accepted this appointment in a spirit of service to the Church. "I accepted the will of God with hope and affection for the Pope. It will be something totally new for me ... And I must admit that I will miss my 'pests'!," he confided.

                                                                              In the last 5 years, in fact, Fr Fontana was Director of the "Istituto Sant 'Ambrogio" in Milan, where he accompanied the human and spiritual growth of about 2,000 students. At the same time, he was also Councilor of the Italian Lombardy-Emilian Province (ILE).

                                                                              Previously, he served in various Salesian houses, always as Director, Catechist or Dean: in Parma, in Bologna-Blessed Virgin of San Luca, in Castel de 'Britti (BO), in a center for the recovery of adolescents and young street kids, and Chiari (BS), site of a school that goes from elementary to secondary school and the Institute of Vocational Training.

                                                                              Nor should the tasks carried out as a Youth Ministry Delegate for the ILE Province and National Coordinator of Mission Animation, CNOS Delegate for the NGO "VIS - International Volunteering for Development" and its Vice President be forgotten.

                                                                              In his curriculum of studies there is the baccalaureate in Theology from the Salesian Pontifical University of Turin, and the Degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Parma, which was followed by the qualification for teaching in secondary schools.

                                                                              In his new assignment within the Vatican, the experiences gained alongside two bishops will be useful: the late card. Giacomo Biffi, who wanted him as a Youth Ministry Delegate in Bologna and with whom he collaborated assiduously as Secretary General of the National Eucharistic Congress held in Bologna in 1997; and Msgr. Ernesto Vecchi, whom he accompanied during the delicate mission as Apostolic Administrator Bishop of Terni-Narni-Amelia, as moderator of the diocesan Curia.

                                                                              Looking at his new position as chaplain of the Gendarmerie, Fr Fontana stated: "It will be a nice challenge, also because I arrive after the appreciated ministry and work done by Msgr. Lorenzelli. I will commit myself to accompanying the Gendarmes, among whom there are many young people, with a discreet pastoral work, like a good parish priest, so that we can grow together."

                                                                              • Vaticano
                                                                              • Salesiani
                                                                              • Nomine
                                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                                Philippines – "Silsilah": experience of Islamic-Christian dialogue in Mindanao

                                                                                3 weeks ago

                                                                                (ANS - Zamboanga City) - Fr Eugene Maclasang, Delegate for Pakistan, and Fr Arvin Abatayao, Delegate for Mission Animation of the South Philippines Province, spent two weeks (1-15 July) in Zamboanga City, on the island of Mindanao - where the majority of the population is of Islamic faith - to participate in the second edition of the "Silsilah" Special Islamic-Christian Dialogue Program, under the theme: "Christianity and Islam at the crossroads."

                                                                                Silsilah is an Arabic word meaning chain, tie or connection, chosen by the priest of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) Fr Sebastiano d’Ambra, founder of the movement for dialogue between Christians and Muslims (1984). This second appointment of Silsilah brought together 31 people, men and women, 16 Muslims and 15 Christians, helping each to learn more about their own faith and the faith of others.

                                                                                On Tuesday, 2 July, the long series of conferences on the theme of meeting or the encounter began, which lasted until Thursday 11 July. The work in class alternated with two weekends of reciprocal full immersion: Muslims in Christian families and Christians in Muslim families.

                                                                                "During the seminar we had many and dynamic exchanges with our Muslim co-participants: we shared our reflections with ease during meals and breaks, prepared the cultural presentations together, as well as various reports," says Fr Maclasang. These moments between one lesson and another contributed much to reducing or eliminating mutual prejudices. And despite the differences on so many issues or aspects, a common point was found in the common conception of God as mercy.

                                                                                Much importance was also given to prayer in the belief of the founder of the Silsilah movement who professed how necessary it was to be fervent in one's faith to live the spirituality of dialogue.

                                                                                The highlight of the experience for the two Salesians was the two weekends spent in Muslim families. "During these cultural immersions I was able to quickly feel at home with the families to which I was assigned, thanks to the Filipino characteristics we share: the smile, the hospitality, the respect. But what struck me was not so much the religious difference as the evident poverty. It was an excellent examination of conscience about my vow of poverty," continues Fr Maclasang.

                                                                                "The Silsilah special program," adds the Salesian, "opened my eyes to the reality of the southern region of the Philippines. And besides having met and made friends with several good Muslims, I have also come to understand the challenges that the Filipino Catholics live daily in a Muslim environment, challenges not really so different from those of our Christian youth in Pakistan."

                                                                                "May I hear the voice of the Lord clearly and continue to immerse myself in this reality of 'life in dialogue'," concludes the religious.

                                                                                • Filippine
                                                                                • FIS
                                                                                • Dialogo
                                                                                • Islam
                                                                                • Povertà
                                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano
                                                                                  ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana