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Central African Republic - 25 years of Salesian presence: 25 years of hope and help to needy

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Central African Republic - 25 years of Salesian presence: 25 years of hope and help to needy

(ANS - Bangui) - The 25-year Salesian presence in Bangui represents an outpost of hope for the population of the cityand the country. Launched in 1994, with the first center of Damala, over the years it has had to face the many difficulties that have marked the country in this time frame, offering in all circumstances spaces of serenity and peace. Last Sunday, 26 May, the important anniversary was celebrated with a solemn Mass and perpetual profession and the ordinations of various Salesians.

Traumatic episodes such as State coups, the violence and recurrent clashes between opposing factions; but also events of great joy, such as the visit of Pope Francis and the opening of the Jubilee of Mercy at the Cathedral of Bangui: the Salesian missionaries in the Capital of the Central African Republic were witness to all this.

Salesian pastoral action had to take into account what was happening around their centers: the Salesians made welcoming a distinctive sign of their activities, coming to host up to 22,000 displaced people in their courtyards; moreover, faithful to the preferential option for the most needy youngsters and to the educational charism, for years they have been dedicating part of their efforts and commitment to former child soldiers.

Sunday 26 May was thus a day of celebration for many, as the closing of the 25th anniversary of Salesian presence in the Central African Republic was celebrated. The central act was the Mass celebrated in the “St John” parish in the district of Galabadja, during which the Salesian Merci Mbacho made his Perpetual Profession and the Salesians Paterne Modekpo and Lévy-Brad Issené were ordained deacon and priest respectively.

The celebration was presided over by Msgr. Nestor Désiré Nongo Azagbia, bishop of Bossangoa, in the presence of Fr Alphonse Owoudou, SDB, Superior of the Vice Province of "Equatorial Tropical Africa" ​​(ATE), and of several Councilors and Delegates.

Today, through the two houses located in the districts of Damala and Galabadja, the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco animate a nursery and an elementary school, a college, a high school, a medical dispensary, a Vocational Training Center of national importance, two youth centers and various chapels. They are also engaged in the service of evangelization, justice and social cohesion and their name is known and appreciated throughout the country.

  • Repubblica Centrafricana
  • ATE
  • Anniversari
  • Ordinazioni Diaconali
  • Ordinazioni Sacerdotali
  • Professioni Perpetue
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Cambodia – EAO Salesian Cooperators Workshop: sharing joy of living spirit of Don Bosco

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    Cambodia – EAO Salesian Cooperators Workshop: sharing joy of living spirit of Don Bosco

    (ANS – Sihanoukville) – On the last day (May 27) of the First EAO Salesian Cooperators Formation Workshop in Cambodia, Sihanoukville, the respective EAO provinces finalized their “Dream” (Action Plan) about inspiring formation in the future. According to participants, it was a truly overwhelming experience of family spirit, inspiration, new awareness, connecting the 58 Salesian Cooperators coming together from 11 different countries.

    During their stay within the Don Bosco Hotel School in Sihanoukville, the Salesians Cooperators of the East Asia - Oceania Region experienced communion and fraternity. Personal attention, interaction with students and staff, continuous involvement of the 6 SDBs of the local community and their 8 lay missionary volunteers will be not forgotten back in their provinces.

    All participants said they were enriched by a new awareness about the importance and urgent need of inspiring quality formation. Maybe their first fruit is this strong conviction and it is already a promising treasure.

    Among the fruits harvested, all the people convened on the need for formation that communicates not only ‘knowledge of Salesianity’, but shares the joy of living the spirit of Don Bosco. It grows through attraction, communication and sharing, made fruitful through the working of the Holy Spirit according to each of the personal vocation growth stages.

    The future 'Dreams' about formation in each province were shared on Day 3 (May 26), summarized by Fr Suphot (THA - EAO regional delegate ASC) and digested and clarified during focused reflection on Day 4 (May 27) with the moderation of the EAO Regional Councilor, Fr Klement. Four emerging 'RESOLUTION - ACTION PLAN POINTS' strike out thanks to their simplicity and convergence:

    VOCATION: the need for young Salesian Cooperators is strong in each province, thus the need to listen and accompany youth, to know their needs and their points of attraction, (re: vocations).

    FORMATION: Formation team at the province level, plus reflection, translations, training of formators and production of common formation modules and programs, with new formators needed, formation of Salesian cooperators regarding the basics of social communication (SNS, website, or FB administration).

    SOCIAL COMMUNICATION: Province level website (so far only CIN-FIN-KOR) has one, or province's official FB pages, plus foster effective internal communication among the centers (province) and external communication (for the young, Salesian Family members).

    MISSION: Family ministry (today we can't imagine youth ministry without family involvement) and working for the margninalized and poor young people - who are saving the Salesian Cooperators!

    As a matter of fact, there are 350 SDB and FMA religious communities but only 126 Local Salesian Cooperator Centres in the whole EAO region (2500 ASC members with promise and few more hundreds of Aspirants). Fr Klement invited everyone to pray that the remaining 226 SDB and FMA communities may be able to start their own Salesian Cooperators centre in the near future.

    Source: AustraLasia

    • Cambogia
    • THA
    • Salesiani Cooperatori
    • Asia EstOceania
    • Václav Klement
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Ecuador - Shuar Youth Congress: Jesus and Don Bosco live in hearts of young people

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      Ecuador - Shuar Youth Congress: Jesus and Don Bosco live in hearts of young people

      (ANS - Tuutin Entsa) - Talking about the origins of Salesian missionary work in the Amazon means going back to 1893, when Fr Gioacchino Francesco Spinelli and Giacinto Pancheri arrived in Gualaquiza to fulfill the dream of Don Bosco in Ecuador. From the outset their work focused on the pastoral orientation that gradually led to the creation of schools, laboratories, institutes, agricultural schools, boarding schools ... 126 years have passed and the work of the Salesians remains intact in the heart of the forest. An example was the Congress of young people of the Shuar ethnic group which took place from 24 to 26 May 2019 in the community of Tuutin Entsa, bringing together about 500 young people from over 20 communities, accompanied by their respective etserin (catechists).

      For many of these delegations, participation in the meeting required a real journey, some even with stretches via canoe along the rivers; however, this has not been an obstacle for these boys and girls, who await this congress with great expectation every year. This year, moreover, the coincidence of the beginning of the congress with the feast of Mary Help of Christians has greatly amplified the atmosphere of joy, fraternity and spirituality, with the names of Jesus and Don Bosco always sung with great devotion.

      The main activity of the first day was the Marian night, for which an altar was built that protected the statue of Mary Help of Christians. The young people, some of them wearing the traditional shuar dress, accompanied her in procession, to pay homage to her with songs and prayers.

      In the following days all the activities - dynamics, formative talks and group work - continued trying to convey the central message of the appointment, centered on the theme of the Rector Major's Strenna for 2019: "holiness for you, too." For this reason, the model of an exemplary Christian life in daily life, to become saints in ordinary life, has been proposed to all children, always taking into account the culture of these Amazonian communities.

      The Congress ended on Sunday 27 May with a Eucharist during which several young people received the sacrament of Confirmation.

      The Shuar Youth Congress is possible only thanks to the collaboration of many people endowed with a missionary spirit who are committed to ensuring that the young Shuar can live an enriching experience for their lives; and above all thanks to the organization of Fr José Delporte, Director of the Salesian community of Taisha, who started this project in 2002.

      {gallery}ECU - Congresso Giovanile Shuar 2019{/gallery}

      • ECU
      • Ecuador
      • Indigeni
      • Shuar
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Spain – Fr Martoglio concludes Extraordinary Visitation of “St James Major” Province

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        Spain – Fr Martoglio concludes Extraordinary Visitation of “St James Major” Province

        (ANS - Madrid) - The Extraordinary Visit of Fr Stefano Martoglio to the “St James Major” Province (SSM) has ended. The Councilor for the Mediterranean Region began his visit last September and it ended with the meeting of the Directors on 27-28 May at the Salesian house in Mohernando, Guadalajara.

        In the final meeting, Fr Martoglio thanked everyone for the welcome given him in all the houses, and he positively assessed "the great Salesian vitality that I found in your land." The Extraordinary Visitation, carried out in the name of the Rector Major, helped him to see "a very great sense of belonging to the Congregation" and to evaluate the paths taken in the Province.

        "I finished all the visits to the houses with the same sentence as Don Bosco. And not because it has no other expressions available, but because I believe that this is the vocational blessing: 'Take care of the poor and God will take care of you.' It is a simple expression, which has an impressive force."

        For his part, the Provincial, Fr Juan Carlos Pérez Godoy, thanked the Regional Councilor for these months in which he had the opportunity to learn about and encourage work in the Salesian houses and all the people involved.

        From September 2018 to May 2019, Fr Martoglio in fact visited the 54 houses that are part of the SSM Province, located between the center and north-west of Spain, meeting not only Salesians, but also many teachers, educators, pupils, catechists and collaborators in the mission in general.

        The Councilor also took part in various Provincial meetings, such as the two sessions of the Provincial Chapter in preparation for the General Chapter of the Congregation to take place in Turin in 2020; he was also able to share the festive atmosphere in the solemn celebrations for Easter, the Feast of Don Bosco or of Mary Help of Christians, and be close to the Salesian Family and to the local Church, meeting with several bishops.

        In his messages he insisted on the importance of being a "home for all", and above all for the young people who attend Salesian houses, and recalled that the response to the needs of children is not something circumstantial, but constitutional in the Salesian charism. This is why he invited to be other Don Boscos today, trusting in Mary Help of Christians, and underlined the importance of the shared mission between Salesians and lay people. Finally, he asked not to forget the most difficult realities, such as that of Syria, a country belonging to the same Mediterranean region.

        • Spagna
        • Stefano Martoglio
        • SSM
        • Visita Straordinaria
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Poland – Aleksandrów Kujawski: centenary of Kujawskie Institute

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          Poland – Aleksandrów Kujawski: centenary of Kujawskie Institute

          (ANS - Aleksandrów Kujawski) - Many "miracles", large and small, have occurred to Aleksandrów Kujawski in recent decades. Above all, "miracles" of Salesian education, which have generated so many fruits in the lives of the many young people who have grown up in the classrooms of the "Kujawskie" Salesian Institute during its 100 years of existence. For this reason, on Saturday 18 May, the entire educational community and the school family celebrated the important anniversary.

                                                                                                        Fr Krzysztof Tomeczkowski, SDB

          Preparations for this great celebration lasted for several months and involved many people who are very concerned about the idea of ​​education in the spirit of Don Bosco.

          The celebrations of the centenary of the Kujawskie Institute, which this year coincide with the Feast of the Province of North Poland (PLN), based in Piła, began with a solemn Eucharist in the parish church of Mary Help of Christians, presided over by the Provincial, Fr Roman Jachimowicz, SDB.

          After the greetings of the Director of the Institute, Fr Grzegorz Gruba, all those present - past pupils, students, parents, employees, benefactors, representatives of local and Salesian authorities - were able to hear the homily of the Provincial, who drew a brief outline history of the institute and encouraged everyone to continue to take care of its good development and to involve future generations of citizens and the inhabitants of the surrounding areas. Then, at the end of the Eucharist, Fr Jachimowicz gave souvenirs to the Salesians who this year celebrate their anniversaries of religious profession and priestly ordination.

          Then the celebration's participants, accompanied by a musical band and songs about Don Bosco, crossed the streets of the city to the Institute, where the artistic part of the day awaited them, work in which the history of the Turin saint was remembered, as well as referring to the centennial tradition of the school. Finally, after reading the commemorative letter from the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and the wishes of the Minister for National Education, Ms. Anna Zalewska, several guests spoke.

          Further celebrations took place in the school's sports field: it was a moment of meetings between teachers and graduates, shared photos, dances and visits within the Institute.

          Noteworthy was the presence of many past pupils, in particular of the 1940s and 50s, as well as the high school graduates.

          On the occasion of the centenary of the Institute, a special publication was also published, entitled Kolegium Kujawskie 1919-2019. Zatrzymane chwile.

          • Polonia
          • PLN
          • Anniversari
          • Centenario Presenza Salesiana
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Vatican – Fr Sala and Sr Smerilli among Consultors of General Secretariat of Synod of Bishops

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            Vatican – Fr Sala and Sr Smerilli among Consultors of General Secretariat of Synod of Bishops

            (ANS - Vatican City) - On 24 May last, feast of Mary Help of Christians, Pope Francis gave a new signal of the consideration he nurtures for the Salesian Family by appointing among the Consultors of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops both Fr Rossano Sala, SDB, Professor of Youth Ministry at the Salesian Pontifical University, who also served as Special Secretary to the Synod of Bishops on Young People; and Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Professor of Economics at the Pontifical Faculty of Education "Auxilium", recently also appointed as Councilor of the Vatican City State.

            For Fr Sala - appointed Consultor together with the other Special Secretary at the Synod on Youth, Jesuit Fr Giacomo Costa - the appointment represents an indication that Holy Father Francis and the General Secretariat of the Synod have considered the last synod a useful experience for the future journey of the Church, which has expressed approaches and methods to be maintained and developed even in the Synods of Bishops to come.  

            In this sense, the appointment, for the first time, of four women among the Consultors of the General Secretariat of the Synod - three nuns and a lay person should also be viewed. "The greater presence of women in the permanent bodies of the Synod of Bishops is also linked to the experience of the Synod on Youth, which both in its work and in the final Document, required an enhancement of the female role within the Church," said the Salesian. This choice, therefore, "is a sign of the Holy Father's desire to make use of the feminine genius not only in the implementation or celebratory phase of a synod, but already in the process of preparation, in order to carry out a richer and wider discernment".

            At the operational level, Fr Sala made it clear that the appointment means "to be available to the Synod Secretariat" to offer one's own consulting contribution. A contribution which, in its specific situation as a Salesian and as an expert in Youth Ministry, will mean first and foremost "helping to bring youth dynamisms into the ordinary paths of the Church, because, as Pope Francis said many times in the post-synod apostolic exhortation Christus Vivit, the presence of young people can really rejuvenate the face of the Church."

            {gallery}Suor Smerilli 2019{/gallery}

            • Vaticano
            • Nomine
            • Sinodo sui Giovani
            • Famiglia Salesiana
            • Vescovi
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Italy – Feast of Mary Help of Christians in Turin

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              Italy – Feast of Mary Help of Christians in Turin

              (ANS - Turin) - The Feast of Mary Help of Christians isn't just one, but thousands: as many as the pilgrims who come to the Basilica of Turin, as many as the churches and chapels dedicated to her in the 134 countries where the Salesians have extended their works.

              by Antonio Labanca

              It is not simply a numerical matter: it is the variety of ways of approaching the sacred place, of expressions of faith, of life stories that occur at the feet of Mary. For those who had the privilege of experiencing May 24 amidst the temple and the courtyards, in the streets and in the rooms of Valdocco, it was a unique experience.

              There is the feast punctuated by the Eucharistic celebrations, Mary's maximum desire to see the believers gathered around the Word and the Bread of the Son. The Gospel passages that actively see her alongside Jesus to also give Him the human courage to face His mandate, as well as together with the Apostles to overcome fear and make the Resurrection manifest, are readings that are repeated to entrust to the Mother every existential and spiritual uncertainty.

              From here the meeting with the students and the teachers unfolds, an educational community that intercepts the different ages and the expectation of the future; then the meeting with the diocese, which nourished the Salesian experience, and which becomes an occasion for the archbishop of Turin, Msgr. Cesare Nosiglia, to underline the "missionary anxiety of giving Christ" that we collect from Mary and translates into "courage to dare" even in this time of "crisis of hope".

              In the late afternoon the celebration with the young people presided over by Rector Major Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, who also crowned the meeting of the previous days with the representatives of the entire Salesian Family. It was a meeting - together - in the "home" which, as the Successor of Don Bosco specified, is made "for holiness, for devotion, for the mission". A time and place to strengthen oneself in the charism to fulfill a great welcome project "without borders".

              The evening procession was canceled due to bad weather: the wooden statue, already subjected to restoration, would have risked being damaned. But this did not exclude the solemn recitation of the rosary with the basilica crowded and thousands of people in the square and in the courtyards, fortunately then not bathed by rain.

              Among them, the many missionaries, male and female, who came - some for the first time on the Feast day - to Mary Help of Christians to share their experience (Don Bosco Missions had them meet in their offices in the afternoon) and to give pure energy to their service.

              {gallery}ICP - Maria Ausiliatrice 2019{/gallery}

              • Italia
              • ICP
              • Maria Ausiliatrice
              • Festa di Maria Ausiliatrice
              • Rettor Maggiore
              • Ángel Fernández Artime
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Cambodia – Formation workshop for Salesian Cooperators in East Asia-Oceania Region

                3 weeks ago
                Cambodia – Formation workshop for Salesian Cooperators in East Asia-Oceania Region

                (ANS - Sihanoukville) - Two years after the Tokyo 2017 Regional Congress for East Asia-Oceania, the leaders of the region's Association of Salesian Cooperators (SSCC) gathered for a 4-day meeting (24-27 May ) at the “Don Bosco” campus in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, under the guidance of the region's World Councilor, Philip Yu, to give life to a training workshop that helps them to discern how to promote the association's growth, at all levels.

                Participating in the event, alongside the Councilor for the East Asia-Oceania Region of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Fr Václav Klement, are 58 people from the association's 11 countries and 7 provinces.

                The meeting opened on Friday 24 May with Fr Roel Soto, Provincial of the Delegation of Cambodia, and the solemn Eucharist in honor of Mary Help of Christians, followed by the procession of the statue of the Help of Christians across the large Salesian campus. After a moment of fraternal agape, the first day ended with the "Salesian goodnight" offered by the participants of Japan, centered on the increasingly necessary collaboration between religious and laity in the Salesian Family.

                On the second day Mr. Yu opened the meeting urging those present to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit in debates and moments of personal reflection. Then Fr Klement illustrated all the material gathered in preparation for the gathering, condensed into a brochure containing 50 interviews with as many SSCCs of the entire region.

                Subsequently, in the two morning sessions, the progress of the project “For young people” was first presented and then elaborated upon via small groups, while in the afternoon there was time to learn about the reality of the Salesian house in Sihanoukville, through interaction with the students who attend the house and with the entire educational community. The second day ended with a visit to the city of Sihanoukville and a pilgrimage to the parish dedicated to St. Michael Archangel.

                Finally, on Sunday 26, the Delegate of Social Communication of Cambodia, Fr Albeiro Rodas, with his team, presented several useful interviews to highlight a few key points of the workshop's reflection: what attracts you to the vocation of the Salesian Cooperators? How do you live the Preventive System? How do you share the Salesian charism and your specific vocation? What is your contribution to the renewal of the association?

                The work of this training workshop was, in fact, organized as a path of discernment.

                Source: AustraLasia

                • Cambogia
                • Asia EstOceania
                • Salesiani Cooperatori
                • Václav Klement
                • Famiglia Salesiana
                • Formazione
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Bolivia – "Towards joint formation, Salesians and laity, in view of shared mission in Salesian schools"

                  3 weeks ago

                  (ANS - Montero) – Taking place in the "La Muyurina" center of the city of Montero, Department of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, was the meeting of the Andean Region and the CINAB Conference (which includes the countries of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela). It was attended by 19 people responsible for education in 15 Provinces - among Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), Daughters of the Divine Savior (HDS) and Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (HHSSCC).

                  The meeting, held from last 29 April to 2 May, brought together the representatives of education according to the Salesian charism of 5 countries that boast a large number of educational centers dedicated to the education of children, adolescents, young people and adults. The theme of the meeting - "Towards joint formation, Salesians and lay people, in view of a shared mission in Salesian schools" – centered on two objectives:

                  1. Formation: deepening the Preventive System and learning about new educational trends.
                  2. Evaluation: sharing good practices in the process of implementing the axes of the Salesian School meeting in America (ESA IV).

                  The meeting opened with the Eucharist presided over by the Provincial of Bolivia, Fr Javier Ortíz, and then the official greetings of Fr Ortíz himself and of the FMA Provincial of Bolivia, Sr. Lucila Guerra, the welcome of representatives of SDB and FMA for ESA, Fr. René Antonio Santos and Sr. Ivone Goulart Lopes, who recalled the 25th anniversary of the ESA Meeting in Cumbayá, Ecuador, which marked the beginning of joint work in the field of education on the American continent.

                  Other useful suggestions came from the messages of the General Councilors of SDB and FMA for Youth Ministry, Fr Fabio Attard and Sr. Runita Borja, with the keys to understanding Salesian education, starting from the conclusions of the Synod of Bishops on young people and from the apostolic exhortation Christus Vivit.

                  After reading the minutes of the previous year's meeting, the presentation of the progress made in the implementation of the ESA IV thematic axes in the various Provinces and networks began. Then followed a session on "Neuro-education", completed by a sharing of good practices on networking carried out in four Provinces, and, finally, a moment of reflection on what was heard, divided by congregations.

                  The day of 1st May was all centered on the Preventive System and educational trends. Finally, on the last day, there was a formative excursion to learn about the SDB and FMA educational experiences in Santa Cruz. Part of the afternoon was spent in identifying the subsequent commitments for the Provinces and the various networks.

                  The next meeting (2020) is scheduled in Chile, within the framework of the meeting of the Inter-American Congress of Catholic Education.

                  • Bolivia
                  • BOL
                  • Scuole
                  • Educazione
                  • Pastorale Giovanile
                  • Fabio Attard
                  • Famiglia Salesiana
                  • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                  • Figlie del Divin Salvatore
                  • Figlie dei Sacri Cuori di Gesù e Maria
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Spain - Mary Help of Christians, a festival celebrated all over the world

                    3 weeks 3 days ago
                    Spain - Mary Help of Christians, a festival celebrated all over the world

                    (ANS - Madrid) - Celebrations in honor of Mary Help of Christians have been going on across all five continents for days now. Wherever there is a Salesian house there are activities that fill everyone's heart with joy and gratitude towards Don Bosco's Madonna. Sporting events, games for the little ones, Masses, processions, floral offerings to Mary Help of Christians, cultural activities, and more. All because Mary Help of Christians is ever more present.

                    In May, the Salesian Family lives a month of celebrations and devotion to Mary, "Help of Christians", which Don Bosco set at the foundation of his work right from the beginning. When the little Giovanni Bosco was just 9 years old he dreamed of the Madonna who was already indicating his vocation to him and that he would become a priest. That was how it all began. But later, in 1860, Our Lady spoke to him again in another dream and told him that she wanted to be honored with the title of "Help of Christians" and showed him the place in Turin where a temple dedicated to her would be built. Today there is, in fact, the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, which cost Don Bosco so much effort, but which was completed in only four years and was consecrated on 9 June 1868.

                    Devotion to Mary Help of Christians is associated with Don Bosco and the Salesians as the saint of Turin promoted this Marian invocation with phrases such as "It was not me; it was the Virgin Help of Christians who saved you" or "She did it all" . However, the recognition of Mary Help of Christians is full of curiosities. In fact, the title of Help of Christians is in itself rather ancient. It derives from the first Greek Christians who called his Virgin Mary "Boetéia" which means "She who brings help from Heaven". Mary Help of Christians is considered fundamental in many important battles, such as Lepanto and Vienna, or when in the seventeenth century the Catholics of southern Germany were not invaded by Protestants.

                    Another curious fact is the reason for the May 24th celebration: Pope Pius VII, after being imprisoned by Napoleon, thanks to the intervention of Mary, was freed. Pius VII arrived in Rome on May 24 and so he decided that this day would be dedicated to thank Mary Help of Christians.

                    And ... Did you know that Mary Help of Christians is the Patroness of China? Devotion to the Holy Virgin dates back to the second half of the nineteenth century and in Shanghai there is the Sheshan Shrine, which is a reference point for venerating Mary Help of Christians.

                    • Maria Ausiliatrice
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Colombia - Two girls substracted from armed conflict graduate as nurses thanks to Don Bosco

                      3 weeks 3 days ago
                      Colombia - Two girls substracted from armed conflict graduate as nurses thanks to Don Bosco

                      (ANS - Medellín) - Catalina and Claudia are two girls who participated in the documentary of "Misiones Salesianas", the Salesian Mission Office of Madrid, entitled "Alto el fuego". Three years ago they were immersed in a process that was changing their lives and they had a dream to fulfill: to study and become professionals thanks to the "Ciudad Don Bosco" center in Medellín. Now, not only have they graduated as auxiliary nurses, but they are two points of reference for the dozens of minors who seek peace and want to return to their studies in order to have a future full of opportunities.

                      Catalina is 21 years old and has been linked to "Ciudad Don Bosco" in Medellín since she was 16 years old. She decided to join the guerrilla forces to escape the mistreatment and abuse at home, but she soon realized that handling a gun, living in the jungle and staying away from her family was even worse; so she didn't stop in her struggle until she managed to escape even from there.

                      Claudia is also 21 years old and since 2015 she has participated in the Salesian program for minors removed from armed conflict. After being without food, walking for days in the mountains "treated worse than animals", she met with Salesians, began to feel the affection of a family and to share her human growth with other teenagers and young people.

                      Both have become leaders and points of reference for other young people who have not been able to have a childhood. With effort and sacrifice, in recent years they have pursued their dream and now they have fulfilled it: they are two professionals helping others in the health sector.

                      Catalina has always known she wanted to be a nurse because when she was with the guerrilla she had attended courses and enjoyed them. Claudia, on the other hand, experienced a traumatic experience: her father died "for lack of medical care", why she wanted to become a nurse, so that something similar would no longer happen in the place where she was born.

                      Thanks to the Salesian program of Medellin's "Ciudad Don Bosco" for minors taken from armed conflict, hundreds of children have started a new life, having overcome their traumas, recovered self-esteem and have had the will and the spirit of sacrifice to return to studying.

                      For all of them, there is now a future full of opportunities wherein to try to fulfill their dreams.

                      • COM
                      • Colombia
                      • Guerra
                      • Salute
                      • Opzione Preferenziale
                      • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                      • Ciudad Don Bosco
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        France – Festiclip 2019 in “Eurolive”!

                        3 weeks 3 days ago
                        France – Festiclip 2019 in “Eurolive”!

                        (ANS – Lione) – “Festiclip” opens the 14th edition of the Short Film Festival on Saturday, 25 May 2019, at 7:30 pm. 13 short films will be screened with English subtitles. Everyone can follow the event online via live-Facebook.

                        The Film Festival takes place at the Jean Bosco Center in Lyon. The selected 13 films and their respective team members represented by 8 high school students, 2 parish youth groups and 3 European countries (Spain, Ireland and Portugal) will be present.

                        Participants start their programme on Saturday afternoon through “Ice-break,” introductions. Then they share their experience with one another. In the evening, at 7:30, Br Jacques Rey, SDB, (Jury President) opens the festival «by youth for youth». It is animated by Anne-Florence Perras (President of Salesian Youth Movement) and Charles Antoine Lefebvre (project manager: “Citizenship challenge”). 

                        After screening, participants give their vote to their choice of film. There are 4 awards: Audience’s choice, Best soundtrack, Best foreign film, Best creativity. Follow us through live-Facebook at 7:30 pm at: https://www.facebook.com/DonBoscoMedias/ 

                        Films in competition:

                        1. «La vie d’Aurélien, the life of Aurelien» by Campus de Pouillé
                        2. «Des réseaux pas très sociaux, not very social networks» by Lycée Costa de Beauregard - Chambéry
                        3. «Exclus de la société, excluded from society» by Lycée de Sévigné - Marseille
                        4. «Addiction» by Lycée Don Bosco Marseille
                        5. «La cascade» by Chaplaincy of Bourgoin – Jallieu
                        6. «Identité 2019» by Lycée LP Institut Lemonnier - Caen
                        7. «Le prix de la liberté, the price of liberty» by Chaplaincy of Parish St Jean Bosco – Paris
                        8. «Thank you» by Salesian College Celbridge – Ireland
                        9. «L’ombre du second, the shadow of the second» by Lycée Don Bosco Landser
                        10. «JT Bosco» by Lycée Don Bosco Lyon
                        11. «Mixzapping» by Notre Dame des Minimes - Lyon
                        12. «No Son Tonterias, they are not nonsense» by Casa Don Bosco – Valence - Spain
                        13. «Em Terra de Cegos, in the land of the blind» by the youth group Rise’n Shine – Lisbon - Portugal
                        • Francia
                        • Festival
                        • Cinema
                        • FRB
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Dominican Republic - PROFAJ: each year Salesians form +100 youths for leadership

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                          Dominican Republic - PROFAJ: each year Salesians form +100 youths for leadership

                          (ANS - Santo Domingo) - In May, the Salesian Family introduced 153 new young leaders to Dominican society, youths trained through the Youth Animators Formation Program (Programa de Formación de Animadores Juveniles, PROFAJ). It was the program's 33rd course and the most participated since its birth in 1986.

                          The new animators attended the program by participating in seven stages developed over the course of two years. Through these stages, PROFAJ seeks to establish processes of leadership and training of young people, so that they learn to develop processes of group work and know how to begin a path of integration with other young people, which allows for integral growth through the various itineraries of evangelization and faith education.

                          During the 7 stages of the program the young participants reflect and are formed on three nuclei of their person: Life, Faith and Action.

                          The program is aimed at young people who live their apostolate in the various centers of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) and of other diocesan parishes of the various dioceses of the country's Catholic Church.

                          Over the past 10 years, PROFAJ has trained more than 1,000 young people, helping them to discover, promote and enhance their leadership skills, developing them in different groups of the Salesian Family and in the areas of Salesian Youth Ministry and in other local churches and congregations.

                          "Many of these young people are now playing an important role in social life and their experience of youth animation, the result of PROFAJ, has undoubtedly helped them to acquire a series of experiences and skills that have been very important for their professional development, too, because they have been used to using their strengths and abilities by integrating them on the basis of proactive leadership," explained Fr Enrique Castillo, Delegate for Youth Ministry in the Province of the Antilles.

                          The educational offer includes a process of sustained accompaniment, which allows to strengthen the identity of the young person as a Christian, provides him or her with animation techniques and helps them to clarify their personal life project and commitment to transformation in the communities where he or she performs their service.

                          {gallery}ANT - Profaj 2019{/gallery}

                          • Repubblica Dominicana
                          • ANT
                          • Giovani Leader
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Gambia - A chapel dedicated to Mary Help of Christians in new Salesian mission

                            3 weeks 4 days ago
                            Gambia - A chapel dedicated to Mary Help of Christians in new Salesian mission

                            (ANS - Kunkujang) - The Salesian mission in Gambia, specifically in Kunkujang, in the west of the country, is among the most recent of the Congregation, having been launched not even a year ago, in October 2018. Following the example of Don Bosco, Salesian missionaries decided to place the nascent work under the mantle of Mary Help of Christians, dedicating a chapel to the Virgin so venerated by the Turin saint.

                            The reality in which the Salesians find themselves operating in Gambia, the 134th country in which the Congregation is present, faces numerous challenges: on the religious level, 96% of the population is of Islamic faith and the remaining 4% is of Christian religion; at the political level, we are witnessing a period of hopes, but also of fears, because after 22 years of authoritarian rule by former President Yahya Jammeh, in 2016 there was a regular election of a new President. Thus, after decades of immobility linked to the particular political situation, with this recent and sudden freedom, a series of tribal conflicts has been unleashed for the possession of land, which sees ethnic minorities in great difficulty.

                            The Salesian mission, inherited from a local congregation and destined to the activity of oratory-youth center, finds itself therefore operating in a completely peculiar context. And yet, there are also opportunities for pastoral service, given that in the territory of the mission almost all of the population is Catholic, apart from a few animists.

                            For this reason, wanting to meet the spiritual needs of the local population, the Salesians decided to build a chapel that could benefit the local population: about 750 souls, including children (300) young people (200) adult men and women (110) and inhabitants of the surrounding villages (140). The construction has been completed, but there is a need for the final touches, such as painting the chapel, both inside and out, providing it with benches for the faithful, windows ...

                            Relying on the protection of Mary Help of Christians and the solidarity of benefactors from all over the world, Salesian missionaries in Gambia are convinced that they will soon be able to offer young people and the local population a suitable place to pray and meet God in the sacraments.

                            For more information, visit the website: www.missionidonbosco.org 

                            • Gambia
                            • AFO
                            • ATE
                            • Missioni
                            • Missioni Don Bosco
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Italy – Feast of Mary Help of Christians in Turin: here's how to follow it from a distance

                              3 weeks 5 days ago
                              Italy – Feast of Mary Help of Christians in Turin: here's how to follow it from a distance

                              (ANS - Turin) - For the Salesians, Mary Help of Christians is much more than a personal devotion: she is a dimension of the charism and of the mission. This is why the feast of Mary Help of Christians in the city of Don Bosco is never a local event, but rather an event that calls for global attention. Again this year, the main events can be seen and followed via different options.

                              Below, the calendar of the main events:

                              - May 24 - 11:00 (UTC + 2) - Solemn Mass, presided over by the Archbishop of Turin, Mgr. Cesare Nosiglia;

                              - May 24 - 6:30 pm (UTC + 2) - Solemn Mass, presided over by the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime;

                              - May 24 - 8.30 pm - Solemn procession of Mary Help of Christians, presided by the Archbishop of Turin, Msgr. Nosiglia.

                              All these appointments can be seen LIVE on the ANS Facebook page, with multi-language commentary, and on www.missionidonbosco.org or via satellite on Telepace.

                              • Italia
                              • ICP
                              • Comunicazione Sociale
                              • Maria Ausiliatrice
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Italy – World Council of Salesian Family: synodality, holiness and spirituality

                                3 weeks 5 days ago
                                Archive photo

                                (ANS - Turin) - The traditional appointment of the World Council, aka Consulta, of the Salesian Family has been held for several years in Turin-Valdocco on the occasion of the feast of Mary Help of Christians. Around the Rector Major, representatives and leaders of the Groups of the Salesian Family gather to renew in trusting in Mary Help of Christians their belonging to the Salesian charism born of Don Bosco and which over time has developed into a plurality of forms and expressions.

                                Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 May were initially dedicated to the Salesian reception of the Synod of Bishops dedicated to young people, through several solicitations offered by Fr Rossano Sala, SDB, Special Secretary of the Synod: entering the synod path; opening oneself to the missionary spirit, allowing oneself to be shaped by the Eucharist and putting the grace of Baptism to good use; inhabiting the condition of young people with the compassion of Don Bosco; learning the humus of discernment.

                                Later, time was dedicated to the deepening of the 2019 Strenna, dedicated to holiness, through the interventions-provocations of Dr. Lodovica Maria Zanet, Postulation collaborator, who presented the theme of the anthropology of holiness and the principles and dynamics of life according to the Spirit: ability to love the poverty of one's own path; in agreement with other ecclesial spiritualities and sensibilities; animated by the principle of reality.

                                Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, Postulator General of the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family, presented the holiness of the Salesian Family in the variety and richness of dimensions and in the beauty of incarnations that have flourished over time and in history. He also presented a theological-spiritual reading of the charismatic identity card, which deals with Salesian spirituality.

                                A much-appreciated moment was the presentation of some of the groups of the Salesian Family: the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians with a rich history of sanctity and educative-pastoral commitment; the Association of Mary Help of Christians celebrating their 150th anniversary this year; the Oblate Sisters of the Sacred Heart, founded by Msgr. Giuseppe Cognata, who incarnate the oblative dimension of the charism in a special way.

                                • Consulta Mondiale FS
                                • Italia
                                • Famiglia Salesiana
                                • ICP
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Malta – Past Pupils to start Mentoring Programme for homeless young persons

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                                  Malta – Past Pupils to start Mentoring Programme for homeless young persons

                                  (ANS – Sliema) – A mentoring programme to assist young homeless persons was launched in May by the National Federation of Past Pupils and Friends of Don Bosco. This Erasmus+ EU Funded programme will help these vulnerable persons in discovering more about themselves and their environment to follow a path of higher achievement and stability. The programme was launched under the title “Mentor Power” in the form of a handbook and training manual and over 20 organizations come together to attend the “Mentor Power” seminar. Together these tools will be used by the Salesians in a pilot programme aimed at reintegrating young persons back into the community.

                                  In this European project, there were other partners including “Osanna Pia Home”, Malta; “Zdruzenie exallievov don Bosca na Slovensku” – Slovakia; “Cunamh Teo” (Salesians of Don Bosco) - Ireland; “Centro di Fraternità Exallievi di Don Bosco – Alberto Marvelli” – Italy; “Confederacion Nacional de Antiguos Alumnos y Antiguas Alumnas de Don Bosco” – Spain.

                                  Bryan Magro, President of the National Federation of Past Pupils and Friends of Don Bosco, the lead organisation on the project, said: “Our intention was to create a handbook and training guide that would be implemented in our own mentoring programme. But we also wanted to create a tool that can also be used by other organisations in developing their own programmes to help vulnerable young persons. The response to this project by other NGOs was overwhelming and we are also looking at ways of collaborating with each other on further projects related to mentoring”.

                                  The Maltese National Federation will also be opening “Marvelli Residence” this summer, which will be a new home for three young people who are homeless or lack the support of a family.

                                  This project is in partnership with the Maltese Association of the Order of Malta and Osanna Pia Home.

                                  {gallery}MLT - MentorPower 2019{/gallery}

                                  • Malta
                                  • MLT
                                  • Exallievi
                                  • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                                  • Opzione Preferenziale
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Vatican – Fr Lorenzelli appointed auxiliary bishop of Santiago de Chile

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                                    Vatican – Fr Lorenzelli appointed auxiliary bishop of Santiago de Chile

                                    (ANS - Vatican City) – Today, 22 May, Holy Father Francis has appointed Salesian Fr Alberto Ricardo Lorenzelli Rossi as auxiliary bishop of Santiago de Chile. He is currently Director of the Salesian Community in the Vatican and Chaplain of the Directorate of Security Services and Civil Protection of the Vatican City State. Fr Lorenzelli, who was assigned the titular bishopric of Sesta, was appointed auxiliary bishop along with Fr Carlos Eugenio Irarrázaval Errázuriz, of the clergy of Santiago, to whom was assigned the titular episcopal see of Tanudaia.

                                    Fr Alberto Lorenzelli was born in Isidro Casanova, Province of Buenos Aires, in Argentina, on September 2, 1953, to Italian immigrant parents. Returning to Italy in 1972, after attending the novitiate in Pinerolo, he made his first profession as a Salesian of Don Bosco on 24 January 1973, and his perpetual profession in Rome-San Callisto on 15 September 1977. He was ordained a priest in Genoa-Sampierdarena on January 24, 1981, by the laying on of hands of Card. Rosalio Castillo Lara, SDB.

                                    He was Vice Dean of the "Don Bosco" Middle School and Dean of the "Don Bosco" Institute of Technical Studies and Scientific Lyceum of Genoa; then, Director of the Don Bosco Institute of Genoa-Sampierdarena from 1996 to 2002.

                                    Founder and Professor of Theology and History of Religions at the Università della Terza Età of Genoa, he was the chaplain-educator of the Genoa Juvenile Prison for five years. In 2001 he founded the Liceo Scientifico Sportivo "Pierre De Coubertin", the first in Italy.

                                    He was President of "FIDAE - Liguria" (Federation of Institutes of Educational Activities) and member of the National Council of the Catholic School of the Italian Episcopal Conference.

                                    In 2002 he was appointed Superior of the Salesian Province of Italy-Liguria-Tuscany.

                                    From 2005 to 2012 he was National President of the CISM (Italian Conference of Superiors Major) and member of UCESM (Union of Cnferences of European Superiors Major).

                                    In 2008 he was appointed Provincial of the Salesian Circumscription of Central Italy "Sacred Heart".

                                    On 19 January 2012 he was appointed Superior of the “St Gabriel Archangel” Province of Chile and Grand Chancellor of the “Silva Henríquez” Catholic University of Santiago de Chile.

                                    On 27 January 2018, having completed his mandate as Provincial of Chile, he returned to Italy and on 25 July 2018 took up the post of Director of the Salesian Community in the Vatican.

                                    On 10 November, Holy Father Pope Francis appointed him Chaplain of the Directorate of Security and Civil Protection Services of the Vatican City State.

                                    • Vaticano
                                    • Nomine
                                    • Alberto Lorenzelli
                                    • Vescovi
                                    • Chiesa
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Italy – Youth from CNOS-FAP of Valdocco start twinning with Aleppo

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                                      Italy – Youth from CNOS-FAP of Valdocco start twinning with Aleppo

                                      (ANS - Turin) - The youths of the Salesian Vocational Training Center of Turin-Valdocco have decided to take seriously the pastoral proposal for the year 2018-2019: "Io sono una missione #perlavitadeglialtri", that is: I'm a mission #forthelifeoftheothers. And for this reason, during a meeting with Fr Pier Jabloyan, Director of the Salesian Center in Aleppo, they signed a sister-city relationship of solidarity between the two Salesian realities.

                                      "How many things do we take for granted, for the simple fact of always having them there, at our disposal? When we press a switch or open the tap, have we ever wondered if there is electricity or if water will come out?" These are just some of the reflections that Fr Jabloyan left in the hearts of young Valdocco students.

                                      In a country that has been at war for eight years now, the Salesian oratory is a point of reference and hope: after-school activities, catechism, children's summer camp, sports teams, groups ... "normal things, in not normal times." Because during a conflict even the number of victims becomes almost "a habit". Victims like a boy, aged 12, killed by a mortar shell while waiting for the bus. Or like two brothers with their mother, at home, hit by a rocket in that place that, by definition, means safety.

                                      In the words of Fr Jabloyan the youths could indeed feel the pain and suffering, but they also learned about the daily miracles and the hope of those who continue each day to do good and to witness that greater Love that drives them to give their lives for the others: in welcoming, in playing, in helping, in finding the strength to still celebrate every little joy when everything around them speaks of death. And it is precisely here that the twinning that unites Valdocco with Aleppo resides.

                                      At the end of a year of reflection, spent through moments of play and celebration, animation and retreat, the youths of the CNOS-FAP of Valdocco decided to put themselves on the front line "for the lives of others", aware that only in this way can one's life be wholly fulfilled. Why they have launched a subscription with prizes, whose proceeds will go entirely to the Salesian house in Aleppo.

                                      A small gesture, certainly, but one that can really make a difference. Because, as Fr Jabloyan said: "at the end of the war, those who have hurt will be forgotten. But all those who have done good to the young of Aleppo will always be remembered."

                                      Source: Salesians of Piedmont

                                      • Italia
                                      • CNOSFAP
                                      • ICP
                                      • Formazione Professionale
                                      • Solidarietà
                                      • Siria
                                      • Aleppo
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Chile – Industrial School in Copiapó and inauguration of first "Pre-University Don Bosco" in Santiago

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                                        (ANS - Santiago) - Without a doubt, young people are the first witnesses of the growth of the Salesian Congregation and of the service that the Salesians of Don Bosco carry out for the formation of future generations. Recently in Chile, two interesting initiatives took place: the ceremony of laying the foundation stone of the "St Domenico Savio" building of the future Salesian Industrial School of Copiapó; and the launch of the first "Pre-University Don Bosco", a 100%-free initiative promoted by the Silva Henríquez Catholic University.

                                        The future school will include courses for electricians, scientific laboratories, electronics, automotive mechanics and industrial mechanics, and the construction of the "Don Bosco Hall".

                                        "The only sense in which the Salesian Province has spent a lot of time and money to fulfill this stage is nothing more than to fix our gaze on young people as Don Bosco would have done," said Fr Juan Pablo Moreno, Director of the House of Copiapó. "For young people, always the best, so that they can grow and develop as quality people and professionals."

                                        In addition to laying the first stone, a wooden box with several symbolic objects was lowered into the foundations, including: images of Don Bosco, Mary Help of Christians, Domenico Savio and Mamma Margherita, school signs, a 2019 school calendar, several coins, a pencil, a new notebook and a copy of the construction plan. Fr José Toledo, Provincial Economer, then blessed the first stone and the place where the new building will be built.

                                        Furthermore, last May 4, another initiative was held in favor of the education of young people on the occasion of the inauguration of the first "Pre-University Don Bosco". A 100%-free initiative promoted by the Salesian Province, by the Silva Henríquez Catholic University (UCSH) and by the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), which will be used to prepare the children of the Salesian institutes of the last years of the secondary schools ahead of university entrance.

                                        This initiative, which in this first edition will welcome 70 students, is an opportunity to strengthen the bond between Salesian works, as stated by the director Francisco de Ferari, who said he reserved "many hopes in this pre-university center. We know that students will derive the maximum benefit."

                                        For his part, Juan Pablo Vásquez, director of the Salesian Schools Network, told the young people that the project seeks to foster Salesian talents, giving them the possibility of continuity, and he emphasized: "You are here for yourself first, because you are working for your life project."

                                        • Cile
                                        • CIL
                                        • Università
                                        • Silva Henríquez
                                        • Nuova Presenza
                                        • Scuole
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
                                          ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana

                                          Central African Republic - 25 years of Salesian presence: 25 years of hope and help to needy

                                          2 weeks 5 days ago
                                          Central African Republic - 25 years of Salesian presence: 25 years of hope and help to needy

                                          (ANS - Bangui) - The 25-year Salesian presence in Bangui represents an outpost of hope for the population of the cityand the country. Launched in 1994, with the first center of Damala, over the years it has had to face the many difficulties that have marked the country in this time frame, offering in all circumstances spaces of serenity and peace. Last Sunday, 26 May, the important anniversary was celebrated with a solemn Mass and perpetual profession and the ordinations of various Salesians.

                                          Traumatic episodes such as State coups, the violence and recurrent clashes between opposing factions; but also events of great joy, such as the visit of Pope Francis and the opening of the Jubilee of Mercy at the Cathedral of Bangui: the Salesian missionaries in the Capital of the Central African Republic were witness to all this.

                                          Salesian pastoral action had to take into account what was happening around their centers: the Salesians made welcoming a distinctive sign of their activities, coming to host up to 22,000 displaced people in their courtyards; moreover, faithful to the preferential option for the most needy youngsters and to the educational charism, for years they have been dedicating part of their efforts and commitment to former child soldiers.

                                          Sunday 26 May was thus a day of celebration for many, as the closing of the 25th anniversary of Salesian presence in the Central African Republic was celebrated. The central act was the Mass celebrated in the “St John” parish in the district of Galabadja, during which the Salesian Merci Mbacho made his Perpetual Profession and the Salesians Paterne Modekpo and Lévy-Brad Issené were ordained deacon and priest respectively.

                                          The celebration was presided over by Msgr. Nestor Désiré Nongo Azagbia, bishop of Bossangoa, in the presence of Fr Alphonse Owoudou, SDB, Superior of the Vice Province of "Equatorial Tropical Africa" ​​(ATE), and of several Councilors and Delegates.

                                          Today, through the two houses located in the districts of Damala and Galabadja, the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco animate a nursery and an elementary school, a college, a high school, a medical dispensary, a Vocational Training Center of national importance, two youth centers and various chapels. They are also engaged in the service of evangelization, justice and social cohesion and their name is known and appreciated throughout the country.

                                          • Repubblica Centrafricana
                                          • ATE
                                          • Anniversari
                                          • Ordinazioni Diaconali
                                          • Ordinazioni Sacerdotali
                                          • Professioni Perpetue
                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                            Cambodia – EAO Salesian Cooperators Workshop: sharing joy of living spirit of Don Bosco

                                            2 weeks 5 days ago
                                            Cambodia – EAO Salesian Cooperators Workshop: sharing joy of living spirit of Don Bosco

                                            (ANS – Sihanoukville) – On the last day (May 27) of the First EAO Salesian Cooperators Formation Workshop in Cambodia, Sihanoukville, the respective EAO provinces finalized their “Dream” (Action Plan) about inspiring formation in the future. According to participants, it was a truly overwhelming experience of family spirit, inspiration, new awareness, connecting the 58 Salesian Cooperators coming together from 11 different countries.

                                            During their stay within the Don Bosco Hotel School in Sihanoukville, the Salesians Cooperators of the East Asia - Oceania Region experienced communion and fraternity. Personal attention, interaction with students and staff, continuous involvement of the 6 SDBs of the local community and their 8 lay missionary volunteers will be not forgotten back in their provinces.

                                            All participants said they were enriched by a new awareness about the importance and urgent need of inspiring quality formation. Maybe their first fruit is this strong conviction and it is already a promising treasure.

                                            Among the fruits harvested, all the people convened on the need for formation that communicates not only ‘knowledge of Salesianity’, but shares the joy of living the spirit of Don Bosco. It grows through attraction, communication and sharing, made fruitful through the working of the Holy Spirit according to each of the personal vocation growth stages.

                                            The future 'Dreams' about formation in each province were shared on Day 3 (May 26), summarized by Fr Suphot (THA - EAO regional delegate ASC) and digested and clarified during focused reflection on Day 4 (May 27) with the moderation of the EAO Regional Councilor, Fr Klement. Four emerging 'RESOLUTION - ACTION PLAN POINTS' strike out thanks to their simplicity and convergence:

                                            VOCATION: the need for young Salesian Cooperators is strong in each province, thus the need to listen and accompany youth, to know their needs and their points of attraction, (re: vocations).

                                            FORMATION: Formation team at the province level, plus reflection, translations, training of formators and production of common formation modules and programs, with new formators needed, formation of Salesian cooperators regarding the basics of social communication (SNS, website, or FB administration).

                                            SOCIAL COMMUNICATION: Province level website (so far only CIN-FIN-KOR) has one, or province's official FB pages, plus foster effective internal communication among the centers (province) and external communication (for the young, Salesian Family members).

                                            MISSION: Family ministry (today we can't imagine youth ministry without family involvement) and working for the margninalized and poor young people - who are saving the Salesian Cooperators!

                                            As a matter of fact, there are 350 SDB and FMA religious communities but only 126 Local Salesian Cooperator Centres in the whole EAO region (2500 ASC members with promise and few more hundreds of Aspirants). Fr Klement invited everyone to pray that the remaining 226 SDB and FMA communities may be able to start their own Salesian Cooperators centre in the near future.

                                            Source: AustraLasia

                                            • Cambogia
                                            • THA
                                            • Salesiani Cooperatori
                                            • Asia EstOceania
                                            • Václav Klement
                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                              Ecuador - Shuar Youth Congress: Jesus and Don Bosco live in hearts of young people

                                              2 weeks 5 days ago
                                              Ecuador - Shuar Youth Congress: Jesus and Don Bosco live in hearts of young people

                                              (ANS - Tuutin Entsa) - Talking about the origins of Salesian missionary work in the Amazon means going back to 1893, when Fr Gioacchino Francesco Spinelli and Giacinto Pancheri arrived in Gualaquiza to fulfill the dream of Don Bosco in Ecuador. From the outset their work focused on the pastoral orientation that gradually led to the creation of schools, laboratories, institutes, agricultural schools, boarding schools ... 126 years have passed and the work of the Salesians remains intact in the heart of the forest. An example was the Congress of young people of the Shuar ethnic group which took place from 24 to 26 May 2019 in the community of Tuutin Entsa, bringing together about 500 young people from over 20 communities, accompanied by their respective etserin (catechists).

                                              For many of these delegations, participation in the meeting required a real journey, some even with stretches via canoe along the rivers; however, this has not been an obstacle for these boys and girls, who await this congress with great expectation every year. This year, moreover, the coincidence of the beginning of the congress with the feast of Mary Help of Christians has greatly amplified the atmosphere of joy, fraternity and spirituality, with the names of Jesus and Don Bosco always sung with great devotion.

                                              The main activity of the first day was the Marian night, for which an altar was built that protected the statue of Mary Help of Christians. The young people, some of them wearing the traditional shuar dress, accompanied her in procession, to pay homage to her with songs and prayers.

                                              In the following days all the activities - dynamics, formative talks and group work - continued trying to convey the central message of the appointment, centered on the theme of the Rector Major's Strenna for 2019: "holiness for you, too." For this reason, the model of an exemplary Christian life in daily life, to become saints in ordinary life, has been proposed to all children, always taking into account the culture of these Amazonian communities.

                                              The Congress ended on Sunday 27 May with a Eucharist during which several young people received the sacrament of Confirmation.

                                              The Shuar Youth Congress is possible only thanks to the collaboration of many people endowed with a missionary spirit who are committed to ensuring that the young Shuar can live an enriching experience for their lives; and above all thanks to the organization of Fr José Delporte, Director of the Salesian community of Taisha, who started this project in 2002.

                                              {gallery}ECU - Congresso Giovanile Shuar 2019{/gallery}

                                              • ECU
                                              • Ecuador
                                              • Indigeni
                                              • Shuar
                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                Spain – Fr Martoglio concludes Extraordinary Visitation of “St James Major” Province

                                                2 weeks 5 days ago
                                                Spain – Fr Martoglio concludes Extraordinary Visitation of “St James Major” Province

                                                (ANS - Madrid) - The Extraordinary Visit of Fr Stefano Martoglio to the “St James Major” Province (SSM) has ended. The Councilor for the Mediterranean Region began his visit last September and it ended with the meeting of the Directors on 27-28 May at the Salesian house in Mohernando, Guadalajara.

                                                In the final meeting, Fr Martoglio thanked everyone for the welcome given him in all the houses, and he positively assessed "the great Salesian vitality that I found in your land." The Extraordinary Visitation, carried out in the name of the Rector Major, helped him to see "a very great sense of belonging to the Congregation" and to evaluate the paths taken in the Province.

                                                "I finished all the visits to the houses with the same sentence as Don Bosco. And not because it has no other expressions available, but because I believe that this is the vocational blessing: 'Take care of the poor and God will take care of you.' It is a simple expression, which has an impressive force."

                                                For his part, the Provincial, Fr Juan Carlos Pérez Godoy, thanked the Regional Councilor for these months in which he had the opportunity to learn about and encourage work in the Salesian houses and all the people involved.

                                                From September 2018 to May 2019, Fr Martoglio in fact visited the 54 houses that are part of the SSM Province, located between the center and north-west of Spain, meeting not only Salesians, but also many teachers, educators, pupils, catechists and collaborators in the mission in general.

                                                The Councilor also took part in various Provincial meetings, such as the two sessions of the Provincial Chapter in preparation for the General Chapter of the Congregation to take place in Turin in 2020; he was also able to share the festive atmosphere in the solemn celebrations for Easter, the Feast of Don Bosco or of Mary Help of Christians, and be close to the Salesian Family and to the local Church, meeting with several bishops.

                                                In his messages he insisted on the importance of being a "home for all", and above all for the young people who attend Salesian houses, and recalled that the response to the needs of children is not something circumstantial, but constitutional in the Salesian charism. This is why he invited to be other Don Boscos today, trusting in Mary Help of Christians, and underlined the importance of the shared mission between Salesians and lay people. Finally, he asked not to forget the most difficult realities, such as that of Syria, a country belonging to the same Mediterranean region.

                                                • Spagna
                                                • Stefano Martoglio
                                                • SSM
                                                • Visita Straordinaria
                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                  Poland – Aleksandrów Kujawski: centenary of Kujawskie Institute

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                                                  Poland – Aleksandrów Kujawski: centenary of Kujawskie Institute

                                                  (ANS - Aleksandrów Kujawski) - Many "miracles", large and small, have occurred to Aleksandrów Kujawski in recent decades. Above all, "miracles" of Salesian education, which have generated so many fruits in the lives of the many young people who have grown up in the classrooms of the "Kujawskie" Salesian Institute during its 100 years of existence. For this reason, on Saturday 18 May, the entire educational community and the school family celebrated the important anniversary.

                                                                                                                                                Fr Krzysztof Tomeczkowski, SDB

                                                  Preparations for this great celebration lasted for several months and involved many people who are very concerned about the idea of ​​education in the spirit of Don Bosco.

                                                  The celebrations of the centenary of the Kujawskie Institute, which this year coincide with the Feast of the Province of North Poland (PLN), based in Piła, began with a solemn Eucharist in the parish church of Mary Help of Christians, presided over by the Provincial, Fr Roman Jachimowicz, SDB.

                                                  After the greetings of the Director of the Institute, Fr Grzegorz Gruba, all those present - past pupils, students, parents, employees, benefactors, representatives of local and Salesian authorities - were able to hear the homily of the Provincial, who drew a brief outline history of the institute and encouraged everyone to continue to take care of its good development and to involve future generations of citizens and the inhabitants of the surrounding areas. Then, at the end of the Eucharist, Fr Jachimowicz gave souvenirs to the Salesians who this year celebrate their anniversaries of religious profession and priestly ordination.

                                                  Then the celebration's participants, accompanied by a musical band and songs about Don Bosco, crossed the streets of the city to the Institute, where the artistic part of the day awaited them, work in which the history of the Turin saint was remembered, as well as referring to the centennial tradition of the school. Finally, after reading the commemorative letter from the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and the wishes of the Minister for National Education, Ms. Anna Zalewska, several guests spoke.

                                                  Further celebrations took place in the school's sports field: it was a moment of meetings between teachers and graduates, shared photos, dances and visits within the Institute.

                                                  Noteworthy was the presence of many past pupils, in particular of the 1940s and 50s, as well as the high school graduates.

                                                  On the occasion of the centenary of the Institute, a special publication was also published, entitled Kolegium Kujawskie 1919-2019. Zatrzymane chwile.

                                                  • Polonia
                                                  • PLN
                                                  • Anniversari
                                                  • Centenario Presenza Salesiana
                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                    Vatican – Fr Sala and Sr Smerilli among Consultors of General Secretariat of Synod of Bishops

                                                    2 weeks 6 days ago
                                                    Vatican – Fr Sala and Sr Smerilli among Consultors of General Secretariat of Synod of Bishops

                                                    (ANS - Vatican City) - On 24 May last, feast of Mary Help of Christians, Pope Francis gave a new signal of the consideration he nurtures for the Salesian Family by appointing among the Consultors of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops both Fr Rossano Sala, SDB, Professor of Youth Ministry at the Salesian Pontifical University, who also served as Special Secretary to the Synod of Bishops on Young People; and Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Professor of Economics at the Pontifical Faculty of Education "Auxilium", recently also appointed as Councilor of the Vatican City State.

                                                    For Fr Sala - appointed Consultor together with the other Special Secretary at the Synod on Youth, Jesuit Fr Giacomo Costa - the appointment represents an indication that Holy Father Francis and the General Secretariat of the Synod have considered the last synod a useful experience for the future journey of the Church, which has expressed approaches and methods to be maintained and developed even in the Synods of Bishops to come.  

                                                    In this sense, the appointment, for the first time, of four women among the Consultors of the General Secretariat of the Synod - three nuns and a lay person should also be viewed. "The greater presence of women in the permanent bodies of the Synod of Bishops is also linked to the experience of the Synod on Youth, which both in its work and in the final Document, required an enhancement of the female role within the Church," said the Salesian. This choice, therefore, "is a sign of the Holy Father's desire to make use of the feminine genius not only in the implementation or celebratory phase of a synod, but already in the process of preparation, in order to carry out a richer and wider discernment".

                                                    At the operational level, Fr Sala made it clear that the appointment means "to be available to the Synod Secretariat" to offer one's own consulting contribution. A contribution which, in its specific situation as a Salesian and as an expert in Youth Ministry, will mean first and foremost "helping to bring youth dynamisms into the ordinary paths of the Church, because, as Pope Francis said many times in the post-synod apostolic exhortation Christus Vivit, the presence of young people can really rejuvenate the face of the Church."

                                                    {gallery}Suor Smerilli 2019{/gallery}

                                                    • Vaticano
                                                    • Nomine
                                                    • Sinodo sui Giovani
                                                    • Famiglia Salesiana
                                                    • Vescovi
                                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                                      Italy – Feast of Mary Help of Christians in Turin

                                                      3 weeks ago
                                                      Italy – Feast of Mary Help of Christians in Turin

                                                      (ANS - Turin) - The Feast of Mary Help of Christians isn't just one, but thousands: as many as the pilgrims who come to the Basilica of Turin, as many as the churches and chapels dedicated to her in the 134 countries where the Salesians have extended their works.

                                                      by Antonio Labanca

                                                      It is not simply a numerical matter: it is the variety of ways of approaching the sacred place, of expressions of faith, of life stories that occur at the feet of Mary. For those who had the privilege of experiencing May 24 amidst the temple and the courtyards, in the streets and in the rooms of Valdocco, it was a unique experience.

                                                      There is the feast punctuated by the Eucharistic celebrations, Mary's maximum desire to see the believers gathered around the Word and the Bread of the Son. The Gospel passages that actively see her alongside Jesus to also give Him the human courage to face His mandate, as well as together with the Apostles to overcome fear and make the Resurrection manifest, are readings that are repeated to entrust to the Mother every existential and spiritual uncertainty.

                                                      From here the meeting with the students and the teachers unfolds, an educational community that intercepts the different ages and the expectation of the future; then the meeting with the diocese, which nourished the Salesian experience, and which becomes an occasion for the archbishop of Turin, Msgr. Cesare Nosiglia, to underline the "missionary anxiety of giving Christ" that we collect from Mary and translates into "courage to dare" even in this time of "crisis of hope".

                                                      In the late afternoon the celebration with the young people presided over by Rector Major Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, who also crowned the meeting of the previous days with the representatives of the entire Salesian Family. It was a meeting - together - in the "home" which, as the Successor of Don Bosco specified, is made "for holiness, for devotion, for the mission". A time and place to strengthen oneself in the charism to fulfill a great welcome project "without borders".

                                                      The evening procession was canceled due to bad weather: the wooden statue, already subjected to restoration, would have risked being damaned. But this did not exclude the solemn recitation of the rosary with the basilica crowded and thousands of people in the square and in the courtyards, fortunately then not bathed by rain.

                                                      Among them, the many missionaries, male and female, who came - some for the first time on the Feast day - to Mary Help of Christians to share their experience (Don Bosco Missions had them meet in their offices in the afternoon) and to give pure energy to their service.

                                                      {gallery}ICP - Maria Ausiliatrice 2019{/gallery}

                                                      • Italia
                                                      • ICP
                                                      • Maria Ausiliatrice
                                                      • Festa di Maria Ausiliatrice
                                                      • Rettor Maggiore
                                                      • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                        Cambodia – Formation workshop for Salesian Cooperators in East Asia-Oceania Region

                                                        3 weeks ago
                                                        Cambodia – Formation workshop for Salesian Cooperators in East Asia-Oceania Region

                                                        (ANS - Sihanoukville) - Two years after the Tokyo 2017 Regional Congress for East Asia-Oceania, the leaders of the region's Association of Salesian Cooperators (SSCC) gathered for a 4-day meeting (24-27 May ) at the “Don Bosco” campus in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, under the guidance of the region's World Councilor, Philip Yu, to give life to a training workshop that helps them to discern how to promote the association's growth, at all levels.

                                                        Participating in the event, alongside the Councilor for the East Asia-Oceania Region of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Fr Václav Klement, are 58 people from the association's 11 countries and 7 provinces.

                                                        The meeting opened on Friday 24 May with Fr Roel Soto, Provincial of the Delegation of Cambodia, and the solemn Eucharist in honor of Mary Help of Christians, followed by the procession of the statue of the Help of Christians across the large Salesian campus. After a moment of fraternal agape, the first day ended with the "Salesian goodnight" offered by the participants of Japan, centered on the increasingly necessary collaboration between religious and laity in the Salesian Family.

                                                        On the second day Mr. Yu opened the meeting urging those present to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit in debates and moments of personal reflection. Then Fr Klement illustrated all the material gathered in preparation for the gathering, condensed into a brochure containing 50 interviews with as many SSCCs of the entire region.

                                                        Subsequently, in the two morning sessions, the progress of the project “For young people” was first presented and then elaborated upon via small groups, while in the afternoon there was time to learn about the reality of the Salesian house in Sihanoukville, through interaction with the students who attend the house and with the entire educational community. The second day ended with a visit to the city of Sihanoukville and a pilgrimage to the parish dedicated to St. Michael Archangel.

                                                        Finally, on Sunday 26, the Delegate of Social Communication of Cambodia, Fr Albeiro Rodas, with his team, presented several useful interviews to highlight a few key points of the workshop's reflection: what attracts you to the vocation of the Salesian Cooperators? How do you live the Preventive System? How do you share the Salesian charism and your specific vocation? What is your contribution to the renewal of the association?

                                                        The work of this training workshop was, in fact, organized as a path of discernment.

                                                        Source: AustraLasia

                                                        • Cambogia
                                                        • Asia EstOceania
                                                        • Salesiani Cooperatori
                                                        • Václav Klement
                                                        • Famiglia Salesiana
                                                        • Formazione
                                                          Gian Francesco Romano

                                                          Bolivia – "Towards joint formation, Salesians and laity, in view of shared mission in Salesian schools"

                                                          3 weeks ago

                                                          (ANS - Montero) – Taking place in the "La Muyurina" center of the city of Montero, Department of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, was the meeting of the Andean Region and the CINAB Conference (which includes the countries of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela). It was attended by 19 people responsible for education in 15 Provinces - among Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), Daughters of the Divine Savior (HDS) and Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (HHSSCC).

                                                          The meeting, held from last 29 April to 2 May, brought together the representatives of education according to the Salesian charism of 5 countries that boast a large number of educational centers dedicated to the education of children, adolescents, young people and adults. The theme of the meeting - "Towards joint formation, Salesians and lay people, in view of a shared mission in Salesian schools" – centered on two objectives:

                                                          1. Formation: deepening the Preventive System and learning about new educational trends.
                                                          2. Evaluation: sharing good practices in the process of implementing the axes of the Salesian School meeting in America (ESA IV).

                                                          The meeting opened with the Eucharist presided over by the Provincial of Bolivia, Fr Javier Ortíz, and then the official greetings of Fr Ortíz himself and of the FMA Provincial of Bolivia, Sr. Lucila Guerra, the welcome of representatives of SDB and FMA for ESA, Fr. René Antonio Santos and Sr. Ivone Goulart Lopes, who recalled the 25th anniversary of the ESA Meeting in Cumbayá, Ecuador, which marked the beginning of joint work in the field of education on the American continent.

                                                          Other useful suggestions came from the messages of the General Councilors of SDB and FMA for Youth Ministry, Fr Fabio Attard and Sr. Runita Borja, with the keys to understanding Salesian education, starting from the conclusions of the Synod of Bishops on young people and from the apostolic exhortation Christus Vivit.

                                                          After reading the minutes of the previous year's meeting, the presentation of the progress made in the implementation of the ESA IV thematic axes in the various Provinces and networks began. Then followed a session on "Neuro-education", completed by a sharing of good practices on networking carried out in four Provinces, and, finally, a moment of reflection on what was heard, divided by congregations.

                                                          The day of 1st May was all centered on the Preventive System and educational trends. Finally, on the last day, there was a formative excursion to learn about the SDB and FMA educational experiences in Santa Cruz. Part of the afternoon was spent in identifying the subsequent commitments for the Provinces and the various networks.

                                                          The next meeting (2020) is scheduled in Chile, within the framework of the meeting of the Inter-American Congress of Catholic Education.

                                                          • Bolivia
                                                          • BOL
                                                          • Scuole
                                                          • Educazione
                                                          • Pastorale Giovanile
                                                          • Fabio Attard
                                                          • Famiglia Salesiana
                                                          • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                                                          • Figlie del Divin Salvatore
                                                          • Figlie dei Sacri Cuori di Gesù e Maria
                                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                                            Spain - Mary Help of Christians, a festival celebrated all over the world

                                                            3 weeks 3 days ago
                                                            Spain - Mary Help of Christians, a festival celebrated all over the world

                                                            (ANS - Madrid) - Celebrations in honor of Mary Help of Christians have been going on across all five continents for days now. Wherever there is a Salesian house there are activities that fill everyone's heart with joy and gratitude towards Don Bosco's Madonna. Sporting events, games for the little ones, Masses, processions, floral offerings to Mary Help of Christians, cultural activities, and more. All because Mary Help of Christians is ever more present.

                                                            In May, the Salesian Family lives a month of celebrations and devotion to Mary, "Help of Christians", which Don Bosco set at the foundation of his work right from the beginning. When the little Giovanni Bosco was just 9 years old he dreamed of the Madonna who was already indicating his vocation to him and that he would become a priest. That was how it all began. But later, in 1860, Our Lady spoke to him again in another dream and told him that she wanted to be honored with the title of "Help of Christians" and showed him the place in Turin where a temple dedicated to her would be built. Today there is, in fact, the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, which cost Don Bosco so much effort, but which was completed in only four years and was consecrated on 9 June 1868.

                                                            Devotion to Mary Help of Christians is associated with Don Bosco and the Salesians as the saint of Turin promoted this Marian invocation with phrases such as "It was not me; it was the Virgin Help of Christians who saved you" or "She did it all" . However, the recognition of Mary Help of Christians is full of curiosities. In fact, the title of Help of Christians is in itself rather ancient. It derives from the first Greek Christians who called his Virgin Mary "Boetéia" which means "She who brings help from Heaven". Mary Help of Christians is considered fundamental in many important battles, such as Lepanto and Vienna, or when in the seventeenth century the Catholics of southern Germany were not invaded by Protestants.

                                                            Another curious fact is the reason for the May 24th celebration: Pope Pius VII, after being imprisoned by Napoleon, thanks to the intervention of Mary, was freed. Pius VII arrived in Rome on May 24 and so he decided that this day would be dedicated to thank Mary Help of Christians.

                                                            And ... Did you know that Mary Help of Christians is the Patroness of China? Devotion to the Holy Virgin dates back to the second half of the nineteenth century and in Shanghai there is the Sheshan Shrine, which is a reference point for venerating Mary Help of Christians.

                                                            • Maria Ausiliatrice
                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                              Colombia - Two girls substracted from armed conflict graduate as nurses thanks to Don Bosco

                                                              3 weeks 3 days ago
                                                              Colombia - Two girls substracted from armed conflict graduate as nurses thanks to Don Bosco

                                                              (ANS - Medellín) - Catalina and Claudia are two girls who participated in the documentary of "Misiones Salesianas", the Salesian Mission Office of Madrid, entitled "Alto el fuego". Three years ago they were immersed in a process that was changing their lives and they had a dream to fulfill: to study and become professionals thanks to the "Ciudad Don Bosco" center in Medellín. Now, not only have they graduated as auxiliary nurses, but they are two points of reference for the dozens of minors who seek peace and want to return to their studies in order to have a future full of opportunities.

                                                              Catalina is 21 years old and has been linked to "Ciudad Don Bosco" in Medellín since she was 16 years old. She decided to join the guerrilla forces to escape the mistreatment and abuse at home, but she soon realized that handling a gun, living in the jungle and staying away from her family was even worse; so she didn't stop in her struggle until she managed to escape even from there.

                                                              Claudia is also 21 years old and since 2015 she has participated in the Salesian program for minors removed from armed conflict. After being without food, walking for days in the mountains "treated worse than animals", she met with Salesians, began to feel the affection of a family and to share her human growth with other teenagers and young people.

                                                              Both have become leaders and points of reference for other young people who have not been able to have a childhood. With effort and sacrifice, in recent years they have pursued their dream and now they have fulfilled it: they are two professionals helping others in the health sector.

                                                              Catalina has always known she wanted to be a nurse because when she was with the guerrilla she had attended courses and enjoyed them. Claudia, on the other hand, experienced a traumatic experience: her father died "for lack of medical care", why she wanted to become a nurse, so that something similar would no longer happen in the place where she was born.

                                                              Thanks to the Salesian program of Medellin's "Ciudad Don Bosco" for minors taken from armed conflict, hundreds of children have started a new life, having overcome their traumas, recovered self-esteem and have had the will and the spirit of sacrifice to return to studying.

                                                              For all of them, there is now a future full of opportunities wherein to try to fulfill their dreams.

                                                              • COM
                                                              • Colombia
                                                              • Guerra
                                                              • Salute
                                                              • Opzione Preferenziale
                                                              • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                                                              • Ciudad Don Bosco
                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                France – Festiclip 2019 in “Eurolive”!

                                                                3 weeks 3 days ago
                                                                France – Festiclip 2019 in “Eurolive”!

                                                                (ANS – Lione) – “Festiclip” opens the 14th edition of the Short Film Festival on Saturday, 25 May 2019, at 7:30 pm. 13 short films will be screened with English subtitles. Everyone can follow the event online via live-Facebook.

                                                                The Film Festival takes place at the Jean Bosco Center in Lyon. The selected 13 films and their respective team members represented by 8 high school students, 2 parish youth groups and 3 European countries (Spain, Ireland and Portugal) will be present.

                                                                Participants start their programme on Saturday afternoon through “Ice-break,” introductions. Then they share their experience with one another. In the evening, at 7:30, Br Jacques Rey, SDB, (Jury President) opens the festival «by youth for youth». It is animated by Anne-Florence Perras (President of Salesian Youth Movement) and Charles Antoine Lefebvre (project manager: “Citizenship challenge”). 

                                                                After screening, participants give their vote to their choice of film. There are 4 awards: Audience’s choice, Best soundtrack, Best foreign film, Best creativity. Follow us through live-Facebook at 7:30 pm at: https://www.facebook.com/DonBoscoMedias/ 

                                                                Films in competition:

                                                                1. «La vie d’Aurélien, the life of Aurelien» by Campus de Pouillé
                                                                2. «Des réseaux pas très sociaux, not very social networks» by Lycée Costa de Beauregard - Chambéry
                                                                3. «Exclus de la société, excluded from society» by Lycée de Sévigné - Marseille
                                                                4. «Addiction» by Lycée Don Bosco Marseille
                                                                5. «La cascade» by Chaplaincy of Bourgoin – Jallieu
                                                                6. «Identité 2019» by Lycée LP Institut Lemonnier - Caen
                                                                7. «Le prix de la liberté, the price of liberty» by Chaplaincy of Parish St Jean Bosco – Paris
                                                                8. «Thank you» by Salesian College Celbridge – Ireland
                                                                9. «L’ombre du second, the shadow of the second» by Lycée Don Bosco Landser
                                                                10. «JT Bosco» by Lycée Don Bosco Lyon
                                                                11. «Mixzapping» by Notre Dame des Minimes - Lyon
                                                                12. «No Son Tonterias, they are not nonsense» by Casa Don Bosco – Valence - Spain
                                                                13. «Em Terra de Cegos, in the land of the blind» by the youth group Rise’n Shine – Lisbon - Portugal
                                                                • Francia
                                                                • Festival
                                                                • Cinema
                                                                • FRB
                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                  Dominican Republic - PROFAJ: each year Salesians form +100 youths for leadership

                                                                  3 weeks 4 days ago
                                                                  Dominican Republic - PROFAJ: each year Salesians form +100 youths for leadership

                                                                  (ANS - Santo Domingo) - In May, the Salesian Family introduced 153 new young leaders to Dominican society, youths trained through the Youth Animators Formation Program (Programa de Formación de Animadores Juveniles, PROFAJ). It was the program's 33rd course and the most participated since its birth in 1986.

                                                                  The new animators attended the program by participating in seven stages developed over the course of two years. Through these stages, PROFAJ seeks to establish processes of leadership and training of young people, so that they learn to develop processes of group work and know how to begin a path of integration with other young people, which allows for integral growth through the various itineraries of evangelization and faith education.

                                                                  During the 7 stages of the program the young participants reflect and are formed on three nuclei of their person: Life, Faith and Action.

                                                                  The program is aimed at young people who live their apostolate in the various centers of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) and of other diocesan parishes of the various dioceses of the country's Catholic Church.

                                                                  Over the past 10 years, PROFAJ has trained more than 1,000 young people, helping them to discover, promote and enhance their leadership skills, developing them in different groups of the Salesian Family and in the areas of Salesian Youth Ministry and in other local churches and congregations.

                                                                  "Many of these young people are now playing an important role in social life and their experience of youth animation, the result of PROFAJ, has undoubtedly helped them to acquire a series of experiences and skills that have been very important for their professional development, too, because they have been used to using their strengths and abilities by integrating them on the basis of proactive leadership," explained Fr Enrique Castillo, Delegate for Youth Ministry in the Province of the Antilles.

                                                                  The educational offer includes a process of sustained accompaniment, which allows to strengthen the identity of the young person as a Christian, provides him or her with animation techniques and helps them to clarify their personal life project and commitment to transformation in the communities where he or she performs their service.

                                                                  {gallery}ANT - Profaj 2019{/gallery}

                                                                  • Repubblica Dominicana
                                                                  • ANT
                                                                  • Giovani Leader
                                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                    Gambia - A chapel dedicated to Mary Help of Christians in new Salesian mission

                                                                    3 weeks 4 days ago
                                                                    Gambia - A chapel dedicated to Mary Help of Christians in new Salesian mission

                                                                    (ANS - Kunkujang) - The Salesian mission in Gambia, specifically in Kunkujang, in the west of the country, is among the most recent of the Congregation, having been launched not even a year ago, in October 2018. Following the example of Don Bosco, Salesian missionaries decided to place the nascent work under the mantle of Mary Help of Christians, dedicating a chapel to the Virgin so venerated by the Turin saint.

                                                                    The reality in which the Salesians find themselves operating in Gambia, the 134th country in which the Congregation is present, faces numerous challenges: on the religious level, 96% of the population is of Islamic faith and the remaining 4% is of Christian religion; at the political level, we are witnessing a period of hopes, but also of fears, because after 22 years of authoritarian rule by former President Yahya Jammeh, in 2016 there was a regular election of a new President. Thus, after decades of immobility linked to the particular political situation, with this recent and sudden freedom, a series of tribal conflicts has been unleashed for the possession of land, which sees ethnic minorities in great difficulty.

                                                                    The Salesian mission, inherited from a local congregation and destined to the activity of oratory-youth center, finds itself therefore operating in a completely peculiar context. And yet, there are also opportunities for pastoral service, given that in the territory of the mission almost all of the population is Catholic, apart from a few animists.

                                                                    For this reason, wanting to meet the spiritual needs of the local population, the Salesians decided to build a chapel that could benefit the local population: about 750 souls, including children (300) young people (200) adult men and women (110) and inhabitants of the surrounding villages (140). The construction has been completed, but there is a need for the final touches, such as painting the chapel, both inside and out, providing it with benches for the faithful, windows ...

                                                                    Relying on the protection of Mary Help of Christians and the solidarity of benefactors from all over the world, Salesian missionaries in Gambia are convinced that they will soon be able to offer young people and the local population a suitable place to pray and meet God in the sacraments.

                                                                    For more information, visit the website: www.missionidonbosco.org 

                                                                    • Gambia
                                                                    • AFO
                                                                    • ATE
                                                                    • Missioni
                                                                    • Missioni Don Bosco
                                                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                      Italy – Feast of Mary Help of Christians in Turin: here's how to follow it from a distance

                                                                      3 weeks 5 days ago
                                                                      Italy – Feast of Mary Help of Christians in Turin: here's how to follow it from a distance

                                                                      (ANS - Turin) - For the Salesians, Mary Help of Christians is much more than a personal devotion: she is a dimension of the charism and of the mission. This is why the feast of Mary Help of Christians in the city of Don Bosco is never a local event, but rather an event that calls for global attention. Again this year, the main events can be seen and followed via different options.

                                                                      Below, the calendar of the main events:

                                                                      - May 24 - 11:00 (UTC + 2) - Solemn Mass, presided over by the Archbishop of Turin, Mgr. Cesare Nosiglia;

                                                                      - May 24 - 6:30 pm (UTC + 2) - Solemn Mass, presided over by the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime;

                                                                      - May 24 - 8.30 pm - Solemn procession of Mary Help of Christians, presided by the Archbishop of Turin, Msgr. Nosiglia.

                                                                      All these appointments can be seen LIVE on the ANS Facebook page, with multi-language commentary, and on www.missionidonbosco.org or via satellite on Telepace.

                                                                      • Italia
                                                                      • ICP
                                                                      • Comunicazione Sociale
                                                                      • Maria Ausiliatrice
                                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                        Italy – World Council of Salesian Family: synodality, holiness and spirituality

                                                                        3 weeks 5 days ago
                                                                        Archive photo

                                                                        (ANS - Turin) - The traditional appointment of the World Council, aka Consulta, of the Salesian Family has been held for several years in Turin-Valdocco on the occasion of the feast of Mary Help of Christians. Around the Rector Major, representatives and leaders of the Groups of the Salesian Family gather to renew in trusting in Mary Help of Christians their belonging to the Salesian charism born of Don Bosco and which over time has developed into a plurality of forms and expressions.

                                                                        Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 May were initially dedicated to the Salesian reception of the Synod of Bishops dedicated to young people, through several solicitations offered by Fr Rossano Sala, SDB, Special Secretary of the Synod: entering the synod path; opening oneself to the missionary spirit, allowing oneself to be shaped by the Eucharist and putting the grace of Baptism to good use; inhabiting the condition of young people with the compassion of Don Bosco; learning the humus of discernment.

                                                                        Later, time was dedicated to the deepening of the 2019 Strenna, dedicated to holiness, through the interventions-provocations of Dr. Lodovica Maria Zanet, Postulation collaborator, who presented the theme of the anthropology of holiness and the principles and dynamics of life according to the Spirit: ability to love the poverty of one's own path; in agreement with other ecclesial spiritualities and sensibilities; animated by the principle of reality.

                                                                        Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, Postulator General of the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family, presented the holiness of the Salesian Family in the variety and richness of dimensions and in the beauty of incarnations that have flourished over time and in history. He also presented a theological-spiritual reading of the charismatic identity card, which deals with Salesian spirituality.

                                                                        A much-appreciated moment was the presentation of some of the groups of the Salesian Family: the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians with a rich history of sanctity and educative-pastoral commitment; the Association of Mary Help of Christians celebrating their 150th anniversary this year; the Oblate Sisters of the Sacred Heart, founded by Msgr. Giuseppe Cognata, who incarnate the oblative dimension of the charism in a special way.

                                                                        • Consulta Mondiale FS
                                                                        • Italia
                                                                        • Famiglia Salesiana
                                                                        • ICP
                                                                          Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                          Malta – Past Pupils to start Mentoring Programme for homeless young persons

                                                                          3 weeks 5 days ago
                                                                          Malta – Past Pupils to start Mentoring Programme for homeless young persons

                                                                          (ANS – Sliema) – A mentoring programme to assist young homeless persons was launched in May by the National Federation of Past Pupils and Friends of Don Bosco. This Erasmus+ EU Funded programme will help these vulnerable persons in discovering more about themselves and their environment to follow a path of higher achievement and stability. The programme was launched under the title “Mentor Power” in the form of a handbook and training manual and over 20 organizations come together to attend the “Mentor Power” seminar. Together these tools will be used by the Salesians in a pilot programme aimed at reintegrating young persons back into the community.

                                                                          In this European project, there were other partners including “Osanna Pia Home”, Malta; “Zdruzenie exallievov don Bosca na Slovensku” – Slovakia; “Cunamh Teo” (Salesians of Don Bosco) - Ireland; “Centro di Fraternità Exallievi di Don Bosco – Alberto Marvelli” – Italy; “Confederacion Nacional de Antiguos Alumnos y Antiguas Alumnas de Don Bosco” – Spain.

                                                                          Bryan Magro, President of the National Federation of Past Pupils and Friends of Don Bosco, the lead organisation on the project, said: “Our intention was to create a handbook and training guide that would be implemented in our own mentoring programme. But we also wanted to create a tool that can also be used by other organisations in developing their own programmes to help vulnerable young persons. The response to this project by other NGOs was overwhelming and we are also looking at ways of collaborating with each other on further projects related to mentoring”.

                                                                          The Maltese National Federation will also be opening “Marvelli Residence” this summer, which will be a new home for three young people who are homeless or lack the support of a family.

                                                                          This project is in partnership with the Maltese Association of the Order of Malta and Osanna Pia Home.

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                                                                          • Malta
                                                                          • MLT
                                                                          • Exallievi
                                                                          • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                                                                          • Opzione Preferenziale
                                                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                            Vatican – Fr Lorenzelli appointed auxiliary bishop of Santiago de Chile

                                                                            3 weeks 5 days ago
                                                                            Vatican – Fr Lorenzelli appointed auxiliary bishop of Santiago de Chile

                                                                            (ANS - Vatican City) – Today, 22 May, Holy Father Francis has appointed Salesian Fr Alberto Ricardo Lorenzelli Rossi as auxiliary bishop of Santiago de Chile. He is currently Director of the Salesian Community in the Vatican and Chaplain of the Directorate of Security Services and Civil Protection of the Vatican City State. Fr Lorenzelli, who was assigned the titular bishopric of Sesta, was appointed auxiliary bishop along with Fr Carlos Eugenio Irarrázaval Errázuriz, of the clergy of Santiago, to whom was assigned the titular episcopal see of Tanudaia.

                                                                            Fr Alberto Lorenzelli was born in Isidro Casanova, Province of Buenos Aires, in Argentina, on September 2, 1953, to Italian immigrant parents. Returning to Italy in 1972, after attending the novitiate in Pinerolo, he made his first profession as a Salesian of Don Bosco on 24 January 1973, and his perpetual profession in Rome-San Callisto on 15 September 1977. He was ordained a priest in Genoa-Sampierdarena on January 24, 1981, by the laying on of hands of Card. Rosalio Castillo Lara, SDB.

                                                                            He was Vice Dean of the "Don Bosco" Middle School and Dean of the "Don Bosco" Institute of Technical Studies and Scientific Lyceum of Genoa; then, Director of the Don Bosco Institute of Genoa-Sampierdarena from 1996 to 2002.

                                                                            Founder and Professor of Theology and History of Religions at the Università della Terza Età of Genoa, he was the chaplain-educator of the Genoa Juvenile Prison for five years. In 2001 he founded the Liceo Scientifico Sportivo "Pierre De Coubertin", the first in Italy.

                                                                            He was President of "FIDAE - Liguria" (Federation of Institutes of Educational Activities) and member of the National Council of the Catholic School of the Italian Episcopal Conference.

                                                                            In 2002 he was appointed Superior of the Salesian Province of Italy-Liguria-Tuscany.

                                                                            From 2005 to 2012 he was National President of the CISM (Italian Conference of Superiors Major) and member of UCESM (Union of Cnferences of European Superiors Major).

                                                                            In 2008 he was appointed Provincial of the Salesian Circumscription of Central Italy "Sacred Heart".

                                                                            On 19 January 2012 he was appointed Superior of the “St Gabriel Archangel” Province of Chile and Grand Chancellor of the “Silva Henríquez” Catholic University of Santiago de Chile.

                                                                            On 27 January 2018, having completed his mandate as Provincial of Chile, he returned to Italy and on 25 July 2018 took up the post of Director of the Salesian Community in the Vatican.

                                                                            On 10 November, Holy Father Pope Francis appointed him Chaplain of the Directorate of Security and Civil Protection Services of the Vatican City State.

                                                                            • Vaticano
                                                                            • Nomine
                                                                            • Alberto Lorenzelli
                                                                            • Vescovi
                                                                            • Chiesa
                                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                              Italy – Youth from CNOS-FAP of Valdocco start twinning with Aleppo

                                                                              3 weeks 6 days ago
                                                                              Italy – Youth from CNOS-FAP of Valdocco start twinning with Aleppo

                                                                              (ANS - Turin) - The youths of the Salesian Vocational Training Center of Turin-Valdocco have decided to take seriously the pastoral proposal for the year 2018-2019: "Io sono una missione #perlavitadeglialtri", that is: I'm a mission #forthelifeoftheothers. And for this reason, during a meeting with Fr Pier Jabloyan, Director of the Salesian Center in Aleppo, they signed a sister-city relationship of solidarity between the two Salesian realities.

                                                                              "How many things do we take for granted, for the simple fact of always having them there, at our disposal? When we press a switch or open the tap, have we ever wondered if there is electricity or if water will come out?" These are just some of the reflections that Fr Jabloyan left in the hearts of young Valdocco students.

                                                                              In a country that has been at war for eight years now, the Salesian oratory is a point of reference and hope: after-school activities, catechism, children's summer camp, sports teams, groups ... "normal things, in not normal times." Because during a conflict even the number of victims becomes almost "a habit". Victims like a boy, aged 12, killed by a mortar shell while waiting for the bus. Or like two brothers with their mother, at home, hit by a rocket in that place that, by definition, means safety.

                                                                              In the words of Fr Jabloyan the youths could indeed feel the pain and suffering, but they also learned about the daily miracles and the hope of those who continue each day to do good and to witness that greater Love that drives them to give their lives for the others: in welcoming, in playing, in helping, in finding the strength to still celebrate every little joy when everything around them speaks of death. And it is precisely here that the twinning that unites Valdocco with Aleppo resides.

                                                                              At the end of a year of reflection, spent through moments of play and celebration, animation and retreat, the youths of the CNOS-FAP of Valdocco decided to put themselves on the front line "for the lives of others", aware that only in this way can one's life be wholly fulfilled. Why they have launched a subscription with prizes, whose proceeds will go entirely to the Salesian house in Aleppo.

                                                                              A small gesture, certainly, but one that can really make a difference. Because, as Fr Jabloyan said: "at the end of the war, those who have hurt will be forgotten. But all those who have done good to the young of Aleppo will always be remembered."

                                                                              Source: Salesians of Piedmont

                                                                              • Italia
                                                                              • CNOSFAP
                                                                              • ICP
                                                                              • Formazione Professionale
                                                                              • Solidarietà
                                                                              • Siria
                                                                              • Aleppo
                                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                                Chile – Industrial School in Copiapó and inauguration of first "Pre-University Don Bosco" in Santiago

                                                                                3 weeks 6 days ago

                                                                                (ANS - Santiago) - Without a doubt, young people are the first witnesses of the growth of the Salesian Congregation and of the service that the Salesians of Don Bosco carry out for the formation of future generations. Recently in Chile, two interesting initiatives took place: the ceremony of laying the foundation stone of the "St Domenico Savio" building of the future Salesian Industrial School of Copiapó; and the launch of the first "Pre-University Don Bosco", a 100%-free initiative promoted by the Silva Henríquez Catholic University.

                                                                                The future school will include courses for electricians, scientific laboratories, electronics, automotive mechanics and industrial mechanics, and the construction of the "Don Bosco Hall".

                                                                                "The only sense in which the Salesian Province has spent a lot of time and money to fulfill this stage is nothing more than to fix our gaze on young people as Don Bosco would have done," said Fr Juan Pablo Moreno, Director of the House of Copiapó. "For young people, always the best, so that they can grow and develop as quality people and professionals."

                                                                                In addition to laying the first stone, a wooden box with several symbolic objects was lowered into the foundations, including: images of Don Bosco, Mary Help of Christians, Domenico Savio and Mamma Margherita, school signs, a 2019 school calendar, several coins, a pencil, a new notebook and a copy of the construction plan. Fr José Toledo, Provincial Economer, then blessed the first stone and the place where the new building will be built.

                                                                                Furthermore, last May 4, another initiative was held in favor of the education of young people on the occasion of the inauguration of the first "Pre-University Don Bosco". A 100%-free initiative promoted by the Salesian Province, by the Silva Henríquez Catholic University (UCSH) and by the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), which will be used to prepare the children of the Salesian institutes of the last years of the secondary schools ahead of university entrance.

                                                                                This initiative, which in this first edition will welcome 70 students, is an opportunity to strengthen the bond between Salesian works, as stated by the director Francisco de Ferari, who said he reserved "many hopes in this pre-university center. We know that students will derive the maximum benefit."

                                                                                For his part, Juan Pablo Vásquez, director of the Salesian Schools Network, told the young people that the project seeks to foster Salesian talents, giving them the possibility of continuity, and he emphasized: "You are here for yourself first, because you are working for your life project."

                                                                                • Cile
                                                                                • CIL
                                                                                • Università
                                                                                • Silva Henríquez
                                                                                • Nuova Presenza
                                                                                • Scuole
                                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano
                                                                                  ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana