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Germany – Farewell to Hans-Jürgen Dörrich: a lighthouse ends his service

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Germany – Farewell to Hans-Jürgen Dörrich: a lighthouse ends his service

(ANS – Bonn) – “Don Bosco Mondo” without Hans-Jürgen Dörrich is actually unimaginable - and yet it is now becoming a reality: after 37 years of working for “Don Bosco Mondo”, the longest-serving full-time employee of the association was given a festive farewell into retirement by colleagues, companions and committees.

In a cheerful event, Hans-Jürgen Dörrich, in his characteristic modesty, left the field to representatives of various Don Bosco organisations. They reported from their perspective on the exciting development that Salesian project work has taken over the past decades with the impulses from Bonn. Among them were Francoise Leonard, former Managing Director of “Comide”, now “Via Don Bosco” and co-founder of the “Don Bosco Network”; Peter Annegarn, President of “Via Don Bosco” and the “Don Bosco Network”; Reinhard Heiserer, Managing Director of “Jugend Eine Welt” in Vienna or Antonio Raimondi, former Managing Director and President of “VIS” and co-founder of the “Don Bosco Network”.

But the participants did not let him disappear from the stage quite so silently. Daniel Trutwin, a friend of many years and now Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Main Committee of “Don Bosco Mondo”, found words that were as warm as they were personal. Representatives of the Board of Directors presented Hans-Jürgen Dörrich with a lighthouse as a visible sign of solidarity - because Hans-Jürgen Dörrich was nothing else for the association: a beacon of faith and hope for the cause of Don Bosco, always driven to bring light into the lives of the disadvantaged of this world. A beacon also for his colleagues with his many innovative ideas and his tireless drive.

In 1980, committed parishioners of the parish of “St. Winfried” founded the association “JUGEND DRITTE WELT. Freunde und Förderer der Missionsprokur der Salesianer Don Boscos in Bonn e.V.” (Friends and Sponsors of the Salesian Don Bosco Mission Procuration in Bonn e.V.), in order to support the busy Father Oerder, then Mission Procurator.

The number and financial scope of the projects for disadvantaged children and young people soon exceeded the capacities of the association, which was organised purely on a voluntary basis. The committed Wolfgang Seibt also saw this and generously made possible the first full-time position, filled by Hans-Jürgen Dörrich, thus laying the foundation for the steadily developing professionalisation of the association.

From April 1984 onwards, Hans-Jürgen Dörrich whirled through the world of donors and partners as a congenial partner of Father Oerder and with many ideas of his own. Both helped to set up foundations and established contacts in relevant political, ecclesiastical and secular networks. Like no other, Hans-Jürgen Dörrich inspired young and old for the cause of Don Bosco and always kept his finger on the pulse. From 1986 onwards, he tirelessly developed the overall organisation as Managing Director of the association, and from 2011 onwards, as Head of Department, the area of corporate cooperation. He never lost sight of the needs of the target group, the disadvantaged children and young people.

And even though Hans-Jürgen Dörrich has now stopped his active service as a lighthouse, he remains visible on the Don Bosco Campus: since June, the cherry tree planted especially for him has stood here. 

  • Germania
  • Don Bosco Network
  • Don Bosco Mondo
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Italy – FMA GC 24: Election to the General Council completed

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    Italy – FMA GC 24: Election to the General Council completed

    (ANS - Rome) - With the elections of the last three sector Councilors - Missions, Social Communication, Administration - and of the seven Visiting Councilors, designated on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 October, the General Council elected by the 24th General Chapter of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) has been completed.

    The FMA Chapter members gathered at the Generalate of the Institute in Rome elected Sr. Ruth del Pilar Mora, a Colombian and the former Superior of the Vice Province of Africa Ethiopia Sudan South Sudan (AES) to head the Missions sector. Born in Labateca on September 6, 1966, she made her religious profession in 1988. The following year she graduated in Educational Sciences at the "Auxilium" Faculty in Rome, and after holding various positions in Colombia and in Rome, as a collaborator in the Youth Ministry sector, she served as a missionary in Africa for almost 20 years, developing humanitarian, educational and vocational training activities in favor of hundreds of young people and women.

    Sr. Maria Ausilia de Siena, an Italian, from Petrizzi, Calabria was elected as the councillor for Social Communication. She was born on July 24, 1964. She served as the animator of several works in Southern Italy and was the Delegate for Social Communication and Provincial of the Southern Italy Province (IMR).

    Sr. Ena Veralís Bolaños, born in Santa Ana, El Salvador, on 17 September 1968, was elected as the Economer General in the Administrative sector. She graduated in Business Administration in addition to a diploma in Theology and the course for Formators at the "Auxilium" Faculty of Rome. She worked for 20 years in various houses of her Province, which include the houses of the FMA in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador (CAM), then was the Councilor and later its Provincial (2012-2018).

    The 24th General Chapter of the FMA has also elected seven Visiting Councilors, who are delegated by the Superior General to visit the FMA Institute to promote a constructive and continuous relationship between the Provinces and the General Council. This offers the General council a better knowledge of the state of the congregation, and aids fostering apostolic action and enhancing the various cultures in full fidelity to the Church and Don Bosco.

    Specifically, the FMA Chapter members confirmed as Visiting Councilors for a second six-year term are:

    - Sr. Chantal Mukase Ruzagiriza, born in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, on December 31, 1967;

    - Sr. María Assunta Inoue Sumiko, born in Nagasaki, Japan, on August 12, 1965;

    - Sr. Paola Battagliola, born in Manerbio, Italy, on September 25, 1952;

    - Sr. Phyllis Neves, born in Downey, United States, on May 24, 1953.

    Elected for a first term as new Visiting Councilors:

    - Sr. Celine Jacob, born in Kottayam, India, on 25 January 1963, former Provincial of the Indian Province "Sacred Heart of Jesus" (INK), based in Bangalore;

    - Sr. Lidia Strzelczyk, born in Rzemiem, Poland, on 23 October 1968, former Provincial of the Polish Province "Our Lady of Jasna Gora" (PLJ), based in Łomianki;

    - and Sr. Marta Liliana Riccioli, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 20 December 1957, and former Provincial of the "St. Francis Xavier" Province (ABB), based in Bahía Blanca.

    • Italia
    • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
    • CG24 FMA
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Australia – Provincial, Prelate, Professor and Cardinal: 4 Salesians at Plenary Council

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      Australia – Provincial, Prelate, Professor and Cardinal: 4 Salesians at Plenary Council

      (ANS – Canberra) – Four Salesians have significant roles at the Plenary Council. A Plenary Council is the peak meeting of all local churches of a country. The purpose of the gathering is to discuss the future of the Catholic Church in Australia. The first Assembly of the Plenary Council is happening now, using multimedia from 3 to 10 October 2021.

      The Provincial of the Province of Mary Help of Christians, Australia-Pacific (AUL), Fr. William Matthews is a member as a leader of a religious institute. Archbishop Timothy Costelloe, the Archbishop of Perth, is the President of the Plenary Council. Professor Francis Moloney is one of the Periti (Expert Advisers). The Plenary Council also has observers and one of these is Cardinal Charles Bo, Archbishop of Yangon and President of the Federation of Asian Catholic Bishops Conferences (FABC).

      The EAO Region is present through a number of countries and dioceses who have observers at the Plenary Council: Cardinal John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington and President of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, Most Rev Peter Loy Chong, Archbishop of Suva and President of the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania, Most Rev Anton Bal, Archbishop of Madang in Papua New Guinea and President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Paua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, Most Rev Paul Donoghue, Bishop of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands and President of the Episcopal Conference of the Pacific (CEPAC).

      At the homily during the opening Mass, Archbishop Costelloe said, “As this week we consider our life together, our pastoral care and our outreach in education, health and aged-care, our social services, our structures and governance, and many others things besides, the Lord is inviting us to reflect deeply and courageously on how we can better, as individuals and as communities of faith, be this living image of the life-giving God who, in Christ, is always seeking to be present and active in our world. He seeks to do so in and through us.”

      There was a "Plenary Wrap" video halfway during the Council posted on Facebook. The AUL Provincial was interviewed. Father Will Matthews said, “I have experienced the Holy Spirit moving from different people, especially from the lay people, people from the professional backgrounds not just the religious and priests, so the spirit is moving. I am quite confident about the future of the Church in Australia. We’ve got a lot to do and we’ve got a lot of exciting things to come.”

      Source: AustraLasia

      {gallery}AUL - Concilio Plenario 2021{/gallery}

      • AUL AUSTRALIA PACIFICO
      • Australia
      • Ispettori
      • Timothy Costelloe
      • Charles Maung Bo
        Gian Francesco Romano

        South Korea – Salesian-run Kang-won Province Counselling center moves to Jungang-ro, Chuncheon

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        South Korea – Salesian-run Kang-won Province Counselling center moves to Jungang-ro, Chuncheon

        (ANS – Chuncheon City) - “Youth is enough to be loved just because you are young.” The relocation and opening ceremony of the Gangwon-do Youth Counseling Welfare Center, an organization specializing in youth counseling and welfare, was held on 6 October at Jungang-ro, Chuncheon City (Kang-won Province, South Korea).

        The center opened in 1993 as a comprehensive counseling center for youth in Gangwon-do, and has provided professional counseling services to teenagers, parents, and youth leaders for the healthy growth of teenagers. The 1388 Youth Phone line, which provides 24-hour phone counseling, was also developed to prevent youth problems, educate parents, and develop counseling programs.

        Gangwon-do Youth Support Center and Youth Café Bomnae Friends are located on the first floor of the center, which was moved from Soyang-ro to Jungang-ro, supported by the Korean Salesian Province. The opening ceremony was attended by Fr Choi Won-cheol, provincial Korea, and Cheon Mi-kyung, director of the Education Bureau of the Provincial Office of Education. Shin Dong-hyeon, director of Construction company, who worked hard on the building remodeling, was presented with a plaque of appreciation.

        Fr Chang Dong-hyeon,SDB head of the Provincial Youth Counseling Welfare Center, said, “I will start anew with the determination not to miss a single youth in crisis with the counselors who are working silently even in difficult circumstances.”

        Catholic bishop of Chuncheon, Kim Joo-young, said, “Raising people is something that requires effort. It will not be easy to walk together, but I would be grateful if many people put their minds to it.”

        Mr Bok-su Choi, governor of the Kang-won Province Administration, said, “Looking back, there is no one who has not passed the age of youth. The provincial government will not spare any support.” Provincial Chairman Kwak Do-young said, “I am reassured that there are 40 counselors working in the field. Please do your best for the local youth.”

        Source: AustraLasia

        {gallery}KOR - Centro Benessere e Ascolto Giovani 2021{/gallery}

        • KOR KOREA
        • Corea del Sud
        • Giovani a Rischio
          Gian Francesco Romano

          RMG – South Asia and East Asia-Oceania Publishing Houses Meet

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          RMG – South Asia and East Asia-Oceania Publishing Houses Meet

          (ANS – Rome) – Persons responsible for publishing houses in the South Asia and East Asia Oceania Region met online on October 7, at 8 am Rome time. The meet has helped the publishers get to know each other, understand the work done by each Salesian Publisher, synergize efforts and share resources to the advantage and benefit of all those connected with the mission.

          “It is an opportunity for us to share information, give visibility and be known by our publications and our productions”, said Father Gildasio Mendes, Councillor for Social Communications. He reminded the gathering that the products have quality and a Salesian identity. Father Mendes further invited them to have a strategy and a program to network with others in the region and the world. In preparation for the celebration of St Francis de Sales, he invited the publishing houses to work on publishing a book, calendar, posters or prayer cards.

          Father Ernest Rosario, Coordinator of the South Asia Region, highlighted the need and the relevance for printed content in our digital age. “The print medium is credible and trustworthy, tangible and engaging. People across all demographics, including the millennials, have not ditched it,” said Father Rosario as he outlined the need and the importance of Salesian publishing houses.

          Marta Palomares, Director of “Edebé” Salesian Publications, Spain, chaired the interaction. Edebé Salesian Publications is a publishing house started by Don Bosco and today is a large publishing house engaged in publishing educational books for schools, literature for children and teenagers and a host of digital books. “As Salesian Publishers, we belong to a group that can create synergy, share resources and be visible to society”, she said.

          Father Sivy Koroth, in charge of the “Kristu Jyoti” publications, Bangalore, spoke of theological, youth ministry, catechetical publications and other Salesian materials. Brother Shaji shared about the publications in the regional language, Malayalam, and the bookstores offline and online. Father Samuel Ku highlighted the work done to translate Salesian Spiritual books into Korean. Brother Pham Hong Phuoc, from Vietnam, paid credit to the efforts of Father Peter Chinn. He added that the translation of books, films and comic books are ongoing. Father Ambrose Pereira, EAO Social Communications Coordinator, spoke of the 800 oral languages in Papua New Guinea, the need for people to write and document their history, programs and reflections and the struggle to get articles ready for the Salesian Bulletin.

          The online meeting had the presence of Father Gildasio Mendes, Councillor for Social Communications; Marta Palomares, EDEBE Director; Father Ernest Rosario, South Asia Coordinator; Father Ambrose Pereira, EAO Coordinator; Father Sivy Koroth, KJC publications; Brother Shaji Nedumpurath; Father Samuel Ku, Korea and Brother Pham Hong Phuoc, Vietnam.

          • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
          • Comunicazione Sociale
          • Editrici
          • Gildasio Mendes dos Santos
          • Asia Sud
          • Asia EstOceania
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Italy – “The Sweetness of Sanctity”: a show dedicated to Msgr. Giuseppe Cognata, SDB

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            Italy – “The Sweetness of Sanctity”: a show dedicated to Msgr. Giuseppe Cognata, SDB

            (ANS - Tivoli) - On Saturday 9 October 2021, in Tivoli, the vocal group "Charmonie" presented the world premiere of "La Santità della Dolcezza – the Sweetness of Sanctity", a musical show, written, set to music and performed by Rita Gentili, Sara Narzisi and Silvia Narzisi, with orchestrations by Giovanni Proietti Modi, based on the life of Blessed Rt.Rev. Giuseppe Cognata, Bishop of Bova, Salesian, founder of the Salesian Oblates of the Sacred Heart, whose Cause of Beatification was opened on 10 December 2020, after the consent given by Pope Francis.

            A life narrated through music, the real protagonist of the show, with seven songs that highlight the charisma, faith and humble response to trials that marked the difficult experience of Msgr. Cognata, who was slandered, dismissed from the episcopal order and even removed from the very institute he had founded.

            Together with music, the theatre actor Alessandro Nistri interpreted - through different feelings, consciences and intensities - the people who accompanied Monsignor Giuseppe Cognata in the pivotal moments of his life.

            The set design is the work of art created by the artist Pierluigi Pastori and created by the "LabOratorio Artistico Don Bosco" under his guidance: a "time machine", a perfect frame of many pictures that are composed in a single scenic space.

            The set design is the work of art conceived by the artist Pierluigi Pastori and created by the "Don Bosco Artistic Laboratory" he directs. The set represented a "time machine", a perfect framework of many paintings composed into a single scenic space.

            Finally, the precious notes of Riccardo Pastori's violin accompanied the singing. A skilful deployment of lighting of scenes also marked the phases, harmonized the monologues and conferred an evocative atmosphere to the "time machine" dominating the scene, in which the Christological symbols of suffering were transformed into the keys that open the doors of Holiness.

            The Salesian Family was represented by Fr Gildasio Mendes, Councilor for Social Communication, by Fr Joan Lluís Playà, the Central Delegate of the Rector Major for the Secretariat of the Salesian Family, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, Postulator General for the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family, by Fr Líder Justiniano Flores, Provincial of Bolivia, and Fr Javier Ortiz, collaborator of the Youth Ministry Sector.

            Joyous contentment was expressed by Mother Graziella Benghini, Superior General of the Salesian Oblates of the Sacred Heart, for the artistic rendition and for the profound message of hope that it conferred on the audience.

            {gallery}Italia - Santita Dolcezza 2021{/gallery}

            • Italia
            • Giuseppe Cognata
            • Musica
            • Teatro
            • SOSC Salesiane Oblate del Sacro Cuore
              Gian Francesco Romano

              RMG – “Formation to be Salesian Pastors Today”: fourth video of "It's time for Chapter 28 "

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              (ANS - Rome) - - Formation in order to be SALESIAN PASTORS TODAY" is not only the title of the fourth Programmatic Line that the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, has delivered to the Congregation for the sexennium 2020-2026; rather, it is a fundamental element in defining the Salesian of Don Bosco for the young people of today. This is why, a few weeks after the online publication of the fourth video of the feature series "It's time for Chapter 28", it seems opportune to go back to deepen, with the contribution of those responsible for Salesian Formation, some of the numerous ideas that the Rector Major disseminates in that video.

              Just the video’s set, or backdrop, speaks! The chapel of St Frances de Sales, in the heart of Valdocco, where Don Bosco prayed with his first boys, where he raised, humanly, pedagogically and spiritually the team of young people -Dominic Savio, Michael Magone, Frances Besucco, Michael Rua, John Cagliero ...

              It is thus no coincidence that it is in that very location that the man who is the 10th Successor of Don Bosco decides to talk about formation. While surrounded by many young people in initial formation, Fr Á.F. Artime affirms that "the true key player of formation is the Holy Spirit". A key player, however, that does not cancel the individual’s freedom, but requires, instead, convinced adherence so as to help the subject be wholly fulfilled. Because the Holy Spirit can be the key player “as long as our docility allows the Spirit to make a real journey,” notes Fr Á.F. Artime.

              He joyfully highlights that God loves the Congregation and poor young people very much "because it is in loving young people, he calls us, and dreams of us in their midst" - and in fact today one in every four Salesians worldwide is a young person in initial formation. But he also clarifies that formation "is not just movement across some of our houses". Simply because formation cannot be a path defined in time, which takes place in the first years of religious life and is completed once and for all. On the contrary, says the 10th Successor of Don Bosco, it is "a long process", which "lasts a lifetime"; a process characterized by two fundamental elements: love for God and love for poor young people. "If this love, this fascination for God, and this generosity for young people is lacking, we will be doing other things, but it won’t be Salesian formation," he adds.

              In the light of the Rector Major's video, the Councilor for Formation, Fr Ivo Coelho, is also keen to underline a fact: "the formative path does not serve to standardize the religious by having them conform to a single ideal, but rather enhances those traits in each individual that God has given him to better serve his brothers and sisters. In this sense, formation is a process of great personalization that requires processes of true authenticity and intense craftsmanship. And it is a gradual and delicate work, which is not done in solitude and which is not limited even to specifically appointed formators, because it is the community itself that which forms, with those confreres whom God places on our path.”

              Salesian brother Raymond Callo, collaborator of the Formation Sector, focuses his attention on some final passages of the video, where the Rector Major speaks of the international scope of the Congregation - something extremely clear to anyone who visits any Salesian house around the world, and especially initial formation houses. "The Rector Major - he says - offers us the right approach: it is not a phenomenon to be suffered, it must be taken for what it is, that is, an opportunity to bear witness. In a world so complex and with so many divisions, the reality of our life in communities from all parts of the world is a true prophecy.

              The fourth video of "It's time for Chapter 28" is intended to be a resource for animation, reflection and debate among young Salesians in formation, as well as among all the Sons of Don Bosco around the world. It has already been viewed several thousand times and is continuously downloaded and shown in many communities as an aid for the deepening of the 28th General Chapter of the Salesian Congregation.

              The video is available in Italian and Spanish and subtitled in English, French and Portuguese, in the respective language channels of ANSChannel.

              • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
              • Formazione
              • CG28
              • Rettor Maggiore
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Italy – FMA GC 24 elects: General Councilors for Formation, Youth Ministry, Salesian Family

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                Italy – FMA GC 24 elects: General Councilors for Formation, Youth Ministry, Salesian Family

                (ANS - Rome) - After the days of silence, study and discernment, the voting to identify the other sisters called to support the new Mother General, Sister Chiara Cazzuola, as her councillors, is now advancing at a rapid pace at the 24th General Chapter of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. After the election of Sister María del Rosario García Ribas as the Vicar General, on Wednesday 6 October, the following were voted on Thursday 7: Sr. Nilza Fátima de Moraes, Brazilian, as General Councilor for Formation; Sr. Runita Galve Borja, from The Philippines, confirmed for a second six-year term as General Councilor for Youth Ministry; and Sr. Leslie del Socorro Sándigo Ortega, Nicaraguan, former collaborator in the area of the Salesian Family, was elected General Councilor for the Salesian Family.

                Sr. Nilza Fátima de Moraes was born on 25 November 1965 in Natividade da Serra, São Paulo, Brazil. In 1979 she went to study in Lorraine at the so-called "Domestic School". In 1985 she began the Novitiate and on 24 January 1987 made her Religious Profession and was sent to the Community of Santa Inês in São Paulo. After serving in various FMA houses in Brazil, in 2000 she specialized in Catechesis at the Faculty of Education "Auxilium" for three and a half years.

                Returning to Brazil at Christmas 2004, she worked in various communities as a teacher of Religious Education, Youth Ministry Coordinator, Community and School Director, and as the Formator of Aspirants and Postulants. From 2008 to 2013 she was Provincial Councilor. From 2014 to 2020 she was Provincial Vicar, and in 2021 was appointed Provincial of the Brazilian Province of Our Lady Aparecida (BAP).

                Sr. Runita Galve Borja was born in 1966 in Manila, Philippines, and has been an FMA since May 23, 1992. She was an animator in various formal and non-formal educational institutes and provincial coordinator (FIL) for Youth Ministry. She has a master’s degree in Theology and Youth Ministry. From 2004 to 2014 she was a Collaborator of the Youth Ministry Sector, before being elected the General Councilor of the same sector at GC 23rd of 2014.

                Sr. Leslye Sandigo was born in the village of Diria near the city of Granada in Nicaragua. She studied at the 100-year-old "Mary Help of Christians" Institute, and it was there that she felt the desire to serve the Lord while participating in the ceremonies of sending the missionaries.

                She entered the aspirantate in 1984 and made her religious profession on January 6, 1988. She worked at the “Mary Help of Christians” Secondary Institute in Granada, at the “Maria Mazzarello” Center in Managua, and at the “Mary Help of Christians” Lyceum in Costa Rica. After her service as Provincial in the “Our Lady of the Angels” (CAR) Province, which includes Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama, she was appointed as the World Delegate for the Salesian Cooperators, a position she held from 2012 to 2020.

                {gallery}RCG - 3 Consigliere FMA 2021{/gallery}

                • Italia
                • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                • CG24 FMA
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Indonesia – Frs. Peter and Paul form the first SDB community in Flores Island

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                  Indonesia – Frs. Peter and Paul form the first SDB community in Flores Island

                  (ANS – Labuan Bajo) – Peter and Paul are the patrons of the Pope's diocese of Rome, and two giants among the apostles: the first Vicar of Christ and "the apostle of the people". But Peter and Paul are also the names of the first two Salesian missionaries called to evangelize and educate the people of the Indonesian island of Flores in the Salesian style.

                  In fact, three years after the opening of the Indonesian Vice Province of St Louis Versiglia (INA) in 2018, and following a serious discernment process, the first community of two Salesians accompanied by their Superior, Fr Andrew Wong, have reached Flores Island - a long-awaited new frontier in Indonesia.

                  Fr Andrew Wong reports to the 10th Successor of Don Bosco:

                  “Dearest Fr Angel, I want to inform you that on October 01, 2021, the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux, we arrived in the Island of Flores, Diocese of Ruteng, City of Labuan Bajo. We begin the first Salesian presence on this island that you asked us to establish since 2018. Bishop Siprianus Hormat and his diocesan priests have welcomed us with great fraternity. I ask your blessing and prayer for the two confreres we are sending this time. Their names are significant: Fr Petrus Tukan and Fr Paulus Rarasta.”

                  Frs Peter and Paul greet all Salesian Family members:

                  “We thank you for your prayers and attention. Now we are here, trying to do some good for the youth in Flores Island. At the moment we are still settling down, looking for a suitable residence in Labuan Bajo.”

                  Labuan Bajo is a small town in the western-most part of Flores island (6,000 inhabitants), a fishing and tourist spot, gateway to the nearby Komodo National Park (Komodo dragons) with a lively Catholic community and minor seminary for the Ruteng diocese.

                  Flores island is the 10th most populous after Java, Sumatra, Borneo (Kalimantan), Sulawesi, New Guinea, Bali, Madura, Lombok and Timor and is also the 10th largest island of Indonesia. Among the two million population (2020), due to Portuguese colonization, it has a predominantly Catholic population divided into three dioceses (Maumere, Ende and Ruteng). A good number of Indonesian Salesians were born on this island located in the Eastern part of their large country.

                  The Vice Province of Indonesia (70+ SDBs) has only one community outside Java Island in Sumba. The expansion to Flores was a long-term dream already indicated by Fr Egidio Vigano (7th successor of Don Bosco, 1978-1995).

                  Source: AustraLasia 

                  {gallery}INA - Apertura isola Flores 2021{/gallery}

                  • INA INDONESIA
                  • Indonesia
                  • Nuova Presenza
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Italy – Opening of the 18th General Chapter of the Sisters of Charity of Jesus

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                    Italy – Opening of the 18th General Chapter of the Sisters of Charity of Jesus

                    (ANS - Ariccia) - The 18th General Chapter of the Sisters of Charity of Jesus (CSJ), 11th group of the Salesian Family, opened on Wednesday 6 October 2021, with the Eucharist presided over by the Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime. The General Chapter, with the theme “Renewed by the Spirit of the Risen Lord: All Together for Our Common Home” is called to explore new ways of mission, community,  and religious life.

                    In the homily for the Opening Mass of the General Chapter, the Rector Major invited the sisters to let themselves be guided by the Holy Spirit: "Only the Holy Spirit, in this hour of your General Chapter, can be the bond of unity and communion. Only He can arouse and welcome diversity without interrupting communion. This is why, it seems to me, my dear Sister Chapter members, that you have this wonderful challenge before you: if you want to continue always in fidelity to the call of God in your charism, you will have to make sure that this Assembly is always inhabited by the Holy Spirit, the true and only key player in every discernment."

                    The CSJ Institute had initially planned to hold the General Chapter in Japan, the country where the Institute was founded in 1937. But due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it providentially decided to carry it out for the first time in Italy, the home of its Founder, Fr Antonio Cavoli SDB, and of the Co-founder, the Venerable Fr Vincenzo Cimatti, SDB.

                    As part of the Chapter work, the election of the Mother General and her Council is planned next week, Thursday 14 October; while the closing of the GC18 is scheduled for the following Thursday, 21 October, with the concluding Eucharist again presided over by Rector Major Fr Á.F. Artime in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Turin-Valdocco.

                    With regard to the guiding theme of the General Chapter, it was then divided into three sub-themes:

                    1. Together protect the integrity of our common home (Creation)

                     2. Together build the common home (Interculturality)

                    ​​​​​​​ 3. Together become the common home (Family ministry).

                    The first point is clearly linked to greater ecological sensitivity: "We are trying to make changes in our lifestyles to look after our common home with the spirit of Laudato Sì," say the sisters.

                    The second point speaks of the enhancement of differences within the Institute. The CSJs explain: “After about 80 years from the foundation, our congregation expands on 16 countries and the members come from 10 countries. But 90% of the members come from Japan and South Korea, while few members come from other countries. We have, therefore decided to deepen this theme to avoid the tendency to make the culture and customs of the majority of the community dominant and thus to hinder true intercultural communion.”

                    Finally, the third point speaks of the "outgoing" Church. “Around us, there are many families who are experiencing many difficulties due to Covid-19. We are trying to find a way to engage in the apostolate of families, with that spirit of initiative and flexibility experienced by the first CSJ in assisting poor and abandoned children and elderly" -conclude the sisters as a closing remark.

                    {gallery}Italia - Ariccia - Capitolo CSJ 2021{/gallery}

                    • Italia
                    • Suore della Carità di Gesù
                    • Rettor Maggiore
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Peru – 4th meeting of the 3rd stage of the "School of Salesianity"

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                      (ANS - Lima) - Eager to continue learning from Don Bosco's spiritual proposal, some 200 participants, Salesians and lay people from the various salesian provinces of the Salesian Province of Peru, gathered in a familial atmosphere for the 4th virtual meeting of the 3rd stage of the School of Salesianity, held on the morning of Saturday 2 October 2021, via the Zoom platform.

                      In this 4th session the theme was: "The Oratory, a human response to a divine vocation". It was led by Fr Fabio Attard, former General Councillor for Youth Ministry and current Coordinator of the Project for Ongoing Formation for Salesians and Laity in Europe.

                      Fr Attard divided the theme into three main points: the first was an introduction to remind the participants to see Don Bosco's life as the place where the spirit of God speaks. “There is no experience of the Preventive System if there is no true community. And there is no real community that educates with the heart of the Good Shepherd, if it does not allow itself to be guided by the Salesian charism.”

                      In the second point, Fr Attard elaborated on the affirmation that the "Preventive System is a spiritual and educational experience", seeing the oratory, not as an invention, but as a response to the call that God makes to some for opening a path in favor, and on behalf, of others. “The Preventive System is a call from God to Don Bosco and places the person at the center of his attention.”

                      In conclusion, he deepened the threefold dynamic reality of the Preventive System as a force that guides pastoral care, as a spiritual proposal and as a practical pedagogical method. He also stressed that Salesian youth spirituality is inspired by this System, where time and daily life are a space of joy to meet Jesus. “Let us help young people form themselves and to live the experience of the Salesian spirit together with others: the experience of the group, which is the experience of solidarity, of citizenship."

                      After Fr Attard's speech, the participants gathered in groups to share and deepen what they had learned, concluding with short presentations of what they had worked on.

                      It is important to remember that the School of Salesianity, since 2018, has been trying to promote formation in Salesianity in the Pastoral Educational Communities (CEP) for a greater significance of the educative-pastoral presence in Salesian environments.

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                      • Perù
                      • PER PERÙ
                      • Fabio Attard
                      • Sistema Preventivo
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        India – Young Green Researchers Conference

                        1 month 2 weeks ago
                        India – Young Green Researchers Conference

                        (ANS – Mumbai) – The Young Green Researchers Conference was organised by Don Bosco Youth Services, Mumbai on 3rd October, 2021 to culminate the month long Season of Creation initiatives by the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM). The main objective of the conference was to get the youth to take responsibility for small research projects in the environment and to work on it. The Chief guest for the occasion was Dr Anandi Subramanian who was earlier the Principal Advisor to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India. In her inaugural talk, Dr Anandi explained the basics of doing a research work which was of great help to the youth to carry forward their research work after the conference.

                        Sr Melissa D’Souza FMA, the resource person spoke very passionately about the negative influence of plastics and packaging on the environment. Sr Melissa also gave some practical examples of what can be done to resolve this crisis of plastics. Mr Shridhar Balakrishnan who had a vast experience in the Production of Vehicles, QA and Industrial Engineering enlightened the youth about the basics of electric vehicles and its challenges.

                        The major part of the conference was the group discussion by the youth in their respective groups where they chose a project which they will work on after the conference. The group of Shanize Forte choose to do a study on recycling of milk pouches and suggest a viable substitute. The group of Pramila Irudayaraj choose to work on making a cost benefit analysis on using innovative containers as a replacement for single use plastic packaging. The group of Vanessa Rasquinha choose to work on new ways of promoting waste segregation. The group of Natasha Fernandes choose to work on studying the presence of microplastics in water through testing, survey and creating awareness.

                        Each group had a Salesian or a resource person as a mentor and the group leader made a presentation of their project which included the project proposal, the timeline, the methodology, funding options and the impact it will make in society. The conference concluded with the concluding note by Fr Savio Silveira, the Provincial of Mumbai Province who thanked the resource persons and highlighted the enthusiasm he saw in the young people to carry forward the projects they had chosen. At the end of the day, twenty Young Green Researchers of the Salesian Youth Movement went back with hope to work on their group research project and to make an impact in their own little way.

                        {gallery}India - Conferenza Giovani Ricercatori Verdi 2021{/gallery}

                        • India
                        • INB INDIA MUMBAY
                        • Ambiente
                        • Creato
                        • Scienze
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Italy – FMAs elect Sr María del Rosario García Ribas as Vicar General

                          1 month 2 weeks ago
                          Italy – FMAs elect Sr María del Rosario García Ribas as Vicar General

                          (ANS - Rome) - Wednesday 6 October 2021, the 24th General Chapter of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) elected Sr María del Rosario García Ribas, the current Provincial of the "Mary Help of Christians" Province of Spain (SPA), as the Vicar General of the FMA Institute. The announcement was greeted with a warm applause and all the Chapter members and sisters of the community of the FMA Generalate congratulated her.

                          For the next six years Sr. García Ribas will be the primary Collaborator of the Mother General in her task of animating the life and dynamic fidelity in the FMA Institute (FMA Constitutions: Art. 126). She succeeds the current Mother General, Sr Chiara Cazzuola, who had been Vicar General since 2014.

                          Sr María del Rosario García Ribas was born on 22 January 1961 in Seville, Spain. She attended the Salesian boarding school "Mary Help of Christians" in the Nervión district of her city, and was an animator at the oratory, fully participating in many pastoral initiatives while following the degree course in History. Gradually, this Salesian atmosphere impressed upon her and helped her to discover her vocation.

                          She made her first profession on 5 August 1986 and since then, the Lord has given her the possibility of being a happy FMA among young women and sisters in the mission that has always been entrusted to her.

                          In the 1993-94 academic year she studied at the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) in Rome, and from 1994 to 2000 she was Provincial Coordinator of Youth Ministry in the Mary Help of Christians Province, based in Seville, of which she was also Provincial, from 2003 to 2009.

                          She was the animator (superior) of the communities of "Mary Help of Christians" in Jérez and "San José" (School of Mary Help of Christians) in Seville. In the following years, she was part of the community of Marbella, near Malaga, where she was a teacher and coordinated the management of two Salesian schools in the citywhile being the Provincial Councilor for Formation. She actively participated as a member of the "Europe-Middle East on the Way" commission of the FMA Institute.

                          In August 2017, with the unification of the four Spanish Provinces, she was appointed Provincial of the newly formed "Mary Help of Christians" Province of Spain, a mission that she carried out until yesterday, 6 October 2021, when at the 24th General Chapter, she was elected as the Vicar General.

                          She lives life as a gift, especially daily life. She likes the word "thank you" and everything that is implies. Today, it is the entire FMA congregation saying "THANK YOU" to her, for her availability for this new ministry the Lord asks of her.

                          Meanwhile, the FMA’s 24th General Chapter continues its activities: the work these days foresees the election of the other FMA General Councillors.

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

                            Uruguay – “Casa Valdocco” inaugurated: a house open 24 hours a day

                            1 month 3 weeks ago
                            Uruguay – “Casa Valdocco” inaugurated: a house open 24 hours a day

                            (ANS - Montevideo) - On Monday 4 October, at "Villa Colón", in Montevideo, "Casa Valdocco" was inaugurated, a house that is open 24 hours a day, which will welcome 35 children between 5 and 12 who need assistance from the State. The house’s main objective is to ensure that children spend as little time as possible in public institutions, while their right to live in a family is guaranteed as much as possible. The project is part of the Network of Salesian Social Works coordinated by the “Fundación Trampolín”, and will be managed by a group of lay Salesians accompanied by a staff of about 25 technicians who are experts in various disciplines.

                            The inauguration ceremony was attended by the members of the lay and technical team that will manage the House, the authorities of the Child and Adolescent Institute - Uruguay (INAU, in Spanish), the Provincial, Fr Alfonso Bauer, the Archbishop of Montevideo, Cardinal Daniel Sturla, SDB, and the Director of the “Fundación Trampolín”, Fr Marcelo Fontona, SDB.

                            On the occasion, the President of INAU, Pablo Abdala, explained the "joy" felt by the authorities of this state body for this space that contributes to "expanding the protection system of the Institute through intelligent alliances with social organizations." He explained to the media that in this house "we will work with children to ensure that they are protected, cared for, assisted and accompanied in the exercise of their rights" with the aim of "strengthening their family ties when they have been weakened."

                            Then he underlined the "rich tradition of understanding between INAU and the Salesian Society" and highlighted "alone we can do many things, but, together, we can do many more, completing the efforts to achieve the promotion of human rights of children, which is a social task of the State and civil society.”

                            For his part, Fr Bauer concentrated his speech on two words: thanks and opportunity. He commented that for two years the Salesians, together with the team of the Network of Salesian Social Works, had been discerning the possibility of this project as a response to the need for special accompaniment that they perceived as necessary for the many children they support.

                            He emphasized that the house is called Casa Valdocco, with reference to the first Oratory founded by Don Bosco. “In this house, children will feel loved, accompanied and valued,” he assured everyone. It is about "putting them at the center of all our concerns" and providing the necessary support "to reintegrate them into society and having faith in their full potential."

                            The Provincial of the Salesians in Uruguay also expressed his gratitude to the team of the Social Works Network and to the "Fundación Trampolín" which this year began to "accompany many socio-educational projects that we have and for which we need resources."

                            Fr Bauer then underscored that this agreement is an opportunity "which involves not only the educators who will take care of the house, but also the Salesian Family."

                            And finally, he said he hoped the experience would be "enriching" and that "we will be able to provide a service to society by putting these children at the center, loving them, accompanying them and giving them the opportunities, they deserve."

                            {gallery}URU - Casa Valdocco 2021{/gallery}

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                            • URU URUGUAY
                            • Giovani a Rischio
                            • Daniel Fernando Sturla
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Italy – Preparing the “Forum Salesianum”

                              1 month 3 weeks ago
                              Italy – Preparing the “Forum Salesianum”

                              (ANS – Rome) – On October 1, 2021 the organizing committee of the Forum Salesianum met at the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome (Italy), in preparation for the biennial meeting at the end of next summer (August 2022).

                              The “Forum Salesianum” is the continuation of the “Colloqui Salesiani”, an experience that began in Europe in 1968, as a meeting of Salesians with a good academic background and interested in studying Don Bosco  and Salesian life, so as to be able to offer contributions to the solution of practical problems connected with the life of communities. From 1973 the Seminars were also open to Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), Volunteers of Don Bosco and Salesians Cooperators.

                              At the end of the 26th International Discussion on Salesian life, held in Berlin between 25 and 27 August 2011, the need was seen to consider updating these study sessions considered by all those taking part - Salesians, FMA and lay people - to be an important formative experience for the various European Provinces.

                              The animation team proposed the change of name and identified the aims of the Forum.

                              So today the “Forum Salesianum” aims to keep the dialogue alive at the European level on issues in the fields of pedagogy, pastoral care, and spirituality, as well as promoting the exchange between theory and practice, and making a Salesian contribution to current topics.

                              The organizing committee with Katharina Karl (GER), Lana Ivanjek (AUS), sr. Magna Martinez (Auxilium), don Wim Collin (UPS) guided by fr. Carlo Loots (BEN) prepared the next summer edition of the Forum. The subject chosen for the next edition is “accompaniment” in the broadest sense of the word. The theme will be approached from different perspectives: a historical perspective starting from the letters of Don Bosco and Madre Mazzarello; a biblical angle; a psychological and pedagogical perspective, but also ethical questions and practical examples will be discussed and treated.

                              The forum is characterized by its unique working method. On the one hand, there is the input of the various lectures, and on the other hand, there is the exchange between the participants of the forum. Participants who coming from the different branches of the Salesian family: SDB, FMA, salesian cooperators, but also lay collaborators of the Salesian works from different European countries.

                              The last “Forum Salesianum” took place in Munich in August 2020, the new edition will take place in Valdocco, Turin (Italy) from 23-26 August 2022.

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                              • UPS UNIVERSITÀ PONTIFICIA SALESIANA
                              • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                              • Laici
                              • Formazione
                              • Forum Salesianum
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Italy – “Forum Salesianum”

                                1 month 3 weeks ago
                                Italy – “Forum Salesianum”

                                (ANS – Rome) – On October 1, 2021 the organizing committee of the Forum Salesianum met at the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome (Italy), in preparation for the biennial meeting at the end of next summer (August 2022).

                                The “Forum Salesianum” is the continuation of the “Colloqui Salesiani”, an experience that began in Europe in 1968, as a meeting of Salesians with a good academic background and interested in studying Don Bosco  and Salesian life, so as to be able to offer contributions to the solution of practical problems connected with the life of communities. From 1973 the Seminars were also open to Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), Volunteers of Don Bosco and Salesians Cooperators.

                                At the end of the 26th International Discussion on Salesian life, held in Berlin between 25 and 27 August 2011, the need was seen to consider updating these study sessions considered by all those taking part - Salesians, FMA and lay people - to be an important formative experience for the various European Provinces.

                                The animation team proposed the change of name and identified the aims of the Forum.

                                So today the “Forum Salesianum” aims to keep the dialogue alive at the European level on issues in the fields of pedagogy, pastoral care, and spirituality, as well as promoting the exchange between theory and practice, and making a Salesian contribution to current topics.

                                The organizing committee with Katharina Karl (GER), Lana Ivanjek (AUS), sr. Magna Martinez (Auxilium), don Wim Collin (UPS) guided by fr. Carlo Loots (BEN) prepared the next summer edition of the Forum. The subject chosen for the next edition is “accompaniment” in the broadest sense of the word. The theme will be approached from different perspectives: a historical perspective starting from the letters of Don Bosco and Madre Mazzarello; a biblical angle; a psychological and pedagogical perspective, but also ethical questions and practical examples will be discussed and treated.

                                The forum is characterized by its unique working method. On the one hand, there is the input of the various lectures, and on the other hand, there is the exchange between the participants of the forum. Participants who coming from the different branches of the Salesian family: SDB, FMA, salesian cooperators, but also lay collaborators of the Salesian works from different European countries.

                                The last “Forum Salesianum” took place in Munich in August 2020, the new edition will take place in Valdocco, Turin (Italy) from 23-26 August 2022.

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                                • UPS UNIVERSITÀ PONTIFICIA SALESIANA
                                • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                                • Laici
                                • Formazione
                                • Forum Salesianum
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  RMG – Don Bosco Network General Assembly

                                  1 month 3 weeks ago
                                  RMG – Don Bosco Network General Assembly

                                  (ANS – Rome) – On 4th and 5th October 2021, “Don Bosco Network” (DBN), the worldwide federation of Salesian development NGO’s and mission offices, organized it’s bi-annual General Assembly in Sacro Cuore in Rome. After almost 2 years of virtual meetings, the members of the Don Bosco Network had the pleasure to meet each other again in real life. Despite the absence of Salesian Mission (USA) and Bosconet (India), which couldn’t travel because of the Covid-19 restrictions, the smiles and positive atmosphere showed that human contact is essential to build strong relationships.

                                  Monday evening, the meeting started with an informal gathering on the terrace of the General House. All representatives and other guests were welcomed by Peter Annegarn, the President of DBN. They were also pleased to welcome Fr. Alfred Maravilla, General Councillor for the Missions, and some of the new Provincials who are currently following an induction course in the General House. It was an ideal moment for both groups to get to know each other better, since between most of the NGO’s and Provinces there has been a long lasting cooperation for the implementation of many strong social and educational projects.

                                  On Tuesday, under a bright Italian sun, the official part of the meeting started. Under the guidance an external facilitator, Sven Retoré from “Visuality”, participants started the process of developing a new masterplan for the period 2022-2026. Some brainstorming, intense exchange and discussions and productive working methods made them reflect on their work as Salesian NGO’s, the cooperation with the Mission Sector and look forward to the further development of Don Bosco Network.

                                  The afternoon brought back to the current situation of the network. A more formal exchange on the current situation inside the organizations, the situation within the network and updates from the mission sector were on the agenda.

                                  Peter Annegarn closed the meeting with words of gratitude and positivism: “I am satisfied that we could finally meet in Rome after such a long time. My gratitude goes to Fr. Alfred and Fr. George (Menamparampil) for welcoming us in the general house. I am also very grateful for the hard work we all did and happy with the outcomes of the meeting. The first steps have been taken in our pathway towards the further development of the network. Let’s continue our work for the young and vulnerable all over the world.”

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                                  • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                                  • Don Bosco Network
                                  • Missioni
                                  • Alfred Maravilla
                                  • Procure Missionarie
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Italy – "A sip of friendship with young people from all over the world": Missioni Don Bosco promotes environmental awareness and solidarity among Salesian students

                                    1 month 3 weeks ago

                                    (ANS - Rome) - "Missioni Don Bosco", the Salesian Mission Office of Turin, donated a bag and a bottle to the students of the "Mary Help of Christians" Institute in the city. Delivered before the start of classes last Monday, October 4, the two gifts are intended to be an incentive to raise awareness among students to respect the environment and be sensitive to the condition of children all over the world.

                                    The simple ceremony, presided over by the new President of "Mission Don Bosco", Fr Daniel Antúnez, saw the participation of over 250 young people, who sang and participated in the blessing of the backpacks - "a small space in which Jesus must also find a place", as pointed out by Fr Enrico Lupano, who led the prayer.

                                    The representative of the high school students, Lola, explained the gift’s meaning to the younger students. “Why water bottles? Because water is very important, it should not be wasted, gestures of respect must be made for those who do not ordinarily have this resource”, turning our thoughts to people in poor countries who have little access to drinking water. "But there is also another value," added the student: "these are bottles that replace plastic ones."

                                    "Missioni Don Bosco" thus leaves a sort of reminder in pupils’ hands, prompting them to think of a world that calls for rebalancing resources and goods from the point of view of society and the environment.

                                    A similar experience had already been made last year at the "Agnelli Institute of Turin” and accompanied the raising of awareness on the issues of fraternity.

                                    Every bottle and every bag has a space to write one’s name, not only for hygienic reasons – which is always important, and today more than ever, because of the pandemic; but also to individualize the responsibilities one assumes by receiving this gift. The song that was the background to this gift spoke precisely of a "call by name" to walk in the educational community that draws its values from the Christian vocation.

                                    This program was enacted in the morning for the pupils of the middle school and high school entrusted to the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.

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

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                                    • ICP ITALIA CIRCOSCRIZIONE SPECIALE PIEMONTE E VALLE D'AOSTA
                                    • Missioni Don Bosco
                                    • Ambiente
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Chile – Salesian Bulletin in America: Progress and Cooperation

                                      1 month 3 weeks ago
                                      Chile – Salesian Bulletin in America: Progress and Cooperation

                                      (ANS - Santiago) - Representatives of various Provinces from all over the American continent took part in the second edition meeting of the Salesian Bulletin in America, which was held digitally on 23 September.

                                      The purpose of the meeting was to share the progress of initiatives undertaken in the implementation of the objectives, processes and interventions established in the meeting held last October.

                                      Vicente Fritz, the Delegate for Communications in Chile (CIL), led and opened the meeting, offering words of welcome and then leaving space for a moment of prayer, animated from Rome by Fr Ricardo Campoli, member of the Department for Social Communication.

                                      Later, Fr Pakkam Harris, Director of ANS, the Salesian News Agency, greeted those present and congratulated participants for the work done.

                                      Alejandra Rodríguez, from Central America (CAM), shared the progress made by the Salesian Bulletin of her Province and highlighted the work carried out with the young people of the Salesian Youth Movement; as regards editorial content, this included testimonies and the integration of current issues relevant to the daily life of adolescents.

                                      Andrés Barrios and Fr Fabio Díaz, from Colombia, commented on the progress of their country’s Bulletin, which has reached four annual publications, and the international success in digital reading. Furthermore, they underlined the work of refinement of the design and presented various aspects of the world of youth.

                                      Finally, Fr Campoli offered a formative moment that included a reflection on the different types of reading on paper and on digital platforms. In this context, he stressed that “the screen is a means of literacy, as the production of books is in decline, but not the production of content. Now, there are new ways of reading and we must learn to exploit their potential.”

                                      The meeting was organized and coordinated by the team of Chile’s Salesian Bulletin and was attended by about 30 representatives of the Salesian Bulletins from the American continent.

                                      • Cile
                                      • Bollettino Salesiano
                                      • Interamerica
                                      • America Cono Sud
                                      • Comunicazione Sociale
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Italy – Thank you, Fr Botta!

                                        1 month 3 weeks ago
                                        Italy – Thank you, Fr Botta!

                                        (ANS - Rome) – Yet another great Salesian has reached the garden of Heaven: Fr Angelo Botta, a Salesian priest and missionary, who was a Provincial in Ecuador and the Secretary of three Rectors Major, died yesterday, Monday 4 October, in Rome. His funeral will be held on Wednesday 6 October 2021 at 11:00 (UTC + 2) in the Basilica of Sacred Heart in Rome.

                                        Fr Angelo Botta was born in Bergamo, Italy, on October 9, 1924. On 15 September 1935, he entered the aspirantate of Bagnolo Piemonte, where he attended the secondary school. He began his novitiate in Castelnuovo Don Bosco and at the age of 14, asked to be sent to the missions. He was assigned to Ecuador. Thus, at such an young age, he left for the missions and completed his novitiate in Cuenca, where he made his first profession on November 21, 1940. After completing his studies, he made his perpetual vows on 21 November 1946 in Guayaquil and was ordained a priest on 8 July 1951 in Quito.

                                        His Superiors assigned him to the "Cristóbal Colón" Institute in Guayaquil, where he spent his years as a trainee. There he spent fifteen unforgettable years, until 1966. Known for his assiduous assistance to students, teaching, and the religious formation of young people, he earnt the appreciation, affection and gratitude of the students and their families.

                                        On 14 March 1966 he was asked to take over as the Director of the Salesian Higher Institute in Quito where he remained only one year. On 24 August 1967, he was appointed Provincial of the new Province of Ecuador-Cuenca, succeeding the First Provincial, Fr Aurelio Pischedda.

                                        Fr Botta arrived at the head of the newly created Cuenca Province, full of life and hope, with all his baggage of good intellectual preparation, the qualities of an intelligent organizer, a worker of the Lord according to the spirit of Don Bosco, and of a zealous priest. His years of work there were very fruitful. With paternal solicitude, he visited all the missionary centers, trying to bring a word of encouragement to all his confreres and to the Salesian Family, dealing with religious discipline and supporting the pastoral work of the bishop. His concern for vocations and their formation resulted in the foundation of a new aspirantate at Cuenca. He concentrated also on the qualification of salesians, following the indications given to him by the Rector Major.

                                        On completing his term as Provincial, in 1973, the Provinces of Quito and Cuenca were reunited and he, from 1974 to 1976, was again at the "Cristóbal Colón" Institute, as its Rector. In 1976, he left for Rome as the Secretary of Fr José Vicente Henríquez, the Councilor for the Caribbean-Pacific Region, and then remained there to help the secretarial work in view of the 21st General Chapter.

                                        At the end of that General Chapter, the new Rector Major, Fr Egidio Viganò, asked the then Provincial of Ecuador, Fr Carlos Valverde, "the great gift" to grant him Fr Botta as his Secretary. He also held this post later also with Fr Juan Edmundo Vecchi and Fr Pascual Chávez Villanueva, until 2008.

                                        From 2013, for health reasons, he was welcomed into the community of the infirmary of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) in Rome.

                                        Other noteworthy achievements of this great Salesian include his personal acquaintance with Blessed Maria Troncatti, FMA, whose funeral he celebrated after the unfortunate aeroplane accident that cost her, her life, and the recognition he received from the Republic of Ecuador for his service to the country with the title of Commendatore in 1999.

                                        A Salesian former pupil of his remembers him today: "Don Angelo in every situation of Salesian life and mission as a priest, was a picture of conviction and total dedication. Ever obedient and and often in the front line, he was a leader, but with humility, and without pretence. Moving on from a Salesian life surrounded by the young, to 24 hours confined to a few square metres of an office he was always with a global world view of the Congregation. His service was not an evasion, but a responsible commitment, constantly in synergy with his spiritual life. He was a disciple of life and history, culturally open and informed, convinced, essential and attractive communicator of the Word; he was a good, faithful and enterprising servant".

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                                        • ECU ECUADOR
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                                          Gian Francesco Romano
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