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Italy - Salesian students of Europe at work for a common project: "EntreApp"

3 weeks ago

(ANS - Turin) - A red thread links Valdocco to Seville, Versailles and Bilbao: it is the "ENTREAPP" project which brings together students from different Salesian educational institutions in the development of an app for the promotion of tourism in the city of Seville.

Each Salesian center has a well-defined role consistent with the peculiarities of the place of origin. The Vocational Training Center (VCT) of Turin-Valdocco deals with the creation of the graphic layout, that is the design of the logo, the printing of the materials and the graphic interface. The task of the "Colegio San Pedro" of Seville is instead to write the computer code for programming the app. The students of the Salesians in Bilbao deal instead with the translation into Spanish, with the creation of audio-video contributions and with QRCodes that will apply to every single point of tourist interest. Finally, the “Professional Technical High School” of Versailles deals with the contents and the drafting of the texts of the project and the related translation into French.

The advantage for the tourist, provided by the app in progress, will be to find, in the vicinity of the point of interest, a series of information useful to enhance the experience of their visit as tourists.

The students involved, led by formators and teachers, have alternated and will alternate research and development sessions in their respective institutions with international mobility weeks, as if to seal a real twinning between the venues.

As is typical of Salesian VTCs, the formation has offered students the chance to experiment according to the procedures proper to the world of work. "We designed the logo and its applications among us teachers and with the students of the 'Multimedia Graphic Operator' course, organizing them as if we were a communication company," said one of the educators involved, prof. Malacasa.

"Our laboratories," said prof. Malasca, "are organized according to this modality, which is that of the (customer) order, able to simulate production in the field of communication."

But there's more: another feature of the project was its inclusiveness: “In the project all the processes of the sector present in our VTC were involved: from graphic design to printing. The same students with disabilities, led by their trainer, Emanuele Mensa, inside the laboratory where they apply logos on simple clothing or gadgets, contributed with setting up and printing the T-shirts. We have thus achieved the goal of making the project known, making them become protagonists!”, the teacher concludes enthusiastically.

  • Italia
  • Formazione Professionale
  • ICP
  • Spagna
  • Francia
  • App
  • Tecnologie
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Morocco - Dialogue, brotherhood, service to the needy: Pope Francis animates the Moroccan people

    3 weeks ago
    Morocco - Dialogue, brotherhood, service to the needy: Pope Francis animates the Moroccan people

    (ANS - Rabat) - "The ways of the mission do not pass through proselytism, which always leads to a blind alley, but through our way of being with Jesus and with others," said Pope Francis during the meeting with the together with the priests, men and women religious,  the lay faithful and the Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Cathedral of Rabat, Morocco. Therefore, "the problem is not when we are few in number, but when we are insignificant."

    The meeting in the cathedral of Rabat was only one of the many significant moments of the Pope's apostolic journey to Morocco: just two days, but full of gestures and speeches.

    Visiting the Mausoleum dedicated to Moahammed V, the Holy Father wrote: "I invoke Almighty God for the prosperity of the Kingdom of Morocco, asking Him to increase fraternity and solidarity between Christians and Muslims!"

    In the same spirit, subsequently, Pope Francis re-launched, together with King Mohammed VI, his appeal for the recognition of the specific multi-religious character of Jerusalem.

    Then, making another unprecedented gesture for a Pontiff, he visited a formation institute for Imams, wanted by the monarch to foster the spread of a tolerant and moderate Islam.

    Certainly among the most touching meetings of the trip there was one with migrants housed by the Diocesan Caritas of Rabat. Pope Francis explained: "What is at stake is the face we want to give ourselves as a society and the value of every life ... We cannot forget that the progress of our peoples cannot be measured only by technological or economic development. It depends, above all, on the capacity to let oneself be moved by those who knock on the door and with eyes discredit and deprive all the false idols that mortgage and enslave life.”

    Yesterday, finally, presiding over the most crowded Mass ever celebrated in the country, at the sports complex "Prince Moulay Abdellah", he once again recalled the value of brotherhood, starting from the parable of the Prodigal Son. "Instead of classifying ourselves on the basis of a moral, social, ethnic or religious condition, we can recognize that there is another condition that no one can erase or annihilate, since it is a pure gift: the free and inalienable gift of children being loved, awaited and celebrated by the Father."

    Commenting on the apostolic journey, the Archbishop of Rabat, the Salesian Msgr. Cristobal Lopez Romero, underlined the depth and quality of the speeches given during the visit: "They are valid messages not only for Morocco, but for the whole world and for the universal Church."

    • Marocco
    • Papa Francesco
    • Islam
    • Dialogo
    • Migranti
    • Cristóbal López
      Gian Francesco Romano

      RMG - "I experienced the richness of a Congregation that is alive at the service of the poorest": World Consulta on Salesian Social Work and Services

      3 weeks 3 days ago

      (ANS - Rome) - On the morning of Thursday 28 March, the activities of the World Consulta of Salesian Social Works and Services began by celebrating Mass in Don Bosco's rooms at the "Sacred Heart" in Rome. "This place is an emblematic place for the Salesians. Here Don Bosco has shown us that his only strength is God, that he is the only one who can work miracles," explained Salesian brother Cosimo Cossu, guide of the Sacred Heart complex. "In this place, God made three miracles through Don Bosco."

      The work sessions then opened with the presentation of the theme: "The journey of the Congregation and of the Church", which was deepened by Fr Fabio Attard, General Councilor for Youth Ministry. In his speech, Fr Attard recalled the priorities of the 27th General Chapter and referred them to the identity of the Salesians as "servants of the young."

      Later, Fr ​​Daniel García, of the same Dicastery, presented the process, the objectives and the methodology of the World Council. "This meeting is the fruit of a process that brings together the experiences of our Provinces and Regions. We recognized the challenges, the answers, the opportunities and the processes that we must activate in the Salesian mission, in the works and in the social services in favor of young people at risk."

      The participants then met in linguistic groups, listened and shared the challenges experienced by each one, the opportunities and processes, then produced a summary of the different realities and shared them in the general assembly.

      Ms Nele Louauge, from Belgium, emphasized "the richness of Salesian work among young people at risk." While Giovanni d'Andrea pointed out that what struck him most on the first day was "the worldwide sharing of the work of Salesians with the poorest... The hope of being able to serve, as Don Bosco did, the poorest, and the process of achieving this project with greater awareness in all our works."

      Fr Juan Carlos Quirarte, from Guadalajara, Mexico, said that in all the Provinces "we have challenges, opportunities and processes to activate and among our Salesians we find the strength to achieve these goals ... It is important to recover our charism of being in the midst of the most needy.”

      Fr Thomas Padinjarayil, from Bangalore, India, underscored the importance of this meeting's reflection on working as a network and on the issue of child protection.

      "During this day I experienced the richness of a Congregation that is alive in the service of the poorest," Fr García finally concluded, "and I noticed that all over the world there are thousands of Salesians and lay people who dedicate their lives to saving young people."

      {gallery}RMG - Consulta 29-03-2019{/gallery}

      Video on ANSChannel

      • RMG
      • Pastorale Giovanile
      • Emarginazione
      • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
      • Fabio Attard
        Gian Francesco Romano

        France - "Cap Cœur": an inter-religious choir for the promotion of peace

        3 weeks 3 days ago

        (ANS - Argenteuil) - Forty children and young people from Argenteuil have combined their voices to give peace a chance. They are between 5 and 15 years old and have different religious beliefs, but they share the same passion for music in a choir that took the name of "Cap Cœur", and which is animated by a young Salesian.

        Levana, Batel, Noah, Matisse, Saman, Virgile ... They are the protagonists. In the beginning, there were 12: three Jews, three Christians, three Muslims, and three atheists and they had decided to call themselves "Children of Mercy", on the advice of their mentor, Salesian Fry Benjamin Dewitte, strongly affected by this word.

        Fr Dewitte was also involved in composing music, but the text of the first song "Miséricorde" is the children's work. They wrote it based on what they were already experiencing: a true peace, a climate of brotherhood, born of sharing the same spaces, needs, aspirations.

        Along the way, they also realized that their action was an effective response to terrorism and attacks, an act of resistance to death.

        The video of "Miséricorde", shared on social networks, then began to be replicated and made them known to a wider audience. They were thus invited to the programs "The Voice Kids" and "La France a un  incroyable Talent", France's Got Talent, and their success gradually grew.

        Today there are about forty of those who meet every Sunday evening to share the same passion, and have become the "Cap Cœur". Some parents also voluntarily provide guidance and service to the group, so that "Cap Cœur" also has its extension: the "Cap Cœur Family".

        The project is fully in the spirit of Don Bosco's preventive pedagogy: active, creative and responsible young people, accompanied by an animation team made up of adults, who create the conditions to live together in an atmosphere of welcome, respect, friendship, service and joy.

        The next engagements of the children of "Cap Cœur" are to bring a bit of color to the large flats of Argenteuil, to continue performing at various musical events, and to record an entire album at a professional quality level.

        A first fruit of this new path is their latest artistic creation: "Couleur Love", created as a duet with their patron - Yoann FreeJay, the winner of the second season of "The Voice" - which answers to the darkness of pessimism and violence via the bright colors of the music of joy and friendship.

        Source : Don Bosco Aujourd’hui

        {gallery}FRB - Coro Cap Coeur 2019{/gallery}

        • Francia
        • Islam
        • Ebraismo
        • FRB
        • Musica
        • Misericordia
        • Dialogo
          Gian Francesco Romano

          India – Salesians of Panjim Province welcome 10th Successor of Don Bosco in Goa

          3 weeks 4 days ago
          India – Salesians of Panjim Province welcome 10th Successor of Don Bosco in Goa

          (ANS – Panaji) – Rector Major Father Ángel Fernández Artime arrived to the Salesian province of Panjim at 10.20 pm on 27 March 2019. He was welcomed by the Provincial, Father Felix Fernandes, Vice Provincial, Father Avil Rodrigues, Salesians and the Salesian Family members at Dabolim airport, Goa. The 10th Successor of Don Bosco is visiting the province of Panjim for the first time. He will return to Rome on April 1, 2019.

          Fr Á.F. Artime is coming to meet his Salesians, the Salesian Family, the youth, the parents of the Salesians, the benefactors and the beneficiaries of the Salesian works. Father Avin Carvalho, the chief organizer of the Rector Major's visit says that he is happy to have the successor of Don Bosco in the province. He wishes that “his spirit rubs on to each one of us”. Fr Fernandes is also of the same opinion when he said that he is “extremely happy that the representative of Don Bosco has visited the province. It is a moment of grace and the revival of the Salesian Charism in our province,” he said.

          “For us it is a moment of celebration around the Successor of Don Bosco. He has called each of us to be holy,” said Fr Carvalho. F Ralin de Souza will be Rector Major's official translator.

          The Rector Major will dedicate many hours of his stay to reflect on the various activities of the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco in the Province. The first activity, scheduled this morning, March 28, is not by chance the meeting with the Provincial Council; in the afternoon, he meets with the Directors and the Officers of the various provincial services.

          On tomorrow's schedule, Friday 29, a visit to the "Don Bosco" Institute of Panjim and dialogue with students and professors; a moment of prayer at the local shrine; the gathering with all the Salesians of the Province; lunch with guests, parents and benefactors of the Salesians; and, to conclude, a moment of cordiality with the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.

          Saturday 30 will be marked by the blessing of a new Salesian house, the meeting with the Salesian youth, a press conference and a solemn Mass, and finally dinner with the archbishop of Goa and Daman, Msgr. Filipe Neri Ferrao, and the bishop of Sindhudurg, Msgr. Alwyn Barreto.

          On Sunday, Fr Á.F. Artime will first animate the children of the Salesian Youth Movement, then the Salesians in initial formation, and finally the members of the various groups of the Salesian Family.

          Before leaving for Rome on the morning of Monday 1 April, the Rector Major will still have the opportunity to celebrate Mass in the sanctuary that houses the relics of the Patron of the Missions, St. Francis Xavier, in the ancient part of Goa, and to learn about the Salesian work with young people at risk, in the house of Paliem.

          Salesians came to India in 1906 and started their first institution at Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. The first institution in Goa was opened at Panjim in 1946. Fr Vincent Scuderi and Fr Joseph Carreno were the pioneers of the place. They first started the Oratory of Don Bosco where the youth would play and pray. Soon Carpentry was added, followed by the primary school, the tailoring classes, the English medium school with 36 students and the four classes of the Portuguese school, thus the humble beginnings of the work of Don Bosco in Goa. With their printing press, the Salesians published the monthly magazine, “Salesian Oratory” and the “Aitarachem Vachop”, a weekly in Konkani. Fr McGlinchey aired a religious program named “Hora Catolica” on All India Radio.

          The Province of Panjim covers the Konkan region from Ratnagiri to Mangalore, that includes four district of Maharashtra, the whole of Goa and eight districts of Karnataka.

          Today the Salesians have 10 houses in Goa, 3 in Sindhudurg (Maharashtra) and 6 in Karnataka. Educating youth towards a better future and proclaiming the values of Jesus to all, have been their most important goals. Salesians have 9 schools, 3 Higher Secondaries, 3 National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), a Night School, a Vocational Training institute, a Technical School and a Public Library. Recently, they have also entered into the Higher Education with Don Bosco College in Panjim, College of Engineering at Fatorda and a College of Agriculture at Sulcorna.

          Salesians look after the street boys, the youth at risk at Paliem-Ucassaim, have boarding houses for children and a Hostel for men. They are also engaged in social work. They empower women through Self Help Groups and various developmental works through Konkan Development Office at Odxel.

          The Salesian Family in the province of Panjim includes four groups started by Don Bosco himself: the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), Salesian Sisters (FMA), Salesian Cooperators and the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA). Don Bosco Past Pupils, Catechist Sisters of Mary Immaculate Help of Christians (SMI), The Disciples (Don Bosco Secular Institute) were the later addition to the family present in the province of Panjim of the total 30 members.

          Photos of the visit are available on ANSFlickr

          • India
          • INP
          • Rettor Maggiore
          • Ángel Fernández Artime
          • Visita di Animazione
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Hungary - Press Conference on finding of relics of Blessed Stephen Sándor, SDB

            3 weeks 4 days ago
            Hungary - Press Conference on finding of relics of Blessed Stephen Sándor, SDB

            (ANS - Budapest) - "This year the whole Salesian Family in the world is developing the theme of holiness. I think the finding of the relics of Blessed Stephen Sándor is a great gift for the Salesian Family and for the Hungarian Church and society." With these words, the Postulator General for the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, commented on the finding of the relics of Salesian Blessed Stephen Sándor, during a press conference held at the Provincial House of the Hungarian Salesians, held yesterday, Wednesday March 27, in Budapest.

            During a crowded press conference, which was also attended by the Provincial of the Salesians in Hungary, Fr Abrahám Béla, and several scientific and forensic specialists involved in the work of finding and identifying the relics, Fr Cameroni began by recalling that Pope Francis declared Stephen Sándor a martyr exactly six years earlier, on March 27, 2013. "There is therefore this happy correspondence between his martyrdom and the finding of his relics," he noted.

            He then explained how the recent discovery "is not in itself a novelty in the history of the Church: in ancient times the relics of the martyrs were found, even after decades and centuries. We are inside a story that continues.”

            After thanking the Hungarian Salesian Province and all the authorities - civil, medical, scientific, "who accompanied this process with great care and professionalism", the Postulator General invited public authorities and the Nation Center for Experts and Research to further support the search for relics.

            "On this basis, we - as a Congregation and with the Holy See - can proceed from the canonical-juridical-ecclesial point of view," continued Fr Cameroni, who subsequently illustrated the entire procedural process to which the relics will now be subjected.

            In this sense, he also announced that there are already requests to receive small portions of the relics of Blessed Sándor in different parts of the world, and that soon a special reliquary will have to be made to allow the public veneration of the relics.

            • Ungheria
            • UNG
            • Pier Luigi Cameroni
            • Stefano Sándor
            • Santità Salesiana
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Mozambique - A testimony from the "spared" by Cyclone Idai

              3 weeks 4 days ago

              (ANS - Maputo) - The more days pass, the more clearly we understand that the passage of cyclone Idai on Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi has had the effects of a massacre. The death toll in the three African countries, currently still provisional, is close to 800 dead, of which more than half in Mozambique. Meanwhile, the risk of cholera spreading, of which the first cases have already been recorded, is also a concern.

              Fr Luiz Gonzaga Piccoli, a Brazilian Salesian and Councilor of the Vice Province of Mozambique, has recently been in the central-northern provinces of the country. On Facebook he wanted to reassure his friends in Brazil about his condition, but he also narrated the tragic reality that he has seen: "My Province was the first to be hit (already a few days before the cyclone, Editor's Note) by breaking the dam barriers, heavy rainfall in a vast region and overflowing rivers.”

              "Much worse was ten days later, with the cyclone, announced long ago by radio and TV, which shocked the Province of Sofala and its capital, Beira. Nothing has been spared: hospitals, schools, the cathedral, the great churches, the episcopal house, the government center, the universities, public buildings, water, electricity, roads, bridges, houses ... Beira must be completely rebuilt!"

              And to think that this city of Mozambique, of 500,000 inhabitants, had equipped itself with a system of channels to protect itself from the effects of climate change, a project financed by the World Bank: the system worked against the floods of two months ago, but he could not stand Idai's fury. "This cyclone has wiped out everything we've built in over 100 years," said the mayor-engineer, Daviz Simango, bitterly.

              The condition of minors, children, is also worrying, because many are left alone due to their parents dying or because they have been separated from their families while they sought refuge. According to UNICEF, more than half of the people affected by the cyclone are minors: one million children affected by Idai out of a total of 1.8 million people involved, but the numbers are still provisional, because there are entire districts still submerged by water.

              "My community and I," Fr Piccoli concludes, "we did not survive; we were simply spared. May God help us to continue helping the devastated population, as much as we can."

              {gallery}MOZ - Ciclone Idai 2 - 2019{/gallery}

              • MOZ
              • Mozambico
              • Disastri
                Gian Francesco Romano

                India – Salesians collaborate to enrich Print Industry

                3 weeks 4 days ago
                India – Salesians collaborate to enrich Print Industry

                (ANS - Chennai) – Both the Insitutions of “Salesian Institute of Graphic Arts” (SIGA), Chennai, and the “Madras Print Lithographers Associations” (MPLA), the first association of printers in South India, began in the year 1952. This year, 75 Diploma students of Printing Technology were awarded the merit certificates by Father (Dr.) F.Andrew SJ, Principal of Loyola College, Chennai, Mr.G.N.Visvakumar, President of Madras Printers Lithography Association (MPLA), and Father Charles Gaspar, Former Principal of SIGA. Among several accolades, the Gold Medal adorned Mr.A.Gino of Government 3-year diploma course and Mr. Paul Jefferson of SIGA Private 3-year diploma course.

                The college graduation ceremony was organized by SIGA Polytechnic College at Don Bosco Kilpauk campus, on 2nd March 2019 at 10 AM.

                After the formal colourful ceremony, the office bearers of MPLA welcomed the graduates to the Printing and Packaging Industry and assured them the joy of growing together with the Print Media industry in the country. The event was sponsored by “MPLA”, “Hatson Agro Product Ltd”, and SIGA.

                For an hour, Mr. P. Chander coordinated the floor discussion on new opportunities in Skilling India and trends in the job market. Mr. G.N. VisvaKumar, presided and Father PT Joseph, Principal of SIGA Polytechnic College joined the panel of MPLA officials who responded to the floor questions. “Printing is growing and attracting other disciplines”, said Fr Joseph.

                “The electronic printing and 3D Printing are such proofs that will change the dynamics of electronic and manufacturing business in the world”, he reiterated. Mr. Anbazhagan, Honorary Secretary, Mr. S. Krishna Kumar, Joint Secretary, Mr. Jolly Peter, Treasurer, graced the event with their presence and interaction.

                SIGA management thanked and honored MPLA for their presence and for their invitation to engage in Electronic-age Print 2019 scheduled from 31 May to 3 June 2019 at Chennai Trade Centre.

                Diploma in Printing Technology (Formal)

                This is a 3-year course leading to DPT (Diploma in Printing Technology). It is offered to students who qualify for it as per the rules and regulations of the Directorate of Technical Education (DoTE) Tamil Nadu. The curriculum for the DPT is prepared in accordance with the syllabus prescribed by the State Board of Technical Education and Training, Tamil Nadu. Examinations, at the end of each semester, both in theory and practicals, will be conducted by the same Board.

                Diploma in Printing Technology (Non-Formal)

                This is a 3-year course leading to DPT (Diploma in Printing Technology). It is offered by SIGA Society, a member of Salesians of Don Bosco, worldwide. The curriculum for the DPT is prepared in accordance with the syllabus prescribed by the SIGA Academic Board. The programme embodies 1 year of on-job-training in the industrial environment. Examinations are held at the end of each semester, both in theory and practicals.

                Post Graduate Diploma in Printing and Packaging Technology (Non-Formal)

                This is a 1-year full-time course leading to PGDPPT (PG Diploma in Printing and Packaging Technology). It is offered by SIGA Society, It is an interdisciplinary programme aimed at the students from Visual Communication, Fine Arts, and any UG programme.  A field study and project submission are prerequisites to complete the course.

                Source: Don Bosco India

                • India
                • INM
                • Formazione Professionale
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  India - Rector Major concludes Animation Visit to Mumbai Province

                  3 weeks 5 days ago
                  India - Rector Major concludes Animation Visit to Mumbai Province

                  (ANS - Mumbai) - Embraces, photos, joyful celebrations, large gatherings, messages of encouragement and guidance in the face of the many challenges that await those who want to commit themselves to youth ... All this is flavoring the Rector Major's visit to the India-Mumbai Province (INB) which ends today, March 27th. From this evening, in fact, the X Successor of Don Bosco starts upon a new stage at the India-Panjim Province.

                  On Monday 25 March, the fifth anniversary of his election as Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime spent his time to meet the novices of the Province at the Nashik center. It was a precious time spent among the young people in formation and towards the guidance of the whole Congregation, time during which the Rector Major encouraged the novices to discern well their Salesian vocation, clarifying that the call is to be primarily Salesians, and not just priests.

                  Subsequently, Fr Á.F. Artime also wanted to meet the lay personnel who collaborate in the Salesian mission within the provincial offices, having lunch with them.

                  In the afternoon he met with the members of the Salesian Family, to whom he said that the laity are important because they arrive where the Salesians cannot go and so bring the charism of Don Bosco to the world.

                  In the evening he then reached the "Saint Joseph" house in Wadala; there he attended the show organized in his honor by the school community and then presided over the Eucharist.

                  Yesterday morning, Tuesday 26, the Successor of Don Bosco, accompanied by his Secretary, Fr Horacio López, and by the INB Provincial, Fr Godfrey D’Souza, flew to Vadodara in the State of Gujarat. Welcomed at the airport by a large crowd of members of the Salesian Family, he then headed towards the Salesian house where a meeting was scheduled with all the Salesians of the Province. In the afternoon, he attended a gathering with the children of all the INB Salesian centers - a very festive gathering, with young people dressed in traditional clothes.

                  Of note, before reaching the center, Fr Á.F. Artime wanted to visit a house of Carmelite nuns, asking them for prayers and offering them the blessing of Mary Help of Christians.

                  On the morning of today, March 27th, before leaving the INB Province, the Successor of Don Bosco found time to reach the Salesian school in Andheri to participate in the celebration for the 50th anniversary of the institute's existence. On this occasion he also met and praised the members of the "Prafulta" psychological counseling service.

                  Photos of the visit are available on ANSFlickr

                  • India
                  • INB
                  • Rettor Maggiore
                  • Ángel Fernández Artime
                  • Visita di Animazione
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Brazil – Fr Filiberto González: "Communication requires coherence and testimony in order to be with young people in the digital environment"

                    3 weeks 5 days ago

                    (ANS - Sao Paulo) - On 22 and 23 March, the Salesian Province of "Mary Help of Christians" of Brazil-Sao Paulo received the visit of the General Councilor for Social Communications, Fr Filiberto González Plasencia, who met the young Salesians in formation, the local communications teams and the Salesians who make up the National Commission for Mission Animation.

                    Fr González arrived in Sao Paulo in the afternoon of Friday 22 March, after taking part in the meetings of the Salesian Communication Network of Brazil and the National Communications Commission (CONAC), which brings together the Provincial Delegates for Communications of the country's six Salesian Provinces.

                    In the meeting with the Salesians in formation, the General Councilor repeated to them the challenge he had given to the Delegates of Communication, adapting the theme of the next General Chapter: "Which or what kind of Salesians for today's youth in the field of communication?" According to Fr González, the way of doing Pastoral Care implies being present, not only in playgrounds, courtyards, and conventional forms, but also in being current in new languages ​​and new forms of learning: "We cannot do pastoral work as we have always done, because today's youth, adolescents and children have another way of perceiving reality, life, another way of thinking, another way of learning," he explained.

                    He then spoke of the importance of changing the mentality of the Salesians to be present in the digital environment, using the different possibilities responsibly and in a proactive way, "making oneself present among the young with coherence and life witness."

                    Finally, he was able to learn about the experience of "A.COR.DAR", a pastoral communication project on social media with a focus on audiovisuals produced by theology students.

                    On the following day, the General Councilor met the local communication teams of the Province and the representatives of various Salesian centers. He described the importance of the five senses for a good relationship between people, especially one's gaze, listening and touch, along with the importance of body language.

                    "The Salesians," he said, "in Communication follow a principle that comes from the Preventive System of Don Bosco and whose center is loving kindness. At the center of Salesian communication there is affection and authentic relationship. The person is at the center, the media are means."

                    Finally, Fr González also spoke at the meeting of the National Commission for Mission Animation, which evaluated the common projects fulfilled in recent months and planned the next initiatives of the commission, including the elaboration of the Inter-Provincial Missionary Animation Project.

                    • Brasile
                    • BSP
                    • Comunicazione Sociale
                    • Animazione Missionaria
                    • Filiberto González
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Austria – New “Senior Experts Austria” program welcomed by Salesian partners of “Jugend Eine Welt”

                      3 weeks 5 days ago
                      Austria – New “Senior Experts Austria” program welcomed by Salesian partners of “Jugend Eine Welt”

                      (ANS – Vienna) – Since 2018 “Jugend Eine Welt-Don Bosco Aktion Austria” sends out “Senior Expert” volunteers to Don Bosco projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. These experts are cordially welcome in Salesian institutions where they contribute in many different ways, for example as agricultural, technical or medical experts, teachers or psychotherapists. On March 21, the new program “Senior Experts Austria” was presented during an event which took place in the Viennese “Palais Coburg” and was funded by POK Pühringer Privatstiftung.

                      As guest of honour, Jugend Eine Welt welcomed Br. John Ngigi Njuguna SDB from DBTECH AFRICA, Kenya, which coordinates more than 100 Salesian TVET centers spread over 35 countries in Africa. Fr. Ngigi pointed out that Senior volunteers fill an important gap as many educational institutions cannot afford to hire expert know-how from abroad. He said: “We need these people! It is really important that they share their expertise with us and train our teachers. On the other hand, they benefit themselves from the social connection with the reality in Africa. Instead of always thinking about their past, they start thinking about their future and how they can contribute with the skills they have.”

                      Fr. Rafael Bejarano Rivera SDB, Director of a Don Bosco Training Center in Armenia, Colombia, confirmed that there is a win-win situation on both sides: The contribution of the “Senior Experts” is much needed in many areas, for example for Train the Trainer workshops in Industrial Automation or Electricity. The volunteers find a new meaning in life and experience much joy. “I would like to contribute to the future strengthening of this culture of solidarity, he affirmed.

                      Sister Maria Rohrer FMA, who coordinates a girls shelter in Tunisia, stated that Europe should give much more support to young African people who are desperately in need of education and vocational training. Senior Experts could play an important role in this context. She said: “So many young African people have nothing to do because they lack education. It is crucial to support them where they are and give them perspectives in their home countries, so that they do not drown in the Mediterranean Sea on the way to Europe where they would not have a good future anyway.”

                      Former “Senior Experts” confirmed that they felt very welcome in the Don Bosco institutions. Most of them would like to return there soon. Like Josef Loderbauer, an experienced electrical technician who supported a Salesian Technical Vocational Training Center in Kamuli, Uganda, in 2018, where he helped to install a training course in Solar Technology. He returned there already the day after the event. But there are more than 60 other “Senior experts” on a waiting list who could be deployed any time if the necessary funding is guaranteed.

                      For this reason, Reinhard Heiserer, Director of the Jugend Eine Welt, appealed to representatives from Austrian Ministries, political institutions, the Austrian Economic Chambers, individual companies and foundations to support the “Senior Experts Austria” program: “Jugend Eine Welt has more than 20 years of experience in arranging volunteer programs. Please invest in the future of young people!”

                      More information and photographs from the event you can find here:  https://www.jugendeinewelt.at/erfahrung-hilft/ 

                      General information about Senior Experts Austria: https://www.seniorexpertsaustria.at/ and: www.jugendeinewelt.at/seniorexpertsaustria 

                      {gallery}AUS - Senior Experts 2019{/gallery}

                      • Austria
                      • AUS
                      • Volontariato
                      • Anziani
                      • ONG
                      • JEW
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Mozambique – Salesians ready to help rescue and reconstruction

                        3 weeks 6 days ago
                        Mozambique – Salesians ready to help rescue and reconstruction

                        (ANS - Maputo) - The passage of Cyclone Idai across Mozambique has caused enormous loss of life, the destruction of the city of Beira and the disappearance of entire villages. More than 450 victims have already been established and more than 1,500 are injured in the country, not counting those in Malawi and Zimbabwe, other nations affected by this calamity. The Salesians of Mozambique, contacted by ANS, confirm that they have not suffered direct damage and are active in various ways to help relief operations and reconstruction.

                        The Salesian houses are many kilometers from the area hit by the cyclone - the so-called "Beira corridor", about 130 km long and inhabited by one million people. The Provincial House is located 1,100 km further south and the nearest presence, that of Tete, is however over 500 km away.

                        This explains both why the centers of the Sons of Don Bosco have not suffered direct damage, apart from some small problems caused by persistent rain throughout the country; and why at this time they cannot participate personally in aid efforts, due also to access routes to the city of Beira and the province of Sofala are compromised and that communications with those areas have been interrupted for days.

                        There is, however, great concern for several pupils of the Salesian centers who usually reside in the boarding schools of the institutes and who have families of origin in the areas hit by the cyclone.

                        Meanwhile, as part of the Conference of Religious of Mozambique, the Spiritual Sons of Don Bosco are working to encourage the collection of money in favor of Caritas and NGOs such as "Doctors Without Borders" - both for first aid operations and in view of the reconstruction.

                        Furthermore, within the educational centers they are promoting the collection of all those basic necessities (food, medicines, clothes, drinking water) to convey them to the rescuers present at the sites hit by Cyclone Idai.

                        "We thank everyone for the prayers and solidarity shown so far. Do continue to help us," said the Superior of the Vice Province of Mozambique, Fr Marco Biaggi.

                        • MOZ
                        • Mozambico
                        • Disastri
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          India – Rector Major Inspires Young Salesians

                          3 weeks 6 days ago
                          India – Rector Major Inspires Young Salesians

                          (ANS - Pune) – “This is a once in a lifetime experience,” said one of the young Salesians upon hearing of the visit of the Salesian Rector Major to the Province of Mumbai. There was intense excitement exuding from the campus of Koregaon Park, Pune as it prepared itself to welcome the 10th Successor of Don Bosco, Fr Angel Fernandez Artime.

                          For a good number of young Salesians this was the first time they had seen and personally encountered the Rector Major. Father Artime was welcomed by the young brothers on March 24 in Pune.

                          The Rector Major upon reaching Pune – on day two of his trip in India –addressed all the Salesians who had gathered and shared with them his personal reflections about the state of the Congregation in the world as well as in the Mumbai province. He warned the confreres to beware of the major temptations of clericalism and thirst for power. He expressed his desire that the Congregation always remain faithful to the charism of Don Bosco and to the Constitutions.

                          Then he answered some questions with regards to poverty and how we ought to understand poverty today. Father Á.F. Artime made it clear that one of the most fundamental forms of poverty is the lack of human dignity that exists in many societies. He pointed out that Salesian educational interventions must address this pressing issue before moving on to helping young people equip themselves for a better future.

                          A final question that arose was with regards to the missionary dimension. The Rector Major cleared that the missions are a fundamental dimension of the Salesian vocation. He encouraged the young Salesians to seriously consider the call to the missions and to opt generously should they feel called.

                          In the afternoon he received a rousing welcome at the Sacred Heart Parish and Don Bosco High School and Junior College. He got a glimpse of the local culture as he rode to the parish on a chariot; a high tea followed.

                          The Rector Major was then led in procession with a prayer dance by the Don Bosco Junior College students to celebrate the Holy Eucharist for over 1500 faithful who had gathered.

                          After the Mass a cultural programme followed. The Rector Major was then felicitated by the different units of the Salesian family and then he released a book, “Salesian Contribution to the Ahmednagar Mission”, a theological, historical, and pastoral study authored by Rector and Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Parish, Father Michael Bansode.

                          He ended his Pune sojourn with the traditional Salesian “Good Night”.

                          Photos of the visit are available on ANSFlickr

                          • India
                          • INB
                          • Visita di Animazione
                          • Rettor Maggiore
                          • Ángel Fernández Artime
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            India – “Ensure Your Vote” video launched

                            3 weeks 6 days ago
                            India – “Ensure Your Vote” video launched

                            (ANS - Sonada) – The 2019 Indian general election is scheduled to be held in 7 phases from 11 April 2019 to 19 May 2019 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha. Voting in Darjeeling district is scheduled for Holy Thursday, 18 April 2019. So, in the Darjeeling district, a public service announcement video was made, to educate the public on the importance of exercising their democratic rights. This five and half minute music video, entitled ''Ensure Your Vote'', in Nepali language folk music style, has been produced by the campus radio of Salesian College Sonada, Darjeeling, and given free for broadcast to local television channels.

                            Geographically, Darjeeling district can be divided into two broad divisions using 8 langauges besides scores of dialects in the hills and the plains. The entire hilly region of the district comes under the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, a semi-autonomous administrative body under the state government of West Bengal covering three hill subdivisions of Darjeeling, Kurseong and Mirik. The foothills of Darjeeling Himalayas, which comes under the Siliguri subdivision, is known as the Terai.

                            Radio Salesian established in 2016, is the only community radio broadcasting in Nepali language in India.

                            ''The music video is an excellent production by Radio Salesian and Salesian College,'' said the district magistrate Ms Dasgupta introducing the short video to a packed audience of media persons from both print and electronic media.

                            While Radio Salesian programme director RJ Samir wrote the lyrics, youngest RJ Dikshit composed the music and gave the vocals assisted by RJ Sagar. The song was recorded by RJ Bryan and camera and video editing was done by Bruno Thapa at Salesian Television studio.

                            ''Radio Salesian plans to do a voter education campaign among first time voters starting from Salesian College,'' said RJ Samir briefing Ms Dasgupta who was delighted to hear the proactive initiative from a college team.

                            Another version of the same video with English language subtitles was released on Monday, 25 March 2019.

                            Source: Don Bosco India

                            • India
                            • Radio
                            • Politica
                            • INC
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Australia – Farewell to Fr Michael Keogh, SDB: Educator, Actor & Pastor

                              3 weeks 6 days ago
                              Australia – Farewell to Fr Michael Keogh, SDB: Educator, Actor & Pastor

                              (ANS - Adelaide) - A long-time missionary priest of Australia-Pacific Province, Fr Michael Keogh SDB, returned to the Lord early in the morning of Friday 22 March 2019. Fr Michael was 92 years of age, had been professed for 68 year as a Salesian, and served at the altar as Christ’s priest for 58 years.

                              Fr Michael’s passing did not come as surprise, as he had been in bed for the last couple of years, and been in serious decline in health for a number of weeks.

                              Father Keogh was born in Quetta, India [now part of Pakistan] on 21 September 1926. At the end of his secondary schooling, he joined the Salesians, making his first religious profession on the feast of Mary Help of Christians, 24 May 1950. He undertook philosophy and theology studies in Salesian College Sonada and Sacred Heart College Shillong prior to his ordination as a priest on 26 June 1960 by saintly Bishop Stephen Ferrando SDB, then bishop of the Diocese of Shillong in North East India. (On 3 March 2016 Bishop Ferrando was proclaimed to be Venerable after Pope Francis recognized that Ferrando led a life of heroic virtue).

                              Father Keogh worked in numerous places in India, including Park Circus, Bandel and Liluah (Kolkata), Krishnagar (West Bengal). Since arriving in Australia, Fr Michael served in many schools and parishes as educator and pastor. He was famous as a serious hockey player in his young days. With a serious face, he was never slow to play some practical jokes on people. Fr Michael loved theatre. As an expert mimic, he would perform so well on many occasions to entertain others.

                              Rector of Bandel aspirantate Father Anthony Erathara recalls Father Keogh as “a mesmerising storyteller.” “He was such a wonderful Salesian priest, a friend of all, particularly of our young aspirants and Brothers (clerics in practical training). I cherish the valuable help rendered to me through skits and interesting dramas for the academy of those years,” says a young cleric of those days at Bandel aspirantate and now Rector of Salesian College Siliguri Campus, Father (Dr.) Mathew Pulingathil.

                              “A great friend of mine, he encouraged me much. He knew how to interact with youngsters. A good teacher, he coauthored a text book for teaching English to Bengali students when he was at Don Bosco Krishnagar. A lover of cricket, hockey, football, drama and storytelling, he had all that young boys loved,” says Salesian Father Sebastian Champanil, a leading Catholic charismatic figure in Eastern India.

                              “He was a true Salesian of Don Bosco. May his gentle and joyful soul rest in peace, amen!” Fr Will Matthews, AUL Provincial, said.

                              {gallery}Australia - Fr Keogh - 2019{/gallery}

                              • AUL
                              • INC
                              • Missioni
                              • Decessi
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                India - The Rector Major: "Imagine for a moment if the Salesian Family did not exist ..."

                                4 weeks ago

                                (ANS – Mumbai) – Mumbai and Samaria have little in common. One, a small region that formed ancient Israel, and the other over 4000 kilometers away is a bustling metropolis in Western India drawing millions of people in search of a better life. Rector Major Angel Fernandez Artime, the 10th successor of Don Bosco, during his Holy Mass at the Shrine of Don Bosco's Madonna, Mumbai, on March 23, drew inspiration from the life-changing experience of a Samaritan woman who met Jesus at a well.   

                                Hundreds of laity, including the Salesian family, youth from Salesian institutions, confreres, and the faithful assembled to listen to Father Artime's message, the crux of which focused on Jesus' loving mercy and refusal to condemn the woman despite perceived infirmities.

                                Father Artime asked the congregation, 'Would you give Jesus water?' To which the youth present, answered, 'Yes.'  In his response, he added, ''We all finally need to meet Jesus and once we meet Jesus we have a transformation.''

                                He then urged the faithful to be witnesses to the Gospel values, ''Do not fear because Christ is always going to be with you,'' he said, adding, ''Like the women at the well, many a time our lives are not the best, we may not live our lives properly but when we meet Christ we all change.''

                                Father Artime also underlined the importance of Mother Mary in the Church, saying that she is ''always partnering'' with the faithful throughout their lives to help carry the burden. A special youth choir added a melodious touch to the service, which ended with a felicitation ceremony, a Spanish dance, singing of the Salesian youth movement anthem, and the release of Father Elias Dias' book entitled 'To Don Bosco with Love: History, Pedagogy, Spirituality'.

                                Addressing youth at the Don Bosco School quadrangle, the Rector Major said, ''Imagine if there wasn't a Salesian family in the world, imagine if there weren't 100,000 youngsters in the Salesian family. Imagine for a minute if this was to disappear. It would be a great tragedy for all the youngsters of the world and it would be a great emptiness in our Church. I am not saying this as a matter of pride, but so that we can be more conscious that we should give our very best for our youngsters.''  

                                The Provincial of the Mumbai province, Father Godfrey D'Souza, and Vice-Provincial Father Savio Silveira were present at the Mumbai International airport to welcome the Rector Major at 1 am on March 23. First on Father Artime's agenda was a meeting with Father D'Souza and his team of provincial councillors from 9:30 am to 1 pm, getting feedback on various issues pertaining to the province of Saint Francis Xavier.

                                The Rector Major made it clear at the onset that the purpose of the meeting was not to conduct an external audit but a fraternal sharing with the provincial council and an exchange of ideas. He gave the team pointers on how to be transparent in all financial matters and dealings.

                                He then met Sister Ritha Dora Thomas, the Provincial of the Salesian Sisters of the Province of Mumbai, and over 50 Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) at 4 pm at Auxillium Convent, Wadala. ''Live your consecrated lives, your Salesian charism. You need to be a witness in life as that's what the youth look at. Work for the poor and abandoned,'' he said.

                                Sister Thomas reflecting on Father Artime visit said, ''The Rector Major's visit in person to the FMA Mumbai province is an unforgettable and inspiring experience for us. His message to us to live our Salesian consecrated life with joy and holiness will be a precious gift we can give our young people today.''

                                Father Artime also made some time in the day, to interact with youngsters of the Don Bosco Provincial House Oratory. Greeting them with high five's, the Rector Major's presence was an endearing reminder of Don Bosco among us, as children ran, jumped and played.

                                Yesterday, Sunday, March 24, the X Successor of Don Bosco went to Pune, where he met with all the Salesians of INB to listen to their questions and deliver his instructions. Then, in the afternoon, dressed in the clothes reserved for illustrious guests, the Rector Major, together with his Secretary, Fr Horacio López, went to the “Sacred Heart” parish in Yerwada, where he presided over the Sunday Eucharist, followed by a moment of fraternal agape with the Salesian Family.

                                Photos of the visit are available on ANSFlickr.

                                Source: Don Bosco India

                                • India
                                • INB
                                • Rettor Maggiore
                                • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                • Giovani
                                • Famiglia Salesiana
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Hungary - Find and identify the relics of Blessed Stephen Sándor, SDB

                                  4 weeks ago
                                  Hungary - Find and identify the relics of Blessed Stephen Sándor, SDB

                                  (ANS - Budapest) - The Hungarian Salesian Province of "St Stephen King" announces, with great joy and emotion, that at the end of a long course of studies and research, it has succeeded in identifying and bringing to light the relics of Blessed Stephen Sándor, Salesian martyr (1914-1953).

                                  Preparation work began over a year ago under the guidance and supervision of Dr. Eva Susa, legal expert. Based on the documents of the era that were consulted, the professional experience and the hypotheses held, there was the conviction, or at least the strong hope, that the martyr's body was buried with his companions, the same who shared that tragic death in the New Public Cemetery of Budapest, and more precisely placed in the 37th place, in the second row, in burial niche 301.

                                  Stephen Sándor, a Salesian brother, was sentenced to death following false trials, and was buried in an unmarked tomb. Before his beatification, which took place in 2013, the Salesian Congregation had tried to recover the martyr's body. The historical-archival study of Dr. B. Varga Judit, although not having achieved a definitive result, had largely contributed to the current work.

                                  On 12 November 2018, in the presence of scholars and experienced professionals, the tomb was opened where the bones belonging to six complete skeletons were extracted.

                                  The anthropological study performed on the bones took place in the NSZKK Anthropology Laboratory (National Research Center). The genetic material belonging to the Martyr was extracted from an envelope that had been personally closed by Blessed Sándor and a stamp used by his brother. DNA analysis was performed by Dr. Eszter Dudas.

                                  "At the end of these exams, carried out under strict specialist supervision, we are pleased to announce that, from both a legal and a forensic point of view, among the remains of the six subjects we found we were able to identify those of the blessed Stephen Sándor, Salesian martyr," Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, Postulator General of the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family, affirmed with satisfaction.

                                  Subsequently, based on the indications of the Holy See, news will be provided regarding authentication, preservation of relics and religious celebrations.

                                  The Salesian Family thanks all those who participated, collaborated and made the process of recovery and identification possible.

                                  • Ungheria
                                  • UNG
                                  • Reliquie
                                  • Santità Salesiana
                                  • Stefano Sándor
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Argentina - "Throughout history there has been a rich legacy of the Salesian charism and its significant figures." ACSSA continental seminar

                                    4 weeks ago

                                    (ANS - Ramos Mejía) - In the retreat house "Domingo Savio" of Ramos Mejía, near Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Continental American Seminar of the Association of Curators of Salesian History (ACSSA) was held on the theme: "Innovative and Incisive Salesian figures in the 20th century."

                                    The seminars are preliminary instances of exposition of the research papers that will be presented at the 2020 ACSSA World Congress. "Throughout history there has been a rich legacy of the Salesian charism and its significant figures," said the President of the association, Fr Francesco Motto, SDB.

                                    Then, in the first general conference, Fr Motto spoke about the importance of preserving memory in order to write one's own history and to build one's own identity. "To have an identity we must remember and write history. And history is written starting from documentary sources." He then recalled that Don Bosco insisted very much that in the various Salesian houses the chronicles be written and documents kept and safeguarded.

                                    The topics of the presentations and debates were many and of high quality. The report "Prominent Women in the Field of Missions" was presented, coordinated by Sr. Ana María Fernández; Jenny Cruzat, of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) of Peru, spoke on the figure of "Sister Maria Victoria Orihuela" (1859-1911), while Sister Gloria García Pereira spoke on "Sister Maria Concepción Posada Posada" (1903-1996).

                                    Dr. Laura Mombello introduced the theme "Traces of the present in life stories" followed by the reports: "Prominent women in the field of education and school"; "Martina Petrini Prado, FMA"; "Sister Isabel Moreno (1890-1962)"; "Sister Anna Maria Coppa, founder of the first Catholic “Normal” Institute in Ecuador from 1940 to 1965". Other presentations concerned: "Workers' circles, parish networks and political participation"; "Mons. Jaime de Nevares: 'Father Jaime', Pastor of Neuquén (1915-1995)"; "Giacomini and Magallanes. The flowering of obedience."

                                    The seminar was a way to reflect on the historical work of the Salesians and the FMA in the early years of their presence in Latin America. "This event was attended by a large number of people, with reports and quality studies," commented Fr Motto at the end, "and we have reached a professional and updated collaboration from each of the participants. Now it is necessary to think about the future of the ACSSA, not only in Congresses and Seminars. The role of the Provincials is important because they allow and stimulate dedication to Salesian history. It is necessary to create a common opinion, a cultural policy of the Congregation. Each member must commit himself to personally disseminating the experience of these seminars in their own houses, and especially the need to continue to think and reflect on Salesian history."

                                    • Argentina
                                    • ACSSA
                                    • Storia
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Sudan – “What a joy to see all the computers turned on!”

                                      1 month ago
                                      Sudan – “What a joy to see all the computers turned on!”

                                      (ANS – El Obeid) – As has been the case in other years, past pupils from the Don Bosco Centre in Seoul have rallied to help Salesian vocational centres elsewhere, this time in Khartoum and El Obeid, Sudan. Working closely with Mr Lin Chanwoo, a past pupil from Batch 7, Br Marino Bois, SDB, spent 7 weeks in Sudan at these vocational training centres, repairing machines, helping the teacher find an easy way to make tools.

                                      They opened a classroom sponsored by the past pupils from the Seoul Don Bosco Centre, with 15 computers to teach CAD (Computer-Aided Design). Br Bois had to give lessons to the teachers and prepare them to teach the students.

                                      A Korean woman sponsored a classroom with 20 computers to teach the boys how to use the keyboard to type in English and Arabic, and the basic functions of the most commonly used programs. “What a joy it was to see all the computers turned on together!” said Br Bois.

                                      The missionary activity, supported by the Salesian past pupils, has grown each year, and as a result, last year the Salesians were able to provide two new lathes. These were the only two new machines they had received since their school began. The school was founded by Salesians Father Vincenzo Donati, and the Comino Brothers, Jim and Andrew. Due to lack of funds they could only purchase second-hand machines. As time passed, the old machines got older and developed many problems. So every bit of help from outside was and is really welcome!

                                      On the way back, the group stopped over for one week at the St Joseph's vocational training centre in Khartoum. “I was there in 1991–1992, and there too the school only had a small budget, and we could only buy second-hand machines. After we recruited 20 young people, I taught them for four months, then Br Jim Comino took my place. In collaboration with Fr Vincenzo Donati, he developed the school until it was taking in 300 students. They also had a request from the local police to also teach the boys from the prison. That very morning, two military trucks arrived at the school full of boys and policeman as well who were willing to learn the skills offered in the special courses prepared for them,” said Br Bois.

                                      Recently, the school situation became difficult. Most of the teachers had been formed in the school, many of them recruited from the refugee camps, and all from what is now South Sudan. When the South declared independence, the majority wanted to return to their homeland. Recruiting new teachers with the know-how to teach practical subjects was not an easy problem and is not completely solved.

                                      A young Indian missionary is working hard to bring the school back to the level of former times, starting with the welding section, where almost all the machines, after 25 years, are almost unusable.

                                      “We will try to see what we can do since we have still some of our budget left over. If we are called upon again and if it is the will of God, we are ready...” Br Bois concludes.

                                      Source: AustraLasia

                                      {gallery}Sudan - CFP 2019{/gallery}

                                      • Sudan
                                      • AFE
                                      • Formazione Professionale
                                      • KOR
                                      • Exallievi
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        India – Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative” provides funding for new bathroom facilities and septic tank

                                        1 month ago
                                        India – Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative” provides funding for new bathroom facilities and septic tank

                                        (ANS – Rangajan) – The Don Bosco Center Rangajan, located in Assam, India, will be able to construct several restroom facilities that include 50 new toilets and a septic tank, thanks to funding from Salesian Missions donors. The project is part of a Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative” which will ensure that the mostly poor, indigenous residents from a number of remote villages who use the center will have access to adequate facilities.

                                        At the Don Bosco Center Rangajan, Salesian missionaries provide both a high school and vocational technical training facility. Constructing decent restroom facilities in these villages will help improve health and hygiene as well as curb the outbreak of disease.

                                        With more than 1.3 billion people, India’s growing population is putting a severe strain on the country’s natural resources. According to Water.org, close to 77 million people do not have access to safe, clean water and 769 million have no sanitation services. Most water sources throughout the country are contaminated by sewage and agricultural runoff.

                                        While India has made some progress in the supply of safe water, there remain gross disparities in safe water access across the country. The World Bank estimates that 21 percent of communicable diseases in India are related to unsafe water with diarrhea alone causing more than 1,600 deaths daily. Access to proper sanitation is extremely poor, particularly in rural areas where only 14 percent of the population has access to a latrine.

                                        The World Toilet Organization has noted that the world is not on track to reach Sustainable Development Goal 6 which ensures availability and sustainable management of sanitation and water for all by 2030. It indicates that 4.5 billion people live without safely managed sanitation and 892 million people still practice open defecation. The impact of exposure to human waste has a devastating impact on public health, living conditions, nutrition, education and economic productivity across the world.

                                        In response to this crisis, Salesian Missions has developed a “Clean Water Initiative” that has made building wells and supplying fresh, clean water a top priority for every community in every country in which Salesian missionaries work.

                                        “Having access to proper sanitation brings a sense of dignity to the children and families we serve in our programs,” says Father Mark Hyde, director of Salesian Missions. “Improving water and sanitation facilities also ensures that teachers and students are working and learning in an environment that promotes proper hygiene and has safe drinking water, reducing the number of waterborne illnesses that can affect those in our schools keeping them away from important study time.”

                                        Source: Mission Newswire

                                        • India
                                        • Procure Missionarie
                                        • Acqua
                                        • Salute
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
                                          ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana

                                          Italy - Salesian students of Europe at work for a common project: "EntreApp"

                                          3 weeks ago

                                          (ANS - Turin) - A red thread links Valdocco to Seville, Versailles and Bilbao: it is the "ENTREAPP" project which brings together students from different Salesian educational institutions in the development of an app for the promotion of tourism in the city of Seville.

                                          Each Salesian center has a well-defined role consistent with the peculiarities of the place of origin. The Vocational Training Center (VCT) of Turin-Valdocco deals with the creation of the graphic layout, that is the design of the logo, the printing of the materials and the graphic interface. The task of the "Colegio San Pedro" of Seville is instead to write the computer code for programming the app. The students of the Salesians in Bilbao deal instead with the translation into Spanish, with the creation of audio-video contributions and with QRCodes that will apply to every single point of tourist interest. Finally, the “Professional Technical High School” of Versailles deals with the contents and the drafting of the texts of the project and the related translation into French.

                                          The advantage for the tourist, provided by the app in progress, will be to find, in the vicinity of the point of interest, a series of information useful to enhance the experience of their visit as tourists.

                                          The students involved, led by formators and teachers, have alternated and will alternate research and development sessions in their respective institutions with international mobility weeks, as if to seal a real twinning between the venues.

                                          As is typical of Salesian VTCs, the formation has offered students the chance to experiment according to the procedures proper to the world of work. "We designed the logo and its applications among us teachers and with the students of the 'Multimedia Graphic Operator' course, organizing them as if we were a communication company," said one of the educators involved, prof. Malacasa.

                                          "Our laboratories," said prof. Malasca, "are organized according to this modality, which is that of the (customer) order, able to simulate production in the field of communication."

                                          But there's more: another feature of the project was its inclusiveness: “In the project all the processes of the sector present in our VTC were involved: from graphic design to printing. The same students with disabilities, led by their trainer, Emanuele Mensa, inside the laboratory where they apply logos on simple clothing or gadgets, contributed with setting up and printing the T-shirts. We have thus achieved the goal of making the project known, making them become protagonists!”, the teacher concludes enthusiastically.

                                          • Italia
                                          • Formazione Professionale
                                          • ICP
                                          • Spagna
                                          • Francia
                                          • App
                                          • Tecnologie
                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                            Morocco - Dialogue, brotherhood, service to the needy: Pope Francis animates the Moroccan people

                                            3 weeks ago
                                            Morocco - Dialogue, brotherhood, service to the needy: Pope Francis animates the Moroccan people

                                            (ANS - Rabat) - "The ways of the mission do not pass through proselytism, which always leads to a blind alley, but through our way of being with Jesus and with others," said Pope Francis during the meeting with the together with the priests, men and women religious,  the lay faithful and the Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Cathedral of Rabat, Morocco. Therefore, "the problem is not when we are few in number, but when we are insignificant."

                                            The meeting in the cathedral of Rabat was only one of the many significant moments of the Pope's apostolic journey to Morocco: just two days, but full of gestures and speeches.

                                            Visiting the Mausoleum dedicated to Moahammed V, the Holy Father wrote: "I invoke Almighty God for the prosperity of the Kingdom of Morocco, asking Him to increase fraternity and solidarity between Christians and Muslims!"

                                            In the same spirit, subsequently, Pope Francis re-launched, together with King Mohammed VI, his appeal for the recognition of the specific multi-religious character of Jerusalem.

                                            Then, making another unprecedented gesture for a Pontiff, he visited a formation institute for Imams, wanted by the monarch to foster the spread of a tolerant and moderate Islam.

                                            Certainly among the most touching meetings of the trip there was one with migrants housed by the Diocesan Caritas of Rabat. Pope Francis explained: "What is at stake is the face we want to give ourselves as a society and the value of every life ... We cannot forget that the progress of our peoples cannot be measured only by technological or economic development. It depends, above all, on the capacity to let oneself be moved by those who knock on the door and with eyes discredit and deprive all the false idols that mortgage and enslave life.”

                                            Yesterday, finally, presiding over the most crowded Mass ever celebrated in the country, at the sports complex "Prince Moulay Abdellah", he once again recalled the value of brotherhood, starting from the parable of the Prodigal Son. "Instead of classifying ourselves on the basis of a moral, social, ethnic or religious condition, we can recognize that there is another condition that no one can erase or annihilate, since it is a pure gift: the free and inalienable gift of children being loved, awaited and celebrated by the Father."

                                            Commenting on the apostolic journey, the Archbishop of Rabat, the Salesian Msgr. Cristobal Lopez Romero, underlined the depth and quality of the speeches given during the visit: "They are valid messages not only for Morocco, but for the whole world and for the universal Church."

                                            • Marocco
                                            • Papa Francesco
                                            • Islam
                                            • Dialogo
                                            • Migranti
                                            • Cristóbal López
                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                              RMG - "I experienced the richness of a Congregation that is alive at the service of the poorest": World Consulta on Salesian Social Work and Services

                                              3 weeks 3 days ago

                                              (ANS - Rome) - On the morning of Thursday 28 March, the activities of the World Consulta of Salesian Social Works and Services began by celebrating Mass in Don Bosco's rooms at the "Sacred Heart" in Rome. "This place is an emblematic place for the Salesians. Here Don Bosco has shown us that his only strength is God, that he is the only one who can work miracles," explained Salesian brother Cosimo Cossu, guide of the Sacred Heart complex. "In this place, God made three miracles through Don Bosco."

                                              The work sessions then opened with the presentation of the theme: "The journey of the Congregation and of the Church", which was deepened by Fr Fabio Attard, General Councilor for Youth Ministry. In his speech, Fr Attard recalled the priorities of the 27th General Chapter and referred them to the identity of the Salesians as "servants of the young."

                                              Later, Fr ​​Daniel García, of the same Dicastery, presented the process, the objectives and the methodology of the World Council. "This meeting is the fruit of a process that brings together the experiences of our Provinces and Regions. We recognized the challenges, the answers, the opportunities and the processes that we must activate in the Salesian mission, in the works and in the social services in favor of young people at risk."

                                              The participants then met in linguistic groups, listened and shared the challenges experienced by each one, the opportunities and processes, then produced a summary of the different realities and shared them in the general assembly.

                                              Ms Nele Louauge, from Belgium, emphasized "the richness of Salesian work among young people at risk." While Giovanni d'Andrea pointed out that what struck him most on the first day was "the worldwide sharing of the work of Salesians with the poorest... The hope of being able to serve, as Don Bosco did, the poorest, and the process of achieving this project with greater awareness in all our works."

                                              Fr Juan Carlos Quirarte, from Guadalajara, Mexico, said that in all the Provinces "we have challenges, opportunities and processes to activate and among our Salesians we find the strength to achieve these goals ... It is important to recover our charism of being in the midst of the most needy.”

                                              Fr Thomas Padinjarayil, from Bangalore, India, underscored the importance of this meeting's reflection on working as a network and on the issue of child protection.

                                              "During this day I experienced the richness of a Congregation that is alive in the service of the poorest," Fr García finally concluded, "and I noticed that all over the world there are thousands of Salesians and lay people who dedicate their lives to saving young people."

                                              {gallery}RMG - Consulta 29-03-2019{/gallery}

                                              Video on ANSChannel

                                              • RMG
                                              • Pastorale Giovanile
                                              • Emarginazione
                                              • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                                              • Fabio Attard
                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                France - "Cap Cœur": an inter-religious choir for the promotion of peace

                                                3 weeks 3 days ago

                                                (ANS - Argenteuil) - Forty children and young people from Argenteuil have combined their voices to give peace a chance. They are between 5 and 15 years old and have different religious beliefs, but they share the same passion for music in a choir that took the name of "Cap Cœur", and which is animated by a young Salesian.

                                                Levana, Batel, Noah, Matisse, Saman, Virgile ... They are the protagonists. In the beginning, there were 12: three Jews, three Christians, three Muslims, and three atheists and they had decided to call themselves "Children of Mercy", on the advice of their mentor, Salesian Fry Benjamin Dewitte, strongly affected by this word.

                                                Fr Dewitte was also involved in composing music, but the text of the first song "Miséricorde" is the children's work. They wrote it based on what they were already experiencing: a true peace, a climate of brotherhood, born of sharing the same spaces, needs, aspirations.

                                                Along the way, they also realized that their action was an effective response to terrorism and attacks, an act of resistance to death.

                                                The video of "Miséricorde", shared on social networks, then began to be replicated and made them known to a wider audience. They were thus invited to the programs "The Voice Kids" and "La France a un  incroyable Talent", France's Got Talent, and their success gradually grew.

                                                Today there are about forty of those who meet every Sunday evening to share the same passion, and have become the "Cap Cœur". Some parents also voluntarily provide guidance and service to the group, so that "Cap Cœur" also has its extension: the "Cap Cœur Family".

                                                The project is fully in the spirit of Don Bosco's preventive pedagogy: active, creative and responsible young people, accompanied by an animation team made up of adults, who create the conditions to live together in an atmosphere of welcome, respect, friendship, service and joy.

                                                The next engagements of the children of "Cap Cœur" are to bring a bit of color to the large flats of Argenteuil, to continue performing at various musical events, and to record an entire album at a professional quality level.

                                                A first fruit of this new path is their latest artistic creation: "Couleur Love", created as a duet with their patron - Yoann FreeJay, the winner of the second season of "The Voice" - which answers to the darkness of pessimism and violence via the bright colors of the music of joy and friendship.

                                                Source : Don Bosco Aujourd’hui

                                                {gallery}FRB - Coro Cap Coeur 2019{/gallery}

                                                • Francia
                                                • Islam
                                                • Ebraismo
                                                • FRB
                                                • Musica
                                                • Misericordia
                                                • Dialogo
                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                  India – Salesians of Panjim Province welcome 10th Successor of Don Bosco in Goa

                                                  3 weeks 4 days ago
                                                  India – Salesians of Panjim Province welcome 10th Successor of Don Bosco in Goa

                                                  (ANS – Panaji) – Rector Major Father Ángel Fernández Artime arrived to the Salesian province of Panjim at 10.20 pm on 27 March 2019. He was welcomed by the Provincial, Father Felix Fernandes, Vice Provincial, Father Avil Rodrigues, Salesians and the Salesian Family members at Dabolim airport, Goa. The 10th Successor of Don Bosco is visiting the province of Panjim for the first time. He will return to Rome on April 1, 2019.

                                                  Fr Á.F. Artime is coming to meet his Salesians, the Salesian Family, the youth, the parents of the Salesians, the benefactors and the beneficiaries of the Salesian works. Father Avin Carvalho, the chief organizer of the Rector Major's visit says that he is happy to have the successor of Don Bosco in the province. He wishes that “his spirit rubs on to each one of us”. Fr Fernandes is also of the same opinion when he said that he is “extremely happy that the representative of Don Bosco has visited the province. It is a moment of grace and the revival of the Salesian Charism in our province,” he said.

                                                  “For us it is a moment of celebration around the Successor of Don Bosco. He has called each of us to be holy,” said Fr Carvalho. F Ralin de Souza will be Rector Major's official translator.

                                                  The Rector Major will dedicate many hours of his stay to reflect on the various activities of the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco in the Province. The first activity, scheduled this morning, March 28, is not by chance the meeting with the Provincial Council; in the afternoon, he meets with the Directors and the Officers of the various provincial services.

                                                  On tomorrow's schedule, Friday 29, a visit to the "Don Bosco" Institute of Panjim and dialogue with students and professors; a moment of prayer at the local shrine; the gathering with all the Salesians of the Province; lunch with guests, parents and benefactors of the Salesians; and, to conclude, a moment of cordiality with the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.

                                                  Saturday 30 will be marked by the blessing of a new Salesian house, the meeting with the Salesian youth, a press conference and a solemn Mass, and finally dinner with the archbishop of Goa and Daman, Msgr. Filipe Neri Ferrao, and the bishop of Sindhudurg, Msgr. Alwyn Barreto.

                                                  On Sunday, Fr Á.F. Artime will first animate the children of the Salesian Youth Movement, then the Salesians in initial formation, and finally the members of the various groups of the Salesian Family.

                                                  Before leaving for Rome on the morning of Monday 1 April, the Rector Major will still have the opportunity to celebrate Mass in the sanctuary that houses the relics of the Patron of the Missions, St. Francis Xavier, in the ancient part of Goa, and to learn about the Salesian work with young people at risk, in the house of Paliem.

                                                  Salesians came to India in 1906 and started their first institution at Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. The first institution in Goa was opened at Panjim in 1946. Fr Vincent Scuderi and Fr Joseph Carreno were the pioneers of the place. They first started the Oratory of Don Bosco where the youth would play and pray. Soon Carpentry was added, followed by the primary school, the tailoring classes, the English medium school with 36 students and the four classes of the Portuguese school, thus the humble beginnings of the work of Don Bosco in Goa. With their printing press, the Salesians published the monthly magazine, “Salesian Oratory” and the “Aitarachem Vachop”, a weekly in Konkani. Fr McGlinchey aired a religious program named “Hora Catolica” on All India Radio.

                                                  The Province of Panjim covers the Konkan region from Ratnagiri to Mangalore, that includes four district of Maharashtra, the whole of Goa and eight districts of Karnataka.

                                                  Today the Salesians have 10 houses in Goa, 3 in Sindhudurg (Maharashtra) and 6 in Karnataka. Educating youth towards a better future and proclaiming the values of Jesus to all, have been their most important goals. Salesians have 9 schools, 3 Higher Secondaries, 3 National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), a Night School, a Vocational Training institute, a Technical School and a Public Library. Recently, they have also entered into the Higher Education with Don Bosco College in Panjim, College of Engineering at Fatorda and a College of Agriculture at Sulcorna.

                                                  Salesians look after the street boys, the youth at risk at Paliem-Ucassaim, have boarding houses for children and a Hostel for men. They are also engaged in social work. They empower women through Self Help Groups and various developmental works through Konkan Development Office at Odxel.

                                                  The Salesian Family in the province of Panjim includes four groups started by Don Bosco himself: the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), Salesian Sisters (FMA), Salesian Cooperators and the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA). Don Bosco Past Pupils, Catechist Sisters of Mary Immaculate Help of Christians (SMI), The Disciples (Don Bosco Secular Institute) were the later addition to the family present in the province of Panjim of the total 30 members.

                                                  Photos of the visit are available on ANSFlickr

                                                  • India
                                                  • INP
                                                  • Rettor Maggiore
                                                  • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                  • Visita di Animazione
                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                    Hungary - Press Conference on finding of relics of Blessed Stephen Sándor, SDB

                                                    3 weeks 4 days ago
                                                    Hungary - Press Conference on finding of relics of Blessed Stephen Sándor, SDB

                                                    (ANS - Budapest) - "This year the whole Salesian Family in the world is developing the theme of holiness. I think the finding of the relics of Blessed Stephen Sándor is a great gift for the Salesian Family and for the Hungarian Church and society." With these words, the Postulator General for the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, commented on the finding of the relics of Salesian Blessed Stephen Sándor, during a press conference held at the Provincial House of the Hungarian Salesians, held yesterday, Wednesday March 27, in Budapest.

                                                    During a crowded press conference, which was also attended by the Provincial of the Salesians in Hungary, Fr Abrahám Béla, and several scientific and forensic specialists involved in the work of finding and identifying the relics, Fr Cameroni began by recalling that Pope Francis declared Stephen Sándor a martyr exactly six years earlier, on March 27, 2013. "There is therefore this happy correspondence between his martyrdom and the finding of his relics," he noted.

                                                    He then explained how the recent discovery "is not in itself a novelty in the history of the Church: in ancient times the relics of the martyrs were found, even after decades and centuries. We are inside a story that continues.”

                                                    After thanking the Hungarian Salesian Province and all the authorities - civil, medical, scientific, "who accompanied this process with great care and professionalism", the Postulator General invited public authorities and the Nation Center for Experts and Research to further support the search for relics.

                                                    "On this basis, we - as a Congregation and with the Holy See - can proceed from the canonical-juridical-ecclesial point of view," continued Fr Cameroni, who subsequently illustrated the entire procedural process to which the relics will now be subjected.

                                                    In this sense, he also announced that there are already requests to receive small portions of the relics of Blessed Sándor in different parts of the world, and that soon a special reliquary will have to be made to allow the public veneration of the relics.

                                                    • Ungheria
                                                    • UNG
                                                    • Pier Luigi Cameroni
                                                    • Stefano Sándor
                                                    • Santità Salesiana
                                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                                      Mozambique - A testimony from the "spared" by Cyclone Idai

                                                      3 weeks 4 days ago

                                                      (ANS - Maputo) - The more days pass, the more clearly we understand that the passage of cyclone Idai on Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi has had the effects of a massacre. The death toll in the three African countries, currently still provisional, is close to 800 dead, of which more than half in Mozambique. Meanwhile, the risk of cholera spreading, of which the first cases have already been recorded, is also a concern.

                                                      Fr Luiz Gonzaga Piccoli, a Brazilian Salesian and Councilor of the Vice Province of Mozambique, has recently been in the central-northern provinces of the country. On Facebook he wanted to reassure his friends in Brazil about his condition, but he also narrated the tragic reality that he has seen: "My Province was the first to be hit (already a few days before the cyclone, Editor's Note) by breaking the dam barriers, heavy rainfall in a vast region and overflowing rivers.”

                                                      "Much worse was ten days later, with the cyclone, announced long ago by radio and TV, which shocked the Province of Sofala and its capital, Beira. Nothing has been spared: hospitals, schools, the cathedral, the great churches, the episcopal house, the government center, the universities, public buildings, water, electricity, roads, bridges, houses ... Beira must be completely rebuilt!"

                                                      And to think that this city of Mozambique, of 500,000 inhabitants, had equipped itself with a system of channels to protect itself from the effects of climate change, a project financed by the World Bank: the system worked against the floods of two months ago, but he could not stand Idai's fury. "This cyclone has wiped out everything we've built in over 100 years," said the mayor-engineer, Daviz Simango, bitterly.

                                                      The condition of minors, children, is also worrying, because many are left alone due to their parents dying or because they have been separated from their families while they sought refuge. According to UNICEF, more than half of the people affected by the cyclone are minors: one million children affected by Idai out of a total of 1.8 million people involved, but the numbers are still provisional, because there are entire districts still submerged by water.

                                                      "My community and I," Fr Piccoli concludes, "we did not survive; we were simply spared. May God help us to continue helping the devastated population, as much as we can."

                                                      {gallery}MOZ - Ciclone Idai 2 - 2019{/gallery}

                                                      • MOZ
                                                      • Mozambico
                                                      • Disastri
                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                        India – Salesians collaborate to enrich Print Industry

                                                        3 weeks 4 days ago
                                                        India – Salesians collaborate to enrich Print Industry

                                                        (ANS - Chennai) – Both the Insitutions of “Salesian Institute of Graphic Arts” (SIGA), Chennai, and the “Madras Print Lithographers Associations” (MPLA), the first association of printers in South India, began in the year 1952. This year, 75 Diploma students of Printing Technology were awarded the merit certificates by Father (Dr.) F.Andrew SJ, Principal of Loyola College, Chennai, Mr.G.N.Visvakumar, President of Madras Printers Lithography Association (MPLA), and Father Charles Gaspar, Former Principal of SIGA. Among several accolades, the Gold Medal adorned Mr.A.Gino of Government 3-year diploma course and Mr. Paul Jefferson of SIGA Private 3-year diploma course.

                                                        The college graduation ceremony was organized by SIGA Polytechnic College at Don Bosco Kilpauk campus, on 2nd March 2019 at 10 AM.

                                                        After the formal colourful ceremony, the office bearers of MPLA welcomed the graduates to the Printing and Packaging Industry and assured them the joy of growing together with the Print Media industry in the country. The event was sponsored by “MPLA”, “Hatson Agro Product Ltd”, and SIGA.

                                                        For an hour, Mr. P. Chander coordinated the floor discussion on new opportunities in Skilling India and trends in the job market. Mr. G.N. VisvaKumar, presided and Father PT Joseph, Principal of SIGA Polytechnic College joined the panel of MPLA officials who responded to the floor questions. “Printing is growing and attracting other disciplines”, said Fr Joseph.

                                                        “The electronic printing and 3D Printing are such proofs that will change the dynamics of electronic and manufacturing business in the world”, he reiterated. Mr. Anbazhagan, Honorary Secretary, Mr. S. Krishna Kumar, Joint Secretary, Mr. Jolly Peter, Treasurer, graced the event with their presence and interaction.

                                                        SIGA management thanked and honored MPLA for their presence and for their invitation to engage in Electronic-age Print 2019 scheduled from 31 May to 3 June 2019 at Chennai Trade Centre.

                                                        Diploma in Printing Technology (Formal)

                                                        This is a 3-year course leading to DPT (Diploma in Printing Technology). It is offered to students who qualify for it as per the rules and regulations of the Directorate of Technical Education (DoTE) Tamil Nadu. The curriculum for the DPT is prepared in accordance with the syllabus prescribed by the State Board of Technical Education and Training, Tamil Nadu. Examinations, at the end of each semester, both in theory and practicals, will be conducted by the same Board.

                                                        Diploma in Printing Technology (Non-Formal)

                                                        This is a 3-year course leading to DPT (Diploma in Printing Technology). It is offered by SIGA Society, a member of Salesians of Don Bosco, worldwide. The curriculum for the DPT is prepared in accordance with the syllabus prescribed by the SIGA Academic Board. The programme embodies 1 year of on-job-training in the industrial environment. Examinations are held at the end of each semester, both in theory and practicals.

                                                        Post Graduate Diploma in Printing and Packaging Technology (Non-Formal)

                                                        This is a 1-year full-time course leading to PGDPPT (PG Diploma in Printing and Packaging Technology). It is offered by SIGA Society, It is an interdisciplinary programme aimed at the students from Visual Communication, Fine Arts, and any UG programme.  A field study and project submission are prerequisites to complete the course.

                                                        Source: Don Bosco India

                                                        • India
                                                        • INM
                                                        • Formazione Professionale
                                                          Gian Francesco Romano

                                                          India - Rector Major concludes Animation Visit to Mumbai Province

                                                          3 weeks 5 days ago
                                                          India - Rector Major concludes Animation Visit to Mumbai Province

                                                          (ANS - Mumbai) - Embraces, photos, joyful celebrations, large gatherings, messages of encouragement and guidance in the face of the many challenges that await those who want to commit themselves to youth ... All this is flavoring the Rector Major's visit to the India-Mumbai Province (INB) which ends today, March 27th. From this evening, in fact, the X Successor of Don Bosco starts upon a new stage at the India-Panjim Province.

                                                          On Monday 25 March, the fifth anniversary of his election as Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime spent his time to meet the novices of the Province at the Nashik center. It was a precious time spent among the young people in formation and towards the guidance of the whole Congregation, time during which the Rector Major encouraged the novices to discern well their Salesian vocation, clarifying that the call is to be primarily Salesians, and not just priests.

                                                          Subsequently, Fr Á.F. Artime also wanted to meet the lay personnel who collaborate in the Salesian mission within the provincial offices, having lunch with them.

                                                          In the afternoon he met with the members of the Salesian Family, to whom he said that the laity are important because they arrive where the Salesians cannot go and so bring the charism of Don Bosco to the world.

                                                          In the evening he then reached the "Saint Joseph" house in Wadala; there he attended the show organized in his honor by the school community and then presided over the Eucharist.

                                                          Yesterday morning, Tuesday 26, the Successor of Don Bosco, accompanied by his Secretary, Fr Horacio López, and by the INB Provincial, Fr Godfrey D’Souza, flew to Vadodara in the State of Gujarat. Welcomed at the airport by a large crowd of members of the Salesian Family, he then headed towards the Salesian house where a meeting was scheduled with all the Salesians of the Province. In the afternoon, he attended a gathering with the children of all the INB Salesian centers - a very festive gathering, with young people dressed in traditional clothes.

                                                          Of note, before reaching the center, Fr Á.F. Artime wanted to visit a house of Carmelite nuns, asking them for prayers and offering them the blessing of Mary Help of Christians.

                                                          On the morning of today, March 27th, before leaving the INB Province, the Successor of Don Bosco found time to reach the Salesian school in Andheri to participate in the celebration for the 50th anniversary of the institute's existence. On this occasion he also met and praised the members of the "Prafulta" psychological counseling service.

                                                          Photos of the visit are available on ANSFlickr

                                                          • India
                                                          • INB
                                                          • Rettor Maggiore
                                                          • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                          • Visita di Animazione
                                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                                            Brazil – Fr Filiberto González: "Communication requires coherence and testimony in order to be with young people in the digital environment"

                                                            3 weeks 5 days ago

                                                            (ANS - Sao Paulo) - On 22 and 23 March, the Salesian Province of "Mary Help of Christians" of Brazil-Sao Paulo received the visit of the General Councilor for Social Communications, Fr Filiberto González Plasencia, who met the young Salesians in formation, the local communications teams and the Salesians who make up the National Commission for Mission Animation.

                                                            Fr González arrived in Sao Paulo in the afternoon of Friday 22 March, after taking part in the meetings of the Salesian Communication Network of Brazil and the National Communications Commission (CONAC), which brings together the Provincial Delegates for Communications of the country's six Salesian Provinces.

                                                            In the meeting with the Salesians in formation, the General Councilor repeated to them the challenge he had given to the Delegates of Communication, adapting the theme of the next General Chapter: "Which or what kind of Salesians for today's youth in the field of communication?" According to Fr González, the way of doing Pastoral Care implies being present, not only in playgrounds, courtyards, and conventional forms, but also in being current in new languages ​​and new forms of learning: "We cannot do pastoral work as we have always done, because today's youth, adolescents and children have another way of perceiving reality, life, another way of thinking, another way of learning," he explained.

                                                            He then spoke of the importance of changing the mentality of the Salesians to be present in the digital environment, using the different possibilities responsibly and in a proactive way, "making oneself present among the young with coherence and life witness."

                                                            Finally, he was able to learn about the experience of "A.COR.DAR", a pastoral communication project on social media with a focus on audiovisuals produced by theology students.

                                                            On the following day, the General Councilor met the local communication teams of the Province and the representatives of various Salesian centers. He described the importance of the five senses for a good relationship between people, especially one's gaze, listening and touch, along with the importance of body language.

                                                            "The Salesians," he said, "in Communication follow a principle that comes from the Preventive System of Don Bosco and whose center is loving kindness. At the center of Salesian communication there is affection and authentic relationship. The person is at the center, the media are means."

                                                            Finally, Fr González also spoke at the meeting of the National Commission for Mission Animation, which evaluated the common projects fulfilled in recent months and planned the next initiatives of the commission, including the elaboration of the Inter-Provincial Missionary Animation Project.

                                                            • Brasile
                                                            • BSP
                                                            • Comunicazione Sociale
                                                            • Animazione Missionaria
                                                            • Filiberto González
                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                              Austria – New “Senior Experts Austria” program welcomed by Salesian partners of “Jugend Eine Welt”

                                                              3 weeks 5 days ago
                                                              Austria – New “Senior Experts Austria” program welcomed by Salesian partners of “Jugend Eine Welt”

                                                              (ANS – Vienna) – Since 2018 “Jugend Eine Welt-Don Bosco Aktion Austria” sends out “Senior Expert” volunteers to Don Bosco projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. These experts are cordially welcome in Salesian institutions where they contribute in many different ways, for example as agricultural, technical or medical experts, teachers or psychotherapists. On March 21, the new program “Senior Experts Austria” was presented during an event which took place in the Viennese “Palais Coburg” and was funded by POK Pühringer Privatstiftung.

                                                              As guest of honour, Jugend Eine Welt welcomed Br. John Ngigi Njuguna SDB from DBTECH AFRICA, Kenya, which coordinates more than 100 Salesian TVET centers spread over 35 countries in Africa. Fr. Ngigi pointed out that Senior volunteers fill an important gap as many educational institutions cannot afford to hire expert know-how from abroad. He said: “We need these people! It is really important that they share their expertise with us and train our teachers. On the other hand, they benefit themselves from the social connection with the reality in Africa. Instead of always thinking about their past, they start thinking about their future and how they can contribute with the skills they have.”

                                                              Fr. Rafael Bejarano Rivera SDB, Director of a Don Bosco Training Center in Armenia, Colombia, confirmed that there is a win-win situation on both sides: The contribution of the “Senior Experts” is much needed in many areas, for example for Train the Trainer workshops in Industrial Automation or Electricity. The volunteers find a new meaning in life and experience much joy. “I would like to contribute to the future strengthening of this culture of solidarity, he affirmed.

                                                              Sister Maria Rohrer FMA, who coordinates a girls shelter in Tunisia, stated that Europe should give much more support to young African people who are desperately in need of education and vocational training. Senior Experts could play an important role in this context. She said: “So many young African people have nothing to do because they lack education. It is crucial to support them where they are and give them perspectives in their home countries, so that they do not drown in the Mediterranean Sea on the way to Europe where they would not have a good future anyway.”

                                                              Former “Senior Experts” confirmed that they felt very welcome in the Don Bosco institutions. Most of them would like to return there soon. Like Josef Loderbauer, an experienced electrical technician who supported a Salesian Technical Vocational Training Center in Kamuli, Uganda, in 2018, where he helped to install a training course in Solar Technology. He returned there already the day after the event. But there are more than 60 other “Senior experts” on a waiting list who could be deployed any time if the necessary funding is guaranteed.

                                                              For this reason, Reinhard Heiserer, Director of the Jugend Eine Welt, appealed to representatives from Austrian Ministries, political institutions, the Austrian Economic Chambers, individual companies and foundations to support the “Senior Experts Austria” program: “Jugend Eine Welt has more than 20 years of experience in arranging volunteer programs. Please invest in the future of young people!”

                                                              More information and photographs from the event you can find here:  https://www.jugendeinewelt.at/erfahrung-hilft/ 

                                                              General information about Senior Experts Austria: https://www.seniorexpertsaustria.at/ and: www.jugendeinewelt.at/seniorexpertsaustria 

                                                              {gallery}AUS - Senior Experts 2019{/gallery}

                                                              • Austria
                                                              • AUS
                                                              • Volontariato
                                                              • Anziani
                                                              • ONG
                                                              • JEW
                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                Mozambique – Salesians ready to help rescue and reconstruction

                                                                3 weeks 6 days ago
                                                                Mozambique – Salesians ready to help rescue and reconstruction

                                                                (ANS - Maputo) - The passage of Cyclone Idai across Mozambique has caused enormous loss of life, the destruction of the city of Beira and the disappearance of entire villages. More than 450 victims have already been established and more than 1,500 are injured in the country, not counting those in Malawi and Zimbabwe, other nations affected by this calamity. The Salesians of Mozambique, contacted by ANS, confirm that they have not suffered direct damage and are active in various ways to help relief operations and reconstruction.

                                                                The Salesian houses are many kilometers from the area hit by the cyclone - the so-called "Beira corridor", about 130 km long and inhabited by one million people. The Provincial House is located 1,100 km further south and the nearest presence, that of Tete, is however over 500 km away.

                                                                This explains both why the centers of the Sons of Don Bosco have not suffered direct damage, apart from some small problems caused by persistent rain throughout the country; and why at this time they cannot participate personally in aid efforts, due also to access routes to the city of Beira and the province of Sofala are compromised and that communications with those areas have been interrupted for days.

                                                                There is, however, great concern for several pupils of the Salesian centers who usually reside in the boarding schools of the institutes and who have families of origin in the areas hit by the cyclone.

                                                                Meanwhile, as part of the Conference of Religious of Mozambique, the Spiritual Sons of Don Bosco are working to encourage the collection of money in favor of Caritas and NGOs such as "Doctors Without Borders" - both for first aid operations and in view of the reconstruction.

                                                                Furthermore, within the educational centers they are promoting the collection of all those basic necessities (food, medicines, clothes, drinking water) to convey them to the rescuers present at the sites hit by Cyclone Idai.

                                                                "We thank everyone for the prayers and solidarity shown so far. Do continue to help us," said the Superior of the Vice Province of Mozambique, Fr Marco Biaggi.

                                                                • MOZ
                                                                • Mozambico
                                                                • Disastri
                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                  India – Rector Major Inspires Young Salesians

                                                                  3 weeks 6 days ago
                                                                  India – Rector Major Inspires Young Salesians

                                                                  (ANS - Pune) – “This is a once in a lifetime experience,” said one of the young Salesians upon hearing of the visit of the Salesian Rector Major to the Province of Mumbai. There was intense excitement exuding from the campus of Koregaon Park, Pune as it prepared itself to welcome the 10th Successor of Don Bosco, Fr Angel Fernandez Artime.

                                                                  For a good number of young Salesians this was the first time they had seen and personally encountered the Rector Major. Father Artime was welcomed by the young brothers on March 24 in Pune.

                                                                  The Rector Major upon reaching Pune – on day two of his trip in India –addressed all the Salesians who had gathered and shared with them his personal reflections about the state of the Congregation in the world as well as in the Mumbai province. He warned the confreres to beware of the major temptations of clericalism and thirst for power. He expressed his desire that the Congregation always remain faithful to the charism of Don Bosco and to the Constitutions.

                                                                  Then he answered some questions with regards to poverty and how we ought to understand poverty today. Father Á.F. Artime made it clear that one of the most fundamental forms of poverty is the lack of human dignity that exists in many societies. He pointed out that Salesian educational interventions must address this pressing issue before moving on to helping young people equip themselves for a better future.

                                                                  A final question that arose was with regards to the missionary dimension. The Rector Major cleared that the missions are a fundamental dimension of the Salesian vocation. He encouraged the young Salesians to seriously consider the call to the missions and to opt generously should they feel called.

                                                                  In the afternoon he received a rousing welcome at the Sacred Heart Parish and Don Bosco High School and Junior College. He got a glimpse of the local culture as he rode to the parish on a chariot; a high tea followed.

                                                                  The Rector Major was then led in procession with a prayer dance by the Don Bosco Junior College students to celebrate the Holy Eucharist for over 1500 faithful who had gathered.

                                                                  After the Mass a cultural programme followed. The Rector Major was then felicitated by the different units of the Salesian family and then he released a book, “Salesian Contribution to the Ahmednagar Mission”, a theological, historical, and pastoral study authored by Rector and Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Parish, Father Michael Bansode.

                                                                  He ended his Pune sojourn with the traditional Salesian “Good Night”.

                                                                  Photos of the visit are available on ANSFlickr

                                                                  • India
                                                                  • INB
                                                                  • Visita di Animazione
                                                                  • Rettor Maggiore
                                                                  • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                    India – “Ensure Your Vote” video launched

                                                                    3 weeks 6 days ago
                                                                    India – “Ensure Your Vote” video launched

                                                                    (ANS - Sonada) – The 2019 Indian general election is scheduled to be held in 7 phases from 11 April 2019 to 19 May 2019 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha. Voting in Darjeeling district is scheduled for Holy Thursday, 18 April 2019. So, in the Darjeeling district, a public service announcement video was made, to educate the public on the importance of exercising their democratic rights. This five and half minute music video, entitled ''Ensure Your Vote'', in Nepali language folk music style, has been produced by the campus radio of Salesian College Sonada, Darjeeling, and given free for broadcast to local television channels.

                                                                    Geographically, Darjeeling district can be divided into two broad divisions using 8 langauges besides scores of dialects in the hills and the plains. The entire hilly region of the district comes under the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, a semi-autonomous administrative body under the state government of West Bengal covering three hill subdivisions of Darjeeling, Kurseong and Mirik. The foothills of Darjeeling Himalayas, which comes under the Siliguri subdivision, is known as the Terai.

                                                                    Radio Salesian established in 2016, is the only community radio broadcasting in Nepali language in India.

                                                                    ''The music video is an excellent production by Radio Salesian and Salesian College,'' said the district magistrate Ms Dasgupta introducing the short video to a packed audience of media persons from both print and electronic media.

                                                                    While Radio Salesian programme director RJ Samir wrote the lyrics, youngest RJ Dikshit composed the music and gave the vocals assisted by RJ Sagar. The song was recorded by RJ Bryan and camera and video editing was done by Bruno Thapa at Salesian Television studio.

                                                                    ''Radio Salesian plans to do a voter education campaign among first time voters starting from Salesian College,'' said RJ Samir briefing Ms Dasgupta who was delighted to hear the proactive initiative from a college team.

                                                                    Another version of the same video with English language subtitles was released on Monday, 25 March 2019.

                                                                    Source: Don Bosco India

                                                                    • India
                                                                    • Radio
                                                                    • Politica
                                                                    • INC
                                                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                      Australia – Farewell to Fr Michael Keogh, SDB: Educator, Actor & Pastor

                                                                      3 weeks 6 days ago
                                                                      Australia – Farewell to Fr Michael Keogh, SDB: Educator, Actor & Pastor

                                                                      (ANS - Adelaide) - A long-time missionary priest of Australia-Pacific Province, Fr Michael Keogh SDB, returned to the Lord early in the morning of Friday 22 March 2019. Fr Michael was 92 years of age, had been professed for 68 year as a Salesian, and served at the altar as Christ’s priest for 58 years.

                                                                      Fr Michael’s passing did not come as surprise, as he had been in bed for the last couple of years, and been in serious decline in health for a number of weeks.

                                                                      Father Keogh was born in Quetta, India [now part of Pakistan] on 21 September 1926. At the end of his secondary schooling, he joined the Salesians, making his first religious profession on the feast of Mary Help of Christians, 24 May 1950. He undertook philosophy and theology studies in Salesian College Sonada and Sacred Heart College Shillong prior to his ordination as a priest on 26 June 1960 by saintly Bishop Stephen Ferrando SDB, then bishop of the Diocese of Shillong in North East India. (On 3 March 2016 Bishop Ferrando was proclaimed to be Venerable after Pope Francis recognized that Ferrando led a life of heroic virtue).

                                                                      Father Keogh worked in numerous places in India, including Park Circus, Bandel and Liluah (Kolkata), Krishnagar (West Bengal). Since arriving in Australia, Fr Michael served in many schools and parishes as educator and pastor. He was famous as a serious hockey player in his young days. With a serious face, he was never slow to play some practical jokes on people. Fr Michael loved theatre. As an expert mimic, he would perform so well on many occasions to entertain others.

                                                                      Rector of Bandel aspirantate Father Anthony Erathara recalls Father Keogh as “a mesmerising storyteller.” “He was such a wonderful Salesian priest, a friend of all, particularly of our young aspirants and Brothers (clerics in practical training). I cherish the valuable help rendered to me through skits and interesting dramas for the academy of those years,” says a young cleric of those days at Bandel aspirantate and now Rector of Salesian College Siliguri Campus, Father (Dr.) Mathew Pulingathil.

                                                                      “A great friend of mine, he encouraged me much. He knew how to interact with youngsters. A good teacher, he coauthored a text book for teaching English to Bengali students when he was at Don Bosco Krishnagar. A lover of cricket, hockey, football, drama and storytelling, he had all that young boys loved,” says Salesian Father Sebastian Champanil, a leading Catholic charismatic figure in Eastern India.

                                                                      “He was a true Salesian of Don Bosco. May his gentle and joyful soul rest in peace, amen!” Fr Will Matthews, AUL Provincial, said.

                                                                      {gallery}Australia - Fr Keogh - 2019{/gallery}

                                                                      • AUL
                                                                      • INC
                                                                      • Missioni
                                                                      • Decessi
                                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                        India - The Rector Major: "Imagine for a moment if the Salesian Family did not exist ..."

                                                                        4 weeks ago

                                                                        (ANS – Mumbai) – Mumbai and Samaria have little in common. One, a small region that formed ancient Israel, and the other over 4000 kilometers away is a bustling metropolis in Western India drawing millions of people in search of a better life. Rector Major Angel Fernandez Artime, the 10th successor of Don Bosco, during his Holy Mass at the Shrine of Don Bosco's Madonna, Mumbai, on March 23, drew inspiration from the life-changing experience of a Samaritan woman who met Jesus at a well.   

                                                                        Hundreds of laity, including the Salesian family, youth from Salesian institutions, confreres, and the faithful assembled to listen to Father Artime's message, the crux of which focused on Jesus' loving mercy and refusal to condemn the woman despite perceived infirmities.

                                                                        Father Artime asked the congregation, 'Would you give Jesus water?' To which the youth present, answered, 'Yes.'  In his response, he added, ''We all finally need to meet Jesus and once we meet Jesus we have a transformation.''

                                                                        He then urged the faithful to be witnesses to the Gospel values, ''Do not fear because Christ is always going to be with you,'' he said, adding, ''Like the women at the well, many a time our lives are not the best, we may not live our lives properly but when we meet Christ we all change.''

                                                                        Father Artime also underlined the importance of Mother Mary in the Church, saying that she is ''always partnering'' with the faithful throughout their lives to help carry the burden. A special youth choir added a melodious touch to the service, which ended with a felicitation ceremony, a Spanish dance, singing of the Salesian youth movement anthem, and the release of Father Elias Dias' book entitled 'To Don Bosco with Love: History, Pedagogy, Spirituality'.

                                                                        Addressing youth at the Don Bosco School quadrangle, the Rector Major said, ''Imagine if there wasn't a Salesian family in the world, imagine if there weren't 100,000 youngsters in the Salesian family. Imagine for a minute if this was to disappear. It would be a great tragedy for all the youngsters of the world and it would be a great emptiness in our Church. I am not saying this as a matter of pride, but so that we can be more conscious that we should give our very best for our youngsters.''  

                                                                        The Provincial of the Mumbai province, Father Godfrey D'Souza, and Vice-Provincial Father Savio Silveira were present at the Mumbai International airport to welcome the Rector Major at 1 am on March 23. First on Father Artime's agenda was a meeting with Father D'Souza and his team of provincial councillors from 9:30 am to 1 pm, getting feedback on various issues pertaining to the province of Saint Francis Xavier.

                                                                        The Rector Major made it clear at the onset that the purpose of the meeting was not to conduct an external audit but a fraternal sharing with the provincial council and an exchange of ideas. He gave the team pointers on how to be transparent in all financial matters and dealings.

                                                                        He then met Sister Ritha Dora Thomas, the Provincial of the Salesian Sisters of the Province of Mumbai, and over 50 Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) at 4 pm at Auxillium Convent, Wadala. ''Live your consecrated lives, your Salesian charism. You need to be a witness in life as that's what the youth look at. Work for the poor and abandoned,'' he said.

                                                                        Sister Thomas reflecting on Father Artime visit said, ''The Rector Major's visit in person to the FMA Mumbai province is an unforgettable and inspiring experience for us. His message to us to live our Salesian consecrated life with joy and holiness will be a precious gift we can give our young people today.''

                                                                        Father Artime also made some time in the day, to interact with youngsters of the Don Bosco Provincial House Oratory. Greeting them with high five's, the Rector Major's presence was an endearing reminder of Don Bosco among us, as children ran, jumped and played.

                                                                        Yesterday, Sunday, March 24, the X Successor of Don Bosco went to Pune, where he met with all the Salesians of INB to listen to their questions and deliver his instructions. Then, in the afternoon, dressed in the clothes reserved for illustrious guests, the Rector Major, together with his Secretary, Fr Horacio López, went to the “Sacred Heart” parish in Yerwada, where he presided over the Sunday Eucharist, followed by a moment of fraternal agape with the Salesian Family.

                                                                        Photos of the visit are available on ANSFlickr.

                                                                        Source: Don Bosco India

                                                                        • India
                                                                        • INB
                                                                        • Rettor Maggiore
                                                                        • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                                        • Giovani
                                                                        • Famiglia Salesiana
                                                                          Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                          Hungary - Find and identify the relics of Blessed Stephen Sándor, SDB

                                                                          4 weeks ago
                                                                          Hungary - Find and identify the relics of Blessed Stephen Sándor, SDB

                                                                          (ANS - Budapest) - The Hungarian Salesian Province of "St Stephen King" announces, with great joy and emotion, that at the end of a long course of studies and research, it has succeeded in identifying and bringing to light the relics of Blessed Stephen Sándor, Salesian martyr (1914-1953).

                                                                          Preparation work began over a year ago under the guidance and supervision of Dr. Eva Susa, legal expert. Based on the documents of the era that were consulted, the professional experience and the hypotheses held, there was the conviction, or at least the strong hope, that the martyr's body was buried with his companions, the same who shared that tragic death in the New Public Cemetery of Budapest, and more precisely placed in the 37th place, in the second row, in burial niche 301.

                                                                          Stephen Sándor, a Salesian brother, was sentenced to death following false trials, and was buried in an unmarked tomb. Before his beatification, which took place in 2013, the Salesian Congregation had tried to recover the martyr's body. The historical-archival study of Dr. B. Varga Judit, although not having achieved a definitive result, had largely contributed to the current work.

                                                                          On 12 November 2018, in the presence of scholars and experienced professionals, the tomb was opened where the bones belonging to six complete skeletons were extracted.

                                                                          The anthropological study performed on the bones took place in the NSZKK Anthropology Laboratory (National Research Center). The genetic material belonging to the Martyr was extracted from an envelope that had been personally closed by Blessed Sándor and a stamp used by his brother. DNA analysis was performed by Dr. Eszter Dudas.

                                                                          "At the end of these exams, carried out under strict specialist supervision, we are pleased to announce that, from both a legal and a forensic point of view, among the remains of the six subjects we found we were able to identify those of the blessed Stephen Sándor, Salesian martyr," Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, Postulator General of the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family, affirmed with satisfaction.

                                                                          Subsequently, based on the indications of the Holy See, news will be provided regarding authentication, preservation of relics and religious celebrations.

                                                                          The Salesian Family thanks all those who participated, collaborated and made the process of recovery and identification possible.

                                                                          • Ungheria
                                                                          • UNG
                                                                          • Reliquie
                                                                          • Santità Salesiana
                                                                          • Stefano Sándor
                                                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                            Argentina - "Throughout history there has been a rich legacy of the Salesian charism and its significant figures." ACSSA continental seminar

                                                                            4 weeks ago

                                                                            (ANS - Ramos Mejía) - In the retreat house "Domingo Savio" of Ramos Mejía, near Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Continental American Seminar of the Association of Curators of Salesian History (ACSSA) was held on the theme: "Innovative and Incisive Salesian figures in the 20th century."

                                                                            The seminars are preliminary instances of exposition of the research papers that will be presented at the 2020 ACSSA World Congress. "Throughout history there has been a rich legacy of the Salesian charism and its significant figures," said the President of the association, Fr Francesco Motto, SDB.

                                                                            Then, in the first general conference, Fr Motto spoke about the importance of preserving memory in order to write one's own history and to build one's own identity. "To have an identity we must remember and write history. And history is written starting from documentary sources." He then recalled that Don Bosco insisted very much that in the various Salesian houses the chronicles be written and documents kept and safeguarded.

                                                                            The topics of the presentations and debates were many and of high quality. The report "Prominent Women in the Field of Missions" was presented, coordinated by Sr. Ana María Fernández; Jenny Cruzat, of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) of Peru, spoke on the figure of "Sister Maria Victoria Orihuela" (1859-1911), while Sister Gloria García Pereira spoke on "Sister Maria Concepción Posada Posada" (1903-1996).

                                                                            Dr. Laura Mombello introduced the theme "Traces of the present in life stories" followed by the reports: "Prominent women in the field of education and school"; "Martina Petrini Prado, FMA"; "Sister Isabel Moreno (1890-1962)"; "Sister Anna Maria Coppa, founder of the first Catholic “Normal” Institute in Ecuador from 1940 to 1965". Other presentations concerned: "Workers' circles, parish networks and political participation"; "Mons. Jaime de Nevares: 'Father Jaime', Pastor of Neuquén (1915-1995)"; "Giacomini and Magallanes. The flowering of obedience."

                                                                            The seminar was a way to reflect on the historical work of the Salesians and the FMA in the early years of their presence in Latin America. "This event was attended by a large number of people, with reports and quality studies," commented Fr Motto at the end, "and we have reached a professional and updated collaboration from each of the participants. Now it is necessary to think about the future of the ACSSA, not only in Congresses and Seminars. The role of the Provincials is important because they allow and stimulate dedication to Salesian history. It is necessary to create a common opinion, a cultural policy of the Congregation. Each member must commit himself to personally disseminating the experience of these seminars in their own houses, and especially the need to continue to think and reflect on Salesian history."

                                                                            • Argentina
                                                                            • ACSSA
                                                                            • Storia
                                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                              Sudan – “What a joy to see all the computers turned on!”

                                                                              1 month ago
                                                                              Sudan – “What a joy to see all the computers turned on!”

                                                                              (ANS – El Obeid) – As has been the case in other years, past pupils from the Don Bosco Centre in Seoul have rallied to help Salesian vocational centres elsewhere, this time in Khartoum and El Obeid, Sudan. Working closely with Mr Lin Chanwoo, a past pupil from Batch 7, Br Marino Bois, SDB, spent 7 weeks in Sudan at these vocational training centres, repairing machines, helping the teacher find an easy way to make tools.

                                                                              They opened a classroom sponsored by the past pupils from the Seoul Don Bosco Centre, with 15 computers to teach CAD (Computer-Aided Design). Br Bois had to give lessons to the teachers and prepare them to teach the students.

                                                                              A Korean woman sponsored a classroom with 20 computers to teach the boys how to use the keyboard to type in English and Arabic, and the basic functions of the most commonly used programs. “What a joy it was to see all the computers turned on together!” said Br Bois.

                                                                              The missionary activity, supported by the Salesian past pupils, has grown each year, and as a result, last year the Salesians were able to provide two new lathes. These were the only two new machines they had received since their school began. The school was founded by Salesians Father Vincenzo Donati, and the Comino Brothers, Jim and Andrew. Due to lack of funds they could only purchase second-hand machines. As time passed, the old machines got older and developed many problems. So every bit of help from outside was and is really welcome!

                                                                              On the way back, the group stopped over for one week at the St Joseph's vocational training centre in Khartoum. “I was there in 1991–1992, and there too the school only had a small budget, and we could only buy second-hand machines. After we recruited 20 young people, I taught them for four months, then Br Jim Comino took my place. In collaboration with Fr Vincenzo Donati, he developed the school until it was taking in 300 students. They also had a request from the local police to also teach the boys from the prison. That very morning, two military trucks arrived at the school full of boys and policeman as well who were willing to learn the skills offered in the special courses prepared for them,” said Br Bois.

                                                                              Recently, the school situation became difficult. Most of the teachers had been formed in the school, many of them recruited from the refugee camps, and all from what is now South Sudan. When the South declared independence, the majority wanted to return to their homeland. Recruiting new teachers with the know-how to teach practical subjects was not an easy problem and is not completely solved.

                                                                              A young Indian missionary is working hard to bring the school back to the level of former times, starting with the welding section, where almost all the machines, after 25 years, are almost unusable.

                                                                              “We will try to see what we can do since we have still some of our budget left over. If we are called upon again and if it is the will of God, we are ready...” Br Bois concludes.

                                                                              Source: AustraLasia

                                                                              {gallery}Sudan - CFP 2019{/gallery}

                                                                              • Sudan
                                                                              • AFE
                                                                              • Formazione Professionale
                                                                              • KOR
                                                                              • Exallievi
                                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                                India – Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative” provides funding for new bathroom facilities and septic tank

                                                                                1 month ago
                                                                                India – Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative” provides funding for new bathroom facilities and septic tank

                                                                                (ANS – Rangajan) – The Don Bosco Center Rangajan, located in Assam, India, will be able to construct several restroom facilities that include 50 new toilets and a septic tank, thanks to funding from Salesian Missions donors. The project is part of a Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative” which will ensure that the mostly poor, indigenous residents from a number of remote villages who use the center will have access to adequate facilities.

                                                                                At the Don Bosco Center Rangajan, Salesian missionaries provide both a high school and vocational technical training facility. Constructing decent restroom facilities in these villages will help improve health and hygiene as well as curb the outbreak of disease.

                                                                                With more than 1.3 billion people, India’s growing population is putting a severe strain on the country’s natural resources. According to Water.org, close to 77 million people do not have access to safe, clean water and 769 million have no sanitation services. Most water sources throughout the country are contaminated by sewage and agricultural runoff.

                                                                                While India has made some progress in the supply of safe water, there remain gross disparities in safe water access across the country. The World Bank estimates that 21 percent of communicable diseases in India are related to unsafe water with diarrhea alone causing more than 1,600 deaths daily. Access to proper sanitation is extremely poor, particularly in rural areas where only 14 percent of the population has access to a latrine.

                                                                                The World Toilet Organization has noted that the world is not on track to reach Sustainable Development Goal 6 which ensures availability and sustainable management of sanitation and water for all by 2030. It indicates that 4.5 billion people live without safely managed sanitation and 892 million people still practice open defecation. The impact of exposure to human waste has a devastating impact on public health, living conditions, nutrition, education and economic productivity across the world.

                                                                                In response to this crisis, Salesian Missions has developed a “Clean Water Initiative” that has made building wells and supplying fresh, clean water a top priority for every community in every country in which Salesian missionaries work.

                                                                                “Having access to proper sanitation brings a sense of dignity to the children and families we serve in our programs,” says Father Mark Hyde, director of Salesian Missions. “Improving water and sanitation facilities also ensures that teachers and students are working and learning in an environment that promotes proper hygiene and has safe drinking water, reducing the number of waterborne illnesses that can affect those in our schools keeping them away from important study time.”

                                                                                Source: Mission Newswire

                                                                                • India
                                                                                • Procure Missionarie
                                                                                • Acqua
                                                                                • Salute
                                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano
                                                                                  ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana