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Argentina – Retreat house of “Don Bosco” school in Ramos Mejía, now an isolation center for elderly

4 weeks ago
Argentina – Retreat house of “Don Bosco” school in Ramos Mejía, now an isolation center for elderly

(ANS - Ramos Mejía) - The “Don Bosco” school of the Salesians, one of the model institutions of the city of Ramos Mejía, has combined efforts with the municipality of La Matanza to create an isolation center that will welcome the elderly affected by Covid-19. 250 beds have been installed in the retreat house of this historic school.

In his visit to review the new isolation center, Mayor Fernando Espinoza thanked the educational community of the Salesian school, stating: “This is an institution that is indeed a highmark of La Matanza, a house where values ​​are taught and which has an excellent educational level. And today, once again, we see how the Don Bosco school is helping, even more than usual, our community, giving up its structures to create a large place of isolation with 250 beds installed and prepared in this moment of crisis for our elderly.”

“We hope not to have to use these beds, which add to the 4,000 isolation beds that we will have throughout La Matanza, but if we need them we are already prepared. We are, however, grateful that this historic retreat house is available here, because it is a comfortable place with lots of light and green spaces that create a welcoming atmosphere, which favors the elderly, raising their morale in these difficult times,” added the mayor.

During his tour, the mayor made an assessment of the measures taken by the national government to overcome the crisis triggered by the pandemic. “We support and accompany the decisions made by our President and although there are sectors that still do not understand that it is not a question of choosing between life or the economy, it is clear that it is about life and the economy. For this reason, a good balance is needed in the decisions that are made. It is clear that the State is above the market, because it is the one who guarantees the care and protection of the greatest capital that a country has, which are its citizens.”

At the end of the review, Espinoza again appealed to everyone in the vicinity. “We hope we never have to use this place that we have prepared together with the educational community of the 'Don Bosco' school. But to achieve this we must be supportive, responsible and aware of each other. Today the only defense we have is respect for social isolation. Today the only vaccine we have is that each of us fulfills the motto: I stay at home.”

Source: www.infotep.com.ar 

  • Argentina
  • ARS ARGENTINA SUD
  • Coronavirus
  • Solidarietà
    Gian Francesco Romano

    RMG – Fr Filiberto González appointed Provincial of Mexico-Guadalajara Province: "I assume office with great trust in God"

    4 weeks 1 day ago

    (ANS - Rome) - On Monday 4 May, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with the consensus of the General Council, appointed Fr Filiberto González as Provincial of the Mexico-Guadalajara Province (MEG) for the 2020-2026 term. Fr González has just concluded two terms as General Councilor for Social Communication - from 27 March 2008 to 12 March 2020 – hard work that led him to organize and imagine the future of communication in the Congregation and at the service of young people.

    The news was communicated through a letter addressed to Fr Hugo Orozco Sánchez, Regional Councilor for Interamerica, to the Salesians of the Province.

    Fr González, Mexican, was born in Milpillas, a town belonging to the municipality of Tepatitlán, in the state of Jalisco, on August 22, 1954. He attended the novitiate in Chulavista and made his first profession in Guadalajara on 1 October 1974, and perpetual profession on September 28, 1980. He became a deacon on 13 November 1981 and was ordained a priest on December 11, 1982.

    During his Salesian life, he was Master of Novices, head of Youth Ministry, a student of Social Communication (ISCOS - Rome), formator of post-novices in Huipulco (1993), Provincial Delegate for Youth Ministry. In 2006, he was appointed Provincial of the Salesians of Mexico-Guadalajara, carrying out this task until 2008. GC26 (2008) elected him Councilor for Social Communication of the Salesian Congregation, a position confirmed by GC27 (2014).

    In recent years Fr González has designed, developed and implemented projects in the field of Social Communication, offering the Salesian Congregation a communication proposal according to "digital" and "eminently virtual" times. In an interview, he made the words of Don Bosco his own on the sharing of good books and on the communication proposal in the mission: “I invite you not to neglect this very important part of our mission." In these twelve years, in fact, the communication of the Salesian congregation has been guided by a person who believes with passion "if today the break between the Gospel and culture is intensified due to superficial communication, we must collaborate in favor of an educational force that forges a mentality and creates culture, like an authentic alternative school.”

    The communication proposal of Fr González had two highlighted features: that communication must shape the mentality so as not to be superficial, and that true communication creates an alternative school of formation and life. Two legacies that time and history will confirm.

    "I accept the position with great trust in God, in my confreres, in the Rector Major and his Council, and with total gratitude to God who entrusted me with this service to my brothers and young people from the Guadalajara Province. Many things will change in the climate of Covid-19, but I hope that our fidelity to God, to Don Bosco, to Mary and to the young people will remain unchanged" were the first words of Fr González.

    • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
    • Nomine
    • Ispettori
    • MEG MESSICO GUADALAJARA
    • Filiberto González
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Czech Republic – “The Eight Sews Face Masks”: solidarity is charging and the task of us Christians is to be the salt of the earth

      4 weeks 1 day ago
      Lucie

      (ANS – Prague) – “It’s unbelievable that people who come to contact with infected patients need our textile face mask because they don’t have anything else.” This is Ilona Tůmová, an assistant in the editorial department of the Salesian publishing house Portál and a representative of the Prague 8 neighborhood. After the declaration of a state of emergency, the Czech Republic was facing a crisis. Neither hospitals nor social service establishments had enough protective equipment. Ilona Tůmová is a parishioner of the Salesian parish of Saint Therese (Prague-Kobylisy). She and a few other parishioners independently started sewing face masks and created a collection point for medical equipment in church. Ilona Tůmová started coordinating this effort and founded an initiative called “The Eight Sews Face Masks” (the name refers to a neighborhood called Prague 8).

      “The Eight Sews Face Masks” initiative connected many volunteers. To the collecting point, people started bringing material for sewing face masks or already-made face masks and other protective equipment. Seventy female volunteers were sewing face masks at home. To find out where they needed the collected equipment, Ilona Tůmová called healthcare establishments and volunteers later delivered the material to those who needed it. The initiative connected many people from different fields: parishioners, Scouts, Salesian Family, people from political organizations, and anyone else willing to help.

      “I have seen that the most threatened group of people needs help and neither the State nor City Hall has enough flexibility or possibilities to help them. I knew that I could address those in need and because the Kobylisy parish is big I also had enough people willing to help me. My motivation was to help fast, because when you help fast, you help the most,” Ilona Tůmová explains.

      Ilona Tůmová describes the urgency of the situation in which the hospital personnel did not have enough protective equipment. “I have a daughter, who works in the Intensive Care Unit at the General Teaching Hospital in Prague. We brought them some face masks the very first day, because they had almost no protective equipment – only one one-time face mask for 12-hour shift. As a thank you, the doctors later sent me a picture with our face masks on. It’s unbelievable that people who come to contact with infected patients need our textile face mask because they don’t have anything else.”

      Ilona Tůmová explains what her involvement in the project in “The Eight Sews Face Masks” gave her: “It gave me a strong feeling that civil society exists and works and that I’m surrounded by good and strong people. When there’s trouble, people get together. Solidarity and togetherness are extremely empowering and the task of us Christians is to be there and be the salt of the earth. It confirmed my belief that we don’t have to be afraid of what is to come, because people are great. And our Salesian parish is the natural center of our neighborhood.”

      One of the volunteers sewing face masks at home is Lucie Muchová, the daughter of Ilona Tůmová. She is a social worker and nowadays she is on maternity leave. Before the declaration of emergency, she and her family went to their cottage in the country where they have now been for over a month. She decided to fill her free time with voluntary help and sewed around one hundred face masks. This is what she says: “I felt that I must help, and sewing was one of the ways I could help fight the threat. At the beginning, I wasn’t sure if it really was that necessary, but during the first week I understood that it makes sense and it is needed.”

      Lucie Muchová describes the reactions she saw: “We supported each other in sewing. We saw that there is a lack of face masks and other protective equipment. Doctors and nurses were unbelievably grateful, and we got a lot of support from the citizens, too. Our main driving force was solidarity and mutual help.”

      Lucie Muchová explains what volunteering gave her: “We left Prague, which is in the center of the main activity. Here in the country, you wouldn’t even notice that there is some emergency situation going on. The voluntary help gave me a good feeling, a feeling that I could do something to help solving the emergency, even from afar.”

      They sewed 7,700 face masks and connected around one hundred volunteers. Each of them sewed on average 70 face masks, although the most active volunteer managed to sew 670 of them. Behind their work, there is a lot of time, energy, private finances, material but also broken sewing machines. All that is a proof that during those three weeks, “The Eight Sews Face Masks” initiative has managed to do a massive amount of work.

      • Rep Ceca
      • CEP REPUBBLICA CECA
      • Coronavirus
      • Solidarietà
      • Laici
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Fiji – Salesians overtook lockdown and typhoon times

        4 weeks 1 day ago
        Fiji – Salesians overtook lockdown and typhoon times

        (ANS – Suva) – While the world's major economic and military powers are among the countries most affected by COVID-19, other smaller nations for various reasons have managed to better contain the spread of the infections. This is the case in Fiji, where there were just 18 sick people, with zero victims. Restrictive measures have also been adopted there, however, and there have been other problems. The Salesian community in Suva, the capital, offers us an account of how it has spent the past few weeks.

        When the first corona-virus case was confirmed by the government, on March 19, the Pacific Regional Seminary immediately went into lockdown, including all the affiliated colleges (that is, the Columbans, MSC's, Picpus Fathers, Vincentians, SM, SMSM's and SDB's).

        We have been having classes online. The week before the lockdown, the lecturers were given special workshops on how to teach online... but it is taking me a while to get used to it. How true the old saying, “You can't teach an old dog new tricks.” While the brothers are coping well with their online classes, they also commented that with this online teaching they have more assignments than when they have normal classes. Often, the students and lecturers have to put up with poor (or, at times, no) internet connections and/or frequent power cuts.

        To add excitement to these already exciting times, a category 4 cyclone Harold, after devastating the islands of Vanuatu, passed by Fiji and left a trail of damage. Around 4 am on Thursday, April 9, there was an incredibly loud roar as the strong winds snapped branches off branches and uprooted trees, it shook the buildings, blew away the roofs of houses and destroyed many homes. It was a very frightening moment. Thank God, all the confreres are safe and the damage is minor. Two days of clean up followed, and, until Saturday night, we were without any power.

        Fr. Mika Leilua is patiently overseeing the daily progress at the building site. With the restrictions on the workforce, the number of workers at the site has been reduced to 20, plus the foreman. Work on the project was progressing slowly... now, the progress is even slower. But, we live in hope! A big thank you to Fr. Mika for his dedication to the parish and his great work on supervising the project.

        “If Fiji keeps the course, it will be able to confidently rank itself among the nations leading the world in stomping out coronavirus,” said Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, adding Fijians must keep vigilant in the war against the virus.

        However, based on this situation, the Fijian government has decided to ease some of the restrictive measures since last days of April. From the evening of Saturday, the nationwide curfew, which started from March 30, will begin at 10:00 p.m. and go until 5:00 a.m. local time. From April 26, Fiji resumed all passenger inter-island travel, by air and sea. And from 27, allowed social gatherings of 20 people or less. Nightclubs, swimming pools, cinemas and gyms, however, will remain closed. Schools will remain closed as well until June 12.

        • Fiji
        • AUL AUSTRALIA PACIFICO
        • Disastri e Calamità Naturali
        • Coronavirus
          Gian Francesco Romano

          RMG – Amid heartache of coronovirus and Easter experience: under banner of charism, glance at GC28

          4 weeks 2 days ago
          RMG – Amid heartache of coronovirus and Easter experience: under banner of charism, glance at GC28

          (ANS - Rome) - Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, has recently sent a letter to his confreres, the members of the Salesian Family, the laity committed to the Salesian Mission, and the many young animators, educators and catechists with the heart of Don Bosco. The emblematic title of the letter is: "OUR 'SPECIAL' 28th GENERAL CHAPTER. Amid the heartache of the Coronavirus and the EASTER EXPERIENCE."

          Fr Á.F. Artime starts his letter with a theme dear to him and already touched upon on several occasions: the added value of Valdocco, the cradle of the Salesian charism, for the celebration of the GC28.

          He then goes on to re-read the circumstances of the pandemic with a look of faith: “Faced with this situation of tribulation, aware of its complexity, we cannot, as believers, neglect the perspective of belief. The Pope himself has warned us not to waste these difficult days."

          The prospect of the Rector Major then reaches the immediate future, in which "serious consequences, even economic, are looming in many of our houses". In the face of this scenario, the invitation is without uncertainty: “We must think of very concrete charity and solidarity… So let's think about how to adapt, but never at the price of leaving our poorest recipients without the care and attention on the part of the Salesian house in which they have always been."

          The reflection continues recalling the important and prophetic role of young people at the GC28 and the "very significant presence" of Pope Francis.

          The X Successor of Don Bosco then answers the questions of those who might consider the GC28 a "failed" Chapter. And clarifies that, on the basis of what was resolved by the Chapter Assembly before the early closing of the work, it was "decided that the Rector Major and his Council, elected in the previous days, would take over both the Chapter deliberations already approved and the reflections on the first two nuclei of the Chapter theme. These texts, together with the Holy Father's Message and the further reflection that the General Council will carry out, will constitute the guide for the journey of the Congregation in the coming years." Without forgetting, then, the programmatic letter for the six-year term.

          The spirit of Valdocco, concludes Fr Á.F. Artime, has been broadly shared and much-felt in the GC28, and will have to be nourished in future choices at a global level, perpetuating that "Valdocco Option" referred to by the Pope.

          The letter is available, in the five most spoken languages ​​in the Congregation, on the website www.sdb.org.

          • Italia
          • Rettor Maggiore
          • Ángel Fernández Artime
          • CG28
          • Papa Francesco
          • Giovani
            Gian Francesco Romano

            RMG – NOMINATED: PROVINCIAL OF ITALY PIEDMONT AOSTA VALLEY "MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS" SPECIAL CIRCUMSCRIPTION

            1 month ago

            (ANS - Rome) - General Council of the Salesian Congregation, Session 27 April - 8 May 2020 With joy, I'd like to communicate that the Rector Major, with the consensus of the General Council, has appointed FR LEONARDO MANCINI as Provincial of the Circumscription Italy Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta for 2020 - 2026. 

            Fr Leonardo accepted this office in a spirit of obedience, a role he will take on in August at the end of Fr Enrico Stasi's mandate, whom I thank very much for his pastoral service. On behalf of the Rector Major and the General Council, I thank the confreres who offered their collaboration by participating in the consultation. It is, indeed, also a sure source of fraternal encouragement for the new Provincial. Best wishes to all of you and your young people for every blessing from the Lord through the intercession of Mary Help of Christians and the Salesian Saints who, from heaven, accompany the journey of our Congregation.

            • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
            • Nomine
            • Ispettori
            • ICP ITALIA CIRCOSCRIZIONE SPECIALE PIEMONTE E VALLE D'AOSTA
              José Luis Munoz

              RMG – Fr Natale Vitali Forti is appointed new ISJB Provincial

              1 month ago
              RMG – Fr Natale Vitali Forti is appointed new ISJB Provincial

              (ANS - Rome) - Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, has appointed Fr Vitali Forti as the new Provincial of the "St John Bosco" Province (ISJB), Brazil, for 2020-2026. The appointment took place during the first meeting of the newly-elected General Council of the Salesian Congregation, which has been meeting online since 27 April due to the pandemic.

              Until March this year, Fr Natale was Regional Councilor for Latin America - South Cone.
              Son of Giuseppe Vitali and Giuseppina Forti, the Provincial was born on May 14, 1955, in Montappone (FM). He entered the novitiate of Vico Equense-Seiano, Naples, on 11 September 1971. He made his perpetual profession in Santiago de Chile on 11 June 1978. He was ordained a priest on 31 July 1982 in Santiago. He has Chilean citizenship.

              In Chile, he was Provincial Councilor from 1990-1993, Vicar of the Provincial from 1993-1995, when he was appointed Provincial for the 1995-2000 term. In July 2006 he was re-appointed Provincial, a service he carried out until 2008 when he participated in General Chapter 26.

              He was elected General Councilor for the South Cone Region of Latin America, a service he held until March 14 of this year. Now Fr Natale Vitali Forti becomes the 14th Provincial of the "St John Bosco" Province based in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

              • Ispettori
              • Nomine
              • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
              • BBH BRASILE BELO HORIZONTE
                José Luis Munoz

                Poland – “9 Don Bosco's advice in time of pandemic”: St of Youth's message in time of COVID-19

                1 month ago
                Poland – “9 Don Bosco's advice in time of pandemic”: St of Youth's message in time of COVID-19

                (ANS - Krakow) - Although Don Bosco was born over 200 years ago, his message is always current, even during this challenging time for everyone. For this reason, some young Salesians from different houses of formation scattered all over the world have decided to re-read the message of the Saint of Youth for these days: what would he advise in this time of COVID-19 pandemic?

                The authors of this singular initiative come from different countries and study in different countries; they are very different from each other, but have the same purpose in life: they want to serve God in the style of Don Bosco. Although they have never met all together, in person, thanks to digital opportunities they have managed to create a common project, the fruits of which can now be seen.

                In fact, starting from Friday 1st May, until Saturday 9th, Salesian-inspired points of reflection are shared through social networks. "Always be cheerful ... The Devil is afraid of cheerful people"; "Do your best with your duties"; "Trust in Mary Help of Christians"; "Be an upright citizen" ... These are the titles of the videos already published on this project, coordinated by the Salesians of the Theological Studentate of Krakow, Poland.

                They invited their confreres from other continents to participate in this project. Together they decided to reread some of Don Bosco's most famous tips which are even more significant in the context of the pandemic. The effect is truly impressive.

                The production of these nine videos led to the creation of an "international community" among the young Salesians in formation, who collaborated with a sense of responsibility and apostolic zeal for the choice of themes, recording, presentations, translations ... All always looking, like Don Bosco, to the true recipients of the initiative: young people from all over the world.

                The videos of the cycle "9 Don Bosco's advice in the time of pandemic" are presented every day on the Facebook page of the Salesian Theological Studentate of Krakow "Łosiówka" in three languages: English, Italian and Polish.

                Salesians of the Theological Studentate of Krakow

                • PLS POLONIA KRAKÓW
                • Polonia
                • Coronavirus
                • Don Bosco
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Spain – Eminently Salesian month: www.mayosalesiano.es to live May of Help of Christians

                  1 month ago
                  Spain – Eminently Salesian month: www.mayosalesiano.es to live May of Help of Christians

                  (ANS - Madrid) – In the month of May, Mary is remembered and celebrated, and in the Salesian world there is a special commemoration of Mary Help of Christians, whose feast is celebrated on the 24th. In May, activities of all kinds are usually carried out in her honor. But this year, due to the pandemic situation, May will be "very special". For this reason, the website www.mayosalesiano.es was launched, designed to live the month of May in a Marian and Salesian key.

                  In coordination with each other, various groups of the Salesian Family will collect proposals for prayer every day, themes for reflection to deepen Marian spirituality, materials for children - such as coloring sheets and adapted prayers, songs, videos ... - and film proposals related to Our Lady to be seen within each family, accompanied by the presentation of the Salesian Fr Josean Montull.

                  Catechesis and prayer at home

                  What if our whole house "talked" about Mary? This is the challenge: in fact, other materials will invite you to discover, in every corner of your home, attitudes from the life of Mary, with suggestions for moments of reflection in the family. Furthermore, every day, the Salesian Fr Bautista Araiz will offer a brief reflection, and a group of devotees of the Help of Christians will offer an audio recording of the Rosary. On Thursday 7, 14 and 28, at 19:00 (UTC + 2), it will also be possible to participate online in a moment of adoration before the Eucharistic Jesus.

                  A special novena

                  The novena to Mary Help of Christians (15-23 May), prepared by Fr Araiz, is already available for those who wish to prepare and follow. The Rector Major will accompany the evolution of the novena daily with a video message. And on May 24, there will also be an appointment from the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Seville.

                  May in solidarity

                  Especially in these difficult times, the memory of Mary exhorts the whole Salesian Family to continue the many initiatives already underway to help the most needy. For this month each work and group of the Salesian Family is invited to make a special collection for local institutions or situations that can be helped.

                  All these proposals will be narrated on the website www.mayosalesiano.es. But there will be many other initiatives that will develop in each home, group of the Salesian Family or in the educational and pastoral communities, which will be relaunched on the profiles of the Salesian Provinces of Spain in various social networks.

                  The invitation, therefore, is to use the #Mayosalesian hastag to give visibility to what will be produced or achieved.

                  It will be a special month of May, and there will certainly be moments to express one's love for Mary, who in the Salesian Family is venerated in a special manner with the nickname "Help of Christians."

                  • Spagna
                  • Maria Ausiliatrice
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Venezuela – Return of migrants: "Opening our Salesian houses and giving food are our answers"

                    1 month ago

                    (ANS - Carrasquero) - The news coming from Venezuela is alarming. The image of a banner shown by a young man is symptomatic: "We are hungry". Now, added to hunger, is the pandemic and the silence as regards the sick and the dead. The World Food Program (WFP) has warned that the South American country is one of the areas at risk of a "biblical famine" due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a reflection, Fr Carlos Méndez, SDB, presented another situation, as terrible as it is chaotic, that is affecting Venezuela: the migration and return of many people to the country.

                    "In Venezuela, we are faced with a critical situation that has broken every parameter," explains Fr Méndez. In fact, since 2017 the Venezuelan migration crisis has been truly worrying. For the UN and its High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), addressing the situation of migrants is part of the aid projects for those who have been forced to move to other territories in search of security.

                    In this context of confinement for COVID-19, many Venezuelans are returning to their country, due to the unexpected closure of aid and assistance that they could or may have received from other organizations in other countries.

                    Many had walked for weeks in the past years and months; they were hungry and cold, but in the end they reached other countries with the hope of starting over; now they have had to return, frustrated by the pandemic. Who can now think, take care of them, hungry and in need of everything? Who can go out on the streets now and give them a piece of bread or a glass of water?

                    The national government has asked the Salesians of Venezuela to make two works available. The first is the Don Bosco Agricultural Center in Carrasquero, in the state of Zulia, near the border with Colombia. Currently, a group of 290 people live under compulsory isolation, supervised by military personnel and doctors appointed by the national government. The Salesian Community helps these people spiritually and provides them with food.

                    The second work is in Duaca, in the State of Lara, a center dedicated to the care of young people from all over the country during the Vocational Discernment Days, which will host about 200 people.

                    “We Salesians in Venezuela know that this is an important moment to reach out to those in need, and we continue to open the doors to the marginalized of this pandemic. Opening our Salesian houses and giving food to the poor is the answer to the emergencies that our most needy brothers are experiencing," Fr Mendéz underscores.

                    • Venezuela
                    • VEN VENEZUELA
                    • Migranti
                    • Solidarietà
                    • Fame
                    • Coronavirus
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Portugal – Eucharistic sanctuary in Balasar, town of Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa

                      1 month ago
                      Portugal – Eucharistic sanctuary in Balasar, town of Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa

                      (ANS - Varzim) - "Next May we will launch the international competition for the construction of the shrine building." With these words Fr Manuel Casado Neiva, the parish priest of Balasar, in the municipality of Varzim, not far from Braga, announced the start of the project which foresees the construction of a Eucharistic sanctuary where Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa - Salesian Cooperator, mystic of the Eucharist and messenger of the Consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary -  was born (1904-1955).

                      Fr Casado Neiva, who is also President of the Alexandrina de Balasar Foundation, made the announcement at the end of the celebrations in memory of the 16th anniversary of the beatification of the Salesian Cooperator, held on April 25th.

                      The priest stressed that "times are difficult, but God is a father and calls His daughter Alexandrina, and in May wants to make a gift to build all this splendid work."

                      The Archdiocese of Braga and the Alexandrina de Balasar Foundation want to start building the Eucharistic sanctuary dedicated to Blessed Alexandrina María da Costa.

                      The Foundation announced that the sanctuary will architecturally develop three fundamental elements: the Eucharist, Jesus Crucified and the Virgin Mary. The structure will take the form of a curtain, to recall the mantle of Mary; but the plan of the building will have a cross as its center, and the tabernacle will be positioned in the center of this cross, in the Adoration Chapel, in such a way as to be visible from every sector of the large structure: the hemicycle of the main church, the chapel containing the remains of the blessed and the chapel for confessions and celebrations of small groups.

                      The sanctuary complex will also include the pilgrim's reception center, hospitality, a spirituality center, an auditorium with meeting rooms, offices for the Rector's Office and the head office of the foundation. Given the size of the building, construction will proceed in stages.

                      In the year in which the blessed died, 1955, on the day of the 38th anniversary of the first apparition of Fatima, on May 13, Jesus appearing to Alexandrina promised her: “After your death, your tomb, your burial, will speak intimately to thousands, to thousands of sinners. Souls will come to you, and through you, as now, they will continue to be enriched."

                      Further information and the explanatory video of the project are available on the website of the Alexandrina de Balasar Foundation.

                      {gallery}POR - Santuario Balasar - 2020{/gallery}

                      • Portogallo
                      • POR PORTOGALLO
                      • Alexandrina da Costa
                      • Eucaristia
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Angola – New emergency center to protect Luanda's street children from contagion and violence

                        1 month ago
                        Angola – New emergency center to protect Luanda's street children from contagion and violence

                        (ANS - Luanda) - In crisis situations, it is the most vulnerable who inevitably face the greatest difficulties: street children and teenagers certainly fall into this category. Sergio Pitocco, representative of the Salesian NGO "International Volunteering for Development" (VIS) in Angola, tells us in detail what lay people and Salesians are doing for them.

                        In Angola, the national state of emergency, with mandatory quarantine, was decreed on 24 March; to date, about 27 positive cases have been reported as Covid-19, all of people returning from abroad and intercepted at the airport.

                        “At this moment,” Sergio says, “there are 2 major concerns: the structural deficiencies of the national health system; and, in the longer term, the devastating effects that the new instability is creating among the population, especially among the poorest and most vulnerable groups.”

                        Among the groups most at risk and most exposed are the numerous street children in Luanda who are supported and helped by VIS and the Salesians.

                        Sergio continues: “For several years now, together, we've been carrying out a reintegration program where children and adolescents whose home is the street are reintegrated into the family through several phases. The first phase of the program takes place on the streets with our educators and psychologists and is aimed at those who are starting along this path. These kids, in these days of social deconstruction, are more than ever exposed to the risks of the street, to diseases, to the possible contagion of Covid-19, to the lack of sources of subsistence and to the violence of adults and often, unfortunately, also of law enforcement.”

                        Some activities of the "Vamos Juntos" project supported by the European Union and other benefactors have thus been redirected; they've opened a new emergency center where the street children can be offered to live this period in a community and in an organized way, far from the dangers of the ever more present streetlife.

                        “Many of them responded positively,” he says. “About 50 children and adolescents, of which 9 are  girls and... 1 baby girl... from the street... were welcomed, the former in the 'Refugio House' of the Salesian Center 'São Domingos Savio', the latter in the Maria Mazzarello house of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.”

                        In these two centers, boys and girls receive protection, nutrition, hygiene products and, above all, the attention of many social educators and volunteers who dedicate themselves to them, helping the children to organize their daily lives, to learn and to respect the rules of hygiene and prevention, and to make them responsible.

                        Sergio concludes: “We're trying to ensure that this emergency can be transformed into an opportunity to carry out more accurate work of accompaniment and empowerment for children and adolescents in street situations, and looking to the future, preparing the way for their returning within their families.”

                        Source: VIS

                        • Angola
                        • VIS
                        • ANG ANGOLA
                        • Bambini di Strada
                        • Coronavirus
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Democratic Republic of the Congo – Uvira flood: thousands of families affected, Salesian work also damaged

                          1 month ago
                          Democratic Republic of the Congo – Uvira flood: thousands of families affected, Salesian work also damaged

                          (ANS - Uvira) - The city of Uvira, in the South Kivu Province, was hit by torrential rains on the night of 17-18 April, and caused enormous damage. Present in the city since 2002, the Salesians were also affected by the flood, due to the persistence of the rains of the following days: the water damaged several structures and workshops. The concern of the religious, however, is for the many needy people who need help.

                          On the night of the flood, the Kanvimvira and Mulongwe rivers, overflowing with water, swept across houses, vehicles and other infrastructures before flowing into Lake Tanganyika which, in turn, rose so much that it flooded homes almost 1 km away. The survivors are stuck and fear the worst for the rainy season, which is not over yet. About 40 people lost their lives, mainly children and the elderly. Over 4,500 families have lost the little they had.

                          Internally displaced people took refuge in primary schools and local churches. The Salesian parish "Beata Anuarite" currently hosts about 100 people in crowded rooms and in poor hygienic conditions: there is a lack of drinking water, insufficient sanitation ... In this context, water-borne diseases such as cholera must be prevented, but it's not easy, because the water of the rivers and Lake Tanganyika are already polluted, while the city is cut off from the rest of the country, given that the two bridges that allow access have given way during the disaster and the border with Burundi remains closed for anti-contagion confinement from Covid-19.

                          The Salesian center was flooded by water on last 22 April. Part of the walls surrounding the work were swept away and water entered the welding workshop, damaging welding appliances and tools; in the tailoring workshop, where fortunately all the sewing machines were on the tables, damage was spared, the machines untouched; in the construction workshop, bricks destined for the students' practice were strewn about; and the carpentry workshop was also affected.

                          “Many students in our school have lost family members, homes, school supplies. Families have lost their homes, food, clothes …,” says the Director of the work, Fr André Kazembe. “Ultimately, the people of God in our parish, and in particular the pupils of our schools, count on our pastoral intervention.”

                          {gallery}AFC - Alluvione Uvira - 2020{/gallery}

                          • AFC AFRICA CENTRALE
                          • Rep Dem del Congo
                          • Disastri e Calamità Naturali
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Portugal – Response of Salesian Solidarity increases: “The moment is demanding, but history shows us we can overcome it"

                            1 month ago

                            (ANS - Lisbon) - In recent weeks, with the increasing difficulties of many families due to the economic and social impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the number of requests for help reaching the Family Assistance Service “SolSal (Salesian Solidarity) of Lisbon has also increased. In the first week of restrictions, the number of families supported by "SolSal" increased by about 20%. Currently, there are around 110 families, for a total of 388 people, who receive support from various social operators. Of these, 94 families (85%), for a total of 359 people (92.5%), receive help with the supply of basic necessities.

                            The technical team of the "SolSal" service has increased food support for families. Respecting all standards of preparation and sanitation, it distributes baskets of food and products from the Food Bank and from other benefactors. The Salesian canteen also prepares another 50 meals a day, in addition to those offered by the "Casa Don Bosco" provincial center.

                            In addition to providing food and other basic goods, the accompaniment of children, young people and families continues. The technical team of "SolSal" in Lisbon restructured all its programs with virtual sessions and daily contacts.

                            “The risks that this new reality of social isolation entails, both in terms of mental health and interpersonal relationships, are well known. Depression, violence and anxiety are worsening and emerging, which requires careful and thoughtful monitoring,” they explain from Lisbon. About 20 children, young people and adults continue to receive remote psychological support, and about 100 parents and carers receive daily contact.

                            “The moment is challenging, but history shows us that humanity has already faced many other challenges, which have been overcome,” they add optimistically. “The way we remember these times will depend on the response we will be able to give, especially to those who live more fragile lives, preserving our humanity and maintaining hope in the future,” they conclude.

                            The Salesian Foundation Family Assistance Service has existed since 2008 and provides support to children, adolescents and young people in situations of particular vulnerability and to their families. Each month this project, in addition to food support, offers important personal and professional development opportunities so that these young people and their families can grow in a favorable environment. In addition to Lisbon, the Family Assistance Service is also present in Estoril, Évora and Funchal.

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                            • Portogallo
                            • POR PORTOGALLO
                            • Solidarietà
                            • Coronavirus
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              South Korea – Vocation growth dynamics

                              1 month ago
                              South Korea – Vocation growth dynamics

                              (ANS – Daejon) – After 10 years of Salesian novitiate experience in Naeri on the western seashore of South Korea, this stage of formation returned last January to the city of Daejon, where the novitiate was first opened in 1992. Today the Daejon community (Rector Fr Peter Choi kwang-seob), 6 Salesian priests and 4 novices (Novice director Fr Felix Wee won-seok) is entrusted with one group home (Don Bosco house), Salesian Youth Center and Novitiate formation. While the whole Salesian setting is surrounded by the beautiful green of trees and hills.

                              The Salesian Youth Center is a large venue for Primary and Secondary school student human growth activities during the school year and for the Catholics is a weekend or summer & winter holiday venue for recollections and retreats. Being located at the center of the country, this community is also a venue for many provincial events, celebrations and gatherings. There are also two Salesian Cooperator centres attached to this SDB community and another FMA community, ‘Nazareth House’, in Daejon, a city of 1.5 million people and centre of the Daejon diocese with 220,000 Catholics (6% of the 3.5 million population).

                              What makes this formation community special is the 24/7 life experience with youth in need (Don Bosco group home) and working together with one FMA community located within the Don Bosco compound. Aside from the ordinary novitiate prayers, work, sports, conferences, talks, various subjects of Salesian consecrated and apostolic life - our Korean novices have a daily opportunity to assist our young people during recreation time.

                              How are our four novices (Francis, John of the Cross, Gabriel and John) growing in their Salesian vocation? What helps their growth on their vocation journey? We are grateful for their open and frank sharing:

                              “Since we have always lived and worked since the aspirantate with youth in need, we learn how to accompany these youngsters. Most of them have never really experienced a caring family and parents. When I received a thank-you letter from some of them, I’m energized on my vocation journey: ‘Thanks to you, Brother, I’m growing daily’”.

                              “I have experienced some difficulties on my vocation journey, when being confronted by our difficult young people. However a simple invitation from one Dae-rim-dong boy: “I hope you will soon conclude your military service and be amongst us as soon as possible” - was a decisive push to overcome my cloud of doubts whether to continue or not... Also the family spirit and trust I have received since my high school vocation gatherings by young Salesians, keeps me growing on my vocation journey.”

                              “During my military service holiday I was able to confirm my way of meditation learnt in the aspirantate during the 8 day retreat. Another experience also during the military service, when on the ‘Choice’ program, when I realized, that most of my talks is about ‘Salesians’. That time I recognized that I’m already a member of the Salesians. Also the Salesian family spirit felt in our prayer moments is a strong motivation on my vocation journey.”

                              “I can recognize various experiences of when and how my vocation is growing: When I’m able to overcome a relationship with a difficult confrere in prayer; when I’m able to overcome a difficult moment in my personal life, in prayer; when I’m able, through counselling, to recognize my past hurts and face them with calm in my prayer, finally I feel that my vocation is growing through daily meditation and daily celebration of the Eucharist.”

                              Let’s be inspired by the simplicity and open sharing of our novices. Indeed the gift of vocation needs a life-long response, to grow in our daily life. Today we may say one Hail Mary for the 430 Salesian novices worldwide and especially for the 52 novices in our EAO region.

                              Source: AustraLasia

                              • Corea del Sud
                              • KOR KOREA
                              • Vocazioni
                              • Novizi
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                RMG – Two important processes in which all Salesians are involved: “Animation and governance of the community” and “Young Salesians and accompaniment”

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                                RMG – Two important processes in which all Salesians are involved: “Animation and governance of the community” and “Young Salesians and accompaniment”

                                (ANS - Rome) - Two important processes had been entrusted by the 27th General Chapter (GC27) to the Rector Major to his Council. The results of the work done in the last four years of the previous six-year term were presented to the assembly of the GC28 in the form of two important documents approved by the Rector Major and his Council: “Animating & Governing the Community. The Ministry of the Salesian Rector”; “Young Salesians and accompaniment. Orientations and Guidelines.”

                                They are the result of a long journey which involved all the Provinces, many groups of Directors and thousands of young Salesians. After some additions proposed by GC28 they are now available for everyone in the 5 most used languages ​​in the Congregation. The Polish version is also being published.

                                The recommended reading is not what you would adopt for an article in a magazine, although this may be a first personal approach that is certainly interesting and useful. The suggestion that Fr Ivo Coelho, General Councilor for Formation - who followed the two processes more closely - offered through a letter sent last week, is to dedicate this first year of the six-year term to “Young Salesians and accompaniment ...” by initial formation communities. The other communities can instead focus their attention on “Community animation and governance ...”. In the second year of the six-year period, the respective center of interest can be exchanged, and the document not yet examined can then proceed.

                                Each of the texts is divided into three parts:

                                “Animating and Governing the Community. The Ministry of the Salesian Rector”

                                1. THE SALESIAN CONSECRATED IDENTITY
                                2. THE RECTOR IN THE SALESIAN RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY
                                3. THE RECTOR AND THE SHARED SALESIAN MISSION

                                “Young Salesians and accompaniment. Orientations & Guidelines”

                                1. RECOGNIZING
                                2. INTERPRETING
                                3. CHOOSING

                                From the Formation Department, grants will be offered to facilitate a gradual approach by the communities during the next 12 months, so as to encourage reflection, discussion and contextualization of each part for each group of Salesians and Province.

                                The first objective these days is to ensure that digital versions of documents are widely distributed. The paper version will be prepared and accessible when external conditions permit.

                                Promoting the dissemination of these important documents as much as possible is also a sign of gratitude for the many confreres who in various ways have been part of this process up to this point, which is by no means the final stage. Rather, it is a new departure, or rather the main and most important phase, where the direction of the sharing that has emerged must be followed, so as to produce the desired growth and changes.

                                It is a concrete and authoritative way of responding together to the appeal-question of the GC28 “Which Salesians for today's young people?”

                                All PDFs in the 5 main languages ​​of the Congregation.

                                • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                                • Formazione
                                • Accompagnamento
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Democratic Republic of the Congo – Country struggles with Covid-19 and other tragedies

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                                  Democratic Republic of the Congo – Country struggles with Covid-19 and other tragedies

                                  (ANS - Bukavu) - The Covid-19 pandemic has been monopolizing media attention for months. Thus it happens that the other tragedies and calamities that continue to take place escape most. The Democratic Republic of the Congo, sadly, acts as a receptacle for many of them.

                                  In Bukavu, of the five Covid-19 cases diagnosed and isolated, two were reported negative and three cured. But the news coming from Kinshasa, the capital, is not so good. More than 300 people are infected with Covid-19 and are increasing every day. The population is more concerned with finding something to eat than with protection against the disease. And if something isn't done soon and quickly, one also fears a disaster in the overcrowded prisons.

                                  While huge episodes of misappropriation emerge in the capital, the provinces of North and South Kivu are affected by other misfortunes, in addition to Covid-19.

                                  The Ebola virus has resurfaced in Beni: there are 5 or 6 infected people.

                                  Throughout the country's eastern region, armed groups continue their attacks. Since January, over 330 people in the Ituri Province have been subjected to serious human rights violations, including homicides and kidnappings. In Masisi, in North Kivu, at least 57 civilians were killed by armed groups in February alone.

                                  In mid-April, moreover, the provinces of South Kivu, Maniema and Tanganyika were affected by torrential rains: 23 dead and fifty wounded only in Uvira, in South Kivu; but at least 10,000 families are victims of the overflow of the Congo River in the province of Maniema and in the city of Kindu; and about 3,000 houses were destroyed in the Tanganyika Province and in the Lualaba area.

                                  Confinement, diseases, wars, natural disasters have reduced the production and circulation of agricultural and food products. For the poor, the risk of starvation is immense.

                                  The Salesian community, for its part, lived Holy Week and the celebration of Easter in close intimacy. At the subsequent reopening, the Sons of Don Bosco worked to keep the kids busy, offering them, in compliance with safety standards, school tuition, recreational and sports activities, small house maintenance jobs.

                                  As soon as the confinement is removed, the Salesians intend to visit the most vulnerable families and give them a little help, as well as helping the population affected by the Uvira flood.

                                  To support them is also the message launched by the Pope on Sunday of Divine Mercy: “While we are looking forward to a slow and arduous recovery from the pandemic... the risk is that we may be struck by an even worse virus, that of selfish indifference. May we be profoundly shaken by what is happening all around us: the time has come to eliminate inequalities, to heal the injustice that is undermining the health of the entire human family!

                                  • AFC AFRICA CENTRALE
                                  • Coronavirus
                                  • Guerra
                                  • Violenze
                                  • Disastri e Calamità Naturali
                                  • Rep Dem del Congo
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Italy – Education at heart, at home

                                    1 month ago
                                    Italy – Education at heart, at home

                                    (ANS - Rome) - A passion that becomes an instrument of growth, and a path made of trust, which becomes a path of faith and donation: all this is present in the testimony of Chiara, a young volunteer of the Civil Service at the oratory of the work "Pius XI" in Rome.

                                    The idea of ​​creating a musical had been in my head for some time, but I didn't know how to get this project out and make it happen materially: it was unthinkable with the few tools I had.

                                    For a series of "fortuitous" cases, I met Father Massimiliano Dragani and his oratory of "Pius XI". I joined the group as a "choreographer" for a musical and then, after a trip to the Holy Land, Fr Massimiliano proposed I participate as a volunteer of the Civil Service in the oratory.

                                    I started the service in January 2020 at the Salesian Institute Pius XI together with Giulia. We immediately took up the challenge, got involved, especially with teenagers, through recreational activities and workshops. There were certainly no lack of moments of consolation, comfort and discussion with them, which helped us to tiptoe into their lives, sometimes so dramatic.

                                    The more the days passed, the more I felt I was experiencing the period of adolescence first hand, that period of total insecurity. Every day at 15:30 I went out of the house to go to the oratory with an emotional baggage and a great certainty: to accompany the kids facing these questions. Aware of not being able to answer for them, but of being able to accompany them.

                                    When the first emergency decree came out, we started going around the parks in the area to be able to play with the youngsters, have a chat and bring them a snack ... in other words, not to abandon them. Unfortunately, this project of ours lasted only a few days, because subsequently a new decree was issued which did not allow us to leave our homes.

                                    We found ourselves remodeling our project, without leaving home but to continue with our  work at "heart." We have equipped ourselves with online platforms to be able to hear the boys.

                                    Every Sunday we find ourselves on Zoom, after Mass in streaming, for a reflection together on the Gospel, while on the other days of the week we launch some challenges, various group activities and workshops. The young respond positively to these meetings because they are a fun, but constructive way to cultivate our relationships, to get involved and, I would add, to remain joyful and united even in the hardest moments. The most beautiful thing is that it has also become the certainty of a Presence.

                                    This period I think is a unique growth opportunity. We were given this opportunity to rediscover the beauty of everything that we took for granted before.

                                    I thank the Lord every day for allowing me to become a volunteer of the Civil Service, which allowed me to renew my faith through heartfelt education.

                                    • Italia
                                    • ICC ITALIA CIRCOSCRIZIONE CENTRALE
                                    • Educazione
                                    • Oratorio
                                    • Servizio Civile
                                    • Coronavirus
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      RMG – Underway, 1st "online" session of General Council elected by GC28

                                      1 month ago

                                      (ANS - Rome) - The meeting of the General Council of the Salesian Congregation begins today, Monday 27 April, at 12, Italian time. This is a meeting that presents important innovations: it is, in fact, the first meeting of the General Council elected by the 28th General Chapter - which compared to the previous Council has been renewed by as many as 10 members; and it happens online for the first time - given that several of its members are not physically present in Rome due to the restrictions on movement imposed by the global health situation.

                                      Although the General Council has already been working since the end of the General Chapter, the first meeting is held today among all Councilors. The start of the session was initially scheduled for Monday 4 May 2020, but was brought forward to today to facilitate the launch of relevant processes and activities. The end of the work is scheduled for May 8th.

                                      Considering that various Councillors are physically distant, scattered in different countries, from Asia to Latin America, the meetings will take place every day from 12:00 to 14:00 (UTC + 2), at a compatible time for everyone. The TEAMS work platform will be used for plenary meetings. During the session, there will also be meetings that will involve the General Councilors already present at Salesian Headquarters - currently seven in number.

                                      The session that opens today embraces different dimensions: information, firstly, but also formation, and will also serve to make the first nominations.

                                      The summer plenary session, compatibly with the evolution of the pandemic situation, will instead start on Monday 1 June 2020.

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                                      • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                                      • Consiglio Generale
                                      • Coronavirus
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        United States – Bishop Emilio S. Allué, SDB (1935-2020)

                                        1 month ago
                                        United States – Bishop Emilio S. Allué, SDB (1935-2020)

                                        (ANS – Boston– The Covid-19 virus has claimed the life of Salesian Bishop Emilio Simeon Allué, emeritus auxiliary bishop of Boston and titular bishop of Croe (an ancient, inactive see in what is now Albania). Bishop Allué died at 9:30 a.m. on April 26 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Boston, where he’d been hospitalized for over a week. He was 85 years old, a professed Salesian of Don Bosco almost 64 years, a priest more than 53 years, and a bishop almost 24 years. He was the first, and so far only, Salesian bishop in the U.S.

                                        Emilio was born to Domingo and Juliana Carcasona Allué in Huesca, Spain, on February 18, 1935. He entered the Salesian formation program at Gerona in 1954 after completing his secondary schooling and was admitted to the novitiate in Tarragona in 1955. There were 63 novices at the start of the year! (There were two other large novitiates in Spain at that time.) Bro. Emilio made his first vows at the novitiate on August 16, 1956.

                                        Immediately after his profession in 1956, Bro. Emilio was sent as a “missionary” to the U.S. to continue his Salesian training at Don Bosco College in Newton, N.J., where he formally enrolled on October 1. One of his novitiate companions, Bro. José Santa Bibiana, came with him to the U.S. and spent the rest of his life in the New Rochelle Province. They were part of a contingent of Spaniards sent to the U.S. in that era, including Bro. Javier Aracil and Bro. José Ros among others.

                                        Bro. Emilio graduated from Don Bosco College in 1959 with a B.A. in philosophy and did his practical training at Don Bosco Tech in Paterson, N.J., from 1959 to 1962, teaching math. He returned to Europe to study theology at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome in 1962, where he was ordained a priest on December 22, 1966. He earned an STL the following year and returned to the U.S. He became an American citizen in 1974.

                                        In 1981 Fr. Emilio also earned a PhD in theology at Fordham University in New York. His dissertation, “The Image of Virgo-Mater in the Liber Mozarabicus Sacramentorum,” was mentored by Fr. Gerard H. Ettlinger, S.J.

                                        As a priest Fr. Emilio taught and filled administrative positions: director of campus ministry at Salesian Junior Seminary in Goshen, N.Y. (1967-1970), with the young professed Salesian brothers at Don Bosco College, where he taught theology (1970-1972), and at Don Bosco Tech in Paterson, where he also taught Spanish (1975-1977); director of Salesian Junior Seminary in Goshen (1972-1975); and treasurer at Don Bosco Tech, Paterson (1977-1978), and Don Bosco College (1980-1982).

                                        Fr. Richard Crager tells a story from those two years in Newton that Fr./Bp. Allué always enjoyed rehearing. As young Salesians still in formation, then-Bro. Crager and then-Bro. Jim Marra were in charge of Camp Don Bosco in Newton during a couple of summers. They spent freely on what they saw that the camp needed, and the camp was financially quite successful as well as giving the boys a highly enjoyable experience that kept them coming back or extending their season. But Fr. Emilio came to them one day and said, in effect, “I would like to know what you wish to buy. Tell me, and I’ll see that you get it—anything within reason.” The two young confreres decided they’d see how far they could push that, and as often as they asked for something, the community’s treasurer would supply it. Finally, they thought, “Let’s ask him for a bocce court. He’ll never do that.” But the next day, the College’s construction contractor, Mr. Monteleone, showed up and began building the court. At that point Bro. Richard and Bro. Jim gave up trying to outsmart Fr. Emilio. And to their pleased amazement, the court was a tremendous hit with the older campers.

                                        Fr. Emilio entered parish ministry in 1978 at Mary Help of Christians Parish in New York City (1978-1979) as assistant pastor and administrator of nearby St. Ann’s Parish (1979-1980). He also did a stint of a few months as chaplain of the Salesian Sisters in North Haledon in 1980. From 1982 to 1990 he was pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in New Brunswick, N.J., director of the Salesian community there, and also director of Hispanic ministry for the diocese of Metuchen.

                                        Fr. Emilio became shrine director at the Marian Shrine in Haverstraw, N.Y. (1992-1995). Besides his strong Marian devotion, he actively promoted the devotion of Divine Mercy. In 1995 he returned to Mary Help of Christians Parish in New York City as parochial vicar, whence he was summoned in 1996 by Pope John Paul II to the episcopal ministry in Boston. Boston’s archbishop, Cardinal Bernard Law, said, “His appointment demonstrates the Holy Father’s concern for the large Hispanic community in the Boston area.”

                                        Bishop Allué himself thanked “almighty God for this unmerited gift that comes now into my life from Jesus’ merciful love. I accept His Will to be of service and to work among the people of this archdiocese with deep faith and complete loyalty to the Holy Father” and the cardinal. “I am confident,” he continued, “that Mary, Mother of the Church and Help of Christians, will walk with me as I proclaim the values of the Gospel of Love and Life.”

                                        He was ordained bishop on September 17, 1996, by Cardinal Law at Boston’s Holy Cross Cathedral and was given pastoral responsibilities for the West Region (1996-2000), the Merrimack Region (2002-2008), and Hispanic ministry (2008-2010). His episcopal motto reflected his Salesian character: Da mihi animas, indicating, according to Boston’s Pilot (7/2/10), his desire to work in priestly and episcopal service for the salvation of all.

                                        On the Halloween Day following his episcopal ordination, according to both Fr. Dominic Tran and Fr. John Puntino—recounting what the bishop told the Salesian community—he drove from Boston to South Orange to give a day of recollection to the men in formation, wearing his episcopal cassock and pectoral cross. When he stopped to pay a toll somewhere en route, the collector inquired about his outfit: “Is that a a costume or are you really a priest? The new bishop’s response was, “I have news for you. I am a bishop!”

                                        Testifying to Bishop Allué’s great sense of humor, Fr. Puntino also reports another story that the bishop enjoyed telling. On one feast of St. Francis of Assisi, probably when the bishop was episcopal vicar for the West Region, he was blessing animals outside a parish and noted the variety of pets. As he was walking along, he saw a young girl and asked her, “And what animal have you brought?” She turned, pointed to the little boy behind her, and said, “My brother.”

                                        When Bishop Allué turned 75 in February 2010, he submitted his resignation as an active bishop to Pope Benedict XVI, as church law requires, and the Holy Father accepted it on June 30. He continued episcopal duties in the Boston Archdiocese as requested and resided at St. Theresa’s Parish in West Roxbury. He also carried out Salesian ordinations in 2002 and 2012 and consecrated the new chapel at the Marian Shrine in 2008. Eventually he moved into the Regina Cleri Residence for Boston’s retired priests.

                                        One of the bishop’s former provincial superiors described him as “a man of pleasant character, friendly, a hard worker, persevering, cooperative, [with a] good sense of responsibility, a good community man [and] a good administrator.”

                                        Fr. Mike Mendl, SDB

                                        • Stati Uniti
                                        • SUE STATI UNITI EST E CANADA
                                        • Vescovi
                                        • Emilio Allué
                                        • Decessi
                                        • Coronavirus
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
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