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Argentina – Commitment of "St Antonio da Padova" House : educate for better future

4 weeks ago

(ANS - Córdoba) - In the city of Córdoba, in northern Argentina, more than 1,200 people know they have a place where they can always feel at home at their disposal. Most of these people are children, adolescents and young people, many of whom come from vulnerable families. And this space that welcomes them and hosts them is the Salesian St Antonio da Padova house, where education has a solid foundation: it is Salesian, preventive, quality, with an eco-friendly outlook.

Even at first glance as you enter this house one recognizes its Salesian character: young people are everywhere, in the courtyard, in the classrooms, in the corridors, in the parish, always in the company of educators, in a climate of mutual respect and appreciation, which makes them feel themselves immersed in a family environment.

Formal education is one of the pillars of this house. In its classrooms children, adolescents, young and adults are formed through quality pedagogical proposals adapted to each group: initial, primary, secondary, secondary school for adults, vocational training.

The educational work at "St Antonio" is completed by spaces for youth and non-formal education, including a social circus, school reinforcement activities, and an oratory.

This Salesian house holds its doors always open to the community, fully making its Salesian option available to the most vulnerable. Many of the young people who animate the work come from middle-class or impoverished families, survive via informal, short-term jobs or are exposed to unemployment, without access to quality education, without adequate housing, at risk of violence and dependence on substances.

But this Salesian house works with a preventive approach and focuses much on the care of young people and the place where they live. For this reason, one of the goals of the house is to consolidate an ecological and attentive perspective towards the environment, which remains transversal to all proposals.

The path in this sense includes interventions, workshops and curricular contents on the theme, as well as putting into practice the knowledge with the creation of "green islands" in different parts of the establishment, where small plants have been planted. The house aims to consolidate itself as a Community reference model for the entire area. Among other things, the electrical wiring has been remodeled to make it safer and more efficient, and solar panels have also been installed in some classrooms.

At the Salesian house St Antonio da Padova the horizon is a better future, healthier, safer. For young people and the world in which they live and grow.

  • Argentina
  • ARN ARGENTINA NORD
  • Educazione
  • Scuole
  • Giovani a Rischio
    Gian Francesco Romano

    India – “Don Bosco College of Engineering” at Fatorda helps 75 startups in 2 years

    4 weeks ago
    India – “Don Bosco College of Engineering” at Fatorda helps 75 startups in 2 years

    (ANS – Panjim) – Supported by the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India, the Business Incubation Centre at Don Bosco College of Engineering at Fatorda has assisted 75 startups over a period of two years. Of this, 45 were identified to be incubated, including 15 which have been incubated virtually, said CEO of the Forum for Innovation Incubation Research & Entrepreneurship (FiiRE) at the college, DS Prashant.

    Of the incubated business ideas, an apparatus and method for regulating temperature of animals and a heavy-duty paper bag manufacturing method are among five incubated at FiiRE, which have applied for a patent, Prashant said.

    “FiiRE works as per the guidelines of the Startup India policy, which is to build a strong ecosystem that is conducive for the growth of startup businesses, to drive sustainable economic growth and generate large-scale employment opportunities. This is achieved with an additional focus on the innovation, product design and the core team that is driving the idea towards implementation,” said Prashant.

    He said FiiRE also provides co-working spaces for the incubatees with various facilities such as meeting rooms, conference rooms, open work areas and an auditorium.

    While Barve Technologies driven by Tejas Barve developed his idea of a life-saving temperature regulating machine with assistance from FiiRE, LaFabrica Craft under Sachin Gangadharan designed a paper bag that can carry upto 10 kilos. Letcetra Agritech by Harish Usgaonker is an online platform for all things related to urban farming and Decimi Technologies by Navin Prajapati and Saurav Lahoti developed Sabka Mandi under FiiRE, which aims to provide an easy-to-use online ordering platform that allows retailers to submit all of their purchase orders to their authorized distributors from one portal without waiting for the distributor salesmen.

    “FiiRE offers structured incubation process based on the 12 critical success elements for start-ups. During pre-incubation counselling and idea validation is done before accepting the idea into the incubation program based on the inputs from the selection committee. One month free assistance is provided till idea validation based on the inputs received by the mentors. Incubation involves training, mentoring sessions. This helps startups build prototype, connect to early adopters and investors, over a period of 12 months,” said Prashant.

    Source: Times of India

    • India
    • INP INDIA PANJIM
    • Tecnologie
    • Scienze
    • Ricerca
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Vatican – Delivery of "Positio super virtutibus" of Servant of God Fr Carlo Crespi, SDB

      4 weeks 1 day ago

      (ANS - Vatican City) - On 12 March 2021 the volume of the Positio super Vita, Virtutibus et Fama Sanctitatis of the Servant of God Carlo Crespi Croci, Professed Priest of the Society of St. Francis de Sales, was delivered to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in the Vatican.

      The Positio had as speaker Msgr. José Jaime Brosel Gavilá, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni as Postulator, and Dr. Mariafrancesca Oggianu as Collaborator. Structural elements of the "Positio" - which presents in an articulated and in-depth manner the entire documentary and testifying apparatus of evidence regarding the virtuous life of the Servant of God - are: a brief presentation by the Speaker; the Informatio super virtutibus, that is, the theological part in which the virtuous life of the Servant of God is demonstrated; the two Summarium with textual and documentary proofs; the Biographia ex Documentis; the latest Sessions and the iconographic apparatus.

      After delivery, the Positio will be examined by the Theological Consultors of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Then it will be studied by the Cardinals and Bishops of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints: these articulated stages of study and evaluation will allow the Supreme Pontiff, in the event of a positive outcome, to declare Fr Carlo Crespi "Venerable Servant of God". A miracle attributed to his intercession will then be needed to pave the way for beatification.

      This news has aroused great joy, both in Ecuador, in particular in Cuenca, where it is welcomed as a sign of hope in this time of trial that touches the whole world; and in Legnano (Milan), the birthplace of the Servant of God, where for some years a group of people has dedicated itself to promoting the Cause of the Servant of God, highlighting the brilliant, highly original figure of Fr Crespi who stands out for his intelligent sympathy and his absolute non-uniformity to the usual “norms”.

      Fr Crespi welcomed the Salesian call and, as a true imitator of Don Bosco, became a witness to a Church that urges people to “go forth from our own comfort zone in order to reach all the peripheries in need of the light of the Gospel” (Pope Francis, Evangelii gaudium, 2013). Fr Crespi's life tells Christians of yesterday and today how prayer can and must be inserted into the concrete actions in everyday life, encouraging and inspiring it. He is a credible witness of an "evangelizing style capable of affecting life" (Pope Francis, Address to Italian Catholic Action, May 3, 2014). To this day his tomb and his monument continue to be perennially embellished with fresh flowers and thank-you plaques. While the reputation for holiness of this illustrious son of Cuenca shows no signs of diminishing, the drafting of the Positio super virtutibus marks an important step as far as the Cause of Beatification is concerned.

      All that remains is to wait with confidence for the wise judgment of the Church.

      {gallery}Vaticano - Positio Crespi Croci 2021{/gallery}

      • Vaticano
      • Santità Salesiana
      • Carlo Crespi
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Ethiopia – Situation in Tigray: “Rich and poor are at our gate every day, begging for food in order to survive”

        4 weeks 1 day ago
        Ethiopia – Situation in Tigray: “Rich and poor are at our gate every day, begging for food in order to survive”

        (ANS – Adwa) – It is more than 4 months since the war broke out in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.  Even though there was a total silence in the beginning regarding the whole issue, after many weeks and months, many front-line medias and agencies have started reporting about the terrible situations of the people in this part of the Country.

        Fighting has in fact ravaged northern Ethiopia since early November when the government opened a military attack against the ruling faction in the region of Tigray, stating that the regional force had made an attack on the northern division of the national army, starting a conflict that has caused thousands of deaths and widespread destruction, displacing over 2 million people, and sending tens of thousands of refugees into neighbouring Sudan.

        Adding to this, the war has deepened ethnic tensions and created an immense humanitarian crisis, with 4.5 million people — most of Tigray’s population — in urgent need of assistance, United Nations and local officials say. The turmoil is spilling over Ethiopia’s borders into Eritrea and Sudan in a manner that could destabilize the entire Horn of Africa region.

        The Salesians of Don Bosco, having four centres in the region (Makelle, Adigrat, Adwa, Shire) are still serving the people with great dedication and commitment. Even though the internet network has not been established still, we have had some telephone conversations with some Salesians in the region and their stories are really heart-breaking. 

        As we spoke to some of our Salesians in the north, these were their words:

        We are grateful to God for all the graces, blessings, courage and strength that He is bestowing upon us to make our journey in this challenging and difficult times that we are facing in Adwa.  Since the war broke out from 4th November 2020 and still is going on, many people have lost their lives, lost properties, many are homeless and thousands of people has been fleeing and escaping the bombing and shooting and become refugees or internally displaced people within their own country. Rich and poor are at our gate every day, begging for food in order to survive.

        That evening of 20th November 2020 (The day on which conflicts began in Adwa) many dead bodies were lying on the streets and many wounded people tried to escape the war.  These months were dark moments as for more than 2 months the people did not have electricity, water, networks, food etc…. we thank God that we have the bore well in our compound that is able to receive thousands of people, coming and taking water every day since early morning by running the generator.

        Just last week on 3rd March 2021, we visited several internally displaced people who have escaped from faraway places called Setit Humera, Kafta Humera, Mereb, Segede woreda, etc… to Adwa town. Together with MC sisters, FMA sisters we have managed to visit 5 centres that are hosting the displaced people and we have given immediate response to help those in need.

        - The MC sisters, FMA and SDBs are working together and baking bread to provide for the displaced people, from 2,200 to 2,600 loaves of bread every day.

        - The SDBs are also giving food items to the needy, blind, elderly people around us.

        - We are also providing to the centre for displaced people, food items, non-food items so that they may have enough access to the basic needs of a human being for a decent living.

        - The number of displaced people is still increasing every day.

        Thanks to the great contribution of the PDO led by Brother Cesare Bullo in Addis Ababa that is assisting our houses in the north so that we can reach out to so many poor and displaced people and assist them in their direst need at this time”. 

        Currently, there are 35,675 Internally Displaced People in Adwa: 19,240 females and 16,435 males; 8,076 under 5-years-old; 12,565 from 5 to 17; 13,538 from 18 to 59; 1,496 are 60 and above.

        {gallery}AET - Tigray 2021{/gallery}

        • Etiopia
        • AET AFRICA ETIOPIA
        • Guerra
        • Povertà
        • Rifugiati
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Ecuador – “Editorial Don Bosco”: 100 years to celebrate and to open doors to the future

          4 weeks 1 day ago
          Ecuador – “Editorial Don Bosco”: 100 years to celebrate and to open doors to the future

          (ANS - Quito) - On March 19, 1920, a work at the service of Ecuadorian youth was born in Ecuador, a pioneer in placing the indispensable tool for education and learning, such as a book, in the hands of children, adolescents and young people. Over time, this work has transformed itself into what is now known as "Editorial Don Bosco", at the service of schools and institutes throughout the country.

          One hundred years have passed by continually renewing and updating the educational proposal of the Salesian charism, with difficult moments, but also of great success. All this responds to the great educational, pedagogical and dreamer heart of Father Luigi Natale Strazzieri, SDB, a distinguished educator. A century has passed since his initiative, during which the Salesians and many lay collaborators have made possible the formation of Ecuadorian youth with professionalism and with a Salesian heart, because "education is a thing of the heart".

          “As a provincial community we join Editorial Don Bosco which, despite the pandemic, continues to work, dream and remember these hundred years of active and creative presence as a Salesian work at the service of society,” wrote Fr Francisco Sánchez Carrión, Provincial of the Salesians in Ecuador, in a letter. “Our thanks go to his staff, to his Directors and to those who with an enterprising spirit have taken on the vocation of educator-pastors in the context of the 'good press' and pastoral publications that give reasons for our being, following the example of our founder, who sensed the value of this school for the masses where culture is created, models of life shared, the faith of the people is defended and supported, undertaking original apostolic initiatives that are offered and respond to educational and evangelizing needs, especially of young people and of their families.”

          On the publisher's anniversary, 19 March, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, the Provincial continues his reflection by recalling the apostolic letter of Pope Francis on the figure of St. Joseph, entitled Patris corde, (With the heart of a father). For this reason Fr Sánchez Carrión invites his confreres not to lose "the ability to dream", the one that Saint Joseph had, the one that allows us to open up to tomorrow "with confidence", despite the difficulties that may arise.

          The Provincial continues: "Let us dream together, we are children of a dreamer, it is a wealth inherited from our father Don Bosco that was also proposed by the Holy Father at the 28th General Chapter.  “Dream of open, fruitful and evangelising houses capable of allowing the Lord to show so many young people his unconditional love and also allowing you to enjoy the beauty to which you have been called. Dream... not only for yourself and for the good of the Congregation, but for all young people deprived of the strength, light and comfort of friendship with Jesus Christ, deprived of a community of faith to sustain them, of a horizon of meaning and of life. (cf. Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, 49). Dream… And get others to dream!(Message from Pope Francis to the participants in the General Chapter of the Salesians, 4 March 2020).

          Finally, the Provincial concludes: “Together with Don Bosco Editorial, which rejoices for its 100 years of existence, let us open our minds and hearts to continue dreaming of the future of our Ecuadorian society, where everyone has the same opportunity to be formed in human and evangelical values, guarantee of a dignified life and education for all, inclusive and avant-garde. Saint Joseph, model of a father, pray for us.”

          • Ecuador
          • ECU ECUADOR
          • Editrici
          • Anniversari
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Philippines – “Don Bosco Pasil” for a Greener Campus

            4 weeks 1 day ago
            Philippines – “Don Bosco Pasil” for a Greener Campus

            (ANS – Cebu City) – Since the beginning of the pandemic, last year, the Salesian community in Don Bosco Pasil, Cebu City, Philippines, has recreated these unprecedented times into sustainable opportunities. Pasil is one of the barangay - or village - in Cebu City wherein a large part of it is highly populated and the houses are densely packed, hence the availability of land for planting is very limited. Yet, with the active enthusiasm of the young Salesians assigned in the community – Bro. Julius Ysulan, SDB and Bro. Raffy Besonia, SDB – the limited space turned into an urban garden: it has been called “Mamma Margaret’s Garden”.

            After a year of planting and growing with the use of recycled plastic bottles, they are now able to harvest their produce: various vegetables and fruits, and put food on the table without spending any cash.

            Furthermore, the youth center in Don Bosco Pasil resumes their youth activities in a pared-down schedule. Each youth group is assigned to come in a particular day or time for their formation.

            During their goodnight talks, the Salesians introduce eco-awareness to the young people. Mc Dowell C. Colarte II, a youth in Pasil, discloses his learning: “Bro. Julius shared his seedlings experience during lockdown in Cebu City last year. He also introduced some Don Bosco environmental initiatives and the Holy Father’s encyclical of the care for our common home, Laudato Si’. He talked about how beneficial planting plants can be to the society, how a single trash can affect us, and how fun planting is; just like having a pet, you take care of it.”

            James Delima, KOA member and youth leader, also shares: “I’ve learned that we can use those unused things around us and turn it to something that we can benefit from, such as empty plastic bottles, rubber tires and many more. It’s not too late to help our nature by throwing our trash properly, plant some trees, fruits and vegetables so that we can harvest some if we don’t have anything to eat. It is true that planting is not that easy, but he who plants trees, love others beside himself.”

            The said eco-awareness-raising sessions will go on every week with different environmental topics and stories.

            {gallery}FIS - DB Pasil 2021{/gallery}

            • FIS FILIPPINE SUD
            • Filippine
            • Ambiente
            • Creato
            • Laudato Si
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Brazil – “The Dream Factory”: first Salesian presence in State of Acre

              1 month ago
              Brazil – “The Dream Factory”: first Salesian presence in State of Acre

              (ANS - Cruzeiro do Sul) - The Salesian Congregation has been present in Brazil for more than 120 years; it has works and missions in 23 of the 27 Brazilian states. The Salesian Mission Province of Brazil-Manaus (BMA), after proper discernment and despite the lack of confreres, accepted the invitation of the Salesian bishop of Cruzeiro do Sul, in the State of Acre, Msgr. Flavio Giovenale, to open the first Salesian presence in that State. The new mission was entrusted to Fr Roberto Cappelletti, an Italian Salesian missionary who has been present in the country for almost 10 years.

              Cruzeiro do Sul has about 80,000 inhabitants, who live mainly from agriculture, with the presence of small farmers and large estates. The city is located in the northern tip of the State of Acre, which is part of the Amazon area, and is a few kilometers from Peru, the mountains and the Amazon rainforest.

              “Cruzeiro is an isolated city,” says Fr Cappelletti. “To get to the state capital, Rio Branco, it takes 10 hours by bus, and there are no direct flights from other cities in Brazil. It is a city full of children, adolescents and young people. But youth unemployment is enormous and this favors the action of the drug cartels. Three years ago the violence exceeded all limits, with bloody deaths of young people in every corner of the city.”

              “I was in Cruzeiro at the end of February,” continues the Salesian missionary. “I tackled 1,200 km of roads full of holes, unpaved for long stretches. The situation that stands out is the huge number of children and young people present in the poorest bairros. In those days there was also a great flood throughout the state, which gave me even more an impression of abandonment and poverty.”

              “The dream factory” is the name of this new missionary reality, which Fr Cappelletti chose together with Msgr. Juvenal. “We want to give new perspectives of peaceful coexistence, of insertion into the professional world and of active participation in the life of the Church,” adds the Salesian.

              The community will have its own home within a part of the former minor seminary, which is already being renovated. Next to the house there will be a beautiful oratory with a football field, meeting rooms, an indoor gym and lots of surrounding green spaces.

              The Salesians shall be responsible for the city's youth animation through the oratory and also the weekend animation in the bairros, involving children, teenagers and young people, so that they become positive protagonists of the city and of their own lives.

              In a more central position in the city is the headquarters of Caritas, which will make available to the Salesians two large rooms currently in disuse, where cooking courses and workshops to become bakers will be organized for the benefit of the most needy young people.

              “We want the presence to have a simple and light structure, without large buildings and constructions. Asking your prayers and your affection, I greet you with a warm brasileiro hug,” concludes Fr Cappelletti.

              {gallery}BMA - Presenza Acre 2021{/gallery}

              • Brasile
              • BMA BRASILE MANAUS
              • Nuova Presenza
              • Missioni
                Gian Francesco Romano

                India – To provide children a chance at a brighter future: “Ekalavya Children’s Home”

                1 month ago
                India – To provide children a chance at a brighter future: “Ekalavya Children’s Home”

                (ANS – Rajahmundry) – “Ekalavya Children’s Home” is a centre created by the Salesian-run People’s Action for Rural Awakening for disadvantaged children in Konaseema, Rajahmundry, located in the East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh, India. The home was started to support school dropouts, rescue child laborers, and provide a home for at-risk children, those living on the street or those who have run away from dysfunctional families. Ekalavya Children’s Home recently was supported by funding from Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco.

                The Salesian centre is a childcare institution licensed under the Juvenile Justice Act. Every home for children at risk needs to be licensed by the Women Development and Child Welfare Department of the State Government. It is located behind a railway station in Rajahmundry. Children who have run away use the railway station for travel and to beg for money to survive. Salesian staff has a good relationship with the railway police department to rescue children from the station and bring them to the courts and then onto the Ekalavya Children’s Home.

                The home also works in collaboration with Child Line 1098 and is available to children in need day and night. Some children live in the home, are provided skill development programs and are sent to a nearby school for regular education. Other children are part of the shelter program. They stay at the home until they are able to go back to their family homes or are rehabilitated at another place.

                In 2020, 41 children joined the home. Twenty of those children came from a background of living in poverty. Other children were orphans or from struggling single-parent households. Two of the children had hearing impairments and were sent to a specialized home and school.

                While providing for basic needs and connecting children into educational programs, Ekalavya Children’s Home also helped children understand their emotions and connect better with their peers and adults. The home provides a weekly meeting where children can talk about issues that are bothering them, whether it's with other children, school or adults. This helps children work through interpersonal issues and helps them resolve conflict in a productive way.

                In addition to this support, a care mother is available for children at all times. Children have regular night prayer and time to share the events of the day. They are able to discuss any issue they have come across during the day. The children’s meeting and time with the care mother also provides an opportunity for children to express their views and ideas for the better functioning of the home.

                “We are pleased to support the activities of the Ekalavya Children’s Home,” said Father Gus Baek, director of Salesian Missions. “These children come from disadvantaged backgrounds and need the support of caring adults to ensure they are cared for and receive an education. This home environment provides children a chance at a brighter future.”

                Source: Salesian Missions

                • India
                • INH INDIA HYDERABAD
                • Giovani a Rischio
                • Procure Missionarie
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  RMG – Meeting Online with Superiors in EAO

                  1 month ago
                  RMG – Meeting Online with Superiors in EAO

                  (ANS – Rome) – From March 1-3, 2021, the East Asia-Oceania Regional Councillor had an online meeting with the Provincials/Superiors of the EAO Region. This was the first meeting for the Regional and the annual one for the others. The presence of the former and new superiors, as well as the two new provincials-elect made the meeting a “moment of continuity and novelty” for leadership in the Congregation. Also, with online meetings, the Congregation is adjusting itself to something “new” but this “new” becomes normal as one can see in various animation meetings that are happening in the Congregation today.

                  The Regional spent the first day of the meeting presenting a part of the Directory of the General Council which is related to his role as Regional, a ministry of assistance to the superiors of each province. Also, the superiors in EAO each had time for sharing their recent achievements after the General Chapter and in dealing with the challenges they are facing.

                  On the second and third days of the meeting they had the opportunity to meet with some of the Sector Councillors: Fr. Miguel Angel Garcia, [Councillor for Youth Ministry], Fr. Alfred Maravilla [Councillor for Missions], and Fr. Ivo Coelho [Councillor for Formation]. All of the Councillors presented some key resources, directions and works they are offering to provinces and their superiors. They invited them to study these materials to animate their provincial councillors, delegates and confreres and members of the Salesian Family.

                  The Youth Ministry Councillor committed to offering the services of his Sector to any province which needs the assistance from the Sector, concretely with the coming sessions the Sector will offer to train Provincial Youth Ministry Delegates. The Formation Sector will also offer a Training Program on Personal Accompaniment, one ministry that the General Chapters have insisted on.

                  The Good Afternoon Talks given by the Rector Major, the Vicar and the General Economer helped participants experience profound communion with the Congregation at large. They are encouraged to assume their services, very special and precious for the whole congregation.

                  The participants had time to share feedback and reflections. Some proposals for the next meetings have been raised, related to the Retreat with the Rector Major, the Team Visits and the meetings with the Sectors and their Delegates. The Regional hoped that the meetings would be useful for himself and the others as all of them had one mind and heart to serve the confreres and the young, in relation to their roles.

                  Source: AustraLasia

                  • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                  • Ángel Fernández Artime
                  • Asia EstOceania
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Slovakia – Salesians in prayer 24 hours for 24 days against Covid-19

                    1 month ago
                    Slovakia – Salesians in prayer 24 hours for 24 days against Covid-19

                    (ANS - Bratislava) - To act in unity for the Slovak people to counter the current situation: with this intention, on Monday 8 March, the Salesians of the Slovak Province (SLK) began a period of continued ongoing prayer called: "Adoration of the Salesians 24/24".

                    “We have recently received a lot of phone calls, messages and information from people suffering from Covid-19, along with requests for prayer for those who'd had victims or for those who had loved ones in serious conditions. We know that in Slovakia we are really ill with this disease,” the Vicar of the SLK Province, Fr Peter Jacko, wrote to his Salesian confreres; he then invited them to “do something for these people, united, together as Salesians in Slovakia.”

                    Currently, various Salesians work directly on the front line as volunteers in hospitals, and many centers organize various forms of prayer and help. However, now the Salesians, by virtue of their being consecrated, are led to unity in an initiative of community Eucharistic adoration. “We want to show and truly live unity, at the level of the houses of our Province, throughout Slovakia, and also abroad. And not just to show it to others, but to be truly united,” added Fr Jacko.

                    The "Adoration of the Salesians 24/24", which began at midnight on Monday 8 March, will end at midnight on Wednesday 31 March. During these 24 days, for 24 hours, the Salesians, in their 24 communities, want to “stand before the Lord in persistent adoration and pray for all the sick, the dying and for those who have already lost a loved one,” explains the provincial Vicar.

                    Since it is a 24-hour adoration, the Salesians also undergo the effort of night prayer. The recurrences of the numbers are significant: 24 for the Salesian Family is a strong reference to Mary Help of Christians, who is commemorated every 24th of the month. At the same time, on the last day of the month, the Salesians commemorate their founder, Don Bosco. And the last day of adoration, Wednesday 31 March, will also be the end of the Lent period, since the next day will be Holy Thursday.

                    Fr Jacko continues: “I'm convinced that in these times we really need to ask the good Lord, with one voice, to put an end to this pandemic, but we must also take the place of all the people who cannot come to church now. (in Slovakia, according to the anti-Covid-19 measures, it is not possible to attend Mass in person, Ed.), as well as for all the sick, the dying and for families who have lost their loved ones.”

                    Individual communities in Slovakia will share a total of 576 hours of prayer; they are joined by the confreres in the Slovak community of Aldan and Yakutsk, in Russia; in Baku in Azerbaijan; and also the Slovak Salesian students in Turin and Rome.

                    The Salesians also invite the other religious communities in Slovakia, the members of the Salesian Family and all the faithful to join spiritually in this marathon of Eucharistic Adoration.

                    • Slovacchia
                    • SLK SLOVACCHIA
                    • Coronavirus
                    • Preghiera
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Colombia – Opening of a youth center - Salesian oratory in Armenia

                      1 month ago
                      Colombia – Opening of a youth center - Salesian oratory in Armenia

                      (ANS - Armenia) - To respond to the various challenges posed by the territory  through the resources of the Salesian charism, the Salesian community located in the so-called "Coffee Axis" (Eje ​​Cafetero) in the Colombia-Medellin Province (COM) has opened a daily oratory-youth center in the “La Cecilia” district of the city of Armenia. This new educational and pastoral proposal, created in response to the appeals of the Church and the Salesian Congregation to go towards the new frontiers and peripheries, has benefited more than 100 children and young people as of now.

                      On 2 March 2021, at the Salesian Formation Center in Armenia (Colombia), the community that animates the Salesian works of the Eje Cafetero, together with a team of lay collaborators, started the experience of a Salesian youth center-oratory for the children and young people who live in the area where the Salesian presence is located.

                      This initiative was born following a discernment made by the Salesians in 2020, to respond to the call to go towards new frontiers with flexible activities and works that respond to the needs of young people in different contexts. For this reason, the local community has decided to expand the educational and pastoral action that takes place in the Formation Center, where young people and adults are trained through various courses: Welding, Cooking, Tailoring, Hairdressing.

                      This new proposal broadens the range of action of the Salesian proposal in Armenia, and completes the formative proposal through new opportunities: recreational, sports, cultural, school reinforcement, psychosocial and family support ... Together, obviously, with a proposal for youth evangelization that helps to save young people from the problems of addiction, delinquency and the lack of options for the population of the La Cecilia district.

                      Currently, the new pastoral educational service is supported by the "Don Bosco" Salesian Institute in Dosquebradas, which also animates the work in Armenia; over time, however, it is hoped that more people and organizations will join this formative proposal to guarantee its growth and to be able to reach more recipients with the educational charism of St. John Bosco.

                      {gallery}COM - Oratorio Armenia 2021{/gallery}

                      • Colombia
                      • COM COLOMBIA MEDELLIN
                      • Oratorio
                      • Pastorale Giovanile
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        RMG – An anniversary that unites and engages

                        1 month ago
                        RMG – An anniversary that unites and engages

                        (ANS - Rome) - 11 March 2021 marks the first year of the election of Fr Ángel Fernandez Artime as Rector Major of the Salesians and successor of Don Bosco. The election for a second term took place during the 28th General Chapter held in Valdocco, Turin, in a context that has seen the Covid-19 pandemic develop rapidly throughout the world, affecting social and religious life worldwide.

                        With a renewed General Council as well, Fr Ángel concluded the Chapter and immediately set to work, encouraging and sowing hope. In these months, which were not easy for everyone, the Congregation moved forward with determination and openness.

                        Using online communication, Fr Ángel has tried to be present whenever possible, and the entire Salesian Family has felt his closeness to them in various circumstances and events. Having him as an attentive, practical and secure father is a gift that Providence has wanted to give the Salesian world in these times of risks, deaths and rapid transformations. Gathering around him in prayer becomes a spontaneous act of gratitude to God and a request for a renewed blessing on him.

                        Bearing hope within and around us, we remain close to the Rector Major, joyfully wishing him health and courage for the present and future.

                        {gallery}RMG - Anniversario Elezione D AFA 2021{/gallery}

                        • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                        • Ángel Fernández Artime
                        • Rettor Maggiore
                        • Anniversari
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Zambia - The Salesian heart of Zambia

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                          Zambia - The Salesian heart of Zambia

                          (ANS - Kabwe) - The city of Kabwe is a center of the mining industry, located in the Central Province of Zambia. Since 1987, Don Bosco's mission in this area has been slowly growing and taking root in the Catholic community and in the local society. It is no coincidence that the latest development in the second community of Kabwe-Makululu is called "Ciloto", or "Dream", in the Bemba language.

                          There are two Salesian communities in Kabwe. The mother house of “St. Mary” is located in the old parish ceded by the Jesuits in 1987, which has about 4,000 Catholics. The other community of Makululu, on the other hand, started from the parish of St John Bosco, founded in 2015. Both communities are international and multicultural, reaching a total of about 10,000 Catholics and have hundreds of catechumens. There are primary and secondary schools, Vocational Training Centers, Oratories, Youth Centers that welcome thousands of young people. The Salesian Family, moreover, is in an initial phase of establishing and organizing the first center of Salesian Cooperators and of Past Pupils.

                          After 9 years, the novitiate of the "Zambia-Malawi-Zimbabwe-Namibia" Vice Province (ZMB) was transferred back to Kabwe in 2019. Currently the novice master, Fr Treshphord Chisanga, is accompanying 11 novices from 5 countries: South Africa, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia. Among the apostolic experiences of the novices there is also their presence at the Oratory and at the “Ciloto” House, which provides specialized care for street children.

                          Many lay people, as mission partners, are engaged in their role as teachers, educators, social workers, catechists or animators, responsible for various youth groups. Don Bosco's "Preventive System" is becoming more and more familiar to the local Catholic community.

                          When the diocese of Kabwe was established in 2011, its first bishop was a Salesian of Don Bosco: the first Salesian bishop of Zambia, Mgr. Clement Mulenga. His diocese today covers a vast territory of 63,000 square kilometers, with 31 parishes, 18 diocesan priests, 33 religious and 25 major seminarians. As in the rest of the African continent, the key expression is "self-sustainability of the mission." Even the complex of the bishop's residence, in fact, looks like a garden inspired by the encyclical Laudato Si', with numerous animals and a large green space.

                          The recent House of Hope, “Ciloto”, for street kids is of great importance. The children who turn to it (currently there are about 90) are offered an education, but also shelter, family spirit and the possibility of transforming their lives. Also, new educational structures are being built on the large land owned by the Salesians.

                          Don Bosco's dream in this part of Zambia thus continues. Let us pray that more and more young people may discover and follow Don Bosco, to live fully for God and for other young people in need.

                          {gallery}Zambia Il cuore salesiano dello Zambia{/gallery}

                          • Zambia
                          • ZMB ZAMBIA MALAWI ZIMBABWE NAMIBIA
                            Alessandro Parrozzani

                            Italy - 120 years ago the Salesians arrived in Schio

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                            Italy - 120 years ago the Salesians arrived in Schio

                            (ANS - Schio) - On 27 October 1901, four long-awaited travelers arrived at the Schio railway station. They are the first Salesians to set foot in the city. Before their eyes a territory that has undergone a major transformation in the space of a few decades opens wide. The evolution of the wool industry has changed the face of Schio, which has earned the nickname "Manchester of Italy" and which has attracted masses of workers from the countryside. The installation of the Salesians was strongly desired by Monsignor Francesco Panciera, defined as the "father of the youth of Schio" for his pedagogical activity in the congregation of San Luigi.

                            In the second half of the nineteenth century, Panciera was among the first to grasp the needs and difficulties of the children of the increasingly numerous working class. He also understands that, in order to create educational paths adapted to the changed social context, it is necessary to rely on experts with new pedagogical approaches. The choice falls on the Salesians for their ability to combine catechism, formation and leisure time initiatives. Thus in 1890 a long mediation began with Fr Michele Rua, Don Bosco's First Successor. After several letters and a few trips to Turin, Panciera managed to obtain the opening of the oratory in 1901, the year in which the Salesians took possession of a building specially designed for them by the engineer Carlo Letter. Built in less than a year, the building is equipped with a church, a theater and a courtyard.

                            The first director is Fr Callisto Mander, who puts into practice Salesian pedagogy, which aims to provide education and social aggregation through playful activities such as theater, music and sport. These are paths that can be followed by both children and young adults. The first activity to start is that of the musical band. Shortly thereafter, the Concordia youth club was born, made up of willing children who increasingly became the protagonists of the oratory. The official foundation act took place on 31 May 1903 during Fr Michele Rua's visit. For the occasion, the club is also equipped with a standard, a flag, which becomes a strong symbol of belonging.

                            In the theater the representations of the amateur drama club come to life, while in the large courtyard sports activities such as gymnastics and football take place, which in 1906 merged to become the Concordia Sports Union.

                            However, a few years later, history knocks at the institute's doors. On 13 June 1915 the building is requisitioned by the Royal Army which transformed it into war hospital 073 and the interior spaces were revolutionized. Only in 1919 was possession of the oratory re-obtained. In the post-war period, activities resume vigorously and in 1923 the young Catholic explorers are born, however already in 1931 the political climate changes radically. In fact, with fascism, all youth associations in the country are dissolved.

                            On May 14 of that year the black shirts raided the Salesian institute to take possession of the banner of the Concordia club, which had just been suppressed. The flag, however, was saved and stored away in a barn a few hours earlier. In the course of the Thirties, then, amid a thousand difficulties, the first elementary classes were started. During the conflict, the Salesian institute remains open to offer refuge to young people and anyone in need. After World War II, the oratory experienced an exponential growth. The spaces expand with the sports hall and the new complex for vocational training, thus continuing a journey that began 120 years ago.

                            Source: Walter Ronzani, Giornale di Vicenza

                            • Italia
                            • INE ITALIA NORD EST
                              Alessandro Parrozzani

                              Philippines - ADMA's dynamism in the Philippines

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                              Philippines - ADMA's dynamism in the Philippines

                              (ANS - Manila) - Ten years have passed since the first Congress of the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA) in the East Asia-Oceania Region. It was October 2010 and since then, ADMA has experienced dynamic and fruitful growth in the Philippines. More than 1,500 members, in 35 local chapters, contribute day after day to the charismatic growth of the whole Salesian Family.

                              Looking at the short video broadcast on the occasion of the first Congress in 2010, only Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, two Salesian Brothers from Yamanouchi, several Japanese priests and two women from ADMA in Papua New Guinea can be recognized. Today, the Association of Mary Help of Christians has been enriched, in other countries such as Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand.

                              Devotion to Mary Help of Christians in the Philippines has ancient roots and saw its beginnings with the appointment of Monsignor Guglielmo Piani, SDB, as Apostolic Delegate (1922-1948). Then, in 1951 the Salesians arrived and, in the country, many zealous apostles of Mary began to spread this devotion even beyond the environment of the Salesian Family.

                              The first ADMA group in the Philippines dates back to 1956 and was born in Makati. From then on, the growth has been constant. In fact, animation soon began at the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians in Parañaque and subsequently at the "Don Bosco" Diocesan Shrine in Canlubang.

                              Currently, the ADMA of the Philippines is animated by the National President, Mrs. Rheena May R. Lim, and by two Salesians: Fr Cris Magbitang, ADMA Spiritual Animator of the North Philippines Province (FIN), and Fr Bong Borguette, who covers the same role in the Southern Philippine Province (FIS). Dozens of Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians are also involved.

                              ADMA in the Philippines thus continues to grow and to share its charismatic experience with the younger generations, both in the country and in the rest of the East Asia-Oceania Region.

                              • Filippine
                              • ADMA
                                Alessandro Parrozzani

                                RMG – “It's time for GC28”: Rector Major's 2nd video on 6-year roadmap is available

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                                RMG – “It's time for GC28”: Rector Major's 2nd video on 6-year roadmap is available

                                (ANS - Rome) - In December 2020, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, inaugurated a series of videos entitled "It's time for GC28", designed with the aim of deepening the eight Program Lines for the new six years contained in the document "Post-Chapter Reflections". As already mentioned, the initiative provides for the publication of a video approximately every three months, thus completing, within a couple of years, the presentation of all eight program guidelines.

                                “The second programmatic line for the whole Congregation,” the Rector Major begins in the video, “says this: it is urgent for us to really put into action the DA MIHI ANIMAS, CETERA TOLLE”. Never as in these times, continues the Successor of Don Bosco, is it necessary to have the ability to accompany young people on their respective paths of growth and to be, for them, witnesses of the Faith.

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

                                • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                                • Rettor Maggiore
                                • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                • CG28
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  India – First Solar Powered Province in the World: (INH) - Don Bosco, Hyderabad

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                                  India – First Solar Powered Province in the World: (INH) - Don Bosco, Hyderabad

                                  (ANS – Bangalore) – During the Salesian Provincial Conference of South Asia (SPCSA) Assembly on 28 February 2021, Rev Fr Biju Michael, the Regional of South Asia, has released the “Energy Forever - mission accomplished” poster of the Province of St Joseph, Hyderabad.

                                  Fr Biju Michael congratulated the provincial Fr Thathireddy Vijaya Bhaskar and the confreres of the province for this innovative and futuristic venture. He commended, ''the Salesian Province of Hyderabad having anticipated the dream of the Rector Major, Rev Fr Angel Fernandez Artime, of Energy Forever (2032) by 12 years.''

                                  One of the points of the Final Declaration of the "Energy Forever" Conference, promoted by the Sector for the Missions and by the General Economer of the Salesian Congregation (Rome, 26-27 November 2019), in fact invited "all the Provinces of the Congregation to conform to a sustainable development model leading to the full use of renewable energy sources by 2032. We ask for a commitment from the Congregation not to invest in fossil fuels.”

                                  In response to the global call of Pope Francis through Laudato Sì, and the call of the Salesian congregation through General Chapter 28, crystallized in the 8th Priority of the Rector Major, ''accompanying the young towards a sustainable future,'' the province leadership has decided together with all the communities of the province to realize the dream of installing Solar Power Units in all the communities of the province, thus contributing to the significant reduction of carbon footprint and move towards sustainability.

                                  The province has thus completed the process of adopting the renewable energy on 31 January 2021 in all its 31 communities with 65 Solar Units. This initiative will reduce 26,400 tons of CO2 produced to generate same amount of fossil fuel energy and spare 1,58,400 trees in treating CO2 emissions per annum. Fr Androth Jose, the economer of the province, and Fr Sudhakar Bellamkonda, the PDO of the province, have followed up the implementation of this initiative of the province.

                                  • India
                                  • INH INDIA HYDERABAD
                                  • Creato
                                  • Ambiente
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Spain – Women poorer due to consequences of pandemic

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                                    Spain – Women poorer due to consequences of pandemic

                                    (ANS - Madrid) - Rupa is 25 years old and lives in Tirupur, India. The pandemic has caused her parents to lose their jobs and she has not found a job to help her family either. Grace, in Ghana, was unable to open her own fashion store, her dream since she was a child. Jency lost her teaching job, but in this pandemic period she has gathered the 43 children from her village in India around a tree. Priscilla, a retired nurse in South Africa, returned to her hospital to help her colleagues with the pandemic. “For months I worked more than 12 consecutive hours without even having time for a coffee,” she says.

                                    Millions of women have been affected by the pandemic. The burden of care and stress has fallen on them, and the workload has multiplied due to confinement and the consequences of the health and social crisis. “But women were already at a disadvantage, because poverty is a female name,” says Fr Eusebio Muñoz, Head of “Misiones Salesianas”, the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid.

                                    On the occasion of International Women's Day, yesterday, 8 March, the Mission Office denounced the injustices suffered by women around the world, which have increased in this pandemic year. At least seven out of ten hungry people in the world are women and the poverty rate, according to international organizations, will increase by more than 9% due to the pandemic and its consequences; 60% of children who do not go to school are girls; women contribute two thirds of the working hours, but have only 10% of the resources. “Not to mention the violence, discrimination, inequalities ... that women suffer for the mere fact of being women. Being born a woman means being more likely to live in poverty, to be marginalized and to be vulnerable to the violation of fundamental rights,” adds Fr Muñoz.

                                    “Misiones Salesianas” has always worked to ensure that women have a voice and participate in decisions. And, to do this, education is one of the fundamental keys, able to overcome the differences between men and women. The life of a woman who has access to education is wholly different from those who are deprived of this universal right. An educated girl will marry later, have fewer children, better care and feed her family, and participate more actively in her community. The education of girls breaks the vicious circle of poverty. Women's education and economic independence are two key factors in achieving community development.

                                    "Misiones Salesianas", together with the Salesians who work in more than 130 countries around the world, carry out initiatives to strengthen the role of women in their communities and facilitate access to education for girls and young women.

                                    • Spagna
                                    • Misiones Salesianas
                                    • Donne
                                    • Povertà
                                    • Coronavirus
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Hong Kong – CIN Province Salesian Youth Day 2021

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                                      Hong Kong – CIN Province Salesian Youth Day 2021

                                      (ANS – Hong Kong) – Salesian Youth Day (SYD), in fact, is no longer a strange term in the Salesian Family. It is held most of the time at the Provincial level, occasionally also at the Regional and International level. For the China province, it is an annual event organized by the Salesian Youth ministry office based in Hong Kong. After being cancelled because of the pandemic last year, this year, the SYD was successfully held on 27 February, from 2:00 to 4:30 pm, via an online platform. Approximately 400 youths, together with Salesian priests, brothers, and sisters were called to meet to celebrate their common identity as Salesian youth and to reflect the pastoral theme of the year in-depth.

                                      The theme was “Be masters of the earth”. Through games, short films made by some of the young participants and prayer, participants learn to take care of God’s creation in three ways: (1) wise consumption, that is, to buy something you need but not something you want; (2) healthy diet, that is, not to waste food and to eat green; and (3) waste reduction by not using disposable products.

                                      Salesian Youth Day started with a short film – “The Covenant Engraved in Everyone’s Heart”. It talks about the rainbow as the symbol of covenant between God and man is becoming bleak due to the destruction of the environment, such as air pollution, over-exploitation of land and contamination of plastic chemicals, etc. In order to remind mankind of the invitation of God to be the master of the land, an advocacy organization invites the 4 protagonists (Ann, Victor, Mandy, Tao Shao) to participate in a campaign called "Remembering the Covenant with God" so as to change their habits while they are asked to live together. With an increased awareness of environmental protection, they assist in recolouring the “rainbow” of the Covenant.

                                      After the short film, the participants reflected in small groups on how they could change their lifestyle to save the environment. Then, they played in multiple of mini-games using the apps “Goose chase” to discover that some of us had actually unwittingly started to be more environmentally friendly in past years.

                                      Fr Antonio Leung, Youth Delegate of the province, challenged the participants to live out the three proposed actions: reducing waste by using alternatives in replacement of disposable products, cherishing food and possibly eating green, last but not the least consuming wisely. Fr Antonio also highlighted that the names of the four protagonists in the short film could be combined as “Environmental” (Ann, Victor, Mandy, and Tao Shao). It served as a reminder for everyone’s responsibility to protect God’s creation and, starting from our Salesian youth, they may invite other young people to join our mission. Finally, Fr Antonio introduced this year’s souvenir which is environmentally friendly tableware and asked everyone to begin from our daily life.

                                      SYD was concluded with a solemn prayer. Before the final blessing, Fr Joseph Ng, Provincial, encouraged young people to appreciate and cherish everything that God has given to us as gifts and, at the same time, our actions respond to the Strenna of Rector Major, “Good Christians and Upright Citizens”. Fr Joseph invited young people to start practicing environmental protection actions during this Lenten period.

                                      Source: AustraLasia

                                      • CIN CINA
                                      • Hong Kong
                                      • Giovani
                                      • Ambiente
                                      • Creato
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Eritrea – “Food for Work”: many trees for Women's Day

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                                        Eritrea – “Food for Work”: many trees for Women's Day

                                        (ANS - Decamerè) - In a context of great poverty, with few educational opportunities and enormous water supply difficulties, Eritrean women can be the key to restoring some of the country's confidence and hope for the future. The Salesians believe in them. This is why they have launched a special reforestation project that relies on the presence and commitment of women. This is the project: “Food for work”, to be carried out in Decameré, a town south of Asmara.

                                        In Eritrea, the majority of the population lives on an income below the poverty line of $ 1.25 a day. Furthermore, the financially disastrous conditions of families in the last year have been further aggravated by the lockdown imposed by the government to stem the Covid-19 pandemic. There are no governmental or non-governmental organizations that provide assistance to the poor and there are no safety nets that offer financial protection to families strained by the pandemic and its consequences.

                                        The lockdown, which has been in place for months, has totally interrupted the daily activities of the population, who mostly survive on a day-to-day basis. These are daily laborers or street vendors who can no longer count on the minimum income that allowed them to buy some food for themselves and their families. Men and, in many cases, women, who no longer know how to feed their children.

                                        In a similar situation, the Sons of Don Bosco present at Decamerè came up with an initiative that would support 20 vulnerable families through the hiring of 20 female heads of families in conditions of total poverty for a reforestation activity lasting one year.

                                        The women, selected with the support of the local authorities, after a short training course will work to plant new trees on the Salesian's land and in the immediate surroundings upon payment of a salary. The project will not only allow mothers to provide for the needs of their families on a regular basis, but will create benefits for the whole community which will be able to enjoy a 35% increase in wooded area in the Salesian compound and in the areas surrounding it.

                                        The first presence of the Salesians in Eritrea dates back to 25 years ago, when, in 1996, Fr Angelo Regazzo and other missionaries arrived from Ethiopia right in Decamerè and opened a technical school with an adjoining boarding school. Subsequently, at the invitation of the bishop, the Sons of Don Bosco opened another vocational training center in Barentu, a city near the border with Sudan and Ethiopia. The third work in the country is located in Asmara, the capital, where the formation house for young people who want to become Salesians is located.

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

                                        • Eritrea
                                        • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                                        • Missioni
                                        • Donne
                                        • Missioni Don Bosco
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
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