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East Timor – An infirmary for Laga orphanage

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East Timor – An infirmary for Laga orphanage

(ANS - Laga) - The "Fondazione Opera Don Bosco Onlus" of Milan launches a new global appeal: the goal is to create an infirmary that takes care of and accompanies the 104 girls staying in the orphanage of Laga, in East Timor.

The project has set itself the goal of safeguarding the health of the girls who are the orphanage's guests, creating an independent area with related services in which to treat cases of illness without involving all its guests. Allowing the separation of sick girls in an environment other than the two dormitories would ensure a lower spread of contagious diseases and provide better care of sick children with a general improvement in the girls' health and, consequently, also a more constant attendance at school.

After the liberation of Indonesia in 1999, East Timor enjoys political freedom, but the conditions of the people, especially in rural areas, has remained critical. Added to this is a high percentage of women dying in childbirth - East Timor is one of the countries with one of the world's highest maternal mortality rates - often because they refuse health care, preferring the help of relatives and acquaintances. Thus, one of the consequences of this situation, added to a condition of general poverty, is the presence of a large number of orphans.

The Salesians arrived in East Timor in 1959 precisely with the intention of supporting the local population in a path of growth and formation, dedicating themselves especially to young people and to the many children left without a family or in need of daily support.

One of the country's Salesian houses is in Laga, a town located by the sea, made up of many villages scattered over the surrounding hills and mountains. The orphanage, run by the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and named after Blessed Laura Vicuña, was inaugurated in 1996. Today it houses 104 girls aged 6 to 17: some are orphans of one or both parents, others are daughters of divorcees and have been abandoned, while others, despite having one of their parents alive, were abandoned due to diseases such as tuberculosis and other social problems. There are also girls who come from distant villages who, if they were not hosted by the Salesians, would leave their studies; and, finally, there is a small group of girls who have suffered abuse in the family and who have been reported by the area's social workers to the Salesians.

Today the Laga orphanage can carry out its activities mainly thanks to the help of long-distance adoptions and occasional benefactors from abroad or locally. The construction of the infirmary will be essential to ensure a better lifestyle for the many girls present inside.

Further information is available on the website of the Fondazione Opera Don Bosco Onlus.

{gallery}TLS Laga - 2020{/gallery}

  • TLS TIMOR EST
  • Timor Est
  • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
  • Orfanotrofio
  • Fondazione Opera Don Bosco Onlus
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Papua New Guinea – Silver Jubilee for Salesian presence in Kumgi

    1 month ago
    Papua New Guinea – Silver Jubilee for Salesian presence in Kumgi

    (ANS – Kumgi) – 25 years ago, upon the invitation of Bishop William Kurtz, SVD, the pioneer Salesian missionaries came to the Diocese of Kundiawa, in Simbu Province to start their mission on behalf of youth. The pioneer Salesian missionaries were the late Br Ramon de la Cruz (Filipino), the late Fr Joseph Savina (Italian), and Fr David Buenaventura (Filipino). In 1996, Don Bosco Kumgi welcomed its first intake of woodworking students. The garage of the Salesian Residence at the time served as the workshop.

    In 1997, Fr Joseph Savina was installed as the first Rector of Don Bosco Kumgi and in the same year, the school was named “Don Bosco Institute of Technology.” By 2002, the school had been more popularly known as “Don Bosco Tech – Kumgi” (DBTK). In 2015, Don Bosco Tech - Kumgi (DBTK) was raised to the level of a college and assumed the name “Don Bosco Simbu Technical College” (DBSTC). This year, at DBSTC, there are more than 500 students, 34 teachers and 5 ancillary staff.

    The theme for the Silver Jubilee is: “DB KUMGI: High 5 @ 25.” The events aim at showing gratitude for the past, celebrating the present, and envisioning the future.

    High 5 is a gesture of greeting and signifies relationship, friendship and celebration. 5 stands for the 5 elements of the logo or seal of DBSTC: the laurel leaves for education and success, the gear for technical training and skills, the cross shows that DBSTC is a Catholic mission school, the Bird of Paradise stands for Papua New Guinea, and the motto: “Training for Life.” 5 also stands for the 5 aims of DBSTC as indicated in the school’s handbook. “High 5 @ 25” invites and also challenges the community of DBSTC to move forward and continue fulfilling the dream of Don Bosco on behalf of  young people.

    On Monday (7 Sept), there was the Road Show at Kundiawa town. The school truck and school bus were decorated. The statue of Saint John Bosco was mounted on a stand and displayed on the truck along with some students in their traditional "bilas" costumes representing the various provinces of PNG.

    On Tuesday (8 Sept), there was the Talent Show and the Battle of the Bands in DBSTC's gym.

    On Wednesday (9 Sept), there was the Open House Exhibit. Outsiders and students from other schools came to see the technical workshops and the projects of the Bosconians. In the afternoon, the Musical Play entitled "Man With A Dream", on the life of Saint John Bosco, premiered in the DBSTC gym. It was directed by Fr Clifford Morais. Selected Bosconians took part either as members of the cast or the crew. In the afternoon, some community leaders of the tribes nearby came to hand over their gifts to the Salesian Community: flowers, fruits, vegetables, 2 live chickens, 1 live pig and cash. Three community leaders spoke on behalf of their tribes. Fr Edwin Genovia (Principal) and Fr Angel Sanchez (Rector) also addressed them afterwards.

    On Thursday (10 Sept), there was the Silver Jubilee Thanksgiving Mass presided by the Bishop of Goroka, Bishop Dariusz Kaluza MSF. In his homily, he indicated three key words that summarise the readings and the celebration: Hope. Joy. Greatness. The occasion was also graced by the presence of the former bishop of Kundiawa, currently the Archbishop of Madang, and the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of PNG-SI, Archbishop Anton Bal. Several priests came to concelebrate in the Thanksgiving Mass. Some religious sisters working in Kundiawa Diocese also participated. Archbishop Anton Bal, Fr Ryszard Wajda SVD (Diocesan Administrator of Kundiawa), Fr Dominic Kachira SDB (Vice Provincial of the Salesians in PNG-SI), and Fr Angel Sanchez SDB (Rector of DBSTC) delivered their speeches. Some members of the Governing Council of DBSTC were also present. Fr Dominic, in the name of the confreres of PGS Vice Province, handed a gift to the Salesian Community of Kumgi: a portrait of the Good Shepherd as a reminder of the mission of the Salesians to be signs and bearers of the love of the Good Shepherd.

    After Mass, Archbishop Anton Bal blessed the monument of St John Bosco with St Dominic Savio and Blessed Laura Vicuña, as well as the 8 new kiosks or ‘haus win’ in the school grounds. Before noon, the Musical "Man With A Dream" was again staged for the guests.

    On Friday (11 Sept), the Cultural Show was held. A total of 18 groups participated and performed to showcase the colourful and diverse culture of Papua New Guinea. Thousands came to watch this most awaited show. Fr Dominic Kachira SDB and Br Reto Wanner SDB (PGS Provincial Secretary) and Mr. Nick Bange (member of the Governing Council of DBSTC) were the judges for the cultural show.

    On Sunday (12 Sept), there was another Thanksgiving Mass (Misa Bilong Tok Tenkyu) but this time with the Catholic faithful from the surrounding communities. The Diocesan Administrator of Kundiawa Diocese, Fr Ryszard Wajda SVD, presided over the Mass. In his message, Fr Angel Sanchez SDB (Rector) briefly narrated the history, origins and development of the Salesian work in Kumgi. He reminded the assembly of the pioneer Salesian missionaries and those who helped them find the land (more than 18 hectares in size) and put up the school. He also called out the names of the past rectors of Kumgi. There have been 8 since the time of Fr Joseph Savina. Towards noon, "Man With a Dream" was staged for the third time. In the afternoon, there was "bung kaikai" (shared meal) among the 7 small Catholic communities surrounding DBSTC.

    The first Rector of Don Bosco in Kumgi is named "Joseph." The patron of the Salesian Community is "Saint Joseph." The oldest parish in the Diocese of Kundiawa is Saint Joseph Parish in Mingende where the Salesians also help with Sunday Masses. Surely St Joseph has been interceding for Don Bosco Kumgi. His name is even mentioned in the Vision-Mission Statement of DBSTC recited in the assembly on Mondays and Fridays.

    For who can best help and assist the Salesians in their ministry and apostolate of “training for life” than the Guardian of the Redeemer himself, who, with Mama Mary, trained the boy Jesus!

    Fr Savio Angelo Sanchez, SDB 

    {gallery}PNG - 25 Simbu 2020{/gallery}

    • Papua Nuova Guinea
    • PGS PAPUA NUOVA GUINEA E ISOLE SALOMONE
    • Anniversari
    • Scuole
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Brazil – Salesians in support of a solidarity economy: "Salesian Empreendendo Com Você" project

      1 month ago

      (ANS - Campos) - At the basis of Salesian pedagogy, Don Bosco set - and directly exercised - the triad made up of Reason, Religion and Loving-kindness. The spirit of Don Bosco continues to animate the Salesians even today, when they commit to help their neighbor, whether near or far, even in unusual and innovative ways. It is with this spirit that the Don Bosco Institute of Campos, in the Province of Brazil-Belo Horizonte, launched the project "Salesiano Empreendendo Com Você" (Salesians do business with you).

      Based on the principles of Solidarity Economy, the project has two major objectives: on the one hand, to create an economic network that involves all those who gravitate around the institute - pupils and their families, teachers and managers, collaborators, past pupils ... - so that they can carry out commercial transactions with each other and support each other; on the other hand, it also intends to implement a training course and preventive measures and preparation for the economic crisis which, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the reduction of money circulating, is expected to hit the city of Campos in the coming months.

      In the project's first phase, each participant shall receive a link to a digital form that will allow them to learn about the profiles of the members of the Salesian Family of Campos and of other local collaborators in greater detail. An online catalog will then be produced where each interested enterprise will be able to present and offer - at no cost - its own products. The local Salesian Family's social networks shall then be used for advertising to the small and medium firms that are members.

      In the second and third phases, the project shall instead focus on the presentation of round tables and workshops led by professionals and specialized companies in the sector. They will share content to help small and medium-sized entrepreneurs redesign their company plans given the difficulties expected.

      The project relies on the support of various trade associations in the city and on sharing content to promote the democratization of knowledge, the main communication vehicle of the city and the region.

      In this way, the Don Bosco de Campos Institute makes its presence felt in the world of social commitment, considering it its duty, by charism and vocation, to accompany and help citizens in a time of general difficulties.

      The complete project is available, in Portuguese, at this link.

      • Brasile
      • BBH BRASILE BELO HORIZONTE
      • Lavoro
      • Società
        Alessandro Parrozzani

        Lithuania – “Don Bosko Vasara 2020”: a fire lit in the hearts of Lithuanian children and animators

        1 month ago
        Lithuania – “Don Bosko Vasara 2020”: a fire lit in the hearts of Lithuanian children and animators

        (ANS - Telsiai) - “The mission, first of all, teaches you something: what Lithuania has taught us is the value of Mercy”. Thus began the volunteers who during the summer managed to live a missionary volunteer experience of about three weeks in Lithuania, in Telsiai.

        After the first two days, spent in the capital (Vilnius) to learn about the history of the Lithuanian people, the group headed for their final destination, Telsiai, a town built on the shores of Lake Mastis, in the Samogitian region, where there is a Salesian community: it is there that the experience of the Youth Summer Camp took place with the name “Don Bosko Vasara 2020” (Don Bosco Summer 2020).

        In the mornings of the first week of their stay, the Italian volunteers interacted with the young local animators, and all together they deepened the fundamental teachings of Salesian animation, starting with the central stages and meetings of Don Bosco's life. In the afternoon, the true and proper "Don Bosko Vasara 2020" activities took place at the "Vincento Borisevicius" school. At the beginning of the week, the children and young people enrolled were already 45, but doubled by the end of the experience. "Not a bad number for a first experience ... in these times of Covid-19!" commented one of the volunteers.

        The program of activities included: welcome, games, prayer and dance of the hymn of the Youth Summer Camp, workshops for age groups, snacks and games divided into teams, to conclude the day with songs and prayer. Only for the animators, then, there was a small supplement of activities, for a quick sharing on the day.

        From the second week, the children, welcomed in the morning, saw the formula of the day remaining the same, but with more time for games plus, through short performances and activities, the addition of a "formative pill" on Don Bosco.

        At the end of the experience, it was possible to observe how the animators immediately challenged themselves, got involved, starting a beautiful journey of growth with Don Bosco; and that the children, after the first days of acquaintance, opened up with smiles, laughter, jokes, the desire to play, be together and have fun.

        In conclusion, the volunteers who'd left from Italy testified: "At the end of the third week we were able to really say that we had hit the target proposed to the kids: 'For us, holiness consists in being joyful'. This is why we returned to Italy with a special conviction: Don Bosco's language is universal. A game, a smile, a little attention is enough to speak the same language, the language of the heart, and it is immediately like feeling at home! During these days a fire has been lit in the hearts of children and animators; now it's a question of safeguarding and feeding this fire and these hearts!"

        {gallery}Lituania - DB Vasara 2020{/gallery}

        • Lituania
        • ICP ITALIA CIRCOSCRIZIONE SPECIALE PIEMONTE E VALLE D'AOSTA
        • Volontariato
        • Missioni
          Alessandro Parrozzani

          Papua New Guinea – Silver Jubilee for Salesian presence in Sumba

          1 month ago
          Papua New Guinea – Silver Jubilee for Salesian presence in Sumba

          (ANS – Kumgi) – 25 years ago, upon the invitation of Bishop William Kurtz, SVD, the pioneer Salesian missionaries came to the Diocese of Kundiawa, in Simbu Province to start their mission on behalf of youth. The pioneer Salesian missionaries were the late Br Ramon de la Cruz (Filipino), the late Fr Joseph Savina (Italian), and Fr David Buenaventura (Filipino). In 1996, Don Bosco Kumgi welcomed its first intake of woodworking students. The garage of the Salesian Residence at the time served as the workshop.

          In 1997, Fr Joseph Savina was installed as the first Rector of Don Bosco Kumgi and in the same year, the school was named “Don Bosco Institute of Technology.” By 2002, the school had been more popularly known as “Don Bosco Tech – Kumgi” (DBTK). In 2015, Don Bosco Tech - Kumgi (DBTK) was raised to the level of a college and assumed the name “Don Bosco Simbu Technical College” (DBSTC). This year, at DBSTC, there are more than 500 students, 34 teachers and 5 ancillary staff.

          The theme for the Silver Jubilee is: “DB KUMGI: High 5 @ 25.” The events aim at showing gratitude for the past, celebrating the present, and envisioning the future.

          High 5 is a gesture of greeting and signifies relationship, friendship and celebration. 5 stands for the 5 elements of the logo or seal of DBSTC: the laurel leaves for education and success, the gear for technical training and skills, the cross shows that DBSTC is a Catholic mission school, the Bird of Paradise stands for Papua New Guinea, and the motto: “Training for Life.” 5 also stands for the 5 aims of DBSTC as indicated in the school’s handbook. “High 5 @ 25” invites and also challenges the community of DBSTC to move forward and continue fulfilling the dream of Don Bosco on behalf of  young people.

          On Monday (7 Sept), there was the Road Show at Kundiawa town. The school truck and school bus were decorated. The statue of Saint John Bosco was mounted on a stand and displayed on the truck along with some students in their traditional "bilas" costumes representing the various provinces of PNG.

          On Tuesday (8 Sept), there was the Talent Show and the Battle of the Bands in DBSTC's gym.

          On Wednesday (9 Sept), there was the Open House Exhibit. Outsiders and students from other schools came to see the technical workshops and the projects of the Bosconians. In the afternoon, the Musical Play entitled "Man With A Dream", on the life of Saint John Bosco, premiered in the DBSTC gym. It was directed by Fr Clifford Morais. Selected Bosconians took part either as members of the cast or the crew. In the afternoon, some community leaders of the tribes nearby came to hand over their gifts to the Salesian Community: flowers, fruits, vegetables, 2 live chickens, 1 live pig and cash. Three community leaders spoke on behalf of their tribes. Fr Edwin Genovia (Principal) and Fr Angel Sanchez (Rector) also addressed them afterwards.

          On Thursday (10 Sept), there was the Silver Jubilee Thanksgiving Mass presided by the Bishop of Goroka, Bishop Dariusz Kaluza MSF. In his homily, he indicated three key words that summarise the readings and the celebration: Hope. Joy. Greatness. The occasion was also graced by the presence of the former bishop of Kundiawa, currently the Archbishop of Madang, and the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of PNG-SI, Archbishop Anton Bal. Several priests came to concelebrate in the Thanksgiving Mass. Some religious sisters working in Kundiawa Diocese also participated. Archbishop Anton Bal, Fr Ryszard Wajda SVD (Diocesan Administrator of Kundiawa), Fr Dominic Kachira SDB (Vice Provincial of the Salesians in PNG-SI), and Fr Angel Sanchez SDB (Rector of DBSTC) delivered their speeches. Some members of the Governing Council of DBSTC were also present. Fr Dominic, in the name of the confreres of PGS Vice Province, handed a gift to the Salesian Community of Kumgi: a portrait of the Good Shepherd as a reminder of the mission of the Salesians to be signs and bearers of the love of the Good Shepherd.

          After Mass, Archbishop Anton Bal blessed the monument of St John Bosco with St Dominic Savio and Blessed Laura Vicuña, as well as the 8 new kiosks or ‘haus win’ in the school grounds. Before noon, the Musical "Man With A Dream" was again staged for the guests.

          On Friday (11 Sept), the Cultural Show was held. A total of 18 groups participated and performed to showcase the colourful and diverse culture of Papua New Guinea. Thousands came to watch this most awaited show. Fr Dominic Kachira SDB and Br Reto Wanner SDB (PGS Provincial Secretary) and Mr. Nick Bange (member of the Governing Council of DBSTC) were the judges for the cultural show.

          On Sunday (12 Sept), there was another Thanksgiving Mass (Misa Bilong Tok Tenkyu) but this time with the Catholic faithful from the surrounding communities. The Diocesan Administrator of Kundiawa Diocese, Fr Ryszard Wajda SVD, presided over the Mass. In his message, Fr Angel Sanchez SDB (Rector) briefly narrated the history, origins and development of the Salesian work in Kumgi. He reminded the assembly of the pioneer Salesian missionaries and those who helped them find the land (more than 18 hectares in size) and put up the school. He also called out the names of the past rectors of Kumgi. There have been 8 since the time of Fr Joseph Savina. Towards noon, "Man With a Dream" was staged for the third time. In the afternoon, there was "bung kaikai" (shared meal) among the 7 small Catholic communities surrounding DBSTC.

          The first Rector of Don Bosco in Kumgi is named "Joseph." The patron of the Salesian Community is "Saint Joseph." The oldest parish in the Diocese of Kundiawa is Saint Joseph Parish in Mingende where the Salesians also help with Sunday Masses. Surely St Joseph has been interceding for Don Bosco Kumgi. His name is even mentioned in the Vision-Mission Statement of DBSTC recited in the assembly on Mondays and Fridays.

          For who can best help and assist the Salesians in their ministry and apostolate of “training for life” than the Guardian of the Redeemer himself, who, with Mama Mary, trained the boy Jesus!

          Fr Savio Angelo Sanchez, SDB 

          {gallery}PNG - 25 Simbu 2020{/gallery}

          • Papua Nuova Guinea
          • PGS PAPUA NUOVA GUINEA E ISOLE SALOMONE
          • Anniversari
          • Scuole
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Sierra Leone – Don Bosco Fambul fights consequences of coronavirus among the most vulnerable

            1 month ago
            Sierra Leone – Don Bosco Fambul fights consequences of coronavirus among the most vulnerable

            (ANS - Freetown) - Coronavirus infections in Sierra Leone have been well under control: there are few positive cases and few deaths. The government has lifted restrictions on mobility, but the main concern is that 47% of the population does not have access to running water and social distancing is very difficult to achieve due to the overcrowding in which most of the slum population lives. In this context, where the most serious consequence of the pandemic is poverty, Don Bosco Fambul continues to serve the people most in need.

            Thanks to the experience gained during the Ebola epidemic, the Salesians started working from the very beginning on prevention and raising awareness of the virus. For this reason, the Salesians left the Don Bosco Fambul headquarters as a first-aid base and transferred the children and young people who were not infected to the buildings of the "New Fambul", on the capital's outskirts.

            At the same time, the downtown bus, which was used for the "Don Bosco on Wheels" project, travels through the streets of Freetown's poor neighborhoods during the night. In this way, the Salesians and their collaborators identify and help street children and young girls who prostitute themselves. The bus has never stopped serving people: even during the curfew, it was able to go out onto the streets, having received permission from the police to do so.

            “During the first weeks of isolation we took care of almost 500 minors. One hundred of them have already been reintegrated into the great family of Don Bosco Fambul,” said Fr Jorge Crisafulli, rector of Don Bosco Fambul.

            Don Bosco Fambul is also the only institution that works with prisoners in this complex situation of fear of the spread of the coronavirus. The work in prisons, after the revolt that took place in the Pademba prison last April, due to the confusion generated by the virus, now requires the patience to start from scratch. "But let us not lose heart, because we are the only hope for them," adds the Salesian missionary.

            The Salesian interest in helping minors, in many cases innocent or attributed with petty crimes, placed in cells together with adults, led the religious to negotiate agreements with the prison management for their release or to agree on various activities within the prison.

            For this reason, in the midst of the pandemic, "Don Bosco Fambul" continues to carry out medical examinations of the injured and the sick, and has also re-equipped a section to house infected people, transforming the prison chapel into a clinic to isolate suspected cases.

            Finally, the Salesian structure also takes care of distributing food to supplement the only meal that the prisoners receive every day.

            • Sierra Leone
            • AFW AFRICA OCCIDENTALE ANGLOFONA
            • Coronavirus
            • Don Bosco Fambul
              Alessandro Parrozzani

              Italy – Don Bosco Social Works of Sesto San Giovanni and Yamaha: from training to hiring

              1 month ago
              Italy – Don Bosco Social Works of Sesto San Giovanni and Yamaha: from training to hiring

              (ANS - Sesto San Giovanni) - The collaboration between the Salesian Vocational Training of Sesto San Giovanni and "Yamaha Motor Italia", established during the 2019/20 school year, has already given its first fruits. Although both institutions had to face and deal with the lockdown, as did all of Italy, the collaboration generated the hiring of two students at two official Yamaha dealers.

              Michele Musolino and Marco Crippa, both students of the “Automotive” training course, have been selected to follow courses and training internships at Yamaha where they have shown great passion and commitment. In June, they then obtained a technical diploma from the Salesian Vocational School and subsequently received a job offer from Yamaha dealers.

              “It was a great journey,” reveals Michele. “I started this experience in third grade by taking a course in the Gerno branch, where I was suitable for Yamaha standards, then towards the end of the school year I did an internship at Yamaha Motor to understand the working method and in the fourth, I went to do the internship at 'Valli Moto' in Lissone. After the exams, I took my CV to Roberto Valli… who hired me! That's the top! I have found good and helpful people and I'll be able to do a job that I like.”

              Marco is of the same opinion: “Mine is an apprenticeship contract with a maximum duration of three years, with the aim of training me as a motorcycle repair mechanic. It includes, in addition to full-time work of a maximum of 40 hours per week, some training courses regarding my specialization! This work experience at the 'Motortimes' dealership in Saronno has already given me a lot of emotions, despite being there from very recent times. It may seem trivial, but working on Yamaha-branded bikes gives me an extra boost.”

              “The partnership with Yamaha is a flagship of our professional training,” comments Francesco Cristinelli, Director of the CNOS-FAP Salesian Vocational Training Center in Sesto. “The kids have the opportunity to have access to a cutting-edge automotive workshop and to work on the latest-generation Yamaha-branded vehicles. Then the best, like Marco and Michele, have the opportunity to build their future inside first-rate workshops. The news is even more important, if we consider the complicated school period we've had to face in 2020.”

              “This collaboration has the value of giving our contribution to the territory and to society in terms of skills, to create new highly technical professionals who can immediately integrate into the world of work. In every field, skills make and will make more and more a difference… Soon, other students of the fourth class will be selected to undertake the same path, and we are confident that in a year we'll be able to speak of new and exciting results,” added Andrea Colombi, Yamaha Motor Country Manager.

              For more information: www.yamaha-motor.it - ​​www.salesianisesto.it 

              {gallery}ILE - Yamaha 2020{/gallery}

              • Italia
              • ILE ITALIA LOMBARDO EMILIANA
              • Formazione Professionale
              • Lavoro
                Gian Francesco Romano

                India – Vivek Saini, Salesian Past Pupil, a frontline warrior fight against Covid-19

                1 month ago
                India – Vivek Saini, Salesian Past Pupil, a frontline warrior fight against Covid-19

                (ANS - New Delhi) - Dr. Vivek Saini, a Salesian past pupil of the Don Bosco Institute in New Delhi, 2009 alumnus, is one of the "warriors" in the frontline in the global fight against Covid-19. He is currently deploying his medical expertise at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital (LNJP) in New Delhi, currently the largest hospital dedicated to combating Covid-19 in India. He has already served three cycles, each lasting one month, in the Intensive Care Unit.

                If you ask his professors what memories they have of Vivek, they will tell you about a shy and introverted boy who, however, loved to participate in as many extracurricular activities as possible. Even today he proudly holds dear a portfolio of all the certificates he won during his student days, with notes of merit in drawing, basketball and ping-pong. Vivek is also a trekking enthusiast and semi-professional travel photographer. His “Khanabdoshi” Instagram page is like his digital alter ego.

                After school, he attended the University Course of Medicine and Surgery at the prestigious “Maulana Azad Medical College.” He later completed the specialization in Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the same college. In his professional and human curriculum, there is also a 10-month service with “Doctors Without Borders”, during which he worked in the remote health centers in the peripheries, trying to eradicate the local infectious diseases prevalent in West Bengal.

                Currently, he works at the LNJP, where the Delhi government has provided him with accommodation, as he must observe strict isolation, away from family and friends, during the period of activity.

                Given the nature of his service, the shifts, even if they involve a natural rotation, are quite irregular. Sometimes Vivek's shift starts at 3 am and continues until 10 am. The worst part of the job, however, is not the time schedule, but working with all the personal protective equipment on. Many healthcare professionals have fainted from heat and dehydration while wearing them. Once the kit is on, you cannot eat, drink or use the bathroom until you have properly undressed and sterilized everything. In addition, the safety goggles and visor fog up due to heat and humidity, making it even more difficult to see and act.

                It is under these conditions that all healthcare professionals like Vivek take care of patients.

                “Working in the ICU has, so far, been like a bag of mixed feelings, like an unpleasant roller coaster ride,” says Vivek. “There are days when unfortunate news has to be broken to several families, while on other days, the joy on the face of recovered patients is a blessing like a ray of hope. The work effort put in by the medical teams throughout the world may never truly be completely compensated.”

                Despite everything, Vivek truly believes that, despite our shortcomings, humans are capable of incredible feats and he looks to the future with confidence. “These are undoubtedly difficult times. But we also have the opportunity to be the most beautiful version of ourselves. It's times like these that say how good and humane we really are… The world shall recover from the pandemic soon. The tragic loss of those who've left us shall linger for long. But hopefully, we'll make a better world with all that this pandemic has taught us.”

                Fr Babu Varghese, SDB

                • India
                • INN INDIA NEW DELHI
                • Coronavirus
                • Salute
                • Exallievi
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Italy – Casa Don Bosco Museum: unique opportunity to get closer to Salesian history and Turin

                  1 month 1 week ago
                  Italy – Casa Don Bosco Museum: unique opportunity to get closer to Salesian history and Turin

                  (ANS - Turin) - The "Casa Don Bosco Museum" built at the Salesian complex in Turin-Valdocco will be inaugurated on 2-3-4 October 2020. The project and design of the new museum followed a philological line that brought to light the original rooms of the second half of the 19th century. To all this was added the exhibition of Marian, liturgical, devotional and artistic collections, while considerable restoration work was applied to furnishings, fabrics, objects of artistic and devotional value.

                  Among the guests who confirmed their presence are: Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians; the well-known art critic Vittorio Sgarbi; Alberto Cirio, President of the Piedmont Region; Chiara Appendino, Mayor of Turin; various authorities of the Italian institutional, artistic and cultural world, together with those responsible for the architectural, museographic and museological project of this “house-museum”.

                  The President of the Region and the Councilor for Culture and Tourism comment that there could not have been a better choice than to create a "house-museum" to tell the story of a man who was a point of reference and "home" for hundreds of thousands of young people over two centuries, and who is, still today, an innovative precursor of a formation and educational system that is more current than ever.

                  A story or history, Don Bosco's, deeply connected to the life and traditions of Piedmont. A bond that the House Museum narrates through the settings recreated to immerse the visitor into the private and working daily life of the Salesian community, enriched by important collections of sacred art that represent a heritage for all those who shall choose to visit.

                  "Our Congregation of the 'Salesians of Don Bosco' has the joy and responsibility of delivering, for the good of the whole Salesian family in the world, for the pilgrims and tourists of the City of Turin, the new, completely renovated museum design of the places of the origins, of Don Bosco's educational and spiritual adventure," declared the Rector Major, Fr Á.F. Artime. "The rooms located under the courtyard and the Mother House were renovated, but the collection of objects belonging to both Don Bosco and the first Salesian community was also completely restored. It is a heritage to be discovered and enjoyed, to appreciate its cultural, devotional and Salesian identity."

                  The three days for the official opening are:

                  Friday 2 October - Press conference addressed to press and media professionals for a complete presentation of the new museum itinerary (by accreditation and invitation);

                  Saturday 3 October - Inauguration of the Casa Don Bosco Museum in the presence of the civil and religious authorities (by accreditation and invitation);

                  Sunday 4 October - Opening to the public of the Casa Don Bosco Museum (free access).

                  From January 2021 the Museum will be included in the Museum Subscription circuit.

                  The opening of the new Museum represents a unique opportunity to get closer to Salesian history and that of the city of Turin.

                  For more information, please visit the website: https://basilicamariaausiliatrice.it/inaugurazione-museo-casa-don-bosco/ 

                  • Italia
                  • ICP ITALIA CIRCOSCRIZIONE SPECIALE PIEMONTE E VALLE D'AOSTA
                  • Rettor Maggiore
                  • Luoghi Salesiani
                  • Musei
                  • Arte e Cultura
                  • Personaggi illustri
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Thailand – Fast-changing face of “Thai Valdocco”: Don Bosco Bangkok

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                    Graduation of the German Dual Voc Edn. Training 2019

                    (ANS – Bangkok) – Since 1949, the Don Bosco Technological College (previously Technical School) in Bangkok has been journeying with youth in need, working and less-privileged youth in Thailand and other neighbouring countries. All the Salesians work in Cambodia and Laos, too, has its roots in this school. But in the fast-changing industrial scenario of South East Asia, Don Bosco Bangkok is no exception to change.

                    Integration into the vocational training structure of Thailand ranks twelfth in automobile production worldwide. German companies such as Mercedes Benz and BMW have also been manufacturing in Thailand for many years. In order to assert itself in international competition, Thailand has ambitious plans. The country wants to develop into a hub for green technologies and electro-mobiles.

                    However, this can only be achieved with appropriately qualified employees. The Thai branches of German automotive companies have set up their own training centers for this purpose and work closely with Thai (technical colleges) vocational schools. In this way, high-quality professional know-how is transferred to Thailand. German-Thai Dual Excellence Education (GTDEE) is a training program of the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce (AHK Thailand), in which the trainees work in a company in a practice-oriented manner and also attend vocational school.

                    The Don Bosco Technological College Bangkok deals with practical professional topics and also teaches general subjects such as Thai, English, and social studies. The aim from the start was to implement a sustainable training structure based on the German model. The learning and training content of the German training framework and the framework curriculum were adapted as part of the Thai vocational training structure.

                    The AHK Thailand also identified training content in Thailand that corresponds to the German training framework. This resulted in three-year vocational training that follows the German training regulations and includes their qualifications.

                    The successful concept from Germany has been implemented since last 2013 by the AHK Thailand initially together with the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and with the corporate partners B. Grimm Group, BMW Thailand Company Limited and Robert Bosch Limited Thailand for several professions and also by the Thai Ministry of Education supports.

                    Since the end of 2018, the AHK Thailand has been offering its services for the training of young Thai specialists as part of business partnerships, which has also significantly improved the quality of the training. Initially, due to the Thai vocational training structure, only certification in accordance with quality category “C” as local dual vocational training with German system elements was possible.

                    The newly-adapted training structure meant that the trainees were able to achieve quality category "B" in local dual vocational training based on the German model in the year before last and quality category "A" German dual vocational training abroad in cooperation with Mercedes Benz and BMW last year.

                    This year, for the first time, trainees from Pathumthani Brewery Co. Ltd, as electronics technicians for industrial engineering in cooperation with the Don Bosco Technological College in Bangkok, will be able to achieve quality category “A” of German dual vocational training abroad.

                    The AHK Thailand supports the partner companies and vocational schools in a variety of ways throughout the program. The cooperation is based on a coordinated combination of curricula and a general training plan.

                    The performance control takes place via PAL exams. PAL is the development center for examination tasks for technical professions in Germany. A feature of the PAL exams is that not only theoretical knowledge, but also practical application is tested.

                    Apprentices have to acquire all professionally relevant qualifications in order to receive a certificate from the AHK Thailand that reflects the high standard of training. This certificate confirms that the trainees have successfully completed their training to become highly qualified specialists. These skilled workers are wanted by companies. The companies reduce their costs for continuous training and achieve increased employee loyalty. Since the successful implementation of GTDEE, the AHK Thailand has already carried out more than 860 vocational final exams.

                    All Don Bosco Technological College students in 2020 have been admitted to work in all three companies, i.e., BMW, Mercedes Benz and Singha Beer. “We are glad that our Thai Bosconians are ready for the competitive industrial scenario not only with their human and religious education, but also with their excellent skills,” Francis Wichai Srisura, Head of DBTC Automotive Mechatronics Department, concludes.

                    Source: AustraLasia

                    • Thailandia
                    • THA THAILANDIA
                    • Formazione Professionale
                    • Lavoro
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      India – “An Affable Pastor”, a book on late Archbishop Dominic Jala, SDB, has been released

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                      India – “An Affable Pastor”, a book on late Archbishop Dominic Jala, SDB, has been released

                      (ANS – Shillong) – A commemorative volume of edited works on the life of Late Archbishop Dominic Jala was released the 3rd September by Father Paul Olphindro Lyngkot SDB, Salesian Provincial, at Don Bosco Provincial House, Mawlai.

                      The short function began with a prayer led by Father John Zosiama, the INS Vice Provincial. Later a short description about the book entitled “An Affable Pastor” was given by Brother MA Abraham who coedited the work with Father Jose Varickasseril. Brother Abraham stated that the sole intention of publishing this book was to keep alive the memory of Late Archbishop Jala who was a very versatile person and a pastor who was very human, and who died prematurely in a car accident last 10 October 2019 near Wilbur Springs, in Colusa County, California, United States.

                      The volume is composed of a wide range of articles comprising of Theological, Philosophical, Biblical, Canonical, Kerygmatic, Catechetical, Liturgical themes etc.

                      The In Memoriam section contains inspiring impressions about the Late Archbishop.

                      Father Lyngkot commended the work of the two editors and called the book a “very special book”. He said that the book opened the door for all those who knew Late Archbishop Dominic Jala to reflect more deeply about his life. He also recalled that the book got its name from the affability of the father of Late Archbishop Jala which the son assuredly imbibed.

                      • India
                      • INS INDIA SHILLONG
                      • Dominic Jala
                      • Libri e Pubblicazioni
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Hong Kong – “Youth Outreach”: loving what young people love

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                        Hong Kong – “Youth Outreach”: loving what young people love

                        (ANS - Hong Kong) - "Youth Outreach" (YO) is a non-profit organization well known in Hong Kong for its work dedicated to young people at risk. It was founded in 1991 by Fr Peter Newberry, a Salesian, together with a group of lay people and thanks to the economic and institutional support of the citizens of Hong Kong. Over the years, the organization has consolidated and established itself in its current headquarters: a 15-storey building in the Sai Wan Ho area, where more than 100 employees work. Here, support is given to young people at risk, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

                        Recently, Fr Newberry said that "Youth Outreach" has received a large grant from the "Jockey Club Charities Trust" of Hong Kong, which will last four years and which will be used to launch a project called "Reaching the Unreachable", a program for the mental health care of young people at risk and their families.

                        Youth Outreach services and activities have now been described and summarized in a video, visible on the organization's YouTube channel. In the video, it is possible to virtually visit the building, get to know the social workers who work there and see the crisis prevention center, the housing, the Hip Hop school, the youth employment program, the psychological services and volunteering and much more. Leading the viewer on this virtual tour is "Bun", a Hip Hop teacher, who arrived in YO after being a street kid himself.

                        The name "Youth Outreach" takes on a very particular meaning if you read it in Chinese, in which it is composed of three ideograms: 協 青 社. The second of these ideograms means "youth or green" and its central position between the other two is emblematic. The first means "aid", while the latter "society". This creates the evocative image of a society that helps the most disadvantaged young people, that supports and cares for them.

                        The video, which offers good inspiration for any Salesian urban environment, is available here.

                        • Hong Kong
                        • CIN CINA
                        • Giovani a Rischio
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Argentina – Time to take care of the Common Home

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                          Argentina – Time to take care of the Common Home

                          (ANS - Córdoba) - Caring for the planet has now become an urgent need rather than an option. It requires you to get to work right away. The Salesian Province "Blessed Artemide Zatti" of Northern Argentina (ARN) wants to walk as a community towards proposals and attitudes of life that favor the care of Creation and the construction of a more sustainable planet. This objective is included among the policies of the Provincial Organic Project (POI), written in 2016 and updated in 2020.

                          The POI is a common plan of discernment and pastoral commitment that guides the practices and supports the life and mission of each of the Salesian houses in a Province, based on the most important decisions taken by the Provincial with his Council.

                          Among the choices included in the ARN POI, there is one in particular that responds - in the words of Pope Francis - to the cry of "sister mother earth": it is policy no. 13: "Promote the care of the Common Home".

                          In order to include in each of the educational-pastoral communities of the ARN Province, the ecological awareness proposed by the encyclical Laudato Sì, on the basis of this policy, training and awareness-raising instances will be generated and projects will be developed that move in this direction.

                          The first concrete action aimed at implementing policy no. 13 was the formation of a provincial team that will develop the project for the care of the Common Home.

                          The representatives of the various sectors and services, with the accompaniment of a regional representative of the "Don Bosco Green Alliance", have started a process of discernment that moves according to the rhythms marked in the encyclical Evangelii Gaudium: recognize, interpret and choose (no. 51).

                          In this way, it is possible to begin to walk in the choice and implementation of actions that allow to take on, adopt, in each of the Salesian communities and structures of animation, a profound ECOLOGICAL CONVERSION.

                          Source: Don Bosco Norte

                          • Argentina
                          • ARN ARGENTINA NORD
                          • Ambiente
                          • Creato
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Spain – Salesian schools start lessons with enthusiasm and in compliance with safety measures

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                            Spain – Salesian schools start lessons with enthusiasm and in compliance with safety measures

                            (ANS - Madrid) - In the first days of September, the classrooms and courtyards of the 136 Salesian schools throughout Spain are again filled with over 95,000 students, plus thousands more teachers and staff members. The Salesian centers have made an effort to apply the indications of the authorities and to guarantee a safe return to school. But this alone is not enough.

                            Aware that, in addition to the safety protocols indicated, it is necessary to accompany the emotional world of children, young people and their families, at the beginning of the month a virtual meeting was organized for more than 400 teachers of infant and elementary education, who were trained in emotional education.

                            In many cases, the summer holidays have almost faded between the end of the last school year and the beginning of the current one. "We have never disconnected," assures Rosa Erro, a teacher at the Salesian institute in Pamplona. "Since the first days of the new school year weren't enough, we put together a team in the summer and adapted some measures."

                            For his part, José Antón, from the Elche institute, explains that "since July we have adapted the protocols to the various drafts published by the authorities. It was an ongoing job, but we did it with enthusiasm and with the final goal in mind: that children can come to school feeling accompanied and safe."

                            "We are preparing a plan of psychological attention to our beneficiaries and also to the care of the courtyard," confirms Fr Santiago Domínguez, Director of the Don Bosco Center in Villamuriel.

                            The involvement of the faculty at this time is essential for everything to go well. "The teachers are starting this year that is so atypical with enthusiasm, as we all try to give the best of ourselves to our students and their families. We will solve all the problems that arise with goodwill," says Lidia Borniquel, of the Salesians of La Almunia de Doña Godina.

                            From the very beginning, the Salesian centers have insisted on making students aware of the importance of following preventive measures. "We have prepared a welcome day for the whole center, but with a tutor present in the classroom, to focus on the educational aspects, prevention and collaboration," the Salesians of Pamplona declare.

                            In Salesian schools, in addition to the daily measurement of the temperature, the interpersonal distance of 1.5 meters and the use of masks, the appointment of a Coordinator for the management of the Covid-19 emergency is also envisaged, who will monitor compliance with hygiene measures, and will be in direct contact with families and the reference health center.

                            Although teachers are available to start providing distance learning again in the event of a new lockdown, the importance of face-to-face education is emphasized in Salesian schools. "The gap between those who are most disadvantaged and those who are not will widen more if we work from home," adds Prof. Erro. "Digitization is good up to a point. We educate through who we are, not through screens," confirms Fr Domínguez.

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                            • SSM SPAGNA SAN GIACOMO MAGGIORE
                            • Scuole
                            • Coronavirus
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              RMG – Not just Salesians for young people. Young Salesians

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                              RMG – Not just Salesians for young people. Young Salesians

                              (ANS - Rome) - "Young Salesians and accompaniment - Orientations and Guidelines". The first 'seed' of reflection that 5 young Salesians toss to their colleagues and all the Salesians in their 3-minute video in 5 languages ​​for the month of September is to open our eyes to this awareness: there is a large number of young Salesians. It is a charism, a gift, a challenge: how to be and become increasingly more the face of Don Bosco, be close to the millions of young people who are clamoring for such proximity? The GC28 encouraged young people to be true and proper protagonists and not just beneficiaries: this is true above all for those thousands of young people who are or are about to become Salesians.

                              From the answers to the questionnaire in which 86% of the young people in initial formation took part, the data that emerged concerned the age and distribution of Salesians, the vast majority being under 30 years of age. The Salesian is a religious Congregation with a large number of young religious, the most widespread across the 5 continents.

                              It is not a homogeneous distribution in terms of age, if one compares the percentage of Salesians with temporary vows with respect to the total in two regions that are geographically close, but very different by birth: in the Mediterranean, the percentage of SDBs with temporary vows is 4.17%; in Africa Madagascar, it is 37.35% (31 December 2018). These differences between Regions and Provinces, however, do not diminish the number of young confreres as a whole Congregation, but rather offer clear indications on the new face of the Salesians that is emerging.

                              72.48% of novices as of December 31, 2019, live in Africa, South Asia, East Asia and Oceania. 93% of post-novices replied to the 2017 questionnaire on accompaniment. Of this group of young Salesians, 59.4% used English. It is not necessary to be prophets to grasp the signs of the future that give hope and at the same time strongly challenge us, especially for the formative investment to which one is called as a Congregation.

                              John Paul, Anselmo, Marc-Auguste, Chema, Tommaso ask three questions at the end of the video to stimulate reflection and community sharing. They are recorded in the PowerPoint/PDF that is attached to the video itself, where more space is given to the data and links to the pages of the accompanying document whose dissemination is to be promoted (in the 1st chapter in particular):

                              • How do we cultivate the SENSE OF BELONGING to the Church and to our Salesian Congregation? Are we open to the great HORIZONS that the Church and the Congregation open before us?
                              • How do we experience INTERNATIONALITY and INTERCULTURALITY? They are perceived as a problem or as a valuable resource?
                              • How does the DIALOGUE BETWEEN GENERATIONS work within our training community?

                              The video is accessible on ANSChannel.

                              There is also a space in GoogleDoc where you can share opinions across regions, between regions and languages

                              {gallery}RMG - Primo Seme Formazione 2020{/gallery}

                              • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                              • Formazione
                              • Accompagnamento
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                India – Krishna's return home thanks to Don Bosco

                                1 month 1 week ago
                                India – Krishna's return home thanks to Don Bosco

                                (ANS - Trivandrum) - Krishna Khakhlari, 42, is from the State of Assam and worked with informal jobs in Trivandrum, in the State of Kerala, since 2015. He has a grandmother, a wife and three daughters at home to feed, to whom he always sent all the money he earned. For him, the well-being of his family has always been a priority. But a few months ago, on 11 June 2020, his life completely changed. On his bicycle ride to work, he had a serious accident and suffered a serious head injury.

                                Doctors from the Trivandrum Medical College, where he was treated for 10 days, confirmed that the wound had paralyzed him from the waist down and that he would never move on his own. For Krishna, this meant that he could no longer take care of his family, who furthermore were 3,500 km away from the site of the accident.

                                Mr. Abhilash, the Assistant Labor Officer, was familiar with the work of the “KISMAT” project for migrant workers and put Krishna in contact with the volunteers.

                                KISMAT is the name of a project of BREADS, the Planning and Development Office of the Salesian Province of Bangalore. This project serves migrants from other states of India who work in the state of Kerala. That is, it serves people like Krishna: people who work occasionally and who earn only in the days of actual work.

                                When the Indian government imposed the lockdown, Krishna's only thought was to get home as soon as possible. KISMAT members, after consulting with doctors and collecting reports, obtained a certificate of fitness to travel. The doctors suggested transporting him by plane, but the hypothesis was rejected due to the many difficulties imposed by the pandemic.

                                Having abandoned the idea of ​​flying, KISMAT staff held further meetings with the district labor official, who agreed to have Krishna taken to his home in an ambulance; the government would pay the costs. First, an ambulance was found willing to travel 7,000 km (to the state of Assam and back).

                                Accompanied by three assistants, Krishna was finally able to make his journey; and after the lengthy journey, lasting six days, he was able to reunite with his grandmother, wife and three children.

                                The KISMAT team wanted to thank everyone who was involved in this journey and recalled that KISMAT means "destiny": a destiny, that of Krishna, which they are happy to have changed for the better.

                                VIDEO

                                • India
                                • INK INDIA BANGALORE
                                • Solidarietà
                                • Coronavirus
                                • Disabilità
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Italy – Installation of Fr Kanaga as new Visitor of Salesian Pontifical University

                                  1 month 1 week ago
                                  Italy – Installation of Fr Kanaga as new Visitor of Salesian Pontifical University

                                  (ANS - Rome) - Last Saturday, 5 September, during a Eucharistic celebration presided over by Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians and Grand Chancellor of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS), Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga was appointed as the new Superior of the Vice Province "Maria Sede della Sapienza” of the UPS.

                                  Also present for the occasion were the Rector Major's Vicar, Fr Stefano Martoglio, the Councilor for Formation, Fr Ivo Coelho, and the Councilor for Youth Ministry, Fr Miguel Angel García Morcuende.

                                  The new Visitor, a past pupil of the UPS where he studied Theology and obtained a Doctorate in Philosophy, took up the post for the 2020-2026 term.

                                  Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga Kanaga was born on 4 October 1956 in Varadarajanpet, Trichy, India. He entered the novitiate of Yercaud and took his first religious vows on May 24, 1976, and his perpetual vows on the same day in 1982, in Madras. He was ordained priest in Rome in 1986.

                                  Director since 1992 of the "Don Bosco" of Tirupattur, of the Theological Institute of Madras-Poonamallee and of Yercaud, he studied Theology and obtained a Doctorate in Philosophy at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome.

                                  For the Madras Province, he was Vicar from 1996 to 2002 and Delegate for Youth Ministry from 2006 to 2007.

                                  He participated in General Chapters 24, 25 and 26 and was a member of the Pre-Chapter Commission of the GC27.

                                  The 26th General Chapter (2008) elected him Regional Councilor for South Asia and the 27th General Chapter (2014) confirmed him in this position.

                                  For the occasion, Fr Mauro Mantovani, Rector Magnificus of UPS, expressed his good wishes to Fr Kanaga, wishing him "a fruitful work at the service of the common mission", and at the same time thanked Fr Eugenio Riva, Kanaga's predecessor in the position as UPS Visitor, "for the great work done in recent years."

                                  {gallery}UPS - Arokiam Kanaga - 2020{/gallery}

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                                  • UPS UNIVERSITÀ PONTIFICIA SALESIANA
                                  • Maria Arokiam Kanaga
                                  • Insediamenti
                                  • Rettor Maggiore
                                  • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Brazil – Campo Grande Province celebrates centenary of Fr Thannhuber's death

                                    1 month 1 week ago
                                    Brazil – Campo Grande Province celebrates centenary of Fr Thannhuber's death

                                    (ANS - Campo Grande) - Even if his case is not canonically recognized as martyrdom and there is no ongoing Cause, the life story and circumstances of the death of the German Salesian missionary Fr José (Josef) Thannhuber are remembered and celebrated as clear examples of self-giving, holiness and the giving of one's blood in the name of faith and for the salvation of the souls entrusted to him. For this reason, on the occasion of the centenary of his birth in Heaven, the Salesians of his Province wanted to remember him.

                                    August 29, 1920, is a Sunday. At around 8 in the morning, immediately after the festive Mass in the chapel of the community of Palmeiras, Mato Grosso, a group of about 40 armed men enters the courtyard of the Salesian house taking everyone hostage: there are four Salesians, including Fr Thannhuber, Director of the community, a collaborator and a surveyor who is a guest of the Salesians. For much of the day, they are kept under gun threat. At around 4 in the afternoon, the leader of the attackers, named Tobias, orders everyone to start walking on the road to Cuiabá, 100 km away. But the journey is short, lasting only a few minutes. The walk is  interrupted by gunfire and, after being shot in the back of the head, Fr Thannhuber lies bloody on the ground, according to the description of the Salesian historian Fr Jean-Baptiste Duroure. Taking advantage of the confusion, the other Salesians flee into the bush and at eight the next morning, after walking all night, they arrive in Coxipó, where they share the sad news.

                                    Still today the real reasons for that criminal action are not known, but the main suspects gravitate around disputes over the demarcation of the territory.

                                    All this could be just the simple description of a vile crime, but it acquires supernatural contours in the face of the prophecy of Blessed Michael Rua, the Successor of Don Bosco at the head of the Salesian Congregation.

                                    When José Tannhuber was still a cleric and a student of philosophy, he went to greet the then Rector Major, together with the group assigned to the missions in 1902: Don Rua, in addition to the usual recommendations, outlined the future field of work for each one, prophesying the great good they would do. But when it was the cleric Tannhuber's turn, Fr Rua remained silent: and since the cleric insisted that he tell him a few words about his future, the Superior, almost against his will, only answered: "Tomorrow, tomorrow". Tannhuber was not discouraged, waited impatiently and the next day he showed up again. And Don Rua, with a contrite spirit and looking at him gently, after a few moments said: "Well, be prepared for martyrdom."

                                    Fr Thannhuber was the first Salesian to shed his blood on the lands of Mato Grosso. Three other missionaries and an indigenous catechist subsequently fertilized these lands with the gift of their lives: Fr João Fuchs and Fr Pedro Sacilotti (1934) and the Servants of God, Fr Rodolfo Lunkenbein and the indigenous Simão Bororo (1976).

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                                    • BCG BRASILE CAMPO GRANDE
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                                    • Martiri
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Spain – "San Juan Bosco" Higher Institute honored with Medal of City of Seville for its 75 years of activity

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                                      (ANS - Seville) - On Monday 7 September, the Council of Spokespersons of the City of Seville made public its awarding honorary distinctions of the city for people and institutions for 2020: among these, there is also the "San Juan Bosco" Institute. The honors will be awarded on 23 September in Fibes as the health crisis caused by Covid-19 has prevented the traditional institutional event which is held every year on May 30 in the Lope de Vega theater on the occasion of the feast day of San Ferdinando, the city's patron saint.

                                      On the occasion of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Salesian house, the City Council, chaired by Juan Espadas, a Salesian past pupil, was keen to acknowledge the educational work carried out in favor of the citizenship in the field of teaching, education and research. In the press release announcing the awarding of the prize, the work of the Institute is recognized as a "reference educational and cultural institution, through which 3,500 students have had access to human and professional training, open to transcendental values ​​and to society that they have been called to build."

                                      It is worth noting that this recognition comes 25 years after the conferral of the honor of "Alfonso X the Wise" granted to the same Salesian house in 1995, for its 50 years of activity.

                                      The leaders of the Salesian house through social networks thanked all those who made this distinction possible, through their support, their esteem and recognition.

                                      Since 1943 the Congregation of the Salesians of Don Bosco has never ceased to accompany the university students of Seville through its "House", with a first group of university students who were welcomed in the Salesian house of San Benito da Calatrava in the center of Seville, while the current building was built near Arroyo Street. The word "home" is not a metaphorical resource for Salesians: it is intended to indicate the special atmosphere and the educational style that characterize the work.

                                      Today the Salesians continue to "accompany" and encourage the integral development of university students, to continue, faithful to their origins, to improve society through their dedication to the education and evangelization of young people.

                                      Every year, at the beginning of the academic year, the "San Juan Bosco" Higher Institute opens its doors to over 100 university students willing to live an experience of formation, friendship and accompaniment. And every year the Salesians do everything possible to ensure that the educational and pastoral objectives of their mission to the young are realized: to form good Christians and upright citizens through the methodology of the Preventive System.

                                      In its 75 years of activity, the "San Juan Bosco" Higher Institute has contributed to enriching the political, academic, religious, cultural and social life of Seville, thanks to its past pupils, who have held positions of the highest level.

                                      It is a faithful mirror of the values ​​with which Don Bosco always worked among his young people.

                                      • Spagna
                                      • SMX SPAGNA MARIA AUSILIATRICE
                                      • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Brazil - Museum of Salesian Works on Google Arts & Culture

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                                        Brazil - Museum of Salesian Works on Google Arts & Culture

                                        (ANS - São Paulo) - The Museum of the Salesian Works of Brazil (MOSB) can now be visited through Google Arts & Culture, an online collection of high-resolution images of works of art exhibited in various museums around the world. Thanks to this platform, launched in 2011, it is possible to visit many museums, scattered in every corner of the globe. The museum exploration feature uses the same technology used by Google's Street View project.

                                        The MOSB, which can now be admired and visited online, was officially created in 2008 and is a private institution located on the premises of the “Liceu Coração de Jesus” College. The purpose of this museum is to preserve, study and disseminate the great heritage of the Salesian Congregation in Brazil. The museum has a vast collection, which includes music collections, photographs, archives, clothing and much more.

                                        The MOSB preserves materials from the late 19th century and also houses a large taxidermy collection, with numerous species of stuffed Brazilian fauna, which were mostly used by Salesian priests and teachers for natural science lessons at the end of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. There is also a rich collection of mineralogy and sacred objects.

                                        Of great interest is the MOSB music collection, in which sources are preserved that refer to other concepts related to the teaching of music, which thus becomes an important field of research. The costume collection, on the other hand, is made up of vestments used by Salesian priests. The collection also includes chasubles, copes, shoes, gloves, caps, hats, mitres and belts.

                                        As mentioned, the museum is part of the historical building of the "Liceu Coração de Jesus", the first Salesian house founded in São Paulo in 1885. The school has been declared part of the Historical, Archaeological, Artistic and Tourist Heritage of the State of São Paulo in 2013. In the complex there are also the Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in neoclassical style, built in 1881, and the “Grande Otelo” Theater.

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