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RMG – Formation and accompaniment course for newly appointed Provincials

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RMG – Formation and accompaniment course for newly appointed Provincials

(ANS - Rome) - Tomorrow, 19 June, concludes the new edition of the Course for the recently appointed Provincials, the second which has taken place with the new General Council elected by the 28th General Chapter, and the second since the beginning of the pandemic. Starting from  June 6, seven Provincials have been sharing their days with the Rector Major and his first collaborators, learning about the programme and the guidelines of the Congregation and each one had the opportunity to present their own circumscriptions to the General Council.

The participants, who took part in this course coordinated by the Vicar of the Rector Major, Fr Stefano Martoglio, are:

  • Fr José Pastor Ramírez, Provincial of the Antilles (ANT);
  • Fr Giovanni D'Andrea, Provincial of Italy-Sicily (ISI);
  • Fr Sigfried Kettner, Provincial of Austria (AUS);
  • Fr Leonardo Mancini, Superior of Piedmont/Aosta Valley Special   Circumscription (ICP);
  • Fr Melchor Trinidad, Provincial of United States West (SUO);
  • Fr Mychajlo Czaban, Superior of Ukraine Vice Province (UKR);
  • Fr Peter Timko, Provincial of Slovakia (SLK).

Comparing to the course that was organized last March for the Provincials, this new edition sees a small increase in participation; despite the numerous travel difficulties of this period, seven Provincials managed to reach Rome, seven now instead of six last time – and there has been an increase in its geographical composition: no longer only Provincials from EU countries, but also from the non-Schengen European area, and also from the American continent.

The legal elements relevant to the exercise of government, as well as the characteristics of animation, and the fundamental references for religious identity and discipline remain, as usual, the crux of the group  work of the Provincials. Moreover, the individual sharing of the objectives and projects with the Rector Major and the other Sector Councilors, favor the adoption of a broader perspective on the realities of the Congregation and nourish the climate of fraternity.

The present condition which manifests a decline of the Covid-19 infections in Italy allows this edition of the course to also enjoy its first "outings", a few places nearby in Rome which have great importance, and always with maximum precautions. Today, in fact, the Provincials will visit and know about the Salesian Pontifical University, its large and modern library, and also the Salesian research facilities of the Salesian Historical Institute (ISS) and of the Salesian History Association (ACSSA); and in the afternoon, almost as a spiritual flavor to the day’s itinerary, the Provincials will experience a moment of pilgrimage, prayer, and meditation at the Catacombs of San Callisto.

In light of this process of gradual return to normality, the formation and accompaniment courses offered by the Rector Major and his Council to the Provincials who have reached the mid-term of their mandate, will resume in Turin, coming September.

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  • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
  • Corso Ispettori
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Thailand – “We Are All In The Same Boat”

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    Thailand – “We Are All In The Same Boat”

    (ANS – Bangkok) – The Covid-19 pandemic in Thailand is still going on, not only in Bangkok, the capital city. From the daily statistics issued, the number of people infected is still at the level between 2,300 - 3,000 people. From the recent survey, there have been infections of persons working in big factories, in many provinces, especially in Phetchaburi Province. Some 3,000 people were tested Covid-19 positive out of 5,000 workers, mostly from neighbouring countries. The virus has spread through the adjacent villages. The government has put more effort to bring the vaccines to the people, but percentage-wise, the numbers are not high. More time is needed.

    Aside from this, because of the precarious situation in Myanmar, some residents especially along the border areas fled to take refuge in Thailand. They have experienced severe hardships.

    Due to these situations, the Salesian Family of Thailand could not remain at ease. They have reached out to these people in the best way they can.

    On 17 June 2021, Fr Aaron Alcoseba, the vice provincial, together with the members of the Salesian Family - composed of the Salesians [SDB], the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians [FMA], the Salesian Cooperators [ASC], the Association of Mary Help of Christians [ADMA], the Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary [SIHM], the Institute of the Queenship of Mary [DQM], the Sisters of the Queenship of Mary [SQM] and the Salesian Past Pupils - joined forces to bring relief to the affected people. They prepared 500 food bags for the poor residents of the municipality of Khao Yoi, Phetchaburi Province, and the municipality of Banpong, Ratchaburi Province. Another 100 food bags were given to the refugees from Myanmar staying along the border of Kanchanaburi Province. This event was held at the grounds of the Office of the Salesian Society in Bangkok.

    This activity was organized and coordinated by the Planning and Development Office [PDO] of the Salesian Province, under the project “We Are In The Same Boat”. On this special occasion, a great thank you was said to Fr Sarawin Phatsrirueang, the assistant director of the Social Development Centre of the Ratchaburi Diocese, for receiving these food bags to be distributed to the people infected by Covid-19, and also to Mr. Surasit Jit-uthat, a staff member of COERR Kanchanaburi, for bringing the food bags to be handed to the refugees.

    “Since the areas affected by the Covid-19 pandemic have been put in 'lockdown', and the place of the refugees was difficult to reach, bringing the goods directly to the recipients was therefore impossible. Thank you ‘Diocesan Social Action Center – Ratchaburi’ [DISAC] and COERR - Kanchanaburi for acting as the 'human bridge' to bring the food donations to those who are suffering,” states the Thai Salesian Family.

    {gallery}THA - Attivita FS 2021{/gallery}

    • Thailandia
    • THA THAILANDIA
    • Famiglia Salesiana
    • Coronavirus
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Spain – Salesian Social Platforms encourage people to welcome via words and fraternal discourse

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      Spain – Salesian Social Platforms encourage people to welcome via words and fraternal discourse

      (ANS - Madrid) - World Refugee Day will be celebrated on Sunday 20 June. In Spain, last year, only 5% of the approximately 115,000 asylum applications were accepted, a percentage far below the European average of 33%. The Salesian Social Platforms assist about 1,000 people seeking international protection or refugee status, through residential resources for international protection, social and work integration programs, language learning, and hospitality.

      Currently, the number of refugees and displaced persons in the world amounts to around 80 million. But beyond the numbers, there are people and their life stories that led them to flee their countries. People who, after having suffered serious violations of their fundamental rights, often encounter rejection and misunderstanding, lies and ignorance.

      For this reason, this year the Salesian Social Platforms are encouraging people to become the first refuge for people who come to the Country in search of protection. With a message: “My voice does not spread lies or hoaxes, it does not share prejudices or join in xenophobic discourses. Even my voice is a refuge.”

      In 2020, 88,762 people filled out asylum applications in Spain: a figure that is 25% lower than in 2019, but only due to the closure of the borders due to the pandemic, not because there have been improvements in the countries of origin. But these applications face many obstacles. The first is certainly the length of time to process them. “This means that refugees are forced to live on the street or in overcrowded camps,” the Salesian Social Platforms report.

      Another problem is the lack of resources and personnel, especially specialized resources to deal with the circumstances of people seeking international protection. Add to this, the uncertainty as regards the model and the very continuity of the reception system.

      Due to the slowness in receiving the necessary documents, "I always encounter many difficulties when I have to deal with bureaucratic formalities," testifies one refugee.

      For this reason the Salesian Social Platforms request:

      -       to increase the structures necessary to deal with requests for international protection within the terms established by law.

      -       to provide more means for reception, which ensure adequate accompaniment of applicants seeking international protection and refugees already in the initial phase.

      -       to provide more resources and stability to what already exists to promote the integration process at different levels: legal, administrative, linguistic, cultural ... in order to promote the integral development of people.

      The Salesian Social Platforms have an integral reception program for young people aged 18 to 26 seeking international protection and refugees, supported by the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, which welcomes about one thousand people.

      Despite the pandemic, during 2020 and in this first part of 2021, the Platforms assisted 150 young people in their request for international protection: 14 applications were accepted, 19 rejected: but above all 80% of the applications presented by the Salesian Social Platforms are still awaiting resolution.

      {gallery}Spagna - Rifugiati 2021{/gallery}

      • Spagna
      • Piattaforme Sociali Salesiane
      • Rifugiati
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Rwanda – Day of the African Child: Salesians in AGL committed to strengthening Safe Environment for all Children

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        Rwanda – Day of the African Child: Salesians in AGL committed to strengthening Safe Environment for all Children

        (ANS – Kigali) – As the African continent celebrates the Day of the African Child, the Salesians of Don Bosco in the Africa of the Great Lakes Province (Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda) call on parents to join hands in caring for the welfare of the children from birth to adulthood because that is what will help them to become good and valuable citizens for the country of origin and the continent in general.

        Every year on June 16, the Day of the African Child is celebrated, with the theme of the year 2021 being “30 years after the adoption of the Charter: accelerate the implementation of Agenda 2040 for an Africa fit for children”.

        This theme emphasizes everyone's role in complying with the contents of the African Union's 2040 Agenda, in particular where the call is to have an African Continent whose development is people-driven, relying on the potential of African people, especially its women and youth, and caring for children.

        Despite the COVID-19 pandemic not allowing to celebrate the Day of the African Child as it used to, the Salesians of Don Bosco believe that a child has the fundamental right to grow up safely, free from exploitation and abuse, and able to enjoy life and all the gifts of a compassionate God.

        In the Province of Africa of the Great Lakes, the Salesians are striving to take care of as many children as possible through education in Nursery Schools, Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and a large number of young people who are enrolled in Vocational and Training Schools in order to prepare for their future.

        Also, various programs have been put in place to fight against any form of violence against a child or anything that can deprive him or her of certain rights. For example, it is common for children to be exploited or to live a miserable life due to family problems, including limited resources.

        Within Salesian centers, such children are given special attention, from physical to spiritual care, as well as getting them back to school. All of these activities are achieved with the help of others, including lay people, collaborators in the centers, donors, the church, the local government among others.

        The Salesians of Don Bosco acknowledge that children and young people have equal rights to protection regardless of their gender, race, religion, disability, social or cultural background, or any other distinguishing characteristics.

        The Constitutions of the Society of St Francis de Sales (Salesians) assert that the mission of the Salesians is to be in the Church “signs and bearers of the love of God for young people especially those who are poor," (Constitutions #2).

        {gallery}AGL - Giornata Bambino Africano 2021{/gallery}

        • AGL AFRICA GRANDI LAGHI
        • Bambini
        • Africa
          Gian Francesco Romano

          RMG – Meeting of Regional Coordinators of Social Communication

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          RMG – Meeting of Regional Coordinators of Social Communication

          (ANS - Rome) - The Regional Coordinators of Salesian Social Communication Sector met yesterday, June 16, 2021, in digital mode, with the General Councilor for Social Communication, Fr Gildasio Mendes, and the new members of the dicastery. The main agenda of the meeting was to take stock of the of the progress made in each Region in view of the launch of the “Salesian School of Social Communication” (SSCS), and to have an overview of all the programmes planned, in each of the regions.

          The Regional Coordinators who took part in the meeting were: Fr Ernest Rosario (South Asia), Fr Peter Chinh (East Asia - Oceania), Fr Rigobert Fumtchum (Africa - Madagascar), Fr James Gardner (Central and Northern Europe), Fr João Carlos (Brazil) and Zaida Navarrete (Inter America).

          At the opening of the meeting, Fr ​​Gildásio Mendes presented to all participants, his two new collaborators, who had joined the Department recently:  Fr Harris Pakkam, new Director of the Salesian iNfo Agency; and Fr Ricardo Campoli, who is taking care of the research in the areas of social networks and Salesian publishing houses.

          Subsequently, the calendar of appointments of the Salesian Social Communication Sector for the second semester of 2021 was reviewed and approved.

          Each Regional Coordinator then presented the modalities and specifics of their own SSCS program – taking into consideration that the SSCS provides for the first part of the common programme and the second part containing the specific modules would be realized as per the different needs and realities of the various Salesian Regions. On the whole, the catalogue of themes, time duration, dates, and resource persons involved were shared with the group.  

          Another topic that came on the agenda was the study of the proposal to establish the Salesian World Communication Day.

          Then Fr Mendes also illustrated how his in-depth formative study on the theme of the disciples of Emmaus was proceeding, which the Councilor for Social Communication was intending to develop to highlight the "Biblical Dimension" of Communication. "Understanding Communication from the perspective of Emmaus" is the objective set and on which they are working.

          Finally, Fr Campoli specified about the modules he had developed for the questionnaire and survey that he would be sending to all the salesian houses globally  to evaluate the situation  of the Salesian social networks and publishing houses.

          • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
          • Comunicazione Sociale
          • Gildasio Mendes dos Santos
            Gian Francesco Romano

            El Salvador – UDB inaugurates new facilities to improve physical rehabilitation courses and enhance research

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            El Salvador – UDB inaugurates new facilities to improve physical rehabilitation courses and enhance research

            (ANS - Soyapango) - The "Universidad Don Bosco" (UDB) of El Salvador recently inaugurated the new facilities of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, as part of the "Walking Anew!". The intention is to help revolutionize the field of rehabilitation sciences by strengthening the skills of the next generation of professionals as well as developing innovative techniques that raise the standards of treatment for people with physical disabilities in the country and throughout Latin America.

            The construction of this new building responds to one of the four objectives that make up the project, which also includes an Applied Research Center that allows the exchange of information with sector professionals, internationally, as well as a podiatry laboratory and another for other specialized practices.

            With the construction of this new building, the UDB takes an important step forward, becoming the first university in El Salvador with a building built according to LEED parameters (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design - At the forefront of environmental and energy design), a paradigm based on the adoption of aspects related to energy efficiency, the use of alternative energy sources, the improvement of the internal environmental quality, efficiency in water consumption, sustainable development of the available land spaces, and the choice of ecological materials.

            Another phase will include updating the technological infrastructure of the existing orthotic and prosthetic laboratories, as well as the movement and walking analysis laboratory. Similarly, the Applied Research Center will be equipped with the technology necessary for the exchange of knowledge and experience with specific physical and academic rehabilitation centers identified in the United States and Latin America.

            The project was developed together with "Salesian Missions", the Salesian Mission Office of New Rochelle, and then presented to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and its Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA), which approved the project and allocated the funds for its execution - to which, however, UDB itself also made an important contribution.

            In this 2021, the "Universidad Don Bosco" celebrates 25 years of training professionals in orthoses and prostheses. In this quarter of a century it has trained 492 national professionals from all over Latin America, Angola, and the Balkan region, through Baccalaureate, Technical and Degree courses in Orthoses and Prosthetics offered both in-person and via distance learning. Its past pupils today work and are appreciated in El Salvador and around the world.

            Erika Vanessa Méndez

            • CAM CENTRO AMERICA
            • El Salvador
            • Università
            • Ricerca
            • Disabilità
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Mozambique – Salesian College in Maputo has clean water access thanks to the Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative”

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              Mozambique – Salesian College in Maputo has clean water access thanks to the Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative”

              (ANS – Maputo) – Students and staff at the Salesian College in Maputo, Mozambique, will have clean water access thanks to funding from the Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative.” Salesian Missions is the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco.

              The project provided a new borewell and water tank with a distribution system on the Salesian grounds, which houses the college and a Salesian coordination house. More than 700 people were directly impacted by this project and another 200 families from the local community will also be able to access the new water source.

              The Salesian College is a higher education institution dedicated to teacher training for professional, technical and vocational schools. The institution has close to 600 students attending and offers courses in hospitality and tourism, mechanics and electricity, information and communication technologies, and administration sciences. On the same grounds is the Salesian coordination house, which is the headquarters of the Salesians of Don Bosco for the entire country of Mozambique. The coordination team works and lives there.

              The borewell and new water source were needed because of the high cost of water supplied by the national network FIPAG (Investment Fund and Heritage of Water Supply). FIPAG also faces water supply capacity problems and has not been able to meet the demand for water. There are several restrictions and breaks in the supply that sometimes last a week. This makes it extremely difficult to run an educational institution with many students.

              The project will ensure that the Salesian community has access to the water supply it needs, keep costs low, and ensure the quality of water provided to Salesian staff and students. This project is the first phase. Additional funding is needed for an electrical pump and switchboard and other activities for clean water access.

              “Salesian Missions has made clean water projects a priority for the health and safety of those we serve,” said Father Gus Baek, director of Salesian Missions. “Improving water access ensures that teachers and students are working and learning in an environment that promotes proper hygiene and has safe drinking water. This reduces the number of waterborne illnesses that can affect those in our schools, keeping them away from important study time.”

              Salesian missionaries have been living and working in Mozambique for 110 years, providing education and social development programs for poor youth. The country gained its independence in 1975, but a civil war erupted in 1977 and lasted until peace treaties were signed in Rome in 1992. The civil war left some 60,000 youth with few employment prospects, little training and war being their only education.

              Mozambique has made great strides in reducing poverty, according to the World Bank. But with nearly 50 percent of the population still living in poverty, progress has not been fast enough. Poverty is concentrated in rural areas, and even with growth within the country, the regions of Zambezia, Sofala, Manica and Gaza saw an increase in poverty in the 2000s.

              More than 70 percent of those living in poverty reside in rural areas and rely on farming and fishing to make a living. The vast majority of the rural population lives on less than $1.25 a day and lacks basic services such as access to safe water, health facilities and schools.

              • MOZ MOZAMBICO
              • Mozambico
              • Acqua
              • Procure Missionarie
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Peru – "Salesian solidarity in the Amazon"

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                (ANS - San Lorenzo) - “We have witnessed very painful situations. Covid-19 has brought death and doom. The vast majority of people were left without daily income during the state of emergency. The greed of speculators for medicines and oxygen cylinders has come to the surface; but greater was the goodness of heart that shone in the initiatives encouraged by the Salesian missionaries.” Thus begins Fr José Kamza, SDB, Director of the Salesian mission in San Lorenzo, Peru.

                The Salesian then continues:

                Without health professionals, care teams, medicines and facilities to treat the sick, there was nothing but divine consolation. First of all, bringing the sacraments to the sick. Then, accompanying the families of the deceased to the cemetery to pray. Through Masses, prayers, and spiritual assistance, they felt accompanied and comforted in these trying moments.

                On the social level, about 1,800 families - out of 6,000 who live in the Province of Datem del Marañón - received food baskets in the months when they could not work regularly: in San Lorenzo, in the cities along the river, and in the indigenous communities.

                The parish was able to provide this help thanks to the Peruvian “Don Bosco Foundation”, the Caritas of Yurimaguas, the Salesian Mission Office in Warsaw, its own resources, and the contribution of other private and state institutions.

                A fundamental service for hundreds of people of San Lorenzo and the neighboring communities was to be able to go to the parish to find out what subsidies they could receive: the one for rural workers, for self-employed workers, the #Yomequedoencasa bonus, the Universal Family bonus. … Salesian Brother José Gallego has become an expert in subsidies and grants, various pension and administrative procedures; the Salesian parish was the only institution where those who did not have an Internet connection could still access these services.

                And in terms of drugs and medicines, thanks to the help of the "Don Bosco Foundation", we were able to purchase anti-Covid-19 kits with ivermectin, azithromycin, and paracetamol for the communities of San Fernando, Kuyuntsa, Wijint, Andoas, Puerto Alegria, and for families of San Lorenzo.

                The "Juntos por el Datem" campaign (Together for the Datem)

                Never before has such broad support been achieved as in the city campaign "Together for the Datem". Undertaken and organized by the parish of San Lorenzo, it has attracted a torrent of funds as generous as the rivers of the Amazon. It was the miracle of solidarity that made it possible to purchase four oxygen concentrators and 104 cylinders to restore the breath of life to people infected with Covid-19 in the forgotten villages of the Province of Datem del Marañón. A radio play, a lottery with a motorcar as a prize, and other activities were organized with the unanimous support of citizens, businesses, organizations, and municipalities.

                Aid has also come from abroad. I was touched by the enthusiasm of the communities. For example, one community - San Isidro - had no money to send. And so they collected the salted fish, brought it to the parish, and allocated the money from the sale to the collection.

                {gallery}PER - Don Kamza 2021{/gallery}

                • Perù
                • PER PERÙ
                • Coronavirus
                • Solidarietà
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Colombia – "Ciudad Don Bosco": Colombian youth towards a sustainable economy

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                  (ANS - Medellín) – Every year the Salesian "Ciudad Don Bosco" center in Medellín, Colombia, welcomes and accompanies hundreds of minors on an educational path for the whole person that is strongly oriented towards environmental sustainability and respect for the Common Home.

                  The Salesian community that runs the center concentrates its service in five sectors: school, first employment, the parish, a production company, and protection activities, especially towards street children.

                  The Salesian center is also involved in significant prevention work in the Medellín neighborhoods for the schooling of minors working in the mines in Amagá, south of the city, and in reintegration activities for former child soldiers recruited in the armed movements. The "Casa de protección especializada" program is aimed at them, involving a large group of professionals, more than half being former street children who now wish to help today's children to have better opportunities for their future.

                  At the end of their studies, Ciudad Don Bosco offers these young people reintegration paths in the world of work in the following sectors: mechanics, electrical installations, fashion, cooking, logistics, accounting, and marketing.

                  Two large companies, 55% supported by the Colombian government, are also part of the works managed by the Salesian community: one deals with lithography and graphic design, while the other involves metalworking.

                  The community that runs "Ciudad Don Bosco" has chosen to embrace the values ​​of care for the Common Home contained in Laudato Si'. "Thanks to the help of the government in the community land we have planted potatoes, tomatoes, beans and planted 6,500 trees, thanks to which we have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 25%. We have also activated projects aimed at improving the hydrographic basin and the micro-basins of water scattered over the mountains, installed a water treatment plant, and invested in sanitary fittings and other materials that allow us to save and reduce water consumption," explained Juan Pablo Sandoval, Ciudad Don Bosco Project and Institutional Development Coordinator.

                  Also, through a number of small gardens, the work provides the necessary food to be able to feed over 300 young people every day. And a project has also been developed for heating water using solar panels which allows for a substantial reduction in energy consumption.

                  “In Ciudad Don Bosco,” explains Robinson Àlvarez, Ciudad Don Bosco environmental management coordinator, “we have developed alliances with control bodies that help us to foster an ecological culture with our children and adolescents, oriented towards the care and protection of our environmental heritage. We have undertaken many concrete actions, campaigns for water care, the efficient use of natural resources, the protection of our fauna and flora, separate waste collection. In this way, we have set up a research center for the benefit of our young people and we have allowed the creation of an ecological nucleus.”

                  Cristiana Noaptes

                  {gallery}COM - Ciudad DB 2021{/gallery}

                  • Colombia
                  • COM COLOMBIA MEDELLIN
                  • Ciudad Don Bosco
                  • Bambini di Strada
                  • Bambini Soldato
                  • Laudato Si
                  • Ambiente
                  • Creato
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    India – Salesian Family in Hyderabad: ambulance and many initiatives for Covid-19 patients and needy

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                    India – Salesian Family in Hyderabad: ambulance and many initiatives for Covid-19 patients and needy

                    (ANS - Hyderabad) - The "Saint Joseph" Province of India-Hyderabad continues to work in many ways and without pause to help people infected with Covid-19, their families, and those suffering from the consequences of the pandemic. Among the most significant initiatives recently launched is an ambulance service made available by the group of past pupils of the Don Bosco Institute in Mangalagiri.

                    The Past Pupils felt called to provide this good and much-needed service after having had to helplessly witness the death of many people - friends and collaborators - affected by Covid-19, due also to the unavailability of means of transport to reach hospitals with the oxygen.

                    Mr. Ravi, the President of the Local Union of Past Pupils, together with other members and the Salesian community of Mangalagiri, raised funds and made friends and agencies aware of this cause. So they managed to buy an Omni Van and transform it into an ambulance.

                    The vehicle, which offers its service free of charge to the poor, entered service last Sunday, June 13, 2021, after a ceremony that saw several Past Pupils participate, including the President of the "SC Finance Corporation" for Andhra Pradesh, Fr Garlapati Michael Kishore, Provincial Delegate for Past Pupils, Fr Parokaran Jose, Delegate for the Local Union of Mangalagiri, and Fr Banda Suresh, who thanked the Past Pupils for their generosity.

                    Especially noteworthy, among the other initiatives recently carried out in the INH Province:

                    • The “Don Bosco Navajeevan” center in Visakhapatnam accompanies migrants through an awareness program and the distribution of dry ration kits to 350 families.
                    • The "Don Bosco Navajeevan" center in Vijayawada has also set up a transport service to and from hospitals for Covid-19 patients and their families, while it continues to provide hot meals to families in quarantine or in isolation, and also works to support the government vaccination campaign for the area's slum dwellers and migrant workers.
                    • The "Don Bosco Seva Kendra" (DBSK), the Provincial Planning and Development Office, with the support of many organizations such as "Zomato India", "Nestle India", "Accenture", and the "BoscoNet" of New Delhi distributed pre-cooked meals to over 700 people with Covid-19 in the areas of Bandalaguda Jagir Municipal; together with other NGOs, since May 6, it has served food to around 5,000 migrants in the Kuntlur area; and on 12 June it delivered 750 food rations to migrants from various villages - an initiative, the latter, that also saw INH Provincial, Fr Thathireddy Vijaya Bhaskar, and Fr Bellamkonda Sudhakar, Director of DBSK, directly participating in the operations. Furthermore, it plans to distribute 6,000 food kits and 5,000 health kits over the next few months to day workers in rural areas who have lost their jobs in the Indian states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and southern Orissa.

                    {gallery}INH - Aiuti per Covid-19 2021{/gallery}

                    • India
                    • INH INDIA HYDERABAD
                    • Coronavirus
                    • Solidarietà
                    • Exallievi
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Bolivia – Aiding malnourished children and mothers

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                      Bolivia – Aiding malnourished children and mothers

                      (ANS – Santa Cruz) – The Don Bosco Center for Malnourished Children in San Carlos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, received funding from donors of “Salesian Missions”, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, to help support children and families in need. Currently, 150 boys and girls access the services of the Don Bosco Center for Malnourished Children each year. The length of stay at the Center is determined by the degree of malnutrition that the child faces.

                      As part of a new treatment model for children, mothers are involved in the recovery process. To make this easier, the center has set up temporary accommodations for the mothers and clearly defined their roles and responsibilities during their stay.

                      The mothers participate in training workshops on malnutrition and its prevention, caring for their children, growth, health, and preventive medicine. They are then able to apply what they have learned until it becomes a daily habit.

                      One of the mothers taking part in the program is María Choque. Her daughter Estefany arrived at the Don Bosco Center for Malnourished Children at the end of 2020 with severe malnutrition. Estefany received the necessary care until she fully recovered. The center has become her second home. It took her close to three months to regain the appropriate body mass index for her age.

                      The training for Choque has been critical for Estefany’s long-term success. Choque said, “In the center, I have been able to learn many things about nutrition and proper food for my daughter. The center has been like my home, and the sisters have treated us very well. Having clean water every day for personal cleaning and cooking has been essential to Estefany’s recovery. When I return home to the community where I live, I will replicate everything I have learned and teach other mothers.”

                      The Don Bosco Center for Malnourished Children also recently made improvements to its clean water access. It was able to be connected to the municipal drinking water network. The center is now able to provide clean water access 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

                      Bolivia is the poorest country in South America and has the most unequal income distribution on the continent. It is common for Bolivians to struggle to find adequate nutrition, shelter and other basic necessities. The geography of Bolivia contributes to the overwhelming poverty of its residents. Large swaths of the country remain undeveloped with a lack of roads and infrastructure.

                      Source: Salesian Missions

                      • Bolivia
                      • BOL BOLIVIA
                      • Fame
                      • Procure Missionarie
                      • Solidarietà
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        India – No Mountain too High: Salesian Cooperator Tagit Sorang Abraham scales Mount Everest

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                        India – No Mountain too High: Salesian Cooperator Tagit Sorang Abraham scales Mount Everest

                        (ANS – Dimapur) – Fulfilling his life-long dream, Tagit Sorang Abraham reached the peak of Mount Everest on 31st May 2021 at 8.45 am. After a week of foul weather, the weather gods smiled and Sorang Abraham and his companions could march to claim their crown.

                        Tagit Sorang Abraham was born on 30th June 1996 as the first child of Mr. Taha Sorang and Yache Sorang Pip Sorang village in Kra Daadi district of Arunachal Pradesh, India. It is the last of the villages that dot India’s border with the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. It is so remote that even today it is not connected by roads. His family was extremely poor. He began his schooling at St. Claret’s School, Boasimla, and later shifted to Government Higher Secondary School, Itanagar. He graduated from Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar.

                        From an early age, Sorang Abraham felt attracted to the Catholic faith. He received baptism along with his maternal uncle at Sacred Heart Church, Naharlagun in the year 2000. While at Itanagar he stayed with his maternal uncle and his cousin Yanang Sorang. Abraham joined the youth group of the Salesians run at St. Mary’s Parish, Itanagar. He was a regular altar server. He served as the Secretary of the Parish Youth Organization as well as the Education Secretary of the youth wing of All Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association (AAPCA).

                        In 2016 Sorang Abraham joined the Association of the Salesian Cooperators as an aspirant and made his promise on 22nd October 2019 when Rector Major Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime visited the Salesian Province of Dimapur, India. He served as a hostel warden of Don Bosco Youth Centre, Itanagar as well as on the staff of Childline, an NGO dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of Youth at Risk.

                        From childhood, Sorang Abraham felt drawn to Mount Everest. He had read about Bachandri Pal, the first Indian woman to scale Everest, and about Tati Mra the first Everester of Arunachal Pradesh. The Director of Sanglay Laden Sports School offered Sorang Abraham the opportunity to receive the Basic Mountaineering Course at the National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports at Dirang, West Kameng District of Arunachal Pradesh in 2013. In March 2017 he scaled Mount Kangto the highest peak of Arunachal Pradesh and in November 2017 Mount Chumo. On 16th April 2018, he climbed the Island Peak from Everest Base Camp in Nepal. On 31st July 2019, he climbed Mount Kang Yetse in Leh-Ladakh which has a height of 6215 mts.

                        Everest remained a distant dream as he couldn’t gather sufficient funds to meet the expenses of an Everest expedition. He didn’t give up hope. In 2021 the Department of Youth Affairs, Government of Arunachal Pradesh offered a grant of a million Rupees towards the expenses. He collected another million Rupees from friends and well-wishers and took a loan of six hundred thousand. Finally, he had sufficient funds to make the trip and in the month of May he reached Base Camp II in Nepal. Days of inclement weather followed and most of the mountaineers gave up hope and returned to their countries. The Sherpa who was leading the group wanted to abandon the climb altogether and return home as it would be extremely dangerous to undertake a climb in such weather conditions. Abraham knew that another trip would be impossible for him. He is a great devotee of Mother Mary. He recited the Rosary and read the Bible praying the Lord to give him good weather. On 29th May the weather improved and on 30th May they began their ascent to the peak and on 31st May at 8.45 am they reached the summit of the peak. There standing on the highest peak on the earth he gave thanks to God pledging to give his life to the Lord. Abraham knows that Everest is not the most difficult mount to ascend. The mount of holiness is what he has set his eyes on and aims to achieve it through his loving service to the young as a Salesian Cooperator.

                        Fr Mathai KOTTARATHIL sdb

                        {gallery}IND - Scalata Everest 2021{/gallery}

                        • India
                        • Nepal
                        • Sport
                        • Salesiani Cooperatori
                        • Testimonianza
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Honduras – Episcopal ordination of Msgr. Guillén Soto, SDB

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                          Honduras – Episcopal ordination of Msgr. Guillén Soto, SDB

                          (ANS - Gracias) - The Honduran people and the Salesian community share the joy of the episcopal ordination of Msgr. Walter Guillén Soto, SDB, as the first Bishop of the new diocese of Gracias. The celebration took place last Friday, June 11, 2021, in the temple of St Mark, the city's oldest, which has now become the Cathedral of the new diocese, and was presided over by the Apostolic Nuncio in Honduras, Mgr. Gábor Pintér.

                          Also present at the ceremony were Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chávez, auxiliary bishop of San Salvador, El Salvador; the Salesian Msgr. Elías Bolaños, SDB, bishop of Zacaecoluca, El Salvador; and other bishops, priests, deacons, and religious who enriched the celebration with their presence. Likewise, the presence of various Salesian priests and religious filled the ceremony with fraternal gestures and closeness.

                          In a message sent for the occasion, Pope Francis highlighted the characteristics of a Salesian of Don Bosco bishop: “We have thought of you, venerable brother, who in your pastoral work as a father of young people and in the heart of a teacher, you have shown yourself endowed with heart and mind and you seemed suitable to feed this flock.”

                          During the celebration, Fr Sandro Aguilar was charged with requesting ordination to the Nuncio and as the last words of the ceremony, he welcomed the first Bishop of the new Diocese of Gracias, Msgr. Guillén Soto. Dozens of faithful showed their devotion and joy and applauded when Msgr. Pinter delivered to Msgr. Guillén the episcopal insignia: the ring, the cross, the miter, and the crosier.

                          The celebration was broadcast live and shared by various Honduran Catholic digital media to reach as many faithful as possible.

                          Photos of the ceremony available on Flickr

                          • Honduras
                          • CAM CENTRO AMERICA
                          • Walter Guillen Soto
                          • Ordinazioni Episcopali
                          • Vescovi
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            RMG – "Salesian Sacrament of Presence" illustrated in Rector Major's third video of: "It's time for Chapter 28"

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                            (ANS - Rome) - The third video of the series "It is time for Chapter 28" was published today, 14 June. In it, the Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, explores the third roadmap of the six-year term contained in the document "Post-Chapter Reflections", entitled: "Living the 'SALESIAN SACRAMENT' OF THE PRESENCE".

                            In the video, surrounded by the young people who animate the "Sacred Heart" in Rome, the Rector Major quotes Pope Francis and the message he sent to the Salesians for the 28th General Chapter (GC28). “the Salesian is a living memory of a presence in which availabilitylistening, joy and dedication are the essential notes, through which processes are prompted and enhanced. The gratuitousness of presence saves the Congregation from any activist obsession and from any technical-functional curtailment.”

                            Fr Á.F. Artime also highlighted what was expressed by the same young people who participated in the GC28 in Turin last year, and their appeal to make a journey together with the Salesians.

                            The X Successor of Don Bosco also affirms that living the Salesian sacrament of presence means maintaining the "oratorian tone" in every Salesian presence, so that every center and work in the world may be "another Valdocco".

                            It is in this way that the Salesian for today's young people lives his fidelity to the Lord and to Don Bosco.

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

                            • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                            • Ángel Fernández Artime
                            • CG28
                            • Giovani
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Democratic Republic of Congo – Provincial's first visit to works in country's East

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                              Democratic Republic of Congo – Provincial's first visit to works in country's East

                              (ANS - Bukavu) – In recent days, the new Provincial of the "Our Lady of Africa" Province of Central Africa (AFC), Fr Guillermo Basañes, made visits to the works of his Province to get to know them in person. Uvira, Bukavu, Nyakadaka and Goma were the stops on his journey.

                              Fr Basañes arrived in Bukavu for the first time last June 2nd. There he was able to meet the city archbishop, Msgr. François-Xavier Maroy; deliver the cup to the winners of a 4-a-side football tournament; speak to the children of the school and the boarding school ... On Saturday 5 June, Fr Basañes presided over the Eucharistic celebration during which Jeanne Nzigire, Nicole Mapendo and Fortunat Mufungizi made the promise as Salesian Cooperators, Fr Jean-Marie Rubakare recalled the 25th of priestly ordination, and Alexis Mitonga 25th of religious profession. Then in the afternoon, he went to Nyakadaka, where three Salesians run a large plantation.

                              Fr Basañes visited the vocational school with sections in agriculture and breeding, cutting and sewing, beauticians, hairdressing, and nutrition; he gave a hand to the work of the peasant mothers; he visited the seminaries located in the region. He encouraged Salesians and collaborators to live and make the Salesian charism known, and to make Don Bosco's presence alive in that region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

                              On Wednesday 9 June the Provincial arrived in Goma, a city still shaken by the recent eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano. With the Salesians and the local educational community he shared the recommendations made by the Rector Major in his guidelines, indicating the priorities for action: the consolidation of the charismatic identity; closeness to the poorest, the most destitute and the abandoned; the improvement of the quality of the Salesians' formation; the commitment to transparent and collegial administration; the missionary dimension of the Province and the commitment to effective and professional social communication.

                              The Eucharistic celebration that closed the General Assembly of the Salesians of Goma - which includes the communities of Ngangi, Itig, Shasha and Boscolac - coincided with the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, “a feast dear to the whole Salesian Family,” Fr Basaňes underscored. “The Salesians of Don Bosco know how to give their hearts to the neediest young people. And they know how to take the hearts of young people to offer it to Jesus,” he added. And he concluded by stating that although the Salesian mission requires the strength of a warrior and the precision of a pilot, the Salesian of Don Bosco is called above all to have the tenderness of Christ towards young people in difficulty.

                              The Provincial then congratulated the Salesian Family of Goma for having been able to take firm decisions to preserve the life of the children and young people entrusted to them during the recent volcanic eruption; and after encouraging them to always give adequate answers to the needy, he prayed for reconciliation, unity, fraternity and peace in the Province and recommended that everyone love, know and serve Don Bosco.

                              {gallery}AFC - Visite a EST - 2021{/gallery}

                              • AFC AFRICA CENTRALE
                              • Rep Dem del Congo
                              • Guillermo Basañes
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Slovakia – On school's 30th anniversary, children of Žilina win at international film festival

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                                Slovakia – On school's 30th anniversary, children of Žilina win at international film festival

                                (ANS - Žilina) - The “Saint Joseph the Worker” Vocational Training Center (VTC) in Žilina, Slovakia, celebrated the 30th anniversary of the school's foundation in May. Despite the country's pandemic situation, which kept high schools closed for almost seven months during the school year, the institute's educators sought ways to involve children in the anniversary celebrations. And it was the young people themselves who were the protagonists of the various online activities through which the school was able to celebrate the anniversary.

                                The students who study to become graphic designers, but also those studying as car mechanics, carpenters, or bricklayers prepared several digital meetings, webinars, debates and even videos to commemorate 30 years of this Salesian work, the only high school in the Slovakia held by the Sons of Don Bosco.

                                In May, school employees were able to at least celebrate the anniversary with the Salesian community and the Provincial, who thanked the teachers for their educational commitment to young people.

                                This commitment was also shown in involving the young people to participate in the “FestiClip”, the international short film festival organized by the Salesians of France. A team of 25 students produced a short film that tells the story and the dream of a young girl. This activity also brought great joy and enthusiasm to the school and the children themselves: in fact, in addition to the pleasure of working together with a common goal, on 5 June the short film participated in the festival online and won one of the festival's prizes, the one awarded by the jury.

                                "We wish the young people and the school yet more enthusiasm for their work and we hope that in September they can also meet personally with the past pupils and families for the great anniversary celebrations," commented the educators of Žilina.

                                The film, in the English version, is available on the YouTube channel of the Salesian institute.

                                Michaela Štubňová

                                {gallery}Zilina - SLK - 30 anni in 2021{/gallery}

                                • Slovacchia
                                • SLK SLOVACCHIA
                                • Anniversari
                                • Cinema
                                • Festival
                                • Scuole
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  RMG – Fr Roshan Miranda appointed as 4th Provincial of LKC Province

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                                  RMG – Fr Roshan Miranda appointed as 4th Provincial of LKC Province

                                  (ANS – Rome) – On 11 June 2021 Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, the Rector Major, with the consent of his Council, nominated Fr Angelo Sylvester Miranda, SDB (known as Roshan), as the 4th Superior of the Salesian Vice Province of “St Joseph”, Sri Lanka (LKC), for 2021-2027. The Vice Province has 102 confreres including missionaries.

                                  Fr Roshan was born on December 27, 1979 in Negombo; completed his High School at St Mary’s College, Negombo, and Higher Secondary at Don Bosco Seminary, Dankotuwa. Recalling his early experience of Salesian life, Fr Roshan declares with joy: “I am happy to say that I was an Oratorian from the Salesian house in Negombo (Mother House). I spent a lot of my childhood time in the Salesian Oratory. The Salesians there nurtured my Religious and Salesian vocation.”

                                  In 1996 he joined the Don Bosco Aspirantate at Dankotuwa and completed his pre-novitiate there. In 1998 he started his novitiate formation at Don Bosco Kotadeniyawa and made his first profession on 15 August 1999. He did his Practical Training at Bosco Sevana-Uswetakeiyawa, Don Bosco Aspirantate – Dankotuwa, and Don Bosco Boys’ Home – Kandy. He made his final profession on 1 May 2006 at the Mary Help of Christians Shrine in the Philippines. He was ordained on 4 September 2008 at Dungalpitiya, Sri Lanka.

                                  After his ordination, he worked as Administrator at the Technical Center Negombo and the Don Bosco Boys’ Home, Murunkan. He was Assistant Parish Priest of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Palliyawatta, in 2010-2011. He was Dean at Don Bosco – Ahungalla, Technical Center – Pallawarayankattu, and English Academy – Killinochchi. In 2012-2014, and in 2018-2019, he served as Socius of the novitiate at Kotadeniyawa. He served as Rector at Bosco Sevana – Uswetakeiyawa (2014-2015) before going to Italy for studies. From 2019 he served as Vicar of the Superior for the Vice Province and as Delegate for Youth Ministry in the Vice Province since 2020.

                                  Fr Roshan has also a Master’s degree in Salesian Spirituality from the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) in Rome (2016-2018) and has undergone training for Rectors and Formators at Don Bosco Renewal Centre, Bangalore (India), and a Formators' Course at UPS, Rome. He speaks both Sinhala and Tamil, the island's two main languages, and English and Italian.

                                  Fr Roshan takes up the baton of leadership from Fr Joseph Almeida, SDB who ably served the Vice Province in the last six years; he is going to begin the leadership of a very young and dynamic group of confreres whose median age is 34.5.

                                  • LKC SRI LANKA
                                  • Nomine
                                  • Ispettori
                                  • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    RMG – Fr Líder Justiniano Flores appointed Provincial of Bolivia

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                                    RMG – Fr Líder Justiniano Flores appointed Provincial of Bolivia

                                    (ANS - Rome) - Yesterday, 10 June, on the eve of the Feast Day of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, with the consensus of the General Council, appointed Fr Líder Justiniano Flores as the 15th Provincial of Our Lady of Copacabana Province of Bolivia (BOL) for 2021-2027.

                                    Born in Buen Retiro, Ichilo, Santa Cruz (Bolivia) on 15 April 1982, he speaks Spanish and Italian. He made his first profession in 2004 in Cochabamba and his perpetual profession in Rome on 29 October 2010.

                                    Since 2013 he has held numerous positions in the Cochabamba community. From 2013 to 2016 he was Councilor in the former post-novitiate of Fatima. In December 2016 he was Director of the "Colegio Don Bosco" of Quintanilla; position held until February 2019, the date on which he began his new position as Director of the community of Montero - Muyurina, in Santa Cruz.

                                    On 4 December 2020, again in the Province of Bolivia, he was appointed Provincial Councilor and, on 1 February 2021, Provincial Delegate for the Salesian Family.

                                    • Bolivia
                                    • BOL BOLIVIA
                                    • Ispettori
                                    • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                                    • Nomine
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Italy – 1961 - June 11 - 2021: 60 years ago the first stone of Don Bosco Temple

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                                      Italy – 1961 - June 11 - 2021: 60 years ago the first stone of Don Bosco Temple

                                      (ANS - Castelnuovo Don Bosco) - Exactly 60 years ago, on 11 June 1961, the ceremony of laying the foundation stone of the "Don Bosco" Temple in Castelnuovo Don Bosco took place on the very site where the "Saint of Youth" was born. The stone was blessed and set by the then archbishop of Turin, Cardinal Maurilio Fossati. It was the beginning of the works that led, after a few years, to what one can see is now a vast and imposing basilica soaring on the "Colle Don Bosco".

                                      The Basilica, which became such on April 12, 2010, by the will of Pope Benedict XVI, is made up of two superimposed churches and was designed by Eng. Enea Rocca and built by the construction company of Giuseppe Stura and Sons. It was built on the site of the “Biglione farmhouse” of which Don Bosco's father, Francesco, was a sharecropper. The Bosco family lived in the farmhouse and Giovanni Bosco was born there on August 16, 1815.

                                      On the afternoon of that 11 June, the Chronicle of the House reports the presence of numerous religious and Salesian personalities: in addition to Card. Fossati, there was also the bishop of Asti and other bishops; the Rector Major of the time, Fr Renato Ziggiotti, accompanied by his Vicar, the General Economer, and several other General Councilors, including the future Rector Major Fr Luigi Ricceri; the Mother General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Mother Angela Vespa, together with her Vicar, and the General Economer; civil authorities such as the Vice-prefect and the Commissioner of Asti, the mayor of the municipality of Castelnuovo, Giuseppe Musso.

                                      The stone did not come from the quarries, but from the Turin basilica of Maria Ausiliatrice, where it served as a base for the painting of the Madonna.

                                      "The speech was given, with new eloquence and unusual warmth, by Fr Guido Favini, Secretary General of the Salesian Cooperators, who was able to highlight the truest meaning of the ceremony, as it was intended to be a tribute to the whole Salesian Family in the ever more felt presence of Don Bosco in the contemporary world,” the chronicle continues with precision.

                                      Then Fr Ziggiotti read the telegram from the Secretariat of State of His Holiness, and read the petition which was walled up in the First Stone together with the parchment. Addressing Don Bosco himself, the plea affirmed:

                                      "We swear fidelity to the program you left us: prayer and work for the apostolate of souls; religion, reason and loving kindness, in our educational system and in all social relationships; fervent love for Jesus, for Mary Most Holy, for the Pope, for the Hierarchy, for the Holy Church. And help us from Heaven to live holy in the practice of the Constitutions and Regulations; to remain faithful to our vocation until death, to expand the kingdom of Jesus Christ in the world ..."

                                      While the parchment, in addition to citing the names of the authorities present, also cited the purpose of this sanctuary dedicated to Don Bosco: "so that prayer may be raised confidently to implore for protection on the lands so dear to his childhood."

                                      {gallery}ICP - 60 anni tempio DB{/gallery}

                                      • Italia
                                      • Luoghi Salesiani
                                      • Anniversari
                                      • ICP ITALIA CIRCOSCRIZIONE SPECIALE PIEMONTE E VALLE D'AOSTA
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        RMG – Permanent accompaniment

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                                        RMG – Permanent accompaniment

                                        (ANS - Rome) - The tenth video seed completes the series of aids offered in recent months to encourage the reading and sharing of "Young Salesians and Accompaniment – Orientations and Guidelines" (GSA). In this last message, Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime and the General Councilor for Formation Fr Ivo Coelho, together with Christopher, Wellington, Carl, Ignazio, young post-novice confreres, trainees and theology students who, together with many other companions, have made the production of this and previous video messages possible.

                                        The last focus is “permanent accompaniment”. As the document says, "Personal spiritual accompaniment is not meant only for handling crises; its aim is continued growth in Christ. Just as formation is lifelong, so also personal spiritual accompaniment is lifelong." (GSA 174). What is proposed here is perfectly in line with what the Church is following today and which Pope Francis in his magisterium has repeatedly reiterated: "Let us bring others to Jesus, but let us also allow ourselves to be led by Him. This is what we should be: guides who themselves are guided." (2/2/2015).

                                        If there is a witness who speaks unequivocally with his life on this issue, it is Don Bosco. " Don Bosco was guided for almost 30 years by Cafasso, and before that by a series of directors beginning with the good Calosso." (GSA 173).

                                        The words with which Fr Angel ends the video message are like a mandate that fulfills and opens the way at the same time. It's more of a beginning than an end, not just for this 10th seed video, but for the whole journey so far. After all, this journey had no other purpose than to open a path and encourage everyone to follow it, so as to permanently become good guides for young people, capable of letting themselves be guided by the voice of the Spirit through the many mediations with which He accompanies us every day.

                                        "Accompaniment is formation in mission. Living accompaniment well allows us, in turn, to become valid traveling companions of young people, just as Don Bosco was for Magone, for Savio. Following him Albera, Rua, Cagliero, Rinaldi have been able to guide generations of young people and Salesians all the way to us. It is a seed that identifies with Don Bosco's charism and mission.”

                                        “And it is what the young people have expressly asked of us during the 28th General Chapter. Let us not disappoint them. In order to respond to them, we must first of all be guided guides, in all the seasons of our lives, starting with this one we are living, beginning with today.” (Fr Angel).

                                        The most heartfelt thanks from the Formation Department goes to the province of Sicily, to the community of Alcamo, and in particular to one of their young trainee confreres, Moschetti Orazio, who with great dedication took care of all the shooting and editing of the videos. for the dissemination of both this document and of "Animating and Governing the Community - the Ministry of the Salesian Rector". Each video was produced in 5 different languages for a total of 70 productions and montages in 10 months. And all this without changing the already very demanding agenda of the commitments he has as a trainee in his community.

                                        It is nice to conclude with this sincere appreciation of what the young confreres can do, because in fact "Young Salesians and Accompaniment - Orientations and Guidelines" is mainly the result of what more than 3,500 young people in formation from the pre-novitiate to the five-year period have contributed in the 2017 study, from which this journey began. We hope that this active and generous cooperation will also characterize the process of revising the Ratio, which has just begun.

                                        You can access the video from the following hyperlink on the ANS Youtube channel.

                                        It can be downloaded together with the related animation materials, as well as access to the 9 previous seeds/videos and related aids, from the multimedia section of the formation page on the website: www.sdb.org.

                                        • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                                        • Formazione
                                        • Accompagnamento
                                        • Formazione Iniziale
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
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