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India – Deep Gurung: Past Pupil of Don Bosco and committed lay person: "Where there's a will, there's also a way"

1 month 2 weeks ago

(ANS - Shillong) - With around 4,000 new cases of people infected with COVID-19 every 24 hours these last few days, India has extended its lockdown again until May 31, even though the different States can now autonomously modulate the rules which concern, for example, the opening of some shops, resumption of productive activities, the daily behavior of citizens. Of course, there is still a need for people like Deep Gurung, people who roll up their sleeves to help those who suffer most from the confinement measures imposed.

Deep Gurung is a Past Pupil of Don Bosco, a collaborator of "BOSCONET India" when it was led by Fr George Menamparampil, currently active as Coordinator of the Salesian Response to the Covid-19 emergency. Deep Gurung instead works for “Don Bosco Tech India” in Shillong in the Indian state of Meghalaya. He says: 

I have also done some work here... But although I did everything on my own, right from fundraising to distribution, I did it under DB Tech's name. Whatever I am today, whatever knowledge I have and whatever name I have made so far in social work in my place is all because of Don Bosco. I, being a Don Bosco student, definitely keep in mind all his teachings and he is my inspiration ... But at the same time, I always remember whatever Fr George has taught us and in times like this, I always recall what he said and taught and that gives me a push to move ahead with more power and belief and inspiration. I feel blessed that I worked with BoscoNet in his days.

Due to lockdown, people from rural areas are more affected than the urban people. Help was provided to the needy people of urban areas by different groups whereas the villages remained neglected. We decided to reach out to the most needy families from rural areas. For this, we contacted the headmen of different villages of West and East Khasi hills and got the details of 300 families who needed help.

We divided the whole group into three phases and started off our work. We have completed the 1st phase covering 138 families. We will soon begin our work on the 2nd and 3rd phase and by the end of this week or the beginning of the next, we will cover all 300 houses.

We thank especially DB Tech India and Fr. George Mathew (Director DB Tech India) for his support and Mr. Stelius (past pupil DB Tech, Nongstoin, Meghalaya) who helped us in identifying the needy families and the distribution of relief material. There was no way to send the materials from the capital city as inter-district movement is restricted but the need of relief material was urgent. But with the reach that Don Bosco has because of its good work for the needy people God sent someone to help us. Thus, Mr. Stelius, our past pupil, came forward to handle the issue. In this entire process I realised two things:

1. Where there is a will there is a way.

2. If you want to do something good for the society with no hidden agenda, then go forward with courage even if you are alone because God will send you all the help that you need – as Fr. M.C. George used to teach us in BOSCONET.

  • India
  • INS INDIA SHILLONG
  • Exallievi
  • Coronavirus
  • Laici
  • Solidarietà
    Gian Francesco Romano

    RMG - Thanksgiving and appointment of Fr Eusebio Muñoz as Procurator of Salesian Mission Office in Madrid

    1 month 2 weeks ago
    RMG - Thanksgiving and appointment of Fr Eusebio Muñoz as Procurator of Salesian Mission Office in Madrid

    (ANS - Rome) - On 8 May, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, publicly thanked Fr Eusebio Muñoz for his service as Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family for six years and he announced his appointment as Director and Procurator of the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid, Spain.

    In a letter addressed to the Salesians, Fr Juan Carlos Pérez Godoy, Councilor for the Mediterranean Region, wrote: "First of all, I wish to affirm that the Rector Major has appointed Fr Eusebio Muñoz Ruíz as Procurator of the Salesian Mission Office of Madrid. Up to now, Fr Muñoz has been the Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family."


    This new role as Procurator is undoubtedly of great importance and relevance in this historical moment. As a Salesian said to Fr Eusebio, this assignment "will require a lot of work, but I believe that you'll be able to carry out this service with the good tenacity that characterizes you, with the creativity that these new post-pandemic times require, and with an identity marked by the Salesianity you don."

    In a letter sent to the Salesian Family, which he has served in recent years, Fr Muñoz thanked all the groups, leaders and superiors of the branches of the Salesian Family and invited everyone to accompany the new Delegate of the Rector Major, Fr Joan Lluís Playà. "I'm convinced that Father Joan Lluís will ensure the highest quality, carrying out the important task the Rector Major has entrusted to him. As we say in Spain, we're in good hands."


    In a message to the whole Salesian Family, he then expressed gratitude to all those with whom he shared his years of service as Director in the "Don Bosco" Community of the Vice Province of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) for 11 years, and the last 6 years with the Salesian Family.

    "My thanks cannot be understood as a mandatory and formal gesture," said Fr Muñoz. "It did me much good to participate in the generous work of many people and to see the permanent response of our groups to God. The kindness you have had with me and the generosity of your accompanying have made the job easier and more enjoyable. The Lord, through you, has been generous to me. Thank you."


    In recent years, Fr Muñoz has been one of the great animators of the Salesian Family. He has traveled all over the world, animating and training those responsible for the Salesian Family in each Province of the 7 Salesian Regions. He is now concluding his six-year term by giving the Salesian Congregation a book: "The Salesian Family of Don Bosco".

    • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
    • Spagna
      Virginia Nitto

      Chile - Don Bosco Foundation: "Moving forward in the mission, despite difficulties"

      1 month 2 weeks ago

      (ANS - Santiago de Chile) - These are difficult months in Chile. Since the country's first confirmed Coronavirus case, the health situation has worsened considerably since last March. Salesian universities, schools, parishes and shrines have been forced to close their doors, and move into the digital space. However, an institution that has not stopped functioning face-to-face with the most needy has been the Don Bosco Foundation, which between April and May, however, saw its contributions and donations decrease following the pandemic.

      Despite the worrying health and economic context, the Foundation has made ever greater efforts to continue its mission of helping, accompanying and evangelizing for children, young people and adults living on the streets.

      Together with the Food Network Organization, a logistic team and a group of volunteers, different strategies have been implemented to find food and to meet all the different needs.

      In the foster family home and in the Patio Punitaqui oratory in Santiago, there was a whole process of containment and, consequently, of changing the children's activities, now faced with the anxiety of being in quarantine. In fact, programs for psychological attention and occupational therapies have also been provided, so as to lower tension. It also continued with the educational accompanying work, so that minors continue with learning and school activities.

      In order to improve the accompanying path, a census of the situation of each family group was carried out, so as to create a personalized assistance plan. Specifically, the program consists in the delivery of canned food and cleaning materials to the most vulnerable families, included in programs aimed at street children, in outpatient programs, in programs for minors with parents deprived of their liberty or with families below the poverty line.

      Teens, girls and boys from the various residences of the Foundation were told how to carry out a cleaning and sanitation operation; a task performed by young people, under the supervision of their educators, in order to take care of their home and avoid contagion.

      A device has been installed in the Day Center of Valparaiso in which food, hygiene kits and protection for street people are delivered.

      In view of the pandemic situation and the arrival of winter, a flu vaccination operation was also carried out for all the beneficiaries and staff of the Foundation, to prevent the spread of colds and strengthen the immune system. Personal care training was also provided to all street people in all programs.

      • CIL CILE
      • Cile
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        France - All united for education!

        1 month 2 weeks ago
        France - All united for education!

        (ANS - Paris) - In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the Salesians of Don Bosco have been organizing themselves for schools and associations. In fact, "All united for education" has been launched, a large campaign that calls for generosity and solidarity to support the school and education system.

        The pandemic clearly worries the whole world of schools and associations and the Salesian Congregation has not been standing still. The Salesians, working in France in over 100 structures, are organizing themselves to give support, through several Foundations, including the Don Bosco Foundation and the Pastré Foundation.

        Thanks to the close collaboration with school directors and the directors of the associations, the Don Bosco Foundation is working on the creation of an Emergency Educational Fund, which has two objectives: to create awareness that education is one of the first sectors to suffer the crisis and anticipate the consequences that schools will suffer, thanks to a fundraiser of 500,000 euros.

        The Don Bosco Foundation wants to be above all the voice of the educational cause in France because "the educational sector is one of the essential vectors for success and to start the transformation we want for tomorrow," says Fr Daniel Federspiel, SDB, Provincial of the Salesian Province of France-South Belgium (FRB) and President of the Don Bosco Foundation. The education of young people thus remains one of the central pillars to be protected.

        "We find ourselves in paradoxical situations: being present at a distance, developing digital practices that are not necessarily easy to implement, working from home while dealing with contacts and relationships. These are paradoxes that, although they often create tension, at the same time open new paths," explains François Le Clère, director of Le Valdocco, an association for education, prevention and social integration.

        All the structures of the Don Bosco network, concerned about the future of young people, foresee economic consequences for their structures: "The longer the period of isolation, the greater the difficulties and the economic impacts. Young people are the future of society and they must not suffer the consequences of this crisis," adds Xavier de Verchère, Economer of the Don Bosco Foundation.

        Unfortunately, however, many families are already facing serious financial problems. For this, the Salesians are trying to respond to the financial emergency. The Don Bosco Foundation has set itself, as mentioned, a fundraising target of € 500,000. The sum will then be redistributed through a tender, favoring the structures and families most in difficulty. To succeed in this goal, the Foundation asks for the support of private institutions and financiers, to remain all united for education.

        • FRB FRANCIA BELGIO SUD
        • Francia
        • Educazione
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          Vatican - What can we do to care for Creation? Week dedicated to encyclical "Laudato Si"

          1 month 2 weeks ago

          (ANS - Vatican City) In recent days, Pope Francis urged to participate in the Laudato Sì Week, which will be held from tomorrow, May 16, until Sunday May 24; its theme: "Everything is connected."

          During this time, Catholic communities around the world will come together to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis' Encyclical of 24 May 2015. It will be a week during which we will all be called to contribute to the good of our Planet.


          We are experiencing events that will remain etched in history and the Encyclical Laudato Sì teaches us how to build a better world together.

          The appeal was especially felt by the entire Salesian world, in particular by the Don Bosco Green Alliance, the worldwide alliance of Salesian organizations committed to the protection of Creation. The Green Alliance, with its 270 members present in 56 different countries, has joined the call of the Holy Father and invites everyone to respond to the initiative.

          Also, the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) has prepared a simple animation booklet for the occasion. For each day of the week, it suggests a brief reflection on various topics and invites a simple action to increase environmental awareness. Finally, a World Day of Prayer is scheduled for May 24.

          All the initiatives linked to the week of "Laudato Si" fall within the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of "Earth Day", established in 1970 and celebrated the United Nations on 22 April.

          All those who are in contact with the Don Bosco Green Alliance or with other movements on the theme of Climate Change already know the different calls to action, the animated videos designed to raise awareness and promote actions for our common home, for people and their planet.

          For those who want to know more, however, you can listen to the video message of Pope Francis or visit the website laudatosiweek.org.

          • Vaticano
          • Laudato Si
          • Papa Francesco
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            Italy - 10 May 1884-2020: a re-reading of the "Letter from Rome" written by Don Bosco

            1 month 3 weeks ago

            (ANS - Catania) - A new video entitled “Letter from Rome | May 10, 1884 is available on the Sicily Salesians YouTube channel. Once again, educational passion becomes a story, thanks to the help of the new means of communication.

            The digital content will celebrate the 136th anniversary of the Letter that St. John Bosco wrote from Rome on 10 May 1884 to his Salesians and young people to renew affections, mutual esteem and live the Salesian charism to the full, taking care of the family atmosphere inside of one's educational work.


            The video begins with the words of the Saint: "My dearest children in Jesus Christ, close or far away, I always think of you" and fully expresses the message that three young Salesian consecrated persons of the Sicilian Salesian Province (ISI) wanted to convey. They are Orazio Moschetti, Vito Mangano, and Ignazio Coniglio who, encouraged by the university professor of the Preventive System at the Faculty of Philosophy of the UPS (Salesian Pontifical University - Rome), launched into this storytelling project to narrate the educational action - pastoral care of three works present in Sicily, underlining the charismatic features that distinguish each of them.

            The three young Salesians did and thought much about directing, photography, but above all the message to be shared via digital means to create a place capable of reducing distances and dilating time, relive the family spirit experienced by Don Bosco, by his mother Margherita Occhiena, and by the young people of the first oratory of Valdocco.


            The first work takes the name of Colonia Don Bosco, in Catania, a structure entrusted to the management of the Don Bosco 2000 association and coordinated by several Salesian Cooperators who live the charism fully. This "house" has been welcoming unaccompanied minor migrants, mainly from sub-Saharan Africa, for several years, offering projects of welcome and integration for people looking for a better future.

            The second "house" speaks of the scholastic situation and of the relationship between teachers and students. The Liceo Don Bosco of Villa Ranchibile in Palermo is a hotbed of young minds that mature thanks to the professionalism of the teaching staff and the confidence and joy that one breathes in the playground. Finally, the third story tells of the Salesians present in the San Cristoforo district of Catania, who for over 70 years have been promoting the continuous fight against all kinds of poverty.

            The video ends with a message from the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, who in the chapel adjacent to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Rome expresses his wish that everyone continue the educational work of the Saint of the young, committing energies and skills to save the poor and abandoned youth.

            • ISI ITALIA SICILIA
            • Don Bosco
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              Spain - 15,000 participants in 37th online pilgrimage of Mary Help of Christians

              1 month 3 weeks ago
              Spain - 15,000 participants in 37th online pilgrimage of Mary Help of Christians

              (ANS - Villamuriel) - Many, from all over Spain, participated in the various activities planned between April 30 and May 1 by the Salesian works of Villamuriel de Cerrato, Palencia and Astudillo. It first started on May 1, 1984, when a group left on a pilgrimage with the Image of Mary Help of Christians to travel the distance from Palencia to Villamuriel, where the Image would remain forever. In saying goodbye, the group promised to return the following year to visit the Mother, with fervor and gratitude. The promise has been kept and thus a tradition that has lasted for 37 years was born.

              However, on this 1 May 2020, due to the medical emergency caused by Covid-19, the pilgrimage, Mass, the common table, the singing of the Ave Maria and the kiss of the medal were not possible. These 37 years of tradition have thus had to adapt to the times we are all experiencing.

              But the Salesian Community, together with the different teams from many entities and associations from Astudillo, Palencia and Villamuriel, responded creatively by organizing various online activities to be carried out in the houses of Palencia, but also of all Castile and Leon, Asturias and Galicia and, in some, young people from across Spain participated. About 14,800 people followed the activities organized to commemorate this tradition. YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Live were used.

              Among the initiatives carried out were the over 1,500 posters of the image of Mary Help of Christians placed in many windows and balconies. "It was our pilgrimage, which took place from window to window, from city to city. The posters were placed in strategic places and the families then collected them. In Villamuriel de Cerrato, moreover, the Municipality itself collaborated," said spokespersons of the Salesian Community.

              On April 30, a youth vigil was held in honor of Mary on the theme: "Melodies of life and hope", with an average of 3,400 participants. The vigil was a moment of prayer in memory of all those who are no longer with us and for those who help each day in their various works. It was possible to follow the event on YouTube and, in Villamuriel and other places in Spain, it was broadcast by private speakers and megaphones.

              Also on the evening of April 30, 180 families set up decorations in honor of the Help of Christians. This initiative was organized in a special way by the Don Bosco youth center and the Scout Avalón group.

              The Eucharist of 1 May in honor of Mary Help of Christians of the Salesian Church of Villamuriel de Cerrato was followed by 3,600 people. There is no doubt that devotion to the Help of Christians is still very much alive in the hearts of her children.

              • Spagna
              • Maria Ausiliatrice
                Virginia Nitto

                India - Shillong Salesians working against spread of Covid-19 virus

                1 month 3 weeks ago
                India - Shillong Salesians working against spread of Covid-19 virus

                (ANS - Shillong) - The Salesians of the Shillong Province (INS) have taken action to help the most needy and vulnerable people of the cities and villages located in the states of Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, and in some areas of Assam (Silchar ) in the northeastern region of India. Although the region is not among the worst affected by the pandemic, the Provincial Economer, Fr James Thyrniang, and the Office for the Development of the Province, led by Fr Genesius Wanñiang, are working to deal with the health emergency.

                In particular, food (especially rice, potatoes, sugar), masks and protective devices were purchased. All the material was then distributed among the poorest and the homeless. Furthermore, some masks were made locally in the Salesian centers. The main objective was to provide food and essential materials, to raise awareness of the importance of personal hygiene and to create awareness among people, but also to educate the population on containment methods and preventive measures.

                Another very important aspect was attention to people's spiritual needs, bringing them consolation and peace and strengthening faith in these difficult times. The Don Bosco Media Network, which is a branch of the Province's Social Communication department, provided daily live broadcasts of the Holy Mass and liturgical celebrations and made Holy Week and Easter liturgical celebrations accessible. The latter were broadcast in both English and local languages. The entire broadcast was conducted by Fr Michael Makri, from the Don Bosco Youth Center in Shillong, Fr Manjakattil Joby Joseph Cyriac, from the St Anthony Institute, by Joseph Pulinthanath, from the Peace Center of Agartala, and a few others.

                Also, the Province made a donation to the Relief Fund set up by the Prime Minister of the State of Meghalaya.

                The population of the region and the civil authorities have greatly appreciated the efforts put in place by the Salesians and have expressed their deep gratitude for the courageous and timely interventions. The need is still great and the Salesians of the Province continue the relief work together with all the people of goodwill.

                • India
                • INS INDIA SHILLONG
                • Coronavirus
                  Virginia Nitto

                  Spain – New painting of Don Bosco. Green shutter, a point of hope and trust in the future

                  1 month 3 weeks ago
                  Spain – New painting of Don Bosco. Green shutter, a point of hope and trust in the future

                  (ANS - Alicante) - During these weeks of isolation, it has often been said that this is a good time to resume some abandoned activity or to finish some pending task. David Pastor Corbí, an artist from Alicante, says he has recently created a work he has had in mind for 20 years: a portrait of Don Bosco at the window of his room in Valdocco.

                  The history of this portrait literally goes back to the last century. "In 1999 I painted a mural large enough for the Sanctuary of Mary Help of Christians in Alcoy (Alicante), where I gave plastic arts lessons," explains the artist. "The then director, Pasqual Lluch, told me that the Superior of the old Province of Valencia, David Churio, wanted me to paint a Don Bosco when I'd have the time."

                  "I've thought about it a long time and I decided to represent Don Bosco in his room, looking outside Valdocco, through the windows with their picturesque and characteristic green painted shutters," continues David Pastor. "I decided that they would be made as if they'd never been closed and being always open made them seem very damaged by the inclement weather." And here is one of the details that would end up being one of the painting's most symbolic ...

                  David Pastor's work gathers Don Bosco's pedagogical model in a few, but meaningful details. "I wanted to represent him surrounded by books, which symbolized the intellectual task, education as the foundation of the formation of the Oratory's youth,"  he explains. "The other tools present refer to manual work and vocational training. I also wanted to talk about those juggler balls he holds in his hand, which refer to entertainment, fun and games, which are always related to Salesian, social and integrative work," says the painter.

                  Furthermore, Don Bosco's expression shows a life given by young people: "That look of Don Bosco was what I wanted to convey, through one of the photographic portraits that are preserved of the Saint. It's an expert's gaze, intense for the hard work done and for what there is still to be done; there's so much strength, despite the years that weigh it down," he adds.

                  The last creative phase of the work coincided with the Covid-19 pandemic. For this reason, the artist wanted to give it a new meaning. "When the moment of confinement due to Covid-19 arrived, that green shutter changed its symbolism; it became a point of hope and confidence in the future, while books, balls and tools became a model of behavior."

                  • Spagna
                  • Don Bosco
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                    Italy - Young people from Gerini Institute in Rome at work against Covid-19

                    1 month 3 weeks ago
                    Italy - Young people from Gerini Institute in Rome at work against Covid-19

                    (ANS - Rome) - No one could have imagined that a group of young people from the Salesian Vocational Training Center of the CNOS-FAP of the Gerini Institute in Rome would find itself directly involved in the fight against Covid-19. The reopening of Italian companies from May 4 has in fact allowed young people of the fourth year of the Electronic sector to continue their internship in participating companies and, at this particular moment, attention has been paid to finding solutions to stem the world health emergency.

                    Among the fourth-year students, a dozen returned to companies operating in the electronic sector and actively contributing to the assembly and testing of equipment for the prevention, diagnostics and monitoring of Covid-19. Others are engaged in the assembly of lung ventilators, essential to keeping people infected with critical respiratory conditions alive, and still others collaborate in the sector of special sensors placed on the clothing of healthcare personnel in order to signal (via alarm or message) the duration of their presence alongside people in risky situations.

                    The experience mentioned recalls the figure of Don Bosco, a great educator of young people, and the response he was able to give to the city of Turin when, in 1854, it was hit by cholera.

                    Don Bosco believed deeply in the protagonism of young people and entrusted them with responsibility even beyond their strength; he spared no expense for their training and sought the most advanced technologies of the time; he accompanied them personally in their first work experiences and took care of their entry into the world of work, including contractually. He wanted them to be exemplary from a human, Christian and professional point of view in order to make a contribution for the good of civil society.

                    In 1854, when cholera devastated the city of Turin, he did not hesitate to send a group of his most responsible young people to help and alleviate the suffering of many sick people. He asked them to respect the health precautions of the time, to live in God's grace and to have great faith in Our Lady. None of the young people fell ill. Their courage and generosity aroused the esteem of the people and authorities of the time, who publicly thanked Don Bosco and his boys for the precious collaboration offered to the city.

                    • Italia
                    • Roma
                    • Coronavirus
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                      Angola - Salesians open center to protect street children from Covid-19

                      1 month 3 weeks ago
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                      (ANS - Luanda) - The Salesian NGO "International Volunteer for Development" (VIS) has opened a center in Luanda, the capital of Angola, to protect street children from Covid-19.

                      Sergio Pitocco, a VIS representative, explained that this new emergency center was created by reorienting several activities of the "Vamos Juntos" program, a project funded by the European Union and other benefactors, which aimed to reintegrate street children into their families.

                      The benefactors "have opened a new emergency center to offer street children a community where they can live during this period, away from the dangers that are always present on the street," said Pitocco.

                      The VIS representative then explained that in these days of social deconstruction, the children of Angola "are exposed more than ever to the risks of the street, to diseases, to the possible contagion of Covid-19, to the lack of sources of subsistence and to the violence by adults and often, unfortunately, also by the police."
                      According to Pitocco, many of the 50 children and adolescents, including 10 girls, welcomed in the refuge of the Salesian center "St Domenico Savio" in Luanda, responded positively.

                      In this center, children and adolescents receive the attention of social educators and volunteers who provide them with protection, food and hygiene, and above all "help them organize their daily lives, to learn and respect the rules of hygiene and prevention, and to be responsible," said Pitocco.

                      On March 24, the Angolan government declared a state of emergency, with effect from March 27, to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus. Since then, the end of the state of emergency has been extended twice; the last extension was decreed on 10 May.

                      To date, at least 45 cases of Covid-19 infection have been recorded in 12 major regions of Angola, 13 people have recovered and two have died. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Angola ranks 174th in the world for Covid-19 cases.

                      "We are trying to transform this emergency into an opportunity to carry out more accurate work of accompaniment and empowerment of children and adolescents in the street situation and, in the future, to prepare the way back to their families."

                      To date many initiatives have been put in place to help street families in Angola, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone thanks to the Salesian missionaries, the Salesians of Don Bosco of the United States and the members of the Don Bosco Religious Institute founded by the Italians 161 years ago.

                      • Angola
                      • Coronavirus
                      • VIS
                      • ANG ANGOLA
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                        RMG - Novena presentation to Mary Help of Christians 2020

                        1 month 3 weeks ago
                        RMG - Novena presentation to Mary Help of Christians 2020

                        (ANS - RMG) - This year the traditional novena of Mary Help of Christians, from 15 to 23 May, takes on a very special meaning given the health emergency provoked by the spread of the Coronavirus, which for some months has been scourging all humanity.

                        We will be inspired by the Marian antiphon that runs along the entire Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Turin, between the capitals of the pillars and the cornice, written in capital letters.

                        "SANCTA MARIA, succurre miseris, iuva pusillanimes, refove flebiles, ora pro populo, interveni pro clero, intercedes pro devoto femineo sexu, sentiant omnes peccatores tuum iuvamen, quicumque tuum sanctum implorant auxilium" ("Mary, help the wretched, render strong the pusillanimous, revive the weak, pray for the people, intervene for the clergy, intercede for all women, may all sinners and all those who implore your holy help experience your help.")

                        Every day, after a brief comment at each invocation, the testimony of a figure of holiness of our Salesian Family who lived in times of epidemic will follow.

                        A commitment to live during the day will then be indicated and we will close with the Act of Special Entrustment to Mary Help of Christians, renewing with the heart of Don Bosco our trust in Mary Most Holy, in this hour of great trial and suffering, but also charged with solidarity, faith and hope.

                        • Novena
                        • Maria Ausiliatrice
                        • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
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                          Rwanda - AGL Vice Province distributes food thanks to support of Krakow's Salesian Mission Office

                          1 month 3 weeks ago
                          Rwanda - AGL Vice Province distributes food thanks to support of Krakow's Salesian Mission Office

                          (ANS - Kigali) - The Salesians of the Africa Great Lakes Vice Province (AGL) have donated food supplies to people suffering from hunger in this period of confinement, a lockdown imposed to counter the spread of the coronavirus. The food was purchased at the local market and then donated to the Caritas of the parish of Rango, thanks to the support of the Salesian Mission Office of Krakow, Poland.

                          Fr Ryszard Józwiak, a Salesian missionary, in collaboration with the Projects Office, developed a long-term project, which was accepted and developed thanks to the support of the benefactors of the Krakow Mission Office.

                          Fr Rémy Nsengiyumva, a Salesian priest of the parish of Rango, observed that, after the epidemic, the community, as well as the whole Rwandan population in general, will have to follow the measures imposed by the government to fight the pandemic.

                          “This confinement has severely affected the population, which is now facing hunger,” explained Fr Rémy after receiving the donation. “Many cannot leave their homes to get food or go to work. Thus, the Salesian community intervened to deal with this serious problem,” he continued.
                          Fr Rémy then explained what the circumstances inside the parish of Rango are. “In our parish, we have different categories of people who suffer from this situation,” he said. “We have, in particular, motorcyclists and motorcycle mechanics, who no longer have a job. We also welcome hairdressers and women who work in small businesses. All of them have stopped working and that's why we have to take action to help them,” he concluded.

                          “In these days we have worked hard in favor of the most needy,” explained the Salesian coadjutor brother Hubert Twagirayezu, Economer of the AGL Vice-Province, in a video published on the Vice-Province's YouTube channel. “Seeing that many people were in serious difficulties due to confinement, we asked people of goodwill to intervene. Thanks to this help, we have been able to help many families. Sharing with those who have nothing is an act of charity,” he added.

                          The complete video is available on the YouTube channel "Salesians of Don Bosco AGL Official".

                          • AGL AFRICA GRANDI LAGHI
                          • Coronavirus
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                            RMG - General Council Sessions concluded with Rector Major's changes and appointments

                            1 month 3 weeks ago
                            RMG - General Council Sessions concluded with Rector Major's changes and appointments

                            (ANS - Rome) - On 8 May 2020, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, and the Councilors concluded the General Council's work sessions with a group of Councilors physically present in the Rome office and others present online from Vietnam, Mexico, Brazil and Spain. "At the beginning of the sessions of the First General Council of the year 2020 with the new Councilors, we held ordinary administration meetings," said the Rector Major. "Firstly, we completed ongoing formation under the guidance of Fr Stefano Vanoli, Secretary, and Fr Pier Fausto Frisoli on juridical questions and on the Vademecum of the General Council."

                            The following seven provincials were appointed during this council:


                            - Provincial of North Argentina: Fr Horacio BARBIERI
                            - Provincial of Brazil Belo Horizonte: Fr Natale VITALI
                            - Provincial of Mexico Guadalajara: Fr Filiberto GONZÁLEZ
                            - Provincial of the Special Circumscription Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta: Fr Leonardo  MANCINI
                            - Provincial of the Vice Province of "Mary See of Wisdom" of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS): Fr Maria AROKIAM KANAGA
                            - Provincial of Northern Poland: Fr Tadeusz ITRYCH
                            - Provincial of the Equatorial Tropical Africa Vice Province: Fr Roland MINTSA


                            Subsequently, the Rector Major communicated the offices of several confreres who have been part of the Rome headquarters for the past six years. The Rector Major appointed Fr Guillermo Basañes and Fr Václav Klement as Extraordinary Visitors 'ad nutum' for an unspecified period of time.

                            Fr Fabio Attard is responsible for Ongoing Formation of the Salesians and lay people in Europe, part of the National Center for Youth Ministry of the Conference of the Salesian Provinces of Italy (CISI) and will answer directly to the Rector Major.

                            The Rector Major then thanked Fr Eusebio Muñoz, in charge of the Delegation of the Salesian Family until 2020, and appointed him Director of the Salesian Mission Office of Madrid. Subsequently, Fr Eusebio Muñoz will take on the office of Procurator of the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid, Spain.

                            The Rector Major also made public the appointment of Fr Joan Lluis Playá as World Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family. Fr Playá will continue his work as Spiritual Assistant of the Don Bosco Volunteers (VDB) and of the Volunteers with Don Bosco (CDB).

                            At the end of the Good Night, the Rector Major thanked Fr Francesco Cereda for his work as Vicar, explaining that he will return to his Lombard Emilian Province. Fr Timothy Ploch will also return to his home province in the United States; Fr Raphael Jayapalan, former World Delegate of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco, will leave as a missionary in Sri Lanka; Fr Américo Chaquisse will enjoy a period of ongoing formation, while Fr Tadeusz Rozmus will for the moment be sent by the Rector Major to Zurich to meet the Salesian community and the local bishop in order to study a future development of the Salesian presence.

                            "The Congregation is large, has enormous vitality and it is the Salesians and lay people who animate this great work that do real good for thousands and thousands of young people," concluded the Rector Major.

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                              RMG - Appointed Superiors of Pila Province and Vice-Province of Tropical Equatorial Africa

                              1 month 3 weeks ago
                              RMG - Appointed Superiors of Pila Province and Vice-Province of Tropical Equatorial Africa

                              (ANS - Rome) - As part of the session of the General Council, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with his Council's consensus, appointed the new Superiors of the Province of Piła (PLN) and of the Vice Province of Africa Tropical Equatorial (ATE). They are, respectively, Fr Tadeusz Itrych and Fr Roland Mintsa.

                              Fr Tadeusz Itrych was born in Miastko (Poland) on 23 October 1968. He entered the novitiate of Swobnica in 1987. He made his first religious vows on 22 August 1988, and perpetual vows on July 27, 1995. He then did two years of post-novitiate in Rumia. He studied Philosophy in Kutno and Kraków, and then Theology in Ląd, on the Warta, and was ordained a priest - also in Ląd - on May 29, 1999.

                              He worked in the Salesian school of Bydgoszcz (1999-2004), and studied "Education Management". In the years 2004-2006, he was the Economer of the "St Joseph" house in Szczecin, and then director and parish priest in Słupsk (2006-2012). He was Economer of the "St John Bosco" house in Piła from 2012 to 2014, and director and parish priest of the "St Mark" parish in Bydgoszcz from 2014 to 2020.

                              Fr Roland Mintsa was born in Libreville (Gabon) on December 27, 1969. He did his novitiate between 1994 and 1995 at the Don Bosco house in Akodessewa (Lomé, Togo) where he made his first profession on September 8, 1995. After studying Philosophy and completing his internship, he made his perpetual vows on 29 June 2002 in Yaoundé. He was ordained a priest on 9 July 2005 in Ebolowa.

                              From 2005 to 2008, Fr Roland was Vicar and then parish priest of Mary Help of Christians in Mimboman III (Yaoundé). From 2008 to 2010, he was Vicar in the community of the Theologate of St Augustine, also in Yaoundé. From 2010 to 2012, he was Vicar and subsequently parish priest of the Parish of Mary Help of Christians in Bata, in Equatorial Guinea. From 1 September 2012, he was Director of the Salesian Community of Libreville-Mikolongo (Gabon) and parish priest of the Mary Help of Christians parish in Libreville. He also held the Provincial Delegate role of the Salesian Family.

                              Fr Roland Mintsa now succeeds Fr Alphonse Owoudou who, during the GC28, was elected Councilor for the Africa-Madagascar Region.

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                                Ivory Coast - "Street girls", the most vulnerable, need help and solidarity

                                1 month 3 weeks ago

                                (ANS - Abiyán) - Like many countries in this African region, the Ivory Coast is beginning to be seriously affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. At the moment, in fact, the cases of infection and death are still quite contained, but the prospects are not good and experts believe the virus may spread rapidly in forthcoming months.

                                The situation of alarm and extreme poverty has been aggravated by the rigid confinement or lockdown of many sectors of the country, which has thus plunged the most vulnerable population into a dramatic situation, namely not having the basic resources to even survive.

                                The projects of the Salesians in the Ivory Coast were also severely affected by the interruption of the tuition fees in many of their educational centers, aimed above all at the poorest social classes. The center for street girls in Abiyán, known as the "foyer of the Marie Dominique Village", which welcomes thirty children, urgently needs food, hygiene materials to prevent infections and medical assistance.

                                Why is the pandemic in Africa so worrying? It is a recurring question, which has prompted many to study the situation in Africa. Though the impact the coronavirus may have on this continent is uncertain, what is certain is that it is an addition to other current emergencies. In Africa, measles, for example, and various humanitarian crises coexist with the three main endemics (malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis), with tropical diseases, and with a plague of locusts that threatens food security in the Horn of Africa.

                                With one of the world's most fragile health systems, Africa bears a quarter of the global disease burden and has only 3% of health workers. In terms of tangible investments, most of the healthcare budget in African countries is destined for medical products, staff spending is 14% and infrastructure spending 7%. These figures are far from those of regions with more efficient health systems, where investments are higher both in the workforce (40%) and in infrastructure (33%).

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                                  RMG - Joan Lluís Playà i Morera New World Delegate for the Salesian Family

                                  1 month 3 weeks ago
                                  RMG - Joan Lluís Playà i Morera New World Delegate for the Salesian Family

                                  (ANS - Rome) During the Good Night on Friday 8 May at the end of the General Council session, the Rector Major, Fr Angel Fernandez Artime, announced the appointment of Fr Joan Lluís Playà as the New World Delegate for the Salesian Family.

                                  Born in Terrassa (Barcelona) in 1947, a past pupil of the Salesian House at Terrassa, he joined the Salesians in 1966 and was ordained a priest in 1977.


                                  He has studied pedagogy, adult formation, pastoral and spiritual theology and completed a degree in moral theology at the Faculty of Theology in Barcelona.

                                  1969-1972. Member of the community council at Sant Vicenç dels Horts and Girona, formator of the aspirants and teacher at Girona.

                                  1975-1981. In charge of studies for the youngsters at the school and of pastoral ministry, as well as teacher and formator of the aspirants. He animated a Catholic community on the outskirts, at Terrassa (Barcelona).

                                  1981-1982. Assistant to the novices at Terrassa (Barcelona).

                                  1982-1988 Member of the Provincial Council (Barcelona).

                                  1988-1994. Rector of the community, teacher, and in charge of the work in Andorra.

                                  1994-2000. Rector of the community, teacher and in charge of the Work at Sarrià, Barcelona, and from 1997 to 2000 a Provincial Councillor (Barcelona).

                                  2000-2006. Provincial Councillor (Barcelona).

                                  2000-2003 Vice provincial. In charge of schools

                                  2003-2006 Formation Delegate

                                  From 2006  to 2014 he was at Andorra and Rocafort, Barcelona. Provincial Councillor, Youth Ministry Delegate. Also, from 2007-2010 he served as Rector of the community, teacher, person in charge of the work and Provincial Delegate for Communications.

                                  2011-2015.  Regional Assistant to the VDB

                                  2014-2015 Provincial Council (SMX). Councillor and Delegate for the Salesian Family.

                                  He was called to headquarters in Rome by the Rector Major, from 2015 to 2020, as the Central Assistant of the VDB and CDB. He was also secretary of the Mediterranean Region.
                                  Together with his new responsibility, he will continue as the Central Assistant of the VDB and CDB. The Rector Major expressed his gratitude for the service provided by Fr Eusebio Muñoz, who has been the World Delegate for the Salesian Family in the Congregation from 2014 until today.

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                                    RMG - Joan Lluís Playà i Morera New World Delegate for the Salesian Family

                                    1 month 3 weeks ago
                                    RMG - Joan Lluís Playà i Morera New World Delegate for the Salesian Family

                                    (ANS - Rome) During the Good Night on Friday 8 May at the end of the General Council session, the Rector Major, Fr Angel Fernandez Artime, announced the appointment of Fr Joan Lluís Playà as the New World Delegate for the Salesian Family.  

                                    Born in Terrassa (Barcelona) in 1947, a past pupil of the Salesian House at Terrassa, he joined the Salesians in 1966 and was ordained a priest in 1977.

                                    He has studied pedagogy, adult formation, pastoral and spiritual theology and completed a degree in moral theology at the Faculty of Theology in Barcelona.

                                    1969-1972. Member of the community council at Sant Vicenç dels Horts and Girona, formator of the aspirants and teacher at Girona.

                                    1975-1981. In charge of studies for the youngsters at the school and of pastoral ministry, as well as teacher and formator of the aspirants. He animated a Catholic community on the outskirts, at Terrassa (Barcelona).

                                    1981-1982. Assistant to the novices at Terrassa (Barcelona).

                                    1982-1988 Member of the Provincial Council (Barcelona).

                                    1988-1994. Rector of the community, teacher, and in charge of the work in Andorra.

                                    1994-2000. Rector of the community, teacher and in charge of the Work at Sarrià, Barcelona, and from 1997 to 2000 a Provincial Councillor (Barcelona).

                                    2000-2006. Provincial Councillor (Barcelona).

                                    2000-2003 Vice provincial. In charge of schools

                                    2003-2006 Formation Delegate

                                    From 2006  to 2014 he was at Andorra and Rocafort, Barcelona. Provincial Councillor, Youth Ministry Delegate. Also, from 2007-2010 he served as Rector of the community, teacher, person in charge of the work and Provincial Delegate for Communications.

                                    2011-2015.  Regional Assistant to the VDB

                                    2014-2015 Provincial Council (SMX). Councillor and Delegate for the Salesian Family.

                                    He was called to headquarters in Rome by the Rector Major, from 2015 to 2020, as the Central Assistant of the VDB and CDB. He was also secretary of the Mediterranean Region.
                                    Together with his new responsibility, he will continue as the Central Assistant of the VDB and CDB. The Rector Major expressed his gratitude for the service provided by Fr Eusebio Muñoz, who has been the World Delegate for the Salesian Family in the Congregation from 2014 until today.

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