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Morocco – First official visit of a Rector Major in the country: "It is faith that makes us live"

1 month 2 weeks ago

(ANS - Kenitra) - On the occasion of the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, on May 1, 2019, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, began his Animation Visit to Morocco, which belongs to the “France-South Belgium Province” (FRB) at the Salesian house in Kenitra.

by Fr Piotr Wolny, SDB

A group of students and the educational community warmly welcomed Fr Á.F. Artime upon his arrival at Rabat airport, along with the Archbishop of Rabat, Salesian Msgr. Cristóbal López.

On this visit, which lasts three days and represents the first time a Rector Major visits Morocco, Fr Á.F. Artime is accompanied by Fr Horacio López, his Secretary, by FRB Provincial, Fr Daniel Federspiel, and by Salesians Fr Jean Noël Charmoille and Fr Piotr Wolny, specially arrived in Morocco to live and experience this event with the local community.

On arriving in Kenitra, the X Successor of Don Bosco had first a moment of fraternity with the Salesian community.

Then, in the evening, he presided at Mass for the faithful of the parish of Christ the King. In his welcome speech, Fr José Antonio Vega, SDB, Director of the Salesian community, recalled that the Salesians, present in Casablanca since 1929, were invited to settle in Kenitra in 1937 to take care of the parish, then very active thanks to the participation of thousands of Christians. Historical events subsequently determined the departure of foreigners, so that the parish became less important over time. Since 2000, however, the Moroccan government has gradually welcomed students from sub-Saharan Africa and the number of Christians has begun to increase. Today the parish is a Christian community that welcomes faithful from almost 30 countries and over 100 Christians participate at Mass every Sunday.

In the homily, the Rector Major greeted with affection the presence of these young Christians in Morocco, who grow as persons and in faith in contact with the Salesian charism. He recalled how important faith is and how important it is to share it with others. "It is she who makes us live," said the Rector Major, adding that "it is the risen Christ who accompanies us in our daily life."

The day of welcome ended with a convivial dinner with the representatives of the Kenitra center schools, who expressed their joy at being involved and embraced "by Don Bosco". Some of them also gave their personal testimony of the path taken with the Salesians.

For this reason the Rector Major emphasized the importance of the family atmosphere and expressed his astonishment and admiration in seeing the same spirit of Valdocco among the people who animate the house of Kenitra.

Photos of the visit are available on ANSFlickr 

{gallery}Marocco - Visita RM 1 giorno 2019{/gallery}

  • Marocco
  • FRB
  • Rettor Maggiore
  • Ángel Fernández Artime
  • Cristóbal López
    Gian Francesco Romano

    RMG – Meeting of new Provincial Economers: "Organizing structures at the service of the most needy young people"

    1 month 2 weeks ago

    (ANS - Rome) - "This meeting is a course for the new Provincial Economers who have recently been appointed. It is designed to bring them closer to the global work that the Salesian Congregation does in the General House for the benefit of young people," said Br. Jean Paul Muller, SDB, Economer General of the Salesian Congregation, speaking of the meeting of Provincial Bursars that began on Sunday 28 April at the Generalate in Rome, scheduled until Friday 3 May.

    As the Salesian Constitutions state in art. 139, the Economer General "coordinates and controls the provincial administrations, so that their management meets the needs of religious poverty and is at the service of the Salesian mission." It is precisely for this purpose that the new Provincial Economers meet at this time in Rome, to address the issues relating to the identity of the Economers of the Provinces.

    During the meetings, they have the opportunity to listen to a number of presentations on topics such as: the identity and role of the Provincial Economer, the prevention of corruption in the field of economics, the Economic Information Report according to Canon Law, the organization of Planning and Development Offices, administration of the assets of the Congregation, the Economer in personnel management, and more.

    The participants are Salesian brothers and priests from different Provinces from around the world. In addition to Br. Muller and Br. Alberto Rodríguez, Treasurer of the Congregation, also participating are: Fr Mutale Kinsamba Edouard (AFC), Br. Hubert Twagirayezu (AGL), Br. José Antonio Stephan Diaz (ANT), Fr Peter Carroll (AUL), Fr Vincente De Paula Marcelo (BBH), Fr Yeung Cho Law Savio (CIN), Fr Auguste Víctor (HAI), Fr Riccardo Cariddi (IME), Fr Yohanes Soerjonoto (INA), Fr Eric Cachia (MLT), Fr Francisco Mabui Alfiado (MOZ).

    "The Provincial Economers have experiences of economic administration in different realities and in unequal situations. Some countries are at war, others in peace; some have anti-corruption norms and others are immersed in corruption. Aware of this situation, the meeting also presents the issue of corruption as a palpable reality in our nations, with the goal that the money that arrives in our Provinces is used to serve young people, because it belongs to the poor," said Br. Muller.

    The Provincial Economers have a fundamental role in every Province and, the Economer General concludes, "they are aware that their mission derives directly from the Rector Major and lasts from three to six years. The service they have to do is to manage and organize Salesian structures and centers at the service of the most needy young people." 

    {gallery}Incontro Economi Maggio 2019{/gallery}

    • RMG
    • Economia
    • Jean Paul Muller
      Gian Francesco Romano

      RMG – Novena to Mary Help of Christians, 2019 edition

      1 month 2 weeks ago
      RMG – Novena to Mary Help of Christians, 2019 edition

      (ANS - Rome) – Given last year's success, the experience of the world novena to Mary Help of Christians is being repeated in 2019, with testimonies on the sanctity of the Salesian Family and the comment of the Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime.

      The initiative, launched for the first time in May 2018, for the 150th anniversary of the consecration of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Turin, is repeated again this year, seeing as it is the 150th anniversary celebration of the foundation of the Association of Mary Help of Christians, which has scheduled its VIII International Congress of Mary Help of Christians (in Buenos Aires, Argentina) this next November.

      If last year the guiding theme was Don Bosco's dreams, this year the novena deepens "the beatitudes of the Salesian Family", presented by the Rector Major at the last Spirituality Days of the Salesian Family. In this way the novena, in addition to being a tribute to Mary Help of Christians and an instrument of devotional unity among all the groups of the Salesian Family, again relaunches the central theme of the 2019 Strenna: the sanctity of everyday life.

      The structure of the novena provides a different video for each day which will present:

      - one of the Salesian Beatitudes;
      - a motto related to the Magnificat of Mary;
      - a testimony from a member of the Salesian Family on a figure of Salesian holiness;
      - the comment of the Rector Major;
      - the final prayer.

      The novena videos shall be available in six languages (Italian, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Polish) on various channels: the sdb.org site, the ANS channel on YouTube, and the ANS Facebook page. The beginning is expected for May 15th.

      The initiative of the Novena to Mary Help of Christians is promoted by the Rector Major, with the support of the Department for Social Communication, and produced by ANS, in collaboration with "IME Comunicazione". Fr Bruno Ferrero, SDB, Director of the Italian Salesian Bulletin, Fr Carlo Cassatella and Antonella Colucci collaborated on the texts.

      The videos of the novena, together with the texts - which will also be shared, through the ANS website - can thus be used for prayer and animation in the communities, in the parishes and in all the centers of the Salesian Family across the globe.

      A video presentation of the novena (in Italian and Spanish) is already available on the ANSChannel.

      • RMG
      • Maria Ausiliatrice
      • Comunicazione Sociale
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Ghana – Providing water to the thirsty: international Salesian support for small rural communities

        1 month 2 weeks ago
        Ghana – Providing water to the thirsty: international Salesian support for small rural communities

        (ANS - Ashaiman) - Water is essential for all living organisms. Its role is so vital in our lives that it is recognized as a fundamental human right. Indeed, the United Nations has dedicated one of its Sustainable Development Goals to water, the sixth: “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.” Unfortunately, however, access to water, especially to clean drinking water, is a luxury for many societies across the globe.

        The Salesians of the English-speaking West Africa ​​(AFW) Province, in their mission of evangelization, education and social promotion, operate in over 50 villages and communities, with a population ranging from 70 to 3,500 inhabitants each. These are, therefore, small or very small settlements, mostly cut off from the main cities, with a weak or non-existent roads network. They are communities, that is, that in essence rely on streams or surface water courses for their water supply.

        Such water sources are perhaps up to 5 km from some villages and are not always hygienically safe. In addition, most of them dry up during the dry season, leaving little, if any, often non-portable water. Thus the communities struggle and end up quarreling among themselves, and  also with animals, to divide what little remains.

        For this reason, the Salesians of AFW are working to supply these communities with drinking water, thanks to the international support gathered by various Salesian Mission Offices throughout the world: "Salesian Missions" of New Rochelle, in the United States; "Misiones Salesianas" of Madrid, Spain; "Don Bosco Mission" in Vienna, Austria; and "Don Bosco Mission" of Bonn, Germany.

        Thanks to this joint effort, 18 interventions are being carried out for the extraction of water, 11 in the Sunyani region, in the center-west of the country, and 7 in Tatale, at the eastern end, almost on the border with Togo.

        They are mostly wells with hand-pump boreholes (13), but there is also a water tower / tank, 3 mechanized borehole wells, and a mechanized solar-powered water pump.

        Overall, these interventions are benefiting the lives of around 4,020 people in the area of Sunyani and another 3,430 in the Tatale area.

        "Provision of water, as well as a work of mercy, is integral part of our pastoral strategy based on holistic human development, respect for human rights and preventive pedagogy," concludes Benson Osei-Savio Boateng, of the Office of Planning and Development of the AFW Province.

        {gallery}Ghana - Progetto Idrico 2019{/gallery}

        • AFW
        • Ghana
        • Acqua
        • Procure Missionarie
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Italy – "For you, I study": IN.S.I.E.ME project at "Don Bosco-Cinecittà" focuses on relationships and trust between young people

          1 month 2 weeks ago

          (ANS - Rome) - "XteStudio" is the name of the workshop of the "Don Bosco" oratory in the Roman district of Cinecittà born as part of the "IN.SIEME" project (INiziative a Sostegno Inclusivo E MEdiazione per un’educazione di qualità e il contrasto ai fenomeni di marginalità ed esclusione sociale, ie Initiatives to Inclusive Support and Mediation for an education of quality and the contrast to the phenomena of marginality and social exclusion), which sees among the entities involved also "Salesians for the Social". Through this workshop, children between 11 and 17 years of age, with a discontinuous school situation, repeat students, school dropouts and cultural and family deprivation, can receive support to make them protagonists of their own lives and authors of their own destiny.

          Specifically, the "Xte Studio" workshop involves minors in after-school and school-based reinforcement activities, and completes their education through expression and cinematographic initiatives, carried out in collaboration with the local Cinecircolo Giovanile Socioculturale, a youth and cultural cinema-based association (CGS).

          To increase their sense of belonging in the group, at the beginning of the year the operators took the children on a field trip to the center of Rome. "Many of them," explains the project's local coordinator, Caterina Pezzi, "although they've traveled alone around the neighborhood, had never seen the center of Rome! ... We then visited some typical streets, the Pantheon, several churches and a few monuments that they had only studied in books and never seen in person."

          Accustomed to a reality deprived of stimuli for them, in this way the children of the peripheries have discovered beauty at their fingertips; and they did it ... together!

          The occasion of the visit also allowed moments of aggregation and sharing, and even a simple ice cream, taken in the company of mates and in the center of Rome, remains an unforgettable event in the memory of these kids so loved by Don Bosco.

          Through all these experiences the boys are regaining a little self-confidence, acquiring knowledge and motivation for studies.

          The work of the IN.S.I.E.ME project operators also involves the parents of the children, through the collaboration of a psychotherapist, and is completed in the synergies started up with the schools and social services.

          IN.S.I.E.ME is active in 17 locations throughout Italy and aims to combat situations of educational poverty of children by involving schools, parents and the children themselves.

          • Italia
          • ICC
          • Salesiani per il Sociale
          • Povertà
          • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Brazil - "Carry the heart of each one of us in your heart as Father and Rector Major": Rector Major's visit ends

            1 month 2 weeks ago

            (ANS - Campo Grande) - A few days to learn about the presence and the good the Salesians do in Brazil, the country "o mais grande do mundo". Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, meeting aspirants, pre-novices, novices and post-novices of the Campo Grande Province (BCG), said clearly: “Dear young people, we are not Salesians to do things; we are Salesians to bear witness with our lives how important God is, to bear witness that we are for God and that we want to give our lives.”

            One of the activities carried out by the X Successor of Don Bosco during the Animation Visit to BCG was a visit to the "Don Bosco Culture Museum", located in the Park of Indigenous Nations. At the event, Mara Caseiro, the President of the Culture Foundation, underlined the importance of the Museum: “We are grateful for all the years of work of the Salesians to safeguard the culture of our people. Campo Grande has a great affection for the Museum, because it is the memory of our State.”

            The Rector Major officially concluded the Animation Visit on Saturday 27 April. At the “St Giovanni Bosco” parish in the city, a multitude of people that included young people, Salesians in formation, members of the various groups of the Salesian Family celebrated - with the Rector Major - their gratitude for the five days spent in Mato Grosso, during which he greeted, encouraged and blessed each Salesian presence.

            The last act of the Visit took place inside the "Don Bosco Theater" with the presentation of a musical staged by the students of the Don Bosco School, the screening of the video on the 125th anniversary of the Salesian Mission in Mato Grosso and the delivery of a missionary cross to the young people of the Salesian Youth Movement. At the end of the event, the Rector Major took a selfie with all those present and then gave his fatherly greeting to each group of the Salesian Family.

            At the conclusion of the ceremony, before a large crowd, Fr Gildásio Mendes, BCG Provincial, thanked the X Successor of Don Bosco in this way: “The most pronounced word by the Rector Major during his visit was 'heart'. As a Provincial, I was witness to the theology of love, of the theology of the heart and of the enthusiasm and contagious joy they generated. Now we want to pass into the heart of the Virgin, in the heart of Jesus and in the heart of Don Bosco, the heart of Father Ángel. When you take the plane back to Italy, bring the heart of each of us into your heart as Father and Rector Major.”

            {gallery}Brasile - Visita BCG 2019{/gallery}

            • Brasile
            • Rettor Maggiore
            • Ángel Fernández Artime
            • BCG
            • Visita di Animazione
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Philippines – FIS Extraordinary Visitation concluded

              1 month 2 weeks ago
              Philippines – FIS Extraordinary Visitation concluded

              (ANS – Cebu City) – The three month Extraordinary Visitation of the Mary Help of Christians Province (FIS) – Philippines South and Pakistan, which commenced on 20 January in Cebu, concluded with the Rectors meeting on 23 April and with the SDB Provincial Council meeting on 24 April, again in Cebu. Marian spirituality is among the most visible trademark of this province - through the daily entrustment to Mary, and the numerous ADMA groups in almost all houses.

              The FIS province is slowly growing since it was established in 1992: There are 114 professed Salesians (25 of them still in initial formation) and 3 novices, who are spread around five islands of the Visayas and Mindanao (14 communities in the Philippines) and with two communities the Pakistan Delegation (established in 2015). The average age is 46 years.

              Most of the apostolic works are open to Don Bosco's preferential beneficiaries, youth in need and youth at risk (9 Vocational training centres, 3 Boys homes, Magone house). This large mission embraces almost 13,000 children and older youth, not counting the 20,000 youth and adults who pass through the Don Bosco retreat houses annually. Salesians involve more than 1,300 lay mission partners and numerous other members of the Salesian family (more than 200 Salesian Cooperators, hundreds of ADMA members and Don Bosco Past Pupils, VDB, Damas Salesianas and also 3 FMA communities).

              Besides the personal talk with each confrere (special questions about personal spiritual accompaniment, Cafasso-style) there was ample opportunity to listen to hundreds of youth leaders, lay mission partners and Salesian Family members who are contributing to the education and evangelization of the young.

              The entire visitation was characterized by preparation for the Filipino National Youth Day in Cebu (April 23-29) with more than 10,000 youth from all dioceses and with more than 400 Salesian Youth Movement delegates. The Visitor also participated at the funeral of one Salesian, Fr Luis Badilla, and was able to meet the bishops of Cebu, Mati, Borongan, Dumaguete and Bacolod (Bishop Patrick Buzon, SDB).

              During last two days of meetings the leadership of the FIS (Provincial Fr Godofredo Atienza) gave thanks for the numerouss sign of growth - in new vocations, in reaching out to more marginalised youth, in qualification of the confreres and the works (esp. TVET - Training Centres), in formation and involvement of lay mission partners and especially for the vocation and missionary culture growing in the province, like the 'SALVO' (Salesian Lay Volunteers) shaping our mission. With a serene outlook the rectors also shared their main challenges and needs - to growth in spiritual accompaniment, in more systematic formation of lay people and in strengthening the sense of belonging to one provincial community.

              Due to geographical location and trust in Don Bosco, the province receives continuous new invitations (like the most recent to Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao or to Hyderabad diocese in Pakistan). There is also a strong need for ongoing reshaping of our presences to guarantee a clear charismatic mission to the young.

              The visitation was interrupted due to various East Asia - Oceania regional events: Annual meeting of EAO provincials (KOR - Seoul, March), EAO Salesian History Conference (THA - Sampran, February) and province-level events (FIN new provincial consultation, CIN province and VIE province short animation visits).

              Thanks to the efficient FIS social communication office and collaboration of many confreres, there are more than 25 news articles on Boscolink (www.bosco.link) shared during the visit in the 14 canonical communities. After the recent Provincial Chapter (March 2019) the whole provincial community is looking to the future with hope and commitment.

              Source: AustraLasia

              • Filippine
              • FIS
              • Visita Straordinaria
              • Václav Klement
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Spain – A trip to Syria, through "Suriya" project

                1 month 2 weeks ago

                (ANS - Madrid) - Given the complexity of a refugee reception project and considering that there are organizations better prepared for these tasks, the Spanish Salesian youth centers asked themselves why not help the children of the countries of origin of the refugees, doing what they do best and in keeping with what fully identifies them: working with Spanish children and young people, promoting awareness on the subject and collecting material aid for the areas in conflict. For this reason, in March 2017 the Solidarity Project was presented: "Suriya" (phonetic transcription of the word "Syria" in Arabic), which is still ongoing and relaunching its activities.

                The "Suriya" project was born as a commitment in the short, medium and long term, starting from the twinning of the Salesian youth centers of Spain and Syria. From the beginning, various awareness-raising, support and fund-raising actions were carried out to meet the needs of Salesian youth centers in Syria. These needs are grouped into three main segments: basic necessities, materials for education and psychological formation of the animation teams and, finally, various material for the recreational activities of the youth center.

                As part of the "Suriya" project, a youth vigil was held on 2 December 2017 in the youth centers of Spain and Syria supported by the Salesian Youth Movement. In 2018, the campaign "bracelets and solidarity sweets" was launched, commissioned for various festivities and activities of the same youth centers and other groups, which served to support Salesian oratories in Syria.

                Now, next May, Fr Santi Domínguez (National Coordinator of the Salesian Youth Centers) and María Alonso (animator of the María Auxiliadora Youth Center) will travel to Syria to visit the twin Salesian youth centers in Aleppo and Damascus. The purpose of this trip is to get to know first hand the reality of youth centers in Syria, to see how they live and what they need. During the visit they will meet animators and Salesians, share life and have time to collect some graphic material to help prepare the supports and materials in Spain.

                In the coming months, a traveling photographic exhibition is also planned to raise awareness of the reality of refugees, and the reception of various Salesian animators from Syria to collaborate in the summer activities of Salesian youth centers or other initiatives provided for by law.

                The "Suriya" project is carried out in close collaboration between the National Commission of the Youth Centers of Spain and the Delegates for Youth Ministry of the Salesians and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in Syria.

                • Spagna
                • Siria
                • Giovani
                • Solidarietà
                • Pastorale Giovanile
                • MGS Movimento Giovanile Salesiano
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Ethiopia – Don Bosco by Teresio Bosco translated into Tigrina

                  1 month 2 weeks ago
                  Ethiopia – Don Bosco by Teresio Bosco translated into Tigrina

                  (ANS - Addis Abeba) – In an effort to spread the charism of Don Bosco far and wide there has been the initiative of translating the writings of the great veteran Salesian historian Teresio Bosco into Tigrina, the official local language of Eritrea and the language spoken in the northern part of Ethiopia. 

                  The work was begun almost two years ago by Br. Berhane Teklemariam who took it up as a great challenge to do the translation work and at the same wanted to make this contribution to the Salesians of Eritrea which had been part of the Ethiopian Province in the beginning and had to be separated a few years ago due to various political reasons.

                  However, the new initiative was very well welcomed by the confreres on both sides, in Ethiopia and Eritrea, and the editing, printing and publishing was fulfilled by the Don Bosco Printing Press at Addis Abeba in Ethiopia.

                  The book, which has more than 400 pages, gives an almost literal translation of Teresio Bosco's work and will certainly help in spreading the Salesian charism in both the countries.

                  • Etiopia
                  • AET
                  • Eritrea
                  • Libri
                  • Don Bosco
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Brazil - "Scattered blood continues to give life in God": Rector Major in land of martyrs

                    1 month 3 weeks ago

                    (ANS – Meruri) - The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, continues his visit of animation in the Salesian Province of Campo Grande - Salesian Mission of Mato Grosso. From 23 to 27 April, he visited the cities and mission areas. In fact, on 24 and 25 April he was in the indigenous community of Meruri. He was received by the Bororo with the "Oiego" dance, which expresses welcome, and the "Jure" dance, which shows the joy that people live in receiving him in their lands.

                    The X Successor of Don Bosco arrived accompanied by his secretary, Fr Horacio Lopez, and by the Regional Councilor of America South Cone, Fr Natale Vitali. Later the Bororo, as per their customs, painted the faces of the visitors.

                    The Cacique de Meruri, José Mário, declared: "It is an honor to receive the X successor of Don Bosco. I think Don Bosco lives with us in this indigenous community. For us it is a dream that his children generate this seed of peace. At the height of the process for the martyrdom of Father Rodolfo and Simão Bororo there is an alliance between the indigenous and the Salesians, men and women religious, in this work of missionary itinerancy and I believe that the visit to our people is a cause for great celebration and joy, of feelings that weave Salesian life with our life."

                    The first stage of the visit to the missionary land ended with a prayer in the Parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, with the presence of the Salesian director of San Marcos and Meruri, Father Andelson de Oliveira, volunteers, indigenous leaders, young people on a vocational journey, of the Lauritas Sisters and of the Salesians who work in the missions. "The spilled blood continues to produce lives in God", was the message left by the tenth successor of Don Bosco

                    During the dialogue with the Salesians, Fr Á. F. Artime said: "More than knowing these places, I want to touch the land of our martyrs and live the culture of peoples. I was able to visit parishes, schools and have the opportunity to meet sisters and brothers who live, work and give life in these communities. In the Vatican we are seen as a Missionary Congregation. The Salesian charism is truly missionary, pastoral and educational. We have more or less 3,000 Salesian missionaries working in mission areas. In the history of the Congregation it is possible to calculate an average of 14,000 missionaries who have dedicated their lives in mission lands. I am convinced that we Salesians of Don Bosco, with the help of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and the Laurite Sisters, must think of the poorest on the peripheries of the world."

                    • Rettor Maggiore
                    • Brasile
                    • BCG
                    • Ángel Fernández Artime
                    • Meruri
                    • Martiri
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Haiti - Better nutrition for 900 young people of "Lakay Don Bosco" program

                      1 month 3 weeks ago

                      (ANS - Port-au-Prince) - More than 900 children and young people who are part of the "Lakay Don Bosco" program in Haiti have access to better nutrition thanks to the rice donations of "Rise Against Hunger", an NGO that provides food and aid to the most vulnerable people around the world. These donations are made possible by the collaboration between "Salesian Missions", the Salesian Mission Office in New Rochelle, USA, and "Rise Against Hunger".

                      Rice donations are distributed in the 5 structures of the Lakay project in Port-au-Prince and in that of Cap-Haïtien, which in turn is divided into two sectors. Each of these structures was created to meet the needs of the children and teenagers of the two cities, who live in situations of risk; in total, thanks to the 57 staff members, around 5700 minors benefit from this service.

                      René Wantoosly, 17, is one of the beneficiaries of the donations, for which he said he was very happy. René lives with his mother, who has mobility problems following a stroke, and with the two sisters, one of whom is a single mother and the other is expecting a baby. His father is dead.

                      "When my father died," René said, "life seemed impossible. I ended up in the streets and had to look for a way to take care of my mother and sisters. All I could do was beg, clean cars, load trucks ... All this just to survive. Then I managed to enter the 'Lakay Don Bosco' program. Here I can learn a trade and get three meals a day. Meals not only fill me up, but they give me energy and strength to study and play with my friends."


                      René wants to be a carpenter and make furniture. "Certainly, at the end of my training in Lakay," he added, "I will have the opportunity to work and provide for myself and my family."

                      "Despite the critical situation in which children live before they come to us and the social and economic challenges that Haiti has to face in general, we know that a plate of food fills the stomach, stimulates the body and opens hearts," explains Fr Joseph Roliné, Director of "Lakay Don Bosco".

                      "René is a model student and now, thanks to the donations of ‘Rise Against Hunger’, his health has improved and he can be more concentrated in the classroom," added Fr Roliné.

                      • Missioni
                      • Haiti
                      • HAI
                      • Povertà
                      • ONG
                      • Fame
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Great Britain - "Valdocco Project": vacations for young refugees and asylum seekers

                        1 month 3 weeks ago

                        (ANS - London) - The Salesian Youth Ministry of the Province of Great Britain (GBR) is developing a new project to offer the opportunity for a holiday to young refugees and asylum seekers aged between 14 and 17 years. The "Valdocco Project" is inspired by the Salesian charism and takes its name from the place where Don Bosco began to give hope and joy to marginalized young people.

                        The project thus intends to respond to Pope Francis' appeals for compassion towards refugees and asylum seekers and "to recognize and welcome the Lord Jesus among the smallest and most vulnerable"; it also answers to the invitations of the Rector Major to the Salesian Family in Europe to look for practical ways to offer assistance regarding the refugee crisis, paying "particular attention to unaccompanied minors and young people."

                        Exclusion, uncertainty and, unfortunately, hostility, have serious repercussions, especially on young refugees and asylum seekers, who may become trapped in new societies and be with limited possibilities to rebuild their lives. A holiday, for its part, can offer a sense of freedom and normality, that is what young refugees and asylum seekers rarely experience.

                        The GBR Salesian Youth Ministry team met in November to start planning and developing this project, which is expected to actually take place from 3 to 10 August 2019 in Liverpool.

                        Danny Sweeney, one of the team members, said: “For this pilot program we thought of Liverpool because it is one of the areas of the United Kingdom where asylum seekers often remain missing after initially submitting their application for shelter. As this is a new area for our Salesian Youth Ministry, this experience will allow us to take root in a local community, and also, we hope, encourage contact with families, as well as with the young people who will participate.”

                        Support to taking root and becoming part within and of the community will come from local members of the Salesian Family who are involved in schools or working directly with young asylum seekers in the area.

                        The team of volunteers and organizers is truly intent on reaching these young people, whose childhood has been upset by war and persecution, and who have suffered the trauma of having to flee their homes to reach a foreign place, where their reception is often uncertain and unknown.

                        The managers of the "Valdocco Project" hope that it will have long-term effects, providing a basis for young refugees and asylum seekers "to build their lives in a positive way and to be able to fit responsibly into society", as the Framework Reference prescribes of Salesian Youth Ministry.

                        • Gran Bretagna
                        • Rifugiati
                        • Migranti
                        • GBR
                          Jesus Jurado

                          Brazil - "This demonstrates that our work in favor of education and indigenous peoples has been significant": Rector Major

                          1 month 3 weeks ago

                          (ANS - Cuiabá) - Fr Ángel Fernández Artíme, Rector Major of the Salesians, X Successor of Don Bosco, had his first meeting in the sports center of the Salesian College of San Gonçalo on Wednesday 24 April and received a medal from the city of Cuiabá that symbolizes the 300 years of the city's foundation.

                          Hundreds of Salesian students, participants in social projects, school collaborators, the entire community of Cuiabá, people from the inland villages, all welcomed Father Angel in the morning. A colorful dance and cultural performances of the Salesian students and of the Flor Ribeirinha group awaited  him, showing the X Successor of Don Bosco the history and culture of the Salesian presence in Mato Grosso.

                          Mayor Emanuel Pinheiro and his wife Márcia Pinheiro celebrated the 125th anniversary of the arrival of the first Salesian missionaries in Cuiabá, together with the faithful of the Catholic Church. The date was commemorated with a Mass of thanksgiving in the Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians in the presence of the Rector Major of the Salesians of Brazil, Fr Angel Fernandez Artíme.


                          Mr Pinheiro and Mrs Márcia paid tribute to the Rector Major with the commemorative medal of the 300 years, declaring that "I feel honored to be part of another important milestone that summarizes the history of the capital's 300 years and of being able to thank the Salesians for their contribution to the development of Cuiabá."

                          "With a fruitful work in the field of education and also for the defense of indigenous peoples, they are helping to grow better people, giving more access to social inclusion .... For this reason we could not fail to present this medal to the Rector Major and thank him for all that has already been given to us. Gratitude is what we carry in our hearts for you," said Mr. Pinheiro.

                          Fr Ángel Fernández Artime gave his thanks for the meeting and said he was very happy for the reception of the people of Curitiba. "I am also grateful for the recognition and tribute received. This demonstrates that our work in favor of education and indigenous peoples has been significant," the Rector Major emphasized.

                          Governor Mauro Mendes and First Lady, Virginia Mendes, also participated in the celebration, presenting the "Order of Merit of Mato Grosso" to Don Bosco's successor.

                          • Brasile
                          • Rettor Maggiore
                          • Educazione
                          • Indigeni
                          • Ángel Fernández Artime
                            Jesus Jurado

                            Sri Lanka – The Massacre that unfolded on Easter Sunday 2019

                            1 month 3 weeks ago
                            Sri Lanka – The Massacre that unfolded on Easter Sunday 2019

                            (ANS – Dungalpitiya) – Following the tragic attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Day, the Salesian Provincial in the country issued a statement today, April 24, which we publish below.

                            Dear Friends,

                            I am deeply saddened to write these few lines about the horrific events that unfolded on the morning of Easter Sunday, 21 April 2019 in Sri Lanka. Although you may be already aware of the tragedy of epic proportions, I would like to share with you some information in this regard.

                            The powerful blasts - six at 8:45 am on Easter morning and then two more hours later - left the island nation grieving. The blasts targeted St Anthony's Church in Colombo, St Sebastian's Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and another church in the eastern town of Batticaloa around 8.45 am (local time) as the Easter Sunday prayers were in progress. Three explosions were reported from the five-star hotels - the Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury. As per the United Nations report, at least 45 children were among the more than 359 people killed in suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka. Three police officers were killed in a blast during a raid. At least 38 of the dead were foreigners, including American, Australian, Bangaladeshi, British, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Indian, Japanese, Portuguese, Saudi Arabian and Turkish citizens.

                            The president's office on Monday (4/22) declared that emergency law would come into effect from midnight, giving police extensive powers to detain and interrogate suspects without court orders. The attacks brought a shattering end to a calm that had existed in this Indian Ocean Island since the bitter civil war ended 10 years ago.

                            The bombers targeted crowds that contained a large number of the elderly, women and children. The official counts only account for those who are dead or injured. It doesn't take into account those who are missing or those who may have been ripped apart by the blasts so badly that there are no identifiable body parts left.

                            The authorities in Sri Lanka said a small radical Islamist group, the National Thowheeth Jama'ath (NTJ), carried out the attacks, with help from international militant group ISIS. After the bombings, Sri Lankan security services have arrested at least 59 suspects. The Government has commenced relief efforts along with civil society organizations.

                            There are no Salesians or any Salesian house that has been directly affected in the carnage. However, we are still to assess if some of our parishioners and past pupils have been among the victims, either killed or those injured.

                            I would like to thank you for your prayers and your concern. Due to the prevailing tense situation and the restriction of movement we are currently unable to reach out to the victims; however we at Don Bosco are assessing the situation along with the local church and some NGOs to see how best we can serve the victims of the tragedy as well as the nation of Sri Lanka in this time of crisis.

                            Please do continue to accompany us with your prayers and support so that peace may prevail, the victims are duly assisted and that we all stand united in the face of such great evil. I will keep you updated and soon share with you our plans to reach out to the victims and the distressed.

                            Thank you, Yours Truly,

                            Fr. Joseph Almeida, SDB,

                            Provincial

                            • Sri Lanka
                            • LKC
                            • Terrorismo
                            • Violenze
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Brazil – Rector Major in Campo Grande: "My heart is truly happy to be among you"

                              1 month 3 weeks ago

                              (ANS - Campo Grande) - Yesterday, 23 April, was a historic day for the Salesians of Brazil-Campo Grande (BCG) for the arrival of the 10th Successor of Don Bosco, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, to the Province. Welcomed by local Salesians and groups of the Salesian Family at the international airport, the Rector Major responded to everyone with a friendly smile and an attitude of paternity, despite the 10-hour flight.

                              Waiting for him at the "Antonio João" international airport in Campo Grande, one of the country's major airports, was the archbishop emeritus, mgr. Vittorio Pavanello, SDB; the Provincial of BCG, Fr Gildásio Mendes; his Vicar, Fr Elías Roberto; the Provincial Delegate for Youth Ministry, Fr Wagner Luis Galvão; also present were the young in formation, Salesians from Campo Grande, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, local coordinators of the Association of Mary Help of Christians, Salesians Cooperators and Volunteers of Don Bosco.

                              "I think they will be very rich days, of great closeness, with much animation, a lot of listening, much sharing. My heart is truly happy in this moment to be among you," said the X Successor of Don Bosco.

                              During this week, the Rector Major will participate in the celebrations for the 125th anniversary of the Salesian Province, visiting the Salesian works of Cuiabá, Barra do Garças and Meruri; he will then return to Campo Grande on Thursday 25, where he will remain until Saturday 27th.

                              The agenda of the Rector Major for these days is filled with meetings, first of all with the Salesians of Don Bosco, but also with the young and the Salesian Family. Today, April 24, Fr Á.F. Artime meets the young people of the Salesian Youth Movement and the students of the "São Gonçalo" Salesian Institute in Cuiabá. He then presides over the Eucharist in the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians, in the presence of the mayor of the city, Emanuel Pinheiro, the Governor of the State of Mato Grosso, Mauro Mendes, and other authorities.

                              Fr Paulo Vendrame, Director of the "São Gonçalo" institute, for his part said that in Mato Grosso the Salesians animate 21 centers, each with a parish, social work and some kind of educational center. "The Salesians arrived in Mato Grosso with two objectives," he explained. "On the one hand, taking care of the education of young people, and on the other hand working among the indigenous peoples. The Rector Major comes at an important time for us, as we celebrate the 125th anniversary of the arrival of the Salesians in the State of Mato Grosso."

                              {gallery}Brasile - BCG - Visita Animazione RM 2019{/gallery}

                              • Brasile
                              • BCG
                              • Rettor Maggiore
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Eritrea – Efforts of the Salesians and VIS for young people in need

                                1 month 3 weeks ago
                                Eritrea – Efforts of the Salesians and VIS for young people in need

                                (ANS - Asmara) - The Salesians have been present in Eritrea since 1995, settling first in Dekemhare, a town 2060 meters above sea level, about 40 km south-east of the capital Asmara. In 1996 the Eritrean government donated land to the Spiritual Sons of Don Bosco, which, even in a desert territory, saw the birth of new plants, new buildings and new activities being added every year, all focused on a single goal: the reception of the poorest of youth and their education.

                                Thus the technical school "Don Bosco Center" was established in Dekemhare which today forms about 400 pupils - for free - every year, to which, thanks also to the support of the government, food is also offered. It also provides recreational activities for children and school recovery courses.

                                Furthermore, to improve the quality of teaching, since 2001, the Salesians - together with the NGO "International Voluntary Service for Development" (VIS) - organize refresher courses for teachers, both those of the Don Bosco Center and those of all the country's others technical schools.

                                In 2017, the Salesians and the VIS then launched what is about to become the second Salesian technical school in Eritrea, currently simply called the "Skill Development Center", which is in Barent, towards Sudan, in an isolated area in need of development.

                                As is typical of the Salesian tradition, these educational proposals are primarily addressed to the neediest of young people, those who have abandoned their studies and who would, otherwise, risk remaining on the margins of social life.

                                Through the eight formative disciplines of the center of Dekemhare and the two of the center of Barent, poor children have access to good education, enabling them to find a job.

                                Beyond the commitment to education, Salesians and VIS are also dedicated to fostering the development and autonomy of the local communities by promoting the construction of water wells, a fundamental condition in a land often subject to drought and famine. In this sense, the young people of the technical school are also trained to maintain and repair wells.

                                In this phase of détente between Ethiopia and Eritrea, with the reopening of the borders after a latent war lasting many years, the Eritrean population looks with optimism to the future: in Eritrea new goods and merchandise have arrived, there has been a general lowering of prices, and finally Eritreans and Ethiopians have been able to re-embrace.

                                • Eritrea
                                • VIS
                                • ONG
                                • Sviluppo
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Sri Lanka – Easter massacre. Pope Francis: "Let all condemn these terrorist acts, inhuman acts, never justifiable"

                                  1 month 3 weeks ago

                                  (ANS - Dungalpitiya) - 310 victims and over 500 wounded is the provisional toll of the 2019 Easter carnage, the result of numerous explosions in various churches and hotels frequented by tourists. Once again hatred and violence stain the main Christian festival with blood, the very one that announces the victory of the Lord over death.

                                  “I wish to express my affectionate closeness to the Christian community, struck while it was gathered in prayer, and to all the victims of such cruel violence. I entrust to the Lord those who have tragically disappeared and pray for the wounded and all those who suffer because of this dramatic event” was the message pronounced by Pope Francis from the central Loggia of St. Peter's Basilica on Easter Sunday.

                                  The Holy Father returned to express his spiritual closeness to the people of Sri Lanka also yesterday, Monday of the Angelus, in the margins of the Regina Coeli. “I am very close to my dear brother, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige Don, and to the whole archdiocesan Church of Colombo. I pray for the many victims and wounded, and I ask everyone not to hesitate to offer this dear nation all the necessary help. I also hope that everyone condemns these terrorist acts, inhuman, never justifiable acts.”

                                  According to data provided by "Open Doors", an organization that monitors religious freedom in the world, from January to date already 4,336 faithful have been killed for matters related to their beliefs, an average of 11 per day. In addition, another 2,625 have been imprisoned. In particular, there is an increase in pressures in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, which sometimes take the form of obvious discrimination, others of latent marginalization from social life.

                                  In general, one in nine Christians in the world is a victim of severe forms of persecution, ranging from a series of limits, up to the most serious cases, such as death.

                                  The Christian community in Sri Lanka is approximately 7.5% of the total, and is composed of both Sinhalese and Tamil citizens. “It represents a bridge community that in itself reconciles society in the name of Christ,” as Father Antonio Spadaro, SJ, tweeted.

                                  • Sri Lanka
                                  • LKC
                                  • Violenze
                                  • Papa Francesco
                                  • Terrorismo
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    USA – Students of Verona's "Don Bosco" Institute triumph at Robotics World Championships

                                    1 month 3 weeks ago

                                    (ANS - Houston) - The students of the Salesian "Don Bosco" Institute of Verona celebrate! On Saturday 20th April, Easter Eve, they won the 20th edition of the FIRST* LEGO League World Championship in Houston, Texas, “which saw 108 teams from all over the world compete against each other, teams selected during the national phases among the over 40,000 candidate teams.”

                                    It is the first time that an Italian team is crowned the winner of the main world science and robotics competition. NASA - the US space agency - had wanted to challenge young scientists from all over the world on the theme "Into orbit". In other words, it was a matter of inventing solutions to improve the living conditions of astronauts in space. So the youths of the "Don Bosco", together with their teachers / trainers, responded with the "Wemit" project, an innovative "space washing machine" designed to provide for the washing of astronauts' clothes in zero gravity and without water.

                                    As often happens with innovations originally conceived in the space sector, the "Wemit" system may later also be used in many areas of daily life to reduce the production of waste (for example, providing for washing clothes used in hospitals or food factories currently, in most cases, disposable). For this reason the Don Bosco Institute has already patented their project, thus bringing its eight young students into the ranks of inventors.

                                    Furthermore, the quality of the project led to the young Salesian students being invited to the prestigious "Global Innovation Award", the final for the 20 best scientific projects presented during the competitive season around the world, with the final staged in June in California.

                                    The "iDB Tech-No-Logic Team", the "Don Bosco" team of Verona, had already made headlines in 2018, qualifying for the World Championships held in Detroit and winning the prize for the best project presentation. This year, instead, they dominated right across the board, coming first in the following categories: scientific project, technological innovation, robotic programming, presentation and teamwork.

                                    The success of Salesian students confirms the importance of engaging in the field of education, to excite and inspire young people to scientific and technological subjects, using creative and unconventional methods.

                                    "The Salesian model is once again confirmed as a reference point in the panorama of the educational and formation system," commented Elena Dozzan, the Veneto Region's Councilor for Formation.

                                    • Stati Uniti
                                    • Italia
                                    • INE
                                    • Tecnologie
                                    • Formazione Professionale
                                    • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Guatemala – "Jesus, the Waze of my life": a unique experience to guide young people in their vocational choice

                                      1 month 3 weeks ago

                                      (ANS - Guatemala City) - "We are in an educational and social situation where practically the young person does not respond to calls, but rather there are situations of stationary decisions," said Msgr. Jorge Carlos Patón Wong, Secretary of the Congregation for the Clergy. When one refers to the vocational theme, and directly to the summons to priestly life, today more than ever it is necessary to foster the "educational processes that teach young people to decide". It is for this reason that the Vocational Meetings must help to fulfill projects that favor the taking of decisions and, above all, that they listen to what God asks young people, who must not let themselves be carried away by fear.

                                      Many young people today are afraid of commitments, especially if they are commitments for life. For this reason, the Document of the Synod of Youth emphasizes: "The concern of many Churches for the decrease in the number of vocations to the ordained pastoral care means that a new reflection on vocation and vocation ministry is necessary."

                                      It is important to encourage young people to respond with a generous "yes" to their vocation and it is necessary to continue listening to what the Holy Father said to the young people: "Do not be deaf to the call of the Lord," and it is necessary rather to implement projects "that will help to take decisions."

                                      In this context it is beautiful to see that the 1st National Vocation Meeting took place at the Don Bosco Institute in Guatemala City in what was a climate of fraternity and expectation on the part of the young participants.

                                      Several young people from all over the country took part in the meeting. For some it represented a step forward in the process that started a few months ago; for others it was the first time in that group; all, however, actively participated.

                                      Some of the contents discussed were: "Remember my guide-chaperone", a cineforum on the film Cristiada, the five vocational values, the levels of vocation (human, Christian, specific).

                                      During the Eucharist those present were invited to seek the Lord in all living conditions. Furthermore, there were moments in which the young people had the opportunity to share their experiences in the search for the life option that the Lord proposes to them.

                                      The National Vocational Team of Guatemala was present at the event with the aim of guiding young people and presenting their vocational and charismatic proposal.

                                      The 1st National Vocation Meeting, which developed the motto "Jesus, the Waze of my life", (named after a well-known app for road navigation) was indeed a unique experience to guide young people in their vocational discernment and orientation.

                                      • Guatemala
                                      • CAM
                                      • Vocazioni
                                      • Discernimento Vocazionale
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Italy - "I pray that this evening we will save you". Touching testimony of Cameroon migrant

                                        1 month 3 weeks ago

                                        (ANS - Santeramo in Colle) - A Saturday afternoon, a game of football ... It seems like an ordinary day at the oratory of Santeramo in Colle, not far from Bari. But there is a team of boys never seen before, with a colored uniform they are proud of: they come from Cameroon and have something to share. After the match, organized by the local Polisportiva Giovanile Salesiana – PGS - the Salesian Youth Sports association, and the oratory's missionary group, with the collaboration of the parish of Sacro Cuore, the Cameroon youths donated a piece of their story and history to the whole community.

                                        The youths of Cameroon risked everything they had, left their land "when the sea seemed safer than the earth" and now they are here, open to dialogue. It was not difficult: it took just one ball, a match, a chat. The beauty of hospitality, as one of the boys from Cameroon pointed out, is that it becomes such only when it is two-way: welcoming means opening up to the other and letting the other open up to you.

                                        This is what one of these young men welcomed to Santeramo said, leaving everyone speechless, with his testimony: "It's scary not to have a rock to cling to. I know what it means to cross the sea, crushed on a boat or on a rubber raft, between the tears and children and the screams of mothers. Among the waves that push you into the water with death in your heart knowing that no one is waiting for you and that you cannot go back.

                                        I also know what it means to be saved and welcomed, but not everyone has been lucky like me, like us. And those bodies on the beach, in the sea, I will never be able to tear them from my heart and eyes.

                                        I pray that tonight it is we who save you, because God has given His only son to save all of us, and you, because we are His family. His family is all of us, the whole world without borders, without hatred without rancor and without division. Because Jesus is the love on which we must found our lives, our homes and our families. Thank you."

                                        During the testimony there were people of all ages, completely different from each other, but all animated by curiosity and the certainty that there is something beyond numbers and news. Behind these young people there is really a world to discover and it was nice to have the chance to explore a part of it.

                                        • Italia
                                        • Camerun
                                        • Migranti
                                        • IME
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
                                          ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana

                                          Morocco – First official visit of a Rector Major in the country: "It is faith that makes us live"

                                          1 month 2 weeks ago

                                          (ANS - Kenitra) - On the occasion of the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, on May 1, 2019, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, began his Animation Visit to Morocco, which belongs to the “France-South Belgium Province” (FRB) at the Salesian house in Kenitra.

                                          by Fr Piotr Wolny, SDB

                                          A group of students and the educational community warmly welcomed Fr Á.F. Artime upon his arrival at Rabat airport, along with the Archbishop of Rabat, Salesian Msgr. Cristóbal López.

                                          On this visit, which lasts three days and represents the first time a Rector Major visits Morocco, Fr Á.F. Artime is accompanied by Fr Horacio López, his Secretary, by FRB Provincial, Fr Daniel Federspiel, and by Salesians Fr Jean Noël Charmoille and Fr Piotr Wolny, specially arrived in Morocco to live and experience this event with the local community.

                                          On arriving in Kenitra, the X Successor of Don Bosco had first a moment of fraternity with the Salesian community.

                                          Then, in the evening, he presided at Mass for the faithful of the parish of Christ the King. In his welcome speech, Fr José Antonio Vega, SDB, Director of the Salesian community, recalled that the Salesians, present in Casablanca since 1929, were invited to settle in Kenitra in 1937 to take care of the parish, then very active thanks to the participation of thousands of Christians. Historical events subsequently determined the departure of foreigners, so that the parish became less important over time. Since 2000, however, the Moroccan government has gradually welcomed students from sub-Saharan Africa and the number of Christians has begun to increase. Today the parish is a Christian community that welcomes faithful from almost 30 countries and over 100 Christians participate at Mass every Sunday.

                                          In the homily, the Rector Major greeted with affection the presence of these young Christians in Morocco, who grow as persons and in faith in contact with the Salesian charism. He recalled how important faith is and how important it is to share it with others. "It is she who makes us live," said the Rector Major, adding that "it is the risen Christ who accompanies us in our daily life."

                                          The day of welcome ended with a convivial dinner with the representatives of the Kenitra center schools, who expressed their joy at being involved and embraced "by Don Bosco". Some of them also gave their personal testimony of the path taken with the Salesians.

                                          For this reason the Rector Major emphasized the importance of the family atmosphere and expressed his astonishment and admiration in seeing the same spirit of Valdocco among the people who animate the house of Kenitra.

                                          Photos of the visit are available on ANSFlickr 

                                          {gallery}Marocco - Visita RM 1 giorno 2019{/gallery}

                                          • Marocco
                                          • FRB
                                          • Rettor Maggiore
                                          • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                          • Cristóbal López
                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                            RMG – Meeting of new Provincial Economers: "Organizing structures at the service of the most needy young people"

                                            1 month 2 weeks ago

                                            (ANS - Rome) - "This meeting is a course for the new Provincial Economers who have recently been appointed. It is designed to bring them closer to the global work that the Salesian Congregation does in the General House for the benefit of young people," said Br. Jean Paul Muller, SDB, Economer General of the Salesian Congregation, speaking of the meeting of Provincial Bursars that began on Sunday 28 April at the Generalate in Rome, scheduled until Friday 3 May.

                                            As the Salesian Constitutions state in art. 139, the Economer General "coordinates and controls the provincial administrations, so that their management meets the needs of religious poverty and is at the service of the Salesian mission." It is precisely for this purpose that the new Provincial Economers meet at this time in Rome, to address the issues relating to the identity of the Economers of the Provinces.

                                            During the meetings, they have the opportunity to listen to a number of presentations on topics such as: the identity and role of the Provincial Economer, the prevention of corruption in the field of economics, the Economic Information Report according to Canon Law, the organization of Planning and Development Offices, administration of the assets of the Congregation, the Economer in personnel management, and more.

                                            The participants are Salesian brothers and priests from different Provinces from around the world. In addition to Br. Muller and Br. Alberto Rodríguez, Treasurer of the Congregation, also participating are: Fr Mutale Kinsamba Edouard (AFC), Br. Hubert Twagirayezu (AGL), Br. José Antonio Stephan Diaz (ANT), Fr Peter Carroll (AUL), Fr Vincente De Paula Marcelo (BBH), Fr Yeung Cho Law Savio (CIN), Fr Auguste Víctor (HAI), Fr Riccardo Cariddi (IME), Fr Yohanes Soerjonoto (INA), Fr Eric Cachia (MLT), Fr Francisco Mabui Alfiado (MOZ).

                                            "The Provincial Economers have experiences of economic administration in different realities and in unequal situations. Some countries are at war, others in peace; some have anti-corruption norms and others are immersed in corruption. Aware of this situation, the meeting also presents the issue of corruption as a palpable reality in our nations, with the goal that the money that arrives in our Provinces is used to serve young people, because it belongs to the poor," said Br. Muller.

                                            The Provincial Economers have a fundamental role in every Province and, the Economer General concludes, "they are aware that their mission derives directly from the Rector Major and lasts from three to six years. The service they have to do is to manage and organize Salesian structures and centers at the service of the most needy young people." 

                                            {gallery}Incontro Economi Maggio 2019{/gallery}

                                            • RMG
                                            • Economia
                                            • Jean Paul Muller
                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                              RMG – Novena to Mary Help of Christians, 2019 edition

                                              1 month 2 weeks ago
                                              RMG – Novena to Mary Help of Christians, 2019 edition

                                              (ANS - Rome) – Given last year's success, the experience of the world novena to Mary Help of Christians is being repeated in 2019, with testimonies on the sanctity of the Salesian Family and the comment of the Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime.

                                              The initiative, launched for the first time in May 2018, for the 150th anniversary of the consecration of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Turin, is repeated again this year, seeing as it is the 150th anniversary celebration of the foundation of the Association of Mary Help of Christians, which has scheduled its VIII International Congress of Mary Help of Christians (in Buenos Aires, Argentina) this next November.

                                              If last year the guiding theme was Don Bosco's dreams, this year the novena deepens "the beatitudes of the Salesian Family", presented by the Rector Major at the last Spirituality Days of the Salesian Family. In this way the novena, in addition to being a tribute to Mary Help of Christians and an instrument of devotional unity among all the groups of the Salesian Family, again relaunches the central theme of the 2019 Strenna: the sanctity of everyday life.

                                              The structure of the novena provides a different video for each day which will present:

                                              - one of the Salesian Beatitudes;
                                              - a motto related to the Magnificat of Mary;
                                              - a testimony from a member of the Salesian Family on a figure of Salesian holiness;
                                              - the comment of the Rector Major;
                                              - the final prayer.

                                              The novena videos shall be available in six languages (Italian, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Polish) on various channels: the sdb.org site, the ANS channel on YouTube, and the ANS Facebook page. The beginning is expected for May 15th.

                                              The initiative of the Novena to Mary Help of Christians is promoted by the Rector Major, with the support of the Department for Social Communication, and produced by ANS, in collaboration with "IME Comunicazione". Fr Bruno Ferrero, SDB, Director of the Italian Salesian Bulletin, Fr Carlo Cassatella and Antonella Colucci collaborated on the texts.

                                              The videos of the novena, together with the texts - which will also be shared, through the ANS website - can thus be used for prayer and animation in the communities, in the parishes and in all the centers of the Salesian Family across the globe.

                                              A video presentation of the novena (in Italian and Spanish) is already available on the ANSChannel.

                                              • RMG
                                              • Maria Ausiliatrice
                                              • Comunicazione Sociale
                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                Ghana – Providing water to the thirsty: international Salesian support for small rural communities

                                                1 month 2 weeks ago
                                                Ghana – Providing water to the thirsty: international Salesian support for small rural communities

                                                (ANS - Ashaiman) - Water is essential for all living organisms. Its role is so vital in our lives that it is recognized as a fundamental human right. Indeed, the United Nations has dedicated one of its Sustainable Development Goals to water, the sixth: “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.” Unfortunately, however, access to water, especially to clean drinking water, is a luxury for many societies across the globe.

                                                The Salesians of the English-speaking West Africa ​​(AFW) Province, in their mission of evangelization, education and social promotion, operate in over 50 villages and communities, with a population ranging from 70 to 3,500 inhabitants each. These are, therefore, small or very small settlements, mostly cut off from the main cities, with a weak or non-existent roads network. They are communities, that is, that in essence rely on streams or surface water courses for their water supply.

                                                Such water sources are perhaps up to 5 km from some villages and are not always hygienically safe. In addition, most of them dry up during the dry season, leaving little, if any, often non-portable water. Thus the communities struggle and end up quarreling among themselves, and  also with animals, to divide what little remains.

                                                For this reason, the Salesians of AFW are working to supply these communities with drinking water, thanks to the international support gathered by various Salesian Mission Offices throughout the world: "Salesian Missions" of New Rochelle, in the United States; "Misiones Salesianas" of Madrid, Spain; "Don Bosco Mission" in Vienna, Austria; and "Don Bosco Mission" of Bonn, Germany.

                                                Thanks to this joint effort, 18 interventions are being carried out for the extraction of water, 11 in the Sunyani region, in the center-west of the country, and 7 in Tatale, at the eastern end, almost on the border with Togo.

                                                They are mostly wells with hand-pump boreholes (13), but there is also a water tower / tank, 3 mechanized borehole wells, and a mechanized solar-powered water pump.

                                                Overall, these interventions are benefiting the lives of around 4,020 people in the area of Sunyani and another 3,430 in the Tatale area.

                                                "Provision of water, as well as a work of mercy, is integral part of our pastoral strategy based on holistic human development, respect for human rights and preventive pedagogy," concludes Benson Osei-Savio Boateng, of the Office of Planning and Development of the AFW Province.

                                                {gallery}Ghana - Progetto Idrico 2019{/gallery}

                                                • AFW
                                                • Ghana
                                                • Acqua
                                                • Procure Missionarie
                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                  Italy – "For you, I study": IN.S.I.E.ME project at "Don Bosco-Cinecittà" focuses on relationships and trust between young people

                                                  1 month 2 weeks ago

                                                  (ANS - Rome) - "XteStudio" is the name of the workshop of the "Don Bosco" oratory in the Roman district of Cinecittà born as part of the "IN.SIEME" project (INiziative a Sostegno Inclusivo E MEdiazione per un’educazione di qualità e il contrasto ai fenomeni di marginalità ed esclusione sociale, ie Initiatives to Inclusive Support and Mediation for an education of quality and the contrast to the phenomena of marginality and social exclusion), which sees among the entities involved also "Salesians for the Social". Through this workshop, children between 11 and 17 years of age, with a discontinuous school situation, repeat students, school dropouts and cultural and family deprivation, can receive support to make them protagonists of their own lives and authors of their own destiny.

                                                  Specifically, the "Xte Studio" workshop involves minors in after-school and school-based reinforcement activities, and completes their education through expression and cinematographic initiatives, carried out in collaboration with the local Cinecircolo Giovanile Socioculturale, a youth and cultural cinema-based association (CGS).

                                                  To increase their sense of belonging in the group, at the beginning of the year the operators took the children on a field trip to the center of Rome. "Many of them," explains the project's local coordinator, Caterina Pezzi, "although they've traveled alone around the neighborhood, had never seen the center of Rome! ... We then visited some typical streets, the Pantheon, several churches and a few monuments that they had only studied in books and never seen in person."

                                                  Accustomed to a reality deprived of stimuli for them, in this way the children of the peripheries have discovered beauty at their fingertips; and they did it ... together!

                                                  The occasion of the visit also allowed moments of aggregation and sharing, and even a simple ice cream, taken in the company of mates and in the center of Rome, remains an unforgettable event in the memory of these kids so loved by Don Bosco.

                                                  Through all these experiences the boys are regaining a little self-confidence, acquiring knowledge and motivation for studies.

                                                  The work of the IN.S.I.E.ME project operators also involves the parents of the children, through the collaboration of a psychotherapist, and is completed in the synergies started up with the schools and social services.

                                                  IN.S.I.E.ME is active in 17 locations throughout Italy and aims to combat situations of educational poverty of children by involving schools, parents and the children themselves.

                                                  • Italia
                                                  • ICC
                                                  • Salesiani per il Sociale
                                                  • Povertà
                                                  • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                    Brazil - "Carry the heart of each one of us in your heart as Father and Rector Major": Rector Major's visit ends

                                                    1 month 2 weeks ago

                                                    (ANS - Campo Grande) - A few days to learn about the presence and the good the Salesians do in Brazil, the country "o mais grande do mundo". Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, meeting aspirants, pre-novices, novices and post-novices of the Campo Grande Province (BCG), said clearly: “Dear young people, we are not Salesians to do things; we are Salesians to bear witness with our lives how important God is, to bear witness that we are for God and that we want to give our lives.”

                                                    One of the activities carried out by the X Successor of Don Bosco during the Animation Visit to BCG was a visit to the "Don Bosco Culture Museum", located in the Park of Indigenous Nations. At the event, Mara Caseiro, the President of the Culture Foundation, underlined the importance of the Museum: “We are grateful for all the years of work of the Salesians to safeguard the culture of our people. Campo Grande has a great affection for the Museum, because it is the memory of our State.”

                                                    The Rector Major officially concluded the Animation Visit on Saturday 27 April. At the “St Giovanni Bosco” parish in the city, a multitude of people that included young people, Salesians in formation, members of the various groups of the Salesian Family celebrated - with the Rector Major - their gratitude for the five days spent in Mato Grosso, during which he greeted, encouraged and blessed each Salesian presence.

                                                    The last act of the Visit took place inside the "Don Bosco Theater" with the presentation of a musical staged by the students of the Don Bosco School, the screening of the video on the 125th anniversary of the Salesian Mission in Mato Grosso and the delivery of a missionary cross to the young people of the Salesian Youth Movement. At the end of the event, the Rector Major took a selfie with all those present and then gave his fatherly greeting to each group of the Salesian Family.

                                                    At the conclusion of the ceremony, before a large crowd, Fr Gildásio Mendes, BCG Provincial, thanked the X Successor of Don Bosco in this way: “The most pronounced word by the Rector Major during his visit was 'heart'. As a Provincial, I was witness to the theology of love, of the theology of the heart and of the enthusiasm and contagious joy they generated. Now we want to pass into the heart of the Virgin, in the heart of Jesus and in the heart of Don Bosco, the heart of Father Ángel. When you take the plane back to Italy, bring the heart of each of us into your heart as Father and Rector Major.”

                                                    {gallery}Brasile - Visita BCG 2019{/gallery}

                                                    • Brasile
                                                    • Rettor Maggiore
                                                    • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                    • BCG
                                                    • Visita di Animazione
                                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                                      Philippines – FIS Extraordinary Visitation concluded

                                                      1 month 2 weeks ago
                                                      Philippines – FIS Extraordinary Visitation concluded

                                                      (ANS – Cebu City) – The three month Extraordinary Visitation of the Mary Help of Christians Province (FIS) – Philippines South and Pakistan, which commenced on 20 January in Cebu, concluded with the Rectors meeting on 23 April and with the SDB Provincial Council meeting on 24 April, again in Cebu. Marian spirituality is among the most visible trademark of this province - through the daily entrustment to Mary, and the numerous ADMA groups in almost all houses.

                                                      The FIS province is slowly growing since it was established in 1992: There are 114 professed Salesians (25 of them still in initial formation) and 3 novices, who are spread around five islands of the Visayas and Mindanao (14 communities in the Philippines) and with two communities the Pakistan Delegation (established in 2015). The average age is 46 years.

                                                      Most of the apostolic works are open to Don Bosco's preferential beneficiaries, youth in need and youth at risk (9 Vocational training centres, 3 Boys homes, Magone house). This large mission embraces almost 13,000 children and older youth, not counting the 20,000 youth and adults who pass through the Don Bosco retreat houses annually. Salesians involve more than 1,300 lay mission partners and numerous other members of the Salesian family (more than 200 Salesian Cooperators, hundreds of ADMA members and Don Bosco Past Pupils, VDB, Damas Salesianas and also 3 FMA communities).

                                                      Besides the personal talk with each confrere (special questions about personal spiritual accompaniment, Cafasso-style) there was ample opportunity to listen to hundreds of youth leaders, lay mission partners and Salesian Family members who are contributing to the education and evangelization of the young.

                                                      The entire visitation was characterized by preparation for the Filipino National Youth Day in Cebu (April 23-29) with more than 10,000 youth from all dioceses and with more than 400 Salesian Youth Movement delegates. The Visitor also participated at the funeral of one Salesian, Fr Luis Badilla, and was able to meet the bishops of Cebu, Mati, Borongan, Dumaguete and Bacolod (Bishop Patrick Buzon, SDB).

                                                      During last two days of meetings the leadership of the FIS (Provincial Fr Godofredo Atienza) gave thanks for the numerouss sign of growth - in new vocations, in reaching out to more marginalised youth, in qualification of the confreres and the works (esp. TVET - Training Centres), in formation and involvement of lay mission partners and especially for the vocation and missionary culture growing in the province, like the 'SALVO' (Salesian Lay Volunteers) shaping our mission. With a serene outlook the rectors also shared their main challenges and needs - to growth in spiritual accompaniment, in more systematic formation of lay people and in strengthening the sense of belonging to one provincial community.

                                                      Due to geographical location and trust in Don Bosco, the province receives continuous new invitations (like the most recent to Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao or to Hyderabad diocese in Pakistan). There is also a strong need for ongoing reshaping of our presences to guarantee a clear charismatic mission to the young.

                                                      The visitation was interrupted due to various East Asia - Oceania regional events: Annual meeting of EAO provincials (KOR - Seoul, March), EAO Salesian History Conference (THA - Sampran, February) and province-level events (FIN new provincial consultation, CIN province and VIE province short animation visits).

                                                      Thanks to the efficient FIS social communication office and collaboration of many confreres, there are more than 25 news articles on Boscolink (www.bosco.link) shared during the visit in the 14 canonical communities. After the recent Provincial Chapter (March 2019) the whole provincial community is looking to the future with hope and commitment.

                                                      Source: AustraLasia

                                                      • Filippine
                                                      • FIS
                                                      • Visita Straordinaria
                                                      • Václav Klement
                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                        Spain – A trip to Syria, through "Suriya" project

                                                        1 month 2 weeks ago

                                                        (ANS - Madrid) - Given the complexity of a refugee reception project and considering that there are organizations better prepared for these tasks, the Spanish Salesian youth centers asked themselves why not help the children of the countries of origin of the refugees, doing what they do best and in keeping with what fully identifies them: working with Spanish children and young people, promoting awareness on the subject and collecting material aid for the areas in conflict. For this reason, in March 2017 the Solidarity Project was presented: "Suriya" (phonetic transcription of the word "Syria" in Arabic), which is still ongoing and relaunching its activities.

                                                        The "Suriya" project was born as a commitment in the short, medium and long term, starting from the twinning of the Salesian youth centers of Spain and Syria. From the beginning, various awareness-raising, support and fund-raising actions were carried out to meet the needs of Salesian youth centers in Syria. These needs are grouped into three main segments: basic necessities, materials for education and psychological formation of the animation teams and, finally, various material for the recreational activities of the youth center.

                                                        As part of the "Suriya" project, a youth vigil was held on 2 December 2017 in the youth centers of Spain and Syria supported by the Salesian Youth Movement. In 2018, the campaign "bracelets and solidarity sweets" was launched, commissioned for various festivities and activities of the same youth centers and other groups, which served to support Salesian oratories in Syria.

                                                        Now, next May, Fr Santi Domínguez (National Coordinator of the Salesian Youth Centers) and María Alonso (animator of the María Auxiliadora Youth Center) will travel to Syria to visit the twin Salesian youth centers in Aleppo and Damascus. The purpose of this trip is to get to know first hand the reality of youth centers in Syria, to see how they live and what they need. During the visit they will meet animators and Salesians, share life and have time to collect some graphic material to help prepare the supports and materials in Spain.

                                                        In the coming months, a traveling photographic exhibition is also planned to raise awareness of the reality of refugees, and the reception of various Salesian animators from Syria to collaborate in the summer activities of Salesian youth centers or other initiatives provided for by law.

                                                        The "Suriya" project is carried out in close collaboration between the National Commission of the Youth Centers of Spain and the Delegates for Youth Ministry of the Salesians and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in Syria.

                                                        • Spagna
                                                        • Siria
                                                        • Giovani
                                                        • Solidarietà
                                                        • Pastorale Giovanile
                                                        • MGS Movimento Giovanile Salesiano
                                                          Gian Francesco Romano

                                                          Ethiopia – Don Bosco by Teresio Bosco translated into Tigrina

                                                          1 month 2 weeks ago
                                                          Ethiopia – Don Bosco by Teresio Bosco translated into Tigrina

                                                          (ANS - Addis Abeba) – In an effort to spread the charism of Don Bosco far and wide there has been the initiative of translating the writings of the great veteran Salesian historian Teresio Bosco into Tigrina, the official local language of Eritrea and the language spoken in the northern part of Ethiopia. 

                                                          The work was begun almost two years ago by Br. Berhane Teklemariam who took it up as a great challenge to do the translation work and at the same wanted to make this contribution to the Salesians of Eritrea which had been part of the Ethiopian Province in the beginning and had to be separated a few years ago due to various political reasons.

                                                          However, the new initiative was very well welcomed by the confreres on both sides, in Ethiopia and Eritrea, and the editing, printing and publishing was fulfilled by the Don Bosco Printing Press at Addis Abeba in Ethiopia.

                                                          The book, which has more than 400 pages, gives an almost literal translation of Teresio Bosco's work and will certainly help in spreading the Salesian charism in both the countries.

                                                          • Etiopia
                                                          • AET
                                                          • Eritrea
                                                          • Libri
                                                          • Don Bosco
                                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                                            Brazil - "Scattered blood continues to give life in God": Rector Major in land of martyrs

                                                            1 month 3 weeks ago

                                                            (ANS – Meruri) - The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, continues his visit of animation in the Salesian Province of Campo Grande - Salesian Mission of Mato Grosso. From 23 to 27 April, he visited the cities and mission areas. In fact, on 24 and 25 April he was in the indigenous community of Meruri. He was received by the Bororo with the "Oiego" dance, which expresses welcome, and the "Jure" dance, which shows the joy that people live in receiving him in their lands.

                                                            The X Successor of Don Bosco arrived accompanied by his secretary, Fr Horacio Lopez, and by the Regional Councilor of America South Cone, Fr Natale Vitali. Later the Bororo, as per their customs, painted the faces of the visitors.

                                                            The Cacique de Meruri, José Mário, declared: "It is an honor to receive the X successor of Don Bosco. I think Don Bosco lives with us in this indigenous community. For us it is a dream that his children generate this seed of peace. At the height of the process for the martyrdom of Father Rodolfo and Simão Bororo there is an alliance between the indigenous and the Salesians, men and women religious, in this work of missionary itinerancy and I believe that the visit to our people is a cause for great celebration and joy, of feelings that weave Salesian life with our life."

                                                            The first stage of the visit to the missionary land ended with a prayer in the Parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, with the presence of the Salesian director of San Marcos and Meruri, Father Andelson de Oliveira, volunteers, indigenous leaders, young people on a vocational journey, of the Lauritas Sisters and of the Salesians who work in the missions. "The spilled blood continues to produce lives in God", was the message left by the tenth successor of Don Bosco

                                                            During the dialogue with the Salesians, Fr Á. F. Artime said: "More than knowing these places, I want to touch the land of our martyrs and live the culture of peoples. I was able to visit parishes, schools and have the opportunity to meet sisters and brothers who live, work and give life in these communities. In the Vatican we are seen as a Missionary Congregation. The Salesian charism is truly missionary, pastoral and educational. We have more or less 3,000 Salesian missionaries working in mission areas. In the history of the Congregation it is possible to calculate an average of 14,000 missionaries who have dedicated their lives in mission lands. I am convinced that we Salesians of Don Bosco, with the help of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and the Laurite Sisters, must think of the poorest on the peripheries of the world."

                                                            • Rettor Maggiore
                                                            • Brasile
                                                            • BCG
                                                            • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                            • Meruri
                                                            • Martiri
                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                              Haiti - Better nutrition for 900 young people of "Lakay Don Bosco" program

                                                              1 month 3 weeks ago

                                                              (ANS - Port-au-Prince) - More than 900 children and young people who are part of the "Lakay Don Bosco" program in Haiti have access to better nutrition thanks to the rice donations of "Rise Against Hunger", an NGO that provides food and aid to the most vulnerable people around the world. These donations are made possible by the collaboration between "Salesian Missions", the Salesian Mission Office in New Rochelle, USA, and "Rise Against Hunger".

                                                              Rice donations are distributed in the 5 structures of the Lakay project in Port-au-Prince and in that of Cap-Haïtien, which in turn is divided into two sectors. Each of these structures was created to meet the needs of the children and teenagers of the two cities, who live in situations of risk; in total, thanks to the 57 staff members, around 5700 minors benefit from this service.

                                                              René Wantoosly, 17, is one of the beneficiaries of the donations, for which he said he was very happy. René lives with his mother, who has mobility problems following a stroke, and with the two sisters, one of whom is a single mother and the other is expecting a baby. His father is dead.

                                                              "When my father died," René said, "life seemed impossible. I ended up in the streets and had to look for a way to take care of my mother and sisters. All I could do was beg, clean cars, load trucks ... All this just to survive. Then I managed to enter the 'Lakay Don Bosco' program. Here I can learn a trade and get three meals a day. Meals not only fill me up, but they give me energy and strength to study and play with my friends."


                                                              René wants to be a carpenter and make furniture. "Certainly, at the end of my training in Lakay," he added, "I will have the opportunity to work and provide for myself and my family."

                                                              "Despite the critical situation in which children live before they come to us and the social and economic challenges that Haiti has to face in general, we know that a plate of food fills the stomach, stimulates the body and opens hearts," explains Fr Joseph Roliné, Director of "Lakay Don Bosco".

                                                              "René is a model student and now, thanks to the donations of ‘Rise Against Hunger’, his health has improved and he can be more concentrated in the classroom," added Fr Roliné.

                                                              • Missioni
                                                              • Haiti
                                                              • HAI
                                                              • Povertà
                                                              • ONG
                                                              • Fame
                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                Great Britain - "Valdocco Project": vacations for young refugees and asylum seekers

                                                                1 month 3 weeks ago

                                                                (ANS - London) - The Salesian Youth Ministry of the Province of Great Britain (GBR) is developing a new project to offer the opportunity for a holiday to young refugees and asylum seekers aged between 14 and 17 years. The "Valdocco Project" is inspired by the Salesian charism and takes its name from the place where Don Bosco began to give hope and joy to marginalized young people.

                                                                The project thus intends to respond to Pope Francis' appeals for compassion towards refugees and asylum seekers and "to recognize and welcome the Lord Jesus among the smallest and most vulnerable"; it also answers to the invitations of the Rector Major to the Salesian Family in Europe to look for practical ways to offer assistance regarding the refugee crisis, paying "particular attention to unaccompanied minors and young people."

                                                                Exclusion, uncertainty and, unfortunately, hostility, have serious repercussions, especially on young refugees and asylum seekers, who may become trapped in new societies and be with limited possibilities to rebuild their lives. A holiday, for its part, can offer a sense of freedom and normality, that is what young refugees and asylum seekers rarely experience.

                                                                The GBR Salesian Youth Ministry team met in November to start planning and developing this project, which is expected to actually take place from 3 to 10 August 2019 in Liverpool.

                                                                Danny Sweeney, one of the team members, said: “For this pilot program we thought of Liverpool because it is one of the areas of the United Kingdom where asylum seekers often remain missing after initially submitting their application for shelter. As this is a new area for our Salesian Youth Ministry, this experience will allow us to take root in a local community, and also, we hope, encourage contact with families, as well as with the young people who will participate.”

                                                                Support to taking root and becoming part within and of the community will come from local members of the Salesian Family who are involved in schools or working directly with young asylum seekers in the area.

                                                                The team of volunteers and organizers is truly intent on reaching these young people, whose childhood has been upset by war and persecution, and who have suffered the trauma of having to flee their homes to reach a foreign place, where their reception is often uncertain and unknown.

                                                                The managers of the "Valdocco Project" hope that it will have long-term effects, providing a basis for young refugees and asylum seekers "to build their lives in a positive way and to be able to fit responsibly into society", as the Framework Reference prescribes of Salesian Youth Ministry.

                                                                • Gran Bretagna
                                                                • Rifugiati
                                                                • Migranti
                                                                • GBR
                                                                  Jesus Jurado

                                                                  Brazil - "This demonstrates that our work in favor of education and indigenous peoples has been significant": Rector Major

                                                                  1 month 3 weeks ago

                                                                  (ANS - Cuiabá) - Fr Ángel Fernández Artíme, Rector Major of the Salesians, X Successor of Don Bosco, had his first meeting in the sports center of the Salesian College of San Gonçalo on Wednesday 24 April and received a medal from the city of Cuiabá that symbolizes the 300 years of the city's foundation.

                                                                  Hundreds of Salesian students, participants in social projects, school collaborators, the entire community of Cuiabá, people from the inland villages, all welcomed Father Angel in the morning. A colorful dance and cultural performances of the Salesian students and of the Flor Ribeirinha group awaited  him, showing the X Successor of Don Bosco the history and culture of the Salesian presence in Mato Grosso.

                                                                  Mayor Emanuel Pinheiro and his wife Márcia Pinheiro celebrated the 125th anniversary of the arrival of the first Salesian missionaries in Cuiabá, together with the faithful of the Catholic Church. The date was commemorated with a Mass of thanksgiving in the Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians in the presence of the Rector Major of the Salesians of Brazil, Fr Angel Fernandez Artíme.


                                                                  Mr Pinheiro and Mrs Márcia paid tribute to the Rector Major with the commemorative medal of the 300 years, declaring that "I feel honored to be part of another important milestone that summarizes the history of the capital's 300 years and of being able to thank the Salesians for their contribution to the development of Cuiabá."

                                                                  "With a fruitful work in the field of education and also for the defense of indigenous peoples, they are helping to grow better people, giving more access to social inclusion .... For this reason we could not fail to present this medal to the Rector Major and thank him for all that has already been given to us. Gratitude is what we carry in our hearts for you," said Mr. Pinheiro.

                                                                  Fr Ángel Fernández Artime gave his thanks for the meeting and said he was very happy for the reception of the people of Curitiba. "I am also grateful for the recognition and tribute received. This demonstrates that our work in favor of education and indigenous peoples has been significant," the Rector Major emphasized.

                                                                  Governor Mauro Mendes and First Lady, Virginia Mendes, also participated in the celebration, presenting the "Order of Merit of Mato Grosso" to Don Bosco's successor.

                                                                  • Brasile
                                                                  • Rettor Maggiore
                                                                  • Educazione
                                                                  • Indigeni
                                                                  • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                                    Jesus Jurado

                                                                    Sri Lanka – The Massacre that unfolded on Easter Sunday 2019

                                                                    1 month 3 weeks ago
                                                                    Sri Lanka – The Massacre that unfolded on Easter Sunday 2019

                                                                    (ANS – Dungalpitiya) – Following the tragic attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Day, the Salesian Provincial in the country issued a statement today, April 24, which we publish below.

                                                                    Dear Friends,

                                                                    I am deeply saddened to write these few lines about the horrific events that unfolded on the morning of Easter Sunday, 21 April 2019 in Sri Lanka. Although you may be already aware of the tragedy of epic proportions, I would like to share with you some information in this regard.

                                                                    The powerful blasts - six at 8:45 am on Easter morning and then two more hours later - left the island nation grieving. The blasts targeted St Anthony's Church in Colombo, St Sebastian's Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and another church in the eastern town of Batticaloa around 8.45 am (local time) as the Easter Sunday prayers were in progress. Three explosions were reported from the five-star hotels - the Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury. As per the United Nations report, at least 45 children were among the more than 359 people killed in suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka. Three police officers were killed in a blast during a raid. At least 38 of the dead were foreigners, including American, Australian, Bangaladeshi, British, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Indian, Japanese, Portuguese, Saudi Arabian and Turkish citizens.

                                                                    The president's office on Monday (4/22) declared that emergency law would come into effect from midnight, giving police extensive powers to detain and interrogate suspects without court orders. The attacks brought a shattering end to a calm that had existed in this Indian Ocean Island since the bitter civil war ended 10 years ago.

                                                                    The bombers targeted crowds that contained a large number of the elderly, women and children. The official counts only account for those who are dead or injured. It doesn't take into account those who are missing or those who may have been ripped apart by the blasts so badly that there are no identifiable body parts left.

                                                                    The authorities in Sri Lanka said a small radical Islamist group, the National Thowheeth Jama'ath (NTJ), carried out the attacks, with help from international militant group ISIS. After the bombings, Sri Lankan security services have arrested at least 59 suspects. The Government has commenced relief efforts along with civil society organizations.

                                                                    There are no Salesians or any Salesian house that has been directly affected in the carnage. However, we are still to assess if some of our parishioners and past pupils have been among the victims, either killed or those injured.

                                                                    I would like to thank you for your prayers and your concern. Due to the prevailing tense situation and the restriction of movement we are currently unable to reach out to the victims; however we at Don Bosco are assessing the situation along with the local church and some NGOs to see how best we can serve the victims of the tragedy as well as the nation of Sri Lanka in this time of crisis.

                                                                    Please do continue to accompany us with your prayers and support so that peace may prevail, the victims are duly assisted and that we all stand united in the face of such great evil. I will keep you updated and soon share with you our plans to reach out to the victims and the distressed.

                                                                    Thank you, Yours Truly,

                                                                    Fr. Joseph Almeida, SDB,

                                                                    Provincial

                                                                    • Sri Lanka
                                                                    • LKC
                                                                    • Terrorismo
                                                                    • Violenze
                                                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                      Brazil – Rector Major in Campo Grande: "My heart is truly happy to be among you"

                                                                      1 month 3 weeks ago

                                                                      (ANS - Campo Grande) - Yesterday, 23 April, was a historic day for the Salesians of Brazil-Campo Grande (BCG) for the arrival of the 10th Successor of Don Bosco, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, to the Province. Welcomed by local Salesians and groups of the Salesian Family at the international airport, the Rector Major responded to everyone with a friendly smile and an attitude of paternity, despite the 10-hour flight.

                                                                      Waiting for him at the "Antonio João" international airport in Campo Grande, one of the country's major airports, was the archbishop emeritus, mgr. Vittorio Pavanello, SDB; the Provincial of BCG, Fr Gildásio Mendes; his Vicar, Fr Elías Roberto; the Provincial Delegate for Youth Ministry, Fr Wagner Luis Galvão; also present were the young in formation, Salesians from Campo Grande, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, local coordinators of the Association of Mary Help of Christians, Salesians Cooperators and Volunteers of Don Bosco.

                                                                      "I think they will be very rich days, of great closeness, with much animation, a lot of listening, much sharing. My heart is truly happy in this moment to be among you," said the X Successor of Don Bosco.

                                                                      During this week, the Rector Major will participate in the celebrations for the 125th anniversary of the Salesian Province, visiting the Salesian works of Cuiabá, Barra do Garças and Meruri; he will then return to Campo Grande on Thursday 25, where he will remain until Saturday 27th.

                                                                      The agenda of the Rector Major for these days is filled with meetings, first of all with the Salesians of Don Bosco, but also with the young and the Salesian Family. Today, April 24, Fr Á.F. Artime meets the young people of the Salesian Youth Movement and the students of the "São Gonçalo" Salesian Institute in Cuiabá. He then presides over the Eucharist in the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians, in the presence of the mayor of the city, Emanuel Pinheiro, the Governor of the State of Mato Grosso, Mauro Mendes, and other authorities.

                                                                      Fr Paulo Vendrame, Director of the "São Gonçalo" institute, for his part said that in Mato Grosso the Salesians animate 21 centers, each with a parish, social work and some kind of educational center. "The Salesians arrived in Mato Grosso with two objectives," he explained. "On the one hand, taking care of the education of young people, and on the other hand working among the indigenous peoples. The Rector Major comes at an important time for us, as we celebrate the 125th anniversary of the arrival of the Salesians in the State of Mato Grosso."

                                                                      {gallery}Brasile - BCG - Visita Animazione RM 2019{/gallery}

                                                                      • Brasile
                                                                      • BCG
                                                                      • Rettor Maggiore
                                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                        Eritrea – Efforts of the Salesians and VIS for young people in need

                                                                        1 month 3 weeks ago
                                                                        Eritrea – Efforts of the Salesians and VIS for young people in need

                                                                        (ANS - Asmara) - The Salesians have been present in Eritrea since 1995, settling first in Dekemhare, a town 2060 meters above sea level, about 40 km south-east of the capital Asmara. In 1996 the Eritrean government donated land to the Spiritual Sons of Don Bosco, which, even in a desert territory, saw the birth of new plants, new buildings and new activities being added every year, all focused on a single goal: the reception of the poorest of youth and their education.

                                                                        Thus the technical school "Don Bosco Center" was established in Dekemhare which today forms about 400 pupils - for free - every year, to which, thanks also to the support of the government, food is also offered. It also provides recreational activities for children and school recovery courses.

                                                                        Furthermore, to improve the quality of teaching, since 2001, the Salesians - together with the NGO "International Voluntary Service for Development" (VIS) - organize refresher courses for teachers, both those of the Don Bosco Center and those of all the country's others technical schools.

                                                                        In 2017, the Salesians and the VIS then launched what is about to become the second Salesian technical school in Eritrea, currently simply called the "Skill Development Center", which is in Barent, towards Sudan, in an isolated area in need of development.

                                                                        As is typical of the Salesian tradition, these educational proposals are primarily addressed to the neediest of young people, those who have abandoned their studies and who would, otherwise, risk remaining on the margins of social life.

                                                                        Through the eight formative disciplines of the center of Dekemhare and the two of the center of Barent, poor children have access to good education, enabling them to find a job.

                                                                        Beyond the commitment to education, Salesians and VIS are also dedicated to fostering the development and autonomy of the local communities by promoting the construction of water wells, a fundamental condition in a land often subject to drought and famine. In this sense, the young people of the technical school are also trained to maintain and repair wells.

                                                                        In this phase of détente between Ethiopia and Eritrea, with the reopening of the borders after a latent war lasting many years, the Eritrean population looks with optimism to the future: in Eritrea new goods and merchandise have arrived, there has been a general lowering of prices, and finally Eritreans and Ethiopians have been able to re-embrace.

                                                                        • Eritrea
                                                                        • VIS
                                                                        • ONG
                                                                        • Sviluppo
                                                                          Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                          Sri Lanka – Easter massacre. Pope Francis: "Let all condemn these terrorist acts, inhuman acts, never justifiable"

                                                                          1 month 3 weeks ago

                                                                          (ANS - Dungalpitiya) - 310 victims and over 500 wounded is the provisional toll of the 2019 Easter carnage, the result of numerous explosions in various churches and hotels frequented by tourists. Once again hatred and violence stain the main Christian festival with blood, the very one that announces the victory of the Lord over death.

                                                                          “I wish to express my affectionate closeness to the Christian community, struck while it was gathered in prayer, and to all the victims of such cruel violence. I entrust to the Lord those who have tragically disappeared and pray for the wounded and all those who suffer because of this dramatic event” was the message pronounced by Pope Francis from the central Loggia of St. Peter's Basilica on Easter Sunday.

                                                                          The Holy Father returned to express his spiritual closeness to the people of Sri Lanka also yesterday, Monday of the Angelus, in the margins of the Regina Coeli. “I am very close to my dear brother, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige Don, and to the whole archdiocesan Church of Colombo. I pray for the many victims and wounded, and I ask everyone not to hesitate to offer this dear nation all the necessary help. I also hope that everyone condemns these terrorist acts, inhuman, never justifiable acts.”

                                                                          According to data provided by "Open Doors", an organization that monitors religious freedom in the world, from January to date already 4,336 faithful have been killed for matters related to their beliefs, an average of 11 per day. In addition, another 2,625 have been imprisoned. In particular, there is an increase in pressures in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, which sometimes take the form of obvious discrimination, others of latent marginalization from social life.

                                                                          In general, one in nine Christians in the world is a victim of severe forms of persecution, ranging from a series of limits, up to the most serious cases, such as death.

                                                                          The Christian community in Sri Lanka is approximately 7.5% of the total, and is composed of both Sinhalese and Tamil citizens. “It represents a bridge community that in itself reconciles society in the name of Christ,” as Father Antonio Spadaro, SJ, tweeted.

                                                                          • Sri Lanka
                                                                          • LKC
                                                                          • Violenze
                                                                          • Papa Francesco
                                                                          • Terrorismo
                                                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                            USA – Students of Verona's "Don Bosco" Institute triumph at Robotics World Championships

                                                                            1 month 3 weeks ago

                                                                            (ANS - Houston) - The students of the Salesian "Don Bosco" Institute of Verona celebrate! On Saturday 20th April, Easter Eve, they won the 20th edition of the FIRST* LEGO League World Championship in Houston, Texas, “which saw 108 teams from all over the world compete against each other, teams selected during the national phases among the over 40,000 candidate teams.”

                                                                            It is the first time that an Italian team is crowned the winner of the main world science and robotics competition. NASA - the US space agency - had wanted to challenge young scientists from all over the world on the theme "Into orbit". In other words, it was a matter of inventing solutions to improve the living conditions of astronauts in space. So the youths of the "Don Bosco", together with their teachers / trainers, responded with the "Wemit" project, an innovative "space washing machine" designed to provide for the washing of astronauts' clothes in zero gravity and without water.

                                                                            As often happens with innovations originally conceived in the space sector, the "Wemit" system may later also be used in many areas of daily life to reduce the production of waste (for example, providing for washing clothes used in hospitals or food factories currently, in most cases, disposable). For this reason the Don Bosco Institute has already patented their project, thus bringing its eight young students into the ranks of inventors.

                                                                            Furthermore, the quality of the project led to the young Salesian students being invited to the prestigious "Global Innovation Award", the final for the 20 best scientific projects presented during the competitive season around the world, with the final staged in June in California.

                                                                            The "iDB Tech-No-Logic Team", the "Don Bosco" team of Verona, had already made headlines in 2018, qualifying for the World Championships held in Detroit and winning the prize for the best project presentation. This year, instead, they dominated right across the board, coming first in the following categories: scientific project, technological innovation, robotic programming, presentation and teamwork.

                                                                            The success of Salesian students confirms the importance of engaging in the field of education, to excite and inspire young people to scientific and technological subjects, using creative and unconventional methods.

                                                                            "The Salesian model is once again confirmed as a reference point in the panorama of the educational and formation system," commented Elena Dozzan, the Veneto Region's Councilor for Formation.

                                                                            • Stati Uniti
                                                                            • Italia
                                                                            • INE
                                                                            • Tecnologie
                                                                            • Formazione Professionale
                                                                            • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                              Guatemala – "Jesus, the Waze of my life": a unique experience to guide young people in their vocational choice

                                                                              1 month 3 weeks ago

                                                                              (ANS - Guatemala City) - "We are in an educational and social situation where practically the young person does not respond to calls, but rather there are situations of stationary decisions," said Msgr. Jorge Carlos Patón Wong, Secretary of the Congregation for the Clergy. When one refers to the vocational theme, and directly to the summons to priestly life, today more than ever it is necessary to foster the "educational processes that teach young people to decide". It is for this reason that the Vocational Meetings must help to fulfill projects that favor the taking of decisions and, above all, that they listen to what God asks young people, who must not let themselves be carried away by fear.

                                                                              Many young people today are afraid of commitments, especially if they are commitments for life. For this reason, the Document of the Synod of Youth emphasizes: "The concern of many Churches for the decrease in the number of vocations to the ordained pastoral care means that a new reflection on vocation and vocation ministry is necessary."

                                                                              It is important to encourage young people to respond with a generous "yes" to their vocation and it is necessary to continue listening to what the Holy Father said to the young people: "Do not be deaf to the call of the Lord," and it is necessary rather to implement projects "that will help to take decisions."

                                                                              In this context it is beautiful to see that the 1st National Vocation Meeting took place at the Don Bosco Institute in Guatemala City in what was a climate of fraternity and expectation on the part of the young participants.

                                                                              Several young people from all over the country took part in the meeting. For some it represented a step forward in the process that started a few months ago; for others it was the first time in that group; all, however, actively participated.

                                                                              Some of the contents discussed were: "Remember my guide-chaperone", a cineforum on the film Cristiada, the five vocational values, the levels of vocation (human, Christian, specific).

                                                                              During the Eucharist those present were invited to seek the Lord in all living conditions. Furthermore, there were moments in which the young people had the opportunity to share their experiences in the search for the life option that the Lord proposes to them.

                                                                              The National Vocational Team of Guatemala was present at the event with the aim of guiding young people and presenting their vocational and charismatic proposal.

                                                                              The 1st National Vocation Meeting, which developed the motto "Jesus, the Waze of my life", (named after a well-known app for road navigation) was indeed a unique experience to guide young people in their vocational discernment and orientation.

                                                                              • Guatemala
                                                                              • CAM
                                                                              • Vocazioni
                                                                              • Discernimento Vocazionale
                                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                                Italy - "I pray that this evening we will save you". Touching testimony of Cameroon migrant

                                                                                1 month 3 weeks ago

                                                                                (ANS - Santeramo in Colle) - A Saturday afternoon, a game of football ... It seems like an ordinary day at the oratory of Santeramo in Colle, not far from Bari. But there is a team of boys never seen before, with a colored uniform they are proud of: they come from Cameroon and have something to share. After the match, organized by the local Polisportiva Giovanile Salesiana – PGS - the Salesian Youth Sports association, and the oratory's missionary group, with the collaboration of the parish of Sacro Cuore, the Cameroon youths donated a piece of their story and history to the whole community.

                                                                                The youths of Cameroon risked everything they had, left their land "when the sea seemed safer than the earth" and now they are here, open to dialogue. It was not difficult: it took just one ball, a match, a chat. The beauty of hospitality, as one of the boys from Cameroon pointed out, is that it becomes such only when it is two-way: welcoming means opening up to the other and letting the other open up to you.

                                                                                This is what one of these young men welcomed to Santeramo said, leaving everyone speechless, with his testimony: "It's scary not to have a rock to cling to. I know what it means to cross the sea, crushed on a boat or on a rubber raft, between the tears and children and the screams of mothers. Among the waves that push you into the water with death in your heart knowing that no one is waiting for you and that you cannot go back.

                                                                                I also know what it means to be saved and welcomed, but not everyone has been lucky like me, like us. And those bodies on the beach, in the sea, I will never be able to tear them from my heart and eyes.

                                                                                I pray that tonight it is we who save you, because God has given His only son to save all of us, and you, because we are His family. His family is all of us, the whole world without borders, without hatred without rancor and without division. Because Jesus is the love on which we must found our lives, our homes and our families. Thank you."

                                                                                During the testimony there were people of all ages, completely different from each other, but all animated by curiosity and the certainty that there is something beyond numbers and news. Behind these young people there is really a world to discover and it was nice to have the chance to explore a part of it.

                                                                                • Italia
                                                                                • Camerun
                                                                                • Migranti
                                                                                • IME
                                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano
                                                                                  ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana