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Poland – In preparation for WYD 2023: "Rise Up" formation program

1 month 2 weeks ago

(ANS - Krakow) - Although there is still a long time yet to the World Youth Day in Lisbon 2023, preparations for this important youth and ecclesial event are in full swing in Poland.

For a year now, the young people of the Salesian presences throughout Poland have been carrying out the formation program "Rise Up", proposed by the Holy Father Francis himself, who in his message for the 35th World Youth Day, celebrated last year, wrote: “The theme of the WYD in Lisbon will be: 'Mary arose and went quickly' (Lk 1:39). In the two previous years, I thought of reflecting together with you on two other biblical texts: 'Young man, I say to you, rise up!' (Cf. Lk 7:14), in 2020, and 'Rise up! For to this end have I appeared unto thee' (cf. Acts 26:16), in 2021."

Then, since the WYD in Lisbon was postponed from 2022 to 2023, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the two years of preparation proposed by Pope Francis began this year.

Specifically, the first year of the formative journey underway in Salesian Poland is aimed at the animators and leaders of the individual groups. These, together with the managers of each group, create contents that will then be proposed, next year, to all members of the group. These monthly meetings are an opportunity to strengthen faith, build love for others, and to create a community and a shared hope that, despite the pandemic, we can dream, grow and do good together.

Sunday 18 April was a central moment in this journey of preparation, as around 150 people from all over Poland met online, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. At the beginning of the meeting, each team had the opportunity to introduce themselves briefly and show others how their training program is being carried out.

The central moment of the day was an interview with Basia Turek, a young disabled educator, a woman full of passion, enthusiasm and joy. In her words, the interviewee was able to convey how physical limitations never stopped her, and, on the contrary, gave a testimony of faith by telling how in her life journey, being confined to a wheelchair, she has met Christ.

Moreover, the fact of being "Paralitus Celebritus" (as she says of herself) did not prevent her from hitchhiking twice to Europe, personally meeting Pope Francis, writing a book, dancing in a music video and animating with testimonies and reflections a retreat.

The dialogue animated by Basia Turek was considered by all present to be a great stimulus and a source of inspiration, and showed that, despite any difficulty, everything is possible with God and in the Salesian Family.

Thus continues the journey of preparation for "Salesians in Lisbon 2023", which aims to constitute a great initiative that unites the entire Salesian Family of Poland to go together, under a single Salesian banner, to the meeting of the Holy Father and to the young people of all the world.

More information on: https://lizbona.donbosco.pl/ 

Mirosław Kosiec, SDB

  • Polonia
  • PLS POLONIA KRAKÓW
  • GMG
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Italy – “MissioLab”: formation for globalization and missions never stops

    1 month 2 weeks ago
    Italy – “MissioLab”: formation for globalization and missions never stops

    (ANS - Rome) - The cycle of meetings of "MissioLab" ended last Saturday afternoon, April 17, a path carried out entirely online, conceived by the Mission Animation of Central Italy during the pandemic to continue to train and raise awareness of young people interested in the theme of globalization and missions. The four monthly appointments, from January to April, sought to deepen the theme of the pandemic linked to youth and Salesian contexts in Italy, Europe, and the rest of the world. Among the guests who were invited to discuss the topic, the meeting on 17 April saw the precious participation of the General Councilors for the Missions of the Salesians and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.

    Sister Alaíde Deretti spoke of some initiatives carried out with great commitment by boys and girls, during the pandemic, in various countries of the world, from Angola to Colombia, from the United States to the Philippines. Recovering environments to be used to support those in difficulty, paths of peace and social justice, distribution of meals to the poorest, are just some examples that demonstrate the will to do something, despite the difficulties and the possibility of living missionary experiences both ad gentes and inter gentes.

    Fr Alfred Maravilla, for his part, left a vigorous message on the importance of knowing one's culture in depth, without fanaticism or judgment, because this is the only path that allows you to truly open up to the other. "Each of us participates in the virtues and sins of their people," he said, and this awareness must underscore that there is no culture better than others and that it is always possible to learn something from the encounter with the distant and the different.

    The other intervention in the afternoon was the testimony of Agostino Sella, President of the "Don Bosco 2000" association, on the activities carried out by the organization, which did not stop even with Covid-19. Mr. Sella, together with his wife, runs an oratory in Sicily and since 2010 the two have dedicated themselves to welcoming migrants, then developing circular migration projects between Italy and the African continent, in particular Senegal and Gambia.

    Finally, Fr Jean-Marie Karam, a Lebanese Salesian missionary from the ICC Province, spoke about how he is preparing for his next destination: Sudan. He said he was happy to have received this possibility and the joy for the experience that awaits him is greater than any fear. He has already experienced the war in Lebanon and he is not even worried about age (born in 1959): he just has a great desire to get involved and trusts the Lord, because he has always felt the deep desire in his heart to "touch the mud" and to put himself at the service of the most needy.

    {gallery}ICC - MissioLab 17-04-2021{/gallery}

    • Italia
    • ICC ITALIA CIRCOSCRIZIONE CENTRALE
    • Missioni
    • Alfred Maravilla
    • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
      Gian Francesco Romano

      RMG – Fr. Carbonell and Bro. Borlengo rest in peace

      1 month 2 weeks ago
      RMG – Fr. Carbonell and Bro. Borlengo rest in peace

      (ANS - Rome) - Yesterday, Thursday 22 April, two Salesians, known and appreciated across a large part of the vast Salesian Congregation, left their earthly life to begin their celestial one: Fr José Carbonell Llopis, 94, former Provincial in Spain and the Philippines; and Bro Cesare Borlengo, 86-year-old Salesian Brother, a humble and friendly Son of Don Bosco who both in Piedmont and at the Salesian Headquarters had always made his availability and service with a smile his signature traits.

      Fr José Carbonell Llopis was born in Alcoy, Alicante, on March 27, 1927. He did his novitiate in Sant Vicenç del Horts, where he made his first vows on August 16, 1946. After studying Philosophy in Turin-Rebaudengo (1946-50) and completed his internship in Girona (1950-52), as an assistant to the post-novices, there he made his perpetual profession on 21 July 1951. He studied Theology in Turin-Crocetta and obtained a degree in Philosophy at the Salesian Pontifical Athenaeum and a licentiate in Theology. He was ordained a priest in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Turin on 1 July 1956.

      Subsequently, he carried out his pastoral work in Sant Vicenç dels Horts, where he was Director (1959-1961); Director of the Novitiate and Philosophy of Godelleta (1961-64); Director of the "Doña Godina" Technical School of La Almunia (1970-72), Director of the "Don Bosco" Residence in La Almunia (1972-75), while also holding the position of Provincial of the Valencia Province in 1964-70.

      At 48 years of age, he began a second phase of apostolic service, this time as a missionary in Asia. Sent to the Philippines, he was Provincial (1975-81) - and in this capacity, he accepted the new Salesian missions in Papua New Guinea - and then Novice Master and Professor of Philosophy and Theology (1981-85); he was then sent to the then Vice Province of Indonesia-East Timor, where he spent 30 years (1985-2015), working in the Salesian houses of Jakarta-Wisma (1985-1999 and 2012-15), Tigaraksa (1999-2006) and Sumba (2006-2012), and also holding the positions of Delegate of the Vice Province (1985-1998) and Economer (2000-2006). Since 2015, he had returned to his native land in Spain and resided in El Campello.

      Fr Carbonell shall be remembered as a great Salesian, passionate, in love with the Congregation, enterprising, optimistic and cheerful.

      Brother Cesare Borlengo was born in Vezza d’Alba, in the Cuneo area, Italy, on 15 November 1934. He entered among the Salesians in the novitiate of Chieri on 15 August 1951; he made his first profession on 16 August 1952 and his perpetual profession at Colle Don Bosco on July 21, 1958.

      An active and zealous brother, he served the Salesian houses of the then Central Province, based in Turin, near Cumiana and Casalette. For 25 years he was a well-known and benevolent figure for all Salesians residing or in transit at the Salesian Headquarters, where, with his usual style imbued with Salesian loving-kindness, he tirelessly took care of the most disparate jobs, even in the face of advancing obstacles due to health problems and old age.

      Like Don Bosco, it can be said of him that he was “profoundly a man, rich in the virtues of his people; profoundly a man of God.”

      {gallery}RMG - Due Decessi 2021{/gallery}

      • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
      • Decessi
      • ICP ITALIA CIRCOSCRIZIONE SPECIALE PIEMONTE E VALLE D'AOSTA
      • Italia
      • Spagna
      • Filippine
      • Indonesia
      • Missioni
        Gian Francesco Romano

        RMG – Waiting for video interview and material on third part "Animating and governing the community - The ministry of the Salesian Rector"

        1 month 2 weeks ago

        (ANS - Rome) - The last video interview will be released next week to facilitate the reading and sharing of the third part of the text "Animating and governing the community - The ministry of the Salesian Rector", dedicated to the Salesian community and the community educational pastoral TOGETHER. It is the most innovative part of the document. As for the three previous videos - the general introduction and those concerning the first and second part respectively - we start with a short presentation video (2'15 "in Italian and English) which acts as an antiphon to what will be available in five languages, both in video and through other community animation materials, starting next week.

        The short presentations in Italian and English are available on ANSChannel.

        • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
        • Formazione
        • Direttori
        • Comunicazione Sociale
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Bolivia – “Pinardi Roof”: help space for street kids

          1 month 3 weeks ago
          Bolivia – “Pinardi Roof”: help space for street kids

          (ANS - Santa Cruz) - “Techo Pinardi” (Pinardi Roof) is an Orientation and Treatment Center for adolescents living in city streets. Belonging to the “Don Bosco - Santa Cruz Project”, it is a house that welcomes minors who want to try a different path, one away from the street. Most of them left their homes because they suffered violence or abandonment by their parents and sought an alternative family environment on the road, where, however, they easily found themselves lost and headed for dangerous paths. “What we are trying to build is this welcoming family and a place of opportunity,” said Paolo Trevisanato, head of “Techo Pinardi”.

          The center welcomes teenagers between 13 and 17 who live on the street. It offers a peaceful, patient, attentive and generous environment, and creates a family atmosphere, where children can feel free from the dangers of the street and where they are encouraged and accompanied to carry out a process of personal improvement. The center offers these young people an integral intervention, which embraces the psychological, social and medical areas, promotes the rights, empowerment and maturation of adolescents, motivating and educating them according to Don Bosco's style, so that they become aware of their situation and change life. Educational, spiritual, sports and recreational activities are carried out in the center. And with a capacity to accommodate 40 teenagers, "Techo Pinardi" hosts, educates and supports approximately 150 minors a year.

          “Techo Pinardi” encourages young people to build small life projects away from the street. “We give them enough opportunities to try to forge a different path, such as family bonding, the desire to return to a relative in the extended family, an aunt, a grandmother or perhaps even their own parents, and when it is not possible to accompany them to a positive reintegration, we find them a suitable center,” added Trevisanato.

          In fact, one of the policies that this shelter has put in place is that when young people are over 17 and it is no longer possible for them to enter the center, the accompaniment service is not interrupted, but everything is done so that they can seek their autonomy, find work.

          {gallery}BOL - Techo Pinardi 2021{/gallery}

          • Bolivia
          • BOL BOLIVIA
          • Giovani a Rischio
          • Bambini di Strada
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Brazil – Farewell to Msgr. Segismundo Martínez Álvarez, SDB, bishop emeritus of Corumbá

            1 month 3 weeks ago
            Brazil – Farewell to Msgr. Segismundo Martínez Álvarez, SDB, bishop emeritus of Corumbá

            (ANS - Corumbá) - Archbishop Segismundo Martínez Álvarez, SDB, bishop emeritus of the diocese of Corumbá, in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, died yesterday afternoon, Wednesday 21 April. Hospitalized since March 28, he too was a victim of Covid-19. The funeral is scheduled in the shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians in Corumbá, today, Thursday, at 10 am local time, presided over by Msgr. Dimas Lara Barbosa, Archbishop of Campo Grande and President of the Brazilian Episcopal Conference - West Region 1.

            Born in Acebes del Páramo, León, Spain, on February 23, 1943, he carried out his Salesian novitiate in Astudillo, made his first profession on 16 August 1961, and his perpetual profession on 2 July 1967, being ordained a priest on July 2, 1972. He then studied philosophy in Medina del Campo (Valladolid) and theology in Verona (Italy). He could also boast a Licentiate in Pedagogy and Accounting Sciences.

            He was Director of the Salesian house in Alto Araguaia (1979-2002); Director (1985-1988 and 1998-2000). He was subsequently Economer (1999-2001) of the Santa Teresa di Corumbà house, Economer at the Don Bosco Center in Campo Grande (1992-1998), and Economer at Coxipó da Ponte (2002-2005). For the Province of Brazil-Campo Grande he was also the Provincial Economer (2000-2002).

            He was appointed bishop of the diocese of Corumbá on 7 December 2004, and was ordained by his predecessor, Bishop Milton Antonio dos Santos, on 30 January 2005. After having been titular bishop of the diocese for 13 years, he resigned in 2018 on turning 75 years of age.

            The Brazilian Episcopal Conference yesterday issued a note of condolence, signed by the Presidency, in which it expresses “solidarity with the family, with the Salesian Society of Don Bosco, with friends and with the people of God present in the diocese of Corumbá”. Also, the communiqué thanks God for “the more than four decades dedicated as Salesian missionary to the Church in Brazil and to the educational charism, especially in the diocese of Corumbá”, and commemorate Msgr. Martínez for the "serenity and profound experience of living the faith, signs of the ministry of this pastor".

            Source: Religion Digital

            • Vescovi
            • Brasile
            • BCG BRASILE CAMPO GRANDE
            • Segismundo Martínez Álvarez
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Senegal – Study and sport, features of two “Don Bosco” socio-sports schools of Real Madrid in Senegal

              1 month 3 weeks ago
              Senegal – Study and sport, features of two “Don Bosco” socio-sports schools of Real Madrid in Senegal

              (ANS - Dakar) - More than 300 children and adolescents between 5 and 17 years of age play sports and learn values ​​thanks to the two socio-sports schools that the Real Madrid Foundation has set up in Senegal together with "Misiones Salesianas", Madrid's Salesian Mission Office. The “Don Bosco” schools in Thies and Tambacounda host the sports facilities and most of the project's participants come from the Salesian centers. They are two more good examples of education through sport within the 21 socio-sports schools that are part of this sports-educational collaboration for the benefit of children.

              The Don Bosco schools of Thies and Tambacounda are part of the collaboration project of the socio-sports schools that the Real Madrid Foundation started 10 years ago with "Misiones Salesianas", a project now present in 14 countries on three continents and which helps nearly 4,000 children every year.

              Twice a week, the more than 300 boys, girls and adolescents participating in the socio-sports schools attend sports training sessions. On the other days, the formation is completed by educational reinforcement activities and extra-sporting activities, as well as by sessions that aim to foster good eating and hygiene habits.

              The Don Bosco school of Thies has 180 participants, while Tambacounda has 135, to a greater extent males, because the cultural environment is not conducive to girls having free time to practice sports outside the school system.

              The pandemic, with compulsory confinement, upset the plans of the Salesian schools in this past academic year: there was a reduction in activities and a limitation in the number of participants in team sports. However, the accompaniment of children and their families and the distribution of health kits have nevertheless contributed to spreading tranquility, security and hope among them and in their families.

              At the same time, the pandemic has managed to strengthen the values taught in the project and gave testimony of the good work done so far: “During confinement, the children asked us for activities to do at home and we noticed that they became more supportive and responsible. They listened to the outreach talks and the educational reinforcement paid off. They also offered to take care of the cleaning of the sports fields at the end of the mandatory quarantine period,” explained one of the coaches with satisfaction.

              Gradually, activities have resumed their usual rhythm, although hygiene and disinfection measures have been intensified to avoid contagions. What remains stable in the socio-sports schools of the Real Madrid Foundation are the joy and the motto that benefit thousands of vulnerable children all over the world: “they play, we educate”.

              Source: Misiones Salesianas

              • Senegal
              • AFO AFRICA OCCIDENTALE FRANCOFONA
              • Sport
              • Misiones Salesianas
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Rwanda – Huye: Rango Single Mothers need your help

                1 month 3 weeks ago
                Rwanda – Huye: Rango Single Mothers need your help

                (ANS – Rango) – “When I complete the training, I will be able to buy clothes, body lotion, and therefore it will help me to strive for my development.” The Single Mothers of Rango in the Southern Province of Rwanda, Huye District, receive education and training with the help of the Salesians of Don Bosco.

                The reception and training project for single mothers was introduced in 2013 with the objective of helping single mothers to come out of their isolation and to try, through human and professional training, to reintegrate them into society.

                The Rango Single Mothers are pursuing the trade of tailoring.

                “I came here to study after finding that I had no way. I gave birth at an early age, but luckily the priest told us to come and study. He agreed to pay for us. I accepted this because I needed knowledge so that I could have a better tomorrow,” said Byukusenge Chantal, one of the single mothers.

                The results are manifested in the joy of living and the restoration of confidence by seeing their achievements and objects made by their own hands.

                Thanks to this project, they are now more confident in their future because they will be able to earn an honest living from the fruit of their work.

                However, they say they have a financial problem because when they complete their vocational training, they lack the ability to start a project or buy sewing machines, because most of them are poor.

                “It would be better if they help us get sewing machines so that we can start creating our own jobs. We will leave here but will not be able to easily get sewing machines. They helped us but we want to finish the course and get the tools to start our own workshops,” added another single mother called Nyirahabyarimana Janviere.

                They also share this with their teacher, Mrs. Dusenge Donathile, who also believes that they deserve help to improve their lives.

                “One of the problems they have is the lack of means to create their own jobs. Because most of the time, they lack equipment. So, if there is support, they can get sewing machines so that they can use the skills that they have learned. When the skills are not used, then the skills they get will contribute nothing to their living conditions,” said Mrs. Dusenge.

                In these times, when the global economy is in dire straits due to the effects of the COVID 19 epidemic, it is important to provide support to these parents so that they can work for their future.

                More info at: https://sdbagl.org/home/ 

                {gallery}Rwanda - Ragazze madri Rango 2021{/gallery}

                • Rwanda
                • AGL AFRICA GRANDI LAGHI
                • Donne
                • Sviluppo Sociale
                • Formazione Professionale
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Indonesia – Salesians hoping to expand to new diocese

                  1 month 3 weeks ago
                  Indonesia – Salesians hoping to expand to new diocese

                  (ANS – Ruteng) – On Friday morning, 16 April 2021, Fr Yohanes Boedi Soerjonoto, Provincial Economer, and Fr Paulus Anggara Rarasta, Provincial Delegate for Youth Ministry, finished their five-day exploration in the Diocese of Ruteng. The area of the Diocese occupies the west part of Flores Island. The island itself is part of the East Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia whose eastern part was hit by a cyclone and flash floods recently. The trip is a follow-up to the invitation of the Bishop, Mgr. Siprianus Hormat, for SDB Indonesia to open a work in the diocese.

                  They visited five potential locations offered for SDB and listened to the presentations and inputs from the Pastoral Center, Youth Ministry, and the clergy of the Diocese to discern together what kind of work and where is the place for the Salesians to start working in the Diocese, to answer the need of the local Church with the contribution of the Salesian charism and mission for the good of the young people in particular. The process ended with a personal meeting with the Bishop.

                  The Bishop, the clergy, and the local people are enthusiastic about the plan and they are looking forward for Salesians to come soon to start their service. This will be the first presence of SDB on the Flores Island whose population is predominantly Catholic.

                  The Salesian presence in Indonesia dates back to 1985, when the first missionary pioneers arrived there from the Philippines. Their sowing was fruitful and today there are 64 religious belonging to the "St Luigi Versiglia" Vice Province of Indonesia (INA), of which 11 temporarily in another Province (and among them several missionaries ad gentes).

                  Today, in the vast and varied Indonesian archipelago, the Sons of Don Bosco are present with seven houses scattered over only two islands: Blitar, Purwodadi, Surabaya, Tigasarka and the two centers in the capital of Jakarta-Sunter and Jakarta Wisma, all on the island of Java; and then the house of Sumba, on the island of the same name.

                  The INA Vice Province was erected in 2018 by detachment from the "St Callisto Caravario" Vice Province of Indonesia-East Timor (ITM), within which it was previously constituted as a Provincial Delegation.

                  • INA INDONESIA
                  • Indonesia
                  • Vescovi
                  • Missioni
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    RMG – Three more Salesians reach the Garden of Heaven

                    1 month 3 weeks ago
                    RMG – Three more Salesians reach the Garden of Heaven

                    (ANS - Rome) - With deep sadness in their hearts, but with the certainty of faith in the resurrection, the Salesians of Venezuela announce that on Friday 16 April, due to Covid-19, Fr Bruno Masiero (81 years old), former Provincial in the years between 1996 and 2002, and Luigi Verdecchia (78) passed away. Both Salesians, born in Italy, had been present in the country for over 55 years and had recently celebrated their 50th anniversary of priesthood. In the same period, and again because of Covid-19, the Province of Peru also announced the departure of Fr Yul Soto, 55, Delegate for Missionary Animation.

                    Fr Bruno Masiero was born in Treviso, Italy, on January 28, 1940, but he attended the novitiate in Venezuela between 1959 and 1960. Perpetually professed since 1966, he was ordained a priest in Italy in 1971. Novice Master from 1985 to 1991, he was also Director of the houses of San Fèlix, San Antonio de los Altos, Caracas-Macaracuay and Caracas-Sarría, and from 2014 until his death he was Director and Pastor of the work in the “El Concejo” district of Valencia. For the Province of Venezuela, in addition to being Provincial, over the years he also held the positions of Delegate for the Association of Mary Help of Christians and the Parishes; and for almost 12 years he accompanied the Volunteers of Don Bosco (CDB) of Venezuela as Delegate.  

                    Fr Luigi Verdecchia was born in Guarcino (Frosinone, Italy) on January 25, 1943. Having trained as a Salesian between Chile and Italy, he made his first profession in 1961, the perpetual in 1966, and was ordained a priest in 1970. Among his many roles over the years, he was Economer of the Salesian houses in Valera, at the Lyceum "San José" in Los Teques, and at "La Dolorita" in Caracas, and parish priest at Carrasquero-El Molinete and Curação, in the Dutch Antilles (dependent on the Province of Venezuela).

                    Fr Yul Soto was born in Huaripampa on 11 August 1965. A Salesian since 1984 and a priest since 1994, he attended the Theological Institute of Turin-Crocetta and served in a variety of positions (Director, Economer, Oratory Director, Parish Priest) in many works of his Province: Arequipa, Piura, Quebrada Honda, Monte Salvado and Pucallpa. In addition to the post of Mission Animation, which he had been carrying out for a year, in the past, he had also held that of Provincial Delegate for Youth Ministry (2004-2006).

                    "While we thank God for their lives and their apostolic ministries, let us pray for the eternal rest of their souls," said the Salesians of Venezuela.

                    “We thank you, good Father, for the gift you gave to Salesian Peru with this dear brother, Fr Yul Soto! His missionary role, his Salesian passion, his closeness and fraternity, will surely bear fruit in the many hearts that have known him,” said confreres from Peru.

                    {gallery}RMG - 3 SDB Morti 2021{/gallery}

                    • Decessi
                    • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                    • VEN VENEZUELA
                    • Venezuela
                    • Perù
                    • PER PERÙ
                    • Italia
                    • Coronavirus
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Haiti – “Lakay Don Bosco”: three stages to go from street minors to young people with a second chance

                      1 month 3 weeks ago
                      Haiti – “Lakay Don Bosco”: three stages to go from street minors to young people with a second chance

                      (ANS - Port-au-Prince) - The issue of street children and young people is nothing new for Haiti. Already in 1988, a Salesian house especially dedicated to them was started with a structured program to try to recover the most marginalized minors humanly and socially. Today that project is structured under the name of “Lakay Don Bosco” and foresees a path of redemption divided into 3 stages.

                      "La Rue" (street, in French) is the first step, the one that involves approaching and creating a relationship of trust between the Salesian or the social worker and the minor; the second step is "Lakou" (courtyard, in Creole), and consists of receiving the child in a first reception area and possibly entering a school or vocational pathway.

                      The third stage is called “Maison” (home, in French) and involves taking care of the minor for 2 or 3 years at the “Foyer Lakay” family home. During this period, the community works for his socio-family reintegration, directing him to an internal vocational school, also attended by young people who do not live at the facility, which offers courses for beauticians, electricians, cutting and sewing, refrigeration, carpentry.

                      The age and educational level of the beneficiaries differ from the normal schooling of other children, since it is often several years since their last attendance at school desks. For this reason, they often need a process of making up for school gaps, which provides them with the cultural tools useful for later receiving vocational training.

                      At the Salesian school "Father Artur Volèl", a specific program has been activated, approved by the Ministry of Education, for the recovery of school years that takes place over 4 years instead of 6.

                      The beneficiaries of the project are 54 young people and adolescents aged 14 and over, boys and girls, from the program of the "Lakay" project, but other young people are also involved who come from the neighborhoods adjacent to the school and who have never had access to studies or who abandoned them prematurely.

                      Thanks to the psychological support provided, many changes have been observed at the relational, moral and intellectual level in these children and young people, in a climate of solidarity, where the achievement of a personal goal becomes everyone's victory and an incentive to do one's best.

                      A fundamental role is being played by teachers, who during the pandemic had to face considerable sacrifices, such as staying in school for long periods without being able to meet their families. The attention and individual support offered by teachers to pupils - with personalized recovery programs, especially for the weakest children in basic subjects - have produced unexpected results.

                      Today the vast majority of students are motivated, attend school with enthusiasm and have understood the importance of the path they have taken. They are young people aware that they have received a second chance to improve their life and do not want to waste it.

                      Learn more about it at: www.missionidonbosco.org 

                      • Haiti
                      • HAI HAITI
                      • Bambini di Strada
                      • Giovani a Rischio
                      • Missioni Don Bosco
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        India – “Don Bosco Tech” Skills First Batch of Students in Data Centre Operations Management

                        1 month 3 weeks ago
                        India – “Don Bosco Tech” Skills First Batch of Students in Data Centre Operations Management

                        (ANS – Bangalore) – The first batch of trainees in the Data Centre Operations Management Course formally graduated on April 11, 2021, at Don Bosco Skill Mission, Bangalore. Father Biju Michael, Regional Counsellor for South Asia, presided over the programme. The 23 graduates hailing from the Indian States of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala expressed great satisfaction at the training and the homely stay at Don Bosco Skill Mission.

                        Speaking at the occasion, Father Biju encouraged the young people to ensure that they always remain 'employable' by continuing to acquire skills as they take up jobs in the industry. On behalf of the funding partner, STTelemedia Global Data Centre, Shankar Munisamy, Associate Director, informed the group about how the idea of partnership evolved and how surprised and proud he was to see the quality of the students with the training at Don Bosco Skill Mission. Father George Mathew, Executive Director of Don Bosco Tech, re-affirmed the commitment of Don Bosco Tech to skilling the needy youth for the requirements of industry such as Data Centres.

                        The Data Centre is a fast-growing industry in India. The need for trained hands at all levels led to discussions between  STTelemedia Global Data Centres (STT GDC) and Don Bosco Tech to skill the young people as maintenance technicians and engineers at Data centres. With funding support from STT GDC, Don Bosco Tech prepared the content and curriculum, and the STT GDC team offered to train 23 candidates over the last four months.

                        With the quality training and exposure visits to the live Data Centre of STT GDC in Bangalore, the students are ready for the industry. The crowning moment is that all the students have an opportunity to be certified by the international organization, Enterprise Products Integration Pvt Ltd (EPI), based in Singapore. The online assessment offers Data Centre Foundation Certificate (DCFC).

                        The support, guidance and direction by Father Joseph Elavanal, Director of Don Bosco Skill Mission, Bangalore, and the national office and trainers at DBSM have led to the successful completion of the training programme. The trained and certified candidates look forward to the interviews lined up in the coming days for employment in Data Centres at the earliest.

                        Don Bosco Tech is confident of replicating and expanding the opportunity for the needy youth to provide skill and livelihood through such training.

                        Source: Don Bosco India

                        {gallery}INK - Data Centres 2021{/gallery}

                        • India
                        • INK INDIA BANGALORE
                        • Michael Biju
                        • Educazione
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Democratic Republic of Congo – Educating young people to be leaders of today and tomorrow

                          1 month 3 weeks ago
                          Democratic Republic of Congo – Educating young people to be leaders of today and tomorrow

                          (ANS - Bukavu) - This year the "Tuwe Wafundi" school of trades, animated by the Salesians, welcomed 21 girls - out of 151 students - who asked to learn a profession traditionally reserved for males: bricklayer, carpenter, mechanic, welder. Then there also are the women employed in the staff and the Salesian Cooperators who collaborate in the mission ... There are, in short, a fair number of women who, increasingly and with good reason, intend to celebrate their being women and the contribution that, as such, they can give in every area of ​​social life. In this sense, the Salesians do nothing but encourage them on this path of awareness and recognition.

                          To all of them, in the month of March dedicated to women, a Saturday of celebrations was offered. The day began with Mass, followed by a conference-debate held by Mme Marie Claire, a woman entrepreneur, responsible for a carpentry workshop, and finally some cultural events and a festive lunch.

                          For the students of the "Tuwe Wafundi", the intervention of Marie Claire was enlightening. “With her personal experiences, she told us that to live and be a female leader, we need to have some principles, some rules that we give ourselves,” testified the young Irène Nabintu, an apprentice in Automotive Mechanics. They are:

                          -       Avoid living always expecting help from others;

                          -       Equality requires us to work hard and show that we can do it even by ourselves, alone, if we really want to;

                          -       Love your work, your profession: if someone really loves her vocation, her work, she will be successful, even against a headwind;

                          -       Pray to God, because it is He who comforts and gives you confidence during the journey of work;

                          -       Do everything on schedule and don't envy what you don't have.”

                          Marie Claire, married, mother of 9 children, all raised and educated thanks to her work, also encouraged the young women present to continue their education, because, “to qualify as boys do, intelligence and strength are needed, and to work with courage. Without disrespecting men, you can make yourself accepted as a true female leader,” she said.

                          In the subsequent question and answer session, the values ​​of honesty, which always pays off in the world of work, and of patience, were highlighted because “one becomes a female leader little by little”, step by step. And to those girls who would like to work but whose boyfriends are against this option, the speaker said clearly: “If someone loves a person, he will also love everything that she is, lives and does.”

                          “Until a few months ago, the girls of the Tuwe Wafundi school were on the street, without a diploma, without a job, without a future. 'Don Bosco' offers them the possibility of finding a place in society, and - why not? - to one day become true women leaders,” commented Fr Piero Gavioli, Director of the Salesian house in Bukavu.

                          • AFC AFRICA CENTRALE
                          • Rep Dem del Congo
                          • Donne
                          • Educazione
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Guatemala – "Mesoamerican University" publishes "K'ichee Fundamental Grammar"

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                            (ANS - Quetzaltenango) - The Salesian commitment to the protection, promotion and development of indigenous peoples has always included the care of their cultures and traditional languages. It is in this perspective that the important steps taken by the "Universidad Mesoamericana" of Guatemala - part of the network of Salesian Institutions of Higher Education - are set for the promotion of the study, understanding and enhancement of the pre-Hispanic past, steps that have led to recent to the publication of a "K'ichee' Fundamental Grammar".

                            Since 2002 the "Universidad Mesoamericana" has started a collection of books on the history of Mesoamerica. The first was carried out in 2005, with the support of various figures who love the culture of Central America and Mexico, who have worked hard to carry out an accurate political, linguistic, scientific, economic, urban planning and ideological-religious research that then found synthesis in the book: "Mesoamerica". This publication was followed by six other books covering topics such as: "Mesoamerican Chronicles", "Mesoamerican Cosmovision", "Mesoamerican Cities", "Madrid Code", and "Popol 'Wuj'".

                            This year the Salesian University is pleased to add another publication to this collection: the "K'ichee' Fundamental Grammar", a translation of the original English version written by James Mondloch between 1968 and 1970. Dr. Mondloch earned a PhD in Linguistics and Anthropology from New York State University in 1981, and in collaboration with his colleague Dr. Robert Carmack, Mondloch co-translated and annotated several 16th-century K'ichee' documents, including: the Título de Totonicapán, the Título Yax, the Título K'oyoy, and, recently in collaboration with the "Universidad Mesoamericana" , the Popol Wuj, a new translation and commentary (2018).

                            This K'ichee' Fundamental Grammar, which fills a ten-year gap existing in the sector and which contributes to an extensive and precise study of the main grammatical structures of K'ichee', is a guide to learning the K'ichee' language and a valuable resource for anyone seeking oral and reading knowledge of modern K'ichee', including linguists, anthropologists and art historians, as well as anyone working in the K'ichee' communities.

                            The text aims to provide a presentation of the K'ichee' language that is much more complex and useful than previously published, thus achieving a pedagogical and non-referential intention. The text is enriched by an in-depth treatise on the phonology of the language.

                            Composed of 38 lessons integrating practical exercises, this publication makes a substantial contribution to Guatemalan and Mesoamerican culture.

                            An online presentation of the K'ichee' Fundamental Grammar is available here.

                            • CAM CENTRO AMERICA
                            • Guatemala
                            • Università
                            • Arte e Cultura
                            • Indigeni
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              India – Religious Institute Founder archbishop dies

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                              India – Religious Institute Founder archbishop dies

                              (ANS – Kolkata) – Mgr. Lucas Sirkar, SDB, Archbishop Emeritus of Calcutta and founder of two religious Institutes, namely the Adoration Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Sadhan (prayerful or ascetic) Brothers died on 18 April 2021.

                              Kolkata Salesian Provincial Secretary Fr Jacob Iruppakaattu released a note saying, “Dear Confreres, this is to convey another sad news, that of the passing away of Most Rev. Lucas Sirkar SDB, Archbishop Emeritus of Archdiocese of Kolkata, at 1.00 pm on Sunday 18 April 2021 at Aradhana Mandir, Krishnagar, due to cardiac arrest. He was 84.”

                              Details about the funeral are yet to be communicated.

                              Born on 24 September 1936 in Olchira, India at the time, now Bangladesh, Lucas Sirkar entered the Shillong novitiate in 1957, took his first Salesian vows on 24 May 1958 and perpetual vows exactly six years later. He was ordained a priest on 20 April 1968 in Krishnagar.

                              Made bishop of Krishnagar in 1984, Lucas Sircar was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Calcutta on 14 April 2000. After the retirement of Henry Sebastian D’Souza, he succeeded him on 2 April 2002 as Archbishop of Calcutta.

                              On February 23, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation request made by Lucas Sircar citing advanced age.

                              On retirement, Lucas Sircar spent several years as a simple priest and confrere in the Salesian Community of Bandel Basilica, ministering to pilgrims at the historical Marian shrine of Our Lady of Happy Voyage Bandel.

                              In his last days, he retired to Mother House of the Adoration Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which he founded as Bishop of Krishnagar in 1986.

                              The Adoration Brothers of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus was established in Krishnagar on 11 June 2012 when Archbishop Lucas Sirkar accepted five men to join it.

                              The two congregations do not seek pontifical status as they were founded to serve the local Church. They are also designed to be self-supporting and would not rely on the diocese.

                              Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata once asked Bishop Sircar to have Religious engaged in Eucharistic adoration in each parish. The two congregations are his answer to her request.

                              The charism of these men aged 20 to 27 who call themselves Sadhan (prayerful or ascetic) Brothers is to pray and to work.

                              They work mainly in Krishnagar diocese comprising of Nadia and Murshidabad districts to train youths in vocational skills such as cattle-rearing, carpentry, farming, welding, pisciculture and driving.

                              With a spirituality of “contemplation in action,” the congregation members spend three-and-half hours in daily prayer and Eucharistic adoration.

                              Source: Don Bosco India

                              • India
                              • INC INDIA CALCUTTA
                              • Vescovi
                              • Lucas Sirkar
                              • Decessi
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Portugal – General Councilor for Social Communication visits "Edições Salesianas"

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                                (ANS - Porto) - On Friday, April 16, Fr Gildasio Mendes, General Councilor for Social Communication, as part of the Extraordinary Visit he is carrying out in the Portuguese Province on behalf of the Rector Major, met with the collaborators of the central office of the Salesian publishing house “Edições Salesianas”.

                                In an informal but very important meeting, Fr ​Mendes began by introducing himself and describing his journey in the Communication and Marketing sector. He then recalled the importance of communication in the Salesian charism and how fundamental it is for the personnel and structures that work there to be able to accompany the transitions and transformations to which communication is subjected, especially in today's society.

                                Privileging dialogue and the frank and open sharing of one's own opinions, the General Councilor shared his insights on what should guide the Portuguese Salesian publishing house, and summarized them as follows:

                                -       Never forget the importance and currency of books in the panorama of culture and evangelization;

                                -       Ensure that modernization is accompanied by adequate quality management;

                                -       Conceive bookstores as places where local culture can and must be fostered and valued;

                                -       Guarantee a fair pricing policy, appropriate to the market and which ensures the existence and survival of the editorial structures;

                                -       Listen actively and attentively to the voices of customers.

                                Also present at the meeting were Fr Rui Alberto Almeida who, in addition to being the editorial director of "Edições Salesianas", is the National Delegate for Salesian Communication, and Fr Gabriel Andrade, who started collaborating in the work "Cavaleiro da Imaculada" three months ago.

                                The meeting organized by Fr Mendes with the staff of "Edições Salesianas" is part of the visit to the Salesian presences in Portugal and Cape Verde scheduled from 1 April to 30 May 2021. These Extraordinary Visits are foreseen by the Constitutions of the Salesian Society and have the purpose of intensifying the communion of the Salesians of the various Provinces and of accompanying the activity of each of the Salesian houses. Convoked by the Rector Major, they can be delegated to an Extraordinary Visitor, as was the case with this visit undertaken by Fr Mendes.

                                • Portogallo
                                • POR PORTOGALLO
                                • Comunicazione Sociale
                                • Editrici
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Mexico – Regional Councilor for Interamerica meets Salesian Family groups

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                                  Mexico – Regional Councilor for Interamerica meets Salesian Family groups

                                  (ANS - Mexico City) - On 10 April – online - the Salesian Family of Mexico-South met the Regional Councilor for Interamerica, Fr Hugo Orozco Sánchez, as part of his Extraordinary Visit to the Salesian Province “Our Lady of Guadalupe” of Mexico-México (MEM). The meeting consisted of a space for fraternal dialogue, in which Fr Orozco answered questions put to him by the communication and formation team of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco in Southern Mexico and the Delegates of the Salesian Family in Southern Mexico (Provinces of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and of the Salesians).

                                  At the beginning, Fr Orozco concentrated on the presentation of the figure of Fr Paolo Albera, indicating in detail the virtues, limits, achievements and challenges of the "Little Don Bosco" to whom the Congregation has dedicated this year.

                                  Then he answered various questions posed by some of the meeting's participants – who also took part from Northern Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala, Bolivia, El Salvador, Haiti, and Canada - and invited them to be capable of giving answers to everyone in the Church, even those who are far away, in the first place by bearing witness, patience and loving kindness, as Christ and Don Bosco would. And in the face of social, political and economic proposals contrary to the common good, he invited us to commit: the Past Pupils, for example, in politics, in support of political projects for the improvement of the country; members of other groups, in social work for the good of all, especially the young.

                                  He also stressed that many times there are those who feel called to do good to young people, and that this impetus should be supported by small steps to bring them closer, with a smile, support, an empathetic attitude ... And he reminded everyone to be authentic, so that the charism inherited from Don Bosco and Father Albera may shine forth in their lives.

                                  He asked the laity not to wait, nor to imitate in toto the religious, who - he remarked, "are still human beings, with limits and errors". Indeed, he made it clear that sometimes the example of the good laity also elevates the spirit of the Salesians. Furthermore, he urged them not to be afraid of the doubts and questions of today's young people, but on the contrary asked to accompany them inside the Salesian houses, on the foundations of the Gospel.

                                  In addition to reiterating to avoid grumblings and gossip, in conclusion he stated that he saw a lot of work and a lot of hope in everything that is being done in the Provinces and in the works of Southern Mexico. And finally he addressed “an aside”: of praise for the efforts being made in each charismatic area, and of encouragement for those areas that should be considered in order to develop and grow better.

                                  After the meeting, Fr ​​Orozco presided over the Vespers Mass of the Feast of Divine Mercy in the Parish-Shrine of Mary Help of Christians.

                                  • Messico
                                  • MEM MESSICO MÉXICO
                                  • Interamerica
                                  • Visita Straordinaria
                                  • Famiglia Salesiana
                                  • Paolo Albera
                                    Gian Francesco Romano
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