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Panama - The Rector Major, together with the President of the Republic, visited the new project in Colón

1 month 3 weeks ago
Panama - The Rector Major, together with the President of the Republic, visited the new project in Colón

(ANS - Colón) - On 30 January Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians, visited the project under construction of the Los Lagos Integrated Educational Center, located in the province of Colón, which the Government of Panama has entrusted to the Salesian Congregation.

During the visit, Fr Á.F. Artime was accompanied by the President of the Republic of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela; by Msgr. José Domingo Ulloa, archbishop of Panama; and the Minister for Housing, Martín Sucre Champsaur. Together they visited the residential project "Altos de Los Lagos", located in the province of Colón, and were able to see the progress of the work.

The President of Panama sustained that in consideration of the growth this project maintains, and the large number of children living in that area, it was necessary to provide this important educational center.

"The San Juan Bosco Integral Bilingual Formation Center of Los Lagos will be managed by a group of Salesians," explained President Varela, "to strengthen family and Christian values among the hundreds of children in Colón, for whom now begins a new phase of the residential project."

The Center was entrusted to the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco thanks to an agreement signed with the Ministry of Education in December 2018. In this way, the Government of Panama decided to focus on education and on the Preventive System of Don Bosco in favor of a population of about 1,500 children at risk living in that area.

For his part, Minister Sucre Champsaur added: "We are satisfied because there are new days awaiting a generation that is preparing to positively change the country ... The whole center in its entirety will be ready by 2020, but we have verified every possibility to start the new infrastructure, including some premises within the residential project 'Altos de Los Lagos', and thus begin to carry out a socio-educational work," said Sucre Champsaur.

The structure will be able to count on a number of buildings, which will host: administrative offices, kindergartens, primary and middle schools, as well as a gym, a bar, sports fields and an auditorium. In addition, eight halls have already been set up to welcome classrooms for nursery and kindergarten children from next March.

The occasion was also favorable for the delivery, by the State, of two apartments in the residential complex, which will constitute the residence of the religious who will lead the center.

Altos de Los Lagos is a residential complex recently inaugurated by the national government for the benefit of the poor, with decent housing and a healthy environment, far from the violence of the popular neighborhoods of the province of Colón in Panama.

{gallery}Panama - Festa Don Bosco 2019{/gallery}

 More photos on Flickr

  • Panama
  • Rettor Maggiore
  • Ángel Fernández Artime
  • Politica
  • Scuole
  • Nuova Presenza
  • CAM
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Italy - Don Bosco Feast in Valdocco: between street art and celebrations

    1 month 3 weeks ago
    Italy - Don Bosco Feast in Valdocco: between street art and celebrations

    (ANS - Turin) - Live performances by young street performers; a playful recollection of Giovanni Bosco's dream as a 9-year old, with "the irruption of wolves and lambs among passersby"; then, at the height of the day, the solemn Eucharist with the Vicar of the Rector Major, Fr Francesco Cereda: this - and more - makes up the rich program of activities to celebrate Don Bosco in the place where it all began: at Valdocco.

    Throughout the day at the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians there are numerous celebrations to allow the participation of all the faithful and devotees of Don Bosco. At 11:00 a.m. (UTC+1) the Archbishop of Turin, Msgr. Cesare Nosiglia, presides over the Eucharist - which can also be seen live on www.missionidonbosco.org 

    On the wave of the enthusiasm aroused by the graffiti "Don Bosco Story" created by the street artist "Mr. Wany" for the 150th anniversary of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians last summer, visible on the street at the corner with Via Cigna, a new appointment in Valdocco with street art is proposed.

    Starting from 4 pm today, Thursday 31st January, two groups of young people from the Lyceum of the Mary Help of Christians Institute, which overlooks the square of the basilica, alternate, armed with spray cans, in writing various messages on the tarps hanging from the gate, which faithful will read while entering for the various liturgies of the feast of Don Bosco.

    The "instructions for use" and artistic coordination are by Fr Gianmarco Pernice, a Salesian, expert in street art, and parish priest of the parish of the "Istituto Agnelli" of Turin.


    Following this, twelve youths from the oratory of that same institute, disguised as wolves and lambs, ideally recall the fundamental dream of the Saint of Youth, from which his vocation of service to the young emerged.

    This double event will be documented by other young people who will make videos and photos with passersby. Images and sounds will then end up in the Net to be shared with the other young people of the world who will experience in a special way the feast of Don Bosco: in Panama, with the Rector Major, and in all the towns and villages where a Salesian center lives: because, united all together in the Salesian world, we can say: #WeAreDonBosco.

    At the end of the afternoon event with the young artists, in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, the solemn Eucharistic Celebration takes place with the Vicar of the Rector Major, Fr Francesco Cereda, (6:30 pm - UTC + 1), which will be visible live streaming on: www.missionidonbosco.org 

    • Italia
    • ICP
    • Festa Don Bosco
    • Arte
    • Francesco Cereda
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Panama - Rector Major's message to the young: "Be missionary apostles for other young people in the world"

      1 month 3 weeks ago

      (ANS - Panama City) - The traditional greeting of the Rector Major to the young on the occasion of the feast of Don Bosco arrives this year from Panama, where Fr Ángel Fernández Artime has remained even after World Youth Day, to celebrate the Saint of the Young in a country much devoted to Don Bosco.

      The Rector Major speaks surrounded by the boys and girls of the Salesian Youth Movement, in several sites symbolic of the Salesian presence in the City of Panama: the Basilica of Don Bosco which houses the urn and the relic of Don Bosco and the exact replica of "I Becchi ", the birthplace of the Saint of Youth.

      The Rector Major recalls the dream of the nine-year old John Bosco, a dream which marked his whole life, so that each young person may be convinced that it is never too early to decide to become a missionary apostle to other young people.

      As Successor of Don Bosco, Fr Á.F. Artime then summons a challenge to young people: "I want to invite you to make a beautiful journey of youth, of youthful dreams, of Christian life, fidelity to Jesus and sainthood, ultimately a simple and forthcoming life."

      The full video of the Rector Major's message to young people is available in six languages on ANSChannel at youtube.

      {gallery}Panama - Video Messaggio RM{/gallery}

      • Panama
      • CAM
      • Festa Don Bosco
      • Rettor Maggiore
      • Ángel Fernández Artime
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Panama - "Sainthood is contagious". Rector Major on last day of triduum of preparation for feast of Don Bosco

        1 month 3 weeks ago

        (ANS - Panama City) - During the Eucharistic celebration of Wednesday, January 30, in preparation for the feast of Don Bosco, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, emphasized that "the path of Christian life cannot be traveled alone, but in community."

        The Rector Major began the celebration by thanking the faithful, the Salesians, the Salesian Family and above all the presence of diocesan priests and Msgr. Luis Antonio Secco, bishop of Curaçao in the Caribbean.

        During the homily, Fr Á.F. Artime expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to be in Panama. "I thank the Lord for being able to celebrate this feast with the heart of Don Bosco, inspired by the Spirit. The theme of this day invites us to present the walk (along the path) of missionary holiness in daily life ... Today I want to place as the starting point of this holiness the Venerable Mother Margherita, the mother of Don Bosco ... Don Bosco said to his mother: 'I need you to come with me to take care of my boys' ... I think about what it meant for this woman to leave everything!," explains the Rector Major, "to go to Valdocco, take care of hundreds of children ... The life of Mamma Margarita is a testimony of anonymous, silent holiness."

        To reinforce this community vision of holiness, the Rector Major recalled the "school of sainthood" that Don Bosco was able to form with a group of young people in a rather restricted physical space: a school wherein were formed the figures of holiness of the stature of Domenico Savio, Michele Rua, Luigi Versiglia, Callisto Caravario, Luigi Variara, Andra Beltrami.

        What was Don Bosco's secret in stimulating the desire for holiness in these simple boys? First of all, precisely the simple sharing of life with two saints: Don Bosco himself and Mamma Margherita.

        What ascetic proposal was offered them to awaken the desire for holiness? Nothing extraordinary. Yes, the channeling of those youthful energies in study, in sport, in joy, in the family atmosphere. And, of course, prayer. A festive and youthful prayer.

        Don Bosco looked at those boys with the eyes of God. He believed in their potential. He encouraged them to give their best. He convinced them that God had a dream for each of them and that they should not be afraid of what God would ask each of them, because that would be the way of their happiness.

        • Panama
        • Rettor Maggiore
        • Ángel Fernández Artime
        • CAM
        • Santità Salesiana
        • Mamma Margherita
        • Festa Don Bosco
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Spain – The Salesian Family celebrates feast of its founder this week

          1 month 3 weeks ago
          Spain – The Salesian Family celebrates feast of its founder this week

          (ANS - Madrid) - Don Bosco was one of the eight patrons of the World Youth Day celebrated in Panama. Pope Francis, Salesian past pupil, affectionately remembered him during the Saturday Vigil: "I think of Don Bosco, for example, who did not go to look for young people in distant or special places, but he learned to see with God's eyes all that happened in the city." Don Bosco left  the Salesian Family as part of his legacy, with the SF now preparing to celebrate the feast of its founder on 31 January. More than 173,000 young people throughout Spain are assisted in the various Salesian centers, thanks to the work of 944 Salesians, 653 Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and about 12,500 educators and collaborators.

          Evangelizing by educating, educating by evangelizing. This binomial defines the Salesian mission. Currently being defined is a new Itinerary of Education to Faith, with the aim of orienting children and young people aged 9 to 25 in this sense. In addition, Salesian parishes have undertaken the paths of welcoming, of going out to the peripheries, of the shared mission with the laity and of youthful protagonism.

          The Youth Ministry of the Salesians has embarked on a journey so that the family becomes a true subject within the educative-pastoral communities.

          Salesian schools are in fact one of the largest non-university educational networks in the country.

          Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians direct 139 schools, attended by 96,600 students and 5,750 teachers.

          Vocational Training is the flagship of Salesian education, with 63 centers in which over 1,400 teachers educate almost 18,500 students.

          The Salesian youth centers are opening new horizons beyond education towards the good use of their free time. 41,500 young people participate in the activities of these centers - 137 in Spain - thanks to the commitment of 4,800 animators. The Confederation of Don Bosco Youth Centers in Spain promotes a real and high quality youth participation, encouraging young people to participate in Salesian networks, forums and social and ecclesial platforms.

          Salesian social platforms continue to answer to the various situations where youths risk exclusion. The platforms have around 300 projects under their direction, to the benefit of over 35,000 people and involve more than 1,800 workers and volunteers.

          Among the programs carried out last year, the focus on young refugees and Unaccompanied Foreign Minors stands out. Group-apartments were opened with the aim of providing an accompaniment that allows these children and young people to emancipate themselves.

          {gallery}Spagna - Festa Don Bosco{/gallery}

          • Spagna
          • SSM
          • Famiglia Salesiana
          • Don Bosco
          • Festa Don Bosco
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Italy – Salesian Pontifical University research advances, with Rector Major's support

            1 month 3 weeks ago
            Italy – Salesian Pontifical University research advances, with Rector Major's support

            (ANS - Rome) - In its meeting of last January 16, the University Council of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) approved funding four new research projects presented by various professors of the UPS and their respective faculties, taking into account the new "Regulations for access to UPS Funds for Research and Formation" approved by the Academic Senate on 2 May 2018.

            The four projects are: Historical research for the Conference 'Fellini and the Sacred' (Faculty of Social Communication Sciences - FSC); "Assumptions and Statute of the Biblical Pastoral" (Faculty of Theology); "No place is far. Bastogi and Torpignattara" (FSC); "Transdisciplinarity and Youth Studies" (Faculty of Educational Sciences). They will be supported through the appropriate Research Fund of the Rector Major, and their total amount is over € 22,000.

            It is a further investment on people and on shared projects that thanks to the attention of the Grand Chancellor of the UPS, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, the funds can be directed to qualify research and skills of various scholars, and offer new contributions of value to the scientific community.

            In the Apostolic Constitution Veritatis Gaudium, promulgated a year ago, Pope Francis underscores in various points, as a commitment for the ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties to take on, the importance of promoting research through projects that on the one hand enhance the value of what is most specific to and in each of our institutions, and on the other hand that they debate, challenge each other and share via transdisciplinary research promoted by the main centers operating on an international level.

            • Italia
            • UPS
            • Università
            • Rettor Maggiore
            • Ángel Fernández Artime
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Brazil - Young coordinators of Salesian Missionary Youth: "youthful enthusiasm and strength to change the world"

              1 month 3 weeks ago

              (ANS - Maturacá) - On 8 January the young Celso Dias Bertazo Júnior, Coordinator of the "Salesian Missionary Youth" group (GMS) of Vitória, and Miguel Alvarenga Ribeiro, GMS coordinator of Campos dos Goitacazes, arrived in the State of Amazonas as missionaries. Together with Fr Reginaldo Cordeiro, Provincial Vicar and Delegate for Missionary Animation of the Brazil-Manaus Province, they left for Maturacá, a city located to the north of the State, for a mission of about 2 weeks, which gave the youths a formative experience of great significance, through direct contact with some indigenous peoples of the Rio Negro region.

              "The reality in the State of Amazonas is very difficult," explains Miguel once he returned. "We had already been informed in meetings prior to the mission, but as young people we did not believe it was all truly like that. Yet, despite the setbacks, such as swamps, air travel, boat trips and 29 hours of travel, there was no lack of willpower to overcome all problems. What helped us not to give up was the memory of the Salesians who went through those places. Going to the Maturacá missions today is much easier than 90 years ago. Doing everything for the Kingdom of God is worth it."

              Celso Dias, for his part, adds: "It was a very beautiful experience and with the older natives we were able to speak in Portuguese, and on knowing their guests were 'Salesians' they were very happy."

              Of this experience Miguel emphasized the youthful enthusiasm, the force and strength of wanting to change the world. Celso, for his part, points out that what remains of this experience is the overcoming of oneself and of one's own limits. "In a certain sense, nothing is impossible when one has the willpower. What the person really needs is to have faith and to understand that God can do anything."

              Both return to their homes and the groups entrusted to them with projects for the rest of the year. Miguel intends to continue several missionary projects: "I have a great dream, to volunteer, in Angola or somewhere else."

              Celso, instead, expressed a desire to focus a little more on his personal life, but will not leave the GMS group and will continue to contribute to it with effort and commitment.

              The Salesian presence in the indigenous missions is more than 100 years old and is located about 900 km from the state capital, Manaus, in the central region and in the upper Rio Negro. There the Salesians have five missionary presences.

              • BMA
              • Brasile
              • Missioni
              • Giovani Leader
                Gian Francesco Romano
                ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana

                Panama - The Rector Major, together with the President of the Republic, visited the new project in Colón

                1 month 3 weeks ago
                Panama - The Rector Major, together with the President of the Republic, visited the new project in Colón

                (ANS - Colón) - On 30 January Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians, visited the project under construction of the Los Lagos Integrated Educational Center, located in the province of Colón, which the Government of Panama has entrusted to the Salesian Congregation.

                During the visit, Fr Á.F. Artime was accompanied by the President of the Republic of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela; by Msgr. José Domingo Ulloa, archbishop of Panama; and the Minister for Housing, Martín Sucre Champsaur. Together they visited the residential project "Altos de Los Lagos", located in the province of Colón, and were able to see the progress of the work.

                The President of Panama sustained that in consideration of the growth this project maintains, and the large number of children living in that area, it was necessary to provide this important educational center.

                "The San Juan Bosco Integral Bilingual Formation Center of Los Lagos will be managed by a group of Salesians," explained President Varela, "to strengthen family and Christian values among the hundreds of children in Colón, for whom now begins a new phase of the residential project."

                The Center was entrusted to the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco thanks to an agreement signed with the Ministry of Education in December 2018. In this way, the Government of Panama decided to focus on education and on the Preventive System of Don Bosco in favor of a population of about 1,500 children at risk living in that area.

                For his part, Minister Sucre Champsaur added: "We are satisfied because there are new days awaiting a generation that is preparing to positively change the country ... The whole center in its entirety will be ready by 2020, but we have verified every possibility to start the new infrastructure, including some premises within the residential project 'Altos de Los Lagos', and thus begin to carry out a socio-educational work," said Sucre Champsaur.

                The structure will be able to count on a number of buildings, which will host: administrative offices, kindergartens, primary and middle schools, as well as a gym, a bar, sports fields and an auditorium. In addition, eight halls have already been set up to welcome classrooms for nursery and kindergarten children from next March.

                The occasion was also favorable for the delivery, by the State, of two apartments in the residential complex, which will constitute the residence of the religious who will lead the center.

                Altos de Los Lagos is a residential complex recently inaugurated by the national government for the benefit of the poor, with decent housing and a healthy environment, far from the violence of the popular neighborhoods of the province of Colón in Panama.

                {gallery}Panama - Festa Don Bosco 2019{/gallery}

                 More photos on Flickr

                • Panama
                • Rettor Maggiore
                • Ángel Fernández Artime
                • Politica
                • Scuole
                • Nuova Presenza
                • CAM
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Italy - Don Bosco Feast in Valdocco: between street art and celebrations

                  1 month 3 weeks ago
                  Italy - Don Bosco Feast in Valdocco: between street art and celebrations

                  (ANS - Turin) - Live performances by young street performers; a playful recollection of Giovanni Bosco's dream as a 9-year old, with "the irruption of wolves and lambs among passersby"; then, at the height of the day, the solemn Eucharist with the Vicar of the Rector Major, Fr Francesco Cereda: this - and more - makes up the rich program of activities to celebrate Don Bosco in the place where it all began: at Valdocco.

                  Throughout the day at the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians there are numerous celebrations to allow the participation of all the faithful and devotees of Don Bosco. At 11:00 a.m. (UTC+1) the Archbishop of Turin, Msgr. Cesare Nosiglia, presides over the Eucharist - which can also be seen live on www.missionidonbosco.org 

                  On the wave of the enthusiasm aroused by the graffiti "Don Bosco Story" created by the street artist "Mr. Wany" for the 150th anniversary of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians last summer, visible on the street at the corner with Via Cigna, a new appointment in Valdocco with street art is proposed.

                  Starting from 4 pm today, Thursday 31st January, two groups of young people from the Lyceum of the Mary Help of Christians Institute, which overlooks the square of the basilica, alternate, armed with spray cans, in writing various messages on the tarps hanging from the gate, which faithful will read while entering for the various liturgies of the feast of Don Bosco.

                  The "instructions for use" and artistic coordination are by Fr Gianmarco Pernice, a Salesian, expert in street art, and parish priest of the parish of the "Istituto Agnelli" of Turin.


                  Following this, twelve youths from the oratory of that same institute, disguised as wolves and lambs, ideally recall the fundamental dream of the Saint of Youth, from which his vocation of service to the young emerged.

                  This double event will be documented by other young people who will make videos and photos with passersby. Images and sounds will then end up in the Net to be shared with the other young people of the world who will experience in a special way the feast of Don Bosco: in Panama, with the Rector Major, and in all the towns and villages where a Salesian center lives: because, united all together in the Salesian world, we can say: #WeAreDonBosco.

                  At the end of the afternoon event with the young artists, in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, the solemn Eucharistic Celebration takes place with the Vicar of the Rector Major, Fr Francesco Cereda, (6:30 pm - UTC + 1), which will be visible live streaming on: www.missionidonbosco.org 

                  • Italia
                  • ICP
                  • Festa Don Bosco
                  • Arte
                  • Francesco Cereda
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Panama - Rector Major's message to the young: "Be missionary apostles for other young people in the world"

                    1 month 3 weeks ago

                    (ANS - Panama City) - The traditional greeting of the Rector Major to the young on the occasion of the feast of Don Bosco arrives this year from Panama, where Fr Ángel Fernández Artime has remained even after World Youth Day, to celebrate the Saint of the Young in a country much devoted to Don Bosco.

                    The Rector Major speaks surrounded by the boys and girls of the Salesian Youth Movement, in several sites symbolic of the Salesian presence in the City of Panama: the Basilica of Don Bosco which houses the urn and the relic of Don Bosco and the exact replica of "I Becchi ", the birthplace of the Saint of Youth.

                    The Rector Major recalls the dream of the nine-year old John Bosco, a dream which marked his whole life, so that each young person may be convinced that it is never too early to decide to become a missionary apostle to other young people.

                    As Successor of Don Bosco, Fr Á.F. Artime then summons a challenge to young people: "I want to invite you to make a beautiful journey of youth, of youthful dreams, of Christian life, fidelity to Jesus and sainthood, ultimately a simple and forthcoming life."

                    The full video of the Rector Major's message to young people is available in six languages on ANSChannel at youtube.

                    {gallery}Panama - Video Messaggio RM{/gallery}

                    • Panama
                    • CAM
                    • Festa Don Bosco
                    • Rettor Maggiore
                    • Ángel Fernández Artime
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Panama - "Sainthood is contagious". Rector Major on last day of triduum of preparation for feast of Don Bosco

                      1 month 3 weeks ago

                      (ANS - Panama City) - During the Eucharistic celebration of Wednesday, January 30, in preparation for the feast of Don Bosco, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, emphasized that "the path of Christian life cannot be traveled alone, but in community."

                      The Rector Major began the celebration by thanking the faithful, the Salesians, the Salesian Family and above all the presence of diocesan priests and Msgr. Luis Antonio Secco, bishop of Curaçao in the Caribbean.

                      During the homily, Fr Á.F. Artime expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to be in Panama. "I thank the Lord for being able to celebrate this feast with the heart of Don Bosco, inspired by the Spirit. The theme of this day invites us to present the walk (along the path) of missionary holiness in daily life ... Today I want to place as the starting point of this holiness the Venerable Mother Margherita, the mother of Don Bosco ... Don Bosco said to his mother: 'I need you to come with me to take care of my boys' ... I think about what it meant for this woman to leave everything!," explains the Rector Major, "to go to Valdocco, take care of hundreds of children ... The life of Mamma Margarita is a testimony of anonymous, silent holiness."

                      To reinforce this community vision of holiness, the Rector Major recalled the "school of sainthood" that Don Bosco was able to form with a group of young people in a rather restricted physical space: a school wherein were formed the figures of holiness of the stature of Domenico Savio, Michele Rua, Luigi Versiglia, Callisto Caravario, Luigi Variara, Andra Beltrami.

                      What was Don Bosco's secret in stimulating the desire for holiness in these simple boys? First of all, precisely the simple sharing of life with two saints: Don Bosco himself and Mamma Margherita.

                      What ascetic proposal was offered them to awaken the desire for holiness? Nothing extraordinary. Yes, the channeling of those youthful energies in study, in sport, in joy, in the family atmosphere. And, of course, prayer. A festive and youthful prayer.

                      Don Bosco looked at those boys with the eyes of God. He believed in their potential. He encouraged them to give their best. He convinced them that God had a dream for each of them and that they should not be afraid of what God would ask each of them, because that would be the way of their happiness.

                      • Panama
                      • Rettor Maggiore
                      • Ángel Fernández Artime
                      • CAM
                      • Santità Salesiana
                      • Mamma Margherita
                      • Festa Don Bosco
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Spain – The Salesian Family celebrates feast of its founder this week

                        1 month 3 weeks ago
                        Spain – The Salesian Family celebrates feast of its founder this week

                        (ANS - Madrid) - Don Bosco was one of the eight patrons of the World Youth Day celebrated in Panama. Pope Francis, Salesian past pupil, affectionately remembered him during the Saturday Vigil: "I think of Don Bosco, for example, who did not go to look for young people in distant or special places, but he learned to see with God's eyes all that happened in the city." Don Bosco left  the Salesian Family as part of his legacy, with the SF now preparing to celebrate the feast of its founder on 31 January. More than 173,000 young people throughout Spain are assisted in the various Salesian centers, thanks to the work of 944 Salesians, 653 Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and about 12,500 educators and collaborators.

                        Evangelizing by educating, educating by evangelizing. This binomial defines the Salesian mission. Currently being defined is a new Itinerary of Education to Faith, with the aim of orienting children and young people aged 9 to 25 in this sense. In addition, Salesian parishes have undertaken the paths of welcoming, of going out to the peripheries, of the shared mission with the laity and of youthful protagonism.

                        The Youth Ministry of the Salesians has embarked on a journey so that the family becomes a true subject within the educative-pastoral communities.

                        Salesian schools are in fact one of the largest non-university educational networks in the country.

                        Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians direct 139 schools, attended by 96,600 students and 5,750 teachers.

                        Vocational Training is the flagship of Salesian education, with 63 centers in which over 1,400 teachers educate almost 18,500 students.

                        The Salesian youth centers are opening new horizons beyond education towards the good use of their free time. 41,500 young people participate in the activities of these centers - 137 in Spain - thanks to the commitment of 4,800 animators. The Confederation of Don Bosco Youth Centers in Spain promotes a real and high quality youth participation, encouraging young people to participate in Salesian networks, forums and social and ecclesial platforms.

                        Salesian social platforms continue to answer to the various situations where youths risk exclusion. The platforms have around 300 projects under their direction, to the benefit of over 35,000 people and involve more than 1,800 workers and volunteers.

                        Among the programs carried out last year, the focus on young refugees and Unaccompanied Foreign Minors stands out. Group-apartments were opened with the aim of providing an accompaniment that allows these children and young people to emancipate themselves.

                        {gallery}Spagna - Festa Don Bosco{/gallery}

                        • Spagna
                        • SSM
                        • Famiglia Salesiana
                        • Don Bosco
                        • Festa Don Bosco
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Italy – Salesian Pontifical University research advances, with Rector Major's support

                          1 month 3 weeks ago
                          Italy – Salesian Pontifical University research advances, with Rector Major's support

                          (ANS - Rome) - In its meeting of last January 16, the University Council of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) approved funding four new research projects presented by various professors of the UPS and their respective faculties, taking into account the new "Regulations for access to UPS Funds for Research and Formation" approved by the Academic Senate on 2 May 2018.

                          The four projects are: Historical research for the Conference 'Fellini and the Sacred' (Faculty of Social Communication Sciences - FSC); "Assumptions and Statute of the Biblical Pastoral" (Faculty of Theology); "No place is far. Bastogi and Torpignattara" (FSC); "Transdisciplinarity and Youth Studies" (Faculty of Educational Sciences). They will be supported through the appropriate Research Fund of the Rector Major, and their total amount is over € 22,000.

                          It is a further investment on people and on shared projects that thanks to the attention of the Grand Chancellor of the UPS, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, the funds can be directed to qualify research and skills of various scholars, and offer new contributions of value to the scientific community.

                          In the Apostolic Constitution Veritatis Gaudium, promulgated a year ago, Pope Francis underscores in various points, as a commitment for the ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties to take on, the importance of promoting research through projects that on the one hand enhance the value of what is most specific to and in each of our institutions, and on the other hand that they debate, challenge each other and share via transdisciplinary research promoted by the main centers operating on an international level.

                          • Italia
                          • UPS
                          • Università
                          • Rettor Maggiore
                          • Ángel Fernández Artime
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Brazil - Young coordinators of Salesian Missionary Youth: "youthful enthusiasm and strength to change the world"

                            1 month 3 weeks ago

                            (ANS - Maturacá) - On 8 January the young Celso Dias Bertazo Júnior, Coordinator of the "Salesian Missionary Youth" group (GMS) of Vitória, and Miguel Alvarenga Ribeiro, GMS coordinator of Campos dos Goitacazes, arrived in the State of Amazonas as missionaries. Together with Fr Reginaldo Cordeiro, Provincial Vicar and Delegate for Missionary Animation of the Brazil-Manaus Province, they left for Maturacá, a city located to the north of the State, for a mission of about 2 weeks, which gave the youths a formative experience of great significance, through direct contact with some indigenous peoples of the Rio Negro region.

                            "The reality in the State of Amazonas is very difficult," explains Miguel once he returned. "We had already been informed in meetings prior to the mission, but as young people we did not believe it was all truly like that. Yet, despite the setbacks, such as swamps, air travel, boat trips and 29 hours of travel, there was no lack of willpower to overcome all problems. What helped us not to give up was the memory of the Salesians who went through those places. Going to the Maturacá missions today is much easier than 90 years ago. Doing everything for the Kingdom of God is worth it."

                            Celso Dias, for his part, adds: "It was a very beautiful experience and with the older natives we were able to speak in Portuguese, and on knowing their guests were 'Salesians' they were very happy."

                            Of this experience Miguel emphasized the youthful enthusiasm, the force and strength of wanting to change the world. Celso, for his part, points out that what remains of this experience is the overcoming of oneself and of one's own limits. "In a certain sense, nothing is impossible when one has the willpower. What the person really needs is to have faith and to understand that God can do anything."

                            Both return to their homes and the groups entrusted to them with projects for the rest of the year. Miguel intends to continue several missionary projects: "I have a great dream, to volunteer, in Angola or somewhere else."

                            Celso, instead, expressed a desire to focus a little more on his personal life, but will not leave the GMS group and will continue to contribute to it with effort and commitment.

                            The Salesian presence in the indigenous missions is more than 100 years old and is located about 900 km from the state capital, Manaus, in the central region and in the upper Rio Negro. There the Salesians have five missionary presences.

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                              Gian Francesco Romano
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