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Argentina – The emergency continues, as does the supportive response!

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Argentina – The emergency continues, as does the supportive response!

(ANS - Buenos Aires) - "As we all know, the health, social and educational crisis caused by Covid-19 continues, and our work as Salesians continues to respond to the needs of those who suffer most," said Bro. Ariel Fresia, the director of the Salesian Mission Office in Argentina “Por los Jóvenes - Don Bosco”.

"Por los Jóvenes - Don Bosco" is a social, educational and pastoral organization that accompanies and supports the projects of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Argentina, focusing on young people and communities in vulnerable context. It publicizes and disseminates the initiatives of the Salesians and helps to finance many of them with the support of benefactors, companies and other organizations.

At a time when part of the world is already experiencing the "post-pandemic" phase, Argentina has not yet emerged from this dramatic situation; indeed, it is among the five countries most affected by this scourge in Latin America, with 11,560 cases per 100,000 inhabitants (5,224,534 total cases), and 251 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants (113,402 total deaths).

One of the most incisive proposals of “Por los Jóvenes - Don Bosco” is to continue accompanying the population in this difficult time for the country. Bro. Fresia said: "We would like to invite you to join the campaign "La emergencia continúa, ALIMENTEMOS & EDUQUEMOS "(The emergency continues, Let’s feed & Educate"), promoted by "Por los Jóvenes - Don Bosco" in coordination with the Provinces of Argentina North and South Argentina, through the GlobalGiving platform."

The objectives of this campaign are:

- Support Salesian works that provide assistance to families throughout the country;

- Continue to provide food assistance to more than 150,000 families;

- Continue to support the education of thousands of children in times of pandemics.

The funds will be used to finance projects in both Provinces and thus respond to the emergency.

The campaign started yesterday, September 13th, and will run until the 30th of this month. To participate, please visit the website: http://goto.gg/53960 

"I think this is a special opportunity for us, wherever we are in the Salesian world. Above all, we can help spread the campaign to our contacts who live abroad," said Bro. Freesia.

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    Gian Francesco Romano

    India – “Don Bosco Kurla” hosts a State level Skill Competition in Maharashtra

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    India – “Don Bosco Kurla” hosts a State level Skill Competition in Maharashtra

    (ANS - Mumbai) - From 3 to 5 September, “Don Bosco Kurla” hosted the “Maharashtra State Skill Competition”- a competition on skills that involved the entire State of Maharashtra. The event was used to select the Indian competitors who will participate in the 46th Championship of Skills, which will take place in Shanghai, China, from 12 to 17 October 2022. The competition was attended by 20,090 young people, aged between 17 and 25 years.

    After a first district-level phase, which began on August 17, the state phase has been inaugurated on September 3 by the Cabinet Minister of the State of Maharashtra, Mr. Nawab Malik. The minister encouraged those present to develop their skills and contribute to the improvement of similar competitions, both nationally and internationally.

    In total, there were almost 100 winners of the competition, who will now have the opportunity to participate also in the "India Skills" Regional Championship, which will take place between September and October this year, and in the National Championship in December.

    Fr McEnroe Lopes, SDB, thanked the Chief Minister, the Deputy Chief Minister and the Cabinet Minister for having chosen “Don Bosco Kurla” as the host for the event. He then took the opportunity to describe the history of Don Bosco's apostolate in favor of marginalized young people, which began with technical and vocational education. He also explained the role of the Salesian Congregation in India in providing academic education and technical-vocational training and sustenance to disadvantaged young people.

    Numerous state authorities took part in the event; they visited the workshops and the campus of "Don Bosco Kurla", and also shared a moment of dialogue with the participants in the competition, motivating and encouraging them.

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      Gian Francesco Romano

      Hungary – Pope Francis concludes International Eucharistic Congress and indicates ways for peace and conversion

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      Hungary – Pope Francis concludes International Eucharistic Congress and indicates ways for peace and conversion

      (ANS - Budapest) - A Sunday for two countries, two capitals, two peoples: Pope Francis began his apostolic journey yesterday, 12 September, the first in Europe after the pandemic, and he reached Budapest where, among the various appointments, he presided over the concluding Mass of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress; and then Bratislava, where he began his visit under the theme "With Mary and Joseph on the way to Jesus".

      Arriving early in the morning (7:45 am) in Budapest, the Holy Father, after the first tributes already received at the airport, went to the Museum of Fine Arts, where he had a private meeting with the President of the Hungarian Republic, János Áder, and the Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, during which they talked about the role of the Church in the country, about the commitment to safeguard the environment, and about the defense and promotion of the family.

      At the end of the meeting, Pope Francis went to the Renaissance Hall of the Museum and met the Bishops of the Hungarian Bishops' Conference. He reminded them of the bright past of the Hungarian Church, “with its long history, marked by an unshakable faith, persecutions and the blood of martyrs”; and he offered indications on how the Church can continue to bring Christ the Eucharist to the world: in the first place, being "heralds of the Gospel", then "witnesses of fraternity", then "builders of hope".

      Also in the Museum of Fine Arts, the Holy Father had a meeting with the representatives of the Ecumenical Council of Churches and of several Jewish communities of Hungary. After listening to the other interventions, the Pope gave his own, in which he affirmed: "In the Scriptures, those especially called to follow the Lord must always set out on a journey towards unexplored lands and unfamiliar places. ... leave behind our past misunderstandings... take the path that leads towards God’s promise of peace.” And as a metaphor for this reconciliation between the different parts, he proposed "the evocative image of the Chain Bridge, which connects the two parts of this city: the bridge does not fuse those two parts together, but rather holds them together.  This is how the bonds between us must be.”

      Finally, Pope Francis presided over the concluding Mass of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress. In his homily, referring to the Gospel of the day, the Holy Father illustrated the three steps of the "renewal of discipleship", which also belong to every Christian: to welcome, in fullness, the announcement of Jesus; make discernment with Jesus; and walk behind Jesus tracing his steps.

      “This International Eucharistic Congress is a point of arrival, but above all a point of departure. Because the journey behind Jesus invites us to look ahead, to welcome the turning point of grace,” he said.

      In the early afternoon, Pope Francis left Budapest and began his journey to Slovakia, where, after being welcomed by the authorities, he had another ecumenical meeting, at the Apostolic Nunciature in Bratislava, and a meeting with the Jesuits present in the country.

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        Gian Francesco Romano

        Italy – Festive inauguration with Rector Major at "Edoardo Agnelli" Institute in Turin

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        (ANS - Turin) - The 10th Successor of Don Bosco, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, returned to Turin on Saturday, 11 September, 2021, to inaugurate the new mechatronics, electronics, information technology and energy laboratories and workshops of the "Edoardo Agnelli" Technological Institute of the Salesians, as a part of the renovation project called “Together We Build the Future”.

        The Rector Major was enthusiastic to meet and get to know the students of one of the city's most well-known and renowned institutes, just a few days after the resumption of lessons, this after a year and a half of education strongly limited by the pandemic. In fact, interviewed by the young people of the school newspaper, the Agnelli Magazine, Fr Á.F. Artime immediately showed his Salesian heart: "How nice to see the young paparazzi; I want them on the front line!" he exclaimed.

        Subsequently, he took part in the press conference for the presentation and inauguration of the new labs of the Technical Technological Institute, completed in record time.

        Andrea Ragosto, the Director of the Agnelli Foundation, the consultants who designed the labs: Studio Tavella Marco represented by Mauro Racca and Eng. Alessandro Apolloni were present on the occasion besides the construction companies: "D’Engineering" represented by Marco D’Elia, and "IET" by Alessandro Marchesi. Many representatives of the various companies that collaborate with the institute were present as well. On the side of the Salesians, along with the Rector Major, the Superior of the Special Circumscription of Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta (ICP), Fr Leonardo Mancini; the Director of the work, Fr Claudio Belfiore; and Fr Daniel Antúnez, the President of "Missioni Don Bosco", with whom Edoardo Agnelli has been collaborating for several years were also present.

        Finally, there were many teachers and technicians who, after the conference, showed the Rector Major and the guests who had come, the new laboratories and experiments developed in recent years. “This presentation certainly thrilled everyone. For the guests who admired the enchantment of the new labs, the satisfaction of the completed works was evident, but for us, who will now live in these places, they will not only be beautiful locations; they will be the metaphorical 'battlefields' where we will experience new adventures, occurances, friendships, wonder, efforts and satisfactions,” commented the representatives of the students present for the occasion.

        After this moment of formal presentation, the Holy Mass took place. Particular and profound were the words of the Rector Major, who, in his homily, exhorted: "Every day it is good to carry out simple actions of profound humanity, without looking, without judging, without murmuring. As only in this way, can the work of God be carried out; all the rest are just circumstances.” The elegant white-clad choir and the graceful group of small musicians provided a perfectly refined setting for the celebration.

        The students from Agnelli Magazine conclude: "We now have the flight of a new school year ahead of us. We sincerely thank those who have allowed us to fly and knowing that we will not fly alone, even if we are perhaps a little afraid, we will attempt the ascent!"

        On YouTube there are two videos of the inauguration and the Mass. The photos of the day are accessible in the “Photo Gallery” section.

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          Gian Francesco Romano

          RMG – Pope's Apostolic Journey to Hungary and Slovakia, commemorating the Blessed Martyrs Stephen Sándor and Tito Zeman

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          RMG – Pope's Apostolic Journey to Hungary and Slovakia, commemorating the Blessed Martyrs Stephen Sándor and Tito Zeman

          (ANS - Rome) - In the Angelus of Sunday 5 September, Pope Francis announced his upcoming trips to Hungary and Slovakia and entrusted them "to the intercession of so many heroic confessors of the faith, who in those places bore witness to the Gospel amid hostility and persecution. May they help Europe to bear witness today also, not so much in words, but above all in deeds, with works of mercy and hospitality, the good news of the Lord who loves us and saves us."

          Among the heroic confessors of the faith, two martyrs of the Salesian Family linked to these two Nations deserve to be remembered: Blessed Stephen Sándor (1914-1953), Hungarian Salesian Brother, victim of the strong anti-religious repression of the Communist regime, beatified in Budapest on 19 October 2013; and Blessed Titus Zeman (1915-1969), a Salesian priest, Slovak, martyr for vocations, beatified in Bratislava on 30 September 2017.

          Stefano Sándor participated with the altar servers he was animating at the International Eucharistic Congress held in Budapest in 1938. That time the Rector Major of the time, Fr Pietro Ricaldone, was also visiting Hungary, who, impressed by the group of altar servers led by that young coadjutor, exclaimed in Latin: "Admirabilis, inimitabilis". This group of boys had about a hundred members. The animation of the altar boys by Stefano Sándor was not limited only to the service at the altar, but required participation in a serious spiritual formation, through prayer, singing and regular attendance of the liturgy. The boys also spent their free time together. Love for Jesus in the Eucharist will lead Stephen Sándor to give his life especially for the Hungarian youth.

          Titus Zeman, born into a family particularly devoted to Mary, like all Slovaks cultivated devotion to the Virgin of Sorrows, venerated in the Shrine of Šaštín. In 1925, when he was 10, he wanted to reach it on a pilgrimage. But, being sick, he had to give it up. He then asked the pilgrims to remember him, while he would pray from home. A few days later, when they were back, he obtained permission from his father to be brought to the doorstep: he thus wanted to participate in the blessings brought by the pilgrims. For Tito, however, it was enough to glimpse the cross that opened the procession from afar to satisfy his desire. He then went back into the house: in those few moments something great had happened.

          In fact, Titus was healed through the intercession of the Holy Virgin. In the previous days, without informing his parents, he had promised her that, in case of recovery, "he would become her son forever". In these singular words, Titus had summarized a firm intention of consecration. And since the previous year, the Salesians had inaugurated their first Slovak house at the Shrine of Šaštín, Tito decided that he would become a Salesian priest: the house of the Salesians, so he argued, is the house of Mary!

          Entrusting himself to Mary and animated by the apostolic spirit of Don Bosco, he will offer his life for the salvation of vocations, facing persecutions and obtaining the palm of martyrdom.

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            Gian Francesco Romano

            Italy – XXIV General Chapter of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians

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            Italy – XXIV General Chapter of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians

            (ANS - Rome) - On Sunday 12 September, 2021, at the Generalate of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) in Rome, the 172 Chapter members from the five continents lived their first official meeting with a moment of presentations under the banner of fraternity and celebration. The day began with the Eucharistic celebration presided over by Fr Mauro Mantovani, SDB, former Rector Magnificus of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS), who invited the religious to live this time of grace and blessing in opening up to the gift of the Holy Spirit and listening attentively to the Word.

            The icon of the banquet at Cana accompanied the moment of welcome and mutual acquaintance, animated by the General Councilors Sr. Silvia Boullosa, the Visiting Councilor, and Sr. Maria Helena Moreira, Sector Councilor for Communication. It is here that the miracle of the grace of unity in diversity took place, in which each of the participants manifested being a family in communion: the joy of meeting, of coming together, the life and mission of the 69 Provinces and 5 Vice Provinces represented, the names, the faces, countries and languages ​​ that are the sign of the beauty of the FMA Institutes in the world.

            Subsequently, the Capitulars in celebration, from the Theater reached the Chapter Hall, where the Regulator of the XXIV General Chapter, Sister Chiara Cazzuola, handed over the material and some useful information to guide the beginning of the joint journey; while Sister Vilma Tallone illustrated the anti-Covid-19 protocol.

            In the afternoon, Sister Moreira, Councilor of the Sector for Communication, after having presented the members of the Chapter Commission for Communication to the Assembly, shared some guidelines to make it possible to share the Chapter experience through institutional channels.

            After the break, in a familiar atmosphere, the first meeting of commissions and sub-commissions took place, a space that generated closeness and empathy.

            The day ended with the words of Mother General, Mother Yvonne Reungoat who asked to give thanks to the Lord for the joy of being there and of "being able to celebrate the Chapter in the name of Mary, who precedes us, and it is a sign that she is present here and every day of our life… It is beautiful and reassuring to begin the General Chapter in this atmosphere of presence of the Virgin. It is She who will accompany us in our work. What we will do, the choices we will propose, the indications that we will offer to the Institute, if they pass through Her heart, will certainly be the best, they will be those that will serve to make the charism grow, to make us believing and credible apostles. It is not by chance that we chose the verse for the working document: 'There was the Mother of Jesus'. We want Mary to be there for all this time… so that the salvation that Christ brought does not remain in vain in our time.”

            The day of “mutual knowledge” prepared the Chapter members to live a profound community experience, full of amazement and that newness that continually springs from listening to the Word full of hope: "Do whatever He tells you".

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              Gian Francesco Romano

              Italy – Pordenone City Seal to the Salesians. Rector Major: "COVID-19 teaches us humanity"

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              (ANS – Pordenone) - The new edition of “Ascoltare, Leggere, Crescere ("Listen, Read, Grow”), Review meetings with Religious Publishing”, promoted by the “Eventi”, Association of Pordenone, with the patronage of the Department of Culture and Sport of the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, an event now in its fifteenth year was presented to the press formally on Friday 10 September 2021 at the Don Bosco College of Pordenone.

              Speaking at the Press Conference of the “Ascoltare, Leggere, Crescere ("Listen, Read, Grow"), Review meetings with Religious Publishing”, the Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime reflected on the current period that has affected humanity: "We believed that we were strong, masters of the world: the pandemic has taught us that we are fragile and that we who are more fortunate and richer must know how to respond, to address the many forms of poverty that exist in the world. From the pandemic either we save ourselves together or we do not save anyone". He then added: "In the face of the pandemic, Don Bosco would have been the first to move in favor of others, as the Salesians in the world have done and continue to do and would have urged us to be creative, to open up, to share knowledge and to be in solidarity".

              After the Press meet, the event was officially opened with the lectio magistralis (keynote address) of the Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime on the theme “the Educational Challenge in Times of the Pandemic”. "This time of pandemic has highlighted ever more on the importance of Education, which together with the themes of health and work have been very crucial. The health crisis has made it possible to realize that Education is much more than teaching: it is relationship, communion and acceptance", recalled the Rector Major. On this occasion, the fourteenth-century Seal of the Municipality of Pordenone was delivered to the Rector Major by the Mayor Alessandro Ciriani, as a tribute to the almost hundred years of Salesian presence and service to the city.

              This recognition to the Rector Major is intended as a tribute to the Salesian Congregation of St. John Bosco for its presence in Pordenone since 1924 and as stated in the motivation of the conferral "it is a source of pride and great testimony of the rootedness of the values of the Salesian community in the City which, step by step, is preparing to celebrate its first 100 years under the open, joyful and innovative guidance of Don Bosco, to whom the Pordenone students owe their education and instruction".

              Regarding the presence of the Salesian Family in Pordenone, Fr Fernández Artime in his own words expressed "to thank the city where Don Bosco's charism took root and to thank the people who have welcomed Don Bosco and his sons over the years. With the hope of continuing to write beautiful pages and continuing the journey together, in a welcoming manner, just as the Salesian Oratory is always welcoming".  

              Fr Giuseppe Costa SDB and Sandro Sandrin, of the “Events” Association, presented this rich and varied programme, which in this 15th edition, was conceived for a 'new normality' according to the provisions for the containment of the pandemic, which provided for 'in presence' events in Pordenone and throughout the region, with events that will be available on TV and on the web. The calendar of events is intense and high-profile: over 40 events have been scheduled with 90 guest speakers, 10 video-conference meetings and 26 books presented, ranging from economics to ecology, from history to theology, from education to emigration.

              More photos on ANSFLICKR

              {gallery}Italia - Pordenone Rettor Maggiore{/gallery}

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                Brazil – Salesian Christian Music Festival

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                Brazil – Salesian Christian Music Festival

                (ANS - Manaus) - From 1 June to 28 August 2021, the missionary Provinces of the Northern Region of Brazil, based in Manaus, the "St. Dominic Savio" of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), and the "Our Lady of 'Amazonia" of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) promoted, in the context of the pandemic, the first edition of the Salesian Festival of Christian Music.

                The festival was produced in a “hybrid” form due to the difficulties of the geographical distance of the Northern Region and the anti-contagion protection measures related to Covid-19. Thus, only the conclusion was made “in presence” at the auditorium of the "Colégio Dom Bosco" in Manaus.

                The Salesian Festival of Christian Music had the objective of providing the hidden talents of the Christian youth audience with the stimulus for actions aimed at enhancing and disseminating music in all Christian perspectives. With this festival, therefore, an attempt was made to give a space of unity to young people of various Christian denominations present in Brazil and to encourage respect for diversity and the knowledge and appreciation of other denominations apart from their own.

                The idea of ​​giving an ecumenical connotation to the festival, instead, came directly from the reflections of the Fraternity Campaign promoted for this year by the Brazilian Episcopal Conference, which has as its theme: "Fraternity and dialogue: Commitment of love" and by the motto: "Christ is our peace, He who made the two of us one people" (Eph. 2.14). Starting from this, the youth ministry teams of the two Provinces concerned, conceived an event that contemplated this ecumenical dimension and knew how to adequately involve young people.

                This Salesian Christian Music Festival was also inspired by other similar festivals held in Brazil and in the north of the country, such as: "The Voice Brazil", the "Freshmen Festival" of the Social Service of Commerce in the State of Amazonas (SESC-AM), the 'Mamãe Margarida' House Music Festival (FMA), and others.

                The festival was developed through pre-selective and preliminary stages: in practice, after registration, the young competitors went through a technical selection. Subsequently, the top 30 candidates were selected to participate in five eliminatory rounds. In the final there were only six youngsters left, who competed for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, with an award of 1,000, 500 and 300 reais respectively.

                In the prestigious finals, the following young artists competed: Geovanna Palhares and Laio Matheus, from Porto Velho; Vanderson Pessoa, from Castanhal; and Deysiane Marialva, Ítalo Maia and Victor Garça, from Manaus. Victor Garça was the final winner, thanks to his intense interpretation of the song "Minha essência" (My essence) by the Catholic singer Thiago Brado.

                Through this festival, the missionary Provinces have managed to offer young Christians a fun-filled, artistic and religious celebration during the quarantine caused by Covid-19, overcoming geographical and social distancing.

                {gallery}BMA - Festival Musica Cristiana 2021{/gallery}

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                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Italy – Daughters of Mary Help of Christians towards their XXIV General Chapter

                  1 month 2 weeks ago
                  Italy – Daughters of Mary Help of Christians towards their XXIV General Chapter

                  (ANS - Rome) - The reception of the Chapter members participating in the XXIV General Chapter of the FMA Institute begins tomorrow, Saturday 11 September, at the Generalate of the Sisters Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) in Rome. After the days of prayer "Listening to the Holy Spirit", the Chapter will officially take place from Friday 17 September to the following 24 October, developing the theme: "'Do whatever He tells you' (Jn 2,5) - Communities that generate life in the heart of contemporaneity".

                  The General Chapter is a “powerful time for reflection and orientation for a community in search for the will of God” (C 135). All the FMA, the Educating Communities, the laity and young people of the Salesian Family collaborate in the Chapter experience with participation in prayer, study and proposals. The purpose of the General Chapter is to deal with topics relevant to the mission of the Institute "for an ever more effective presence in the Church and in the world" (C 136).

                  The 172 participants in the Chapter, coming from all continents, will be welcomed in compliance with all the anti-Covid-19 measures and in a spirit of prudence. They will be witnesses to the charismatic journey of the 11,535 FMA who, in the style of Don Bosco's Preventive System, are committed to the educational, communicative and evangelizing mission throughout the world.

                  Speaking of the General Chapter, the Mother General of the FMA, Mother Yvonne Reungoat, in office for 13 years - two six-year terms plus an extraordinary year due to the postponement of the General Chapter due to the pandemic -, observed: "It is important for us that it takes place in presence as being there allows to increase the relationship, the knowledge among the FMA who participate, to walk together and to foster communion. It is an experience of faith and continuous discernment, to listen with a free and available heart to the calls of God present in history ... We feel the responsibility to build with young people the basis of the world of tomorrow."

                  At the General Chapter, after identifying the guidelines for the 2021-2027 term, a week will be dedicated to discernment and invocation of the Holy Spirit for the election of the new Mother General and the members of the General Council. "We also know that the future and the fruitfulness of the Institute greatly depend on the quality of animation and governance of the Superior General and her Council," adds Mother Reungoat.

                  As of 31 December 2020, the FMA are present in 97 countries:

                  -       in Africa, 628 in 26 countries;

                  -       in America, 3,366 in 23 countries;

                  -       in Asia, 2,886 in 22 countries;

                  -       in Europe, 4,597 in 22 countries;

                  -       in Oceania, 58 in 4 countries.

                  The FMA express the vitality and expansion of the Salesian charism across the globe. And the theme of XXIV General Chapter makes explicit the objective that the FMA Institute proposes: to awaken the original freshness of the vocational fruitfulness of the FMA Institute.

                  It will be possible to follow the GC XXIV online:

                  -       on the institutional website of the FMA Institute;

                  -       on Facebook;

                  -       in the shared space to download the materials;

                  -       On Flickr to see all the photos.

                  Also, it will be possible to view some of the most important moments in live streaming, the first on Friday 17 September 2021 at 7:00 (UTC + 2), featuring the Eucharistic Celebration presided over by the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernandez Artime, followed by the Official Opening of the XXIV General Chapter of the FMA at 9:30 am.

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                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Slovakia – “We offer immediate openness, friendship”: Salesians have produced a video documentary on their work with the Romani People

                    1 month 2 weeks ago
                    Slovakia – “We offer immediate openness, friendship”: Salesians have produced a video documentary on their work with the Romani People

                    (ANS – Košice) – The Salesian Family has been active providing pastoral care to the Romani people in Slovakia for 30 years now. Towards the occasion of the meeting of Pope Francis with the Roma at Luník IX in Košice (www.lunik9.sk) on September 14, 2021 (www.navstevapapeza.sk), the Salesians have prepared a 13-minute-long documentary about this work. It is a part of the cycle Pocket Faith, from the Salesian production. The current topic titled “Don Bosco and the Roma” in Slovakia can be viewed on the Salesian YouTube channel, in the original Slovak language, and with subtitles in English and Italian.

                    The documentary will present the work with the Roma people at Luník IX in Košice, at Orechov dvor in Nitra and at Poštárka in Bardejov. Through the testimonies of the Salesian family members and the Roma themselves, it talks about the work, difficulties and joys of this mission.

                    The uniqueness of pastoral work with the Roma is explained by a Salesian priest Peter Bešenyei SDB, a communications manager of the Roma Mission Center in Košice: “It is always about a relationship. Once the relationship is established, mutual prejudices break down. We, Salesians, offer immediate openness, friendship. We enter a Roma community simply as people. Many times, those from the majority group ask: "How can we help you?" and I always answer: “Just come to our Sunday mass to be among us.” The more we isolate ourselves, the more tension there will be and prejudices will rise. Conversely, the more experience we have of our interaction with each other and the more positive experiences we jointly have, the closer we become.”

                    Košice-Luník IX - The Salesians began to focus on the systematic evangelization at Luník IX in 2008. After a year of living in a block of flats directly among other people, they moved to a newly built Salesian house in the middle of the residential area to which, during the next two years, a church and a Salesian oratory were added.

                    After thirteen years of presence, the Salesians are firmly set here and have their irreplaceable place in the settlement. Over time, the number of those who have found their way to Salesians, either through conversations on a street, meetings, tutoring, mentoring, preparation for the sacraments, or even through social assistance, has been steadily increasing.

                    Nitra-Orechov dvor, Košice Collegium, Dominika Center in Rožňava - Salesian sisters are also involved in Roma pastoral care. In a Nitra Roma settlement, Orechov dvor, they run a Mother Care Center, where they care for young mothers with the babies and teach in a Roma school and a community center. In Košice, the sisters are launching a pastoral project for Roma girls in the Collegium of Maria Romero, and in Rožňava they have also established a Center for Children and Families called Dominika.

                    Bardejov-Poštárka - In 1990, at the invitation of Sr. Atanázia from the Order of St. Basil the Great, the Salesians got actively involved in the work with Roma youth from a Roma settlement Poštárka in Bardejov. During the first three years, their activities were carried out in the open air and later at the rented premises of a Cultural Center. In 1995 they bought a building, which they gradually reconstructed and today, it serves as a day oratory with the Church of Bl. Ceferino.

                    The Salesians have also managed to establish a church school at Poštárka. By merging the Church Kindergarten of Bl. Ceferino and the Primary School of St. Dominic Savio, the Primary School with Kindergarten of Bl. Ceferino was established in 2006. The school educates children from the age of four to the fourth year of primary school and mainly pupils from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.

                    Fr Rastislav Hamráček SDB,

                    Spokesperson for the Salesians of Don Bosco in Slovakia

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                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Spain – Fr Luis Manuel Moral, SDB, appointed Director of "Misiones Salesianas"

                      1 month 2 weeks ago

                      (ANS - Madrid) - On Wednesday afternoon, 8 September 2021, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, announced the appointment of Salesian Fr Luis Manuel Moral Lamela as the Director of the Salesian Mission Office ("Misiones Salesianas" and "Jóvenes y Desarrollo") of Madrid for 2021-2024. The appointment, as the Rector Major himself explains, is due to the unexpected death, on 1 September 2021, of Fr Eusebio Muñoz, who held this office.

                      Fr Luis Manuel Moral is currently Director of the Salesian house "Ciudad de los Muchachos" in Madrid. Among other responsibilities, he was the Provincial Economer (1989-1998) and the Provincial of the "St John Bosco" Salesian Province based in Madrid (2002-2008).

                      Fr Fernando Garcia, Provincial of the "Spain – St James Major" Province (SSM), to which the house of "Misiones Salesianas" belongs, thus gave the news to his confreres through a letter wherein he affirms:

                      "Dear brothers:

                      With this letter I inform you that this afternoon the Rector Major communicated to me the appointment of our confrere LUIS MANUEL MORAL LAMELA as the new PROCURATOR AND DIRECTOR OF 'MISIONES SALESIANAS' for the three-year period 2021-2024.

                      Luis Manuel Moral is currently Director of the 'Ciudad de los Muchachos' house and institute. For this reason, the definitive incorporation to the new position will take place when it shall be possible to face the replacement of the responsibilities he is presently carrying out. Here is how the Rector Major puts it in his letter:

                      “We are all still very shocked by the sudden and unexpected loss of Father Eusebio Muñoz. The farewell we gave him was very moving and heartfelt. The good of the mission you carry out in the Mission Office and in 'Jóvenes y Desarrollo' has forced me to move quickly to carry out the necessary consultations, listening, discerning and appointing the new Procurator.

                      I know it is a big sacrifice for the mission of 'Ciudad de los Muchachos', but I have no doubt that the Salesians and the laity, in dialogue with the Provincial, will find a way to replace Luis Manuel. In anticipation of this, I announce that the new Procurator will begin his service at the end of this quarter in order to bring about a proper transition in 'Ciudad de los Muchachos'."

                      We thank God for the gift of life that he gave us in Fr Eusebio Muñoz and we wish Fr Luis Manuel Moral every success in the new task that he is welcoming with generosity.

                      A big hug, together with my prayers".

                      • Spagna
                      • Misiones Salesianas
                      • Rettor Maggiore
                      • Eusebio Muñoz
                      • SSM SPAGNA SAN GIACOMO MAGGIORE
                      • Ángel Fernández Artime
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Italy – “Listening, Reading, Growing”: Pordenone awaits the Rector Major

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                        Italy – “Listening, Reading, Growing”: Pordenone awaits the Rector Major

                        (ANS - Pordenone) - "The educational challenge in pandemic times" is the theme of the Lectio Magistralis that the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, shall offer tomorrow, Friday 10 September, 2021, in Pordenone, North Italy, as a preview of the 15th edition of “Ascoltare, Leggere, Crescere” promoted by the “Eventi” association of Pordenone and scheduled from 23 September to 2 October.

                        Sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Culture, the event will present in-depth studies dedicated to the issues of economic and social growth in terms of sustainability with various events that will take place in person and through broadcasts via web and on TV. It will deal with the issue of the debts of poor countries and how that in turn can affect the world's socio-economic system. It will also talk about "femicide" and other forms of violence that the social crisis is exacerbating, as well as populism and online information, amid opportunities and risks.

                        The event will celebrate the 700th death anniversary of Dante Alighieri, present figures of women from the Bible as seen by the women who read the Bible. Some in-depth studies will instead concern the two encyclicals of Pope Francis: Laudato Sì, read in relation to St. Francis, and Fratelli Tutti, dedicated to the friendship between peoples.

                        Finally, as per tradition, there will be the usual presentations of new and upcoming books by the authors, further curated by relevant people in the field of publications.

                        Fr Giuseppe Costa SDB, Scientific Director of the event and co-spokesperson of the Salesian Congregation, who in his extensive curriculum also boasts 10 years at the helm of the Vatican Publishing House (LEV), also expressed himself on the value of this event.

                        “Today religious publishing has its own artistic, monographic and technological value. In fact, these books have a graphic and contextual meaning, of the current times. Lively religious publishing will emerge from this event, even though from a commercial point of view we have had to witness the closure of bookshops and shops,” he said.

                        “The possibility of a recovery is there, but to the measure that we commit ourselves. If religious publishing no longer falls within the charisms of the various religious institutes, in the passion of every Christian who communicates ideas through the book, even if the book can be perfectly integrated with digital hemisphere, then nothing grows.”

                        Fr Costa also focused on the themes the event will develop this year: “There will be particular attention to the environment and Laudato Sì with its debate, as well as to the economy and news stories, as in the case of the diary of Cardinal Pell and its presentation. The themes are such as to capture people's attention."

                        Dwelling on the guests, Fr Costa recalls the presence of the Vatican secretaries of State, in previous editions, from Cardinal Bertone to Cardinal Parolin, but also of prelates who are exponents of the Vatican institutions.

                        This year the intervention of the Rector Major of the Salesians is much expected. “The Municipality wanted to offer the Rector Major a recognition for the centenary of the Salesian presence in Pordenone. Thus, in addition to giving his speech, tomorrow, Friday 10 September, Fr Ángel will also receive a special honor.”

                        • Italia
                        • Rettor Maggiore
                        • Ángel Fernández Artime
                        • Anniversari
                        • Centenario Presenza Salesiana
                        • Giuseppe Costa
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Brazil – Manaus celebrates centenary of "Colégio Dom Bosco"

                          1 month 2 weeks ago

                          (ANS - Manaus) - It was 24 July 1921 when the first Salesians of Don Bosco arrived in Manaus with the intention of founding a school that "would equal the schools of the other states of Brazil, to educate the youth of Amazonas." Thus, they began their activities with festive oratories, evening classes, day school and boarding school.

                          The Salesians arrived in the Amazon, invited by the then bishop of Manaus, Msgr. Irineu Joffily, with the specific task of starting the activities of the “Colégio Dom Bosco”, whose first Director was Fr Pietro Ghislandi. In the precarious settings of the old episcopal building, the first lessons of the Primary School began to take place and, in the adjacent land, the activities of the Festive Oratory.

                          In 1940 courses in Science and Accounting Technicians began, which over the years have formed many future professionals. In 1959, however, the boarding school was closed.

                          A new stage in the history of the institute began in 1971 with the arrival of the first female students and the start of preschool courses. With the opening of the Free Trade Zone of Manaus and the growth of the city's population, it became necessary to expand the facilities, and so in August 1976 a new school building was inaugurated.

                          In 1993, the church of the institute was elevated to a parish to take care of the pupils, past pupils and their families. Following the request of the local Church, the institute built a new church in a modern and very welcoming style on the same site as the old one.

                          Today the “Colégio Dom Bosco” (Don Bosco College) has modern equipment, which allows its students to make use of the digital teaching material offered by the Salesian Brazil Network, and has a large library, computer, physics, chemistry and biology laboratories. The structure of the school is complete with a gym suitable for playing various sports, a semi-Olympic swimming pool, indoor sports fields, an auditorium that can accommodate 600 people, a ballroom, a judo room and a space for formation and leisure time of the educational community.

                          Since 2019, the "Colégio Dom Bosco" has begun to have a special gaze upon the Kindergarten, looking for the best solutions for students and educators, making changes to the building and making the rooms more comfortable and functional.

                          This year the Salesian institute celebrates 100 years of existence and continues to follow Don Bosco's mission of satisfying the needs of its students and their families.

                          To mark its centenary, the renovation of the Kindergarten building was completed in the beginning of the year and, following the tradition of the first Salesians who arrived in Manaus, in July 2021 the school started the “Dom Bosco dreams with us” - a Social Welfare Project, which cares for Brazilian and Venezuelan children aged 6 to 12.

                          The oldest school in Manaus currently offers courses ranging from kindergarten to level I and II primary schools and high school, with opportunities for full-time, catechesis, sports and cultural courses that serve students and the educational community.

                          • Brasile
                          • BMA BRASILE MANAUS
                          • Scuole
                          • Centenario Presenza Salesiana
                          • Anniversari
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Italy – "A 'wonderful rainbow' of people": rooms dedicated to figures of holiness of Salesian Family inaugurated at Casa Don Bosco House Museum

                            1 month 2 weeks ago

                            (ANS - Turin) - Yesterday afternoon, Wednesday 8 September, 2021, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians and Father and Center of Unity of the Salesian Family, inaugurated the two rooms of the "Don Bosco House Museum" in Turin, dedicated to the Saints, Blesseds, Venerables and Servants of God of the Salesian Family. “After 11 months, we've managed to complete these two rooms dedicated to the Salesian Family with precious articles of great significance,” commented Fr Á.F. Artime.

                            Present at the inauguration were the Central Delegate of the Rector Major for the Secretariat of the Salesian Family, Fr Joan Lluis Playá; Fr Giuseppe Costa, Co-spokesperson of the Salesian Congregation; Fr Leonardo Mancini, Provincial of the Special Circumscription -ICC "Italy - Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta"; the Director of the Museum, Stefania de Vita, who moderated the meeting; and Fr Cristian Besso, the Director of the project "Don Bosco House Museum".

                            “Today is the day in which we can say that the reality of the Don Bosco House Museum finishes all its works and commitments. In fact, till now a very important part was missing, namely that of show casing the life and the reality of the many who took Don Bosco's charism and passed it on all over the world,” added the Rector Major.

                            “Here we find a 'marvellous rainbow' of people: there are not only the Salesians, but many Past Pupils of incredible social capacity, some martyrs who have marked these ideals with their life and blood, many women, consecrated and lay persons.” Without forgetting the privileged space dedicated to Saint Mary Domenica Mazzarello, Co-founder of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Fr Angel highlighted her personality as one “with whom Don Bosco understood that he could carry on the great dream for girls.”

                            On the sidelines of the opening of these two rooms, the Rector Major also inaugurated the temporary photographic exhibition "Lock art", created in collaboration with "ArtFullFrame", which exhibits pictures of 15 photographers from all over the world, who have tried to narrate the beauty of relationships and the "extraordinary in the ordinary" experienced in times of lockdown and pandemic. For the occasion, the Artistic Director and Project Manager of "Lock Art", Chiara Candellone Sticca, and photographers Claudio Gottardo and Gabriele Zago from Turin, intervened offering their testimony.

                            At the end of the event, the participants were able to visit the Museum's new rooms and tour the exhibition.

                            The photos of the inauguration are visible in the Photo Gallery section, while the video of the event is available on the ANS Facebook page.

                            • Italia
                            • ICP ITALIA CIRCOSCRIZIONE SPECIALE PIEMONTE E VALLE D'AOSTA
                            • Musei
                            • Rettor Maggiore
                            • Ángel Fernández Artime
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              South Korea – The first Korean SDB, Rev. Tadeo Park, has returned to the Father’s House

                              1 month 2 weeks ago
                              South Korea – The first Korean SDB, Rev. Tadeo Park, has returned to the Father’s House

                              (ANS – Gwangju) – On September 3, 2021, Fr. Tadeo Park Byeong-dal, SDB, the first Salesian conferere and priest of the Korea province, passed away at the age of 90. Many Salesian families visited the chapel where he was laid in state, and prayed for him in both Gwangju and Seoul.

                              Fr. Tadeo Park died of old age at Chosun University Hospital in Gwangju Archdiocese.

                              He joined the Salesian Society in 1958, he made his novitiate in japan at the time of Msgr Vincent Cimatti, now Venerable, in Japan in 1961, and became the first Salesian in Korea to profess vows in 1962.

                              For the next 60 years, he performed various duties as the eldest confrere of the Salesian Society in Korea, particularly dedicated to the Salesian Middle School and High School.
                              The Requiem mass was held on September 6 at the Shinan-dong community in Gwangju with Fr Timothy Choi Won-cheol as main celebrant after which Fr Park's remains were interred in the Damyang Catholic Cemetery along with other Salesians who have died in Korea.

                              {gallery}KOR - Decesso Primo SDB 2021{/gallery}

                               

                              • Corea del Sud
                              • KOR KOREA
                              • Decessi
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                RMG – “70X7”: overcoming borders and having good dreams

                                1 month 2 weeks ago
                                RMG – “70X7”: overcoming borders and having good dreams

                                (ANS - Rome) - For some months now seven young Salesians, present in Rome for study reasons and representatives of the seven Salesian Regions, have been working with Fr Silvio Roggia, of the Department for Formation, on how to reach and involve all the young Salesians of the world. Their dream is to foster the participation of all young Salesians in the process of renewing the Ratio Fundamentalis, because ever since this path was launched, through the questionnaires sent to all the Provinces and communities, they have wanted to assign a privileged listening to the views of the young Salesians. The mission of this group is thus to find a concrete way to achieve this involvement, and to dream with each region of the Congregation this adventure that has just begun.

                                This special team is composed of:

                                • Deacon Mark Naidzich (Belarus - PLE) - Central North Europe Region - Student of Theology (4th year) in Turin-Crocetta;
                                • Deacon Wellington Batista de Abreu (Brazil - BMA) - America South Cone Region - Student of Theology (4th year) at UPS/Gerini;
                                • Fr Rodolfo Martín Delgado Rivera (Mexico - MEG) - Interamerica Region - Student of Vocation Pedagogy at UPS;
                                • Fr Carlos Cheung (Hong Kong - CIN) - East Asia Oceania Region - Student of Dogmatic Theology at UPS;
                                • Fr Aneke John Paul Chinonso (Nigeria - AFW) - Africa and Madagascar Region - Student of Pedagogy for School at UPS;
                                • Fr Joseph Benny (India - INH) - South Asia Region - Student of Catechetics at UPS;
                                • Marco Tagliavini (Italy - ICC) - Mediterranean Region - Student of Theology (3rd year) in Turin-Crocetta.

                                After a few meetings and brain storming, all the seven got busy, and by contacting the Provincial Delegates for Formation of each province, they identified other representatives of the different Provinces of their region. Through online meetings, they motivated the Salesians of each Province to respond to the questionnaires sent and to promote the participation and contributions of every young Salesian.

                                “The experience of '70x7' is precisely this of multiplication, as in the miracle of the five loaves and two fish, but also as in the case of the multiplication of forgiveness in response to Peter's question ... For this reason, seven young Salesians are doing seventy times more… The intent is that with them we can reach every single confrere, making him a participant in the process and also a multiplier in his own Province. Therefore, we must say our heartfelt thanks to these seven young Salesians and to all the Provincial Delegates for Formation for having indicated the young confreres, giving them support and encouragement in this process,” Fr Roggia affirmed. A young Salesian will be chosen from among these representatives who will join the team that in Rome from 15 to 28 November 2021 will begin working on what emerged from the questionnaires and other contributions to begin the process of rewriting the Ratio. It will be a group of 21 Salesians, of which 7 will be young, one from each region.

                                • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                                • Formazione
                                • Ratio Fundamentalis
                                • Salesiani Giovani
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Bangladesh – Salesians with young people for the country's future

                                  1 month 2 weeks ago
                                  Bangladesh – Salesians with young people for the country's future

                                  (ANS - Dhaka) - In a country where the Catholic Church has fewer than 400,000 faithful (equalling 0.25% of the population), there is a group of seven Salesians - most of them from India - that is forming new generations of young people in a incremental manner.

                                  The Salesians of Don Bosco arrived in Bangladesh in the parish of Utrail, Netrakona, in the diocese of Mymensingh, in 2009. Gradually, they have extended their pastoral service to the parishes of Lokhikul and Khanjanpur in the diocese of Rajshahi. And for some years, they have also managed a parish center in Uttara, near Dacca, the country's capital, which has become the coordination center for the Salesians in Bangladesh.

                                  Fr Francis Alencherry, former General Councilor for the Salesian Missions (2002 to 2008) and Councilor for the Africa-Madagascar Region (2006-2008), comes from the Indian state of Kerala, is now 71 years old and is the Coordinator of the Salesians in Bangladesh. Presenting this missionary reality, he affirms: “We began our journey twelve years ago in a single parish, taking care only of the school. We are now present in four parishes. We work above all with young people, who are our priority and the future of our Congregation in this country: we try to form them according to a conscious Christian education.”

                                  In 2009, before the arrival of the Salesians in Uttara, the students did not attend classes regularly. “In recent years, however, the students are gradually increasing and this gives us hope. Within two years we will have an indegeneous salesian priest from the locale,” said Fr Alencherry. “Vocations are growing and to date we have 39 candidates in formation. The foundation to our works is the living testimony of our students in formation our houses, who share about their life experience with other young people.”

                                  But the Salesian ministry in Bangladesh is not only focused on the formation of young Catholics: “Our educational program,” continues the Son of Don Bosco, “also extends to young people of other faiths and this is a great achievement ... We know that fundamentalism is still very widespread, but fortunately we have never received threats from extremists.”

                                  In a young Church like that of Bangladesh, much work remains to be done. The Salesian concludes: “We will soon welcome some local priests. Our first task is to provide them with excellent formation, so that they can develop a good faith experience and develop a strong faith. After that, we plan to extend our ministry to other dioceses in Bangladesh. We have already received invitations from four other dioceses.”

                                  • INC INDIA CALCUTTA
                                  • Bangladesh
                                  • Missioni
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Spain – "Libertad": new documentary of "Misiones Salesianas" presents condition of minors in prisons

                                    1 month 2 weeks ago

                                    (ANS - Madrid) - Over 1.2 million minors in the world are deprived of their freedom in prisons, police stations and detention centers. Most of them are there without a  trial, without criminal records, and for even simple things such as sleeping on the street. They do not receive legal assistance, often no one knows they are there and, even worse, they share cells with adults accused of violent crimes or of sexual assaults.

                                    Children and young people deprived of their freedom see their rights systematically violated. They are treated like criminals when what they need is social support and assistance.

                                    Hundreds of children live in prisons surrounded by adults. The presumption of guilt condemns them to a hell where abuse and unhealthy conditions make them invisible. Many of them die without hope or stop eating to stop suffering loosing their will to live.

                                    The documentary "Libertad", directed by Raúl de la Fuente and promoted by "Misiones Salesianas", the Salesian Mission Office of Madrid, introduces us to the stories of minors like these: spectators will "enter" the hell of Pademba prison in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and will get to know the daily life of some young people imprisoned there.

                                    The documentary's premiere is scheduled for Thursday 16 September via live streaming on the “Misiones Salesianas” YouTube channel. And with the presentation of the documentary, the Salesian Mission Office is also launching the campaign: “Inocencia entre rejas” (Innocence behind bars).

                                    In many countries of Africa, America and Asia, the Salesians accompany these minors and take care of them: they offer them legal and health assistance, food, spiritual accompaniment and education in view of their reintegration into society once released from prison.

                                    Pademba prison, the largest penitentiary in the capital of Sierra Leone, is just one example of the work the Salesians do with minors and young people in other prisons around the world.

                                    Experts around the world speak of the need to find other ways, in lieu of prison, to ensure that children and young people who have committed a crime do not unnecessarily come into contact with the prison system. The United Nations proposes sanctions, counseling sessions, social services, probation, supervisory ordinances etc.,

                                    "The great challenge is to understand that putting an end to the circle of violence we can transform the aggressor's heart and stop them thinking about revenge," says Fr Agnaldo Soares, a Salesian who works with minors in conflict with the law in Brazil.

                                    Transforming young people through education is precisely the proposal of the Salesians in every part of the globe.

                                    • Spagna
                                    • Misiones Salesianas
                                    • Sierra Leone
                                    • Carceri
                                    • Giovani a Rischio
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      South Korea – The first Korean SDB, Rev. Tadeo Park, has returns to the Father’s House

                                      1 month 2 weeks ago
                                      South Korea – The first Korean SDB, Rev. Tadeo Park, has returns to the Father’s House

                                      (ANS – Gwangju) – On September 3, 2021, Rev. Tadeo Park Byeong-dal, SDB, the first Salesian conferere and priest of the Korea province, passed away at the age of 90. Many Salesian families visited the mortuary in both Gwangju and Seoul.

                                      REV. Tadeo Park died of old age at Chosun University Hospital in Gwangju archdiocese.

                                      He joined the Salesian Society in 1958, received training from Msgr. Vincenzo Cimatti, now Venerable, in Japan in 1961, and became the first Salesian in Korea to make a vow in 1962.

                                      For the next 60 years, he performed various duties as the eldest brother of the Salesian Society in Korea, particularly dedicated to the Salesian Middle School and High School.

                                      His funeral mass was consecrated on September 6 at the Shinan-dong community in Gwangju with the presbytery of Provincial Mayor Choi Won-cheol, after which his body was moved to the Damyang Catholic Cemetery and buried.

                                      {gallery}KOR - Decesso Primo SDB 2021{/gallery}

                                       

                                      • Corea del Sud
                                      • KOR KOREA
                                      • Decessi
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Japan – 2020 Tokyo Paralympics: Salesian past pupils stand out

                                        1 month 2 weeks ago
                                        Japan – 2020 Tokyo Paralympics: Salesian past pupils stand out

                                        (ANS - Tokyo) - The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games have just ended, an edition that has once again reaffirmed the importance of sports as a tool for social integration. Thousands of athletes from all over the world participated in this prestigeous event, including some Salesian Past Pupils. Here are several successful examples among those received by the ANS editorial staff.

                                        The Spanish Paralympic delegation included Miriam Martínez Rico and Sara Fernández.

                                        The first, a past pupil of the Salesians of Ibi, won the silver medal in the shotput, category F36. The past pupil achieved her goal with a throw of 9.62 meters, beating her personal best, and arriving just 11 centimeters from the gold medal, which went to the Russian Galina Lipatnikova.

                                        Miriam is the second Paralympic medalist to have been at the Ibi center: her precursor was, at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, Jorge Peleteiro Rubio, bronze medalist in 7-a-side football. “Congratulations, Miriam. We wish you new successes,” said her old school via social networks.

                                        The Sevillian Sara Fernández, a past pupil of the Institute of Triana, achieved seventh place in the long jump, after having jumped 4.85 meters.

                                        The Thai national 5-a-side football team for the Blind participated for the first time in the Tokyo Paralympics, including four Salesian past pupils from the Skills Development Center for the Blind based in Pakkred, in the province of Nonthaburi. The team had Kupan Panyawut as the forward, Wimolwan Kittithat as defender, Baodee Kittikorn as secondary forward and Yingchuros Suriya was the midfielder.

                                        At the end of the competition the Thai team took 7th place, having won against France with a score of 3-2.

                                        The Pakkred Skills Development Center for the Blind is managed by the Salesians since 1978. The Salesians sent their warmest congratulations to these Salesian past pupils who had the privilege and the honor of representing Thailand at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Since its inception, it has promoted a dignified, sustainable and integral development of its students, also through sports and music.

                                        {gallery}GIA - Paralimpiadi 2021{/gallery}

                                        • Giappone
                                        • Sport
                                        • Olimpiadi
                                        • Disabilità
                                        • THA THAILANDIA
                                        • Spagna
                                        • SMX SPAGNA MARIA AUSILIATRICE
                                        • Thailandia
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
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