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How Sweet is it?

4 days 13 hours ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP The Provincial Care Ministry highly recommends this important publication from Harvard. See How Much Sugar is in Soda, Juice, Sports Drinks, and Energy Drinks The Nutrition Source has prepared a handy guide to the amount of sugar and calories in soda, juice, sports drinks, and other popular beverages, How Sweet Is It? The front of the guide graphically depicts …
salesianfamily

Provincial Letter: August 14th, 2019

4 days 13 hours ago
Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, I flew back into Los Angeles from San Antonio late last night.   As I had mentioned before, the Salesian Sisters had invited me to preside at the Mass for Sr. Sydney Moss’ final vows.   I arrived a day early and was able to concelebrate at the Mass of Renewal of vows for three Salesian Sisters presided by Fr. Pascual Chavez …
salesianfamily

If sugar is so bad for us, why is the sugar in fruit OK? Part II

1 week 4 days ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Last week we began the conversation on sugar and fruit, abstracting from the article “If sugar is so bad for us, why is the sugar in fruit OK? The source is from the “The Conversation” March 7, 2018 posting, authored by Ms. Kacie Dickinson, an accredited practicing dietitian; lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics, Finders University and Ms. …
salesianfamily

City of Saints 2019

1 week 4 days ago
The City of Saints teen conference offered an authentic and realistic perspective on how to live out our catholic faith. The speakers provided hope and encouragement to the reality that we are all necessary members of the church. They all emphasized that by praying and taking part in the sacraments on a regular basis, we can achieve holiness in the ordinary of our daily lives. …
salesianfamily

Salesian Sisters West

1 week 4 days ago
It has been a very exciting and blessed week at the Provincial House! On Sunday, three Sisters – Sr Melissa Benitez, Sr Quynh Pham, and Sr Monica Wheeler – renewed their vows, and on Monday, Sr Sydney Moss professed her perpetual vows as a Daughter of Mary Help of Christians! We thank them for their yes and pray more women may follow in their footsteps!
salesianfamily

Strenna 2020: Presentation of the Theme

1 week 5 days ago
“Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven” (Matt 6:10) “GOOD CHRISTIANS AND UPRIGHT CITIZENS” Note: While I was presenting the commentary on the 2019 Strenna to the Salesian Family in Valdocco (Turin), some were already asking for the draft of the 2020 Strenna, so that they could have it for the beginning of the educational-pastoral year in some parts of the …
salesianfamily

Camp Savio 2019

1 week 5 days ago
By: Sean Wilk Every year, a camper will begin doing Camp Savio for the first time, and for many, it will be the first of many summers that they come to enjoy their summer. Campers spend many summers at Camp Savio because of all the great and fun experiences it provides for them, and because of the friendships, they make here. Seeing the fun games, …
salesianfamily

St. Joseph’s Young Adult Retreat: Agape

2 weeks 3 days ago
By: Johnny Martinez St. Joseph’s first Young Adult retreat: “Agape” took place this month on July 5th to 7th. The retreat brought in fourteen wonderful young adults ranging from 18 to 30 years of age. They all expressed their love and gratitude for the retreat. The retreat candidates were invited by word of mouth and by going out to college campuses where the young people are …
salesianfamily

Provincial Chapter 2019 Results

3 weeks 4 days ago
The 2019 Provincial Chapter took place June 16-21 in the little town of Three Rivers, CA near the entrance to Sequoia National Park.  Twenty-four delegates and invited guests answered the general question of General Chapter 28, “What Kind of Salesians [are needed] for the Youth of Today?” At the conclusion of the Provincial Chapter a delegate and substitute were chosen to attend General Chapter 28 …
salesianfamily

Congratulations to our Sister Jubilarians!

3 weeks 4 days ago
Congratulations to our Sister Jubilarians who celebrated their anniversaries yesterday in San Antonio! Sr Rita Bailey, Sr Rita Fantin, and Sr Mary Tamayo celebrated 70 years of profession, Sr Lena Pinto 50 years, Sr Theresa Jones and Sr Lucy Yuen 40 years, and Sr Tuyet Nguyen 25 years. Thank you for your many years of service to the Church and to the young!
salesianfamily

Changes in Youth Ministry Department

3 weeks 4 days ago
This new upcoming pastoral year will be filled with many exciting changes in the Province Youth Ministry Department and Office. We are excited to have Bro. Al Vu return as Province Youth Ministry Delegate while still taking on his role as Province Coordinator of Schools. We want to thank Fr. Mel Trinidad for his leadership this past year as the Province Delegate. Gina Robles (middle), …
salesianfamily

Provincial Letter: July 24th, 2019

3 weeks 4 days ago
Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, I am presently in Laredo, Texas for two days visiting my family and the Parish of San Luis Rey.  I came to San Antonio, Texas last Friday, after our Board Meeting at Don Bosco Tech.   The FMA Sisters had invited me to preside at their Jubilee celebration which took place on Saturday.   I am grateful for the invitation and for …
salesianfamily

If sugar is so bad for us, why is the sugar in fruit OK?

3 weeks 4 days ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP The topic of eating less sugar is not new. We have been told to pay attention to the sugar content of our intake to make sure we consume the appropriate amount of sugar. Louis, my husband, teaches the grandsons to read the label; any food that contains more than 4 grams of sugar they should consider how …
salesianfamily

Know your glucose content and Make a Smart Choice

1 month ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP You are going to laugh at me this week. Yes, I am showing you two charts comparing some of your favorite foods. The goal is for you to now look at the food item and determine whether the glucose content meets your dietary choice. It is a cliché; a picture is better than a thousand words. I, …
salesianfamily

Camp St. Francis

1 month ago
By Bro. Quang Nguyen Camp St. Francis 2019 is back in business again from June 30th – July 27th! We are on our third week of camp and the counselors are giving it their all to make it the best camp season for the campers! The young people have been longing all year to come back to camp! As campers arrive, camp St. Francis welcomes …
salesianfamily
Salesian Family Bulletin • Salesians of Don Bosco • Province of St. Andrew the Apostle • San Francisco, California

How Sweet is it?

4 days 13 hours ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP The Provincial Care Ministry highly recommends this important publication from Harvard. See How Much Sugar is in Soda, Juice, Sports Drinks, and Energy Drinks The Nutrition Source has prepared a handy guide to the amount of sugar and calories in soda, juice, sports drinks, and other popular beverages, How Sweet Is It? The front of the guide graphically depicts …
salesianfamily

Provincial Letter: August 14th, 2019

4 days 13 hours ago
Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, I flew back into Los Angeles from San Antonio late last night.   As I had mentioned before, the Salesian Sisters had invited me to preside at the Mass for Sr. Sydney Moss’ final vows.   I arrived a day early and was able to concelebrate at the Mass of Renewal of vows for three Salesian Sisters presided by Fr. Pascual Chavez …
salesianfamily

If sugar is so bad for us, why is the sugar in fruit OK? Part II

1 week 4 days ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Last week we began the conversation on sugar and fruit, abstracting from the article “If sugar is so bad for us, why is the sugar in fruit OK? The source is from the “The Conversation” March 7, 2018 posting, authored by Ms. Kacie Dickinson, an accredited practicing dietitian; lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics, Finders University and Ms. …
salesianfamily

City of Saints 2019

1 week 4 days ago
The City of Saints teen conference offered an authentic and realistic perspective on how to live out our catholic faith. The speakers provided hope and encouragement to the reality that we are all necessary members of the church. They all emphasized that by praying and taking part in the sacraments on a regular basis, we can achieve holiness in the ordinary of our daily lives. …
salesianfamily

Salesian Sisters West

1 week 4 days ago
It has been a very exciting and blessed week at the Provincial House! On Sunday, three Sisters – Sr Melissa Benitez, Sr Quynh Pham, and Sr Monica Wheeler – renewed their vows, and on Monday, Sr Sydney Moss professed her perpetual vows as a Daughter of Mary Help of Christians! We thank them for their yes and pray more women may follow in their footsteps!
salesianfamily

Strenna 2020: Presentation of the Theme

1 week 5 days ago
“Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven” (Matt 6:10) “GOOD CHRISTIANS AND UPRIGHT CITIZENS” Note: While I was presenting the commentary on the 2019 Strenna to the Salesian Family in Valdocco (Turin), some were already asking for the draft of the 2020 Strenna, so that they could have it for the beginning of the educational-pastoral year in some parts of the …
salesianfamily

Camp Savio 2019

1 week 5 days ago
By: Sean Wilk Every year, a camper will begin doing Camp Savio for the first time, and for many, it will be the first of many summers that they come to enjoy their summer. Campers spend many summers at Camp Savio because of all the great and fun experiences it provides for them, and because of the friendships, they make here. Seeing the fun games, …
salesianfamily

St. Joseph’s Young Adult Retreat: Agape

2 weeks 3 days ago
By: Johnny Martinez St. Joseph’s first Young Adult retreat: “Agape” took place this month on July 5th to 7th. The retreat brought in fourteen wonderful young adults ranging from 18 to 30 years of age. They all expressed their love and gratitude for the retreat. The retreat candidates were invited by word of mouth and by going out to college campuses where the young people are …
salesianfamily

Provincial Chapter 2019 Results

3 weeks 4 days ago
The 2019 Provincial Chapter took place June 16-21 in the little town of Three Rivers, CA near the entrance to Sequoia National Park.  Twenty-four delegates and invited guests answered the general question of General Chapter 28, “What Kind of Salesians [are needed] for the Youth of Today?” At the conclusion of the Provincial Chapter a delegate and substitute were chosen to attend General Chapter 28 …
salesianfamily

Congratulations to our Sister Jubilarians!

3 weeks 4 days ago
Congratulations to our Sister Jubilarians who celebrated their anniversaries yesterday in San Antonio! Sr Rita Bailey, Sr Rita Fantin, and Sr Mary Tamayo celebrated 70 years of profession, Sr Lena Pinto 50 years, Sr Theresa Jones and Sr Lucy Yuen 40 years, and Sr Tuyet Nguyen 25 years. Thank you for your many years of service to the Church and to the young!
salesianfamily

Changes in Youth Ministry Department

3 weeks 4 days ago
This new upcoming pastoral year will be filled with many exciting changes in the Province Youth Ministry Department and Office. We are excited to have Bro. Al Vu return as Province Youth Ministry Delegate while still taking on his role as Province Coordinator of Schools. We want to thank Fr. Mel Trinidad for his leadership this past year as the Province Delegate. Gina Robles (middle), …
salesianfamily

Provincial Letter: July 24th, 2019

3 weeks 4 days ago
Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, I am presently in Laredo, Texas for two days visiting my family and the Parish of San Luis Rey.  I came to San Antonio, Texas last Friday, after our Board Meeting at Don Bosco Tech.   The FMA Sisters had invited me to preside at their Jubilee celebration which took place on Saturday.   I am grateful for the invitation and for …
salesianfamily

If sugar is so bad for us, why is the sugar in fruit OK?

3 weeks 4 days ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP The topic of eating less sugar is not new. We have been told to pay attention to the sugar content of our intake to make sure we consume the appropriate amount of sugar. Louis, my husband, teaches the grandsons to read the label; any food that contains more than 4 grams of sugar they should consider how …
salesianfamily

Know your glucose content and Make a Smart Choice

1 month ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP You are going to laugh at me this week. Yes, I am showing you two charts comparing some of your favorite foods. The goal is for you to now look at the food item and determine whether the glucose content meets your dietary choice. It is a cliché; a picture is better than a thousand words. I, …
salesianfamily

Camp St. Francis

1 month ago
By Bro. Quang Nguyen Camp St. Francis 2019 is back in business again from June 30th – July 27th! We are on our third week of camp and the counselors are giving it their all to make it the best camp season for the campers! The young people have been longing all year to come back to camp! As campers arrive, camp St. Francis welcomes …
salesianfamily
Salesian Family Bulletin • Salesians of Don Bosco • Province of St. Andrew the Apostle • San Francisco, California

InTouch Newsletter

Checked
17 minutes 50 seconds ago

How Sweet is it?

4 days 13 hours ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP The Provincial Care Ministry highly recommends this important publication from Harvard. See How Much Sugar is in Soda, Juice, Sports Drinks, and Energy Drinks The Nutrition Source has prepared a handy guide to the amount of sugar and calories in soda, juice, sports drinks, and other popular beverages, How Sweet Is It? The front of the guide graphically depicts …
salesianfamily

Provincial Letter: August 14th, 2019

4 days 13 hours ago
Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, I flew back into Los Angeles from San Antonio late last night.   As I had mentioned before, the Salesian Sisters had invited me to preside at the Mass for Sr. Sydney Moss’ final vows.   I arrived a day early and was able to concelebrate at the Mass of Renewal of vows for three Salesian Sisters presided by Fr. Pascual Chavez …
salesianfamily

If sugar is so bad for us, why is the sugar in fruit OK? Part II

1 week 4 days ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Last week we began the conversation on sugar and fruit, abstracting from the article “If sugar is so bad for us, why is the sugar in fruit OK? The source is from the “The Conversation” March 7, 2018 posting, authored by Ms. Kacie Dickinson, an accredited practicing dietitian; lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics, Finders University and Ms. …
salesianfamily

City of Saints 2019

1 week 4 days ago
The City of Saints teen conference offered an authentic and realistic perspective on how to live out our catholic faith. The speakers provided hope and encouragement to the reality that we are all necessary members of the church. They all emphasized that by praying and taking part in the sacraments on a regular basis, we can achieve holiness in the ordinary of our daily lives. …
salesianfamily

Salesian Sisters West

1 week 4 days ago
It has been a very exciting and blessed week at the Provincial House! On Sunday, three Sisters – Sr Melissa Benitez, Sr Quynh Pham, and Sr Monica Wheeler – renewed their vows, and on Monday, Sr Sydney Moss professed her perpetual vows as a Daughter of Mary Help of Christians! We thank them for their yes and pray more women may follow in their footsteps!
salesianfamily

Strenna 2020: Presentation of the Theme

1 week 5 days ago
“Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven” (Matt 6:10) “GOOD CHRISTIANS AND UPRIGHT CITIZENS” Note: While I was presenting the commentary on the 2019 Strenna to the Salesian Family in Valdocco (Turin), some were already asking for the draft of the 2020 Strenna, so that they could have it for the beginning of the educational-pastoral year in some parts of the …
salesianfamily

Camp Savio 2019

1 week 5 days ago
By: Sean Wilk Every year, a camper will begin doing Camp Savio for the first time, and for many, it will be the first of many summers that they come to enjoy their summer. Campers spend many summers at Camp Savio because of all the great and fun experiences it provides for them, and because of the friendships, they make here. Seeing the fun games, …
salesianfamily

St. Joseph’s Young Adult Retreat: Agape

2 weeks 3 days ago
By: Johnny Martinez St. Joseph’s first Young Adult retreat: “Agape” took place this month on July 5th to 7th. The retreat brought in fourteen wonderful young adults ranging from 18 to 30 years of age. They all expressed their love and gratitude for the retreat. The retreat candidates were invited by word of mouth and by going out to college campuses where the young people are …
salesianfamily

Provincial Chapter 2019 Results

3 weeks 4 days ago
The 2019 Provincial Chapter took place June 16-21 in the little town of Three Rivers, CA near the entrance to Sequoia National Park.  Twenty-four delegates and invited guests answered the general question of General Chapter 28, “What Kind of Salesians [are needed] for the Youth of Today?” At the conclusion of the Provincial Chapter a delegate and substitute were chosen to attend General Chapter 28 …
salesianfamily

Congratulations to our Sister Jubilarians!

3 weeks 4 days ago
Congratulations to our Sister Jubilarians who celebrated their anniversaries yesterday in San Antonio! Sr Rita Bailey, Sr Rita Fantin, and Sr Mary Tamayo celebrated 70 years of profession, Sr Lena Pinto 50 years, Sr Theresa Jones and Sr Lucy Yuen 40 years, and Sr Tuyet Nguyen 25 years. Thank you for your many years of service to the Church and to the young!
salesianfamily

Changes in Youth Ministry Department

3 weeks 4 days ago
This new upcoming pastoral year will be filled with many exciting changes in the Province Youth Ministry Department and Office. We are excited to have Bro. Al Vu return as Province Youth Ministry Delegate while still taking on his role as Province Coordinator of Schools. We want to thank Fr. Mel Trinidad for his leadership this past year as the Province Delegate. Gina Robles (middle), …
salesianfamily

Provincial Letter: July 24th, 2019

3 weeks 4 days ago
Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, I am presently in Laredo, Texas for two days visiting my family and the Parish of San Luis Rey.  I came to San Antonio, Texas last Friday, after our Board Meeting at Don Bosco Tech.   The FMA Sisters had invited me to preside at their Jubilee celebration which took place on Saturday.   I am grateful for the invitation and for …
salesianfamily

If sugar is so bad for us, why is the sugar in fruit OK?

3 weeks 4 days ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP The topic of eating less sugar is not new. We have been told to pay attention to the sugar content of our intake to make sure we consume the appropriate amount of sugar. Louis, my husband, teaches the grandsons to read the label; any food that contains more than 4 grams of sugar they should consider how …
salesianfamily

Know your glucose content and Make a Smart Choice

1 month ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP You are going to laugh at me this week. Yes, I am showing you two charts comparing some of your favorite foods. The goal is for you to now look at the food item and determine whether the glucose content meets your dietary choice. It is a cliché; a picture is better than a thousand words. I, …
salesianfamily

Camp St. Francis

1 month ago
By Bro. Quang Nguyen Camp St. Francis 2019 is back in business again from June 30th – July 27th! We are on our third week of camp and the counselors are giving it their all to make it the best camp season for the campers! The young people have been longing all year to come back to camp! As campers arrive, camp St. Francis welcomes …
salesianfamily
Salesian Family Bulletin • Salesians of Don Bosco • Province of St. Andrew the Apostle • San Francisco, California

How Sweet is it?

4 days 13 hours ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP The Provincial Care Ministry highly recommends this important publication from Harvard. See How Much Sugar is in Soda, Juice, Sports Drinks, and Energy Drinks The Nutrition Source has prepared a handy guide to the amount of sugar and calories in soda, juice, sports drinks, and other popular beverages, How Sweet Is It? The front of the guide graphically depicts …
salesianfamily

Provincial Letter: August 14th, 2019

4 days 13 hours ago
Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, I flew back into Los Angeles from San Antonio late last night.   As I had mentioned before, the Salesian Sisters had invited me to preside at the Mass for Sr. Sydney Moss’ final vows.   I arrived a day early and was able to concelebrate at the Mass of Renewal of vows for three Salesian Sisters presided by Fr. Pascual Chavez …
salesianfamily

If sugar is so bad for us, why is the sugar in fruit OK? Part II

1 week 4 days ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Last week we began the conversation on sugar and fruit, abstracting from the article “If sugar is so bad for us, why is the sugar in fruit OK? The source is from the “The Conversation” March 7, 2018 posting, authored by Ms. Kacie Dickinson, an accredited practicing dietitian; lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics, Finders University and Ms. …
salesianfamily

City of Saints 2019

1 week 4 days ago
The City of Saints teen conference offered an authentic and realistic perspective on how to live out our catholic faith. The speakers provided hope and encouragement to the reality that we are all necessary members of the church. They all emphasized that by praying and taking part in the sacraments on a regular basis, we can achieve holiness in the ordinary of our daily lives. …
salesianfamily

Salesian Sisters West

1 week 4 days ago
It has been a very exciting and blessed week at the Provincial House! On Sunday, three Sisters – Sr Melissa Benitez, Sr Quynh Pham, and Sr Monica Wheeler – renewed their vows, and on Monday, Sr Sydney Moss professed her perpetual vows as a Daughter of Mary Help of Christians! We thank them for their yes and pray more women may follow in their footsteps!
salesianfamily

Strenna 2020: Presentation of the Theme

1 week 5 days ago
“Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven” (Matt 6:10) “GOOD CHRISTIANS AND UPRIGHT CITIZENS” Note: While I was presenting the commentary on the 2019 Strenna to the Salesian Family in Valdocco (Turin), some were already asking for the draft of the 2020 Strenna, so that they could have it for the beginning of the educational-pastoral year in some parts of the …
salesianfamily

Camp Savio 2019

1 week 5 days ago
By: Sean Wilk Every year, a camper will begin doing Camp Savio for the first time, and for many, it will be the first of many summers that they come to enjoy their summer. Campers spend many summers at Camp Savio because of all the great and fun experiences it provides for them, and because of the friendships, they make here. Seeing the fun games, …
salesianfamily

St. Joseph’s Young Adult Retreat: Agape

2 weeks 3 days ago
By: Johnny Martinez St. Joseph’s first Young Adult retreat: “Agape” took place this month on July 5th to 7th. The retreat brought in fourteen wonderful young adults ranging from 18 to 30 years of age. They all expressed their love and gratitude for the retreat. The retreat candidates were invited by word of mouth and by going out to college campuses where the young people are …
salesianfamily

Provincial Chapter 2019 Results

3 weeks 4 days ago
The 2019 Provincial Chapter took place June 16-21 in the little town of Three Rivers, CA near the entrance to Sequoia National Park.  Twenty-four delegates and invited guests answered the general question of General Chapter 28, “What Kind of Salesians [are needed] for the Youth of Today?” At the conclusion of the Provincial Chapter a delegate and substitute were chosen to attend General Chapter 28 …
salesianfamily

Congratulations to our Sister Jubilarians!

3 weeks 4 days ago
Congratulations to our Sister Jubilarians who celebrated their anniversaries yesterday in San Antonio! Sr Rita Bailey, Sr Rita Fantin, and Sr Mary Tamayo celebrated 70 years of profession, Sr Lena Pinto 50 years, Sr Theresa Jones and Sr Lucy Yuen 40 years, and Sr Tuyet Nguyen 25 years. Thank you for your many years of service to the Church and to the young!
salesianfamily

Changes in Youth Ministry Department

3 weeks 4 days ago
This new upcoming pastoral year will be filled with many exciting changes in the Province Youth Ministry Department and Office. We are excited to have Bro. Al Vu return as Province Youth Ministry Delegate while still taking on his role as Province Coordinator of Schools. We want to thank Fr. Mel Trinidad for his leadership this past year as the Province Delegate. Gina Robles (middle), …
salesianfamily

Provincial Letter: July 24th, 2019

3 weeks 4 days ago
Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, I am presently in Laredo, Texas for two days visiting my family and the Parish of San Luis Rey.  I came to San Antonio, Texas last Friday, after our Board Meeting at Don Bosco Tech.   The FMA Sisters had invited me to preside at their Jubilee celebration which took place on Saturday.   I am grateful for the invitation and for …
salesianfamily

If sugar is so bad for us, why is the sugar in fruit OK?

3 weeks 4 days ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP The topic of eating less sugar is not new. We have been told to pay attention to the sugar content of our intake to make sure we consume the appropriate amount of sugar. Louis, my husband, teaches the grandsons to read the label; any food that contains more than 4 grams of sugar they should consider how …
salesianfamily

Know your glucose content and Make a Smart Choice

1 month ago
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP You are going to laugh at me this week. Yes, I am showing you two charts comparing some of your favorite foods. The goal is for you to now look at the food item and determine whether the glucose content meets your dietary choice. It is a cliché; a picture is better than a thousand words. I, …
salesianfamily

Camp St. Francis

1 month ago
By Bro. Quang Nguyen Camp St. Francis 2019 is back in business again from June 30th – July 27th! We are on our third week of camp and the counselors are giving it their all to make it the best camp season for the campers! The young people have been longing all year to come back to camp! As campers arrive, camp St. Francis welcomes …
salesianfamily
Salesian Family Bulletin • Salesians of Don Bosco • Province of St. Andrew the Apostle • San Francisco, California

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Hong Kong – Rector Major's Visit concluded

18 hours 39 minutes ago
Hong Kong – Rector Major's Visit concluded

(ANS - Hong Kong) – Last Saturday, 17 August, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, concluded the Animation Visit to the Salesian presences in Macao, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Young people, current affairs, the Salesian Family and the prospects for the Salesian charism were at the center of the various activities.

On this second day of the animation visit of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, to Hong Kong, August 16, he started his day by meeting a large group of about 250 young people from the schools of the Salesian Family in Tang King Po School. He was welcomed by the young with jubilation and great happiness. The 10th Successor of Don Bosco was asked his view on the current political issue of Hong Kong. Fr Ángel encouraged the young to be non-violent for one needs to believe the strength of non-violence can move the world. Also he invited the young people to strive for justice and care for the marginalized and the poor, like Jesus. Later in the gathering, he sang for the youth with his secretary, Fr Horacio Lopez.

Then in the afternoon, over 300 members of the Salesian Family gathered around Fr Ángel Fernandez who emphasized that the Salesian Family is mainly for the young, especially the calling of the Salesian Cooperators and the Past Pupils who started from the family, caring for their own young people and then spreading it to the world.

Last but not least in the day, the Eucharist is something that cannot be missed. The Holy Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Joseph Zen, who is celebrating his 70th Platinum Jubilee of Profession this year, concelebrated by Fr A.F. Artime, the Provincial Fr Joseph Ng and 6 other priests who are celebrating their anniversary this year, as well as the Salesian priests present. During the homily, he emphasized again that the Salesian Family is for the young, that everyone should treat others with the heart of Don Bosco, so we can make him alive again. He concluded the homily with the Gospel of yesterday. To serve the young is to serve Jesus Christ, and family members should use their time and their lives to serve the young and help them meet with God.

The day ended with dinner with the whole Salesian Family with joy and grace.

The last day of the animation visit, the Rector Major met 70 confreres of the province at the Salesian Missionary House. Most of them are assigned in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and beyond. Among them, there are 7 Salesian Brothers. He thanked the province for all the support and generosity to the Generalate and to the whole Congregation at large. In this frank, open, lively and meaningful dialogue, he shared that the China Province, though facing many difficulties and challenges, is being blessed by the Lord with beauty, health and stability. The province is full of hope as she continues to work for the poor youth, for the missions and the peripheries. He also challenged the confreres to battle clericalism, individualism, any form of corruption, and deal with human maturity through fidelity to one’s Salesian identity, vocation, consecration and mission.

This meaningful, lively and challenging encounter was followed by the Eucharistic Celebration and perpetual profession of our two confreres. Since Don Bosco is already in paradise and not physically present among the young, the 10th Successor of Don Bosco reminded the confreres, including his own self, that they are the Don Bosco of today. They continue the celebration at table with brotherly and spontaneous exchange with great felicitation.

After the interview recording by the Social Communication Department of the province, the Rector Major was accompanied by the Provincial Fr Joseph Ng with other confreres to the airport.

Photos of the Visit are available on ANSFlickr page.

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

    Germany – Fr Oerder went to the Father's House

    18 hours 39 minutes ago
    Germany – Fr Oerder went to the Father's House

    (ANS - Cologne) - The Salesian Mission Office in Bonn has announced the death of Father Oerder on the anniversary of Don Bosco'sbirth this past August 16. Fr Karl Oerder, a Salesian priest, was Head of that same Office for 25 years, as well as parish priest of the Salesian parish of St Winfried, also in Bonn, as well as being co-founder and member of the directive council of "Don Bosco Mondo".

    Johannes Karl Maria Oerder, his full name, was born on 31 October 1928 in Scheurenhof, near Cologne. In 1952 he began his novitiate at Ensdorf. Having made his perpetual profession in 1956, he was ordained a priest at Benediktbeuern on 29 June 1961.

    In his long Salesian life he was Provincial Delegate for Vocation Ministry, Provincial Vicar (1968-1970), and then Superior (1970-1978) of the North German Province. After his mandate as Provincial - in a period characterized by enormous social and religious upheavals and important innovations in the life of the Province - Fr Egidio Viganò, VII Successor of Don Bosco, entrusted him with the leadership of the Salesian Mission Office in Bonn; in the same period he was appointed pastor of the Salesian parish of St. Winfried.

    In the following 25 years, until 2003, the Don Bosco Campus in Bonn was Fr Oerder's place of residence: the place where he gathered so many people around him; where he always made new contacts in different environments to support the Salesian mission; where he inspired so many young people with selfless service; where he formed committed lay people; where he returned after traveling around the world to coordinate projects and inform the growing number of friends and supporters.

    He also made of the small parish of St Winfried an important political and ecclesiastical meeting place and closely linked the parish and its activity to that of the Mission Office.

    To support the worldwide action of the Salesians, especially in the field of education and formation, he founded the association "Jugend Dritte Welt" - today "Don Bosco Mondo" - together with several volunteers.

    "He created and built great things, leaving profound and lasting traces on many people and in many places. Those who met him could perceive that he was acting moved by a deep faith and true charity. He saw his mission in the fact that, following the example of Don Bosco, poor and needy children and young people could indeed experience the love of God, through our actions," said the current Head of the Office, Fr Josef Grünner.

    • Germania
    • GER
    • Procure Missionarie
    • Decessi
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Spain - Educating on the stage

      18 hours 39 minutes ago
      Spain - Educating on the stage

      (ANS - Pamplona) - This last year the Theater Group of the Salesians of Pamplona has completed ten years of activity: a path full of positive moments, where theater was experienced in an educational and evangelizing key that has always been protagonist.

      The theater's magic has appeared on its stage in all its splendor. Actresses like Carmen Gutiérrez, Ana Turpin, Alejandra Torray or Virginia Sofía came as guests to speak to the aspiring young professionals of the theater world and made a few cameo appearances in several shows.

      Writers and journalists also took the stage: Begoña Pro, Estela Chocarro, Belén Galindo, Sonsoles Echavarren, José Ignacio Roldán, Amaia Mandinabeitia and Óscar Azparren all talked about their profession during rehearsal breaks, answering with the many questions from actors, young and old.

      Marta Robles, Julia Varela and Alberto Vázquez gave voice to poems heard in several musicals; while the world of politics was present via the collaborations of Carmen Alba or Elma Saíz, former delegates of the Government of Navarre.

      Musicals such as "Beauty and the Beast", "Mamma mia", "Oliver Twist", "Les Miserables", "West Side Story" or "Musical Don Bosco" saw the participation of educational community members.

      The representations of "Hamlet", "Le Médecin malgré lui", "The House of Bernarda Alba", and other similar classics, were represented by the “Group of Majors”, born to host those young people who wanted to continue doing theater.

      As an instrument of pedagogy, in these ten years the theater has worked educational miracles in many boys and girls, with many who have felt welcomed, appreciated and who have overcome their fears: an educational commitment that, with and in the Salesian style, always gives the expected results.

      From the very first performances, the Salesians of Pamplona have tried to transmit values that reached the hearts of the young people and adults who brought them to the stage.

      This year the Pamplona community also says its farewell to the beloved theater, which has been home to many young people for 10 years. In fact, next year, Sarriguren's will be used. The stage changes, but the spirit remains the same: the theater as a pedagogical tool for the good of young people and their integral education, just as Don Bosco wanted.

      • Spagna
      • SSM
      • Teatro
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Hong Kong - Rector Major arrives in Hong Kong

        3 days 18 hours ago
        Hong Kong - Rector Major arrives in Hong Kong

        (ANS - Hong Kong) - After the animation visit to Taiwan, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, arrived in Hong Kong yesterday, August 15. The 10th Successor of Don Bosco landed in Hong Kong at 3.30 pm, accompanied by his secretary, Fr Horacio Lopez, by the Regional Councilor for East Asia Oceania Fr Vaclav Klement and by Fr Domingos Leong, Salesian, member of the Catholic Diocesan Liturgical Commission of Hong Kong.

        As soon as he arrived, the Rector Major immediately went to the Salesian Missionary House of "Shau Kei Wan", where he was welcomed by a large group of young people, by members of the Salesian Family and by some older confreres. The Successor of Don Bosco was received with great enthusiasm and greeted with flags, banners, dances, photos, handshakes and hugs.

        Once again, addressing young people, Fr Artime urged them to keep their joy and happiness alive. He then reminded them of the meeting scheduled for the following day at the Tang King Po school in Kowloon. Here, the Rector Major shall spend his time among the young in dialogue and to answer their questions.

        He then met the Provincial Council for an open-hearted dialogue that lasted two hours and which was also attended by the Economer General, Br Jean Paul Muller.
        It was on this occasion that Fr Artime wanted to thank Mary, on the day when the Feast of the Assumption was celebrated, for the many graces granted, for her guidance and for her constant protection.

        At the end of the meeting, the Rector Major stayed for dinner with the Council, continuing the fraternal conversation at the table.

        Photos of the Visit are available on ANS Flickr page.

        • Hong Kong
        • Rettor Maggiore
        • Ángel Fernández Artime
        • CIN
          Virginia Nitto

          Japan - Biblical Vocation Camp: 47 years listening to the Word

          3 days 18 hours ago
          Japan - Biblical Vocation Camp: 47 years listening to the Word

          (ANS - Shinano) - Lake Nojiriko is located in the city of Shinano, Kamiminochi District, Nagano Prefecture (northern Japan). The 47th Bible Camp was conducted in this splendid natural setting of mountains and lakes from 8 to 12 August for elementary school children and from 13 to 17 August for middle and high school students from many Japanese dioceses.

          This year, 68 young people aged between 10 and 18 were accepted and this camp was accompanied by many Salesians working as managers and staff: Salesian priests, Salesian brothers, post-novices, Salesian aspirants and collaborators. Thus it was possible to feel the Family Spirit, a key feature of our Salesian charism, where everyone feels at home, feels genuine affection, receives respect, is jointly responsible for the common mission with a clear mutual trust.

          The theme "Holiness for you, too" (Jn 15,11) was taken up by the Rector Major's Strenna 2019. Participants from various parts of Japan (Kyushu, Shikoku, Kansai and Kanto area) were invited to reflect on their vocation to be saints like our God. During the reflections on the theme of holiness, there was also talk of our founder's life, St Giovanni Bosco, of San Domenico Savio and of Father Cimatti. Young people were also reminded that holiness does not make them less human as "this is God's will, your sanctification" (1 Thessalonians 4: 3).

          Looking back over 46 years, it is possible to affirm that many priestly and Salesian brotherly vocations are the fruit of this biblical camp.

          Let us pray that this year too some of the dozens of participants, accompanied by young aspirants, postulants, Salesian brothers and priests, will be awakened to the call of God.


          God calls young people in many different ways, even through the biblical camp. It was Father Honda (the first Provincial of Japan, Salesian) who had had this great inspiration to start the biblical camp 47 years ago.

          • Giappone
          • GIA
            Virginia Nitto

            Colombia - EnfocaTV, a newscast proposal integrated with Medellín Province

            3 days 18 hours ago
            Colombia - EnfocaTV, a newscast proposal integrated with Medellín Province

            (ANS - Medellín) - Every year, on the occasion of the meeting of the local Communication coordinators of the Salesian centers of the Province of San Luis Beltrán of Medellín - COM, common strategies are proposed to make known the good that is done in all the Province's Salesian works. Thus, in April, it was decided to produce a series of videos entitled "EnfocaTV"; every week the news of and about a different center is presented, each episode lasting a maximum duration of one minute, which is then shared through Whatsapp and the social networks of all the presences.

            So far, 12 shows have been made this year, coming from 12 different locations across the country, locations in which Salesian projects, activities and experiences were shared, presented by young students or collaborators.


            The idea of ​​the newscast, in addition to informing, is to involve the people involved in the works, stimulate the local coordinators to focus on audiovisuals, train the students and respond to the current trends of the networks, which increasingly require audiovisual products, with good contents, but at the same time that they be short and dynamic.

            The San Luis Beltrán Province currently has 19 local Communication coordinators (schools, ETDH, parishes and houses of formation) who, with the support of the Communication Delegation, work in a network and are integrated, not only through the information program "EnfocaTV", but also through the InfoCOM digital magazine and through various training activities such as the annual meeting held in Medellín.


            EnfcocaTV broadcasts can be viewed through the Youtube channel of the COM Province.

            • Colombia
            • COM
              Virginia Nitto

              Italy - ADMA Families Spiritual Exercises 2019

              4 days 18 hours ago
              Italy - ADMA Families Spiritual Exercises 2019

              (ANS - Pracharbon) – Over 600 people experienced the Spiritual Exercises of Families, led by the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA), Primary of Turin, in the Alpine retreat of Pracharbon, Val d'Aosta, from Sunday 28 July to Saturday 17 August in four shifts of 5 days each. This is a 360° family experience. The main protagonists are in fact the families that find themselves together, where each generation has its own way of living these days with intensity.

              Parents have time and space for liturgical and silent prayer, following a path of meditation that this year had as its theme the exhortation of Pope Francis Gaudete et exsultate and the Strenna of the Rector Major “Holiness for you, too”. Through the meditations prepared and proposed by Fr Roberto Carelli, SDB, it was recalled how the journey of faith is a journey of holiness that flourishes in the witness of the good and joyful life of the Gospel. The following thematic nuclei were developed: joy and holiness; the enemies of joy and holiness; holiness in the light of the Master (The Beatitudes); combat and spiritual discernment.

              The days are marked by intense moments of catechesis, reflection and prayer. Of particular value is the time of sharing where in the light of the proposed themes life experiences are communicated, joyful and painful facts, in a climate of intense listening, respect and profound participation. One experiences the joy of walking together and sharing the journey of faith, centering one's life in Jesus in the Eucharist and entrusting it to Mary Help of Christians.

              While parents live the experience of spiritual exercises, children, teens and young people, under the guidance of the animators, spend their days with distinct and well-groomed paths of play, prayer and formation, the result of careful preparation, carried out during the year.

              This year the experience is particularly significant because it coincides with the 150th anniversary of ADMA's foundation: a truly special year during which we are experiencing the joy and beauty of 

              • ADMA
                José Luis Munoz

                Republic of the Congo - A workshop for future dressmakers

                5 days 18 hours ago
                Republic of the Congo - A workshop for future dressmakers

                (ANS - Brazzaville) - On the outskirts of the capital of the Republic of Congo, there is the Vocational Training Center (CFP) of the Salesian "Cité Don Bosco" center which, precisely in this popular district, welcomes many children. Many of the area's younger inhabitants, in fact, are busy following the training courses offered by the Salesians. About 600 students (including 26 girls and 576 boys) attend this school every day.

                Recently, in the Vocational Training Center, the Salesians have decided to create a workshop for future dressmakers. This is an extremely interesting initiative that focuses on disadvantaged women in the neighborhood. They are young people who have long since passed the age of schooling, in many cases single mothers, who the Salesians want to involve in a cutting and sewing course designed specifically for them. After a targeted professional training, the goal is to help them start a small income-generating activity compatible with the needs of the market.

                There will be 35 women initially involved, and the benefits will obviously also fall on their families. In other words, it is an opportunity for development not only for the girls involved, but for the entire community. The project is supported by the Missionary Office of Turin - Don Bosco Missions and is part of women's promotion programs.

                The promotion of female talent starts from the establishment of vocational training courses for women, which become a springboard to guarantee a source of family income and legitimize a leading role as protagonists within the community to which they belong.


                Poverty and the lack of life and work opportunities are fertile ground for gender inequality, which manifests itself in every area of ​​public and private life. This is why learning a profession gives women the opportunity to claim the value of their role within the family and society.

                Offering young people the tools to live in society, as citizens aware of their rights and duties, is also the main objective of the Salesian Cité Don Bosco in Brazzaville. For this reason, in the Center, in addition to the nascent laboratory for future dressmakers, there are already numerous other courses: mechanics, welding, carpentry, construction, agriculture and breeding, electrical installations, air conditioning.

                The lessons are carried out thanks to the commitment and dedication of 28 teachers, who have 8 different classrooms where they can hold courses.

                For more information on the project, visit www.missionidonbosco.org

                • Missioni Don Bosco
                  Virginia Nitto

                  Cabo Verde - "Fundação Salesianos" brings university students and young workers on a mission

                  5 days 18 hours ago

                  (ANS - Paúl) - They left on August 5th and will not be returning home before the 24th: they are 11 boys and girls, university students and young workers, who attend the Salesian centers in Portugal and have joined the volunteering project: "Missão Segue-me a Cabo Verde!"

                  In a press release, the Salesian Province of St. Anthony of Portugal announced that in this international volunteering mission the group intends to "build an opportunity for community life" with very specific characteristics, "centered on service, prayer, sharing, familiarity and spiritual study."

                  The missionaries' service is addressed "to the children and young people of Cape Verde", in particular to Janela, Municipality of Paúl, on the island of Santo Antão. The main activities and initiatives that are developed in this type of youth volunteering missions are the training of the animators, support to their studies, cultural and sports animation, together with liturgical and pastoral support.


                  The "Missão Segue-me in Cabo Verde!" project was not just born this early August, but rather it mobilized volunteers and collaborators from various communities much in advance wherever the Salesians and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians are present: Lisbon, Funchal and Arcozelo. In the past few weeks, there have been many initiatives to collect the resources needed for this expedition; among them, of note, a solidarity concert organized at the Salesian parish of Arcozelo and an articulated crowdfunding campaign.

                  Motivated by the "promotion of the values ​​and ideals" of Don Bosco, the participating volunteers do not devote themselves only to educational and leisure activities for children and young people, but try to do good wherever possible. Thus, for example, Friday, August 9, missionary volunteers went to bring songs, smiles and a little joy to the elderly and sick people supported by the local "Dragoeiro Association"; and throughout the period of activity training sessions and health promotion and psychological support are provided.


                  It is from 2007 that the Salesian missionary volunteers, especially through the "Don Bosco Program - Life Project", brings help and support to hundreds of families in Cape Verde. And in doing so, this program has also become one of the most impactful activities of Salesian Youth Ministry.

                  For further info, please visit its Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MissaoSegueMeACaboVerde

                  • Giovani
                  • Missioni
                  • Capo Verde
                    Virginia Nitto

                    Macau – Day 2 of the Rector Major's Visit

                    6 days 18 hours ago
                    Macau – Day 2 of the Rector Major's Visit

                    (ANS – Macau) – It was truly a full-day schedule for the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, on the second day of his animation visit to Macau on August 12. However, one does not feel the tiredness. Instead, it was a day full of life and joy!

                    The Rector Major started the day with a visit to the old leprosy village in Coloane where Fr Gaetano Nicosia died a few years ago at the age of 101, a Salesian who devoted all his life to serve the needy patients or brothers as he used to call them. Just next to the village, now stands a Don Bosco complex in which there are two schools, a SDB and an FMA, a student dormitory for 61 boys and a large educational camp site. At the end of the meeting and recreation with the interns and their educators, the Rector Major blessed their new oratory, named after the first Salesian missionary to Macau and protomartyr St. Versiglia, which is also the name of the school. He hoped that this new oratory, with the presence of the Salesians among the young, will become a real home.

                    It is an important day for the Rector Major to share with the young people as well as the members of the Salesian Family in two separate meetings. Interesting questions popped up from the crowd: his favorite food and sport. There were also tough questions. The young people asked the purpose of life and the problem of bullying. Fr Á.F. Artime encouraged the young to pursue true happiness in life and to treasure the people whom we care about in our hearts. And each one of us should take his own responsibility, both for the search of happiness and for going against bullying.

                    As to over 150 members of the Salesian Family, Fr Á.F. Artime emphasised, first of all, the communion we all share as one family. It is a strong witness of Christian and Salesian values. The Salesian Family is born for the young. Therefore, to keep our family alive and our heart youthful, we must continue to be present and accompany the young. It is simple but crucial. Only in this way, through our presence and accompaniment, can we educate the young towards the good and discover their vocations.

                    Certainly, thanksgiving to Lord in the Eucharist cannot be missed out. The holy Mass was celebrated as commemoration of our Father and Teacher, St. John Bosco. In his homily, Fr Á.F. Artime pointed out that the project of Don Bosco is truly inspired and assisted by God. Nobody could imagine that a small oratory in Valdocco, Turin, would become a home, a church, a playground, and a school for the young around the world. At present, everyone in the Salesian Family continues this mission of being present among the young so that they may be able to meet Jesus.

                    By Deacon Anthony Pun, SDB

                    Photos of the Visit are available at ANSFlickr

                    • Macao
                    • Gaetano Nicosia
                    • Cina
                    • CIN
                    • Rettor Maggiore
                    • Ángel Fernández Artime
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Solomon Islands – A project with teens and children of Ranadi dumps

                      6 days 18 hours ago
                      Solomon Islands – A project with teens and children of Ranadi dumps

                      (ANS - Honiara) - Poverty, illiteracy and unemployment characterize families living near the Ranadi dumps, a suburb east of Honiara. The families who live here deal mainly with collecting materials that can be recycled: they dig in the garbage, select and collect them.

                      Children very often work with their parents and, clearly, this practice prevents them from regularly attending school and receiving adequate education. Moreover, the hygienic-sanitary conditions in which these minors find themselves are truly precarious and they risk compromising their health.

                      The "Don Bosco" Technical Institute of Henderson has therefore launched a project to guarantee education to these children and to raise the parents' awareness of the importance of their children's education.

                      Since March 2019, the Henderson Salesians have in fact started courses to teach children between 4 and 13 to read and write and to refine their calculation skills. The number of students who attend these lessons is between 50 and 70.

                      Furthermore, courses are organized for older children who want to specialize in welding or manufacturing or, also, in the hotel sector. To date, there have been about 25 applications to participate in these lessons.

                      The project is also aimed at raising awareness among parents, so that they understand the importance of giving their children a proper education and are motivated to send them to school instead of working in landfills.

                      In this sense, it becomes important to guarantee an income for families in order to be able to meet the school expenses of the children. For this reason, the "Don Bosco" Technical Institute has devised a program aimed specifically at mothers, which allows them to use the institute's land to grow vegetables, which they can then sell back to the market.

                      It is important that there is collaboration and support from all, so that the Salesian community of Henderson can continue to carry out this project and reach the largest possible number of vulnerable children and young people.

                      {gallery}Isole Salomone - Bambini delle discariche 2019{/gallery}

                      • Isole Salomone
                      • Povertà
                      • PGS
                      • Opzione Preferenziale
                      • Bambini
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Macau – Visit of Rector Major to “Mary Help of Christians” Province (CIN)

                        1 week ago
                        Macau – Visit of Rector Major to “Mary Help of Christians” Province (CIN)

                        (ANS – Macau) – This moment has been long waited for. The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernandez Artime, accompanied by EAO Regional Councilor Fr Klement Vaclav and his secretary Fr Horacio López, arrived in Macau, where in 13 February 1906, Fr Versiglia and 5 other Salesian missionaries reached Chinese soil and began the first Salesian works in Far East Asia. In this week, the Rector Major is going to conduct his animation visit in the China Province which covers three main regions – Macau, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

                        CIN Provincial Fr Joseph Ng Chi-Yuen, Vice-provincial Fr Domingos Teng Kok Leung, and Fr Savio Yeung Cho Law, Economer, with one translator and 10 Macau SDBs, met the Rector Major on his arrival.

                        The welcoming ceremony was held in Yuet Wah College on Sunday afternoon, where the 10th Successor of Don Bosco was greeted by some 100 youths, Salesians and Salesian family members. Colorful flags were put up. Everybody was carrying a towel which was specially designed for the Rector Major's visit. The hot weather did not deter the people to express their joy and excitement to meet Don Bosco's tenth Successor. Besides the Salesians and representatives from various groups of the Salesian Family, there were students from St. Luigi Versiglia School. They cheered and sang a Don Bosco hymn in Cantonese. Before entering the Salesian quarters, the Rector Major paid a short visit to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and offered a bouquet of flowers to Our Lady.

                        “I am happy to have come among you and meet each one of you. It has always been a precious and wonderful moment to meet personally the confreres. For this, it merits to travel million miles.”

                        The Rector Major shared the evening with the Salesians with simplicity and sincerity. In 5 years and 4 months as Rector Major, he has visited altogether 96 nations and 12,200 Salesian confreres.

                        In the heart to heart sharing, Fr Á.F. Artime encouraged the Salesians to have hope always because the Lord is showering His blessings to the congregation with new vocations. It is very much alive as it continues to take care of the poor young people. This makes it truly beautiful. At the same time, Fr Á.F. Artime invited the Salesians to give witness to their identity as Salesian consecrated person. This should be made more visible. To counteract the current of individualism, Salesians are called to grow in the aspect of fraternal communion.

                        The CIN Province is blessed with great and unique history, as the Rector Major puts it, and the Salesians at present and those to come in the future shall continue to write its history.

                        The presence of the Salesians of Don Bosco in China goes back to 1906 (Macau - Instituto Salesiano, Mother House) with the development in Hong Kong (1927) and Taiwan (1963). At present there are 13 canonical communities and 115 confreres. The majority of the Salesian settings are schools, some parishes, social work, youth center-oratory and a vibrant Salesian Youth Movement around the numerous schools. Father Ángel is also meeting a very dynamic and united Salesian Family with large numbers of Don Bosco Past Pupils, Salesian Cooperators, FMA and SAL sisters and VDB.

                        Photos of the Visit are available at ANSFlickr

                        • Cina
                        • Macao
                        • Rettor Maggiore
                        • Ángel Fernández Artime
                        • Václav Klement
                        • Visita di Animazione
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Cambodia – A flood affects Don Bosco Sihanoukville

                          1 week ago
                          Cambodia – A flood affects Don Bosco Sihanoukville

                          (ANS - Sihanoukville) - The heavy rains and strong winds from the tropical storm Lekina, and the impact of the southwest monsoon, hit Cambodia's coastal provinces, causing floods in several areas, including Sihanoukville. Last week, the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology had issued a statement, urging citizens to prepare for this serious natural event. However, the Don Bosco Technical School, the Hotel and Children Fund center of Sihanoukville, suffered flooding on the night between 8 and 9 August. Salesian Brother Roberto Panetto, Economer of the Don Bosco Sihanoukville Center, described what happened.

                          "Last night at 22:30 (August 8), the heavy rain made me have a walk to check the water level in front of our school. I advised some our staff families and guests at the ground floor of our guesthouse to get ready for some water may enter in their ground floor rooms," said Br Panetto. "The level of the water on the main road in front of our school started to rise and in a matter of few minutes it was overflowing the dam-wall we had just built to prevent flooding." 

                          Br Panetto said that the large amount of water destroyed the gate and did not spare any of the buildings on the ground floor. The houses of teachers and staff were destroyed and many now had no place to go, and have asked the Salesians for a place to stay. Also, much machinery and equipment used in the workshops (Mechanical, Welding, Automotive, Electrical) were heavily damaged. No one, thank God, was injured during this calamity.

                          "It is too early to estimate the damage, but I presume it will be closed to one million US dollars," added Br Panetto. "However, we are happy to see many Salesians, Past Pupils and friends ready to help and encourage in this difficult time here. Thanks to all of you for your prayer and sympathy. The good Lord will inspire generous Benefactors to help us in replacing the damaged items and solve in the best way to preventing future floods."

                          Br Panetto took this sad opportunity for a reflection on the environmental conditions in Cambodia, stating that deforestation is one of the main causes for which similar floods occur. Many trees have been uprooted to build hotels, skyscrapers and shopping malls. Also, numerous waterways have been reduced to exploit the land on their banks. Furthermore, garbage is thrown everywhere obstructed the already strained drainage system, and in the end, he said, Nature takes its toll for the bill for the damage caused to it.

                          {gallery}Cambogia - Sihanoukville alluvioni 2019{/gallery}

                          • Cambogia
                          • THA
                          • Disastri
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Brazil – Safe school for young Yanomami

                            1 week ago
                            Brazil – Safe school for young Yanomami

                            (ANS - Marauià) - The Amazon today is the home of 1 million indigenous people, divided into about 400 tribes. According to data from the "Fundação Nacional do Índio" (FUNAI) 63% of indigenous people live in Brazil and out of the 400 identified ethnic groups, around 100, the most fragile, have chosen to live in complete isolation. The Salesians have been alongside the indigenous people of South America for more than a century: they support them through education and formation, but also by concerning themselves with the protection and appreciation of their culture.

                            During the 20th century there have been enormous changes, but the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco have continued to work tenaciously to provide the indios with the instruments to live with dignity and in respect of their own traditions.

                            This, for example, is what they do in Marauià, a small village overlooking a tributary of the Rio Negro, deep in the heart of the Amazon Forest. Here lives a community of Yanomami, one of the ethnic groups that most characterizes the Amazon and that the Salesians have been following for a hundred years, since they first arrived in this inaccessible and unexplored region.

                            The school in the village of Marauià, built in 2011, was seriously damaged in 2017 by a hurricane. After almost 2 years of immense difficulty, the Salesians want to secure the building so as to allow its 128 little students - who attend elementary and middle schools divided into 3 shifts, i.e., morning, afternoon and evening - to experience the most important moment of the day in a dignified and proper environment.

                            The project, backed by the Salesian Mission Office of Turin "Missions Don Bosco", is simple, but f import. On a practical level, it is a matter of redoing the roof torn up during the 2017 hurricane, and of carrying out work to reinforce the foundations, to redo the floor and fix the facade.

                            The meaning of the project, however, goes beyond the work of safety. The President of Missions Don Bosco, Salesian brother Giampietro Pettenon, explains: "Attention to ethnic minorities is a fundamental element of the Salesian mission and is more than ever in the limelight because it was chosen as a topic of reflection for the special assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region. Supporting the project of this small school means guaranteeing a better future for the young Yanomami, future custodians of the world's green lung."

                            For more information, visit the website: www.missionidonbosco.org  

                            • Brasile
                            • India
                            • Missioni
                            • Missioni Don Bosco
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Spain – Seriously committed to youth employment

                              1 week ago
                              Spain – Seriously committed to youth employment

                              (ANS - Madrid) - Nithun is a young Indian who works as an accountant in a hotel. Abduragamaan lives in Cape Town but spends six months a year on a merchant ship. Anthony comes from Bolivia and works in a carpentry workshop that produces furniture. Liliana, in Mexico, has a small clothing company. Helena works as an office clerk in a large company in Luanda. Besides being young, they all have in common the fact of having studied in one of the world's 830 Salesian Vocational Training Centers.

                              Today, 64 million of the 1.8 billion young people in the world are unemployed; 24 million have no access to training, 145 million are poor and one in ten lives in conflict zones. The Salesians cannot ignore this reality and they face and deal with it every day with their instruments: the answer is a concrete effort to educating and training young people, so that they have the opportunities to emerge from poverty and become agents of development and social change.

                              For this reason, "Misiones Salesianas", the Salesian Mission Office of Madrid, together with the Salesian NGO "Jóvenes y Desarrollo" reaffirm their commitment to fostering youth employment. Over 200,000 young people are currently being trained in a Salesian formation center throughout the world. A quality education that allows 85% of them to find work after their studies, "without forgetting," notes Fr José Antonio San Martín, Director of "Misiones Salesianas, "that 65% of them continue to work even after four years."

                              "It is shown that a young person who receives quality formation obtains a better job and takes even less time to find it," adds Juan Linares, President of "Jóvenes y Desarrollo".

                              Both organizations work on projects designed to support young people in their education or vocational training, following the guidelines set by the Sustainable Development Goals regarding access to quality education (OSS4) and decent work (OSS8).

                              On World Youth Day, which is celebrated today, Monday 12 August, "Misiones Salesianas" and "Jóvenes y Desarrollo" want to highlight the fundamental role of young people and the need for them to find a job to live by; and for this they ask governments for a concrete commitment to this objective and their benefit.

                              • Spagna
                              • Giovani
                              • Jóvenes y Desarrollo
                              • ONG
                              • Procure Missionarie
                              • Formazione Professionale
                              • Lavoro
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                RMG - Rector Major's Visit to Macao, Taiwan and Hong Kong

                                1 week 3 days ago
                                RMG - Rector Major's Visit to Macao, Taiwan and Hong Kong

                                (ANS - Hong Kong) - This year the Rector Major will spend Don Bosco's birthday in the Far East: starting next Sunday; in fact, from 11 to 17 August, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime will be on an Animation Visit in Macao, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

                                Accompanied by his Secretary, Fr Horacio López, the 10th Successor of Don Bosco will reach Macao on early Sunday afternoon and will have a first moment of dialogue with the area's active Salesians.

                                On Monday, the program includes a visit to some of the most significant Salesian works in Macau, such as the "Escola Dom Luigi Versiglia", where the Rector Major meets students and young people of the institute. In the afternoon there will be time to meet the Salesian Family and to celebrate the Eucharist together, in the church dedicated to St. Lawrence.

                                On Tuesday morning, the Rector Major meets with the young people and members of the Salesian Family present in Tainan; on Wednesday, he will learn about the work carried out by the Spiritual Sons of Don Bosco through a kindergarten and a parish in Taipei.

                                For the solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Fr Á.F. Artime shall preside at the Eucharist and receive the perpetual vows of a young Salesian. He will then reach Hong Kong in the early afternoon and will thus have the opportunity to gather at the Provincial House with the Superior of the "Mary Help of Christians" Province (CIN) and his Council.

                                On Friday, August 16, the 204th anniversary of the birth of Don Bosco, the Rector Major will spend the day surrounded by young people and the Salesian Family.

                                The Rector Major will dedicate the last day of his visit to the traditional appointment reserved for talks with all the Salesians in the Province and to receive the perpetual professions of three other Salesians.

                                To stay up to date on the Rector Majorìs visit, the CIN Province provides various channels.

                                Website: http://www.sdb.org.hk/ 

                                Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SalesianFamilyCIN/ 

                                YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/SDBSCOCIN

                                • RMG
                                • Visita di Animazione
                                • Rettor Maggiore
                                • Macao
                                • Taiwan
                                • Hong Kong
                                • CIN
                                • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                  Jesus Jurado

                                  India – Church mourns death of Sushma Swaraj

                                  1 week 3 days ago
                                  India – Church mourns death of Sushma Swaraj

                                  (ANS– Mumbai) – Sushma Swaraj, one of the most well-known and beloved political figures in India, Foreign Minister in the First Modi Government (2014-2019), died on August 6 at 67 years. In hers service she worked hard for the cause of Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, SDB, kidnapped in Yemen and held hostage for 18 months, and she was the one to announce via Twitter his release on September 12, 2017. She loved Mother Teresa and was defined by Pope Francis “as a very spiritual person”.

                                  With the death of Sushma Swaraj, “the Nation has lost a great Indian personality”: she was a very skilled administrator, a versatile and effective leader” declared Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Mumbai and President of the Indian Episcopal Conference (CBCI).

                                  In his message of condolence, published on Wednesday, August 7, the Cardinal recalls the commitment of Sushma Swaraj, as Foreign Minister, in the liberation of Fr Tom Uzhunnalil. “All the Indians abroad who had some difficulty found, in her, an empathetic minister and who did everything to help them.”

                                  Despite the prestigious position in the first Modi government, but due to her health she did not stand for election last March. Previously, she had been Minister of Health in another government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1998-2004).

                                  Many people remember her as the minister who could be contacted via Twitter: to Indians abroad who were in need of diplomatic assistance she would often answer in person on social networks.

                                  Even Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, on hearing the news, commented: “I am very sad for the passing of such a beloved and pleasant personality. I pray for her and her loved ones. I remember when I spoke with her after my liberation: her way of speaking with me was not that of an official authority with an ordinary man. I thought I heard a big sister talking to me.”

                                  Sushma Swaraj, a diabetic, had had a kidney transplant in 2016 and died of a heart attack.

                                  In his message of condolence, Card. Gracias recalls that “Sushma Swaraj led the government delegation for the canonization of Mother Teresa. She had a special devotion to the Mother. On that occasion she met the Holy Father, who later said of her: ‘The Indian Foreign Minister is a very spiritual person.’”

                                  • India
                                  • Chiesa
                                  • Sushma Swaraj
                                    Jesus Jurado

                                    United States – Reflections by a Counselor in “Camp Savio”

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                                    United States – Reflections by a Counselor in “Camp Savio”

                                    (ANS – Bellflower) – Every year, a camper will begin doing Camp Savio for the first time, and for many, it will be the first of many summers that they come to enjoy their summer. Campers spend many summers at Camp Savio because of all the great and fun experiences it provides for them, and because of the friendships they make here.

                                    Seeing the fun games, activities, and field trips that the campers get to go on, and all the friends they make, many campers this year decided to have more of these for many summers to come.

                                    Some of these campers enjoy camp so much that they even go on to become counselors, like the Boys grade counselor Albert Serrano. Albert has been going to Camp Savio as a camper since he was young and continued to go for many years, every summer. Albert said that his favorite part of going to Camp Savio was seeing his friends every day and being able to hang out with them all summer.

                                    He did enjoy all the games and field trips that Camp Savio offered, but it was the fun he had with his friends that made him truly fall in love with Camp. Not only the fun he had but the fun that he saw his counselors having volunteered with the campers, which he said was his inspiration for continuing doing camp as a Counselor.

                                    In a time where it is very easy for kids to spend their summers at home on their phones, playing video games, and watching YouTube videos, it is great to see that kids are excited to come to Camp Savio, and spend their days as campers with their friends.

                                    The things I notice most at Camp Savio among the campers is the smiles on their faces when they are with their grades, laughing and hanging out with their friends. Overall, that is what keeps bringing kids back to Camp Savio, the friendships they form, because while the field trips are fantastically fun for kids, without their friends there, they would not be nearly as memorable. The bonds and friendships formed are what keep campers wanting to come back to Camp Savio and spend their summers there.

                                    Serving together is a great way to form strong and fast friendships among the counselors and seeing the happiness in the kids’ face will be the reward for serving. Already, I have made new friends at Camp Savio that I would have not met otherwise. Our service to the kids will provide us an opportunity to form bonds and make memories that will last for years to come.

                                    Through our service with the children, Camp Savio will provide an opportunity for many counselors to become more like the religious figures we look up to and believe in. St. John Bosco believed in helping young children, and to do so, formed the Oratory, a home, school, Church, and playground, and through Camp Savio, we will provide all of these to the children. Like St. John Bosco, we will bring out the excellence in each child, and through helping them, we will help ourselves.  Along with John Bosco, Jesus himself loved children and would spend time with them and bless them. He believed that they deserved kindness, and that because of their innocence, they would enter Heaven before all others.

                                    When we treat children in the ways that Jesus and St. John Bosco did, giving them our time, love, and kindness, we are able to become more faithful and faith-filled.

                                    Sean Wilk

                                    Source: InTouch

                                    {gallery}SUO - Camp Savio 2019{/gallery}

                                    • Stati Uniti
                                    • Campo Savio
                                    • Animatori
                                      Jesus Jurado

                                      Ecuador – “DONBOSROCK”: a youth band for young people

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                                      Ecuador – “DONBOSROCK”: a youth band for young people

                                      (ANS – Quito) – When Don Bosco thought of his educational proposal, he used different tools to generate empathy with young people, following the logic that it is “necessary to love what young people like, so that they love what the educator proposes.” One of these means was music, because it allowed children to occupy their leisure time, develop their skills and communicate a positive message to those who listened to them.

                                      With these same premises, three young post-novices: Christian Chávez (Ecuador), Felipe Arango (Colombia) and Jesús Espino (Peru), and Salesian coadjutor Bro Jorge Moraga (Chile) decided to form an international band that they themselves describe as a musical experience with Don Bosco: DONBOSROCK. The genre they chose, as the name says, is rock, the thought being how close its rhythm is to young people.

                                      On 27 July 2019, they presented their first album entitled: Por ustedes mi juventud, (For you my youth) composed of seven original tracks by Christian Chávez and four covers by other songwriters. The stage chosen was the auditorium of the Postnovitiate, where various groups of the Salesian Family, relatives, young people from the evening oratory of the La Tola house and lovers of good music gathered to hear them perform.

                                      Fr Robert García, Director of the House of Formation, emphasized that for the Salesians it is important that the processes of evangelization do not proceed in a traditional way, but that means such as these be used, like music, to attract the attention of young people. “If there are trainees who possess and cultivate this talent, we must support them because they communicate a positive and Salesian message.”

                                      One of the group's anecdotes concerns their name: in fact at the beginning they were called The Survivors, because they did not have enough musical instruments or amplification equipment for rehearsals; but this was not a lasting impediment and they began to compose with what little they had. They survived these challenges and the first song they composed, a ballad, was entitled Jesús.

                                      Later they started to merge the musical rhythms and finally they opted for the rock genre. The singer, Christian, claims that music is for him part of his life and helps him feel fulfilled. He affirms that he would be different as a Salesian if he did not play the guitar as it was an instrument to know more children and convey to them the main message that Jesus is joy.

                                      DONBOSROCK marks the end of a biennial formation process, but whose heritage aims to inspire more and more students and young people from different Salesian spheres to feel motivated to compose new Salesian music, from young people to other young people.

                                      Cristian Calderón

                                      {gallery}ECU - Donbosrock 2019{/gallery}

                                      • Ecuador
                                      • ECU
                                      • Musica
                                      • Postnoviziati
                                        Jesus Jurado

                                        Italy – “150 Young People in Search of an Author”: report after 1.5 year's work

                                        1 week 4 days ago
                                        Archive photo - Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco

                                        (ANS Rome) – After over a year and a half since its inception, the campaign “150 Young People in Search of an Author” presents the work done and the work still to be done. In recent months there have been 66 minors who, with the support of generous benefactors, have been given a concrete opportunity of redemption.

                                        When it was launched in January 2018, the campaign “150 Young People in Search of an Author” represented a new challenge for the Salesian center “Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco” who have always been committed to giving concrete answers to the needs of children with family, social and economic difficulties. But many accepted this new challenge: 25 benefactors in 2018, and 29 others only in the first half of 2019: 54 people who with a continuous donation have decided to support the educational and growth paths of the most troubled children.

                                        Thanks to them, it was possible to help, in particular:

                                        • 22 young people (13 in 2018 and 9 in 2019), who have undertaken vocational training courses and traineeships that have introduced them to the world of work;
                                        • 15 children (9 in 2018 and 5 in 2019), who were welcomed in a safe and protected environment, away from deviant and/or abusive situations; 3 of them, who became of age and therefore left the Family Home, have continued to enjoy a gradual accompaniment towards adult life and the support of solidarity families;
                                        • 38 children (21 in 2018 and 11 in 2019), who have been included in sports activities or creative workshops;

                                        In addition, the project also provided training and support to 3 families (2 in 2018 and 1 in 2019), who have started to host children in need of a new family environment.

                                        The campaign, also promoted by the association “Rimettere le Ali” – also active at the Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco– now stands at a turning point; after the results achieved so far, the challenge is to continue supporting the children, achieving the goal set for 2019, that is to accompany in their growth a total of 50 young people.

                                        “Unfortunately last year we did not reach our objective – by just 5! - but we are convinced that with a little effort and with the collaboration of all, together we will be able to make the difference for the future of our young people and our society,” said the promoters of this initiative in a note.

                                        • Italia
                                        • ICC
                                        • Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
                                          ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana

                                          Hong Kong – Rector Major's Visit concluded

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                                          Hong Kong – Rector Major's Visit concluded

                                          (ANS - Hong Kong) – Last Saturday, 17 August, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, concluded the Animation Visit to the Salesian presences in Macao, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Young people, current affairs, the Salesian Family and the prospects for the Salesian charism were at the center of the various activities.

                                          On this second day of the animation visit of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, to Hong Kong, August 16, he started his day by meeting a large group of about 250 young people from the schools of the Salesian Family in Tang King Po School. He was welcomed by the young with jubilation and great happiness. The 10th Successor of Don Bosco was asked his view on the current political issue of Hong Kong. Fr Ángel encouraged the young to be non-violent for one needs to believe the strength of non-violence can move the world. Also he invited the young people to strive for justice and care for the marginalized and the poor, like Jesus. Later in the gathering, he sang for the youth with his secretary, Fr Horacio Lopez.

                                          Then in the afternoon, over 300 members of the Salesian Family gathered around Fr Ángel Fernandez who emphasized that the Salesian Family is mainly for the young, especially the calling of the Salesian Cooperators and the Past Pupils who started from the family, caring for their own young people and then spreading it to the world.

                                          Last but not least in the day, the Eucharist is something that cannot be missed. The Holy Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Joseph Zen, who is celebrating his 70th Platinum Jubilee of Profession this year, concelebrated by Fr A.F. Artime, the Provincial Fr Joseph Ng and 6 other priests who are celebrating their anniversary this year, as well as the Salesian priests present. During the homily, he emphasized again that the Salesian Family is for the young, that everyone should treat others with the heart of Don Bosco, so we can make him alive again. He concluded the homily with the Gospel of yesterday. To serve the young is to serve Jesus Christ, and family members should use their time and their lives to serve the young and help them meet with God.

                                          The day ended with dinner with the whole Salesian Family with joy and grace.

                                          The last day of the animation visit, the Rector Major met 70 confreres of the province at the Salesian Missionary House. Most of them are assigned in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and beyond. Among them, there are 7 Salesian Brothers. He thanked the province for all the support and generosity to the Generalate and to the whole Congregation at large. In this frank, open, lively and meaningful dialogue, he shared that the China Province, though facing many difficulties and challenges, is being blessed by the Lord with beauty, health and stability. The province is full of hope as she continues to work for the poor youth, for the missions and the peripheries. He also challenged the confreres to battle clericalism, individualism, any form of corruption, and deal with human maturity through fidelity to one’s Salesian identity, vocation, consecration and mission.

                                          This meaningful, lively and challenging encounter was followed by the Eucharistic Celebration and perpetual profession of our two confreres. Since Don Bosco is already in paradise and not physically present among the young, the 10th Successor of Don Bosco reminded the confreres, including his own self, that they are the Don Bosco of today. They continue the celebration at table with brotherly and spontaneous exchange with great felicitation.

                                          After the interview recording by the Social Communication Department of the province, the Rector Major was accompanied by the Provincial Fr Joseph Ng with other confreres to the airport.

                                          Photos of the Visit are available on ANSFlickr page.

                                          • Hong Kong
                                          • CIN
                                          • Visita di Animazione
                                          • Rettor Maggiore
                                          • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                            Germany – Fr Oerder went to the Father's House

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                                            Germany – Fr Oerder went to the Father's House

                                            (ANS - Cologne) - The Salesian Mission Office in Bonn has announced the death of Father Oerder on the anniversary of Don Bosco'sbirth this past August 16. Fr Karl Oerder, a Salesian priest, was Head of that same Office for 25 years, as well as parish priest of the Salesian parish of St Winfried, also in Bonn, as well as being co-founder and member of the directive council of "Don Bosco Mondo".

                                            Johannes Karl Maria Oerder, his full name, was born on 31 October 1928 in Scheurenhof, near Cologne. In 1952 he began his novitiate at Ensdorf. Having made his perpetual profession in 1956, he was ordained a priest at Benediktbeuern on 29 June 1961.

                                            In his long Salesian life he was Provincial Delegate for Vocation Ministry, Provincial Vicar (1968-1970), and then Superior (1970-1978) of the North German Province. After his mandate as Provincial - in a period characterized by enormous social and religious upheavals and important innovations in the life of the Province - Fr Egidio Viganò, VII Successor of Don Bosco, entrusted him with the leadership of the Salesian Mission Office in Bonn; in the same period he was appointed pastor of the Salesian parish of St. Winfried.

                                            In the following 25 years, until 2003, the Don Bosco Campus in Bonn was Fr Oerder's place of residence: the place where he gathered so many people around him; where he always made new contacts in different environments to support the Salesian mission; where he inspired so many young people with selfless service; where he formed committed lay people; where he returned after traveling around the world to coordinate projects and inform the growing number of friends and supporters.

                                            He also made of the small parish of St Winfried an important political and ecclesiastical meeting place and closely linked the parish and its activity to that of the Mission Office.

                                            To support the worldwide action of the Salesians, especially in the field of education and formation, he founded the association "Jugend Dritte Welt" - today "Don Bosco Mondo" - together with several volunteers.

                                            "He created and built great things, leaving profound and lasting traces on many people and in many places. Those who met him could perceive that he was acting moved by a deep faith and true charity. He saw his mission in the fact that, following the example of Don Bosco, poor and needy children and young people could indeed experience the love of God, through our actions," said the current Head of the Office, Fr Josef Grünner.

                                            • Germania
                                            • GER
                                            • Procure Missionarie
                                            • Decessi
                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                              Spain - Educating on the stage

                                              18 hours 39 minutes ago
                                              Spain - Educating on the stage

                                              (ANS - Pamplona) - This last year the Theater Group of the Salesians of Pamplona has completed ten years of activity: a path full of positive moments, where theater was experienced in an educational and evangelizing key that has always been protagonist.

                                              The theater's magic has appeared on its stage in all its splendor. Actresses like Carmen Gutiérrez, Ana Turpin, Alejandra Torray or Virginia Sofía came as guests to speak to the aspiring young professionals of the theater world and made a few cameo appearances in several shows.

                                              Writers and journalists also took the stage: Begoña Pro, Estela Chocarro, Belén Galindo, Sonsoles Echavarren, José Ignacio Roldán, Amaia Mandinabeitia and Óscar Azparren all talked about their profession during rehearsal breaks, answering with the many questions from actors, young and old.

                                              Marta Robles, Julia Varela and Alberto Vázquez gave voice to poems heard in several musicals; while the world of politics was present via the collaborations of Carmen Alba or Elma Saíz, former delegates of the Government of Navarre.

                                              Musicals such as "Beauty and the Beast", "Mamma mia", "Oliver Twist", "Les Miserables", "West Side Story" or "Musical Don Bosco" saw the participation of educational community members.

                                              The representations of "Hamlet", "Le Médecin malgré lui", "The House of Bernarda Alba", and other similar classics, were represented by the “Group of Majors”, born to host those young people who wanted to continue doing theater.

                                              As an instrument of pedagogy, in these ten years the theater has worked educational miracles in many boys and girls, with many who have felt welcomed, appreciated and who have overcome their fears: an educational commitment that, with and in the Salesian style, always gives the expected results.

                                              From the very first performances, the Salesians of Pamplona have tried to transmit values that reached the hearts of the young people and adults who brought them to the stage.

                                              This year the Pamplona community also says its farewell to the beloved theater, which has been home to many young people for 10 years. In fact, next year, Sarriguren's will be used. The stage changes, but the spirit remains the same: the theater as a pedagogical tool for the good of young people and their integral education, just as Don Bosco wanted.

                                              • Spagna
                                              • SSM
                                              • Teatro
                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                Hong Kong - Rector Major arrives in Hong Kong

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                                                Hong Kong - Rector Major arrives in Hong Kong

                                                (ANS - Hong Kong) - After the animation visit to Taiwan, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, arrived in Hong Kong yesterday, August 15. The 10th Successor of Don Bosco landed in Hong Kong at 3.30 pm, accompanied by his secretary, Fr Horacio Lopez, by the Regional Councilor for East Asia Oceania Fr Vaclav Klement and by Fr Domingos Leong, Salesian, member of the Catholic Diocesan Liturgical Commission of Hong Kong.

                                                As soon as he arrived, the Rector Major immediately went to the Salesian Missionary House of "Shau Kei Wan", where he was welcomed by a large group of young people, by members of the Salesian Family and by some older confreres. The Successor of Don Bosco was received with great enthusiasm and greeted with flags, banners, dances, photos, handshakes and hugs.

                                                Once again, addressing young people, Fr Artime urged them to keep their joy and happiness alive. He then reminded them of the meeting scheduled for the following day at the Tang King Po school in Kowloon. Here, the Rector Major shall spend his time among the young in dialogue and to answer their questions.

                                                He then met the Provincial Council for an open-hearted dialogue that lasted two hours and which was also attended by the Economer General, Br Jean Paul Muller.
                                                It was on this occasion that Fr Artime wanted to thank Mary, on the day when the Feast of the Assumption was celebrated, for the many graces granted, for her guidance and for her constant protection.

                                                At the end of the meeting, the Rector Major stayed for dinner with the Council, continuing the fraternal conversation at the table.

                                                Photos of the Visit are available on ANS Flickr page.

                                                • Hong Kong
                                                • Rettor Maggiore
                                                • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                • CIN
                                                  Virginia Nitto

                                                  Japan - Biblical Vocation Camp: 47 years listening to the Word

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                                                  Japan - Biblical Vocation Camp: 47 years listening to the Word

                                                  (ANS - Shinano) - Lake Nojiriko is located in the city of Shinano, Kamiminochi District, Nagano Prefecture (northern Japan). The 47th Bible Camp was conducted in this splendid natural setting of mountains and lakes from 8 to 12 August for elementary school children and from 13 to 17 August for middle and high school students from many Japanese dioceses.

                                                  This year, 68 young people aged between 10 and 18 were accepted and this camp was accompanied by many Salesians working as managers and staff: Salesian priests, Salesian brothers, post-novices, Salesian aspirants and collaborators. Thus it was possible to feel the Family Spirit, a key feature of our Salesian charism, where everyone feels at home, feels genuine affection, receives respect, is jointly responsible for the common mission with a clear mutual trust.

                                                  The theme "Holiness for you, too" (Jn 15,11) was taken up by the Rector Major's Strenna 2019. Participants from various parts of Japan (Kyushu, Shikoku, Kansai and Kanto area) were invited to reflect on their vocation to be saints like our God. During the reflections on the theme of holiness, there was also talk of our founder's life, St Giovanni Bosco, of San Domenico Savio and of Father Cimatti. Young people were also reminded that holiness does not make them less human as "this is God's will, your sanctification" (1 Thessalonians 4: 3).

                                                  Looking back over 46 years, it is possible to affirm that many priestly and Salesian brotherly vocations are the fruit of this biblical camp.

                                                  Let us pray that this year too some of the dozens of participants, accompanied by young aspirants, postulants, Salesian brothers and priests, will be awakened to the call of God.


                                                  God calls young people in many different ways, even through the biblical camp. It was Father Honda (the first Provincial of Japan, Salesian) who had had this great inspiration to start the biblical camp 47 years ago.

                                                  • Giappone
                                                  • GIA
                                                    Virginia Nitto

                                                    Colombia - EnfocaTV, a newscast proposal integrated with Medellín Province

                                                    3 days 18 hours ago
                                                    Colombia - EnfocaTV, a newscast proposal integrated with Medellín Province

                                                    (ANS - Medellín) - Every year, on the occasion of the meeting of the local Communication coordinators of the Salesian centers of the Province of San Luis Beltrán of Medellín - COM, common strategies are proposed to make known the good that is done in all the Province's Salesian works. Thus, in April, it was decided to produce a series of videos entitled "EnfocaTV"; every week the news of and about a different center is presented, each episode lasting a maximum duration of one minute, which is then shared through Whatsapp and the social networks of all the presences.

                                                    So far, 12 shows have been made this year, coming from 12 different locations across the country, locations in which Salesian projects, activities and experiences were shared, presented by young students or collaborators.


                                                    The idea of ​​the newscast, in addition to informing, is to involve the people involved in the works, stimulate the local coordinators to focus on audiovisuals, train the students and respond to the current trends of the networks, which increasingly require audiovisual products, with good contents, but at the same time that they be short and dynamic.

                                                    The San Luis Beltrán Province currently has 19 local Communication coordinators (schools, ETDH, parishes and houses of formation) who, with the support of the Communication Delegation, work in a network and are integrated, not only through the information program "EnfocaTV", but also through the InfoCOM digital magazine and through various training activities such as the annual meeting held in Medellín.


                                                    EnfcocaTV broadcasts can be viewed through the Youtube channel of the COM Province.

                                                    • Colombia
                                                    • COM
                                                      Virginia Nitto

                                                      Italy - ADMA Families Spiritual Exercises 2019

                                                      4 days 18 hours ago
                                                      Italy - ADMA Families Spiritual Exercises 2019

                                                      (ANS - Pracharbon) – Over 600 people experienced the Spiritual Exercises of Families, led by the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA), Primary of Turin, in the Alpine retreat of Pracharbon, Val d'Aosta, from Sunday 28 July to Saturday 17 August in four shifts of 5 days each. This is a 360° family experience. The main protagonists are in fact the families that find themselves together, where each generation has its own way of living these days with intensity.

                                                      Parents have time and space for liturgical and silent prayer, following a path of meditation that this year had as its theme the exhortation of Pope Francis Gaudete et exsultate and the Strenna of the Rector Major “Holiness for you, too”. Through the meditations prepared and proposed by Fr Roberto Carelli, SDB, it was recalled how the journey of faith is a journey of holiness that flourishes in the witness of the good and joyful life of the Gospel. The following thematic nuclei were developed: joy and holiness; the enemies of joy and holiness; holiness in the light of the Master (The Beatitudes); combat and spiritual discernment.

                                                      The days are marked by intense moments of catechesis, reflection and prayer. Of particular value is the time of sharing where in the light of the proposed themes life experiences are communicated, joyful and painful facts, in a climate of intense listening, respect and profound participation. One experiences the joy of walking together and sharing the journey of faith, centering one's life in Jesus in the Eucharist and entrusting it to Mary Help of Christians.

                                                      While parents live the experience of spiritual exercises, children, teens and young people, under the guidance of the animators, spend their days with distinct and well-groomed paths of play, prayer and formation, the result of careful preparation, carried out during the year.

                                                      This year the experience is particularly significant because it coincides with the 150th anniversary of ADMA's foundation: a truly special year during which we are experiencing the joy and beauty of 

                                                      • ADMA
                                                        José Luis Munoz

                                                        Republic of the Congo - A workshop for future dressmakers

                                                        5 days 18 hours ago
                                                        Republic of the Congo - A workshop for future dressmakers

                                                        (ANS - Brazzaville) - On the outskirts of the capital of the Republic of Congo, there is the Vocational Training Center (CFP) of the Salesian "Cité Don Bosco" center which, precisely in this popular district, welcomes many children. Many of the area's younger inhabitants, in fact, are busy following the training courses offered by the Salesians. About 600 students (including 26 girls and 576 boys) attend this school every day.

                                                        Recently, in the Vocational Training Center, the Salesians have decided to create a workshop for future dressmakers. This is an extremely interesting initiative that focuses on disadvantaged women in the neighborhood. They are young people who have long since passed the age of schooling, in many cases single mothers, who the Salesians want to involve in a cutting and sewing course designed specifically for them. After a targeted professional training, the goal is to help them start a small income-generating activity compatible with the needs of the market.

                                                        There will be 35 women initially involved, and the benefits will obviously also fall on their families. In other words, it is an opportunity for development not only for the girls involved, but for the entire community. The project is supported by the Missionary Office of Turin - Don Bosco Missions and is part of women's promotion programs.

                                                        The promotion of female talent starts from the establishment of vocational training courses for women, which become a springboard to guarantee a source of family income and legitimize a leading role as protagonists within the community to which they belong.


                                                        Poverty and the lack of life and work opportunities are fertile ground for gender inequality, which manifests itself in every area of ​​public and private life. This is why learning a profession gives women the opportunity to claim the value of their role within the family and society.

                                                        Offering young people the tools to live in society, as citizens aware of their rights and duties, is also the main objective of the Salesian Cité Don Bosco in Brazzaville. For this reason, in the Center, in addition to the nascent laboratory for future dressmakers, there are already numerous other courses: mechanics, welding, carpentry, construction, agriculture and breeding, electrical installations, air conditioning.

                                                        The lessons are carried out thanks to the commitment and dedication of 28 teachers, who have 8 different classrooms where they can hold courses.

                                                        For more information on the project, visit www.missionidonbosco.org

                                                        • Missioni Don Bosco
                                                          Virginia Nitto

                                                          Cabo Verde - "Fundação Salesianos" brings university students and young workers on a mission

                                                          5 days 18 hours ago

                                                          (ANS - Paúl) - They left on August 5th and will not be returning home before the 24th: they are 11 boys and girls, university students and young workers, who attend the Salesian centers in Portugal and have joined the volunteering project: "Missão Segue-me a Cabo Verde!"

                                                          In a press release, the Salesian Province of St. Anthony of Portugal announced that in this international volunteering mission the group intends to "build an opportunity for community life" with very specific characteristics, "centered on service, prayer, sharing, familiarity and spiritual study."

                                                          The missionaries' service is addressed "to the children and young people of Cape Verde", in particular to Janela, Municipality of Paúl, on the island of Santo Antão. The main activities and initiatives that are developed in this type of youth volunteering missions are the training of the animators, support to their studies, cultural and sports animation, together with liturgical and pastoral support.


                                                          The "Missão Segue-me in Cabo Verde!" project was not just born this early August, but rather it mobilized volunteers and collaborators from various communities much in advance wherever the Salesians and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians are present: Lisbon, Funchal and Arcozelo. In the past few weeks, there have been many initiatives to collect the resources needed for this expedition; among them, of note, a solidarity concert organized at the Salesian parish of Arcozelo and an articulated crowdfunding campaign.

                                                          Motivated by the "promotion of the values ​​and ideals" of Don Bosco, the participating volunteers do not devote themselves only to educational and leisure activities for children and young people, but try to do good wherever possible. Thus, for example, Friday, August 9, missionary volunteers went to bring songs, smiles and a little joy to the elderly and sick people supported by the local "Dragoeiro Association"; and throughout the period of activity training sessions and health promotion and psychological support are provided.


                                                          It is from 2007 that the Salesian missionary volunteers, especially through the "Don Bosco Program - Life Project", brings help and support to hundreds of families in Cape Verde. And in doing so, this program has also become one of the most impactful activities of Salesian Youth Ministry.

                                                          For further info, please visit its Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MissaoSegueMeACaboVerde

                                                          • Giovani
                                                          • Missioni
                                                          • Capo Verde
                                                            Virginia Nitto

                                                            Macau – Day 2 of the Rector Major's Visit

                                                            6 days 18 hours ago
                                                            Macau – Day 2 of the Rector Major's Visit

                                                            (ANS – Macau) – It was truly a full-day schedule for the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, on the second day of his animation visit to Macau on August 12. However, one does not feel the tiredness. Instead, it was a day full of life and joy!

                                                            The Rector Major started the day with a visit to the old leprosy village in Coloane where Fr Gaetano Nicosia died a few years ago at the age of 101, a Salesian who devoted all his life to serve the needy patients or brothers as he used to call them. Just next to the village, now stands a Don Bosco complex in which there are two schools, a SDB and an FMA, a student dormitory for 61 boys and a large educational camp site. At the end of the meeting and recreation with the interns and their educators, the Rector Major blessed their new oratory, named after the first Salesian missionary to Macau and protomartyr St. Versiglia, which is also the name of the school. He hoped that this new oratory, with the presence of the Salesians among the young, will become a real home.

                                                            It is an important day for the Rector Major to share with the young people as well as the members of the Salesian Family in two separate meetings. Interesting questions popped up from the crowd: his favorite food and sport. There were also tough questions. The young people asked the purpose of life and the problem of bullying. Fr Á.F. Artime encouraged the young to pursue true happiness in life and to treasure the people whom we care about in our hearts. And each one of us should take his own responsibility, both for the search of happiness and for going against bullying.

                                                            As to over 150 members of the Salesian Family, Fr Á.F. Artime emphasised, first of all, the communion we all share as one family. It is a strong witness of Christian and Salesian values. The Salesian Family is born for the young. Therefore, to keep our family alive and our heart youthful, we must continue to be present and accompany the young. It is simple but crucial. Only in this way, through our presence and accompaniment, can we educate the young towards the good and discover their vocations.

                                                            Certainly, thanksgiving to Lord in the Eucharist cannot be missed out. The holy Mass was celebrated as commemoration of our Father and Teacher, St. John Bosco. In his homily, Fr Á.F. Artime pointed out that the project of Don Bosco is truly inspired and assisted by God. Nobody could imagine that a small oratory in Valdocco, Turin, would become a home, a church, a playground, and a school for the young around the world. At present, everyone in the Salesian Family continues this mission of being present among the young so that they may be able to meet Jesus.

                                                            By Deacon Anthony Pun, SDB

                                                            Photos of the Visit are available at ANSFlickr

                                                            • Macao
                                                            • Gaetano Nicosia
                                                            • Cina
                                                            • CIN
                                                            • Rettor Maggiore
                                                            • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                              Solomon Islands – A project with teens and children of Ranadi dumps

                                                              6 days 18 hours ago
                                                              Solomon Islands – A project with teens and children of Ranadi dumps

                                                              (ANS - Honiara) - Poverty, illiteracy and unemployment characterize families living near the Ranadi dumps, a suburb east of Honiara. The families who live here deal mainly with collecting materials that can be recycled: they dig in the garbage, select and collect them.

                                                              Children very often work with their parents and, clearly, this practice prevents them from regularly attending school and receiving adequate education. Moreover, the hygienic-sanitary conditions in which these minors find themselves are truly precarious and they risk compromising their health.

                                                              The "Don Bosco" Technical Institute of Henderson has therefore launched a project to guarantee education to these children and to raise the parents' awareness of the importance of their children's education.

                                                              Since March 2019, the Henderson Salesians have in fact started courses to teach children between 4 and 13 to read and write and to refine their calculation skills. The number of students who attend these lessons is between 50 and 70.

                                                              Furthermore, courses are organized for older children who want to specialize in welding or manufacturing or, also, in the hotel sector. To date, there have been about 25 applications to participate in these lessons.

                                                              The project is also aimed at raising awareness among parents, so that they understand the importance of giving their children a proper education and are motivated to send them to school instead of working in landfills.

                                                              In this sense, it becomes important to guarantee an income for families in order to be able to meet the school expenses of the children. For this reason, the "Don Bosco" Technical Institute has devised a program aimed specifically at mothers, which allows them to use the institute's land to grow vegetables, which they can then sell back to the market.

                                                              It is important that there is collaboration and support from all, so that the Salesian community of Henderson can continue to carry out this project and reach the largest possible number of vulnerable children and young people.

                                                              {gallery}Isole Salomone - Bambini delle discariche 2019{/gallery}

                                                              • Isole Salomone
                                                              • Povertà
                                                              • PGS
                                                              • Opzione Preferenziale
                                                              • Bambini
                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                Macau – Visit of Rector Major to “Mary Help of Christians” Province (CIN)

                                                                1 week ago
                                                                Macau – Visit of Rector Major to “Mary Help of Christians” Province (CIN)

                                                                (ANS – Macau) – This moment has been long waited for. The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernandez Artime, accompanied by EAO Regional Councilor Fr Klement Vaclav and his secretary Fr Horacio López, arrived in Macau, where in 13 February 1906, Fr Versiglia and 5 other Salesian missionaries reached Chinese soil and began the first Salesian works in Far East Asia. In this week, the Rector Major is going to conduct his animation visit in the China Province which covers three main regions – Macau, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

                                                                CIN Provincial Fr Joseph Ng Chi-Yuen, Vice-provincial Fr Domingos Teng Kok Leung, and Fr Savio Yeung Cho Law, Economer, with one translator and 10 Macau SDBs, met the Rector Major on his arrival.

                                                                The welcoming ceremony was held in Yuet Wah College on Sunday afternoon, where the 10th Successor of Don Bosco was greeted by some 100 youths, Salesians and Salesian family members. Colorful flags were put up. Everybody was carrying a towel which was specially designed for the Rector Major's visit. The hot weather did not deter the people to express their joy and excitement to meet Don Bosco's tenth Successor. Besides the Salesians and representatives from various groups of the Salesian Family, there were students from St. Luigi Versiglia School. They cheered and sang a Don Bosco hymn in Cantonese. Before entering the Salesian quarters, the Rector Major paid a short visit to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and offered a bouquet of flowers to Our Lady.

                                                                “I am happy to have come among you and meet each one of you. It has always been a precious and wonderful moment to meet personally the confreres. For this, it merits to travel million miles.”

                                                                The Rector Major shared the evening with the Salesians with simplicity and sincerity. In 5 years and 4 months as Rector Major, he has visited altogether 96 nations and 12,200 Salesian confreres.

                                                                In the heart to heart sharing, Fr Á.F. Artime encouraged the Salesians to have hope always because the Lord is showering His blessings to the congregation with new vocations. It is very much alive as it continues to take care of the poor young people. This makes it truly beautiful. At the same time, Fr Á.F. Artime invited the Salesians to give witness to their identity as Salesian consecrated person. This should be made more visible. To counteract the current of individualism, Salesians are called to grow in the aspect of fraternal communion.

                                                                The CIN Province is blessed with great and unique history, as the Rector Major puts it, and the Salesians at present and those to come in the future shall continue to write its history.

                                                                The presence of the Salesians of Don Bosco in China goes back to 1906 (Macau - Instituto Salesiano, Mother House) with the development in Hong Kong (1927) and Taiwan (1963). At present there are 13 canonical communities and 115 confreres. The majority of the Salesian settings are schools, some parishes, social work, youth center-oratory and a vibrant Salesian Youth Movement around the numerous schools. Father Ángel is also meeting a very dynamic and united Salesian Family with large numbers of Don Bosco Past Pupils, Salesian Cooperators, FMA and SAL sisters and VDB.

                                                                Photos of the Visit are available at ANSFlickr

                                                                • Cina
                                                                • Macao
                                                                • Rettor Maggiore
                                                                • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                                • Václav Klement
                                                                • Visita di Animazione
                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                  Cambodia – A flood affects Don Bosco Sihanoukville

                                                                  1 week ago
                                                                  Cambodia – A flood affects Don Bosco Sihanoukville

                                                                  (ANS - Sihanoukville) - The heavy rains and strong winds from the tropical storm Lekina, and the impact of the southwest monsoon, hit Cambodia's coastal provinces, causing floods in several areas, including Sihanoukville. Last week, the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology had issued a statement, urging citizens to prepare for this serious natural event. However, the Don Bosco Technical School, the Hotel and Children Fund center of Sihanoukville, suffered flooding on the night between 8 and 9 August. Salesian Brother Roberto Panetto, Economer of the Don Bosco Sihanoukville Center, described what happened.

                                                                  "Last night at 22:30 (August 8), the heavy rain made me have a walk to check the water level in front of our school. I advised some our staff families and guests at the ground floor of our guesthouse to get ready for some water may enter in their ground floor rooms," said Br Panetto. "The level of the water on the main road in front of our school started to rise and in a matter of few minutes it was overflowing the dam-wall we had just built to prevent flooding." 

                                                                  Br Panetto said that the large amount of water destroyed the gate and did not spare any of the buildings on the ground floor. The houses of teachers and staff were destroyed and many now had no place to go, and have asked the Salesians for a place to stay. Also, much machinery and equipment used in the workshops (Mechanical, Welding, Automotive, Electrical) were heavily damaged. No one, thank God, was injured during this calamity.

                                                                  "It is too early to estimate the damage, but I presume it will be closed to one million US dollars," added Br Panetto. "However, we are happy to see many Salesians, Past Pupils and friends ready to help and encourage in this difficult time here. Thanks to all of you for your prayer and sympathy. The good Lord will inspire generous Benefactors to help us in replacing the damaged items and solve in the best way to preventing future floods."

                                                                  Br Panetto took this sad opportunity for a reflection on the environmental conditions in Cambodia, stating that deforestation is one of the main causes for which similar floods occur. Many trees have been uprooted to build hotels, skyscrapers and shopping malls. Also, numerous waterways have been reduced to exploit the land on their banks. Furthermore, garbage is thrown everywhere obstructed the already strained drainage system, and in the end, he said, Nature takes its toll for the bill for the damage caused to it.

                                                                  {gallery}Cambogia - Sihanoukville alluvioni 2019{/gallery}

                                                                  • Cambogia
                                                                  • THA
                                                                  • Disastri
                                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                    Brazil – Safe school for young Yanomami

                                                                    1 week ago
                                                                    Brazil – Safe school for young Yanomami

                                                                    (ANS - Marauià) - The Amazon today is the home of 1 million indigenous people, divided into about 400 tribes. According to data from the "Fundação Nacional do Índio" (FUNAI) 63% of indigenous people live in Brazil and out of the 400 identified ethnic groups, around 100, the most fragile, have chosen to live in complete isolation. The Salesians have been alongside the indigenous people of South America for more than a century: they support them through education and formation, but also by concerning themselves with the protection and appreciation of their culture.

                                                                    During the 20th century there have been enormous changes, but the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco have continued to work tenaciously to provide the indios with the instruments to live with dignity and in respect of their own traditions.

                                                                    This, for example, is what they do in Marauià, a small village overlooking a tributary of the Rio Negro, deep in the heart of the Amazon Forest. Here lives a community of Yanomami, one of the ethnic groups that most characterizes the Amazon and that the Salesians have been following for a hundred years, since they first arrived in this inaccessible and unexplored region.

                                                                    The school in the village of Marauià, built in 2011, was seriously damaged in 2017 by a hurricane. After almost 2 years of immense difficulty, the Salesians want to secure the building so as to allow its 128 little students - who attend elementary and middle schools divided into 3 shifts, i.e., morning, afternoon and evening - to experience the most important moment of the day in a dignified and proper environment.

                                                                    The project, backed by the Salesian Mission Office of Turin "Missions Don Bosco", is simple, but f import. On a practical level, it is a matter of redoing the roof torn up during the 2017 hurricane, and of carrying out work to reinforce the foundations, to redo the floor and fix the facade.

                                                                    The meaning of the project, however, goes beyond the work of safety. The President of Missions Don Bosco, Salesian brother Giampietro Pettenon, explains: "Attention to ethnic minorities is a fundamental element of the Salesian mission and is more than ever in the limelight because it was chosen as a topic of reflection for the special assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region. Supporting the project of this small school means guaranteeing a better future for the young Yanomami, future custodians of the world's green lung."

                                                                    For more information, visit the website: www.missionidonbosco.org  

                                                                    • Brasile
                                                                    • India
                                                                    • Missioni
                                                                    • Missioni Don Bosco
                                                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                      Spain – Seriously committed to youth employment

                                                                      1 week ago
                                                                      Spain – Seriously committed to youth employment

                                                                      (ANS - Madrid) - Nithun is a young Indian who works as an accountant in a hotel. Abduragamaan lives in Cape Town but spends six months a year on a merchant ship. Anthony comes from Bolivia and works in a carpentry workshop that produces furniture. Liliana, in Mexico, has a small clothing company. Helena works as an office clerk in a large company in Luanda. Besides being young, they all have in common the fact of having studied in one of the world's 830 Salesian Vocational Training Centers.

                                                                      Today, 64 million of the 1.8 billion young people in the world are unemployed; 24 million have no access to training, 145 million are poor and one in ten lives in conflict zones. The Salesians cannot ignore this reality and they face and deal with it every day with their instruments: the answer is a concrete effort to educating and training young people, so that they have the opportunities to emerge from poverty and become agents of development and social change.

                                                                      For this reason, "Misiones Salesianas", the Salesian Mission Office of Madrid, together with the Salesian NGO "Jóvenes y Desarrollo" reaffirm their commitment to fostering youth employment. Over 200,000 young people are currently being trained in a Salesian formation center throughout the world. A quality education that allows 85% of them to find work after their studies, "without forgetting," notes Fr José Antonio San Martín, Director of "Misiones Salesianas, "that 65% of them continue to work even after four years."

                                                                      "It is shown that a young person who receives quality formation obtains a better job and takes even less time to find it," adds Juan Linares, President of "Jóvenes y Desarrollo".

                                                                      Both organizations work on projects designed to support young people in their education or vocational training, following the guidelines set by the Sustainable Development Goals regarding access to quality education (OSS4) and decent work (OSS8).

                                                                      On World Youth Day, which is celebrated today, Monday 12 August, "Misiones Salesianas" and "Jóvenes y Desarrollo" want to highlight the fundamental role of young people and the need for them to find a job to live by; and for this they ask governments for a concrete commitment to this objective and their benefit.

                                                                      • Spagna
                                                                      • Giovani
                                                                      • Jóvenes y Desarrollo
                                                                      • ONG
                                                                      • Procure Missionarie
                                                                      • Formazione Professionale
                                                                      • Lavoro
                                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                        RMG - Rector Major's Visit to Macao, Taiwan and Hong Kong

                                                                        1 week 3 days ago
                                                                        RMG - Rector Major's Visit to Macao, Taiwan and Hong Kong

                                                                        (ANS - Hong Kong) - This year the Rector Major will spend Don Bosco's birthday in the Far East: starting next Sunday; in fact, from 11 to 17 August, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime will be on an Animation Visit in Macao, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

                                                                        Accompanied by his Secretary, Fr Horacio López, the 10th Successor of Don Bosco will reach Macao on early Sunday afternoon and will have a first moment of dialogue with the area's active Salesians.

                                                                        On Monday, the program includes a visit to some of the most significant Salesian works in Macau, such as the "Escola Dom Luigi Versiglia", where the Rector Major meets students and young people of the institute. In the afternoon there will be time to meet the Salesian Family and to celebrate the Eucharist together, in the church dedicated to St. Lawrence.

                                                                        On Tuesday morning, the Rector Major meets with the young people and members of the Salesian Family present in Tainan; on Wednesday, he will learn about the work carried out by the Spiritual Sons of Don Bosco through a kindergarten and a parish in Taipei.

                                                                        For the solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Fr Á.F. Artime shall preside at the Eucharist and receive the perpetual vows of a young Salesian. He will then reach Hong Kong in the early afternoon and will thus have the opportunity to gather at the Provincial House with the Superior of the "Mary Help of Christians" Province (CIN) and his Council.

                                                                        On Friday, August 16, the 204th anniversary of the birth of Don Bosco, the Rector Major will spend the day surrounded by young people and the Salesian Family.

                                                                        The Rector Major will dedicate the last day of his visit to the traditional appointment reserved for talks with all the Salesians in the Province and to receive the perpetual professions of three other Salesians.

                                                                        To stay up to date on the Rector Majorìs visit, the CIN Province provides various channels.

                                                                        Website: http://www.sdb.org.hk/ 

                                                                        Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SalesianFamilyCIN/ 

                                                                        YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/SDBSCOCIN

                                                                        • RMG
                                                                        • Visita di Animazione
                                                                        • Rettor Maggiore
                                                                        • Macao
                                                                        • Taiwan
                                                                        • Hong Kong
                                                                        • CIN
                                                                        • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                                          Jesus Jurado

                                                                          India – Church mourns death of Sushma Swaraj

                                                                          1 week 3 days ago
                                                                          India – Church mourns death of Sushma Swaraj

                                                                          (ANS– Mumbai) – Sushma Swaraj, one of the most well-known and beloved political figures in India, Foreign Minister in the First Modi Government (2014-2019), died on August 6 at 67 years. In hers service she worked hard for the cause of Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, SDB, kidnapped in Yemen and held hostage for 18 months, and she was the one to announce via Twitter his release on September 12, 2017. She loved Mother Teresa and was defined by Pope Francis “as a very spiritual person”.

                                                                          With the death of Sushma Swaraj, “the Nation has lost a great Indian personality”: she was a very skilled administrator, a versatile and effective leader” declared Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Mumbai and President of the Indian Episcopal Conference (CBCI).

                                                                          In his message of condolence, published on Wednesday, August 7, the Cardinal recalls the commitment of Sushma Swaraj, as Foreign Minister, in the liberation of Fr Tom Uzhunnalil. “All the Indians abroad who had some difficulty found, in her, an empathetic minister and who did everything to help them.”

                                                                          Despite the prestigious position in the first Modi government, but due to her health she did not stand for election last March. Previously, she had been Minister of Health in another government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1998-2004).

                                                                          Many people remember her as the minister who could be contacted via Twitter: to Indians abroad who were in need of diplomatic assistance she would often answer in person on social networks.

                                                                          Even Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, on hearing the news, commented: “I am very sad for the passing of such a beloved and pleasant personality. I pray for her and her loved ones. I remember when I spoke with her after my liberation: her way of speaking with me was not that of an official authority with an ordinary man. I thought I heard a big sister talking to me.”

                                                                          Sushma Swaraj, a diabetic, had had a kidney transplant in 2016 and died of a heart attack.

                                                                          In his message of condolence, Card. Gracias recalls that “Sushma Swaraj led the government delegation for the canonization of Mother Teresa. She had a special devotion to the Mother. On that occasion she met the Holy Father, who later said of her: ‘The Indian Foreign Minister is a very spiritual person.’”

                                                                          • India
                                                                          • Chiesa
                                                                          • Sushma Swaraj
                                                                            Jesus Jurado

                                                                            United States – Reflections by a Counselor in “Camp Savio”

                                                                            1 week 3 days ago
                                                                            United States – Reflections by a Counselor in “Camp Savio”

                                                                            (ANS – Bellflower) – Every year, a camper will begin doing Camp Savio for the first time, and for many, it will be the first of many summers that they come to enjoy their summer. Campers spend many summers at Camp Savio because of all the great and fun experiences it provides for them, and because of the friendships they make here.

                                                                            Seeing the fun games, activities, and field trips that the campers get to go on, and all the friends they make, many campers this year decided to have more of these for many summers to come.

                                                                            Some of these campers enjoy camp so much that they even go on to become counselors, like the Boys grade counselor Albert Serrano. Albert has been going to Camp Savio as a camper since he was young and continued to go for many years, every summer. Albert said that his favorite part of going to Camp Savio was seeing his friends every day and being able to hang out with them all summer.

                                                                            He did enjoy all the games and field trips that Camp Savio offered, but it was the fun he had with his friends that made him truly fall in love with Camp. Not only the fun he had but the fun that he saw his counselors having volunteered with the campers, which he said was his inspiration for continuing doing camp as a Counselor.

                                                                            In a time where it is very easy for kids to spend their summers at home on their phones, playing video games, and watching YouTube videos, it is great to see that kids are excited to come to Camp Savio, and spend their days as campers with their friends.

                                                                            The things I notice most at Camp Savio among the campers is the smiles on their faces when they are with their grades, laughing and hanging out with their friends. Overall, that is what keeps bringing kids back to Camp Savio, the friendships they form, because while the field trips are fantastically fun for kids, without their friends there, they would not be nearly as memorable. The bonds and friendships formed are what keep campers wanting to come back to Camp Savio and spend their summers there.

                                                                            Serving together is a great way to form strong and fast friendships among the counselors and seeing the happiness in the kids’ face will be the reward for serving. Already, I have made new friends at Camp Savio that I would have not met otherwise. Our service to the kids will provide us an opportunity to form bonds and make memories that will last for years to come.

                                                                            Through our service with the children, Camp Savio will provide an opportunity for many counselors to become more like the religious figures we look up to and believe in. St. John Bosco believed in helping young children, and to do so, formed the Oratory, a home, school, Church, and playground, and through Camp Savio, we will provide all of these to the children. Like St. John Bosco, we will bring out the excellence in each child, and through helping them, we will help ourselves.  Along with John Bosco, Jesus himself loved children and would spend time with them and bless them. He believed that they deserved kindness, and that because of their innocence, they would enter Heaven before all others.

                                                                            When we treat children in the ways that Jesus and St. John Bosco did, giving them our time, love, and kindness, we are able to become more faithful and faith-filled.

                                                                            Sean Wilk

                                                                            Source: InTouch

                                                                            {gallery}SUO - Camp Savio 2019{/gallery}

                                                                            • Stati Uniti
                                                                            • Campo Savio
                                                                            • Animatori
                                                                              Jesus Jurado

                                                                              Ecuador – “DONBOSROCK”: a youth band for young people

                                                                              1 week 4 days ago
                                                                              Ecuador – “DONBOSROCK”: a youth band for young people

                                                                              (ANS – Quito) – When Don Bosco thought of his educational proposal, he used different tools to generate empathy with young people, following the logic that it is “necessary to love what young people like, so that they love what the educator proposes.” One of these means was music, because it allowed children to occupy their leisure time, develop their skills and communicate a positive message to those who listened to them.

                                                                              With these same premises, three young post-novices: Christian Chávez (Ecuador), Felipe Arango (Colombia) and Jesús Espino (Peru), and Salesian coadjutor Bro Jorge Moraga (Chile) decided to form an international band that they themselves describe as a musical experience with Don Bosco: DONBOSROCK. The genre they chose, as the name says, is rock, the thought being how close its rhythm is to young people.

                                                                              On 27 July 2019, they presented their first album entitled: Por ustedes mi juventud, (For you my youth) composed of seven original tracks by Christian Chávez and four covers by other songwriters. The stage chosen was the auditorium of the Postnovitiate, where various groups of the Salesian Family, relatives, young people from the evening oratory of the La Tola house and lovers of good music gathered to hear them perform.

                                                                              Fr Robert García, Director of the House of Formation, emphasized that for the Salesians it is important that the processes of evangelization do not proceed in a traditional way, but that means such as these be used, like music, to attract the attention of young people. “If there are trainees who possess and cultivate this talent, we must support them because they communicate a positive and Salesian message.”

                                                                              One of the group's anecdotes concerns their name: in fact at the beginning they were called The Survivors, because they did not have enough musical instruments or amplification equipment for rehearsals; but this was not a lasting impediment and they began to compose with what little they had. They survived these challenges and the first song they composed, a ballad, was entitled Jesús.

                                                                              Later they started to merge the musical rhythms and finally they opted for the rock genre. The singer, Christian, claims that music is for him part of his life and helps him feel fulfilled. He affirms that he would be different as a Salesian if he did not play the guitar as it was an instrument to know more children and convey to them the main message that Jesus is joy.

                                                                              DONBOSROCK marks the end of a biennial formation process, but whose heritage aims to inspire more and more students and young people from different Salesian spheres to feel motivated to compose new Salesian music, from young people to other young people.

                                                                              Cristian Calderón

                                                                              {gallery}ECU - Donbosrock 2019{/gallery}

                                                                              • Ecuador
                                                                              • ECU
                                                                              • Musica
                                                                              • Postnoviziati
                                                                                Jesus Jurado

                                                                                Italy – “150 Young People in Search of an Author”: report after 1.5 year's work

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                                                                                Archive photo - Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco

                                                                                (ANS Rome) – After over a year and a half since its inception, the campaign “150 Young People in Search of an Author” presents the work done and the work still to be done. In recent months there have been 66 minors who, with the support of generous benefactors, have been given a concrete opportunity of redemption.

                                                                                When it was launched in January 2018, the campaign “150 Young People in Search of an Author” represented a new challenge for the Salesian center “Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco” who have always been committed to giving concrete answers to the needs of children with family, social and economic difficulties. But many accepted this new challenge: 25 benefactors in 2018, and 29 others only in the first half of 2019: 54 people who with a continuous donation have decided to support the educational and growth paths of the most troubled children.

                                                                                Thanks to them, it was possible to help, in particular:

                                                                                • 22 young people (13 in 2018 and 9 in 2019), who have undertaken vocational training courses and traineeships that have introduced them to the world of work;
                                                                                • 15 children (9 in 2018 and 5 in 2019), who were welcomed in a safe and protected environment, away from deviant and/or abusive situations; 3 of them, who became of age and therefore left the Family Home, have continued to enjoy a gradual accompaniment towards adult life and the support of solidarity families;
                                                                                • 38 children (21 in 2018 and 11 in 2019), who have been included in sports activities or creative workshops;

                                                                                In addition, the project also provided training and support to 3 families (2 in 2018 and 1 in 2019), who have started to host children in need of a new family environment.

                                                                                The campaign, also promoted by the association “Rimettere le Ali” – also active at the Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco– now stands at a turning point; after the results achieved so far, the challenge is to continue supporting the children, achieving the goal set for 2019, that is to accompany in their growth a total of 50 young people.

                                                                                “Unfortunately last year we did not reach our objective – by just 5! - but we are convinced that with a little effort and with the collaboration of all, together we will be able to make the difference for the future of our young people and our society,” said the promoters of this initiative in a note.

                                                                                • Italia
                                                                                • ICC
                                                                                • Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco
                                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano
                                                                                  ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana