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India – Teacher Training Don Bosco diploma fetches jobs faster

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India – Teacher Training Don Bosco diploma fetches jobs faster

(ANS – Kalimpong) – A Job Oriented Training Institute which has pioneered a Teacher Training Diploma Course in Elementary Education (private) has attracted brighter students to flock to its innovative program. Salesian Br. Lawrence Mondol, Principal of Don Bosco Technical School in Kalimpong which is situated outside the tourist hill town at its sprawling campus at 14th Mile, says, “Our Institute offers 12 job oriented training programs to rural youth including 1 two-year course, 5 one-year courses and 6 three-month courses.”

The two-year course, Diploma in Elementary Education (D. El. Ed), is mandatory for any one to get a Government job as a primary school teacher. Eligibility for this diploma program requires a candidate to have passed class XII with a minimum of 55 per cent marks. The two-year course, which starts in July each year, costs about Rs 66,000 (approx. USD 1,000) for two years including admission and tuition fees. The hostel fees which costs Rs 1,800 per month is charged extra.

“As many of our rural young people do not qualify either academically or financially, for this government-recognised diploma course, we have come up with a one-year program providing the same training for half the cost,” says Br Mondol, who has an MA in Education from the Salesian University in Rome.

“The only condition,” says Br Mondol, a former Youth Affairs director of Kolkata Salesians, “is that the candidates must have passed class XII.”

Br Mondol adds, “These budding teachers, as they teach in primary schools, will also continue with their studies so that they will be qualified and full-fledged teachers one day; this is the dream of every trainee."

The third batch of students of the program, namely Miss Aruna Soreng, Miss Anju Sreshta, Miss Sonam Rai and Miss Phulamu Sherpa are ready to fly out on 24 June from the nearest airport Bagdogra in North Bengal to Calicut in Kerala, South India.

“These girls from Siliguri plains and Kalimpong hills are children of daily labourers who cannot afford the two-year program,” explains Br Mondol, who is proud of their performance.

“They are offered, besides a starting salary of Rs 9,000, free food and accommodation on campus, free Montessori training as well as awards and recognition for outstanding teachers, as well as incentives for the best performers,” says Salesian College Sonada alumnus Mr. Jince Joseph who runs Kidzone Play School and Montessori at Vattachira near Calicut in Kerala.

Miss Pratima Subba, who got placement in a private school in Bhagalpur in Bihar, is offered Rs 15,000 with free accommodation and is charged Rs 500 as a nominal cafeteria fee.

Vincentian Father Fabian, who was interviewing candidates for his upcoming De Paul school in Jalalkhalli near Krishnagar in Nadia district of West Bengal, is offering Rs 14,000 per month with free food and accommodation.

Fr Fabian says, “I find these girls very smart, energetic and talented. Besides their fluency in English language, they seem to have a natural ability to handle children.”

The only boy in the batch is Mr Kewal Tamang, who graduated from St George School in Pedong, is still waiting for placement.

The two-year Teacher Training Course (TTC) has 15 students each year while the one-year program has 30 students.

Other diploma courses at Don Bosco Technical School Kalimpong include Office Management, Computer Application, Automobile Mechanic, Electrician & Wiremen, Hotel Management, Tourism, Meet & Greet, Beautician, Motor Driving Practice, Personality Development and Spoken English.

Of these, three Governments of West Bengal certificate courses under Utkarsh Bangla are totally free. They are 3-month course in Hotel Management (Food & Beverage, and House Keeping) and Electrician.

Utkarsh Bangla, West Bengal’s flagship skill development programme for youth designed under the guidance of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has been declared a ‘Champion Project’ at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), a United Nations organisation working for the use and development of information and communication technology (ICT).

By Fr C.M. Paul, SDB

  • India
  • INC
  • Lavoro
  • Ragazze
  • Educazione
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Italy – Wisdom of major Salesians: Fr di Mauro and Fr Voci

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    Italy – Wisdom of major Salesians: Fr di Mauro and Fr Voci

    (ANS - Rome) - "I imagine the elderly as the permanent chorus of an important spiritual sanctuary, in which prayers of supplication and songs of praise support the entire community that works and fights in the field of life." These are words of Pope Francis, a Pope who frequently invites us to pay attention to the elderly, aware that they know how to offer a glimpse into life and offer inestimable wisdom. Fr Rodolfo di Mauro, Sicilian, 101 years old, and Fr Pasquale Voci, a Calabrian, neo- centenarian, are two "major" Salesians who are highly esteemed and appreciated by their young confreres.

    Fr di Mauro, born 16 May 1918 in Militello, spent his life serving the charism of Don Bosco in his native Sicily. He is the historical memory of the "Salette" house of Catania and in his life he has had to face world wars, poverty, the arrogance of the mafia ... He learned to adapt continuously, to find the good in every possible opportunity, not to fear. And he can afford to say: "I have to thank the Lord for what I did. I went from oil lamps to the digital age ... I at the 'Salette' gave and received much and I learned not to be afraid of anything, not even death."

    Fr Voci was born on 10 June 1919 in Sant’Andrea Jonio, and devoted much of his life to school teaching. Today he resides in Salerno, a Province of Southern Italy (IME), and with the tenacity that distinguishes him, he emphasizes: "The priest to carry out his mission with dignity must be humble, always in search of the three Truths: Humanities, Biblical and Patristic. This research requires effort, bowing one's head and getting down to work."

    It is not a theory learned from the outside, but an experience matured on one's own skin: “During the day I worked; in the evening I ate light meals to study at night. Thus I managed to graduate and qualify for teaching. I advise everyone to invest in their studies. When the priest is rich in the three Truths, which make him a man, close to God and father, then he is 'set' as a priest; because culture is the best weapon to face (and deal with) the mission."

    How attractive is sound judgment in the gray-haired, and for the aged to possess good counsel!
    How attractive is wisdom in the aged,  and understanding and counsel in the venerable! Rich experience is the crown of the aged, and their boast is the fear of the Lord. (Sir 25, 4-6)
     

    {gallery}Don di Mauro e don Voci - 2019{/gallery}

    • Italia
    • Anziani
    • IME
    • ISI
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Syria – Syrian girl who "wanted" the war to continue

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      (ANS - Aleppo) - In these eight years of war, the Salesians have remained in the country along with hundreds of young people and their families in Aleppo, Damascus and Kafroun. "At the beginning of the war they did not understand that we would remain," recalls the Salesian missionary Fr Alejandro León, current Provincial of the Salesians in the Middle East. But the answer was always the same: "If the community to which God has sent me is my family, how can I abandon it when it needs me most?"

      Everyone mourns someone who has died; many have lost what they had and most people have been forced to change residence or leave the country.

      Reaching Syria and getting around the country is not easy. As in the case of most pandemics, many international organizations and NGOs left the country a long time ago. However, the Church, the Salesians have never left and continue to stand alongside the population.

      The war has ended in the big cities, but there are still small pockets of conflict. The countless military checkpoints on roads and highways and the roar of aircraft and distant explosions continue to coexist with the thousands of cartridges and war relics that populate the fields and buildings in ruins.

      In these years of war, every young person can narrate dozens of anecdotes of situations of risk, tension and uncertainty. "When we would say goodbye to our parents in the morning they tried to memorize how we were dressed in case of recognition ... Or they wrote their cell phone numbers on their (children's) arms in case something happened and we had to warn them," explains Biso Aghas, a young woman from Aleppo.

      Majdoleen Alzukimi is 23 years old and has been attending the Salesian Youth Center in Damascus since she was seven. Her story is yet another example of all those that contain the pain and the trauma of war, but also the hope for peace and the future. Her father was recruited, like many others, for compulsory military service, and sent to the war front. "We saw him one day a week. In theory he was in a safe and close area, but the fear and concern for him always accompanied us," she recalls.

      Neither her nor her family can forget March 21, 2018, the day of Mother's Day in Syria. A bomb that fell on Damascus killed her father and so the young Majdoleen must be the only person in Syria who says in tears: "I wish the war in Damascus would never had ended, because its end meant that my father is dead. If the war had continued, today my father would still be alive."

      by Alberto López

      Source: Misiones Salesianas / Vida Nueva

      • Siria
      • MOR
      • Violenze
      • Guerra
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Peru – Earthquake destroyed even the memory: "We help our suffering brothers by giving them food and shelter"

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        (ANS - San Lorenzo) - It is written in a song by Julio Jaramillo: "Hate me, for pity's sake I ask you ... Hate I ask, more than indifference". It seems that "indifference" has hidden the situation of people living in the Peruvian Amazon. A month ago, on May 27th, that region was shaken by a strong earthquake that seemed to have caused no damage, but only because no one has remembered the inhabitants of the area. The Salesians, who walk with the most needy children and young people, ask that oblivion not bury the hopes of help and support for those forgotten peoples, among whom the Salesians work and give their lives as did Fr Luigi Bolla.

        "The largest and richest region of biodiversity in Peru is the Amazon," says E. Ortiz, "which covers 60% of the country's territory. It counts 31 ecosystems and 14,712 animal species, and hosts a plurality of ancestral cultures and over 60 ethnic groups." Yet the region is the most forgotten of all, due to the indifference of governments.

        The Salesians have been present since 2001. Their mission area is located in the department of Loreto, in the indigenous communities of San Lorenzo, San Fernando and Kuyuntsa, where they accompany over 8,000 children, adolescents, young people and communities.


        For many years, projects have been launched in favor of the communities. In San Lorenzo there is a parish, several chapels, and an itinerant service in the indigenous communities and along the banks of the Marañón river, within the VIS-Achuar Project. In San Fernando there is the Intercultural Training Center "Yánkuam Jintia", with several chapels; while in Kuyuntsa parishes, itinerant missionary services and boarding schools for young indigenous people are active.

        The Amazon needs the reconstruction of the infrastructure of the "Yánkuam Jintia" Intercultural Training Center in San Fernando, damaged by the earthquake, to continue to provide quality technical education and human-Christian formation to the young indigenous people of the ethnic groups Achuar, Kandozi , Mestizos and Quechua.

        Furthermore, the structure of the reception house for indigenous girls of the Missionary Society of San Lorenzo must be repaired, while two other missionary chapels needs to be restored to continue to "evangelize by educating and educating by evangelizing."

        Now it is time to help with food and shelter the brothers and sisters affected in the indigenous communities of San Lorenzo, San Fernando and Kuyuntsa, which society and the government have forgotten.

        • Perù
        • PER
        • Indigeni
        • Missioni
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Italy – Beatified Edvige Carboni, Salesian Cooperator

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          Italy – Beatified Edvige Carboni, Salesian Cooperator

          (ANS - Pozzomaggiore) - On Saturday 15 June 2019 in Pozzomaggiore, Sardinia, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, beatified, on behalf of the Holy Father, Edvige Carboni, a humble and strong woman with a "life imbued with God", who lived a life of manual and service work, in the family and towards many needy people she met, a life filled with graces and extraordinary supernatural gifts.

          Born in Pozzomaggiore on 3 May 1880, she wanted to become a religious, but had to stay close to her sick mother. Since then she spent a sober and collected domestic life, alternating household chores with moments of prayer. On July 14, 1911, the signs of the Passion of Jesus appeared on her body. This and other mystical phenomena that were attributed to her were investigated in the canonical process of 1925, to which she underwent with complete obedience. She then moved to Rome with the rest of her family, just as the Second World War was about to explode.

          Since she took up residence in Rome, until her death (1938-1952), Edvige belonged to the parish of the Salesians "Saint Mary Help of Christians" on Via Tuscolana. There she went almost every morning for Mass and Communion; there she gathered in prayer, usually in the chapel of Saint Anne; most of the ecstasies and prodigious events took place there; on 25 September 1941 she also became a Salesian Cooperator.

          Very devoted to the Madonna, who appeared to her several times, she received many graces from her. Many were the saints of which she had apparitions, particularly Don Bosco and Domenico Savio. In her diary there are 20 apparitions of Don Bosco, often together with Mary Help of Christians or Domenico Savio. In these apparitions Don Bosco gave her suggestions, invited her to devotion to Our Lady, encouraged her in difficulties, asked her for prayers and sacrifices, showed her the great good that the Salesians did, many of whom praised holiness, and invited her to love the Salesian Sisters.

          Cardinal Becciu said in the homily of the beatification rite: “Blessed Edvige embodies the most beautiful virtues of the Sardinian woman of the time. And yet from her experience, data emerge that make her testimony more relevant than ever ... Her simple and profound spiritual experience, marked by limitless charity, boundless humility and incessant prayer, is still a current model, because it shows that even in a simple life and ordinary it is possible to experience a solid communion with God and an apostolate characterized by a passion for wounded and disadvantaged humanity.”

          {gallery}Messa per beata Edvige Carboni 2019{/gallery}

          • Italia
          • Edvige Carboni
          • Salesiani Cooperatori
          • Santità Salesiana
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Myanmar – Cardinal Bo: “Cry my beloved country, Myanmar!”

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            Myanmar – Cardinal Bo: “Cry my beloved country, Myanmar!”

            (ANS – Yangon) – A sorrowful lament, like a true pastor and a true citizen of Myanmar: it is the one launched by Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Salesian, Archbishop of Yangon and President of the Federation of Episcopal Conferences of Asia, who observes with bitterness what Myanmar was and could be and the many evils that afflict her today. And yet, he reiterates, "peace is possible, peace is the only way." The following is the text of the cardinal's letter.

            Myanmar, what a great past! She was once called Suvarnabhumi – the Golden Land. A land that was blessed with treasures above the ground and below the ground. Jade, ruby, gems, gold, amber, oil, gas, tin, zinc, marble and so many precious minerals! Myanmar has 50 percent of 'Golden wood' teak in the world. Majestic rivers that dance through the seductive fields, watering luxurious forests, fields that made Myanmar the rice bowl of Asia. Myanmar seemed to be a gift of an indulgent God who loved the Myanmar people with favouritism.

            Cry my Beloved Country!

            With all the great treasures, Myanmar is today one of the poorest countries in South East Asia. An ugly UN tag “least developed country” continues to mutilate her face. She begs for foreign investment. The World Food Program continues to feed her hungry. Like the blind beggar begging with the golden plate, Myanmar, once the envy of the world, waits for her foreign saviors to quench her thirst with almighty dollars.

            Cry my Beloved Country!

            We were once the envy of the world. In the 1950s and early 1960s, we were the rich nation in south East Asia. China was in ruins, war had raped Japan, Korea was scorching in conflict, Singapore was a squatter colony, Malaysia was wounding with her own insurrection.

            Myanmar was the heaven, the richest country in South East Asia, boasting the best universities and a culture seasoned by quality education and an enabling of spiritual tradition. Her children were colourful, coming from 8 majestic tribes, with 135 sub-tribes. The riot of colours and dances of her people made Myanmar a scintillating beauty of rainbow nation.

            Cry my Beloved Country!

            This earthly paradise was mutilated into a virtual hell. 60 years of festering conflicts. Armed groups from every tribe! Irrawaddy River, the mother of all of us is the mute witness to rivers of blood that soaked the earth. The shopping list of mutual hatred and injustice is nauseating:

            • More than a million persons displaced during these wars as refugees.
            • More than a million internally displaced persons.
            • More than 4 million of our youth forced into distress migration and slavery.
            • More than 10 million of our people (20% of population) are economically displaced. It is tears and brokenness to the weak and vulnerable in this country.
            • A country where poverty rate hovers around 40 percent.

            Myanmar’s suffering is not due to a bad Kamma. It is a manmade disaster. God does not will it. It is the stupidity of men who converted a golden land into nightmare. Since it is a manmade disaster, it can be stopped once for all by the good will of men – and women.

            It is not late. Once we invest in hope and peace, we can return to the original Golden Land. I earnestly appeal to all those who believe only in the power of arms:

            Sixty years war has brought no solution to anyone, only death and tears.

            Peace is possible, peace is the only way. The gun has proved to be incapable of any solution.

            The road to the Panglong Peace initiative is not perfect but it is a starting point. Give reprieve to the sound of guns, give peace a chance. Our conflicts are between siblings. Myanmar is our family. Peace is the gift we can give to each other to make it a blessed family. Peace and prosperity await this nation. No more days of hatred and war.

            Let justice and peace flow like Irrawaddy River. Let true political and economic federalism, bring trust among communities. Let there be transparency. When the government ensures fairness through true participatory democracy, our wounds will heal, conflicts will become history. All armies can make their guns silent. Wage a war for peace. One army is enough and that army needs to be an army of justice and peace.

            Myanmar has waited so long. Let us return to the Golden land.

            Peace is possible, Peace is the only way.

            Into that dream of freedom and prosperity, let my County awake.

            Card. Charles Bo, SDB,

            Archbishop of Yangon and President of FABC

            Source: AustraLasia

            • Myanmar
            • Cardinali
            • Charles Maung Bo
            • Sociale
            • Violenze
            • Povertà
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Ecuador – "Let's move to the other shore": Ecuadorian Missionary Day ad gentes

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              (ANS - Quito) - On 12 June, the "Ecuadorian Missionary Day ad gentes" was celebrated in Ecuador. It was 2014 when the Ecuadorian bishops decided to celebrate this day, coinciding with the feast of the first ad gentes missionary active in Eastern Ecuador, Blessed Mercedes de Jesús Molina (1828-1883), a religious and founder, who did not hesitate to face the many challenges to cross the forests and bring the Gospel to the indigenous Jíbaros.

              Mercedes de Jesús Molina, patroness of the Ecuadorian missionaries ad gentes, was born in Baba (Los Ríos, Ecuador) in 1828. She faced and tread arduous and inaccessible paths, experienced cold and solitude, but none of these extreme experiences managed to extinguish the fire for mission that burned in her heart. She was the first Ecuadorian woman to enter the “wild” regions and soon became a consolation for the Shuar tribe - where the famous Salesian missionary Fr Luigi Bolla had also been active for many years.

              This year the National Day of the Ecuadorian Missionary ad gentes was celebrated following the gospel motto: "Let's move to the other shore" and recalled those who dedicate their lives to evangelization in the eight mission territories present in the Amazon region of Ecuador. In each of these territories there are several religious congregations at the service of the missions, and it is noteworthy that almost 30% of the Salesians in Ecuador are at the service of the Andean missions, in the Amazon and Afro-descendant regions.

              The celebration of this day was conceived in 2014, during the assembly of the National Missionary Center (CEMINA), to answer to the great challenge that awaits the American continent, that of putting itself in a state of permanent mission. The Day represents a date to thank "the generosity of the missionaries who have crossed borders, bringing the Good News of the Gospel, experiencing the love of God and becoming missionary disciples who share their faith."

              The Ecuadorian Episcopal Conference explained that the title of "missionary ad gentes" is given by the Church to priests, consecrated or lay missionaries, "who operate in the territories recognized by the Church as territories of mission ad gentes"; as did the first missionaries, such as Paul and Barnabas, who were sent to bring the good news of the Gospel to those to whom it had not yet arrived.

              Today, Ecuador has eight mission areas ad gentes recognized by the Church: six Apostolic Vicariates in the Amazon Region (San Miguel de Sucumbíos, Aguarico, Napo, Puyo, Méndez-Macas and Zamora) one in the Coastal Region (Esmeraldas) and one in the Insular Region (Galapagos).

              • Ecuador
              • ECU
              • Missioni
              • Indigeni
                Gian Francesco Romano

                RMG – New Provincial of India-Mumbai appointed

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                RMG – New Provincial of India-Mumbai appointed

                (ANS - Rome) - On the last day of the second week of the summer plenary session of the General Council, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, with the consensus of the other members of the Council, appointed Fr Savio Silveira as Provincial of the Province of India- Mumbai (INB) for the six-year period of 2019-2025.

                Fr Silveira was born on 8 December 1966 in Panjim, State of Goa, India. After attending the Salesian novitiate in Nashik, he made his first vows on May 31, 1985, and perpetual vows on May 25, 1992, in Mumbai; he was ordained a priest on December 21, 1995, in his hometown.

                He served in various Salesian communities: in in Chhota Udaipur as Bursar (1996-99), in Kawant as Parish Priest (1999-2000), again in Chhota Udaipur as Director and Parish Priest (2000-02) and in Baroda as Director (2002-2005).

                Between 2005 and 2007, he studied International Cooperation and Development at the European School of Advanced Studies, Pavia, Italy, and obtained a Master’s Degree.

                He then took over as the Executive Director of the Development Office of the Province, a post he held for eight years from 2007 to 2015. He is also the Founder of Don Bosco International School Matunga.

                For the Province with headquarters in Mumbai, he was several times Provincial Councilor (2002-2005, 2009-2012 and 2012-2015), and currently holds the posts of Provincial Vicar.

                He is also the Spokesperson for the "Don Bosco Green Alliance", the Salesian platform that brings together over 100 Salesian institutions around the world committed to protecting the environment and building a new generation of citizens committed to respect for Creation.

                Fr Savio Silveira will assume office on Thursday, 12 September 2019. The installation ceremony will be during the Eucharist at 18:30 hrs in the Shrine of Don Bosco’s Madonna, Matunga, Mumbai. Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga will represent the Rector Major at the installation of our Eleventh Provincial.

                • RMG
                • INB
                • Nomine
                • Ispettori
                  Jesus Jurado

                  RMG – New Provincial of India-Mumbai appointed

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                  RMG – New Provincial of India-Mumbai appointed

                  (ANS - Rome) - On the last day of the second week of the summer plenary session of the General Council, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, with the consensus of the other members of the Council, appointed Fr Savio Silveira as Provincial of the Province of India- Mumbai (INB) for the six-year period of 2019-2025.

                  Fr Silveira was born on 8 December 1966 in Panjim, State of Goa, India. After attending the Salesian novitiate in Nashik, he made his first vows on May 31, 1985, and perpetual vows on May 25, 1992, in Mumbai; he was ordained a priest on December 21, 1995, in his hometown.

                  He served in various Salesian communities: in in Chhota Udaipur as Bursar (1996-99), in Kawant as Parish Priest (1999-2000), again in Chhota Udaipur as Director and Parish Priest (2000-02) and in Baroda as Director (2002-2005).

                  Between 2005 and 2007, he studied International Cooperation and Development at the European School of Advanced Studies, Pavia, Italy, and obtained a Master’s Degree.

                  He then took over as the Executive Director of the Development Office of the Province, a post he held for eight years from 2007 to 2015. He is also the Founder of Don Bosco International School Matunga.

                  For the Province with headquarters in Mumbai, he was several times Provincial Councilor (2002-2005, 2009-2012 and 2012-2015), and currently holds the posts of Provincial Vicar.

                  He is also the Spokesperson for the "Don Bosco Green Alliance", the Salesian platform that brings together over 100 Salesian institutions around the world committed to protecting the environment and building a new generation of citizens committed to respect for Creation.

                  Fr Savio Silveira will assume office on Thursday, 12 September 2019. The installation ceremony will be during the Eucharist at 18:30 hrs in the Shrine of Don Bosco’s Madonna, Matunga, Mumbai. Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga will represent the Rector Major at the installation of our Eleventh Provincial.

                  • India
                  • INB
                  • Nomine
                  • Ispettori
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Italy – Muslim and Christian youths pray together for concluding Ramadan celebration

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                    Italy – Muslim and Christian youths pray together for concluding Ramadan celebration

                    (ANS - Naples) - For the third consecutive year, at the "Don Bosco" Salesian Institute in Naples, there was the celebration of the end of Ramadan, with the Unaccompanied Foreign Minors welcomed in the Community dedicated to them, namely "Il Ponte", or the bridge. This year the experience was enriched by the young people of the new "La Zattera" Reception Center, also managed by the Salesians, which welcomes children in a state of emergency in the city of Naples, and of the "PuntoGiò" project, in collaboration with "SCS Salesiani per il Sociale" and the bank "Intesa San Paolo", their efforts dedicated to young immigrants now adults, with housing difficulties and without reference points.

                    On the evening of Saturday, June 8th, about 60 immigrant youngsters, both Muslims and Christians, gathered with the children and families of the oratory to give birth to this party.

                    Hassan, from Ghana, on behalf of the children of the Ponte, greeted those present by saying: "We are 15 minors, but with us there are also young adults, for a total of 26 young people ... On Saturday evening, with the 'PuntoGiò' project, we invite our other immigrant friends and the number goes up to over 40. We come from various countries. Some of us have been in Italy for two years, others for a few days, almost all arrived with the famous boats ... And many of us have also passed through the famous Libyan prisons ... But these stories, thank God, have passed. Most of us are Muslims, but there are also Christians. We are well together, without difficulty, but above all we are good and well at 'Don Bosco' ... Here there is no one first these or first the others ... Here we all feel first!"

                    Karim, from Egypt, presenting the meaning of Ramandan's celebration, emphasized: "We want to pray and celebrate with you, especially with our Christian brothers, because God is one, the same God, ours and yours: the God of Abraham. Praying together for us is important, it is not the first time ... even at Christmas we prayed together. It is important because only in this way can we say that we are brothers, we love each other and there are no wars or hatred."

                    The evening began with a moment of Christian and Muslim prayer. Moussa and Aliu, Muslim boys from Senegal, sang Islamic prayers; Julius, a Christian from Nigeria, sang "Jesus, You are Great". The moment of prayer ended with the exchange of peace between all.

                    The same boys then organized the rest of the evening, with traditional African and Asian dishes and a musical moment.

                    The Salesians of the "Don Bosco" of Naples strongly believe in these moments of integration as important gestures to educate young people to the faith. 

                    {gallery}IME - Fine Ramadan 2019{/gallery}

                    • Italia
                    • IME
                    • Dialogo
                    • Islam
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Colombia – Fantastic story of child working landfill at 6, now studying Law

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                      Colombia – Fantastic story of child working landfill at 6, now studying Law

                      (ANS - Medellin) - Juan David says that at the age of 6 he collected garbage to support his two younger siblings in Medellín, Colombia. Currently, he is instead a student of the Latin American Autonomous University where he attends the courses of Jurisprudence. In the middle of these two phases, there was the Salesian "Ciudad Don Bosco" house of Medellín.

                      Juan David is one of those people (today there are 158 million) who knows full well what child labor is, because he himself was exploited in this way. When he was 6, Fernando, aged 3, and Maria, just one, would wait for his return every day so as to get something to eat. He had begun to beg, but still couldn't quite scrape enough to feed them. It was then that he decided to work as a 'recycler'. "It's the word we use to define children who work in landfills in search of some object that may have an economic value," he told the COPE portal.

                      Juan David is the son of his mother's first husband, who died shortly after his birth, and his siblings have another father. "My mother rarely appeared inside the house, she was very neglected ... The problem arose when they got sick and we needed more money for medicines."

                      Before the mafias of drugs, sexual exploitation, or paramilitaries managed to get their hands on him, in 2007 he was lucky enough to run into Juan Carlos Reigota, Coordinator of the "Derecho a Soñar" project. "He took us to study at 'Ciudad Don Bosco, at the Salesians".

                      James Alexander Areiza of "Ciudad Don Bosco" explains: "We have been working for 54 years with the most vulnerable population in Medellín, the department of Antioquia and many other areas of Colombia. We are committed Salesians and lay people who do a job of human, academic and professional formation." Areiza also specified that they are trying to "remove these children from the street, from drugs, from sexual exploitation and from war. Many are child soldiers and continue to be threatened by criminal gangs."

                      "Recently," says Juan David, "I met some of my childhood friends and I was surprised to see how many of them have problems with drugs. They were even surprised when they saw me again; they thought I was dead, as happened to many others who they no longer saw... And they were amazed even when I explained to them that my life had changed and that I was even studying at university."

                      On his future Juan David has no doubts: "I want my work from now on to focus on helping those children and young people who face a kind of life that is very difficult to get out of."

                      Source: COPE

                      • Colombia
                      • Ciudad Don Bosco
                      • COM
                      • Bambini di Strada
                      • Sfruttamento minorile
                      • Lavoro Minorile
                      • Opzione Preferenziale
                      • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Spain – IUS Europe in Madrid: University and Education Ministry

                        5 days 7 hours ago
                        Spain – IUS Europe in Madrid: University and Education Ministry

                        (ANS - Madrid) - The Director of the Salesian University School of Sarriá (EUSS), Andreu Moreno, Coordinator of the Salesian Higher Education Institutes (IUS) of Europe, and Fr Marcelo Farfán, Coordinator General of the IUS, attended the meeting of IUS Europe in Madrid, 5 and 6 June, at the Center for Higher Studies (CES) "Don Bosco". The event brought together representatives of the 7 European university institutions: CES (Madrid), EUSS (Barcelona), ISBJ (Zilina), IUSTO (Turin), IUSVE (Venice), Jabok (Prague) and UPS (Rome).

                        The meeting followed up on the activities that correspond to both the common program of IUS at both global and continental levels. To this end, contributions were provided regarding the application of the document "Orienteering for Salesian University Pastoral Care", the formation course for IUS directors and the development of the new website.

                        A Salesian university cannot do without a pastoral care for the university. “The University Pastoral Care,” it is stated at the Salesian Polytechnic University of Ecuador, “constitutes the transversal axis of all university activity. It directs the various practical realizations of the Salesian presence in the field of university. Its action is aimed at raising awareness of the university educational community and, above all, it has the mission of promoting academic excellence as a base for transforming social action, respecting religious, social diversity, cultural, ethnic, age and sexual relations of people and groups, in order to contribute to the construction of an equitable, ecumenical and intercultural society.”

                        The Madrid meeting discussed the formation proposal for pastoral animators elaborated by the group of Pastoral Coordinators of European IUS. Also, the European nuclei of the Education Group of the IUS presented the planning of a new study on interculturality and education to be developed in the next two years.

                        It was also important to analyze the research situation in the different institutes and the possible strategies to be developed to meet the needs that higher education in Europe is experimenting.

                        Finally, there was a presentation of the publication: "Salesian Charism and Higher Education", material designed to accompany all educators and teachers of Salesian universities.

                        The Constitutions of the Salesians of Don Bosco affirm: “... to educate and evangelize following a project of integral formation of man, oriented to Christ, the perfect man.”

                        • Spagna
                        • IUS
                        • Europe
                        • SSM
                        • Pastorale Universitaria
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Philippines – 3 Year EAO Salesian Studies Seminar Workshop concludes

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                          Philippines – 3 Year EAO Salesian Studies Seminar Workshop concludes

                          (ANS – Batulao) – With the third EAO Salesian Studies Seminar Workshop held in Batulao (8 - 29 May), a three year cycle of Salesianity Program (2017-2019) came to an end. All together there have been 15 consistent participants since 2017. Several EAO Provinces have consistently sent the same confrere(s) and Lay Mission Partners (LMP), who are becoming resource persons in their respective SDB provinces, SDB Delegations or Salesian Cooperators Associations. There is a growing number of Lay mission partners participating every year.

                          With this third year of EAO Salesian Studies (Salesianity) seminar-workshop the first cycle on Don Bosco History (2017) - Don Bosco Pedagogy (2018) and Don Bosco Spirituality (2019) has concluded. Most of the EAO provinces benefit from training Salesians, Salesian Cooperators or Salesian Lay Mission Partners. The largest number from one single province comes from THA (Thailand - Cambodia - Laos) as a strong sign of commitment for the formation of mission partners. Last year there was also one participant from Africa-Madagascar Region - Province AFO (French speaking Western Africa), and this year, Fr. Michael Pace - SUE (USA East - Canada) Province.

                          “We give thanks to all resource persons, this year Fr. Mike Winstanley (Great Britain) and many others from the EAO region. We very much appreciate the priceless contribution of all translators (especially the Provincial of THA Fr. John Bosco Theparat Pitisant and Fr. Anusit) as well all those in the FIN province, who contributed in many ways to the not-so-easy logistic transfer from Paranaque (Don Bosco Center of Studies, 2017-2018) to Batulao Retreat House” the organizers say.

                          All together over the past 3 years, the participants 'mastered' 25 courses (themes) at an average of 2 days per course for an equivalent of nearly 60 days, meaning 480 hours of study, reflection and research. With this East Asia Oceania Project, each one of the attendees will become in turn another resource person for the Lay Mission Partners and other Salesian Family members in their respective countries.

                          Source: AustraLasia

                          • Filippine
                          • Asia EstOceania
                          • Laici
                          • Scuola di Salesianità
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            RMG – Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Fr Silvio Galli, SDB, begun

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                            RMG – Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Fr Silvio Galli, SDB, begun

                            (ANS - Rome) - On 12 June 2019, the 7th anniversary of the ascent to heaven of Fr Silvio Galli, the bishop of Brescia, Msgr. Pierantonio Tremolada, was presented with the Supplex libellus, that is the official instance with which the Salesian Congregation asks for the opening of the diocesan Inquiry into the virtues, the fame of holiness and signs of Fr Silvio Galli, Professed Priest of the Society of Saint Francis of Sales.

                            Fr Silvio Galli was born on 10 September 1927 in Palazzolo Milanese, the first of eight brothers. After attending the Salesian Institute "Sant'Ambrogio" in Milan, he carried out the novitiate in Montodine (CR), made his first profession as a Salesian on 11 September 1943 and perpetual profession in 1949. Ordained a priest on 1 July 1953, he completed practical training in Varese and fostered a deep spiritual friendship with Domenichino Zamberletti, a little boy who died in the concept of holiness.

                            Destined for the house in Bologna, he obtained a degree in Literature and from 1959 until the end of his life he was in Chiari (Brescia), dedicating himself in the first years to teaching aspirants to Salesian life and then, over the years, more and more in the generous service to the poor, immigrants, prisoners, those who are hungry, those who have no homes, drug addicts, alcoholics, the mentally ill, and varied forms of material, spiritual and moral poverty. In the reception of very many people he exercises the ministry of listening, of consolation, of reconciliation and of exorcism.

                            He animates and takes care of the formation of the Salesian Cooperators, of the members of the ADMA, of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco and of numerous volunteers who collaborate in his charitable work. With the help of generous volunteers and benefactors, he founded the "Auxilium" reception center. With life and word he teaches us to discover and serve Christ in the poor, bearing witness to the love of the Good Shepherd.

                            This is how he presented himself: "I am but a poor priest ... It amazes me also that all the people afflicted by problems, sometimes unsolvable, turn to me ... Only with prayer, a very powerful weapon, with faith in the Madonna and her son Jesus, sometimes these problems are solved."

                            He concludes his earthly life on 12 June 2012, surrounded by a widespread reputation for holiness and signs. With the Cause of Fr Silvio Galli, the candidates for the holiness of the Salesian Family rise to 169.

                            • Vaticano
                            • Silvio Galli
                            • Santità Salesiana
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Mali – For future of youth the need to improve educational quality of Sikasso

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                              Mali – For future of youth the need to improve educational quality of Sikasso

                              (ANS - Sikasso) - Salesian missionaries arrived in Mali 35 years ago to work with disadvantaged children and young people, give them quality education and improve their lives. Bamako, Sikasso and Touba are today the three Salesian houses in Mali. Unfortunately, here in this country too, children and young people have to deal with violence. The Salesians, for their part, bet on education as one of the most important means to get out of poverty, violence and the absence of peace.

                              A few years ago the magazine of "Misiones Salesianas" in Madrid reported: "The population of Mali, after a year marked by violence, could neither sow nor harvest. Children will not see the colors of spring shine because their future is imperfect. Whether their future can be perfect depends on us. We take advantage of the joy of Easter to become a light that helps, after a year of darkness, to bring forth a new spring." Unfortunately it seems that this situation has not changed, and there have been more "deaths, massacres, kidnappings, attacks on churches and a Christian religious procession," the Spanish newspaper El País wrote in recent months.

                              But in May, the Spanish Salesian NGO "Solidaridad Don Bosco" began to develop a project to expand the Salesian educational center in Sikasso. The project, which relies on the support of the Spanish municipalities of Utrera and Pozoblanco, has a duration of 12 months, so it is expected to be completed in May 2020, and will benefit young people in situations of exclusion served by the center.

                              The center currently has a student body of 430 students and 11 classrooms, so the spaces are clearly insufficient with respect to the needs. In order to improve the service offered by the center and the quality of education, a building was built with 8 additional classrooms which, thanks to this project, will be fully equipped; the project also includes the recruitment of the necessary teachers.

                              The center offers vocational training in the Automotive, Electrical and Metal Construction sectors; however, with the new classrooms, it will also provide additional training during holiday periods, through recreational and leisure activities.

                              "Solidaridad Don Bosco" not only thanks its supporters, but also wants to continue to inform about the good done for young people and the new steps that are being taken in this project, which represents a small but significant step for children and young boys and girls of Mali to develop professionally and have opportunities for their future.

                              • Mali
                              • Missioni
                              • Educazione
                              • ONG
                              • Spagna
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Ecuador – "Mary Help of Christians" parish officially becomes Diocesan Marian Sanctuary

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                                (ANS - Quito) - Before the month dedicated to the patron saint of the Salesians ended, on Thursday, May 30, 2019, Msgr. Alfredo Espinoza Mateus, SDB, archbishop of Quito and Primate of Ecuador, presided the Eucharist during which the parish of Mary Help of Christians in Quito was consecrated as a Diocesan Shrine. Hundreds of parishioners and members of the Salesian Family took part in the celebration.

                                One of the celebration's most emotional moments was the blessing of the statue of Mary Help of Christians and the site's incensation where it was placed, by Msgr. Espinoza, with the presence of Fr Romulo Sanmartín, SDB, parish priest. At the end of the enthronement rite, all those present welcomed with joy the representation of the Mother of God and Mother of Don Bosco in the new Diocesan Marian Sanctuary.

                                The center's history began in 1925 when the Salesians arrived in the "El Girón" quarter of Quito. Ten years later, on 2 June 1935, a public chapel dedicated to Mary Help of Christians was inaugurated. On 30 May 1957, Cardinal Carlos María de la Torre erected the parish of Mary Help of Christians. Later, on 28 November 1971, the present temple was solemnly consecrated, with the presence of Cardinal Pablo Muñoz Vega.

                                From the very beginning this church has attracted a large number of faithful, devotees of Mary. For this reason a formal request was made that it not only be considered a territorial church, but for it to become a church of Quito. On 3 April 2019, Msgr. Fausto Trávez, OFM, signed the decree of erection and the denomination of Diocesan Marian Sanctuary.

                                According to Fr Sanmartín there are three elements that characterize a sanctuary: first, that it is a place of sure sanctification; second, that it is a place of pilgrimage; and third, that it is a place where one is helped and that is, in this case, the Mother of God will be of help to all the sons and daughters who will visit her.

                                This new name of the Salesian church also implies new pastoral challenges for the community of Don Bosco's spiritual Sons and the lay people who accompany it, as it becomes necessary to care for the pilgrims who shall constantly visit and to make Mary Help of Christians known in the surrounding neighborhoods - especially given the large presence of schools, universities, public and private institutions.

                                • Ecuador
                                • ECU
                                • Maria Ausiliatrice
                                • Vescovi
                                • Alfredo Espinoza Mateus
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Great Britain – Salesian Old Boy honoured by Queen

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                                  Great Britain – Salesian Old Boy honoured by Queen

                                  (ANS – Rome) – Father Michael Fava, the most senior Catholic Army Chaplain, has been awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Fr Michael is a former pupil of Salesian College, Farnborough.

                                  In November 2018, Fr Michael was appointed Deputy Chaplain General, the first Catholic to be appointed to this post.

                                  Speaking of the Honour, Fr Michael said “I am stunned by this news, but very grateful for the acknowledgement that it represents for Catholic chaplaincy in the Army, and of the role of the Catholic Bishopric of the Forces. It is a tremendous honour to receive this on everyone’s behalf.”

                                  He was commissioned into the Royal Army Chaplains Department in 1997. As well as serving in the UK and Northern Ireland he has served in Germany and Cyprus and served on operational tours of duty in Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Kosovo, and Afghanistan.

                                  He was created an Honorary Chaplain to the Queen in 2017. He was Apostolic Administrator of the Bishopric of the Forces during the period ‘sede vacante’ May 2015 – Sep 2018.

                                  Fr Michael is a priest of the Diocese of Portsmouth and an old boy of the Salesian College, Farnborough.

                                  Bishop Paul Mason, Bishop of the Forces, said, “With over two decades in service as an Army chaplain, Fr Michael Fava has distinguished himself though his unique blend of dedicated professionalism and sensitive pastoral and priestly service. In receiving the CBE Fr Michael’s faithful commitment to his priestly vocation and his service as chaplain to the British Army are recognised and valued in a very important way. All of us in the Catholic Bishopric of the Forces are very proud of him and very happy to see him honoured in this way by the Queen.”

                                  by Barry Hudd

                                  • Gran Bretagna
                                  • GBR
                                  • Exallievi
                                  • Militari
                                  • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Brazil – Many prizes and awards for Salesians

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                                    Brazil – Many prizes and awards for Salesians

                                    (ANS - Campo Grande) - In recent days, Salesian brother Damião de Jesus Souza and Fr Ângelo Cesar Cenerino, of the Province of Brazil-Campo Grande, received honorary citizenship from the municipality of Primavera do Leste, in the State of Mato Grosso. At the same time two other Salesians from the same Province, Fr João Marcos de Araújo Ramos and Fr Tiago Figueiró, received the "Pope John Paul II" Award from the municipality of Campo Grande.

                                    The title of "honorary citizen" was given to the two spiritual Sons of Don Bosco for their respective services rendered to local society in the care of children and young people, especially those most in need. As stated by the First Secretary of the Municipal Council of Primavera do Leste, Dr. Kinha Juriti, this tribute "is a way to thank and congratulate for all that has been done for the city; that, it is true, has only 33 years of history, but it must be considered that this is how a solid future is built."

                                    Fr Cenerino is today pastor of the church of N.S. de La Salette and director of the Salesian community. “This title makes sense only thanks to the Salesian Mission that welcomed me 35 years ago in Araçatuba and has always given me the conditions and support for the realization of the mission, as a Salesian and as a priest who exercises the ministry in favor of the people of God, especially for young people," he commented.

                                    The "maestro Damião", as he is known in the city, is the President of the Salesian Social Center, supported in collaboration by the Municipality, the Salesian Mission and the parish of N.S. de La Salette, and which has already contributed to changing the lives of about 5,000 people living in conditions of social vulnerability. The project currently serves around 200 children and adolescents between 7 and 13 years of age.

                                    At the same time, Fr de Araújo Ramos, Pro-Rector of Pastoral and Community Affairs of the Catholic University of Don Bosco, and Fr Figueiró, Councilor for Diocesan Pastoral in Três Lagoas, were awarded the "Pope John Paul II" Prize by the Municipal Chamber of Campo Grande: a tribute to the Christians, religious and laity, who have distinguished themselves for the important works done for the benefit of the citizenship.

                                    Fr de Araújo Ramos has held numerous posts in the service of Salesian higher education; while Fr Figueiró has recently developed the historical research "Cabreúva: from the secret to the prose", which has thrown new lights on the roots of Campo Grande.

                                    • Brasile
                                    • BCG
                                    • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      India – Farewell to Fr Stroscio, great missionary, friend of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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                                      India – Farewell to Fr Stroscio, great missionary, friend of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

                                      (ANS - Calcutta) - Salesian Fr Rosario Stroscio, for 40 years chaplain of the Missionaries of Charity of Mother Teresa, as well as, at 97 years of age, the oldest Salesian of the India-Calcutta Province, passed away last 9 June. The funeral is scheduled for Friday, June 14, at 14:30 local time, at the Marian shrine of Bandel.

                                      According to what Fr Mathew George, INC Provincial Secretary, has reported, Fr Stroscio started having a high fever from the previous evening, immediately after participating in the Mass. Visited by a doctor and after taking some medicine, he seemed to have recovered, but was in any case given the anointing of the sick. As he had difficulty breathing during the night, he was taken to the Ruby hospital where he died on Sunday morning 9.

                                      Fr Stroscio, one of the 460 Salesian missionaries to travel to India from 1906 to today, was born in Furnari, Sicily, in 1922. He reached India as a teenager in 1939, after leaving Sicily in the footsteps of the missionaries who had so impressed him in his youth. A life of commitment and poverty began. "We were very poor, but cheerful," he told the Corriere della Sera newspaper a few years ago.

                                      He nevertheless endured his cross and explained Christianity to the Indians with simplicity. Because "it is a difficult religion only for those who have studied too much," he explained. "They immediately understood concepts like the resurrection and immortality of the soul. It was a kind of obviousness." In the first month already 20 had asked to be baptized. And it was only the beginning.

                                      In his long life he had to overcome many difficulties: like when in 1940 Mussolini declared war on the United Kingdom - of which India was still a colony - and he was interned in a camp. They treated him well, but in the Rajastan desert there were almost 50° C and the prisoners were beginning to die. Thus the missionary and his other companions in misfortune were moved to a place at the foot of the Himalayas. They were released only in 1944 and Fr Stroscio resumed his mission.

                                      Many were the events of historical importance he was witness to, but in the mind of the missionary above all there was the moment of the first meeting with Mother Teresa. "I saw her for the first time in the Cathedral of Calcutta in 1948," he recalled. "She was very intelligent. She had a gift for languages and a great big smile. She understood that I had understood her, and I understood that she understood me. She looked for the face of Jesus in others, and found Him in the dying, the disinherited, the disabled, the orphans and women rendered mad by violence."

                                      In addition to building the church dedicated to Mary Help of Christians in Gobra, Calcutta, Fr Stroscio was the first National President of the Indian chapter of the Marian Movement for Priests, which he served for various mandates starting in the 1970s.

                                      A former History Professor at the Salesian Institute of Sonada and then INC Provincial (1967-1973), he was accused of the trumped-up crime of "conversion" during his missionary service in Maliapota, in the diocese of Krishnagar, and risked being deported. It was then that Mother Teresa intervened in his favor. She asked the Marxist government to have him as chaplain of the Missionaries of Charity at the large rehabilitation center of "Prem Dan", also in Calcutta. The authorities withdrew the expulsion order and from 1979 Fr Stroscio continued to reside in Calcutta.

                                      The Salesian was able to "repay his debt" with the future saint some years later when, in 1997, Mother Teresa was hospitalized for heart problems. The then Archbishop of Calcutta, Msgr. Henry Sebastian D’Souza, asked Fr Stroscio to pray for her and to give her the anointing of the sick. The two prayed together and on that occasion the religious woman recovered.

                                      Fr Stroscio got to know the Venerable Francesco Convertini (1898-1976) especially during the last years in which they lived in the same religious community. He was his provincial superior and director of the community in which Father Convertini died on 11 February 1976.

                                      The words with which Fr Stroscio concluded the announcement of the death of Fr Convertini: "All his life was a magnificent testimony of the most fruitful technique of priestly ministry and missionary work. We can summarize it in the simple expression: 'To win souls for Christ there is no medium more powerful than goodness and love!' " Words that are also confirmed by the long and laborious missionary life of Fr Stroscio.

                                      Sources: Matters India, Corriere della Sera

                                      • India
                                      • INC
                                      • Decessi
                                      • Missioni
                                      • Madre Teresa
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Mexico – 75-year success at "Revolución", thanks to charism of Don Bosco

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                                        (ANS - Guadalajara) - The Salesian center of "Revolución" in Guadalajara has recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. The celebrations began last May 24, on the occasion of the feast of Mary Help of Christians, with the Eucharist presided by the Provincial of Mexico-Guadalajara, Fr Hugo Orozco Sánchez, in the presence of the center's Director, Fr Óscar Miguel Martínez, of the Rector of the church, Fr Arnulfo Fajardo, of many Salesians, members of the Salesian Family, pupils and past pupils together with their families, parishioners and many sympathizers of the Salesian house.

                                        The Salesian center on "Avenida Revolución" began when the local archbishop, Msgr. José Garibi Rivera, in 1935 entrusted the care of the chapel dedicated to Mary Help of Christians to the Salesians. Soon the chapel, in addition to offering Eucharistic celebrations, became a festive oratory. Beginning in 1947, through the work of Fr Ignacio Sandoval, the "Mexico School" was born, which took care of children and young people most in need. Later, in 1963, the school was incorporated into the Secretariat of Public Education and opened its doors to become the "Anahuac Revolución" Salesian School, exclusively for males;  next to the church of Mary Help of Christians was the girls' school; and all this complex, for decades, has formed a single Salesian presence.

                                        During the homily of the Mass, Fr Orozco recalled "Mary Help of Christians as a maternal example, companion and mediator, as a loving figure who discovers that she is loved by God." After the celebration, the “75 años de luz” festival was held in the school premises, a circus arts show that ended with fireworks and that represented an allegory of day and night, of lights and of shadows, in homage to those who through this time and in that place have been light for hundreds of children and young people.

                                        Fr Martínez, for his part, said on the sidelines of the celebrations: "The success of these 75 years has been the charism of Don Bosco, the way of treating children. We have been a home where they have always been able to feel loved and welcomed: we have become a family, a courtyard where we can meet and make friends, a school where we can find God and discover sacramental life."

                                        The Salesian center in "avenida Revolución" in Guadalajara is currently composed of the church dedicated to Mary Help of Christians and the Salesian school "Anahuac Revolución", which is one of the three Salesian schools in this city, served by a single community of Salesians. 

                                        {gallery}MEG - 75 anni Revolucion 2019{/gallery}

                                        • Messico
                                        • MEG
                                        • Anniversari
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
                                          ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana

                                          India – Teacher Training Don Bosco diploma fetches jobs faster

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                                          India – Teacher Training Don Bosco diploma fetches jobs faster

                                          (ANS – Kalimpong) – A Job Oriented Training Institute which has pioneered a Teacher Training Diploma Course in Elementary Education (private) has attracted brighter students to flock to its innovative program. Salesian Br. Lawrence Mondol, Principal of Don Bosco Technical School in Kalimpong which is situated outside the tourist hill town at its sprawling campus at 14th Mile, says, “Our Institute offers 12 job oriented training programs to rural youth including 1 two-year course, 5 one-year courses and 6 three-month courses.”

                                          The two-year course, Diploma in Elementary Education (D. El. Ed), is mandatory for any one to get a Government job as a primary school teacher. Eligibility for this diploma program requires a candidate to have passed class XII with a minimum of 55 per cent marks. The two-year course, which starts in July each year, costs about Rs 66,000 (approx. USD 1,000) for two years including admission and tuition fees. The hostel fees which costs Rs 1,800 per month is charged extra.

                                          “As many of our rural young people do not qualify either academically or financially, for this government-recognised diploma course, we have come up with a one-year program providing the same training for half the cost,” says Br Mondol, who has an MA in Education from the Salesian University in Rome.

                                          “The only condition,” says Br Mondol, a former Youth Affairs director of Kolkata Salesians, “is that the candidates must have passed class XII.”

                                          Br Mondol adds, “These budding teachers, as they teach in primary schools, will also continue with their studies so that they will be qualified and full-fledged teachers one day; this is the dream of every trainee."

                                          The third batch of students of the program, namely Miss Aruna Soreng, Miss Anju Sreshta, Miss Sonam Rai and Miss Phulamu Sherpa are ready to fly out on 24 June from the nearest airport Bagdogra in North Bengal to Calicut in Kerala, South India.

                                          “These girls from Siliguri plains and Kalimpong hills are children of daily labourers who cannot afford the two-year program,” explains Br Mondol, who is proud of their performance.

                                          “They are offered, besides a starting salary of Rs 9,000, free food and accommodation on campus, free Montessori training as well as awards and recognition for outstanding teachers, as well as incentives for the best performers,” says Salesian College Sonada alumnus Mr. Jince Joseph who runs Kidzone Play School and Montessori at Vattachira near Calicut in Kerala.

                                          Miss Pratima Subba, who got placement in a private school in Bhagalpur in Bihar, is offered Rs 15,000 with free accommodation and is charged Rs 500 as a nominal cafeteria fee.

                                          Vincentian Father Fabian, who was interviewing candidates for his upcoming De Paul school in Jalalkhalli near Krishnagar in Nadia district of West Bengal, is offering Rs 14,000 per month with free food and accommodation.

                                          Fr Fabian says, “I find these girls very smart, energetic and talented. Besides their fluency in English language, they seem to have a natural ability to handle children.”

                                          The only boy in the batch is Mr Kewal Tamang, who graduated from St George School in Pedong, is still waiting for placement.

                                          The two-year Teacher Training Course (TTC) has 15 students each year while the one-year program has 30 students.

                                          Other diploma courses at Don Bosco Technical School Kalimpong include Office Management, Computer Application, Automobile Mechanic, Electrician & Wiremen, Hotel Management, Tourism, Meet & Greet, Beautician, Motor Driving Practice, Personality Development and Spoken English.

                                          Of these, three Governments of West Bengal certificate courses under Utkarsh Bangla are totally free. They are 3-month course in Hotel Management (Food & Beverage, and House Keeping) and Electrician.

                                          Utkarsh Bangla, West Bengal’s flagship skill development programme for youth designed under the guidance of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has been declared a ‘Champion Project’ at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), a United Nations organisation working for the use and development of information and communication technology (ICT).

                                          By Fr C.M. Paul, SDB

                                          • India
                                          • INC
                                          • Lavoro
                                          • Ragazze
                                          • Educazione
                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                            Italy – Wisdom of major Salesians: Fr di Mauro and Fr Voci

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                                            Italy – Wisdom of major Salesians: Fr di Mauro and Fr Voci

                                            (ANS - Rome) - "I imagine the elderly as the permanent chorus of an important spiritual sanctuary, in which prayers of supplication and songs of praise support the entire community that works and fights in the field of life." These are words of Pope Francis, a Pope who frequently invites us to pay attention to the elderly, aware that they know how to offer a glimpse into life and offer inestimable wisdom. Fr Rodolfo di Mauro, Sicilian, 101 years old, and Fr Pasquale Voci, a Calabrian, neo- centenarian, are two "major" Salesians who are highly esteemed and appreciated by their young confreres.

                                            Fr di Mauro, born 16 May 1918 in Militello, spent his life serving the charism of Don Bosco in his native Sicily. He is the historical memory of the "Salette" house of Catania and in his life he has had to face world wars, poverty, the arrogance of the mafia ... He learned to adapt continuously, to find the good in every possible opportunity, not to fear. And he can afford to say: "I have to thank the Lord for what I did. I went from oil lamps to the digital age ... I at the 'Salette' gave and received much and I learned not to be afraid of anything, not even death."

                                            Fr Voci was born on 10 June 1919 in Sant’Andrea Jonio, and devoted much of his life to school teaching. Today he resides in Salerno, a Province of Southern Italy (IME), and with the tenacity that distinguishes him, he emphasizes: "The priest to carry out his mission with dignity must be humble, always in search of the three Truths: Humanities, Biblical and Patristic. This research requires effort, bowing one's head and getting down to work."

                                            It is not a theory learned from the outside, but an experience matured on one's own skin: “During the day I worked; in the evening I ate light meals to study at night. Thus I managed to graduate and qualify for teaching. I advise everyone to invest in their studies. When the priest is rich in the three Truths, which make him a man, close to God and father, then he is 'set' as a priest; because culture is the best weapon to face (and deal with) the mission."

                                            How attractive is sound judgment in the gray-haired, and for the aged to possess good counsel!
                                            How attractive is wisdom in the aged,  and understanding and counsel in the venerable! Rich experience is the crown of the aged, and their boast is the fear of the Lord. (Sir 25, 4-6)
                                             

                                            {gallery}Don di Mauro e don Voci - 2019{/gallery}

                                            • Italia
                                            • Anziani
                                            • IME
                                            • ISI
                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                              Syria – Syrian girl who "wanted" the war to continue

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                                              (ANS - Aleppo) - In these eight years of war, the Salesians have remained in the country along with hundreds of young people and their families in Aleppo, Damascus and Kafroun. "At the beginning of the war they did not understand that we would remain," recalls the Salesian missionary Fr Alejandro León, current Provincial of the Salesians in the Middle East. But the answer was always the same: "If the community to which God has sent me is my family, how can I abandon it when it needs me most?"

                                              Everyone mourns someone who has died; many have lost what they had and most people have been forced to change residence or leave the country.

                                              Reaching Syria and getting around the country is not easy. As in the case of most pandemics, many international organizations and NGOs left the country a long time ago. However, the Church, the Salesians have never left and continue to stand alongside the population.

                                              The war has ended in the big cities, but there are still small pockets of conflict. The countless military checkpoints on roads and highways and the roar of aircraft and distant explosions continue to coexist with the thousands of cartridges and war relics that populate the fields and buildings in ruins.

                                              In these years of war, every young person can narrate dozens of anecdotes of situations of risk, tension and uncertainty. "When we would say goodbye to our parents in the morning they tried to memorize how we were dressed in case of recognition ... Or they wrote their cell phone numbers on their (children's) arms in case something happened and we had to warn them," explains Biso Aghas, a young woman from Aleppo.

                                              Majdoleen Alzukimi is 23 years old and has been attending the Salesian Youth Center in Damascus since she was seven. Her story is yet another example of all those that contain the pain and the trauma of war, but also the hope for peace and the future. Her father was recruited, like many others, for compulsory military service, and sent to the war front. "We saw him one day a week. In theory he was in a safe and close area, but the fear and concern for him always accompanied us," she recalls.

                                              Neither her nor her family can forget March 21, 2018, the day of Mother's Day in Syria. A bomb that fell on Damascus killed her father and so the young Majdoleen must be the only person in Syria who says in tears: "I wish the war in Damascus would never had ended, because its end meant that my father is dead. If the war had continued, today my father would still be alive."

                                              by Alberto López

                                              Source: Misiones Salesianas / Vida Nueva

                                              • Siria
                                              • MOR
                                              • Violenze
                                              • Guerra
                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                Peru – Earthquake destroyed even the memory: "We help our suffering brothers by giving them food and shelter"

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                                                (ANS - San Lorenzo) - It is written in a song by Julio Jaramillo: "Hate me, for pity's sake I ask you ... Hate I ask, more than indifference". It seems that "indifference" has hidden the situation of people living in the Peruvian Amazon. A month ago, on May 27th, that region was shaken by a strong earthquake that seemed to have caused no damage, but only because no one has remembered the inhabitants of the area. The Salesians, who walk with the most needy children and young people, ask that oblivion not bury the hopes of help and support for those forgotten peoples, among whom the Salesians work and give their lives as did Fr Luigi Bolla.

                                                "The largest and richest region of biodiversity in Peru is the Amazon," says E. Ortiz, "which covers 60% of the country's territory. It counts 31 ecosystems and 14,712 animal species, and hosts a plurality of ancestral cultures and over 60 ethnic groups." Yet the region is the most forgotten of all, due to the indifference of governments.

                                                The Salesians have been present since 2001. Their mission area is located in the department of Loreto, in the indigenous communities of San Lorenzo, San Fernando and Kuyuntsa, where they accompany over 8,000 children, adolescents, young people and communities.


                                                For many years, projects have been launched in favor of the communities. In San Lorenzo there is a parish, several chapels, and an itinerant service in the indigenous communities and along the banks of the Marañón river, within the VIS-Achuar Project. In San Fernando there is the Intercultural Training Center "Yánkuam Jintia", with several chapels; while in Kuyuntsa parishes, itinerant missionary services and boarding schools for young indigenous people are active.

                                                The Amazon needs the reconstruction of the infrastructure of the "Yánkuam Jintia" Intercultural Training Center in San Fernando, damaged by the earthquake, to continue to provide quality technical education and human-Christian formation to the young indigenous people of the ethnic groups Achuar, Kandozi , Mestizos and Quechua.

                                                Furthermore, the structure of the reception house for indigenous girls of the Missionary Society of San Lorenzo must be repaired, while two other missionary chapels needs to be restored to continue to "evangelize by educating and educating by evangelizing."

                                                Now it is time to help with food and shelter the brothers and sisters affected in the indigenous communities of San Lorenzo, San Fernando and Kuyuntsa, which society and the government have forgotten.

                                                • Perù
                                                • PER
                                                • Indigeni
                                                • Missioni
                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                  Italy – Beatified Edvige Carboni, Salesian Cooperator

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                                                  Italy – Beatified Edvige Carboni, Salesian Cooperator

                                                  (ANS - Pozzomaggiore) - On Saturday 15 June 2019 in Pozzomaggiore, Sardinia, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, beatified, on behalf of the Holy Father, Edvige Carboni, a humble and strong woman with a "life imbued with God", who lived a life of manual and service work, in the family and towards many needy people she met, a life filled with graces and extraordinary supernatural gifts.

                                                  Born in Pozzomaggiore on 3 May 1880, she wanted to become a religious, but had to stay close to her sick mother. Since then she spent a sober and collected domestic life, alternating household chores with moments of prayer. On July 14, 1911, the signs of the Passion of Jesus appeared on her body. This and other mystical phenomena that were attributed to her were investigated in the canonical process of 1925, to which she underwent with complete obedience. She then moved to Rome with the rest of her family, just as the Second World War was about to explode.

                                                  Since she took up residence in Rome, until her death (1938-1952), Edvige belonged to the parish of the Salesians "Saint Mary Help of Christians" on Via Tuscolana. There she went almost every morning for Mass and Communion; there she gathered in prayer, usually in the chapel of Saint Anne; most of the ecstasies and prodigious events took place there; on 25 September 1941 she also became a Salesian Cooperator.

                                                  Very devoted to the Madonna, who appeared to her several times, she received many graces from her. Many were the saints of which she had apparitions, particularly Don Bosco and Domenico Savio. In her diary there are 20 apparitions of Don Bosco, often together with Mary Help of Christians or Domenico Savio. In these apparitions Don Bosco gave her suggestions, invited her to devotion to Our Lady, encouraged her in difficulties, asked her for prayers and sacrifices, showed her the great good that the Salesians did, many of whom praised holiness, and invited her to love the Salesian Sisters.

                                                  Cardinal Becciu said in the homily of the beatification rite: “Blessed Edvige embodies the most beautiful virtues of the Sardinian woman of the time. And yet from her experience, data emerge that make her testimony more relevant than ever ... Her simple and profound spiritual experience, marked by limitless charity, boundless humility and incessant prayer, is still a current model, because it shows that even in a simple life and ordinary it is possible to experience a solid communion with God and an apostolate characterized by a passion for wounded and disadvantaged humanity.”

                                                  {gallery}Messa per beata Edvige Carboni 2019{/gallery}

                                                  • Italia
                                                  • Edvige Carboni
                                                  • Salesiani Cooperatori
                                                  • Santità Salesiana
                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                    Myanmar – Cardinal Bo: “Cry my beloved country, Myanmar!”

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                                                    Myanmar – Cardinal Bo: “Cry my beloved country, Myanmar!”

                                                    (ANS – Yangon) – A sorrowful lament, like a true pastor and a true citizen of Myanmar: it is the one launched by Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Salesian, Archbishop of Yangon and President of the Federation of Episcopal Conferences of Asia, who observes with bitterness what Myanmar was and could be and the many evils that afflict her today. And yet, he reiterates, "peace is possible, peace is the only way." The following is the text of the cardinal's letter.

                                                    Myanmar, what a great past! She was once called Suvarnabhumi – the Golden Land. A land that was blessed with treasures above the ground and below the ground. Jade, ruby, gems, gold, amber, oil, gas, tin, zinc, marble and so many precious minerals! Myanmar has 50 percent of 'Golden wood' teak in the world. Majestic rivers that dance through the seductive fields, watering luxurious forests, fields that made Myanmar the rice bowl of Asia. Myanmar seemed to be a gift of an indulgent God who loved the Myanmar people with favouritism.

                                                    Cry my Beloved Country!

                                                    With all the great treasures, Myanmar is today one of the poorest countries in South East Asia. An ugly UN tag “least developed country” continues to mutilate her face. She begs for foreign investment. The World Food Program continues to feed her hungry. Like the blind beggar begging with the golden plate, Myanmar, once the envy of the world, waits for her foreign saviors to quench her thirst with almighty dollars.

                                                    Cry my Beloved Country!

                                                    We were once the envy of the world. In the 1950s and early 1960s, we were the rich nation in south East Asia. China was in ruins, war had raped Japan, Korea was scorching in conflict, Singapore was a squatter colony, Malaysia was wounding with her own insurrection.

                                                    Myanmar was the heaven, the richest country in South East Asia, boasting the best universities and a culture seasoned by quality education and an enabling of spiritual tradition. Her children were colourful, coming from 8 majestic tribes, with 135 sub-tribes. The riot of colours and dances of her people made Myanmar a scintillating beauty of rainbow nation.

                                                    Cry my Beloved Country!

                                                    This earthly paradise was mutilated into a virtual hell. 60 years of festering conflicts. Armed groups from every tribe! Irrawaddy River, the mother of all of us is the mute witness to rivers of blood that soaked the earth. The shopping list of mutual hatred and injustice is nauseating:

                                                    • More than a million persons displaced during these wars as refugees.
                                                    • More than a million internally displaced persons.
                                                    • More than 4 million of our youth forced into distress migration and slavery.
                                                    • More than 10 million of our people (20% of population) are economically displaced. It is tears and brokenness to the weak and vulnerable in this country.
                                                    • A country where poverty rate hovers around 40 percent.

                                                    Myanmar’s suffering is not due to a bad Kamma. It is a manmade disaster. God does not will it. It is the stupidity of men who converted a golden land into nightmare. Since it is a manmade disaster, it can be stopped once for all by the good will of men – and women.

                                                    It is not late. Once we invest in hope and peace, we can return to the original Golden Land. I earnestly appeal to all those who believe only in the power of arms:

                                                    Sixty years war has brought no solution to anyone, only death and tears.

                                                    Peace is possible, peace is the only way. The gun has proved to be incapable of any solution.

                                                    The road to the Panglong Peace initiative is not perfect but it is a starting point. Give reprieve to the sound of guns, give peace a chance. Our conflicts are between siblings. Myanmar is our family. Peace is the gift we can give to each other to make it a blessed family. Peace and prosperity await this nation. No more days of hatred and war.

                                                    Let justice and peace flow like Irrawaddy River. Let true political and economic federalism, bring trust among communities. Let there be transparency. When the government ensures fairness through true participatory democracy, our wounds will heal, conflicts will become history. All armies can make their guns silent. Wage a war for peace. One army is enough and that army needs to be an army of justice and peace.

                                                    Myanmar has waited so long. Let us return to the Golden land.

                                                    Peace is possible, Peace is the only way.

                                                    Into that dream of freedom and prosperity, let my County awake.

                                                    Card. Charles Bo, SDB,

                                                    Archbishop of Yangon and President of FABC

                                                    Source: AustraLasia

                                                    • Myanmar
                                                    • Cardinali
                                                    • Charles Maung Bo
                                                    • Sociale
                                                    • Violenze
                                                    • Povertà
                                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                                      Ecuador – "Let's move to the other shore": Ecuadorian Missionary Day ad gentes

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                                                      (ANS - Quito) - On 12 June, the "Ecuadorian Missionary Day ad gentes" was celebrated in Ecuador. It was 2014 when the Ecuadorian bishops decided to celebrate this day, coinciding with the feast of the first ad gentes missionary active in Eastern Ecuador, Blessed Mercedes de Jesús Molina (1828-1883), a religious and founder, who did not hesitate to face the many challenges to cross the forests and bring the Gospel to the indigenous Jíbaros.

                                                      Mercedes de Jesús Molina, patroness of the Ecuadorian missionaries ad gentes, was born in Baba (Los Ríos, Ecuador) in 1828. She faced and tread arduous and inaccessible paths, experienced cold and solitude, but none of these extreme experiences managed to extinguish the fire for mission that burned in her heart. She was the first Ecuadorian woman to enter the “wild” regions and soon became a consolation for the Shuar tribe - where the famous Salesian missionary Fr Luigi Bolla had also been active for many years.

                                                      This year the National Day of the Ecuadorian Missionary ad gentes was celebrated following the gospel motto: "Let's move to the other shore" and recalled those who dedicate their lives to evangelization in the eight mission territories present in the Amazon region of Ecuador. In each of these territories there are several religious congregations at the service of the missions, and it is noteworthy that almost 30% of the Salesians in Ecuador are at the service of the Andean missions, in the Amazon and Afro-descendant regions.

                                                      The celebration of this day was conceived in 2014, during the assembly of the National Missionary Center (CEMINA), to answer to the great challenge that awaits the American continent, that of putting itself in a state of permanent mission. The Day represents a date to thank "the generosity of the missionaries who have crossed borders, bringing the Good News of the Gospel, experiencing the love of God and becoming missionary disciples who share their faith."

                                                      The Ecuadorian Episcopal Conference explained that the title of "missionary ad gentes" is given by the Church to priests, consecrated or lay missionaries, "who operate in the territories recognized by the Church as territories of mission ad gentes"; as did the first missionaries, such as Paul and Barnabas, who were sent to bring the good news of the Gospel to those to whom it had not yet arrived.

                                                      Today, Ecuador has eight mission areas ad gentes recognized by the Church: six Apostolic Vicariates in the Amazon Region (San Miguel de Sucumbíos, Aguarico, Napo, Puyo, Méndez-Macas and Zamora) one in the Coastal Region (Esmeraldas) and one in the Insular Region (Galapagos).

                                                      • Ecuador
                                                      • ECU
                                                      • Missioni
                                                      • Indigeni
                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                        RMG – New Provincial of India-Mumbai appointed

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                                                        RMG – New Provincial of India-Mumbai appointed

                                                        (ANS - Rome) - On the last day of the second week of the summer plenary session of the General Council, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, with the consensus of the other members of the Council, appointed Fr Savio Silveira as Provincial of the Province of India- Mumbai (INB) for the six-year period of 2019-2025.

                                                        Fr Silveira was born on 8 December 1966 in Panjim, State of Goa, India. After attending the Salesian novitiate in Nashik, he made his first vows on May 31, 1985, and perpetual vows on May 25, 1992, in Mumbai; he was ordained a priest on December 21, 1995, in his hometown.

                                                        He served in various Salesian communities: in in Chhota Udaipur as Bursar (1996-99), in Kawant as Parish Priest (1999-2000), again in Chhota Udaipur as Director and Parish Priest (2000-02) and in Baroda as Director (2002-2005).

                                                        Between 2005 and 2007, he studied International Cooperation and Development at the European School of Advanced Studies, Pavia, Italy, and obtained a Master’s Degree.

                                                        He then took over as the Executive Director of the Development Office of the Province, a post he held for eight years from 2007 to 2015. He is also the Founder of Don Bosco International School Matunga.

                                                        For the Province with headquarters in Mumbai, he was several times Provincial Councilor (2002-2005, 2009-2012 and 2012-2015), and currently holds the posts of Provincial Vicar.

                                                        He is also the Spokesperson for the "Don Bosco Green Alliance", the Salesian platform that brings together over 100 Salesian institutions around the world committed to protecting the environment and building a new generation of citizens committed to respect for Creation.

                                                        Fr Savio Silveira will assume office on Thursday, 12 September 2019. The installation ceremony will be during the Eucharist at 18:30 hrs in the Shrine of Don Bosco’s Madonna, Matunga, Mumbai. Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga will represent the Rector Major at the installation of our Eleventh Provincial.

                                                        • RMG
                                                        • INB
                                                        • Nomine
                                                        • Ispettori
                                                          Jesus Jurado

                                                          RMG – New Provincial of India-Mumbai appointed

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                                                          RMG – New Provincial of India-Mumbai appointed

                                                          (ANS - Rome) - On the last day of the second week of the summer plenary session of the General Council, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, with the consensus of the other members of the Council, appointed Fr Savio Silveira as Provincial of the Province of India- Mumbai (INB) for the six-year period of 2019-2025.

                                                          Fr Silveira was born on 8 December 1966 in Panjim, State of Goa, India. After attending the Salesian novitiate in Nashik, he made his first vows on May 31, 1985, and perpetual vows on May 25, 1992, in Mumbai; he was ordained a priest on December 21, 1995, in his hometown.

                                                          He served in various Salesian communities: in in Chhota Udaipur as Bursar (1996-99), in Kawant as Parish Priest (1999-2000), again in Chhota Udaipur as Director and Parish Priest (2000-02) and in Baroda as Director (2002-2005).

                                                          Between 2005 and 2007, he studied International Cooperation and Development at the European School of Advanced Studies, Pavia, Italy, and obtained a Master’s Degree.

                                                          He then took over as the Executive Director of the Development Office of the Province, a post he held for eight years from 2007 to 2015. He is also the Founder of Don Bosco International School Matunga.

                                                          For the Province with headquarters in Mumbai, he was several times Provincial Councilor (2002-2005, 2009-2012 and 2012-2015), and currently holds the posts of Provincial Vicar.

                                                          He is also the Spokesperson for the "Don Bosco Green Alliance", the Salesian platform that brings together over 100 Salesian institutions around the world committed to protecting the environment and building a new generation of citizens committed to respect for Creation.

                                                          Fr Savio Silveira will assume office on Thursday, 12 September 2019. The installation ceremony will be during the Eucharist at 18:30 hrs in the Shrine of Don Bosco’s Madonna, Matunga, Mumbai. Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga will represent the Rector Major at the installation of our Eleventh Provincial.

                                                          • India
                                                          • INB
                                                          • Nomine
                                                          • Ispettori
                                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                                            Italy – Muslim and Christian youths pray together for concluding Ramadan celebration

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                                                            Italy – Muslim and Christian youths pray together for concluding Ramadan celebration

                                                            (ANS - Naples) - For the third consecutive year, at the "Don Bosco" Salesian Institute in Naples, there was the celebration of the end of Ramadan, with the Unaccompanied Foreign Minors welcomed in the Community dedicated to them, namely "Il Ponte", or the bridge. This year the experience was enriched by the young people of the new "La Zattera" Reception Center, also managed by the Salesians, which welcomes children in a state of emergency in the city of Naples, and of the "PuntoGiò" project, in collaboration with "SCS Salesiani per il Sociale" and the bank "Intesa San Paolo", their efforts dedicated to young immigrants now adults, with housing difficulties and without reference points.

                                                            On the evening of Saturday, June 8th, about 60 immigrant youngsters, both Muslims and Christians, gathered with the children and families of the oratory to give birth to this party.

                                                            Hassan, from Ghana, on behalf of the children of the Ponte, greeted those present by saying: "We are 15 minors, but with us there are also young adults, for a total of 26 young people ... On Saturday evening, with the 'PuntoGiò' project, we invite our other immigrant friends and the number goes up to over 40. We come from various countries. Some of us have been in Italy for two years, others for a few days, almost all arrived with the famous boats ... And many of us have also passed through the famous Libyan prisons ... But these stories, thank God, have passed. Most of us are Muslims, but there are also Christians. We are well together, without difficulty, but above all we are good and well at 'Don Bosco' ... Here there is no one first these or first the others ... Here we all feel first!"

                                                            Karim, from Egypt, presenting the meaning of Ramandan's celebration, emphasized: "We want to pray and celebrate with you, especially with our Christian brothers, because God is one, the same God, ours and yours: the God of Abraham. Praying together for us is important, it is not the first time ... even at Christmas we prayed together. It is important because only in this way can we say that we are brothers, we love each other and there are no wars or hatred."

                                                            The evening began with a moment of Christian and Muslim prayer. Moussa and Aliu, Muslim boys from Senegal, sang Islamic prayers; Julius, a Christian from Nigeria, sang "Jesus, You are Great". The moment of prayer ended with the exchange of peace between all.

                                                            The same boys then organized the rest of the evening, with traditional African and Asian dishes and a musical moment.

                                                            The Salesians of the "Don Bosco" of Naples strongly believe in these moments of integration as important gestures to educate young people to the faith. 

                                                            {gallery}IME - Fine Ramadan 2019{/gallery}

                                                            • Italia
                                                            • IME
                                                            • Dialogo
                                                            • Islam
                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                              Colombia – Fantastic story of child working landfill at 6, now studying Law

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                                                              Colombia – Fantastic story of child working landfill at 6, now studying Law

                                                              (ANS - Medellin) - Juan David says that at the age of 6 he collected garbage to support his two younger siblings in Medellín, Colombia. Currently, he is instead a student of the Latin American Autonomous University where he attends the courses of Jurisprudence. In the middle of these two phases, there was the Salesian "Ciudad Don Bosco" house of Medellín.

                                                              Juan David is one of those people (today there are 158 million) who knows full well what child labor is, because he himself was exploited in this way. When he was 6, Fernando, aged 3, and Maria, just one, would wait for his return every day so as to get something to eat. He had begun to beg, but still couldn't quite scrape enough to feed them. It was then that he decided to work as a 'recycler'. "It's the word we use to define children who work in landfills in search of some object that may have an economic value," he told the COPE portal.

                                                              Juan David is the son of his mother's first husband, who died shortly after his birth, and his siblings have another father. "My mother rarely appeared inside the house, she was very neglected ... The problem arose when they got sick and we needed more money for medicines."

                                                              Before the mafias of drugs, sexual exploitation, or paramilitaries managed to get their hands on him, in 2007 he was lucky enough to run into Juan Carlos Reigota, Coordinator of the "Derecho a Soñar" project. "He took us to study at 'Ciudad Don Bosco, at the Salesians".

                                                              James Alexander Areiza of "Ciudad Don Bosco" explains: "We have been working for 54 years with the most vulnerable population in Medellín, the department of Antioquia and many other areas of Colombia. We are committed Salesians and lay people who do a job of human, academic and professional formation." Areiza also specified that they are trying to "remove these children from the street, from drugs, from sexual exploitation and from war. Many are child soldiers and continue to be threatened by criminal gangs."

                                                              "Recently," says Juan David, "I met some of my childhood friends and I was surprised to see how many of them have problems with drugs. They were even surprised when they saw me again; they thought I was dead, as happened to many others who they no longer saw... And they were amazed even when I explained to them that my life had changed and that I was even studying at university."

                                                              On his future Juan David has no doubts: "I want my work from now on to focus on helping those children and young people who face a kind of life that is very difficult to get out of."

                                                              Source: COPE

                                                              • Colombia
                                                              • Ciudad Don Bosco
                                                              • COM
                                                              • Bambini di Strada
                                                              • Sfruttamento minorile
                                                              • Lavoro Minorile
                                                              • Opzione Preferenziale
                                                              • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                Spain – IUS Europe in Madrid: University and Education Ministry

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                                                                Spain – IUS Europe in Madrid: University and Education Ministry

                                                                (ANS - Madrid) - The Director of the Salesian University School of Sarriá (EUSS), Andreu Moreno, Coordinator of the Salesian Higher Education Institutes (IUS) of Europe, and Fr Marcelo Farfán, Coordinator General of the IUS, attended the meeting of IUS Europe in Madrid, 5 and 6 June, at the Center for Higher Studies (CES) "Don Bosco". The event brought together representatives of the 7 European university institutions: CES (Madrid), EUSS (Barcelona), ISBJ (Zilina), IUSTO (Turin), IUSVE (Venice), Jabok (Prague) and UPS (Rome).

                                                                The meeting followed up on the activities that correspond to both the common program of IUS at both global and continental levels. To this end, contributions were provided regarding the application of the document "Orienteering for Salesian University Pastoral Care", the formation course for IUS directors and the development of the new website.

                                                                A Salesian university cannot do without a pastoral care for the university. “The University Pastoral Care,” it is stated at the Salesian Polytechnic University of Ecuador, “constitutes the transversal axis of all university activity. It directs the various practical realizations of the Salesian presence in the field of university. Its action is aimed at raising awareness of the university educational community and, above all, it has the mission of promoting academic excellence as a base for transforming social action, respecting religious, social diversity, cultural, ethnic, age and sexual relations of people and groups, in order to contribute to the construction of an equitable, ecumenical and intercultural society.”

                                                                The Madrid meeting discussed the formation proposal for pastoral animators elaborated by the group of Pastoral Coordinators of European IUS. Also, the European nuclei of the Education Group of the IUS presented the planning of a new study on interculturality and education to be developed in the next two years.

                                                                It was also important to analyze the research situation in the different institutes and the possible strategies to be developed to meet the needs that higher education in Europe is experimenting.

                                                                Finally, there was a presentation of the publication: "Salesian Charism and Higher Education", material designed to accompany all educators and teachers of Salesian universities.

                                                                The Constitutions of the Salesians of Don Bosco affirm: “... to educate and evangelize following a project of integral formation of man, oriented to Christ, the perfect man.”

                                                                • Spagna
                                                                • IUS
                                                                • Europe
                                                                • SSM
                                                                • Pastorale Universitaria
                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                  Philippines – 3 Year EAO Salesian Studies Seminar Workshop concludes

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                                                                  Philippines – 3 Year EAO Salesian Studies Seminar Workshop concludes

                                                                  (ANS – Batulao) – With the third EAO Salesian Studies Seminar Workshop held in Batulao (8 - 29 May), a three year cycle of Salesianity Program (2017-2019) came to an end. All together there have been 15 consistent participants since 2017. Several EAO Provinces have consistently sent the same confrere(s) and Lay Mission Partners (LMP), who are becoming resource persons in their respective SDB provinces, SDB Delegations or Salesian Cooperators Associations. There is a growing number of Lay mission partners participating every year.

                                                                  With this third year of EAO Salesian Studies (Salesianity) seminar-workshop the first cycle on Don Bosco History (2017) - Don Bosco Pedagogy (2018) and Don Bosco Spirituality (2019) has concluded. Most of the EAO provinces benefit from training Salesians, Salesian Cooperators or Salesian Lay Mission Partners. The largest number from one single province comes from THA (Thailand - Cambodia - Laos) as a strong sign of commitment for the formation of mission partners. Last year there was also one participant from Africa-Madagascar Region - Province AFO (French speaking Western Africa), and this year, Fr. Michael Pace - SUE (USA East - Canada) Province.

                                                                  “We give thanks to all resource persons, this year Fr. Mike Winstanley (Great Britain) and many others from the EAO region. We very much appreciate the priceless contribution of all translators (especially the Provincial of THA Fr. John Bosco Theparat Pitisant and Fr. Anusit) as well all those in the FIN province, who contributed in many ways to the not-so-easy logistic transfer from Paranaque (Don Bosco Center of Studies, 2017-2018) to Batulao Retreat House” the organizers say.

                                                                  All together over the past 3 years, the participants 'mastered' 25 courses (themes) at an average of 2 days per course for an equivalent of nearly 60 days, meaning 480 hours of study, reflection and research. With this East Asia Oceania Project, each one of the attendees will become in turn another resource person for the Lay Mission Partners and other Salesian Family members in their respective countries.

                                                                  Source: AustraLasia

                                                                  • Filippine
                                                                  • Asia EstOceania
                                                                  • Laici
                                                                  • Scuola di Salesianità
                                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                    RMG – Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Fr Silvio Galli, SDB, begun

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                                                                    RMG – Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Fr Silvio Galli, SDB, begun

                                                                    (ANS - Rome) - On 12 June 2019, the 7th anniversary of the ascent to heaven of Fr Silvio Galli, the bishop of Brescia, Msgr. Pierantonio Tremolada, was presented with the Supplex libellus, that is the official instance with which the Salesian Congregation asks for the opening of the diocesan Inquiry into the virtues, the fame of holiness and signs of Fr Silvio Galli, Professed Priest of the Society of Saint Francis of Sales.

                                                                    Fr Silvio Galli was born on 10 September 1927 in Palazzolo Milanese, the first of eight brothers. After attending the Salesian Institute "Sant'Ambrogio" in Milan, he carried out the novitiate in Montodine (CR), made his first profession as a Salesian on 11 September 1943 and perpetual profession in 1949. Ordained a priest on 1 July 1953, he completed practical training in Varese and fostered a deep spiritual friendship with Domenichino Zamberletti, a little boy who died in the concept of holiness.

                                                                    Destined for the house in Bologna, he obtained a degree in Literature and from 1959 until the end of his life he was in Chiari (Brescia), dedicating himself in the first years to teaching aspirants to Salesian life and then, over the years, more and more in the generous service to the poor, immigrants, prisoners, those who are hungry, those who have no homes, drug addicts, alcoholics, the mentally ill, and varied forms of material, spiritual and moral poverty. In the reception of very many people he exercises the ministry of listening, of consolation, of reconciliation and of exorcism.

                                                                    He animates and takes care of the formation of the Salesian Cooperators, of the members of the ADMA, of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco and of numerous volunteers who collaborate in his charitable work. With the help of generous volunteers and benefactors, he founded the "Auxilium" reception center. With life and word he teaches us to discover and serve Christ in the poor, bearing witness to the love of the Good Shepherd.

                                                                    This is how he presented himself: "I am but a poor priest ... It amazes me also that all the people afflicted by problems, sometimes unsolvable, turn to me ... Only with prayer, a very powerful weapon, with faith in the Madonna and her son Jesus, sometimes these problems are solved."

                                                                    He concludes his earthly life on 12 June 2012, surrounded by a widespread reputation for holiness and signs. With the Cause of Fr Silvio Galli, the candidates for the holiness of the Salesian Family rise to 169.

                                                                    • Vaticano
                                                                    • Silvio Galli
                                                                    • Santità Salesiana
                                                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                      Mali – For future of youth the need to improve educational quality of Sikasso

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                                                                      Mali – For future of youth the need to improve educational quality of Sikasso

                                                                      (ANS - Sikasso) - Salesian missionaries arrived in Mali 35 years ago to work with disadvantaged children and young people, give them quality education and improve their lives. Bamako, Sikasso and Touba are today the three Salesian houses in Mali. Unfortunately, here in this country too, children and young people have to deal with violence. The Salesians, for their part, bet on education as one of the most important means to get out of poverty, violence and the absence of peace.

                                                                      A few years ago the magazine of "Misiones Salesianas" in Madrid reported: "The population of Mali, after a year marked by violence, could neither sow nor harvest. Children will not see the colors of spring shine because their future is imperfect. Whether their future can be perfect depends on us. We take advantage of the joy of Easter to become a light that helps, after a year of darkness, to bring forth a new spring." Unfortunately it seems that this situation has not changed, and there have been more "deaths, massacres, kidnappings, attacks on churches and a Christian religious procession," the Spanish newspaper El País wrote in recent months.

                                                                      But in May, the Spanish Salesian NGO "Solidaridad Don Bosco" began to develop a project to expand the Salesian educational center in Sikasso. The project, which relies on the support of the Spanish municipalities of Utrera and Pozoblanco, has a duration of 12 months, so it is expected to be completed in May 2020, and will benefit young people in situations of exclusion served by the center.

                                                                      The center currently has a student body of 430 students and 11 classrooms, so the spaces are clearly insufficient with respect to the needs. In order to improve the service offered by the center and the quality of education, a building was built with 8 additional classrooms which, thanks to this project, will be fully equipped; the project also includes the recruitment of the necessary teachers.

                                                                      The center offers vocational training in the Automotive, Electrical and Metal Construction sectors; however, with the new classrooms, it will also provide additional training during holiday periods, through recreational and leisure activities.

                                                                      "Solidaridad Don Bosco" not only thanks its supporters, but also wants to continue to inform about the good done for young people and the new steps that are being taken in this project, which represents a small but significant step for children and young boys and girls of Mali to develop professionally and have opportunities for their future.

                                                                      • Mali
                                                                      • Missioni
                                                                      • Educazione
                                                                      • ONG
                                                                      • Spagna
                                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                        Ecuador – "Mary Help of Christians" parish officially becomes Diocesan Marian Sanctuary

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                                                                        (ANS - Quito) - Before the month dedicated to the patron saint of the Salesians ended, on Thursday, May 30, 2019, Msgr. Alfredo Espinoza Mateus, SDB, archbishop of Quito and Primate of Ecuador, presided the Eucharist during which the parish of Mary Help of Christians in Quito was consecrated as a Diocesan Shrine. Hundreds of parishioners and members of the Salesian Family took part in the celebration.

                                                                        One of the celebration's most emotional moments was the blessing of the statue of Mary Help of Christians and the site's incensation where it was placed, by Msgr. Espinoza, with the presence of Fr Romulo Sanmartín, SDB, parish priest. At the end of the enthronement rite, all those present welcomed with joy the representation of the Mother of God and Mother of Don Bosco in the new Diocesan Marian Sanctuary.

                                                                        The center's history began in 1925 when the Salesians arrived in the "El Girón" quarter of Quito. Ten years later, on 2 June 1935, a public chapel dedicated to Mary Help of Christians was inaugurated. On 30 May 1957, Cardinal Carlos María de la Torre erected the parish of Mary Help of Christians. Later, on 28 November 1971, the present temple was solemnly consecrated, with the presence of Cardinal Pablo Muñoz Vega.

                                                                        From the very beginning this church has attracted a large number of faithful, devotees of Mary. For this reason a formal request was made that it not only be considered a territorial church, but for it to become a church of Quito. On 3 April 2019, Msgr. Fausto Trávez, OFM, signed the decree of erection and the denomination of Diocesan Marian Sanctuary.

                                                                        According to Fr Sanmartín there are three elements that characterize a sanctuary: first, that it is a place of sure sanctification; second, that it is a place of pilgrimage; and third, that it is a place where one is helped and that is, in this case, the Mother of God will be of help to all the sons and daughters who will visit her.

                                                                        This new name of the Salesian church also implies new pastoral challenges for the community of Don Bosco's spiritual Sons and the lay people who accompany it, as it becomes necessary to care for the pilgrims who shall constantly visit and to make Mary Help of Christians known in the surrounding neighborhoods - especially given the large presence of schools, universities, public and private institutions.

                                                                        • Ecuador
                                                                        • ECU
                                                                        • Maria Ausiliatrice
                                                                        • Vescovi
                                                                        • Alfredo Espinoza Mateus
                                                                          Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                          Great Britain – Salesian Old Boy honoured by Queen

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                                                                          Great Britain – Salesian Old Boy honoured by Queen

                                                                          (ANS – Rome) – Father Michael Fava, the most senior Catholic Army Chaplain, has been awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Fr Michael is a former pupil of Salesian College, Farnborough.

                                                                          In November 2018, Fr Michael was appointed Deputy Chaplain General, the first Catholic to be appointed to this post.

                                                                          Speaking of the Honour, Fr Michael said “I am stunned by this news, but very grateful for the acknowledgement that it represents for Catholic chaplaincy in the Army, and of the role of the Catholic Bishopric of the Forces. It is a tremendous honour to receive this on everyone’s behalf.”

                                                                          He was commissioned into the Royal Army Chaplains Department in 1997. As well as serving in the UK and Northern Ireland he has served in Germany and Cyprus and served on operational tours of duty in Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Kosovo, and Afghanistan.

                                                                          He was created an Honorary Chaplain to the Queen in 2017. He was Apostolic Administrator of the Bishopric of the Forces during the period ‘sede vacante’ May 2015 – Sep 2018.

                                                                          Fr Michael is a priest of the Diocese of Portsmouth and an old boy of the Salesian College, Farnborough.

                                                                          Bishop Paul Mason, Bishop of the Forces, said, “With over two decades in service as an Army chaplain, Fr Michael Fava has distinguished himself though his unique blend of dedicated professionalism and sensitive pastoral and priestly service. In receiving the CBE Fr Michael’s faithful commitment to his priestly vocation and his service as chaplain to the British Army are recognised and valued in a very important way. All of us in the Catholic Bishopric of the Forces are very proud of him and very happy to see him honoured in this way by the Queen.”

                                                                          by Barry Hudd

                                                                          • Gran Bretagna
                                                                          • GBR
                                                                          • Exallievi
                                                                          • Militari
                                                                          • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                                                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                            Brazil – Many prizes and awards for Salesians

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                                                                            Brazil – Many prizes and awards for Salesians

                                                                            (ANS - Campo Grande) - In recent days, Salesian brother Damião de Jesus Souza and Fr Ângelo Cesar Cenerino, of the Province of Brazil-Campo Grande, received honorary citizenship from the municipality of Primavera do Leste, in the State of Mato Grosso. At the same time two other Salesians from the same Province, Fr João Marcos de Araújo Ramos and Fr Tiago Figueiró, received the "Pope John Paul II" Award from the municipality of Campo Grande.

                                                                            The title of "honorary citizen" was given to the two spiritual Sons of Don Bosco for their respective services rendered to local society in the care of children and young people, especially those most in need. As stated by the First Secretary of the Municipal Council of Primavera do Leste, Dr. Kinha Juriti, this tribute "is a way to thank and congratulate for all that has been done for the city; that, it is true, has only 33 years of history, but it must be considered that this is how a solid future is built."

                                                                            Fr Cenerino is today pastor of the church of N.S. de La Salette and director of the Salesian community. “This title makes sense only thanks to the Salesian Mission that welcomed me 35 years ago in Araçatuba and has always given me the conditions and support for the realization of the mission, as a Salesian and as a priest who exercises the ministry in favor of the people of God, especially for young people," he commented.

                                                                            The "maestro Damião", as he is known in the city, is the President of the Salesian Social Center, supported in collaboration by the Municipality, the Salesian Mission and the parish of N.S. de La Salette, and which has already contributed to changing the lives of about 5,000 people living in conditions of social vulnerability. The project currently serves around 200 children and adolescents between 7 and 13 years of age.

                                                                            At the same time, Fr de Araújo Ramos, Pro-Rector of Pastoral and Community Affairs of the Catholic University of Don Bosco, and Fr Figueiró, Councilor for Diocesan Pastoral in Três Lagoas, were awarded the "Pope John Paul II" Prize by the Municipal Chamber of Campo Grande: a tribute to the Christians, religious and laity, who have distinguished themselves for the important works done for the benefit of the citizenship.

                                                                            Fr de Araújo Ramos has held numerous posts in the service of Salesian higher education; while Fr Figueiró has recently developed the historical research "Cabreúva: from the secret to the prose", which has thrown new lights on the roots of Campo Grande.

                                                                            • Brasile
                                                                            • BCG
                                                                            • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                              India – Farewell to Fr Stroscio, great missionary, friend of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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                                                                              India – Farewell to Fr Stroscio, great missionary, friend of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

                                                                              (ANS - Calcutta) - Salesian Fr Rosario Stroscio, for 40 years chaplain of the Missionaries of Charity of Mother Teresa, as well as, at 97 years of age, the oldest Salesian of the India-Calcutta Province, passed away last 9 June. The funeral is scheduled for Friday, June 14, at 14:30 local time, at the Marian shrine of Bandel.

                                                                              According to what Fr Mathew George, INC Provincial Secretary, has reported, Fr Stroscio started having a high fever from the previous evening, immediately after participating in the Mass. Visited by a doctor and after taking some medicine, he seemed to have recovered, but was in any case given the anointing of the sick. As he had difficulty breathing during the night, he was taken to the Ruby hospital where he died on Sunday morning 9.

                                                                              Fr Stroscio, one of the 460 Salesian missionaries to travel to India from 1906 to today, was born in Furnari, Sicily, in 1922. He reached India as a teenager in 1939, after leaving Sicily in the footsteps of the missionaries who had so impressed him in his youth. A life of commitment and poverty began. "We were very poor, but cheerful," he told the Corriere della Sera newspaper a few years ago.

                                                                              He nevertheless endured his cross and explained Christianity to the Indians with simplicity. Because "it is a difficult religion only for those who have studied too much," he explained. "They immediately understood concepts like the resurrection and immortality of the soul. It was a kind of obviousness." In the first month already 20 had asked to be baptized. And it was only the beginning.

                                                                              In his long life he had to overcome many difficulties: like when in 1940 Mussolini declared war on the United Kingdom - of which India was still a colony - and he was interned in a camp. They treated him well, but in the Rajastan desert there were almost 50° C and the prisoners were beginning to die. Thus the missionary and his other companions in misfortune were moved to a place at the foot of the Himalayas. They were released only in 1944 and Fr Stroscio resumed his mission.

                                                                              Many were the events of historical importance he was witness to, but in the mind of the missionary above all there was the moment of the first meeting with Mother Teresa. "I saw her for the first time in the Cathedral of Calcutta in 1948," he recalled. "She was very intelligent. She had a gift for languages and a great big smile. She understood that I had understood her, and I understood that she understood me. She looked for the face of Jesus in others, and found Him in the dying, the disinherited, the disabled, the orphans and women rendered mad by violence."

                                                                              In addition to building the church dedicated to Mary Help of Christians in Gobra, Calcutta, Fr Stroscio was the first National President of the Indian chapter of the Marian Movement for Priests, which he served for various mandates starting in the 1970s.

                                                                              A former History Professor at the Salesian Institute of Sonada and then INC Provincial (1967-1973), he was accused of the trumped-up crime of "conversion" during his missionary service in Maliapota, in the diocese of Krishnagar, and risked being deported. It was then that Mother Teresa intervened in his favor. She asked the Marxist government to have him as chaplain of the Missionaries of Charity at the large rehabilitation center of "Prem Dan", also in Calcutta. The authorities withdrew the expulsion order and from 1979 Fr Stroscio continued to reside in Calcutta.

                                                                              The Salesian was able to "repay his debt" with the future saint some years later when, in 1997, Mother Teresa was hospitalized for heart problems. The then Archbishop of Calcutta, Msgr. Henry Sebastian D’Souza, asked Fr Stroscio to pray for her and to give her the anointing of the sick. The two prayed together and on that occasion the religious woman recovered.

                                                                              Fr Stroscio got to know the Venerable Francesco Convertini (1898-1976) especially during the last years in which they lived in the same religious community. He was his provincial superior and director of the community in which Father Convertini died on 11 February 1976.

                                                                              The words with which Fr Stroscio concluded the announcement of the death of Fr Convertini: "All his life was a magnificent testimony of the most fruitful technique of priestly ministry and missionary work. We can summarize it in the simple expression: 'To win souls for Christ there is no medium more powerful than goodness and love!' " Words that are also confirmed by the long and laborious missionary life of Fr Stroscio.

                                                                              Sources: Matters India, Corriere della Sera

                                                                              • India
                                                                              • INC
                                                                              • Decessi
                                                                              • Missioni
                                                                              • Madre Teresa
                                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                                Mexico – 75-year success at "Revolución", thanks to charism of Don Bosco

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                                                                                (ANS - Guadalajara) - The Salesian center of "Revolución" in Guadalajara has recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. The celebrations began last May 24, on the occasion of the feast of Mary Help of Christians, with the Eucharist presided by the Provincial of Mexico-Guadalajara, Fr Hugo Orozco Sánchez, in the presence of the center's Director, Fr Óscar Miguel Martínez, of the Rector of the church, Fr Arnulfo Fajardo, of many Salesians, members of the Salesian Family, pupils and past pupils together with their families, parishioners and many sympathizers of the Salesian house.

                                                                                The Salesian center on "Avenida Revolución" began when the local archbishop, Msgr. José Garibi Rivera, in 1935 entrusted the care of the chapel dedicated to Mary Help of Christians to the Salesians. Soon the chapel, in addition to offering Eucharistic celebrations, became a festive oratory. Beginning in 1947, through the work of Fr Ignacio Sandoval, the "Mexico School" was born, which took care of children and young people most in need. Later, in 1963, the school was incorporated into the Secretariat of Public Education and opened its doors to become the "Anahuac Revolución" Salesian School, exclusively for males;  next to the church of Mary Help of Christians was the girls' school; and all this complex, for decades, has formed a single Salesian presence.

                                                                                During the homily of the Mass, Fr Orozco recalled "Mary Help of Christians as a maternal example, companion and mediator, as a loving figure who discovers that she is loved by God." After the celebration, the “75 años de luz” festival was held in the school premises, a circus arts show that ended with fireworks and that represented an allegory of day and night, of lights and of shadows, in homage to those who through this time and in that place have been light for hundreds of children and young people.

                                                                                Fr Martínez, for his part, said on the sidelines of the celebrations: "The success of these 75 years has been the charism of Don Bosco, the way of treating children. We have been a home where they have always been able to feel loved and welcomed: we have become a family, a courtyard where we can meet and make friends, a school where we can find God and discover sacramental life."

                                                                                The Salesian center in "avenida Revolución" in Guadalajara is currently composed of the church dedicated to Mary Help of Christians and the Salesian school "Anahuac Revolución", which is one of the three Salesian schools in this city, served by a single community of Salesians. 

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                                                                                • Messico
                                                                                • MEG
                                                                                • Anniversari
                                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano
                                                                                  ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana