(ANS - Sao Paulo) - On the third day of his visit to the "Mary Help of Christians" Province of Sao Paulo on Monday, October 16, Rector Major Ángel Fernández Artime went to Campinas-SP, a city of about 1 million inhabitants in which the Salesians have developed a vast number of projects with the community.
(ANS - Rome) - "My dear friends, these are times for hope, not complaints." With this positive outlook on the present and the future, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, has again sent a message of animation to all the Salesians and the Salesian Family across the globe through a new video of the series: "Dear Brothers".
(ANS - Sao Paulo) - On his second day of his visit to the San Paulo Province (BSP), Rector Major Ángel Fernández Artime presided over the Eucharistic celebration in which four young Salesians made their perpetual profession.
Italy - Cultivating the Art of Dreaming. The mission of a Salesian educator
(ANS - Catania) - "When a group of teachers gets together, for sure they're speaking ill of their students ... That's why I avoid them. At recess, I prefer staying with the kids, living the Salesian dimension of the playground, the hallways. You get to know about students in a different way compared to when you're in front of them in the classroom." Pronouncing these words is Marco Pappalardo, a 41-year-old teacher of Literature and educator from Catania, who grew up in the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM).
We want to LISTEN to your desires, your expectations and your uncertainties!
They call us YOUTH experts. I do not know if we are experts, but one thing is certain: we Salesians have youth in our DNA since the moment Don Bosco dreamed of us, thought of us. Our identity is so tied to them that one cannot conceive a Salesian as being far away from young people.
France - Eurobosco 2017. Past Pupils of Don Bosco for the Family
(ANS - Samoens) - Four days to discuss Visions, Challenges and Ideas of Don Bosco's Past Pupils for their Future: this was the XII edition of "Eurobosco", the European congress dedicated to all the past pupils of the Salesian institutes of the Old Continent. Held from 12 to 15 October in Samoens, France, it took place at one of the holiday villages built by the French Past Pupils as part of their social projects.
RMG – Reflection on the Rosary
(ANS – Rome) – “My mother having been raised from the age of 5 to 14 in what was then Mary Help of Christians Orphanage in North Haledon, N.J., loved the Rosary. Later, now married and with kids (six), she would often have us stay together after supper to say the Rosary as a family. My Protestant father, just back from bearing the heat of the day working at Ploch Farms in Clifton, was there of course. Invariably, one of the intentions she announced would be ‘that Daddy become a Catholic.’ Of course all eyes went to Daddy. What did he feel like sitting right there?”
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
HAVING DEEP ROOTS, BEING FLEXIBLE, AND BEING RICH IN WHAT IS ESSENTIAL
I shall never forget the wise life lesson which the fir trees of the beautiful forest of Vallombrosa gave me. My cordial greetings, dear readers, and all the members of our dear Salesian Family. I wish to offer you a reflection that I made from a very concrete experience that I had recently – a lesson from nature.