(ANS – New York) – Math is no man’s land for many, both young and old. But not in the class of New York-based Filipino teacher Ramil ‘Ram’ Buenaventura, Salesian past-pupil. Students are all eyes and ears as he sways and dances in front of the white board to teach equations. Those who used to hate Math are suddenly interested in numbers. Yawning, doodling, and staring out the window or on the floor are unheard-of in his classroom at Renaissance Charter School, Jackson Heights. Even cellphones are welcome in his class because some of the apps aid learning. Moreover, students have fun playing games as a reward for a job well done. Parents and fellow teachers know how Ram’s singing and dancing in the classroom catches everyone’s attention and helps them learn, and even love, Math.
(ANS - Rome) - The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with the consent of the General Council, appointed Fr Marko Košnik as new Provincial of the "Saints Cyril and Methodius" Province of Slovenia (SLO) for the six-year term: 2018-2024.
(ANS - Turin) - To best celebrate the 150th anniversary of the consecration of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Turin, scheduled 9 June 2018, the Special Circumscription of Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta (ICP) has launched an initiative of unity, fraternity and spirituality in solidarity at the Congregation-wide level: for each single Province, a specific day of prayer will be offered. For this reason, every Province is urged to send a candle to Valdocco; the candle will be lit before the painting of Mary Help of Christians. Below is the message of Fr Guido Errico, director at Mother Mary Help of Christians.
Uruguay - "Aristophanes": transmitting a message like Don Bosco used to
(ANS - Montevideo) - Although not everyone has passed through the doors of a Salesian institute, those who are part of "Aristophanes" feel absolutely part of the example of Don Bosco and try to transmit his values through their art. This is what three members of this parodic theater company claim; they are: Juan Ignacio Cristóbal, Winston Gorgal and Daniel Javier.
THE DARK FACE OF INTERNET
If we wanted to find a metaphor to fully describe the revolution caused to society since the introduction and use of the Internet, we could certainly compare this phenomenon to the discovery of a new planet, a new continent, a territory continuously being explored that we cannot manage to fully fathom, one we repeatedly marvel at, that surprises us with ever-new aspects and unexpressed potential.
RMG - Formation course for new Provincials
(ANS - Rome) - The formation course for the new Provincials is currently taking place at the Salesian headquarters in Rome. Eight Salesian Provincials from three regions are participating. The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, will entrust each of them guidelines and a roadmap to empower their roles as guides and animators.
Spain - Young people need authentic and credible educators
(ANS - Madrid) - The Youth Ministry Department of the Spanish Episcopal Conference presented a summary of the contributions received for the next Synod on young people. What is the relationship of young people to the Church? Do favorable environments for vocational discernment exist? What hopes do young people in Europe have today? These are some of the questions asked through a special questionnaire to young people, who say they feel listened to by the Church, but who also ask that more time and more people become involved in listening to their needs.