(ANS – Bratislava) – This year, the Salesian parish and church of St. John Bosco in Trnávka, Bratislava, celebrates the 80th anniversary of its consecration. This is one of the first sites where the Slovak sons of Don Bosco have come. Firstly, it was an area of poor worker barracks behind the borders of the town. “When the Salesians first came in 1938, they wanted to spread faith and culture to this periphery of Bratislava. In 1938, the first Salesians were not welcomed by the local people who threw stones at them, but the Salesians didn't give up… Finally the church was sanctified on June 4, 1939,” said director of the Salesian community, Fr Tibor Reimer, SDB.
(ANS – Rangajan) – The Don Bosco Center Rangajan, located in Assam, India, will be able to construct several restroom facilities that include 50 new toilets and a septic tank, thanks to funding from Salesian Missions donors. The project is part of a Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative” which will ensure that the mostly poor, indigenous residents from a number of remote villages who use the center will have access to adequate facilities.
(ANS – El Obeid) – As has been the case in other years, past pupils from the Don Bosco Centre in Seoul have rallied to help Salesian vocational centres elsewhere, this time in Khartoum and El Obeid, Sudan. Working closely with Mr Lin Chanwoo, a past pupil from Batch 7, Br Marino Bois, SDB, spent 7 weeks in Sudan at these vocational training centres, repairing machines, helping the teacher find an easy way to make tools.
RMG – Fr Daniel García: "I was able to see other Don Boscos in the world, serving the poor and the rejected in the Salesian style"
(ANS - Rome) - The mission of the Youth Ministry Dicastery is to accompany the commitment of the Salesians and lay people who work among disadvantaged young people. In view of the World Consultation aka Consulta on Marginalization and Youth at Risk (Rome, 27-31 March), we met with Fr Daniel García, SDB, of the Youth Ministry Dicastery, head of the Social Works and Services Sector for youth at risk, who has traveled around the world learning about and accompanying experiences of Salesian service with the poor, the abandoned and the marginalized young people.
It's not a coincidence ... it's synchronicity!
Augusta is a 20-year-old girl and when she smiles her face lights up, with a gaze that is frank and full of life. Nobody could imagine that she is a survivor of the streets of Freetown, Sierra Leone. This young woman could very well call herself a "warrior" on her Facebook profile and she would not be lying.
Ecuador - Towards the centenary of "Editorial Don Bosco"
(ANS - Cuenca) - As part of a visit by the Provincial of the Salesian Province of Ecuador, Fr Francisco Sánchez, on Monday, March 18, the Salesian publishing house "Editorial Don Bosco" (Edibosco) has started celebrating the 100th anniversary of its education service, through various events that took place in the city of Cuenca, with the participation of directors, members of the house council and collaborators of the publishing house of different cities.
Brazil – Educating to the faith in a society marked by individualism
(ANS - Brasilia) - Today there is a strong tendency towards individualism which, together with the growing fragility of community life, generates not only isolation but also indifference and strengthening of hatred and division.
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LET US LEARN TO LOOK “WITH THE EYES OF GOD”
I listened to the testimonies of dozens of young people during World Youth Day and the wonderful celebration of Don Bosco’s feast day in Panama (with the most multitudinous procession that I’ve ever seen in my life). These young people recounted so many more stories from their lives of how they were looked upon with a “special” gaze – that of the Lord.