Speakers include Hon. Andrea Orlando, Italy's Minister of Justice, and Mgr. Francesco Marino, bishop of Nola diocese. The new rooms, dedicated to the first Neapolitan "street urchin" welcomed by Don Bosco in Turin, have been renovated with the help of Salesians for Social Service - SCS /CNOS Federation, the Salesian organization committed to the fight against alienation and youth marginalization in Italy. The community will be managed by the Salesian Association "Piccoli passi grandi sogni, or small steps, big dreams", a non-profit organization which for many years has been welcoming minors at risk in the "Mamma Matilde" house, also in Torre Annunziata.
"In the wake of that first boy welcomed by Don Bosco and Mamma Margaret in the house at Valdocco, we still want to be the home of the homeless by opening the 'Peppino Brancati' community," says Fr Antonio Carbone, its director. "In a territory marked by strong social problems and delinquency issues, we are happy to expand our Salesian prevention and recovery activities through the Oratory, the Youth Center and the two communities."
Best wishes for this new experience also come from Fr Giovanni D'Andrea, President of the Salesians for Social Service: “'House that welcomes' is one of the four oratorian criteria that guide every Salesian activity. With the opening of the 'Peppino Brancati' community, this principle continues to be true in concrete terms and makes them the protagonists, those young people in need of an educational environment worthy of that name. All this has been possible thanks to our benefactors. It is thanks to their generosity and trust in us that we can continue what Don Bosco started more than 150 years ago."