(ANS - Kunkujang) - The Salesian mission in Gambia, specifically in Kunkujang, in the west of the country, is among the most recent of the Congregation, having been launched not even a year ago, in October 2018. Following the example of Don Bosco, Salesian missionaries decided to place the nascent work under the mantle of Mary Help of Christians, dedicating a chapel to the Virgin so venerated by the Turin saint.
(ANS - Santo Domingo) - In May, the Salesian Family introduced 153 new young leaders to Dominican society, youths trained through the Youth Animators Formation Program (Programa de Formación de Animadores Juveniles, PROFAJ). It was the program's 33rd course and the most participated since its birth in 1986.
(ANS - Turin) - For the Salesians, Mary Help of Christians is much more than a personal devotion: she is a dimension of the charism and of the mission. This is why the feast of Mary Help of Christians in the city of Don Bosco is never a local event, but rather an event that calls for global attention. Again this year, the main events can be seen and followed via different options.
Italy - Salesian contemplation in ordinary life: Contemplative Fraternity of Mary of Nazareth
(ANS - Turin) - At the World Council aka Consulta of the Salesian Family, which ends today in Turin, the Contemplative Fraternity of Mary of Nazareth (FCMN) is being presented, the 31st and most recent group of the great charismatic tree born from St. John Bosco, and the first of the contemplatives. In the interview below with Myriam P., it is possible to learn more about the group's spirituality, born in Uruguay in 1983, on the initiative of Msgr. Nicolas Cotugno, SDB, also widespread in Italy, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Where your heart is, there is your treasure
The novel "Brave New World", written in 1932, is undoubtedly one of the literary visions that most clearly anticipate the events we are experiencing. Its author, Aldous Huxley, realized that to make a mass production system work instead of subjugating people by force, it was necessary to do so by delivering small but constant rewards. People should have the illusion of happiness in consumption, so as to be willing to sacrifice their own freedom as well.
East Timor – "Mary calls Us": 218 new ADMA members from 35 groups
(ANS – Fatumaca) – The Association of Devoted to Mary Help of Christian (ADMA) East Timor gathered together on 11th of May 2019 at the Sanctuary of Mary Help of Christians in Fatumaca to celebrate the admission of 218 new members of ADMA in 2019 from the 35 groups aggregated in East Timor which now, at its 150th anniversary, totals 1,070 members. This is the first time in the history of ADMA East Timor, in its 150-year history, that it comes up with such big numbers of new members.
Thailand – Salesians joined in inauguration of 350th anniversary of Apostolic Vicariate of Siam Mission
(ANS – Sampran) – Salesian confreres and members of the Salesian Family joined in the Eucharistic Celebration at the inauguration of the 350th anniversary of the apostolic vicariate of Siam Mission [1669 - 2019 A.D.] on the 18th of May 2019. His Eminence Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, was the main celebrant. The celebration was held at St Pope John Paul II hall located within “St. Joseph Upatham School”, Sampran, Nakorn Pathom.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS STILL AT WORK
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER AND DON BOSCO. TWO GREAT MISSIONARIES YESTERDAY AND TODAY . Just a short while ago I was in Goa, India, where I saw how amid the palm trees and the fine sand of the sea there rise up cathedrals and churches built during the 16th and 17th centuries. One of these shrines is the Basilica of the Good Jesus, which has become a site for pilgrimages, especially for Christians but also for believers of other religions, because here lie the remains of St. Francis Xavier, the missionary from Navarre who evangelized the Far East and was a disciple of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. Even though St. Francis Xavier died in China in 1552, his remains rest in this most beautiful basilica situated next to the cathedral and to the church of St. Francis of Assisi. This place in which his mortal remains rest was erected between 1594 and 1605. His body is conserved there. Its incorruptibility was the miracle for which St. Francis Xavier was canonized in 1622. Accompanied by other Salesians and some lay persons, I had the privilege of celebrating Holy Mass on the altar at the tomb of this great and holy Jesuit missionary.