La Ceja, Colombia - January 2018 - On 12 January, in the chapel of the St Domenico Savio College in La Ceja, 12 Salesian novices made their first religious profession. The newly professed come from the Provinces of the Antilles (1), Central America (4), Peru (1), Colombia-Bogota (4) and Colombia-Medellín (2).
(ANS - Medellín) - Fr Rafael Bejarano, SDB, is the Director of the "Ciudad Don Bosco" house in Medellín. In recent years he has been fully involved in the development of the project: "Specialized Protection House - Building Dreams." Its aim is to help the social reintegration of Colombian minors recruited by armed groups, deprived and violated of their human rights.
Copacabana, Colombia - December 2017 - On 13 and 14 December, 29 young people - 22 belonging to the Salesian missionary groups from various cities and 7 FMA volunteers - prepared themselves at Villa de Sales for a missionary experience in Condoto (Chocó). The missionary group is now engaged, from 14 to 24 December, under the guidance of the Provincial Delegate for the Missions, Fr Jaime Gómez, in a missionary activity of evangelization and animation in 6 districts of Condoto.
(ANS - Contratación) - Among the world's 50 best teachers selected in the 2018 "Global Teacher Prize" - an award considered the "Nobel" of the education sector - is a teacher of the San Juan Bosco Industrial & Technical Institute of Contratación, Santander, Province of Colombia-Bogota. His name: Carlos Enrique Sánchez Santamaría, professor of Information Technology and Communication.
(ANS - Rome) - An instrument of redemption, of rebirth, of new life for thousands of young people: that's what Salesian Vocational Training means for thousands of children and young people across the globe. It is an action whose aim is to facilitate social integration and provide young people an opportunity to enter the job market on th basis of solid education, the care of - and guidance for - each and every single student and the human formation of the student.
Bogotá, Colombia - 2 December 2017 - At the sanctuary of the Salesian "Niño Jesús" center in Bogotá, on Saturday 2 December, Msgr. Hector Julio López, bishop of Girardot, ordained 11 Salesians from different Provinces as deacons: Colombia-Bogotá (3), Colombia-Medellin (2), Bolivia (3), Peru (2) and Ecuador (1).
Moldova - Fr Baracco: "being missionary" among the youngsters of Chisinău
(ANS - Chisinău) - "It's a very beautiful center because in my opinion it gathers all four elements of Don Bosco's house: a house that welcomes and hosts the needy, through the foster home; the playground, where one meets others and is educated; the school, with vocational training courses; and a church, thanks to our small parish, which counts only about forty Catholics," says Salesian missionary Fr Tiziano Baracco about the Salesian house of Chisinău, in Moldavia.
"Life is fragile, precious, unpredictable."
We are in the first weeks of a new year, which means a blank page wherein to write a new chapter in our lives. With the new year, one makes resolutions and looks at the calendar thinking about commitments to be made and forthcoming holidays to enjoy. Surely none of us would stop for a moment to think about the possibility of not reaching the end of the year...
Italy - Rector Major to IUS: "The right direction is much more important than speed"
(ANS - Rome) - The Governing Board of the Salesian Institutions of Higher Education (IUS) met at the Congregation's Central Office in Rome from 9 to 11 January, the aim to accompany the path of the IUS in each of the continents, follow up on the application of its common policies and programs, and strengthen the organizational and animation structures. The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, spoke at the meeting, stating that "it is fundamental to have a strategic vision that adequately guides the processes of the Salesian institutions."
Spain - Salesians, busy with migrants and refugees: we welcome, protect, promote, integrate
(ANS - Madrid) – This new year Europe faces the same challenge of recent years: the refugee crisis. An unresolved problem that represents the tip of the iceberg of demographic movements. In the end, the challenge of welcoming and integrating migrants continues today. It is a challenge that cannot be foreign to the Church. In fact, for 104 years, it has promoted the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which was celebrated yesterday, Sunday, 14 January, under the motto: "Welcoming, Protecting, Promoting and Integrating Migrants and Refugees."
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
“DON BOSCO TAUGHT US THAT GOD WANTS US ALWAYS TO BE HAPPY”
It is most certain that Don Bosco is alive today, alive in so many different realities where thousands and thousands of people carry his dream forward, in the name of Jesus. And he is still alive because he continues to be their inspiration.