Bogotá, Colombia - October 28, 2017 – The 2017 Inter-Oratory Meeting was held at the "Juan Bosco Obrero" center in Ciudad Bolívar, Bogotá, an event that brought together teens and young people from the various oratories of the "San Pietro Claver" Salesian Province in Colombia-Bogotá (COB).
Medellín, Colombia - October 2017 - On the afternoon of 26 October, Fr Francesco Cereda, Vicar of the Rector Major, accompanied by his Secretary, Fr Saimy Ezhanikatt, arrived in the Salesian Province of Medellín. Fr Cereda's visit focuses on two topics for reflection: the Rector Major's letter with regard to the 2016 Extraordinary Visit, and the reconfiguration of the Congregation and the Provinces. At the first meeting, he held talks with the Council and the community of the Provincial house with a discussion on working with lay people. He invited everyone "to reproduce a Church model wherein all existing vocation models are present, models which reciprocally support and complete each other with the objective of growing together in the Mission." Fr Cereda said, "For the Medellín Province, we do not think about working with lay people out of necessity, since there are Salesians and vocations, but we think about it as a possibility of growing together."
Bogotá, Colombia - October 2017 - Fr Francesco Cereda, Vicar of the Rector Major, is on his Animation Visit to the Bogotá Province (COB) from 21 to 26 October. Fr Cereda has met with the Provincial Council and local directors, and visited the Niño Jesús Salesian center and the Salesian Theologate.
La Pintada-Antioquia, Colombia - October 2017 - From 11 to 14 October, the Campo Bosco 2017 was held with 330 participants, including young people, Salesians and accompanying adults of the Salesian centers of the Medellín Province (COM) and several representatives of the Bogotá Province (COB). The meeting focused on: "We are born family, we are a family" and featured moments of prayer, reflection, joy and sharing. Fr John Jairo Gómez, COM Provincial, presided over the final Eucharist.
Bogotá, Colombia - September 2017 - From August 31st to September 3rd, the Formation Congress of the Association of Salesian Cooperators (ASC) of the Pacific South Caribbean Region was held on the theme "From Novelty to Life". During the congress, Sr. Leslye Sandigo, FMA, FMA Representative at the ASC World Consultation, and Noemi Bertola, ASC World Coordinator, presented the guidelines and indications for ASC member formation, and the significance and value of formation towards the growth of vocations; Asmirian Montilla, Regional Coordinator, spoke instead of the importance of economic solidarity in the life of the association and on the sense of family.
(ANS - Bogotà) - When Pope Francis turned to the audience at Bolívar Square in Bogotá from the balcony of the Cardinal Palace, most were young. His words expressed the great hope the Pope places in young people: he believes in their potential, knows they have the power to change history.
France - Elyes and Valentin, interns at "Valdocco"
(ANS - Lyon) - Elyes, a young Muslim, and Valentin, an atheist teenager, are two students of France's polytechnic schools who have decided to pursue their mandatory semester of human formation at the "Valdocco" Salesian Association center in Lyon, part of the "Don Bosco" Social Action Network. Below, their impressions.
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.
Spain - Youth Ministry and Family: a Congress to study and share the path
(ANS - Madrid) - “Descriptions of Good Practices and Mini Courses” are published on the website of the International Youth Ministry and Family Congress. The courses will be offered to about 300 participants. Representing all the Provinces of the Salesian Congregation, participants are due to meet in Madrid from 27 November to 1 December, 2017.
Italy - Salesians, Sports and Soccer: Success Stories
(ANS - Ferrara) - "Since the Oratory was the first of Don Bosco's initiatives, and the kind of initiative on which all the others are modeled, this combination of "catechesis and play" has been passed on to almost all the Salesian works. There is not even one Salesian school that does not, at least as a complementary activity, have recreational and sporting activities." Thus wrote Fr Juan E. Vecchi, VIII Successor of Don Bosco, in describing the Salesian's inherent attention to the world of sports. Attention from which sports teams, minor league and Serie A teams, amateur and pro players, emerged and came into being.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
ONE MISSIONARY RETURNS, ANOTHER 34 LEAVE FOR THE MISSIONS
I chose this enigmatic title for my greeting this month because I want to make reference to one Salesian who spent 18 months in captivity and another 34 SDBs and FMAs who will leave for the missions in various parts of the world. Ever since the very first one on November 11, 1875, there have been 148 missionary expeditions for our Salesian Family. These evoke the profound feeling that grace is at work.