Turin, Italy - September 1911 - From 8 to 10 September 1911, in Turin, the 1st International Congress of Salesian Past Pupils of the Don Bosco Institutes took place. Representatives of various associations from Italy, France, Spain and South America took part in the meeting.
(ANS - Rome) - Men and women consecrated to God, who share the charism and the mission and work fraternally and in a spirit of fidelity to the Church and the Pope for young people from all continents, especially the poorest and most needy: with these few words, the meaning of the joint meeting held yesterday, 11 July, between the General Councils of the Salesians (SDB) and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), at the Generalate of the latter. Leading the work session was the reflection on the next Synod of Bishops on "Youth, faith and vocational discernment" by Fr Rossano Sala, SDB, Special Secretary for this Synod.
(ANS - Rome) – On 28 June, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians and Grand Chancellor of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) in Rome, appointed prof Fabio Pasqualetti as the new Dean of the Faculty of Social Communication Sciences (FSC) for the 2018-2021 triennium.
(ANS - Lecco) - As an authentic spiritual Son of Don Bosco he never resigned himself to considering the worst of the criminals as unrecoverable and in all he sought "that accessible point to the good" from which to initiate a change in life's direction. After a life spent in this manner, yesterday, Tuesday, July 10, Fr Luigi Melesi died in Lecco.
Arcinazzo, Italy - July 2018 - From July 1 to 7, 20 young people from the Salesian Vocational Training Centers of the "Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco", "Teresa Gerini" and "Pius XI" participated in the Work Camp 2018 at Casal Biancaneve of Arcinazzo. The work camp consists of an intense work experience and residential formation to enhance the skills of each participant in work such as electrical repairs, decorating rooms, gardening, cooking and table service. The young people, accompanied by five formators (two Salesians and three Salesian Cooperators), also lived moments of leisure, prayer and sharing.
(ANS - Torre Annunziata) - Since the beginning of the migrant emergency, the Salesians of Italy have opened the doors of their homes to Unaccompanied Foreign Minors (MSNA). So they did with Lamin, a boy from Gambia, who is now 17 years old and until a few months ago was housed in the family community "Mamma Matilde" of the Salesians of Torre Annunziata.
Venezuela - Fr Méndez: "The Salesians have not surrendered and will not give up, because we are many united to God"
(ANS - Caracas) - Fr Francisco Méndez is in his fifth year as the Provincial of the Salesian Province of Venezuela. In the country's current situation, his task is – difficult, stimulating - to animate, encourage and give hope to the Salesians in the midst of the difficult conditions facing Venezuela and its people.
Communicating in the network: "this is the problem"
The Pope's appeal to "Proclaiming the Gospel of mercy to all peoples ... through the means of communication that the new digital cultural context makes available to our contemporaries" is a great challenge.
Belarus - Salesian Youth Pilgrimage of Evangelization 2018
(ANS - Budslau) - A small Belorussian village, Budslau, has become known all over the world because of the miraculous icon of the Mother of God of Budslau, patron saint of Belarus. Pilgrimages to the Budslau National Shrine are a centuries-old tradition in Belarus, back in vogue after the fall of the communist regime. Every year, thousands of pilgrims reach the village: on foot, by bicycle, by car or by train, especially during the "Budslau Festival"; and among these pilgrims this year there were also 110 participants in the Salesian Youth Pilgrimage of Evangelization (SMEP).
RMG - Salesian consecrated life: two forms, but one single vocation
(ANS - Rome) - Clarifying ideas on discernment of the two forms of consecrated Salesian life, with the dual purpose of helping the formators to present correctly the Salesian identity, and to accompany the young in the process of vocational orientation: this was the objective that the Dicastery for Formation pursued through the Seminar on the Discernment of the two forms of the Salesian vocation, organized in recent weeks at the "San Callisto" in Rome. From these reflections many ideas emerged, now being transmitted to the entire Congregation.