(ANS – Tijuana) – A report on volunteer work at a global level reveals that “this has become a worldwide phenomenon”. But there is a typically Salesian element: “the majority of volunteers are young people” who spend their personal time “in solidarity and social activities of altruistic nature, without any form of payment, organised by public or private agencies”. During this summer 2016 some volunteers of the Spanish NGO “Jóvenes y Desarrollo” (Youth and Development) lived a unique experience in Mexico, serving in Tijuana, Ciudad Juárez and Huatabampo.
(ANS - Minas) – “Without a vocational culture, vocations cannot flourish”. This was once the categorical assertion of A. Cencini. But we may ask: What is the vocational culture? Undoubtedly, it does not come out of the blue. “Some conditions are necessary, a family atmosphere, a spiritual and apostolic environment that allows the question: What do you want me to do, O Lord?”. Because of this, the Salesian Province of Uruguay launched an innovative programme called “We shall go halves” and gave life to the vocational experience “Do you know how to whistle?”.
(ANS – Roma) – After over five months since his kidnapping, on March 4th in Aden, Yemen, the situation of the Salesian missionary Fr. Thomas Uzhunnalil is still enwrapped in uncertainty. As stated by Msgr. Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia, “we have no certain news. We only know that something is moving, but we have no certitude”.
China – Br Cheung: "I do my best and God will do the rest"
(ANS – Hong Kong) – Salesian Brother Joseph Cheung, SDB, has spent his lifetime in the education mission. Here he shares his experiences and reflections.
28th General Chapter: the same questions that pushed Don Bosco
With the letter addressed to all the Salesians of the world, the Rector Major set off the journey towards the forthcoming 28th General Chapter (GC28), a chapter presenting two interesting novelties: the return to Valdocco, 62 years after the last one the Salesian “Mother House” hosted, the CG18; and, above all, the approach. In fact, it is the first time that a General Chapter of the Salesians takes its name from a question: "What kind of Salesians for the youth of today?"
Portugal - "Young people commit to participate in Church life"
(ANS - Fátima) - The Portuguese bishops met in Fatima to address the theme of young people, youth ministry and vocations in the context of the forthcoming Synod of Bishops. On the agenda, issues related to accompaniment, faith, vocational discernment, the space that young people have in parish communities, the integration of young people and their contribution to evangelization. In support of the work of reflection of the Portuguese episcopate were Fr Fabio Attard, General Councilor for Youth Ministry, and Fr Mario Óscar Llanos, SDB, Dean of the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the Salesian Pontifical University.
RMG - World Refugee Day. Salesians active all over the world
(ANS - Rome) - In 2017, due to wars, violence and persecution, there were 68.5 million people forced to flee their homes, with more than half being minors (53%); of these, about 40 million were displaced within their own countries and 25.4 moved abroad. For the Salesians, who have always worked in support of the neediest of young people, the data published for the World Refugee Day by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) acts as new impetus for their commitment in the field.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
I HAVE SEEN AND HAVE LIVED DON BOSCO’S MISSIONARY DREAM
My dear friends, I greet you all most cordially as I write this to you – though I am very late as regards preparation of the Salesian Bulletin. (I make the editor sweat because very often the deadline for submission is upon me as I sit down to write my message – which happens with everything else that bears my name and is penned in my own hand.)