(ANS - Ulan Bator) – Between the end of April and the beginning of May, during his Extraordinary Visit to the Vietnam Province, the Regional Councillor for East Asia-Oceania, Fr Václav Klement, also visited the Salesian Houses in Mongolia. They depend on the Vietnamese Province. In the land of Genghis Khan, the Salesian charism is taking root and new missionary frontiers are emerging.
(ANS - Kuyuntsa) – In the early hours of Sunday 7 May, Salesians, lay people and relatives of Fr Luigi Bolla, began the pilgrimage that brought the remains of the Salesian missionary to San Lorenzo and then to Kuyuntsa. Fr Bolla died in 2012 and soon the indigenous Achuar population demanded that the body of the man they called their father should rest in their beloved land.
(ANS - Rome) - "Europe is a land of contrasts (...). The Salesians of my region speak 27 different languages!" This is what Fr Tadeusz Rozmus, Councillor for the Central and Northern Europe region, said in February when he was describing the region he is responsible for. Precisely because of the complexity and variety of the region, the Team Visit for the Region to be conducted by the Rector Major, Fr Á.F. Artime and his Council, is divided into two parts. Tomorrow, Tuesday 16 May, that of the Atlantic-German zone will begin at the Salesianum in Rome.
Ecuador - In the footsteps of Fr "Yankuam Jintia"
(ANS - Quito) - On May 2, Fr Agustín Togo and the young Salesian Edwin Cárdenas had the opportunity to wander towards the neighboring village of Peru. The goal was to attend the reception ceremony of the remains of Fr Luigi Bolla in the villages of the Achuar indigenous people. The questions arise almost without thinking about them: "what led you to go on the trip? What experiences have you experienced in such a short time? Which message do you have received after having followed the footsteps of Fr Yankuam Jintia?”
The middle class of holiness
During a recent meeting in the Vatican of Salesian novices with Pope Francis, one of the novices asked for a few words about holiness. And the Pope replied: " 'Walk in my presence and be blameless.' This is the best definition of holiness. These are God's words addressed to Abraham. Dominic Savio was in the habit of living in God's presence and, even now, I believe that today we can be saints. There are heroic people, parents, grandparents, young people, hidden saints, or as someone of French origin, said: 'people who belong to the middle class of holiness' that you do not see but they are there."
Philippines – Salesianity Seminar for the East Asia-Oceania region
(ANS - Parañaque City) - A three-week Salesianity seminar was held between April and May in the Philippines, in Parañaque City; it is the first part of a three-year course that will be developed until 2019 under the themes such as History, Pedagogy and Spirituality. The purpose of the course, open to the participants throughout the Salesian region of East Asia-Oceania, was to produce a concrete document to be used to improve the initial training of the Salesians.
RMG – Strenna 2017: “Parents must promote the ethical formation of their children”
(ANS – Rome) – In the Strenna 2017, the Rector Major, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, explained that love has various shades and responsibilities, and one of these is strengthening the education of their children. “Parents – the Rector Major insists – always have an influence on the moral growth of their children, for better or for worse. This educative mission of the family is important and complex”.