(ANS – Sliema) – The main objective of the Oratory, better known as “Salesjani” in Sliema, is to carry out activities aimed at promoting holistic education of young people. All members are helped to understand that they belong to a family in which they are welcome and to which they have a positive contribution to make. Throughout the years, the Oratory has been able to reach out to various young people by helping them to develop and implement new ideas while creating new opportunities for them.
(ANS - Yangon) - Despite recent efforts, at all levels, Myanmar remains one of Asia's poorest countries, with 32.7% of the population below the poverty line and an economy suffering from decades of stagnation, poor management and isolation. Fr Giordano Piccinotti, SDB, on behalf of the "Opera Don Bosco" Foundation,an NGO, recently made a trip to the country to discover the areas of vulnerability and the Salesian's commitment in facing these issues.
(ANS - Ijebu-Ode) - Summer was full of initiatives and commitments at the Salesian mission of Ijebu-Ode. Construction and expansion work, engagement with the children and teenagers attending the mission, the education of young adults ... Now that Autumn has begun, Fr Italo Spagnolo, the Salesian missionary who has dedicated 35 years of his life to young Nigerians, sums it all up.
Czech Republic - Dialogue between the Rector Major and young people
(ANS - Brno) – One's own vocational journey, the current state of the Salesian charism for Europe, the Salesian response to the challenges of migration ... Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime discussed this and other issues with the local youth in Brno a few weeks ago during his animation visit to the Czech Republic. Below, a few extracts from their conversation:
We want to LISTEN to your desires, your expectations and your uncertainties!
They call us YOUTH experts. I do not know if we are experts, but one thing is certain: we Salesians have youth in our DNA since the moment Don Bosco dreamed of us, thought of us. Our identity is so tied to them that one cannot conceive a Salesian as being far away from young people.
Spain - Youth Ministry and Family: a Congress that comes from afar
(ANS - Madrid) – Just slightly over a month to go to the start of the International Youth Ministry and Family Congress being held in Madrid, Spain, from 27 November to 1 December, 2017. Preparations for the Congress - animated by the Youth Ministry Dicastery in the wake of the 2014 and 2015 Synods of Bishops on Family - has involved the entire Salesian Congregation over the past two years through a consultation of Provincial Councils on this important theme.
RMG - Salesian Missionaries in the World: A Global Commitment
(ANS - Rome) - There are many people around the world who, inspired by Don Bosco, spend their lives far from their homeland to devote themselves to the mission of evangelization and the human development of other peoples. On the occasion of World Mission Day, celebrated Sunday, October 22, we want to remember some examples.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
HAVING DEEP ROOTS, BEING FLEXIBLE, AND BEING RICH IN WHAT IS ESSENTIAL
I shall never forget the wise life lesson which the fir trees of the beautiful forest of Vallombrosa gave me. My cordial greetings, dear readers, and all the members of our dear Salesian Family. I wish to offer you a reflection that I made from a very concrete experience that I had recently – a lesson from nature.