(ANS - Montevideo) - "How to offer history's best product? How to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ closer to people?" These are two of questions begging for an answer at the Second International Conference on Religious Marketing in Latin America entitled: "Reinspira Tour Religious Marketing." Held in Montevideo, Uruguay, on Saturday, September 30, it was jointly organized by the Department of Communication of the Uruguayan Episcopate and the Salesians.
(ANS – Seoul) – On March 3, 1967, and free of charge, the first 19 trainees enrolled at the Don Bosco Youth Center's newly-established Vocational Training Center – and boarding house. Located in Seoul's industrial suburban zone, in Yeoungdeongpo Gu, this second Salesian house in Seoul was started with 60 thousand dump trucks of soil filling the grounds to avoid the floods of National Road N.1, about 2 meters above land level. Here, for the past 50 years, about 3000 less-privileged young people from all around South Korea received a solid human, professional and Christian preparation for their lives.
(ANS – Yakutsk) – More than 9,000 km from Bratislava, Slovakia, where the Rector Major celebrated the Beatification of Blessed Titus Zeman with 25,000 faithful and the Salesian Family of Slovakia, a small community of four Salesians (Rector Fr Pavol Michalka) celebrated the Silver Jubilee of this remote Catholic presence of Yakutia in the Church of the Holy Spirit in Yakutsk with 150 Catholics and non-Catholic well-wishers.
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.