(ANS - Thiès) - Located on a plateau 70 km east of Dakar, in the direction of Bamako, Thiès is an industrial city with a steadily growing population as well as an important railway junction. Much of the population, in fact, works in the railway yards, its workshops, or in the aluminum and phosphate mines of which the area is rich, or in the manufacturing of tapestries typical of the area. Here the Salesian presence dates back to 1978 when missionaries working at Saint-Louis founded a center in the area, and later managed to build a vocational training school, the Don Bosco Center, which has been operating for almost 30 years.
(ANS - Sao Paulo) - On the third day of his visit to the "Mary Help of Christians" Province of Sao Paulo on Monday, October 16, Rector Major Ángel Fernández Artime went to Campinas-SP, a city of about 1 million inhabitants in which the Salesians have developed a vast number of projects with the community.
(ANS - Rome) - "My dear friends, these are times for hope, not complaints." With this positive outlook on the present and the future, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, has again sent a message of animation to all the Salesians and the Salesian Family across the globe through a new video of the series: "Dear Confreres".
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.