In his name and spirit, Don Bosco was inspired in founding the Salesian congregation and the Salesian Family, whose main focus regarded the growth and education of young generations, with special attention to the care of children from less-affluent classes; he, furthermore, preferred the method of dialogue and gentleness based on happiness, kindness and love.
(ANS – Sam Phran) – The Missionary Animation and Formation Seminar: “Initial Proclamation and the Salesian Mission” is being held this week from August 14 to August 20 in Ban Than Praphon (FMA retreat house), Sam Phran, Thailand. Every six years, the Mission Sectors of SDB and FMA prepare a Seminar for their provincial-level missionary animators.
(ANS - Punta Arenas) – On Sunday, 13 August, to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the first Salesians' arrival to Magallanes, a parade gathering more than five thousand friends of the Salesian house was held in Punta Arenas. Celebrants included students, past students and teachers of the “San José High School”, “Instituto Don Bosco”, “Instituto Sagrada Familia”, “Liceo María Auxiliadora”, and the musical band of past pupils of the “Instituto Don Bosco.”
(ANS – Makati City) – The Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati City hosted the launch of “Don Bosco – One TVET”, the organization that will coordinate the activities of the Technical and Vocational Education & Training of the Salesians of the two Philippine Provinces, North (FIN) and South (FIS). The event took place August 9 at the Braga Building. Fr Jose Dindo S. Vitug, SDB, Executive Director of the new institution, said in his opening remarks that the founding of “Don Bosco – One-TVET” shall help raise and improve the qualitative standard of all the Don Bosco technical and vocational educational and training centers in the Philippines.
(ANS - Turin) – Only two days to SYM 2017 Confronto Meeting, the event focussing on the spirituality of Salesian Youth with circa 250 young people gathering from all over Europe, and beyond, to the sites of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello. To be Agents of Don Bosco's Vision, Passion and Mission is the lofty objective that wants to be proposed to the youngsters of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM).
(ANS - Santiago) - Along with the start of this year's second semester lessons, the opening ceremony of the new Learning Resources Center (CRA, in Spanish) took place on Wednesday, 2 August, at the "Silva Henríquez" Catholic University (UCSH). This is a new opportunity that is integrated within the Library and Resources for Information Department, and is designed to strengthen the teaching/learning process and to promote the quality of education.
(ANS – New Rochelle) – On July 28-29 a high-level consultation to finalize the “Framework” intended to assist the functioning of the office of the Salesian representative at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at New York took place at the provincial house in New Rochelle.
(ANS - Copacabana) - The Second Provincial Missionary Congress took place from 26 to 29 July in Copacabana, a town near the city of Medellín, Colombia; its theme: "As the Father sent me, so I send you."
(ANS - Bogotá) - From July 12 to 28, the Symphonic Band of the "Niño Jesús" Salesian house in Bogotá is in Europe to take part in two world competitions and to perform several concerts. At both competitions, it has achieved great results.