(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.
(ANS - Santiago) - With 55 animators and assistants from all the country's communities, the National Convention of the Animators of the Domenico Savio Clubs (CDS) took place in the Lo Cañas retreat from 7 to 9 July.
(ANS - Iwaki) - Last Wednesday, July 12, the sixth interreligious prayer meeting was held on the coast of the Fukushima Prelature in Ena Harbor, Iwaki, to commemorate the victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in eastern Japan. The meeting, attended by more than 250 people, was coordinated by reverend Eikan Tsutsui, the Buddhist monk of the Yakushiji Temple, while the logistics were borne by the Iwaki Risshokosekai lay Buddhist group. Among the guests: Salesian Fr Mario Yamanouchi, SDB, Superior of the Salesian Province of Japan, together with the Sisters of Charity of Jesus, and the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame, the only religious presence in the city of Fukushima - with a kindergarten, primary and secondary school.
(ANS - Brussels) - The European Parliament, with its headquarters in Brussels, hosts an exhibition with 31 centenary or ultra-centenary magazines from the Portuguese press, of which 8 are members of the Association of Christian Publishers and Press (AIIC, in Portuguese), and are presented as symbols of the country's "cultural variety." "Even the Salesian Bulletin, whose first edition was published in February 1902, is now exhibited at the European Parliament in a very visible way," Salesian Joaquim Antunes, the Salesian Bulletin Director, said with pride.