(ANS - Farnières) - In mid-September, a weekend animator formation workshop was held in Farnières, Belgium. Involving, above all, young animators of Salesian youth groups “Ephata” (preadolescent, adolescents, young people and families), there were also children from several oratories of the region, and members of the Salesian Youth Movement. The theme of the formation camp was commitment, especially the commitment to animation.
(ANS - Brussels) – This past 12 October, an important workshop dedicated to activities that combine income, education and formation in VET, or vocational education and training schools, was held in Brussels. The Salesian world also participated via Barbara Terenzi for Don Bosco International (DBI) and the International Volunteers for Development (VIS).
(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.
(ANS - Samoens) - Four days to discuss Visions, Challenges and Ideas of Don Bosco's Past Pupils for their Future: this was the XII edition of "Eurobosco", the European congress dedicated to all the past pupils of the Salesian institutes of the Old Continent. Held from 12 to 15 October in Samoens, France, it took place at one of the holiday villages built by the French Past Pupils as part of their social projects.
(ANS - Rome) - On Thursday, October 12, the inaugural ceremony of the 2017-2018 academic year of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) took place in the presence of numerous religious, civil and military authorities. The day's theme: "Listening and Walking." "True listening always starts and pushes us to take or resume the journey," said Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major and SPU Grand Chancellor, in the homily of the Mass presided by him.
(ANS - Rome) - Tomorrow, Thursday, October 12, will be the inauguration of the new Academic Year, 2017-2018, of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS). The program features two different events in two distinct locations.
(ANS - Sao Paulo) - Two Salesian Provinces in two weeks, with several thousand kilometers of travel by plane and by car to visit and animate over twenty Salesian works: this is the scale of the journey the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, is undertaking in Brazil, from October 14-27, to the Salesian Provinces of Sao Paulo and Recife.
(ANS – New York) – On Monday, September 25, 2017, the Salesians of Don Bosco co-sponsored a panel discussion on migration and trafficking of children at the U.N. In the context of the current development of the Global Compact on Migrants and the review of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Human Trafficking, a panel of experts addressed the crosscutting nature of the causes of child trafficking within the broader 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
(ANS - Genzano di Roma) - From September 28 to October 1 at Genzano di Roma, the second seminar on Salesian Personal Accompaniment - the first took place in April 2016 - saw 32 Salesians from 7 regions and 12 different nationalities taking part. It is a joint initiative of the two ministries of Formation and Youth Ministry.
(ANS - Bratislava) - "To donate life for the brothers was the ideal of Blessed Tito Zeman. He was arrested because he helped seminarians and priests to expatriate to live their apostolic ideal. His imprisonment was transformed into a sacrifice of redemption for others." These are some of the passages of the intense homily expressed by Cardinal Angelo Amato, SDB, representative of the Pope and Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, during the Eucharist celebrated on Saturday, 30 September, in Bratislava on the occasion of the beatification of Titus Zeman, Salesian priest, martyr.