Newton, United States - September 2017 – "Salesian Accompaniment" was the theme discussed during the Annual Meeting of the Salesian Youth Ministry Coordinators, together with the Youth Ministry and Vocational Animation teams, of Canada/USA (SUE) Province on 11-13 September. Assisted by Ela Milewska of the New York Archdiocese, and Fr Jerry Meegan, SDB, participants had the opportunity to reflect, share experiences, make discernment, develop a sense of community, work together and strengthen spirituality.
Port-au-Prince, Haiti - September 2017 - On 14 September, Fr Américo Chaquisse, Councilor for the Africa-Madagascar Region, arrived in the Salesian Vice Province of Haiti (HAI) to conduct the Extraordinary Visit on behalf of the Rector Major. Fr Chaquisse was welcomed at the airport by Fr Jean-Paul Mésidor, HAI Superior, and members of the Council of the Vice Province.
Ivato, Madagascar - September 2017 - The annual meeting of the Regional Formation Commission of Africa and Madagascar took place from 19 to 23 September at the Madagascar Vice-Province's office (MDG). During the meeting, chaired by Fr Ivo Coelho, General Counselor for Formation, assisted by Fr Silvio Roggia, Member of the Dicastery, and Fr José Elegbede, a number of topics were presented and analyzed including: the new ratio of the Catholic Church for Formation, the CIVCSA document "For new wine, new opportunities", Salesian consecration in its presbyteral form, formation as a life-long activity and the creation of a regional training center, the mission shared with lay people, the next synod on "Young people, faith and vocational discernment." During the meeting, the 1st Congress of the continent's Salesian Coadjutors, and the course for the Pre-novitiate Directors, both organized in Nairobi, were presented. In addition, the new Coordinator, Deputy Coordinator and Secretary of the Commission were chosen, namely Fr Innocent Bizimana, Vicar MDG, and Fr Chuks Akubueze of the Anglo-Africa West Province (AFW).
Italy - From Japan, 36 Sisters on Fr Vincenzo Cimatti's trail
Faenza, Italy - September 2017 - A group of 36 Sisters of the Daughters of the Holy Trinity embarked on a journey from Japan to Europe with the aim of finding traces and testimonies of their founding father: Vincenzo Cimatti. On September 6, they arrived in Faenza, in search of "Marco Pescatore", a musical work composed by Fr Cimatti, whose score is preserved in the Manfrediana Library of Faenza. During his life, Fr Cimatti was also a renowned musician and composer. "Mark, The Fisherman" is in fact one of the musical works written by the missionary, if not the most famous, certainly the most beloved by the 36 sisters who, armed with headphones and a simultaneous translator, ventured to discover the music of the man who inspired their order.