Guatemala City, Guatemala - August 2019 - As part of his Extraordinary Visit of the Central American Province, which began at the end of July, Fr Timothy Ploch, Regional Councilor for Inter-America, spent four days, from 11 to 14 in August, with the students and formation community of the Province's Institute of Philosophy, based in Guatemala City. During the visit, Fr Ploch was able to dialogue with each Salesian present, learn about the environment and participate in community activities.
Pohorje (Maribor), Slovenia - August 2019 – Every summer, for the past 14 years, the Salesian Youth Ministry of the Province of Slovenia has been organizing a camp for altar boys at the "Dominikov dom" retreat center in Pohorje, on the hillside near Maribor. This year the camp took place from August 10th to 14th under the guidance of Gašper Otrin, a Salesian who has animated the program since its first editions, and of Klemen Balažič, Salesian, Delegate for vocations animation. Helping them were also several young Salesians and animators. More than 60 young people from the Salesian centers and from the diocesan parishes of Slovenia participated in the camp, as well as a group of altar boys from Podgorica, Montenegro. The children participated in games, trips, guided tours and moments of reflection on important issues such as fear in relationships between peers.
Lubumbashi, D.R. Congo - August 2019 - From 1 to 4 August 2019, at the Salesian Institute of Imara, the Congress of Salesian Cooperators (SSCC) of the "Maria Assunta" Province was held, on the theme: "60 years later, which Salesian Cooperator in AFC?". The Congress saw the participation of the SSCC Regional Coordinator, Patrick Hinvi, and ended on Sunday 4 August with the Eucharistic celebration presided by Fr Albert Kabuge, Provincial of the Salesians of Central Africa (AFC).
Fuiloro, East Timor - 15 August 2019 - On the Feast of the Assumption, 7 deacons belonging to the East Timor Vice Province were ordained priests by the bishop of Baucau, Msgr. Basílio do Nascimento. About 70 priests participated in the solemn celebration, including the superiors of Portugal and East Timor, representatives of the Province of Australia and the Northern Philippines and numerous lay people. The 7 new priests conducted their Theological studies in Portugal, Australia and the Northern Philippines, before returning to East Timor for ordination.