Darkhan, Mongolia - 8 December 2017 - About 60 people participated in the feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrated in the Salesian parish of Mary Help of Christians. At the end of the Mass, a catechesis was held centering on the figure of Mary.
Castelnuovo Don Bosco, Italy - December 2017 - Since the end of September, a number of Salesian formation classes have been taking place at Colle Don Bosco for school teachers and teachers of the Centers for Vocational Training (CFP) hired in recent years in the Special Circumscription of Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta (ICP). The Provincial and his Council decided to invest in a path of Salesian and charismatic formation in which the Salesian Community of Colle Don Bosco, the Youth Ministry Center and the CNOS-FAP and CNOS-School provincial offices were involved. Three groups of CFP teachers in a two-year project and a group of school teachers in an annual project will go to the roots of the history, pedagogy and spirituality of the saint of young people to be more and more active members, Salesian-trained for, and in, the educational-pastoral communities wherein they work.
Quito, Ecuador - December 2017 - On 8 December 1977, the “home” for young street workers was established by a group of young Salesians with the support of the community of the post-novitiate "El Giron" of Quito. Over the years, this service, called the Salesian Project Foundation - Northern Zone, has been strengthened, and has supported 2,581 young people and 1,790 families in situations of social risk. To commemorate the 40 years of activity, a session of the National Assembly was held on December 8 with the participation of the Provincial of Ecuador, Fr Francisco Sánchez; the Director of the Salesian Project Foundation - Northern Zone, Fr José Ruiz; a number of Salesians involved in the project, and young people representatives.
Libreville, Gabon - 8 December 2017 - On the celebration of the Immaculate Conception, Msgr. Basile Mvé Engone, SDB, archbishop of Libreville, presided over the consecration ceremony of the "Mary Help of Christians" parish of Okala Mikolongo. Present: the parish priest Fr Roland Mintsa; the Vicar of the Vice Province of Tropical Equatorial Africa (ATE), Fr Paco Moro; various Salesians, FMA, priests of the diocese and political authorities. Work on the church began in 2013; built in Gothic style, it is about 60 meters wide, with 6 side exits and 102 benches and features, among other things, a multi-purpose hall for parish animation.