Manta, Ecuador - November 2018 - From 2 to 4 November, at the Salesian College "San José" in Manta, the international Campobosco of the Salesian Scouts took place, led by Fr Wladimir Acosta, Delegate for Youth Ministry in the Salesian Province of Ecuador.
Ljubljana Rakovnik, Slovenia - November 2018 - On 10 November, the annual meeting of employees and collaborators working in Salesian houses and programs took place in the Rakovnik Motherhouse on the theme: "Sharing the mission between Salesians and laity". Present during the first part of the meeting was Fr. Tadeusz Rozmus, Councilor for the Central and Northern Europe Region, currently on a Extraordinary Visitation of the Province of Slovenia (SLO). He presented the structure of the Salesian organization to about eighty participants, and then continued to speak about the necessary and complementary role of the laity in the Salesian mission, presenting the documents of the Church and of the Salesian Congregation which deal with the involvement and co-responsibility of the laity in the charismatic mission of Don Bosco. In the second part of the meeting the participants, under the guidance of Matej Cepin, Salesian past pupil, dedicated themselves to personal work, comparing their personal and Salesian missions, and then, in small groups, shared their experiences. The written conclusions were received by Fr Peter Končan, Provincial Vicar of SLO, who assured the participants that the Salesians, on the basis of the contents received, will try to improve their collaboration.
Lubumbashi, D.R. Congo - November 2018 - On November 9th the association "Katanga Awards" awarded the "Diploma of Excellence" prize to the Salesian center of first welcome for street children, that is: "Maison Bakanja Ville". For over 21 years, it has welcomed and cared for children from broken families in the province of Upper Katanga.
Seoul, South Korea - November 2018 - On 13 November, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, accompanied by his secretary, Fr Horacio López, and Fr Václav Klement, Councilor for the Asia-East Region, arrived at the international airport of Seoul-Gimpo. About 15 people, including Fr Stefano Yang, Superior of the Province of Korea (KOR), and members of the Salesian Family in South Korea, warmly welcomed the Rector Major. After lunch, the Rector Major visits the "Dae-Rim Dong" community, which welcomes and rehabilitates the children reported by the juvenile courts, and is called the "New Oratory of Valdocco in Korea" by the Korean Salesians. Before these events, Fr Á.F. Artime will meet several Korean journalists for interviews and official statements. During his visit, the Rector Major will meet at various times and places other Salesians, members of the Salesian Family in South Korea and, of course, the young, sharing with them the spirit of Don Bosco.