Vigo, Spain - January 2019 - On 30 and 31 January the opening of the celebrations for the 125th anniversary of the Salesian presence in the city took place in Vigo. On 30 January there was a cultural event at the Salesian cinema theater on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its completion. On this occasion, Joaquín Nieto, Director of the Salesian Institute "Maria Auxiliadora" of Vigo, summarized the history of the Salesian presence in the city, with the participation of the internationally renowned pianist Brais González, a past pupil, and of Manuel Reigosa, Rector of the University of Vigo. On 31 January in the church of Mary Help of Christians of "Ronda Don Bosco", Msgr. Jesús Fernández, auxiliary bishop of Santiago de Compostela, presided at the Eucharistic celebration, concelebrated by various Salesian priests of the city, animated by the 125-year-old choir, as well as significant readings and gestures by people belonging to all the Salesian realities of Vigo.
Guatemala City - February 2019 – Celebrated on 9 February were the ordinations of Salesians Jean Paul Bethancourt Abrahams, as a deacon, and Neri Alejandro Paniagua Ramírez, as a priest, by the laying on of hands and the consecratory prayer of Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, SDB, archbishop of Tegucigalpa.
Shan, Myanamar - February 2019 - Inspired by the Rector Major's Strenna 2019 "Holiness for you too", on 8 February the Salesian community of "Don Bosco Thibaw" staged a play on the mission of St. John Bosco, a saint capable of generating holiness among the youth of Valdocco. The representation was directed by Fr Raymond and interpreted by young Catholics from the parish of Thibaw, 12 aspirants and young students. Many young people from Thibaw from different faiths attended the show: Catholics, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and Christians of other confessions.
Santa Cruz, Bolivia - February 2019 - With a solemn Eucharist presided over by Fr Aquilino Libralon, director of the center, the Salesian community of the "Immaculate Conception" parish, with the various pastoral groups, the educators, the students, the youth and the population local, celebrated the feast of Don Bosco and the 25 years of Salesian presence in Portachuelo, not far from Santa Cruz. In 1994 the Salesians took over the leadership of the parish and of the San José Institute, which was founded in 1962 by a diocesan priest. The Salesians currently serve 20 rural communities, through family catechesis, preparation for the sacraments, accompaniment of youth groups and pastoral movements and service in chaplaincies. They also created a Vocational Training Center and a retreat house.