Surat Thani, Thailand - September 2018 - On 30 September, Msgr. Joseph Prathan Sridarunsil, SDB, presided Mass in the Cathedral of St. Raphael for the 50th anniversary of the Diocese of Surat Thani. The diocese was erected in 1969, when it was divided by the diocese of Ratchaburi with the papal bull "Qui Regno Christi", and is suffragan of the archdiocese of Bankok. The Surat Thani area has been evangelized by the Salesians of Don Bosco since the 1930s.
Lubumbashi, R.D. Congo - October 2018 - On 7 October, at the Salesian Institute "Imara", the Salesian Youth Ministry gathered over 2,500 young people for the opening of activities for the year 2018-2019 on the theme "Young people, be witnesses of hope and of joy to respond to God's call." Fr. Albert Kabuge, Provincial of the Central African Province (AFC), presided at the Eucharist, during which he reminded young people to be true witnesses of Christ in everyday life, to create united and solid families in the future.
Dublin, Ireland - September 2018 - The start of lessons for a group of 33 students of the fourth year of the classical and scientific high school of the Don Bosco Salesian Institute "Villa Ranchibile" in Palermo was a special moment, as it took place in Ireland, in Dublin, for a language stage. The Director of the Institute, Fr Domenico Saraniti, SDB, strongly believing in the educational and formative value of this experience, wanted to restart a tradition that had been interrupted for some years. The students, accompanied by the catechist of the three-year period, Fr Arnaldo Riggi, SDB, and Prof. Di Bella, an English teacher, left on September 9th to spend two weeks in the Irish capital, staying with selected families and attending an English language enhancement course for three hours a day. The students had the opportunity to deepen and broaden cultural knowledge, thanks to guided tours to discover Dublin and its surroundings, Belfast and Galway.
Pétion-Ville, Haiti - September 2018 - On September 23, the Salesian Vice Province of Haiti organized the transfer of duties that brought the new council of the Association of Salesian Cooperators of Haiti into office. Fr Jacques Charles, Provincial Economer, presided at the Eucharist, accompanied by the Provincial Delegate for the Salesian Family, Fr Gérald Jeannot.