Vilnius, Lithuania - July 2018 - On 12 July, the Minister of Social Security and Labor of the Republic of Lithuania, Linas Kukuraitis, took part in an official visit to the summer center of the "St John Bosco" Salesian parish in Vilnius. Before the 280 people present, the Minister expressed his congratulations for the well-organized oratory, which has welcomed children to its summer center for the past 16 years. He also spoke of the great appreciation for the work done by the Salesians, in collaboration with over 25 volunteer animators. The Salesian Summer Center is practically the only one of its kind in Lithuania. The Minister also congratulated the center because this year the Vilnius Salesians participate in a national project financed by the Ministry for the development and fostering of the family: the collaboration between parish and public institutions becomes visible and advantageous for the final recipients, ie the families.
Chofu, Japan - July 2018 - On July 14, the 14th Salesian Provincial of the Japan Province was sworn into office during a ceremony; his name: Fr Jacob Hideaki Hamaguchi (photo, right). The new Provincial presided over Eucharistic Adoration and evening prayer, and was attended by 70 Salesians and members of the Salesian Family, in the presence of Fr Mario Yamanouchi, former Provincial of Japan (photo, left), elected bishop of Saitama.
Hong Kong, China - July 2018 - On 8th July, the Salesian Altar Servers Day was celebrated at the "Shau Kei Wan" Salesian Missionary House. The event was attended by about 70 altar servers from five Salesian schools in Hong Kong, with the aim of developing team spirit and their sense of belonging and affirming their identity as Salesian altar servers. Fr Domingos Leong, SDB, a member of the Catholic Diocesan Liturgy Commission of Hong Kong, presided at the Eucharistic celebration, with the altar servers who served accompanied by the Salesians.
Magdalena del Mar, Peru - July 2018 - Youth and adults of 12 groups of the Salesian Family took part in the 2018 Salesianity Day, celebrated at the ancient Magdalena del Mar seminary.