Rzeszów, Poland - September 2017 - On 9 September in the parish of "Divine Providence", belonging to the Krakow Province (PLS), Salesian clerics Paweł Bróż and Marcin Pikor made their perpetual profession of vows. The ceremony was chaired by Fr Marcin Kaznowski, Vicar of the PLS Province, who recalled, among other things, that the essential aim of the professions in the Salesian Congregation was to "be more free in the service of the young."
Bogotá, Colombia - September 2017 - From August 31st to September 3rd, the Formation Congress of the Association of Salesian Cooperators (ASC) of the Pacific South Caribbean Region was held on the theme "From Novelty to Life". During the congress, Sr. Leslye Sandigo, FMA, FMA Representative at the ASC World Consultation, and Noemi Bertola, ASC World Coordinator, presented the guidelines and indications for ASC member formation, and the significance and value of formation towards the growth of vocations; Asmirian Montilla, Regional Coordinator, spoke instead of the importance of economic solidarity in the life of the association and on the sense of family.
Campo Grande, Brazil - September 2017 - The National Congress of Mary Help of Christians, led by Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, World Spiritual Animator of the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA) and ADMA World President, Tullio Lucca, was held from 7 to 10 September at the Catholic University "Dom Bosco" in the Salesian Province of Campo Grande (BCG). The event was attended by 250 members of Brazil's ADMA and the Salesian Family of Brazil, in the presence of Fr Asídio Deretti, Provincial of Porto Alegre (BPA), and Fr Gildasio Mendes, BCG Provincial, who declared on September 8, "We are gathered at this national congress in this Marian year, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima, the 300 years since the appearance of Our Lady Aparecida, Patron of Brazil, and the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady."