Tokyo, Japan - November 2018 - On 7 November, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, and his secretary, Fr Horacio López, arrived at Tokyo's "Haneda" airport, welcomed by 45 people, including Fr Jacob Hamaguchi, Salesian Provincial of Japan, Msgr. Mario Yamanouchi, SDB, bishop of Saitama, Fr Václav Klement, Councilor for the East Asia-Oceania Region, members of the Salesian Family and young people.
Chinchwad, India - October 2018 - On 24 October, in the slums of Ajantha Nagar, Chinchwad, India-Mumbai Province, the "Don Bosco Development Society" carried out a traveling exhibition on health risks caused by the use of tobacco. The program, via the sharing of posters, images and information, took place under the auspices of the "Project for the reduction of health risk" supported by "AXA Business Services".
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea - October 2018 - The Salesian aspirants of the "Savio Haus", accompanied by the Director, Fr Dominic Kachira, SDB, gave substance to World Mission Day by visiting, on 28 October, the minors of the Bomana prison. In preparation for this appointment the aspirants collected clothes used by seminarians from the nearby Catholic Theological Institute and purchased products for personal hygiene to give to the inmates.
Stony Point, United States – October 2018 - From October 22 to 24, coordinators of youth ministry in our Province gathered at the Don Bosco Retreat Center in Stony Point, N.Y. for the annual CYM Meetings. The primary theme for the meetings was “Salesian Holiness as a response to the needs of the young [and the World].” On the first day, Fr. Tom Dunne led a day of retreat for the 21 participants and four members of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. The second day consisted of formation, which included presentations by Fr. Abraham Feliciano, Fr. Dominic Tran, Fr. James Berning, and Ms. Mariel Cabrera (of St. Benedict Parish in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada). These presentations focused on the current realities of the Church in Canada and the United States. The final day included sessions on practical matters, and time to reflect and share. Throughout the meetings, there was also time for prayer (including morning and evening prayer moments, Confession, Adoration, and daily Mass), reflection, small and large group sharing, and community building.