Chosica, Peru - June 2019 - From May 26 to June 2, the 2019 Provincial Chapter of the Salesian Province of Peru (PER) was held, with 38 capitulars, chaired by Provincial Fr Manolo Cayo and entrusted to the regulator Fr Juan Alcas. Fr Pablo Medina was elected Delegate of the PER Province for the GC28, which will take place in Turin in 2020.
Manila, Philippines - May 2019 - On May 24, during the feast of Mary Help of Christians, Msgr. Patricio Buzon, SDB, bishop of the diocese of Bacolod, ordained the Salesian April Jerome Quinto, of the Province of North Philippines (FIN), as a priest.
Slovakia - June 2019 - On June 1 in the Tatra Mountains there was the ceremony of installation and blessing of a memorial plaque for a young Salesian, Fr Boleslaw Rozmus, who died in 1996 while leading a group of students to this area. In addition to several representatives from Slovakia and Poland, there were also representatives of the formation houses of the novitiate of Slovakia and of the Krakow theologate, with the director of the novitiate, Fr Peter Timko, and the Provincial of Krakow (PLS), Fr Adam Parszywka. The Eucharist was presided over by the Councilor for Central and Northern Europe Region, Fr Tadeusz Rozmus, older brother of Fr Boleslaw. For 23 years Fr Boleslaw's past pupils have been meeting regularly every year on the first Sunday of October in the Tatra Mountains and celebrate a Mass in his memory in the Chocholowska Valley. In the memorial cemetery of Strbske Pleso there are currently two Salesian tombstones: Fr Boleslaw's and a novice from the Czech Republic, who also died in the mountains in 2007.
Lubumbashi, D.R. Congo - June 2019 - At the Salesian Province of Central Africa (AFC), the Salesian Family met for the traditional Marian pilgrimage on June 2. Before leaving, the young people of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) prayed the Rosary at the Mwapusukeni College together with many pilgrims. Once the procession began, the faithful arrived in the "Marian City of Don Bosco", the place where the Salesians have planned to build a university and a church dedicated to Mary Help of Christians. The event culminated with the Eucharist presided by Fr Albert Kabuge, AFC Provincial, and concelebrated by 15 Salesians, during which a special mention was made for the 150th anniversary of the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA). On this occasion, for the first time in the AFC Province, ADMA members, young and adult, made their promise.