(ANS - Turin) - For the Salesians, Mary Help of Christians is much more than a personal devotion: she is a dimension of the charism and of the mission. This is why the feast of Mary Help of Christians in the city of Don Bosco is never a local event, but rather an event that calls for global attention. Again this year, the main events can be seen and followed via different options.
(ANS – Sliema) – A mentoring programme to assist young homeless persons was launched in May by the National Federation of Past Pupils and Friends of Don Bosco. This Erasmus+ EU Funded programme will help these vulnerable persons in discovering more about themselves and their environment to follow a path of higher achievement and stability. The programme was launched under the title “Mentor Power” in the form of a handbook and training manual and over 20 organizations come together to attend the “Mentor Power” seminar. Together these tools will be used by the Salesians in a pilot programme aimed at reintegrating young persons back into the community.
(ANS - Turin) - The traditional appointment of the World Council, aka Consulta, of the Salesian Family has been held for several years in Turin-Valdocco on the occasion of the feast of Mary Help of Christians. Around the Rector Major, representatives and leaders of the Groups of the Salesian Family gather to renew in trusting in Mary Help of Christians their belonging to the Salesian charism born of Don Bosco and which over time has developed into a plurality of forms and expressions.
(ANS - Vatican City) – Today, 22 May, Holy Father Francis has appointed Salesian Fr Alberto Ricardo Lorenzelli Rossi as auxiliary bishop of Santiago de Chile. He is currently Director of the Salesian Community in the Vatican and Chaplain of the Directorate of Security Services and Civil Protection of the Vatican City State. Fr Lorenzelli, who was assigned the titular bishopric of Sesta, was appointed auxiliary bishop along with Fr Carlos Eugenio Irarrázaval Errázuriz, of the clergy of Santiago, to whom was assigned the titular episcopal see of Tanudaia.
(ANS - Santiago) - Without a doubt, young people are the first witnesses of the growth of the Salesian Congregation and of the service that the Salesians of Don Bosco carry out for the formation of future generations. Recently in Chile, two interesting initiatives took place: the ceremony of laying the foundation stone of the "St Domenico Savio" building of the future Salesian Industrial School of Copiapó; and the launch of the first "Pre-University Don Bosco", a 100%-free initiative promoted by the Silva Henríquez Catholic University.
(ANS - Turin) - The youths of the Salesian Vocational Training Center of Turin-Valdocco have decided to take seriously the pastoral proposal for the year 2018-2019: "Io sono una missione #perlavitadeglialtri", that is: I'm a mission #forthelifeoftheothers. And for this reason, during a meeting with Fr Pier Jabloyan, Director of the Salesian Center in Aleppo, they signed a sister-city relationship of solidarity between the two Salesian realities.