Taipei, Taiwan – 19 March 2017 – This year we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Mass celebrated by the Salesian missionaries at Taipei Bosco's Hall. The photograph shows the start of Salesian work in Taipei. To realize the missionary dream of Don Bosco, the Salesians had to travel across the ocean, before reaching Macao, then Hong Kong and finally Taiwan. When they reached the island they went first to Tainan, where they started a vocational school and a parish, and later went to Taipei in 1964.
The Salesian novices in a small town called Kotagiri, in a Salesian work in the middle of a beautiful nature park of India. In the picture you can see a good group of novices dressed in the white cassock who were candidates for priesthood, and other novices in civvies destined to become Salesian Brothers.
Quito, Ecuador - January 1888 - The expedition of the Salesians arrived in the country on 12 January 1888. Even though he was ill, Don Bosco heard the news and sent his blessing. The first festive oratory was founded on 18 February and on 15 April of that year the Salesian Workshops and the School of Arts and Crafts were inaugurated.
Shillong, India - 1st August 1937 - On 1 August 1937 in the Salesian mission of Shillong where he worked, the Salesian missionary, now Servant of God, Fr Costantino Vendrame, officiated at fourteen baptisms. "In the photo there is a beautiful and profound theological symbolism" commented Fr Pierluigi Cameroni SDB, Postulator. In one hand the Servant of God holds the Bible and in the other he has the hand of a child, to signify the union of the human and the supernatural."