(ANS - Rome) - The dissemination program of the text "Animating and Governing the Community - The Ministry of the Salesian Rector" proposes for these first months of 2021 the reading, study, sharing on the text's second part, entitled: "The Rector in the Salesian Religious Community”. At the end of September, animation material was proposed on the first part: “The Salesian Consecrated Identity”. In April, the introduction video and materials for animation relating to the third and final part shall be offered: “The Rector and the Shared Salesian Mission”.
(ANS - Nairobi) - On 11 January the graduation ceremony for the staff of the “Salesian TVET Center Management”, which had been engaged in an e-learning course in recent months, was held online. Specifically designed to improve the quality of Vocational Training, the course was divided into four modules: organizational management, financial management, entrepreneurship, and green and sustainable approaches.
(ANS - Rome) - In 2006, the then General Councilor for Social Communication, Fr Tarcisio Scaramussa, now Bishop, started a project for the digital preservation of Salesian materials. Fifteen years later, the principles that had been established at the time proved their permanent validity and the site, known as the Salesian Digital Library - or SDL - was recently relaunched, thanks to work that renewed the site's visual presentation, updated the underlying software and significantly expanded the contents: currently there are over 200,000 resources, in a broad sense, but their number is potentially infinite!
Hong Kong – A nativity scene in times of pandemic
(ANS - Hong Kong) - Salesian Brother Paul Li, 85, Economer of the Salesian Missionary House in Hong Kong, is also known for his ability to decorate Salesian churches and houses on the occasion of various holidays. For Christmas 2020 he created a very current pandemic-themed nativity scene.
Italy – VII Don Bosco Conference: "Educating ... A choice that is a sign and bearer of hope"
(ANS - Sesto San Giovanni) - As usual, in view of the Feast Day of Don Bosco, the “Don Bosco” Social Works of Sesto San Giovanni are promoting a high-level educational conference. This year the organizers have chosen a theme that combines education, at the center of the Salesian charism, with the theme of hope, delivered by the Rector Major to the Salesian Family through the Strenna for 2021. Title of this seventh edition of the conference - which this year will not be in attendance, but in live streaming - is in fact: “Educating… A choice that is a sign and bearer of hope”. Leading the work sessions, on January 20, from 14:30 to 17:00 (UTC + 1), will be Fr Fabio Attard.
Democratic Republic of Congo – Jean-Claude Michaël Imani returns to family
(ANS - Bukavu) - Jean-Claude Michaël Imani is a young man born in 2003 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A problematic boy, who already around the age of seven was able to leave at will and at any time without saying goodbye and return after many days, was welcomed at the Don Bosco center in April 2019, after spending more than 7 years on the street. Recently, thanks to the Salesians and the commitment of many people, he has been able to reunite with his family.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
DON BOSCO – THE GENIUS WHO KNEW HOW TO MAKE HIS BOYS HAPPY
Dear readers and friends, this January issue coincides with the great worldwide celebration of Don Bosco’s feast on January 31. And there is something else: