100 Years for God and the World: Volunteers of Don Bosco (VDB)
(Rome - May 18, 2017) - May 20, 2017 will be a day of celebration for the entire Salesian Family: the Institute of the Volunteers of Don Bosco (VDB) will be celebrating 100 years of life. The Volunteers (VDB), founded by Fr Philip Rinaldi in 1917 in Turin, now number around 1200 and are present in 58 countries around the world.
This group of the Salesian Family had its origin one hundred years ago in the desire of three young women who wanted to be like the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians while still living and serving in their own environment: in work, in family, in society ... They sought a way of living the Salesian charism that Don Bosco himself desired.
The VDBs are women consecrated to God with evangelical counsels, to be prophetic signs in the heart of the world, in the Salesian spirit. They are both secular and consecrated: a binomial that allows them to work and be witnesses in ordinary places and activities with a heart free and passionate about God and the world. Though they take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, they do not live in communities and do not run their own works.
They are actively present in the most diverse environments, and they seek to seize and enhance the signs of good that exist in society. They are open to dialogue and listening, attentive to the least and most marginalized in society, especially young people and their needs and aspirations. They work creatively and humbly, trying to be "leaven and salt" wherever they are.
Through their membership in the Institute, the VDBs are part of the Salesian Family and live the Salesian charism through their apostolate with young people, especially the most needy, by fulfilling their mission inspired by love for Jesus and trust in Mary.
From 19 to 21 May, at Valdocco in Turin, in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, there will be celebrations in the presence of representatives of the 31 groups that are part of the great Salesian Family.
This celebration of the Centenary of the VDB presents itself as a special occasion for the Institute to thank God for the gift of this vocation inspired by the Holy Spirit.
For further information, visit: http://www.volontariedonbosco.org/en/
RMG – After the 152nd Salesian Missionary Expedition: Grégoire Maloba
(ANS - Rome) - "I have chosen the missionary life to respond freely and consciously to the call of God who sends us all over the world to announce the good news, and who remains with us until the end of the world (Mt 28.19- 20), and to work in collaboration with the confreres of my new Province where the Lord is sending me.” Speaking with such conviction is the young Congolese Salesian Grégoire Maloba sent, with the 152nd Salesian Missionary Expedition, to his new mission land, Portugal.
Italy – Life, Spirituality, Holiness and Mission of Ven. Fr Giuseppe Quadrio
(ANS - Turin) - On Saturday, 27 November 2021, a conference was held at the Aula Magna of the Faculty of Theology at Crocetta in Turin, to study the spiritual figure of the Venerable Salesian, Fr Giuseppe Quadrio, on the occasion of the centenary of his birth in Vervio, in the province of Sondrio, Italy, on November 28, 1922.
United States – International Day of People with Disabilities: Salesian programs provide education and support for people with disabilities
(ANS – New Rochelle) – Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins humanitarian organizations and countries around the globe in honouring International Day of People with Disabilities. Since its inception in 1945, the United Nations has outlined and reiterated its commitment to calling for the creation of inclusive, accessible, and sustainable societies and communities. In 1981, the U.N. proclaimed Dec. 3 as a recognized day for the celebration of the achievements of people living with disabilities across the world.