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/
South Sudan – Don Bosco Health Centre at Gumbo, Juba
(ANS – Juba) – At the Don Bosco centre at Juba (South Sudan), where Salesians have a school, a Vocational Training Centre (TVET), a Parish, a Refugee Camp for 15,000 Internally Displaced People (IDP), the “Caritas Sisters of Jesus” run a health centre that serves the beneficiaries of all our large work in Gumbo. “Caritas Sisters of Jesus” are a member of the Salesian Family since 1986, the Japan born Sisters Congregation (1937) with almost 1000 members is witnessing the Gospel in 16 different countries in all five continents.
Portugal - 34th National Pilgrimage of the Salesian Family
(ANS - Mogofores) - "With Mary, in thanksgiving for the 125 years of Salesian presence in Portugal" was the theme of the 34th Pilgrimage of the Salesian Family to the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians in Mogofores, Portugal, which this year, due to the pandemic, took place in mixed mode with the physical presence of some representatives of the various groups on site, and the digital participation of most of the other members of the Portuguese Salesian Family.
Brazil – Digital citizenship in Salesian education
(ANS - Brasilia) - From its origins, the Salesian charism has set itself the objective of "forming good Christians and upright citizens". This implies the creation of processes that lead the person to act responsibly, critically and consistently in every situation. With the advent of digital culture, formation in digital citizenship is an immediate consequence for Salesian educational action.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
FROM VALDOCCO TO THE WHOLE WORLD
Today the invitation is made to everyone: Come! Get to know Valdocco. Browse around. Experience this place. Be still and listen to what the “walls are saying” because “at Valdocco, everything speaks”... What has taken place in transforming this space is much more than the mere remodeling of walls and rooms. A dream has come to life.