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Argentina – 120 years of Salesian history in Rodeo del Medio

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RMG – Feast of Mary Help of Christians: world novena booklets available in 5 languages, Turin ...

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Belgium – In search of the power of vulnerability together with young people

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Brazil - “Salesian Solidarity Hands” campaign in Vitória

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Paraguay - Feast Day of St Domenico Savio in Concepción

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100 Years for God and the World: Volunteers of Don Bosco (VDB)

18 May 2017

(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/

INTERVIEWS

  • Siria – The challenge to be both a good Salesian and a happy Salesian

    (ANS - Aleppo) - Andrew Mulumba Chishimba is a 25-year-old Salesian in formation, a native of Zambia, but since last September he has begun his missionary service in the community of Aleppo, Syria. Today he shares his experience and the challenge and lessons learned so far with ANS.

EVENTS

  • Belgium – In search of the power of vulnerability together with young people

    (ANS – Heverlee) – On April 28th, 2021, 20 educators and teachers from the Don Bosco community from Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Belgium encountered for an online formation program: “Discovering the power of vulnerability together with young people”. An initiative from “Don Bosco Bildungsforum” (AUS), “Don Bosco Vorming & Animatie” (BEN) and “Jugendpastoralinstitut Don Bosco” (GER).

SPECIAL REPORTS

  • Great Britain – “Don’t forget the fun - it's holy!”

    (ANS – London) – Play is sacred and essential at all ages. It is the place where we waste time, explore and forget the past and the future. That is why it revives the soul, brings perspective and tops up humour. Play with others whether in sport or in hobbies puts everyone on the same level as human beings. It is a holy thing to do.

MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR

  • THE TRUE RESURRECTION

    The one that touches peoples’ lives and transforms them

    My friends, readers of the Salesian Bulletin, I greet you again with all cordiality by means of this Salesian magazine founded by Don Bosco himself. It was his intention to use this bulletin to convey to the laity the reality of his young Salesian Congregation, which sought to be faithful to God as it was growing little by little. As we read in the 1877 issue, it "is published to give a report of things done or to be done according to the purpose of the Salesian mission, which is the care of souls and the good of civil society."

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