Argentina - New Vocational Training Center inaugurated in Formosa

(ANS - Formosa) - The inauguration of the Vocational Training Center’s new building, ...

United States – Int’l Day of People With Disabilities: Salesian Missions highlights social and ...

(ANS – New Rochelle) – Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of ...

Croatia - General Assembly of Salesian Youth Movement of Europe and Middle East

(ANS - Zagreb) - Last weekend the Oratory of Juarun, a district of Zagreb, hosted the XVIII General ...

India – “Be Peacemakers”: a call to cultivate and care for God’s Creation

(ANS – Naigaon) – Don Bosco High School and Junior College, Naigaon, Palghar District, ...

Italy - Conference to present Humanitarian Network that has taken in 70 Afghan refugees

(ANS - Rome) - A press conference organized by the Humanitarian Network NGO, founded by journalist ...

Portugal – "WYD DON BOSCO 23" opens registration for World Youth Day

(ANS - Lisbon) - WYD DON BOSCO 23, the organization responsible for the convocation and ...

Argentina - A new documentary on St. Artemide Zatti

Buenos Aires, Argentina - December 2022 - On the evening of Thursday, December 1, the first episode ...

RMG – Poster of Strenna 2023 : "AS THE YEAST IN TODAY'S HUMAN FAMILY. The lay dimension in the ...

(ANS - Rome) - The two posters selected by the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández ...

RMG - One hundred personages represent the Don Bosco Family in the Strenna 2023 poster

(ANS - Rome) - The second illustration for the poster of Strenna 2023 shows one hundred ...

Vatican – Salesian Brother Artemide Zatti is a saint!

(ANS - Vatican City) - "Salesian Brother Artemide Zatti was a living example of gratitude." ...

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

  • Ukraine – Bishop Ryabukha: "Me, new bishop in Donetsk, who cannot meet my people"

    (ANS - Donetsk) - In a little over a month, Salesian Maksim Ryabukha shall become Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocesan Exarchate of Donetsk, a diocese with numerous occupied territories, which he cannot enter. Still, he is certain: "Where everything collapses and is bombed, we bring hope and the light of Christ."

EDITORIAL

  • Listening With Our Heart

    Little John was watching the television and the sight of the African children being shown in utter poverty made him cry, and after sobbing in desperation he got up and pulled out a few slices of bread and went near the television and started pushing those slices in every small little hole on the back of the television. In his simplicity, he thought he was offering a little bread to those hungry children. The little boy expresses best what it means to listen with the heart.

    The attentive gaze of a mother by the side of her child, and the slightest cry or movement of the child makes her respond immediately with a gentle touch or a caress, and this too is perhaps another example of what it means to listen with the heart. The mother feels what the child needs.

    Listening with the heart is the experience of a noble, loving, compassionate person. Looking around, we see millions of people who suffer in silence every day. Everyone longs to be heard and listened to. But the raging fire and chaos, noise and humdrums have caused so much of deafness within, and we only listen to some sounds. We have lost the quality to empathize, to listen and to feel.

    The call to listen with the ear of one’s heart, is the invitation of Pope Francis in light of the 56th World Communications Day, that is popularly celebrated on the Ascension Sunday every year. Are we really truly listening? Why do we struggle to listen? How can we listen with our heart? These can be some areas of introspection as we ponder on this theme of the World Communications Day – “Listening with the ear of the heart”.

EVENTS

  • America – Preventive system in harmony with global educational pact

    (ANS) - On Nov. 10 and 11, about 1,500 educators from the American continent participated in the webinar organized by the Salesian School of America (ESA, in Spanish) with the collaboration of the Chilean provincial communication team. This formative moment took place in the 4 languages spoken on the continent - Spanish, Portuguese, English, French - and reflected on the charismatic legacy of the Preventive System in harmony with the Global Compact on Education advocated by Pope Francis.

SPECIAL REPORTS

  • United States – Int’l Day of People With Disabilities: Salesian Missions highlights social and educational programs that promote inclusion

    (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 honoring 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.

MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR

  • THE LITTLE CITY OF THE BEATITUDES

    THE MESSAGE OF THE RECTOR MAJOR, Don Ángel Fernández Artime, SDB

     

    Within the megapolis of Chennai (Madras), amid the enormous industrial complexes and magnificent temples and in the exciting atmosphere of city life, there lies a luminous sliver of truly Salesian goodness.

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