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Salesian Missionaries in the World: A Global Commitment

20 October 2017

(Rome - October 20, 2017) - There are many people around the world who, inspired by Don Bosco, spend their lives far from their homeland to devote themselves to the mission of evangelization and the human development of other peoples. On the occasion of World Mission Day, celebrated Sunday, October 22, we want to remember some examples.

In the first continent Salesian missionaries reached, the primary goal remains to be among the poor young people to provide educational, human and spiritual support. "I was fortunate enough to know Fr Luigi Melesi, back from the first expedition 'Operation Mato Grosso' in 1967. He would talk about his experience with joy, and my heart would beat with excitement in hearing about it. So I decided to leave as a missionary ... I dreamed of spending my life for the poor," says Fr Ernesto Sirani, today a pastor of 15,000 souls in the Peruvian Andes.

Love for the recipients of one's mission is what is also perceived in an orphanage of Inharrime, Mozambique, where Sister Lucia Teixeira, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), has lived and worked for 42 years. "Our little girls have no mothers or fathers, but they have found a family: they are happy to have us and we are happy to have them, because Salesian life makes sense only because they exist," she says.

Simon Mühlbauer, a 19-year-old German, decided to take part in the "Don Bosco Volunteers" program. Now he invites his German friends to volunteering as missionaries and wants to promote an inverse program where young people from developing countries are sent to Germany as guests of the Salesian communities. Of his experience, he says: "In my service, more than teaching I learned, and learning is something that concerns everyone."

Usually when thinking of missions, the countries of the South of the world come to mind. But there is also a great need for missionary support in Europe. José Liano, a Guatemalan Salesian, is now a missionary in Gjilan, Kosovo. When he decided to leave, some confreres said, "why go away, leave, if we have a lot of work to do here?" "True, there is a lot to do," he replied. "But if the first Salesians had not gone beyond, how would we have known God, Don Bosco and our vocation?"

As Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians, and Successor of Don Bosco, has repeatedly stated, "we cannot forget our origins and our charismatic identity," that of a Congregation that is missionary by nature.

INTERVIEWS

  • Great Britain – An update from Fr Mykhaylo Chaban, the Superior of the Salesian vice-province of Ukraine

    (ANS – Bolton) – Last week, the Salesians of the province of Great Britain (GBR) had a visit from the, Fr Mykhaylo Chaban, Superior of the Salesian vice-province  “Mary Help of Christians” of the Greek-Catholic Ukraine.  He had travelled there to meet with students of Thornleigh Salesian College and he was able to sit with them to give an update of the situation in Ukraine.

EDITORIAL

  • “Speaking with the Heart”: A great Antidote for the Ills of today’s world

    ‘Revolutionize the world with your kindness, by speaking with your heart’, is the dream that Pope Francis envisions for humanity through his 57th World Communication Day message, that falls on this Ascension Sunday, 21st May 2023. ‘Speak with your heart in truth and charity’, and this is the best antidote that can cure the ills of today’s society.

EVENTS

  • Italy - An event to celebrate Federico Fellini, one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema

    (ANS - Rome) - "I need to believe. It is a need neither alive nor mature, to tell the truth, a childish need to feel protected, to be judged benevolently, understood, and possibly forgiven," Federico Fellini said in a conversation with journalist and friend Sergio Zavoli. The "need" to remember one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema prompted the organization of a double event - a seminar and a gala evening - at the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) in Rome. The appointment, titled "Fellini tra Cielo e Terra. Testimonianze and Studi sul Sacro in Federico Fellini," takes place on Friday, May 5, 2023, and will celebrate the meaning of the Sacred in the work of the great director.

SPECIAL REPORTS

  • RMG – Don Bosco’s Marian Shrine: The Basilica of Mary Help of Christians

    (ANS – Rome) – On the second Sunday of October 1844, Don Bosco had a dream which was a kind of continuation of the one he had at the age of nine. In the dream, the Blessed Virgin told him to lead a large group of various kinds of animals.

MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR

  • MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS IN THE “CITY OF ETERNAL HEAT”

    THE MESSAGE OF THE RECTOR MAJOR Don Ángel Fernández Artime

    “Once again in my travels around the Salesian world I was able to see for myself that Mary Help of Christians—as Don Bosco promised—is a beacon that illuminates, a safe harbor, and maternal love for her Son and for all of us, her sons and daughters.”

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