Vietnam – New Councilor for East Asia-Ocenia: "to serve the poorer, respond to urgent needs of poor ...

(ANS - Ho Chi Minh City) - He did not participate in the 28th General Chapter and due to the ...

Poland – Missions General Councilor visits Salesian Mission Office in Warsaw

Warsaw, Poland - August 2020 - Fr Alfred Maravilla, General Councilor for the Salesian Missions, ...

"Dream and Help Others Dream"

Poor young people if, in addition to all that must be done to survive during this time, we kill, ...

RMG – Farewell to Bro. Celato, SDB: a whole life in the service of the Congregation

(ANS - Rome) - Don Bosco said: "When a Salesian dies working for souls, the Congregation has ...

Myanmar – Time of blessing despite pandemic: testimony of a Salesian

(ANS - Anisakan) - “Reflecting upon these past few months, the Covid pandemic, while it ...

India – Salesian Brother Mathew John’s Latest Contemporary Masterpiece: “The Last Supper”

(ANS – New Delhi) – The paintings of Salesian Brother Mathew John Puthanangady, of ...

Italy – On slopes of Mount Etna, "Don Bosco" urban park inaugurated

Bronte, Italy - August 2020 - Yesterday, Wednesday 5 August, in the town of Bronte (Catania), on ...

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

  • Vietnam – New Councilor for East Asia-Ocenia: "to serve the poorer, respond to urgent needs of poor young people is my dream and challenge"

    (ANS - Ho Chi Minh City) - He did not participate in the 28th General Chapter and due to the Covid-19 restrictions, he still resides in Vietnam. But as regards his new position Fr Joseph Nguyen Thinh Phuoc, the new Councilor for the East Asia-Oceania region, has very clear ideas. And today he illustrates them to us.

EVENTS

  • Italy – 150th anniversary of birth of Fr Pietro Ricaldone

    (ANS - Mirabello Monferrato) – Being celebrated - in addition to the centenary of the birth of Fr Egidio Viganò, VII Successor of Don Bosco at the head of the Salesian Congregation - is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Fr Pietro Ricaldone. Rector Major from 1932 to 1951, he was born in Mirabello Monferrato on July 27, 1870. For this occasion, his hometown remembered him with two days of celebration.

SPECIAL REPORTS

  • Brazil – The great meeting: Don Bosco and ECA's 30 years

    (ANS - San Paolo) - Education is a thing of the heart, said Don Bosco. It is an extremely appropriate paradigm to celebrate the 30 years of the Statute of the Child and Adolescent (ECA, in Portuguese), a set of rules of the Brazilian legal system aimed at the integral protection of children and adolescents, which in July celebrated its thirtieth anniversary.

MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR

  • "Dream and Help Others Dream"

    Poor young people if, in addition to all that must be done to survive during this time, we kill, annul, or maim their dreams and their desire to do something great and beautiful with their lives.

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