(ANS – Guwahati) – Salesians in India were able to train 125 catechists with a year-long program thanks to funding Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, received through the Koch Foundation. The “Training and Faith Formation of Catechists” project prepared catechists to work in Roman Catholic parishes throughout the Salesian Guwahati Province, headquartered in Assam, India.
(ANS - Modica) - The Hospital of Modica, Province of Ragusa, Sicily, shall be dedicated to the Servant of God Nino Baglieri (1951-2007), Volunteer with Don Bosco (CFB). The news was given by the town's mayor, Ignazio Abbate, on 17 June: "The hospital of Modica will become 'Ospedale Maggiore Nino Baglieri'. Having received the availability of the Curia and the Direzione General Asp, there are no more obstacles to dedicating the health facility to our beloved Nino. A fair recognition for the example that Nino Baglieri has left throughout his life."
(ANS – Palabek) – Yesterday, Sunday 20 June, World Refugee Day was celebrated. The Salesians are strongly committed to the care of many young people and communities forced to abandon their homes and the Sector for the Missions intends to foster greater sensitivity on the subject in the Congregation for ever more incisive and effective work. For this reason, today we share a broad synthesis of the reflection of Fr Lazar Arasu, an Indian Salesian, in charge of the community of Palabek, in Uganda.
Poland – A new work for Krakow Province 5
(ANS - Szczyrk) - On 5 June 2021 a new building for the Krakow Province (PLS) was inaugurated and blessed: "Dom Rekolekcyjno-Wypoczynkowy dla Młodzieży Górka" (Retreat and Recreation House for Youth), located in Szczyrk, in Southern Poland. Presenting it today is Fr Gabriel Stawowy, Economer of the PLS Province and the intitiative's principal Coordinator.
France – XV edition of "Festiclip"
(ANS - Paris) – The 15th edition of "Festiclip", the short film festival organized by the Salesian Province "France-South Belgium" (FRB), took place on Saturday, 5 June 2021. With participants connecting via web, the finale saw 11 teams competing to win various prizes.
United States – Funding supports most vulnerable during pandemic with food and prevention measures
(ANS – New Rochelle) – When the global COVID-19 pandemic struck and countries began lockdowns, Salesian missionaries around the globe went into action ensuring that those who were impacted in their local communities had the food and hygiene supplies they needed. Missionaries also quickly began to shift how they worked with poor children and their families, including working to provide education online when possible. To aid these efforts, significant funding was needed.