(ANS) – The Salesian Cooperators from the Interamerica Region held the third and final regional formation meeting for 2023 online in on Sunday, 26 November 2023. The topic for the meeting was “The Salesian lay dimension today: Don Bosco’s dream 150 years later!, and was explored by Antonio Boccia, World Coordinator of the Association of Salesian Cooperators.
(ANS – León) – On 30 November 2023, the Salesian house in León hosted the Second Meeting of parish priests and directors of Youth Centres in the St James the Greater Province (SSM) Spain, bringing together a total of about fifty participants. The working day included a report and exchange of ideas with the Extraordinary Visitor to the Province, Fr Fabio Attard.
(ANS – Rome) – The cycle of events in the series "What kind of Salesians for the youth of today?" continues, on the Action Programme for the Salesian Congregation after the 28th General Chapter. On Saturday, 9 December 2023, Cardinal Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians, will speak directly, offering ideas and insights on the topic of “The challenge of Formation in the Congregation today”.
RMG – "How Salesians live and respond pastorally to young people in digital culture": in conversation with Fr Gildasio Mendes, SDB
(ANS – Rome) – In the "Guidelines and Directives" section of the Acts of the General Council no. 440, for July-December 2023, a letter is published signed by Fr Gildasio Mendes, General Councillor for Social Communication, entitled: "Walking with young people in digital culture". The document, motivated by the requests received from various parts of the Salesian world, is the result of a joint work carried out in the Social Communication Sector, after conversations with each Delegate, visits and numerous meetings. It is given to every Salesian as an invitation to learn more and more about these indispensable means of our daily life, to learn to relate to them and to make good pastoral use of them with young people.
For this reason, ANS interviewed the General Councillor and in this interview, answering 10 questions, Fr Gildasio Mendes illustrates the document and explains its meaning and purpose.
“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.
India – “A Resplendent Showcase of Faith” by the Salesian Province of Chennai
(ANS – Katpadi) – “Let’s Celebrate Faith” a creative and unique venture of the Salesian Province of Chennai was conceptualised and meticulously organized by “Deepagam”, the Evangelization and Catechetical Centre of the Chennai province. This monumental event was celebrated on 29 October, 2023 at Don Bosco, Katpadi for the Vellore region. More than 2000 participants which included children, youth, adults, Salesians and the Salesian Co-operators took part in this grant event.
United States - World Aids Day: Salesian Missions highlights programs that support youth with HIV/AIDS
(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 World AIDS Day celebrated each year on Dec. 1. The day is held to honor AIDS victims and focuses on prevention and treatment issues surrounding HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome).
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
THE MEMORY OF THE FUTURE. We have a dream that is our greatest wealth
THE RECTOR MAJOR’S MESSAGE, Card. Angel Fernandez Artime, SDB
Two hundred years ago, a little nine-year-old boy, poor and with no future but to be a farmer, had a dream. He recounted it to his mother, grandmother, and brothers in the morning, who found it funny. Grandma concluded, “Pay no attention to dreams.” Many years later, that boy, John Bosco, wrote: “I agreed with my grandmother. However, I was unable to cast that dream out of my mind.”