(ANS – Kumgi) – 25 years ago, upon the invitation of Bishop William Kurtz, SVD, the pioneer Salesian missionaries came to the Diocese of Kundiawa, in Simbu Province to start their mission on behalf of youth. The pioneer Salesian missionaries were the late Br Ramon de la Cruz (Filipino), the late Fr Joseph Savina (Italian), and Fr David Buenaventura (Filipino). In 1996, Don Bosco Kumgi welcomed its first intake of woodworking students. The garage of the Salesian Residence at the time served as the workshop.
(ANS - Rome) - There are just four days to 16 August, the day on which the whole Salesian Family in the world commemorates the birth of the Father and Teacher of Youth, St. John Bosco. In this 2020, marked by a pandemic that still grips a large part of the global population, the heirs of his charism are looking again at Don Bosco to find in him those elements that are always valid - in every time, place and circumstance - to accompany young people, and especially those who are poorer and in need.
Mornese, Italy - 5 August 2020 - On the 148th anniversary of the birth of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, SDB, Father and Center of Unity of the Salesian Family, at the Shrine of Santa Maria Domenica Mazzarello in Mornese, presided at Mass during which the Mother General of the Institute, Mother Yvonne Reungoat, welcomed the perpetual profession of nine FMA belonging to the Vice Province "Mary Mother of the Church".
(ANS - Griskabudis) - On Saturday 25 July the Lithuanian Salesian Family dedicated a day of remembrance and gratitude to the first Lithuanian Salesian, Fr Antanas Skeltys, on the occasion of the 60 years since his death.
(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.
(ANS - Lima) - Sunday 26 July, in an atmosphere of joy and gratitude, the opening of the celebrations for the Jubilee centenary of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Lima, the cultural and historical heritage of the city of Lima, was celebrated. The ceremony included a solemn Eucharist presided over by Msgr. Carlos Castillo, Archbishop of Lima, and concelebrated by several Salesians, including the Provincial Vicar, Humberto Chávez, SDB, and Fr Santo Dal Ben Lava, parish priest of the Basilica.
RMG – In conversation with the General Councilor for Formation, Fr Ivo Coelho
(ANS - Rome) - The 28th General Chapter confirmed Fr Ivo Coelho in his position as General Councilor for Formation, to which he was called in 2014. After six years of activity, he still has important objectives that he intends to pursue to promote the quality of formation of today's Salesians. Today he illustrates the path followed and the prospects for the future.
RMG - Online meeting of the Salesian publishers of America
(ANS - Rome) - From 17 to 19 September 2020 the meeting of the Salesian publishers of the America South Cone and Interamerica regions took place via videoconference. It brought together those in charge for the sector from Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, Chile, Argentina. The event was chaired by Fr Gildásio Mendes dos Santos, General Councilor for Social Communication, with presentations by Fr Hugo Orozco, Councilor for the Interamerica Region, and Fr Gabriel Romero, Councilor for the America South Cone Region. Also present was Marta Palomares, coordinator of the Salesian publishers in Europe.
RMG – Salesians in the field for the Global Compact on Education
(ANS – Rome) – As Salesians, we join the call and invitation of Pope Francis for a Global Compact on Education: as a mission, as a choice, as a future. To say "Salesians" is to say Education and Evangelization of young people. Once with Don Bosco, today like Don Bosco, renewed in the forms, in the processes, in the methodologies we need to make them live the opportunity of a new humanity. The best we can offer the new generations is education, thinking about the future of humanity with and for the young.