(ANS – Canlubang) – Don Bosco College - Canlubang always celebrates the Feast of St. John Bosco with great solemnity and in style. This year's theme “Towards Greater Faith” was chosen as early as October of last year at the launching of the preparation for Don Bosco Day 2020 Celebrations. The theme could not have been more timely, since the school, sitting at the edge of the 20 km radius of Taal Volcano, was very much affected by the ashfall. Classes were suspended even until the first days of the novena to the feast of Don Bosco. Some activities were canceled; while others were set at a future date. But the Grand Eucharistic Adoration (January 28) and of course, the Cinema Don Bosco 2020 (January 31) pushed through.
(ANS - Rome) - On Friday 31 January, the feast day of St John Bosco, a seminar entitled "To educate a child an entire village is needed" was held at the "Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco" center, the so-called "Valdocco of Rome", aimed at creating an educational pact for the Roman district of Centocelle. The seminar was a way of honoring the Saint of Youth, and even more, it was a response to the appeal launched by Pope Francis to build "a village of education."
(ANS - Telšiai) - Telšiai is a Lithuanian town of about 30,000 inhabitants, located in the Samogitia region, a north-western region of Lithuania and the last land of Europe to be evangelized. Here, for some time now, the spiritual sons of Don Bosco have been active with a small presence, still not canonically erected, and who, faithful to the charism of their founder, never miss an opportunity to spread the Gospel message in the Salesian style. And what better occasion than the Feast Day of Don Bosco to boost their activities?
Pictures from various Salesian works around the world on the occasion of the feast day celebrations of Don Bosco.
(ANS - Turin) - The artist Andrea de Simone was presented during the Triduum prayer vigil to Don Bosco in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Valdocco on Wednesday, 29 January. Before the gaze of hundreds of people and with his "sand art", the artist depicted the affectionate face of Don Bosco as seen by an artist who met the Saint of Youth in his preparation of the artistic exhibition. The presentation only needed two things: passion for art and a little sand.
(ANS - Turin) - The feast of Don Bosco has ended in Valdocco, Turin, the city of Don Bosco. As the Rector Major wrote in the book "The city of Don Bosco", "the true city of the Saint were the young"; in fact, the Saint of Youth identified himself with the city where thousands of boys lived on the street, in the avenues, in the outskirts, and dedicated himself to them to give them three things: “a house where to feel like family, a father who listened to their problems, and a promising future.”
Taiwan – Archbishop Joseph Ti-Kang, SSCC: “Don Bosco is the spiritual guide of my life”
(ANS - Taipei) – A few days ago, on the occasion of the feast day of Mary Help of Christians, the archbishop emeritus of Taipei, the 92-year-old Msgr. Joseph Ti-Kang, Salesian Cooperator, answered some questions about his Salesian life and commitment from the Salesian missionary Fr Lanfranco Fedrigotti, former CIN Provincial, and currently stationed in Taipei.
We are a tapestry of stories
One of the most beautiful experiences we live as educators is when a young person approaches us during the day and asks us for a minute because he must confide something important to us: “Father, I'm in love, I'm the happiest person in the world. I really wanted to tell you because you are an important person for me.” His face has a strange luminosity, the words overlap, there is agitation and then silence. They await our reply. Sometimes they just wait until we tell them that we are happy and that we share their joy, a word of encouragement. The magic of the moment is felt. And heard.
What a teenager needs most is being “listened to, heard”.
Argentina – "Zatti, our brother", preview of short film much-awaited by Salesian Family worldwide
(ANS - Buenos Aires) - "Zatti, our brother" is a short film on the Salesian nurse Artemide Zatti (1880 - 1951), who for forty years dedicated himself to the care of the poor and sick of Viedma, Rio Negro. There he directed one of the first hospitals in Patagonia, which in fact bears his name.
Israel – Challenges of the Salesians in Cremisan and Nazareth
(ANS - Cremisan) - In order to restore impetus to the Cremisan house in Israel, the Salesians are organizing a series of activities aimed at involving the local inhabitants, such as mini-training courses related to the cultivation of olives, horticulture, and the construction of hanging gardens, courses created in collaboration with the Palestinian government's Ministry of Agriculture to encourage women's firms and offer tools for organic and sustainable agriculture.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
THE GREATEST OF ALL IS LOVE
"In moments of difficult trials such as these, it is love that gives us life"
Dear Friends and Readers of the Salesian Bulletin:
Receive my cordial greeting at a time when all our minds are overwhelmed. I am writing these words on April 1st, thinking about the month of May, the month of our Mother. We have entrusted ourselves to her throughout the Salesian world during this very painful period of the Covid-19, or “coronavirus”, pandemic. From all parts of the world, we have raised up prayers – and continue to do so – to ask the Lord through the intercession of our Mother for help and comfort in these terrible hours for us all, with the loss of so many lives, even while knowing that later, also, there will be other difficulties that we will have to face.