Rome, Italy - January 2020 - The second annual meeting of the Directors of the Salesian Houses of the Central Italy District took place on 3 and 4 January 2020. As its central theme, the meeting focussed on the Director's Manual, examined for the second time and presented by Fr Silvio Roggia, of the Formation Department. The meeting's second part was dedicated to a discussion on the theme of guidelines for the protection of minors: guidelines being prepared as requested for the entire Salesian Congregation. In this second instance, the study was led by Dr. Sister Anna Deodato, from the Institute of Diocesan Auxiliaries in Milan and member of the Presidential Council of the National Service for the Protection of Minors of the Italian Episcopal Conference, and the lawyer Michele Frasca.
Turin, Italy - 1886 - During the beatification and canonization process of Don Bosco, the theological censors asked: "When did Don Bosco pray?" The photograph of the saint entitled "Don Bosco on his knees" was taken in Turin in 1880 by photographer Michele Schemboche. It is the answer that testifies that Don Bosco was a man deeply of God, a man who gave his time to prayer. The photo shows Don Bosco kneeling, with his eyes fixed on the image of Mary and Jesus. The image has the canons of the time, but Don Bosco is perceived with a serene, spontaneous and natural face.
(ANS - Rome) - On Monday 20 January, in the "San Matteo" room of the General Command of the Guardia di Finanza in Rome, Giuseppe Zafarana, Commander General, General of the Army Corps, and Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians and Grand Chancellor of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS), signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at ratifying the relationship between the two institutions and the creation of training courses of mutual interest.
Turin, Italy - 1886 - Don Bosco had a well-proportioned face. His gaze spoke. His face communicated and knew how to convey serenity and joy to all those around him. The photo we show was taken in Sampierdarena, Genoa, on March 16, 1886, by Gustavo Luzzati. Don Bosco was 71 years old at the time. According to scholars, in this photo, Don Bosco shows a serene and friendly smile and the tender and affectionate gaze of a father.
(ANS - Catania) - "It is possible to sell books in different versions and formats, but the problem of the (current) crisis is in the drop in the number of readers," said Fr Giuseppe Costa, a Salesian, professor and publishing expert, for ten years the director of the Libreria Editrice Vaticana, the Vatican publishing company, who discusses the current state of the book market in the Catholic world, amid challenges and new proposals.
Turin, Italy - January 2020 - On 11 and 12 January, at Colle Don Bosco and Valdocco, the IV meeting dedicated to the 2019/2020 course for departing summer missionaries was held, promoted by the Missionary Animation of the Province of Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta. The fourth appointment, aimed at young people preparing to live a summer mission experience, focused on deepening Salesian missionary spirituality and on the history of Don Bosco. On 11 January at Colle Don Bosco, the youths had the opportunity to learn about the various missionary charisms, especially the Salesian one; the history of Don Bosco was deepened in the Basilica. In the evening, there was a visit to the missionary museum with two young Salesians of the 150th Salesian Missionary Expedition, who offered their testimony. On 12 January, in Valdocco, Fr Silvio Roggia, SDB, member of the Formation Department, shared his long-time missionary experience, offering his thoughts, considerations, advice and reflections.
Mongolia – Cl. Kanayochukwu, SDB: “My expectation is to encounter Christ with the youngsters”
(ANS – Ulaanbaatar) – “The presence of the Salesians in Nigeria has been a blessing to many youngsters. I appreciate so much, their closeness to the young, their openness and willingness to assist the young, the family and the welcoming spirit they create and most especially their simplicity of life.” This is Cl. Mbanu David, a young Salesian cleric who has accepted the call to be missionary ad gentes and is destined to serve young people in Mongolia.
2020: "Young people on the front line"
Which young people should be the protagonists of history?
Young agnostics? Yes.
Young people who have a lukewarm faith? Yes.
Young people who have estranged themselves from the Church? Yes.
Every young person has something to say to others, to adults, to priests, to nuns, to bishops and to the Pope.
India – Sacred Heart Novitiate turns 25 in Province of St Joseph, Hyderabad
(ANS – Manoharabad) – The Sacred Heart Novitiate Manoharabad of the Province of St. Joseph Hyderabad celebrated its Silver Jubilee on 11th January 2020. Celebrations started with the Holy Eucharist presided by Most Rev. Thumma Bala, the Archbishop of Hyderabad diocese, concelebrated by Rev. Father Thathireddy Vijaya Bhasker, Provincial, Fr Jose Mathew, the delegate for formation of South Asia, Fr John Samala, the first Novice Master, Fr K.M. Sebastian and Fr Sebastian John, the latter Novice Masters, Fr Noel, the 3rd Provincial of Hyderabad Province, other Priests who worked in the Novitiate as administrators, as well as other Salesian Priests, priests, other religious.
RMG – Salesian Family Patron's Feast - January 24
(ANS – Rome) – With the fast-approaching 400th anniversary of Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622) in two years, that is, 2022, we may see a growing movement of Don Bosco's Salesian Family to explore their Patron Saint. The overall feeling in many provinces is that the young Salesians don't know much about St. Francis de Sales. There are two new young missionaries ready to enter Mongolia - one has read the Philothea (Lover of God) - Introduction to the Devout Life - of Saint Francis de Sales already 10 times, but the other young missionary (both practical trainees) never even heard about this book! Astounding!