Ecuador - September 2020 - The XII Meeting of the Salesian Family of Ecuador took place from 11 to 13 September. It had over 600 participants from 9 branches of the SF and 99 animators who, through the Zoom platform, wanted to continue walking together in this new context of being Church, according to vocations, the Salesian charism and the identity of each group. The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, spoke at the event, saying he was enthusiastic and full of hope in hearing that the Salesian Family is not locked up at home, but is undertaking initiatives of solidarity against COVID-19. The meeting's opening Eucharist was celebrated by Fr Francisco Sánchez, Provincial of Ecuador, and concelebrated by Fr Ángel Lazo, Vicar and Delegate for the Salesian Family of Ecuador. It was broadcast live through the Province's social networks. The meeting was also attended by Fr Joan Lluís Playà, World Delegate for the Salesian Family, who encouraged the participants to join together, walk in unison.
(ANS - Turin) - The "Casa Don Bosco Museum" built at the Salesian complex in Turin-Valdocco will be inaugurated on 2-3-4 October 2020. The project and design of the new museum followed a philological line that brought to light the original rooms of the second half of the 19th century. To all this was added the exhibition of Marian, liturgical, devotional and artistic collections, while considerable restoration work was applied to furnishings, fabrics, objects of artistic and devotional value.
We are united by one mission: "the salvation of many souls, beginning with our own", as our beloved father Don Bosco used to say.
(ANS - Rome) - Last Saturday, 5 September, during a Eucharistic celebration presided over by Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians and Grand Chancellor of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS), Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga was appointed as the new Superior of the Vice Province "Maria Sede della Sapienza” of the UPS.
Turin, Italy - September 2020 - Monday 7 September, in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Valdocco, during the Mass presided over by the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, two Salesians from Belarus, Mark Naidzich and Mikhail Radzevich, belonging to the community of the theological studentate of Turin “Crocetta”, made their perpetual profession. The Eucharist was concelebrated by the Director of the Don Bosco International Institute, Fr Marek Chrzan, the ICP Provincial Vicar, Fr Michele Molinar, and various Salesians. At the end of the celebration, the Rector Major also participated in the celebration in the community of the studentate.
Castelnuovo Don Bosco, Italy - September 2020 - On 8 September, at Colle Don Bosco, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, presided over the first religious professions of 9 Salesians.
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.
Costa Rica – Restructuring of mausoleum of Blessed Maria Romero, FMA
(ANS - San José) – Taking place last Saturday, 12 September, feast day of the Name of Mary, at the House of Mary Help of Christians, "Sister Maria Romero Social Works", in San José, Costa Rica, was the blessing of the renovated Mausoleum of the Blessed Maria Romero, religious of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA). The archbishop of San José, Msgr. José Rafael Quirós, presided over the solemn ceremony.
Italy – Simply priests
(ANS - Rome) - On 15 September 1993, in Palermo, Fr Pino Puglisi was brutally killed by the mafia. A symbolic coincidence, on the same day of this year Fr Roberto Malgesini was killed. Fr Puglisi was bothersome because he distanced young people from the world of crime, removed from the street those boys who, without his help, would have been sucked into the life of organized crime, used for small robberies and drug dealing. Fr Malgesini had always been involved in helping people in difficulty, the poorest people. For years he translated the Christian message into practice, bringing breakfast to the poor, accompanying them to doctors himself, managing the municipal canteen and dormitory, welcoming people, mainly migrants.