(ANS - Rome) - In the document "Post-Chapter Reflections" that the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, delivered to the Congregation, the fourth action plan develops the theme: "Formation to be SALESIAN PASTORS TODAY". Starting from today, the fourth video of the series “It's time for Chapter 28” is available online, in which Fr Á.F. Artime briefly illustrates just what all this means.
(ANS - Rome) - At 7 am today, 15 September, Ángel Fernández Fernández, the father of our Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, breathed his last after a long illness. Born in Luanco, Asturias, Spain, on 12 June 1932, he passed away after 89 years of life and 61 years of marriage, by the side of his mother Isabel Artime.
Pordenone, Italy - September 2021 - On Friday, 9 September, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, met with the Salesian community and the citizens of Pordenone, to celebrate the Holy Mass. It was a moment of great importance for all present. The Salesians arrived in Pordenone officially in 1924 with the first Rector, Fr Renato Ziggiotti. But the mission was already initiated in 1920 by Fr Giuseppe Marin, a priest of the diocese of Pordenone, who had started some youth work, setting up a first boarding school named after Don Bosco.
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Pordenone, Italy - 10 September 2021 - On 10 September, the city of Pordenone's mayor, Alessandro Ciriani, presented to the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, the fourteenth-century Seal of the Municipality, as a tribute to the almost centennial Salesian presence in the city. The presence of the Salesians in Pordenone, as stated on the plaque given to the Successor of Don Bosco, “is a source of pride and apical testimony to the rootedness of the values of the Salesian community in the city, which, step by step, is preparing to celebrate its first 100 years under the open, joyful and innovative guidance of Don Bosco, to whom many Pordenone students owe their education and instruction.”
(ANS - Turin) - The 10th Successor of Don Bosco, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, returned to Turin on Saturday, 11 September, 2021, to inaugurate the new mechatronics, electronics, information technology and energy laboratories and workshops of the "Edoardo Agnelli" Technological Institute of the Salesians, as a part of the renovation project called “Together We Build the Future”.
Kenya - "Since childhood I’ve had the dream of being a missionary": interview with Fr Camiel Swertvagher
(ANS - Nairobi) - Fr Camiel Swertvagher is a Belgian Salesian who has been a missionary in three countries in Central Africa: Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. It was in 1975 that he was sent, for the first time, to Burundi as a missionary, exactly 100 years after Don Bosco's first missionary expedition in 1875. He talks to ANS about his experience and the challenges he’s encountered over the years.
RMG – East Asia-Oceania ADMA Congress 2021: a rich charismatic experience
(ANS – Rome) – After a long and involved preparation since January 2020, the Second EAO ADMA Congress, the first online, was a true rich and inspiring charismatic experience. On 11-12 September, for 3 hours each day, several hundred ADMA members, their spiritual animators SDB and FMA, SDB Provincials, young Salesians in formation and other members of the Salesian Family came together to pray, deepen their identity, interact and get to know each other better.
Argentina – Centenary of the death of Msgr. Giacomo Costamagna, SDB
(ANS - Buenos Aires) - Giacomo Costamagna certainly plays a leading role among the missionary pioneers who have made the Salesian Congregation great, the first Salesian missionary to join the indigenous people of Ecuador, who was appointed Vicar Apostolic of Méndez y Gualaquiza, and who was above all a great animator and promoter of the whole Salesian mission in America. Because of the centenary of his death, which took place on 9 September 1921 in Bernal, Argentina, we commemorate his life and works.