(ANS – Sampran) – Ten novices from the Salesian Province of Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos (THA) made their first profession of vows as Salesians of Don Bosco on Friday, May 13, at Baan Santitham Savio, Nakhonpathom Province. The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, received their vows, and Bishop Joseph Prathan Sridarunsil, SDB, Bishop of Surat Thani, was the celebrant at the celebration of the Holy Eucharist on this occasion with the Rector Major, Fr Joseph Phuoc, the Regional Councilor, and Fr John Bosco Dheparat Pitisant, Provincial.
(ANS – Hua Hin) – The 6 days of spiritual renewal [7-12 May 2022] with the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, of the Salesian Provincials and Councils of the East Asia - Oceania Region at the Salesian Retreat House, Hua-Hin, have come to a successful close. We can summarize the experience in three words, which are, “Salesian spirituality”, “joy”, and “thanksgiving”.
In the Salesian Family, in the Church of Argentina, especially in the Viedma Diocese, in Italy, in the Reggio Emilia Diocese, and especially in Boretto, his birthplace, there reigns great enthusiasm: Artemides Zatti will be declared a Saint.
Hua Hin, Thailand - May 2022 - On the morning of May 11, the Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, visited the Generalate House of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (SIHM in English), the 14th group of the Salesian Family. The Rector Major, accompanied by the Councilor for the East Asia-Oceania Region, Fr Joseph Nguyen Thinh Phuoc, and the Provincial of the Salesian Province of Thailand (THA), Fr John Bosco Dheparat Pitisant, were given a warm welcome by the Mother General, Sister Maliwan Poramatviroj, her sisters and the candidates. The latter performed a dance to the notes of the SIHM anthem, in which the Rector Major was invited to participate, adding a note of joy and color to the event. Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, addressing the candidates then urged them to be generous and full of love, not to be afraid, but to be courageous, and to always keep God at the center of their hearts.
Thailand - May 2022 - Since last May 5, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, has been in Thailand to preach the Spiritual Exercises to the Superiors of all the Provinces, Vice-Provinces and Provincial Delegations of the Salesian Region of Asia East - Oceania and to visit the Salesian works in Thailand. After taking part in numerous events that led him to retrace the history of the Salesian presence and the Salesian Family in the country, the Successor of Don Bosco is currently engaged in the Spiritual Exercises, which are taking place in Hua Hin, at the Salesian Retreat House, which end on May 12.
(ANS – Hua Hin) – The Provincials of all the Salesian Provinces, Vice-Provinces and Delegations of the EAO Region, with the members of their Councils, have begun the Spiritual Exercises guided by the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime. They are a total of 73 Salesians, coming from 8 Provinces (AUL, CIN, KOR, FIN, FIS, GIA, THA, and VIE), 4 Vice-Provinces (MYM, INA, PGS, TLS), and 5 Provincial Delegations (Cambodia, THA; Mongolia and North Vietnam, both VIE; Pacific, AUL; and Pakistan, FIS), in addition to the Regional Councillor, Fr Joseph Phuoc.
Ukraine - Msgr. Ryabukha, SDB, auxiliary bishop-elect of Donetsk: "Don Bosco will be close to me in my service"
(ANS - Donetsk) - "I believe that my people will achieve peace; with God at their side, nothing is impossible": expressing himself in this way is Fr. Maksim Ryabukha, SDB, recently elected by the Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church as auxiliary bishop of Donetsk, an election to which the Holy Father gave his assent assigning the title of Stefaniac to the Salesian. Msgr. Ryabukha, 42, has already spoken on several occasions about the horrors of war and the commitment of the Church and the Salesian Family to help those most in need; today he does so again, with the knowledge that he has been called to even greater service to his people.
Listening With Our Heart
Little John was watching the television and the sight of the African children being shown in utter poverty made him cry, and after sobbing in desperation he got up and pulled out a few slices of bread and went near the television and started pushing those slices in every small little hole on the back of the television. In his simplicity, he thought he was offering a little bread to those hungry children. The little boy expresses best what it means to listen with the heart.
The attentive gaze of a mother by the side of her child, and the slightest cry or movement of the child makes her respond immediately with a gentle touch or a caress, and this too is perhaps another example of what it means to listen with the heart. The mother feels what the child needs.
Listening with the heart is the experience of a noble, loving, compassionate person. Looking around, we see millions of people who suffer in silence every day. Everyone longs to be heard and listened to. But the raging fire and chaos, noise and humdrums have caused so much of deafness within, and we only listen to some sounds. We have lost the quality to empathize, to listen and to feel.
The call to listen with the ear of one’s heart, is the invitation of Pope Francis in light of the 56th World Communications Day, that is popularly celebrated on the Ascension Sunday every year. Are we really truly listening? Why do we struggle to listen? How can we listen with our heart? These can be some areas of introspection as we ponder on this theme of the World Communications Day – “Listening with the ear of the heart”.
India – International Symposium on Salesian Charism concluded
(ANS – Shillong) – The International Symposium on the Salesian Charism and Don Bosco in Northeast India was held at the “Sacred Heart Theological College”, Mawlai, from 20th –23rd September, 2022. The Symposium was held as part of the centenary celebration of the first arrival of the Salesians of Don Bosco to Northeast India in 1922. The three full days Symposium was packed with many resource persons from different parts of the mission of the three Salesian provinces of Guwahati, Dimapur, and Shillong of Northeast India.
Argentina – Mr. Zatti, nurse. A charitable answer to accompany those who suffer
(ANS - Buenos Aires) - Artemide Zatti's professional profile, which began with a promise, was rooted in his trust in Providence and developed once he recovered from illness. The phrase "I believed, I promised, I was healed," the motto of his canonization, shows the total dedication Zatti had for his sick brothers and sisters, the poorest and neediest.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
“I BELIEVED, I PROMISED, I RECOVERED!”. Artemides Zatti: Gospel of vocation and a Church that cares
Letter from the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, a few days before the canonisation of Artemide Zatti (9 October 2022).