(ANS – New Rochelle) – On November 23rd, the Rector Major, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, SDB, spent the morning with Salesian students in New Rochelle.
(ANS – New Rochelle) – At 4:23 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, Don Bosco’s tenth successor, arrived at the provincial center of the Eastern U.S. and Canada Province (SUE) in New Rochelle, New York. He was coming from a visit to Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School in Takoma Park, Maryland, accompanied by Fr. Hugo Orozco, general councilor for the Interamerica Region, Fr. Timothy Zak, SUE provincial, and other Salesians.
(ANS – New Rochelle) – Salesian Missions hosted its 75th Anniversary Dinner at the Greentree Country Club in New Rochelle, November 22, beginning at 6:00 pm EST. Around 260 people—including SDBs, FMAs, novices, pre-novices, candidates, aspirants, lay colleagues, staff members, and friends—attended the event, including the Rector Major, Fr. Ángel Fernandez Artime, SDB, and General Councilor for Interamerica Region to the SUE Province, Fr. Hugo Orozco, SDB, and nearly filled up the ballroom.
New Rochelle, USA - November 2022 On Tuesday evening, November 22, Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, as part of his November 21 to 25 visit to the Salesian Province of the United States East and Canada (SUE), presided over the 75th anniversary celebration of "Salesian Missions," the Salesian Mission Office of New Rochelle. During the event, all the great work that the Salesian Mission Office does for the Province and for the Salesian Congregation located all over the world was highlighted. The occasion also included a tribute to the employees of "Salesian Missions" who celebrated more than 25 years of service, to whom the Rector Major personally presented gifts as a sign of gratitude.
(ANS – San Francisco) – On Sunday, November 20th, the Solemnity of Christ the King, the Rector Major concluded his visit to California with a visit to Corpus Christi Church in San Francisco. The parish community was presented to the Rector Major as a “Salesian parish of immigrant families.” As the Rector Major walked up the steps to Corpus Christi Church, he was quickly embraced by a crowd of happy children waving small flags, and immediately the whole neighborhood was filled with joyful music and singing to welcome the Rector Major.
(ANS – San Francisco) – After the many trips and appointments of the first days, Rector Major Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime had a lighter schedule on the fifth day of his visit to the United States West (SUO); he spent Saturday, Nov. 19, entirely in the San Francisco Bay Area. Always important and significant were the day's events, chief among which was the celebration of the Mass of Thanksgiving for the 125th anniversary of Salesian presence in the country.
Ukraine – Bishop Ryabukha: "Me, new bishop in Donetsk, who cannot meet my people"
(ANS - Donetsk) - In a little over a month, Salesian Maksim Ryabukha shall become Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocesan Exarchate of Donetsk, a diocese with numerous occupied territories, which he cannot enter. Still, he is certain: "Where everything collapses and is bombed, we bring hope and the light of Christ."
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”.
America – Preventive system in harmony with global educational pact
(ANS) - On Nov. 10 and 11, about 1,500 educators from the American continent participated in the webinar organized by the Salesian School of America (ESA, in Spanish) with the collaboration of the Chilean provincial communication team. This formative moment took place in the 4 languages spoken on the continent - Spanish, Portuguese, English, French - and reflected on the charismatic legacy of the Preventive System in harmony with the Global Compact on Education advocated by Pope Francis.
United States – Int’l Day of People With Disabilities: Salesian Missions highlights social and educational programs that promote inclusion
(ANS – New Rochelle) – Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins humanitarian organizations and countries around the globe in honoring International Day of People with Disabilities. Since its inception in 1945, the United Nations has outlined and reiterated its commitment to calling for the creation of inclusive, accessible, and sustainable societies and communities. In 1981, the U.N. proclaimed Dec. 3 as a recognized day for the celebration of the achievements of people living with disabilities across the world.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
THE LITTLE CITY OF THE BEATITUDES
THE MESSAGE OF THE RECTOR MAJOR, Don Ángel Fernández Artime, SDB
Within the megapolis of Chennai (Madras), amid the enormous industrial complexes and magnificent temples and in the exciting atmosphere of city life, there lies a luminous sliver of truly Salesian goodness.