Rome, Italy - April 2016 - In line with the decision of the 27th General Chapter, the first Seminar on Salesian personal accompaniment was held from 22 to 24 April. There were 35 participants, including one lay person, from all over the Salesian world. The seminar was organized by the Departments for Formation and Youth Ministry and led by the respective councillors Fr Ivo Coelho and Fr Fabio Attard. The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández, also participated at the opening session.
(ANS - Dilbeek) - In his homily at Mass on Sunday, April 17, in the parish of Dilbeek, near Brussels, the Rector Major called his visit to Belgium and Holland a friendship visit. During the Mass at Dilbeek the Rector Major also mentioned the continuous action of the Lord and the charism of Don Bosco, and the vocation of all the baptized to be Christian in faith and heart, to create open and welcoming communities, bearers of life.
(ANS - Brussels) - The visit of the Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime to Belgium is still in full swing. He has come in order to get to know the local Salesian situation, to encourage the Salesians in their mission and to suggest the most suitable ways to cultivate and spread the Salesian charism in Belgian society.
(ANS - Rome) - The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, begins his visit to Belgium this morning. He will remain in the country until next Tuesday 19 April to meet all the Salesians in Belgium, those of the Province of Belgium North (BEN), and those who work in the south of the country and belong to the Province of France-Belgium South (FRB).
(ANS - Rome) - The first ever seminar to promote the causes of beatification and canonization of the Salesian Family concluded on Sunday 10 April. Symbolically, the final act, was the chanting of the litany of the saints and blessed of the Salesian Family.
Ivato, Madagascar - April 2016 - The Conference of the Provinces and Vice- Provinces of the Africa–Madagascar Region ended on 7 April. The Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime presided and Fr Américo Chaquisse, Regional Councillor for Africa-Madagascar, was also present.
Bolivia - A life at the service of the “Kameños”: interview with Fr Miguel Ángel Aimar Bruno
(ANS - Cochabamba) - Fr Miguel Angel Aimar Bruno, a Salesian, has been a missionary in Bolivia for 44 years. Born in 1945 in Busca, in the province of Cuneo, to an Argentine father and an Italian mother, he was ordained a priest on 28 June 1975 and is currently part of the Salesian Community of Kami (Cochabamba). Since arriving in Bolivia, he has dedicated his life in the service of the "Kameños".
Brazil – "UniSALESIANO" promotes 1st International Congress on Education Technology
(ANS - Araçatuba) - The "UniSALESIANO" Salesian Catholic University Center, belonging to the Brazil-Campo Grande Province (BCG) and with offices in Araçatuba and Lins, has organized its 1st International Congress on Educational Technology (ISCED) from 13 to 15 October. The goal of the event, which will take place digitally and which features over 90 conferences, is to offer interesting reflections and ideas for a truly transforming and enriching education, and which are of interest to those who always want to stay up to date in the latest technology and trends.
Colombia – Cali: Former child soldiers wear Don Bosco's "uniform"
(ANS - Cali) – Colombia’s guerrilla warfare began in 1952 and has caused over 300,000 deaths, while at the same time fueling the growth of powerful drug cartels. At the “Don Bosco Center” in Cali, however, young people who have known nothing but guerrillas and guerilla warfare are welcomed and accompanied on their path towards rehabilitation.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
AFTER THE TSUNAMI
The pandemic has changed the way in which we relate with the world, others, and ourselves. We need to rebuild and to begin again in greater solidarity and with greater awareness so as to rebound from a silent calamity marked by pain, confinement, struggle, and fear. What would Don Bosco do if he were alive today?