(ANS - Rome) - Missionary sending is traditionally done in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Turin at the end of September. Due to Covid-19, the missionary dispatch of the 151st Missionary Expedition was postponed after Easter. As the health situation continues to be precarious, an "Extraordinary Missionary Sending" was thought of. It is extraordinary because it was celebrated in the chapel of the Salesian Headquarters and because not all the members of the expedition were physically present, but the missionary spirit was the same that animated all the missionary expeditions.
(ANS - Rome) - In view of 11 November, the anniversary of the first departure of the Salesians of Don Bosco to the missions in South America, the General Councilor for the Missions, Fr Alfred Maravilla, shares a reflection.
(ANS - Rome) - "Due to the uncertain health situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the sending ceremony of the 151st Salesian Missionary Expedition will not be held this September 2020," announces Fr Alfred Maravilla, General Councilor for the Salesian Missions. The ceremony, he continues, "will be postponed to another date, to the early part of 2021, perhaps around Easter, depending on how the pandemic develops. For now, everything is so uncertain due to the current world situation." Yet all this does not mean a less missionary commitment from the Congregation, quite the opposite! Here is how Fr Maravilla illustrates the prospects for the next pastoral year.
(ANS – Ulaanbataar) – Cl. Felix Almeida is a young Salesian in Formation originally from India, in the Salesian Mumbai Province. At just 25 years of age, he has already gone missionary ad gentes for one of the Salesian missionary frontiers: Mongolia, a destination he discovered on 29 September in Turin, when he participated in the 150th Salesian Missionary Expedition.
The dream to which I refer, my dear friends of the Salesian charism, is the great missionary dream of Don Bosco. Even in the very first years of the foundation of the fragile, little Society of St. Francis de Sales (the Salesians), he sent out his first missionaries to Argentina (in the year 1875) with the intention of caring for the Italian immigrants who had reached those shores by the thousands.
(ANS – Bolton) – Joseph Le Van Nhan is a 28 years old Salesian student; he comes from Vietnam - Mongolia (VIE) Province, and the Rector Major sent him on 29 September to Great Britain (GBR) Province.
France – What to think of influencers?
(ANS - Paris) - Social networks are central to the life of adolescents, and a post or a like can greatly affect their lives. Clothing brands have understood this for years. Four students from the "Notre Dame des Minimes" institute in Lyon - Victor, Mathieu, Gaspard and Martin - explain the role of influencers. And Sister Anne-Flore Magnan, 33-year-old Daughter of Mary Help of Christians, educator of the "Le Valdocco" Association in Lille, offers her point of view.
Australia – Feast Day, Fun Day!
(ANS – Melbourne) – On Sunday the 28th of February, celebrations for Don Bosco’s feast day kicked off at St John the Baptist in Clifton Hill, Melbourne. Occurring almost a month after the feast day itself due to COVID-safe regulations, the festival was another fine instalment of Salesian fun and joy!
Italy – San Salvatore Monferrato and Fr Giovanni Guarona, apostle in China
(ANS - San Salvatore Monferrato) - Among the towns of Monferrato Casalese Alessandrino, a territory that has offered so many vocations and many stories of holiness to the Salesian Family, there is also San Salvatore Monferrato, a small agricultural town in which, among others, the Salesian Fr Giovanni Guarona was born: a missionary pioneer who for 40 years carried out evangelization and the Salesian mission, first in mainland China, following the Salesian saint Louis Versiglia, and then in Macao and Hong Kong.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
LORD, HELP ME NEVER STOP BEING AMAZED OR BECOME INURED TO REALITY
«This is my prayer after having visited over 100 nations around the world where there are Salesian presences... and where I came to know realities that are so incredible, fascinating, precious, and often times so painful».