(ANS – Rome) – The EAO Regional Formation Commission held its annual meeting last November 16 – 19 via online (Zoom) for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sixteen provinces and delegations were represented by their respective formation delegates, provincial and delegates who joined from different time zones along with Fr Joseph Phuoc, the new EAO regional councillor. The daily three-hour sessions moderated by Fr Mel Racelis, the new EAO formation coordinator, ran smoothly in general and enabled both the Rome-based organizing team from the Formation department and the various participants to reflect, interact, share, discuss, pray and share a sense of fellowship, despite the miles of physical distancing, and some technical challenges.
(ANS – Seoul) – Ten years have passed since Fr John Trisolini went to heaven on 22 November 2010. So, the Salesian Cooperators Center in Seoul held a memorial prayer moment and Mass for Fr Trisolini (1937-2010) in Seoul SDB Provincial House with some Salesians and 20 Salesian Cooperators, amidst the precautions of this 2nd COVID19 wave.
(ANS - Pamplona) - The "LET's Play VET" project is an innovative educational project that applies the "Playlist" learning methodology and is funded by the European Erasmus+ program. Six European institutions participate, including 3 Salesian Vocational Training Centers: in Bologna (Italy), Budapest (Hungary) and Pamplona (Spain). The other participating organizations are the Irish company "Badgecraft", which was responsible for implementing the platform that offers formation through "Playlist", the European Forum for Vocational Training in Belgium, "Efvet", in charge of disseminating the project, and the Italian company “Uniser”, responsible for student mobility in Italy and Spain.
Italy – “Which Salesians for today's youth?” Fr Marcoccio explains formation course
(ANS - Rome) - To deepen the contents of the 28th General Chapter (GC28), the Conference of the Salesian Provinces of Italy (CISI) - Formation Sector - and the "Opera Tabernacoli Viventi" Study Center organized a course of online meetings. Today, Fr Francesco Marcoccio, Vicar and Delegate for Formation of the Central Italy Circumscription (ICC) illustrates it for us in detail.
Malta – SYM Europe and Middle East General Assembly 2020
(ANS - Sliema) - The Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) of Europe and the Middle East held its traditional General Assembly on November 20-21. Although it was planned to be hosted by Malta, the current situation required it to be done online. More than 60 young people, representatives of the various countries, accompanied by Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, participated in the meeting, which was always accompanied by the virtual presence of the General Councilors for Youth Ministry Sister Runita Borja, for the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, and Fr Miguel Ángel García Morcuende, for the Salesians. The theme of the Assembly revolved around the so-called 4 Cs": Crisis, Connectivity, Communion and “coinvolgimento”, i.e., Involvement.
Brazil – Salesians in the Amazon
(ANS - Brasilia) - Since 1915 the Salesian mission has operated with 23 indigenous ethnic groups in the Rio Negro region and its tributaries in the extreme north of Brazil. The Salesian missionary dimension in the country finds expression above all in the presence among the original peoples: the Provinces of the Salesians of Don Bosco "St Domenico Savio", based in Manaus (BMA), and "St Alfonso Maria de 'Liguori" based in Campo Grande (BCG), and the Provinces of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians dedicated to “Laura Vicuña” and “Santa Teresinha” (Manaus) and “Our Lady of Peace” (Cuiabá), are considered missionary Provinces for this very reason.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
DON BOSCO, THE MAN OF GOD WHO ALWAYS ASKED OTHERS FOR HELP
Dear friends of Don Bosco and his charism, I greet you almost at the end of 2020, this year which we have lived through and which we will remember as a hard year, painful in many ways. It is a year that has changed us – without intending to have done so – in our lifestyle, habits, and customs perhaps but, certainly, at least, in the rhythm of our personal, family, and community life. While thinking about all that a year means, I pondered on something that I keep very much in my heart. I don’t know if it is due to how I was raised or to my own nature but I have engraved into my very being the need to give thanks constantly and to be grateful for the so very many things that I receive in my life as a free gift, having nothing to do with personal merit. I don’t know if others feel this way. Maybe other people consider that everything they have is owed to them, even life itself, but this is not how I feel.