(ANS - Rome) - Living the Salesian charism with concreteness and realism to always obtain the maximum possible result in favor of all the young people of the world - Christians, Muslims, Hindus, agnostics ... - and especially the poorest and least resourceful, this is the commitment that has always distinguished the Salesians, one they aim to maintain in the future, too. The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, and Cardinal Cristóbal López Romero, SDB, Archbishop of Rabat, confirmed this commitment again today in the press conference for the presentation of the 28th General Chapter of the Salesian Congregation (GC28).
(ANS - Madrid) - On 17 January, the ceremony for the awarding of diplomas to teachers who took part in courses in Management of Educational Centers and Pastoral Coordination organized by the Salesian schools was held at the Atocha center in Madrid. The event represented the final act of this training course, which included both face-to-face lessons and digital lessons, and saw 80 participants from the Salesian schools in Spain. Teacher training is one of the key elements to offer quality education that responds to the challenges of today's society.
(ANS – Kochi) – The Indian Catholic Press Association (ICPA) will honour noted peace activist Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil, SDB, conferring its prestigious annual “Louis Careno Award for Excellence in Journalism” for his bold writings against communalism and fundamentalism that is gaining ground globally.
Mongolia – Cl. Kanayochukwu, SDB: “My expectation is to encounter Christ with the youngsters”
(ANS – Ulaanbaatar) – “The presence of the Salesians in Nigeria has been a blessing to many youngsters. I appreciate so much, their closeness to the young, their openness and willingness to assist the young, the family and the welcoming spirit they create and most especially their simplicity of life.” This is Cl. Mbanu David, a young Salesian cleric who has accepted the call to be missionary ad gentes and is destined to serve young people in Mongolia.
2020: "Young people on the front line"
Which young people should be the protagonists of history?
Young agnostics? Yes.
Young people who have a lukewarm faith? Yes.
Young people who have estranged themselves from the Church? Yes.
Every young person has something to say to others, to adults, to priests, to nuns, to bishops and to the Pope.
India – Sacred Heart Novitiate turns 25 in Province of St Joseph, Hyderabad
(ANS – Manoharabad) – The Sacred Heart Novitiate Manoharabad of the Province of St. Joseph Hyderabad celebrated its Silver Jubilee on 11th January 2020. Celebrations started with the Holy Eucharist presided by Most Rev. Thumma Bala, the Archbishop of Hyderabad diocese, concelebrated by Rev. Father Thathireddy Vijaya Bhasker, Provincial, Fr Jose Mathew, the delegate for formation of South Asia, Fr John Samala, the first Novice Master, Fr K.M. Sebastian and Fr Sebastian John, the latter Novice Masters, Fr Noel, the 3rd Provincial of Hyderabad Province, other Priests who worked in the Novitiate as administrators, as well as other Salesian Priests, priests, other religious.
RMG – Salesian Family Patron's Feast - January 24
(ANS – Rome) – With the fast-approaching 400th anniversary of Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622) in two years, that is, 2022, we may see a growing movement of Don Bosco's Salesian Family to explore their Patron Saint. The overall feeling in many provinces is that the young Salesians don't know much about St. Francis de Sales. There are two new young missionaries ready to enter Mongolia - one has read the Philothea (Lover of God) - Introduction to the Devout Life - of Saint Francis de Sales already 10 times, but the other young missionary (both practical trainees) never even heard about this book! Astounding!