The Salesians of Don Bosco of the Province of St. Philip the Apostle, located in the Eastern United States and Canada (SUE) and with headquarters in New Rochelle, New York, have developed a two-year formation program containing 16 sessions for collaborators in Churches, schools, retreat centres, youth clubs, camps, youth ministry programs, and young adult outreach. SUE Province has recently published the unique formation manual, called properly “Hearts Present & Joyful”.

Father Ricopar Royan, Rector of Don Bosco School of Excellence, Coimbatore, and the South Asia Regional Coordinator of "Don Bosco Green Alliance", has authored the book. Taking inspiration from Pope Francis' Laudato Si, the book is about Jesus, the environmental crisis and human behaviour. The book invites us to look at the gazes of Jesus in today's ecological context and draw wisdom for the right perspectives and green living.

The Gift of Fiction

“I am happy to present Robert Falzon’s book, The Gift of Fiction. It is a beautiful and creative proposal for exploiting the spiritual potential of non-religious fiction – a real gift to all those involved in ministering to young adults. The affirmation of continuity between non-religious fiction and spiritual growth is exciting for anyone involved in ministry in a postmodern and secularized world. Non-religious fiction, as Robert affirms, is really about life. In a world that has been redeemed, life – all of it – is where we can expect to find God’s footprints. […] I come back to The Gift of Fiction to say thank you to Robert for this lovely and gentle new opening in youth ministry in a world that is sometimes brave and often also bleak, but that is in fact ‘charged with the grandeur of God.’” Fr. Ivo Coelho SDB – General Councillor for Formation, in the Foreword of the book.

Fr Pascual Chávez Villanueva needs no introduction. This book is an anthology of talks and papers given on different occasions and to different assemblies or readers on the constant change that Religious Life has been going through and is still experiencing. These reflections have been now translated into English from the original Italian or Spanish and put together and made available to all persons in Religious Life, especially those who are English-speaking.

Editorial decisions were not taken just for the sake of style in itself. Rather, they were taken in line with the awareness of the true “kairòs” moment that Religious Life is in according to Fr Chávez, and which he instilled in his original audience. It is hoped that such awareness is also instilled in the readers of the present book.

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