Lorraine, Brazil - March 2020 - With countless activities interrupted because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Salesians of Lorraine, belonging to the São Paulo Province (BSP), created "líderes 4.0" to continue to carry out educational and celebratory activities with the young people they accompany in the oratories, universities, social works and institutes. Hosted on a network of video conferences, many young people participated simultaneously in the meeting of just over an hour, which included moments of spirituality, sharing of opinions and life, formation, self-knowledge and celebratory prayer. Animated daily by a group via an instant messaging platform, the young people face challenges, discuss group interaction and personal reflection and have their summit in the video meeting on Saturday and in the participation in the broadcast of Holy Mass on Sunday through "Radio Dom". The project develops in collaboration with the Youth Sector of the Diocese of Lorraine, thus covering not only the Salesian groups, but also the pastoral and movements of the whole Church.
San Francisco, United States - March 2020 - On 30 March, Fr Armando Oliveri celebrated his 100th birthday with the cheerfulness and optimism that have distinguished him throughout the Salesian community and the FMA – with due social distances. Fr Oliveri was born on March 30, 1920, in Pallare, Savona, Italy. The family emigrated to San Francisco when he was a small child and became part of the parish "Saints Peter and Paul", the first Salesian house in the United States, where he was one of the first young members of the "Salesian Boys Club" of the parish. Oliveri went to the "Salesian Junior Seminary" in Richmond and in 1939 entered the novitiate in Newton, New Jersey. After World War II, he went to Turin-Crocetta where he studied Theology. On July 2, 1950, he was ordained in Turin. He spent many years working in particular in the parishes of the United States West Province. He spent a total of 37 years in the parish "Saints Peter and Paul". Generations of people in San Francisco are grateful to him for his well-known kind and friendly spirit.
Wrocław, Poland - March 2020 - The Salesian Don Bosco school of Wrocław launched the initiative entitled "From Heart to Heart", a campaign of gratitude of children and young people for the heroes of the fight against Covid-19. Fr Jerzy Babiak, Director of the Salesian schools of Wrocław, underscores "how great is the sacrifice of doctors, nurses, paramedics and persons belonging to the medical and epidemiological services who fight the coronavirus pandemic, who are the undisputed heroes of these times. For this, we would like to thank them through the public group ‘From heart to heart' on Facebook, where everyone can insert, with the hashtag #zSERCAzaSERCE, a drawing, a cartoon, any graphic form, photos, videos, song, poetry, that expresses their gratitude."
Montevideo, Uruguay - March 2020 - The arrival of the pandemic caused by COVID -19 in Uruguay and the consequent quarantine recommended by the government and adopted by a large majority have altered the daily life of Uruguayans. Living in quarantine or facing illness, one's own or that of a family member, is a real challenge to one's spiritual and emotional balance. In order to accompany people who are experiencing feelings such as fear, anguish and despair, the Salesians of Don Bosco offer at the end of each day a reflection that allows you to read the events with an outlook of faith, in the format of Salesian good nights and with the slogan "We will do everything in half". The traditional good night is given by 4 Salesians: the Provincial of Uruguay Fr Alfonso Bauer; Fr Francisco Lezama, Fr Sebastián Ferreira (who studies in Rome) and deacon Nicolás Soto. The good night is shared at the end of the day in the social networks managed by "Comunicación Salesiana" on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @salesianosuy
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