Shillong, India - January 2023 - On January 31, the Salesian Family in and around Shillong gathered at "Don Bosco Technical School" to celebrate the feast of Don Bosco. The event began with the presentation of the Rector Major's Strenna 2023 "AS THE YEAST IN TODAY'S HUMAN FAMILY. The Lay Dimension of the Family of Don Bosco," by Fr. Devasia Vazhayil. Afterward, Fr. Paul Olphindro Lyngkot, Superior of the Salesian Province of Shillong (INS), presided over the Eucharist, in which he stressed the importance of Salesian accompaniment of young people: "We must always accompany young people on their journey, just as Don Bosco did."
Seoul, South Korea - January 2023 - On the Feast of Don Bosco three hundred members of the Salesian Family gathered for the diaconal ordination of Salesians Lee Chang-min and Kim Bum-jun. The Eucharistic celebration, in the chapel of the Salesian Provincial House of South Korea, (KOR) was presided over by Msgr. Timothy Yu Gyoung-chon, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Seoul. At the end of the ceremony, Fr. Timothy Choi, KOR Provincial, after a heartfelt thanksgiving, quoted Don Bosco's dream of the bower of roses, wishing all the faithful and members of the Salesian Family a daily journey toward sanctity.
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - January 2023 - On Jan. 31, the Ministry of Labor and the Salesian Province of the Antilles (ANT), through the "Fundación Salesiana Don Bosco," signed a letter of intent to cooperate for the promotion of decent jobs, fostering entrepreneurship, labor brokering, work placements, job orientation and facilitation of job placement for young students and graduates of the Dominican educational system. Fr. José Pastor Ramírez, SDB, Superior of the Salesian ANT Province, emphasized that migration is the result of the lack of work, and this agreement will be the beginning of a long journey to get young people job opportunities and to form them as good Christians and honest citizens. For his part, the Minister of Labor, Luis Miguel De Camps García, indicated that this agreement wants to ensure that decent work and conditions are facilitated, highlighted the work done by the Salesian Technical Institute, and stated that young people represent the present and future of the country. Finally, Franklin Ortega of the "Fundación Salesiana Don Bosco" emphasized the importance of this agreement and thanked the Minister for the opportunity to collaborate.
Itajaí, Brazil - February 2023 - On Feb. 5, at St. John Bosco Parish in Itajaí, Fr. Gabriel Romero, Councilor for the America Southern Cone Region, presided over the installation ceremony of the new Superior of the Salesian Province of Porto Alegre (BPA), Fr. Ademir Ricardo Cwendrych. In the same ceremony, Fr. Sérgio Ramos de Souza took office as BPA Provincial Vicar. Present at the celebration were Fr. Gilson Marcos da Silva, outgoing BPA Provincial; Fr. Natale Vitali, Belo Horizonte Provincial; Fr. Ricardo Carlos, Campo Grande Provincial; Fr. Jefferson Luiz Santos, Manaus Provincial; Fr. Francisco Inácio Vieira Júnior, Recife Provincial; and Fr. Justo Piccinini, São Paulo Provincial. In his homily, Fr. Gabriel Romero stressed the importance of accompaniment: "It is very nice to see so many people who have come from so many places and from so far to accompany this moment. But it is also beautiful and important to be able to continue to accompany the continuity of this ministry."