San Juan Bautista, United States - January 2020 - 58 Salesians gathered from 12 to 14 January for the Assembly Days of the United States West Province (SUO) on the theme: "Accompanying each other, creating our future". The event was led by Fr Ted Montemayor, SUO Provincial, and focused on sharing community life experiences and prospects for the future.
San Salvador, El Salvador - January 2020 - The promise of 22 new members of the Association of Salesian Cooperators of El Salvador was celebrated in the parish of "Mary Help of Christians" on Sunday 19 January. The ceremony was presided over by Fr Javier Rivas, Vicar of the Salesian Province of Central America (CAM), and the promises were received by the ASC Provincial Coordinator, Karla Ramos.
Ongole, India - January 2020 - On 17 and 18 January, the "Don Bosco Ongole" community, in collaboration with the diocese of Nellore, organized a retreat for young people. The event, chaired by the director of "Don Bosco Ongole", Fr Jose Kollithanth, was attended by 250 young people; also, the Vicar of the Salesian Province of Hyderabad (INH), Fr Thomas Santiagu, and various guests of honor. The final Eucharistic celebration was presided by Msgr. Doraboina Moses Prakasam, Bishop of the Diocese of Nellore.
Rome, Italy - January 2020 - The second annual meeting of the Directors of the Salesian Houses of the Central Italy District took place on 3 and 4 January 2020. As its central theme, the meeting focussed on the Director's Manual, examined for the second time and presented by Fr Silvio Roggia, of the Formation Department. The meeting's second part was dedicated to a discussion on the theme of guidelines for the protection of minors: guidelines being prepared as requested for the entire Salesian Congregation. In this second instance, the study was led by Dr. Sister Anna Deodato, from the Institute of Diocesan Auxiliaries in Milan and member of the Presidential Council of the National Service for the Protection of Minors of the Italian Episcopal Conference, and the lawyer Michele Frasca.