Hyderabad, India - May 2020 - The “Bosco Seva Kendra” (BSK), the Planning and Development Office of the Salesian Province of Hyderabad (INH), continues to support the population suffering from the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fr Thathireddy Vijaya Bhasakar, INH Provincial, Fr Bellamkonda Sudhakar, BSK Executive Director, Fr Parri Sarath, BSK Deputy Director, volunteers, local coordinators and animators, are carrying out an awareness-raising campaign among the population and have distributed to migrants, brick makers, women, and children from various locations a total of 10,000 masks, 1,000 hygiene kits, and 400 food kits.
Dalat, Vietnam - May 2020 - On May 24, the Salesian community of the post-novitiate and the "Don Bosco" parish in Dalat celebrated the feast of the Ascension of the Lord and the feast day of Mary Help of Christians in a solemn way, since the restrictive measures were revoked. About 4,000 people attended the event.
Borgomanero, Italy - May 2020 - A photographic shot to reproduce a work of art from the Baroque period: this is the initiative that was proposed to the students of the "Don Bosco" Middle School in Borgomanero, during this distance-teaching period. Proposed and assisted by Emanuela Negri, professor of Art and Image, and included in a wider study program on the Baroque period, the main idea was that each student, after analyzing a work chosen from those proposed, would become the very same protagonist of the chosen painting, and then reproduce - via a camera - work from Caravaggio, Jan Vermeer, Annibale Carracci, Artemisia Gentileschi, re-creating the structure and lighting effects in a study on light and composition inspired by the work of art.
Rybník/Bratislava, Slovakia - May 2020 - Respecting the anti-COVID-19 measures, the Salesians of Slovakia, and the relatives of the late Fr Jozef Ižold, Provincial of Slovakia, who died on May 20 at the age of 56, celebrated his funeral on May 26. The funeral liturgy in Rybník, the birthplace of Fr Ižold, was celebrated by the Archbishop of the Capital and President of the Slovak Episcopal Conference, Msgr. Stanislav Zvolenský, together with his auxiliary, Msgr. Jozef Haľko, in the presence of the bishop of the local diocese, Msgr. Viliam Judák. The members of the Provincial Council, the Delegates of the sectors, the Directors of the Salesian houses, and other diocesan and religious priests concelebrated to represent the Salesian Family. The current FMA Provincial of Slovakia, Sister Monika Skalová, and Sister Jana Kurkinová, former Provincial, were also present. Various members of the Salesian family, and faithful followed the celebration in the area in front of the church of Rybník.
Rastislav Hamráček SDB, Delegato CS, SLK