Fleuriot, Haiti - October 2019 - On 12 October, Msgr. Ducange Sylvain, SDB, auxiliary bishop of Port-au-Prince, presided over the priestly ordinations of three Salesian deacons: David Hérode, Frantz-Kerly Jean-Baptiste and Robenson Saint-Ange. Despite the counry's very difficult sociopolitical situation, the whole Salesian Family participated in the celebration to support young
people in this great decision.
Nairobi, Kenya - October 2019 – On October 14, the Economer General of the Salesian Congregation, Salesian Brother Jean Paul Muller, led a meeting with the management and staff of the "Don Bosco Tech Africa" (DBTA). Br Muller affirmed that the cooperation between the various Provinces and Vice Provinces of the Africa Madagascar Region has allowed the various countries to progress in the development of education in the Technical-Vocational Educational Training centers (TVET), offering greater opportunities to young people. He also valued and appreciated the skills development initiatives undertaken so far by the DBTA, in collaboration with the various benefactors, and hopes they will allow the TVET centers to be increasingly professional and selfsustainable in the future. He also spoke of the need to focus on new areas of intervention, such as agriculture, the integration of Information and Communication Technologies in the TVET sector, and the ongoing education of instructors. Finally, the Economer General stated that whatever the Salesians do has a "butterfly effect"; in this case, what the DBTA does indeed produce effects in people's lives and on the continent as a whole. He encouraged the DBTA team to continue their in their fine work.
Ljubljana, Slovenia, October 2019 - On 12 October, the Salesian Youth Ministry organized a meeting for young members of the Salesian Youth Movement, the Salesian Family and representatives of Salesian works on the theme of the Extraordinary Missionary Month of October 2019, promoted by Pope Francis. During the meeting, which aimed to understand how to be
missionaries in their respective environments, it was observed that testimony is often reduced to an example of life, and that being "salt of the earth" is sometimes not so easy. The participants thus sought solutions by working as groups, but also received them from the engaging testimony of Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, the Indian Salesian missionary kidnapped in Yemen in March 2016 and released after 18 months, who was in Slovenia at this time. From Fr Uzhunnalil, the young people received a strong example and a clear message: even when he is put to the test, man always has God beside him, to support and encourage him; and the mission is possible, if it has its foundation in prayer and relies on the Lord Jesus.
Rome, Italy - October 2019 - On 14 October, at the Salesian Central Office in Rome, the Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, received a visit from the Salesian Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, together with the Ambassador of Panama to the Holy See, Miroslava Rosas Vargas; the Ambassador of Honduras to the Holy See; Carlos Ávila Molina, and the diplomatic staff. Also present were the bishop of Sakania-Kipushi, Msgr. Gaston Ruvezi, SDB, the Secretary of the Rector Major, Fr Horacio López, and the Director of the Salesian Central Office in Rome, Fr Jean-Claude Ngoy.