Xuan Hiep, Vietnam - November 2019 - On 10 November, Fr Joseph Nguyen Van Quang, Superior of the Salesian Province of Vietnam (VIE), presided over the inauguration and blessing of the new Provincial Communication Center. During the inaugural speech, Fr Van Quang emphasized that communication is a very close and familiar tool to today's young people and that its elements must be strengthened to serve the Salesian mission effectively. The new center includes a library with Salesian products, images and religious statues; a studio for recording and filming; a communication office for the management of the activities and websites of the VIE Province, Boscolink, graphic publishing; a conference room for meetings and training; a chapel, rooms for Salesians and guests and several store rooms.
Rome, Italy - November 2019 - The international community of Theology students "Zeffirino Namuncurá" celebrated its patron saint on November 11th. The Mass was presided by Fr Francesco Cereda, Vicar of the Rector Major, and concelebrated by several directors of the UPS communities, and by Fr Alessandro Fadda, director of the Salesian community "Centro Professionale Gerini" of the Salesian Central Italy District (ICC). Fr Cereda, in a family atmosphere, referred to the story of Blessed Zephyrinus who, as a young student in Rome, always had the desire to study and then help his people as a priest. Thus he became a model for all Salesian students of the theologate, just as they too were to remember that the objective of their study was not an end in itself, but to the mission and to the young people awaiting them.
Różanystok, Poland - November 2019 - On 10 November the 100 years of Salesian presence in Różanystok, in the Warsaw Province (PLE), were celebrated. On 10 November 1919, three Salesians arrived in this village, located in the north-east of Poland. They began Salesian work and developed Don Bosco's charism. Today the house, with the Shrine of Our Lady of Różanystok and a flourishing oratory, is one of the largest educational centers, with schools for young people in difficulty. The celebrations, in addition to several guests, were attended by more than 200 animators from the PLE Province oratories, who gathered for three days. In addition, a 5-kilometer jubilee march took place from Dąbrowa Białostocka to Różanystok. The Eucharist was presided by Msgr. Tadeusz Wojda, metropolitan archbishop of Białystok, concelebrated by Fr Tadeusz Jarecki, PLE Provincial, who in his words of thanks underlined that 250 vocations to the priestly and consecrated life were born in these hundred years of Salesian presence in Różanystok.
Talca, Chile - November 2019 - Following the devastation inflicted upon the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians, yesterday, 12 November, the Salesian Family of Talca celebrated the Eucharist of Peace to ask God for a future of justice and social peace for all Chileans and for a Chile without violence. The Mass, in a church full of faithful, was presided over by Msgr. Galo Fernández Villaseca, Apostolic Administrator. At the end of the celebration, Fr Pedro Pablo Cuello, Director of the Salesian house in Talca, gave his testimony on the said events, reaffirming the Salesians' profound commitment to the formation and education of young people.