Guatemala City, Guatemala - January 2020 - On 25 January, in the parish "St John Bosco", the diaconal ordination of Salesian Walter Armando Solís was held by the laying on of hands and consecratory prayer of Msgr. Raúl Martínez Paredes, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Santiago de Guatemala.
Bruxelles, Belgium – February 2020 – Taking place in Brussels from 10 to 12 February is the "zero meeting" of Project SAAM (Supporting Alliance for African Mobility). The Spanish Vocational Education and Training Center “SanViator” was awarded € 4 million by the European Commission to coordinate 32 VET organizations across 8 EU Member States (Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain) and 13 African countries (Angola, Benin, Cabo Verde, Eritrea, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan and Tunisia). Don Bosco Tech Africa is a full partner of SAAM, providing 80% of the African VET centers involved in the project. “CNOS FAP Nazionale” (the federation of Don Bosco VET providers in Italy) and “Tech Don Bosco” (the foundation of Don Bosco VET providers in Spain – Santiago el Mayor Province) are also full partner of SAAM. “Don Bosco International” (DBI) is an associated partner, as well as a member of the Steering Committee of SAAM. This alliance targets the development of new curricula, methodologies, technologies and management in VET, as well as supports training, job-shadowing and knowledge acquisition on internationalization, transparency tools and educational pathways. The project started in January 2020 and is going to last 40 months, concluding in 2023. Hundreds of VET trainers and students from European Union and African countries will be involved.
Zway, Ethiopia - February 2020 - The Salesian Province of AET was in great jubilation as two new priests were ordained for the province on 9 February 2020. Deacon Alemayehu Bedassa and Deacon Tadele Welde received their priestly ordination at the hands of Mons. Abraham Desta, the Vicar Apostolic of Meki Vicariate. Both deacons had finished their Theological studies at the Salesian Thoeologate of Ratisbonne in Jerusalem. The solemn ceremony, held in the Parish Church of Mary Help of Christians at Zway, was attended by a large gathering of faithful nearing a thousand and about 50 religious people. The homily during the Solemn Eucharistic Celebration was delivered by Abba Hailemariam Medhin, the AET provincial. At length, he reflected upon the significance of the priesthood and gratuitous call of God irrespective of our merits and capabilities. The Bishop also gave a touching message after the Mass through which he also invited everyone to stand by the newly ordained priests, as the journey only commences with ordination, the road ahead long. After the Ordination ceremony in the Church, a felicitation program was held at the multi-purpose hall of Zway Don Bosco, where lunch was also served for all the invited guests. The new priests were extremely happy with the whole program and thanked all the friends, relatives and well-wishers who had taken part in the function and prayed for them.
Pakkred, Thailand - February 2020 - The Salesians of Thailand, Laos and Cambodia met on February 6 at the Center for the Development of Skills for the Blind to celebrate the annual Provincial Community Day. About 120 Salesians, young people in initial formation, aspirants and some teachers took part in the Day. Fr John Bosco Dheparat Pitisant, Provincial of the Salesian Province of Thailand, celebrated the Eucharist with which the Provincial Day began. The latter was also an opportunity to remember and reflect on the Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis to Thailand and Japan.