Puebla, Mexico - March 2020 - On 1 and 2 March, the second level of the Salesianity course was held in Puebla on the theme "Knowing Don Bosco", which was attended by about 200 people of various ages from SDB and FMA works and presences of the city and state of Puebla. The course, which took place at the Salesian Institute "Juan Ponce de León", was led by the Salesians responsible for various oratories in the city and focused on the life of Don Bosco, starting from the dream of the nine years until the beginning of the Salesian work. In addition, the Salesian Oratory and Don Bosco's Preventive System were studied in depth.
Mogofores, Portugal - March 2020 - Due to the coronavirus emergency, the director of the National Shrine of "Our Lady Help of Christians" in Mogofores, Fr José Ferndandes, SDB, is transmitting the Eucharist through his Facebook page. From Monday to Friday, the broadcast starts at 20:30, followed by 30 minutes of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel adjacent to the Sanctuary. The adoration also includes the Salesian novena that asks for a cure for Covid-19. On Saturday, the Eucharist is broadcast at 18:30 while on Sunday it is at 10:00, from the Shrine. The parish also created a WhatsApp group to share content to experience Lent.
Yercaud, India - March 2020 - On March 15, over 500 young people from the oratory and evening school of the Salesian "Retreat" center in Yercaud attended an awareness-raising day on the subject of nature conservation. The event opened with the inaugural prayer and the welcome of the Director, Fr A. Raj, SDB. A masquerade party and various prize competitions followed. Then, at the auditorium, the young people were informed about nature conservation techniques. Ramesh Kirubakaran, director of the Salesian center kindergarten, spoke to participants about the importance of ecological diversity and ecological balance in the hills of Shevaroy. His presentation ended with participants promising to help preserve nature. This year's large number of participants is also due to the work Salesian post-novices are carrying out in 61 nearby villages. The event was organized by the Shevaroy Hills Tribal Development Department, a sector of social pastoral care in the Yercaud "Retreat".
Montevideo, Uruguay - March 19, 2020 - In line with the solidarity measures that Uruguayans are adopting for the common good, the Salesian Youth Ministry team from the Uruguay Province (URU) is working from home. Its members share the concerns and work they develop in every provincial sector and service, and the challenges that the situation implies; while working remotely, they also plan how to continue the program in alternative ways.