Ecuador - September 2020 - The XII Meeting of the Salesian Family of Ecuador took place from 11 to 13 September. It had over 600 participants from 9 branches of the SF and 99 animators who, through the Zoom platform, wanted to continue walking together in this new context of being Church, according to vocations, the Salesian charism and the identity of each group. The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, spoke at the event, saying he was enthusiastic and full of hope in hearing that the Salesian Family is not locked up at home, but is undertaking initiatives of solidarity against COVID-19. The meeting's opening Eucharist was celebrated by Fr Francisco Sánchez, Provincial of Ecuador, and concelebrated by Fr Ángel Lazo, Vicar and Delegate for the Salesian Family of Ecuador. It was broadcast live through the Province's social networks. The meeting was also attended by Fr Joan Lluís Playà, World Delegate for the Salesian Family, who encouraged the participants to join together, walk in unison.
Suwałki, Poland - September 2020 - After the summer break, Don Bosco's spirit has returned to animate all sports and recreational activities in Suwałki. Activists and formators, using the preventive system of the founder of the Salesian Society, began their formation work with children and adolescents. In September, the new headquarters of the "SALOS" Sports Association was opened and inaugurated, with an adjoining small museum where trophies, cups and shirts of famous and Olympic athletes are collected. The collection also includes a replica of the gold medal that ski jumper Wojciech Fortuna won at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Olympics. The "SALOS" Sports Association in Suwałki has also entered the Olympic Club list of the Polish Olympic Committee so as to develop, promote and spread the Olympic spirit in Suwałki and its surroundings.
Oakland, United States - September 2020 - On 5 September the Salesian deacon Vien Nguyen, belonging to the West United States (SUO) Province, was ordained a priest by the laying on of hands and the consecratory prayer of Msgr. Michael Charles Barber, S.J., Bishop of Oakland.
Lagos, Nigeria - September 2020 - The “Don Bosco” sports complex was inaugurated on Saturday 12 September, located in the “Mary Help of Christians” community of the house of the Provincial Delegation of Nigeria. The sports complex is intended to be a center of Salesian joy and animation for everyone, residents of the neighborhood and not, with volleyball, basketball, lawn tennis and soccer fields. The words of Don Bosco and Mamma Margherita for the young are clearly visible in the structure. Present at the inauguration were the Provincial Delegate of Nigeria, Fr Anthony Oche, SDB, members of the Salesian Family, the Dean and various priests from the Deanery of Agege, and leaders of the "KayFarm Estate". Thanks to the support of Missioni Don Bosco ONLUS, the Province of Anglophone West Africa (AFW), and the Planning and Development Office "Antenna Nigeria", young people now have a true and proper oratory to play and grow together.