Rome, Italy - September 2020 - On 12 September, Fr Orestes Carlinhos Fistarol (third from the left of the photo) began his service as Rector of the Salesian work of Testaccio in Rome. Present were Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga, Superior of the Vice Province "Maria Sede della Sapienza" of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS); Fr Damásio Medeiros, Vicar of UPS; Fr Renzo Barduca, UPS Economer; and Fr Luis Gallo, UPS Secretary. A celebration of the Word was held in the parish church dedicated to Maria Liberatrice, followed by a festive lunch in the Salesian community.
Córdoba, Argentina - September 2020 - On 4 September the Curatorium of the postnovitiate "Michele Rua" was held in virtual mode, chaired by Fr Gabriel Romero, Councilor for the America South Cone Region, with the participation of Fr Horacio Barbieri, Provincial of Argentina North; Fr Dario Perera, Provincial of Southern Argentina; Fr Carlo Lira, Provincial of Chile; Fr Mario Villalba, Provincial of Paraguay, and Fr Alfonso Bauer, Provincial of Uruguay. The online meeting began with the meeting of the entire post-novitiate community with the Regional Councilor and the Provincials for the presentation of the community project. Subsequently, the Provincials met first with the Salesians in initial formation, who shared the formative experience and the challenges, and then with the formation team, who shared how daily life unfolds, including advantages and challenges. Finally, Fr Romero spoke with the Provincials to elaborate suggestions, proposals and decisions that will serve to improve the life of the community and to favor the discernment process of Salesians in initial formation.
Turin, Italy - September 2020 - From 3 August to 5 September, 14 Salesian pre-novices (9 Croatians, 4 Spaniards and 1 Portuguese) attended an Italian course so as to be well prepared at the beginning of their novitiate. During the course they lived with the Salesian community of Colle Don Bosco, visited Don Bosco's places and met Fr Juan Carlos Pérez Godoy, Councilor for the Mediterranean Region. The Salesian prenovices thanked God for the opportunity to get to know each other and visit Salesian places, praying that through the novitiate they could be "affective and effective Salesians" as the Rector Major said to them.
Zagreb, Croatia - September 2020 - On 10 September six novices from the Salesian Province of Croatia (CRO) made their first religious professions in the hands of Fr Tihomir Šutalo, CRO Provincial. It had been since 1995 that the first Salesian professions were not celebrated in Croatia: in the last 24 years, in fact, all Croatian novices made them in Italy.