Cuiabá, Brazil - January 2020 - On January 25, in the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians in Cuiabá, Msgr. Edmílson Tadeu Canavarros, Auxiliary Bishop of Manaus, presided over the priestly ordination of the Salesian Idenílson Lemes da Conceição.
Lubumbashi, R.D. Congo - February 2020 - The blessing ceremony of the first stone of the Salesian University of the Central Africa Province (AFC) took place on 4 February, a project supported directly by the Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, and by the General Council. The ceremony, held at the Cité Mariale, was chaired by Fr Albert Kabuge, AFC Provincial, together with the Management Committee of the Salama High School of Computer Science. "This Salesian University will do a great service to the Congolese nation and to the local Church, and wants to continue to form good Christians and upright citizens, in the style of Don Bosco," said Fr Kabuge.
Coacalco, Mexico - February 2020 - The Congress of Salesian Cooperators of Southern Mexico was held on 1 and 2 February. It was led by Fr Urbano Rodríguez Higareda, Provincial Delegate for the Salesian Family and for the Salesian Cooperators, in the presence of the World Councilor Francisco Martín Burciaga. Through four conferences, the participants addressed different central problems of the Preventive System, in order to understand and deepen the identity of the Salesian Cooperator for today's young people. They also reflected on the mission of the laity in the face of the socio-political challenges of the current world and on other fundamental issues. Then, in an environment of prayer and deep Salesian spirituality, they elected the new Provincial Council of the Salesian Cooperators for the three-year period, 2020-2023.
Zagreb, Croatia - January 2020 - On January 31, on the occasion of the feast day of Don Bosco, seven new Salesian Cooperators issued their promise in the church of Mary Help of Christians. The Mass was presided by Fr Stjepan Bolkovac, Provincial Delegate for the Association of Salesian Cooperators.