Bogota, Colombia - February 2020 - The meeting of the Education and Communication Commission of the Salesian Family was held on 13 and 14 February 2020 at the Don Bosco Center. The identity card, the operational plan and the summary of the CIEC Congress, the Meeting of the Delegates of Social Communication of the Salesians of America and the Meeting of the Referents of the Salesians and FMA of the Andean Region - Cinab were presented. The participants then spoke of "Storytelling". On February 14, after the Eucharist presided over by Fr Leonardo Gómez, SDB, work proceeded on the organization of the 3rd meeting of the Salesian Family board of directors and on the commission's program planning for this year.
Juazeiro do Norte, Brazil - January 2020 - The Salesian National Mission meeting took place from 8 to 22 January. The Inter-Provincial Group of Missionary Animation (GIAM), made up of 12 missionaries from Santa Catarina, Paraná, São Paulo, Federal District, Goiás, Manaus and Pernambuco, met in the city of Juazeiro do Norte, State of Ceará. After the first days of acclimatization, the missionaries began their work by visiting about 180 families, meeting about 160 children and young people from the summer camps, and participating in celebratory moments with the local community and pilgrims. In addition to the experience of the mission, the young people had moments of sharing, retreat and prayer.
San Pedro Carchá, Guatemala - January 2020 - The celebration of St John Bosco at the "Talita Kumi" Center in San Pedro Carchá was the occasion for the perpetual profession of Zoila Candelaria Mez Xol and Amalia Tiul Caal, of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Resurrection. The Congregation of the Sisters of the Resurrection is the 22nd group of the Salesian Family and in its 43 years of existence, it has founded ten communities in the dioceses of Verapaz and Quiché and in the apostolic vicariates of Petén and Izabal. It currently has 42 nuns with perpetual vows, 7 novices and 18 juniors. The nuns manage four educational centers, equipped with internships, which welcome a total of 700 girls; in addition, three of them also educate another 800 external students. The sisters work in 11 parishes, animating missionary pastoral care in 650 rural communities, and offering catechesis to about 25,000 children and 10,000 adolescents and young people. Salesian spirituality and pedagogy have been inculturated in the rich cultural world of the Qeqchí natives.
Luanda, Angola - February 2020 - From February 14 to 16 at the "Dom Bosco" Higher Institute, with the patronage of the Salesian Youth Ministry and "Don Bosco Tech Africa", over 50 people from various Salesian houses gathered to reflect on the themes of ecology, oratory and devotion to Mary Help of Christians. The methodology used was that of the workshop, taking into account the need to be able to listen to young people and at the same time to be open to their role as protagonists, as asked by Pope Francis in Christus Vivit. The commitments undertaken were the creation of several "Green Clubs" in each Salesian presence, especially in the festive oratories, and to proceed to organize a single Movement of devotees to Mary Help of Christians.