Maynooth, Ireland - July 2020 - A banner depicting Don Bosco's dream of the two columns was blessed on 29 July by Fr Michael Scott, SDB, in the chapel of the community of the Salesian house of formation of Theology.
Rukago, Burundi - July 2020 - The Salesians of the parish of Rukago continue in the fight against the spread of COVID-19, which has become a priority for the government since the new President was elected democratically: Évariste Ndayishimiye. With financial support from the Salesian Mission Office of Poland, the Salesians of Rukago, in collaboration with the health district of Gahombo, organized an awareness session for school principals and teachers' representatives and provided hand-washing points for 8 churches, 5 schools and the Don Bosco Oratory. Also, they provided food for vulnerable families, in particular for the Pygmy population. Fr Raphael Katanga, Economer of the Salesian work in Rukago, explained that the new President has strengthened the fight against COVID-19 and fully supports any initiative. The parish has carried out a widespread prevention campaign on COVID-19. The Salesians of Rukago thanked the Salesian Mission Office of Poland and the Planning and Development Office of the Africa Great Lakes Vice Province (AGL) for their support.
Paranaque, Philippines - July 2020 - On 24 July Fr Gerardo Martin, SDB, Provincial of the Salesian Province of Northern Philippines (FIN), presided over the inauguration ceremony of the new Director of the the Specific Formation Community for the Salesian Brother "Stephen Sandor", Fr Roneldo Vilbar, SDB. The House of Formation was directed for 6 years by Fr Arnold Sanico, SDB, and is currently made up of four formators and nine Salesians in formation, coming from Vietnam, Japan, Italy, the Philippines, and Madagascar.
Caracas, Venezuela - July 2020 - On July 19, on the occasion of the "Children's Day", members of the Salesian Family and benefactors joined forces to bring joy to about 150 children from various areas of Caracas. Following all health recommendations on COVID-19 prevention, they delivered food, sweets, and toys to the children and shared moments of leisure and play with them.