São Paulo, Brazil - February 2020 - On 8 February, 14 Salesian deacons from the Brazilian Salesian Provinces of Belo Horizonte, Campo Grande, Manaus, São Paulo and Recife were ordained in the parish "Our Lady Help of Good Retreat". The celebration was chaired by Msgr. Eduardo Pinheiro, bishop of Jaboticabal, and concelebrated by various Provincials and members of the Provincial Council.
Bogotá, Colombia - February 2020 - The Assembly of Salesians of the Province of Colombia-Bogotá (COB) was held on February 6 at the "León XIII" Salesian College. The meeting was convened by Fr John Jairo Gómez, COB Provincial, and coordinated by Fr Luis Bernardo Mur, with the aim of strengthening "fidelity as consecrated persons" and reflecting on the responsibility of "building safe Salesian environments for protection." Also speaking were Fr Ramiro Morales, SDB, Msgr. Luis Manuel Alí, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Bogotá, and Fr José Arcadio Riaño, SDB.
Breña, Peru - February 2020 - Hundreds of animators and catechists from all parts of Peru met from 3 to 7 February at the "Maria Auxiliadora" college in Breña to participate in the 2020 Catechesis Week. The meeting took place in an environment of reflection in the face of the pastoral changes that are developing, with moments of formation that have contributed to raising awareness of the need to change the form in which catechesis is being offered to young people today. The week of formation, with moments of debate on the Synod on young people and on the Synod on the Pan-Amazon Region, was attended by young people and adults, led by Fr Martín Cipriano, SDB, Delegate for Salesian Youth Ministry in Peru. “For some years we have been determined to innovate the way we do catechesis. Moving from a traditional catechesis to a more charismatic one of the the proclamation of Jesus," said Ana Tenorio, Delegate of Salesian Oratories and Youth Centers in Peru.