Los Palos, East Timor - 13 October 2020 - A large group of Salesians of Don Bosco, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and three other Congregations of Sisters (SSPS, ADM, FDCC), carried out a vocation promotion campaign at the secondary public school “Nino Konis Santana” of Los Palos. About 100 young people took part in vocation animation, during which they were able to get to know and deepen the identity and mission of the congregations. The activity, in addition to seeking candidates for religious and priestly life, has the objective of educating and forming young people to be good Christians and upright citizens.
Alcabideche, Portugal - September 2020 - The “São Vicente” parish of Alcabideche, in the diocese of Lisbon, has been entrusted to the Salesians. On 6 September Msgr. Joaquim Mendes, SDB, Auxiliary Bishop of Lisbon, presided over the inauguration ceremony of the two new Salesian parish priests "in solidum": Fr Juan Freitas and Fr Manuel Mendes. Fr Freitas, as moderator, will coordinate the common work of the parish and will legally represent it; Fr Mendes will continue his mission as parish priest and parish administrator, which he assumed at the end of 2019. In his homily, Msgr. Mendes mentioned communion, co-responsibility and a sense of belonging to the ecclesial community as the challenges of the mission of the new parish priests. "I am sure that the presence of the Salesian charism in the parish, through the Salesians, and the other members of the Salesian Family, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Salesian Cooperators and Past Pupils shall help to cultivate the family spirit, to be a family and offer a family environment for children and young people." The Salesians have been present in the parish territory for 67 years and animate various activities.
Kabgayi, Rwanda - October 2020 - "Missio Belgium", an organization that is part of the Pontifical Mission Societies and which supports concrete projects developed by parishes and religious communities, has donated 9 mountain bikes to the Salesian postnovitiate in Kabgayi, belonging to the Vice Province of Africa Great Lakes (AGL). Young Salesians use bicycles to go to the diocesan major seminary, where they continue their philosophy studies. Salesian Brother Diomede Havyarimana, economer of the post-novitiate, said that the donated bicycles will be added to those already supplied and constitute a good means of transport, because they do not pollute and allow young Salesians to keep fit.
Papua New Guinea - October 2020 - The Salesians of Papua New Guinea support the population with small acts of solidarity that make a difference in this time of pandemic. The parish "Mary Help of Christians" of Araimiri, led by Fr Joseph Thanh, SDB, donated a new fishing net to seven families of the parish and taught them to fish, so that they can thus obtain a new source of income after the loss of work. In Port Moresby, the students of the "Don Bosco Technical School" of Gabutu, under the guidance of Fr Pedro Sachitula, began the harvest of the first vegetables from their new garden located in the center of the school complex, which represents a small but significant contribution to the self-sustainability of the institute.