Suva, Fiji Islands - February 2020 - At the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Suva, Msgr. Peter Loy Chong, Archbishop of Suva, ordained the Salesian Sinapati Ioane, a member of the Salesian Province of Australia-Pacific (AUL), deacon.
Campo Grande, Brazil - February 2020 - From 13 to 17 February, the meeting of young people who started the Aspirantate experience took place at the retreat house of the "São Vicente" Institute. The 14 participants lived moments of prayer, sharing and human and Christian formation, with the aim of preparing themselves for new experiences in the Salesian communities in which they will carry out the vocational experience of the Salesian aspirantate. The aspirants come from the indigenous missions of Meruri, Cuiabá, Corumbá and Campo Grande. In addition to them, six other young people of the Xavante ethnic group from Barra do Garças are present in the Aspirantate.
Oliva Gessi, Italy - 23 February 2020 – On Sunday 23 February, most of the GC28 participants of East Asia-Oceania visited Oliva Gessi, the birthplace of St Luigi Versiglia, for the first time. The event took place near the 90th anniversary of the death of the Salesian missionaries, saints and proto-martyrs, Luigi Versiglia and Callisto Caravario, celebrated today, 25 February. The delegation, accompanied by the Economer General, Salesian Bro Jean Paul Muller, and the Councilor for the East Asia-Oceania Region, Fr Václav Klement, was received by the parish priest of the church of San Martino and by the civil authorities. They then went on to the house of St Versiglia, with its three rooms set up as a museum containing photographs and historical documents. After the Eucharistic celebration, there was a moment of sharing between Oliva Gessi citizens and Salesians, followed by dinner.
Turin, Italy - February 2020 - As part of GC28, the Curatorium of Provincials who have Salesian students at the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) was held. The central theme was: the life of the Salesian students of the UPS, also regarding the possibility of the transfer of the Salesian Community Theologians of Gerini. The meeting was chaired by Fr Ivo Coelho, General Councilor for Formation, flanked by Fr Mauro Mantovani, UPS Rector, Fr Eugenio Riva, Superior of the UPS Vice-Province, and Fr Adam Kazimierz Homoncik of Gerini.