Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic - 11 November 2020 - Mgr. Héctor Rafael Rodríguez, Bishop of the Diocese of La Vega, presided over the thanksgiving Eucharist for the "House Construction Project" in the presence of Fr Francisco Batista, SDB, Superior of Antilles Province (ANT), and various Salesians from the community of Jarabacoa. The project is funded by “FUNDEPAZ NY”. 53 vulnerable families benefit from the project for a total of 217 people from various communities of the “Mary Help of Christians” Parish of Jarabacoa.
Santiago, Chile - November 2020 - After 8 months of closure, on 8 November the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians reopened its doors to the faithful with the Eucharist presided over by Fr José Toledo, Economer of the Salesian Province of Chile (CIL), and concelebrated by Fr Bernardo García, Rector of the Shrine. Before the reopening, the temple was subjected to rigorous cleaning and disinfection. 50 people attended the Mass, in compliance with the safety protocols established by the health authority. The celebration was broadcast on the Shrine's Facebook page and reached over 4,000 faithful in more than 8 countries.
Ho Tram, Vietnam - November 2020 - The annual meeting of the Salesian Brothers of the Vietnam Province (VIE) took place on 6 and 7 November. 39 Salesian brothers took part in the event, led by Fr Joseph Do Duc Dung, one of the Novitiate Masters, and Fr Joseph Am, Provincial Vicar. The first day began with video messages made for the occasion by the General Economer of the Salesian Congregation, Salesian Brother Jean Paul Muller, by Fr Ivo Coelho, General Councilor for Formation, and by Fr Václav Klement, Extraordinary Visitor “ad nutum” and “pro tempore”. Then the theme “The Salesian Brother in the times of technology 4.0” was introduced, the new leader was voted, and each shared their experiences of Salesian life. Fr Joseph Do Duc Dung spoke of consecrated laity in the history of the Church and in the Salesian Congregation. The second day began with Lectio Divina and Mass and continued with various recreational activities.
India - November 2020 - The "Disciples" Secular Institute of Diocesan Law, or Don Bosco Secular Institute, founded in 1973 by the Salesian Fr Joseph D'Souza, which joined the Salesian Family on 22 January 2009 as the 24th group, draws inspiration from the Gospel passage of the mission that Jesus entrusts to the 72 disciples. Its members are dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel, teaching catechism, caring for the sick and serving the poor. Since February 20, as the pandemic continues, in 3 centers in India, the "Disciples" sisters have been assisting 20 orphans, 12 people with mental health problems, and 8 employees, giving them room and board, medical assistance and basic necessities.