Xuan Hiep, Vietnam - June 2016 – On Saturday 4 June, feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in the parish church of Xuan Hiep, nine Salesians and one Rogationist were ordained deacon by the invocation of the Holy Spirit and the laying on of hands of Bishop Joseph Tran Van Toan, auxiliary bishop of Long Xuyen. "I have become all things to all" (1 Cor, 9:22) was the motto chosen for their ordination by the ten new deacons.
Verviers, Belgium - June 2016 - A group of students and teachers of the Don Bosco School in Verviers embarked on a bike trip to Turin, the city of Don Bosco, to celebrate 100 years of the founding of the school. The trip was organized with support vehicles for the various stops and stages. The riders were divided into three teams made up of 5 students and 2 teachers each. They departed from Verviers on 11 April and arrived in Turin on 16 April after a journey of about 1000 Km.
Xuan Hiep, Vietnam - May 2016 - The academic year 2015-2016 of the Blessed Philip Rinaldi Theological Institute ended on 21 May with the Graduation Ceremony. The forty-five Theology students thanked Fr Joseph Nguyen Van Quang, Provincial of Vietnam, and the formation personnel and professors of Theology, for their support.
Rome, Italy - June 2016 - The volume of 300 pages by Fr Vittorio Pozzo entitled "The Salesians of Don Bosco in Lebanon. The first 25 years of Salesian presence in Lebanon from 1952 to 1977", was launched on 3 June at the Salesian Institute of the Sacred Heart in Rome. The book is published by LAS of Rome as part of the Salesian Historical Institute Series. The many people present, including civil and religious authorities, appreciated the invitation to the launch of the book. After an introduction by Fr Thomas Anchukandam, Director of the Salesian Historical Institute, the presentation was chaired by Fr Stanilslaw Zimniak, a member of the Institute. Speakers at the presentation were Lucy Ladikoff from the University of Genoa; Giorgio Rossi, former Professor of Modern History at the University of Roma Tre and LUMSA; and the poet and writer Giuseppe Goffredo.