Mexico – 75-year success at "Revolución", thanks to charism of Don Bosco

12 June 2019

(ANS - Guadalajara) - The Salesian center of "Revolución" in Guadalajara has recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. The celebrations began last May 24, on the occasion of the feast of Mary Help of Christians, with the Eucharist presided by the Provincial of Mexico-Guadalajara, Fr Hugo Orozco Sánchez, in the presence of the center's Director, Fr Óscar Miguel Martínez, of the Rector of the church, Fr Arnulfo Fajardo, of many Salesians, members of the Salesian Family, pupils and past pupils together with their families, parishioners and many sympathizers of the Salesian house.

The Salesian center on "Avenida Revolución" began when the local archbishop, Msgr. José Garibi Rivera, in 1935 entrusted the care of the chapel dedicated to Mary Help of Christians to the Salesians. Soon the chapel, in addition to offering Eucharistic celebrations, became a festive oratory. Beginning in 1947, through the work of Fr Ignacio Sandoval, the "Mexico School" was born, which took care of children and young people most in need. Later, in 1963, the school was incorporated into the Secretariat of Public Education and opened its doors to become the "Anahuac Revolución" Salesian School, exclusively for males;  next to the church of Mary Help of Christians was the girls' school; and all this complex, for decades, has formed a single Salesian presence.

During the homily of the Mass, Fr Orozco recalled "Mary Help of Christians as a maternal example, companion and mediator, as a loving figure who discovers that she is loved by God." After the celebration, the “75 años de luz” festival was held in the school premises, a circus arts show that ended with fireworks and that represented an allegory of day and night, of lights and of shadows, in homage to those who through this time and in that place have been light for hundreds of children and young people.

Fr Martínez, for his part, said on the sidelines of the celebrations: "The success of these 75 years has been the charism of Don Bosco, the way of treating children. We have been a home where they have always been able to feel loved and welcomed: we have become a family, a courtyard where we can meet and make friends, a school where we can find God and discover sacramental life."

The Salesian center in "avenida Revolución" in Guadalajara is currently composed of the church dedicated to Mary Help of Christians and the Salesian school "Anahuac Revolución", which is one of the three Salesian schools in this city, served by a single community of Salesians. 


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