Rome, Italy - September 2022 - The "SDB Change Congress," a major event that is bringing together 250 people including Provincial Economers, Heads of Planning and Development Offices (PDO), Mission Offices, Salesian NGOs, and international organizations, is taking place these days at the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) in Rome. The "SDB Change Congress" began last Sept. 19 with a welcome address by the General Economer of the Congregation, Br. Jean Paul Muller, SDB. Over the first two days, there were numerous talks by speakers, touching on many topical issues, from the acceptance of differences and inclusiveness to Pope Francis' Economy, from Integral Ecology to the energy sources of the future. The events will continue until Friday, September 23.
Chennai, India - September 2022 - The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, visited the India-Chennai Province of "St. Thomas the Apostle" for the third time. The Rector Major arrived in India last September 2 and the following day participated in the official celebrations for the centenary of the FMA presence in the country, celebrating the solemn Mass of thanksgiving at the "Auxilium College" in Katpadi. Among other commitments, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime met with the Salesian Family of the Vellore region at the "Don Bosco Katpadi" on Sunday, September 4. At the end of the visit, which ends today, Sept. 5, the Rector Major leaves for Goa to preach the Spiritual Exercises to the members of the Provincial Councils of the South Asia Region.
Perugia, Italy - June 2022 - On Monday, June 20, the Rector Major, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, visited Perugia for the first centenary of the Salesian presence in the city. The Successor of Don Bosco, welcomed in the "Sala dei Notari," took part in the ceremony of the Salesian Institute’s inscription in the city’s register of Honor. Such inscriptions are made in favor of figures and realities that have brought prestige to the city. After the presentation of the certificate, the Rector Major was then received privately by the mayor, Andrea Romizi, who presented him with a gift from the civic administration.
Turin, Italy - May 24, 2022 - After two years of waiting, the customary celebrations in honor of Mary Help of Christians returned to Turin on May 24, bringing together many faithful. On this occasion, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, presided at Mass in the Salesian basilica of Valdocco, reminding those present and the many who followed the event linked via the web that Mary "is a solid support for our faith." This was followed, as per tradition, by a solemn procession through the streets of Turin in the presence of Archbishop Emeritus of Turin, Msgr. Cesare Nosiglia, who led the long procession.