(ANS - Santa Julia) - The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, is continuing his Visit to the Mexico-Mexico Province (MEM). In one of the first meetings with laypeople in the Province, he expressed his joy and said that "collaborating with lay people who take part in our works is very important. It is part of this beautiful reality of this province and I am also part of it."
(ANS - Medellín) The Fourth Continental Meeting of the Salesian School in America (ESA IV) began yesterday, 9 May, at the "Villa de Sales" Congress Centre in Copacabana, Department of Antioquia, Colombia. This event brings together over 350 participants from 16 countries across the continent to draw up concrete operational lines around current educational needs.
(ANS – Korr) – “Thank God it rained on the night of Sunday 30 April 2017. We have gathered some drinking water for we had almost none left. It did not rain heavily enough or long enough, but still we are happy and grateful”. This is the message from Fr Luke Mulayinkal, a Salesian missionary in the East African Province (AFE). Thanks to the support of the Don Bosco Network, Fr Luke is currently working to help thousands of families living in villages near the Salesian mission of Korr, in one of the areas of Kenya worst hit by the recent drought.
Ecuador - In the footsteps of Fr "Yankuam Jintia"
(ANS - Quito) - On May 2, Fr Agustín Togo and the young Salesian Edwin Cárdenas had the opportunity to wander towards the neighboring village of Peru. The goal was to attend the reception ceremony of the remains of Fr Luigi Bolla in the villages of the Achuar indigenous people. The questions arise almost without thinking about them: "what led you to go on the trip? What experiences have you experienced in such a short time? Which message do you have received after having followed the footsteps of Fr Yankuam Jintia?”
The middle class of holiness
During a recent meeting in the Vatican of Salesian novices with Pope Francis, one of the novices asked for a few words about holiness. And the Pope replied: " 'Walk in my presence and be blameless.' This is the best definition of holiness. These are God's words addressed to Abraham. Dominic Savio was in the habit of living in God's presence and, even now, I believe that today we can be saints. There are heroic people, parents, grandparents, young people, hidden saints, or as someone of French origin, said: 'people who belong to the middle class of holiness' that you do not see but they are there."
Philippines – Salesianity Seminar for the East Asia-Oceania region
(ANS - Parañaque City) - A three-week Salesianity seminar was held between April and May in the Philippines, in Parañaque City; it is the first part of a three-year course that will be developed until 2019 under the themes such as History, Pedagogy and Spirituality. The purpose of the course, open to the participants throughout the Salesian region of East Asia-Oceania, was to produce a concrete document to be used to improve the initial training of the Salesians.
RMG - When Don Bosco started talking about the wish to honor the Virgin as "Auxilium Christianorum"
(ANS - Rome) - When did Don Bosco begin to talk and write about the wish to honor the Most Holy Virgin Mary, by invoking her with the title of Help of Christians? It is a question that comes back every time that this big feast is celebrated around the world.