(ANS – Port-au-Prince) – Salesian students at six Salesian centers in Haiti have access to better nutrition thanks to a recent grant from the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID). Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco headquartered in New Rochelle, N.Y., received the grant for its Hunger for Education USAID International Food Relief Partnership project in Haiti. The project aims to increase the health and learning capacity of students by implementing school feeding programs in Salesian centers within the country.
(ANS - Rome) - The Team Visit "is an opportunity to update our response to the Lord” said the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime. “Our vision is that of believers and religious who want to grow in fidelity to God and to the charism of Don Bosco, and to know that our priority is children and young people, and among them the most needy." Fr Tadeusz Rozmus, Councillor for the Region of Central and Northern Europe, expressed satisfaction with the progress of the Visit to the Atlantic-German Zone in the region because, he said, "we are strengthening the unity between the Provinces, acknowledging a reality which is changing, and facing the challenges of the new society with concrete decisions.”
(ANS - Monrovia) - On Saturday, 6 May, the day when the Salesian Family remembers St Dominic Savio, approximately 1500 Catholics of the Parish of the Holy Innocents in Monrovia participated in the re-dedication of their parish church. The parish is in the care of the Salesians.
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.