(ANS - Rome) - A serene man, in peace with God and with everyone, including the kidnappers, and also able to joke about the experience he lived through. This is the image the world's journalists and media saw in Fr Tom Uzhunnalil the morning of Saturday 16 September at the "Salesianum" in Rome where they heard in person the touching tale of captivity and liberation, both experiences lived with great faith in God.
(ANS - Santiago) - The network of Salesian Institutions of Higher Education (IUS) is convened from 12 to 15 September for the IUS America 2017 Continental Conference at the "Silva Henríquez" Catholic University.
(ANS - Soyapango) - The Don Bosco University (UDB) has received anthropologists, historians, archaeologists, teachers, students and experts in the study of indigenous languages, Creole, and variants of Central American Spanish at the 4th International Congress of the Central American Association of Linguistics (ACALING) 2017.
(ANS - Belém) – The Archdiocese of Belém celebrates the Episcopal Ordination of the new Auxiliary Bishop, Msgr. Antônio de Assis Ribeiro, SDB, which took place on Saturday 2 September in the town of Ourém, PA. The ordination gathered about five thousand people from various towns of Pará, Belém and the metropolitan region, and saw the participation of faithful from Manaus and other states.
(ANS – Roma) - The month of September is marked by significant missionary events. The most important of them is the missionary expedition of 22 Salesians to Mongolia, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Siberia, Japan, Australia, Great Britain, Spain, Ireland, Ecuador, Antilles, D. R. of Congo and the new foundation in Malaysia. There are 3 missionaries from Europe, 2 from America, 4 from Africa and 13 from Asia.
(ANS - Castellammare di Stabia) - For the thirteenth year, Cerchi D'Onda, a not-for-profit association, has hosted and completed a workshop for family animators (SFAF). Taking place in Castellammare di Stabia, there were 253 participants, circa one hundred being children, with 21 young people involved in the animation team itself. The School received the patronage of the Family Pastoral Office of the Diocese of Rome, the Association of Salesian Cooperators (ASC) and the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS).
In his name and spirit, Don Bosco was inspired in founding the Salesian congregation and the Salesian Family, whose main focus regarded the growth and education of young generations, with special attention to the care of children from less-affluent classes; he, furthermore, preferred the method of dialogue and gentleness based on happiness, kindness and love.
(ANS – Sam Phran) – The Missionary Animation and Formation Seminar: “Initial Proclamation and the Salesian Mission” is being held this week from August 14 to August 20 in Ban Than Praphon (FMA retreat house), Sam Phran, Thailand. Every six years, the Mission Sectors of SDB and FMA prepare a Seminar for their provincial-level missionary animators.
(ANS - Punta Arenas) – On Sunday, 13 August, to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the first Salesians' arrival to Magallanes, a parade gathering more than five thousand friends of the Salesian house was held in Punta Arenas. Celebrants included students, past students and teachers of the “San José High School”, “Instituto Don Bosco”, “Instituto Sagrada Familia”, “Liceo María Auxiliadora”, and the musical band of past pupils of the “Instituto Don Bosco.”