La Paz, Bolivia - May 2017 - The “San Giovanni Bosco” educational community of Pampahasi, in the month dedicated to Mary Help of Christians, held various retreats and gatherings with the students on various themes, including the Strenna 2017 of the Rector Major. The Don Bosco Institute, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary of service next August, is located at an altitude of about 4,000 meters and assists, directly and indirectly, some 7,000 people, of which a thousand youths.
Montevideo, Uruguay - May 2017 - On May 26, Fr. Natale Vitali, Councillor for America South Cone Region, led the consultations for the new Superior of the Salesian Province of Uruguay.
Częstochowa, Poland - May 2017 - On 20 and 21 May, the Volunteers of Don Bosco (VDB) of Poland, Russia and Ukraine, in communion with VDBs from all over the world, met in Częstochowa, in the Memorial Home of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński at the Sanctuary of Jasna Góra to celebrate the centenary of their Institute. The hosts welcomed the VDB Regional Manager; on behalf of the Salesians of Poland, Fr Andrea Wujek, Provincial of Warsaw, intervened; for the FMAs, the Mother Provincials of Wrocław and Warsaw, Sr Anna Świątek and Sr Lidia Strzelczyk; greetings were also offered by several Michaelite Sisters and by Fr. Augustyn Dzięzziel, SDB, who arrived from Moscow, and is co-founder of the VDBs in Poland. The culminating moment was the Mass presided over by Msgr. Giuseppe Szamocki, Delegate of the Polish Episcopate for Secular Institutes. On May 21, the VDBs held celebrations with the current assistants and with Ms. Jolanta Szpilarewicz, President of the World Conference of Secular Institutes. The solemn Eucharistic adoration was, above all, a time of thanksgiving for the gift of life, faith, of the Institute itself and of every VDB. The Eucharist, presided over by the regional assistant, Fr Robert Wróblewski, and concelebrated by six local assistants, concluded the festivities.
Bratislava, Slovakia - May 2017 – On May 25-28, the meeting of the Delegates for Social Communication of Centre and North Europe took place. It was attended by 14 participants from various countries. They shared updates and good practices, studied new social media trends and Salesian Pastoral opportunities. The meeting was led by Fr. Filiberto González, General Councillor for Social Communication, and was organized by Fr Rastislav Hamráček, SC Delegate of the Slovak Province, assisted by his team.