Fraternity and gratitude: FMA and SDB General Councils meet

Fraternity and gratitude: FMA and SDB General Councils meet 22 July 2021 (ANS – Rome) – Yesterday, 21 July 2021, at the Generalate of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in Rome (RCG), the members of the FMA and SDB General Councils met. It was the first time since the General Chapter of the Salesians which ended in March 2020. A moment of fraternity and mutual knowledge on the eve of the celebration of the 24th General Chapter of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. It was actually a family experience. This was felt and seen in and by many signs: from the joyful welcome, to the Celebration of the Eucharist with the two Councils united, at the time of the dinner together, to the various greetings and gifts exchanged. The Eucharist was presided by the Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, concelebrated by all the confreres and animated by the Councilors, and offered for the GC XXIV of the FMA; it made it possible to reciprocally express thanks for the gift of communion and fraternity, characteristics of Salesian spirituality. In his homily, the Rector Major invited us to reflect on the fact that the whole history of salvation is played on faith: “Every day we see the fruits of life of our realities, a sign that God works miracles of salvation, transformation and conversion. The true renewal of the Institute and of the Congregation depends on faith and our conversion in faith. It is authentic faith that regenerates our mission with young people. ‘Lord, increase our faith’! The celebration of the Chapter will be an experience of... read more

Be Good To Each Other by Jeannie Ewing

“Marriage is, after all, a looking back and a looking forward, always in hope.”– Jeannie EwingI noticed her nestled in a corner booth, a fresh corsage pinned to her tidy pink blazer. She seemed engaged in conversing with what appeared to be her husband of many years. You can tell through a person’s body language how long they have known the other – the way her hand moved and he would respond with a subtle nod.Ben and I were not connecting well, though we both attempted to. Our annual expensive meal at a local steakhouse for our anniversary brought us to a place of reconnection. But we kept falling short, somehow missing each other like an archer shooting arrows well past the target and into oblivion.There was a moment I tuned Ben out so that I could glance once more at her silver coiffed hair, neatly tucked behind her ears with a headband. I offered no one in particular a wry smile and thought, “I hope that’s Ben and me one day…”The thought spurred fresh hope in me as I sniffed my cabernet, savoring the notes of tart berries. Ben’s mood was far more serious than mine, which was unusual. He believed himself a failure, as he tends to do when met with my brutal honesty – though I told him, truthfully, as always, I just felt invisible to him that day.Which is to say quite a lot, since I felt classy in my new-to-me, off-the-shoulder black dress and red flats. I’d completed my look with bright red lipstick. As I prepped for our dinner earlier that evening, I... read more

‘A sleeping giant’ celebrates 150 years

Interview with Mr Michal Hort, Past Pupil of Don Bosco President of the World Confederation (2015-2021)        Slovakia, 11 June 2021 — The interview below was actually conducted in May, but given the upcoming Regional online meeting of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco this month, now is an appropriate time to publish it. Can you share briefly about your life journey with Don Bosco, your job and family?   ​​​​​​​       My name is Michal Hort, I am 43 years old and married. With my wife Martina we have 3 kids: Therese, Philip and Matthew, who are 10, 8 ad 4 years old respectively. I am an entrepreneur, with a consultancy company in the sector of EU funding. My company currently has 10 employees and we help our clients to get grants for their development and investment projects.   ​​​​​​​       I grew up in a family of 5 children (being the oldest), where both my parents are past pupils of Don Bosco. My father always taught me to help the Salesians. I studied at the Salesian high school in Sastin (Slovakia) and then at the Bologna University (Italy). So, I have been raised and educated by both my parents and Salesians since my childhood. And for that I’m very grateful. In 2015 I was elected the president of the World confederation of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco.   ​​​​​​​       What does it mean for you now to be a Past Pupil of Don Bosco?   ​​​​​​​       For me, being a Past Pupil of Don Bosco means everything. Education... read more

Salesian Books are Now Available! | Salesians of Don Bosco

Select Language​▼ Salesian Books are Now Available! Salesian books can now conveniently be purchased through the Salesian Missions website. Once there, go to “Gift Catalog,” then “Salesian Family Books,” where you can find more than 70 titles on Don Bosco, the Preventive System, Salesian spirituality, and Salesian saints. For additional information, please contact July 13, 2021 – 8:00am Categories: CYM – News, Eastern Province News Latest Posts Presentation of the Theme for Strenna 2022 “Do all through love, nothing through constraint.” Read more “Our Good Father” Let’s take this time to know and love “our Venerable Founder,” Don Bosco. Read more Source: Salesian Books are Now Available! | Salesians of Don... read more

Fruits of the Preventive System – Salesian Digital Library (Italian)

Browse  titlesdescriptionformatartistdate  (66) jpg Santi del Sistema Preventivo|01_Laura Vicuña e Paolo Adamo.jpg (01_LauraVicuna_PaoloAdamo.jpg) Santi del Sistema Preventivo|02_Sean Devereux e Salvo Di Acquisto.jpg (02_SeanDevereux_SalvoDiAcquisto.jpg) Santi del Sistema Preventivo|03_Teresa Bracco e Fernando Calò.jpg (03_TeresaBracco_FernandoCalò.jpg) Santi del Sistema Preventivo|04_Ninni Di Leo e Ribas Xavier.jpg (04_NinniDiLeo_RibasXavier.jpg) Santi del Sistema Preventivo|05_San Dominico Savio e Michele Magone e Besucco Francesco.jpg (05_SanDominicoSavio_MicheleMagone_BesuccoFrancesco.jpg) Santi del Sistema Preventivo|06_5 Oratoriani Polacchi.jpg (06_5OratorianiPolacchi.jpg) Santi del Sistema Preventivo|07_Pier Giorgio Frassati e Flores Roderick.jpg (07_PierGiorgioFrassati_FloresRoderick.jpg) Santi del Sistema Preventivo|08_Zeffirino Namuncurà e Dominico Zamberletti.jpg (08_ZeffirinoNamuncurà_DominicoZamberletti.jpg) Santi del Sistema Preventivo|09_Giacomo Maffei e Bartolomé Blanco.jpg (09_GiacomoMaffei_BartoloméBlanco.jpg) Santi del Sistema Preventivo|10_Alberto Marvelli e Petras Pércumas.jpg (10_AlbertoMarvelli_PetrasPércumas.jpg) Santi del Sistema Preventivo|11_Willi De Koster e Marcela Cruz Atempa Morales.jpg (11_WilliDeKoster_MarcelaCruzAtempaMorales.jpg) Santi del Sistema Preventivo|12_Renato Scalandri e Sigmund Ocasion.jpg (12_RenatoScalandri_SigmundOcasion.jpg) read more

Exorcist Diary: The Work of the Angels in the Ministry of Exorcism

  Living with the Angels Our exorcism ministry can be viewed as a work of the angels. The archangel Michael and legions of angels cast Lucifer and his reprobate angels out of Heaven. We continue their work on this earth. We are fortunate to be allowed to share in this angelic work. Thus, we should be […] Source: Exorcist Diary: The Work of the Angels in the Ministry of... read more

Youth Ministry and Family in the year of “Amoris Laetitia”

(ANS – Rome) – Starting September, the pamphlet “Youth Ministry and the Family” will be available to Provincials, Delegates for Youth Ministry and all pastoral workers in the various environments. It was produced in six languages ​​(French, English, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese) and will be accessible in electronic and printed format. It is the result of work the Salesian Youth Ministry Sector has been carrying out for several months with the aim of increasing the synergy between youth and family ministries, and which integrates and updates the path started in 2014 and which has continued with the important International Youth and Family Pastoral Congress (Madrid, 2017). Furthermore, the publication coincides with an ecclesial event: on March 19, 2021, Pope Francis inaugurated the Year “Amoris Laetitia Family”, 5 years after the publication of “Amoris Laetitia”. It will end on 26 June 2022 on the occasion of the 10th World Meeting of Families in Rome with the Holy Father. Starting the last quarter of 2020, the Youth Ministry Sector has begun work on finding and analyzing all the material concerning the paths undertaken by the Congregation on this topic (meetings of delegates, documents of experts and contributions from the Congress). At the same time, the recent literature (following the publication of Amoris Laetitia) on the international scene, relating to the relationship between youth ministry and the family, was examined. At a later stage, a large group of people from the various regions was asked to send contributions and suggestions regarding the contents and valuable material was received. At the same time, the Rector Major and his Council studied the text in various working... read more

Pope Francis released from hospital returns to Vatican after visiting with patients in the pediatric oncology ward – Vatican News

Pope Francis returns to the Vatican  Pope Francis greets one of the children in the Pediatric Oncology ward of Rome’s Gemelli Hospital   The Pope waves to a mother and her son admitted to Gemelli Hospital The Pope shows his solidarity by visiting with young patients in the Pediatric Oncology department located on the same floor where he is recovering at Rome’s Gemelli Hospital. The Holy See Press Office noted that on Tuesday afternoon Pope Francis visited with young patients at the pediatric oncology ward of the hospital. The department is located on the same floor where the Pope was recovering. The Pope leaves Gemelli hospital on Wednesday morning and visits the Basilica of Saint Mary Major to pray before the icon of the Virgin Mary Salus Populi Romani before returning to the Vatican just before 12 pm. Alessandro De Carolis – Vatican City The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, has confirmed that the Holy Father was discharged from Agostino Gemelli Hospital shortly after 10.30 this morning.  In responding to questions from journalists, he noted that “Before returning to the Vatican, the Pope went to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major where, before the icon of the Virgin Mary Salus Populi Romani, he expressed his gratitude for the success of his surgery and offered a prayer for all the sick, especially those he had met during his stay in hospital. Shortly before midday he returned to Casa Santa Marta.” Pope Francis later sent a tweet via his @Pontifex profile: “I thank all those who have been close to me with prayer and affection during my hospital stay. Let... read more