“Salesian Missions” joyfully celebrates its 75th anniversary

12 January 2022 (ANS – New Rochelle) – Beginning this month, “Salesian Missions”, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joyfully celebrates its 75th anniversary – a significant milestone in its long and fruitful partnership with generous friends. Together with its donors and friends, it has helped more than three million children around the world turn their lives around. Ever since Father James O’Loughlen first established the Salesian Missions office in 1947, with a charter to tell the stories of our global works and rally support for our efforts, it has achieved success after remarkable success, not for themselves, but for the poorest, most disenfranchised, and most vulnerable children and families living in more than 130 countries around the world. “Those successes are truly countless,” says Father Gus Baek, director of Salesian Missions. “More importantly, they are individually significant and transformative. Ever since I stepped into this role three years ago, I have heard about so many children and adults whose names I will always remember. These very real people are building much brighter futures thanks to the education, training, social support and other assistance they needed but never could have accessed on their own.” And it...

Don Angel and Fr. Tim with companion SDB Provincials in Nizza Monferrato 

29 October 2021 (ANS – Nizza Monferrato) – “They’re coming!” was the cry of enthusiasm with which, on Wednesday, October 27, the visit of Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, his Vicar, Fr Stefano Martoglio, and the Provincials participating in the mid-term review course, were welcome at the Mother-House of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), in Nizza Monferrato. The visit is the first from a Rector Major to this center, and occurs 150 years from the first visit of Don Bosco to this  Piedmontese town. This was part of the formation program of the course for the Provincials, as a journey to deepen the Salesian spirituality for women, in the footsteps of Mother Mazzarello and the first FMA. The visit to the Mother House of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians immediately began with what is most precious in it: the young people. The Vocational Training group (CIOFS-FP) of the Course for Beauticians of Nizza Monferrato illustrated to the guests the training program designed to launch the girls to enter the world of work. Then, accompanied by Sr. Paola Cuccioli, Director of the Historical Archives of Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta and member of the ACSSA (Association...

SDB Jubilees: October 30, 2021 – Recapping

Dear Readers of Salesian News,Thank you to everyone who tuned into our link and Facebook page to watch the Jubilees Mass earlier today. Unfortunately, due to a technical issue, the full-length live stream of the Jubilees did not save to our page or devices. To make up for this glitch and ensure the beautiful Mass is still experienced by our confreres who could not be there in person, the Office of Communications will share various media throughout the next few weeks. There is already the first of what will be a few wonderful posts on our Facebook and Instagram pages, and as well as a Flickr album. To view them, please click on the below links: Click here to browse the Flickr album Click here to visit our Facebook Click here to visit our Instagram Please continue to follow our Facebook and Instagram pages, Salesians of Don Bosco, Canada and Eastern USA and @salesiansue, in the coming weeks for additional content and a special compilation video. Let us continue to pray for all our Jubilarians as we honor them and all they’ve done—and continue to do—for the young, our mission, and our Salesian Family. Mary Help of Christians, pray for us! St. John Bosco,...

Death Anniversary of Venerable Maria Cristina Cella Mocellin: FMA Past Pupil

Friday 22 October is the 26th death anniversary of venerable Maria Cristina Cella Mocellin, wife and mother of a family, Past pupil of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. On this occasion, the “Holy Family” parish community of Cinisello Balsamo (Milano), her hometown, and the parish community of San Nazario, Valbrenta (VI), where she settled down after her wedding, will celebrate Mass in their respective centers to pray in remembrance of the Venerable. The whole Salesian Family has reason to celebrate her memory with gratitude. Maria Cristina, in fact, offers a model of Christian life of undoubted relevance: as a young woman she knew how to fully live the time given to her (she died on 22 October 1995, at just 26 years of age). As a mother she prioritized her baby she carried in her womb even at the cost of her own life; as a Past Pupil of the school of the FMA “Maria Ausiliatrice” of Cusano Milanino, she lived a truly spiritual life, made up of intense prayer, dedication to her duties and offering her sufferings in joyful testimony. More information is available on the website of the “Amici di Maria Cristina – ONLUS” Association...

International Convention on Fr. Paul Albera

26 October 2021 (ANS – Rome) – An International Convention dedicated to Fr Paul Albera, Don Bosco’s 2nd successor at the head of the Congregation, will take place on 30 – 31 October to commemorate the first centenary of his death (as he died at Turin-Valdocco, 29 October 1921). Promoted and organized by the Salesian Historical Institute (ISS) and the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) in this special year that the Rector Major has dedicated to Fr Albera, the conference will be held in mixed mode, with participation in physical presence at UPS and via live streaming with English translation of the work shops. The Seminar will begin in the mid-afternoon of Saturday 30 (14:00 – UTC+2) with the inaugural address of the Vicar of the Rector Major, Fr. Stefano Martoglio, followed by the introduction note of the coordinator, Fr. Francesco Motto, a member of the ISS. Then Fr Thomas Anchukandam, Director of the ISS; Fr Stanislav Zimniak, Fr Motto; and Ariel Fresia – all members of the ISS – and Sr Grazia Loparco FMA, lecturer at the “Auxilium” Faculty, will illustrate through their interventions different facets of Fr Albera’s life and work. They will analyse the contexts in which he...

The Legacy of 9/11 – Vatican News

A survivor stands in front of the wreckage of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001  (AFP or licensors) VATICAN TERRORISM ANNIVERSARY PEACE UNITED STATES ATTACK The Legacy of 9/11 Twenty years on from the terrorist attack that changed the course of history. By Alessandro Gisotti What remains 20 years after the bloodiest attack in history? First and foremost, an immense sense of loss. In those terrible hours of September 11, 2001, the lives of three thousand people were cut short. Mothers, fathers, children and friends were torn forever from the embrace of their loved ones. Lives cut short by a murderous madness that made real something hitherto unimaginable: turning airliners into missiles to sow death and destruction. In the 20 years since that tragic morning on the East Coast of the United States, young people have grown up orphaned and parents continue to mourn children who never came home. What strikes us, today as then, as we scroll through the names of the victims are the more than 70 nationalities to which they belong. It was thus an attack on the United States, but at the same time on the whole world, on all humanity. This is...