“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 Bosco Past Pupils Cooperation – From Chiang Mai to New York

By Mr Peter Kovac, DBPP General Secretary – Don Bosco World Confederation        Slovakia – USA, 21-12-21 — The Di BOSCo Coffee Salesian Family Gathering took place last Saturday, 11 December at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, New Jersey (USA) from 2:30 – 4:00 PM. It was a great opportunity to meet Mr Peter Kovac, Don Bosco Past Pupil from Slovakia and Co-Founder of Di BOSCo Coffee, and get him to tell the Di BOSCo story. The event was free and conducted in the spirit of Don Bosco’s Oratory and everyone, especially families with children and students, were welcome! All felt at home in this Salesian atmosphere of faith, fun, friends, and delicious snacks: coffee, chocolate, and cookies galore! Fr Tom Dunne, SDB with Sr Denise Sickinger, FMA and other animators of the Salesian Family in SUE province were present at the event (photo).        DI BOSCo is a company made up of Don Bosco Past Pupils network – coffee growers, processors, retailers, distributors and coffee shop owners. Started with an inspiration during the Don Bosco Past Pupils World Congress by Thai Past Pupils (Chiang Mai) who brought their coffee to Rome. The...

I Give, Therefore I Am

A must-read Christmas story from Vatican News A file photo from the Good News Ministries archive STORIES WORLD UNITED STATES PRISONS Dale Recinella, the former Wall Street finance lawyer who assists prisoners on death row in Florida together with his wife Susan, shares his experience with a non-profit organization in Tallahassee assisting homeless people with mental issues. By Dale S. Recinella Decades ago, in the streets of Tallahassee, Florida’s capital city, the itinerant mentally ill taught me many important lessons about our shared humanity. I had never intended to get involved with the social security administration and the mentally ill on the streets of Tallahassee. My wife and I were simply trying to be alert to the suffering of human beings in our city and especially in the vicinity of our center-city apartment. While still working part-time in the Tallahassee branch office of a Florida law firm, I am becoming experienced in street ministry. God’s vehicle for this development was Good News Ministries, a non-profit organization founded by a small group of former corporate businessmen. What they all share is the fact that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has radically interfered with their self-seeking secular careers. So, when I meet this group...

Afghan Refugees assisted by Lahore SDB Community

By Fr. Gabriel Cruz SDB        Lahore, Pakistan 20 December 2021 — In the second week of December the Salesian community, Don Bosco Lahore was able to distribute humanitarian aid to Afghan immigrant-refugees and communities in Pakistan. The beneficiaries of this aid have been 200 Afghan families who are in the community of Peshawar. This activity has been carried out with the cooperation and coordination of the local authorities, the police and city administration, who have facilitated the distribution. We are infinitely grateful for the joint donations of the offices of Don Bosco Missio Aachen, Don Bosco New Rochelle, and Don Bosco Switzerland who were the main benefactors. Afghan refugee families in Pakistan are still waiting for a lot of help. Let us continue to pray for them.          ...

New Missionaries: Strength and Weakness Go Together

02 November 2021 (ANS – Rome) – “It gives us great joy to see the 23 new missionaries who form the 152nd Salesian Missionary Expedition: we thank the Lord for this great gift. We know that it is not at all easy, especially in the last two years, to opt to be a missionary ad gentes and, often having to wait many months before actually being able to leave. As always, a missionary is required to be strong, robust and humble because such high expectations from so many are placed on his shoulders,” says Fr Pavel Ženíšek, SDB, a member of the Sector for the Missions, in a reflection on the missions with an eye on the map of the Salesian missionaries of the forthcoming Salesian Missionary Expedition. Fr Ženíšek continues his reasoning: “What if, despite sincere discernment and honest preparation, he does not come up to the expectations; what if he does not make it? What do we do? Pope Francis’ prayer intention this month is for those suffering from depression or burnout. (Let us pray that people suffering from depression or burnout will find support and a light from all to open them to life). The General Councilor for Youth...

The Ousted: Embracing the Marginal

21 October 2021 The “Don Bosco College” in Mannuthy has brought about a series of events under the “WE CARE” project. It involved helping the Flood affected people from 2018 and 2019, going out of the way and becoming Covid Warriors during Pandemic and amidst all that held International Webinar on the theme including the excluded. “Our priority to take sides with the sidelined and go with the “Last the Least and the Lost” has seen Academic interventions as it is an IUS” Fr Raju Chakkanattu, Principal of the “Don Bosco College”, explains. These are the six books under the WE CARE Series. Two books on Flood Disaster Risk Reduction: Insulate Kerala: Hard Lessons from Flooded Fury Beyond the Flood: Lessons for Insulating Kerala. One on the Pandemic: When the World Dares the Odd: Life During Pandemic And the more recent books on Social Inclusivity: The Ousted: Embracing the Marginal Stigma: Reflections on Those left out at the Existential Peripheries The Resilient: Women’s war on subjugation. “Just as Don Bosco said, we need to cater to the poor and the abandoned. As an institution of Higher Education, we believe in giving also academic contributions in researches and publications to form part...