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...

“Salesian Volunteers Program” promotes Social Justice among Young People

07 October 2021 Los Angeles, United States – September 2021 – On September 29th, a volunteer initiative in favor of the homeless took place in Venice Beach, Los Angeles. The event was organized by the “Restless Heart Foundation”. Tamara prepared food packages, aided by those at the “St. Joseph” Salesian house and by the representatives of the “Salesian Volunteers Program” Martín (from Ecuador) and the Salesian brother from Venezuela -Freddy. The day began with the Eucharistic celebration at the “St. Joseph” presided by Fr John Puntino, SDB, which was followed by the loading of food, clothes, shoes and other basic necessities into the cars, as well as about 50 food and water packs brought by Juan Guzman, representative and founder of the “Restless Heart Organization”. Upon arrival at Venice Beach, the volunteers began distributing the packages, to the friendly and respectful homeless folk who cared for each other like a family. Some of them, for example, wanted to share the packages with other homeless people who otherwise would not have agreed to receive such help from strangers. RELATED ARTICLE(S) United States – Professions of two Salesians USA – Online Workshop for Directors of SUE and SUO Provinces United States...

Minori stranieri non accompagnati, Salesiani per il Sociale lancia la piattaforma digitale per la formazione e aggiornamento degli operatori – Salesiani Piemonte e Valle d’Aosta

Minori stranieri non accompagnati, Salesiani per il Sociale lancia la piattaforma digitale per la formazione e aggiornamento degli operatori 14 Settembre 2021/in Intorno a noi / Viene lanciato ufficialmente il Digital notebook, L’accompagnamento dei minori non accompagnati in Europa: le esperienze dei Professionisti del sociale che rappresenta un valido strumento per tutti gli operatori che lavorano sul campo a supporto dei minori stranieri non accompagnati. Già il 16 ottobre 2020 era stata lanciata la piattaforma inglese e francese, all’interno del webinar internazionale, Caring for unaccompanied minors in Europe e ad oggi è disponibile anche in italiano, greco e tedesco. La piattaforma è frutto del lavoro svolto all’interno del progetto Building knowledge from local practices: a solution for better care and support of unaccompanied minors in Europe, che ha coinvolto 7 partner europei: Apprentis d’Auteuil in Francia, in qualità di capofila, Salesiani per il Sociale APS in Italia, Christliches Jugenddorfwerk Deutschlands in Germania, The Smile of a Child in Grecia e partner del campo di ricerca, Università di Ghent in Belgio, Università del Bedfordshire in Inghilterra e Osservatorio sulla migrazione dei minori – Università di Poitiers in Francia. Questo strumento offrirà agli operatori l’occasione di una formazione continua e la possibilità di confrontarsi con una community di esperti nel settore e con altri operatori che operano nei diversi paesi. Durante...

Five SLMs Commissioned on August 20

  Stony Point, United States – August 2021 – The Salesians of the New Rochelle Province commissioned five Salesian Lay Missioners at a prayer service on August 20 as they concluded six days of retreat at Don Bosco Retreat Center in Haverstraw, N.Y. Vice Provincial Fr. Dominic Tran presided at the service, at which 35 Salesians also on retreat assisted. Three of the five will be missioned to Hogar Maria Auxiliadora, a girls’ orphanage in Cochabamba, Bolivia: Hannah Mercado of California, Grace Mosher of Connecticut, and Olivia Wyles of Ohio. Two will be missioned to the Salesian work in Wau, South Sudan: John Funk of California and Teresa Hoang of Virginia. Except Ms. Hoang, a widow, all are recent college graduates. They will be joining one or more SLMs already at their sites, who will help them with their transitions. All of the new missioners are still in the process of securing the necessary visas. They spent one week of orientation at St. John Bosco Parish in Port Chester, N.Y., and one week on retreat, under the leadership of program director Adam Rudin and Fr. Tom Brennan of Salesian Missions, New Rochelle.  Ordinarily, orientation would take 3 weeks, but...