“Conceived for living synodality in the Church”: Congress of Salesian Cooperators of Interamerica Region

Panama 18 August 2022 (ANS – Panama) – The Salesian Cooperators of the Interamerica Region held their III Regional Congress from August 11-14 with the theme “Conceived for Living Synodality in the Church.” The meeting was held simultaneously in person and online, with the participation of 89 Salesian Cooperators and delegates. The Congress had three purposes: formative, elective, and presentation. Accompanying the event were the world delegates of the Salesian Cooperators, Fr. Dominic Nam Nguyen SDB, Sr. Lucrecia Uribe, FMA, and the Rector Major’s Delegate for the Salesian Family, Fr. Joan Lluis Playá, SDB. Members of the various provincial councils and their delegates attended and voted at the Congress, as well as Salesian Cooperators invited as guests. The new members of the Regional Executive Secretariat for the period 2022-2028 are: – World Councilor for the Interamerica Region: Martín Calderón – Costa Rica – Treasurer: José Francisco (Franklin) Ortega – Dominican Republic – Secretary: Pierre Larocque – Canada – Formation: Juanita Silva – Mexico – Communication: Victoria Mónico – El Salvador – Youth and Family Ministry – Karla Ramos – Honduras – Representative for the Northern Area – Kristie Garza – United States of America – Representative for the Southern...

The Salesian Bulletin at the time of Don Bosco

The Salesian Bulletin is an original creation by Don Bosco who founded it in August 1877. Don Bosco himself was it’s first director. The first “official” issue of the Bulletin opens with a letter from Don Bosco: “To the Salesian Cooperators”. In the first draft of the regulation of the Cooperators, Don Bosco wrote: “Each month, the members will be given an overview of the things proposed, done or that they intend to do through a printed Bulletin or leaflet.” (Biographical Memoirs XI, 538). In 1879, it was published for the first time in French and in 1881 in Buenos Aires, the first “Boletín Salesiano” was published in Spanish. Today it is present in all 5 continents, with 59 editorial offices around the world. RELATED ARTICLE(S) The Valdocco printing press RMG – Fr. Gildasio Mendes: “The Internet is a vast network of human and cultural rituals” Italy – Young people narrate Don Bosco. Three videos on “Memoirs of the...

The DiBOSCo Coffee (and Chocolate) Project Gathering: MHCA 12/11/2021

RSVP TO ATTEND VIRTUALLY OR IN-PERSON: contact@donboscosalesianportal.org Mary Help of Christians Academy 659 Belmont Avenue North Haledon, NJ 07508 In brief, Di BOSCo began as a job-training project created by Mr. Phaisan, a Salesian Past Pupil in Thailand, as a way to give back for all he had received from the Salesians. When Mr. Peter Kovac, Slovakian Salesian Past Pupil and secretary of the SDB Past Pupil World Council, came to know of this project, he organized an alliance with Mr. Phaisan to grow Di BOSCo into a world-wide network of Past Pupil fair trade coffee and cocoa growers, processors, exporters, and café owners in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. Now Di BOSCo is ready to come to Canada and the US with the help of our Salesian Family members and friends. Peter will explain how this network came to be and how we can make it a reality for North America at this gathering. For whom is the gathering? Salesian Past Pupils of the SDB and FMAAll Salesian Family members and friendsIndividuals, Communities, Centers, ChaptersFamiliesThose who are curiousThose who love great-tasting coffee and chocolate and want to try it and maybe buy itThose who wish to support...

“Leadership in the Association of Salesian Cooperators” Regional Meeting

20 October 2021 (ANS – Guadalajara) – The Salesian Cooperators of the Inter-America region held their second virtual training meeting on Sunday, October 17, which revolved around the theme “Leadership in the Association of Salesian Cooperators”. Three hundred cooperators participated, coming from the thirteen countries that make up the region and from other countries as well. Alfredo Algandar, the Provincial Coordinator for Mexico North, welcomed all the participants. The world councilor of the Interamerica Region Francisco Burciaga also addressed the attendees with a few words. Fr Alejandro Zepeda, SDB, illustrated the guiding theme and encouraged participants to assume leadership with the characteristics that Don Bosco offers, expressed in the Statute of the Project of Apostolic Life, so as not to get lost in things that do not go with the Salesian charism: – Seeing, listening, and capturing what is affecting girls, boys, adolescents, and young people today. – experiencing authentic compassion to allow ourselves to be moved by the Holy Spirit who keeps us in constant motion. – upholding fidelity to the promise made by the fervent desire to serve God and His children most in need. The motto of the meeting was “Called to be salt and light for...

First Salesian Cooperator Interamerica Regional Online Congress: September 26, 2021

PLEASE SEE DETAILS AND THE NOTE FROM OUR PROVINCIAL FORMATOR BELOW THE IMAGES: Dear fellow Salesian Cooperators and Delegates, I hope this announcement finds you well, safe, and healthy. I am glad that the first opportunity I have to reach all of you is to share the following invitation. The Councilors for the Interamerica Region of the Association of Salesian Cooperators had planned to celebrate an in-person Regional Formation Congress this year in Honduras. Due to the pandemic, they made the choice to celebrate the Congress virtually instead.  This is an invitation for everyone to attend. Local Councilors, at least Coordinators, Formators, and Delegates, are particularly invited to take part in the Congress. Theme: “Called to Be the Salt and Light of the Young” Speakers: Antonio Boccia, World Coordinator; Raul Fernandez, World Formator; and Sr. Lucrecia Uribe, FMA, World Delegate.  Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021 Time: 10:00 am EDT; 9:00 am CDT A link for the Zoom meeting is coming soon! The session will be recorded due to the difficulty with the hour for many. It is very hard to find a time good for those from the Pacific Coast to Italy! After the Congress, a series of formation sessions will be held...

Vatican – Holy See grants Nulla Osta for Cause of Vera Grita, Lay, Salesian Cooperator

On 26 May 2021, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints communicated to the Bishop of Savona-Noli, Msgr. Calogero Marino, the Nulla Osta from the Holy See for the opening of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God Vera Grita (1923-1969), Laywoman, Salesian Cooperator. The Nulla Osta is the authorization by the Holy See for the opening of the diocesan inquiry as it has been shown that there is nothing in the Vatican Dicasteries against the Servant of God that hinders her Cause. Vera Grita, born in Rome on January 28, 1923, was an elementary school teacher. After being trampled on by a crowd fleeing a bombing in Savona on 4 July 1944, her injuries marked her irreparably. She was 21. Despite her condition, she accepted to teach in peripheral schools in the Ligurian hinterland: Rialto, Erli, Alpicella, Deserto di Varazze. In Savona, in the Salesian parish of Mary Help of Christians, she participated in parish life. From 1963 the Salesian Fr Giovanni Bocchi was her confessor; when she became a Salesian Cooperator (1967), she entrusted herself to the guidance of Fr Gabriello Zucconi. On September 19, 1967, the mystical experience began inviting her to live the...