“Don Bosco Global Youth Film Festival”, skyrocketed participation and enthusiasm: deadline extended

17 September 2021 (ANS – Rome) – Hundreds of videos from all over the world have been submitted in less than two months, with extra requests for participation from pre-adolescents to adults. There is a growing and contagious enthusiasm surrounding the “Don Bosco Global Youth Film Festival” (DBGYFF), which is already achieving fully its first objective, of igniting that positive spark of hope in the young people, which in turn can set ablaze the whole world on fire.  This being the reason, the organizers of the first global Salesian film festival have decided to extend the deadline for submission of entries. At this festival, promoted by the Salesians of Don Bosco through the foundation DON BOSCO NEL MONDO, all videos that are uploaded on the site by 15 October will be accepted- an extension of two more weeks has been made, with respect to the date that was announced before. This is not the only change. With less than two months to go for realization of the festival on 18-19 November 2021, scheduled to take place simultaneously in various locations around the world, there is a lot of work being done in the background, at a very progressive pace. The DBGYFF Technical head Fr. Maria Lawrence affirms:...

The New Things of the Kingdom of God…

A booklet to share “The new things of the Kingdom of God that emerged in the groups of the Salesian Family” during the pandemic 17 September 2021 (ANS – Rome) – On the threshold of the year 2021, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, invited the entire Salesian Family to revive the virtue of hope, and he did so through the traditional message of the Strenna, entitled: “Moved by hope. Behold, I am making all things new” (Rev 21,5). The expression reflects Don Bosco’s profound spirit of faith based on the ever faithful, creator and provident God, involved in the salvation of humanity. But it was also a response to the difficult world situation deriving from the Covid-19 pandemic, which has affected, and still affects, millions of people and has highlighted many other emergencies in the world, which which directly affect the poorer young people. How has the Salesian Family lived and continues to live this time? what “News of the Kingdom of God” is currently emerging in the various groups of our large family? This was the reflection proposed to the world leaders of the Groups gathered for the Advisory Board or Consulta of the Salesian Family, which took place...

Rest in Peace Mr. Ángel Fernández Fernández – Heartfelt Condolences to the Rector Major

15 September 2021 (ANS – Rome) – At 7 am today, 15 September, Ángel Fernández Fernández, the father of our Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, breathed his last after a long illness. Born in Luanco, Asturias, Spain, on 12 June 1932, he passed away after 89 years of life and 61 years of marriage, by the side of his mother Isabel Artime. The Rector Major, had a deep attachment to his father and recalls with affection some of his significant traits: “Every day, when the weather was good, he would go to see ‘his sea’. He started working as a fisherman at the age of 13 and continued until he was 78, accompanying and helping another young fisherman”. “He was a serene and calm man, with qualities that he might have acquired from his many hours spent alone at sea. He was simple, good-hearted, and very much committed to the family, and did not look for anything much to be happy. He was a tireless worker, and I feel like a novice in front of the master, when I compare myself to him,” added Don Ángel. Talking about the spiritual life of his father he stated: “Since he had...

NEW Events at the Marian Shrine

We Salesians at the Marian Shrine in Stony Point, NY, are moving forward in being proactive and organizing events that center on our common core – youth and devotion to Mary – especially the Help of Christians. We present the following new opportunities to you in order that you may keep us in your prayers and if you are in the NY/NJ area it would be great if you could participate especially in bringing groups of young people in your apostolate to these spiritual opportunities. October 9th: Our Lady of Fatima Statue will visit the Marian Shrine. Eucharistic Adoration begins at 1:30 pm at our Mary, Help of Christians Outdoor Altar Procession with the Blessed Sacrament to Our Lady of the Rosary Statue Recitation of the Holy Rosary. Our desire is to make sure that young people are an important part of this event since we are Salesians. October 23rd: Rise Up! Lowly but Chosen – Mini-conference for youth and young adults (14-22) from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. We will have this event in our Youth Center Gym – a live band, testimonies, and motivational speakers, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the opportunity for Confession. This event is $20.00 per person....

Fr Eusebio Muñoz, SDB, has returned to the Father’s House

02 September 2021 (ANS – Rome) – Fr Eusebio Muñoz, SDB, passed away at noon yesterday, 1 September 2021, at the “San Carlos” Clinical Hospital in Madrid. He was the Director of the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid and the former Central Delegate of the Rector Major for the Secretariat of the Salesian Family. After defeating Covid-19 a few months ago, he suffered a stroke and developed subsequent infection, which ultimately led to his death. With 76 years of age, 59 years of Salesian life and 49 years of priesthood, a Salesian with a capital “S” has left us. He was a man endowed with an overwhelming personality and great intelligence, who was and remains loved as a father from the many people lucky enough to to have lived with him. Fr Muñoz was born on 26 December 1944 in Pozoblanco, a Spanish town near Córdoba where the Salesian charism has ancient roots and which penetrated deeply into the soul of the young Eusebio. He completed his novitiate in San José del Valle and made his first profession on 16 August 1962 and his perpetual profession on July 26, 1968 and was ordained a priest on July 22, 1972....

An original and innovative volume of Salesian history

(ANS – Rome) – “Volti di uno stesso carisma. Salesiani e Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice nel XX secolo” (Faces of the same charism. Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in the 20th century – ACSSA, studi 10, Rome LAS 2021): this is the title of the very recent volume edited by Salesian scholars Francesco Motto and Grazia Loparco, which collects 48 profiles of SDB and FMA among those presented by members of the Associazione Cultori di Storia Salesiana (Association for the Study of Salesian History) and other lay researchers in the five previous continental seminaries (Slovakia, India, Thailand, Kenya, Argentina). The preface by prof. Giorgio Chiosso, who offers an extensive introduction to the editors of the volume, the multi-color attachments, indexes of people and places in the volume are very illuminating and useful. The peculiarity of the profiles presented is that of involving people who, due to the importance of the works in place, have contributed to writing significant and innovative pages of Salesian history without however rising to levels of general notoriety. They worked in various ways, both for the background wherein they took root, and for the ability to remain faithful to the unique Salesian charism without renouncing personal initiatives,...