“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...

Beginning of the Diocesan Inquiry of the Servant of God Akash Bashir

By Fr. Gabriel Cruz SDB        Lahore, Pakistan, 15 March 2022 — The 7th anniversary of the death of the Servant of God Akash Bashir, a past pupil of Don Bosco. The Christian community of Pakistan gathered today in a historic event, the formal beginning of the Diocesan Inquiry for the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God, Akash Bashir, a Past Pupil of Don Bosco. The first Pakistani citizen in the process of Beatification and Canonization. The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in the city of Lahore could not contain the crowd of faithful who gathered for the opening ceremony of the diocesan phase, as well as the solemn Eucharistic celebration. In an atmosphere of immense joy, devotion, and expectation, those present listened attentively to the memory of the death of the Servant of God Akash Bashir, which took place just 7 years ago. The three members of the Tribunal and the Vice-Postulator, Fr. Gabriel Cruz SDB, took the public oath required for this ceremony. The message sent by the World President of the Confederation of Alumni of Don Bosco, Mr. Bryan Magro, was also read. The Eucharistic celebration was presided over by the...

Looking at Don Bosco: Pope Francis’ greeting and the Rector Major’s homily

31 January 2022 Archive Photo (ANS – Turin) – Among the hundreds of thousands of faithful who yesterday morning, January 30, 2022, watched the Rai 1 live TV broadcast of the Mass presided over by the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, from Valdocco, there was also Pope Francis. He said it himself, overlooking St. Peter’s Square, immediately after the recitation of the Angelus: “On the eve of the feast day of St. John Bosco, I’d like to greet the Salesians, who do so much good in the Church. I followed the Mass celebrated in the shrine of Mary Help of Christians by the Rector Major, Ángel Fernández Artime; I prayed with him for everyone.” With this particular homage, the Holy Father wished to renew once again his closeness to the whole Salesian Family and his personal devotion to the Saint of Youth. He then added: “Let us think of this great Saint, Father and Teacher of youth. He did not shut himself up in the sacristy, he did not shut himself up in his things. He went out into the streets looking for young people with that creativity that was his hallmark. Best wishes to all Salesians, men and women!” The...

Francis de Sales, Don Bosco, the Blessed Sacrament, & Saints!

Saint Francis de Sales inspiring paths of holiness (ANS – Rome) – During the Spirituality Days of the Salesian Family 2022, dedicated to the spiritual and pastoral study of the Rector Major’s Strenna centered on St. Francis de Sales, Fr. Pierluigi Cameroni, Postulator General for the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family, offered a contribution that highlights how “our journey to holiness and the promotion of the Causes of Beatification and Canonization of our Salesian Family draw great inspiration and strong motivation from him.” In fact, from his person and his doctrine emanate an impression of rare fullness, demonstrated in the serenity of his intellectual research, but also in the richness of his affections, in the “sweetness” of his teachings that have had a great influence on the Christian conscience. One could say, then, that Francis de Sales, both in his most representative works (Introduction to the Devout Life and Treatise on the Love of God) and in his continuous pastoral praxis, presents himself on the scene of the history of the Church as one of the most representative forerunners of what Vatican II calls the “universal vocation to holiness” (chapter 5 of the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium). In his major works,...

Spirituality Day of the Salesian Family 2022: here is the program

REGISTER BEFORE JANUARY 10TH ON OUR HOMEPAGE: https://DonBoscoSalesianPortal.org 05 January 2022 (ANS – Rome) – There is great anticipation throughout the Salesian world for the 2022 edition of the Spirituality Days of the Salesian Family. With little more than a week to go before this important event (January 13-16, 2022) which will gather, in person and in digital mode, thousands of members of the groups of the great tree planted by Don Bosco starting from the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales, the Secretariat for the Salesian Family has announced the detailed program of the appointments: a program rich in events, opportunities for reflection and deepening, moments of communion, sharing and spirituality. Following the scheme that proved to be very effective last year, the SFSD 2022 foresee a double level of participation with live broadcasting on each of the four days from 13:00 to 15:00 (UTC + 1) of the worldwide appointments, and the creation of complementary activities at the regional level, managed with different times and methods, by the respective teams. The world events will all be broadcast live by ANS on its Facebook page and YouTube channel, in five languages ​​(Italian, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese). Thursday 13 begins with the opening session, which...

Don Bosco Past Pupils Cooperation: from Chiang Mai to New York

22 December 2021 (ANS – New York) – 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. Fr Tom Dunne, SDB with Sr Denise Sickinger, FMA and other animators of the Salesian Family in SUE province were present at the event. 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 coming of Mr Peter to New York is an attempt to open the very first warehouse and coffee shop in the USA (Paterson – New Jersey). For the participants it was rather pleasant and surprising invitation to get involved in something bigger than the ‘market’. The event held in North Haledon was free and conducted in the spirit of...