Convocation of the 12th Regional Congress of Don Bosco Past Pupils

By Secretary General PPDB        World Confederation of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco, 6 June 2021 — Five years after the 11th Regional Congress (Timor Leste, Dili – October 2016) the World Confederation President Mr. Michal Hort has convoked the 12th Congress, this time to be held online on 25-26 June 2021 due to travel restrictions in the Asia-Pacific Region.        Pandemic restrictions forced the cancellation of the long-awaited 2020 December Congress in Tokyo, Japan, and the President of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco, Mr. Michal Hort sent out the following notice on 2 June 2021:        “It is an honor and a pleasure for me to announce the Asia-Oceania Regional Congress of Past Pupils of Don Bosco. The originally planned Congress in Tokyo – Japan for 2020 had to be canceled due the Covid-19 crisis. Since the Pandemic is still very real and challenging, after consultation with the Presidency, Regional Councilor for Asia – Oceania Mr. Rajesh Gupta and GEX Regional Councilor Mr Niel Evangelista, we decided to have the Congress in 2021 but in online space on 25-26 June 2021.        I would like to encourage you personally to...

“What has changed in your life after joining ADMA?” Some new ADMA members share

(ANS – Seoul) – On the liturgical feast of Mary Help of Christians, May 24, during the Eucharist at which Fr Marcello Baek, Vice-provincial of Korea, presided, 7 new members of ADMA (Association of Mary Help of Christians) were welcomed in Seoul, capital of South Korea. During the Eucharist in the FMA provincial house chapel (Seoul, Shin-gil-dong) a good number of FMA Sisters were present, represented by their provincial, Sr. Cecilia Kim (5 communities are located in the same compound), and young people who are accompanied by the Salesian Sisters. The first promised members of Seoul’s ADMA group are Maria Yoo, Miriam Kim, Monica Ryoo, Gracia Na, Justina Baek, Teresa Park, and Bernard Yoo. They have been prepared by their Spiritual Animator, Sr. Susanna Lee, over the past 3 years in weekly formation sessions held in the FMA provincial house, Seoul. We asked each of the first Seoul ADMA group: What changed in your life after you joined ADMA? # During the last 3 years of formation I have studied the ADMA regulations, the Introduction to the Devout Life (St Francis de Sales) and ADMA Online. In this way, I have begun to model my life according to Don Bosco and Mary...

Fr Alejandro Guevara: “The Salesian Family is a Marian family and cannot be understood without the presence of Mary”

 Fr Alejandro Guevara Rodríguez is the Worldwide Spiritual Animator of the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA). In this month of May, dedicated to Mary, and a few days after the Feast Day of Mary Help of Christians, we publish this interview in which he talks about the association today. In 2019 the Primary ADMA of Turin celebrated its 150th anniversary. What does this anniversary mean? Celebrating 150 years for any group is a cause for celebration and joy. Not all associations or groups come to celebrate it. But above all, ADMA today is much more than it was 150 years ago: it is truly a widespread reality on the five continents, with 817 local ADMA groups and a total of over 100,000 members around the world. Local groups are rejuvenating and revitalizing. ADMA today is a growing and expanding association. Growing inward and outward: it grows in spirituality, with two pillars: devotion to Mary Help of Christians and to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. And it also grows outwardly, because it grows in solidarity and ministry. How are local groups behaving in times of a pandemic? We are all experiencing the pandemic … What strikes me positively...

Groundbreaking of Mary Help of Christians Center in Los Angeles

On May 8, 2021, at 10 AM, it was a sunny morning at St. Bridget Chinese Catholic Church. Around 100 people gathered together to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony for Mary Help of Christians Center. Among the authorities there were a strong supporter and long-time friend of the Salesian presence in Los Angeles, Bishop Edward Clark; the Provincial of Salesians of Don Bosco, USA West Province, Fr Mel Trinidad, and other Salesians and cooperators; the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange; California State Senator Maria Durazo; the City Mayor representative; the high-ranking officers from the construction company; priests from other churches; Fr John Lam, Fr Peter Pong, Sr Maria Lai and many honorable parishioners, came together for the celebration. With the blessing, they held the shovels and performed digging to symbolize the beginning of the construction. Before the groundbreaking, a Mass was held and Fathers prayed to Our Lady of China, to say thanks and pray for the construction process to be safe and smooth. Five years ago, in light of limited spaces for current facilities, and forecasted future requirements, the idea of adding multi-function building was born; led by Fr John Lam, Parish Pastoral Council and Chinese Catholic Association...

SALESIAN MISSIONS USA – “Loaves and Fishes”: a campaign to support critical aid shipments to programs around the globe

“Loaves and Fishes”: a campaign to support critical aid shipments to programs around the globe 11 May 2021 (ANS – New Rochelle) – “Salesian Missions”, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, recently launched its annual “Loaves and Fishes” fundraiser which raises funds to ship life-saving aid to more than 130 countries around the globe. Because the cost of shipping critical aid is far less than its value, donations are multiplied many times over. For every dollar donated, Salesian Missions is able to ship $14 worth of critical goods to its programs. The fundraising appeal runs through the end of June 2021. Aimed at maximizing the impact of donor-assisted programs and answering the call for emergency aid deliveries, the Salesian Missions Property and Logistics Program is made possible by generous assistance from government and private sector partners. Millions of dollars in U.S. government-issued excess property and corporate in-kind donations are leveraged by an annual award to Salesian Missions from the USAID Ocean Freight Reimbursement Grant for humanitarian aid shipments. This award enables the Salesian Missions Office for International Programs to transport shipments of humanitarian aid and development commodities at low to no cost. Salesian Missions also maintains...

Delivery of “Positio super virtutibus” of Servant of God Antonio de Almeida Lustosa, Salesian Bishop

28 April 2021 (ANS – Vatican City) – Yesterday, 27 April 2021, the volume of the Positio super Vita, Virtutibus et Fama Sanctitatis of the Servant of God Antonio de Almeida Lustosa, of the Society of St. Francesco de Sales, Archbishop of Fortaleza (Brazil), was consigned. Monsignor Maurizio Tagliaferri was the Rapporteur of the Positio, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, SDB, was the Postulator, and Dr. Cristiana Marinelli was the Collaborator. The structural elements of the “Positio” are: a brief presentation by the Rapporteur; the Informatio super virtutibus, that is, the theological part in which the virtuous life of the Servant of God is demonstrated; the two Summarium with the testimonial and documentary evidence; the Biographia ex Documentis; the final Sessions and the iconographic apparatus. Antônio de Almeida Lustosa was born in the city of São João del Rei, State of Minas Gerais (Brazil), on 11 February 1886. From his parents, João Baptista Pimentel Lustosa and Delphina Eugênia de Almeida Magalhães, exemplary Christians, he received a good Christian and human formation. An intelligent boy with a good and generous disposition, at sixteen he entered the Salesian College of Cachoeira do Campo (Minas Gerais); three years later he is in Lorraine as a novice and assistant to his companions. After...