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...

Sixth Anniversary of martyrdom of Akash Bashir, Pakistani past pupil

Sixth Anniversary of martyrdom of Akash Bashir, Pakistani past pupil By Sunil Iqbal        Lahore Pakistan, 15 March 2021 — Akash Bashir’s final words as he was martyred were: “I will die but I will not let you to go”. Pakistan’s Salesian Community celebrated Mass on 15 March, the 6th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Akash Bashir, the Pakistani Salesian Past Pupil who saved hundreds of people inside the Church by embracing a suicide bomber and offered his own life. We humbly ask all of you to pray for our Pakistani Christian community.        “Faith in Jesus and in the power of His Holy Name is the greatest spiritual force in the world today. It is a source of joy and inspiration in our youth; of strength in our manhood, when only His Holy Name and His grace, can enable us to overcome temptation; of hope, consolation and confidence at the hour of our death, when more than ever before, we realize, that the meaning of Jesus is ‘Lord, the Savior.’ We should bow in reverence to His Name and submission to His Holy Will.” Source: Sixth Anniversary of martyrdom of Akash Bashir, Pakistani past...

Laos Salesian work begun by Past Pupil of Don Bosco

By Mr Sanya Boonprasert Don Bosco Vientiane, Laos, 20 June 2020 — Interview with Mr. Sanya Boonprasert Don Bosco Vientiane Founder Past Pupil of Don Bosco What is your family and Salesian educational background? I was born in Rayong, Eastern Thailand. I was born into a poor family and we are seven siblings, all Buddhists, who had a chance to study at Don Bosco College. I studied the Certificate of Vocational Education (Electrical) for 2 years, then took a Diploma course in Electrical (2 years) while working as a teacher and finally studied 5 years for a bachelor’s degree. As a ‘Bosconian’ – Don Bosco Past Pupil, I was one year in Ban Nazareth (Aspirantate), assistant to the students for 2 years. All together some 12 years with Don Bosco. During those years I learnt the Salesian spirit, Don Bosco way of education based on loving kindness, reason and religion with diligence, faith and cheerfulness. I was often in the Church and prayerful. How did you start Don Bosco Vientiane in 2004? Once out of Nazareth House (Aspirantate), I prayed and told Mary Help of Christians: “Mother, I decided to resign, but I promise you, that if there is in...

 Interview with the World President of Don Bosco Past Pupils

Interview with the World President of Don Bosco Past Pupils ceteratolle Views 60 Comment 0 Celebrate with your family and Renew your commitment! From Newsflash (Quarterly newsletter of the World Confederation) Past Pupils of Don Bosco Rome, 24 June 2020 — Wishing the Past pupils of Don Bosco a happy 150th birthday, we note their ‘Newsflash’ no. 38 (June 24, 2020) – quarterly magazine with many inspiring articles from the Rector Major, the World president, the old (Fr Raphael Jayapalan) and new (Br. Dominic Nam) World delegates – all in 5 languages available on the central website. We report here two of the 7 questions addressed by Mr Michal Hort on the occasion of the 150th Jubilee Year (June 2020-June 2021): What is the current situation of the World Confederation? ‘I would use the word “constantly growing”; as you may remember, our biggest challenge in 2015 was to get in touch not only with those 100,000 registered past pupils, but with past pupils and friends of Don Bosco all over the world. Now, after 5 years I can say it’s a tough one. Having in mind and heart millions of past pupils that passed thorough the hands of more than 14,000 Salesians in...

SDB PAST PUPILS’ 150TH – JUNE 24, 2020: CELEBRATE WITH YOUR FAMILY AND RENEW YOUR COMMITMENT!

Celebrate with your family and Renew your commitment! By Mr. Michal Hort, World President Br. Dominic Nam, World Delegate On the eve of the Don Bosco Alumni Jubilee Year the President of the World Confederation Mr Michal Hort and the newly appointed World Delegate, Br. Dominic Nam are sending simple messages on how to start this Jubilee Year of our Past Pupils: 24 June 2020 – 24 June 2021: Celebrate with your family and Renew your commitment! Both video messages are available in English and soon in other languages on the Salesian Family digital platforms. Message of Michal Hort “Dear Past Pupils and Friends of Don Bosco. Today, 24th of June 2020 we celebrate special anniversary of 150 years from our foundation by Don Bosco. When Carlo Gastini and his fellows came to congratulate Don Bosco for his feast day at 24th of 1870, Don Bosco said he love past pupils even more than when they have been with him in Valdocco oratory. Today it is 150 years from that special moment and we enter Jubilee year of Past Pupils. Rejoice and celebrate our great father Don Bosco, our founder Carlo Gastini and all our predecessor past pupils. Because of...

INTERVIEW with Br. Nguyen Duc Nam (Dominic) New World Delegate for the Past Pupils of Don Bosco and the Association of Salesian Cooperators

RMG, Rome, 6 June 2020 — Through the Press Release by the ANS (Salesian News Agency) the Rector Major, Fr. Angel F. Artime announced on 5 June 2020 the new world level delegates for the main lay groups of the Salesian Family: Fr. Joan Lluis Playa – Delegate of the Rector Major for the SF (VDB and CDB central assistant) Fr. Alejandro Guevara (ADMA spiritual director) Fr. Pier Luigi Cameroni (Postulator General – Salesian holiness) Br. Dominic Nguyen Duc Nam (World Delegate for the Don Bosco Past Pupils and Salesian Cooperators) In the Press release, the Rector Major introduced Bro Dominic Nam as follows: “Bro. Dominic Nguyen Duc Nam, Vietnamese Salesian Brother, will be the Delegate of the Rector Major for the Association of the Salesian Cooperators and the Delegate of the Rector Major for the Past Pupils of Don Bosco. Bro. Dominic has a good knowledge of the European and the Italian context and undoubtedly he is a reference point for the Asian culture. My intention is to avoid a Europeanisation or Westernization in the animation of the Salesian Family; rather I wish to make it more universal, and also to best value the vocation of the Salesian...