Mariacristina Cella Mocellin, FMA Past Pupil, is Venerable

Mariacristina Cella Mocellin, FMA Past Pupil, is Venerable 06 September 2021 (ANS – Vatican City) – On 30 August 2021, Pope Francis recognized the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Mariacristina Cella Mocellin, a lay faithful and mother of a family born on 18 August  1969, in Monza (Italy). From 1982 to 1987, Mariacristina attended the Linguistic High School at  Mary Help of Christians School of Cusano Milanino (MI), then run by the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians of the Lombard Province of the Holy Family (ILO). During her school years, Mariacristina manifests herself as a serene and positive girl, open to everyone. In the classroom she is a strong but discreet presence. A friend of hers says of her, “Cheerful and playful, she was determined, she did not compromise on her values. She was a recognized authority among us, but always ready to serve.” The imprint of the Salesian charism is present in her commitment as animator of the oratory and catechist at “Holy Family” Parish of Cinisello Balsamo where she lived, so much so that in her Diary she notes some of Don Bosco’s principles on education. Struck by a sarcoma in her left leg, after...

Young mother of three advances along path to sainthood – Vatican News

Maria Cristina Cella Mocellin, whose heroic virtue has been recognised by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints  Young mother of three advances along path to sainthood Pope Francis authorizes sthe promulgation of Decrees concerning the heroic virtues of the Servants of God Enrica Beltrame Quattrocchi, the daughter of a couple beatified in 2001; Placido Cortese, a Franciscan friar who died under torture by the Gestapo; and a young Italian mother, Maria Cristina Cella Mocellin, who delayed chemotherapy treatments in order to save her unborn child. By Benedetta Capelli Three figures whose lives were characterised by surrender to God’s love, trust in His mercy, and hope in His forgiveness. These are the traits that distinguish the new Venerable Servants of God. After Monday’s audience with Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis authorised the Dicastery to promulgate the Decrees concerning the heroic virtues of Enrichetta Beltrame Quattrocchi, Fra Placido Cortese, and Maria Cristina Cella Mocellin. “Riccardo, you are a gift for us” The story of Maria Cristina Cella Mocellin recalls those of St Gianna Beretta Molla, and more recently of Chiara Corbella Petrillo. Maria Cristina Cella Mocellin was born on 18 August...

‘A sleeping giant’ celebrates 150 years

Interview with Mr Michal Hort, Past Pupil of Don Bosco President of the World Confederation (2015-2021)        Slovakia, 11 June 2021 — The interview below was actually conducted in May, but given the upcoming Regional online meeting of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco this month, now is an appropriate time to publish it. Can you share briefly about your life journey with Don Bosco, your job and family?   ​​​​​​​       My name is Michal Hort, I am 43 years old and married. With my wife Martina we have 3 kids: Therese, Philip and Matthew, who are 10, 8 ad 4 years old respectively. I am an entrepreneur, with a consultancy company in the sector of EU funding. My company currently has 10 employees and we help our clients to get grants for their development and investment projects.   ​​​​​​​       I grew up in a family of 5 children (being the oldest), where both my parents are past pupils of Don Bosco. My father always taught me to help the Salesians. I studied at the Salesian high school in Sastin (Slovakia) and then at the Bologna University (Italy). So, I have been raised...

Rector Major’s online address to 12th International Congress of Past Pupils for Asia Oceania Region

24 June 2021 (ANS – Rome) – The Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, sent a message of thanks and encouragement to the Past Pupils who tomorrow and the day after (June 25-26) will participate, in digital mode, in the XII Congress of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco of the Asia and Oceania Region. “We must be moved by hope in all possible senses of this sentence,” he says. Below is the text of his message. My dear friends, Past Pupils of Don Bosco from the South Asia/East Asia-Oceania Region who are now celebrating the 12th International Congress involving the 28 nations of that part of the world, of the Salesian world. I am very happy to greet you and be with you in this way since any other way would not be possible today, and I really feel very happy, and especially thankful. Thanks to all of you because, believe me, what you are doing is so very important. Thanks means thanking all the leadership, thanking all of you involved in carrying forward your (local) Past Pupil Associations, because it means you have discovered the great value these have for the Salesian...

In conversation with Michal Hort, President of World Confederation of Past Pupils of Don Bosco

24 June 2021 (ANS – Budapest) – The Past Pupils of Don Bosco of Hungary, about to found their national association, conducted an interview with the President of the World Confederation of Past Pupils, Michal Hort. Today, 24 June, Don Bosco’s name feast day and 151th anniversary of the symbolic birth of the Past Pupils – which can be traced back to the famous gift of coffee cups to Don Bosco by Carlo Gastini and the other ancient pupils of the Valdocco Oratory – we publish some excerpts. Can you tell us about yourself? When and where did you meet the Salesians? What do you do for a living? And, as we know, you also have a family … My name is Michal Hort. I’m 43 years old. I’m married. I have my wife Martina and my 3 kids, Tereza, Filip and Matus. They are 10, 8, and 4 years old. I’m an entrepreneur. I have a consultancy company in the sector of EU funds. My company currently has 10 employees and we help our clients get grants for their development and investment projects. I grew up in a family of five children, of which I am the eldest, where...

12th Asia-Oceania Congress: Awakening and rejuvenating a sleeping giant

By AO Congress steering committee        Asia-Oceania PPDB Region, 27 June 2021 — Just another Regional Congress of Don Bosco Past Pupils? Not really! The now completed 12th Asia-Oceania Regional Congress of Don Bosco Past Pupils without doubt is a turning point in the Association’s history. According to some of the 120 (zoom platform) online registered participants it was really an inspiration and strong encouragement for their life and Association journey.        Deep family encounter in and out of the digital space        First of all this Congress brought together some 120 registered participants (zoom platform): 40 SDB delegates (and 3 SDB provincials: AUL, INA and THA with the EAO regional councillor Fr. Joseph Phuoc) and during the first day more than 1500 views of the LIVE Congress streaming on the YouTube.        Amazing was the Thai creativity (taking advantage of their SF Days 2021) to gather their GEX (Young Past Pupils) in two venues – Bangkok and Haat Yai to follow in this event physically. Congratulations for showing us the way!        For some ‘newcomers’ to the Past Pupil Association – young members from Bangladesh, Nepal, Mongolia, Solomon Islands...