Don Bosco Global Youth Film Festival: Ambassadors of Hope to the Young

Don Bosco Global Youth Film Festival Reaching out the young to become ambassadors of hope   Don Bosco Global Youth Film Festival (DBGYFF) is the first worldwide festival from the Salesian Congregation to unite all our young people globally to come together on a common project where they can express their creative talents and be rewarded. This festival is our own festival, and is a precious opportunity to make the name of Don Bosco resonate in the 134 countries where we are present, especially in the hearts and minds of the young people. The festival screening will take place on Thursday and Friday, 18 & 19 of November 2021. DBGYFF is structured as a creative global platform, through which young people from all over the world can showcase and build their dreams and aspirations. Inspired by the Strenna of our Rector Major,  “Moved by hope”, it is a clarion call to encourage young people to become ambassadors of hope, and agents of transformation in our society.  This film festival is indeed a gracious opportunity to go closer to the young, to encourage them and motivate them towards the common good. It is an excellent tool to focus on what matters to...

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,...

Identity Card of the Salesian School in Latin America

I12 July 2021 (ANS – Rome) – After a process of discernment and reflection carried out by the central team of the Salesian School in America (ESA), by the General Councilors for Youth Ministry (FMA and SDB), respectively, Sr. Runita Borja and Fr Miguel Angel García Morcuende, and after having collected the experiences and viewpoints of the four regions into which ESA is divided (CIB-CIS-BRASIL; CIMAC-Mesoamerica; CICSAL and SEPSUR-School; CINAB-ANDINA), the phase of drafting the ESA “Identity Card” has come to its conclusion. This important document is now being shared and published in each of the regional meetings taking place during this 2021. ESA’s “Identity Card” aims to be a common reference point for the construction of the educational-pastoral projects of the schools of the Salesian Family on the continent, helping to form a critical conscience and transform societies starting from the proposal of integral formation born with Don Bosco. With this Identity Card, written in 5 languages, a new step is taken in the consolidation of the network on the American continent, strengthening the Salesian mission of educating and evangelizing according to the foundations of the Preventive System, through the Educational Pastoral Communities, and fostering the leadership of young...

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...

Vatican – Worse than the crisis, the drama of wasting it

(ANS – Vatican City) – When the pandemic will finally be behind the whole world, there will be a need for a world of work that is different from what it was before, that knows how to start from the discarded, those set aside, left behind, and that knows how to value and appreciate the dimension of caring. These two ideas, taken from the message that Pope Francis sent to the 109th International Labor Conference, are analyzed by Sister Alessandra Smerilli, religious of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, undersecretary for faith and development to the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and the coordinator of the Vatican’s COVID-19 commission’s economic task force. Below, a summary of her reflection. Worse than a crisis like the one we are experiencing, there is only the drama of wasting it. The virus, like a scourge, has affected everyone without distinction. Its effects, however, have spread in different ways, with especially serious consequences for some. Many jobs have been lost, opportunities for decent employment have decreased, workers with less security and less social protection have suffered and are suffering more than others. Moreover, the priority is clear: to restart by focusing on the...