The DiBOSCo Coffee (and Chocolate) Project Gathering: MHCA 12/11/2021


Mary Help of Christians Academy

659 Belmont Avenue

North Haledon, NJ 07508

In brief, Di BOSCo began as a job-training project created by Mr. Phaisan, a Salesian Past Pupil in Thailand, as a way to give back for all he had received from the Salesians. When Mr. Peter Kovac, Slovakian Salesian Past Pupil and secretary of the SDB Past Pupil World Council, came to know of this project, he organized an alliance with Mr. Phaisan to grow Di BOSCo into a world-wide network of Past Pupil fair trade coffee and cocoa growers, processors, exporters, and café owners in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. Now Di BOSCo is ready to come to Canada and the US with the help of our Salesian Family members and friends.

Peter will explain how this network came to be and how we can make it a reality for North America at this gathering.

For whom is the gathering?

  • Salesian Past Pupils of the SDB and FMA
  • All Salesian Family members and friends
  • Individuals, Communities, Centers, Chapters
  • Families
  • Those who are curious
  • Those who love great-tasting coffee and chocolate and want to try it and maybe buy it
  • Those who wish to support and see Don Bosco’s mission & charism reach far and wide in a new way
  • Those who wish to find out how they can be more directly involved in this mission
  • Those who want to invest
  • Those who want to market and sell it
  • In short: everyone!

Children are not only welcome – we ENCOURAGE families to attend! All will feel right at home in this Salesian atmosphere of faith, fun, friends, and (of course) delicious snacks: coffee, chocolate, and cookies galore! THE GATHERING IS FREE OF CHARGE. We will have Christmas music, photos with Santa, and (hopefully!) a living Nativity and petting zoo,

The organizational team composed of our Past Pupils from St. Anthony’s, Beech St., MHCA, and DBT, and friends we have made through them, are enthusiastic about seeing this initiative take off. They see it as a way to give back by carrying forward Don Bosco’s mission of evangelization and outreach to poor youth and their families in this new way. All is and will be done in accord with our Catholic Social Justice Doctrines, the vision of Laudato Sì, and the Salesian values we all know and hold dear. Let us join together as Salesian Family and friends to further Don Bosco’s mission.

Please help us spread the word! See you then!

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