Bicentenary of Don Bosco's birth 1815-2015


“We are approaching the bicentennial of Don Bosco’s birth, which will be celebrated on August 16, 2015. It is a very special event for us, for all the Salesian Family, and for the whole Salesian Movement, which requires an intense and profound process of preparation, so that it may prove fruitful for all of us, for the Church, for the young, and for society.” Read More

Salesian Family Bulletin

ANS - Agenzia Notizie Salesiana

ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana
  1. Ethiopia – A Second Chance for Street Children
    Ethiopia – A Second Chance for Street Children

    (ANS – Addis Ababa) – Not long ago, they begged, stole and struggled to survive on the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, sniffing glue to dull the daily misery of hunger, exploitation and abuse. Now, thanks to a partnership between the Salesians and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), these young boys have a new lease on life, and are helping to extend that opportunity to other homeless youth.

    Determined to address one of Ethiopia’s most pressing socioeconomic challenges – the increased number of abandoned, runaway and otherwise at-risk children fending for themselves – the Salesians and UNODC launched their first initiative, “Rehabilitation and Reintegration Services for Children in Conflict with the Law,” in November 2015. As a result, 16-year-old Amanuel, 15-year-old Tamiru, and 98 other girls and boys now live at the Bosco Children Project Shelter under the compassionate care of Salesian missionaries.

    “In Addis Ababa alone, there are as many as 100,000 children who desperately need assistance in getting off the streets and turning their lives around,” explains Father Mark Hyde, director of Salesian Missions. “Because the Bosco Children Project provides the only shelter and rehabilitation center in Addis Ababa, it’s difficult to adequately address the crisis. This innovative partnership is providing crucial resources – food, educational materials and additional staff – so that we may help as many homeless youth as possible.”

    Amanuel found his way to the Bosco Children Project Shelter after spending six grueling months in a detention center for a theft he did not commit. Just two years old when his mother sold him to a “benefactor” who ultimately abandoned him, Amanuel had been living on the streets since the age of 13. He battled cold nights, drenching rains and the constant threat of beatings from older boys who forced him to beg and steal for their own gain.

    “Some youth intentionally commit petty crimes, hoping that by being in jail, they will at least have their basic needs met,” says Andualem Tafesse, Director of the Bosco Children Project. “Others, like Amanuel, end up in jail without cause. But the end result is the same: when they are released, they have no alternative but to return to their previous lives on the streets. It’s a vicious and hopeless cycle for the children, and for society as a whole.”

    Tamiru was even younger, 9 or 10 years old, when he ran away from an abusive aunt who was supposed to care for him. Although he avoided arrest while living on the streets, he was unable to avoid destitution and despair as he begged for scraps of bread night after night. “I sniffed glue because I couldn’t take it any longer,” he recalls. Fortunately, Tamiru was rescued by the staff from the Bosco Children Project during their nightly outreach work last January.

    At the shelter, the young girls and boys receive meals, warm clothing, counseling and access to basic education and literacy classes. Once ready, they participate in a skills training orientation, where they experience a variety of vocational courses – auto mechanics, carpentry, culinary arts and more – with an option to choose their favorite. Recently, Amanuel selected metal work while Tamiru opted for leather craft. For the next eight months, the boys and their classmates will develop their knowledge and skills as they prepare to support themselves as independent adults. Once they complete their training, Bosco Children Project will provide financial and career-placement assistance for up to five months, as the students seek jobs and permanent housing.

    “I am very happy for this opportunity,” says Amanuel. “Now I can think about my future. The counselors at Don Bosco helped me change my attitude and my life!” Tamiru agrees. “The world has changed for me since coming to Don Bosco. I am a new person.” In gratitude for the opportunities given to them, both boys now join staff on evening rounds of the streets, encouraging other children to seek help from the Bosco Children’s Project.

    “Girls and boys living on the streets want to be reintegrated into society,” says Mr. Tafesse. “But they don’t know how to make it happen. We are so grateful to our partner organizations and our other benefactors for helping us show them the way.”

    Source: Salesian Mission

    • Etiopia
    • AET
    • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
    • Bambini di Strada
    • Formazione Professionale
    • PR - Decision was reached in the criminal phase of the “Gerini Case.”
      PR - Decision was reached in the criminal phase of the “Gerini Case.”

      Today, June 23, 2017, a decision was reached in the criminal phase of the “Gerini Case.” Although the Public Prosecutor had requested a judgment against the three whom we had accused of fraud,  the Judge issued his decision:  acquittal because there did not exist any substance to the accusation of fraud.  The civil process will continue while we await the decision regarding the ownership of the General House. 

    • Spain - More than 18,000 young people participate in Salesian Summer activities
      Spain - More than 18,000 young people participate in Salesian Summer activities

      (ANS - Madrid) - Summer camps and tours are among the many activities planned for approximately 18,000 children who take part in the Salesian summer activities organized by 2,500 leaders and 350 Salesians. When school finishes thousands of young people enjoy a well-deserved holiday and the Salesians, particularly through the youth centres, offer educational and recreational activities that respond to one of their specific pedagogical objectives - the educational use of leisure time.

      Other educational institutions close for the summer but the Salesian centres organize activities for children and teenagers. For many of these young people this is the only chance they have of a holiday. These initiatives would not be possible without the hundreds of leaders involved. For them these activities also represent an opportunity for training as volunteers.

      The summer training camps for the various faith groups are mainly intended for the young people in our youth centres. Traditionally they are held in places around the country with a special natural environment. In some cases we opt for outdoor camping and sometimes the young people are accommodated in country houses. Leisure and games are combined with times of prayer and reflection, always in a friendly atmosphere.

      Then there is the alternative for urban areas where we provide a local service in places where there are the Salesian Houses. They run activities that are aimed at the general public, particularly children and young families who cannot have a holiday away from their home.

      A characteristic feature of the Salesian charism is the attention to the most needy. The summer activities offered re further complemented by recreational and educational activities aimed at young people benefitting from the Salesian Social Platforms, such as, for example, "camps for young people at risk of exclusion."

      Education is also an important summer activity: young people are taught specialized and upgraded courses on topics of Salesian pedagogy; for members of the Salesian Family there are also courses of theological and pastoral renewal. And there is no shortage of opportunities for those who want to participate in spiritual exercises.

      Finally, it should be noted that in Turin this year, from 15 to 19 August, there will be a special appointment of Confronto, or comparison, a meeting for young people of the Salesian Youth Movement (MGS) in Europe.

      All these activities will continue beign carried out, among other things, through social networks with the #VeranoSalesiano hashtag.

      • Spagna
      • SMX
      • SSM
      • Oratorio
      • Estate Ragazzi
      • MGS Movimento Giovanile Salesiano
      • RMG – Appointment of Australia-Pacific Province: Fr William Matthews
        RMG – Appointment of Australia-Pacific Province: Fr William Matthews

        (ANS – Rome) – On 20 June 2017, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with the consent of his council, appointed Fr William Matthews as the 11th Provincial of Australia-Pacific for the period of 6 years (2018-2023).

        Fr William was born in Mandalay (Myanmar) on June 3, 1971, and grew up at St Joseph's Salesian parish. In 1991 he joined the Nazareth Aspirantate in Anisakan straight after secondary education. His family migrated to Australia in 1994 for a better future for the whole family, and to be closer to other relatives who'd been in Australia many years; this happened in the middle of his Novitiate in Myanmar.

        In 1995, William re-joined the Salesians in Melbourne, Australia, and made his first profession in Lysterfield (Australia) on January 31, 1997, and the perpetual profession on November 29, 2003, in Ferntree Gully (Melbourne, Australia). After the postnovitiate in Melbourne (Lysterfield, Oakleigh) he did his practical training in Gawler and Ferntree Gully, and finished his theology studies in Melbourne's Catholic Theology Center in 2004.

        In 2005, after the priestly ordination in his second ‘hometown’, Perth (Western Australia), he was involved again in the school ministry as teacher, assistant and chaplain in Ferntree Gully (Victoria-Melbourne), in Gawler (South Australia) and Sunbury (Victoria-Melbourne) until the present time.

        At the provincial level, Fr. William has for the past 9 years been Delegate for Social Communications, but since 1999 he had already been involved in the Salesian Bulletin and with many provincial websites until the present one:

        During past three years he has also taken on the responsibility of Vocations Animator, and within the multicultural and multi-religious society of Australia, he is also involved with Burmese refugees and the migrant ministry on a regular basis within the limits of his primary duties – in Adelaide (South Australia), Wagga Wagga (New South Wales) in Auckland and Wellington (New Zealand).

        As per tradition, the new Provincial will officially commence his mandate on 1 January, 2018.

        • RMG
        • Nomine
        • Ispettori
        • AUL
        • Peru - Campaign for awareness raising and training for young people with "different abilities
          Peru - Campaign for awareness raising and training for young people with

          (ANS - Lima) - Young people with disabilities receive formation and training at the "CETPRO Santo Domingo Savio" technical center in Rímac, Lima, Peru, and a campaign for raising awareness is being undertaken in their favor. Many times these young people suffer because society turns its backs on them, but, as Robert M. Hensel, a wheelchair athlete and a Guinness record holder, said, "people have no disabilities, but different abilities."

          According to the National Council for the Integration of People with Disabilities, "about one and a half million people live in Peru with some kind of disability". According to the survey of the Institute of Statistics, "more than 5% of the population has some limitations in moving, seeing, feeling, understanding, communicating with others, or communicating."

          The "CETPRO Santo Domingo Savio" (SDS) is located at the pioneering center of the Salesians in Peru, inaugurated December 8, 1891. The center hosts many activities: the CETPRO, for its part, houses hundreds of young people; a family home for teenagers; and an oratory that welcomes boys and girls, children and young people that each week are in search of animation in the style of Don Bosco.

          The Don Bosco Foundation of Peru, in co-operation with Rimac's CETPRO SDS, and with the "Compartir" (Share) campaign of the Peruvian Episcopal Conference, forms and trains young people with special educational needs.

          Through this campaign, several young people with sensory disabilities – deaf and dumb - benefit and are being successfully trained in screen printing and tailoring laboratories.

          Similarly, in co-ordination with specialists of the Service of Support and Consultation for the Care of Special Educational Needs (SAANEE), a seminar was organized for all students of CETPRO SDS to raise the students' awareness of the great efforts that their disadvantaged peers, along with their families, face and overcome to achieve their goals.

          Hence, all CETPRO SDS students have been invited to show respect, tolerance and willingness to help peers who have different skills, and indeed to collaborate with them.

          "Real disability is not that of the person who has it," wrote journalist Carla García, "but of that society that does not know how to include them."

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          • Perù
          • PER
          • Disabilità
          • Formazione Professionale

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