The Salesian Sisters are well established in Timor Leste having set up their first community in 1988.
One of the pioneers was Sister Paola Battagliola, the current Provincial. It was with great pride that she told me how God had blessed their work over the past 25 years. With just a handful of Sisters in the first community, the Province today numbers 86, of whom 74 are Timorese born. In addition there are a further 27 young women in special formation programs to discern whether they have a vocation to the FMAs. There are 12 communities – 10 in Timor Leste and two in Indonesia (Jakarta and Sumba).
In just under two years, the Bosco Social Justice Group has raised over $40,000 towards its initial projects in Maliana, Timor-Leste. These projects, the refurbishment of infants' classrooms and the building of a community weaving centre, are now well under way. What is striking about this achievement is that the fundraising has been a collaborative effort. Strong support has come from local schools, including St John Bosco Primary School and St John Bosco College, residents of John Paul Village, the whole parish community and the wider Engadine community.
On 8 December 2013, the official logo of the Bicentenary of the birth of Don Bosco was released. It will accompany all the commemorative celebrations of the year, scheduled to last from 16 August 2014 to 16 August 2015. The theme will be: “The Mission of Don Bosco with and for young people.” The icon is simple but full of meaning. It depicts graphically the impact of the figure of Don Bosco and that of young people and the Salesian Family. They are the main actors in a history of Christian friendship that is now approaching two centuries.
On 8 December 2013, Faye Mary Aboghazaleh made her final profession as a Salesian Sister, belonging to the SPR region of our institute. The feast of the Immaculate Conception has always been a special feast for Faye and our Congregation. Faye used the theme, since her first profession, from the prophet Jeremiah: "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you." The final profession was celebrated by Bishop Terry Brady, one of the Auxiliary Bishops of Sydney. The priests who concelebrated were Fr Bernie Graham, Vice Provincial of the Salesians representing the Provincial, Fr Greg Chambers, several Salesian priests from Sydney and interstate and Fr Dave Austin, acting provincial of the Augustians and parish priest of Holy Spirit at St Clair.
The long awaited day for Filomena Tanuvasa arrived on Saturday, 7 December 2014, at Engadine, NSW. Filomena, the second year novice of the Salesian Sisters of the South Pacific Region, was about to make her First Profession as a Salesian Sister in the presence of family members from Australia, New Zealand and Samoa and many Salesian Sisters and friends.
The ordinations on 24 January – in the presence of 1600 people including representation by all Salesian Family Groups, 60 concelebrating priests, amongst whom two Australian Salesians – were at the hands of the emeritus Archbishop of Kwangju and great friend of the Salesians, Archbishop Andrew Choi Chang Moo.
The Salesians of Don Bosco arrived at St Mary's of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Avondale, at the end of January 2013 with Fr Mathew Vadakkevettuvazhiyil SDB and Fr James Adayadiel SDB being our Parish priests. It was with great joy that the Salesians were welcomed to the parish. It was earlier in the year while talking with Fr James, who was in Samoa for over 30 years, that the discussion about a Salesian High School in Samoa came up. I have been a parishioner at St Mary's for over 18 years and I teach at Auckland Grammar, a State high school for 2500 boys. It was coming up for me to have a sabbatical and I thought it would be an opportunity for me to offer my services at the high school in Samoa. I had a discussion with Fr James and he was thrilled with the idea and said he would contact the Salesian priests in Samoa and let them know of my interest.
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