A Brief History
On 31 January 1939, a team of six Salesians arrived in the city of Mandalay. The pioneers were Fathers Antonio Alessi (the leader) and Urbano Bordin, Clerics Anthony Del Col and Denis Cavanagh, and Brothers Charles Dell’Acqua and Angelo Bongiorno. Initially, the pioneers encountered countless hindrances. A few months after their arrival, the Second World War broke out. Burma turned into a battle field. The school could not actually start till 1946, after the War had ended.
“I don’t want to leave you, Don Bosco; I’ll stay, forever.” These were the words of Joseph Buzzetti, a man who had worked with Don Bosco since the times of the Pinardi Shed. His profession of love for Don Bosco and his works came at a time of personal crisis.
Fr James Adayadiel celebrates a golden and diamond jubilee
On 27 July, in the parish church of St Marys, Avondale, New Zealand, Fr James Adayadiel celebrated his 50 years of priestly life and 60 years of religious life as a Salesian. He was the principal celebrant at the 10:30am Mass at which Fr Greg Chambers, the Provincial of the Australia-Pacific province, concelebrated and preached the homily.
On a splendid day on August 16, the hills which crown the Don Bosco Basilica seemed to hold in an especially keen way the people whose roots lie there: Don Bosco, in the first instance, but also Mother Mazzarello and, if we like, Pope Francis’ own family. This is why the message that Mother Yvonne Reungoat, Mother General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, sent the Rector Major is particularly significant.
Cheerfulness, Duties and Piety
“Don Bosco promoted his grand programme of holiness, “cheerfulness, duties and piety”, amongst the boys at the Oratory of St Francis de Sales. He provided them with a way of holiness that was easy, suited to their age and circumstances and led to a happy life.