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.
Ten questions for Fr Angel Fernandez Artime, Don Bosco’s newly elected tenth successor
1. You’re Don Bosco for the bicentenary year. What’s your dream?
My dream is that in this bicentenary year and in this century our Congregation and our Salesian Family will truly be the Congregation and the Salesian Family that Don Bosco wanted for this era.
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.
On Saturday, 5 July, a good number of Salesians from our Australia-Pacific Province assembled at Lysterfield to celebrate this year’s Province Day and to formally acknowledge the eleven Jubilarians, five of whom were present on the day, who were marking important Anniversaries in their Salesian and Priestly journeys during 2014.
“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.