On Thursday 13 February 2014, between 8.30 and 9.39 a.m. people arrived for the opening of the Mary Mazzarello Development Centre (MMDC) at Henderson, Solomon Islands. Sr Sesilia Sala was the MC for the day and at 9.30 a.m. she introduced Sr Sialei Paupuaga, the FMA community leader, who gave the welcoming address and extended a warm welcome to Archbishop Adrian Thomas Smith of the…
I have been visiting and working with the Refugees for one and a half years. I visit them at MIDC (Maribyrnong Immigration Detention Centre) and MITA (Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation), Broadmeadows. At first this enterprise started off as a language translation help for the Sri Lankan Tamils in the refugee camp but gradually it has become my apostolate with the permission of my superiors and…
The 27th General Chapter (GC27), which ended on Saturday 12 April, was “a real time of grace and presence of the Spirit.” This was the phrase used by Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, tenth successor of Don Bosco, in his final talk to the more than 200 chapter members. He entitled his address “an opportunity to belong more to God, to our brothers and to young…
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 00:00

A Kingdom of Wonders

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Cagliero in Cambodia It has been a busy and wonderful start to 2014 for the Cagliero Project. There are currently seven volunteers in the field in Cambodia, Samoa and Zambia. All of the volunteers have been making significant contributions in their respective countries. Jasmine, in Malololelei, Samoa, is working with the Salesian sisters in their new primary school. She has been warmly embraced by the…
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 00:00

Friends and pens across two cultures

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The Friends: In 2003, three teachers from Nagle College, Bairnsdale, visited Baucau to teach in the Salesian Secondary School, San Antonio (ESSA). On their return, and with a determination to assist the students in practical ways, a group of interested people was formed, and through the inspiration of Brian and Mary-Anne Esmonde, the Bairnsdale Friends of East Timor (BFOET) came into existence. Its primary function…
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