Salesian Bulletin

Australia - Pacific

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 21:22

The harvestings of the years

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fma timorThe 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).

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 21:24

C. S. Lewis and Catholic Converts

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lewisOn 22 November 1963, at 2.30 p.m. central time, John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. An hour earlier, across the Atlantic, C.S. Lewis had died at his home in Oxford.

Today, fifty years after his death, his global readership dwarfs the readership that he enjoyed in his own lifetime. His classic children's story, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, is one of the top ten bestselling books of all time, and it would be no exaggeration to say that there is now a whole C.S. Lewis industry generating millions of dollars in sales of his books and the film and television adaptations of his life and his work.

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 21:00

Family travel with a difference in Myanmar

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the cole family in mandalayWe are an average family blessed with four beautiful daughters, and we relish discovering and exploring the world with our backpacks. We have recently returned from a fourweek backpacking adventure through Myanmar/Burma. Currently, I'm the Alumni Relations Manager for Salesian College Sunbury where my eldest daughter, Charlie (12) attends year 7 and my other three daughters Ashley (11), Billie (9) and Dacey (8) attend Holy Cross Primary School. We saved, planned and experienced the trip of a lifetime to Myanmar, and combined our passion for travel with making adifference and helping people in Myanmar.

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 20:43

Australian Catholic Youth Festival

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acyIn December 2013 the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference held the very first Australian Catholic Youth Festival. The event was hosted by the diocese of Melbourne and over 3,000 young people attended from all over Australia.

The Salesian Youth Movement was an integral part of the festival.

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 19:58

Editorial: An ennobling process

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March 2014A recent discussion on what was the main cause of the turbulent times we live in attracted my attention. Some claimed it was the widespread disrespect for authority, others the lack of moral values, while others still opted for the spread of violence, the return of ‘the primitive tiger’ forever lurking in our nature. I pondered for days over what would be my response. The more I pondered, the more I became convinced that all the arguments advanced were valid but were in themselves symptoms of something deeper. So often many springs of water appearing on the surface are fed by a wellspring, hidden from view.

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 21:30

The Salesians in Africa-Madagascar

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africaMost of the Salesian Provinces, Vice-Provinces, Delegations and the Salesian houses in Africa and Madagascar are relatively new, compared to the other regions of the Congregation. They are in the foundational stage or the early stages of consolidation. This motivates us to strive to ensure fidelity to our Salesian identity, to offer young people, society and the Church in Africa what is most precious in our Salesian heritage.

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 20:23

First Professions, Renewal, New Novices

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suva profession31st January and 1st February have traditionally been occasions for professions (31st) and for the new batch of novices to commence their novitiate (1st), for the Australia-Pacific Province. 2014 has been no exception.

Given that the ordinations in Korea were attended by the Provincial of the Australia-Pacific Province, the Vice Provincial, Fr Bernie Graham, undertook to travel to Fiji, where the novitiate, post novitiate and theologate are located, all but the first being more specifically for Pacifican Salesians. Because of the fewer numbers of Australian-born novices, the novitiate is combined. On 1 February 2014, two new novices have begun, one from Australia and one from the Pacific.

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