Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00

Don Bosco’s grand plan for holiness

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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.

Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00

John Paul II and John XXIII

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On a chilly Monday morning, 21 April 2014, we arrived into Rome’s Fiumicino Airport with no fanfare, expecting long queues and a bustling city. Unbeknown to us, it was also a public holiday. How momentous then to be present when Rome was in the midst of ‘papal fever’!

Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00

It is amazing to look back…

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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.

Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00

Pope Francis: Speaking to the young

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Meeting with young people from the dioceses of Abbruzzi

Dear Young People, Good afternoon!

Thank you for your abundant and joyous presence. The enthusiasm and festive atmosphere which you know how to create are contagious. Enthusiasm is contagious. The word comes from Greek and it means “to have something of God inside” Enthusiasm, when it is healthy, demonstrates this: that one has something of God inside and expresses it joyously.

Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00

Early Salesian presence in Myanmar

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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.

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