“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.
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.
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.
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.
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’!