From Monday 16 June to Friday 20 June the younger Salesian Sisters of the South Pacific Region met at the Don Bosco Camp site, Safety Beach, Victoria to continue to depth their understanding and living as religious women in love with God and others, especially young people. With this issue these Sisters would like to share with the readers of the Salesian Bulletin a bit about their ongoing journey.
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’!
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.
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 the detainees of local penitentiary in Isernia
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good afternoon!
I thank you for your welcome. And I thank you for your witness of hope, which I heard in the words of your representative. Even in the Governor's greeting this word struck me: hope. This is the challenge, as I was saying two weeks ago at the prison of Castrovillari: the challenge is social reintegration.