Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00

Mother General's Message to the Rector Major

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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.

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

Statue of Don Bosco: mystery solved!

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The origin of the statues of Don Bosco, to be found in many Salesian works in Australia, puzzled Salesians for many years. Their history became shrouded by the passage of the years and failing memories. Fr Frank Bertagnolli details his investigations which finally led to solving the mystery. Editor

Fr Joseph Ciantar (who was responsible for the establishment of many Salesian works in Australia in the 1940s and 50s) is believed to have commissioned seven statues of Don Bosco.

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.

Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00

Pope Francis: Speaking from the heart

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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.

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