Saturday, 03 January 2015 00:00

Fr Dan: A long life journey completed

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Daniel James O’Sullivan Born July 1918 at Durras, County Cork, Ireland In Bairnsdale, Victoria, on 30 August 2014, a long life journey ended for a much loved and colourful confrere of the Australia-Pacific province and its oldest member. Over a life span of 96 years it was indeed a long road travelled by Fr Daniel James O’Sullivan. That road stretched from Durras, a suburb of the Irish city of Cork, to Bairnsdale.
My dear friends in the Salesian Family, The greetings of the Salesian Bulletin this month come to us when we are already well into this jubilee year, this year of grace that is the bicentenary of Don Bosco’s birth. World Missionary Month has barely gone by. I have been repeating and have already shared with you many times that it would be really beautiful if in this bicentenary year of our beloved father Don Bosco, and in the following years, we were able to count on a strong animation of our youth ministry throughout the Congregation and the Salesian Family, an animation that would be translated into an abundant harvest of missionary fruit, in the form of the missio ad gentes of our whole apostolic family.
Saturday, 03 January 2015 00:00

Kingdom of Wonder

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Upon completion of seven wonderful months at Don Bosco Technical School (DBTS) Phnom Penh, it seems timely to reflect on the journey so far and share some of our experiences with the Salesian community back home in Australia. Perhaps I should start by mentioning that they sure don’t call Cambodia the ‘Kingdom of Wonder’ for nothing. Khmer culture and tradition is as bright and rich as any other – we have fallen in love with many Cambodian rituals; namely the various dancing related traditions.
Saturday, 03 January 2015 00:00

Don Bosco’s grand plan for holiness

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Part 4: Cheerfulness, Duties, Piety The forth and final in a series of articles written by Fr Chris Ford SDB on Don Bosco’s plan for holiness. Don Bosco promoted his grand programme of holiness, “cheerfulness, duties and piety”, amongst his 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. However, he would never allow the quest for holiness to lead his boys becoming self-absorbed.
Sunday, 04 January 2015 00:00

The Solomon Island revisited

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I visited the Solomon Islands in August and September 2014, eager to see some of the relief projects undertaken by the Salesians and the Salesian Sisters in the aftermath of the cyclone in early 2014. As well I wished to visit Don Bosco Technical School at Henderson, the Agricultural Training centre at Tetere and the Sisters’ Hostel at Henderson. Finally the visit afforded me the opportunity to participate in the 10th anniversary celebrations of Don Bosco Rural Training Centre, Tetere.
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