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 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.
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.
Computers, companions and collaboration
Despite being separated by thousands of kilometres and a vast ocean, two Salesian schools are drawing closer together, thanks to a collaborative project that is now in its third year.
Xavier College Gawler, South Australia, and Don Bosco Technical Centre, Alafua Samoa, have been working together to establish a computer laboratory at Don Bosco Technical Centre.
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.
According to Aristotle, “friendship is a fruit that ripens slowly”. It can be sown and cultivated. Parents can do much to help their children take their place in society and become capable of constructive and satisfying relationships with others.
Ten questions for Fr Angel Fernandez Artime, Don Bosco’s newly elected tenth successor
1. You’re Don Bosco for the bicentenary year. What’s your dream?
My dream is that in this bicentenary year and in this century our Congregation and our Salesian Family will truly be the Congregation and the Salesian Family that Don Bosco wanted for this era.
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.
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.
Most of the Salesian Provinces, Vice-Provinces, Delegations and the Salesian houses in Africa and Madagascar are relatively new, compared to the other regions of the Congregation. They are in the foundational stage or the early stages of consolidation. This motivates us to strive to ensure fidelity to our Salesian identity, to offer young people, society and the Church in Africa what is most precious in our Salesian heritage.