Salesian Bulletin

Australia - Pacific

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 21:30

The Salesians in Africa-Madagascar

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africaMost 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.

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 21:24

C. S. Lewis and Catholic Converts

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lewisOn 22 November 1963, at 2.30 p.m. central time, John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. An hour earlier, across the Atlantic, C.S. Lewis had died at his home in Oxford.

Today, fifty years after his death, his global readership dwarfs the readership that he enjoyed in his own lifetime. His classic children's story, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, is one of the top ten bestselling books of all time, and it would be no exaggeration to say that there is now a whole C.S. Lewis industry generating millions of dollars in sales of his books and the film and television adaptations of his life and his work.

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 21:22

The harvestings of the years

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fma timorThe Salesian Sisters are well established in Timor Leste having set up their first community in 1988.

One of the pioneers was Sister Paola Battagliola, the current Provincial. It was with great pride that she told me how God had blessed their work over the past 25 years. With just a handful of Sisters in the first community, the Province today numbers 86, of whom 74 are Timorese born. In addition there are a further 27 young women in special formation programs to discern whether they have a vocation to the FMAs. There are 12 communities – 10 in Timor Leste and two in Indonesia (Jakarta and Sumba).

Sr MenaThe long awaited day for Filomena Tanuvasa arrived on Saturday, 7 December 2014, at Engadine, NSW. Filomena, the second year novice of the Salesian Sisters of the South Pacific Region, was about to make her First Profession as a Salesian Sister in the presence of family members from Australia, New Zealand and Samoa and many Salesian Sisters and friends.

Sr FayeOn 8 December 2013, Faye Mary Aboghazaleh made her final profession as a Salesian Sister, belonging to the SPR region of our institute. The feast of the Immaculate Conception has always been a special feast for Faye and our Congregation. Faye used the theme, since her first profession, from the prophet Jeremiah: "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you." The final profession was celebrated by Bishop Terry Brady, one of the Auxiliary Bishops of Sydney. The priests who concelebrated were Fr Bernie Graham, Vice Provincial of the Salesians representing the Provincial, Fr Greg Chambers, several Salesian priests from Sydney and interstate and Fr Dave Austin, acting provincial of the Augustians and parish priest of Holy Spirit at St Clair.

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 21:08

Don Bosco Legazpi, Philippines

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LlegazpiAgriculture plays an important role in the economic development of the Philippines. This is because the country is rich in natural resources. The majority of its population is dependent on agriculture as a source of its economic living. However, the concentration of poor families can be found in the rural areas, particularly in the upland communities.

So, Don Bosco Agro-Mechanical Technology Centre developed its vision "to empower young people and their families to attain socio-economic sufficiency" by first imparting skills with value formation, then developing a demonstration farm, and finally assisting the graduates to obtain profitable employment by promoting entrepreneurship skills.

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 21:00

Family travel with a difference in Myanmar

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the cole family in mandalayWe are an average family blessed with four beautiful daughters, and we relish discovering and exploring the world with our backpacks. We have recently returned from a fourweek backpacking adventure through Myanmar/Burma. Currently, I'm the Alumni Relations Manager for Salesian College Sunbury where my eldest daughter, Charlie (12) attends year 7 and my other three daughters Ashley (11), Billie (9) and Dacey (8) attend Holy Cross Primary School. We saved, planned and experienced the trip of a lifetime to Myanmar, and combined our passion for travel with making adifference and helping people in Myanmar.

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 20:45

Ordinations in Korea

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korea ordinationThe ordinations on 24 January – in the presence of 1600 people including representation by all Salesian Family Groups, 60 concelebrating priests, amongst whom two Australian Salesians – were at the hands of the emeritus Archbishop of Kwangju and great friend of the Salesians, Archbishop Andrew Choi Chang Moo.

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 20:43

Australian Catholic Youth Festival

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acyIn December 2013 the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference held the very first Australian Catholic Youth Festival. The event was hosted by the diocese of Melbourne and over 3,000 young people attended from all over Australia.

The Salesian Youth Movement was an integral part of the festival.

East TimorIn just under two years, the Bosco Social Justice Group has raised over $40,000 towards its initial projects in Maliana, Timor-Leste. These projects, the refurbishment of infants' classrooms and the building of a community weaving centre, are now well under way. What is striking about this achievement is that the fundraising has been a collaborative effort. Strong support has come from local schools, including St John Bosco Primary School and St John Bosco College, residents of John Paul Village, the whole parish community and the wider Engadine community.

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