World Conference of Salesian Mission Offices

10 Jan 2019

(ANS – Rome – January 10) – Don Bosco was quite a professional “beggar.” He had to be, because he served young people in need. Salesians today have various structures around the world that look for resources to sustain Don Bosco’s mission. On January 16-20 the Salesians will hold a world
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Valdocco: Salesian Family Spirituality Days 

10 Jan 2019

(ANS – Turin – January 2) – The Salesian Family Spirituality Days of 2019 will be held at Valdocco (Turin), January 10-13, and will be centered, as always, on the theme of the Rector Major’s strenna. The guideline for this 37th annual conference will therefore be the motto “So that
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Official Presentation of Rector Major’s Strenna 2019 to Daughters of Mary Help of Christians

07 Jan 2019

(ANS – Rome – December 28) – The Rector Major officially presented the 2019 Strenna at the General House of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. The strenna’s theme is “Holiness for you, too,” deepening the biblical text “So that my joy may be in you” (John 15:11). Present
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Mexico: In Padre Chava Refectory, Aid for Migrants Continues

27 Dec 2018

(ANS – Tijuana, Mexico – December 21) – At the Salesians’ Padre Chava Refectory in Tijuana, one of several sites hosting the thousands of migrants stuck at the U.S. border while trying to press claims for asylum, action to support anyone who needs help continues without interruption. On December 14
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Marquis Tancredi Falletti di Barolo Declared “Venerable”

27 Dec 2018

(ANS – Vatican City – December 27) – On December 21, Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for Saints’ Causes to promulgate the decree of venerability of Marquis Tancredi Falletti di Barolo (1782-1838). The Salesian postulator’s office contributed to the preparation of the marquis’s Positio super virtutibus. Carlo Tancredi Falletti and
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Rome’s Sacred Heart to be definitive Salesian HQ

20 Dec 2018

(ANS – Rome – December 18) – During a Good Night to the Salesian community of the Sacred Heart in central Rome on December 17, Fr. Angel Fernandez Artime presented a letter that informed participants of “an important decision that I have made together with the general council regarding the definitive
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Don Bosco’s Rooms in Valdocco Closed for Restoration

13 Dec 2018

                    Part of Preparation for GC28 (ANS – Turin – December 4) – On December 3, the rooms in which St. John Bosco lived in at the Oratory of St. Francis de Sales in Valdocco were closed for restoration. The work, aiming
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Rector Major Appeals for Volunteers for 150th Missionary Expedition

13 Dec 2018

(ANS – Rome – December 7) – For some years now, Fr. Angel Fernandez Artime has chosen December 8 as the day on which to make a missionary appeal to the whole Congregation, an appeal that he calls “enthusiastic and courageous.” The Rector Major’s latest missionary invitation comes forth as
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Swaziland: SLMs Josiah and Laura Vacheresse “Radically Open” to God’s “Bigger Plan”

13 Dec 2018

(ANS – Manzini, Swaziland – December 5) – Josiah and Laura Vacheresse are a small missionary family. They are a young couple from Tennessee with different paths behind them, but both have put themselves at the service of their neighbors. They met, married, and continued to put their talents at the
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Lost Drafts of Volume 17 of Biographical Memoirs Found in Argentina

06 Dec 2018

(ANS – Fortin Mercedes, Argentina – December 5) – “Narrating Don Bosco’s life and giving an account of his genius is not an easy task,” wrote Fr. Arthur Lenti, SDB. “The Biographical Memoirs remain an inexhaustible mine of information.” For the Salesians the BM are almost relics, but the drafts
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