First Doctoral Thesis based on the Salesian Volunteer Program

By: JC Montenegro Delegate for Mission Animation Yes, it is the first time in the history of the congregation that a Doctoral Thesis was dedicated to research what is happening with the Salesian Volunteer Movement at the world wide level. The research focused on the personal development that a volunteer goes through when a long term service takes place in our Salesian communities. The author, … Continue reading First Doctoral Thesis based on the Salesian Volunteer Program

Rector Major November Message

The dream to which I refer, dear friends of the Salesian charism, is Don Bosco’s great missionary dream. Even in the very first years of the foundation of the fragile, little Society of St. Francis de Sales (the Salesians), he sent out his first missionaries to Argentina, in 1875, to care for the Italian immigrants who were reaching those shores by the thousands. Intense, also, … Continue reading Rector Major November Message

Strenna 2020: Presentation of the Theme

“Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven” (Matt 6:10) “GOOD CHRISTIANS AND UPRIGHT CITIZENS” Note: While I was presenting the commentary on the 2019 Strenna to the Salesian Family in Valdocco (Turin), some were already asking for the draft of the 2020 Strenna, so that they could have it for the beginning of the educational-pastoral year in some parts of the … Continue reading Strenna 2020: Presentation of the Theme

Salesians, Continue Dreaming!

Salesian Missions Sector – Rome, Italy August 2016 Dear Brothers and Friends, Last June Pope Francis visited the headquarters of the World Food Program (WFP) in Rome.  In his speech he said: “I desire that the fight to eradicate the hunger and thirst of our brothers and sisters, and with our brothers and sisters, will continue to challenge us not to grow weary and to … Continue reading Salesians, Continue Dreaming!

Volunteering: A Risk Today, An Opportunity for the Future

By ANS (ANS – Bellflower) – Juan Carlos Montenegro is a past pupil of the Don Bosco Kennedy Salesian Technical Institute in Quito, Ecuador. From his years in the Salesian school he felt that his life “should not be a meaningless life.” As a student, he decided to go as a volunteer among the native Achuar people in Wasakentsa. “It was an experience that changed my … Continue reading Volunteering: A Risk Today, An Opportunity for the Future