Farewell Br Michael!

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That Human Heart so Capable of Great Things!

My God has Clay Upon his Hands

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Farewell Br Michael!

After 22 years serving as the Director of Salesian Missions, Br Michael Lynch passed on the reins as he moved onto new ministries. Working alongside him during that time has been a great blessing....

Alafua Community Sewing Program

It is the dream for every Salesian mission and work to become sustainable but this beautiful goal presents many challenges depending on the various contexts around the world. The dream and goal,...

Saying Thank-You is a Wonderful Gift!

On 25 April 2021 the World Feast of Gratitude 2021 was celebrated, Networked for a culture of life. With a simple and affectionate message, I intend to reach all the Daughters of Mary Help of...

That Human Heart so Capable of Great Things!

Let me share a truth that is deeply engraved in my heart. I have said it more than once: in a world like ours, which is very complex and beset by so many dark powers and realities, we must make...

My God has Clay Upon his Hands

The poet Hilaire Belloc was attracted to the apocryphal gospel of James which contained many imaginative stories of the young boy Jesus at Nazareth and to which he lent his poetic skills: When Jesus...

Towards an Ever Greater "Us"

"I'm afraid that they will take us away from here because we are undocumented, I'm afraid that the situation in my Country will not be solved, that we will not be able to return to our families,"...

"We Are All In The Same Boat"

The Covid-19 pandemic in Thailand goes on, where the number of people who remain infected is somewhere between 2,300 - 3,000 people. There have been infections ranging from those working in big...

Salesian Aid returns hope to the Xavante People

In recent weeks, several benefactors from various parts of Brazil have spent their time, energy and resources to help Xavantes indigenous people who find themselves in great need. Already amongst...

Stuck between fear and despair, Salesians keep...

Just two days after the order for the evacuation of the population of ten neighborhoods in the city of Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Saturday 29 May, some displaced people have returned...

Mary Help of Christians, Hope for the World

Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, on the Feast Day of Mary Help of Christians, celebrated Mass in the basilica of Valdocco on Monday 24 May 2021, in a service that was designed as an embrace to the world...

A Woman for her time, A Woman for all time

On May 15, 2021, the Province Centre of the Salesian Sisters – Scoresby, came alive with the celebration of the feast of St. Maria Mazzarello founder with St. Don Bosco of the Salesian Sisters....

Care for Creation - A Catholic's Urgent Duty

Pope Francis hopes that the week dedicated to Laudato Si will rekindle the energy the Encyclical contributed to protecting the environment. This year the week is followed closely by the annual...

Missionary Life Requires Faith, it Repays in Joy!

Fr Chisomo Joseph James Nakholi is a Salesian missionary living and working South Sudan, who recently interviewed about his experience so far. What are the roots of your Christian Vocation and...

COVID-19: A Calamity is Unfolding Across India

“The second wave of covid-19 in India, particularly Delhi is extremely violent. Every phone call we receive is a desperate call for help or information of someone we know's death. We have lost many...

Dominic Savio - Fearless Model for Good

Today, May 6th is the Feast Day of St. Dominic Savio, one of the Catholic church's youngest saints and perhaps the most well known of Don Bosco’s students. He was from a poor working-class family...

"Papi the Clown" Learns from Young Salesian...

Recently, Papi the Clown met and became very good friends with Fr Daniel Federspiel, who is the Provincial of the Southern France region. As a child, Papi was unable to go to school and never had...

Salesian Aid as COVID-19 Outbreak Devastates India

India's situation in the face of a new wave of COVID-19 infections is worrying from a global perspective: according to the Indian Ministry of Health, the country recorded another 3,645 deaths in a...

Food Sovereignty Fosters Sustainability

Increasing the sustainability and sovereignty of food for the rural communities of Cochabamba, Bolivia has been made a priority project by the Salesian NGO "Bosco Global". Supported by the Agency...

Study & Sport, Features of 2 Bosco Schools in...

Over 300 young people between 5 and 17 years of age play sports and learn values thanks to the two socio-sports schools that the Real Madrid Foundation has set up in Senegal together with "Misiones...

Farewell, Old Friend

After 30 years of tireless work, the Salesian Bulletin farewells a prominent member of the team. Ashley Trethowan has long since been a driving force in the production of each issue of the Bulletin....

Easter Celebrations in Midst of Disaster

The floods caused by cyclone Seroya in Timor-Leste and Indonesia have had a heavy toll. As of the 13th of April, there have been 223 victims who have lost their lives, 180 in Indonesia, 42 in...

The Long Road to a Better Future

For the past three years, Helen Colla has been contributing tirelessly to the Don Bosco High School in Salelologa. A volunteer with Palms Australia and something of a self-professed ‘workaholic’,...

Severe Flooding in Timor-Leste

On Monday 5th of April, Timor-Leste was struck by severe flooding, only adding to the worries already present after the country recently entered a fresh lockdown after news of a severe new COVID-19...

The True Resurrection

The one that touches peoples’ lives and transforms them My friends, readers of the Salesian Bulletin , I greet you again with all cordiality by means of this Salesian magazine founded by Don Bosco...

The Man Who Planted Trees

When I was 20 I took a long trip on foot over mountain heights unknown to tourists through the ancient region where the Alps thrust down into Provence (south-east France). At the time I embarked,...

The Value of Salesian Youth Ministry

2020 was definitely not the year any of us had imagined it would be, especially so for the campers and leaders at the Don Bosco Camp and Centre down in Safety Beach, Victoria. The summer and winter...

The Time of Trial is the Time of Choices

The Strenna, in addition to our Founders, cites some witnesses who, like them, "hoped against all hope", and who encourage us also how to be today in the Church and in the world "capable of living...

Pioneering Young Women of Samoa Excel in Studies

Sulata Naomi Urima and Elisapeta Manaia are two young women who are breaking personal and cultural expectations of themselves at the Don Bosco Technical Centre in Samoa. They are both studying male...

We never know the value of water until the well...

Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted – well would we do to remember these words: “When we take things for granted, the things we are granted get taken.”...

Salesians grow hope despite 10 years of war

When the war first started it was generally thought that it would last just a matter of days or a maximum of a few weeks and that everything would soon return to normal. Now, 10 years have been...

Rich and poor alike are begging for food

It is more than 4 months since war broke out in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. For the most part, there has been total silence coming from the country regarding the whole issue but finally, many...

Salesian Youth Day Spreads Environmental Message...

Salesian Youth Day (SYD) is no longer a strange term in the Salesian Family for the China province and instead, one that brings great joy to hundreds of young people. It was hosted at the Salesian...

Br Lidio Immersed in a New Salesian Culture

My name is Br. Lidio, I am a Salesian brother from East-Timor and I joined the Salesians in 2012. I have been in Australia for two years, residing at the Salesian Clifton Hill Community while I...

Feast Day, Fun Day!

On Sunday the 28th of February, celebrations for Don Bosco’s feast day kicked off at St John the Baptist in Clifton Hill, Melbourne. Occurring almost a month after the feast day itself due to...

Xavier College, One School - Two Campuses

Xavier College, Gawler is about to write another chapter in their twenty-six-year history as the doors officially open at their second campus. Located just a 20 minute drive away at 1 Benjamin...

Education is the Road Back from Pandemic and War

Over the past few months, life in Ethiopia has grown even harder than normal as conflict has broken out in Tigray, the northern part of the country, between rebel groups and government forces....

Climate Justice Now, Not Tomorrow

“You say you love your children above all else and yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes.” These are words of Greta Thunberg, the popular Swedish Environmental Activist. Her...

Salesian Partnership with Real Madrid FC...

On the fourth of February, Fr Eusebio Muñoz, the Head of the Salesian Mission Office of Madrid and the Director of Institutional Relations of Real Madrid FC, Emilio Butragueño, celebrated the tenth...

Feast Day Celebrations in Guatemala

The city of San Benito Petén, Guatemala, hosts an important Salesian mission that is strongly rooted in the territory. It is greatly appreciated by the local population (whom mostly have little...

"Peace is the Only Way - It is Possible"

My dear Friends, I write these lines as a spiritual leader, empathizing with the sentiments of millions of people at this moment. I write to my dear people, the civilian leaders, the Tatmadaw...

Pray For Myanmar

Since the morning hours of February 1, 2021 the political situation in Myanmar has been making headlines all around the Globe. Many Salesian Family members from the other 22 countries of the East...

Joy, Attention and Hope for the Imprisoned Young...

Anjanamasina is a suburb in Antananarivo, the captial city of Madagascar, where the Salesians offer their help to the state re-education centre which houses more than a hundred children and young...

Rejoice in the Lord Always

My heartfelt greetings to each one of you, on the five continents: to you, young people of the "Salesian world" and to all the young people who will receive this message through you. In article 17...

Rector Major Shares Thoughts on Strenna with...

A few days after the closure of the Salesian Family Spirituality Days 2021, held online for the first time, the Rector Major Don Angel Fernàndez Artime took the chance to share some thoughts with...

WA Young Salesians Count Camp Blessings!

In a year like no other, you couldn’t help but give thanks to God for the many blessings bestowed upon us throughout the turmoil that was 2020. It was great to know that the show still went on for...

A Life Lived Meaningfully is a Life Remembered...

Many people around the world dream of living an exemplary life. On 6 January 2021 thousands of people from every corner of Balochistan, the largest province in Pakistan, joined the Salesian...

Sports Vital to Educational Pursuits

The Don Bosco Technical Center in Parakou, Benin welcomes and forms 700 students a year. The quality of the vocational training makes it one of the most sought-after educational centers for the...

How can we talk about Christmas when we have...

It is a message of hope - Christian hope rooted in faith in God who becomes man – that the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, sends via a brief video to the whole Salesian Congregation and the...

Where God is Found, Joy is Present

Christmas is marketed in fluffy and tinselling ways – in pastel colours, lots of emphasis on here today and gone tomorrow presents, chocolate and bubbly, friendly faces and cute children. The...

The Beauty of Salesian Youth Ministry

Greetings to my dear friends in the Salesian Youth Movement of the Australia-Pacific Province – both young and ‘young at heart’. I am about to conclude my responsibility as the Province Delegate for...

Christmas During Pandemic: The Power of Hope

Dear friends, even amid the tears of this year, one so difficult, strange, hard, and painful for us all, it still makes sense to look forward with Hope. The Life and the Light that the Lord of Life...

5 Salesians Continue Their Journey With God

On Saturday 5th of December, Br Michael Gaikwad was ordained to the diaconate in a ceremony that was presided over by Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne Terrence Curtain. Three days later, on Tuesday the...

Oratory Joys Shine Through Harsh Realities in...

Darkhan Oratory was the first activity of the Salesian mission in Darkhan City, the second biggest city in Mongolia. It started in April 2005 when just two Salesians begun their ministry there. One...

"It's Not Easy Being Catholic in Pakistan"

Fr Gabriel Cruz is a Mexican Salesian with 23 years of Salesian religious life and 14 years of priesthood. He always wanted to be a missionary and the current Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández...

Leaving Footprints in Exchange for Smiles

The Parents' Union (UPF, in Spanish) of the "Don Bosco" school in San Luis, Argentina has carried out a solidarity campaign called "Leaving Footprints in Exchange for Smiles". It has now has been...

Floods Wreak Havoc Across Guatemalan Salesian...

In the past weeks, Guatemala has been hit hard by natural disasters. Already reeling from the ongoing effects of COVID-19, the small central American nation was hit by the tropical storm Eta and the...

Sharing Stories Through Cultural Arts Exchange

The “Amplifying the Arts” project empowered vulnerable young people from Zambia to tell their stories through creative expression and to celebrate the diversity and unity of the human experience,...

Ministry Behind Bars Rekindles Hope

Led by the parish priest Fr Aaron Alcoseba and members of the parish council, the parish community of Mary Help of Christians in Bangkok have been ministiring to people behind bars. This mission is...

Don Bosco Center returning hope to Mothers

Francoise, Esperance, Anastasie... These are just some of the many beneficiaries of the 43 local AVEC groups (Association Villageoise d’Epargne et Crédit - Association for Savings and Credit)...

Br Marçal - Home Grown Salesian Hope!

Marçal Amaral Lopes is a Salesian Brother who was born in the town of Lospalos, in Timor-Leste, on 31 March 1962. He is the second son in a family of five sons and two daughters and his life has...

Solomon Literacy Centre Changing Lives

Poverty, illiteracy and unemployment characterize the reality for the families living near the Ranadi dumps, a suburb east of Honiara, the capital city of the Solomon Islands. It is often necessary...

Salesian Students Plant 300 Trees!

Students at the Divine Mercy Primary School at Malololelei have planted 300 trees as part of their Literacy Week programme, led by the Salesian sisters. The tree planting exercise was done in...

Young Salesians Protecting the Homeless of Rome

The Salesian commitment to fight Covid-19 is a global and not a single Salesian Province or presence in the world has been left indifferent to the pandemic. This is true not only in the extreme...

Opening The Doors Christmas Fundraiser

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are cautioned that this story may contain images of deceased persons Opening The Doors Foundation will be selling Christmas ornaments for the...

Salesian Youth Ministry

Salesian Youth Day Spreads Environmental Message...

Salesian Youth Day (SYD) is no longer a strange term in the Salesian Family for the China province and instead, one that brings great joy to...

Feast Day, Fun Day!

On Sunday the 28th of February, celebrations for Don Bosco’s feast day kicked off at St John the Baptist in Clifton Hill, Melbourne. Occurring...

WA Young Salesians Count Camp Blessings!

In a year like no other, you couldn’t help but give thanks to God for the many blessings bestowed upon us throughout the turmoil that was 2020. It...

Young Salesians Protecting the Homeless of Rome

The Salesian commitment to fight Covid-19 is a global and not a single Salesian Province or presence in the world has been left indifferent to the...

OzBosco Connect, a Brilliant Success!

The first ever OzBosco Connect has been a massive success, surpassing all roadbumbs and difficulties that were thrown at it. Taking place across the...

Salesian Joy and Spirit are Alive in South...

The Don Bosco Youth Camp in Gawler has been an exciting success for six years now, in no small part thanks to our fantastic and enthusiastic...

OzBosco 2020 to Go Ahead!!!

OzBosco will go ahead in 2020, albeit in a completely different format! Restrictions placed on gatherings of people in light of COVID-19 quickly...

Spiritual Retreat Opened to All Young People

In light of the ongoing Global situation that limits travel, the Salesian Youth Movement of Europe and the Middle East have come up with a novel way...

Why Do We Run Camps?

The Australian summer forever seems to be a point of conversation – drought, scorching heat, a break from school that only gets longer as you...

SDB News

Farewell Br Michael!

After 22 years serving as the Director of Salesian Missions, Br Michael Lynch passed on the reins...

That Human Heart so Capable of Great Things!

Let me share a truth that is deeply engraved in my heart. I have said it more than once: in a...

Mary Help of Christians, Hope for the World

Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, on the Feast Day of Mary Help of Christians, celebrated Mass in the...

Missionary Life Requires Faith, it Repays in Joy!

Fr Chisomo Joseph James Nakholi is a Salesian missionary living and working South Sudan, who...

How can we talk about Christmas when we have...

It is a message of hope - Christian hope rooted in faith in God who becomes man – that the Rector...

The Beauty of Salesian Youth Ministry

Greetings to my dear friends in the Salesian Youth Movement of the Australia-Pacific Province –...

5 Salesians Continue Their Journey With God

On Saturday 5th of December, Br Michael Gaikwad was ordained to the diaconate in a ceremony that...

Br Marçal - Home Grown Salesian Hope!

Marçal Amaral Lopes is a Salesian Brother who was born in the town of Lospalos, in Timor-Leste, on...

Mission Experience to Lithuania

Fr Massimo Bianco, SDB, has been a missionary in Lithuania for twenty years. Originally from...

Salesian Schools and Parishes

"Papi the Clown" Learns from Young Salesian Students.

Recently, Papi the Clown met and became very good friends with Fr Daniel Federspiel, who is the Provincial of the Southern France region. As a child, Papi was unable to go to school and never had...

Pioneering Young Women of Samoa Excel in Studies

Sulata Naomi Urima and Elisapeta Manaia are two young women who are breaking personal and cultural expectations of themselves at the Don Bosco Technical Centre in Samoa. They are both studying male...

Br Lidio Immersed in a New Salesian Culture

My name is Br. Lidio, I am a Salesian brother from East-Timor and I joined the Salesians in 2012. I have been in Australia for two years, residing at the Salesian Clifton Hill Community while I...

Xavier College, One School - Two Campuses

Xavier College, Gawler is about to write another chapter in their twenty-six-year history as the doors officially open at their second campus. Located just a 20 minute drive away at 1 Benjamin...

Don Bosco Oratory's Week 2020

Being part of the Salesian family at Salesian College Chadstone means that we stand together, no matter the challenges we face - and the whole world is certainly being challenged now! Don Bosco’s...

Salesians Boosting Equality in Samoa

When you imagine what it might be like in the Pacific Island of Samoa, no doubt there are images of a crystal blue ocean and palm trees dotting a pristine beach. There is truth to this as Samoa is...

Student Views: Captain's Report

It goes without saying that our community is currently experiencing hardship. The struggles we are facing as we adapt to a new way of learning and a lack of interaction with each other are...

Female Students Put Best Oar Forward!

It has been a great year of firsts for the young women studying at Don Bosco Technical College in Alafua, Samoa! Currently midway through their first year of study, some of them have now also been...

Technology Fosters Learning, Even in the Earliest Years

An interesting positive result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent switch to remote teaching and learning has been the rise of 1 to 1 devices in our Early Years classrooms. I recently read...

New Faces for Salesian Sunbury

Even though classes are taking place from home, the grounds of Salesian College Sunbury have not been totally empty! Artists have recently completed a mural of Don Bosco, whilst construction...

Dunlea Centre - Lighthouse to the Future

The Dunlea Centre in Engadine, Sydney continues to be a beacon of hope a lighthouse to the future for all who come through its program. In 2020, the present situation in Australian society that sees...

Helping Hands - Salesian Education in Action!

Aidan Lloyd is a 17 year old student who’s robotic hand project has received national recognition in the running for the National Eagle Scout Project of the Year! Aidan, a student of Don Bosco Prep...

Student Views: Remote Learning!

Every single person have had their lives impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in one way or another. Across Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji and the rest of the world we have heard countless stories...

Thank-You for Listening

The gift of listening is something that underpins all human connection. It has become clear during this time of COVID that what is needed from educators and ministers is a gentle, attentive...

Vale Lynn Martin

At the end of 2019, Lynn Martin retired as Principal of Xavier College due to ill health and sadly passed away on Thursday 14th May at home surrounded by his loved ones. This brought an end to 16...

"We're Not Closed, We're Operating Differently!"

The effects of COVID – 19 can be felt all around the world, as the various countries of the world react differently in their efforts to curtail the effects of the pandemic. This global challenge has...