The animation visitation to China Province (1914-2014)
is rather intense time of meeting, listening and animating the 125 confreres in Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Two pictures are from Instituto Salesiano (Macau) - which is the first Salesian house in East Asia - Oceania region (first photo is about 100 years old, second is just one week old)
Now we give thanks for 108 years of Salesian Charism in the largest country in the world, keeping Don Bosco always young.
There is a reality that every 30-40 years each Salesian work should be 're-invented' in order to cope with the changing situation of the youth needs, of the Church and the society.
After one week in China province I give thanks to God for the always young and renewed expressions of Salesian Charism in this ancient culture which is now at the center of world attention almost every day.
Indeed our schools are now doing well thanks to hundreds of very committed lay mission partners, all of the principles are already lay people, well formed and identified with Don Bosco.
Just 3 months before the extraordinary visitation of China province (January - April 2015) this week of animation visit was a good occasion to re-connect to many familiar hearts and faces of Salesians, Salesian Family members and many already known lay mission partners.
With a prayer to Mary Help of Christian, Patroness of China!
Celebrating the 200th birthday of Don Bosco helps us to inspire the best energies of the whole Salesian Family - also in TIMOR LESTE capital of Dili.
Salesian Cooperators started their most recent history in 1996..
Praise be to God!
Three very intense days of East Asia - Oceania Salesian translators meeting (October 9-11).
23 Salesian Family members (SDB, FMA and 4 lay mission partners) coming from Mongolia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Japan and Vietnam (9 of the 22 EAO countries) did contribute to this historical event.
1. Meaningful insights about the importance and dynamics of the Salesian translation ministry
· Since the arrival of Saint Louis Versiglia and the first missionaries to Macau (1906) until now the growth of Salesian Charism and it’s rooting in our Region was helped by hundreds of missionaries and local Salesians (Salesian Family members and Lay Mission Partners) who offered invaluable service of translation (both of written texts or simultaneous translation
· A spirituality of Salesian translator was acknowledged as a very important element in sustaining his ministry (virtues of patience, humility, ongoing research and learning of both languages).
· Many of the Salesian translation texts are already available on the Salesian Digital Library (sections: Burmese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, Tetum, Thai, Vietnamese etc).
· The ministry is not only about translating Salesian sources (Don Bosco) and actual texts (Rector Major and different documents related to Salesian life and ministry in all main sectors) from Italian or English into EAO vernacular languages. It comprises also translations of local (EAO) expressions of Salesian Charism into main languages of the Congregation and contributes to the growth of world-wide Salesian community (C59).
2. Sharing of good practices highlighted some interesting provincial achievement
· Vietnam: all confreres in initial formation are requested to try some minor translation from English to Vietnamese from the prenovitiate. Numerous translations (including already 12 volumes of the Biographical memoirs of Don Bosco) and many enthusiastic SDB translators are fruit of this tradition.
· Thailand: province has an ‘official translator’ (since 2003) appointed by the provincial, who does not only translate main official documents of the Rector Major but also shares is on weekly basis on Youtube channel (….. web address).
· Korea: provincial commission on translation helps to improve the translation standard and the synergy among all sector involved in the process (social communication, Youth ministry, economy, translator and publisher…)
· China: during past 108 years of Salesian presence there were numerous missionaries and Chinese involved in translation ministry. Thanks to the meeting one younger confrere was appointed as new generation translator before the K’Long encounter – workshop.
St. Jerome, Patron of Translators, pray for us!
October 5, 2014, Five days of the missionary month.....
Thanks to God after few years I was able to visit again our Salesian presences in the North Vietnam - where the first Salesians entered the country in 1952 (already 62 years ago!)
Wonderful time of thanksgiving for the faith of many Catholic communities
that survived decades without any priest in very difficult conditions - rural communities, some of them affected by all possible wars which passed through Vietnam in past 60 yeras (WW II, French war, American war, China war until the early 1980...).
Now with help of many other Catholic communities from other parts of the country, the life of faith is slowly entering the 'ordinary orbit' - new spring witnessed and helped also by Salesians.
In past 20 years our presence in this part of the country is very patient, step by step. Starting from the help in teaching (major seminary in Hanoi) - exprerience which brought up two Salesian bishop (+ Mons. Joseph Tiem - bishop of Bui Chu who passed away last August 2013 and Mons Peter De, former auxiliary bishop of Bui Chu, now bishop of Thai Binh).
Then slowly moving according the invitations from different bishops in the North Vietnam dioceses, always welcomed both by the Church and also by the local officials, knowing the poor youth centered Don Bosco.
What is this spring about?
Helping to re-build many parish Churches, Chapels and Parish priest houses eventually with other catechetical rooms.
Helping to raise up new generations of animators, catechist, Salesian cooperators and also first Salesians from this places.
Helping the dioceses in starting of youth ministry, young volunteers according the request of the bishops.
Trying to explore the possibility of some explicit typical Salesian educational work - possibly the vocation training centers fitting to the needs of North Vietnam.
... the pace is slow, but the Salesians are sure that God and people wants us to be also here...
NB photo 1. of Bui Chu diocese parish evening students Mass
NB photo 2. of parish council of Bac Ninh rural parish in their new Church
Yolanda typhoon of November 8, 2013 claimed many victims and about 3 millions of people who lost their properties and houses in that day.
Heartbreaking visit to two-three islands of Visayas (Southern Philippines) on September 24-25 was a wonderful experience of world-wide Don Bosco solidarity.
Leyte Island (near the 1944. Oct 20 landing place of US general McArthur) project of permanent housing for the victim families brought us for few hours to the heart of Salesian solidarity.