08.23.2014

Meeting Jesus in Calauan !

Meeting Jesus in Calauan !
Meeting Jesus in Calauan !


Don Bosco is proud of his sons in the Philippines! - Visit Calauan Don Bosco!

The Philippines, 74 kilometers from the capital (MANILA) in the Laguna province there is a rural re-settlement area called Calauan. Since 2010 the government relocated in eight different locations thousands of poor people who came to the capital and have been living near the Passig river and many other different places.

Don Bosco's Salesians took the challenge and one 'frontier missionary community' of 3 SDB is living and working amidst this misery and poverty since 2010 as 'Saint John Bosco' community. 

More than 6000 families, some 65.000 people are living near the Salesian 'center'. Frs. Salvador, Paul and Patrick try their best to journey together, to aliviate their misery or poverty - from the free food (hunger is a daily reality, some 1500 meals are distributed daily in three different places), through many ways how to 'self-help' in the daily struggle (water purifying, bakery, small PC room, basic courses in motobike repair and IT literacy, fish pond and piggery etcc.) and also the evangelizing presence of the 'parish' open to all (like Pinardi shed). Among the Calauan population there are Mindanao Muslims and Bagio hill tribes, large families - divided by their daily struggle for survival. Really a frontier mission!

On the ordinary Saturday many Catholic organization, Don Bosco students (70km distance from Don Bosco Makati, Center of Manila), many charity organization come and share their time, talents, programs, food, material etc.

Really - to live together with Calauan people (the whole area was affected by the storm last July and there are still many signs of devastation, capsized containers, fallen trees and missing roofs..even the piggery not yet fixed..) means GIVING HOPE day by day...

with a prayer for all benefactors, volunteers and the 3 Salesians living there, students of theology coming there every weekend and all good will people. Hopefully the 'Don Bosco Mondo' vocation tranining project will take off soon!

Saint John Bosco, pray for us!

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