Gaston De Neve

In response to: Translation a divine act

Gaston De Neve

I am very, very pleased with this text. After more than 40 years of missionary work in the RDC (the former Belgian Congo) I had to stay in Belgium because of kidney trouble. So I started working on the computer at the age of 74. I have now been translating for the province (BEN) for nearly ten years. I have never considered it as a diviine act but as a most humble missionary work.
Thank you for such a magnificent appreciation.
Father Gaston De Neve SDB

 Permalink 07/10/10 @ 21:19
replica hermes

In response to: Prayer intention for Brothers

GLT10a09river28The pic is the work of Bro Jomar Castillo sdb, (FIN).

 Permalink 28/09/10 @ 09:13
Klement

In response to: Prayer intention for Brothers

vklement

thanks a lot.
i pray that each province of asia and africa may take seriously the long term drive for the salesian brothers vocation.
fr. Vaclav Klement
councilor for the missions

NB: Thanks to God, in 2010 - September, in this 141st missionary expedition there are 5 brothers!

 Permalink 21/09/10 @ 22:05
Elkana Kururia

In response to: A home for all people

Elkana Kururia

It is a challenge of our christian catholic faith; that the church may be a warm home for all.

 Permalink 26/08/10 @ 22:41
Jose

In response to: A home for all people

Jose

thanks for this nice reminder. It is encouraging.
Peace,
PJ sdb

 Permalink 16/08/10 @ 16:03
Blogging To The Bank

In response to: Happy Easter from Fr Wong

Thanks for posting this info. I just want to let you know that I just check out your site and I find it very interesting and informative. I can¡¯t wait to read lots of your posts.

 Permalink 14/07/10 @ 03:34
Eligio R. Santos SDB

In response to: From Fr Andy

Eligio R. Santos SDB

Yes Fr. Andy, that is the important message and experience that we have to share with the young and treasure at all times: the Love of God for each one of us, beyond our goodness, beyond our weaknesses and sins, beyond whatever we can imagine and think of. It is really looking beyond any type of love. God bless us all.

 Permalink 26/06/10 @ 00:09
Fr. Leo Ochoa

In response to: From Fr Andy

Fr. Leo Ochoa

thanks for this message reminding us that our style of education must come from the heart. On this day of June 11, we are closing the year of priests here in Cambodia. Mey all priests have the heart of Jesus in their pastoral ministries,
Fr. Leo

 Permalink 09/06/10 @ 09:53
admin

In response to: Restructuring - mind your language!

admin

What the writer is saying, Roy, is that the Constitutions speak only of ’sector’. They never use the term ‘department (at least in Italian - English was less careful). The 19th General Chapter established the criteria for defining a sector as “aspects and dimensions of Salesian life and mission” and then the following Chapters until the 22nd worked out a few more details. ‘Departments’ were only meant to be administrative groups to get something done, but they appear to have taken the reigns and become the be all and end all! It is ‘the mission’ that it’s all about. That’s what is at the core of it all, and the sectors identified by GC19 through GC22 are dimensions of that. Once we are clear about that, IMHO it puts the discussion in a better perspective.

 Permalink 06/06/10 @ 22:05
Roy

In response to: Restructuring - mind your language!

Roy

Dictionary definitions of ‘department’ all tend to speak of ‘division’, while definitions of ’sectror’ speak of ‘part’, e.g. a sector of a circle is a part of the circle and still remains in it. Is that what the writer is driving at? If so I heartily agree with him.

 Permalink 04/06/10 @ 19:30
Fr. Roger Miranda

In response to: From Fr Andy

Fr. Roger Miranda

thanks for the wonderful message..we’re now in the novena preparing for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart..yes..may more vocations to the Salesian brotherhood increase..

 Permalink 02/06/10 @ 03:46
vaclav klement

In response to: From Fr Andy

vaclav klement

thanks for the wonderful reminder before the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
During my visit at Manila last March attended one brothers meeting.
WIth a prayer for the salesian brothers vocation.
Fr. Vaclav

 Permalink 01/06/10 @ 19:11
Crispim

In response to: From Fr Andy

Crispim

Thanks Fr. Andy for your kind words, specialy your concern to BROTHER’S VOCATION. May Jesus continue bestowed his grace to the boys of our Centers so that they may follow this divine and beautiful call as SALESIAN BROTHER for the sake of the most needed. Crispim Hornay

 Permalink 01/06/10 @ 17:56
Fr. Davis Aricatt, SDB

In response to: When Popes are crucified

Fr. Davis Aricatt, SDB

I feel proud of being a catholic and having a holy and courageous leader in Pope Benedict. He showed such Christ like qualities in his leadership, capacity to clean up the system and suffer and faith in his prayer. In this sexual scandel the humanity of clergy as well as weakness of humanity is seen. It is the same everywhere whether in other churches or other faiths or those who have no faith. It is not the time to find the scape goat or culprit but to acknowledge the fault and correct it. Pope Benedict has done it and let each catholic follow that and pray for him and and stand by the Pope. Long live Pope Benedict.

 Permalink 18/05/10 @ 06:26
paul michael suarez

In response to: Speaking up for consecrated life

paul michael suarez

Am happy and glad to be reminded and learn again how our religious consecration is very much for the people and also for ourselves.
Am praying to be faithful in this calling…
Also praying for confreres especially those who are struggling and are in difficulty…

thank you very much.

“Only people make people happy and friendship is the only lasting and worthwhile wealth to be had. Your jubilarians of this year can testify that there is indeed a richness to be had in the sacramental daily life of our communities and such enrichment is to be enjoyed.”

 Permalink 16/04/10 @ 02:49
Fr. John Tamayo sdb

In response to: Happy Easter from Fr Wong

Fr. John Tamayo sdb

Dear Andy,
Thanks for your Easter Message. You give all of us Missionaries, encouragement and hope.
All the best in your Salesian work.
Fr. John Tamayo

 Permalink 09/04/10 @ 05:07
Charles Velardo

In response to: Happy Easter from Fr Wong

Charles Velardo

I would like to reciprocate the best wishes and blessings of the Risen Lord, foundation and strength of our faith and witness, also on behalf of Fr.Somchart and the blind young men at the Centre of Pakkred.

 Permalink 06/04/10 @ 14:55
Castilino

In response to: Ouch!

vcastilino

Thanks for shedding light on the ‘in-charge’… As secretary I too have faced this dilemma quite often… but have not taken it too seriously, though.
And by the way, in the last sentence, did you mean ‘One is enough’ and that ‘c’ accidentally happened?
Just kidding!

Keep “warming"… here in India, it is already ‘hot’!!
Castilino

 Permalink 15/03/10 @ 07:56
Fr Roneldo Vilbar, SDB

In response to: Lenten message from Fr Wong

Fr Roneldo Vilbar, SDB

Thank you so much for your message Fr Andy!

 Permalink 03/03/10 @ 06:51
Milford Beras

In response to: New media for new apostles - and a distinguished Salesian 'life member'

Heya…my very first comment on your site. ,I have been reading your blog for a while and thought I would completely pop in and drop a friendly note. . It is great stuff indeed. I also wanted to ask..is there a way to subscribe to your site via email?

 Permalink 28/02/10 @ 21:10
Fr. John Baptist Zen, SDB

In response to: Lenten message from Fr Wong

Fr. John Baptist Zen, SDB

Dear Rev.Fr. Andrew Wong
Thank you for this initiative and reminder. Although I have already got the message of the Pope from other sources, even in Chinese, yet I am still grateful for your exhortation; I will try my best. In union of prayers.
Fr. John Baptist Zen, SDB from Tainan, Taiwan.
NB: I leave the column “Website” in blank for I do not know how. Sorry, I am not competent in managing the computer

 Permalink 18/02/10 @ 10:09
ugg boots

In response to: Human rights and Halloween Pumpkins

Ok, I see what you’re saying. I think I’m gonna have to look into this more…

 Permalink 27/01/10 @ 10:00
Castilino

In response to: "Boring mush, unappetising fare and certainly not too nourishing"

vcastilino

I certainly support the comment of the Secretary about the homilies and agree to your observation about Priests mode of delivering the homily! The basic issue at hand here, as I see it, is the attitude and the motive with which the homily is prepared and delivered.

Having to hear a homily or a sermon everyday, I have a feeling that most priests just want to ’say something’; whereas I would prefer that they ’speak to the heart’ with a clear intent of driving home a point, not just for the sake of it but to effect a change. If that is the intent, even a total silence ’speaks’ a lot!
Castilino

 Permalink 07/01/10 @ 09:19
Chris Holt

In response to: New media for new apostles - and a distinguished Salesian 'life member'

Chris Holt

Congratulations, Father Frank. Thank you for your wisdom and encouragement when I was principal of Marist Sion in Warragul.

It is so good to see you made a life member of ACPA. I do hope you will write to a broader readership and still make time to carve good Australian timber.

Chris Holt

 Permalink 29/12/09 @ 18:15
Uriel

In response to: Two months after the Tsunami

I think You do a great job. Thanks

 Permalink 29/12/09 @ 17:34
Tiffanie Vaisami Tuavao Grohse

In response to: Samoa changes sides!

Tiffanie Vaisami Tuavao Grohse

I have been living in Lano Savaii half of my years and I am down right disappointed at this despecable so-called fear-free bill that the Parliament had passed.In truth I too as a Samoan have never been disgusted at such a naive’ way of protecting our country.What is there to lose?LIVES OF THE SAMOAN PEOPLE…What are we?Asians?We have been familiarized with our way of traveling and never in my life have I been told to jump out of a vehicle in the middle of the road!!!..it’s insane and beyond stupidity.What is there to move forward to when people can’t relate to your political perspectives?I may not be a Prime Minister of some foreign country or a Member of Parliament for Samoa but I am a part of those people who are suffering because they have to walk or drive the opposite direction to avoid getting runned over or better yet suicide.I pray that the Prime Minister and the Members of the Parliament will over look this decision and make a better one for our country.

Respectively,
A citizen of Samoa.

 Permalink 23/12/09 @ 12:22
Neveah

In response to: Eyewitness account of Tsunami hitting Savai'i

Great job! Thanks.

 Permalink 19/12/09 @ 20:08
Payton

In response to: Eyewitness account of Tsunami hitting Savai'i

I agree with the author. Thanks

 Permalink 18/12/09 @ 14:20
Nicholas

In response to: Eyewitness account of Tsunami hitting Savai'i

Nicholas

Dear Lise from Utah and Foua. Presume you access this site regularly?? and this site seems the only way to contact you. So pleased to have put your mind at ease re Tsunami damage on Savai’i, particularly Salelologa / Foua. Might run into you when you come to Savai’i i a couple of months. Fr Nicholas Castelyns

 Permalink 09/10/09 @ 00:58
admin

In response to: Think twice before ringing the school

admin

First response came in from a Salesian Bishop wondering if he might offer a list of responses from the episcopal office!

 Permalink 03/10/09 @ 11:06
Castilino

In response to: Eyewitness account of Tsunami hitting Savai'i

vcastilino

Hi friend,
Thanks for sharing your experience. Just to let you know, we are with you in prayer and in spirit!
God bless you and all your efforts at reaching out to those more tragically affected.
Castilino (Hyderabad), India

 Permalink 02/10/09 @ 06:53
sieni faleao  moala f. rasmussen

In response to: Eyewitness account of Tsunami hitting Savai'i

in gods name i pray 4 my families, friends n my samoan people back home 4 ur protection in time of need…stay close to the lord n pray faithfully so that the spirit of our savior jesus christ will comfort u all 4 the loss of the loved ones thru this tsunami…lets comfort each other n praise the lord 4 saving ur life thru this unexpected tragedy…i luv. u all . god bless…alofaaga o sieni faleao rasmussen from usa….

 Permalink 01/10/09 @ 23:00
Lise Tafuna

In response to: Eyewitness account of Tsunami hitting Savai'i

Lise Tafuna

Thank you for your eyewitness account. I have been searching for information about Savaii and your story really calms me now. I grew up in Foua, Salelologa and have been tryng to find news about the area. My cousin lives there and I plan to return there in a couple of months. I currently live in Salt Lake City, Utah and our Samoan families here are very sad because a lot of us do not have a lot of the updates and many feel somewhat helpless. Fa’afetai tele.
Lise

 Permalink 01/10/09 @ 21:46
admin

In response to: Death of Tongan Salesian's mother - Tsunami

admin

Dear Bro. Nuku Lefai,

I have received, through Australasia mail-news, the sad news about the death of your dear mother caused by the devastating tsunami. As a Salesian confrere living in Jerusalem,

I share your sorrow and that of your dear ones and extend to you my heartfelt condolences and assure you of my prayers for her.May the Lord grant her the peace and joy of Paradise and reward her also for this sacrifice of her life. I pray also for you that the Lord may console you and strengthen you at this moment of great sorrow.

These days I am following, with genuine participation and sorrow, the tragic situation of so many people, who have been affected by the tsunami. I pray for all the confreres and for the members of the salesian family of the EAO region.

United with you in your sorrow and assuring you of my continued prayers,
Fr.Stephen sdb

 Permalink 01/10/09 @ 16:41
Castilino

In response to: Death of Tongan Salesian's mother - Tsunami

vcastilino

Sincere condolences dear Br Nuku!! Praying for the repose of the soul of your mother and for strength for all in your family.
Castilino, (Hyderabad) India.

 Permalink 01/10/09 @ 09:52
Castilino

In response to: Tsunami hits South Pacific islands - Salesians report on situation

vcastilino

Our prayers and best wishes to you all dear confreres and friends. Do keep us informed of the happenings. We too have been victims of a tsunami earlier and we understand very well your agony and loss.
We are with you…
Salesians of India,
Castilino

 Permalink 30/09/09 @ 14:44
admin

In response to: Tsunami hits South Pacific islands - Salesians report on situation

admin

Thanks for keeping up to date. We have had a stressful and tiring day but at eh end of it all the Sisters are safe. They all felt the earthquake at about 6.30am this morning. The Sisters from Leauva’a evacuated to Moamoa. It took most of the day to be able to contact the Sisters in Lepua, American Samoa. However they are all fine. They sheltered and entertained about 200 children from the preschool and Primary School for the day because many were on their way when the tsunami hit. The Staff and Sisters of Marist St Francis were able to watch the tsunami pass in front of them before hitting Pago Pago. They are now staying put and bracing themselves for another night of danger as the aftershocks and further high seas are forecast. Almost all the families of the sisters have been located and found to be safe. We are very grateful for this and will now reach out to those most in need.. Margaret FMA

 Permalink 30/09/09 @ 10:42
admin

In response to: Tsunami hits South Pacific islands - Salesians report on situation

admin

I am close to our confreres and people who are suffering so much, because of the tsunami that has hit the South Pacific islands and am praying for them.
May the good Lord grant eternal life to those who have died and help to those who are suffering in so many different ways.
Assuring you of my continued prayers for confreres and people of that region,
Stephen sdb

 Permalink 30/09/09 @ 10:18
Castilino

In response to: 'Mobile' issue hotting up!

vcastilino

Use - or abuse - of cell phones had been a talk in the Province long time ago. Now it is taken for granted that all have one!! However, brothers in temporary profession or those yet to be ordained are strictly told not to have one!! However, I realise, most of them have one (and most often keep changing them, as often as one changes his toothbrush!!).

Anyway, it is all a matter of manners and discipline. It all depends on the one handling the phone. In itself it is merely another instrument of communication - that’s all. But with added features and functions, the temptation to ‘use’ it chiefly for communication is often forgotten. For some it is an addiction.

I know of several communities - especially among Sisters - who use mobile phones as landlines (for common use, kept in the community, bills are paid from the community fund…) Nothing personal about it.

My final take: mobile phones are good means of communication! That’s to it. Nothing more. If at all, there is anything more, it speaks only of the maturity and discipline of the one handling it.

 Permalink 29/09/09 @ 14:07
Castilino

In response to: Lapsus linguae

vcastilino

Hi there! That was a good one. Love to hear how language can mean - and demean - almost every aspect of our life. It was fun reading this post!

 Permalink 22/09/09 @ 18:24
Fr. Ambrose Pereira sdb

In response to: New media for new apostles - and a distinguished Salesian 'life member'

Fr. Ambrose Pereira sdb

Congratulations Fr. Frank on your appointment as ‘Life Member of ACPA’!!! Appreciate all the encouragement and support you have given me over the years. I constantly remember your ‘Good Night’ in Honiara - ‘We have cross-country races…. but have never had a cross-country rosary’.
Blessings on you always !
Amrbsoe sdb

 Permalink 22/09/09 @ 13:29
admin

In response to: Evangelisation in the digital continent

admin

At this stage I would simply like to thank those who responded online and offline. The exercise has been a successful one (just take a look at the ‘new blog on the block’ M140!

 Permalink 16/09/09 @ 11:25
Castilino

In response to: New media for new apostles - and a distinguished Salesian 'life member'

vcastilino

Congratulations dear Fr Frank!! I see that you are still going strong on your ‘paper crusade’. I for one, am on your side!! Nice to see your work getting wider acclamation!

 Permalink 15/09/09 @ 14:28
Adaikalarasa

In response to: Evangelisation in the digital continent

Adaikalarasa

Right message,at the right moment, to right people by the right person

 Permalink 14/09/09 @ 16:36
Ephrem Santos

In response to: Evangelisation in the digital continent

Ephrem Santos

1. We just have to do our homework…. as Nike says: just do it. I have been with lots of elderly salesians, getting busy learning the ropes of the Microsoft Office …now the internet….
Being with these young cybernauts is sometimes just enough…. As Don Bosco once said to a cleric: “be there at the water fountain!”
A pity sometimes, the superiors -who are supposed to give directions & animation- are the ones who are backward and do not promote the younger confreres to be trained in this and receive guided inputs.

2. I am involved in eLearning with InWEnt-Germany and the Univ of the Phil distance learning…. There are ways to get into these social/secular institutions and learn how to network and use their means for presenting Church Doctrine…. I know Fr Gigi Revasco is also with the UP distance learning… We are having classes without . borders…

3. I am not sure if the question is right….. I perceive this as something abstract and so the answer is not a thing or tool but maybe attitude… An open & creative attitude is certainly a must…. such that we easily adopt/adapt the modern & new realities to further our mission. Was Don Bosco not like this? He borrowed the concept of oratory, he copied the strategies of the anti-clericals, he made his own war games in the oratory as was in the vogue etc….

4/5. The cliche -the medium is the message- still is relevant today. I perceive that we sdb’s may have been armed with tittles, strategies and plans like EPP, EPC and such other written documents, but we are not as fully armed in the “insides". So the challenge lies in the very person of the missionary. Maybe the mission seminar is going to equip the participants with tips and notes. Indeed the Mission seminar is a wonderful balance of retreat-theory-community life and salesianity. But the more important aspect of spirituality and right intention may sometimes be regarded as a “given.” Our rector major had reminded us of our sanctity as the best form of evangelization and communication.

 Permalink 14/09/09 @ 02:41
John Coleman

In response to: Evangelisation in the digital continent

John Coleman

2. re-Organising and presenting the Church’s teaching:
The South African bishops have introduced the new ‘Vox Clara’ translations for the responses of the congregation. This has raised an outcry of protest. After summarising the comments and blogs sent to the Catholic newspaper, the Southern Cross, I would question the advisability of allowing anonymous blogging. Feelings were high on the matter and the debate did not always keep within the bounds of politeness and Christian Charity

 Permalink 13/09/09 @ 20:19
admin

In response to: Evangelisation in the digital continent

admin

Vincent, I am partly in agreement with you. I certainly agree with the importance of ‘enriching the content of what goes online’. I have one respondent to this blog who at the moment has responded off-blog because he has something about blogs….doesn’t like the anonymous, aggressive type of stuff that often goes online under that title. He has a good point, and in responding to him off-blog I made a similar point, that we have a duty to model good blog content, polite, etc. Where I disagree with you is ‘can be left to young lay people’. Sure, let’s encourage people be they young or lay, to help us enrich content. But the danger I see in your comment is that the older and the clerical suddenly are absolved from any need to be part of this. It requires little technicality, for instance, to press the ‘leave a comment’ link and…..leave a comment. and why shouldn’t they? Some of the best examples on any playground are the older members, but even just leaving aside the older members, and to keep the metaphor going - we don’t really believe, do we, that the Salesian is best found in the staffroom encouraging the lay staff to get out there in the playground?

 Permalink 13/09/09 @ 16:38
Castilino

In response to: Evangelisation in the digital continent

vcastilino

One certain way in which we can make a difference in the communication / media world is through our contribution in enriching the content of what goes “online". One of the grave dangers, I see in today’s world (fast growing in technology and digitalisation) is the mad rush to get into ‘technicalities’. While it is good to have a working knowledge of it, I believe this arena can be left to young lay people who are more adept at it. What then do we educators do? Be with them as the source of their content… Provide them, encourage them, challenge them, if need by confront them with facts, figures and substantial values that serve as guidelines for their “online presence". Help them - and ourselves - pass on to others, values that outlive the ‘here and now’. If the internet is the new playground, not every educator needs to be a player par excellence; but at the playground one ought to be! That/he would be a digital Salesian!

 Permalink 13/09/09 @ 15:03
atty.sonny tabotabo

In response to: Report on tragic death of 'Fr Macky', FIN, after Thai Salesianity Seminar

atty.sonny tabotabo

i recently met him during the installation of the provincial of FIS. he even greeted my daughter as we were in the same resto having lunch. this is tragic… but the way he lived his calling, he surely is already there ahead of us in God’s heavenly kingdom… rest in peace Fr. Macky, may you guide us here on our earthly journey…

 Permalink 09/09/09 @ 18:02