WYD RIO 2103
from the joint YM and SC Commission at national level in Brazil - Could
you please include this banner (and its link to their site at
www.mjs.org.br) in your local Salesian websites.
REPEAT OF ETHNIQUE FESTIVAL, INDIA
the success of the first “Ethnique” Festival, it was repeated this year
with a range of culture, music and traditions of the young Mising
ethnic group. The event took place from 4-7 January 2013 in the
extensive buildings at “Don Bosco-Life Plus”.
The Festival opened on the afternoon of 4
January, with Mr J. Taku, a local official, as guest of honour. In his
opening address Fr Thomas Kalapurackal, sdb, the Rector and Festival
promoter, indicated how all cultural and ethnic differences are God's
gift to humankind and that it is by seeing the worth of such
differences that we build up the individual and the community.
Keeping the same setup as the earlier event,
the Festival directly involved young Misings who attend the informal
education program known as I-Card or the “Young Misings Association”,
in total around 200 youngsters, mostly older youth who have left school
but who do not as yet fully fit into the community. It was they who
looked after all the preparation and execution of the Festival, from
setting up areas, to lighting, making and selling craft items,
performances, and preparing materials on local cuisine.
A novelty this time was the involvement of the
“Rhythm of Dance” Dance school, which performed to public applause on 6
January. Other special attractions were the many stage scenes presented
by the young Misings, who presented traditional stories from their
culture and the various rituals that mark out community life. The
Festival's aim, in fact, as well as presenting Mising culture for
outside visitors, was to remind tribal youth themsleves of the
importance of belonging to a community. “We are proud to be Misings and
are happy to show our rich culture, customs and rituals to the people”
said a student, Rakesh Kuli.
The Ethnique Festival, which takes place in
the first week of January each year, has brought much agreement amongst
people and, while the basic structure remains the same “new ideas are
welcome”, says Fr Kalapurackal. Public interest in what was on show was
evident and many donations, in money and in kind, made the Festival
A professor from JB college, Mrs. Nazrine
Shamim Ahnmed, said: “It is an awesome festival where we come to learn
about the Mising community. But as things are, there is need for more
advertisement, so that the general public will be aware such a
beautiful celebration.” “We have planted a seed. We are going to see it
grow - says Fr. Thomas Kalapurackal - With the type of media attention
and public support which has begun to show up, Ethnique is a sure bet.
For the marginalized young, it is a dream come true”.
Peru - Special programs on Don Bosco on TV JN19
strategic alliance between the Salesian Social Communication Centre and
Peruvian TV broadcaster JN19 has resulted in a number of special
transmissions on Don Bosco, beginning from this month, aimed at
fostering awareness of his history and at spreading the Salesian
charism around the world. This is particularly in view of the
bicentenary of Don Bosco's birth.
The first special program is “Don Bosco, Saint
of the young”, to be aired throughout January on Sundays at 9 p.m. And
repeated on Monday evenings at 10 p.m. (Peru time). The Peruvian
broadcasting team has shot a number of scenes in the Salesian Formation
House and at Rosenthal de la Puente institute at Magdalena del Mar,
involving Salesian post-novice José Luis Sánchez as conductor.
Another program, already scheduled since
October last, is “Salesians in the world” and presents a number of
documentaries from Salesian producers such as Missioni Don Bosco
(Italy) and Productora Salesiana TVP (Perù). Thanks to this joint
effort, Salesians in Peru now have a TV 'window' on Sundays at 12:30
p.m. and 5 p.m.
Another program is “Paths of Light”, with Fr
Santo Dal Ben, Provincial of Peru, aired immediately after Mass at 6
p.m. From the 15th of each month until the end of the month.
This project began in October 2012, and
programming production is managed by Kelly Medina from JN19 and Abel
Camesasca, from Productora Salesiana TVP.
The programs can be seen live on JN19, either on internet or direct, keeping in mind Peruvian time.
Tanzania - Good Salesians and upright citizens in a digital world
the belief that every Salesian must be a good communicator, and that
today’s media and rapidly advancing communications technology are gifts
which enhance communication when used wisely, 40 post-novices hailing
from East Africa Province (AFE), Zambia Vice Province (ZMB), Southern
Africa Vice Province (AFM) Sri Lanka Vice Province (LKC) and Guwahati
Province, India (ING) took part in an intense seminar of reflection,
theory and practice regarding the digital continent from 27 December
2012 to 3 January 2013.
The Seminar, led by experts in the field from
the AFE Province’s communications centre at DBYES-BEAMS, and from the
Social Communications Department, Rome, engaged the young Salesians and
their formators in a profound process of reflection on the impact of
new media on their lives as consecrated Salesian Religious, educators
and evangelisers, as well as in exploration of practical matters such
as the production of newsletters, creating a web page, ways of
evangelising through communications activities, especially through
drama, music and other arts, and appropriate use of ‘gadgets’, and how
to make best use of the various Congregational and Provincial websites
and other media, as well as contributing to them. The seminar also
covered areas such as ethics in the digital world, spirituality in this
context, and awareness of how our habits of mind are profoundly altered
by the tools we use.
In addition to the reflection process, a kind
of ‘scrutinium digitalis’, the student body also drew up a draft
communications policy for the community which they have submitted to
the Council of the Community. The policy is based on the SSCS or
Salesian Social Communications System, a document which was explored in
depth at the seminar and offered to the students as their guiding
principle for current and future action in the communications field.
thought that it may be possible to place the attached picture to have
people send their birthday wished to Fr Arthur Lenti who turns 90 on 31
Here is a link that they can post their greetings to:
Don Bosco Hall
Fr John Roche,
Don Bosco Hall, Berkeley USA
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BRAZIL: animation visit to 6 Provinces: 16 Feb - 9 March
ROME: Pisana-Salesianum, 11-14 April 2013, the SC
World Advisory Council (aka Consulta).
ROME: UPS, 3-4 May 2013 Formators and formandi, initial formation Italy for study of World Communications Day Message 2013.
ROME: Pisana-Salesianum, 9-12 May 2012, all SC Delegates Europe.
ROME: Pisana 3-6 October, European Publishers
THAILAND: 21-24 October 2013 all SC Delegates EAO (precise location t.b.a).