Province Delegate for SC:
Warm greetings; I hope that the Marian celebrations over these days
have filled your life with hope, along with your calling to respond
passionately to the mission entrusted you by God.
I want to continue in this Newsletter
with a topic already raised, as well as offering something
new. The previous month I invited you to get to know and
personally study the SSCS.
Now after a month of such study, I invite you to share your findings
with the SC Team in order to seek and improve the way of applying and
realising SSCS in each of its areas, for your own situation. Then comes
the task of getting it known by others in the Province. Many Delegates
have already carried out this task; others have asked the Department
for more booklets while others still have downloaded it from SDL.
Congrats, and thanks for your efforts.
The new topic for this letter is in
reference to the Salesian
Bulletin. During May we have held two meetings for Sb
Editors: one in Munich, for the Europe, and the other in Rome for the
rest of the world. We have seen that as part of the task of editing and
improving the SB there has been considerable growth in the sense of
identity, the overall aims, the contents and graphic presentation. But
we find ourselves facing up to the challenge of having our provinces
appreciate all this more than they do at present. and it is precisely
here that I invite our Provincials, their Councils, Rectors and
communities to consider the SB as a primary means of fostering the institutional image,
one founded and much appreciated by Don Bosco himself. This requires a
change of attitude in all of us, firstly by believing much more in ourselves,
in who we are and what we do, through our presentation of who we are
and our outreach via the SB; and secondly by seeing it as an investment which
broadly and effectively benefits the entire Province, the Congregation
and the Salesian Family; thirdly by seeing it as a wide-ranging
Salesian presence requiring, like any presence, human and finacial
resources to achieve its objectives. And finally, it has to find its place in the framework
of the OPP and SSCS, since it belongs to the Congregation
and is not some secondary element added on to other works in the
I conclude by thanking you for sending
your SB Editor from your province (or conference or country) to the
meetings in either Munich or Rome.
Affectionately in Don Bosco:
Fr Filiberto González Plasencia sdb
General Councillor for SC
How to present a Newsletter of this kind in the Province
seems that the style of this newsletter (i.e. that it is a simple email
without attachments) has struck a chord with many provinces and we are
receving many requests asking how we do it!.
Most email clients today (we use Thunderbird, which
makes the task very easy, but Outlook
or Outlook Express
would allow the same), allow one to use a template which is basically
an html file. A good source of such templates would be
You need to ensure that the images are
kept in the same folder as the html file, and that they are the same
dimensions as the images in your original template. Then you can alter
colours, fonts etc. Of course if you understand html and css you can
introduce more variation, but this is not essential.
Then read your 'help' file for your
email client to find out how to work with a template. Because we use
Thunderbird, which is free and open source, we can add a simple add-on
called 'Stationery' (Google it) which makes the task so easy.
Certainly you should be using free
templates. There is no reason to buy anything, and the result is much
easier and lighter than pdf or .doc attachments.
Novitiates follow up on FOSS, semiotics, Salesian Communicator
The novices from all of Italy and a
number of European Provinces who are at either Pinerolo or Genzano
spent an entire day at the Pisana recently (4th May) undertaking two
workshops: Social Communications and an awareness of the Historical
The SC Workshop involved three parts. The first
was by Fr Filiberto Gonzalez, SC Councillor, who presented the profile
of the Salesian Communicator in the light of tradition and the work
carried out in various provinces. Fr Julian Fox then introduced the
novices to the world of FOSS, and finally Fr Donato lacedonio held a
mini-workshop on semiotic analysis using the video 'World Builder' by
As part of their regular formation
program the two novitiates in question include SC. The Genzano course
is run by Fr Lacedonio.
SB world meetings
Editors worldwide have met in either Munich or Rome in early May.
There was agreement in both groups that
much has been achieved over recent years in terms of identity, quality,
but both groups believed more work has to be done to ensure the SB is
reaching its target, and this includes adequate research at a time when
the target may be shifting in a rapidly developing situation.
The European Editors chose, amongst
several final deliberations, agreed to exchange amongst themselves
examples of good experiences which they can use to revitalise the
Salesian mission in the various provinces of the continent.
Editors meeting in Rome pledged to look seriously at offering
a truly online SB that adheres to the nature of the digital medium, the
Web and goes beyond a simple pdf collection of past issues.
To help both groups, the Department has
set up a space on SDL available only to SB Editors where they can
freely share and have access to material.