|Project:||Salesian Oratory “Don Bosco”|
|Date of foundation:||8 December 1891|
|Place:||Lima - Perù|
|Province:||Santa Rosa da Lima|
The history and reason for our presence in Rimac
This Oratory was something quite novel. News of the Oratory - something new for the Rimense district - spread throughout Lima and the enthusiasm with which the youngsters attended the Oratory at weekends had to be seen to be believed.
The oratorians marvelled at the friendliness and simple spirit of the Salesians who welcomed them and dealt with them. The generosity and large-heartedness of the Cooperators was not lacking. Thanks to their help many games were available in the courtyard.At home the youngsters spoke of their new guides with respect and veneration.
The number of Oratorians continued to grow. One of the most frequent and enthusiastic of the oratorians was the future priest and later Salesian Bishop, Servant of God Bishop Octavio Ortiz Arrieta.
The work carried out various activities on behalf of the young people of Rimac. In a short time one enterprise was taking in two hundred boys and girls with workshops in: mechanics, electronics, computers, amongst others.
The situation of young people living on the streets or just standing at the doors to their homes was one motivation for opening a “Don Bosco Refuge”, where 30 young people are living with the Salesians. The Oratory brings in thousands of boys and girls each week and provides them with messages of Christian life and information on Don Bosco.
The Oratory has been a place of spiritual growth for thousands of young people. As a sign of recognition for the Salesians a Temple dedicated to Don Bosco has been built.
Here in a poor district the can speak of God rather than of wealth. The best part has been given for God. Thanks to the help of many institutions we have been able to educate by evangelising and evangelise by educating. This Salesian presence has flourished thanks tot he help of thousands of committed lay people.
Those for whom it exists
Number benefitting from the services offered: One thousand weekly
Oratorio Salesiano de Rimac