|Project:||The Oratory of Lorena|
THE BRIEF STORY OF LORENA
Salesians have been active in the Vale do Paraíba since 1890, some 118 years. It began with the Oratory of St Aloysius annexed to St James' College.
These days we define the Oratory as a new movement called PROVIM - Salesian Project for a Better Life. It marks out the social activity of the Salesians in this city, Lorena, comprising three elements: the Oratory of St Aloysius, the Oratory called Padre Rodolfo Komorek in Vila Passos and the St Dominic Savio Oratory in the CECAP district.
Some 554 children, adolescents and older youth attend, all of them 'at risk'. Our aim is to foster their participation in learning, free time, culture, religious activity, seeking a holistic education for them. The local district and educators are involved in the activity.
We apply the same educational approach as did Don Bosco - the Preventive System - fostering dialogue, religion, friendship and warm relationships between educators and those being educated.
Don Bosco's charism offers the youngsters values for life: happiness, friendship, truth, involvement, good reading, good conversation, loyalty, obedience, work, moral criteria, struggle against vice, a spiritual program of life.
There are various activities like computer, singing, dance, design, art, maths and reading, a vegetable garden, nursery, football, walks, feast days, a library....
This way I am sure you will come to discover how to do good, serve your neighbour and cooperate in making humankind better!
Instituto Filosófico Salesiano
Rua Dom Bosco, 160 C.P. 103
12600-000 Lorena - SP