austraLasia

?

Shortcut

PrevPrev Article

NextNext Article

Larger Font Smaller Font Up Down Go comment Print Attachment

20190225_FIS.jpg


By Our Own Correspondent


Mindanao, the Philippines, 25 February 2019 -- As the second largest island of the Philippines, Mindanao main island with adjacent islands makes up 97.530 km2 with 25 million people. It is a multi-religion and multi-cultural population, with a majority of Catholic Christians, and minorities of Muslim and Animist religions. The evangelisation of Mindanao goes back to the 16th century and in the whole country the vibrant lay-driven Catholic communities are well known for their well animated Basic Ecclesial Communities and numerous priestly and religious vocations.


The poverty of Mindanao is striking - probably even 40% of Mindanao children suffer hunger and are malnourished (Save the Children, Philippines info) like in Sub-Saharan Africa. Catholic education (Philippines with 84.5% public schools and only 11% of Catholic schools) is not among the best in this zone. In the Year of the Youth (Filipino Catholic Bishops Conference declared this for 2019) the number of poor young people of Mindanao calls our attention.


Salesians of Don Bosco have been in Mindanao only since 1991 with three presences: Don Bosco Mati (Davao Oriental) with one parish, TVET and High School; Don Bosco Dacudao (Davao-Calinan) with one parish of Mary Help of Christians and Don Bosco Buda (Bukidnon province with one TVET and social work among the indigenous youth). Recently a Boys Home (Davao) was closed and there is a pending invitation to Cagayan de Oro (main transport hub of Mindanao) is being discerned.


The vocation-rich Mindanao Catholic community has already offered 8 professed Salesians (6 priests, one practical trainee and one postnovice) and two novices. However only one Salesian Brother (80 years old), 7 Salesian priests and one student in practical training are there after 27 years in Mindanao. Fr Franco Uras (in charge of Don Bosco Buda, Bukidnon Vocation Training center) and Fr Marcelino Benabay (Dacudao parish priest) are among the few long-term Mindanao missionaries.


Buda Don Bosco is the frontier of our mission in this island: probably the most humble Salesian structure in the whole of the Philippines, located in the Bukidnon highland (900 m above sea level) among the Lumads, original Mindanao indigenous people. The Buda Don Bosco Agri-preneural training center and social work for the rural indigenous people in Bukidnon has slowly developed since 2004 and at present there are two resident Salesians - the founder, Fr Uras (Italian missionary) and young Mindanao Salesian Fr Ariel. Together with 15 lay mission partners and daily educating our 14 boarding high school students this youth empowering humble and prophetic mission is developing.


Mindanao mission might be a true prophetic call for many Salesians to leave their comfort zone and embrace a new frontier in their own country, witnessing to Don Bosco's heart among the poorest of the poor young people. Every 25th of the month we pray in our EAO region for the 'NEW FRONTIERS' - not only to start our work in some new country like Malaysia (2017 - FIN) or possibly in Vanuatu (PGS dream). NEW FRONTIERS are in each of our countries where youth poverty touches our hearts and calls us to reach out!




20190225_FIS1.jpg


20190225_FIS2.jpg


20190225_FIS3.jpg


20190225_FIS4.jpg


20190225_FIS5.jpg


20190225_FIS6.jpg


20190225_FIS7.jpg


20190225_FIS8.jpg


20190225_FIS9.jpg


20190225_FIS10.jpg


20190225_FIS11.jpg


20190225_FIS12.jpg


20190225_FIS13.jpg


Maximum Attachments : 0Byte/ 15.00MB
Maximum File Size : 15.00MB (Allowed extentsions : *.*)

  1. 5062(I)_42 years witness of Salesian consecrated life

    Fr Luis Badilla, SDB returned to the Father By FIS provincial secretary Cebu, the Philippines, 12 April, 2019 -- Fr. Luis Badilla, was born on 21 May, 1957, grew up in Tondo (Manila) and entered the seminary after his high school. He profes...
    Date2019.04.15 CategoryFIS Reply0 Views188 file
    Read More
  2. 5061(II)_Practical training in FIS province (Dumangas Don Bosco)

    By Bro. Jeffrey Umbu, INA Dumangas, the Philippines, 11 April 2019 -- My name is Jefrianus Umbu Dapa Loka, SDB, born on 31 January,1995, in Sumba Island (Indonesia, near the SDB formation house). I got to learn about Jesus through my family...
    Date2019.04.14 CategoryFIS Reply0 Views176 file
    Read More
  3. 5060(II)_Vocation Accompaniment of young Salesians

    Vietnam 2019 By Our Own Corrspondent Ho Chi Minh City, 11 April1 2019 -- The largest EAO province of Vietnam-Mongolia is still blessed with many vocations, but the scenario is changing in many ways. Over a year the number of College aspiran...
    Date2019.04.13 CategoryVIE Reply0 Views152 file
    Read More
  4. 5060(I)_Young at heart - senior Salesian Cooperators Melbourne

    Group interview with senior Salesian Cooperators of Australia By Our Own Corrspondent Melbourne, Australia, 12 April 2019 -- What makes you happy as Salesian Cooperators? To follow the call, the meeting we have, which give us courage and fr...
    Date2019.04.13 CategoryASC Reply0 Views82 file
    Read More
  5. 5059(II)_Salute to youth, the torchbearers of our hope

    Contribution to the year of the youth 2019 By World and Life Publications Manila, the Philippines, 8 April 2019 -- As we proceed in the nine-year preparation for the celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the...
    Date2019.04.10 CategoryFIN Reply0 Views287 file
    Read More
  6. 5059(I)_Salesian Cooperators Vocation journey from El Salvador to Australia

    Interview with Mr. Juan Carlos Escobar and Ms. Carmen Escobar By Our Own Correspondent Melbourne, Australia, 8 April 2019 -- Carmen and Juan Carlos made their promise as Salesian Cooperators at the Mary Help of Christians parish in San Salv...
    Date2019.04.10 CategoryASC Reply0 Views145 file
    Read More
  7. 5061(I)_Don Bosco Family Day in Cambodia

    by THA-Cam SC Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 6 April 2019 -- The Cambodian Salesian and FMA Past Pupils Association, celebrated this Saturday the Don Bosco Family Day at the Technical School of Phnom Penh. In 28 years of the presence of Don Bosco in...
    Date2019.04.07 CategoryCamb. Reply0 Views220 file
    Read More
  8. 5058(II)_Graduation Ceremony in Don Bosco Vientiane - Laos

    By Bro. Carlo Bacalla Vientiane, Laos, 7 April 2019 -- Since 2004, Don Bosco Youth Vocational Training Centre in Vientiane (DPR Laos) has celebrated the graduation of our Bosconians twice yearly. Already more than 1100 have graduated over t...
    Date2019.04.07 CategoryTHA Reply0 Views117 file
    Read More
  9. 5058(I)_Toward the World Congress on Salesian Mission for Youth in Need 2021

    The World Advisory Council for Youth Ministry on Marginalize Youth 2019 By Frs Ronilo Javines, FIN and Peter Kim, KOR RMG, 31 March 2019 -- The World Advisory Council for Youth Ministry met at the General House in Rome toward the end of Mar...
    Date2019.04.07 CategoryWorld Reply0 Views155 file
    Read More
  10. 5057(II)_Christ is Alive and He wants you to be Alive!

    Post-synodal Exhortation of Pope Francis: Youth - Faith - Vocation Discernment By Our Own Correspondent Vatican City, 6 April 2019 -- Have you already stared reading it? Have you already received it in your own language? Yes, the long await...
    Date2019.04.06 CategoryWorld Reply0 Views220 file
    Read More
List
Board Pagination Prev 1 ... 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 ... 325 Next
/ 325