austraLasia

?

Shortcut

PrevPrev Article

NextNext Article

Larger Font Smaller Font Up Down Go comment Print Attachment
Views 736 Comment 4

20210302_WOR0.jpg

Interview with Fr Thomas Pallithanam, SDB

       New York, USA, WORLD, 2 March 2021 -- Fr Thomas (India-Hyderabad province) is the second representative of the Salesian Congregation at the United Nations (ECOSOC) since 2017. Our presence started in 2003 with Fr Thomas Brennan. Through the Salesian Missions USA office (SalesianMissions.org), the Salesians of St. John Bosco hold special Consultative Status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), advocating for the poorest of the poor.

       What makes you happy as an SDB in the UN office in NY?

       The responsibility and the privilege of highlighting our good practices at such an important international fora gives me a lot of joy. Our extensive presence across the globe in 135 countries puts on us the burden and the privilege to be an effective voice of “poor and the abandoned”, particularly of the young. In the past three years I have been able to bring greater visibility to the work that the Salesian Congregation is doing around the globe. I also have the satisfaction of knowing that the Salesian presence at the UN is better known and coordinated now. More and more Salesians and Salesian family members have got involved in our work at the UN since 2017.

       What did you learn during the past 3-4 years of this special ministry?

       As I listen to the many conversations at the UN and participate in discussions and take part in side events that highlight good practices by various organizations, I have come to realize that as a congregation we do so much more. The extent of our work and commitment far outweighs any similar good practice that are show-cased here. We need to highlight more the dedicated service that we render to the youth and to the needy. I also realize that while we are very good at service delivery we do not sufficiently engage ourselves in advocacy on behalf of those we accompany. While service delivery is important and gives us the moral standing to speak for the young and the poor we must realize that advocating for policies that will benefit the needy is a responsibility that we should not shirk. This is one area in which we need to seriously build our capabilities. I also realize that our young people are mostly the beneficiaries of our dedication but probably we have not challenged them sufficiently to become agents of change. I say this because the UN space is teeming with young people who are making significant changes in the lives of people they are associated with. UN puts a premium on the participation of the young in its policy making efforts.

       How can the ordinary SDBs around the world benefit from this SDB-UN office?

       May be this question needs to worded differently. How can the ordinary SDB around the world strengthen the SDB-UN office. I see this as the challenge. It is when the ordinary Salesians and the members of the Salesian family become effective agents of advocacy and change in the countries they live and work, our presence at the UN becomes meaningful and effective. Otherwise it will just be a lot of conversation and high thinking but not making any meaningful impact for the people on the ground. Having said that:

       The SDB General council, especially through the Councilors for Youth Ministry, Missions and General Economer positively encourages and supports these efforts. That gives me a sense of purpose, satisfaction and joy.


 

 

20210302_WOR1.jpg

Making an Oral Statement on behalf of the Salesians at the Inauguration of the FACTI Panel

20210302_WOR2.jpg

Salesian delegates at UN Conference on Social Development_present regional Fr Alphonse can be seen_also Fr Sebastian Chirayath

20210302_WOR3.jpg

SDB at UN - New Rochelle 2019

20210302_WOR4.jpg

Side Event Participation Good Practice from Senegal was presented

20210302_WOR5.jpg

With Salesian Youth Panelists at the 2019 HLPF_Provincial of Mumbai and Convenor Don Bosco Green Alliance

Attach

Drag and drop your files here, or Click attach files button.

Maximum File Size : 0MB (Allowed extentsions : *.*)

0 file(s) attached ( / )
  • Moses Yoon 2021.03.03 12:57

    I am really proud of the presence of Salesians at UN. It must be a great opprotunity for Salesians to expand Salesian mission and spread out Salesian spirit globally. The Salesian mission is not only to change and affect the life of young people  but laso to alter social system which needs us to engage in potitical action. I am personally wishing to engage in a such action because I think it is momentum to push society to transform earier thatn we imagain. Thanks to hear such great voice.  

  • Carlos Escobar 2021.03.03 17:15

    Thank you Fr Thomas! Thank you for your words and clear challenge to the Salesian Family in the way we educate and empower the younger generations. I've dreamt many times vivid discussions on what's the purpose of giving and receiving a Salesian education and the answer is always the same ... to raise and empower agents of change. Your words resonate strongly and in unison with my heart, mind and spirit. God bless and keep you strong to continue. Juan Carlos Escobar, Salesian Cooperator, Australia.

  • vaclav 2021.03.14 16:09

    UN-Catholic Religious Organization accredited (New York)

    Company of the Daughters of Charity

    Congregation of the Mission
    Congregation of Notre Dame
    Congregations of St. Joseph
    Dominican Leadership Conference

    Fondazione Proclade Internazionale-Onlus
    Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Loreto Generalate
    International Presentation Association
    Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers

    Medical Mission Sisters 
    Oblates of Mary Immaculate 
    Passionists International  
    Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary
    Salesian Missions Inc

    School Sisters of Notre Dame
    Sisters of Charity Federation
    Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
    Society of the Sacred Heart

    UNANIMA International

  • vaclav 2021.03.14 16:09

    UN-Catholic Religious Organization accredited (New York)

    Company of the Daughters of Charity

    Congregation of the Mission
    Congregation of Notre Dame
    Congregations of St. Joseph
    Dominican Leadership Conference

    Fondazione Proclade Internazionale-Onlus
    Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Loreto Generalate
    International Presentation Association
    Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers

    Medical Mission Sisters 
    Oblates of Mary Immaculate 
    Passionists International  
    Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary
    Salesian Missions Inc

    School Sisters of Notre Dame
    Sisters of Charity Federation
    Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
    Society of the Sacred Heart

    UNANIMA International


  1. 5580(I)_New Director of ASMOAF (AUL Mission Office) - Ms Tina Newton

    Gratitude for outgoing Director Br Michael Lynch By Lauren Hichaaba Delegate for Mission Animation Director, Cagliero Project Melbourne, Australia, 9 March 2021 -- Greetings from busy Salesian Mission Office, Australia-Pacific Province - AS...
    Date2021.03.09 CategoryAUL Reply0 Views201 file
    Read More
  2. 5579(II)_Salesian lay vocation growing in Africa (ASC Zambia)

    By our own correspondent Association of Salesian Cooperators (ASC), Zambia, Kabwe Centre (ZMB Province), 8 March 2021 -- In Africa we find the fastest growing region of the Catholic Church and of the Salesian Congregation. The Association o...
    Date2021.03.08 CategoryASC Reply0 Views107 file
    Read More
  3. 5579(I)_African Missionary in Europe

    Deep inside Project Europe By Cl. Ernest Musonda Kiev- Ukraine (UKR Vice-province), 8 March 2021 -- We are grateful for this missionary interview that offers a deep insight in the dynamics of faith, vocation and mission. A young missionary ...
    Date2021.03.08 CategoryWorld Reply0 Views134 file
    Read More
  4. 5578(VI)_4th Extraordinary Chapter of the Secular Institute of the Daughters of the Queenship of Mary

    By Teresa Rawiwan Buakharn Bangkok, Thailand, 4 March 2021 -- From 25-28 February 2021, 35 members of the Secular Institute of the Daughters of the Queenship of Mary gathered for the 4th Extraordinary Chapter at the mother house of the Inst...
    Date2021.03.04 CategoryTHA Reply0 Views227 file
    Read More
  5. 5578(V)_China Province Salesian Youth Day 2021

    By Ms Phyllis Tang Salesian Youth Movement Coordinator Hong Kong, 27 February 2021 -- Salesian Youth Day (SYD), in fact, is no longer a strange term in the Salesian Family. It is held most of the time at provincial level, occasionally also ...
    Date2021.03.04 CategoryCIN Reply0 Views202 file
    Read More
  6. 5578(IV)_The care of Creation, of the Common Home - Don Bosco Pakistan

    By Sunil Iqbal Quetta, Pakistan, 4 March 2021 -- The care of Creation, of the Common Home, as Pope Francis has insisted many times, is everyone's responsibility, especially of the new generations. Green environment practices are essenti...
    Date2021.03.04 CategoryPak. Reply0 Views126 file
    Read More
  7. 5578(III)_Study Edition of the new 'Directory for Catechesis' published in Manila

    By SC Delegate FIN province Manila, The Philippines, 4 March 2021 -- We congratulate Fr Sal Putzu, SDB, and his Word & Life Publications team for the Study Edition of the new “Directory for Catechesis” - already 17th in the ...
    Date2021.03.04 CategoryFIN Reply1 Views104 file
    Read More
  8. 5578(II)_Don Bosco celebrations - a month late due to Covid, but still typically Salesian!

    By Michael Gartland Clifton Hill, Melbourne, 4 March 2021 -- On Sunday 28 February, celebrations for Don Bosco’s feast day kicked off at St John the Baptist in Clifton Hill, Melbourne. Occurring almost a month after the feast day itse...
    Date2021.03.04 CategoryAUL Reply0 Views105 file
    Read More
  9. 5578(I)_Vietnam Don Bosco Green Alliance: Seminar-Workshop at the Salesian Theologate

    By Br. Pham hong Phuoc, SDB Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam, 04 March 2021 – On Saturday 27 February 2021 the Vietnam Don Bosco Green Alliance Group organised a seminar-workshop at the Salesian Theologate of the Vietnam province with the pa...
    Date2021.03.04 CategoryVIE Reply0 Views143 file
    Read More
  10. 5577(I)_Don Bosco at the United Nations in New York

    Interview with Fr Thomas Pallithanam, SDB New York, USA, WORLD, 2 March 2021 -- Fr Thomas (India-Hyderabad province) is the second representative of the Salesian Congregation at the United Nations (ECOSOC) since 2017. Our presence started i...
    Date2021.03.02 CategoryWorld Reply4 Views736 file
    Read More
List
Board Pagination Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ... 392 Next
/ 392