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Salesian Bulletin

May - August 2018 | Volume 1- Issue 2 | Vice-province of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands

Strenna 2018


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Salesian Bulletin Team

Cover

Editor:

Fr. Ambrose Pereira sdb Following the manner of Don Bosco members of the Pastoral Team of Don Bosco Technical School, Gabutu interact with the young at a weekend Extra Curricular Program.

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Fr. Dominic Kachira sdb Abigail Seta Cover design:

Ian Zuasula Finance:

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PGS Vice-province P.O Box 40 Vision City, Waigani 131,NCD, Papua New Guinea Thanks to those who have sent in their articles, reflections and photographs for this Salesian Bulletin. Your articles are very much appreciated. God bless you. - Editor.

Contents Message: Fr Filberto Gonsalvez sdb 3 Listening with an open heart 4 A story of accompaniment 6 Accompaniment - an encounter that transforms 8 Accompanying the young of today, the Digital Natives 10 Young people speak out 13 Relevance of Accompaniment in today’s family 14 Accompanying and Guiding today’s young people 18 God i invaitim ol yangpela 23

«Sir, give me

this water»

Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, our Rector Major, in his Strenna 2018, ‘Lord, give me this water’, has highlighted the need for us to Listen and Accompany our young. Our second issue of the Salesian Bulletin dwells on: ‘Let us cultivate the art of Accompaniment’. A new feature of this Salesian Bulletin is a ‘Quiz’ that every young person can enter. Alternatively you can request your Rector or Superior to send it to me. All entries must reach the editor on or before the 15th July, 2018. The winner will be picked up by Fr. Klement Vaclav sdb on 4th August, 2018. Our third issue for 2018 will dwell on how the different groups of the Salesian Family touch the deeper level of our young people. Our theme: Towards a Salesian Spirituality. Please send your articles and photographs, reflections and insights to the editor ambrose.pereirasdb@gmail.com on or before 7th August, 2018. All photographs need to be free of restrictions. Articles will be edited to suit the space available.

STRENNA 2018 of the Rector Major Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime

LET US CULTIVATE the art of LISTENING and of ACCOMPANIMENT

According to the wishes of St. John Bosco, our founder, the Salesian Bulletin is freely distributed. Three editions for 2018 will be sent to institutions, parishes, religious houses, schools and homes throughout Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and oversees. If you would like to support the work of the Salesian Bulletin, your donation will be most welcome.

Please send your donation to: Provincial Economer, P.O Box 40 Vision City, Waigani 131, NCD, Papua New Guinea. 2

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Message Salesian accompaniment is understood and lived in faith. God has a project that must be discovered and accepted freely by his children. This project is discovered as one journeys slowly along life. It is a process of continuous discernment where there are three main protagonists: the Holy Spirit, the accompanied, the companion. 


It is precisely through the grace and companionship of the Holy Spirit that the discovery of God's plan or dream for each person takes place. In reality, there are no professional techniques. In the accompaniment one can use different psychological techniques but none can substitute the grace of God. We have been created out of love and for love. Therefore life in the Spirit brings together the relationship between accompanied and companion.

Message


 From the beginning of his life until the end, Don Bosco was accompanied and was a companion. He sought out people who are not only capable and prepared, but above all wise and holy, people of prayer and of great psycho-affective balance. The first was Mamma Margherita, after that it was Don Colasso and almost all his life it was Don Cafasso. At the same time he became an expert companion of Salesians, young people and lay adults. He helped them find the will of God and respond with joy and generosity. It is difficult to make the accompaniment if there is not the experience of being accompanied, if one is not a man or one of prayer. It would be a contradiction if one does not love people's freedom and truth. 


Don Bosco's methods of accompaniment were complementary. It dealt with the personal relationship according to age, temperament and culture of the people. It took into consideration various groups with different objectives and dynamics. It dealt with the physical, religious and relational environment. It considered the apostolic commitment and the cultural artistic expression which took the form of letters, circulars, books, files, newspapers and magazines to reach the families. Even the walls of the oratory spoke of liturgical times and proposed saints of the church. Then there were the spontaneous interventions in the good night, personalized encouragements and ‘the word to the ear’. The accompaniment in Don Bosco and in the Salesian tradition is very rich. It needs to be discovered and deepened.
 The accompaniment of Don Bosco is focused on young people. Three written biographies serve as a path of youthful holiness. These biographies enable us to see in each person's response, the variety of proposals and helps us discover, accept and live the will of God with respect, patience and great love. The Preventive System (reason, faith, love) is seen in the biographies of Dominic Savio, Michael Magone and Francesco Bessucco. It underlines the importance of Salesian assistance in all the environments that young people live in. 


‘Accompaniment’ for us is therefore an attitude and a clear sign of the quality of the mission of the consecrated Salesian and the educative pastoral community. Fr. Filiberto González Plasencia sdb Councillor for Social Communications May 2018

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The Good Shepherd accompanies his sheep Fr Ambrose Pereira sdb

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Pope Francis and Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major

Papua New Guinea has been blessed by the visit of Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State to His Holiness Pope Francis. By word and example he has invigorated us and our people to love Christ and the church. He has shown us that the ‘Good Shepherd’ is in close to his sheep and smells like the sheep. His concern for the young was evidently visible. Young people in Oceania is an issue for the region. This was highlighted at the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania (FCBCO). In this Salesian Bulletin issue we will focus on Accompaniment: Our theme is: “Let us cultivate the art of Accompaniment”. Our aim is to foster a relationship with the person, the Lord Jesus and help them to overcome any obstacles. Jesus accompanied the people and in his encounter with the people of his time, he has shown us the way:

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Jesus in the encounter with the Samaritan woman (John 4:3-34. 39-42), Choosing to walk side by side, to become a companion on the street, like Jesus with the disciples of Emmaus (Lk 24:13-35).

The Cardinal as well as many Bishops of Oceania, picking up from Pope Francis have done the same. Each of us strive to do the same.

Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major in the Strenna 2018 gives us a few pointers to direct us as we - A loving gaze, as he addressed and accompany teenagers and young called the twelve apostles (Jn 1:35-51), - An authoritative word, as the one Jesus people, their families as well as the adults we are in contact with. pronounced in the synagogue of Capernaum (Lk 4:32),

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are located and where they are heading, so as to be able to walk together. Ensuring that the encounter takes place as an opportunity for a human and humanizing relationship, and not a utilitarian one. We are well aware of the importance of the encounter in Salesian pedagogy, which focuses on the person of the youth and of each person, with personal relationships that are based on mutual knowledge, on the concern for the good of the other, on understanding, empathy and trust. And we know that Don Bosco was in this an exceptional, incomparable teacher. With an attitude of listening (again, one refers to the art of listening as the foundation of accompaniment!), which makes it possible to know and understand the reality of the other person, the path they are taking, the situation of pain, lack of hope, fatigue or search in which they find themselves, as well as the dreams, desires and ideals hidden in their heart. It will always be an encounter of mediation, because the true Accompanying Person is the Holy Spirit. Mystic St. John of the Cross strongly affirms this when he writes: «These directors should reflect that they themselves are not the chief agent, guide, and mover of souls in this matter, but the principal guide is the Holy Spirit, who is never neglectful of souls». And this is because it will never be said enough that the travelling companion of our entire educational, pastoral and evangelizing activity is the Holy Spirit.

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street must be a witness to and announcer of the action of the Spirit in the person accompanied, but in a discreet way, remaining close, occupying only the space that belongs to him and not another one. Verily, the educator and evangelizer are formed as spiritual companions in the founding experience of having first encountered Him. This is so clear, explicit and radical for the fact that «the true educator of faith is the one who at a certain point must set himself aside, pulling himself back by creating that "empty place" which can only be occupied by the Lord», in order to allow, as the fruit and result of this accompaniment, the attainment of a true relationship or encounter of the youth, of the person accompanied, with God. Discovering how God manifests Himself in our experience to the point of finding ourselves encountered by Him. Being aware that the initiative will always be God's; and (being also aware) that responsibility and freedom will be ours.

May we not be afraid to reach out and touch the lives of the hundreds that we encounter daily and the thousands that lie just beyond our boundaries. May the Lord and His Blessed Mother accompany us in our noble task.

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A story of

Accompaniment

Martin Dai

Martin Dai belonged to the first batch of 120 students who graduated from Don Bosco Technical School, Gabutu in 1988. Faithfully married to Rebecca Dai for the past 17 years, he is the proud father of seven beautiful children. He is the present principal of his Alma Mater and is personally involved in the lives of nearly 1000 students at the school. He shares with us one of his many transforming experiences. The young man opened up and offered his help to accompany her from the bus stop to the school where her residence was. It was a risk, but it paid off. 6

There was a time when two teachers came to me commenting on the same child. The first teacher said, “This boy in my class is always so distracted.” While the second teacher had this to say regarding the same boy. “This boy is a very fast learner and I give him extra work”. Yes, we all look at the universe through our own ‘inner windows’.

market parcels”. It was frightening to get to know him. Let me share with you his story.

I would like to share with you the encounter of a simple journey of Listening and Accompaniment. My wife, Rebecca, as she journeyed to and from her work, saw a young man, aged 19 years, waiting at the main bus stop from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. Everyone who knew him said, “He is one on the lookout for an opportunity to snatch bags and carry away

Every afternoon around 5:30 pm he would patiently wait for Rebecca to be dropped off by her company transport at the bus stop and then he would accompany her to the school gate and leave her. Often he would offer his help to carry her bag and parcels. Soon, Rebecca began to trust him fully. He had a good heart and protected her always.

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It all started with a greeting, then by offering a betel nut. The young man opened up and offered his help to accompany her from the bus stop to the school where her residence was. It was a risk, but it paid off.


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Don Bosco modelled himself on Christ the ‘Good Shepherd’. We imitate Don Bosco as we search for the sheep that are lost.

Usky interacting with students Martin, Rebecca and family

As time went on, Rebecca introduced him to me. She said, “This young man is very honest, trustworthy, very respectful to women, dedicated and happy. Can we help him?” She suggested that we could help him be enrolled for the Employment Oriented Skills Development Training (EOSDT) Course at the school, if he so desires. And so one afternoon we met him. “They call you UKs. What’s your real name.”? “Aaa just call me UKSY, I like it that way.” “Where do you live.” “I live at the bus stop... (he laughed). Sometimes I stay with my cousin”. “Have you been to school?” “Yes a very long time ago” “What Grade have you completed” “Grade 6” “Did you work before? “Yes! Bus stop work!” “Your mum and dad?” “I don’t know” “How do you survive? “ Ahh you know., life is like that” “OK. I see you are helpful and gentle. Can I ask you something more?” “Yes... Yes.. Yes” “How about going to church?” “Eee.. It’s been a long time ago, but I will try now” “Is it ok for you to come and attend the Short Term Course at Don Bosco?” “Ahh... it’s an opportunity to help myself” “Ok it’s a deal, come along at the beginning of July”

He was then sponsored by Don Bosco Technical School and took up EOSDT in Welding Trade. Through the training the instructors found him very responsible, honest, hardworking and trustworthy. The school became a home for him. He would even assist teachers during extra curricula

activities. After his graduation he was recommended to work as a Shop Assistant for the General Workshop. Usky is today a full time employee at Don Bosco Technical School, Gabutu. ‘Who we are’ is more important than “What we do”. We don’t go to heaven alone; but we take the young along with us. We fly on the wings of each other. We listen to them, identify their needs and accompany them through life. Don Bosco modelled himself on Christ the ‘Good Shepherd’. We imitate Don Bosco as we search for the sheep that are lost. We create a simple youthful environment of listening, accompanying and journeying with the young. We then manage to be that “Who We Are” and offer a direction to every young person. Like this young man ... it is up to us to find attractive, innovative ways and make the initial contact on their own playing field and establish a relationship of care and trust. It is up to us to avoid putting them in a ‘box’, listen to each of them and journey with them. Jesus is our perfect example. The meeting of the Samaritan women at the well gives us the inspiration on how we meet, start relationships and find ways of developing them. It is then that they will grow to greater heights. Every praise, encouragement, challenge and motivation gives our young people hope.

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Sr. Alice Fulgencio FMA

Accompaniment - an encounter that

Transforms

Sr. Alice Fulgencio, FMA, is a Christian Life Experience lecturer at St. Peter Chanel Catholic College for Secondary Teacher Education and she also teaches at the Sacred Heart Inter diocesan Minor Seminary in Rapolo, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. They find the school community a family where everyone feels welcome and free to be his/ herself and where the educators are friends and companions in their journey 8

Have I made a difference in the lives of the young people that I have encountered especially here in the mission? As I reach my eighth year in the mission, I cannot help asking myself this question.

Salesian education, many of them concur that they find the school community a family where everyone feels welcome and free to be his/herself and where the educators are friends and companions in their journey.

In Port Moresby where I was assigned for six years, there were so many occasions of meeting past pupils everywhere – in shops, schools, at the airport – and it is always a joy to see many of them have turned out to be successful entrepreneurs, highly skilled tradesmen/women, dependable workers and school heads. I would like to think that this answers my question. Yes, in my own little way, in the lives of these past pupils, I have made a difference.

In Valdocco and Mornese then, our saintly founders, Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello, gave an original character to Salesian education through their paternal and motherly presence marked by familiarity and loving kindness.

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Now in our Salesian settings worldwide, Salesian educators continue the legacy of our founders and many young people especially those who are open, experience transformation.


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What helped her overcome this and many other problems was our constant follow-up, giving time to listen to her story, continuing to trust her and giving her little responsibilities.

It is not easy to follow up the students individually but in our educative ambient, the best way to get to know the young are actually the informal encounters. I always try to identify the students who have difficulty in the class and during breaks, I see to it that I find time to talk to them to find out what is going on. Many times, this encounter leads to an opening of the heart and I get to know their situations. I learned that a good number of ladies in the dormitory lived in irregular family situations, that many have experienced physical abuse from their own family members or relatives. I keep an eye on ladies who are more vulnerable and in the community, we used to take up the special cases so that there could be a common intervention.

In DBTI Boroko, I have seen a Rector who stayed up late every night, keeping his office door open for any young person who may want to chat with him. Many did and they came away spiritually nourished. I have witnessed Salesians working with the young men for some repair or construction around the school, sharing in their meals and in their recreation. Those who were responsive among them became more responsible and were kept from vices. I have known the great effort of the Sisters in establishing a personal rapport with every young person in the school and especially the ladies in the dormitory. Every short meeting with them at work, in school, in the different activities became occasions of knowing them, appreciating their giftedness and urging them to be the persons God desires them to be.

The young then and now share some I especially remember the case of one common characteristics. They recognise the transforming power of particular young lady whom I will call Nadine (not her real name). She every little gesture of affection, of comes from one of the poorest mentoring and guidance - the time provinces and is the daughter from a spent with them, listening patiently to second wife of her dad who has their questions, understanding their several concubines. She was restlessness and challenging them to constantly beaten up by her dad in her live a “high standard of Christian lifeâ€?. growing years and when she entered And those who are open take up the DBTI, you could see at the outset that challenge! she was a very disturbed person. We did not know the extent of her problem So let us never tire of accompanying until she started manifesting a suicidal our young people because it is in this tendency. What helped her overcome encounter that many of them are this and many other problems was our transformed. Who knows how many constant follow-up, giving time to listen to her story, continuing to trust her and more Savios, Magones and VicuĂąas we have in our settings? giving her little responsibilities. She may not have succeeded in completing her studies, but she is now a trusted employee at an airline company. And yes, she is very grateful for the accompaniment that she has received and the values that she has learned which are now being put to practice. I have observed other expressions of accompaniment, simple gestures which surely left a mark on those who received them. May - August | Volume: 1 | Issue: 2

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Fr. Savio Angelo S. Sanchez SDB

Accompanying Today’s Young

Digital Natives Fr Savio Angelo S. Sanchez SDB is the Rector of Don Bosco Technical School in Gabutu, Port Moresby. He is the PGS Provincial Delegate for the Salesian Family and a member of the Commission on Formation. A musician and a songwriter he has composed numerous liturgical songs in English, Tok Pisin, Filipino and Latin. He maintains personal accounts in Facebook, Instagram and Twitter which become his pulpits for proclaiming the Gospel in the digital world as well as an avenue to connect with digital natives, particularly Bosconians. He also lectures at the Catholic Theological Institute, Bomana.

For a digital native, a ‘web’ is not just something produced and intricately woven by the spider.

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Back in the 80s, when I and my contemporaries were young, we did not know of gadgets like the mobile phone, mp3 player, tablet, iPad and laptop. We did not play online games. We had toy cars, instead. Girls, on the other hand, played with their dolls. There was only the black and white television screen if we wanted to watch a show or a movie. Today, things have changed dramatically. LANGUAGE For a digital native, a ‘web’ is not just something produced and intricately woven by the spider. The ‘mouse’ is also now a hand-held device that controls the movement of the cursor or pointer on a display screen. A ‘tablet’ does not refer only to the medicine we

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take when we are sick. A ‘notebook’ is not just one of the stationeries we can buy along with paper, pens, and other writing materials. ‘Windows’ are installed, opened or closed in the computer and no longer just structures in the house. ‘Surfing’ now is not just a sporting activity done in the sea. Our language has also changed dramatically. The youth of today speak this language.


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In the PGS Vice Province, as our Pastoral Thrust this year, we will see to it that our “Good Night and Good Morning Talks become explicit group accompanim ent of young people entrusted to our care and of our communities.”

LANGUAGE OF THE HEART But there is a language we all need to learn because this language is understood by all. For Don Bosco, if parents and educators are to be effective, they need to learn what he calls ‘the language of the heart.’ We cannot accompany the youth, and anybody for that matter, unless we learn how to speak the language of the heart. Some of us adults are finding it difficult to catch up with the pace of the youth of today. But there are time-tested Salesian practices that we can adapt to suit today’s digital world and accompany the digital natives. GOOD NIGHT TALK Mama Margaret started the beautiful Salesian tradition of the ‘Buona Notte’ or ‘Good Night Talk’ one rainy evening in May 1847. This little talk is a beautiful way of wrapping up the day. We have adapted it in our schools through the Good Morning or even Good Afternoon Talk during school assemblies. When the Rector, as a father, or someone in his place addresses or communicates with the community, it becomes a means for fostering family spirit and for providing guidance and direction. In the PGS Vice Province, as our Pastoral Thrust this year, we will see to it that our “Good Night and Good Morning Talks become explicit group accompaniment of young people entrusted to our care and of our communities.” Along this line, monthly themes were proposed in connection to this year’s observance of the Year of Youth in PNG-SI. Since our audience are digital natives, we would do well to be creative enough and communicate effectively using the language they understand. When necessary, we use their expressions, terminologies and slang.

it, and we know what we mean by ‘Salesian assistance.’ As we try to become an animating presence among the youth especially in the playground (even in the digital playground!), we make use of something beautiful we inherited from Don Bosco himself. I am referring to the so called ‘parolina all’orecchio’ or the ‘word in the ear.’ Don Bosco’s style was very simple. In the playground, outside the classroom or along the corridors, he would call a youngster over and probably begin by saying, “Shall I tell you something.” And then he would place his hand over the boy’s head and stoop to the boy’s ear to whisper a word or two. This ‘word in the ear’ took only a moment but it surely pierced the heart for it was Don Bosco’s subtle way of giving admonitions, corrections, observations and encouragement. We would do well to utilize this mentoring technique if we want to accompany the youth of today. Let us learn to ‘inbox’ them with the right message at the right time!

CONFESSION For us Salesian priests, our sacramental ministry in the confessional gives us an access right into the heart of the youth-penitent. Don Bosco taught us that “frequent Confession and daily Communion are the pillars that ought to support an educational edifice.” He highly esteemed Confession such that in the three biographies of the holy youth - Dominic Savio, Michael Magone and Francis Besucco. Don Bosco stressed the importance of choosing a good confessor who will not just become the spiritual guide but also the ‘friend of the soul.’ He was aware of the difficultly involved in trying to earn the confidence of the youth. But it was not something impossible. In fact, he pointed out how the boy Dominic Savio “placed ‘WORD IN THE unlimited confidence in his confessor, EAR’ and would often speak to him of Within our Salesian matters concerning his soul even circle, we often hear outside the confessional.”

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“Go to the confessor; open your heart with that ‘awkward mess’ to him as you call it. He will give you some good advice and you will come back happy.”

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Notice what wonders are wrought when Confession becomes part of the Salesian culture in the school. One day, in the Valdocco Oratory, a friend of Michael Magone, seeing how sad and disturbed he was gave him a very decisive proposal: “Go to the confessor; open your heart with that ‘awkward mess’ to him - as you call it. He will give you some good advice and you will come back happy. When we have some trouble we always do that and, that is why we are always happy.”

on social platforms. Interestingly, 30% of all time spent online is mainly for social media interaction. And the majority of that time is on a mobile. In fact, it is said that 60% of social media time spent is facilitated by a mobile device. It is good to ask if we Salesians and members of the Salesian Family are visibly present in the digital playground of today’s youth. When we see some of our students “online” for instance, do we at least drop them a word that will inspire them? At times, it is surprising how those who are too Don Bosco, the holy ‘friend of the soul’ timid to approach us in person can be made use of Confession as a powerful very open ‘online.’ The young are also tool for accompanying the youth. Every looking for ‘cyber-educators’ and Salesian is also called to become the ‘cyber-missionaries’ with whom they friend of the soul of the youth. can open themselves and from whom they can seek guidance, direction and SALESIAN PRESENCE IN THE accompaniment. DIGITAL PLAYGROUND Our ‘Salesian instinct’ should lead us to where the youth are. According to recent studies, teenagers nowadays spend up to nine hours a day

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Young people speak out The FCBCO Assembly gave young people a chance to speak out and share how the church can help them live good Catholic lives. The workshop, ‘Youth Ministry in Oceania’, facilitated by Fr Ambrose Pereira sdb highlights the struggle and challenges faced by youth people. “I made a personal commitment to stay pure until after marriage and celebrate that life after I get married in the Church.

Young people form a vital part of the church and it is essential that they are cared for, nurtured and empowered – not for who they will become, but for who they are today. Despite the diversity of culture, technology and standard of life, young people are searching for God, a life of faith and a commitment to sacraments. They are in search of authentic and credible youth ministers who will help them face their challenges in life.

Five young people were able to share their experience of youth Fr Ambrose Pereira sdb with the young presenters ministry in Papua New Guinea. They said that there are relatively few youth ministers that are ready to listen to them and fewer still that are ready to accompany them on their journey through life. Youth Session at the FCBCO Assembly

Their sharing highlighted the need for a remote, immediate and proximate preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage. The sharing and interaction amongst the bishops are leads for reflection and action. Here are a few comments from the young people: Tamarah Munjin – “I made a personal commitment to stay pure until after marriage and celebrate that life after I get married in the Church. I chose this because I come from a broken family and I’ve seen my siblings and peers get married very early and outside of the Church and they don’t have that Faith and strong foundation. It is important for the Bishops, Priests and youth ministers to integrate that message to the young people.” George Wilson - “It would be wonderful if our priests, tap us on the shoulder and tell us that it is better to keep yourselves pure until after marriage.” Chermainne Umba – “Every young person lives in fear – the fear of belonging, ear of commitment, … We need to hear and be reassured that marriage is a solid foundation, without which we are on unsteady ground”. Natalie Uma – “Just mentioning it once or twice in the year is not helpful. All young people want to know more about the sanctity and holiness of marriage. It needs to be constantly repeated and reinforced by our priests in their sermons.”

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Fr Edwin Genovia sdb

Relevance of Accompaniment in today’s family Fr Edwin Genovia sdb, has held different posts as Rector in several houses of the vice-province and is now the Economer at Don Bosco, Kumgi. He shares his experience of journeying with the young. This article focuses on the understanding and importance parents’ role of being there, not only mere physical presence, but of accompanying their children’s every stage of growth and development especially in forming good moral values. Parents should realize that they are thereby cooperators with the love of God the Creator, and are, so to speak, the interpreters of that love. (GS, #50) 14

“I am seeking a space for my son,” a father told me as he and his son entered my office almost a month after we started our enrolment.

Three days later the same father and son came to my office. The father showed me the original certificates of his son. The son’s marks were low… very low. In the photo-copied I asked the son to show me his Grade certificates, his marks were high… 10 and 12 certificates as he pulled very high. The father was apologetic them out. They were laminated and but sadly not sorry and the son’s nicely preserved… but not original. I expression was that of “Mi traim told the son to show me the originals tasol…” They were not the only ones and was told that they were original. during enrolment who tried to secure a The father confirmed it. I told them space showing fake documents or they were not and pointed to them the false certificates. These incidents signs of an original certificate. “Show have just re-enforced my impressions me your original certificates if you that corruption in its many forms like want to study here…” were my parting cheating is rampant and it is words to them. considered most normal.

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The loving relationship between parents and children; is irreplaceable and inalienable, and therefore incapable of being entirely delegated to others or usurped by others. (FC, #36)

We blame our leaders and the system as corrupt when the root cause is in the family when parents fail to correct the wrong their children are doing. They even approve and encourage it. We blame the school for the failure of the parents when students are dismissed from school due to undesirable behavior and parents questioned the procedure of dismissal. And we should blame ourselves for not challenging our youth enough when they fail. We give excuses or even blame their failures to other factors. Pope Francis pointed out in his letter “The Joy of Love” that the family is “the primary setting since it is where we first learn to relate to others, to listen and share, to be patient and show respect, to help one another and live as one...”

seek approval from their peers who are always available rather than their parents who question their motives or who even doubt their responsibility. The internet has today become the confidante whom children consult when in search for solutions and answers to their problems. Here are a few reflective points for parents: 1. Do you spend some time with your children every day? 2. Have you set aside time to be with your children for prayer, meals and study? 3. Are you able to listen to your children share about their struggles of growing up?

The family is the basic unit of the society and parents play an active and primary role in the upbringing of their children. They are the ones to instill discipline, values, virtues and educate their children to the faith.

Accompaniment of our children in today’s family is not just challenging but downright hard, demanding and even stressful. It’s challenging, because it’s not about more time with your children, but quality time. It is downright hard, because it calls all Unfortunately, despite the rich the virtues of a saint and a martyr in heritage of ‘wantok’ we have lost our dealing with them. It is demanding, grasp on our young generation. because you should be 24/7 on call. It Sadly, many parents fail to provide is stressful, if you think IT IS A JOB. their children with a credible Christian Yet, children are happy, feel secure witness and are simply not around and are content in life when they are when their children make big with their parents. decisions*. Those moments of accompaniment Children open up to their friends were worth the sacrifice. rather than to their parents. They

Enrolment at Don Bosco Technical School, Gabatu in progress

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Fr Ariel Macatangay sdb

Accompanying and Guiding

Today’s Young People Fr Ariel Macatangay sdb, a priest of the Salesians of Don Bosco, currently assigned as Prefect of Studies and Economer at Savio Haus, a formation center for the aspirants to the Salesian life in the Vice Province of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. He also currently serves as Provincial Councilor and Delegate for Formation in the PGS Vice Province, as well as East Asia Coordinator for the Salesian Institutions of Higher Education. In the current academic year, we have 14 aspirants, to whom I directed three questions: 1) What should be the characteristics of a trustworthy person, who is suited to accompanying young people today on life’s journey? 2) What negative traits or attitudes turn away or turn off young people from approaching and opening up to guides? 3) Narrate an unforgettable experience (whether positive or negative) about being guided or accompanied. Below are the summary and highlights of their responses. Regarding the first question, 5 positive traits of guides emerge: 1) attractive life witness, 2) friendly approach, 3) empathetic disposition, 4) helpful critical response, 5) accompaniment as art of mentoring. Attractive life witness includes those qualities of being trustworthy, of mirroring virtuous living and of sharing good examples. The

respondents point out particular traits like being gentle, patient, wise, courageous, and having ethical standards. By friendly approach, I refer to the following attractive features in a guide: smiling, open, encouraging, shows love and concern. Empathetic disposition refers to these qualities: listening, adjusting to the level of youths, humble, understanding youth language, accepting their views. My young respondents, however, do not only look for pleasing qualities in persons accompanying them, but highlight also their need to receive helpful critical response from concerned adults, which usually come through corrections given in a friendly and personal way. Here is how Marcus Mugau uniquely expresses this desired quality: “He must be a person who will first listen to me, evaluate my situation and correct me with a smile on his face, love in his heart and care in his words.” The last quality mentioned is the capacity for accompanying young people in a way that they improve and learn, in short, by being a mentor to them. Adult guides are prefered and not commanders, who can lead them to goodness and happiness, who can share the truths and values of the Gospel, and who can effectively use media technology in communicating and guiding the young.

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The loving relationship between parents and children; and it is irreplaceable and inalienable, and therefore incapable of being entirely delegated to others or usurped by others. (FC, #36)

Family Day celebrations at Savio Haus , Bomana

Regarding the negative traits that turn off young people from their adult guides, the responses may be grouped into four characteristics, which curiously correspond in the opposite direction with the first four positive traits mentioned above: 1) unhealthy behaviors, 2) unfriendly attitudes, 3) lack of trust, 4) lack of flexibility. As opposed to an attractive life witness, youths are easily turned off by unhealthy behaviors from adult guides, ranging from improper hygiene and lack of education and formation, to bad examples like smoking drugs, drinking alcohol, and laziness in spiritual matters. In contrast to friendly approach, some unfriendly attitudes easily discourage young people from approaching guides with such attitudes. Peter Kamara writes a few of these attitudes: “serious and busy face without a single smile as well as favoritism.” Perhaps the most disliked expression of unfriendly attitude from adult guides is that of showing prejudice or judging a young person beforehand. Instead of showing empathy and compassion, some accompanying adults manifest lack of trust, openness, or interest, producing fear among young people. The last undesirable trait in persons who accompany is that of lack of flexibility. Instead of giving helpful corrections, some guides are “too strict, over-ruling, failing to understand young

people’s views, and proud,” according to Pius Yawalele. The Savio Haus aspirants’ answers to the third question are both interesting and revealing. Most of them share experiences, whether positive or negative, in connection with the traits mentioned above. Some of them share stories about negative experiences with guides, who showed unhealthy behaviors. Their experiences reflect the challenges, which face many a Papua New Guinean youth in their journey of growth. The following unhealthy behaviors of peers and adults have deeply affected some of them: favoritism in terms of unequal treatment in the family, especially if the youth happens to be adopted; being guided by senior secondary students in negative behavior through involvement in cult groups and activities; witnessing the destructive effects of drugs and alcohol among their peers, who do not appreciate the efforts of adult guides; and direct involvement in the preparation and partaking of homebrew with a secondary school teacher, who was eventually dismissed. More of the aspirants, however, share positive unforgettable experiences that have shaped and changed their lives. Allan Aiari, for instance, shares how his encounter and friendship with a Salesian priest, Fr. Heraldo Bosquez, has completely transformed his life. Thus ends my informal report of ideas and experiences I have learned from our young formands at Savio Haus. I hope that you may consider some of these points to be helpful in understanding better our young people today and not to give up the delicate task of accompanying them towards human and Christian growth.

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Cecilia Teliwa

Secretary of State

happy to be amongst

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Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State to His Holiness Pope Francis celebrated the Opening mass on 12th April at Caritas Technical School; Mass for the religious on 12th April at St. Joseph’s Parish, Boroko and for the youth and laity on 13th April at the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians, Boroko. Crowds were drawn to this calm, relaxed and spiritual man of God, who came for the FCBCO Assembly and made it a point to meet, greet and pray personally the people of Papua New Guinea. A congregation of over 1,500 young people and laity filled the beautiful Shrine of Mary Help of Christians, Boroko on 14th April, 2018. Dressed in traditional attire, a group of Bougainvillean and Tolai dancers led the entrance and offertory processions. St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir enhanced the prayerful atmosphere with their angelic, vibrant and harmonious voices.

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The cause for canonisation of Blessed Peter ToRot was highlighted by the Cardinal. “We are all called for the proclamation, sanctification and service of the Gospel and God’s message must go out into the Cardinal Parolin together with the concelebrants world,” said Cardinal at the end of the Eucharistic celebration Parolin as he responded to questions in relation to family relationships and young people. “The Holy Father remembers each of you”, he said and said that every human person needs to be involved in the work of evangelisation whether young or old.

“Families that pray together, stay together despite of the difficulties they face.”

Family ties are very important and all families need to celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony. Thus, more vocations would emerge from good Christian families. His Eminence stated: “Families that pray together, stay together despite of the difficulties they face.”

The President of Catholic Professional Society of PNG, Paul Harricknen thanked Cardinal Parolin for his presence and wished him a safe trip back to Rome. It was a moment of blessing for the local Church in PNG, Solomon Islands and the Oceania region. It was also the first high-ranking visit from the Vatican since the last visit by Pope St. John Paul II in 1995. Young people who wish to follow Don Bosco as priests, religious or sisters are welcome to contact: The Vocation Promoter Salesians of Don Bosco Fr. Joseph Nguyen Dai sdb josephdaisdb@gmail.com Salesian Sisters Sr. Alem Coching, fma mac24fma@gmail.com Michaelites Fr. Peter Hadroc csma hadropiotr@gmail.com Caritas Sr. Mazzarello Choi, SCG mazachoi@gmail.com

A large painting of Blessed Peter ToRot painted by a Korean artist, was presented to Cardinal Parolin for blessing.

Caritas students pose with Cardinal Pietro Parolin after the Eucharist celebration

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World Youth Day 2019

(ANS - Panama City) - The XXXIV World Youth Day will be held in Panama from 22 to 27 January 2019. A few months from the celebration of the Synod of Bishops on "Youth, faith and vocational discernment", Pope Francis will meet young people from all over the world in Panama, the land of the Channel, a land between two oceans and a bridge between two continents. Groups of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) from all over the world have begun to prepare for this important ecclesial event. Beginning with Panama and the Central American Province, the SYM groups are preparing to participate in this important meeting. As is now the tradition, these groups will meet during the WYD for a day of reflection, sharing, celebration and prayer, together with the Rector Major of the Salesians and the Mother General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. The next world meeting of the Salesian Youth Movement shall be celebrated in Panama on Wednesday, 23 January 2019.

PGS Salesian Family Day DBTS, Gabutu, Port Moresby: With the theme Cultivating the Art of Listening and Accompaniment - the 2018 Strenna of the Rector Major, the PGS Salesian Family met again to celebrate its annual Salesian Family Day on the 7th April, Saturday. An enriching talk by Fr. Savio Angelo Sanchez, PGS Provincial Delegate for the Salesian Family, left the Salesian family to reflect on ways of what they can do to accompany the young on their journey through life. Salesian groups performed a variety of songs and interpretative dances were the ADMA, Past Pupils, Caritas Sisters of Mary, Salesian Cooperators, NCD Chapter, Michaelite, and the Aspirants. The FMA Sister screened a video on Mornese, while the Salesian Cooperators, (Kokopo Chapter), with its president, Ms. Bellie Gutierrez, and with the assistance of Mr. Jose Noli Genovia, ASC Kokopo Chapter candidate, prepared and showcased slides on how the ASC started in Kokopo as well as the many endeavors the group has done since it started such as its outreach activities, spiritual formations, catechisms and holy mass animations in the different parishes. This momentous event culminated with the Holy Mass held at Don Bosco Church, officiated by Fr. Alfred Maravilla, SDB PGS Provincial, with the rest of the Salesian priests present at this event. The highlight of the Holy Mass was the Apostolic Promise made by the ten (10) new Salesian Cooperators, (NCD Chapter). After two years and a half of undergoing formation with the in-charge formator and Fr. Ambrose Pereira, SDB, they were able to reach the summit of being candidates to become full-fledged members of the Salesian family.

Vocational Sunday Oratory South Korea - April 2018 - On April 22, the Salesian community of the formation house of Gwanju Shiandong, together with diocesan seminarians from various dioceses and religious congregations, including Salesian postnovices, took part in the 55th edition of the Sunday Vocational Oratory on the theme "God is calling you", with over four thousand children, young people and volunteers.

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Salesian Archbishop An Inspiration Port Moresby, 25 April 2018 Bishop Francis Meli was consecrated Bishop of Vanimo on 25th April, 2018 at Vanimo Town Oval, Sandaun Province. The well prepared and beautiful liturgical celebration was attended by about 3000 faithful from different corners of the Diocese of Vanimo. Many from the Diocese of Rabaul and other parts of Papua New Guinea joined in the celebrations. In speaking about the ones who have been the inspiration in his life he said, “There are many people who were very instrumental to my life, for example, my parents, Bishops, Priests, religious and laity. However, I must say that the most inspiring person in my years prior to my elevation to the order of bishop was my current Archbishop of Rabaul, His Excellency Most Reverend Archbishop Francesco Panfilo SDB.”

He stated that Archbishop Francesco Panfilo SDB inspired him by his life, his simplicity, his humility, his life of prayer, his life of fighting for true justice, his outstanding skill of administration and his concern for the poor. Bp Meli also spoke of his faith experience and pointed out the great devotion Archbishop Francesco Panifilo sdb has for our Our Blessed Mother. “He has dedicated his life to the devotion of Our Blessed Mother. He has never missed saying his daily rosary. This devotion was a strong point in my family life, in which my mother, my father, brothers and sisters lived and practiced in their life today and continue to pass it on to their children,” he said.

Don Bosco has been educating the youth, especially the poor and marginalized. This year we are distributing scholarships to 105 young people – a total of (K525,000.00) who could not continue their studies in the academic line. They learn a trade in our Don Bosco schools and training centres. Fifty-five (55) of them are girls and fifty (50) are boys. We invite our friends to join us in this task - contributing towards our services for the needy young boys and girls. Do not miss this opportunity to bring a smile on the face of a needy child!

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Second EAO Salesian Studies Workshop started Paranaque, Philippines, 24 April 2018: - The 2nd East Asia Oceania Salesian Studies Seminar Workshop is now in progress in Don Bosco Center of Studies in Paranaque City, Philippines (FIN). Rev. Fr. Francis Gustilo, SDB, heads 42 participants from 13 Provinces through the 3week seminar workshop that dwells on DON BOSCO’S PEDAGOGY, deepening on Don Bosco as the Educator, the Evangelizer and the Communicator. Other Salesian professors in the different fields of Salesianity, Youth Ministry, Social Communication

and Catechetics are also scheduled to animate lectures and workshops. This year’s batch has 16 lay participants, most of them involved in the Salesian work as educators and animators.

EAO Provincial Meeting 2018 Dili: The EAO 2018 Provincial and Delegates meetings I feel a need of counselling and of a regular confessor. I started in the Dili, Comoro Blessed Artemide Zatti need also need more time to be deeply reflective. postnovitiate chapel. The Eucharist was presided over by the youngest provincial, Fr. William Matthews (AUL). Due to our fast cultural changes affecting the young The days were dedicated to the charismatic growth in Salesians I ask: ‘Should I go with you cycling or join you the provinces. in a cup of coffee to catch up with the young Salesian?’ Through an attentive listening of the participants who came together from 15 countries (Australia, Samoa, China-Hong Kong, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Korea, Japan, Philippines, Mongolia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea) all the participants were enriched. Few highlights from their sharing:

In each community according to this strategy senior confreres becomes the mentor to younger confreres and it helps to strengthen our Salesian culture! It’s a challenge to listen to our confreres from different nationalities. I pray every day for each confrere, especially for the difficult ones, sick or those in difficult situations.

Listening to the Salesians, helps me witness to God’s work and the power of the resurrection in the confreres. This Strenna 2018 helps us a lot, for the youth as well as our own confreres. It has been a wonderful EAO Listening well is the way of accompaniment and we experience. notice a progress in our province, as the spirit of listening spreads. 


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One Minute Film Competition Youth Alive! Celebrating ‘Life and Love’ Films need to be HD/ 1080p/ 720p with an aspect ration of 16:9. Screening date: 4th August, 2018 Vocation films: In this Year of Youth 2018 we invite you to send in vocation stories. These may be international or local. Films in pidgin or other languages need English subtitles. No prizes for foreign films. Discussion questions are required for every film. All films are to reach Fr. Ambrose Pereira sdb by 30th June, 2018.

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God i invaitim ol yangpela long stap pulap long laip na laik

“Young people, you are the centre of attention. Live your Faith with Jesus, who is the source of Vocational Discernment”

Long Oktoba 2018 korona wantaim ol, na putim ol long han Pop Francis i bungim bilong Maria. sampela bisop bilong 8. Helpim ol yangpela long tek pat long olgeta hap na diskaa ektiviti bilong sios, na skulim ol long long rot bilong helpim amamas bilong wok sevis. ol yangpela long gro Givim sans long ol long skulim ol arapela long bilip na painim yangpela long skul katekismo; givim sans vokesen God i long wok sevis long ol tarangu. singautim ol long en. 9. Pre bai God i ken singautim planti Em i tok: “Mi laik bai yupela i ken stap nambawan yangpela long tok yesa long plen long tingting bilong sios, long wanem yu stap long bilong em. Vokesen i kam long God. hat bilong mi.” Wok i desisen bilong yumi yet. Bikos 1. Strongim Kristen femili. vokesen i kam long God, yumi mas askim I gat wanpela vokesen tasol: bihainim God long dispela presen. Jisas, laikpasin, na autim/serim Gutnius, 10. Salensim yangpela long kamap holi. moa yet long tarangu. Yumi mekim dispela Yangpela tu i ken kamap santu: Jacinta na wok long 4pela kain we: single laip, marit Franciso, Maria Goretti, Peter to Rot. laip, relijus laip, o wok pris. Skulim ol yangpela long laip bilong ol 2. Bringim Pikinini long God taim ol i santu. Ol i ken kamap holi taim ol i yangpela. bihainim Jisas na wokabaut long bilip, Jisas yet i bin gro long save na gutnem bihainim eksampel bilong Jisas na harim long ai bilong God na ol pipel. tok bilong Papa, laikim arapela olsem Ol papamama, tisa, na komuniti i redim Jisas i bin laikim ol, inap long indai. yangpela long vokesen. Sampela i painim - Pope Francis vokesen bilong ol taim ol i yangpela tru, Toktok i go long ol yangpela: na ol i no senisim. 1. God i laikim yu. 3. Strongim pasin bilong pre long femili. 2. God i gat wanpela driman long yu. In preparation for World Youth Day, 2019 Prea i kamapim vokesen, olsem Maria i 3. God i laik yu painim dispela driman. ‘I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your Word’ harim singaut long taim bilong prea. Prea 4. No ken pret long bihainim driman - Lk 1:38 em i we bilong stap wantaim God na God i bilong Papa. stap wantaim yumi. 4. Askim God long blesim yangpela na Pop Francis: Mi putim yu long han bilong bilip olsem ol inap mekim bikpela wok. Maria bilong Nazaret, yangpela meri Maria i yangpela tru na mekim bikpela God i laici tumas, bai em i ken holim sakrifais long tok yesa. Arapela yangpela han bilong yu na stiaim yu long inap mekim olsem tu. amamas bilong tok yesa long singaut 5. Tingim tu ol liklik lain bilong bus, ol bilong God na tok, “Mi redi na stap.” dropout. Planti taim i no rong bilong ol yet, na sapos ol i gat sans ol i ken mekim bikpela samting. 6. Givim ol pikinini i go long God na sambai wantaim ol long painim plen bilong God. Godpapa i gat plen long olgeta pikinini, na papamama i mas helpim ol long painim dispela plen. 7. Putim ol yangpela i go long han bilong Santu Maria. Maria i mama bilong Jisas na mama bilong yumi tu. Strongim ol yangpela long givim laip bilong ol long Maria, beten - Pope Francis

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In preparation for World Youth Day, 2019 ‘I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your Word’ - Lk 1:38

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