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Saturday, May 30th 2020

2:00 PM

Answering Pope Francis' urgent call in Laudato Si

中文版:http://www.sdb.org.hk/old/sbchinese/277/27717.htm

Greetings of Peace to you all,

Trust you have taken some training/formation/retreats online and/or had prayers/reflections during Laudato Si’ Week. Hopefully together with the local members, you have put preparation into action. Here are some additional thoughts regarding our Commitment in joining Don Bosco Green Alliance as an organization:

  1. Live Simple

First you may want to proclaim this message in your own Province, encouraging your local members to sign the Pledge (website) in “Answering Pope Francis’ urgent call in Laudato Si, I pledge to:

• Pray for and with creation

• Live more simply

• Advocate to protect our common home.”

You may also want to keep a record of those members who have signed the Pledge. This name list can be shared later as one of the accomplishment.

More importantly you want as many as possible to really Live Simple, local members and even their family in your Province. There is no guidelines to measure how you can live simple or more simply but everyone should have a standard in your heart (follow the Holy Spirit) to put this simple commitment into action. As a Provincial leader, you may want to make sure the local members would have opportunity to share what they have done or what they want to do to accomplish the goal. During this sharing, please try to focus on being conscious of our consumption and to be aware of the choices we make as consumers. For example, I can choose to purchase air conditioner at a higher price but more energy saving; or I can choose to walk or ride a bike rather than to drive a car…

  1. Minimize Food and Water Waste

Have you heard about a Chinese maxim “eat 70% full” for your good health? Or more scientifically “Eating 40% less food could extend your life by 20 years” according to the researchers of the Institute of Health Ageing at University College London in developing treatment for 'disease' of ageing. (source: Independent)

Believe or not, we always waste food when dining as a group of people in daily life because we try not to starve people while ordering or preparing food. This means we aim at “eat 100% full” or maybe more than that! So why not aim at “70% full” at next group dining? Logically you will help minimize food waste up to 30%!

Do you know water cannot be created? It’s just an ecological process of evaporating from the ocean and fall down as rain… only 1.2% of water on the Earth is available for our daily use! (click here to see the water distribution graph)

Thus minimizing water waste is a pressing issue and we all can do it in our daily life. As a Provincial leader, please consider implementing the “70% full” concept and you may also want to read the attached document from Don Bosco Green Alliance for more ways of reducing wastage.

  1. Educate Youth

Don’t think you cannot do anything as you are not working in education or you are “too old” to do any youth work! As a Salesian Cooperator of Don Bosco, I’m sure you all know and agree with “Lead by Example” which is more important and perhaps more effective than verbal education. “when you give alms, your left hand must not know what your right is doing… when you pray, go to your private room, shut yourself in, and so pray to your Father who is in that secret place, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.” (Mt 6:4-6)

However, please don’t get me wrong. I’m not discouraging verbal education. In fact, you should capture every opportunity to educate youth – our next generation – but you still need your own examples. Please refer to the second attachment from Don Bosco Green Alliance about a training manual for Communicating with youth on Climate Change. A series of training were held last year during the Global Climate Strikes in September.

That’s all I want to share with you and hope it’s helpful to get you (your Province) start acting on the 3 commitment of Salesian Cooperators - EAO. Please feel free to share any new ideas and/or activities/programs of your Province.

God bless!

In Don Bosco, Philip. 30-5-2020

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Sunday, May 24th 2020

12:01 AM

Laudato si' Global Prayer 2020

**English official version: click here 

《願祢受讚頌》全球禱文 2020.5.24

天主:

天堂、世界和萬物的創造者,祢以自己的肖像創造了我們,並讓我們管理萬物。祢以陽光、水和豐盛的大地祝福我們,好使萬物得以滋養。

讓我們敞開心目,關注祢創造的恩寵。請幫助我們能意識到我們共同的這個家園,不僅是屬於我們也是屬於祢的受造物,以及我們的下一代;且意識到我們有責任去保護祢的創造。讓我們彼此幫助,確保牠們所需的食物和資源。

願貧苦者當中,特別在艱難的時期,有我們的臨在,尤其是那些最貧窮的和那些遭到遺棄的。

請把我們的恐懼和疏離感轉化成望德和愛德,好使我們得以皈依。

求祢也幫助我們彰顯富創造力的共融團結,應對這次全球疫症大流行的後果;求賜我們勇毅,面對一切改變,以尋找共同益處。現在我們大家都感到互相聯繫、彼此依靠,這是前所未有的。請幫助我們去聆聽、回應地球的呼喊聲和貧苦者的呼喊聲。

前的苦難成就未來更友愛和可持續發展的世界。

著進教之佑聖母愛的看顧,因主耶穌基督之名,求祢腑聼我們的祈禱。

阿孟 

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Tuesday, September 24th 2019

10:31 AM

10th EAO Congress of Salesian Cooperators

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***Postponed 1 year due to Cov-19 pandemic, exact date to be announced.

Greetings of Peace from Hong Kong!

It is my pleasure to invite everyone of you with love in Christ to join our 10th Regional Congress from 23rd to 26th July 2020 in Xuan Loc, VIETNAM. Many thanks to our Vietnam Province to host the Congress and much appreciated the support of Vietnam SDB Provincial Rev. Fr. Joseph QUANG.

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LOVE, LIVE for and SERVE the Young

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Carried over the initiatives from last Congress in Tokyo, particularly the "€œFor the Young"€ project in each province of EAO, we join hand-in-hand to walk-the-talk in our real life as a Salesian Cooperator the past three years. Now it'€™s time we come together and share our fruit, our experience and our lessons learnt in order to reinforce our LOVE of the Young, LIVE our unique vocation with the Young, and as our dearest Rector Major said the whole Salesian Family is to SERVE the Young! Of course, selecting the right person to serve the Region for the next six years would be another equally important objective to accomplish this time. Trust the Holy Spirit work among us to transform our dreams into reality.

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For budget purpose, the estimate cost will be about US$270 per person including registration, accommodation, meals and local transportation. Please prepare to arrive before 2:00 pm on 23rd and depart 2:pm on 26th July 2020. The exact amount, the program and other details will come with the registration package from Vietnam Province soon. In case there is any concern about the costs, kindly advise and we will try our best to help.

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As I mentioned at the regional meeting prior to World Congress last year, we all had to prepare for candidates of the next World Councillor, my successor, and I also reminded again during our first regional formators workshop earlier this year. I believe you all have good candidates on hand now. May I suggest each province nominate at least 1 member and at most 2 members of the Association for the election?

Please fill out the enclosed nomination form and send to me together with our Regional Delegate Fr. Suphot Riungam no later than 1st May 2020 by e-mail.

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Like the Tokyo Congress, I encourage you come and join the Congress with young people as Vietnam organizing committee (VOC) is planning for parallel youth event. The young participant'€™s package will be announced later by VOC.

For all Provincial Coordinators, please make sure this message reach all of your fellow members as soon as possible so that everyone can well prepare for it financially, physically and spiritually. Kindly prepare to share "€œFor the Young"€ project as well, with one written report and photos for poster session at the Congress.

Mary, Help of Christian pray for us. See you all in Vietnam!

 

Sincerely yours in Don Bosco,

Philip Yu

World Councillor/EAO 2014-20

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Sunday, April 24th 2016

3:56 PM

EAO Congress 7-10 May 2017 Tokyo JAPAN

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Greetings of Peace from Hong Kong!

It is my greatest pleasure to invite everyone of you with the love of young people in heart to join the 9th Regional Congress from 7th to 10th May 2017 in Tokyo, JAPAN.  Big thanks to our Japan Province to host the Congress and much appreciated the support of Japan SDB Provincial Fr. Yamanouchi.

 

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Don Bosco loved young people and devoted his whole life to the well-being of the young. Today, although social environment has changed, there are still many young people who are in difficult situation physically and/or spiritually. With the «Project of Apostolic Life» being final, and its tools[1] being approved by the World Council, we shall be focus on FORMATION at all levels; and return to the very beginning of the spirit of Don Bosco, rethink what we can do for the young. In this process, we may find a better way to develop our vocation especially with the young and for the young! As such, a youth meeting/event will be scheduled in parallel during the Congress. Together, let’s ponder how we can be another Don Bosco by then.

 

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For budget purpose, the estimate cost will be JPY40,000 (about US$370) per person including registration, accommodation, meals and local transportation to Mt. Fuji.  The exact amount and further details are to be advised by Japan Province later.  In case there is any concern about the fee, kindly advise and we will try our best to help.

 

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For all members in EAO, I encourage you come and join the Congress with young people (16-30 years old) so as to take part in the youth event. The young participants can be your own young members or aspirants, members of Salesian Youth Movement from your location, and of course your family members.  There will be special discount for these young participants and the details will be announced later by the Japan Province. 

For all Provincial Coordinators, kindly ensure this message reach all of your members as soon as possible so that everyone can well prepare for it physically and spiritually. 

May the Holy Spirit be us.  See you all in Tokyo!

 

Sincerely yours in Don Bosco,

Philip Yu

World Councillor/EAO 2014-20

 

[1] tools include the key document of Commentary to PAL, Formation Guidelines, Animation and Governance Criteria

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Wednesday, February 24th 2016

1:14 PM

Message from Rome

The new World Council of the Salesian Cooperators, gathered for the first time in Rome during this Holy Year of Mercy, expresses its gratitude to God for the gift of the Holy Spirit who raised up Don Bosco, Father of the Salesian Family.  The apostolic energy of his charism has spread throughout the entire world, calling men and women, Religious and Lay, to live the vocation that is properly theirs while collaborating in the same mission at the service of the poorest youth.  We are happy to be witnesses to the pastoral charity which animates the Salesian Cooperators the world over and to have shared this joy in a most fraternal manner during these days.

1. The presence of both the Rector Major and of Mother General at the beginning of the work confirmed the significance of the Association within the Salesian Family and within the Church.  They encouraged and invited us to live our daily lives with faith and always to be involved in the social and political realms with commitment – with ever greater commitment.  We, together with the other ecclesial and social forces, are the ones who will bring about profound changes so our world may be one of peace and of authentic fraternity.

2. For this reason, our work focused on the drafting and the approval of some documents which we hold to be foundational for the future of the Association.  Following our Founder’s original intuition and the inspirations underlying the new Project of Apostolic Life, we have re-formulated the Guidelines for Formation.  We assert that Formation is the key to every serious and profound change and growth in both persons and structures.  To complete this work which opens up a new horizon, rich in hope, required much time, labor, and great commitment.  Together with the Guidelines for Formation, we have also written and approved the “Criteria for Animation and Governance” and the Handbook for the World Council.  Another instrument that will certainly be useful and which must accompany us along the years is the new Commentary to the PVA.  We are convinced that the Holy Spirit has illuminated us so that the Association might follow a journey of growth both in quantity and in quality during the coming years.

3. The meeting of the World Councilors is also an occasion for us to know one another better, to share each one’s unique experiences, to share the joys of generous service, and to support each other in difficulties.  Each continent, each region has its own story.  Even though we travel in the same direction, times and situations differ.  Our charism, our love for Don Bosco, and the will to serve the young with enthusiasm and generosity are what unite us.

4. We are conscious of the fact that we find ourselves facing great challenges placed before us.  Violence, wars, youth unemployment, and the problems of families (and concerning the family), of ethics, and of social justice cannot leave us indifferent.  Every bit of this requires a formation that is more carefully planned and carried out and a more significant ecclesial and social Visibility.  We are not spectators but are the ones who are strong in our convictions, making history happen in today’s world.  In order to act efficaciously in our cultural milieu, we must be competent and well-versed in communication.

5. In order to meet these challenges, we must work together.  It is absolutely indispensable for us to grow in our sense of belonging to the Association to achieve this goal.  Belonging is manifested concretely by living the same spirit, by sharing the same goals, and by participating in economic solidarity.

6. These challenges are problems, it is true, but they are also opportunities for growth so as to bring great life to our Association.  Since faith without works is dead, we wish to respond actively to these challenges by developing a three-year plan of action.

Dear Salesian Cooperators,                                                                    When entering through the Holy Door of Mercy in St. Peter’s Basilica, we prayed for each one of you and for the entire Association.  We invoked the Holy Spirit to accompany us on our journey.  We are certain of His Presence, as we are of the maternal presence of Mary, and that of Don Bosco, of Mother Mazzarello, and of all the Saints of the Salesian Family. 

The task now awaiting us is not an easy one but it is one that invigorates us.  It is the mission which our forebears knew how to carry out.  Today, it is a matter of being leaven and salt in our world so that we may add to our common history and give it flavor as we prepare to celebrate its 140th anniversary.

The World Council

Rome, February 21
The Year of Mercy 2016

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Wednesday, February 24th 2016

1:08 PM

羅馬快訊

親愛的中華會省各位協進慈幼會士:

祝大家新的一年充滿活力,滿懷希望,時常歡笑!

正月初九我代表東亞澳會區赴羅馬參與全球總會幹事會議,除了跟新一屆全球總會兄弟姊妹首次相聚,更有機會與他們一起帶著世界各地會友的心到訪聖伯多祿大殿跨越慈悲禧年聖門,當然也聆聽了總會長的訓導,實在獲益良多,現藉此機會與各位分享。

  1. 總會長范達民神父及母佑會總會長在工作會議開始時就臨在我們當中,肯定了本會在教會及慈幼大家庭內的重要性。兩位總長上都鼓勵並邀請我們在生活上活出信仰,時常在社會政治方面有所參與及承擔,且要比以往更有承擔。我們與教會、社會一起的力量可以為世界帶來深遠的改變,讓這世界有和平及真愛。
  2. 因此之故,我們在會議中主力草擬及通過了為本會未來發展的一些重要文件。跟隨會祖始初的原意及新版《使徒生活守則》之啓迪,我們重新制訂《培育指引》,確立「培育」是一切重大深遠轉變、個人和組織成長的關鍵;要完成這開創新領域及充滿希望的任務,實在需要大量時間、人力以及很大的承擔。伴隨《培育指引》的還有《策勵與管治標準》及《全球總會手冊》。另一很有用處並須時時陪我們的工具是新編的《使徒生活守則釋義》。深信聖神臨於我們當中,引領本會來年在質與量方面皆踏上成長之道。
  3. 全球總會幹事會議也是我們互相認識、分享各人獨特體驗、分享各項慷慨服務的喜悅,以及在困難中互相支持的時刻,各地各區都有自己的故事,即使我們走向同一方向,時空及景況卻不一樣。我們的神恩、我們對鮑思高神父的愛、我們為青少年熱誠慷概的服務,使我們團結一致。
  4. 我們意識到我們事實上面對着很大的挑戰──暴力、戰爭、青年就業問題、家庭及相關的問題、道德問題及社會公義問題,叫我們不能再冷待。每一件事都需細心的策劃和實行的培育,需對教會和社會更多更深的了解。我們不做旁人,而要做信念堅強、開創歷史的人。為了有效地在各個文化背景工作,我們必須在溝通上能勝任、能通曉。
  5. 我們必須一起共同努力,面對這些挑戰。爲了達成這些目標,我們絕對有必要鞏固對本會的歸屬感──活出同一精神、分享同一目標、實現同舟共濟,就是透過這些具體的行動來加強我們的歸屬感。
  6. 的確,這些挑戰本身存在種種問題,但也是我們成長的機遇,給本會賦予美好的生命!因為沒有行動的信仰是死的,我們提出了三年工作計劃,盼能以積極的行動來回應這些挑戰。

親愛的會友,當我們穿過聖伯多祿大殿的慈悲聖門時,我們都為自己會區的每個會友甚至整個慈幼協進會祈禱。我們祈求聖神在我們的旅途中陪伴我們,而我們也肯定衪的臨在,聖母瑪利亞的、鮑思高神父的、聖女瑪沙利羅的臨在,以及所有慈幼聖人的臨在。

待我們完成的工作不容易,卻能激勵我們。這個使命,我們的祖先早知怎樣實行;如今,就讓我們成為世上的酵母及鹽,為共同的歷史增添味道,也為慶祝本會140週年紀念作好準備。

主佑平安喜樂!

全球總會東亞澳區幹事

余中海兄弟 上

2016年2月24日

進教之佑聖母紀年日

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Sunday, August 16th 2015

8:20 PM

16 August 2015 Closing or Commencing

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16 August 2015 at Colle Don Bosco, with 120 delegates from China Province, and thousands of young people, we have witnessed the conclusion of Bicentenary year of Don Bosco birthday.  

Rector Major has already sent a clear message ‘Like Don Bosco, for the Young and with the Young’ but what does it mean to you, how is it going to set you out for the next centenary?

First, I like to invite you to join the Happy Vocation Movement that I initiated from the China Province (officially on 7th March this year at one of the pre-pilgrimage formation seminars) and guess what, it's also the first out of five dreams of our dearest Rector Major! (click here to read more if you haven't)

 

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Monday, January 23rd 2012

2:02 AM

To friends:

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Happy Chinese New Year
龍馬精神,萬事如意,家家平安!
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Friday, November 11th 2011

11:11 AM

Salesian Cooperators - China Province launched new website

SCC.org.hk

聖鮑思高慈幼協進會(中華會省)網站正式啟用

主內平安﹗願天主的恩寵常臨於您和您的家庭、團體/學校﹗

18751111日會祖鮑思高神父在聖母進教之佑大殿為首批傳教士舉行派遣禮,本會網站在今天開始「啟程」,確實有其重大的歷史意義!事實上,我們希望能透過網站推廣本會獨特的聖召,吸引更多同道人加入榮主救靈的行列,甚至成為服務「貧苦無告的青少年」的工具…..。不過現時距離這個夢想還很遠,目前只是為滿足會務的需要,除了方便資料、文件的分享及存取外,相信也能促進會內外的溝通及團結。

現誠邀 閣下/ 貴單位仝人登入敝會網站(scc.org.hk)瀏覽,並為網站的完善及發展提供寶貴意見,煩請聯絡本人或秘書處石華姊妹(電話:+852 2819 0415或傳真+852 3010 8176;電郵 SalesianCooperators.China@gmail.com ) 為盼。

賴聖母瑪利亞進教之佑的代禱,願我們的工作能有助凝聚慈幼大家庭,促進共融合作,救助青少年。

天主保佑!

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Wednesday, October 12th 2011

11:46 AM

2011 Bangkok EAO Leadership Meeting and Formation

The Economic Solidarity document (1998 version - English) can be dowload from the hotlink below:

Economic Solidarity

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