For our Lenten reflections this year, in partnership with our Mission Office, we have taken the theme for Salesian Mission Day 2017. We will be returning to the roots of the Salesian missionary vocation by learning more about our missionary presence with the indigenous peoples of America. This week, hear about the Mapuche (People of the Land) of Argentina, where Don Bosco sent the first missionaries.
From an article by Fr Natalino Venancio Freitas de Jesus, SDB - East Timorese Missionary in Argentina:
I am in the Salesian mission of West Pampeano. During the week I’m working in the morning at the hospice of Istituto San Juan Bosco, which has an enrollment of 640 students, from preschool to secondary. Many of them are vulnerable due to the socio-economic reality and complex family realities that exist among the population. Then, in the afternoon I work in the day care center with vulnerable and defenceless boys and girls in Inaun Don Bosco. We provide tutoring, crafts, and an afternoon snack.