31 July

"God has put some talents into your hands.
Some of you have heard or will hear the call
to become priests, religious or nuns,
or even lay people committed in the world.
Let Christ guide you and never be afraid
of answering like the young Samuel to serve in the Church! 
"

The Don Bosco Village, a home for everyone

The rain doesn’t seem to stop. A sloping road leads to the “Don Bosco Village”, perched behind a little hill overhanging Tivoli. At the end of the Don Nello del Raso street, the large house appears in the fog, hidden by large cypresses. Mass is being celebrated in a little chapel, with a French clan from Poitiers and an Italian clan from Roma. Two rovers from Argentina are also there. Everyone is soaked to the skin, and the two priests walking with them make no exception. The little assembly will sleep here tonight, like many other units. The place is a red point, where rovers and rangers of Euromoot spend time on their way to Rome.

In the refectory, Don Benedetto, in charge of the house, welcomes us. Quickly, some residents surround us to explain the purpose of the “Villagio Don Bosco”  foundation. It was opened in October 1950 by Salesian Don Nello for war orphans (the Society of Saint Francis of Sales was founded by Don Bosco in 1859). After the death of Don Nello in 1980, Don Benedetto took the lead. Since then, the house hosts around 40 young men in need, with a dozen different nationalities: from Italy but also Albania, and mostly Africa. Little Sisters of the Annunciation from Colombia are also helping with the task.

Michele came here when he was 17. Now aged 30, he is training as an apprentice in civil engineering. For him, “the vision of the house is to give opportunities”. There is no age limit, beyond which you should leave. “All you need is to have an aim and to avoid idleness”. The residents are also well integrated to Tivoli. Indeed, the inhabitants know them, and facilitate their reintegration. 

“To give without stinting”, “to save and serve his neighbour”; these words are well known to us, scouts. The Don Bosco Village is a beautiful example of how to serve the poorest among us in an authentically evangelical spirit.

Interview traduction giacomo

31 July "God has put some talents into your hands.Some of you have heard or will hear the callto become priests, religious or nuns, or even lay people committed in the world. Let Christ guide you and never be afraid of answering like the young Samuel to serve in the...

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Interview traduction pietro

31 July "God has put some talents into your hands.Some of you have heard or will hear the callto become priests, religious or nuns, or even lay people committed in the world. Let Christ guide you and never be afraid of answering like the young Samuel to serve in the...

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A place not to miss! Trevi nel Lazio

31 July "God has put some talents into your hands.Some of you have heard or will hear the callto become priests, religious or nuns, or even lay people committed in the world. Let Christ guide you and never be afraid of answering like the young Samuel to serve in the...

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Why do I serve?

Why do I serve?
Thoughts by a ranger

by Florentina Delgado, former General Guide Commissioner of Spain

On the day of my Guide Promise, I promised “to do my best to serve God, the Church, my country and Europe.” I was still too young, I did not know all that these words implied, and even today, as an adult, I am discovering every day something new about service and the meaning of this promise.

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