31 January 2011: St. John Bosco, the founder of the Salesian family, was commemorated at the City of Hope in honor of his feast day at the end of January.
The Open Community School kicked off the celebrations with a school-wide Mass and assembly featuring teacher and volunteer performances, a quiz on St. John Bosco, music, dancing, and sweets. The topic of Saturday’s oratory was John Bosco and his teachings. A film and discussion questions were shared with the youth. The CoH girls created an evening of entertainment as well, complete with dancing, singing, and acting. Nearly every girl participated in at least one performance, showcasing their talents as individuals and as a whole.
His Excellency Monsignor Nicola Girasoli, Apostolic Nuncio of Zambia and Malawi, together with his secretary, Fr. Joseph, visited the City of Hope on the 30th of January to celebrate the Mass of Don Bosco for the community, volunteers, assistants, and girls. After Mass, lunch was shared as a group and concluded with the girls singing “Like a Sunflower”—in honor of Mons. Girasoli’s name, which means sunflower. He has been a very special benefactor and friend to City of Hope.
The following week’s oratory even celebrated the feast day, with another performance of the drama, a small talent show, and sweets.The City of Hope is already looking forward to feast day next year!