The following comes from the Salesian News Agency:
The ‘Friends of Dominic Savio’, a group better known simply as ‘ADS’ from the Mexico-Guadalajara Province (MEG) are this month celebrating 25 years of existence: a quarter of a century spent in educational and pastoral activities, always for the benefit of thousands of adolescents from so many cities, and under the inspiration and protection of St Dominic Savio whose liturgical feast occurs today.
25 years ago this movement, made up of boys and girls, had its origins in a foundation group from the Salesian oratory of León. Although it is now to be found in other countries, in its home country it developed its own features according to the needs of Mexican teenagers.
In order to mark this anniversary, one of its founders, Don Javier Prieto Medina, current rector of the León oratory, and Don Francisco Enríquez Zulaica, whose vocation journey began in ADS, are inviting youngsters from the Province to celebrate a year dedicated to the Friends of Dominic Savio, from today until the 6th May 2012, in the course of which they hope to strengthen existing groups and promote new ones.
Within the Salesian Youth Movement of the Province, the ADS are currently the best organised and consolidated association, because of the large number of established groups and their developed formation programme. Their growth has been so successful that within the Province many groups have also moved into parishes with no Salesian pastors or presence of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.
Worthy of special mention among the activities of the association are the workshops for animators of the ADS which take place every 6 months in one one of the places where the association is present.