Salesian School Marks 50th Anniversary

VATICAN CITY, NOV. 17, 2004 ( The pontifical Faculty of Educational Sciences Auxilium, which is marking its 50th anniversary, is the only such institution in Rome that has a woman president.

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The president is Korean professor Hiang-Chu Ausilia Chang. An anniversary celebration, held Tuesday in the school’s main hall, was attended among others by Cardinal Francesco Marchisano, the Pope’s vicar general for Vatican City.

Others in attendance were Mother Antonia Colombo, general superior of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, and Father Pascual Chavez, rector major of the Salesian Society of St. John Bosco and grand chancellor of the faculty.

Sister Hiang-Chu Ausilia Chang told the press that the school has 350 students from 60 nations. «One-third are lay, one-third women religious from other congregations and priests, and finally, one-third are Salesians,» she said.

The school promotes research in the educational sciences and prepares researchers, teachers and professors, studying in-depth the problems of childhood and adolescence, and paying particular attention to woman.

The school came into being in Turin in 1954. It was established as such in 1970 and has had its headquarters in Rome since 1978.

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