Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2019

The Church has been celebrating the World Day of Migrants and Refugees since 1914. It is always an occasion to express concern for many different vulnerable people on the move; to pray for the challenges and increase awareness about the opportunities that migration offers. In 2019, the World Day will be celebrated on September 29th. Pope Francis has chosen the theme “It is not just about migrants” to … Continue reading Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2019

Youth Movement in Boyle Heights

By: Miriam Hernandez Youth Development Coordinator Teenage years are both wonderful and challenging. As Salesians we believe that by providing the right guidance, understanding and a place to belong teens are more likely to flourish.  Saint Mary’s parish and the Salesian Family Youth Center have come together to form, Salesian Youth Movement of Boyle Heights (SYM-BH). Its main purpose is to help young people in … Continue reading Youth Movement in Boyle Heights

Provincial Letter: September 26th, 2019

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, Yesterday morning, I drove down from the provincial house in San Francisco to Los Angeles.  The Salesian Sisters had invited us to attend their “medal ceremony” for the new postulants.   We wish to congratulate the nine new postulants (five from the Eastern Province and four from the West) on this new and official step in their journey towards their profession … Continue reading Provincial Letter: September 26th, 2019

How to Slow Down Alzheimer’s Disease

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP For years we were under the assumption that there is nothing really you can do once you are diagnosed with this horrifying condition of dementia – Alzheimer. It feels like a death sentence as your brain is not working properly. You will get worse and eventually succumb to the disease. On September 21, 2019, from NBC news, … Continue reading How to Slow Down Alzheimer’s Disease

Continental Social Communication Gathering

By: Andres Neria Delegate for Social Communication “Today we are living in a world which is growing ever “smaller” and where, as a result, it would seem to be easier for all of us to be neighbors.  Developments in travel and communication technology are bringing us closer together and making us more connected, even as globalization makes us increasingly interdependent.” The Salesian congregation has been … Continue reading Continental Social Communication Gathering

Young Adult Professionals Night

Young Adult Professionals ages 25-35 are welcome to join us! This event is an opportunity for young adult professionals who are connected to our Salesian family to network and share in fellowship with one another. Our goal for this gathering is to help create ideas for the SDB’s vision in the ways we can better serve poor, at risk, and marginalized young people. Date And … Continue reading Young Adult Professionals Night

Spiritual Health and Your Spiritual Legacy

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP It is natural to consider healthy aging as all the habits that increase physical health. However, we want to discuss this week something that is more valuable than your physical health. We consider spiritual health an important part that grows old together with our body. Our spiritual health or “strong in spirit” needs to get along well … Continue reading Spiritual Health and Your Spiritual Legacy

Free College Night

By: Karen Krynen Communications Officer Don Bosco Technical Institute (Bosco Tech) will host its annual college fair for local high school students and their parents on Thursday, October 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. The complimentary event will feature representatives from more than 70 public and private universities and colleges across the country. “Being informed and planning ahead are crucial elements in making the right … Continue reading Free College Night

Inter-America Social Services Network

By: J.C Montenegro Delegate for Mission Animation From September 6-16, 2019 the Core Team of the Inter-America Social Services Network for youth at risk gathered in Dominican Republic to analyze and evaluate the 2014-2020 Strategic Plan to update it, promote the bases of networking in the region, and to prepare for next year’s gather where all the delegates from the region will gather. Thanks to … Continue reading Inter-America Social Services Network

Provincial Letter: September 19th, 2019

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, On Tuesday, September 17th, I met with the small Board of Directors of our Salesian Family Youth Center in Boyle Heights.  I wish to congratulate Juan Carlos Montenegro for his hard work, dedication and commitment to the young people from the east side of Los Angeles.   Their summer camp was a big success, and there are many projects being initiated … Continue reading Provincial Letter: September 19th, 2019

To Be Credible Witnesses

By: Judy Alvarez Cooperators Coordinator Salesians after the heart of Don Bosco come from many walks of life.  Among them are Salesian Cooperators, the first lay branch of the Salesians that Don Bosco founded in 1876.  According to his design, the Association of Salesian Cooperators (ASC) is co-responsible for the Salesian mission with and for youth.   Cooperators commit to serve this mission for life and … Continue reading To Be Credible Witnesses

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Statement from the Provincial – September 2019

Fr. Ted Montemayor, provincial for the Western Province of the Salesian Order issued a statement following recent news reports on clergy sexual abuse of minors and in advance of a further anticipated cable news network report mentioning clergy and religious including some Salesian priests and brothers.  The statement can be found at http://www.donboscowest.org/province/press-release/2019-09-provincial-statement . Continue reading Statement from the Provincial – September 2019

Vocation’s Report – Casting Into the Deep

By: Fr. John Roche, SDB It is very clear from the mandates of the June Provincial chapter that Vocations will be one of the top priorities in the coming months. To keep you up to date, I will give a small report for INTOUCH to let you know some of these efforts and to seek your help. First of all, the Vocation and Youth Ministry … Continue reading Vocation’s Report – Casting Into the Deep

St. Joseph’s Retreat Center

By: Johnny Martinez Retreat Coordinator Greetings Salesian family! The Salesian spirit and mission to the young on the peripheries was alive and moving this past weekend at St. Joseph’s for our second young adult ‘Agape’ retreat in two months. Over the course of Friday August 30th to Sunday September 1st, twenty-four young people ages eighteen to thirty experienced a powerful encounter with our Lord. The … Continue reading St. Joseph’s Retreat Center

Healthy Aging

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP According to Dr. Judy Salerno of the National Institute on Aging, “Disease and disability are not inevitable consequences of aging.” In fact, the medical community as a whole has a lot of research dedicated to the concept of “healthy aging.” Dr. Salerno says, “Maintaining good habits and positive attitudes is what we should all be aiming for.” … Continue reading Healthy Aging