When Father Ed Liptak returned from Africa, he was assigned to Corpus Christi Church, San Francisco, where he joined his companion of ordination, Fr. Al Pestun, after years of separation. As a missionary in Africa for twenty-six years, Fr. Ed had worked largely in formation of the clergy, both diocesan and religious. He also served two terms as vice provincial of the newly formed East … Continue reading Corpus Christi Celebrates Anniversaries
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP To continue our conversation from our last edition, let us explore the two types of immunity. This is a continuation of our Immunity Lesson 101. There are two types of immunity that protect us from infection: active and passive system. Active immunity – for those of us who are parents, you have known this active system for … Continue reading The Immune System – Part II
By: Fr. John Itzaina, SDB Province Delegate for Formation In the past three weeks since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, for the most part, anger has turned into resolve, looting has been overwhelmed by peaceful but forceful protests. House, Senate, and State Assemblies have proposed legislation for radical changes to police tactics, its militarization, and to the use of violent crowd control methods … Continue reading Open Wide our Hearts
Bosco Tech’s safe social distance graduation where students came individually with about 3 family members, practiced safe social distancing while posing for photos, and received their diplomas from a student-built and programmed robot. Congratulations! Continue reading Don Bosco Techs Graduation Ceremony
The Provincial and his Council of the Salesians of Don Bosco San Francisco Province, USA West announce the appointment of Fr. Fabian Cardenas SDB as Province Delegate for Youth Ministry beginning on July 1, 2020. Born in Bogota, Colombia on June 12, 1988 Fabian, grew up in a humble, hard-working, and welcoming family with strong Catholic roots. He came to know the Salesians of Don … Continue reading New Province Delegate for Youth Ministry
By: Fr. Jesse Montes, SDB Corpus Christi Church – San Francisco, CA Corpus Christi Church, San Francisco, reopened its doors to parishioners and the public on Sunday, June 14, 2020. With the most stringent regulations and a large crew of volunteers, the congregation will feel comfortable and safe in its surroundings. The organizations and volunteers who have offered their services have already held two meetings … Continue reading Corpus Christi Church in San Francisco Re-Opening!
By: Bro. Al Vu, SDB Province Delegate for Youth Ministry / Province Coordinator for Schools These past few weeks immersed in the current events of our country have left me struggling to understand and come to terms with why I feel so heartbroken and sometimes angry at what is happening in the world today. I have had many personal conversations with friends, family, and colleagues … Continue reading It is My Privilege…
By Bp. Enrico dal Covolo and Fr. Giorgio Mocci* On September 1, 1939, Hitler invaded Poland, touching off World War II. The German Army occupied the Salesian house of Poznan on Wroniecka Street and turned it into a storehouse. The youngsters continued to meet in gardens outside the city and the nearby woods. Many secret groups were created. In September 1940 Francis Kesy and four … Continue reading Blessed Francis Kesy & Companions, Martyrs (†1942)
By: Fr. Jesse Montes, SDB Corpus Christi Church – San Francisco, CA Sister Mary Link, FMA, is reviving the Salesian Cooperators program at Corpus Christi Church, San Francisco, after decades of inactivity. She heads the English-speaking group of twenty-two candidates. Fr. Jesse Montes, SDB, is forming the seventeen candidates in the Spanish-speaking group. Recently, Fr. Jesse held a Zoom meeting, enriched with the presence of … Continue reading Corpus Christi’s Salesian Cooperators Program Revived
By: Fr. Jesse Montes, SDB Corpus Christi Church – San Francisco, CA 45 minutes with a Salesian of Don Bosco and 45 Minutos con un Salesiano de Don Bosco are two daily programs started by Fr. Jesse Montes, SDB, to keep in contact with the parishioners of Corpus Christi Church in San Francisco. The program in Spanish begins at two in the afternoon. It is … Continue reading Keeping in touch!
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP With the COVID 19 epidemics, there has been tremendous interest in understanding the virus and how our immune system work. Our CDC has extensive, detailed information on the Corona virus. But for those with a positive testing, the response to the invasion of this virus varies. At this point, there is no specific answer to the question … Continue reading The Immune System –Lesson 101
Dear Salesian sisters and brothers, Yesterday, June 3rd, a huge protest and rally of 10, 000 people or more (some even reported 30,000) took place in the Mission district of San Francisco. The protest was peaceful. The march was organized by a 17 year old high school student and her friends. Simone Jacques and her friends organized the demonstration through an Instagram group called NOJusticeNoPeaceSF … Continue reading Provincial Letter June 4th, 2020
(Source: http://www.usccb.org/news/2020/20-84.cfm) May 31, 2020 WASHINGTON – Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a statement on George Floyd and the protests in American cities that have taken place over the last several days. This follows the Friday statement from seven U.S. bishop chairmen of committees within the USCCB. Archbishop Gomez’s full statement follows: The … Continue reading Statement of U.S. Bishops’ President on George Floyd and the Protests in American Cities
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP When will this viral season end? It depends on whom you talk to. Most politicians want to be optimistic and hope it would come and go. However, working in a hospital, the reality check is on a daily basis; we were told to plan for at least another 12 months before we can conduct business as usual. … Continue reading Adapting to the New Normal
Get to Know – “GTK” By: Elizabeth Gamarra Newly appointed Delegate for Salesian Family Elizabeth Gamarra was recently appointed Salesian Family Delegate for the St. Andrew’s Province of the Western United States (SUO). Since 2011, Liz has been a member of the Salesian Family Commission. She collaborated with past Delegates, Frs. Jerry Bonjean, Chris Woerz, Tom Juarez, and more recently, Fr. Joseph Farias. She has … Continue reading GTK Newly appointed Delegate for Salesian Family
After the publication of the Province’s statement on the current events in the past few days, some have asked: “What can I do?” The following are some ideas: (Downloadable PDF with clickable links here) Links: READ http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/racism/upload/open-wide-our-hearts.pdf REFLECT https://www.dbynbuildingcitizens.net/preventive-system-citizenship–human-rights-education.html STUDY http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/seven-themes-of-catholic-social-teaching.cfm http://www.loyno.edu/jsri/sites/loyno.edu.jsri/files/CSTandRacism-Fall2009jsq.pdf WATCH https://educationforjustice.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Film-Discussion-Guide-13th.pdf https://catholicsmobilizing.org/resource/just-mercy-study-guide-printable PRAY Prayer service https://www.sistersofmercy.org/resources/prayer-the-elimination-of-racism/ Prayer https://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Prayer-for-Racial-Healing-003.pdf LISTEN https://youtu.be/1RC1-SPJChk SUPPORT https://projects.sfchronicle.com/2020/black-owned-restaurants/ https://www.latimes.com/food/story/2020-05-31/black-owned-restaurants-in-los-angeles VOTE https://vote.gov Continue reading What can I do?
(Source: http://www.usccb.org/news/2020/20-83.cfm) May 29, 2020 WASHINGTON – Seven U.S. bishop chairmen of committees within the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have issued a statement in the wake of the death of Mr. George Floyd and the protests which have broken out in Minneapolis and in other cities in the United States. Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism; … Continue reading Statement of U.S. Bishop Chairmen in Wake of Death of George Floyd and National Protests