Province celebrates two newly professed Salesians

By: Andres NeriaSalesian Communications & Media Coordinator (Bellflower, California) – On August 15th, the feast of the Assumption, the Province of USA West, celebrated the first professions of two novices, Michael Nguyen, and Thomas Nguyen, as they made their first vows as Salesians during Holy Mass which was presided by Fr. Mel Trinidad, SDB, provincial. Amongst the presence of their friends, family, and Salesian Family, … Continue reading Province celebrates two newly professed Salesians

Perpetual Profession of Bro. Jhoni Chamorro, SDB

By: Andres NeriaSalesian Communications & Media Coordinator (Guadalajara, Mexico) – During Holy Mass on Saturday, August 6th Bro. Jhoni Chamorro, SDB, made his final vows at the hands of Fr. Mel Trinidad, SDB, provincial of the western United States (SUO). Originally from the SUO province, Bro. Jhoni has been studying theology at the Salesian Institute in Guadalajara, Mexico for the past two years. Fr. Mel Trinidad … Continue reading Perpetual Profession of Bro. Jhoni Chamorro, SDB

Congratulations Fr. Vien Nguyen, SDB!

Our Vocation Director, Fr. Vien Nguyen, SDB received his Masters degree in Theology from the Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology this past Saturday. Fr. Vien’s thesis was on Saint John Bosco through the Eyes of John Paul II within the Context of the Iuvenum Patris. First and foremost, I am grateful to the province for supporting me in my studies. The community of Don Bosco Hall … Continue reading Congratulations Fr. Vien Nguyen, SDB!

Vocation Office Updates

By: Deacon Vien Nguyen, SDB Dear all, Greeting from Vocation Office in Bellflower, CA. In the past few months, the work of vocation has shipped to a quite different mode of animating. Like many other ministries, we are struggling to continue the work in a normal way, thus we have done most of our activities virtually. Fortunately, with God’s providence, we are still able to … Continue reading Vocation Office Updates

Salesian 101 – Introduction

By: Marisol Becerra Province Youth Ministry Assistant – Office Support Manager This past Saturday Salesian Educators, Cooperators, Religious, and lay people gathered from around the United States for the Salesian 101: Online Salesian Youth Spirituality Formation session. It was a session filled with prayer, presentations, and meaningful discussions. Fr. John Roche led the presentations on the origins of the Salesian family, Don Bosco and St. … Continue reading Salesian 101 – Introduction

Interamerica Region of the Cooperators: Northern Hemisphere

By: Elizabeth Gamarra, SC Delegate for Salesian Family – SUO On Sunday, July 26, 2020, the InterAmerican regional council of the cooperators organized a formation webinar. The guest speaker was Mr. Raul Fernandez, SC.  He is the ASC world formation delegate. He explained the newly revised formation program.  The program has been made available to all regions in the world.  The meeting was attended by … Continue reading Interamerica Region of the Cooperators: Northern Hemisphere

Renewal of Vows – Congratulations!

During their Annual Retreat and from their respective communities, Brothers Khoa Pham, SDB, Quang Nguyen, SDB, Leo Imbert, SDB, Kris Tran, SDB and Damien Ho, SDB renewed their vows and their commitment to serving the young people. Please continue to pray for vocations especially for these young men as they continue their formation. Congratulations! Continue reading Renewal of Vows – Congratulations!

Spanish-speaking Cooperator candidates Zoom-ing

By: Andres Neria Province Delegate for Social Communication On June 28, 2020, candidates for the Salesian Cooperators Association, Spanish-speaking, met on Zoom for their third monthly meeting.  Special formators, Judy Alvarez and Elizabeth Gamarra, presented material from their respective expertise. Fr. Ted Montemayor, our provincial led the opening prayer. He joined them for the entire program. There are seventeen candidates in the two-year program.  Sister … Continue reading Spanish-speaking Cooperator candidates Zoom-ing

SYLC Spirit Team Retreat Begins!

Pray for our SYLC Spirit Team Youth Animators as they begin their first retreat in preparation for SYLC 2020! Isabel Atendid (Salesian College Preparatory) Dylan Chan (Salesian College Preparatory) Aidan Cuellar (Bishop Mora Salesian High School) Joshua Espinoza (Bishop Mora Salesian High School) Victoria Figueroa (St. Dominic Savio Parish) Lorenzo Gaytan (Don Bosco Tech) Sophia Ignacio (Salesian College Preparatory) Jorge Lapizco (Bishop Mora Salesian High … Continue reading SYLC Spirit Team Retreat Begins!

Induction of Pre-Novices

“Here in your midst I feel completely at home; for me, living means being here with you” – Don Bosco This year we are happy to announce that there will be three pre-novices in our province; Christopher Green, Eduardo De Leon, and Reegen Ledet. These young men have just entered their pre-novitiate. They were inducted on Wednesday August 21st , 2019 in front of the … Continue reading Induction of Pre-Novices

Province Youth Ministry Team

By: Andres Neria As Delegate of Social Communication I attended the first Province Youth Ministry Team meeting for the 2019-2020 pastoral year on Saturday August 17th in the Learning  Commons at St. John Bosco High School, Bellflower. The meeting began with a short prayer and introduction of new and old members of the team, followed by reviewing the Province Organic Plan. The morning continued with … Continue reading Province Youth Ministry Team

Candidate TJ Summer Experience

By: Christopher Green Hey everyone, I hope all has been well with you in the past week. Happy memorial of Saint Junipero Serra! I’d like to use this opportunity to let you know about my first week in Tijuana. When I left Los Angles on Saturday of last week, I was excited about this opportunity to clarify my understanding of God’s vocation for me through … Continue reading Candidate TJ Summer Experience

Salesian Cooperators Address Their Formation Program

By Fr. Mike Mendl, SDB (Haverstraw, N.Y. – June 30) – After two years of intense planning by a committee of about a dozen Salesian Cooperators, a workshop called “Forming the Formators” took place at Don Bosco Retreat Center in Haverstraw, June 28-30. It was meant to address programs of both initial formation of SC aspirants and ongoing formation of those already committed by a lifetime … Continue reading Salesian Cooperators Address Their Formation Program

Newly Inducted Salesian Cooperators

By: Elizabeth Gamarra (ASC – USA Western Province) This year’s celebration of this Solemnity was uniquely joyful for our Province, its Salesian Family, and the Association of Salesian Cooperators. On May 24th, six new Cooperators made their Promise during the MHC Bilingual Mass celebrated at St. Dominic Savio Parish in Bellflower and presided by Fr, Ted Montemayor, SDB Provincial of USA-West.   These candidates had completed their … Continue reading Newly Inducted Salesian Cooperators