End of the Year and Camp Salesian Reports

By: JC Montenegro, Ph.DDelegate for Mission Animation For the last two years, one of our most significant commitments is to be transparent with our donors and collaborators. Every year we create our “End of the Year Report” where you can find all the crucial achievements that we have accomplished this last 2019-2020 academic year. I want to invite you to read this End of the … Continue reading End of the Year and Camp Salesian Reports

Message to the Province – October 8th, 2020

Translation by: Marisol Becerra Youth Ministry Office Assistant Dear Salesian Brothers, young people and lay faithful, Fratelli tutti! Receive my warmest greetings, hoping that all your pastoral activities are producing the best spiritual fruits. As you can see with my initial greeting, I would like to dedicate a few words to encourage reading and reflecting, personally and in community, the new encyclical that Pope Francis … Continue reading Message to the Province – October 8th, 2020

Message to the Province – October 1st, 2020

Dear Salesian Family and Salesian Young People: I hope and pray that you are all safe in God’s tender loving care. I said in my message to you at the beginning of September that we will have a theme for each month moving forward. The theme for the month of October is this year’s 2020 Salesian Family strenna/theme “Good Christians and honest citizens.” Don Bosco … Continue reading Message to the Province – October 1st, 2020

Message to the Province – September 24th, 2020

Dear Salesians and Salesian Family: A few months past I read a quote on social media that struck me to the core. I know I have seen it before but it didn’t resonate with me until then, around the time I found out in the beginning of June that I have been appointed Provincial of the Salesians of Don Bosco USA West. The quote is … Continue reading Message to the Province – September 24th, 2020

Not just Salesians for young people, but young Salesians

(ANS – Rome – September 10, 2020) – “Young Salesians and accompaniment: Orientations and guidelines.” The first “seed” of reflection that five young Salesians toss to their colleagues and all the Salesians in their three-minute video in five languages ​​for the month of September is to open our eyes to this awareness: there is a large number of young Salesians. It is a charism, a gift, … Continue reading Not just Salesians for young people, but young Salesians

The effects of Screen Time!

By: Stephanie Alvarez California State University, Fullerton, ’19, BS ; Mount Saint Mary’s University, ’20, BSN As families stay home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, there has been an increase in the amount of time spent in front of a screen. Screen time is a term that is used for any activity done in front of a screen such as watching TV, working … Continue reading The effects of Screen Time!

School starts – the club supports!!!

By: J.C Montenegro, Ph.D Province Delegate for Mission Animation The love for our children and families is so big that we are committing to open our doors from 8 AM to 6 PM Monday through Friday in order to accommodate families that need to work and have no place for their children to go. The effort to open our Clubhouse has challenged us to improve … Continue reading School starts – the club supports!!!

Message to the Province – September 3rd, 2020

Dear Salesians and Salesian Family: It is hard to believe that we are now entering our seventh month of living with the Covid-19 pandemic. I encourage you to be safe and strong and I pray that God’s blessings will continue to manifest itself in everything around you. Speaking of God’s blessings, on Monday, August 31st, there was a Zoom meeting/gathering of Province Leadership. The meeting … Continue reading Message to the Province – September 3rd, 2020

Young People and COVID – Research!

By: J.C Montenegro, Ph.D Province Delegate for Mission Animation As the pandemic continues and our children are attending online school, it is important to measure where young people are and how they have dealt with the pandemic. This survey was created to hypothesize that volunteerism can help young people’s well-being during these rough times. The volunteers who serve in our summer program in Bellflower and … Continue reading Young People and COVID – Research!

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

Deacon Vien’s Ordination to the Priesthood

By: Deacon Vien Nguyen, SDB It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain (John 15:16). I believe that God has called me and continues to call me to be of service. First and foremost, it is a call to serve God’s people, the Church, especially the young. I learned early … Continue reading Deacon Vien’s Ordination to the Priesthood

Not Only Surviving But Thriving

By: Fr. Jose Lucero, SDB Community of San Luis Rey Church – Laredo, TX I woke up with a cough and thought to myself upon opening my eyes, ‘hmm, where did this cough come from?” I immediately wondered if this was the famous covid “they” speak of.  But how could this be? I was wearing my mask everywhere and social distancing. I quickly decided I … Continue reading Not Only Surviving But Thriving

Why Should I Wash My Hands?

By: Diana Serrano University of California, San Diego, ’17, BA Mount Saint Mary’s University, ’20, BSN All we hear on the news is “wash your hands”, “wash your hands”, and “wash your hands”, but why is it so important? Hand washing is important to prevent the transmission of diseases, such as COVID-19. According to the CDC, germs can spread from both people or surfaces such as … Continue reading Why Should I Wash My Hands?

Message to the Province – In them you shall find Hope

By: Fr. Fabian Cardenas, SDB Province Delegate for Youth Ministry Translation by: Miss Marisol Becerra, Fr. Joe Farias, SDB, Fr. Mike Gergen, SDB, Fr. Tom Juarez, SDB My dear educative-pastoral communities (EPC), receive my most warm greetings, especially my Salesian brothers, the different members of the Salesian Family, and above all, my dear young people: Our Rector Major, Fr. Angel Fernandez Artime, recently presented to … Continue reading Message to the Province – In them you shall find Hope

St. Bridget Chinese Catholic Church utilized technology to celebrate Pastor Fr. John Lam’s 80th Birthday

By: Joseph Ng Salesian Cooperator – St. Bridget Chinese Catholic Church On August 1, 2020, St. Bridget Chinese Catholic Church celebrated Pastor Fr. John Lam’s 80th birthday. The festivities started with a Thanksgiving Mass at 9:30AM, followed by a Drive-By Birthday Greeting at 10:30AM, and culminated with a Virtual Celebration at 3:00PM. The Thanksgiving Mass was con-celebrated by Fr. Mel Trinidad (Provincial, Salesians of Don … Continue reading St. Bridget Chinese Catholic Church utilized technology to celebrate Pastor Fr. John Lam’s 80th Birthday

Why physical activity matters during quarantine!

By: Diana Serrano University of California, San Diego, ’17, BA Mount Saint Mary’s University, ’20, BSN COVID-19 has greatly affected all of our lives and has created a new “normal”. This new normal has led to an increase in the amount of screen time that kids are utilizing at home. The problem with this increased screen time is that it can lead to decreased time spent … Continue reading Why physical activity matters during quarantine!