Fr. Robert Bauer, SDB (1941-2020)

By: Fr. Mike Mendl, SDB Salesians of Don Bosco Eastern Province Fr. Robert Bauer died peacefully around 10:00 p.m. on March 23, apparently of heart failure, at United Hebrew Nursing Home in New Rochelle, N.Y., where he’d been resident for a few months.  He was 78 years old and had been a professed Salesian 59 years and a priest 48 years. Bob Bauer was born … Continue reading Fr. Robert Bauer, SDB (1941-2020)

Provincial Letter: March 26th, 2020

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, Greetings from Camp St. Francis, in Aptos, where I am in my third day of my 14 day quarantine.   I give thanks to God for my return from Northern Italy and the beautiful space made available to me for my time in quarantine.    The Salesian community in Watsonville (which includes Br. Mike Herbers) has been most gracious and hospitable.   My … Continue reading Provincial Letter: March 26th, 2020

A month of Joy, Crosses, and Hope

By: Johnny Martinez St. Josephs Retreat Coordinator During these trying times where we are being called to trust in the Lord and practice physical distancing and social connection via other mediums, we would like to share with you our month in review, and through that, our voice. We know that a simple word from a loved one has the power to bring consolation and peace, … Continue reading A month of Joy, Crosses, and Hope

Pope Francis to the Salesians: “Do dream – and make others dream as well!”

(ANS – Rome – March 17, 2020) – Pope Francis’s closeness to the Salesian Family is well-known: the numerous ties with several Salesians meaningful to his life, the school year he spent at the Salesian school of Ramos Mejia, his devotion to Mary Help of Christians, etc. But in the message he sent to the participants in the 28th Salesian General Chapter, Pope Francis amazes for … Continue reading Pope Francis to the Salesians: “Do dream – and make others dream as well!”

RMG – Conclusion of the GC28: the “Valdocco Option”

(ANS – Rome) – “What can I compare the kingdom of God to? It is similar to a little yeast: if a woman takes it and kneads it with three large measures of flour, then the yeast ferments all the dough “. This beautiful parable of Jesus can be a good comparison for General Chapter XXVIII. It was shorter than expected, but like a pinch of yeast, his work … Continue reading RMG – Conclusion of the GC28: the “Valdocco Option”

First Doctoral Thesis based on the Salesian Volunteer Program

By: JC Montenegro Delegate for Mission Animation Yes, it is the first time in the history of the congregation that a Doctoral Thesis was dedicated to research what is happening with the Salesian Volunteer Movement at the world wide level. The research focused on the personal development that a volunteer goes through when a long term service takes place in our Salesian communities. The author, … Continue reading First Doctoral Thesis based on the Salesian Volunteer Program

Ash Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Retreat Center

By: Johnny Martinez St. Josephs Retreat Coordinator Greetings Salesian family! Here at St. Joseph’s we started our Lenten journey with a jam packed Ash Wednesday! We began by going out to East Los Angeles College to give Ashes and do Ash Wednesday services for the college kids that were walking by, it was a success as we had one of the young people come on … Continue reading Ash Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Retreat Center

Pope Francis invites the Church to celebrate Laudato Si’ Week

(Author: Courtney Mares from Catholic News Agency) Pope Francis is calling on Catholics to participate in “Laudato si’ Week” in May to encourage care for our common home. “I renew my urgent call to respond to the ecological crisis. The cry of the earth and the cry of the poor cannot wait anywhere,” Pope Francis said in a video message published March 3. The video shows young … Continue reading Pope Francis invites the Church to celebrate Laudato Si’ Week

Tijuana 2020 Reflection

By: Adrian Fulay Coordinator for Youth Ministry – Salesian College Preparatory Richmond For many of the students from Salesian College Preparatory, Richmond, and St. Francis Central Coast Catholic High School, Watsonville, the word that exemplifies their experiences in Tijuana, Mexico, is “gratitude.”  In their reflections, the word “gratitude” resounded over and over again. Dennis, a junior, said that the experience helped him realize his blessings … Continue reading Tijuana 2020 Reflection

Senior signs letter of intent

By: Karen Krynen Communication Officer Congratulations to Tech senior Ray Garcia (ACE ‘20) who signed a letter of intent to attend Menlo College, a private school in Atherton, California, and play on the school’s baseball team. Ray, a varsity pitcher and center fielder, plans to major in sports management when he begins his post-secondary studies in the Fall. The baseball star has made first and … Continue reading Senior signs letter of intent

Youth Ministry Thanks All Who Supported Us to Attend Youth Day 2020

By: Myriam Hernandez Coordinator for Youth Ministry – Boys and Girls Club A huge thank you goes out to our parishioners who bought raffle tickets so that members of our Youth Ministry could attend a youth conference. Youth Day is a one day event where teens from this and other surrounded dioceses come together for workshops, mass, and praise and worship. Christina Lopez age 17 … Continue reading Youth Ministry Thanks All Who Supported Us to Attend Youth Day 2020

Engineers Day at the Tech

By: Karen Krynen Communications Officer Northrop Grumman, Fluor Corporation, and the Walt Disney Company were among the organizations represented when Bosco Tech alumni working in engineering and science-related professions returned to their alma mater to commemorate National Engineers Week. The special guests spoke on topics as diverse as materials engineering and amusement park ride development. Current students had the opportunity to ask questions about our … Continue reading Engineers Day at the Tech

Provincial Letter: February 6th, 2020

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, Last night I flew back to San Francisco after several days in Orange, New Jersey.  Along with Fr. John Itzaina, our formation delegate for the province, Fr. Tim Ploch, our regional, Fr. Tim Zak, Provincial from the Eastern Province, Fr. Steve Ryan, formation delegate for the New Rochelle Province and the formation team in Orange, we met all day on … Continue reading Provincial Letter: February 6th, 2020

Children in Boyle Heights Celebrate Don Bosco’s Feast Day

By: Miriam Hernandez Coordinator of Youth Ministry The children of Boyle Heights celebrated Don Bosco’s feast with a day filled of joy, fun and laughter. The community came together to make this event a possible. The celebration began with a warm Salesian welcome by Fr. Rafael Saiz, SDB who gave the good morning and lead the opening prayer. After that, Sr. Elizabeth Villanueva, FMA awarded … Continue reading Children in Boyle Heights Celebrate Don Bosco’s Feast Day

St. Bridget’s Festivities

By: Joseph Ng Salesian Cooperator St. Bridget Chinese Catholic Church, a Salesian parish, is located in Chinatown on the edge of downtown Los Angeles. In the span of just one weekend, our parish celebrated three major events. On January 31, 2020, Archbishop Savio Hon, Salesian of Don Bosco (SDB), who currently serves as the Apostolic Nuncio to Greece, celebrated the Feast Day of St. John … Continue reading St. Bridget’s Festivities