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
By: JC MontenegroDelegate for Mission Animation Salesian Staff Adopt a Family for Christmas As we eagerly begin a new year and say good-bye to 2020, a year fraught with challenges that tried us individually and as a country, I want to share a story of caring, sharing and joy. At the Salesian Family Youth Center, we strive to help youth build a healthy, whole, character … Continue reading Good news to start the year! December recap from Salesian Boys and Girls East LA
By: Deacon Ed TeCoordinator of Religious Ed. The Pandemic did not stop the Rel.Edu-CCD program at Ss. Peter & Paul Church. With the sudden halt of all in-person religious education programs last March, and the uncertainty surrounding when to come back, the 2020-2021 school year started late in September. And it has been going on Sunday after Sunday. To end the 2020 year, we had … Continue reading Ss. Peter & Paul Religious Education – CCD Virtual Program
By: Myriam HernandezCoordinator for Youth Ministry Boyle Heights Youth continue to share in their faith through Youth Mass and Youth Nights. Once a month we celebrate a special night filled with prayer and fellowship giving youth a safe place to socialize. Sundays start off with Virtual faith formation followed by Youth Mass and a group activity. Recently we discussed the importance of community and … Continue reading Boyle Heights updates!
By: Luis ChaconVolunteer Do you want to be a virtuous person? Give thanks… Marco Tulio Ciceron stated that “gratitude may not be the most important virtue, but it is the mother of all others.” In the Salesian houses, we are no strangers to gratitude – our founder Don Bosco was always an example of what it means to live with a grateful heart, as … Continue reading A Thanksgiving Reflection
By: Elizabeth Gamarra Delegate for Salesian Family Resumen y traduccion de la Reflexion Comparto con ustedes partes importantes de la visita virtual organizada por la Región Inter América, de la que somos parte. Nuestro invitado el 15 de Nov. fue nuestro Rector Mayor, Don Ángel Fernández Artime, Decimo Sucesor de Don Bosco. Este foro reunió a 1,000 miembros de la Familia Salesiana que se deleitaron … Continue reading Message to the Province – November 20th, 2020
By: JC Montenegro, Ph.DDelegate for Mission Animation “Go and make disciples” is our mandate to share the love of God that we have received with everybody. That love that transformed our lives and challenged us to be where we are today. This is the case of our Missionary Animation Team, a group of professional young adults who are willing to step up to the plate … Continue reading Called to Mission!
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
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
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
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
By: Deacon Vien Nguyen, SDB Congratulations to Fr. Vien Nguyen, SDB on his ordination to the priesthood, check out some images below. You can also rewatch the live stream on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qF2UfIlp0LU&feature=youtu.be Continue reading Fr. Vien’s Ordination
(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
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!
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!!!
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
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!
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