Provincial Letter June 4th, 2020

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

GTK Newly appointed Delegate for Salesian Family

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

What can I do?

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?

GTK Newly appointed Delegate for Youth Ministry

Get to Know – “GTK” By: Fr. Fabian Cardenas, SDB Newly appointed Delegate for Youth Ministry Hello Everyone, I am Fabian Cardenas, I was born in Bogota, Colombia on June 12th, 1988. I grew up in a humble, hard-working, welcoming family of Catholic roots. I came to know the Salesians of Don Bosco thanks to my father, who, having studied with them in his youth, … Continue reading GTK Newly appointed Delegate for Youth Ministry

Congratulations Seniors!

Take a look at our graduating seniors from our schools! We wish them the best of luck on their next adventures! Class of 2020 – St. Francis High School, Watsonville Class of 2020 – St. John Bosco High School, Bellflower Class of 2020 – Don Bosco Tech, Rosemead Class of 2020 – Salesian College Preparatory, Richmond Class of 2020 – Bishop Mora Salesian High School, … Continue reading Congratulations Seniors!

Blessed Joseph Kowalski, Salesian Priest and Martyr

Joseph Kowalski was born at Siedliska, Poland, a little farming town near Rzeszow, on March 13, 1911, the son of Wojciech and Sofia Borowiec. The family’s faith was deep and practical. He was baptized on March 19, feast of St. Joseph, in the parish church at Lubenia, about 2½ miles from the town, which at that time did not have a church. Following his parents’ wishes, … Continue reading Blessed Joseph Kowalski, Salesian Priest and Martyr

Pray and Work for Vocations

By Fr. John Roche, SDB Coordinator for Vocations For the last six weeks, while so much of the world has observed shelter-in-place, I have reached out to more than 100 persons who have contacted me in the past three years.  A vast majority of these men have been directed toward our Congregation as part of the Vocation Network “Vocation Match” test.  I went through every … Continue reading Pray and Work for Vocations

Provincial Letter May 21st, 2020

Dear Salesian sisters and brothers, I pray you are all keeping safe.   Many of us are still “sheltered-in-place” and wondering when it will be safe to travel, visit friends or move around more freely.   Of course, folks still go out for groceries and essentials.   Others, perhaps, are still working at their normal jobs.  We pray for everyone’s safety. Two significant events are taking place these … Continue reading Provincial Letter May 21st, 2020

Thanks for being so impulsive

From ANS – Published May 12th, 2020 In general, we hear that young people are: passionate, fearless, idealistic, reckless. Young people are indeed like this, sometimes it could be an advantage or a danger. But, on a cold December 1859, in the silence of the outskirts of Turin, in a modest room, 19 young people listened attentively to the words of a dreamer priest and … Continue reading Thanks for being so impulsive

Leading a virtual youth group

By Miriam Hernandez Coordinator for Youth Ministry – Salesian Boys and Girls Club Los Angeles I know youth ministers and teachers alike are all trying to find the best practices to stay connected to the teens in our ministries during this time of quarantine. Many times we might feel so restricted by all the changes happening, I know that I have. The current pandemic has … Continue reading Leading a virtual youth group

Provincial Letter May 14th, 2020

Dear Salesian sisters and brothers, I wish all of you a very Happy Feast of Mary Dominica Mazzarello today, May 13th.   In a special way, I wish the Salesian Sisters a Happy Feast Day!   Mary Mazzarello was a simple peasant girl who opened herself to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and allowed herself to be guided by Don Bosco and other important figures in … Continue reading Provincial Letter May 14th, 2020

Responding to your Vocation Match at the time of the Pandemic

Dear Vocation Seeker! Believe it or not, life will go on and your calling to serve the Lord is as real now as when you first reached out.  I have decided to reach out to you to assure you that you are not forgotten.  Your Vocation Match was sent to me and I need not explain to you what has happened in the months weeks, and days since that request. … Continue reading Responding to your Vocation Match at the time of the Pandemic