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!

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

Mensaje para la Inspectoria – En ellos, la esperanza vive

Autor: P. Fabian Cardenas, SDB Delegado Inspectorial de Pastoral Juvenil Queridas comunidades educativo-pastorales (CEP), reciban mi más cordial saludo, es espacial mis hermanos salesianos, los diferentes miembros de la familia salesiana y, sobre todo, mis queridos jóvenes: Nuestro Rector Mayor, P. Ángel Fernández Artime, ha presentado recientemente, a toda la congregación, el tema y nombre de la “Strenna” que iluminará nuestra acción educativa-pastoral para el … Continue reading Mensaje para la Inspectoria – En ellos, la esperanza vive

Provincial Letter August 6th, 2020

Dear Salesian Family, A special thanks to my Salesian confreres and to my immediate family (three brothers) who joined us for the Province Installation Mass on July 30th at St. John Bosco High School, Bellflower. I am also appreciative of the many Salesian Family members, as well as alumni/ae, family and friends who watched the event virtually from other parts of the United States, from … Continue reading Provincial Letter August 6th, 2020

Bosco Tech names alumnus Vincent Nolasco Athletic Director

By: Karen Krynen Communications Officer – Don Bosco Tech Don Bosco Technical Institute (Bosco Tech) has named Vincent Nolasco as its new Athletic Director. “It is my great pleasure to welcome back Mr. Nolasco on behalf of the Tech community,” said Memo Gutierrez, the school’s President. “As a Tech alumnus, Vince understands the effective Salesian educational system that is known worldwide for its focus on … Continue reading Bosco Tech names alumnus Vincent Nolasco Athletic Director

Salesian professor at the Institute of Salesian Studies, Fr. Alejandro publishes two new books

  Leading from the Heart. An Educative Preventive Approach. This book published by the Institute of Salesian Studies in Berkeley, is a guide for salesians, educators and leaders to improve and deepen their roles through a better understanding of themselves and of educational processes from the Preventive System insights. Fr. Alejandro Rodriguez SDB, unpacks what it means to be benevolent from a Salesian educational stand … Continue reading Salesian professor at the Institute of Salesian Studies, Fr. Alejandro publishes two new books

Provincial Letter July 18th, 2020

Dear Salesian sisters and brothers, I just returned from Southern California, where I visited our communities and made my way back to the Provincial House in San Francisco, stopping in Watsonville for the night.   Thanks again to everyone’s hospitality.   And, a big “Thank You” to everyone for their joyful witness of Salesian life even in the midst of these confusing times of Covid-19.    Things change … Continue reading Provincial Letter July 18th, 2020

St. Bridget Chinese Catholic Church Celebrates Pastor Father John Lam’s 80th Birthday

May our Blessed Mother, Mary Help of Christians, be with you.  Dear Salesian family, greetings from St. Bridget Chinese Catholic Church.  This year St. Bridget is celebrating our pastor Father John Lam’s 80th birthday.  Fr. John Lam is a faithful apprentice of St. John Bosco, humbly serving God and his charge in all his ministries.  Fr. Lam entered the novitiate in 1960, professed his perpetual … Continue reading St. Bridget Chinese Catholic Church Celebrates Pastor Father John Lam’s 80th Birthday

Spanish Salesian Priest tours San Francisco in turbulent times

Fr. Gustavo Martagón, ministering at St. Luke’s parish in Stockton, CA, was called back to Spain. There he will be pastor at a church in Sevilla. He will join Fr. Diego Molina, SDB, a close friend, who has been assigned as his director.  Three years ago, Fr. Molina was stationed in Los Angeles at St. Mary’s Church where Fr. Jesse Montes was pastor.  Fr. Diego … Continue reading Spanish Salesian Priest tours San Francisco in turbulent times

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!

Provincial Letter July 3rd, 2020

Dear Salesian sisters and brothers, We continue to struggle with all of the challenges which Covid-19 presents to us.   With the resurgence of Covid cases in certain areas of our province (California and Texas in particular) changes are continuously taking place to assure the safety of all of our people, especially, our young men and women.  While some of our sites are conducting virtual camps, … Continue reading Provincial Letter July 3rd, 2020