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

Spanish-speaking Cooperator candidates Zoom-ing

By: Andres Neria Province Delegate for Social Communication On June 28, 2020, candidates for the Salesian Cooperators Association, Spanish-speaking, met on Zoom for their third monthly meeting.  Special formators, Judy Alvarez and Elizabeth Gamarra, presented material from their respective expertise. Fr. Ted Montemayor, our provincial led the opening prayer. He joined them for the entire program. There are seventeen candidates in the two-year program.  Sister … Continue reading Spanish-speaking Cooperator candidates Zoom-ing

Corpus Christi Celebrates Anniversaries

When Father Ed Liptak returned from Africa, he was assigned to Corpus Christi Church, San Francisco, where he joined his companion of ordination, Fr. Al Pestun, after years of separation. As a missionary in Africa for twenty-six years, Fr. Ed had worked largely in formation of the clergy, both diocesan and religious. He also served two terms as vice provincial of the newly formed East … Continue reading Corpus Christi Celebrates Anniversaries

Open Wide our Hearts

By: Fr. John Itzaina, SDB Province Delegate for Formation In the past three weeks since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, for the most part, anger has turned into resolve, looting has been overwhelmed by peaceful but forceful protests. House, Senate, and State Assemblies have proposed legislation for radical changes to police tactics, its militarization, and to the use of violent crowd control methods … Continue reading Open Wide our Hearts

New Province Delegate for Youth Ministry

The Provincial and his Council of the Salesians of Don Bosco San Francisco Province, USA West announce the appointment of Fr. Fabian Cardenas SDB as Province Delegate for Youth Ministry beginning on July 1, 2020. Born in Bogota, Colombia on June 12, 1988 Fabian, grew up in a humble, hard-working, and welcoming family with strong Catholic roots. He came to know the Salesians of Don … Continue reading New Province Delegate for Youth Ministry

Corpus Christi Church in San Francisco Re-Opening!

By: Fr. Jesse Montes, SDB Corpus Christi Church – San Francisco, CA Corpus Christi Church, San Francisco, reopened its doors to parishioners and the public on Sunday, June 14, 2020.  With the most stringent regulations and a large crew of volunteers, the congregation will feel comfortable and safe in its surroundings. The organizations and volunteers who have offered their services have already held two meetings … Continue reading Corpus Christi Church in San Francisco Re-Opening!