Rector Major announces the cause of beatification and canonization of Bishop Giuseppe Cognata

(ANS – Rome – April 19, 2020) – Fr. Angel Fernandez Artime has announced that Pope Francis has authorized the opening of the cause of beatification of Bishop Giuseppe Cognata, SDB, bishop of Bova (Calabria) and founder of the Salesian Oblate Sisters of the Sacred Heart. Rome, April 18, 2020 Official announcement by the Rector  Major Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Bishop Giuseppe Cognata … Continue reading Rector Major announces the cause of beatification and canonization of Bishop Giuseppe Cognata

Provincial Letter April 23rd, 2020

Dear Salesian sisters and brothers, I send my greetings from the Provincial House in San Francisco, where like most of you, I am sheltered-in place.  These weeks have been challenging for all of us as we try to navigate the Coronavirus crisis.  Every week brings new changes and challenges .    Again, I wish to congratulate and thank all of you, especially our school, parishes and … Continue reading Provincial Letter April 23rd, 2020

Salesian Family Virtual Easter Triduum

By: Sr. Sydney Moss, FMA Salesian Sisters USA West Easter was a little difficult for people to celebrate this year without the possibility of participating in the most beautiful liturgical celebrations of the year during the Easter Triduum.  For this reason, the Youth Ministry Office partnered up with the Salesian Sisters in the Western Province and the Youth Ministry Office in New York to offer … Continue reading Salesian Family Virtual Easter Triduum

Internet our new playground

By: JC Montenegro Delegate for Mission Animation This year because of COVID 19. Holy Week was celebrated differently, at St. Dominic Savio Church we put together a whole online program to accompany parishioners through one of the most important weeks of our Catholic Tradition. Monday and Wednesday Online Bilingual Lectio Divina; lead by Fr. Fabian Cardenas and accompanied by Fr. Mike Gergen and Jorge Galvis, … Continue reading Internet our new playground

Provincial Letter: April 10th, 2020

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, Today, Holy Thursday, I returned to the Provincial House after my 14 days of quarantine.    I came back on time to join the provincial community for their Holy Thursday Mass and dinner. I wish to thank Fr. Jospeh Mathew Paradayil, Pastor and Director of the St. Francis Salesian Community and the entire Watsonville Salesian community for their very kind and … Continue reading Provincial Letter: April 10th, 2020

SYLC Cancellation Letter

After much prayer and discussion, the program team for the Salesian Youth Leadership Conference (SYLC), has made the difficult decision to cancel SYLC 2020 scheduled for June 14-19, 2020 at Camp St. Francis in Aptos, California. This decision did not come lightly; in fact, in dialogue with the Provincial and his Council, along with state health officials, we acknowledge that the health, well-being, and safety … Continue reading SYLC Cancellation Letter

Bosco Tech students helping Medical Professionals

Students in Bosco Tech’s Integrated Design, Engineering & Art (IDEA) technology program have designed and are producing, via the school’s 3D printers, face shields for those in the medical field who are potentially exposed to COVID-19 in their work. The talented high school students have already created 10 shields, from senior Alejandro Pina’s own design, and are working to quickly produce several hundred more for the local medical community. … Continue reading Bosco Tech students helping Medical Professionals

News from St. Dominic Savio Parish – Bellflower

The day after, the Archbishop of Los Angeles asked the people of God not to go to church to avoid the expansion of the pandemic. St. Dominic Savio started to stream live masses through its website and Facebook page. Since that day, Savio celebrates two daily Masses, one in Spanish and the other one in English; there are around 100 people who participate on the … Continue reading News from St. Dominic Savio Parish – Bellflower

Becoming More Salesian in a Time of Change

By: Bro. Al Vu, SDB Delegate for Youth Ministry It has been a little over two weeks since I have returned from the General Chapter and this past Sunday marked by last day of my 14 day living life in quarantine. During those quiet days of seclusion allowed me to take time to unpack my experience of the chapter and reflect. It seems so surreal … Continue reading Becoming More Salesian in a Time of Change

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”