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Provincial Letter: October 15th, 2019

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, Last week, the Provincial Council, minus Fr. Tho Bui and Fr. John Itzaina, flew into San Antonio, Texas, rented a car and drove to Laredo where the provincial council met the staff of San Luis Rey and gathered for two days of provincial council meetings.   Although, we were missing two provincial council members, the four of us present, were able … Continue reading Provincial Letter: October 15th, 2019

Provincial Letter: October 1st, 2019

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, Today we celebrated the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux or also known as St. Theresa of the Child Jesus or the Little Flower.   She entered the Carmelite convent at 15, with special permission from the Pope, and died when she was 24 years of age in 1897.   She lived a secluded, cloistered life as a Carmelite nun.  But, she … Continue reading Provincial Letter: October 1st, 2019

Provincial Letter: September 26th, 2019

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, Yesterday morning, I drove down from the provincial house in San Francisco to Los Angeles.  The Salesian Sisters had invited us to attend their “medal ceremony” for the new postulants.   We wish to congratulate the nine new postulants (five from the Eastern Province and four from the West) on this new and official step in their journey towards their profession … Continue reading Provincial Letter: September 26th, 2019

Provincial Letter: September 19th, 2019

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, On Tuesday, September 17th, I met with the small Board of Directors of our Salesian Family Youth Center in Boyle Heights.  I wish to congratulate Juan Carlos Montenegro for his hard work, dedication and commitment to the young people from the east side of Los Angeles.   Their summer camp was a big success, and there are many projects being initiated … Continue reading Provincial Letter: September 19th, 2019

Provincial Letter: September 11th, 2019

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, Today we remember the 9/11 event which took place eighteen years ago.  It was a type of event, much like the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, when people recalled exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard of the news.   The 9/11 event changed our lives forever and today many of us still recall the … Continue reading Provincial Letter: September 11th, 2019

Provincial Letter: September 4th, 2019

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, I hope your Labor Day weekend activities were fruitful, enjoyable and relaxing. Our communities gathered for a barbecue meal and time together, in the Northern and Southern areas of California. Those in Northern California gathered at Don Bosco Hall, Berkeley and those in the South gathered at St. John Bosco, Bellflower. Since I was already in the Southland, I joined … Continue reading Provincial Letter: September 4th, 2019

Provincial Letter: August 27th, 2019

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, Yesterday, the Directors, Pastors and Delegates of the different province departments met for our biannual meeting.    Usually, we meet at the beginning of the scholastic/pastoral year and again in the Spring.   We meet to plan, nourish our spirits, and reconnect as province leadership.   I wish to thank all those who were able to make it.   I realize that this is … Continue reading Provincial Letter: August 27th, 2019

Provincial Council, Delegates, and Coordinators Meeting

By: Andres Neria On Thursday August 15th, the Feast of the Assumption, our Provincial Fr. Ted and his council met with the delegates and coordinators of the province. The purpose of this meeting, and future meetings to come, is to explore and implement better ways to serve our province at all levels. This idea was presented at this year’s Provincial Chapter and came out as … Continue reading Provincial Council, Delegates, and Coordinators Meeting

Provincial Letter: August 20th, 2019

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, Last Thursday, August 15th, the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mother into heaven, the Western Province of St. Andrew had the blessing of witnessing the first professions of two of our brothers:  Leo Imbert and Kris Tran.   We wish to congratulate them and promise them our prayers.  We wish to thank their parents for the love and … Continue reading Provincial Letter: August 20th, 2019

Provincial Letter: August 14th, 2019

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, I flew back into Los Angeles from San Antonio late last night.   As I had mentioned before, the Salesian Sisters had invited me to preside at the Mass for Sr. Sydney Moss’ final vows.   I arrived a day early and was able to concelebrate at the Mass of Renewal of vows for three Salesian Sisters presided by Fr. Pascual Chavez … Continue reading Provincial Letter: August 14th, 2019

Provincial Letter: July 24th, 2019

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, I am presently in Laredo, Texas for two days visiting my family and the Parish of San Luis Rey.  I came to San Antonio, Texas last Friday, after our Board Meeting at Don Bosco Tech.   The FMA Sisters had invited me to preside at their Jubilee celebration which took place on Saturday.   I am grateful for the invitation and for … Continue reading Provincial Letter: July 24th, 2019

Provincial Letter: July 17th, 2019

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, I am presently in Los Angeles.  I drove down yesterday evening, after visiting Camp St. Francis in Aptos.  Today I visited Camp Savio in Bellflower.   Tomorrow, I hope to visit our ministry in Boyle Heights. I am grateful to all those working hard to give young people a beautiful, enjoyable and Salesian summer experience.   Wherever you go, you sense the … Continue reading Provincial Letter: July 17th, 2019

Provincial Letter: July 10th, 2019

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, I am presently in Santa Cruz, at Villa Del Mar Retreat House ran by the Holy Names Sisters.   The Provincial Council and I are here for a week of meetings:  prayer, planning, reflection and some fraternal time together.   We arrived on Sunday evening and will finish on Friday at noon.  It is a beautiful setting, close to the ocean and … Continue reading Provincial Letter: July 10th, 2019

Provincial Letter: July 3rd, 2019

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, Last night I flew in from New York, after attending the “Forming The Formators” Workshop being hosted at the Marian Shrine, a retreat house staffed by the Salesians, in Stony Point, New York.  The workshop began Friday morning and ended Sunday afternoon with Mass presided by Fr. Tim Zak, Provincial of the New Rochelle Province.  Overall, 90 people attended , … Continue reading Provincial Letter: July 3rd, 2019

Provincial Letter: June 26th, 2019

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, Tomorrow, I fly out to Newark to attend the Formation of Formators of Salesian Cooperators workshop being held at the Marian Shrine in Stony Point, NY.   The workshop will include the SDB and FMA delegates of each community where we have Cooperators centers.   Also invited are those directing the formation of each center and others involved with formation of Cooperators.   … Continue reading Provincial Letter: June 26th, 2019

Provincial Letter: June 12th, 2019

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, Our Western Province of St. Andrew is preparing for our Provincial Chapter which will take place from Sunday, June 16 to Friday, June 21, 2019.   This Chapter will take place at Three Rivers where we usually host one of our two retreats.   This provincial chapter is in preparation for the General Chapter which will take place next year 2020 in … Continue reading Provincial Letter: June 12th, 2019

Provincial Letter: May 29th, 2019

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, I just drove into San Francisco from Watsonville, where I attended a farewell and thank you party for Michele Bowling, which took place last night at a private home.   Michele has worked with St. Francis High School since its beginnings when the Diocese of Monterey and the Salesians entered into a joint agreement to build a new high school on … Continue reading Provincial Letter: May 29th, 2019

Provincial Letter: May 22nd, 2019

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, This Friday we celebrate the Feast of Mary Help of Christians!  Happy Feast day to all the Salesian Family.  As all of you well know, Mary Help of Christians meant so much to Don Bosco.  From the age of nine years of age, when Don Bosco had that famous dream, Johnny Bosco saw Mary (the women his Mother taught him … Continue reading Provincial Letter: May 22nd, 2019