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!

It is My Privilege…

By: Bro. Al Vu, SDB Province Delegate for Youth Ministry / Province Coordinator for Schools These past few weeks immersed in the current events of our country have left me struggling to understand and come to terms with why I feel so heartbroken and sometimes angry at what is happening in the world today. I have had many personal conversations with friends, family, and colleagues … Continue reading It is My Privilege…

Blessed Francis Kesy & Companions, Martyrs (†1942)

By Bp. Enrico dal Covolo and Fr. Giorgio Mocci* On September 1, 1939, Hitler invaded Poland, touching off World War II.  The German Army occupied the Salesian house of Poznan on Wroniecka Street and turned it into a storehouse.  The youngsters continued to meet in gardens outside the city and the nearby woods.  Many secret groups were created. In September 1940 Francis Kesy and four … Continue reading Blessed Francis Kesy & Companions, Martyrs (†1942)

Corpus Christi’s Salesian Cooperators Program Revived

By: Fr. Jesse Montes, SDB Corpus Christi Church – San Francisco, CA Sister Mary Link, FMA, is reviving the Salesian Cooperators program at Corpus Christi Church, San Francisco, after decades of inactivity.  She heads the English-speaking group of twenty-two candidates. Fr. Jesse Montes, SDB, is forming the seventeen candidates in the Spanish-speaking group.  Recently, Fr. Jesse held a Zoom meeting, enriched with the presence of … Continue reading Corpus Christi’s Salesian Cooperators Program Revived

The Immune System –Lesson 101

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP With the COVID 19 epidemics, there has been tremendous interest in understanding the virus and how our immune system work. Our CDC has extensive, detailed information on the Corona virus. But for those with a positive testing, the response to the invasion of this virus varies. At this point, there is no specific answer to the question … Continue reading The Immune System –Lesson 101

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

Statement of U.S. Bishops’ President on George Floyd and the Protests in American Cities

(Source: http://www.usccb.org/news/2020/20-84.cfm) May 31, 2020 WASHINGTON – Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a statement on George Floyd and the protests in American cities that have taken place over the last several days. This follows the Friday statement from seven U.S. bishop chairmen of committees within the USCCB. Archbishop Gomez’s full statement follows: The … Continue reading Statement of U.S. Bishops’ President on George Floyd and the Protests in American Cities

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?

Statement of U.S. Bishop Chairmen in Wake of Death of George Floyd and National Protests

(Source: http://www.usccb.org/news/2020/20-83.cfm) May 29, 2020 WASHINGTON – Seven U.S. bishop chairmen of committees within the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have issued a statement in the wake of the death of Mr. George Floyd and the protests which have broken out in Minneapolis and in other cities in the United States. Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism; … Continue reading Statement of U.S. Bishop Chairmen in Wake of Death of George Floyd and National Protests

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!