Provincial Announcement: 125 Years – Salesian Mission Day

To my Salesian Confreres and to the Salesian Family: This Friday, March 11, is our Province Salesian Mission Day. This date has a special significance to us. It was on this date 125 years ago when the first four Salesian Missionaries sent by Fr. Michael Rua, the Successor of Don Bosco, celebrated the First Mass at Sts. Peter & Paul Church in San Francisco. Each year … Continue reading Provincial Announcement: 125 Years – Salesian Mission Day

Youth Night and Collaborative Team!

By: Luis ChaconProvince Coordinator for Volunteers On Friday, October 22, the 3rd Collaborative Team Meeting was held at the new Salesian parish of Santa Isabel in Boyle Heights. Representatives of the Confirmation Program from St. Mary’s, St. Isabel and some representatives from the Salesian Family Youth Center participated in this meeting. Participants included:  Fr Marcos Castillo, Mrs. Elizabeth Villanueva, Juan Carlos Montenegro, Miriam Hernandez, and … Continue reading Youth Night and Collaborative Team!

“Everything can be expected from a grateful heart.”

By: Luis ChaconProvince Coordinator for Volunteers “Everything can be expected from a grateful heart.” On the eve of gratitude in November, various organizations such as Mission Animation, Salesian Volunteers Program, Saint Joseph Salesian Retreat House, and Restless Heart offered food, vitamins, masks, and clothing to our less fortunate brothers on Skid Row. This experience has been the third Homeless Outreach for the Salesian Volunteers Program. … Continue reading “Everything can be expected from a grateful heart.”

World Mission Day in the LA Archdiocese!

By: Luis ChaconProvince Coordinator for Volunteers On Sunday, October 24, two members of the Missionary Animation Team of the Province were present in two Archdiocesan of Los Angeles Parishes to speak about the missionary work of the Church in the world and invite parishioners to be part of the Mission of the Church through prayer and economic cooperation. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has contacted … Continue reading World Mission Day in the LA Archdiocese!

First Homeless Outreach at Skid Row

By: Luis ChaconProvince Coordinator for Volunteers On September 26, three organizations: Salesian Volunteers, St. Joseph Salesian Retreat House and Restless Hearts went to our monthly homeless outreach activity in Skid Row. Tamara and Juan Guzmán helped us organize the Homeless Outreach by gathering clothes and preparing hot food for our brothers and sisters in need. First we had our Eucharistic celebration at 9:30 am, then … Continue reading First Homeless Outreach at Skid Row

Missionary Experience

By: JC MontenegroDelegate for Mission Animation On July 29, the delegate for Missionary Animation and the preferential option met with 4 young SDBs in initial formation to evaluate their missionary summer experience in two summer camps that are held year after year in Southern California: Camp Savio based in Saint Dominic Savio, Bellflower and Camp Salesian based in Boyle Heights in Los Angeles. At this … Continue reading Missionary Experience

How do I see God in the Salesian family youth center?

By: Bro. Dang-Khoa Pham, SDBSalesian of Don Bosco I was assigned to the Salesian Family Youth Center to serve the children at the summer camp program in the low-income community of Boyle Heights in Los Angeles. I was a quite nervous with plenty of curiosity and expectations. You may ask yourself, why? I have been in the US for almost two years, and this was … Continue reading How do I see God in the Salesian family youth center?

How short mission trips impacted my life

By: Mari Evelin Moreno VelascoMaster’s in Education – UC Santa Cruz Short mission trips changed my life by giving me an opportunity to serve others and find a purpose in life.  This life we have on earth is short and fleeting, and through the mission trips, I realized that I could help others and use my talents to be a light in the lives of … Continue reading How short mission trips impacted my life

First Doctoral Thesis based on the Salesian Volunteer Program

By: JC Montenegro Delegate for Mission Animation Yes, it is the first time in the history of the congregation that a Doctoral Thesis was dedicated to research what is happening with the Salesian Volunteer Movement at the world wide level. The research focused on the personal development that a volunteer goes through when a long term service takes place in our Salesian communities. The author, … Continue reading First Doctoral Thesis based on the Salesian Volunteer Program

Tijuana 2020 Reflection

By: Adrian Fulay Coordinator for Youth Ministry – Salesian College Preparatory Richmond For many of the students from Salesian College Preparatory, Richmond, and St. Francis Central Coast Catholic High School, Watsonville, the word that exemplifies their experiences in Tijuana, Mexico, is “gratitude.”  In their reflections, the word “gratitude” resounded over and over again. Dennis, a junior, said that the experience helped him realize his blessings … Continue reading Tijuana 2020 Reflection

Annual Thanksgiving Tijuana Mission Trip

By: J.C Montenegro Savio Youth Ministry’s Annual Thanksgiving Tijuana Mission trip is an awesome opportunity for you. In 2002 St. Dominic Savio and St. John Bosco, created the Salesian Missionaries to Tijuana program. They saw the need for a deeper formation and understanding of the catholic social justice for young people who were involved in youth ministry programs. In 2003 St. Dominic Savio extended an … Continue reading Annual Thanksgiving Tijuana Mission Trip

Mission Animation Delegates Meeting

By: JC Montenegro Delegate for Mission Animation In the middle of October the delegates for mission animation in the continent gathered in Brazil to discuss how the mission is being spread out in the continent among the essential topics discussed it could be found: The updated DIAM manual that the congregation just published you will find topics like job description, Salesian missionaries short story, and … Continue reading Mission Animation Delegates Meeting

Western USA collaborating in Mission animation

Sr. Sydney Moss FMA in charge of VIDES and JC Montenegro in charge of the Salesian Volunteer Program for the Salesians of Don Bosco USA West met in mid-October to discuss the possibility of collaborating on forming a Missionary Team serving both provinces. This collaboration will provide many opportunities for promoting a missionary culture in the Western USA. These opportunities include sharing short mission trips, … Continue reading Western USA collaborating in Mission animation

Inter-America Social Services Network

By: J.C Montenegro Delegate for Mission Animation From September 6-16, 2019 the Core Team of the Inter-America Social Services Network for youth at risk gathered in Dominican Republic to analyze and evaluate the 2014-2020 Strategic Plan to update it, promote the bases of networking in the region, and to prepare for next year’s gather where all the delegates from the region will gather. Thanks to … Continue reading Inter-America Social Services Network