Provincial Letter: November 27th, 2019

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, The following story comes from an article on Gratitude by Ron Rolheiser: “There’s a Jewish folk-tale which runs something like this: There once was a young man who aspired to great holiness. After some time at working to achieve it, he went to see his Rabbi. “Rabbi,” he announced, “I think I have achieved sanctity.” ”Why do you think that?” … Continue reading Provincial Letter: November 27th, 2019

Provincial Letter: November 19th, 2019

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, Two weeks ago, November 7-8, the two provincial councils of the SDBs in the United States met for our annual meetings.   We from the west,  flew out a day early for our own provincial council meeting before joining the Eastern Provincial Council.  And, several of us stayed two extra days afterwards to visit our men in formation in Orange, New … Continue reading Provincial Letter: November 19th, 2019

Provincial Letter: October 29th, 2019

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, On Sunday, October 27th, I flew back from Quito, Ecuador, where I spent the last week with Fr. Tim Ploch, our Regional and most of the 13 provincials from our Inter-American Region.   Two of our provincials could not enter the Ecuador for different reasons. The annual Inter-American provincials gathering took place in Quito this year.   We stayed at a retreat … Continue reading Provincial Letter: October 29th, 2019

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