Second Former Volunteers Gathering (MEG) Experience

By: Luis ChaconProvince Coordinator for Volunteers On December 2nd I had the opportunity to participate in the discussion of former Salesian volunteers in my Province of origin: Mexico-Guadalajara (MEG). The discussion was led by Margarita, the coordinator of the Salesian missionary volunteering of the Province of MEG. This event was via Zoom, and we began with a reflection on the beginning of Salesian missionary volunteering … Continue reading Second Former Volunteers Gathering (MEG) Experience

Salesian presence at the Guadalupe Procession

By: Luis ChaconProvince Coordinator for Volunteers Bishop Mora Salesian High School participated in the annual Guadalupe procession held in East Los Angeles on December 5th.  The Salesian Letterman Society, the Bishop Mora runners led by coach Gabriel Medina, and the school’s Campus Ministry Team represented the school. This year’s event was the 90th anniversary of the procession.  The parade began at Cesar Chavez Avenue.  As … Continue reading Salesian presence at the Guadalupe Procession

Fifth Homeless Outreach at Skid Row

By: Luis ChaconProvince Coordinator for Volunteers On November 23rd, on the eve of Thanksgiving, Salesian Volunteers together with R.IDEA, an organization of women dedicated to helping the underserved and homeless communities reach their goals and regain footing back into a functioning society, went to serve our most needy brothers on Skid Row. It is impressive to see how different organizations want to come together and … Continue reading Fifth Homeless Outreach at Skid Row

Youth Night in Boyle Heights

By: Luis ChaconProvince Coordinator for Volunteers Youth Nights have become a monthly tradition in the Salesian community of Los Angeles. The overall intention is to unify forces among the youth ministries of each of the Salesian presences in Los Angeles. Each month we’ve had Youth Night, where members of the Confirmation program from Saint Mary’s, Saint Isabel, and young leaders from the Salesian Family Youth … Continue reading Youth Night in Boyle Heights

Province Youth Ministry Department November Recap!

By: Youth Ministry Department November 6  – LEADS Inter-America Meeting The members of Leads Interamerica got together to continue their new journey  as leaders of the Salesian Youth Movement. It was divided in three parts: 1. Formation (Invitation of Pope Francis to celebrate World Youth Day 2021) 2. Accompaniment (Ideas in how to support the delegates of Youth Ministry to celebrate and communicate WYD 2021 … Continue reading Province Youth Ministry Department November Recap!

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.”

Province Youth Ministry Department October Recap!

By: Marisol BecerraYouth Ministry Office Assistant NCYC Commission Meeting – October 12th Fr. Fabian participated in the first meeting of the commission for NCYC West Long Beach 2022. This meeting was led by Sr. Sydney Moss who had an objective to start reflecting and thinking about the different possibilities of topics and themes to be reflected in and presented to the participants of the conference. … Continue reading Province Youth Ministry Department October Recap!

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

A Missionary serving the poorest in Boyle Heights

By: Luis ChaconProvince Coordinator for Volunteers Fr Marcos Castillo is a Salesian of Don Bosco born in the city of Santa Ana, El Salvador. He is a former student of the Colegio Salesiano San José. He professed as a Salesian of Don Bosco in 2009 and was ordained a priest in 2019. At this time, Fr Marcos is 33 years old, and his favorite hobbies … Continue reading A Missionary serving the poorest in Boyle Heights

Don Bosco Festive Oratory is alive in Los Angeles

By: JC Montenegro, PhD, Miriam Hernandez & Luis ChaconEast Los Angeles Community Because we know education is a matter of the heart St Dominic Savio Church and the Salesian Family Youth Center, located in Los Angeles County, opened their doors to welcome children and young people. The “oratorians” are from 5 to 13 years old, and the animators are from 14 to 18 years old … Continue reading Don Bosco Festive Oratory is alive in Los Angeles

Province Youth Ministry Department September Recap!

By: Marisol BecerraYouth Ministry Office Assistant SYM “LEADS” International (Inter-america Region) On September 8th The Youth Ministry Department of the congregation represented by Fr. Rafael Bejarano, SDB, met with Fr. Inatio Vieria, SDB (South Cone Region REB)  and Fr. Fabian Cardenas, SDB (Inter-america Region SUO) to pass on the coordination of the group “LEADS” an international effort of the congregation to give voice and active … Continue reading Province Youth Ministry Department September Recap!

Salesian Mission in Los Angeles: CYM’s Meeting

By: JC MontenegroDelegate for Mission Animation Last Monday, September 13th, CYM’s and program coordinators who work for the good of children and young people from all Salesian presences in Los Angeles have met with the objectives of: Getting to know the CYM’s of each Salesian work in Los Angeles and to the people who coordinate the Programs managed by young people. To present the programs … Continue reading Salesian Mission in Los Angeles: CYM’s Meeting

Promoting Social Justice among our young people

By: Luis ChaconProvince Coordinator for Volunteers On Sunday, September 29, we had the opportunity to do a volunteer experience feeding the homeless at Venice Beach. The event organizers were Restless Heart Foundation, who prepared the food packages, Tamara (St. Joseph Salesian representative), representatives from the Salesian Volunteers Program, Martín (volunteer from Ecuador), and Br. Freddy (SDB from Venezuela). We began with a Mass celebration at … Continue reading Promoting Social Justice among our young people

Bosco Tech student Commended by National Merit Scholarship Program

By: Karen KrynenCommunications Officer Don Bosco Technical Institute (Bosco Tech) senior Aman Kumar has been named a semifinalist in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Kumar is one of approximately 16,000 students from across the country who earned the designation and now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million that will be offered … Continue reading Bosco Tech student Commended by National Merit Scholarship Program

Presentation of the theme for Streanna 2022: “Do all through love, nothing through constraint” (St. Francis de Sales)

By: Don Angel Fernandez Artime, SDBRector Major (ANS – Rome – July 23, 2021) – Dear Brothers, Sisters, and Friends, Just six months ago we gave the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians – as has been our tradition since Don Bosco’s time – and the whole Salesian Family, the strenna for the new year. Six months later, therefore, I have been asked to anticipate what … Continue reading Presentation of the theme for Streanna 2022: “Do all through love, nothing through constraint” (St. Francis de Sales)

How A Summer Camp Changed My Life?

By: Diana SerranoUniversity of California, San Diego, ’17, BA Mount Saint Mary’s University, ’20, BSN As I browse social media, I see various posts about planned summer activities happening in the community. I can’t help but feel nostalgic for the summers I would spend at Camp Savio, the place that influenced my career choice and made me who I am today. I started attending Camp Savio … Continue reading How A Summer Camp Changed My Life?