Message to the Province – October 8th, 2020

Translation by: Marisol Becerra Youth Ministry Office Assistant Dear Salesian Brothers, young people and lay faithful, Fratelli tutti! Receive my warmest greetings, hoping that all your pastoral activities are producing the best spiritual fruits. As you can see with my initial greeting, I would like to dedicate a few words to encourage reading and reflecting, personally and in community, the new encyclical that Pope Francis … Continue reading Message to the Province – October 8th, 2020

Mensaje a la Inspectoria – 8 de Octubre, 2020

Queridos hermanos salesianos, jóvenes y fieles laicos, ¡Fratelli tutti! Reciban mi más cordial saludo, esperando que todas sus actividades pastorales estén dando los mejores frutos. Como se pueden dar cuenta con mi saludo inicial, quisiera dedicar unas breves palabras, para animar a la lectura y la reflexión, personal y comunitaria, de la nueva encíclica que el papa Francisco nos ha regalado recientemente: ¡Fratelli tutti! Sobre … Continue reading Mensaje a la Inspectoria – 8 de Octubre, 2020

Message to the Province – October 1st, 2020

Dear Salesian Family and Salesian Young People: I hope and pray that you are all safe in God’s tender loving care. I said in my message to you at the beginning of September that we will have a theme for each month moving forward. The theme for the month of October is this year’s 2020 Salesian Family strenna/theme “Good Christians and honest citizens.” Don Bosco … Continue reading Message to the Province – October 1st, 2020

Message to the Province – September 24th, 2020

Dear Salesians and Salesian Family: A few months past I read a quote on social media that struck me to the core. I know I have seen it before but it didn’t resonate with me until then, around the time I found out in the beginning of June that I have been appointed Provincial of the Salesians of Don Bosco USA West. The quote is … Continue reading Message to the Province – September 24th, 2020

Not just Salesians for young people, but young Salesians

(ANS – Rome – September 10, 2020) – “Young Salesians and accompaniment: Orientations and guidelines.” The first “seed” of reflection that five young Salesians toss to their colleagues and all the Salesians in their three-minute video in five languages ​​for the month of September is to open our eyes to this awareness: there is a large number of young Salesians. It is a charism, a gift, … Continue reading Not just Salesians for young people, but young Salesians

Message to the Province – September 3rd, 2020

Dear Salesians and Salesian Family: It is hard to believe that we are now entering our seventh month of living with the Covid-19 pandemic. I encourage you to be safe and strong and I pray that God’s blessings will continue to manifest itself in everything around you. Speaking of God’s blessings, on Monday, August 31st, there was a Zoom meeting/gathering of Province Leadership. The meeting … Continue reading Message to the Province – September 3rd, 2020

Deacon Vien’s Ordination to the Priesthood

By: Deacon Vien Nguyen, SDB It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain (John 15:16). I believe that God has called me and continues to call me to be of service. First and foremost, it is a call to serve God’s people, the Church, especially the young. I learned early … Continue reading Deacon Vien’s Ordination to the Priesthood

Not Only Surviving But Thriving

By: Fr. Jose Lucero, SDB Community of San Luis Rey Church – Laredo, TX I woke up with a cough and thought to myself upon opening my eyes, ‘hmm, where did this cough come from?” I immediately wondered if this was the famous covid “they” speak of.  But how could this be? I was wearing my mask everywhere and social distancing. I quickly decided I … Continue reading Not Only Surviving But Thriving

Message to the Province – In them you shall find Hope

By: Fr. Fabian Cardenas, SDB Province Delegate for Youth Ministry Translation by: Miss Marisol Becerra, Fr. Joe Farias, SDB, Fr. Mike Gergen, SDB, Fr. Tom Juarez, SDB My dear educative-pastoral communities (EPC), receive my most warm greetings, especially my Salesian brothers, the different members of the Salesian Family, and above all, my dear young people: Our Rector Major, Fr. Angel Fernandez Artime, recently presented to … Continue reading Message to the Province – In them you shall find Hope

St. Bridget Chinese Catholic Church utilized technology to celebrate Pastor Fr. John Lam’s 80th Birthday

By: Joseph Ng Salesian Cooperator – St. Bridget Chinese Catholic Church On August 1, 2020, St. Bridget Chinese Catholic Church celebrated Pastor Fr. John Lam’s 80th birthday. The festivities started with a Thanksgiving Mass at 9:30AM, followed by a Drive-By Birthday Greeting at 10:30AM, and culminated with a Virtual Celebration at 3:00PM. The Thanksgiving Mass was con-celebrated by Fr. Mel Trinidad (Provincial, Salesians of Don … Continue reading St. Bridget Chinese Catholic Church utilized technology to celebrate Pastor Fr. John Lam’s 80th Birthday

Mensaje para la Inspectoria – En ellos, la esperanza vive

Autor: P. Fabian Cardenas, SDB Delegado Inspectorial de Pastoral Juvenil Queridas comunidades educativo-pastorales (CEP), reciban mi más cordial saludo, es espacial mis hermanos salesianos, los diferentes miembros de la familia salesiana y, sobre todo, mis queridos jóvenes: Nuestro Rector Mayor, P. Ángel Fernández Artime, ha presentado recientemente, a toda la congregación, el tema y nombre de la “Strenna” que iluminará nuestra acción educativa-pastoral para el … Continue reading Mensaje para la Inspectoria – En ellos, la esperanza vive

St. Bridget Chinese Catholic Church Celebrates Pastor Father John Lam’s 80th Birthday

May our Blessed Mother, Mary Help of Christians, be with you.  Dear Salesian family, greetings from St. Bridget Chinese Catholic Church.  This year St. Bridget is celebrating our pastor Father John Lam’s 80th birthday.  Fr. John Lam is a faithful apprentice of St. John Bosco, humbly serving God and his charge in all his ministries.  Fr. Lam entered the novitiate in 1960, professed his perpetual … Continue reading St. Bridget Chinese Catholic Church Celebrates Pastor Father John Lam’s 80th Birthday

Provincial Letter: April 10th, 2020

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, Today, Holy Thursday, I returned to the Provincial House after my 14 days of quarantine.    I came back on time to join the provincial community for their Holy Thursday Mass and dinner. I wish to thank Fr. Jospeh Mathew Paradayil, Pastor and Director of the St. Francis Salesian Community and the entire Watsonville Salesian community for their very kind and … Continue reading Provincial Letter: April 10th, 2020

Provincial Letter: March 26th, 2020

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, Greetings from Camp St. Francis, in Aptos, where I am in my third day of my 14 day quarantine.   I give thanks to God for my return from Northern Italy and the beautiful space made available to me for my time in quarantine.    The Salesian community in Watsonville (which includes Br. Mike Herbers) has been most gracious and hospitable.   My … Continue reading Provincial Letter: March 26th, 2020

Provincial Letter: February 6th, 2020

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, Last night I flew back to San Francisco after several days in Orange, New Jersey.  Along with Fr. John Itzaina, our formation delegate for the province, Fr. Tim Ploch, our regional, Fr. Tim Zak, Provincial from the Eastern Province, Fr. Steve Ryan, formation delegate for the New Rochelle Province and the formation team in Orange, we met all day on … Continue reading Provincial Letter: February 6th, 2020

Provincial Letter: January 30th, 2020

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, Many of us are still basking in the glow and wonderful experience of our PAD (Province Assembly Days) held in January 12-14.   My thanks to all those who made the effort to be present and participate.    I have only heard good and positive things about our two and a half days together in San Juan Bautista.   My thanks also to … Continue reading Provincial Letter: January 30th, 2020

Fr. Tom Juarez’s 53rd Anniversary!

By: Danya Montiel Administrative Assistant  – San Luis Rey Church On Sunday, January 5th, 2020 our parish celebrated the 53rd Anniversary Ordination of Father Tom Juarez. The celebration consisted of many members of our parish that gather around for this great event. There was over 250 parishioners that joined together for this celebration, with entertainment and food. Our parish, San Luis Rey Church here in … Continue reading Fr. Tom Juarez’s 53rd Anniversary!