Message to the Province – February 25th, 202

Dear Salesian Family and Salesian Young People, Pope Francis, in his Apostolic Letter Patris Corde (“With a Father’s Heart”), has proclaimed the “Year of St. Joseph” from the 8th of December 2020 through the same date in 2021. The Feast of St. Joseph is on the 19th of March and it seemed appropriate that our Province theme for the month is the “fatherliness of St. … Continue reading Message to the Province – February 25th, 202

Message to the Province – February 25th, 202

Dear Salesian Family and Salesian Young People, I write this message full of gratitude, joy and hope for our Province. Today is the 25th of February and it is the Feast Day of the Salesian martyrs Bishop Aloysius Versiglia and Father Callistus Caravario. It was on this day in 1930 that both lost their lives through martyrdom in Shiuchow, China. On the way to their … Continue reading Message to the Province – February 25th, 202

Blessed Laura Vicuña (1891-1904)

  From Chile to Argentina Laura Carmen Vicuña was born in Santiago, Chile, on April 5, 1891, to Joseph and Mercedes Pino. The Vicuña family, Chilean aristocrats, were forced into exile by a revolution. They took refuge in Temuco in a poor house, but soon after Joseph died suddenly, and Mercedes had to take refuge with her two daughters in Argentina. They came to Junín … Continue reading Blessed Laura Vicuña (1891-1904)

Vocation Office Updates

By: Deacon Vien Nguyen, SDB Dear all, Greeting from Vocation Office in Bellflower, CA. In the past few months, the work of vocation has shipped to a quite different mode of animating. Like many other ministries, we are struggling to continue the work in a normal way, thus we have done most of our activities virtually. Fortunately, with God’s providence, we are still able to … Continue reading Vocation Office Updates

“Young Salesians and accompaniment – Orientations and Guidelines”

Dear confreres, The dissemination of “Young Salesians and accompaniment – Orientations and Guidelines”, through ‘video seeds’ is coming to you with the seed No 4, for December 2020.   The focus this time gest inspiration from the Psalm 26: “Your face, O Lord, do I seek” …Following in Don Bosco’s footsteps. In fact, from the more than 4000 responses received in the research on accompaniment, we can … Continue reading “Young Salesians and accompaniment – Orientations and Guidelines”

Message to the Province – November 20th, 2020

By: Elizabeth Gamarra Delegate for Salesian Family Resumen y traduccion de la Reflexion Comparto con ustedes partes importantes de la visita virtual organizada por la Región Inter América, de la que somos parte.  Nuestro invitado el 15 de Nov. fue nuestro Rector Mayor, Don Ángel Fernández Artime, Decimo Sucesor de Don Bosco. Este foro reunió a 1,000 miembros de la Familia Salesiana que se deleitaron … Continue reading Message to the Province – November 20th, 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 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

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