Salesian Saints of the May: Leonard Murialdo

17 May 2018

St. Leonard Murialdo, priest   May 18, optional memorial   by the Salesian Formation Department, Rome translated by Fr. Mike Mendl, SDB Leonard Murialdo was born at Turin in 1828 of an aristocratic family, who were originally counts of Murialdo, a territory in the hinterland of Savona. Having earned a
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SALESIAN SAINTS OF MAY: St. Louis Orione, priest

10 May 2018

St. Louis Orione, priest   May 16, optional memorial adapted from Proper Masses of the Salesian Family Louis John Orione was born in 1872 at Pontecurone (Alessandria), Italy. In 1886 he was at Don Bosco’s Oratory in Turin and offered his own life to the Lord for the Saint during
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SALESIAN SAINTS OF MAY: St. Mary Domenica Mazzarello

10 May 2018

St. Mary Domenica Mazzarello, virgin, foundress May 13, feast (omitted this year because it’s Sunday)   solemnity for the FMAs transferred to May 15 Spiritual Portrait of Mary Mazzarello by Fr. Morand Wirth, SDB Forthright in temperament but reserved in manner, Mary Mazzarello possessed ardent faith, fortitude, and a great
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Rector Major Message: Our Mother Is There. Always.

09 May 2018

STABAT MATER. OUR MOTHER IS THERE. ALWAYS. “It is she who has done everything!” Don Bosco used to say. Our holy Mother continues to radiate her motherly tenderness, just as she did today in Beirut. I’ve seen it! From Beirut to Valdocco, our Blessed Lady is always present! Greetings to
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Salesians’ Mission in Venezuela and Belle Glade – Florida: we still can contribute

03 May 2018

By Fr. Tim Zak, SDB Provincial Dear Salesian Family, During Lent the province appealed to the communities to show particular concern for the poor and to strengthen our solidary with the People of God throughout the world. Our Province Day Solidarity collection focused on Belle Glade and Venezuela. Each year,
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SALESIAN SAINTS OF MAY: St. Dominic Savio

03 May 2018

St. Dominic Savio, adolescent May 6, feast (omitted this year because it’s Sunday) The Calm Courage of Dominic Savio by Fr. Morand Wirth, SDB The steady energy of this saintly young lad was obvious. At a tender age he willingly undertook difficult tasks like assisting at Mass early in the
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What the Gallup Poll Reports, Why It So Reports, & What to Do about It

26 Apr 2018

By Fr. Steve Ryan, SDB We knew that in the United States younger Catholics were going to church in lower numbers than in the past. Simply by looking around at many parish churches (not all), we’ve observed a lessening of families worshipping together on Sundays. According to the most recent
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Celebrating the Vocation of the Religious Brother: Bro. Bernard Zdanowicz, SDB

24 Apr 2018

by Amy Marinaro Bro. Bernard Zdanowicz was born on July 26, 1924, in Trenton, N.J. After graduating from high school, Bro. Bernie served in the Army during World War II. After his service, he worked as a postal clerk as he trained to become an auto mechanic. In 1953, he
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Celebrating the Vocation of the Religious Brother: Bro. Joseph Gambino, SDB

10 Apr 2018

by Amy Marinaro             Bro. Joseph Gambino was raised in Poirino Torinese. When he was a young man, he was engaged to be married but ultimately broke off the engagement. Joseph was familiar with Don Bosco, whose ministry had led him to preach in Poirino, and Don Bosco’s Catholic Readings
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Celebrating the Vocation of the Religious Brother 9: Bro. Joseph Traina, SDB

05 Apr 2018

Celebrating the Vocation of the Religious Brother Bro. Joseph Traina, SDB by Amy Marinaro Bro. Joseph Traina was born in the Bronx, N.Y., on July 18, 1920. He answered God’s call to the vocation of the religious brother with the Salesians of Don Bosco and entered the novitiate on September
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