Salesian holiness: Blessed Philip Rinaldi (1856-1931), priest

05 Dec 2019

Blessed Philip Rinaldi (1856-1931), priest December 5, memorial (for Don Bosco Volunteers: feast) from Born on May 28, 1856, at Lu Monferrato (Alessandria), Philip Rinaldi was won over by Don Bosco at the age of 22. As a priest, he was entrusted with the formation of aspirants and novices.

Are You Ready to Be Challenged?

21 Nov 2019

It’s Time to Change   Are You Ready to Be Challenged?   By J.C. Montenegro     I had the blessing to participate in the Catholic Volunteer Network Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, November 5-8. In this article, I’m not writing about the conference in general, but rather about what had

Salesian Saints: Blessed Madeleine Morano, FMA (1847-1908), virgin

13 Nov 2019

Salesian Saints of November Blessed Madeleine Morano, FMA (1847-1908), virgin November 15, optional memorial By Bishop Enrico dal Covolo, SDB, and Fr. Giorgio Mocci, SDB Madeleine Catherine Morano was born at Chieri in the province of Turin on November 15, 1847. At age eight she lost her father Francis, and

International Congress of Mary Help of Christians

12 Nov 2019

(ANS – Buenos Aires – October 30) – Fr. Alejandro Gomez, pastor of Mary Help of Christians Parish in Cordoba, Argentina, was appointed by the Council of Provincials of Argentina as coordinator general of the organization of the 8th International Congress of Mary Help of Christians, which was held November 7-10


07 Nov 2019

A MISSIONARY DREAM THAT LIVES ON Fr. Angel Fernandez Artime The dream to which I refer, dear friends of the Salesian charism, is Don Bosco’s great missionary dream. Even in the very first years of the foundation of the fragile, little Society of St. Francis de Sales (the Salesians), he

A River of Life for the Amazon Flows from the Synod

30 Oct 2019

by Fr. Martin Lasarte, SDB (ANS – Rome – October 28) – The Synod of Bishops on the Pan-Amazon region ended on Sunday, October 27. Holy Father convoked this synod with the theme, “Amazonia: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology.” Fr. Martin Lasarte, SDB, a member

Fr. Lunkenbein: Model of a Missionary and of a Commitment to Creation

28 Oct 2019

In addition to the canonized and beatified members of the Salesian Family, there are a couple of dozen other members of the Family in the “pipeline” toward the honors of the altar. Four of them were particularly noted in October. Commemoration of Fr. Lunkenbein, Model of a Missionary and of

Thinking about the Priesthood

25 Oct 2019

By Fr. Steve Ryan, SDB November is Clergy Appreciation Month. The first Sunday in November is Priesthood Sunday. Some of you might think, “So what?” It’s an opportunity to think about priesthood in the Catholic Church. There have been a lot of eyebrows raised regarding Catholic priests in today’s world.

SALESIAN SAINTS OF OCTOBER: Blessed Michael Rua, SDB, priest

24 Oct 2019

Blessed Michael Rua, SDB, priest   October 29, memorial   by Fr. Frank Wolfram, SDB Michael Rua was born at Turin on June 9, 1837, the youngest child of John Baptist Rua and Joan Ferrero Rua. In August 1845 young Michael met Don Bosco, who told him that he would

Rector Major speaks about Amazon

23 Oct 2019

“We’ve made a choice as a congregation, never to abandon our presence among the original peoples.” Interview with Fr. Angel Fernandez Artime (ANS – Turin – October 18) – On November 11, 1875, Don Bosco blessed the first Salesian missionaries, led by Fr. John Cagliero, who had Patagonia as their destination.