Celebration of the Anniversaries of Profession and Ordination

26 Sep 2019

Homily of Fr. Tim Zak, SDB   (Stony Point, N.Y. – September 21) – Way back in 2013, leading up to the bicentenary of Don Bosco’s birth, Pascual Chavez gave the Salesian Family this strenna: “Like Don Bosco the educator, we offer young people the Gospel of joy through a

Migrants and Refugees

04 Sep 2019

September 5, 2019   Dear Salesian Family,   “I invoke God’s abundant blessings upon all the world’s migrants and refugees and upon all those who accompany them on their journey.” These are the closing words of the message of Pope Francis for the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

Curatorium in CRESCO

29 Aug 2019

August 29, 2019   Last week, I was in Guatemala at the curatorium [board of governors] for CRESCO (Centro Regional del Salesiano Coadjutor), a specific formation program for the Salesian brother. Brother Rafael Vargas is participating in this two-year program. Salesian brothers from the Interamerica Region and the Southern Cone

Salesian presence at the U.N.

08 Aug 2019

Dear Salesian Family, Recently our province was blessed to host the annual review of the Salesian presence at the United Nations in New York. Three members of the general council (Fr. Fabio Attard, Fr. Guillermo Basañes, and Bro. Jean Paul Muller) and Fr. M.C. George from the Missions Dicastery came

Choices and Commitments

18 Jul 2019

July 18, 2019   Dear Salesian Family, It’s been four months now since the SDBs had their provincial chapter. Considering all the graduations, first Communions, and Confirmations, the summer activities and moving to new assignments that have occurred since then, I’m guessing few of us could remember the choices to

Salesian Family Council Plans for Collaboration

12 Jul 2019

  On Monday, July 1, members of the Salesian Family Provincial Council met virtually to propose some specific ways they could collaborate in the animation of the Salesian provinces in Canada and the eastern USA. Present at the meeting were Fr. Iguintz Calixte, Joe Conroy, Rosa D’Addario, Fr. Tom Dunne,

Following Don Bosco’s Example

27 Jun 2019

Dear Salesian Family,   In 1833 Mama Margaret went to visit her son John, who was studying in Chieri and had decided to become a Franciscan. The local parish priest warned Mama Margaret that if John became a Franciscan, he would not be able to take care of her in

Transition Moment: Gratitude and Prayers

20 Jun 2019

June 20, 2019 Dear Salesian Family, This is the time of year that the SDBs usually begin to implement the changes of assignments that were announced at the beginning of May. When we include the summer activities—camps, retreats, Gospel Roads, language studies, etc.—there will be a good number of SDBs

Culture of encounter

13 Jun 2019

June 13, 2019 Memorial of Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church   Dear Salesians of Don Bosco (and Salesian Family), Two months ago, on Palm Sunday during the audience in Paul VI Hall, Pope Francis received students and teachers from Visconti High School in Rome. During

06 Jun 2019

June 6, 2019 Dear Salesian Family, As mentioned a few weeks ago, this edition of Salesian News gives special attention to the celebrations of Mary Help of Christians throughout the province and the graduation ceremonies of our schools. Looking back on the numerous celebrations for Mary Help in local Salesian