Message of the Provincial | December 5

05 Dec 2019

Dear Salesian Family,   Just before Halloween, the Salesian community was in the dining room in New Rochelle and we heard some songs for Christmas on the radio.  At first we were surprised, but since Christmas decorations already were being sold in the stores, we let the music on the

“Go, go, … go”

29 Nov 2019

November 27, 2019 Dear Salesian Family, Last week, tens of thousands of young Catholics gathered at the Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis for the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC).  The theme this year was “Blessed • Broken • Given.”  The Salesian Family was present and

The month of the Rosary

24 Oct 2019

Green for the forests and grasslands of Africa. Red, calling to mind the fire of faith that brought missioners to the Americas. White, symbolizing Europe, the home of the Holy Father. Blue for the ocean surrounding the islands of the Pacific. Yellow for Asia, symbolizing the morning light of the

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