October: the month of the Holy Rosary and of the mission

11 Oct 2018

Dear Salesian Family,   October is the month of the Holy Rosary. The Holy Father has invited all the faithful of the world to pray the Rosary every day during this entire month, joining in communion and in penitence as the people of God, to ask the Blessed Virgin Mary

Our common home

26 Sep 2018

Dear Salesian Family, “Sir, give me this water.” This is the familiar Scripture passage from the story of the Samaritan woman in the Gospel of John that Fr. Angel used in the 2018 Strenna. It expresses the longing of every human heart to be filled with the grace of God

To my Salesian brothers and dear members of the Salesian Family,

30 Aug 2018

To my Salesian brothers and dear members of the Salesian Family, On August 14, a Pennsylvania grand jury report was released which stated that more than 1,000 children had been abused by hundreds of Catholic priests in six Pennsylvania dioceses. It also stated that Church officials had tried to cover

Mass of First Profession – Homily

22 Aug 2018

We’re all familiar with the story of Don Bosco’s meeting with Bartholomew Garelli, in the Church of St. Francis of Assisi on December 8, 1841. It is a popular story for the kids in our camps and schools to act out. For Don Bosco, it was much more than one

Salesian Family and Don Bosco Green Alliance

02 Aug 2018

Dear Salesian Family, Sometimes when our organizations write documents at the end of conferences or congresses, we acknowledge that these documents preserve the priorities of those who met, and may even propose some practical recommendations. At the same time, we have to acknowledge that these documents, as inspiring as they

The Salesian spirit and mission are today: going out to meet the young where they are

26 Jul 2018

Dear Salesian Family, This weekend, the Salesian Lay Missioners (SLMs) begin their three weeks of formation for mission. This year eight young adults are preparing to go to a Salesian presence in another country, seven of them having just graduated from college, one returning SLM ready to go out again.

The Religious Brothers

19 Jul 2018

Dear Salesian Family, If you go to www.todaysbrother.com, the Religious Brothers Conference website, the photo on the homepage shows Bro. Jerry Meegan, Bro. Tom Sweeney, and Bro. Bernie Dube in front of the iconic Hollywood sign in California! There they are, with 33 other religious brothers, all participants in the

About Rector Major’s visit

12 Jul 2018

Dear Salesian Family, Last month I was in Rome for the course for new provincials. I had the chance to speak with the Rector Major about his visit to our province in September. He shared that he is enthusiastic about being with us. He emphasized that this is a fraternal

Summer months: time to live our Salesian vocation with joy and generosity

06 Jun 2018

Dear Salesian Family, Please join me in offering congratulations to the young people in our Salesian presences who recently have graduated—from elementary school, high school, or college. Congratulations to their families and the Salesian Family who have accompanied these young men and women to this significant moment. We are well

Diaconal Ordinations and Next General Chapter: time to create a vocational culture

31 May 2018

Dear Salesian Family, This weekend, we have many reasons to celebrate.  High school graduations, completion of another school year and final preparations for summer apostolates.  Thanks be to God all of these blessings.  I invite you to share with us through Salesian News a brief story and good photos of