Feast of Mary Help of Christians

24 May 2018

Dear Salesian Family, A blessed feast of Mary Help of Christians to you all! This year, the Salesian Family was invited to participate in the “global novena,” using a prayer resource that included a dream of Don Bosco, a commentary by the Rector Major, a personal testimony and a brief

The urgency of promoting vocations

03 May 2018

Dear Salesian Family, Happy feast of St. Philip the Apostle! On the fourth Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday, we joined the Church in the World Day of Vocations. Just two days ago, the memorial of St. Joseph the Worker, the Church in the USA celebrated Religious Brothers Day, an

Saint Patrick, Saint Joh Bosco and the Salesians

20 Mar 2018

Text of the homily that Fr. Tim Zak delivered on Province Day, which was also the solemnity of St. Patrick in the archdiocese of New York.   It seems St. Patrick had a knack for getting into trouble and a flair for showmanship. In the year 433, Patrick lit the

A special moment in the life of the Salesian Family in Port Chester and in our province

15 Mar 2018

Dear Salesian Family, On Saturday, March 10, Cardinal Dolan visited St. John Bosco Parish in Port Chester, N.Y. It was the first time he has visited the new parish, formed from four parishes that had served Port Chester and Rye Brook (Our Lady of Mercy, Our Lady of the Rosary,

08 Mar 2018

Dear Salesian Family, Just after the New Year, Fr. Ángel wrote a message about a shepherd who visited the new-born Jesus*.  The shepherd had nothing to offer but empty hands and a heart full of love.  Seeing his humility and availability, Mary asked the poor shepherd to hold baby Jesus

01 Mar 2018

Dear Salesian Family, I had the great honor of being at Don Bosco Prep when the school joined in prayer for the commissioning of 40 missionaries, both students and teachers. Some were preparing to go to Nicaragua and some to Haiti. The Nicaragua mission has been conducted in collaboration with

Our Lenten Journey

22 Feb 2018

Dear Salesian Family, We are well into our Lenten journey. No doubt we have some community practices of penance. (The SDBs in New Rochelle have only water, coffee and tea to drink at supper, fruit for dessert and no snacks between meals.) There are special moments of prayer: Stations of

Don Bosco and Salesian mission

25 Jan 2018

Dear Salesian Family, This week is the solemnity of St. John Bosco! Some of our works are planning youthful liturgies this weekend; others will celebrate next week so that their activities coincide with Catholic Schools week. For us Salesians, the entire month of January is in some ways Don Bosco

welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating

12 Jan 2018

Dear Salesian Family, In October, 2015, the SUE province hosted the annual gathering of provincials for our Interamerica region. Besides the usual topics for discussion and times for prayer and fellowship, the provincials spent an evening at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Port Chester, NY.  This parish began over

Mary, the Woman of Advent

21 Dec 2017

  Earlier this month I had the privilege of visiting our SDB community in Port Chester.  While there, I was able to celebrate Mass with the students of Corpus Christi-Holy Rosary School on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.  The third graders were responsible for some of the Mass preparations,