United States – “Salesian Boys and Girls Club” Centennial Celebration

05 March 2021 (ANS – San Francisco) – In a virtual presentation, San Francisco Mayor, London Breed, commemorating the 100 year history of the Club, proclaimed February 6th as “Salesian Boys’ & Girls’ Club Day” in San Francisco. In the video, the Mayor, along with North Beach Supervisor, Aaron Peskin, Executive Director, Randal DeMartini, and members of the Club’s Board of Directors, staff, and alumni, recognized the accomplishments of the Club. It was a grand day and kicked off what will be a yearlong celebration acknowledging the Club’s success during its 100 year history. Established in 1921 to cater to Italian immigrant boys that lived in the North Beach District in San Francisco at the time, the Club now serves both boys and girls throughout the City and the Bay Area. The Club boasts of alumni that have gone on to become pillars of the San Francisco Community. Among its ranks can be found successful entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, judges, professional athletes, and even a former mayor. In addition to presenting the Club with a key to the City and a plaque recognizing the work it has accomplished in its 100 year history, Mayor Breed also ordered the lights of City...

Pope appoints new Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio – Vatican News

Pope appoints new Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio Pope Francis appoints Msgr. Gary W. Janak as the new auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio, Texas (USA). By Vatican News staff writer The Holy Father on Monday named a new Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas. Bishop-elect Gary W. Janak hails from the clergy of the Texan Diocese of Victoria. Pope Francis also assigned him the titular see of Dionysiana. Brief biography Msgr. Gary Janak was born on 22 March, 1962 in El Campo, Texas (USA). He did his ecclesiastical studies at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio from 1983 until 1988. Bishop-elect Gary received his Licentiate in Canon Law from The Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C. (1993-1995). He also received a Master’s Degree in Education and Counseling from the University of Houston-Victoria in Victoria (1995-1997). Msgr. Janak was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Victoria in Texas on 14 May 1988. Following his ordination, he served as Assistant Pastor of Our Lady of Victory Cathedral in Victoria (1988-1990), and as the Parish Priest of Saint Joseph Parish in Yoakum (1994-2003) and of Saint Philip the Apostle in El Campo (2003-2013). He also...

“Return: How to Draw Your Child Back to the Church” by Brandon Vogt

  The statistics are troubling: 6.5 people leave the Catholic Church for every one that joins, and 50% of young people who were raised Catholic are no longer Catholic today. Behind these statistics are millions of parents longing for their prodigal children to come home. The passive wait-and-see approach is no longer an option. We need a game plan. We need Return. Source: “Return: How to Draw Your Child Back to the Church” by Brandon...

New books for Youngsters on Sts. Bishop Luigi Versiglia & Fr. Callisto Caravario, Salesian Proto Martyrs

It was February 25th 1930, Bishop Versiglia and Fr. Caravario were on the pastoral visitation of the Linchow mission along with a few young companions. During the journey, a group of pirates stopped and raided the Bishop’s boat, trying to seize three young catechists. To shield the safety and the purity of the three young Christian women, the Bishop and Fr. Caravario confronted them with all their strength. They were forcibly beaten and shot at Lai Tau Tsui, in the bamboo forest near the Lin Chow River. Pope St. Paul VI recognised their martyrdom in 1973.  They were included by Pope St. John Paul II among the Blessed on May 15th 1983 and canonised on October 1st 2000. In year 2016 and 2019, “Vox Amica Pres” wrote and published for youngsters the books on Saint Louis Versiglia and Saint Callistus Caravario respectively in Chinese. To celebrate the special anniversary of 2020 – 90th Anniversary of Martyrdom (1930-2020) and 20th Anniversary of Canonization (2000-2020) – last November the Salesian publisher released the two books into English. In the current time of enjoyment culture, social instability and ever changing environment, bombardment with information and different opinions, God’s will and His plan,...