Sr. Rita Bailey, FMA – RIP

Sr. Rita Bailey peacefully left us for paradise on the afternoon of December 31st, 2022. She passed away at the Provincial House in San Antonio, TX surrounded by her Sisters. She was the fifth of seven children, and a native of San Francisco, CA. Sr. Rita served and lived the charism dynamically ministering to young people as teacher, youth minister, catechist, counselor, and Director of Guidance.  She worked in Atlantic City, Paterson, NJ, New York City, Port Chester, NY, San Francisco, Lomita, Corralitos, CA, Marrero, Louisiana, and San Antonio, TX. Sr. Rita is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and her religious community, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters) and many, loving friends. She has joined her parents, John Frank Bailey and Hannah Marie Kelleher along with her two brothers and four sisters in everlasting happiness. Send condolences to www.theangelusfuneralhome.com Arrangements by: The Angelus Funeral...

In Loving Memory of Fr. Gus Baek, SDB

Dear Friend, It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of Father Augustine Woon Taek Baek, director of Salesian Missions, on December 30, 2022. Affectionately known as Fr. Gus by all who knew and worked with him, his loss is a tremendous one. Despite being diagnosed with cancer shortly after his appointment to the New Rochelle Mission Office at the end of 2019, Fr. Gus fulfilled his executive duties with infectious warmth and enthusiasm. “I have big shoes to fill,” he acknowledged upon succeeding Father Mark Hyde—and then he set about doing it. Before the pandemic halted all travel, Fr. Gus made several overseas trips to meet with the missionaries whose work fueled his own. After learning of his illness, he remained closer to home in New Rochelle—yet his passion for his Salesian vocation helped him persevere. So, too, did his deep gratitude for our many friends. From the time he was ordained on May 28, 1985, Fr. Gus was first and foremost called to be a “father” to the young. He so appreciated your generous support of Salesian Missions, which helps steward Don Bosco’s legacy around the world. Fr. Gus was 64 years old and had...

As ‘Salesian Year’ 2022 ends: awaiting Pope’s Letter on St. Francis de Sales

As ‘Salesian Year’ 2022 ends: awaiting Pope’s Letter East Asia – Oceania Region, 26 December 2022 — In November, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis is preparing to release an Apostolic Letter on 28 December on Saint Francis de Sales to celebrate the 400th anniversary of his death. The apostolic letter also comes one hundred years after Pope Pius XI proclaimed Saint Francis de Sales as the “Patron Saint of Journalists, Editors and Writers.” Looking back on the ‘Salesian Year’ 2022 we cannot but be very grateful for many fruits harvested during past 12 months: In some EAO provinces the confreres have been receiving short quotes of St Francis de Sales daily (365 times, e.g. Korea), while in other provinces regular conferences – talks online were provided (e.g. Philippines-North Malaysia)- Elsewhere, new publications of St Francis de Sales or about our ‘Salesian Saint’ reached the Catholic community (e.g. China province) and many others. Also the fruits of the 2022 EAO Salesian Family Spirituality Days (13-16 January 2022) held online, is now completely available on the SF-EAO English YouTube channel, with 6 LIVE-streamed sessions (World level at Valdocco) and 23 single videos produced by different EAO Salesian Family groups and most of the...