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...

Sr. Lucy Yuen, FMA, RIP

Sr. Lucy Kam-ying Yuen, FMA, the second of two children in the family, native of Canton, Kwangtung, China, died unexpectedly at the age of 75 on October 19, 2022, at Doctors’ Hospital in Laredo, TX. Sr. Lucy served the Lord and His little children with contagious joy and unwavering enthusiasm as a teacher and catechist in several schools in New Jersey, California, and Texas. Her last assignment cut short by heart failure after she had just finished teaching a class of kindergartners in Laredo, TX. She is preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her sister Christina Lo, nieces and nephews and her religious community, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians – Salesian Sisters. Visitation and Rosary at 7:00 P.M. Monday, October 24, 2022 at 7:00 P.M. Mass of Resurrection Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. Services will take place at the Provincial House in San Antonio, TX. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vocation Program of the Salesian Sisters at 6019 Buena Vista St., San Antonio, TX 78237. Sr. Lucy’s body will be brought to San Francisco, CA for a funeral Mass and interment at Holy Cross Cemetery in...

Feast of the Immaculate Conception: the “beautiful day” – Greetings of la Madre, Sr. Chiara Cazzuola, FMA

Greetings from the Mother General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Mother Chiara Cazzuola, for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Rome (Italy). The Message of Greetings from the Mother General of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Mother Chiara Cazzuola, on the occasion of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary: This is the “beautiful day”! This is how Mother Mazzarello defines the days of the novena and the feast of MARY IMMACULATE! (L 16 to the Sisters of Borgo San Martino). Truly everything becomes beautiful with her. The Christian people live this feast as the triumph of the beauty of grace and celebrate Mary with the most beautiful and intense expressions of nature, of creation. In Valdocco, in Mornese, in our houses, for 150 years we have been singing to Mary with particular affection. The Marian Circle that is celebrated in each community unites us in invoking her in languages from all over the world. One wonders on what other day, if not December 8, could the call to a ‘poor priest’ and a boy to embody the Salesian charism be fulfilled, so that young people, avid for the future, for beauty, for...

The DiBOSCo Coffee (and Chocolate) Project Gathering: MHCA 12/11/2021

RSVP TO ATTEND VIRTUALLY OR IN-PERSON: contact@donboscosalesianportal.org Mary Help of Christians Academy 659 Belmont Avenue North Haledon, NJ 07508 In brief, Di BOSCo began as a job-training project created by Mr. Phaisan, a Salesian Past Pupil in Thailand, as a way to give back for all he had received from the Salesians. When Mr. Peter Kovac, Slovakian Salesian Past Pupil and secretary of the SDB Past Pupil World Council, came to know of this project, he organized an alliance with Mr. Phaisan to grow Di BOSCo into a world-wide network of Past Pupil fair trade coffee and cocoa growers, processors, exporters, and café owners in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. Now Di BOSCo is ready to come to Canada and the US with the help of our Salesian Family members and friends. Peter will explain how this network came to be and how we can make it a reality for North America at this gathering. For whom is the gathering? Salesian Past Pupils of the SDB and FMAAll Salesian Family members and friendsIndividuals, Communities, Centers, ChaptersFamiliesThose who are curiousThose who love great-tasting coffee and chocolate and want to try it and maybe buy itThose who wish to support...

Don Angel and Fr. Tim with companion SDB Provincials in Nizza Monferrato 

29 October 2021 (ANS – Nizza Monferrato) – “They’re coming!” was the cry of enthusiasm with which, on Wednesday, October 27, the visit of Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, his Vicar, Fr Stefano Martoglio, and the Provincials participating in the mid-term review course, were welcome at the Mother-House of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), in Nizza Monferrato. The visit is the first from a Rector Major to this center, and occurs 150 years from the first visit of Don Bosco to this  Piedmontese town. This was part of the formation program of the course for the Provincials, as a journey to deepen the Salesian spirituality for women, in the footsteps of Mother Mazzarello and the first FMA. The visit to the Mother House of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians immediately began with what is most precious in it: the young people. The Vocational Training group (CIOFS-FP) of the Course for Beauticians of Nizza Monferrato illustrated to the guests the training program designed to launch the girls to enter the world of work. Then, accompanied by Sr. Paola Cuccioli, Director of the Historical Archives of Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta and member of the ACSSA (Association...