Five SLMs Commissioned on August 20

  Stony Point, United States – August 2021 – The Salesians of the New Rochelle Province commissioned five Salesian Lay Missioners at a prayer service on August 20 as they concluded six days of retreat at Don Bosco Retreat Center in Haverstraw, N.Y. Vice Provincial Fr. Dominic Tran presided at the service, at which 35 Salesians also on retreat assisted. Three of the five will be missioned to Hogar Maria Auxiliadora, a girls’ orphanage in Cochabamba, Bolivia: Hannah Mercado of California, Grace Mosher of Connecticut, and Olivia Wyles of Ohio. Two will be missioned to the Salesian work in Wau, South Sudan: John Funk of California and Teresa Hoang of Virginia. Except Ms. Hoang, a widow, all are recent college graduates. They will be joining one or more SLMs already at their sites, who will help them with their transitions. All of the new missioners are still in the process of securing the necessary visas. They spent one week of orientation at St. John Bosco Parish in Port Chester, N.Y., and one week on retreat, under the leadership of program director Adam Rudin and Fr. Tom Brennan of Salesian Missions, New Rochelle.  Ordinarily, orientation would take 3 weeks, but...

St. Thomas: An Apostle Who Was Sent

Modern readers tend to see the Gospel through a filter of tradition. We see individual characters as we have been trained to see them: as the sum of the sermons preached about them. The text may present them as complex, with a variety of competing virtues and failings, but our mental shorthand reduces them to […] Source: St. Thomas: An Apostle Who Was...

Salesian Missions and Laudato Si’

The New Rochelle-based “Salesian Missions”, a private, nonprofit organization that operates as a non-governmental organization (NGO), is dedicated to raising money for and helping projects to advance the third world. “In 2020, we helped 67 provinces, who received $8.5 million for over 100 projects,” Fr. Gus Baek, director of Salesian Missions, explained. “We have been doing this for 75 years, during which we’ve raised over $637 million.” In the special year dedicated to the Encyclical Laudato Sì, (May 24, 2020-2021), the Mission Office oversaw, among its numerous projects, numerous programs on the environmental theme. Salesian Missions provides aid through education, health, humanitarian assistance, church building, and the Salesian Lay Missioners (SLM) program. A recent example of how Salesian Missions helped moral and spiritual development through education is how they raised 1,000 bibles through the Koch Foundation. Additionally, their chapel projects under church building saw 35 chapels assigned during 2020 and raised a total of $607,475 to support the cause. Moreover, one way that Salesian Missions has participated in the fifth anniversary of Laudato Sì is how they introduced a renewable energy training program in Tanzania that serves over 480 students per year. With funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Don...

SALESIAN MISSIONS USA – “Loaves and Fishes”: a campaign to support critical aid shipments to programs around the globe

“Loaves and Fishes”: a campaign to support critical aid shipments to programs around the globe 11 May 2021 (ANS – New Rochelle) – “Salesian Missions”, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, recently launched its annual “Loaves and Fishes” fundraiser which raises funds to ship life-saving aid to more than 130 countries around the globe. Because the cost of shipping critical aid is far less than its value, donations are multiplied many times over. For every dollar donated, Salesian Missions is able to ship $14 worth of critical goods to its programs. The fundraising appeal runs through the end of June 2021. Aimed at maximizing the impact of donor-assisted programs and answering the call for emergency aid deliveries, the Salesian Missions Property and Logistics Program is made possible by generous assistance from government and private sector partners. Millions of dollars in U.S. government-issued excess property and corporate in-kind donations are leveraged by an annual award to Salesian Missions from the USAID Ocean Freight Reimbursement Grant for humanitarian aid shipments. This award enables the Salesian Missions Office for International Programs to transport shipments of humanitarian aid and development commodities at low to no cost. Salesian Missions also maintains...