Fr. Arthur J. Lenti, SDB (1923-2022) – RIP

Salesian Congregation Has Lost a Giant by Fr. Mike Mendl, SDB             Fr. Arthur J. Lenti, SDB, passed from earthly life into eternity early on the morning of January 6. A member of the Salesian community of Bellflower, Calif., he had been hospitalized in nearby Downey.  Fr. Lenti, affectionately known to his confreres as Arthur or Art, died 25 days short of his 99th birthday. He had been a professed Salesian for 81 years and a priest for 71 years.             Arthur was born at Bassignana in the Alessandria province of Piedmont on Jan. 31, 1923.  His parents were Pietro and Maria.  He attended high school in Penango, Italy.             Arthur entered the Salesian novitiate at Colle Don Bosco, the birthplace of our founder, in 1939 and almost immediately was sent to the U.S.  He entered St. Joseph’s Novitiate in Newton, N.J., on August 15, 1939, and made his first profession there on Sept. 14, 1940.  He spent the rest of his Salesian life as a member of the San Francisco Province.             Since it was the practice at the time that the novices took some college courses, Bro. Arthur graduated from Don Bosco College in June 1943 with...

Sr. Ofelia Lozano, FMA – RIP

Sr. Ofelia Lozano, FMA, age 95, passed away July 8, 2020 in San Antonio, TX.  She was born in Laredo, TX.  Sister was preceded in death by her parents, Rafael Lozano and Virginia Gonzalez, her 5 brothers and 2 sisters and is survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Sr. Ofelia excelled as a 2nd Grade teacher, catechist, and assistant to resident students in Tampa, FL. She taught 2nd Grade in Elizabeth, NJ, Laredo, and San Antonio, TX.  Sr. Ofelia captivated everyone with her cheerful story-telling and witty sense of humor. She will be greatly missed by all she ministered to, her family, her providers, especially by her religious Sisters who loved her dearly. Due to the COVID-19, the Rosary and Mass will be live-streamed on the Province Facebook page:  Salesian Sisters West Rosary Sunday, July 12th at 5:00 P.M. and Mass Monday, July 13th at 8:00 A.M. Donations in memory of Sr. Ofelia may be sent to the Salesian Sisters to support young women preparing to be Salesian Sisters at:  Formation Program, 6019 Buena Vista St. San Antonio, TX 78237.  Thank you.   Express condolences at www.theangelusfuneralhome.com Arrangements by: The Angelus Funeral...

Eleanor Buist, Tampa SC – RIP

Eleanor M. Buist MARCH 14, 1935 – JUNE 7, 2020 Eleanor May Buist, age 85, of Brandon, Florida passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2020. Eleanor was born on March 14, 1935, in Long Island, NY, and relocated to Florida in the late ‘50s. Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents Matthew and Frances Beckerman and survived by her six children: Lorraine Ciofalo; Dion Ciofalo; Donata and Larry Butchcoe; Nancy and Tim Strout; Christine and Dino Seretis; and Matthew and Julie Ciofalo. Her 11 grandchildren: Garrett, Rhiannon, Michael, Anthony, Kelsey, Gerron, Houston, Dylan, Harriet, Louis, and Terry; along with 13 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild. Eleanor was a loving mother and grandmother devoted to her family, faith, and friends. She was known for her adventurous and spontaneous spirit and took every opportunity to travel with her friends and family. She had a strong commitment to her church where she served as a Eucharistic Minister, and Salesian Cooperator. Eleanor could often be found gathering and preparing meals for the homeless, volunteering with church programs, and serving communion to homebound parishioners. She was recognized by the Archbishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg and received the St. Jude the Apostle...

Marlene Frederick, Salesian Cooperator – RIP

Marlene S Frederick APRIL 10, 1934 – MAY 30, 2020 Marlene S. Frederick passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tampa on May 30th, 2020. She was born on April 10th, 1934 in Monessen, PA, the only child of Michael and Helen Selepchak, and graduated from Monessen High school. She received a Bachelor of Education from California State Teachers College of PA, California, PA. She went on to teach the in the Parma, Ohio School System and was married to Don in her home town of Monessen on Dec. 28th, 1957. Don changed employers and worked on construction projects in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, and was transferred to Florida in 1962, and the family settled in Brandon. After her last child was born and in school, she resumed her teaching career at Nativity Catholic School in Brandon. in 1979 Don was transferred to Saudi Arabia and she taught in an International School at the U.S. Consulate. Arriving back in Florida in 1982 she taught at the Academy of the Holy Names in Tampa, and finally for the Hillsborough County School System. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Mary. She is survived by husband Don, daughter Susan Balter...

Fr. Dominique Britschu, SDB – RIP

Fr. Dominique Britschu, SDB (1932-2020) by Fr. Mike Mendl, SDB At the end of a long and distinguished priestly service in the Salesian Society, Fr. Dominique Britschu passed into eternity on February 27 at the age of 87.  He would have been 88 in three more days.  He had suffered a brain hematoma earlier in the month. Fr. Britschu was a professed Salesian for 65 years and a priest for almost 55 years.  His service had two important phases, one focused on the worldwide Congregation at the Generalate as a secretary and regional councilor, the other dedicated to priestly ministry in the Salesian parishes in Montreal.  He served in the Canada Vice Province/U.S. East Province from 1996 to July 21, 2018. Dominique Britschu was born in Strasbourg, France, on March 1, 1932, to Georges Joseph and Marie Angélique Britschu.  He was baptized five days later at Clinique Ste. Anne in Strasbourg. Dominique earned both a degree in classical literature in 1951 and his Bachelor’s in philosophy in 1952 at the Lycee Fustel de Coulanges in Strasbourg, after which he entered the Salesians at St.-Dizier, France, in 1952.  He made his novitiate at Dormans, France, in 1953-1954, and professed vows...

Br. Joseph Tortorici, SDB – RIP

                          Brother Joseph Tortorici, SDB (1936-2020) Bro. Joseph Vincent Tortorici, SDB, died early on Monday morning, February 10, 2020, at St. Philip the Apostle Residence in Tampa, Fla. He had been in hospice care for a few days, suffering from pancreatic cancer. Bro. Joe was a professed as a Salesian coadjutor brother for more than 62 years. Joe was born in Manhattan on March 27, 1936, to Francesco and Francesca Neri Tortorici. He was baptized at Our Lady of Peace Church in Manhattan on January 24, 1937, and confirmed there ten years later.  His father worked for the city parks department; his mother was a housewife. Joe placed them as a lower middle class family. He was the fourth of five children, all boys; one of his four brothers died early. After his parents’ deaths, he lived with relatives in Scranton, Pa., attending Minooka Grade School (1948-1951) and South Scranton Catholic High School (1951-1955). Handicapped already in his youth by very poor vision, he specialized in musical training. In later years he explained to one of the staff in Tampa that he decided to become a Salesian after a Passionist priest encouraged him to go to the seminary...