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...

Fr. Augustine Baek, SDB – RIP

Fr. Augustine Baek, SDB (1958-2022) went to the Salesian Garden! Rest in Peace: Fr. Augustine Woon Taek Baek, SDB, died at 2:10 p.m. on December 30 at home, the Salesian Provincial Center, in New Rochelle. He was 64 years old and had been a professed Salesian of Don Bosco for 35 years and a priest for 27 years.Widely known as Fr. Gus, he was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2020. The cancer spread in spite of treatment, including several hospitalizations and several forms of chemotherapy. After another Anointing of the Sick by Fr. Provincial on December 26, surrounded by the confreres of the community, Fr. Gus began hospice care.Fr. Gus was very much beloved in the Korean community of the New York metro area, whom he had faithfully served for most of his priestly life, and they attended him tenderly in his last months—as did his Salesian confreres.Woon Taek Baek was born in Kwangju, South Korea, on September 19, 1958. His parents were Nam-Sik Baek and Kwi-Ja Lee. The family was prosperous as owners of a factory that made coal briquettes at a time when every Korean household used them for cooking and heating. The family included two sons...

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...

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...