Sr. Amelia Callegarin, FMA – Brief Bio

Amelia was the second of five sisters and one brother born to Rito and Louise Busolin. Amelia was born in the magnificent district of Castions di Strada, Guarene, Udine, in the Friuli. The Callegarin’s were not only a loving united family. Above all they were authentic Christians committed to living their faith deeply. The mother was a Franciscan Tertiary who attended Mass almost every day and received the Eucharist. Amelia remembers that her mother would put the children in a wheelbarrow which she pushed from home to church in order to give the little ones the opportunity to participate in the parish celebrations and activities. Family life was serene notwithstanding the great poverty experienced for some time because the father could not find work. Mr. Callegarin took every opportunity for whatever jobs he could find, but that was not enough at all to support the family. The mother was very industrious and sought a thousand ways to meet the basic needs of the children. When the father, helped by Divine Providence, was able to get a farm on a loan and work on his own, the family financial situation changed for the better and Amelia became the father’s strong...

Sr. Mary Palladino, FMA – RIP

On January 21, 2020, surrounded by the community of Sisters who were praying the rosary, Sr. Mary Palladino went to her eternal reward. Sr. Mary had offered many years of service at the various works in our Province and lived her final years offering her smile and prayers as a beloved member of the St. Joseph Provincial House community. Sr. Mary Paladino’s short biography Sr. Mary was the youngest of seven children and tween of her brother Joseph. She grew up on a farm in a family of committed Cristian parents who by word and example gave their children a solid faith formation. When Mary was three years old, her father found her lifeless in the creek on their property. Miraculously Mary survived without any consequences. Mary began to attend school at six and in the same year she made her First Communion. Later she wrote: “I remember vividly my First Communion Day. It was beautiful in every aspect. That same evening I had the first glimpse of my special vocation. I still see myself with my mom gazing at the beautiful scenery surrounding our home and touching the silk belt around my waist, I whispered: ‘Dear Jesus, I...

Death of Fr. Francesco Maraccani

24 January 2020 Dear EAO region friends, Today in the evening our beloved Fr. Francesco Maraccani passed in a silent mood to the house of the Father. Simple sketch of a great Salesian Fr. Francesco Maraccani (1936-2020) a great Salesian, passed away today to the Salesian garden with serenity. We pray for his eternal rest. After a 83 years of hardworking life, 66 years as professed Salesian and 53 years as Salesian priest. He was an IT expert, principal of DB Technical institute in Brescia (1967-1979), as former provincial of Verona (Italy), Secretary General (1984-2002) and finally as Procurator General (2002-2015), serving for long years in the General House until few months ago (final illness – UPS infirmary). Always joyful, man of prayer and service, suffering all possible operations, with a strong and ecclesial Salesian heart, was member of 8 General Chapters since 1970. We give thanks to God for his life long shining witness of Salesian life! Rest in peace! Source: Death of Fr. Francesco...

Fr. Paul Grauls, SDB – RIP

Fr. Paul Grauls, SDB (1935-2019) – Requiescat in pace                Fr. Paul Grauls, SDB, died on Saturday morning, November 30, at Suncoast Care Center, a hospice, in Palm Harbor, Fla. He was 84 years old and had been a professed Salesian of Don Bosco for 66 years and a priest just short of 57 years. Fr. Grauls was hospitalized at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg for pneumonia for a few days before transfer to hospice. He received Anointing of the Sick from Fr. James Horan, SDB, the night before he died. Fr. Grauls was born in Etterbeek, a suburb of Brussels, Belgium, on June 27, 1935, the son of Peter and Augusta Van De Schoor Grauls. He was baptized the following day in the parish church. Paul entered the Salesian seminary at Woluwe, Belgium, in 1947, and was admitted to the novitiate at Groot-Bijgaarden in August 1953. He made his first profession of vows on September 2, 1954, at Groot-Bijgaarden. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1957 to complete his philosophy studies at Don Bosco Seminary in Newton, N.J., graduating in 1958 with a B.A. He later earned an additional Bachelor’s degree in...

Fr. Don Delaney, SDB – RIP

A second wake will be observed at the Marian Shrine chapel in Haverstraw, N.Y., on Sunday afternoon, August 4, followed by another Mass of Christian Burial at 6:30 p.m. Fr. Don will be buried in the Salesian Cemetery at Goshen, N.Y., on Monday, August 5. Fr. Franco Pinto, Director of our Tampa Community, has informed us of the sad news of the death this morning of Fr. Donald Delaney, SDB. We pray for the repose of Fr. Don and for his family and friends and for the Tampa Community. DELANEY, Fr. Donald “Don” M., a Salesian Priest in the Catholic Religious Order of Saint John Bosco, went home to the Lord on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Fr. Don was a native of New York. He was born to Mary Gleason and William Delaney on March 31, 1946 in Flushing, Queens. He was baptized at St. Michael’s in Flushing on April 21, 1946. In 1964 after finishing high school, he moved to Newton, NJ to join the Salesians of Don Bosco. After the completion of the novitiate year he made his first profession on August 16, 1966. He took his final vows on August 12, 1972 and was ordained a...

Obituary for Eugene F Fox | Craft Memorial Home

Eugene F Fox AUGUST 4, 1928 ~ JULY 30, 2019 (AGE 90) Eugene F. Fox, 90, a lifelong resident of Greenwich, Ct., died July 30, 2019. He was born August 4, 1928 in Port Chester, NY to the late Andrew and Agnes O’Leary Fox. He was raised and educated in Greenwich. Mr. Fox served in the Connecticut National Guard during the Korean War in Germany.  He was married to Mary Dittel on December 25, 1950 at Holy Rosary church in Port Chester.  Mr. Fox was an electrician with Local #3 in White Plains and worked for Port Chester Electric.  He was a devoted parishioner of the Corpus Christi Church and was active with several groups.  Mr. Fox is survived by his wife Mary Fox of Greenwich, daughters Margaret Diaz and husband Victor and Clare Fox both of Port Chester, son in law Philip Abenavoli of Greenwich, grandchildren Ann Harnett (Richard), Christina Diaz, Mark Diaz (Rebecca), Rachel Abenavoli, Victoria Diaz and Stephen Abenavoli, great grandchildren Ryan Harnett, Oliver Diaz and Christopher Diaz and many nieces and nephews.  Mr. Fox was predeceased by his daughter Kathryn Abenavoli, brothers Raymond and James Fox and sister Peggy Hansen.  Visitation will be 4-8PM on Thursday August 1,...