United States – The B.E.S.T. of the “Don Bosco Prep”

Ramsey, United States – August 2021 – The Salesian house “Don Bosco Prep” recently held two one-week sessions of its program called “B.E.S.T.” (Brothers Eagerly Serving Together). Led by the Youth Ministry team, B.E.S.T. is a program for students who spend a week on campus and are committed to community service by strengthening their faith and bonds of brotherhood. Each session began with Mass in the Salesian community, followed by breakfast. The Project included, among other things, improvement activities for the “Don Bosco Prep”, the Marian Shrine of “Stony Point” and a day of volunteer work at the “Camp Echo Bay” in New Rochelle; leisure activities, on the other hand, included cinema, outdoor concerts, swimming, barbecues and games Source: United States – The B.E.S.T. of the “Don Bosco...

Centenary of the death of Msgr. Giacomo Costamagna, SDB

15 September 2021 (ANS – Buenos Aires) – Giacomo Costamagna certainly plays a leading role among the missionary pioneers who have made the Salesian Congregation great, the first Salesian missionary to join the indigenous people of Ecuador, who was appointed Vicar Apostolic of Méndez y Gualaquiza, and who was above all a great animator and promoter of the whole Salesian mission in America. Because of the centenary of his death, which took place on 9 September 1921 in Bernal, Argentina, we commemorate his life and works. Born in Caramagna, 30 km from Turin, on 23 March 1846, he met Don Bosco at the age of 12, when he was sent to study in Turin. He entered the Oratory, attended his studies and perfected his musical skills with another key figure of the Salesian missions, Giovanni Cagliero. Sensing his priestly and Salesian vocation, he was sent to study in Lanzo, where he shared his life with other clerics who would later become friends and companions, even though at a distance, in the mission lands: Luigi Lasagna, apostle in Uruguay and Brazil; and Giuseppe Fagnano, a missionary in Tierra del Fuego and on the Magellanic coast. Ordained a priest on September 18,...

Fr Eusebio Muñoz, SDB, has returned to the Father’s House

02 September 2021 (ANS – Rome) – Fr Eusebio Muñoz, SDB, passed away at noon yesterday, 1 September 2021, at the “San Carlos” Clinical Hospital in Madrid. He was the Director of the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid and the former Central Delegate of the Rector Major for the Secretariat of the Salesian Family. After defeating Covid-19 a few months ago, he suffered a stroke and developed subsequent infection, which ultimately led to his death. With 76 years of age, 59 years of Salesian life and 49 years of priesthood, a Salesian with a capital “S” has left us. He was a man endowed with an overwhelming personality and great intelligence, who was and remains loved as a father from the many people lucky enough to to have lived with him. Fr Muñoz was born on 26 December 1944 in Pozoblanco, a Spanish town near Córdoba where the Salesian charism has ancient roots and which penetrated deeply into the soul of the young Eusebio. He completed his novitiate in San José del Valle and made his first profession on 16 August 1962 and his perpetual profession on July 26, 1968 and was ordained a priest on July 22, 1972....

Three Salesians Make Perpetual Vows

SECTIONS NEWS-PHOTOS United States – Three Salesians Make Perpetual Vows 27 August 2021 New Rochelle, N.Y. – August 21, 2021 – Bros. Branden Gordon, Joshua Sciullo, and Rafael Vargas made their perpetual profession as Salesians of Don Bosco on Saturday, August 21, at the Marian Shrine in Haverstraw, N.Y. Fr. Timothy Zak, provincial, received their vows. About 100 people took part in the Mass of Religious Profession: Salesians, other members of the Salesian Family, members of the brothers’ families, and other friends of the professing brothers. Bros. Gordon and Sciullo are studying theology in preparation for ordination. Bro. Vargas is a coadjutor brother. Bro. Branden Gordon, 34, is from Toronto, Ont. He discerned his vocation with the help of the Salesians of St. Benedict’s Parish there. He made his first profession on August 16, 2015. Bro. Joshua Sciullo, 28, is from Jacksonville, Fla., found the Salesians in an online search, and entered after a Come and See visit to the formation community in Orange, N.J. He made his first profession on August 16, 2015. Bro. Rafael Vargas, 29, is from Fair Lawn, N.J., and attended Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, N.J., “immersed in the Salesian charism.” He made his...

First professions of two young Salesians – Stony Point, NY

First professions of two young Salesians 20 August 2021 New Rochelle, N.Y., USA – August 2021 – On August 15, Paul Hotovy and Francis Nguyen made their first vows as Salesians of Don Bosco at the Marian Shrine of Haverstraw. Fr Timothy Zak, Provincial, received the profession. For the occasion, some Salesian priests, lay people, friends and family members of the newly professed were present. RELATED ARTICLE(S) United States – Five SLMs Commissioned on August 20 United States – Fr. Craig Spence Ordained USA – Online Workshop for Directors of SUE and SUO Provinces Canada – Birth of “St Joseph” association in Edmonton’s St Dominic Savio Parish United States – Ordinations of three Salesians Source: United States – First professions of two young...

United States – Inauguration of SUE Provincial Vicar and Director of Provincial House

New Rochelle, United States – July 2021 – On 4 July Fr Timothy Zak, Provincial Superior of the United States East and Canada Province (SUE), presided over the inauguration ceremony of his Vicar, Fr Dominic Tran, and the Director of the Provincial House, Fr Timothy Ploch, former Councilor for the Interamerica Region. Fr Mike Mendl, SDB Source: United States – Inauguration of SUE Provincial Vicar and Director of Provincial...