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,...

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 – Ordinations of three Salesians

30 June 2021 New Rochelle, United States – June 2021 – Three Salesians from the United States East and Canada (SUE) Province were ordained on June 26 in the church of “St John Bosco” in Port Chester, New York. Ky Nguyen was ordained a deacon while Lenny Carlino and Steve DeMaio were ordained priests. Edmund Whalen, Auxiliary Bishop of New York, presided over the celebration, assisted by Msgr. John Barres, of the Diocese of Rockville Center, deacon Craig Spence, and Fr Tim Zak, SUE Province Superior. RELATED ARTICLE(S) United States – “Loaves and Fishes”: a campaign to support critical aid shipments to programs around the globe United States – Annual meeting of “North American Salesian Network” United States – “Education is a matter of the heart”. The “Don Bosco Prep” experience Canada – Salesian Family celebrates Don Bosco’s feast day United States – “Diego’s Boys” group commemorates Fr Borgatello Source: United States – Ordinations of three...

Delivery of “Positio super virtutibus” of Servant of God Antonio de Almeida Lustosa, Salesian Bishop

28 April 2021 (ANS – Vatican City) – Yesterday, 27 April 2021, the volume of the Positio super Vita, Virtutibus et Fama Sanctitatis of the Servant of God Antonio de Almeida Lustosa, of the Society of St. Francesco de Sales, Archbishop of Fortaleza (Brazil), was consigned. Monsignor Maurizio Tagliaferri was the Rapporteur of the Positio, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, SDB, was the Postulator, and Dr. Cristiana Marinelli was the Collaborator. The structural elements of the “Positio” are: a brief presentation by the Rapporteur; the Informatio super virtutibus, that is, the theological part in which the virtuous life of the Servant of God is demonstrated; the two Summarium with the testimonial and documentary evidence; the Biographia ex Documentis; the final Sessions and the iconographic apparatus. Antônio de Almeida Lustosa was born in the city of São João del Rei, State of Minas Gerais (Brazil), on 11 February 1886. From his parents, João Baptista Pimentel Lustosa and Delphina Eugênia de Almeida Magalhães, exemplary Christians, he received a good Christian and human formation. An intelligent boy with a good and generous disposition, at sixteen he entered the Salesian College of Cachoeira do Campo (Minas Gerais); three years later he is in Lorraine as a novice and assistant to his companions. After...