Welcome to Canada’s
Provincial Salesian Cooperator Site
Provincial Council Members
Coordinator: Rosa D’Addario Formation: Carla Comin Secretary: Matteo Morelli
Treasurer: Pierre Larocque Communications: John Lopes Delegates S.D.B. & F.M.A.: Fr. Romeo Trottier & Sr. Lise Guitard
A WORD FROM THE SDB DELEGATE
These past days on the liturgical feast of Don Bosco everywhere in the Salesian world, women and men have been numerous to pronounce or renew the Promise as Cooperators.
We sometimes hear it said that the Salesian Cooperators is a Catholic Lay Association. That is not exactly true! You may have read that the first enrolled Salesian Cooperator was Blessed Pope Pius IX. During the audience he granted Don Bosco in 1876 for the approval of the Regulations- what we call today the Project of Apostolic Life – he himself asked Don Bosco to be the first Salesian Cooperator. He was declared Blessed together with Pope John XXIII on September 3, 2000, and the Salesian Family celebrates his liturgical feast on February 7. Many bishops and priests have been and are today members of the Association.
It is of the utmost importance that every Salesian Cooperator be aware of the fact that he/she is a Salesian, and not just a member of any Association of the Salesian Family. This was the original idea of Don Bosco. In the first drafts of his Rule for the Cooperators, he called them,” Salesians in the world”. Terminology not accepted by the Holy See Congregation for being too much of a novelty for the times. It was only after Vatican II and the Special General Chapter of the Salesians that the “original authenticity” of the Cooperator’s vocation was recognised. It is evident that the style of life is different from that of the SDB or of the FMA, but the vocation and the mission are the same. If that vision were recognised and lived by every Cooperator, what dignity and fervour would animate him/her!
Fr. Romeo Trottier SDB
February 11, 2018
Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes
- Surrey, B.C. - Our Lady of Good Counsel
- Edmonton - Centre St. John Bosco
- Toronto - Mary Help of Christians Centre
- Montreal - Maria Ausiliatrice Centre
- Montreal - St. Claire Centre
- Sherbrooke - St. John Bosco Centre
Surrey, British Columbia – Centre Our Lady of Good Counsel
10460 – 139 Street, Surrey, British Columbia V3T 4L5 (604) 581-4141
Coordinator: Edzel Escala Secretary: Eric Coronado Treasurer: Bert Vander Helm S.D.B.: Fr. George Atok Councillors: Danuta Szmigielska & Silvio Comin
Sat. July 21st SF Summer Picnic
Fri. Aug. 3 Initial Formation Meeting @ 8:00 pm
Tues. Sept. 4 Visit of the Rector Major and SC Renewal of Promises
Mon. Sept. 10 SC Vocation Promotion Meeting @ 7:00 pm
Sat. Sept. 15 Meeting with the Provincial Council via Skype @ 4:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Fri. Oct. 5 Initial Formation Meeting @ 8:00 pm
Mon. July 9 Meeting, Our Lady of Good Counsel M.H.C. Hall, 7 p.m.
Fri. July 6 Initial Formation meeting, Our Lady of Good Counsel M.H.C. Hall, 8 p.m.
Mon. June 11 Meeting, Our Lady of Good Counsel M.H.C. Hall, 7 p.m.
Fri. June 1 Initial Formation meeting, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish M.H.C. Hall, 8 p.m.
Mon. May 28 Vocation Promotion Meeting, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish M.H.C. Hall, 7 p.m.
May 15 – 23 Novena mass in honour of Mary, Help of Christians followed by solemn celebration and “Fiesta”
Mon. May 14 Meeting, Our Lady of Good Counsel M.H.C. Hall, 7 p.m.
Thurs. May 11 100th birthday celebration for Cooperator Olivia Theckston
Fri. May 4 Initial Formation meeting, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish M.H.C. Hall, 8 p.m.
Mon. April 17 Visitation from Fr. Tim Zak to the Salesian Family
Edmonton, Alberta – Centre St. John Bosco
Edmonton, Alberta (780) 478-1623
Coordinator: Noel Secretary: Treasurer: F.M.A./S.D.B.:
Toronto, Ontario – Mary Help of Christians Centre
17 Porterfield Road, Etobicoke, Ontario M9W 3J2 (416) 249-4574
Coordinator: Joe Conroy Secretary: Gabrielle Ene Treasurer: Jill Conroy/Foster Kwon F.M.A.: Sr. Alphonsine
Sun. Dec. 9 Renewal of Promise followed by luncheon, St. Benedict Church, 11 a.m.
Sun. Jan. 27 Feast Day of St. John Bosco – Salesian Family Day, Renewal of Promise
Mass and luncheon, St. Benedict Church, 12:45 p.m.
Sun. Feb. 24 Meeting at St. Joseph the Worker residence, 17 Porterfield Rd., 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Sun. March 31 Meeting at St. Joseph the Worker residence, 17 Porterfield Rd., 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Sun. April 28 Meeting at St. Joseph the Worker residence, 17 Porterfield Rd., 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Sun. May 26 Meeting at St. Joseph the Worker residence, 17 Porterfield Rd., 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Sun. June 23 Year-End Picnic
Sun. Dec. 9 Meeting at St. Joseph the Worker residence, 17 Porterfield Rd., 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 25 Meeting at St. Joseph the Worker residence, 17 Porterfield Rd., 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 28 Meeting at St. Joseph the Worker residence, 17 Porterfield Rd., 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Sun. Sept. 30 Meeting at St. Joseph the Worker residence, 17 Porterfield Rd., 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Thurs. Sept. 6 Visit of the Rector Major
Montreal, Quebec – Maria Ausiliatrice Centre
11991 Av. Pierre-Baillargeon, Montreal, Quebec H1E 2E5 (514) 648-4348
Coordinator: Rosa D’ Addario Secretary: Louisa Canfora Treasurer: Louisa Canfora S.D.B.: Fr. Richard Authier
Fri. June 8 Feast of the Sacred Heart: RENEWAL of the PROMISE, Y.L.C., 7:30 p.m.
Wed. May 9 Cooperator meeting at Y.L.C., 11991 Av. Pierre-Baillargeon, 3rd floor, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. April 7 Salesian Family Day at Y.L.C., 11991 Av. Pierre-Baillargeon, 3rd floor, 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wed. March 21 Cooperator meeting at Y.L.C., 11991 Av. Pierre-Baillargeon, 3rd floor, 7:30 p.m.
Wed. Feb. 21 Cooperator meeting at Y.L.C., 11991 Av. Pierre-Baillargeon, 3rd floor, 7:30 p.m.
Wed. Jan. 17 Cooperator meeting at Y.L.C., 11991 Av. Pierre-Baillargeon, 3rd floor, 7:30 p.m.
Wed. Dec. 6 Cooperator meeting at Y.L.C., 11991 Av. Pierre-Baillargeon, 3rd floor, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 11 Salesian Family Day at Y.L.C., 11991 Av. Pierre-Baillargeon, 3rd floor, 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wed. Oct. 18 Cooperator meeting at Y.L.C., 11991 Av. Pierre-Baillargeon, 3rd floor, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 30 Meeting with members of the Provincial Council
Wed. Sept. 13 Cooperator meeting at Y.L.C., 7:30 p.m.
Fri. June 23 New Promises taken at Y.L.C. chapel, 11991 Av. Pierre-Baillargeon, 7:30 p.m.
Wed. June 14 Cooperator meeting at Y.L.C., 7:30 p.m.
Wed. May 24 Renewal of Promises made during Cooperator meeting.
Sat. April 22 Salesian Family Day at Y.L.C.
Montreal, Quebec – St. Claire Centre
9299 Pierre de Coubertin, Montreal, Quebec H1L 2H6 (514) 351-6233
Coordinator: Josee Paquet Secretary: Pierre Larocque Treasurer: Cecile Fontaine
Councillors: Johanne Carpentier and Madeleine Chrétien Delegate F.M.A.: Sr. Micheline Bertrand
Wed. May 24 Renewal of the Promises at the secretary’s house, 6:45 pm – 9 pm
Wed. May 9 Monthly meeting, at the secretary’s house, 6:45 pm – 9 pm
Sat. April 7 Salesian Family Day at YLC, 11991 Pierre Baillargeon , Montreal, 9am – 4 pm
Wed. March 14 Monthly meeting, at the secretary ‘s house, 6:45 pm – 9 pm
Wed. Feb. 14 Monthly meeting, at the secretary’s house, 6:45 pm – 9 pm
Wed. Jan. 10 Monthly meeting, location to be confirmed, 6:45 pm-9 pm
Wed. Dec. 13 Monthly meeting ( Christmas’s Feast), location to be confirmed, 6pm-9pm
Sat. Nov. 11 Salesian Family Day at YLC, 11991 Pierre Baillargeon, Montreal 9am-4pm
Sat. Sept. 30 Meeting with members of the Provincial Council
Wed. June 14 Cooperator meeting at Savio Convent, 7 p.m.
Wed. May 24 Renewal of Promises made during Cooperator meeting at Savio Convent.
Sat. April 22 Salesian Family Day
Sherbrooke, Quebec – St. John Bosco Centre
510 Rue du Quebec, Sherbrooke, Quebec J1H 3L8 (819) 562-0053
Coordinator: Chantal St. Pierre Secretary: Shirley Brochu Treasurer: Gilles Leonard S.D.B.: Fr. George Harkins
Tues. Feb. 6 Renewal of the Promise.
Tues. Jan. 16 Reflection and meaning of the Promise.
Mon. Dec. 11 Amoris Laetitia and the Salesian Family.
Sat. Nov. 11 Salesian Family Day in Montreal.
Wed. Sept. 20 Presentation of the 2018 Strenna.
Tues. Aug. 8 Supper at Mr. Brodeur’s home (Cooperator); Guest, Sr. Pat, FMA, missionary in Kenya.
Mon. June 5 Cooperator meeting at Don Bosco Residence
Tues. May 30 Executive meeting at Le Salesian school, 4 p.m.
Sat. April 22 Salesian Family Day in Montreal
- December 5 - Blessed Philip Rinaldi, priest
- January 8 - Blessed Titus Zeman, priest and martyr
- January 15 - Blessed Louis Variara, priest
- January 22 - Blessed Laura Vicuna, youth
- January 24 - St. Francis de Sales
- January 30 - Blessed Bronislaus Markiewicz, priest
- January 31 - St. John Bosco
Philip Rinaldi was born at Lu Monferrato, Italy, on 28 May 1856. From his boyhood he had known Don Bosco but it was only at the age of 21 that he accepted the Saint’s invitation to become a Salesian.
After his ordination to the priesthood in 1882 he was entrusted with the formation of adult aspirants to the priesthood. From 1889 he worked for twelve years in Spain and Portugal until in 1901 he was called by Don Rua to be Vicar General and Economer. Intense work did not prevent him from further qualification in the priestly ministry as an eminent spiritual guide. He developed the Salesian Family in all its aspects, and enriched it with the institute, something new for its time, now known as the Don Bosco Volunteers.
He was elected Rector Major in 1922 and dedicated himself especially to the formation of the confreres and to development of devotion to Don Bosco, insisting always on the interior life, union with God, the mission, and unlimited trust in Mary Help of Christians. As an authentic interpreter of the Founder he was able to read the “signs of the times” with prophetic intuition and adapt to them, sometimes in a courageous and daring manner.
He died at Turin on 5 December 1931, and was beatified by John Paul II on 29 April 1990. during the XXIII General Chapter of the Salesians of Don Bosco.
His story is an excellent example of faithfulness to Don Bosco’s cause, especially through the zeal and love shown to save the vocations of young Salesians under the Communist regime.
Fr. Titus Zeman, A Slovakian Salesian, was born into a Catholic family on 4 January 1915 at Vajnory, near Bratislava. From age 10 he had wanted to become a priest, and completed his secondary studies at the Salesian house at Šaštín, Hronský Svätý Benedikt and Frištak u Holešova; in 1931 he entered the novitiate and on 7 March 1938 made his perpetual profession at Sacred Heart in Rome.
He did his theology at the Gregorian University in Rome, and then went to Chieri, where he occupied his free time at the Oratory. In Turin in 23 June 1940, he achieved the goal of priestly ordination, at the hands of Cardinal Maurilio Fossati. On 4 August 1940, at Vajnory, the town of his birth, he celebrated his first Mass.
In April 1950, when the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia banned religious and began deporting many of them to concentration camps, it became necessary to organize clandestine trips to Turin so young religious could complete their studies. Fr. Zeman undertook to organize this risky activity.
The Servant of God organized two expeditions of more than 60 young Salesians. During a third, Fr. Zeman, along with the other fugitives, was arrested. He then underwent a difficult trial, during which he was accused of being a traitor to his country and a Vatican spy, and he risked the death penalty. On 22 February 1952, in consideration of attenuating circumstances, he was instead condemned to 25 years in prison.
Fr. Zeman was released from prison after 12 years on 10 March 1964. By now suffering obviously from the long ordeal in prison he died five years later, on 8 January 1969, but very much known for his holiness and indeed his martyrdom.
He lived his life of suffering with a great spirit of sacrifice and as an offering: “Even if I lose my life I do not consider it a waste, knowing that at least one of those whom I have saved has become a priest to take my place”.
Louis Variara was born at Viarigi (Asti, Italy) in 15 January 1875. At twelve years of age he entered the Oratory at Valdocco, four months before the death of Don Bosco. The memory of Don Bosco had such an influence on the boy as to direct him towards Salesian life. He began the Novitiate in 1891 and he completed it with religious profession in the hands of Blessed Michael Rua.
In 1894 he met Fr Michael Unia, the missionary of the lepers in Agua de Dios, in Colombia, who invited him to follow him. Just over a year after his arrival in Agua de Dios, Fr. Unia died and the cleric Variara took up his inheritance. In 1898 he was ordained priest. With the model of the Oratory at Valdocco in his thoughts he transformed that place of suffering into a small city of joy, where it was possible to live a deep spiritual life. As their spiritual director, he perceived in some young leper girls the dispositions for the religious life; and since no Congregation accepted a leper or even the daughter of a leper, the first idea came to him of young consecrated women, even though lepers. In this way he began a new religious Institute, which he named and placed under the protection of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
In the meantime, there began for Fr. Louis a period of suffering and misunderstandings so that the Superior transferred him to different places. But his health was deteriorating. On medical advice taken to Cúcuta, in Colombia, he died on 1 February 1923, at 48 years of age. Buried in Cúcuta, his remains were taken in 1932 to Agua de Dios, where they now are.
John Paul II beatified him in Saint Peter’s Square on 14 April 2002, the third Sunday of Easter.
Laura Vicuña was born at Santiago, Chile, on 5 April 1891, and was educated in line with the preventive system of St John Bosco at the “Mary Help of Christians” College in the Argentinean Andes. As a happy and joyful adolescent she soon became a model of friendship with Jesus, of apostolic charity among her companions, and of fidelity to her daily duties.
In complete trust she endured with heroic fortitude physical and moral sufferings well beyond her age. Faithful to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, she did not hesitate to offer herself as a victim to bring her mother back to the way of salvation. She died on 22 January 1904 at Junín de los Andes, Argentina.
John Paul II beatified her on 3 September 1988 at Castelnuovo Don Bosco, Asti, on the Hill of the youthful beatitudes.
Francis was born in Savoy, France, on 21 August 1567. Ordained Bishop of Geneva in 1602, he dedicated all his apostolic activity to bringing back to the Catholic faith the people of the Chablais who had accepted the Protestant Reform. Through his many-sided activities he educated the Christian people and showed them that spirituality was attainable in every walk of life. He dedicated himself completely to his mission as a pastor, making himself simple with the simple, discussing theology with the Protestants, introducing to the “devout life” souls wanting to serve Christ, opening to them the secrets of the love of God, careful to put the spiritual life within the reach of the laity and making devotion pleasant and desirable. He made good use of the printed word and promoted work and culture, treating everyone with loving kindness and unpretentious wisdom.
He died at Lyons on 28 December 1622 and was canonized in 1665. Pius IX proclaimed him a Doctor of the Church in 1877.
Inspired by his “apostolic charity” and by his “evangelical kindness and patience”, St John Bosco chose him as the model and protector of his own mission among the young. At the conclusion of the IV centenary of his birth, Paul VI gave him the title of Doctor of divine love.
Bronislas Markiewicz was born on 13 July 1842 at Pruchnik, Poland, in the present day archdiocese of Przemyśl, in which he was ordained priest on 15 September 1867. After eighteen years of zealous and fruitful service in the Archdiocese, feeling himself called to religious life, in 1885 he left for Italy and entered among the Salesians, having the joy of meeting Saint John Bosco, into whose hands, on 27 March 1887, he made his religious profession.
As a Salesian he undertook various tasks. Having returned to Poland he took up the role of parish priest at Miejsce Piastowe, in his diocese of Przemyśl. In addition to the ordinary parish activities he devoted himself to the formation of poor and orphaned youth. Along these lines he began two new religious Congregations, one male and one female which he placed under the protection of Saint Michael the Archangel, with a spirituality inspired by that of Saint John Bosco. Full of love for God and for his neighbour and acting in the spirit of the motto “work and temperance”, he dedicated his whole life to the forgotten and rejected orphans, to poor children and to youth abandoned and morally neglected.
Worn out by work, on 29 January 1912 he ended his earthly pilgrimage. Both before and after his death he was considered a saintly man. On 2 July 1994, in the presence of John Paul II, the decree on the herocity of his virtues was promulgated. His beatification took place on 19 June 2005.
Born at Castelnuovo d’Asti in 1815, John was educated by his mother in the faith and in the consistent practice of the gospel message. When only nine he learned through a dream that he was called to dedicate his life to the education of the young. While still a boy he began to entertain his companions with games to which he added prayer and religious instruction. On his ordination to the priesthood (1841) he chose as his life programme: Da mihi animas, cetera toile (Gen 14,21), and began his apostolate among poor youth by founding the Oratory and placing it under the protection of
Through his style of education and pastoral practice, based on reason, religion and loving kindness (which he called his Preventive System), he helped young lads and teenagers to think seriously about their lives, to encounter Christ, accept their companions, learn about their faith and the sacraments, and to involve themselves in apostolic and professional commitment. Among the finest fruits of his pedagogy was the 15-year old Saint Dominic Savio.
The source of his tireless and efficacious activity was a constant union with God and limitless trust in Mary Help of Christians, whom he felt to be the inspirer and support of all his work. And to his Salesian sons he left a legacy in the form of a religious life that was simple but solidly founded on Christian virtues and summed up in the phrase: work and temperance.
Among his youngsters he sought out the best collaborators for his work, giving rise to the Society of Saint Francis de Sales; together with St Mary Domenica Mazzarello he founded the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians; finally with good and diligent lay people, both men and women, he created the Salesian Cooperators to flank and sustain his work, thus anticipating new forms of apostolate in the Church.
Don Bosco died on 31 January 1888, and on the centenary of his death John Paul II proclaimed him Father and Teacher of Youth, decreeing that he should be honoured and invoked under this title, especially by all who consider themselves his spiritual children.