BL. ALESSANDRINA DA COSTA – SALESIAN COOPERATOR AND MYSTIC

BL. CEFERINO NAMUNCURÀ, SON OF PATAGONIAN CHIEFTAIN

BL. LAURA VICUÑA AND ST. DOMINIC SAVIO

BL. PHILIP RINALDI, SDB – 3RD SUCCESSOR OF ST. JOHN BOSCO AND FOUNDER OF THE VOLUNTEERS OF DON BOSCO

CANADIAN PILGRIMS HONORING OUR LADY AT HER SHRINE IN LOURDES, FRANCE

ST. CALLISTO CARAVARIO, SALESIAN PROTOMARTYR, 1924

(center) BL. BRONISLAW MARKIEWICZ, SDB, FOUNDER OF THE MICHAELITES; AND (left) VEN. VINCENZO CIMATTI, SDB, & (right) DON ANTONIO CAVOLI, SDB, FOUNDERS OF THE CARITAS SISTERS OF JESUS

ST. LUIGI VERSIGLIA, SALESIAN PROTOMARTYR, 1926, WITH ORPHANS

ST. MARY MAZZARELLO – CO-FOUNDRESS OF THE DAUGHTERS OF MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS (SALESIAN SISTERS)

FR. MIGUEL GONZALEZ GARCIA, SDB – FOUNDER OF THE DAMAS SALESIANAS

BISHOP LOUIS LA RAVOIRE MORROW, SDB – FOUNDER OF THE CATECHIST SISTERS OF MARY IMMACULATE HELP OF CHRISTIANS

We are the Sons and Daughters of St. John Bosco who work and live in the eastern United States and in Canada. We belong to a worldwide Family, a “vast movement of persons” at work in over 130 countries for the entire well-being – physical, material, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual – of the poor, the ill, the weak, and the marginalized, but most especially of poor and abandoned, at-risk, young people.

Ours is a Family “totally of Mary.” Don Bosco himself always taught that it was “Mary who has done everything.” She was the teacher whom Jesus, Her Son, entrusted to him in his Dream of Nine Years Old. It was she who guided Don Bosco in his work with the young and in the founding of his Religious Family.

The apostolic Family of Don Bosco is called Salesian because it is linked to Saint Francis of Sales, whom Don Bosco chose as his inspiration and patron as with his work and writings he proposed that Christian humanism and that expression of charity which corresponded so well to his intimate aspirations. It is a humanism that does not ignore man’s weakness, but is based on an unshakable confidence in the intrinsic goodness of the individual who is loved by God, and by Him called to Christian perfection, in every state of life.

This humanism is a constitutive element of the charismatic and spiritual experience of the Groups founded by Don Bosco, and as a precious inheritance has been made their own by the other Groups which today are aggregated to the single Family. The whole Salesian Family, therefore, enters into this large movement, offering to the Church an original contribution in the field of education and in apostolic work.

Parts of these sections have been adapted from: the Charter of the Charismatic Identity of the Salesian Family of Don Bosco

OUR STORY

Don Bosco, through the direct intervention of the Blessed Virgin Mary, inspired this vast movement of people, called the Salesian Family, who in different ways work “for the greater glory of God and for the salvation of souls, especially of poor and abandoned youth.” He himself founded not only the Society of St. Francis de Sales (Salesians of Don Bosco – SDB) but also the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (the Salesian Sisters – FMA – along with the Co-Foundress, St. Mary Domenica Mazzarello), the Association of the Salesian Cooperators (ASC), and the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA). Including these and others that originated in different parts of the world, founded by members of the original four Groups named above, the Salesian Family today consists of 30 officially-recognized groups that have a total of 402,500 members.

Ours is a charismatic and spiritual community comprising different Groups, officially established and recognized, and linked together by ties of spiritual relationship and of apostolic affinity. Yet, these Groups are unique in the gender of those who belong, male and female; their specific vocations, Religious and Lay; the individual ministries they carry out; their state in life as married or celibate; the Statutes by which they live; and the variety of social, cultural, religious, and ecclesial contexts in which they work. Don Bosco’s charism continues to inspire people of good will. There are currently 23 more groups that are seeking membership within the Salesian Family.

Some members of 12 of the 30 Official Groups make their home and live their mission in the eastern United States and in Canada. Unity [among us] is nourished by the common baptismal consecration by which all are drawn into the Mystery of the Trinity and in communion with the Church; by participation in the Salesian mission at the service of the young and the poor and for the  promotion of a new Christian humanism; by a new sense of citizenship and solidarity on a global scale; by sharing the spirit of Don Bosco; by the exchange of spiritual gifts within the Family; by a common reference to Mary Help of Christians and to Don Bosco, their holy Founder or Patriarch; and by the special link with the Rector Major, the successor of Don Bosco.

OUR MISSION

The Salesian Family consists of Christian men and women, consecrated men and women who with the individuality of their own charism and spirit, place themselves at the service of the mission of the Church, especially in the vast world of youth, in working class areas, for the poor and for peoples not yet evangelized (apostolic).

Living at the heart of the Church and carrying out the Salesian mission, it reflects the different gifts, unites together particular vocations within a single spiritual and apostolic Family, expresses communion between the various different ministries, all directed towards the service of the people of God (catholic).

Being present in the local Churches, it fosters communion among its members and with the Successor of Peter, in this way re-living the devotion to the Pope handed down by Don Bosco (one); it participates in their apostolic activity, offering its own particular contribution. especially in the area of the mission to the young and to the working classes; it promotes understanding and collaboration with other groups and institutions for an all-round education of the individual; it takes care of the vocational guidance of the young, educating them to the faith and setting them on the way to an apostolic commitment in the Church and for the world. In order to carry out their educational mission the various Groups make good use of the support of the Past Pupils including those belonging to other religions or with different views of the world (catholic).

OUR PROVINCE CONSULTA

All heirs to the Salesian charism and spirit, the Groups establish among themselves a very close relationship so that each Group expresses the identity of the Salesian Family, but not without reference to the others. In fact, entering into a Group, in virtue of a specific vocation, means entering the whole Family; it is as though each one feels entrusted to the others in a mutual relationship. All this is for the benefit of the mission, since it makes it possible to undertake in a more adequate and effective manner the human development and Christian education of the young, of poor people, of the sick and of peoples not yet evangelized.

The task of seeing to the unity, growth, and collaboration among the Groups has been entrusted to the Provincial Consulta, a body comprised of the leaders of the various Groups present in that geographic territory, or of their Delegates. It meets regularly to plan formation initiatives of study and knowing Don Bosco, his mission, and his spirit; to share positive experiences in the apostolate; to have concrete experiences of the Salesian Family; to come to know and value each Group for the ultimate purpose of collaboration in the apostolate, seeking to respond in communion to the pastoral challenges of the local Church, though in varied ways according to each Group’s particular identity; to strengthen bonds with the Bishops, the local Church, and those entities of civic society that are directly involved in areas proper to the mission of the Salesian Family.

OUR LOCAL COMMISSIONS

Given the length and breadth of our geographical territory, the development of local Salesian Family Commissions has been deemed indispensable so that the objectives above might be achieved with efficacy. At present there are 10 identified “areas” in our Provinces: the greater Metropolitan area of NY/NJ/Boston area; the Washington, DC area; the Tampa Bay area; the South Florida area; the New Orleans area; the Chicago area; the Quebec/New Brunswick area; the Ontario area; the Edmonton area; and the Surrey area.

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OUR SAINTS

The goal of our mission is, as Don Bosco put it, “the salvation of souls and the greater glory of God.” We have been entrusted with the task of his mission to continue to raise up in the Church “good Christians and honest citizens.” The Family of Don Bosco, developing its characteristic spirituality of charismatic origin, enriches the whole Body of the Church with a model of Christian life all its own (holy). “Da mihi animas; cetera tolle” (“Give me souls and take away all the rest”) aptly sums up the single goal and spiritual inheritance Don Bosco left to us: to be faithful disciples and apostles of Christ to cooperate with Him in saving our own souls and helping others do the same. Bearing witness to this are the numerous ranks of the spiritual sons and daughters of Don Bosco already declared Saints or proceeding along the path of beatification and canonization. These are our models, our joy (list updated December 2014):

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Postulator General for the Causes of the Saints

SAINTS (9)

Giovanni Bosco, Priest (date of Canonization: 1 April 1934)
Giuseppe Cafasso, Priest (22 June 1947)
Maria D. Mazzarello, FMA, Virgin (24 June 1951)
Domenico Savio, SDB Past Pupil, Adolescent (12 June 1954)
Leonardo Murialdo, Priest (3 May 1970)
Luigi Versiglia, SDB, Bishop, Martyr (1 October 2000)
Callisto Caravario, SDB, Priest, Martyr (1 October 2000)
Luigi Orione, SDB Past Pupil, Priest (16 May 2004)
Luigi Guanella, Priest (23 October 2011)

BLESSEDS (117)

Michele Rua, SDB, Priest (date of Beatification: 29 October 1972)
Laura Vicuňa, FMA Past Pupil, Adolescent (3 September 1988)
Filippo Rinaldi, SDB, Priest (29 April 1990)
Maddalena Morano, FMA, Virgin (5 November 1994)
Giuseppe Kowalski, SDB, Priest, Martyr (13 June 1999)
Francesco Kęsy, and 4 Martyr Companions, Laymen, (13 June 1999)
Pius IX, Salesian Cooperator, Pope (3 September 2000)
Giuseppe Calasanz, SDB, Priest, and 31 Martyr Companions (11 March 2001)
Luigi Variara, SDB, Priest (14 April 2002)
Artemide Zatti, SDB Brother, Religious (14 April 2002)
Maria Romero Meneses, FMA, Virgin (14 April 2002)
Augusto Czartoryski, SDB, Priest (25 April 2004)
Eusebia Palomino, FMA, Virgin (25 April 2004)
Alessandrina M. da Costa, Salesian Cooperator, Laywoman (25 April 2004)
Alberto Marvelli, SDB Past Pupil, Layman (5 September 2004)
Bronislao Markiewicz, SDB, Priest (19 June 2005)
Enrico Saiz Aparicio, SDB, Priest, and 62 Martyr Companions (28 October 2007)
Zeffirino Namuncurà, SDB Past Pupil, Layman (11 November 2007)
Maria Troncatti, FMA, Virgin (24 November 2012)
Stefano Sándor, SDB Brother, Layman, Martyr (19 October 2013)

VENERABLES (12)

Andrea Beltrami, SDB, Priest (The Decree super virtutibus is from 5 December 1966)
Teresa Valsè Pantellini, FMA, Virgin (12 July 1982)
Dorotea Chopitea, Salesian Cooperator, Laywoman (9 June 1983)
Vincenzo Cimatti, SDB, Priest (21 December 1991)
Simone Srugi, SDB Brother, Religious (2 April 1993)
Rodolfo Komorek, SDB, Priest (6 April 1995)
Luigi Olivares, SDB, Bishop (20 December 2004)
Margherita Occhiena, Don Bosco’s Mother, Laywoman (23 October 2006)
Giuseppe Quadrio, SDB, Priest (19 December 2009)
Laura Meozzi, FMA, (Poland), Virgin (27 June 2011)
Attilio Giordani, Salesian Cooperator, (Italy), Layman (9 October 2013)
Giuseppe Augusto Arribat, SDB, (France), Priest (8 July 2014)

SERVANTS OF GOD (28)

Stefano Ferrando, SDB, Bishop (India).
Ottavio Ortiz Arrieta, SDB, Bishop (Perù).
Francesco Convertini, SDB, Priest (India)
Augusto Hlond, SDB, Cardinal (Poland)
Elia Comini, SDB, Priest (Italy)
Giuseppe Vandor, SDB, Priest (Cuba).
Ignazio Stuchly, SDB, Priest (Czech Republic).
Antonio Lustosa de Almeida, SDB, Bishop (Brazil).
Carlo Crespi Croci, SDB, Priest (Ecuador).
Costantino Vendrame, SDB, Priest (India).
Tito Zeman, SDB, Priest, Martyr (Slovakia).
Oreste Marengo, SDB, Bishop (India)
Giovanni Swierc, SDB, Priest, and 8 Martyr Companions (Poland).
Anna Maria Lozano, SS.HH.CC., Religious (Colombia)
Carlo Della Torre, SDB, Priest (Thailand).
Matilde Salem, Salesian Cooperator, Laywoman (Syria).
Andrea Majcen, SDB, Priest (Slovenia)
Carlo Braga, SDB, Priest (Philippines)
Antonino Baglieri, Salesian Cooperator, then Volunteer with Don Bosco, Layman (Italy)
Antonietta Böhm, FMA, Religious (Mexico)

OTHER CAUSES BEING FOLLOWED BY THE POSTULATION

BARELLO MORELLO CASIMIRO, Franciscan Tertiary – Venerable
The Decree super virtutibus is from 1 July 2000
BERTAZZONI AUGUSTO, Bishop – Servant of God
CANELLI FELICE, Priest – Servant of God
COSTA DE BEAUREGARD CAMILLO, Priest – Venerable
The Decree super virtutibus is from 22 January 1991
TYRANOWSKI GIOVANNI, Layman – Servant of God
ZAMBRA DINO, Layman – Servant of God

CALENDAR OF LITURGICAL FEASTS OF THE SAINTS
(updated May 2014)

January
15    Blessed Louis Variara, Founder of the Institute of the Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary
22*  Blessed Laura Vicuña, FMA Past Pupil
24    St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, Titular and Patron of the Society of St. Francis de Sales
30    Blessed Bronislaus Markiewicz, Founder of the Congregations of Saint Michael the Archangel
31    St. John Bosco, Founder of the Society of St Francis de Sales, of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and of the Salesian Cooperators

February

1      Commemoration of all deceased Salesian confreres
7      Blessed Pope Pius IX, Salesian Cooperator
9      Blessed Eusebia Palomino Yenes
25    Saint Louis Versiglia and Callistus Caravario, Salesian Protomartyrs

May

6      Saint Dominic Savio, SDB Past Pupil
13    Saint Mary Domenica Mazzarello, Cofoundress of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians
15    Our Lady of Fatima (transferred to this date for the Salesian Family world-wide)
16    Saint Louis Orione, Founder of the Little Work of Divine Providence
18    Saint Leonard Murialdo, Founder of the Congregation of St Joseph
24    Blessed Virgin Mary, Help of Christians, Principal patron of Society of St Francis de Sales, of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and of the Secular Institute of the Volunteers of Don Bosco
29    Blessed Joseph Kowalski

June

8      Blessed Istvan Sándor
12    Blessed Francis Keşy and 4 companions
23    Saint Joseph Cafasso

July

7      Blessed Mary Romero

August

2      Blessed Augustus Czartoryski
25    Blessed Maria Troncatti
26    Blessed Ceferino Namuncurá

September

22    Blessed Joseph Calasanz Marqués and Enrico Saiz Aparicio and 93 companions

October

5      Blessed Albert Marvelli
13    Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa
24    Saint Louis Guanella
25    Anniversary of the Dedication of the church (when the date is unknown)
29    Blessed Michael Rua

November

13*  Blessed Artemides Zatti, Brother
15    Blessed Madeleine Morano

December

5      Blessed Philip Rinaldi, Founder of the Secular Institute of the Volunteers of Don Bosco

*Moved to a different day in the United States:

Blessed Laura Vicuña – January 23
Blessed Artemides Zatti – November 14

For the most current calendar and more information and resources on any of these Salesian Saints, including biographies, photos, and liturgical texts, go to: http://www.sdb.org/en/salesian-saints

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