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Provincial Announcement: RIP Fr. Chris Woerz, SDB

on Mon, 09/21/2015 - 11:37



Updated: 09/27/15

Video Tribute to Fr. Chris Woerz, SDB


Updated: 09/22/15

Funeral Arrangements for Fr. Chris Woerz, SDB
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Location: St. John Bosco High School Chapel
Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM Viewing and 7:30 PM Rosary
Reception: MPR

Location: St. Dominic Savio Church
Date: Friday, September 25, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM Viewing and 7:30 PM Funeral
Reception: Parish Hall

Burial Mass and

Please pray for our brother Salesians on their Profession Day.


Bro. Gustavo Ramirez, SDB (Perpetual Profession)

Novice Paul Garcia (First Profession)


Novice James Nguyen (First Profession)



RIP: Fr. Austin Conterno, SDB

on Sat, 07/11/2015 - 19:27

God called Austin Conterno to eternal life Saturday, July 11; 2015.
He died peacefully during the night at SS P&P.

Funeral:    Prayer Service, 7:30 pm
July 19, Sunday:    Funeral Mass, 10:00 am    SS Peter and Paul Church
July-20, Monday:    Interment, Salesian Cemetery, Richmond Following the Funeral Mass Reception, Salesian Residence, Richmond

Fr. Austin Conterno was born in Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy, July 29, 1915. His deceased brother, Vittorio, also, became a professed Salesian.

Council Meeting and Travels

on Sat, 05/02/2015 - 23:10

The Provincial's weekly letter to the Salesian Family:

May 1, 2015

Dear Salesian sisters and brothers,

I am presently in San Francisco participating in Provincial Council meetings.  The meetings are being held at Sts. Peter and Paul.  I wish to thank Fr. John Itzaina and community for their hospitality and their ministry at Sts. Peter and Paul.

I will be in San Francisco until Saturday, May 2.  On Saturday I will fly back to Los Angeles to attend to several commitments and participate in


Reflections on Salesian Connections by Francis Piccollo
Introduced by Fr. Michael Ribotta, SDB


A young boy stole bread from Don Bosco and in turn, Don Bosco stole his heart for God. A Salesian vocation story worth retelling...

The thousands of boys who passed through Don Bosco's school of St. Francis De Sales known in Turin as the ‘Oratory’, formed a motley mix: children salvaged from the city's mean streets, orphans, youth at risk, and sons of peasant families. Many of them often interacted with Don Bosco and sometimes with unexpected results.

Novices from California Experience Holy Week in Tijuana, Mexico

on Mon, 04/06/2015 - 21:06

Tijuana, Mexico - April 2015 - This year the provinces of England, Austrian, Irland and the USA West and East have decided to have their novitiate together in California, USA.

The main idea of having the novitiate together is to give the novices an opportunity of group experience; God has blessed this group with 11 novices all together. As part of their formation, the Mission Animation Department has put together a short missionary experience in Tijuana, Mexico.

Juan Carlos Montenegro the


Meet our young men in initial formation (2015-2016):



SDB Communities Celebrate Easter Together

on Mon, 04/06/2015 - 13:01

On Easter Sunday (April 5, 2015), the Salesian communities in southern California gathered in Bellflower, and Salesian communities in northern California gathered in Richmond, to share in celebrating the Joy of Easter with one another.  He is Risen -- Alleluia, Alleluia!  Happy Easter!

Salesian Come and See (April 17-19th, Texas)

on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 16:29