E-SERVICE Vol. 9, No. 38 SALESIANS OF DON BOSCO - NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. March 22, 2012 Message from Fr. Provincial However, to be provincial is to miss out For St. Joseph, the angel’s call to take on the depth of relationship within a local Mary as his wife and to protect the child community, the day-to-day accompani- as his own was more than a job to be ment of lay colleagues and young people accomplished. It was a vocation to in an evangelizing environment, and the holiness and an intimate participation in formative aspects of encountering God in God’s mission of salvation. To the casual the rhythms of community life. Over the observer, St. Joseph seemed to have led last month, the provincial house com- a very unremarkable life. His days and munity has been my local community. years were spent in family meals, However, soon my time of convales- prayers and blessings, toil in the cence will end. And then I will be off on workshop, maintaining a married the marathon of accompanying our relationship, and parenting his son. He confreres, communities, and ministries in did not hold an office, earn a degree, this role of servant leadership. attain honorable titles, or exercise authority over others. He shared a On this province day, I am grateful to common life with his family, worshipped the entire province for making me feel as God as a man of faith, raised a son a member of each community. Your according to the Jewish traditions, and concerns for my welfare, your prayers for loved his wife in celibate love. Reflections on Province Day my health, your interest in my activities, and your questions about my family have In the boring repetition of everyday life, been an unexpected source of hope and St. Joseph grew in wisdom, grace, and These days I am with the directors, life. For this, I give thanks on Province age before God and men. Through his pastors, and principals of the province Day. job as carpenter, he formed his son as a for a leadership meeting. For me these days are a special time of fraternity, craftmaster with an apprentice. Through Last Monday’s feast of St. Joseph his mentoring, St. Joseph helped Jesus networking, and spiritual enrichment. offered me an opportunity to reflect on In a very personal sense, I look acquire those human virtues that would my life as a member of the province cause people to know that Jesus was the forward to these gatherings of old community. The gospel of that morning friends and close colleagues in son of Joseph, the just carpenter. was on the finding in the Temple. That Through the monotonous repetition of province leadership. passage ends with Jesus returning to family life, Joseph helped form in Jesus Nazareth with Mary and Joseph, where the living context that would become the To be provincial is to be a member of he was obedient to them. He grew in the province community without heart of Christian community that he wisdom, grace and age before God and instilled among the apostles. (“See how sharing the everyday life of any single man. On the feast of St. Joseph, I local community. To be sure, there are they love one another.”) focused on the obedience of St. Joseph, benefits to this condition. (Freedom who accompanied Jesus and Mary back from suffering through the community In Joseph’s unremarkable life with the to Nazareth. Can we doubt that in living meeting on Lenten fast is a benefit that Holy Family, we can see the fulfillment of with Jesus and Mary, St. Joseph did not comes immediately to mind.) However, his vocation: the mission, the work, the also grow in wisdom, grace and age there is something that one misses family community, the life of prayer, the before God and men? when living outside of the daily ongoing formation in his vocation as rhythms of community life and the husband of Mary, foster father of Jesus, It seems to me that we religious would everyday concerns of a local mission. and member of the people chosen by do well to pay close attention to St. God. Joseph’s experience during Jesus’ To be provincial is to be a part of hidden life because the daily pattern of every community, to feel connected our lives as consecrated religious has a It is relatively easy to understand how with every confrere, to be involved in lot in common with that of St. Joseph as the daily rhythm of living in communion the development of every ministry in a carpenter in Nazareth. From the most with Mary and Jesus life would nourish the province. On one hand, that reality superficial perspective, his life was spent St. Joseph’s growth in holiness and give brings with it an exhilarating sense of in following the humdrum pattern of direction to his development as “the just being at home to whatever community family ritual, religious observance, and man” in following God’s commands. one visits. It is also a blessing when tedious work. These same categories one feels saddened and even mournful characterize our lives as consecrated at the sickness and death of any religious in what we usually call “the (Continue on page 2) confrere. common life.” Vol. 9, No. 38 – 2 of 3 E-SERVICE March 22, 2012 (Continued from page 1) Coming Birthdays In our lives as religious, we don’t March always value the importance of life in 22 Fr. Thomas Dunne community. For some reason, com- 26 Fr. Michael Leschinsky mon life tends to be undervalued in comparison to our participation in the 27 Br. Joseph Tortorici mission and its works. We tend to view 29 Fr. Frank Twardzik the humdrum repetition of life in com- 29 Fr. Thomas Ruekert mon or accompanying the young in the 31 Fr. Donald Delaney playground as without importance or April vital interest when compared to 2 Fr. William Bucciferro managing great works, having titles on 6 Fr. Richard Putnam our office door, or exercising authority 8 Fr. Sid Figlia over subordinates. 11 Fr. Italo Rufo I am convinced that to the extent we allow ourselves to ignore the good . example of St. Joseph in this regard, Philosophical and Fr. Francis Cereda we run the risk of greatly diminishing Pedagogical Studies for a councilor for formation the fidelity to which we follow our Unitary Vision of the Salesian vocation to holiness and effectiveness The meeting forms part of the process in mission as disciples of the Lord (ANS – Rome) – A meeting of the of evaluation of intellectual formation Jesus. presidents of Salesian centers of which the Formation Department is philosophical studies and of the centers carrying out. Last year the provincials affiliated and linked to the School of received the draft of a document Philosophy of the Pontifical Salesian “Evaluation and hypothetical proposals University began on March 22 at the for intellectual formation” and were Salesianum in Rome. The initiative, invited to send observations. In July the document will be submitted for the Provincial Calendar promoted by the Formation Department, approval of the Rector Major and the forms part of the process of evaluation of the intellectual formation of Salesians general council. March that the department has been carrying 22-23 Salesian Leadership Meeting, out recently. The meeting also intends to take into Stony Point, N.Y. consideration and enter more deeply the 24 Province Day, Orange, N.J. Fifty-nine Salesians have come to decree of reform of ecclesiastical studies 25 Personal Day Rome to take part in the meeting, which in philosophy issued by the Congregation 26-28 Provincial Council Meeting will end on Sunday, March 25. Also for Catholic Education. “This is inspired 29 Office Day among these are those in charge of by the encyclical of John Paul II Fides et 30-31 Visit East Boston Community postnovitiates, who are entrusted with Ratio, which sets up its basic vision. We safeguarding the Salesian aspect of are dealing with a highly innovative initial formation, most especially in those decree, which calls for a change of Pray for Our Sick countries where the Congregation, not mentality and praxis. The study we will having its own study centers, makes use make together of this document will help Bro. Alfred Flatoff, SDB of other colleges. us to reap its developments and aims,” says Fr. Cereda. Sofija Alejunas “The postnovitiate is a very delicate Hua Nguyen The organization of these days stage of formation which aims at Thuy Tam Nguyen reinforcing the process of identification involves the collaboration of the UPS Fr. Jan Bernas, SDB with the Salesian vocation,” affirms Fr. School of Philosophy, which this year Fr. Joseph Ho, SDB Francis Cereda, councilor for formation, celebrates the 75th anniversary of its foundation. At the UPS on Friday Tom Connor who hopes for a greater integration of afternoon, in fact, a celebration of the Bro. Gerald Warner, SDB philosophical and pedagogical studies in anniversary which will be held, attended a unitary vision of formation, so as to Fr. Edward Cappelletti, SDB by the presidents of the Salesian centers provide a valid contribution to maturation Maria Theresa Rien T. Mai in the Salesian vocation and mission. of philosophical studies. The previous meeting of presidents in charge of studies was called about 30 “This is a time of synergy. Together we Pray for Our Deceased years ago, on the occasion of the must grow in consciousness of the presentation of the Ratio Fundamentalis common Salesian identity of our centers Daniel Ibanez et Studiorum, the document on the of study, of the distinctive character of In a construction accident in Bolivia orientation and directives for the each one of them, of the reciprocity of Father of Soraya Gonzalez, secretary formation of the Salesian Congregation the exchange of gifts between center and at DBCC--Port Chester periphery,” says Fr. Cereda. ■ Vol. 9, No. 38 – 3 of 3 E-SERVICE March 22, 2012 M.Mendl Memories of Savio HS I have taught in 20 different schools in two countries. Savio stands alone as the The Great Savio Reunion of major reason why I have been able to March 10, 2012 succeed. Once I became a layman I Pat Whalen believe that the Salesian principles still permeated my classroom regardless if I So many people expressed surprise was teaching in a Catholic school (I even that I would travel so far (Australia) for taught in a Salesian School in Tasmania) the reunion. As soon as I read about it or a government school. The guidance I in the Salesian E-Service I knew I had received from the Salesians at Savio to be there. I had prepared a few provided me with the experience to thoughts on the impact the three years become a speaker at student retreats at Savio had on my life. As there when teaching in Catholic schools in wasn't a chance to express it at the Australia. reunion (even if there was, obviously Pat Whalen, former SDB no one would be listening; the I could not possible imagine a better excitement level was just too high), I I have had even more success as a school than Savio High to have begun thought I'd share it with you. Below are mathematics and science teacher my teaching career. The quality of the my comments about the role Savio throughout the Land Down Under. Three students, the cooperative friendliness of High School had in my life. times I have been appointed as head of the staff and the caring administration department. I was elected as regional are all responsible for any success I In December 2010 I retired from full- union state delegate four times. I was have had. Savio High School may be time teaching. That was 42 years after interviewed on radio three times. gone, but it lives very much in the I began at Savio High School. Besides When I retired the comments my memories of those who have my three years here, I have taught in students wrote on my card almost experienced it. New York City, and in Australia: in Melbourne, throughout Tasmania, and brought me to tears – tears of awe with Savio High School and the Salesians throughout Western Australia. Isaac the respect and love they had for me. had such an impact on my life that I Newton once made reference to his My success in the classroom is also a named my son Dominic. That was of success because “he had stood on the direct result of people I worked with at course 4 years AFTER I had left the shoulders of giants”. I feel the same Savio High School. On many occasions I Salesians and no longer had the vow of way about the teaching and basketball have cited Fr. Caselli as the inspiration chastity. success I experienced in Australia. It and guiding light to my teaching career. was because of the giants I worked He was my high school physics and This has been a great trip down with at Savio. chemistry teacher. As a first-year memory lane for three of the best years teacher, only about 5 or 6 years older of my life. It was basketball that brought me to than senior students, it could be a very Australia in 1972 – ironically to a team daunting experience. Having access to Thank you. ■ called The Southern District Spartans. Fr. Caselli’s advice and help when I got I was recruited as a player-coach in stuck on problems was something I wish the Victorian Competition. I got the every beginning teacher could have. I felt opportunity to play against the very fortunate on one of my trips back to Australian Olympic team (where I went Boston from Australia to be able to tell 3 for 4 but unfortunately it was before Fr. Caselli the year before he died how the introduction of the three point line!) big an impact he had on my life. and toured Australia playing and giving coaching clinics. I was the State In 1984, while teaching on King Island, Women’s coach. I became an I won the Apex Community Award for assistant coach in the Australian Outstanding Contributor to Junior Sport. professional league, then a TV This also had its link to Savio High commentator, journalist and lastly the School. It was under the tutelage of Australian scout for the New York Brother, now Father, Bruce Craig that I Knicks. got involved with organizing intramural sport. I used this experience I gained E-SERVICE Newsletter from Bruce to set up, for the first time, a Published Weekly by the Salesians of All of my basketball success can be St. John Bosco for the confreres of the directly linked back to Savio High junior basketball program and a junior Province of St. Philip the Apostle, School, particularly my friendship with and senior softball program on King New Rochelle, N.Y. coach Jim Doherty. I learned so much Island. Speaking of Bruce Craig, it was a Very Rev. Thomas Dunne, SDB, Provincial from him in my three years assisting great year to be living in East Boston as a New Yorker with someone from him, refereeing his scrimmages and E-Service just hanging out with him at Mangini’s. Baltimore. I got to gloat as the Jets beat 148 Main Street In no small way he was directly the Colts in the Super Bowl, the Knicks New Rochelle, NY 10802-0639 responsible for all my sporting success beat the Bullets in the NBA Eastern Division Championship and the Mets Phone: (914) 636-4225 in Australia. E-Mail: email@example.com beat the Orioles in the World Series.
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