Saints We Are

By: Fr. Randy Figuracion, SDB

When we talk about “saints,” we immediately think of the “canonized ones” – those proclaimed by the Church as blessed because they have lived extraordinary lives beyond that of an average Christian. Here we note that the Church does not make or create saints, but rather recognizes their virtues and present them to the faithful as role models in the practice of the faith.

The first saint I have known is San Antonio of Padua. My mom entrusted me to his care in my childhood. She even added it as my baptismal name. He was known for his persuasive preaching and impressive miracles borne out of his deep faith in God. The saint who inspired me most is St. John Bosco. Having read his life as a boy, his personality captivated me because he was such a talented individual both in nature and in grace. But my favorite saint is John Paul II because he inspired me to be a priest. Most of all, he is the only saint I have seen in my life.

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Our History

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Significant Milestones of the Congregation

  • Beginning of Salesian Work: December 08, 1841
  • Adoption of the name “Salesian”: January 24, 1854
  • First Superior Council: December 18, 1859
  • “Decretum Laudis” for the Society: July 23, 1864
  • Approval of the Salesian Society: March 01, 1869
  • Approval of the Salesian Constitution: April 03, 1874

Rectors Major of the Congregation

 

St. John Bosco

1859-1888

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bl. Michael Rua

1888-1910

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fr. Paul Albera

1910-1922

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bl. Philip Rinaldi

1922-1931

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fr. Peter Ricaldone

1932-1951

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fr. Renato Ziggiotti

1952-1965

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fr. Aloysius Ricceri

1965-1977

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fr. Egidio Vigano

1977-1995

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fr. Juan Edmundo Vecchi

1996-2002

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fr. Pascual Chavez Villanueva

2002-2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime

2014-present