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











Bl. Michael Rua











Fr. Paul Albera











Bl. Philip Rinaldi











Fr. Peter Ricaldone











Fr. Renato Ziggiotti










Fr. Aloysius Ricceri











Fr. Egidio Vigano











Fr. Juan Edmundo Vecchi











Fr. Pascual Chavez Villanueva











Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime