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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The Rector Major and the General Council

Fr. Angel Fernandez Artime
Rector Major

Ángel Fernández Artime was born August 21, 1960 in Luanco-Gozon, Asturias, Spain; he made his first profession on September 3, 1978, the perpetual vows on June 17, 1984, in Santiago de Compostela, and was ordained a priest on July 4, 1987, in León.

A native of the Province of Leon, he earned a degree in Pastoral Theology and a Licentiate in Philosophy and Pedagogy.

He was a Provincial Delegate for Youth Ministry, Director of the School of Ourense, a member of the Provincial Council and the Provincial Vicar, and from 2000-2006, he was the Provincial Superior.

After being part of the Preparatory committee of the 26th General Chapter in 2009, he was appointed the Provincial Superior of South Argentina, based in Buenos Aires. In this capacity he also got to know and work personally with the  then Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, today Pope Francis.

On December 23, 2013, he was appointed Superior of the new Province of Mediterranean Spain, dedicated to “Mary Help of Christians.” But  before he would take on this new role, last March 25, 2014, he was elected by the General Chapter 27 as the new Rector Major of the Salesian Congregation and the 10th Successor of Don Bosco.


Fr. Francesco Cereda 
Vicar of the Rector Major





Fr. Ivo Coelho
Councillor for Formation





Fr. Fabio Attard
Youth Ministry Councillor





Fr. Filiberto Gonzalez P.
Social Communication Councillor





Fr. Guillermo Basañes
Councillor for the Missions





Br. Jean Paul Muller
Economer General





Fr. Américo Chaquisse
Africa-Madagascar Regional





Fr. Natale Vitali
America South Cone Regional





Fr. Timothy Ploch
Interamerica Regional





Fr. Vaclav Klement
East Asia Oceania Regional





Fr. Maria Arokiam Kanaga
Asia South Regional





Fr. Tadeusz Rozmus
Centre & North Europe Regional





Fr. Stefano Martoglio
Mediterranean Regional





Fr.  Stefano Vanoli 
General Secretary




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