North American Salesian Network (NASN)

North American Salesian Network (NASN) was formed at the 2013 meeting of the “Salesian Initiatives”. USA Vice Province has participated in the meetings of the Salesian Initiatives in 2012 and 2013 and became a member of this organization when it was formed in 2013. Fr. Tomy Joseph Puliyanampattayil represented USA Vice Province at the 2016 meeting of NASA, held at the Don Bosco Retreat Center at Stony Point, New York. The following is an unedited report of the meeting sent by Fr. Tomy.

The fifth meeting of North American Salesian Network was held on April 4-6, 2016 at Don Bosco Retreat Center Stoney Point, NY.  There were 19 participants representing different religious entities from the United States. The session was coordinated by Fr. Don Heet OSFS. The meeting was very productive with a lot of life and vitality bringing together different ideas and thoughts to work together as a Salesian Family in the United States to bring out the Salesian thoughts in the daily lives of the average Catholics in the United States. 

The following are some of the high lights of the meeting: promoting NASN website which is Salesianspirituality.com; working towards publishing an apostolic letter by Holy Father in 2022 commemorating the 400th death anniversary St. Francis de Sales, which is also the 10th anniversary of the foundation of the North American Salesian Network; constituting a four member planning committee for the future direction of NASN; starting Google Drop Box for easy communication; writing blogs on a weekly basis by different religious entities; studying the possibilities of NASN attending different regional conferences in different parts of the United States; exploring the possibilities of vocation promotion in different universities such as De Sales University, etc.

Members of the planning committee:  Don Heet, OSFS (Coordinator); Fr. John Graden, OSFS;Fr. Tomy Joseph, MSFS; and Kathy Tierney belonging to De Sales Secular Institute. 

Return to province:

Fr. Tom Thomas Pannalakunnel, Fr. Mathew Thottiyil and Fr. George Vattappara will soon be returning to their Province, South West India Province, after their term of ministry in USA. They will receive their new assignments on their return.

Dear confreres, Fr. Tom, Fr. Mathew and Fr. George, we, your confreres in USA,  pray for you as your return to your Province, especially that you have  a safe journey and a smooth and gentle transition from ministry in USA to ministry  in India, in your province of origin. May God bless you with fulfilling and meaningful ministries!

New Assignments:

Fr. Biju Mathew Palamkunnel is appointed as parochial vicar at Prince of Peace parish in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, beginning June 21, 2016. I thank Fr. Biju for his service to Wellspring during the past year. I am especially grateful to him for his help with the Mission Appeals. May God bless him as he begins his ministry in Houston!

Prince of Peace Catholic Community,                                  
19222 Tomball Parkway,                                           
Houston, TX 77070-3510,
281-469-2686 (Office); 281-469-8418 (Fax)
903-521-1495 (Cell); bijupalamkunnel@gmail.com

Fr. Joshy Mathew Kulungara is appointed Chaplain at Saint Joseph Hospital in Chippewa Falls, with residence at Sacred Heart-Saint Patrick Parish in Eau Claire, effective May 23, 2016. Congratulations and prayerful wishes to Fr. Joshy. May God bless him with a fulfilling ministry!

HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital
2661 Co Hwy I,
Chippewa Falls, WI  54729               
715-456-5623 (Cell); joshymathewkmsfs@gmail.com

Triennial Mandatory Meeting (TMM)

Triennial Mandatory Meeting was held from May 14 – 18, 2016 at Lumen Christi Institute in Arusha. As I was unable to attend, Fr. Joseph Pottemmel attended the meeting at my request. He presented the report of the USA Vice Province in light of the major thrusts of General Chapter 2013 as was expected.  I have attached a report of this meeting prepared by Fr. Joseph Pottemmel. Thanks to Fr. Joe for participating in this meeting and for preparing this report.