About the Salesians / Brother Eduardo Chincha
Hello, my name is Eduardo Chincha and I come from Port Chester, NY. I was born in Lima, Peru and Imoved to the USA when I was twelve years old. I was educated by the Salesians in Peru since I was six years old and I only have good memories that school and the Salesians there. When I moved to Port Chester I had no idea that of all places, I would find Salesians right there. They ran the parish I moved into, Holy Rosary. From time to time the priests who ran Holy Rosary Church and youth center would tell me that I would make a good priest some day. At the beginning I just ignored it. Later on I would get annoyed because I didn’t want to think that was my call. When I was in high school I needed I job, and I was asked to work as a counselor in the Don Bosco Boys and Girls Club; and it was fun. Later, I discovered that working with the youth was not always easy; there can be many challenges. Despite the difficulties I continued to work there, and as time went on and I learned of the preventive system and more about Don Bosco. I soon realized how much need many children had and how much I could help them.
Almost two years ago, I began to discern more about my vocation to the priesthood. I went to NCYC and later to come and see weekend in South Orange and life camp; but I was hesitant and tried to fight my vocation. One day I went to the movies with my friends (mostly girls) and tried to get this crazy idea of my head. And by some odd chance that day was the novices day out, which the spent at the same movie theater I was in, and were behind me in the ticket line. I saw them and the saw me and knew what I was up to, so I tried ignored them. As months passed and I meditated more on my vocation I felt that God was really calling me to follow him more closely and that God was present in all the events I shared with you. So I applied to be accepted as a candidate. Right now, I am a novice with the Salesians in Port Chester, NY. For me, everyday is a choice to continue to discern God’s call, and I pray to Him to help me continue in this path. I had never taken a bigger risk in my life and it is a steep climb, but I have never been happier with any other decision.