God Bless the Salesians!
Last year around this time, Fr. Steve Leake, director of the house of formation in Orange, N.J., blogged that the house was full (http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2010/09/salesian-vocations-2010.html)--with candidates to SDB life; young, recently professed SDBs; and of course their staff/guides ("formators").
This year five of those candidates have moved on to the novitiate (http://sdbnews.blogspot.com/2011/08/five-new-novices-for-new-rochelle.html), five of the young SDBs have gone off to practical training in one of the houses, and one has been ordained (http://sdbnews.blogspot.com/2011/07/fathers-matt-de-gance-and-mike.html) and come to Salesian HS here in N.R. In their places have come one young SDB starting his theological studies, four who just finished their novitiate and made their 1st professions (http://sdbnews.blogspot.com/2011/08/three-new-brothers-for-new-rochelle.html), and a new batch of candidates.
The net result is a host of 22 men in the various stages of formation in the house at Orange: 7 young professed SDBs (from both U.S. provinces) and 15 candidates (for the Eastern Province), as seen in the photo above, sent out by Fr. Dominic Tran, our vocation director.
God is indeed blessing the Salesians in recent years.