Salesians around the World

We, the Salesians of Don Bosco [officially known as The Society of St. Francis de Sales], are an international organization of Catholic priests and brothers dedicated to the service of the young, especially the disadvantaged and marginalized. We work in collaboration with our partners in schools, youth centers, hostels, camps, parishes and other contexts to…

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History of the Salesians

The Development of the Oratory Don Bosco began his work with “the poor and abandoned” young people of Turin in 1841, while he was undertaking post-ordination studies. Don Bosco would gather them for recreation, religious instruction, Mass and prayer. He eventually acquired a permanent place in the suburb of Valdocco and named it the Oratory…

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St John Bosco

John Bosco was born on 16 August 1815 in a farmhouse near a small village east of Turin in northern Italy. His father died when he was only a child. He felt this very deeply and it made him want to care for young people who struggled with the same circumstances in their lives. His…

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