“It is not enough to love the young. They must know that they are loved.” – St. John Bosco

St. John Bosco, our founder, said, “Without you I can do nothing,” and his words still ring true today. Together we can break the terrible cycle of poverty and ignorance that destroys so many young lives. As an indispensable partner in this global effort and mission, you help us to live our mission: “Helping others to help themselves.” And alongside nearly 30,000 Salesian Priests, Brothers, Sisters and novices in our global mission spanning more than 130 countries throughout the world, you brighten the lives of poor children who desperately need to know that someone cares.

Our work continues to grow in size and need. With the assistance of your prayers, financial support and in-kind donations, we are making a tremendous impact in the lives of the needy by operating orphanages, shelters, hospitals, clinics, nurseries, youth centers, parishes and schools. Believing that poverty can only be eradicated through education, we take great pride in the accomplishments of our elementary and high schools; vocational, technical and agricultural schools; and colleges and universities.

It gives me great joy to know that together we have helped to make our world a better place. While the picture today is hopeful, there are many challenges ahead. If the many people you have helped through Salesian Missions could speak to you now, they would say “THANK YOU” for the chance to live a life of dignity. With your prayers and contributions, so many of God’s children will know a kinder today and happier tomorrow.

I assure you that we here at Salesian Missions will be responsible stewards of your selfless gifts — and we ask for your prayers that God will guide us as we seek to provide and assist poor children and families with what they need to become good citizens and productive members of society.

To this, I add my sincere thanks and assurance of prayers.

Gratefully yours,

Father Mark Hyde, S.D.B.

P.S. Let us pray also that our global good works continue and that all children, wherever they may be, are treated with respect and decency.