Mission News

Overcoming Adversity to Educate Nepal’s Youth

What happens when COVID-19 closures and restrictions threaten educational continuity for students in Nepal? Our Salesian missionaries step up with creative solutions—just as they did in 2015, when a catastrophic earthquake destroyed more than 1,300 schools in 75 districts across the country.  In...

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South African Youth Serving the Poor

It’s winter in South Africa, and poverty-stricken residents are struggling particularly hard this year—especially children and the elderly. Rather than stand by idly, a young man with the spirit of Don Bosco has rallied 14 of his peers to assist some of their most vulnerable neighbors in...

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Cultivating Hope for India’s Tea Laborers

Manglu works on a tea plantation in the northeastern state of Assam, India as a day laborer. Even before the global pandemic, this 39-year-old husband and father struggled to support his family on the meager daily wages he earned. Now, thanks to generous Salesian Missions donors, he has established...

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Don Bosco Graduate Among Pandemic Heroes

One of the many unsung medical heroes putting their lives on the line during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is Don Bosco graduate, Doctor Venancio de León of Guatemala. Exemplifying true Salesian spirit, he lives to serve others, forgoing wealth and serving among the poorest of the poor. The...

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Press Releases

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE: Salesian Missions highlights life-changing humanitarian aid, scholarships and support for poor youth around the globe 

Programs in India, South Africa, South Sudan and Thailand illustrate the work of Salesians strengthening the ideals of peace through education and social supports.   NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Sept. 21, 2020) Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins...

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INDIA: Don Bosco School Mebo has clean water access with new tanks thanks to Salesian Missions ‘Clean Water Initiative’

The new water tanks provide clean water access for drinking, bathing and washing clothing, decreasing risk of waterborne illness for staff and students.  NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Sept. 17, 2020) Don Bosco School Mebo, in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, has clean water access thanks to...

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INDIA: People living in remote villages have clean water access and new toilets thanks to Salesian Missions ‘Clean Water Initiative’

Clean water access and household toilets provide dignity and privacy to people in rural villages as well as curb the outbreak of disease.  NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Sept. 11, 2020) Salesian missionaries with the Institution for Cultural and Rural Development (I-CARD) based at Jorhat, Assam, India,...

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INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY: Salesian Missions highlights literacy and educational initiatives for poor and at-risk youth in the face of pandemic

Programs in India, Nepal, Nicaragua and Samoa illustrate the work of Salesians around the globe who are focused on providing education during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.    NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Sept. 8, 2020) Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco,...

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News Coverage

(National Catholic Register/CNA) SOUTH SUDAN: “Even our schools have become refugee camps”

National Catholic Reporter article about Pope Francis’ call for peace in South Sudan includes interviews with Salesian missionaries working on the front lines of ethnic and religious conflict. WAU, South Sudan (May 5, 2019) Excerpt: “During the crises, it is the Church that people look to for a...

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(Crux/Catholic News Agency) The pilot bishop of the South Pacific

GIZO, Solomon Islands Jan. 8, 2019 Known as the “flying bishop” of Solomon Islands, Bishop Luciano Capelli visits Catholics across dozens of islands by piloting a small airplane he also uses to deliver food and medicine. Capelli, an Italian, was a Salesian missionary in the Philippines for 35...

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(Catholic News Service) Pope says priests must be “men of joy” and says St. Bosco is “best” example

VATICAN CITY Jan. 31, 2019 (Excerpt) A priest must be able to see the people around him as his children, as brothers and sisters, and must be willing to risk everything for them out of love, Pope Francis said in his morning homily. In fact, the best example of this kind of priest is St.Read more...

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Salesian Priest Kidnapped in Yemen Details Ordeal in New Rochelle Talk

NEW ROCHELLE, NY Sept. 12, 2018 (Excerpt) A chaplain to the Missionaries of Charity Sisters in Yemen at that time who was also serving Catholics there on a religious visa, Father Uzhunnalil, now 60, was abducted March 4, 2016, after a group of gunmen barged into the care home for the elderly run by...

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