Mission News

A Future Beyond Extreme Poverty in Ethiopia

Culturally and commercially, Addis Ababa is Ethiopia’s shining star: a capital city bustling with outdoor markets, world-class museums and a vibrant diversity. Glistening in almost constant sunshine, this metropolis of nearly 4 million people manages to transcend its construction, congestion and...

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A ‘Brigade of Joy’ in Ciudad Juárez

Extortion. Drugs. Gangs. Violence. In the not-too-distant past, life in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico was so dangerous that few residents ventured into the streets. Storefronts closed. Parks and playgrounds emptied. A generation’s worth of joy was draining from the city as children—especially those...

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Taking a Stand Against Human Trafficking

In India’s remote Himalayan foothills, where educational and economic opportunities are scarce, youth are particularly vulnerable to migration, labor exploitation and human trafficking. An innovative new partnership between Salesian College Sonada and the Rimpocha tea company promises to address...

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Global Battle Against Hunger

In East Timor, poverty is rampant and hunger is a daily fact of life. Most families rely on subsistence farming and rice cultivation as their primary source of food and income. But because of drastic weather patterns and other threats—such as pests and crop disease—that are beyond their...

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Press Releases

HAITI: Salesian Missions USAID-funded ‘Hunger for Education’ provided meals to thousands of school children, improved learning environment

The fortified rice-meals provided better nutrition for poor youth at six Salesian centers.     NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Jan. 16, 2020) Ten years after the devastating Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake struck Haiti, the country continues to face challenges and serious issues with hunger and undernutrition....

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HAITI: “Little Schools” provide education to more than 17,000 children in Port-au-Prince

The “Little Schools” provide education and support to primary school children who might not otherwise have access to education. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Jan. 15, 2020) In the distressed Port-au-Prince slums of La Saline and Cité Soleil, where most parents do not have the means to properly care for...

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HAITI: Rebuilt Salesian Youth Center in Fort Liberté offers additional programs and services after devastating 2010 earthquake reduced it to rubble

The reconstruction project was made possible by generous donors of Salesian Missions who donated in the aftermath of the earthquake.  NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Jan. 13, 2020) Five years after the devastating Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake struck Haiti and reduced the Salesian Youth Center in Fort Liberté,...

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Haiti: Salesian Missions reflects on 10 years of rebuilding Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake

In the last 10 years, Salesian missionaries have rebuilt schools and youth centers, and most importantly, have given youth hope for a better life through education.   NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Jan. 10, 2020) Salesian missionaries were instrumental during the emergency response and the initial aftermath of...

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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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