Mission News

Yeabsira is headed to Harvard University this Fall, after graduating from Don Bosco Mekanisa High School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Attending Harvard Against All Odds

In Ethiopia, poverty and persistent gender inequalities mean that only 25 percent of girls who are eligible attend high school. Yet it never occurred to Yeabsira that she couldn’t achieve her dreams. Against all odds—and with the support of her family and our Salesian missionaries—she will...

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Thanks to the skills he learned at Salesian Vocational Training Center in Serravalle Scrivia, Italy, Alin has become a successful owner of a thriving pizzeria.
Tossing the Dough to Success

Not too long ago, 27-year-old Alin may have been just another casualty in Italy’s ongoing battle with youth unemployment. Today, he co-owns and operates a thriving pizzeria in Sardigliano, Italy—an accomplishment he credits to the Salesian Vocational Training Center in nearby Serravalle...

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Pedro - a mechatronics engineering student at the Don Bosco Technological Institute in Saltillo, Mexico - is embarking on an amazing internship at Tesla in California
Driving into a Remarkable Internship

Every day, impoverished young people in Mexico struggle to find opportunities for a better way of life. Salesian missionaries at the Don Bosco Technological Institute in Saltillo, the capital city in the state of Coahuila, are working to provide youth with the education and in-demand skills they...

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Turn $1 into $14 during our annual Loaves and Fishes appeal that gives hope to so many impoverished children and families around the world!
Annual Loaves and Fishes Campaign Gives Hope

As spring arrives, so does our annual Loaves and Fishes campaign—a critical appeal which provides food, clothing, medicine and other essential supplies to thousands of children and families around the globe. For every $1 you can give, we can provide $14 worth of life-changing necessities. “I...

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Press Releases

Don Bosco Didia Secondary School completes construction project for new bathrooms thanks to funding from the Salesian Missions ‘Clean Water Initiative.’
TANZANIA: Secondary school completes construction project for new bathrooms

Don Bosco Didia Secondary School completes construction project for new bathrooms thanks to funding from the Salesian Missions ‘Clean Water Initiative.’ NEW ROCHELLE, NY (June 16, 2021) Don Bosco Didia Secondary School, located in Shinyanga, Tanzania, has been able to complete a construction...

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ERITREA: Funding to buy cows aids school’s self-sustainability efforts

Don Bosco Technical School in Dekemhare receives funding from Salesian Missions to buy cows to help aid self-sustainability. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (June 14, 2021) Salesian missionaries working at the Don Bosco Technical School in Dekemhare, a town roughly 25 miles southeast of the capital city of Asmara...

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INDIA: Salesians in Guwahati Province train 125 catechists thanks to Koch Foundation funding

The “Training and Faith Formation of Catechists” project prepared catechists to work in Roman Catholic parishes. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (June 14, 2021) Salesians in India were able to train 125 catechists with a year-long program thanks to funding Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the...

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WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOR: Salesian programs combat child labor

Salesian Missions highlights educational and social programs that combat child labor. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (June 12, 2021) Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins humanitarian organizations and the international community in honoring World Day Against Child...

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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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