Mission News

Bringing a Vital Resource to Rural Mongolia

Tsegemed lives and raises her young family in rural Shuvuu, Mongolia—her traditional ger, or one-room tent, is set against the stunning backdrop of the country’s majestic landscape. Yet everyday life is far from idyllic. With no running water at home, and just a single community bathroom shared...

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Mumbai Youth Become Public Health Ambassadors

From Mumbai’s impoverished and overcrowded communities, children and teens have emerged as unlikely pandemic heroes. They are using their newfound understanding of disease prevention and health promotion to educate their families and neighbors about the importance of hygiene, and more, amid the...

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A Missionary’s Dream Paves the Way for Nairobi’s Youth

When Father Sean McFarran founded Don Bosco Boys Town in Nairobi, he hoped to inspire marginalized youth in Kenya to look beyond their circumstances; maybe even to encourage a few to seek secondary education. He likely never imagined that he would create a lasting legacy comprising over 6,000...

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Groups of kids from Solomon Islands posing happy
Bringing the Joy of Learning to Impoverished Children

In the poverty-stricken community of Ranadi, a suburb of Honiara in the Solomon Islands, overcoming economic adversity is an uphill battle for families—one often fought, and lost, in the trash heaps of the local landfills. For survival, destitute parents are often forced to make harrowing...

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Press Releases

In India, and in 130+ countries around the world, our missionaries are giving hope of a brighter future to homeless youth.
INT’L DAY FOR STREET CHILDREN: Salesian programs focus on giving street children hope for a better life

Salesian Missions highlights education and social programs supporting and educating street youth around the globe. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (April 12, 2021) Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins humanitarian and international organizations around the globe in...

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ITALY: Students keep up with online learning through tablets, support from donor funding

40 students attending Salesian oratory in Palermo supported by donor funding from Salesian Missions. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (April 7, 2021) Forty students attending the Salesian oratory in the community of Santa Chiarra in Palermo, Italy, had access to school supplies, including tablets for online...

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WORLD HEALTH DAY: Salesian health programs give critical access to care

Salesian Missions highlights programs that ensure poor and at-risk youth have access to health care. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (April 7, 2021) Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins humanitarian and other international organizations in honoring World Health Day...

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INT’L DAY OF SPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE: Salesian Missions highlights sports programs that help youth develop leadership skills

Salesian Missions highlights sports programs that help youth develop leadership skills and relationships with peers. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (April 6, 2021) Salesian Missions joins humanitarian organizations and the international community in celebrating the International Day of Sport for Development and...

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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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