Mission News

Giving Tuesday Update: Safe Water for Namibia

We asked, and so many friends answered—enthusiastically, and from their hearts. Last November, more than 200 generous donors participated in our special Giving Tuesday campaign to fund two desperately-needed water reserve tanks at the Don Bosco Youth Center in Rundu, Namibia. Their response was...

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From Hunger to Hope

“I remember the first time I met Vianny,” recalls Father Elie Nyandwi. “I greeted him but he did not answer.” This reticent young boy, from a deeply impoverished family in rural Butambala, Uganda, was so desperately hungry that he couldn’t even muster the energy to smile. Today, he lights...

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The 80,000 Legacies of Fr. Anthony

For 33 years, Father Anthony Thaiparambil devoted his every waking moment to serving vulnerable children living in the slums and on the streets of Kolkata and New Delhi, India. His pioneering work paralleled that of Mother Teresa, with whom he often collaborated. And his willingness to live humbly...

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Making Life Better, One Well at a Time

Can you imagine spending more than half your daily salary on a single bucket of water? For a full-time employee earning minimum wage in the United States, that would be $29 for just a few gallons: barely enough for a family to drink—let alone bathe in, cook with, or use for sanitation. Yet every...

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Press Releases

GLOBAL: Salesian Missions launched its annual Loaves and Fishes fundraiser to support critical aid shipments to programs around the globe

For every dollar a donor contributes, Salesian Missions is able to ship $14 worth of critical goods to its programs in more than 130 countries around the globe. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (May 16, 2019) Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, recently launched its annual...

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HAITI: Salesian Missions donors provide funding to restore back-up electrical system at the Diocesan Center of Arts and Trades in Les Cayes

The Salesian center now has the power needed for the computer lab and classrooms when the city electricity is down. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (May 10, 2019) The Salesian Diocesan Center of Arts and Trades in Les Cayes, Haiti, has a new back-up electricity system for the school thanks to Salesian Missions...

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NEPAL: Nepal Don Bosco Society is educating 23 boys as “Future Helpers” to aid in the response after disasters

Boys from four Don Bosco centers are receiving training in a range of subjects including in  building and construction to gain the skills needed to assist in reconstruction efforts. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (May 8, 2019) Salesian missionaries with the Nepal Don Bosco Society have continued with a...

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HAITI: Salesian Missions provides funding for retaining wall near Salesian-run St. Paul Chapel in Cité Soleil, benefiting more than 200 community members

The newly constructed retaining wall separates the canal from the chapel grounds, protecting it from flooding during times of heavy rains. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (April 23, 2019) Salesian Missions has provided the funding for the Salesian-run St. Paul Chapel to build a retaining wall separating a canal...

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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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