Mission News

Critical Health Care Changes Lives

Young Nataly could have died from the tumor growing undetected in her left leg. Fortunately, her aunt’s foresight led this 17-year-old to a health clinic run by Salesian missionaries in Quito, Ecuador—and she now walks without pain, grateful for her second chance. Born in Pesillo, a rural...

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Planting Seeds of Hope in Argentina

“Dreaming big” isn’t typically something that youth in Rodeo del Medio do. In this rural agricultural community of just over 12,000 people, where employment opportunities are few, students often see little point in studying or remaining in school—an attitude that fuels the kind of prolonged...

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Helping Girls Reclaim their Futures in Angola

They are sisters in misfortune: the hundreds of orphaned, abandoned and abused girls and young women living on the streets of Luanda, Angola. Surrounded by garbage, dust and the harsh realities of having to search for food while fending off gangs, traffickers and violence, it’s nearly impossible...

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So That It May Not Happen Again

It’s impossible to see, or to understand, the deep emotional scars hidden behind their stoic expressions. And yet, for those who survived an exceptionally brutal civil war in the Ivory Coast, the lasting traumas of their experiences remain far too real. In Duékoué, our Salesian missionaries...

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Press Releases

WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY: Salesian Missions highlights humanitarian assistance and transformative programming for poor youth and their families

Programs in Ethiopia, India, Nepal and Syria illustrate the work of Salesians around the globe that support this year’s theme, which is focused on women humanitarians.   NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Aug. 19, 2019) Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins humanitarian...

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WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY: Salesian Missions highlights humanitarian assistance and transformative programming for poor youth and their families

Programs in Ethiopia, India, Nepal and Syria illustrate the work of Salesians around the globe that support this year’s theme, which is focused on women humanitarians.   NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Aug. 19, 2019) Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins humanitarian...

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CAMEROON: Salesian Missions obtains funding from Loyola Foundation for purchase of truck for Salesians working in Yaoundé

The truck provides Salesian missionaries better transportation and accessibility in the region, especially in inclement weather and rough road conditions. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Aug. 15, 2019) Salesian missionaries working in Yaoundé, the capital city of Cameroon, have purchased a 4×4 Toyota Hilux...

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DR CONGO: Children at the Don Bosco Clinic access better nutrition thanks to Rise Against Hunger rice-meal donation

Rice-meal shipments from Rise Against Hunger have improved the lives and health of youth at Salesian programs and in the broader Lubumbashi community. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Aug. 13, 2019) Children accessing medical care at the Don Bosco Clinic in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, had access...

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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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