Mission News

Award-Winning Environmental Stewardship

Students at a Salesian-run high school in India are leading the charge toward a cleaner environment, a more resilient planet, and a sustainable future — through “green” initiatives that directly benefit the communities in which they live, and inspire increasingly critical advocacy and action...

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God’s Extraordinary Kindness

“Often, I think about those 557 days, when I was in captivity. I was vulnerable, but not defeated. I was anxious, but not desperate. I had worries, but never lost trust in His Almighty hands.” These are the words of Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who recently visited Salesian Missions USA to offer a...

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Conquering World Hunger, Together

Once again, Salesian Missions has launched our dedicated Food Distribution Appeal — an annual campaign, inspired by Thanksgiving’s bounty, which raises the funds required to deliver nutritional food to children and families in desperate need. This year especially, we depend on the participation...

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Our Clean Water Initiative is Changing Lives in India

In the Ahmednagar district of India’s Maharashtra state, several years of insufficient rainfall have all but depleted the region’s groundwater reserves — which means that thousands of people struggle to access safe drinking water. Today, thanks to a Salesian-sponsored “Water for All”...

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Press Releases

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY: Salesian Missions highlights educational initiatives and child rights education

Programs in Columbia, India, Senegal, Sierra Leone illustrate the work of Salesians around the globe that support this year’s theme, which is focused on equality, justice and human rights. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Dec. 10, 2018) Salesian Missions joins the United Nations and other organizations around...

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Salesians reflects on Haiti, eight years after devastating earthquake

Salesian Missions was instrumental in coordinating fundraising and relief efforts during the initial aftermath and continues to assist with rebuilding of schools and other infrastructure. NEW ROCHELLE, NY & PORT-AU-PRINCE HAITI (Jan. 12, 2017) On Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, exactly eight years after the...

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Student volunteers from Salesian universities arrive in Tijuana

Salesian Center in Tijuana has been providing services to migrants and poor youth living on the border as well as refugees from Haiti TIJUANA, MEXICO (Jan. 5, 2017) In December 2017, a group of Salesian university student volunteers from different locations across the United States, accompanied by...

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Salesian Missions reports on progress in Nepal

Immediately following the earthquake, an emergency fund was launched to assist Salesian missionaries in Nepal. To date, 10 schools have been built and equipped in small villages in the Kathmandu valley. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Dec. 12, 2017) Salesian missionaries have continued to rebuild schools and...

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News Coverage

(Crux) Preparing for pope, young Chileans say they’re glad he wants their views

SANTIAGO, CHILE Jan. 8, 2018 (Excerpt) The playground at the Salesian-run school is filled with children in brightly colored swimsuits, laughing and screaming as young Catholic volunteers spray them with water in the 100-degree summer sunshine. The children range in age from 6 to 12. They are...

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(Crux) Salesian priest remembers the day Father Tom was kidnapped in Yemen

MUMBAI, INDIA Dec. 15, 2017 (Excerpt) Salesian Father George Muttathuparambil received the phone call at 11:15 in the morning on March 4, 2016. Sister Sally, the mother superior of the Missionaries of Charity center in the Yemeni port city of Aden, was in a state of shock on the phone. The other...

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Global Sisters Report: Where gangs are family, job training offers chance to escape violence

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA Dec. 14, 2017 (Excerpt) It’s not the gangster language itself that worries Sr. Ana Maria Mainero, a Salesian Sister of Don Bosco. What worries Mainero is when young children start using those words, signifying their uneasy relationship with neighborhood gangs. Words like...

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(Crux) Salesians use anniversary of Indian shrine to reflect on mission to youth

MUMBAI, INDIA Nov. 16, 2017 (Excerpt) The church was built in the city’s Matunga neighborhood in 1957 by Italian Salesian Father Aurelius Maschio, who modelled it on the famous church in Turin bearing the same title.  The Salesians already operated Don Bosco High School in the same neighborhood,...

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