Mission News

Hands-on Solutions to a Challenging Issue

Their hands once clenched weapons. Today, they extend hope. Guided by Father Jesús Bolaño at the Don Bosco Vocational Training Center in Cali, Colombia, these former child soldiers are now making face masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Initially, these young men and women arrived at...

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Feeding the Multitudes Amid Lockdown in India

On March 25, 2020, India’s government placed the country in full lockdown in order to address the looming threat of COVID-19. By most accounts a necessary response, the decision nonetheless gravely affected those who were already living in adversity. Immediately, Salesian missionaries leapt into...

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An Oasis of Opportunity for Youth

With more than half its population under the age of 15, Eritrea is perhaps one of the world’s “youngest” countries. Yet it’s also one of the poorest. Hindered by an inadequate educational system and few employment opportunities, most residents rely on subsistence farming in order to...

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Small Miracles, Immeasurable Impact

Each year at this time, Salesian Missions launches the Loaves and Fishes campaign—which leverages the power of our global partnerships and the generosity of our donors. The value of donated relief goods such as food, clothing and medicine is multiplied fourteen times over. Support for this...

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Press Releases

TANZANIA: Don Bosco Oysterbay solar training enables one young woman to have a second chance at education and gain stable employment

The project at Don Bosco Oysterbay is providing access to quality technical training on renewable energy in Tanzania. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (June 29, 2020) Students who are looking to make a career in renewable energy have an opportunity for education and advancement at Don Bosco Vocational Training...

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NAMIBIA: Don Bosco Youth Center receives nutritional support thanks to Salesian Missions donors

Funding for food support has improved the lives and health of youth especially now during the coronavirus pandemic. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (June 25, 2020) Salesian missionaries with the Don Bosco Youth Center, located in Rundu, Namibia, were able to continue with a feeding program for vulnerable children...

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PARAGUAY: The Maria Auxiliadora Parish community in Concepción has new audiovisual equipment thanks to Salesian Missions donor funding

The Salesian parish now has the equipment necessary to hold meetings and conduct workshops with partners and youth. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (June 23, 2020) The Maria Auxiliadora Parish community in Concepción, Paraguay, has new audiovisual equipment thanks to donor funding through Salesian Missions, the...

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WORLD REFUGEE DAY: Salesian Missions highlights educational and social programs that aid refugees

Programs in Egypt, Italy, Peru and Uganda highlight the work of Salesian missionaries that provide refugees much needed support and hope for a brighter future. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (June 20, 2020) Salesian Missions, the U.S development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins humanitarian organizations...

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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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