Mission News

Orphaned children at the Hogar María Auxiliadora in Bolivia know what it is like to feel loved.
A Welcome Home for Abandoned Girls

Before little Veronica ever stepped foot inside the Hogar María Auxiliadora in Bolivia, Salesian volunteer Eden Gordon was determined the child would learn one thing if nothing else: exactly what it felt like to be loved. And there’s no doubt Veronica got the message! Eden is a returned Salesian...

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Children in Madagascar receive vital food at Salesian schools, youth centers and mission sites.
It’s Our Diamond Jubilee!

Photo credit: Florian Kopp/Salesian Missions Beginning this month, we joyfully celebrate the 75th anniversary of Salesian Missions—a significant milestone in our long and fruitful partnership with generous friends like you. Together, we have helped more than three million children around the...

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Thanks to our long-standing partnership with other humanitarian organizations, we are able to provide youth with nutritious meals to help build brighter futures.
Better Nutrition Leads to Brighter Outcomes

Placide’s family is desperately poor. So poor, in fact, that he often wonders whether there will be enough food to eat on any given day. Many times, there isn’t. It is the sad reality of living in Burundi, a country where more than 90 percent of the population relies on subsistence agriculture,...

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Despite positive economic growth and recent improvements to quality of life, food insecurity and malnutrition remain stubborn adversaries in the fight against poverty and hunger in Rwanda
Addressing Hunger Around the World

Despite positive economic growth and recent improvements to quality of life, food insecurity and malnutrition remain stubborn adversaries in the fight against poverty and hunger in Rwanda—where more than 60 percent of the population still lives on less than $1.25 per day. For our Salesian...

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Press Releases

GHANA: ‘Clean Water Initiative’ provides water for drinking and hygiene in village
GHANA: ‘Clean Water Initiative’ provides water for drinking and hygiene in village

The project provides clean water access to farmers, community members in village of Nafa Nkwanta NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Jan. 18, 2022) Residents in the Dwein village in the Aboabo area of Ghana have access to clean water thanks to donor funding from Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the...

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GHANA: Safe drinking water, hand-washing made possible in 4 villages

Close to 4,000 people living in 4 villages in the Bono region have access to clean water thanks to the Salesian Missions ‘Clean Water Initiative’. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Jan. 17, 2022) Close to 4,000 people living in four villages in the Bono region of Ghana have access to clean water thanks to...

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GHANA: Farmers benefit from new borewell thanks to the Salesian Missions ‘Clean Water Initiative’

The project provides clean water access to farmers, community members in village of Nafa Nkwanta NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Jan. 12, 2022) Residents in the village of Nafa Nkwanta, Ghana, have access to clean water thanks to donor funding from Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of...

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ZAMBIA: Parish has clean water access thanks to the Salesian Missions ‘Clean Water Initiative’

New water project drilled a hole deep enough to provide water year-round to St. James Parish. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Jan. 11, 2022) Top of FormSt. James Parish in Chimese, a village in Zambia, has clean water thanks to donor funding from Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of...

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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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