Mission News

Education and Transformation in Papua New Guinea

Ten years ago in Papua New Guinea, young Xavier Loipio’s life was in a downward spiral. Having dropped out of school and sporting a self-described attitude problem, he sold the highly addictive betel nut on the streets in order to fund his developing drug habit. “I often wondered, ‘What will...

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Walking in Mama Margherita’s Footsteps

She was raising five children as a single mother—yet still had enough love to give to others. Hearing the call to serve, Berta André approached Salesian missionaries in Luanda, Angola, and soon discovered herself caring for some of the city’s most vulnerable youth. Today, she remains an...

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Empowering Youth Through Education

In El Salvador, violence and crime have soared to such an alarming degree that an estimated 60,000 youth are involved in some form of gang activity—the heartbreaking, and seemingly intractable, legacy of the country’s brutal civil war. In response, Salesian missionaries are working hard to...

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Cooking up Hope for Lebanese Students

With unemployment nearing 22 percent among young adults in Lebanon, it’s difficult for the country’s youth to maintain optimism for their futures. In collaboration with expert Italian chefs, Salesian missionaries at Don Bosco Technique in Fidar aim to change this with a newly revitalized...

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Press Releases

WORLD WATER DAY: Salesian Missions ‘Clean Water Initiative’ ensures youth around the globe have access to clean, safe water

Programs in Guinea, India, Malawi, Nigeria and Tanzania highlight Salesian initiatives that bring clean water access to schools and communities. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (March 22, 2020) Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins humanitarian organizations and...

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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS: Salesian Missions is proud to highlight Salesian programs that empower youth, giving them a sense of well-being and happiness

Programs in Italy, Lebanon, Peru and Rwanda highlight Salesian initiatives that educate and empower youth. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (March 20, 2020) Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins humanitarian organizations and countries around the globe in celebrating...

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MADAGASCAR: Salesian community provides clean water to close to 4,000 people thanks to funding from Salesian Missions ‘Clean Water Initiative’

The new well and water pump ensure that the community has clean water to improve local residents’ health and hygiene as well as curb the outbreak of disease. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (March 19, 2020) Salesian missionaries were able to provide clean water to close to 4,000 people in the Salesian community...

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CHILE: Don Bosco Foundation provides services under its ‘Care and Prevention’ program for at-risk children thanks to Salesian Missions donor funding

The organization is currently serving nearly 160 street children across more than 15 municipalities in Santiago. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (March 17, 2020) Don Bosco Foundation was able to provide services under its “Care and Prevention” program for at-risk children in Santiago, Chile, thanks to donor...

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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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