Mission News

At Don Bosco City, Child Laborers Find New Hope

For more than 54 years, Salesian missionaries at Cuidad Don Bosco (Don Bosco City) in Medellín, Colombia have worked hard to rescue thousands of youth from violence and exploitation. Juan David was one of them. Now a law student at the Latin American Autonomous University, this former street kid...

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Helping Small Businesses Survive the Pandemic

The global impact of COVID-19 on small businesses has been devastating. Lockdowns, restrictions and drastically reduced volume have meant that countless proprietors around the world teeter on the brink of permanent closure. For women in Bukavu, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the...

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Positive Steps Toward a Future of Inclusion

An estimated one billion people—roughly 15 percent of the world’s population—live with some form of disability. Despite the progress borne of strong advocacy, full inclusion—in the educational system, in job training programs, and in society itself—remains elusive, especially for those...

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Apprenticeship Program Drives Positive Change

In the past 20 years, Thailand has shown considerable economic growth and, according to the World Bank, has reduced the national unemployment rate from 21 percent to nearly 11 percent. However, many youth from poor communities still struggle to receive the comprehensive education and training they...

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Press Releases

GLOBAL: ‘Hunger is rising, COVID-19 will make it worse,’ says global report

Salesian Missions provides food relief, clean water around the globe to help address crisis. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Jan. 13, 2021) Increasing hunger—made worse by COVID-19—is one of the serious challenges facing the world this year, according to the Global Humanitarian Overview 2021 from the United...

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EL SALVADOR: The Salesian “Walking Anew!” project highlighted in USAID’s Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives story booklet

The “Walking Anew!” project is empowering the next generation of medical rehabilitation practitioners to transform the lives of people with mobile disabilities. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Jan. 6, 2021) The Salesian “Walking Anew!” project in El Salvador was recently highlighted in the U.S. Agency...

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SIERRA LEONE: Church expands to meet needs

St. Augustine’s Parish construction partially completed thanks to funding from Salesian Missions. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Jan. 6, 2021) Salesian missionaries with St. Augustine’s Parish, located in the Dworzark community within Freetown, Sierra Leone, have partially completed construction of a new...

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PHILIPPINES: Clean water for youth center, kindergarten and parish

Salesian St. John Bosco Parish has access to clean water thanks to a new project funded by the Salesian Missions ‘Clean Water Initiative’. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Jan. 4, 2021) The Salesian St. John Bosco Parish, in Minoyan, Murcia, Negros Occidental, Philippines, has access to clean water thanks to...

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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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