Mission News

Our Mission in Action for Homeless Youth

Fourteen-year-old Francisco has spent half his life begging for money at a busy intersection in Mozambique. René, 17, once hustled to clean windshields and load trucks in Port-au-Prince, Haiti just so he could eat. And young Juan in Freetown, Sierra Leone couldn’t help himself at all. He had to...

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A Real-World Campaign for Positive Social Change

On a stage in front of their classroom, three students at San Juan Bosco Vocational Training Center (VTC) in Tegucigalpa, Honduras hoist a banner reading No a las drogas: “Say ‘no’ to drugs.” These young men, joined by nearly 200 of their peers, are applying their training toward an...

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Moving Toward Economic Security in Samoa

Although Samoa enjoys a relatively healthy economy, and demonstrates a commitment to social development, many rural residents continue to struggle with the negative effects of wealth inequality—including the lack of livable-wage employment opportunities and gender-based job discrimination. For...

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Missionary Cooperative Program

After professing his faith, Fr. Nesly stayed in his native country of Haiti to serve some of the poorest, most marginalized youth with nowhere to live but the streets. For several years, Father Sean has served hundreds of children living in the destitute, informal settlements around Johannesburg,...

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Press Releases

Director of Salesian Missions to share stories of missionary work at St. John Bosco Parish this weekend

Talk will be centered around the mission of the Salesians of Don Bosco, to end the cycle of poverty by providing education and opportunities to at-risk youth in more than 130 countries, in some of the poorest places around the globe. BRANFORD, Conn. (June 21, 2019) – Father Mark Hyde will share...

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Salesian missionaries from around the globe travel to US to share stories about helping at-risk youth

Talks will be centered around the mission of the Salesians of Don Bosco, to end the cycle of poverty by providing education and opportunities to at-risk youth in more than 130 countries, in some of the poorest places around the globe. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (June 20, 2019) As part of the annual Mission...

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WORLD REFUGEE DAY: Salesian Missions highlights technical skills training and social programs for refugees

Salesian programs in Egypt, Kenya and Uganda highlight this year’s theme of taking big and small steps in solidarity with refugees. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (June 20, 2019) Salesian Missions stands with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and other international organizations in honoring World Refugee Day,...

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INDIA: Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative” provides funding for new water filtration system at Bosco Gramin Vikas Kendra

Facility improvements and a new water filtration system will help improve health and hygiene as well as curb the outbreak of disease. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (June 18, 2019) A Salesian shelter, Bosco Gramin Vikas Kendra, located in Harewadi village in the Maharashtra District of India, has been able 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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