Mission News

Clean Water Brings Improved Health

Don Bosco College in Golaghat, Assam, India provides advanced education, housing and the opportunity to build brighter futures for 300 marginalized students. Thanks to generous donations to our Clean Water Initiative, these young men and women also enjoy better health. When Don Bosco College began...

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Educational Opportunities for Women in South Sudan

In South Sudan, women and young girls disproportionately bear the burdens of overwhelming poverty. With more than 83 percent of the country’s population living on less than $1 a day, women regularly must abandon their dreams of an education in order to help support their families. In response,...

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A New Frontier in Salesian Education

The global pandemic has fundamentally changed the way societies function, forcing people to re-examine and redefine everything from where they work to how they socialize. And, as millions of children and parents around the world have discovered in the past six months, going to school is no...

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Overcoming Adversity to Educate Nepal’s Youth

What happens when COVID-19 closures and restrictions threaten educational continuity for students in Nepal? Our Salesian missionaries step up with creative solutions—just as they did in 2015, when a catastrophic earthquake destroyed more than 1,300 schools in 75 districts across the country.  In...

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Press Releases

NEPAL: Salesian Missions donors fund distribution of 1,500 copies of new book on the history of the Catholic Church in Nepal

The new book “The Cross on the Roof” by Father George Thirumalachalil will encourage youth to focus on their spiritual growth. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Oct. 23, 2020) There is a new book out about the Catholic Church’s history in Nepal thanks to funding from Salesian Missions donors. The book “The...

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SRI LANKA: 60 boys receive education and shelter, have basic needs met at Don Bosco Murunkan thanks to Salesian Missions donor funding

The funding ensures these young students are able to continue their education in a safe and supportive environment while being fed nutritious meals during the pandemic. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Oct. 22, 2020) Sixty boys are receiving education and shelter and having their basic needs met at Don Bosco...

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TOGO: Close to 500 people in Lomé have access to coronavirus prevention materials and food kits thanks to funding from Salesian Missions

The funding enabled the Salesian Maria Auxiliadora Parish to purchase essential supplies for the prevention of COVID-19.   NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Oct. 22, 2020) Close to 500 people supported by the Maria Auxiliadora Parish in Gbényedzi, Lomé, Togo, have access to coronavirus prevention materials...

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INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ERADICATION OF POVERTY: Salesian Missions highlights educational initiatives that help break the cycle of poverty

Programs in Argentina, Ghana, India and Papua New Guinea illustrate the work of Salesians around the globe that support this year’s theme of achieving social and environmental justice for all. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Oct. 17, 2020) Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don...

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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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