Mission News

“Thank you for the clean water!”

Picture this: a steady stream of women, laboriously approaching a foul-smelling pool of water, each carrying an empty 20-liter bucket on her head. Taking turns, they plunge their containers into the mire—filling them to capacity before hauling 44 pounds of contaminated water home to their...

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From a Life of Despair … Into a Future of Hope

She arrived with nothing but the shoes on her feet and the clothes on her back. At just 17 years old, she had already endured displacement, destitution and discrimination at levels that no one should ever have to experience. She had slept on the street, begged for money and engaged in petty theft...

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New Program Plants the Seeds of Hope in Ghana

Youth migration—and the poverty that drives it—is a key concern for Salesian missionaries serving in Ghana. Here, a budding agricultural project promises to cultivate a new generation of skilled farmers whose capabilities will command a decent salary, contribute to their country’s sustainable...

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Overcoming Adversity in the Solomon Islands

In the poverty-stricken community of Ranadi, a suburb of Honiara in the Solomon Islands, overcoming economic adversity is an uphill battle for families—one often fought, and lost, in the trash heaps of the local dumps. Destitute parents often keep their children out of school to help them dig...

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Press Releases

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

Programs in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Lebanon and Myanmar illustrate the work of Salesians around the globe that support this year’s theme, which is focused on empowering all to end poverty. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Oct. 17, 2019) Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco,...

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WORLD FOOD DAY: Salesian Missions highlights feeding programs around the globe that ensure students have healthy diets

Feeding programs in Burundi, Cambodia, East Timor and Uganda illustrate the work of Salesians around the globe that support this year’s theme, which is focused on healthy diets. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Oct. 16, 2019) Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins the...

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INDIA: Salesian Missions donor provides funding to help mobile medical van in New Delhi

The donation provided the funding for necessary medications for the mobile medical van that is offering critical medical care for poor communities.    NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Oct. 15, 2019) A Salesian Missions donor is improving the medical care of children and families in some of the poorest slums in...

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GLOBAL HANDWASHING DAY: Salesian Missions highlights the importance of clean water access for good health in Salesian programs

Clean water projects in Nigeria and India highlight the work of Salesians around the globe in support of this year’s theme “Clean Hands for All.”   NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Oct. 15, 2019) Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins the international community in...

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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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