Our story begins in Europe, when — in 1859 — Saint John “Don” Bosco, first began working with unemployed and marginalized youth in Turin, Italy. Guided by the preventive method of education he pioneered — invoking reason, religion and loving kindness to nurture a child’s full potential — Salesian missionaries began establishing communities across Italy, Spain, France and England throughout the 1870s. Today, that presence encompasses virtually every country on the continent, from Albania to Ukraine, Andorra to the Vatican. Missionaries operate hundreds of primary, secondary, and vocational training schools, and have developed particular interest and expertise in addressing the myriad challenges of the ongoing migrant crisis.

Countries where we work in Europe

Countries that are highlighted have a wealth of additional information to view.

Albania*

Andorra

Austria

Belarus*

Belgium

Bosnia-Herzegovina*

Bulgaria*

Croatia*

Czech Republic

England

France

Georgia

Germany

Hungary

Ireland

Italy

Kosovo*

Lithuania

Malta

Moldova

Montenegro*

Netherlands

Poland

Portugal

Romania*

Russia

San Marino

Scotland

Serbia*

Slovakia

Slovenia*

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Ukraine

Vatican

*Any goods, services, or funds provided by Salesian Missions to programs located in this country were administered in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, including sanctions administered by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control.