Salesian Missionaries Share Life-Saving Stories

This summer, a special group of Salesian missionaries will travel to the United States. In parishes across the country, they will share personal and inspiring stories of their work on behalf of marginalized youth and families around the world — and we invite you to join them.

“While we strive to communicate — in letters, magazines, bulletins and emails — the depth and breadth of our mission and work, nothing can replace the first-hand accounts of our missionaries,” says Fr. Michael Conway, director of Salesian Missions. “In more than 130 impoverished countries around the world, these missionaries are literally in the trenches — offering comfort, new hope and pathways out of poverty to some of our most vulnerable fellow humans.”

This work is only possible thanks to the caring compassion of our friends here at home. Through their participation in our annual Mission Cooperative Program (MCP), Salesian missionaries from various communities in several countries will share stories that demonstrate the power of your support.

Below is a complete list of parishes hosting Salesian missionaries this summer. Should there be one near where you live, we encourage you to visit and learn how your generosity is making a very real and tangible difference in the lives of children and families in need.

If you have any questions or would like more information about our Missionary Cooperative Program, please email [email protected] or call our Donor Services department at: (914) 633-8344 – Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:30pm EST.


Missionary PriestJune 8-9June 15-16June 22-23June 29-30
Fr. José Ubaldino Andrade (Uganda)St. Francis of Assisi Church - Teutopolis, ILSt. Aloysius Gonzaga Church - Los Angeles, CA (SUNDAY ONLY)St. Augustine Church - Los Angeles, CASacred Heart Parish / Sts. Joachim & Ann - Abilene, TX
Fr. Jacek Garus (Zambia)St. Peter the Apostle - Philadelphia, PASt. Joseph the Worker - Bonneauville, PASacred Heart of Jesus - Spring Grove, PAChurch of St. Monica - Berwyn, PA
Fr. Antonio Gutierrez (Sierra Leone)St. Clare Parish - Santa Clara, CAChurch of the Epiphany - San Francisco, CAImmaculate Conception Church - Corning, CA
Fr. Sony Joseph Pottenplackal (Liberia)St. Catherine / St. Ambrose Parishes - Prophetstown, ILSt. Mary - Byron, ILSt. Lawrence the Martyr - Albion, PA
Fr. Romeo Salami (Mali)St. Mary's Parish - Dumont, NJSt. Elizabeth & St. Brigid - Peapack, NJSt. Mary's - Nutley, NJ
Bp. George Rajendran (India)Sts. John & Paul Church - Larchmont, NYImmaculate Conception / St. Catherine Laboure / St. Colman - Kingston, NYOur Lady of Mount Carmel / St. Benedicta / St. Mary of Assumption - Staten Island, NY
Fr. Alberto Villalba (South Africa)St. Peter Church - Liberty, NY (SPOF)St. Stanislaus Kostka / St. Joseph Parish - Woonsocket, RIBlessed Sacrament Parish - Providence, RISt. Mary - Oregon, IL / St. Mary - Polo, IL
Missionary PriestJuly 6-7July 13-14July 20-21July 27-28
Fr. José Ubaldino Andrade (Uganda)St. Patrick Church - Iowa City, IA
Fr. Jacek Garus (Zambia)Our Lady of Mercy / St. Francis Xavier - Chicago, ILHoly Trinity Parish (Our Lady of Grace / St. Matthew) - Plymouth, NHSt. Mary's Parish - Fairfield, PASt. Rita's Parish - Fairfield, PA
Fr. Antonio Gutierrez (Sierra Leone)St. John the Baptist Church - King City, CAMost Holy Trinity Church - San Jose, CASt. Mark / St. Francis - Pryor, OKOur Lady of Carmel Parish - San Ysidro, CA
Fr. Sony Joseph Pottenplackal (Liberia)Our Lady of the Lake - Edinboro, PASt. Cyprian Parish - Perry, OHSt. Bernadette - Westlake, OHSt. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church - Shrub Oak, NY
Fr. Romeo Salami (Mali)St. Bernard of Clairvaux & St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish - Plainfield, NJSt. Joseph - Woonsocket, RISt. Anthony - Woonsocket, RISt. Adalbert & Sts. Peter and Paul Parishes - Elizabeth, NJ
Bp. George Rajendran (India)St. Denis Church - Hopewell Junction, NY (SPOF)Our Lady of Unity Parish - Chicago, ILSt. James the Less - Jamesburg, NJ
Fr. Alberto Villalba (South Africa)St. Finbar - Brooklyn, NYSt. Brigid - Brooklyn, NYSt. Catherine of Alexandria - Brooklyn, NJSt. Athanasius / St. Dominic - Brooklyn, NY
Missionary PriestAugust 3-4August 10-11
Fr. Jacek Garus (Zambia)St. Ignatius Loyola - Orrtanna, PA (SUNDAY ONLY)
Fr. Antonio Gutierrez (Sierra Leone)Holy Family Church - Wilmington, CA
Fr. Sony Joseph Pottenplackal (Liberia)St. Francis de Sales / Sts. Anthony & Joseph / Blessed Sacrament / John the Baptist - Herkimer, NYSt. Mary's Church - Obernburg, NY
Fr. Romeo Salami (Mali)Our Lady of Perpetual Help - Maple Shade, NJSt. Alphonsus Parish - Pennington, NJ
Fr. Alberto Villalba (South Africa)St. Brendan - Brooklyn, NYSts. Bruno & Richard - Chicago, IL

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