Salesians of Don Bosco

The Salesians of Don Bosco is a religious congregation of Brothers and Priests founded in 1859 by Saint John Bosco, whose clear and simple aim was to be a friend to young people, especially those who are poor or abandoned, in in doing so, to be a friend to Christ.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to be signs and bearers of the love of God for young people, especially those who are poor.

Each year, our Rector Major chooses a theme to help us focus on a particular aspect of our mission. The Strenna (Italian for gift) in 2020 is Good Christians and upright citizens, a phrase Don Bosco used to describe the aim of the Salesians in guiding and educating young people to become active participants in society by living the values of the Gospel.

About The Salesians

In 1872, Don Bosco and St Mary Mazzarello founded the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians - the Salesian Sisters - to support and befriend disadvantaged girls and young women and offer them an education, skills and a home.

You will find us in schools of all kinds; in youth clubs; in homes for homeless or abandoned children; working with street children; supporting volunteers; working as missionaries; as chaplains in schools, colleges and universities; and in parish work.

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The Salesian Sisters UK

The Salesian Sisters of St John Bosco (Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians) were founded by St John Bosco and St Mary Mazzarello. The Sisters currently number 14,000 worldwide, working in over 93 countries.

Latest Resources

A new Rosary for May

A new Rosary for May

May is the month of Mary; the month of the Rosary. Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB and Sr Susan Richert PVBM have created a new way to pray this ancient and...

Justice and Peace Newsletter, April 2021

Justice and Peace Newsletter, April 2021

Fr Marco Villani SDB, our Justice and Peace Coordinator, turns our attention to the plight of those in the developing world who have been hit hard by the...

A Camino through Lent 2021 - Easter Sunday

A Camino through Lent 2021 - Easter Sunday

A final reflection from Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB to bring our Camino to a close, and inspire us with the hope we have as an Easter people.

What's On

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8th January 2020

Feast of Blessed Titus Zeman

Blessed Titus Zeman (1915-1969) was a Slovakian Salesian priest.

16th January 2020 - 19th January 2020

Salesian Family Spirituality Days

The annual gathering in Turin open to all members of the 32 organisations who form our Salesian... Read More »

19th January 2020

Peace Sunday

Pope Francis's message for Peace Sunday 2020 is: 'PEACE AS A JOURNEY OF HOPE: DIALOGUE,... Read More »

22nd January 2020 - 23rd January 2020

Fellowship Schools Headteachers' Meeting

A gathering of the Heads of the 7 non-Salesian schools who are part of our Salesian Schools... Read More »

24th January 2020

Feast of St Francis de Sales

St Francis de Sales is the Patron of the Salesians of Don Bosco

27th January 2020

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

31st January 2020

Feast of St John Bosco

The feast of our founder, Don Bosco.

1st February 2020, 12:00

Don Bosco Celebration, Manchester

The annual Mass and lunch for all members of the Salesian Family to celebrate our founder's... Read More »

7th February 2020

Feast of Blessed Pius IX

As Pope, Blessed Pius IX played an important role in the creation of the Salesians.

8th February 2020

St Josephine Bakhita - Day of Prayer for Victims of Trafficking

St Josephine Bakhita was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery. Her feast is an international... Read More »

Saints of Don Bosco

Blessed Artemides Zatti 1880-1951
Blessed Francis Kęsy & Companions
Saint Mary Mazzarello 1837-1881
Saint Luigi Guanella 1842-1915
Saint John Bosco, 1815-1888

Saint John Bosco has inspired thousands of people, young and old, priests, brothers, sisters and lay people, to strive for holiness in their lives. The Church has recognised many of them as outstanding in holiness and deserving the titles of Saint, Blessed, Venerable or Servant of God.