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May is traditionally dedicated to honouring and seeking the intercession of Mary as the Mother of God and Mother of the Church. For Mary's month, click on 'Mary' in genres to see our selection of books, medallions and prayers.

Life is a journey and so is the process of becoming a Salesian of Don Bosco (SDB). Becoming a Salesian brother or priest involves a formation process that includes prayer, study, community life and practical experiences with young people.

The basic steps are:


A time of initial discernment usually lived in an active Salesian community.


A one year period of intensive prayer and study learning about the Salesian life. It is at the end of this year that temporary vows are taken if the applicant and the Salesians both agree that this is the appropriate next step.


A period of professional and spiritual study in preparation for active Salesian life.

Practical Training

Two years living in an active Salesian community and working with young people in a Salesian school, parish, youth centre or hostel. It is usually after the period of practical training that final vows as a brother or as someone entering final preparation for the priesthood are taken.

Theological Studies

A programme of preparation for the priesthood for those whose Salesian vocation will be lived as an ordained priest.

Further Studies

Brothers and priests undertake further studies after practical training in areas that accord with the direction their vocation is taking.

A call to missionary life

During their training, Salesians who feel a specific call may apply to become missionaries away from their home country

Training as a Salesian