Don Bosco Retreat Centre

A new name has been given to the retreat centre at Lysterfield in Victoria. This retreat centre has been serving the spiritual needs of a large number of Catholics as well as a multitude of other faiths over the last thirty years.

It is now known as the ‘Don Bosco Retreat Centre’ to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of St John Bosco [1815 – 2015]. This retreat centre surrounded by lashing green hills continues to serve the spiritual nourishments to all who come to its environment.

John Bosco, the founder of the Salesians, was born on August 16, 1815 at a village called Vecchi, near Turin in Italy. John grew up in a poor and single parent family. Yet his faith in God was so strong that he wanted to become a Father to the young ones especially those in need. John Bosco became a priest at the age of 26, and spent his entire life of priesthood for the good of the young. He established the Salesian congregation with his followers who were also sent out to many parts of the world.

The Salesians came to Australia in 1924. They established their works in the eastern parts of Australia, particularly in Melbourne, from 1927. The Lysterfield community was founded in 1965 as the formation house for young Salesians. Lysterfield now serves as the retreat centre together with teaching ministry at St Joseph’s College in Ferntree Gully.

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