The Value of Mothers

Interfaith Statement for Compassionate Welcome of...

Ejo Heza - Tomorrow Will Be Better!

Salesians Bloom in Tough Circumstances

A new Oratory for Ukraine

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The Value of Mothers

Mothers Day began with a simple domestic gesture that caught on. People were encouraged to give a present to their mothers to acknowledge their love and their service to their family. As is the case...

Interfaith Statement for Compassionate Welcome...

On Friday 29 April, a group of Interfaith Leaders, including Sr Brigid Arthur, Rev Tim Costello and Dean Andreas gathered at Melbourne’s St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral to launch a statement calling...

Ejo Heza - Tomorrow Will Be Better!

The Salesians first came to Rwanda in 1954, recognizing the damage wrought by the colonial powers of the world. The focus of the Salesians in Rwanda is to join the people as they seek to move their...

Salesians Bloom in Tough Circumstances

The Salesians first arrived in the capital,Lima, in 1891. Quickly impressing the locals, they were then invited into other Peruvian cities. This expansion bloomed and, by 1902, the Salesian province...

A new Oratory for Ukraine

The Salesians first arrived in Ukrainein 1936, remaining active for about ten years, until they were forced out of the country for political reasons but returned after the colapse of the USSR. The...

Don Bosco Formation Centre Sows Hope!

On 16 December 2021, Category 5 supertyphoon Odette devastated most parts of the Visayas region and Northern Mindanao in the Philippines. For those already struggling to survive due to containment...

Silent Strikes Protest One Year of Military Rule

On 1 February 2021, the Tatmadaw—Myanmar’s armed forces deposed the democratically elected government of AungSan Suu Kyi. 1 year has passed and the junta headed by General Min Aung Hlaing has...

Clean Water Much Appreciated by Students!

Salesians first arrived in 1998, withthe intention of educating young people. Around 30% of the population live below the poverty line, with strict traditional gender roles meaning that living...

Lives Lived Well: Vale Fr Peter Rankin

On 14 January 2022, Fr Peter Rankin left this world for the next, leaving behind an incredible legacy of loving kindness. Battling bone cancer at just 63 years old, Peter passed away at his sister...

"I, Sister Sia Lagaaia, make the vows of..."

On 8 December 2021, three novices made their first Professions as FMAs at the St John Bosco Parish Engadine, Sydney. Here is what Sr Sialei had to say afterwards! I have always believed that God...

"I, Sister Kamila Nepa, make the vows of..."

On 8 December 2021, three novices made their first Professions as FMAs at the St John Bosco Parish Engadine, Sydney. Here is what Sr Julie had to say afterwards! I’m the youngest of 11 children,...

"I, Sister Julie Piri, make the vows of..."

On 8 December 2021, three novices made their first Professions as FMAs at the St John Bosco Parish Engadine, Sydney. Here is what Sr Julie had to say afterwards! I am from Solomon Islands, where...

Every Ending is a New Beginning!

Sr Rochelle has beena stalwart of every community she has been a part of, contributing her great musical talents and verve of youthful joy! On 13 January 2022 the Salesian Sisters of the Melbourne...

A Brave New Era Dawns!

Afi'a is a Salesian brother currently in his practical training in Fiji. He has a keen interest in photography and a passion for working with and for young people. After much patience and...

Waste into Blessings

Fr Andre is a member of the St John Bosco Parish in Jakarta, where he has earnt a reputation amongst the young people as a uniquely entertaining musican! Organic waste can be decomposed in nature,...

Prioritizing Worldviews

Professor Sadowski is a Salesian priest breaking new ground in the ongoing ecological crisis, exploring the role of various religious traditions both in the agency and prevention of this crisis at...

7 Tips for a Golden Life from St Francis de Sales

Get to have a deep knowledge of being a human person and accept it as a good thing Be patient with everyone, especially with yourself; be not upset that you have faults; have always the courage to...

Optimism in Uncertain Times

Kasha is a Psychologist within the Dunlea agency (Engadine, NSW). She is an Adolescent and Family Clinician, where she devotedly empowers young people to make positive changes in their lives! It’s...

Faith in the Wildlands

Embracing the wild outdoors of Nanga Bush Camp in Dwellingup, 106 young people and 40 volunteer leaders from around Perth embarked on the annual Salesian camp, held from 10 to 14 January 2022. Mass...

Summer Camp Super Season

Gabriela is the new assistant manager at Don Bosco Camp. As a past leader, it was with joy and anticipation that she returned to the camp, where her meaningful impact on campers and leaders is...

Presence

Teaghan is the coordinator of Youth Ministry in the Australia-Pacific Province and it is hard to imagine anyone with a greater passion for what is good for young people! I have a t-shirt which has...

Congratulations Mother Cazzuola!

The Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), gathered in Rome for the 25th General Chapter, have elected Sr Chiara Cazzuola as Mother General of the Institute. Mother Cazzuola previously held the...

Freedom is God's Gift

"The charity and kindness of St Francis de Sales will guide me in everything” was one of Don Bosco’s resolutions before his priestly ordination; he had found in Francis a model for every aspect of...

Editorial - All Through Love

Love has always had its detractors. They range far and wide throughout history, many arguing that some of the worst evils have been perpetrated in the name of “love”. There are many renowned...

Salesian Strenna 2022

“Do everything through love, nothing through constraint” is the theme that the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, has chosen for the 2022 Strenna, inspired by St Francis de Sales, in a timely...

75 Salesian years in Glenorchy, Tasmania!

On Friday 19 November celebrations were held at Dominic College, Glenorchy, Tasmania to mark the 75th Anniversary of the arrival of the Salesians in Glenorchy. In 1946 under the leadership of Fr...

Pope Francis Surprise FMA General Chapter

On 5th August 2022, the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians celebrate the 150th anniversary of the inauguration! It is hard to believe that only 150 years have passed since St...

Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor

Australian Bishops Social Justice Statement 2021 (Excerpts) The full Social Justice statement is availble to be read here. The millennium drought, the 2019-2020 bushfire season, Covid-19, and the...

A Country Boy

We are accustomed to reading of Don Bosco in an urban situation. Cobblestoned streets, dark laneways, drab monotonous buildings, the grime and dirt, the hustle and bustle of city life! But Don Bosco...

The Heart of the Good Samaritan in a Wounded World

In his latest encyclical Fratelli Tutti- On Fraternity and Social Friendship , Pope Francis invites us to dream "as a single human family, as fellow travellers sharing the same flesh, as children of...

Much greater than the hills of Monferrato!

All of Don Bosco’s pedagogy is encapsulated in his autumn outings: familiarity and camaraderie; joy and celebration; a time to walk, as one walks along the paths of life; space for conversation and...

It's Springtime!

These days, as the evenings lengthen, morning walks are very rewarding. Spring is everywhere. The songs and nesting activity of birds are evident; flowers, scrubs and trees are bursting into life....

Sr Chiara Cazzuloa elected Mother-General

The Daughters of Mary Help of Christians have elected Sr. Chiara Cazzuola, (currently Vicar General) as the new Mother General of the Institute. Currently gathered in Rome to participate in the...

2022 Salesian Strenna Insights

Dear Brothers, Sisters and Friends, Just six months ago we gave the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians – as has been our tradition since Don Bosco’s time – and the whole Salesian Family, the...

Justice Squad's 10 hour famine for Salesian...

Twenty-two Year 5 and 6 students recently gave up a day of eating to raise money for charities that are supported by the Justice Squad, a socially minded group of young leaders from St Gerard...

Youth leaders grow Salesian Youth Movement

On Saturday the 31st of July, young people representing each province of the EAO region gathered together with near 100 other young people and SDB representatives from around the world to officially...

Farewell Br Michael!

After 22 years serving as the Director of Salesian Missions, Br Michael Lynch passed on the reins as he moved onto new ministries. Working alongside him during that time has been a great blessing....

Alafua Community Sewing Program

It is the dream for every Salesian mission and work to become sustainable but this beautiful goal presents many challenges depending on the various contexts around the world. The dream and goal,...

Saying Thank-You is a Wonderful Gift!

On 25 April 2021 the World Feast of Gratitude 2021 was celebrated, Networked for a culture of life. With a simple and affectionate message, I intend to reach all the Daughters of Mary Help of...

That Human Heart so Capable of Great Things!

Let me share a truth that is deeply engraved in my heart. I have said it more than once: in a world like ours, which is very complex and beset by so many dark powers and realities, we must make...

My God has Clay Upon his Hands

The poet Hilaire Belloc was attracted to the apocryphal gospel of James which contained many imaginative stories of the young boy Jesus at Nazareth and to which he lent his poetic skills: When Jesus...

Towards an Ever Greater "Us"

"I'm afraid that they will take us away from here because we are undocumented, I'm afraid that the situation in my Country will not be solved, that we will not be able to return to our families,"...

"We Are All In The Same Boat"

The Covid-19 pandemic in Thailand goes on, where the number of people who remain infected is somewhere between 2,300 - 3,000 people. There have been infections ranging from those working in big...

Salesian Aid returns hope to the Xavante People

In recent weeks, several benefactors from various parts of Brazil have spent their time, energy and resources to help Xavantes indigenous people who find themselves in great need. Already amongst...

Stuck between fear and despair, Salesians keep...

Just two days after the order for the evacuation of the population of ten neighborhoods in the city of Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Saturday 29 May, some displaced people have returned...

Mary Help of Christians, Hope for the World

Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, on the Feast Day of Mary Help of Christians, celebrated Mass in the basilica of Valdocco on Monday 24 May 2021, in a service that was designed as an embrace to the world...

A Woman for her time, A Woman for all time

On May 15, 2021, the Province Centre of the Salesian Sisters – Scoresby, came alive with the celebration of the feast of St. Maria Mazzarello founder with St. Don Bosco of the Salesian Sisters....

Care for Creation - A Catholic's Urgent Duty

Pope Francis hopes that the week dedicated to Laudato Si will rekindle the energy the Encyclical contributed to protecting the environment. This year the week is followed closely by the annual...

Missionary Life Requires Faith, it Repays in Joy!

Fr Chisomo Joseph James Nakholi is a Salesian missionary living and working South Sudan, who recently interviewed about his experience so far. What are the roots of your Christian Vocation and...

COVID-19: A Calamity is Unfolding Across India

“The second wave of covid-19 in India, particularly Delhi is extremely violent. Every phone call we receive is a desperate call for help or information of someone we know's death. We have lost many...

Dominic Savio - Fearless Model for Good

Today, May 6th is the Feast Day of St. Dominic Savio, one of the Catholic church's youngest saints and perhaps the most well known of Don Bosco’s students. He was from a poor working-class family...

"Papi the Clown" Learns from Young Salesian...

Recently, Papi the Clown met and became very good friends with Fr Daniel Federspiel, who is the Provincial of the Southern France region. As a child, Papi was unable to go to school and never had...

Salesian Aid as COVID-19 Outbreak Devastates India

India's situation in the face of a new wave of COVID-19 infections is worrying from a global perspective: according to the Indian Ministry of Health, the country recorded another 3,645 deaths in a...

Food Sovereignty Fosters Sustainability

Increasing the sustainability and sovereignty of food for the rural communities of Cochabamba, Bolivia has been made a priority project by the Salesian NGO "Bosco Global". Supported by the Agency...

Study & Sport, Features of 2 Bosco Schools in...

Over 300 young people between 5 and 17 years of age play sports and learn values thanks to the two socio-sports schools that the Real Madrid Foundation has set up in Senegal together with "Misiones...

Farewell, Old Friend

After 30 years of tireless work, the Salesian Bulletin farewells a prominent member of the team. Ashley Trethowan has long since been a driving force in the production of each issue of the Bulletin....

Easter Celebrations in Midst of Disaster

The floods caused by cyclone Seroya in Timor-Leste and Indonesia have had a heavy toll. As of the 13th of April, there have been 223 victims who have lost their lives, 180 in Indonesia, 42 in...

The Long Road to a Better Future

For the past three years, Helen Colla has been contributing tirelessly to the Don Bosco High School in Salelologa. A volunteer with Palms Australia and something of a self-professed ‘workaholic’,...

Severe Flooding in Timor-Leste

On Monday 5th of April, Timor-Leste was struck by severe flooding, only adding to the worries already present after the country recently entered a fresh lockdown after news of a severe new COVID-19...

The True Resurrection

The one that touches peoples’ lives and transforms them My friends, readers of the Salesian Bulletin , I greet you again with all cordiality by means of this Salesian magazine founded by Don Bosco...

The Man Who Planted Trees

When I was 20 I took a long trip on foot over mountain heights unknown to tourists through the ancient region where the Alps thrust down into Provence (south-east France). At the time I embarked,...

The Value of Salesian Youth Ministry

2020 was definitely not the year any of us had imagined it would be, especially so for the campers and leaders at the Don Bosco Camp and Centre down in Safety Beach, Victoria. The summer and winter...

The Time of Trial is the Time of Choices

The Strenna, in addition to our Founders, cites some witnesses who, like them, "hoped against all hope", and who encourage us also how to be today in the Church and in the world "capable of living...

Pioneering Young Women of Samoa Excel in Studies

Sulata Naomi Urima and Elisapeta Manaia are two young women who are breaking personal and cultural expectations of themselves at the Don Bosco Technical Centre in Samoa. They are both studying male...

Salesian Youth Ministry

Faith in the Wildlands

Embracing the wild outdoors of Nanga Bush Camp in Dwellingup, 106 young people and 40 volunteer leaders from around Perth embarked on the annual...

Summer Camp Super Season

Gabriela is the new assistant manager at Don Bosco Camp. As a past leader, it was with joy and anticipation that she returned to the camp, where her...

Justice Squad's 10 hour famine for Salesian...

Twenty-two Year 5 and 6 students recently gave up a day of eating to raise money for charities that are supported by the Justice Squad, a socially...

Youth leaders grow Salesian Youth Movement

On Saturday the 31st of July, young people representing each province of the EAO region gathered together with near 100 other young people and SDB...

Salesian Youth Day Spreads Environmental Message...

Salesian Youth Day (SYD) is no longer a strange term in the Salesian Family for the China province and instead, one that brings great joy to...

Feast Day, Fun Day!

On Sunday the 28th of February, celebrations for Don Bosco’s feast day kicked off at St John the Baptist in Clifton Hill, Melbourne. Occurring...

WA Young Salesians Count Camp Blessings!

In a year like no other, you couldn’t help but give thanks to God for the many blessings bestowed upon us throughout the turmoil that was 2020. It...

Young Salesians Protecting the Homeless of Rome

The Salesian commitment to fight Covid-19 is a global and not a single Salesian Province or presence in the world has been left indifferent to the...

OzBosco Connect, a Brilliant Success!

The first ever OzBosco Connect has been a massive success, surpassing all roadbumbs and difficulties that were thrown at it. Taking place across the...

SDB News

Lives Lived Well: Vale Fr Peter Rankin

On 14 January 2022, Fr Peter Rankin left this world for the next, leaving behind an incredible...

Much greater than the hills of Monferrato!

All of Don Bosco’s pedagogy is encapsulated in his autumn outings: familiarity and camaraderie;...

Farewell Br Michael!

After 22 years serving as the Director of Salesian Missions, Br Michael Lynch passed on the reins...

That Human Heart so Capable of Great Things!

Let me share a truth that is deeply engraved in my heart. I have said it more than once: in a...

Mary Help of Christians, Hope for the World

Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, on the Feast Day of Mary Help of Christians, celebrated Mass in the...

Missionary Life Requires Faith, it Repays in Joy!

Fr Chisomo Joseph James Nakholi is a Salesian missionary living and working South Sudan, who...

How can we talk about Christmas when we have...

It is a message of hope - Christian hope rooted in faith in God who becomes man – that the Rector...

The Beauty of Salesian Youth Ministry

Greetings to my dear friends in the Salesian Youth Movement of the Australia-Pacific Province –...

5 Salesians Continue Their Journey With God

On Saturday 5th of December, Br Michael Gaikwad was ordained to the diaconate in a ceremony that...

Salesian Schools and Parishes

Waste into Blessings

Fr Andre is a member of the St John Bosco Parish in Jakarta, where he has earnt a reputation amongst the young people as a uniquely entertaining musican! Organic waste can be decomposed in nature,...

"Papi the Clown" Learns from Young Salesian Students.

Recently, Papi the Clown met and became very good friends with Fr Daniel Federspiel, who is the Provincial of the Southern France region. As a child, Papi was unable to go to school and never had...

Pioneering Young Women of Samoa Excel in Studies

Sulata Naomi Urima and Elisapeta Manaia are two young women who are breaking personal and cultural expectations of themselves at the Don Bosco Technical Centre in Samoa. They are both studying male...

Br Lidio Immersed in a New Salesian Culture

My name is Br. Lidio, I am a Salesian brother from East-Timor and I joined the Salesians in 2012. I have been in Australia for two years, residing at the Salesian Clifton Hill Community while I...

Xavier College, One School - Two Campuses

Xavier College, Gawler is about to write another chapter in their twenty-six-year history as the doors officially open at their second campus. Located just a 20 minute drive away at 1 Benjamin...

Don Bosco Oratory's Week 2020

Being part of the Salesian family at Salesian College Chadstone means that we stand together, no matter the challenges we face - and the whole world is certainly being challenged now! Don Bosco’s...

Salesians Boosting Equality in Samoa

When you imagine what it might be like in the Pacific Island of Samoa, no doubt there are images of a crystal blue ocean and palm trees dotting a pristine beach. There is truth to this as Samoa is...

Student Views: Captain's Report

It goes without saying that our community is currently experiencing hardship. The struggles we are facing as we adapt to a new way of learning and a lack of interaction with each other are...

Female Students Put Best Oar Forward!

It has been a great year of firsts for the young women studying at Don Bosco Technical College in Alafua, Samoa! Currently midway through their first year of study, some of them have now also been...

Technology Fosters Learning, Even in the Earliest Years

An interesting positive result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent switch to remote teaching and learning has been the rise of 1 to 1 devices in our Early Years classrooms. I recently read...

New Faces for Salesian Sunbury

Even though classes are taking place from home, the grounds of Salesian College Sunbury have not been totally empty! Artists have recently completed a mural of Don Bosco, whilst construction...

Dunlea Centre - Lighthouse to the Future

The Dunlea Centre in Engadine, Sydney continues to be a beacon of hope a lighthouse to the future for all who come through its program. In 2020, the present situation in Australian society that sees...

Helping Hands - Salesian Education in Action!

Aidan Lloyd is a 17 year old student who’s robotic hand project has received national recognition in the running for the National Eagle Scout Project of the Year! Aidan, a student of Don Bosco Prep...

Student Views: Remote Learning!

Every single person have had their lives impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in one way or another. Across Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji and the rest of the world we have heard countless stories...

Thank-You for Listening

The gift of listening is something that underpins all human connection. It has become clear during this time of COVID that what is needed from educators and ministers is a gentle, attentive...

Vale Lynn Martin

At the end of 2019, Lynn Martin retired as Principal of Xavier College due to ill health and sadly passed away on Thursday 14th May at home surrounded by his loved ones. This brought an end to 16...