30 Years of Saving Young from Homelessness

Salesian Mission Week Lights up Brazil!

Summer Camps after War Trials

Lives Lived Well: Vale Sr Teresa Fossati

Lives Lived Well: Vale Fr Mika Leilua

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30 Years of Saving Young from Homelessness

Launched by Fr Chris Riley 30 years ago, “Youth Off the Streets” is a comprehensive service network for the youth at risk, is journeying with the vulnerable young people and young adults of Sydney,...

Salesian Mission Week Lights up Brazil!

After a two-year hiatus, Salesian Mission Week has finally returned to the streets of Brazil!! From July 16 to 24 Salesian joy and enthusiasm flooded the cities of Águas de Prata, Aparecida, São...

Summer Camps after War Trials

It is enough that you are young for me to love you very much," Don Bosco used to say. However, his universal love for young people had a preferential way for the young people who were most in need...

Lives Lived Well: Vale Sr Teresa Fossati

Teresa was the third in a family of three children; she was born on the 31st August 1925 to Emma Ripamonti and Carlo Fossati. Devout Catholics, they presented her for baptism the day after her...

Lives Lived Well: Vale Fr Mika Leilua

Fr Mika Leilua was born in the village of Vaiusu in Samoa on 15 May 1963 to devout Catholic parents, Leo Leilua and Lesina Ulugia in a family of nine children. Having attended St Francis Xavier...

Sisters mark 150 years

On the 14h May, the Church at St. Jude's Scoresby, Melbourne came alive with the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Foundation of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians...

Throwing Away The World

We live in a ‘throw away’ world that seems to spin around a dual axis, the unquenchable desire for ‘more’ and the insatiable yearning for ‘new’. We, as human beings, want to have more and more and...

Sustainable Hospitality

Don Bosco Technical Centre (DBTC) in Alafua, Samoa is pleased to announce the opening of a newly purpose-built kitchen and classroom facility. The building was funded through generous donors from...

Schools and Missions

On March 24th the Salesian Missions team ran a professional development day for employees of Salesian works from around Australia. Co-led by the Salesian Missions Team and Fr. Peter Hoang from the...

Ordination to Diaconate of Br Jeff Miller

On the 25th of March 2022, the Solemnity of the Annunciation, the Ordination to Diaconate of Br. Jeff Miller was celebrated at St. Joseph's Church, Collingwood. Many Salesians, as well as Jeff's...

Final Profession of Br Anh Vu Nguyen

Sunday, 20 March, was a special day; Brother Peter Anh Vu Nguyen made his Perpetual Profession, in front of a packed crowd at the newly built Youth and Recreational centre in Suva Fiji. Also present...

Sponsor a Teacher Educate a Nation!

Ms Tasileta Tagiilima started working at Don Bosco Technical Centre (DBTC) in Alafua, Samoa, in 2018 on a temporary contract to help with secretarial duties. Little was Tasileta to know that this...

Ukraine Relief Update

We are extremely pleased and greatful to report that with your generous support Salesian Missions Australia has raised over $208,000 for the ongoing relief effort for Ukraine. Meanwhile Don Bosco’s...

Because I said so!

We all want our children to grow up to become model citizens, to be kind and generous members of our community. We often view our children as a reflection of ourselves, our morals and family values....

Looking With Hope

The times we are currently living through constantly cause even our best laid plans to become unpredictable; we live without certainty that they will go ahead without disruptions in one way or...

Please, Please! Let us not get used to war!

Jesus, the Crucified One, is risen! He stands in the midst of those who mourned him, locked behind closed doors and full of fear and anguish. He comes to them and says: “Peace be with you!” He shows...

The Mother's Presence

In Don Bosco's life, Mary is Mother; she is mum, and as such, she is always present. She illuminates and directs his life and his choices since childhood. She accompanies his vocational path with...

Between Pain and Hope

As I write these lines to you, the media worldwide are giving, minute by minute, almost instantaneous news of the terrible war that is taking place in Ukraine. I am convinced that the vast majority...

Wolves into Sheep

Frequent readers may remember that I have mentioned before the Australian poet Judith Wright and her reflections on violence in her poem Trains. She likens violence to the ever-prowling tiger and so...

Over 100 days of war but the commitment to help...

Whether in the eastern or western regions, in the heart of the country, or on the front lines, after more than 100 days of the war, in Ukraine, one never knows when the air raid sirens will wail...

Francis receives Uluru Statement with great warmth

Gweagal woman Theresa Ardler presented a copy of the Uluru Statement from the Heart to Pope Francis during a meeting on Wednesday, 25th of May. The Statement is an invitation to the wider Australian...

Australia Pacific Provincial Chapter

The 22nd Provincial Chapter of the Australia Pacific Province began at the Catholic Leadership Centre in East Melbourne on Friday 20th May. Fr Chris Ford is serving as moderater of the Chapter and...

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,"...

Salesian Youth Ministry

30 Years of Saving Young from Homelessness

Launched by Fr Chris Riley 30 years ago, “Youth Off the Streets” is a comprehensive service network for the youth at risk, is journeying with the...

Summer Camps after War Trials

It is enough that you are young for me to love you very much," Don Bosco used to say. However, his universal love for young people had a...

Because I said so!

We all want our children to grow up to become model citizens, to be kind and generous members of our community. We often view our children as a...

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...

SDB News

Lives Lived Well: Vale Fr Mika Leilua

Fr Mika Leilua was born in the village of Vaiusu in Samoa on 15 May 1963 to devout Catholic...

Ordination to Diaconate of Br Jeff Miller

On the 25th of March 2022, the Solemnity of the Annunciation, the Ordination to Diaconate of Br....

Final Profession of Br Anh Vu Nguyen

Sunday, 20 March, was a special day; Brother Peter Anh Vu Nguyen made his Perpetual Profession, in...

Australia Pacific Provincial Chapter

The 22nd Provincial Chapter of the Australia Pacific Province began at the Catholic Leadership...

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...

Salesian Schools and Parishes

Sustainable Hospitality

Don Bosco Technical Centre (DBTC) in Alafua, Samoa is pleased to announce the opening of a newly purpose-built kitchen and classroom facility. The building was funded through generous donors from...

Schools and Missions

On March 24th the Salesian Missions team ran a professional development day for employees of Salesian works from around Australia. Co-led by the Salesian Missions Team and Fr. Peter Hoang from the...

Sponsor a Teacher Educate a Nation!

Ms Tasileta Tagiilima started working at Don Bosco Technical Centre (DBTC) in Alafua, Samoa, in 2018 on a temporary contract to help with secretarial duties. Little was Tasileta to know that this...

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...