Leaving Footprints in Exchange for Smiles

Floods Wreak Havoc Across Guatemalan Salesian...

Sharing Stories Through Cultural Arts Exchange

Ministry Behind Bars Rekindles Hope

Don Bosco Center returning hope to Mothers

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Leaving Footprints in Exchange for Smiles

The Parents' Union (UPF, in Spanish) of the "Don Bosco" school in San Luis, Argentina has carried out a solidarity campaign called "Leaving Footprints in Exchange for Smiles". It has now has been...

Floods Wreak Havoc Across Guatemalan Salesian...

In the past weeks, Guatemala has been hit hard by natural disasters. Already reeling from the ongoing effects of COVID-19, the small central American nation was hit by the tropical storm Eta and the...

Sharing Stories Through Cultural Arts Exchange

The “Amplifying the Arts” project empowered vulnerable young people from Zambia to tell their stories through creative expression and to celebrate the diversity and unity of the human experience,...

Ministry Behind Bars Rekindles Hope

Led by the parish priest Fr Aaron Alcoseba and members of the parish council, the parish community of Mary Help of Christians in Bangkok have been ministiring to people behind bars. This mission is...

Don Bosco Center returning hope to Mothers

Francoise, Esperance, Anastasie... These are just some of the many beneficiaries of the 43 local AVEC groups (Association Villageoise d’Epargne et Crédit - Association for Savings and Credit)...

Br Marçal - Home Grown Salesian Hope!

Marçal Amaral Lopes is a Salesian Brother who was born in the town of Lospalos, in Timor-Leste, on 31 March 1962. He is the second son in a family of five sons and two daughters and his life has...

Solomon Literacy Centre Changing Lives

Poverty, illiteracy and unemployment characterize the reality for the families living near the Ranadi dumps, a suburb east of Honiara, the capital city of the Solomon Islands. It is often necessary...

Salesian Students Plant 300 Trees!

Students at the Divine Mercy Primary School at Malololelei have planted 300 trees as part of their Literacy Week programme, led by the Salesian sisters. The tree planting exercise was done in...

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 pandemic. This is true not only in the extreme...

Opening The Doors Christmas Fundraiser

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are cautioned that this story may contain images of deceased persons Opening The Doors Foundation will be selling Christmas ornaments for the...

Salesians Celebrate 25 Years in Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands is nestled at the end of the world, a beautiful country made up of about 992 islands with a population of 700,000 people, spread out across about 70 tribes. On October 18 2020...

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...

Shuwuu Parish in Mongolia Open New Church

In 2016 the Salesians of Don Bosco were entrusted a rural parish in a place called Shuwuu, some 40 km from the capital of Ulanbaatar. The latter half of 2020 has been a time of great joy for the...

The Many Gifts of Cagliero

A few months after returning home to Melbourne after my 12 month Cagliero experience in Phnom Penh, I took on the role of Assistant Director and began to work alongside Lauren in what was to be the...

Green Action Now - Pope Francis

The predominant global economic system is “unsustainable,” particularly in its impact on the environment, Pope Francis said. “We are faced with the moral imperative — and the practical urgency — to...

Everyone Is a Missionary!

The following is a Good Night talk presented by Fr. Joseph Nguyen Thinh Phuoc, Regional Councillor for East-Asia Oceania First of all, I would like to request you to pray more for the patients of...

Fearless Young Prophets

On February 9th of this year I visited Venezuela and there I participated in a beautiful National Encoutner with their young people. For the occasion, a young lady, Eusibeth, had written a message...

2021 Strenna Poster Released

'Moved by hope: “See, I am making all things new” (Rev 21: 5)' is the title that the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, has chosen for the message of his Strenna for 2021. As with every year,...

Cleaning 300m of Riverbank in Siberia

The regular cleaning of the Lena river has become a proud project of Salesian young people living in Yakutsk, a city in Eastern Russia. The Lena river is a popular destination for locals to come to...

Mission Experience to Lithuania

Fr Massimo Bianco, SDB, has been a missionary in Lithuania for twenty years. Originally from Turin, Italy, he is 57 years old, lives and works in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, in a large...

e-Oratory, By Youth For Youth!

A group of children from a slum located near Mumbai have reinvented Don Bosco's oratory using the mobile phone of one of their parents! In normal times, the Salesian Oratory of Navi, on the...

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...

Scholarships Provide Education for Women

The young women who attend the Don Bosco Vocational Training Center in Juba, South Sudan, have received scholarships that will allow them to continue their studies, thanks to donor funding from...

Art and Soul

Fr Elio Capra has started an art appreciation vodcast titled “Art and Soul”, where he draws on his passion for art, talking about how they have affected his soul. An unexpected silver lining of the...

Solar Water Pumping New Hope

The “Don Bosco Centre” in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, Africa, has clean drinking water powered by solar electricity thanks to funding from the Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative.” The “Sun...

DBTI Port Moresby Launches Waste Plan

There are many reasons why the Don Bosco Technical Institute (DBTI) in Port Moresby, has launched an integrated waste management plan. The motivation for this plan spawned from two key places; the...

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...

COVID-19 Complicates the Situation in South Sudan

South Sudan is experiencing a serious economic crisis mainly due to the drop in oil prices, the devaluation of the local currency (the South Sudanese pound) and excessive dependence on imports....

"Serve the Lord with Joy - Congratulations Sr...

Sr Folola Sala celebrated her 25th year anniversary as a FMA in a way that is only fitting for someone who chose to follow the motto “Serve the Lord with Joy” – a joyful celebration surrounded by...

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 weekend from the 14th to the 16th of August, it...

"Bless the Lord my Soul" - Congratulations Sr...

On the 9th of August, Sr Jenny Doudle celebrated 40 years of FMA life surrounded by her community and a small group of friends and family at the parish church of St. Mary’s, Sydney. Jenny is...

Service in Joy - Congratulations Sr Rochelle!

Not even Melbourne’s strict lockdown measures could put a damper on the joyful celebration of Sr Rochelle’s 50 years of FMA life. Community members, friends and well-wishers gathered together on...

Salesians Helping Beirut Rise Again

Medical care, food, spiritual and moral support are in upmost demand in Beirut, following the tragic explosion from last week. The Salesians of Lebanon have not wasted even a moment, leaping into...

Fighting Winter's Cruel Bite

Nhlanhla Lucky Mdlalose is a is currently a part of the Salesian Youth Ministry team at Bosco Youth Centre in Walkerville, Johannesburg. He is from Dobsonville, Soweto and alongside his youth group,...

When You Enter, Remove Your Sandals

“Remove your sandals Moses for you are on the Holy ground” (Ex 3:5) . Moses was commanded by God to remove his sandals when he heard God speaking through him in the burning bush. He was then sent to...

Pope Suprises Children at Summer Camp

“To make new friends and to have fun, you have to do it together”. These were Pope Francis’ words of wisdom to the young people who were participating on the “Estate Ragazzi in Vaticano”, A Salesian...

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...

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...

Appointments in the AusPac Province

The Australia-Pacific Province can now announce two appointments to its structural body. The first is Fr Peter Rankin, who has been appointed to the role of Vice Provincial by the Rector Major, for...

Open Your Heart to the Fire of the Spirit!

We are living a time of openness to the surprises of God manifested in history. This unprecedented time of human history, crossed by a serious environmental, ethical, economic, existential crisis,...

Better Weapons or Better Healthcare?

“If I have a sick person in the family and I need to spend money on their care, will I not direct all my resources to the health of my family member? I don't want to trivialize, but we are in the...

Salesian Education Integral for Youth of Israel

The Salesians are active all over the world, including in the city where Jesus grew up, Nazareth. The Salesian presence here includes an involvement in the Nazareth school, which offers primary and...

Fiji Emerges From Lockdown

Like almost every else in the world, Fiji has been under lockdown in order to help combat COVID-19. Recently, the lockdown was lifted, with only a few restrictions left in place. With this in mind,...

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...

New App - Salesians @ Prayer

A new app has been released on both Android and iPhone to aid all Salesian people in their prayer life. The app, called "Salesians@Prayer" includes all the prayers that the Salesians pray throughout...

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...

"My Father, People Are Dying"

You can see the worst face of poverty by looking to those who live amid landfills. Many families live in the waste of others or more accurately, merely survive, by collecting plastic and cardboard...

Young People Are Our Reason for Being

Along the course of my life I have met many adults for whom young people are but a segment of the population of whom you must be wary, on the alert, and on your guard. Believe me when I tell you...

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...

Don Bosco's Dream Brought to Life!

Don Bosco Technical School in Phnom Penh, Cambodia offers holistic education opportunities to the poorest of the poor within one of the poorest nations on Earth. It teaches students trade skills...

Generosity Saves Lives

COVID-19’s effects continue to shock countries all around the world. South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a state of emergency in response to the pandemic, which meant that the...

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...

These Are Not Times Of Spirtual Death

I finally respond to the gentle request for a testimony of these two and a half months I spent in the company of Coronavirus-19. As I start writing, the knot in my throat grows tighter and my eyes...

What is the Christian Response to the Pandemic?

The plague, pestilence; such terms not only imply a disease with deadly consequences, but a disease that is mysterious, unknown, and without human control. But the word “pandemic”? That sounds worse...

Lay Missionaries Breathe Life Into Salesian...

Keith was a volunteer with the Cagliero Project , who spent six months volunteering at the Don Bosco Comoro Technical Community Centre in Timor Leste. This was an excellent experience for the...

Fr James Celebrates 40 years of Priesthood!

On Sunday the 10th of May 2020, the Don Bosco community of Suva, Fiji celebrated the 40th anniversary of priesthood of Fr James Kyaw Hoe SDB. The celebration was quite simple but very warm in the...

Woman For All Time

On the event of the feast of St Maria Mazzarello, Sr. Rochelle Lamb FMA has circulated a song written and produced by her to help mark the occasion. With vocals by Paula Chico, the song is a...

Cholera, COVID-19 and Don Bosco

Don Bosco is so well-known to us for so many incredible things, it’s no surprise that certain parts of his story fade into the background. One such chapter is when the deadly Cholera pandemic swept...

"We're Not Closed, We're Operating Differently!"

The effects of COVID – 19 can be felt all around the world, as the various countries of the world react differently in their efforts to curtail the effects of the pandemic. This global challenge has...

Thousands of Vital Facemasks Sewn by Volunteers

“It’s unbelievable that people who come to contact with infected patients need our textile face mask because they don’t have anything else.” says Ilona Tůmová, an assistant in the editorial...

Salesian Joy and Spirit are Alive in South...

The Don Bosco Youth Camp in Gawler has been an exciting success for six years now, in no small part thanks to our fantastic and enthusiastic leaders. I have always enjoyed our annual camp and loved...

OzBosco 2020 to Go Ahead!!!

OzBosco will go ahead in 2020, albeit in a completely different format! Restrictions placed on gatherings of people in light of COVID-19 quickly made it clear that it would be impossible to host in...

Salesian Youth Ministry

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...

Salesian Joy and Spirit are Alive in South...

The Don Bosco Youth Camp in Gawler has been an exciting success for six years now, in no small part thanks to our fantastic and enthusiastic...

OzBosco 2020 to Go Ahead!!!

OzBosco will go ahead in 2020, albeit in a completely different format! Restrictions placed on gatherings of people in light of COVID-19 quickly...

Spiritual Retreat Opened to All Young People

In light of the ongoing Global situation that limits travel, the Salesian Youth Movement of Europe and the Middle East have come up with a novel way...

Why Do We Run Camps?

The Australian summer forever seems to be a point of conversation – drought, scorching heat, a break from school that only gets longer as you...

Don Bosco Feast Day Festival a Stellar Success!

The Don Bosco Feast Day Festival is quickly becoming one of the best days on Melbourne’s Salesian Calendar! Taking place on Sunday the 9th of...

Engadine Camp Overcome the Elements for a...

45 campers aged between nine and twelve arrived at St John Bosco Primary School’s Hanley field, on Wednesday January 15th marking the beginning of...

Salesian Leadership Camp 2019

On Monday, the 2nd of December, 50 young people braved the fierce winds and chilling rains to take part in the Salesian Leadership camp at the Don...

SDB News

Br Marçal - Home Grown Salesian Hope!

Marçal Amaral Lopes is a Salesian Brother who was born in the town of Lospalos, in Timor-Leste, on...

Mission Experience to Lithuania

Fr Massimo Bianco, SDB, has been a missionary in Lithuania for twenty years. Originally from...

Art and Soul

Fr Elio Capra has started an art appreciation vodcast titled “Art and Soul”, where he draws on his...

Fr James Celebrates 40 years of Priesthood!

On Sunday the 10th of May 2020, the Don Bosco community of Suva, Fiji celebrated the 40th...

Congratulations Deacon Pati!

On Saturday 22 February 2020, three young men - Sinapati Ioane (SDB), Aminiasi Ravuwai (Society of...

GC28 Begins With Great Fraternal Love!

For some it was hours, others it was days but no matter how long the journey, all delegates for...

A letter to all Young People

The Rector Major wrote the follow as an open letter to all young people, marking the Feast of Don...

Vale Fr Bert

Fr Albert Fulbrook, entered Eternal Life after a lifetime of service early in the morning of 12th...

No Room at the Inn?

A faint knock on the door is drowned out by the wind and the rain. Mother nature is proving to be...

Salesian Schools and Parishes

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...

"We're Not Closed, We're Operating Differently!"

The effects of COVID – 19 can be felt all around the world, as the various countries of the world react differently in their efforts to curtail the effects of the pandemic. This global challenge has...

Filling Heads and Hearts Despite Empty Classrooms

Classrooms – closed. School yards – empty. Staffrooms – quiet. Yet all about is noise and activity. The buzz of a normal school day now comes alive through a screen and set of headphones. In a time...

Fiji Pacific Project Releases New Video

The Australian Salesian Missions Overseas Aid Fund (ASMOAF) in conjunction with the Australian Social Communications team, have released a new video that celebrates the progress of a significant...

Don Bosco Alafua enrolls first female students

Seven female students have made history by becoming the first women to study at Don Bosco Technical College at Alafua. In their bright yellow and green uniforms, the students are very happy to be...

Suva Parish Welcomes Angels Without Realizing it!

“Without realizing it, they welcomed angels”, was a message that reverberated in the minds of of all the laity, families and friends, who participated in the celebration of the Salesian Mission Day...