Salesians

We, the Salesians of Don Bosco (Salesiani di Don Bosco), are a religious society of the Catholic Church dedicated to the education and evangelisation of youth. Our Founder St John Bosco left us a legacy of love and dedication for the poor and working classes.

St John Bosco began the work of the oratories and youth centres in northern Italy in 1841 (the year of his ordination). Around him gathered a group of enthusiastic youngsters and other collaborators who had in mind the education and promotion of the young people of Italy.

On the 18 December 1859, St John Bosco officially started the Salesian Congregation after reading the ‘Letter of Approval of the Salesian Constitutions’. The works of the oratories, school and youth centres, had spread ever since from Italy to most regions and countries in Europe, Americas, Africa, Australia and Africa.