The Salesians of Don Bosco The spiritual foundation of our work
 

Our mission is to evangelize and educate young people, especially those who are poor and at risk, in the style of Don Bosco.

History

"Don Bosco gathered a number of priests and lay people together to found a religious congregation in the Catholic Church. He called this congregation the Salesian Society. It was named after St. Francis de Sales who was known for his kind and gentle manner, a trait which Don Bosco wanted his Salesians to acquire. He also chose Mary, Help of Christians, as the patroness of the Salesian Society. "Since that time, a large spiritual family has grown out of Don Bosco’s experience. Numerous groups look to him as a spiritual father as they try to spread the Gospel throughout the world. The Salesian Society represents the group which Don Bosco personally established to launch new approaches in new initiatives for the education of youth. But there are now many groups in the Salesian Family that have a wide influence in the world: the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters), Salesian Cooperators, Past Pupils of Don Bosco (Don Bosco Alumni), and Don Bosco Volunteers. These groups are at work on behalf of young people in every corner of the world. "All the groups within Don Bosco’s spiritual Family share his educational method, popularly called "the preventive system". It is not a system at all, but a lifestyle, an educational approach, a pastoral method, and a spiritual heritage. Significantly, Don Bosco’s example and educational methods have inspired a Gospel lifestyle which leads to holiness of life, as witnessed in the lives of saints who have embraced Don Bosco's experience and made it their own. "The Salesians can be found worldwide in many different initiatives on behalf of young people: schools, oratories, youth centers, technical and professional training centers, parishes, foreign missions, and activities in the realm of mass media and social communications."

From www.SalesiansofDonBosco.org.

The Salesian Mission

"The Salesians of Don Bosco are a worldwide organization founded by St. John Bosco, the second largest Catholic religious order in the world! Following are a listing of some of our key traits as Salesians. (Source: Const. Arts:10-20) A special concern for the welfare of young people wherever we are. Loving kindness and a welcoming attitude – lived out in openness, cordiality, readiness to make the first approach and to put others at ease with our friendship, respect and patience. Optimism and Joy. There is no place for discouragement in the face of difficulties, but a calm and serene acceptance of whatever is good. Work and temperance or learning how to balance tireless energy and hard work with simplicity and moderation. It also means knowing how to control the promptings of the heart in order to remain even-tempered and serene. Acceptance of daily routine with cheerfulness. “Here we make sanctity consist in doing our duty cheerfully.” Creativity and flexibility - hallmarks of Salesian presence in our works among the young. A realistic perspective on life coupled with our attentiveness to the promptings of the Spirit manifested through the signs of the times. Our educative method - ‘The Preventive System’ – is a system based entirely on reason, religion and loving kindness, a unique spiritual and educational experience of working with and through the young for their and our salvation. Deep trust in God and a constant listening to His will are the spiritual foundations of our work. In this way we strive to keep alive our collaboration in God’s creative and loving action in history."

From www.SalesiansofDonBosco.org.

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