General information on Salesian missions including useful documentation.

Salesian Missions - general

"Don Bosco felt an attraction for missionary work. His desire and intention did not become immediately translated into a departure for foreign parts as would have been his own desire. The enlightened discernment of his confessor foresaw that other roads had been planned for him. But the missionary spirit remained in him with the same intensity and inspired his vision, his thrust and his pastoral background: he was a missionary there in Turin. He began by making contact with the forgotten youngsters on the fringe of society; he pushed on to the urban frontiers of evangelization and education. Later he realized also his missionary intentions in foreign lands in many different ways: every year from 1875 he sent off missionary expeditions kindling in youngsters and confreres the ardent desire for the spreading of the Gospel and enthusiasm for the Christian life, dreaming day and night of new enterprises, spreading missionary sensitivity through the Bulletin, seeking resources and cultivating relationships which would help the work of the missionaries. In this way the missionary trait became part and parcel of every Salesian, because it is rooted in the salesian spirit itself. It is not something additional in certain cases. It is like the heart of pastoral charity, the endowment which characterizes the vocation of all." Letter of Fr. Vecchi to Salesians)

From Don Bosco's time, then, Salesians have been sent to the Missions or have volunteered for the missions.

For detailed information about the missionary charism or about the organization of Salesian missions, try www.sdb.org then click on Departments - Missions, or go to Province web sites (most provinces have a mission attached).

For information regarding mission areas of Oceania, go to the contents bar above and make your choice from there.

Mission resources

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