Group of young Salesians
from all around the world - at Chieri
Who was Don
Bosco was born near Turin, Italy in 1815. From an early age, he was drawn toward
helping poor and abandoned kids. In 1835 he entered the seminary and supported
himself by working as a tailor, blacksmith, shoemaker, carpenter, violinist,
acrobat, and magician. All these talents came in handy during his lifetime of
working with youngsters. John was ordained in 1841 and soon after started a
movement that would one day reach out to millions of poor kids on every
continent. The Salesian Society was given permanent status within the Catholic
Church in 1874. Don (Father in Italian) Bosco died in 1888 and was canonized in
1934 as the Apostle of Youth.
THE FOLLOWING LINKS MAY HELP
Salesians' Roman HQ -
Salesian Missions (US based)
Rooms Don Bosco built at
makes the Salesians unique?
The special teaching methods of St. John Bosco. Realizing that giving bread to a
hungry boy was only a temporary solution, Don Bosco developed what was actually
the first "job placement" program in industrialized Europe. He developed
practical ways to help kids help themselves. He did this through a program of
"play...learn...pray." He replaced evil with reason, religion, and kindness. He
pioneered trade schools, technical schools, and agricultural schools. His
methods worked a hundred years ago and they work today...on every continent and
in every culture where there are poor kids who need a friend.
THE FOLLOWING LINKS MAY HELP:
The Preventive System
Salesians at work!
I were a Salesian, what would I do?
work with and for young people. You'd help kids with your heart, your hands, and
your will. You'd give them a chance to grow up and become responsible members of
their community. Best of all, the opportunities are unlimited! You could be an
academic teacher, technical instructor, coach sports, run a youth centre, run a
summer camp, serve in orphanages, make films, be a guidance counselor, music
director, business director. The possibilities are endless. So are the
locations, both in Australia and all over the world. All you need is the desire
to work with kids.
FOLLOWING LINKS MIGHT HELP:
Salesians are educators
MISSIONS - Salesians can be found throughout
the world. An excellent site to visit is Salesian Missions
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT Salesians can be found
almost anywhere in the world, working to uplift young people.
Salesians are educators to faith in God and in the created
possibilities of humankind.