We are the Salesian Family, the spiritual family of Don Bosco!
Don Giovanni Bosco, saint educator who lived in Turin in Piemonte between 1815 and 1888, inspired the birth of this spiritual and apostolic family, as well as of a vast movement of people, who in different ways, work for the benefit of the young people in more than 130 countries worldwide.
In the Salesian Family we walk along the path marked by Don Bosco and his educational and pastoral charisma. He personally committed and worked for the wealth of the youth: he opened oratories, schools, vocational training centers; homes for young orphaned children and those in need of hospitality; he started a publishing and cultural activity printing and publishing magazines and books; he gave impetus to the missionary movement sending many Salesians to those places where his educational work was initially requested.
To stabilize and spread his educational work he founded the Society of St. Francis de Sales, known as Salesians of Don Bosco. A few years later with Mother Mazzarello he founded the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians to serve girls and young women. With the participation of many men and women they gave birth to the Association of Salesian Cooperators, and also inspired the creation of the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA). The first Alumni began to gather around Don Bosco. These are the historical groups of the Salesian Family, founded and directly linked to Don Bosco.
For decades the Salesian Family groups have increased: other groups were inspired by the holy educator from Turin, many of them were founded by the Salesians. Today the Salesian Family is comprises 30 recognized groups. All of them form a large network of people, hundreds of thousands around the world, committed to the care and education of children, in childhood and youth, with special attention to the most disadvantaged, making their own the principle of giving more to those with less.
The Salesian Family is committed to helping young people promoting the values that allow their growth as individuals and as responsible citizens: the right to education and vocational training, the right to a healthy and balanced diet, the right to the freedom of religion, the right to leisure and the necessary expressiveness, the right to participate in religion, the right to participate in building our own future.