2021 Strenna Poster Released

Cleaning 300m of Riverbank in Siberia

Mission Experience to Lithuania

e-Oratory, By Youth For Youth!

Salesians Boosting Equality in Samoa

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2021 Strenna Poster Released

'Moved by hope: “See, I am making all things new” (Rev 21: 5)' is the title that the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, has chosen for the message of his Strenna for 2021. As with every year,...

Cleaning 300m of Riverbank in Siberia

The regular cleaning of the Lena river has become a proud project of Salesian young people living in Yakutsk, a city in Eastern Russia. The Lena river is a popular destination for locals to come to...

Mission Experience to Lithuania

Fr Massimo Bianco, SDB, has been a missionary in Lithuania for twenty years. Originally from Turin, Italy, he is 57 years old, lives and works in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, in a large...

e-Oratory, By Youth For Youth!

A group of children from a slum located near Mumbai have reinvented Don Bosco's oratory using the mobile phone of one of their parents! In normal times, the Salesian Oratory of Navi, on the...

Salesians Boosting Equality in Samoa

When you imagine what it might be like in the Pacific Island of Samoa, no doubt there are images of a crystal blue ocean and palm trees dotting a pristine beach. There is truth to this as Samoa is...

Scholarships Provide Education for Women

The young women who attend the Don Bosco Vocational Training Center in Juba, South Sudan, have received scholarships that will allow them to continue their studies, thanks to donor funding from...

Art and Soul

Fr Elio Capra has started an art appreciation vodcast titled “Art and Soul”, where he draws on his passion for art, talking about how they have affected his soul. An unexpected silver lining of the...

Solar Water Pumping New Hope

The “Don Bosco Centre” in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, Africa, has clean drinking water powered by solar electricity thanks to funding from the Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative.” The “Sun...

DBTI Port Moresby Launches Waste Plan

There are many reasons why the Don Bosco Technical Institute (DBTI) in Port Moresby, has launched an integrated waste management plan. The motivation for this plan spawned from two key places; the...

Student Views: Captain's Report

It goes without saying that our community is currently experiencing hardship. The struggles we are facing as we adapt to a new way of learning and a lack of interaction with each other are...

COVID-19 Complicates the Situation in South Sudan

South Sudan is experiencing a serious economic crisis mainly due to the drop in oil prices, the devaluation of the local currency (the South Sudanese pound) and excessive dependence on imports....

"Serve the Lord with Joy - Congratulations Sr...

Sr Folola Sala celebrated her 25th year anniversary as a FMA in a way that is only fitting for someone who chose to follow the motto “Serve the Lord with Joy” – a joyful celebration surrounded by...

OzBosco Connect, a Brilliant Success!

The first ever OzBosco Connect has been a massive success, surpassing all roadbumbs and difficulties that were thrown at it. Taking place across the weekend from the 14th to the 16th of August, it...

"Bless the Lord my Soul" - Congratulations Sr...

On the 9th of August, Sr Jenny Doudle celebrated 40 years of FMA life surrounded by her community and a small group of friends and family at the parish church of St. Mary’s, Sydney. Jenny is...

Service in Joy - Congratulations Sr Rochelle!

Not even Melbourne’s strict lockdown measures could put a damper on the joyful celebration of Sr Rochelle’s 50 years of FMA life. Community members, friends and well-wishers gathered together on...

Salesians Helping Beirut Rise Again

Medical care, food, spiritual and moral support are in upmost demand in Beirut, following the tragic explosion from last week. The Salesians of Lebanon have not wasted even a moment, leaping into...

Fighting Winter's Cruel Bite

Nhlanhla Lucky Mdlalose is a is currently a part of the Salesian Youth Ministry team at Bosco Youth Centre in Walkerville, Johannesburg. He is from Dobsonville, Soweto and alongside his youth group,...

When You Enter, Remove Your Sandals

“Remove your sandals Moses for you are on the Holy ground” (Ex 3:5) . Moses was commanded by God to remove his sandals when he heard God speaking through him in the burning bush. He was then sent to...

Pope Suprises Children at Summer Camp

“To make new friends and to have fun, you have to do it together”. These were Pope Francis’ words of wisdom to the young people who were participating on the “Estate Ragazzi in Vaticano”, A Salesian...

Female Students Put Best Oar Forward!

It has been a great year of firsts for the young women studying at Don Bosco Technical College in Alafua, Samoa! Currently midway through their first year of study, some of them have now also been...

Technology Fosters Learning, Even in the...

An interesting positive result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent switch to remote teaching and learning has been the rise of 1 to 1 devices in our Early Years classrooms. I recently read...

New Faces for Salesian Sunbury

Even though classes are taking place from home, the grounds of Salesian College Sunbury have not been totally empty! Artists have recently completed a mural of Don Bosco, whilst construction...

Appointments in the AusPac Province

The Australia-Pacific Province can now announce two appointments to its structural body. The first is Fr Peter Rankin, who has been appointed to the role of Vice Provincial by the Rector Major, for...

Open Your Heart to the Fire of the Spirit!

We are living a time of openness to the surprises of God manifested in history. This unprecedented time of human history, crossed by a serious environmental, ethical, economic, existential crisis,...

Better Weapons or Better Healthcare?

“If I have a sick person in the family and I need to spend money on their care, will I not direct all my resources to the health of my family member? I don't want to trivialize, but we are in the...

Salesian Education Integral for Youth of Israel

The Salesians are active all over the world, including in the city where Jesus grew up, Nazareth. The Salesian presence here includes an involvement in the Nazareth school, which offers primary and...

Fiji Emerges From Lockdown

Like almost every else in the world, Fiji has been under lockdown in order to help combat COVID-19. Recently, the lockdown was lifted, with only a few restrictions left in place. With this in mind,...

Dunlea Centre - Lighthouse to the Future

The Dunlea Centre in Engadine, Sydney continues to be a beacon of hope a lighthouse to the future for all who come through its program. In 2020, the present situation in Australian society that sees...

New App - Salesians @ Prayer

A new app has been released on both Android and iPhone to aid all Salesian people in their prayer life. The app, called "Salesians@Prayer" includes all the prayers that the Salesians pray throughout...

Helping Hands - Salesian Education in Action!

Aidan Lloyd is a 17 year old student who’s robotic hand project has received national recognition in the running for the National Eagle Scout Project of the Year! Aidan, a student of Don Bosco Prep...

"My Father, People Are Dying"

You can see the worst face of poverty by looking to those who live amid landfills. Many families live in the waste of others or more accurately, merely survive, by collecting plastic and cardboard...

Young People Are Our Reason for Being

Along the course of my life I have met many adults for whom young people are but a segment of the population of whom you must be wary, on the alert, and on your guard. Believe me when I tell you...

Student Views: Remote Learning!

Every single person have had their lives impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in one way or another. Across Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji and the rest of the world we have heard countless stories...

Don Bosco's Dream Brought to Life!

Don Bosco Technical School in Phnom Penh, Cambodia offers holistic education opportunities to the poorest of the poor within one of the poorest nations on Earth. It teaches students trade skills...

Generosity Saves Lives

COVID-19’s effects continue to shock countries all around the world. South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a state of emergency in response to the pandemic, which meant that the...

Thank-You for Listening

The gift of listening is something that underpins all human connection. It has become clear during this time of COVID that what is needed from educators and ministers is a gentle, attentive...

Vale Lynn Martin

At the end of 2019, Lynn Martin retired as Principal of Xavier College due to ill health and sadly passed away on Thursday 14th May at home surrounded by his loved ones. This brought an end to 16...

These Are Not Times Of Spirtual Death

I finally respond to the gentle request for a testimony of these two and a half months I spent in the company of Coronavirus-19. As I start writing, the knot in my throat grows tighter and my eyes...

What is the Christian Response to the Pandemic?

The plague, pestilence; such terms not only imply a disease with deadly consequences, but a disease that is mysterious, unknown, and without human control. But the word “pandemic”? That sounds worse...

Lay Missionaries Breathe Life Into Salesian...

Keith was a volunteer with the Cagliero Project , who spent six months volunteering at the Don Bosco Comoro Technical Community Centre in Timor Leste. This was an excellent experience for the...

Fr James Celebrates 40 years of Priesthood!

On Sunday the 10th of May 2020, the Don Bosco community of Suva, Fiji celebrated the 40th anniversary of priesthood of Fr James Kyaw Hoe SDB. The celebration was quite simple but very warm in the...

Woman For All Time

On the event of the feast of St Maria Mazzarello, Sr. Rochelle Lamb FMA has circulated a song written and produced by her to help mark the occasion. With vocals by Paula Chico, the song is a...

Cholera, COVID-19 and Don Bosco

Don Bosco is so well-known to us for so many incredible things, it’s no surprise that certain parts of his story fade into the background. One such chapter is when the deadly Cholera pandemic swept...

"We're Not Closed, We're Operating Differently!"

The effects of COVID – 19 can be felt all around the world, as the various countries of the world react differently in their efforts to curtail the effects of the pandemic. This global challenge has...

Thousands of Vital Facemasks Sewn by Volunteers

“It’s unbelievable that people who come to contact with infected patients need our textile face mask because they don’t have anything else.” says Ilona Tůmová, an assistant in the editorial...

Salesian Joy and Spirit are Alive in South...

The Don Bosco Youth Camp in Gawler has been an exciting success for six years now, in no small part thanks to our fantastic and enthusiastic leaders. I have always enjoyed our annual camp and loved...

OzBosco 2020 to Go Ahead!!!

OzBosco will go ahead in 2020, albeit in a completely different format! Restrictions placed on gatherings of people in light of COVID-19 quickly made it clear that it would be impossible to host in...

Vatican Publishes Free Book of Pope's Homilies

The Vatican has published a free downloadable book of Pope Francis' prayers and homilies responding to the trial and suffering of the coronavirus pandemic. Titled "Strong in the Face of...

New Rochelle Province Fighting Through COVID-19

New York has quickly become the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak in the USA. There, the Salesians continue to do all they can to help respond to this new tragedy. The Don Bosco Community Center,...

Filling Heads and Hearts Despite Empty Classrooms

Classrooms – closed. School yards – empty. Staffrooms – quiet. Yet all about is noise and activity. The buzz of a normal school day now comes alive through a screen and set of headphones. In a time...

Young People Source of Solidarity Against COVID-19

As Fr George Menamparampil, SDB, World Coordinator of the Covid-19 Emergency of the Salesian Congregation, wrote a few days ago: “The needs are enormous, but miracles are visible.” Faced with an...

Salesians in Fiji Persisting Through Lockdowns...

You may be wondering what's news in Fiji. There are now 16 confirmed cases of the corona-virus in this part of the Pacific. The government has been able to determine that the virus entered the...

Christ the Redeemer Lit Up for Easter

As churches remain closed, Archbishop Orani Tempesta conducted Easter Service mass at the base of the Christ the Redeemer Statue, which over looks the massive city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The...

Spiritual Retreat Opened to All Young People

In light of the ongoing Global situation that limits travel, the Salesian Youth Movement of Europe and the Middle East have come up with a novel way that will provide spiritual enrichment to young...

Why Do We Run Camps?

The Australian summer forever seems to be a point of conversation – drought, scorching heat, a break from school that only gets longer as you progress through to senior years of schooling, and for...

Relationships: The Prime Language

The Rector Major has chosen “Good Christians and Honest Citizens” to be the theme for the 2020 Salesian Strenna. To celebrate this, throughout 2020, The Salesian Bulletin will be interviewing...

Our Model of Don Bosco, Modelled on Others

This article is an abridged form of a homily preached by Archbishop Costelloe at the Perth Cathedral on the occasion of the Feast Day of Don Bosco, 2020 In 1888, just 12 years before the Australian...

Returning to our first love

There are many reflections I would like to share with you. I pause on some that I am strongly convinced of and that I am sure you will certainly receive with an open heart. We are all called by...

Good Christians or “Godless Galileans”?

‘Be a good citizen,’ writes the apostle Paul. ‘All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God's order. So, live responsibly as a citizen. Decent citizens should have...

Diocesan suspension of Mass

The following advice is accurate as of 13:00 on the 19th of March, 2020. In a letter to Victorian Catholics signed by the four bishops of Victoria, Peter Comensoli, Shane Mackinlay, Paul Bird and...

Fiji Pacific Project Releases New Video

The Australian Salesian Missions Overseas Aid Fund (ASMOAF) in conjunction with the Australian Social Communications team, have released a new video that celebrates the progress of a significant...

ACBC Issues Liturgical Advice in Response to...

The Australian Catholic Bishops Confernce (ACBC) has released national advice on the liturgical implications of the ongoing spread of COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus. Whilst there have...

New Water is New Hope

Eritrea can be found in the northeast of Africa and is one of the world's poorest countries. Those that are there, working in Don Bosco’s name, face many challenges and one of the most significant...

Don Bosco Alafua enrolls first female students

Seven female students have made history by becoming the first women to study at Don Bosco Technical College at Alafua. In their bright yellow and green uniforms, the students are very happy to be...

Salesian Youth Ministry

OzBosco Connect, a Brilliant Success!

The first ever OzBosco Connect has been a massive success, surpassing all roadbumbs and difficulties that were thrown at it. Taking place across the...

Salesian Joy and Spirit are Alive in South...

The Don Bosco Youth Camp in Gawler has been an exciting success for six years now, in no small part thanks to our fantastic and enthusiastic...

OzBosco 2020 to Go Ahead!!!

OzBosco will go ahead in 2020, albeit in a completely different format! Restrictions placed on gatherings of people in light of COVID-19 quickly...

Spiritual Retreat Opened to All Young People

In light of the ongoing Global situation that limits travel, the Salesian Youth Movement of Europe and the Middle East have come up with a novel way...

Why Do We Run Camps?

The Australian summer forever seems to be a point of conversation – drought, scorching heat, a break from school that only gets longer as you...

Don Bosco Feast Day Festival a Stellar Success!

The Don Bosco Feast Day Festival is quickly becoming one of the best days on Melbourne’s Salesian Calendar! Taking place on Sunday the 9th of...

Engadine Camp Overcome the Elements for a...

45 campers aged between nine and twelve arrived at St John Bosco Primary School’s Hanley field, on Wednesday January 15th marking the beginning of...

Salesian Leadership Camp 2019

On Monday, the 2nd of December, 50 young people braved the fierce winds and chilling rains to take part in the Salesian Leadership camp at the Don...

Salesian Leadership Camp Cleans Local Environment

The Salesian leadership camp at the Don Bosco Camp and Centre in Safety Beach put their words into action for Giving Tuesday to clean up the...

SDB News

Mission Experience to Lithuania

Fr Massimo Bianco, SDB, has been a missionary in Lithuania for twenty years. Originally from...

Art and Soul

Fr Elio Capra has started an art appreciation vodcast titled “Art and Soul”, where he draws on his...

Fr James Celebrates 40 years of Priesthood!

On Sunday the 10th of May 2020, the Don Bosco community of Suva, Fiji celebrated the 40th...

Congratulations Deacon Pati!

On Saturday 22 February 2020, three young men - Sinapati Ioane (SDB), Aminiasi Ravuwai (Society of...

GC28 Begins With Great Fraternal Love!

For some it was hours, others it was days but no matter how long the journey, all delegates for...

A letter to all Young People

The Rector Major wrote the follow as an open letter to all young people, marking the Feast of Don...

Vale Fr Bert

Fr Albert Fulbrook, entered Eternal Life after a lifetime of service early in the morning of 12th...

No Room at the Inn?

A faint knock on the door is drowned out by the wind and the rain. Mother nature is proving to be...

Whispering God during Christmas

The great, striking message of Christmas, destined to change the face of the earth and fill it...

Salesian Schools and Parishes

Salesians Boosting Equality in Samoa

When you imagine what it might be like in the Pacific Island of Samoa, no doubt there are images of a crystal blue ocean and palm trees dotting a pristine beach. There is truth to this as Samoa is...

Student Views: Captain's Report

It goes without saying that our community is currently experiencing hardship. The struggles we are facing as we adapt to a new way of learning and a lack of interaction with each other are...

Female Students Put Best Oar Forward!

It has been a great year of firsts for the young women studying at Don Bosco Technical College in Alafua, Samoa! Currently midway through their first year of study, some of them have now also been...

Technology Fosters Learning, Even in the Earliest Years

An interesting positive result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent switch to remote teaching and learning has been the rise of 1 to 1 devices in our Early Years classrooms. I recently read...

New Faces for Salesian Sunbury

Even though classes are taking place from home, the grounds of Salesian College Sunbury have not been totally empty! Artists have recently completed a mural of Don Bosco, whilst construction...

Dunlea Centre - Lighthouse to the Future

The Dunlea Centre in Engadine, Sydney continues to be a beacon of hope a lighthouse to the future for all who come through its program. In 2020, the present situation in Australian society that sees...

Helping Hands - Salesian Education in Action!

Aidan Lloyd is a 17 year old student who’s robotic hand project has received national recognition in the running for the National Eagle Scout Project of the Year! Aidan, a student of Don Bosco Prep...

Student Views: Remote Learning!

Every single person have had their lives impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in one way or another. Across Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji and the rest of the world we have heard countless stories...

Thank-You for Listening

The gift of listening is something that underpins all human connection. It has become clear during this time of COVID that what is needed from educators and ministers is a gentle, attentive...

Vale Lynn Martin

At the end of 2019, Lynn Martin retired as Principal of Xavier College due to ill health and sadly passed away on Thursday 14th May at home surrounded by his loved ones. This brought an end to 16...

"We're Not Closed, We're Operating Differently!"

The effects of COVID – 19 can be felt all around the world, as the various countries of the world react differently in their efforts to curtail the effects of the pandemic. This global challenge has...

Filling Heads and Hearts Despite Empty Classrooms

Classrooms – closed. School yards – empty. Staffrooms – quiet. Yet all about is noise and activity. The buzz of a normal school day now comes alive through a screen and set of headphones. In a time...

Fiji Pacific Project Releases New Video

The Australian Salesian Missions Overseas Aid Fund (ASMOAF) in conjunction with the Australian Social Communications team, have released a new video that celebrates the progress of a significant...

Don Bosco Alafua enrolls first female students

Seven female students have made history by becoming the first women to study at Don Bosco Technical College at Alafua. In their bright yellow and green uniforms, the students are very happy to be...

Suva Parish Welcomes Angels Without Realizing it!

“Without realizing it, they welcomed angels”, was a message that reverberated in the minds of of all the laity, families and friends, who participated in the celebration of the Salesian Mission Day...

Measure Twice Shoot Once Films vists Don Bosco High School

Measure Twice Shoot Once Films are a popular team of filmmakers that recently visited the students of the Don Bosco High School and Vocational Centre in Salelologa, to share and inspire the students...