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Salesians of Don Bosco

Salesians of Don Bosco

Coat of Arms of the Salesians

Logo of the Salesians
Map showing the regions marked with the locations of provincial and vice provincial headquarters.
Abbreviation S.D.B.
Formation 18 December 1859 (1859-12-18)
Founder St. John Bosco
Type Catholic Religious Order (Clerical religious institute of pontifical right)
Purpose Dedicated to do apostolic works
Headquarters Direzione Generale Opere Don Bosco,
Via della Pisana 1111,
Casella Postale 18333,
00163 Roma
Membership (2014)
15,298 (14,731 without novices and bishops)
Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime
Vicar of the Rector Major
Fr. Francesco Cereda
Main organ
Rector Major And General Council
Website /en.orgsdb
Formerly called
Society of St Francis of Sales
Statue of Don Bosco at St. John Bosco Parish Church, Taipei, Taiwan

The Salesians of Don Bosco (or the Salesian Society, officially named the Society of St. Francis de Sales) is a Roman Catholic religious institute founded in the late nineteenth century by Saint John Bosco to help poor children during the Industrial Revolution. The Salesians' charter describes the society's mission as "the Christian perfection of its associates obtained by the exercise of spiritual and corporal works of charity towards the young, especially the poor, and the education of boys to the priesthood".[1] The institute is named after Francis de Sales, an early-modern bishop from Geneva.


  • History 1
  • Salesian Coat of Arms 2
  • Logo of the society 3
    • Various elements of the new logo 3.1
    • Relation to the traditional coat of arms 3.2
    • Process of logo selection 3.3
  • Organization 4
  • Works 5
  • Women's institute 6
  • Notable members 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


In 1845 Don

  • Salesiani Don Bosco Home Page (multilingual)
  • Salesian Missions

External links

  1. ^  "The Salesian Society".  
  2. ^ About the Salesians in Ireland
  3. ^ Healing Be Damned, Global Mail, accessed 13 February 2013.
  4. ^ "The Logo Of The Salesian Headquarters". Direzione Generale Opere Don Bosco. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Salesians' new leader worked with Bergoglio in Argentina


See also

Notable members

Visitationist sisters, members of the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary, are also sometimes called Salesian Sisters, in honor of one of their founders, Saint Francis de Sales. However, the two societies are not the same and their membership does not overlap.

The women's institute is known as the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco or, more officially, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA).

Women's institute

In the 1990s Salesians launched new works in the area of tertiary education, and today have a network of over 58 colleges and universities. The official university of the Salesian Society is the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome.

Salesian communities primarily operate shelters for homeless or at-risk youths; schools; technical, vocational, and language instruction centers for youths and adults; and boys' clubs and community centers. In some areas they run parish churches. Salesians are also active in publishing and other public communication activities, as well as mission work, especially in Asia (Siberia - in the Yakutsk area), Africa, and South America (Yanomami). The Salesian Bulletin is now published in fifty-two editions, in thirty languages.


Salesian provinces and sub-provinces
Inter-America Latin America - Southern Cone North Europe West Europe Italy - Middle East Africa - Madagascar South Asia East Asia - Oceania
Antilles (ANT) Buenos Aires, Argentina (ABA) Austria (AUS) South Belgium (BES) Triveneto, Italy (IAD) Central Africa (AFC) Bangalore, India (INK) Australia-Pacific (AUL)
Bolivia (BOL) Bahía Blanca, Argentina (ABB) North Belgium (BEN) France (FRA) Piedmont & Valle d' Aosta, Italy (ICP) East Africa (AFE) Chennai, India (INM) China-Hong Kong-Macau-Taiwan (CIN)
Central America (CAM) Cordoba, Argentina (ACO) Czech Republic (CEP) Portugal (POR) Lombardy-Emilia Romagna, Italy (ILE) SUB-PROVINCE
Ethiopia Eritrea (AET)
Dimapur, India (IND) Timor Leste (TL)
Canada (CAN) La Plata, Argentina (ALP) Croatia (CRO) Barcelona, Spain (SBA) Liguria-Tuscany, Italy (ILT) SUB-PROVINCE
Tropical Equatorial (ATE)
Guwahati, India (ING) South Korea (KOR)
Bogota, Colombia (COB) Rosario, Argentina (ARO) East Europe (EST) Bilbao, Spain (SBI) Sicily, Italy SUB-PROVINCE
French West Africa (AFO)
Hyderabad, India (INH) Japan (GIA)
Medellin, Colombia (COM) Belo Horizonte, Brazil (BBH) Great Britain (GBR) Leon, Spain (SLE) Northeast Italy (INE) SUB-PROVINCE
English West Africa (AFW)
Kolkata, India (INC) Papua New Guinea-Solomon Islands (FIN)
Ecuador (ECU) Salvador, Brazil (BSD) Germany (GER) Madrid, Spain (SMA) Sardinia, Italy (ISA) SUB-PROVINCE
Angola (ANG)
Mumbai, India (INB) Philippines North (FIN)
Philippines South (FIS)
Haiti (HAI) Campo Grande, Brazil (BCG) Malta (MLT) Hungary (UNG) Sevilla, Spain (SSE) Sicily, Italy (ISI) SUB-PROVINCE
Madagascar (AFO)
New Delhi, India (INN)
Guadalajara, Mexico (MEG) Manaus, Brazil (BMA) Ireland (IRL) Valencia, Spain (SVA) Middle East (MOR) SUB-PROVINCE
Zambia-Malawi-Zimbabwe-Namibia (ZMB)
Tiruchy, India (INT) Thailand-Cambodia-Laos (THA)
Mexico City, Mexico (MEM) Porto Alegre, Brazil (BPA) Warsaw, Poland (PLE)     SUB-PROVINCE
Maputo (MOZ)
Panjim, India (INP) Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco of Vietnam (Vie)
Province Salesians of Don Bosco in Vietnam (Vie)
Address: 54 Road 5 - Quarter 4 - Linh xuan ward - Thu Duc district - Ho Chi Minh City
Telephone: (84-8) 37.240.473
Fax : 08.37240 647
Email :
Peru (PER) Porto Velho, Brazil (BPV) Pila, Poland (PLN) DELEGATION
Rwanda-Burundi-Goma (RBG)
Yangon, Myanmar (MYM)
East United States (SUE) Recife, Brazil (BRE) Wroclaw, Poland (PLO)   SUB-PROVINCE
Colombo, Sri Lanka (LKC)
West United States (SUO) Sao Paulo, Brazil (BSP) Krakow, Poland (PLS)  
Venezuela (VEN) Chile (CHL) Slovakia (SLK)
  Paraguay (PAR) Slovenia (SLO)
Uruguay (URU) Ukraine (UKR)
Inter-America Latin America - Southern Cone North Europe West Europe Italy - Middle East Africa - Madagascar South Asia East Asia - Oceania
Map showing the regional organization of the Salesians of Don Bosco, dotted with the location of the headquarters of Salesian provinces and vice-provinces.

The current Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco is the Pope Francis), the archbishop of Buenos Aires. He had been appointed in December as head of the new Seville province, though it has been impeded by his election as Rector Major.[5]

The Salesians of Don Bosco are headed by the Rector Major and the society's general council; each of the ninety-four geographical provinces is headed by a Provincial. These officers serve six-year terms; the Rector Major and the members of the general council are elected by the Chapter General, which meets every six years or upon the death of the Rector Major. Each local Salesian community is headed by a superior, called a Rector (or more commonly, "Director"), who is appointed to a three-year term and can be renewed for a second three-year term.

Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco (2014-...)


The artistic work of combining the two was carried out by the designer Fabrizio Emigli, from the Litos Company, in Rome.

The combination, besides profiting from the mutual enrichment of the elements, is intended to be an expression of communion and of intercultural dialogue.

The idea of combining the two came out of suggestions from an enquiry about the new logo conducted throughout the Congregation and from contributions by the General Council.

The new logo is the result of combining two logos already established for years in some parts of the Congregation: the German logo and the Brazilian logo.

Process of logo selection

Traditional Coat of Arms Current Salesian logo
Three Virtues (Faith, Hope, Kindness) Star, Anchor, Inflamed Heart Three circles
Patron of the Salesians Image of St. Francis de Sales Stylized 'S'
Founder of the Salesians The wood (Bosco) Central figure of three persons
Perfection and Aspiration Mountains (height) Road (journey)
Virtue and Sacrifice Intertwined palm and laurel Circular stylized heart / open arms of central figure
Salesian Motto Ribbon containing Da Mihi Animas Caetera Tolle Saint John Bosco with open arms

Relation to the traditional coat of arms

  • Don Bosco, the Salesian and young people: Three stylized figures represent St. John Bosco reaching out to the young, and his call for Salesians to continue his work
  • The Salesian charism and the preventive system: The road represents an educational journey for the youth, the house represents Bosco's Oratories of Reason, Religion, and Kindness (three columns of house).
  • The Salesian charism, relevant and worldwide: The background is a stylized heart that is also reminiscent of a globe.
  • Color composition of the logo is:[4]
    •      - Foreground: Cyan 6%, magenta 100%, yellow 82%, black 0%.
    •      - Background: Magenta 22%, Yellow 44%

The logo contains elements from German and Brazilian Provinces. It is designed with the central theme Don Bosco and the Salesians walking with the young through the world.

The logo of the Salesians of Don Bosco is made up of two superimposed images: in the background a stylised “S” (Salesians) in white is formed within a sphere like a globe marked to the right and left by two cuttings between the hills/dunes. The second image is in the centre of the globe bridging the “S” road. This is an arrow pointing upwards resting on three perpendicular legs on top of which are three closed circles making a stylised image of three people: the first of these in the middle and taller than the others is the point of the arrow, and the other two beside it appear as it were to be embraced by the central figure. The three stylised figures with the arrow pointing upwards can also be viewed as a simple dwelling with a sloping roof and with pillars holding it up (the bodies of the three people).

Logo of the society

The Salesian Coat of Arms was designed by Professor Boidi. It was published for the first time in a circular letter of Don Bosco on 8th December 1885. It consist of a shining star, the large anchor, the heart on fire symbolize the Theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity; The figure of St. Francis de Sales recalls the Patron of the Society; The small wood in the lower part reminds us of the Founder of the society; the high mountains signify the heights of perfection towards which members strive; The interwoven palm and laurel that enfold the shield either side are emblematic of the prize reserved for a virtuous and sacrificial life. The motto Da mihi animas, caetera tolle is present at its bottom.

Salesian Coat of Arms

The Order's members have come in for particular criticism in light of recent inquiries as to child abuse by members of the Catholic Church. In a parliamentary inquiry in Victoria, Australia, Australian professor Patrick Parkinson stated "I would say they [the Order] are not only unrepentant and defiant, they are untruthful. The lies which were told, the cover-ups, the attempts made to suppress my report, were breathtaking." The report had stated that, on attempts to extradite three of the Order's bishops to Australia, "two had been shunted off to Samoa, where the local archbishop was left totally in the dark as to the accusations that had been made against them, and the third was working in the Vatican."[3]


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