Salesians of Don Bosco are a Catholic religious congregation, consisting of priests and consecrated lay persons, which is based in Rome, Italy. The Congregation was founded in 1869 in Turin – Italy – by Saint John Bosco (1815 – 1888), a Piemontese priest, better known as Don Bosco. Don Bosco’s work was oriented initially to the attention of young orphans and young at risk in the streets of Turin, to later expand to the qualification of artisans and to schools. The Salesian work also acquired, from the beginning, a missionary character for which it started to expand within Europe, in countries like France and Spain to later begin an important missionary expansion to several countries around the world. Today, Salesians of Don Bosco are present in five continents, in more than 130 countries and a diversity of cultural, religious, social and linguistic contexts. The Salesian work is developed mainly in the educational and evangelization fields through different types of works: oratories – youth centers, schools, professional qualification centers, attention to young at risk or with difficulties, parishes, universities and student residences. But also in other environments or sectors that are key for evangelization and education: communication, attention to migrants, work with refugees, volunteering, etc.
The Salesian presence in the world is organized by regions and inspectorates (provinces); the latter are responsible of the organization of the educational – pastoral works within a region, country or group of countries. Currently, Salesians are represented globally, through 90 Provinces and more than 4000 educational and pastoral works.