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The Salesian Educator

St. John Bosco, Founder of the Salesians of St. John Bosco
St. John Bosco, Founder of the Salesians of St. John Bosco


The Salesians of St. John Bosco, building upon a century-long legacy of Catholic education in the United States, pledge and commit ourselves to educate the young and the poor in our midst. We believe that:

♦  As Salesian educators, we are called to bring into daily practice Don Bosco’s Preventive SystemReason, Religion, Loving Kindness and Active Presence - in all of our ministry activities.

♦  As Salesian educators, we are called to be teachers of the Catholic faith, fulfilling our Baptismal vocation by a daily living of Gospel values.

♦  As Salesian educators, we are called to collaborate with men and women in our educational mission to the young and poor, given to us by the legacy of Don Bosco.

♦  As Salesian educators, we affirm parents/guardians as primary educators of their children, while providing Christian educational programs that develop the young, in a family atmosphere of “welcome.”

♦  As Salesian educators, we are called to create a faith community that witnesses to each other and the world, preparing the young for life-long leadership and service in the Church and society.

♦  As Salesian educators, we foster a sense of the unique value of each young person, educating the whole child - spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, and physically - to a sense of moral, professional, and social responsibility.

♦  As Salesian educators, we work primarily for the young and the poor, enabling families to choose a Catholic education regardless of race, social, or economic background.

♦  As Salesian educators, we carry our mission

  • in academic and technical schools that educate to the faith;

  • in parishes and missions that contribute to the spread of the Gospel;

  • in oratories, our youth centers, that make real our pedagogical and catechetical expertise in the service of the young;

  • in retreat houses that provide for the Christian formation of groups, especially the young; and

  • in designated ministries that have, as their aim, the salvation and education of the young and the poor.