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Support for the Salesian Mission during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Around March 20th this year, schools could no longer have students in classrooms in the school building, parishes could no longer gather the faithful for the Eucharist or other religious services, youth centers were closed for afterschool programs.  While the Salesian presences in Canada and the USA complied with the regulations to prevent the spread of the corona virus, we realized the mission of education and evangelization is as urgent as ever.  The Salesian schools quickly adapted to provide distance learning.  Parishes and shrines found effective ways to share the Word of God in the home through live streaming.  The young people of Salesian youth centers now can join in dance class, art projects, reading and faith formation through social media.  Food pantries, soup kitchens and other social services are still feeding the hungry and caring for those in great need. The methods have changed but the Salesians are continuing the mission of Don Bosco.

Every Salesian presence has found new ways to reach out to the young and their families.  Besides their regular classes, students meet their Salesian directors and presidents on-line for morning prayer and Good Thought of the day.  The students can follow the daily exercise challenge or connect with a counselor.  Salesian priests and brothers are inviting the faithful to pray the Rosary with them, come together for virtual Adoration, reflect on the Sunday readings or talk about faith and life.  Youth groups are able to engage the young with prayer, faith formation and games.  Salesians have committed themselves, as individuals or as communities, to pray for those on the front line—the health care workers and first responders.  They are joining the Salesian Family throughout North America to bring the needs of those we serve, especially the young, before the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.  The Salesian Family is also preparing a variety of creative resources to celebrate Mary Help of Christians, May 22-24.

Everyone is invited to share in the Salesian mission during this Covid-19 pandemic.  Most important, we are united in prayer.  People can send their prayer intentions to any Salesian community, assured that the Salesians are praying daily for you.  If donors would like to contribute financially to the good work of the Salesians, they can give directly to a local presence.  You can find links to the Salesian presences on the province website ( under "where we serve."  Donors can also contribute on the province website (, then go to "support us").  Donors can designate that they would like their donation be used for a specific local work, for example, tuition assistance at a particular school or a food program at a specific social center.  Donations for Salesian works outside of Canada and the USA can be given on the webpage for Don Bosco Mission Office in Montreal ( or Salesian Missions in New Rochelle, NY (

As the Salesians of Don Bosco and the numerous Salesian presences in Canada and the USA continue to serve the young and those in need during this time of uncertainty, we turn to the Lord to be our strength.  With filial confidence we rely upon the powerful intercession of Mary our Mother and our Help.  We are grateful for our dedicated colleagues and generous benefactors.  "May God be gracious to us and bless us; may his face shine upon us." (Psalm 67.1)

Very Rev. Timothy Zak, SDB, Provincial


US Locations



EAST BOSTON: Salesian Boys & Girls Club of East Boston

New York


NEW ROCHELLE: Salesian High School

NEW ROCHELLE : Salesian Lay Missioners

NEW ROCHELLE : Salesian Missions :

NEW ROCHELLE: Salesian Provincial Center

PORT CHESTER: Don Bosco Community Center

PORT CHESTER: St. John Bosco Parish

STONY POINT: Marian Shrine, Don Bosco Retreat Center

STONY POINT: Reborn Young Christ Center, Korean Mission

New Jersey

ORANGE: Don Bosco Residence

ORANGE: Our Lady of the Valley Church

RAMSEY: Don Bosco Preparatory High School


Washington, D.C.

TAKOMA PARK (Maryland): Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School

Western Province:


APTOS: Camp St. Francis

BELLFLOWER: St. Dominic Savio Church

BELLFLOWER: St John Bosco High School

BERKELEY: Salesian Studies Institute & Don Bosco Hall

LOS ANGELES: Salesian Boys & Girls Club of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES: Salesian Youth Center

LOS ANGELES: Salesian High School

LOS ANGELES: St. Bridget Chinese Parish

LOS ANGELES: St. Mary Parish

RICHMOND: Salesian College Preparatory High School

RICHMOND: West Contra Costa Salesian Boys & Girls Club

SAN FRANCISCO: Corpus Christi Parish

SAN FRANCISCO: Salesian Provincial Center

SAN FRANCISCO: Ss. Peter and Paul Parish

SAN FRANCISCO: Salesian Boys & Girls Club

STOCKTON: St. Luke Parish

WATSONVILLE: Our Lady Help of Christians Parish

WATSONVILLE: St. Francis College Prep High School



LAREDO: San Luis Rey Parish


Our Province - Eastern USA


BELLE GLADE: St. Philip Benizi Parish

TAMPA: Cristo Rey Tampa High School

TAMPA: Garry and Mavis Smith Salesian Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay

TAMPA: Korean Catholic Mission of Tampa

TAMPA: Mary Help of Christians Center

TAMPA: Mary Help of Christians Parish

TAMPA: St. Philip the Apostle Residence (retired Salesians)


CHICAGO: St. John Bosco Parish


MARRERO: Archbishop Shaw High School

HARVEY: St. John Bosco Parish

HARVEY: St. Rosalie Parish

Canada Locations


EDMONTON: St Dominic Savio Parish

EDMONTON: St. John Bosco Parish

EDMONTON: St. Matthew Parish

British Columbia

SURREY: Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish


MONTRÉAL : Don Bosco Mission Office in Canada

MONTRÉAL: Don Bosco Youth Leadership Centre




HAMILTON: St. Gregory the Great Parish

TORONTO (Etobicoke): St. Benedict Parish

Please partner with us by supporting our vital programs on behalf of young people.

Send a donation today by using your credit card to make an online donation. We also accept donations of cash, stock, bonds, or property. The federal tax ID of the Salesian Society is 13-6155183.

Fr. Dennis Donovan, SDB - Province Treasure
Salesian Provincial Center, PO Box 639, New Rochelle, NY 10802-0639

For more information, call Fr. Donovan at 914-636-4225, ext. 602, or email him at


We Salesians of Don Bosco, Province of St. Philip the Apostle, are part of an international community of consecrated religious, both brothers and priests, founded by Saint John Bosco.

Our mission is to evangelize and educate young people, especially those who are poor and at risk, in the style of Don Bosco.

Contact Us

Salesian Society
148 E. Main St. – PO Box 639
New Rochelle, NY 10802-0639

Salesian Society of Canada
11991 Pierre Baillargeon Street
Montreal Québec H1E 2E5