Salesians of Don Bosco 

Province of St. Francis Xavier Bombay (INB)


INB News & Events

INB Gathers for the Second Session of PC2024

72 Salesians from the 36 communities of the Salesian Province of Bombay (INB) gathered with great enthusiasm at Don Bosco, Lonavla, on 21 April 2024, for the second session of their Provincial Chapter (PC2024) held in preparation for General Chapter 29 (GC29). The theme is in keeping with GC29, ‘Passionate about Jesus Christ, Dedicated to Young People’.

The session commenced at 05:30 p.m., with a recollection animated by Fr Joaquim D’Souza, former Provincial of INB and former Regional Councillor for South Asia. His talk was the fruit of his study from GC20 to GC28 – nine General Chapters and 49 years of growth from 1971 to 2020 in the congregation. 

Celebrating Don Bosco across INB

The Feast of Saint John Bosco all over the Salesian world, especially in the Province of Bombay, on 31 January 2024, was a celebration of the great founder saint who turned his dreams into a reality with God’s assistance. 

In preparation for the feast, the Shrine of Don Bosco’s Madonna, Matunga, prepared an online novena based on the theme ‘Live Your Dreams’ narrating a dream of Don Bosco every day.

Don Bosco High School, Matunga, celebrated the feast with Holy Mass at the Shrine with great enthusiasm and reverence. During the homily, Fr Ajoy Fernandes shared the significance of dreaming big and the dedication required to achieve those dreams. He underscored that relentless pursuit is the key to true success in life. After the Eucharist, the teachers expressed profound gratitude to the priests for their leadership and guidance.

 INB Commences the First Session of PC2024

The first session of the Provincial Chapter (PC2024) of the Salesian Province of Bombay (INB) was held on 4 January 2024 at Don Bosco Provincial House, Matunga. The theme of PC2024 in preparation for General Chapter 29 is "Passionate about Jesus Christ and Dedicated to the Young". 70 Salesians were present.

The meeting began with the Holy Eucharist at 7:00 a.m. celebrated by the Provincial of INB, Fr Savio Silveira. In his homily, Fr Silveira encouraged the capitulars with the words of the former Rector Major, Fr Egidio Vigano - to have an oratorian heart. This entailed making Jesus the foundation of every Salesian's life, displaying apostolic zeal and pastoral creativity. 

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Don Bosco - Our Father & Founder

Don Bosco was a charismatic Italian priest who lived and worked in the Italian city of Turin. His life’s work was the care of young people, especially the ‘poor and abandoned’. He approached his work in a unique and original manner, which he called the ‘Preventive System’. He founded the Salesians to continue his spirit and mission. He was proclaimed a Saint of the Catholic Church in 1934. 

St. John Bosco, was called ‘Don’ Bosco by his boys because ‘Don’ in Italian means ‘Father’. Today he continues to be fondly remembered by the same name. He founded an organisation that would take care of poor youth. He called his followers ‘Salesians’, a name he took from St. Francis de Sales, a popular Saint of his native place in northern Italy. He chose St. Francis de Sales as the patron of his society and encouraged his followers to imitate the Saint’s gentle humanism.


Our Vision-Mission

We, the Salesians of Don Bosco, of the Province of St. Francis Xavier Bombay (INB),  inspired by the preferential love of Christ the Good Shepherd for the poor, and Don Bosco’s predilection for poor and disadvantaged youth, commit ourselves to the holistic advancement of youth at risk, especially the economically poor, both rural and urban, by empowering them to creatively address the factors responsible for their poverty.

We, as consecrated religious, carry out this vision according to our specific charism of education and evangelization, at the service of the church, in collaboration with the Salesian Family, our lay collaborators and other people of good will.