Salesians of Don Bosco 

Province of St. Francis Xavier Bombay (INB)


Strenna 2023   


The lay dimension of the Family of Don Bosco

Streaming live on YouTube  |11 February 2023 | 7p.m.

On 3 December 2022, feast of St Francis Xavier, the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Salesian Province of Bombay culminated with an eventful evening of gratitude, remembrance and joy. Though the Salesians began work in the city in 1928, the Province of Bombay was incepted on 31 January 1972 - carved from the Province of Madras.

Bishop Barthol Barretto, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Bombay, was the principal celebrant at the solemn Holy Eucharist held on the Shrine grounds at 5.30 p.m.. Along with him were present Bishop Allwyn D’Silva - Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Bombay, and Bishop Lourdes Daniel, Bishop of the Diocese of Nashik. 

A Jubilee is a special occasion of grace to look back over the years, to take stock of blessings received, to give thanks, to celebrate successes and achievements and persons who made things possible, to acknowledge support and help received, to humbly admit failures and limitations, and to chart the path ahead in a spirit of humility and trust in the goodness of people and the providence of God.

Rector Major Visits INB

Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, the Rector Major of the Salesians, will be visiting the Salesian Province of Bombay from 21-23 October 2022. This will be his third visit to Mumbai since his appointment in 2013, and though Fr Á.F. Artime will be spending a short time in the Province, his schedule is packed with meetings, visits and celebrations. 

SYMBIOS 2022: Self, World And God

On 21 and 22 October 2022, 380 youth from across 29 Salesian institutions of the Province of Bombay participated in SYMBIOS 2022 at the Don Bosco campus in Matunga. The theme of the event was ‘Do all through Love’. The topics that were touched upon were represented by the acronym ‘SWAG’ which stands for ‘Self, World, and God’.

The main highlight was the Eucharistic celebration presided over by the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, in thanksgiving for the canonisation of Saint Artemide Zatti on 21 October. He was a Salesian Brother who was the director of San Jose Hospital in Argentina for nearly 40 years. Amidst the many hardships of life, he went about with a spirit of serenity and joy typical of St John Bosco. 

INB Extraordinary Visitation

Fr Biju Michael, General Councillor for South Asia Region, commenced the Extraordinary Visitation of the Province of Bombay on 11 August 2022. He will be visiting the houses and the Salesians of the province over the next three and a half months.

Fr Gildasio Visits INB 

The General Councillor for Social Communication,  

Fr Gildasio Mendes Dos Santos SDB, visited the Province of Bombay (INB) from 22-25 August 2022. The purpose of this fraternal visit was to give him the opportunity to meet with, interact with, and encourage the Social Communication Sector of the Province.


LIVESTREAM Ordination Eucharist of Chris Ferreira & Joyston Machado at 6.30 pm on 18 December 2021 at the Shrine of Don Bosco’s Madonna, Matunga-Mumbai on the MumbaiSalesians YouTube Channel

ORDINATION OF ALEX CARVALHO LIVESTREAM on 18 December 2021 at 10 am at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Panjim-Goa.

MumbaiSalesians Changing Lives 

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.