About Us

DON BOSCO

Don Bosco was born in a tiny little village called Becchi in northern Italy, on August 16, 1815. From an early age, he was drawn toward helping poor children. At the age of 9 he had a dream in which it was revealed to him that his life’s mission would be to help poor and disadvantaged youngsters. In 1835 he entered the seminary and supported himself by working as a tailor, blacksmith, shoemaker, carpenter, violinist, acrobat, and magician. All these talents came in handy during his lifetime of working with youngsters. He was ordained a priest on June 5, 1841, and settled down in the city of Turin. On December 8, 1841, he met an orphan Bartolomew Garelli, who became his first pupil. From that day Don Bosco’s work grew rapidly and he set up several homes and schools for poor and disadvantaged boys in Italy as well as in other parts of the world. Don Bosco died on January 31, 1888, and was canonized in 1934 as the Apostle of Youth.

The “Salesian Society” is an International Religious Organization within the Catholic Church, founded by Don Bosco to serve youngsters, especially those who are poor and disadvantaged. The key characteristics of the members of this Society are:

A special concern for the welfare of young people.

An attitude of loving kindness, optimism and cheerfulness.

A realistic perspective on life coupled with creativity and flexibility in action.

The use of an educative method called ‘The Preventive System’ which based entirely on reason, religion and loving kindness.

A deep trust in God and in his loving care for all people.

Presently there are close to 17,000 Salesians working in 128 countries spread out in all the five continents of the globe.

The first group of Salesian to come to India landed in Mumbai on January 6, 1906, under the leadership of Fr. George Tomatis. From Bombay they travelled to Thanjavur in South India where the first Salesian Institution in India was established. In 1922 the second group of Salesians, under the leadership of Fr. Louis Mathias, arrived in India and they began working in Assam. During the past 100 years that the Salesians have been in India, they have established educational institutions and other works for youngsters all over the country. Presently the Salesians in India are divided into 10 regions called “provinces”. There are over 2000 Salesians working in close to 300 institutions across the country.

Salesian Province of St. Francis Xavier Bombay (INB)

The Salesians began their apostolate in the city of Bombay in 1928 and from there it spread to other places in Maharashtra, Goa, and eventually all over western India. Their ministry in this region was blessed with rapid growth thanks largely to the phenomenal work done by Fr. Aurelius Maschio.

The Salesian Province of Bombay was officially established on January 31, 1972. It comprises the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh in western and central India. There are presently 210 Salesians working in 33 institutions spread out over these four states. These institutions offer a variety of services to poor and disadvantaged youth.

Societas Sancti Francisci Salesii (Society of Saint Francis de Sales)

Sigla

S.D.B.

Motto

Da mihi animas; caetera tolle

(Give me souls; take away the rest)


Principal Patroness

Mary Help of Christians


Titular

St Francis de Sales

THE SALESIANS OF DON BOSCO

OUR CORE TEAM

Provincial

Fr. Savio Silveira

Vice Provincial

Fr. Ashley Miranda

Provincial Economer

Fr. Manuel Murzello

Provincial Councillors

Fr Barnabe D’Souza

Fr Blany Pinto

Fr Gregory D’Almeida

Fr James Tuscano

Fr Michael Bansode

Provincial Secretary

Fr. Vinod Mascarenhas

FORMATION

Ashley Miranda

Banzelao Teixeira

Blany Pinto

Ian Doulton

Royston Colaco

Wyman Gonsalves

YOUTH MINISTRY

Coordinating Team

James Tuscano

Leon Cruz Ratinam

Anaclete D’Mello

Ashley Miranda

Barnabe D’Souza

Flovi D’Souza

George Miranda

Isaac Arackaparambil

Lester Fernandes

SECTORS

Oratories and Youth Centres

Ashley Miranda

Brian Moras

Bryce Fernandes

Crispino D’Souza

Mavron Fernandes

Solomon Rapol


Schools

Flovi D’Souza

Ajit Munis

Ajoy Fernandes

Glen Fernandes

Valerie Mascarenhas

Technical Institutions

Anaclete D’Mello

Amarr Prabhu

Anto Thomas

Donald Fernandez

Sanjay Lopes

Xavier Bandya

Higher Education Institutions

Barnabe D’Souza

Anthony Pinto

Flovi D’Souza

Mario Vaz

Philomena Fernandes

Youth at Risk

Lester Fernandes

Baptist Monteiro

Corlis Gonsalves

Roshan Gonsalves

Xavier Devadas



Parishes

Isaac Arackaparambil

Dominic Martis

James Nigrel

Kenneth Pereira

Richard D’Silva

Royal D’Abreo

Social Ministry

George Miranda

Anto Thomas

George D’Abreo

Pratap Damor

Surekha Pednekar

DIMENSIONS

Education to the Faith

Osborn Furtado

Ashwin Macwan

Briston Britto

Dominic Martis

Joy Fernandes

Kenneth Pereira

Sanjay Lopes


Education and Culture

Flovi D’Souza

Aliester D’Souza

Corlis Gonsalves

James Nigrel

Social Experience

Leon Cruz Ratinam

Ajay D’Monte

Ajay Shelke

Cletus Bernard D’Souza

Evangelo D’Souza

Roshan Gonsalves

Vocational Guidance

Ajoy Fernandes

Ajay D’Monte

Glen Fernandes

Mavron Fernandes

Mayank Parmar

Xavier Devadas

MISSIONARY ANIMATION

Michael Bansode

Ashwin Macwan

Clarence Martis

Joyston Machado

Joel D’Souza

SOCIAL COMMUNICATION

Gregory D’Almeida

Aliester D’Souza

Bryce Fernandes

Chris Fereira

Jacob Palaparambil

Joy Fernandes

SALESIAN VOCATION PROMOTION

Blany Pinto

Cyril D’Souza

Evangelo D’Souza

Magdalena Menezes

Neelam Rodrigues

Renold Lemos

Richard D’Silva

Samuel John

Shaun D’Lima

Sunita D’Cunha

Velasli Bandya

ADMINISTRATION

Finance

Manuel Murzello

Corlis Gonsalves

Ravi Panjabi

Roy Noronha

Savarino D’Souza

Buildings

Manuel Murzello

Crispino D’Souza

Gregory D’Almeida

Savarino D’Souza

Sunil Pereira

Thomas D’Costa

Properties

Manuel Murzello

Anaclete D’Mello

Anthony Santarita

Deepali Raut

Royston Colaco

Savarino D’Souza

Victor Samuel Francis

Vishwas Pereira


SALFAM CONSULTATIVE BODY

Diego Nunes Provincial Delegate/ASC Delegate

Ashley Miranda ADMA (Matunga) Animator

Royal D’Abreo ADMA (Nashik) Animator

James Nigrel MMA Delegate

Catherine Fernandes FMA-ASC Delegate

Shiny Alphonse FMA-PP Delegate

Sharmila D’Souza SMI Delegate

John Mathias ADMA (Matunga) President

Beatrice Pinto ADMA (Nashik) President

Jacinta D’Souza ASC Coordinator

Rashmin Desai DBPP President