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. Blany Pinto

Fr. Glenford Lowe

Fr. Gregory D’Almeida

Fr. Isaac Arackaparambil

Fr. James Tuscano

Provincial Secretary

Fr. Vinod Mascarenhas

PROVINCIAL COMMISSIONS

Formation

Ashley Miranda

Banzelao Teixeira

Blany Pinto

Brian Moras

Ivan de Souza

Royston Colaco

Wyman Gonsalves


YOUTH MINISTRY SECTORS

Oratories and Youth Centres

Leon Cruz Ratinam

Bryce Fernandes

Ranson D’Souza

Renold Lemos

Richard D’Silva

Sunil Pinto


Academic Institutions

James Tuscano

Ajoy Fernandes

Bernard Fernandes

Bosco D’Mello

Pravin Makwana

Valerie Mascarenhass


Technical Institutions

Colbert da Silva

Amarr Prabhu

Anaclete D’Mello

Anthony Santarita

Melvyn Carvalho

Richard Burkhao

Sanjay Lopes


Youth at Risk

Gregory Almeida

Corlis Gonsalves

George Miranda

Roshan Gonsalves

Roy Noronha

Xavier Devadas


Parishes and Missions

Michael Bansode

Bastin Thomas

Dominic Martis

Savio D’Souza

Solomon Rapol


Development Work

Rolvin D’Mello

Anto Thomas

George D’Abreo

Mayank Parmar

Pratap Damor

Surekha Pednekar


Social Communication

Christopher George

Joseph Braganza

Joy Fernandes

Justus Mendis

Mayank Parmar

Mylin Noronha

Sunil Pinto


YOUTH MINISTRY DIMENSIONS

Youth Ministry Coordinating Team

Glenford Lowe (Coordinator)

Isaac Arackaparambil (Education to the Faith)

James Tuscano (Education and Culture)

Bryce Fernandes (Social Experience)

Blany Pinto (Vocational Guidance)

Education to the Faith

Isaac Arackaparambil

Anaclete D’Mello

Bosco D’Mello

Dominic Martis

Joy Fernandes

Mayank Parmar

Renold Lemos

Sanjay Lopes

Xavier Devadas

Education and Culture

James Tuscano

Amarr Prabhu

Bastin Thomas

Bernard Fernandes

Corlis Gonsalves

Justus Mendis

Ranson D’Souza

Surekha Pednekar

Valerie Mascarenhas


Social Experience

Bryce Fernandes

Anthony Santarita

Anto Thomas

George Miranda

Joseph Braganza

Pratap Damor

Pravin Makwana

Roshan Gonsalves

Savio D’Souza

Sunil Pinto


Vocational Guidance

Blany Pinto

Velasli Bandya

Ajoy Fernandes

George D’Abreo

Melvyn Carvalho

Mylin Noronha

Pannasingh Bhuriya

Richard Burkhao

Richard D’Silva

Roy Noronha

Royal D’Abreo

Shaun D’Lima

Solomon Rapol


ADMINISTRATION


Finance

Manuel Murzello

Corlis Gonsalves

Ravi Panjabi

Roy Noronha

Savarino D’Souza


Properties

Manuel Murzello

Anaclete D’Mello

Anthony Santarita

Deepali Raut

Gregory D’Almeida

Matthew Katara

Savarino D’Souza

Vishwas Pereira


Buildings

Manuel Murzello

Chetan Sompura

Crispino D’Souza

Savarino D’Souza

Thomas D’Costa


SALESIAN FAMILY CONSULTATIVE BODY

Diego Nunes

Manuel Murzello ADMA (Matunga)

Royal D’Abreo ADMA (Nashik)

Anthony Goyal ASC (Gujarat)

Ivan de Souza ASC (Pune)

Crispino D’Souza DBPP

Savio D’Souza MMA

Catherine Fernandes FMA-ASC

Shiny Alphonse FMA-PP

Sharmila D’Souza SMI

John Mathias ADMA (Matunga)

Beatrice Pinto ADMA (Nashik)

Jacinta D’Souza ASC

Rashmin Desai DBPP