Our Founder

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.

Mission and Vision

We, the Salesians of St. John Bosco in the Province of Calcutta, are signs and bearers of God's love to young people, especially the poor, following Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, in imitation of our Father. Responding to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, at the service of the Synodal Church, under the guidance of Mary our Mother, with Don Bosco our founder's attitudes and style, we see ourselves moving towards the centenary united as a community of consecrated men, enriched by our diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. We strive, according to our specific charism of education and evangelization, to creatively address and uphold the cause and dignity of the poor and the marginalized, especially the young. Walking together with the young and the members of the Salesian Family and the lay collaborators, including those of other religious persuasions, through reciprocal formation, shared responsibility and accountability, we experience a greater commitment to our mission. Thus, we proclaim and realize God's Kingdom of love, peace and justice in Bangladesh, India and Nepal.

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Don Bosco Development Society, Calcutta (DBDOC), a not-for-profit organization aspires to change the lives of the underprivileged by enhancing their dignity and well-being. Established in 1997, DBDOC was created with the aim of eradicating poverty, ignorance and malnutrition among poor and marginalized communities.

Inspired by the Founder Don Bosco, the social development wing of the Salesian Province of Kolkata is dedicated to catalyzing social and economic change so that all human beings must have the same opportunity to succeed in life, irrespective of where they were born or live. DBDOC acts as a catalyst to bring about changes in the lives of underprivileged children, youth and families as a whole by empowering and enabling them to ensure inclusiveness, equality and dignity at par with society.

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The dream that makes you dream


In 2024, the Salesian Family around the world will celebrate the second centenary of the dream that the young John Bosco – the future Don Bosco – had in 1824, at the age of nine. In fact, it is well known in the Salesian Family as "the dream at nine years of age". For this reason, the Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Father and Centre of Unity for the Salesian Family, decided to dedicate the theme of Strenna for 2024 to this dream, and as is the case every year, at the end of the summer plenary session of the General Council he announced the motto that will inspire it: "The dream that makes you dream". A heart that transforms "wolves" into "lambs".





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