Believing that their total dedication to the transformation of the young as practicing Christians and productive citizens is their best gift to humanity, they focus on Youth Development and Engagement, particularly, education.
The Salesians have been in the Philippines since 1951. Salesian activity broadly expanded in reach that, as a positive consequence of this expansion, the original Salesian Province was divided into two: the Philippine North Province (FIN) and the Philippine South Province (FIS).
Showing themselves veritable friends of the Filipino Youth, the Salesians’ keenest desire is to bring out the best in the young, the Christian best and the Filipino best—unleashing within the BANAL (holy) and BAYANI (hero).
Such is the challenging task of the Salesians during this digital-cyber age and they aim to get it done by every modern means, and they start with what the youth love.
So there one finds the Salesian as a varsity coach and league organizer, a Boy Scout leader, a choir-master and combo player, a dramatics director, an artist, an academic teacher, a technical instructor, a science-lover, a computer and electronics enthusiast, a carpenter, a welder, a mechanic and auto-mechanic, an electrician, a missionary, a tailor, a librarian, a sacristan, a farmer, an agriculturist, a poultry and husbandry caretaker, a new media expert, a pastor, a church builder, a club animator, a retreat preacher, a catechist, a priest-counselor, and finally—always and everywhere—a friend to the young.
Concretely, Salesian work finds manifestation in running schools, training centers, youth centers, parishes and giving social services.
The Salesians in the South have 16 settings in the Visayas and Mindanao and two mission stations in Pakistan (Lahore and Quetta). The centers carry on multiple works that reveal the breadth and width of the Salesian apostolate: 6 schools, 10 skills training centers, 2 homes for boys in especially difficult circumstances, 12 youth centers, 7 parishes, 2 seminaries, and 4 retreat houses.
Canonical Establishment: May 30, 1992
1951 – Victorias, Negros Occidental, DBTI
1954 – Punta Princesa, Cebu, DBTC formerly Boys’ Town
1957 – Punta Princesa, Cebu, Lourdes Parish now Archdiodesan Shrine (2007)
1976 – Lawaan, Talisay Cebu, Don Bosco Missionary Seminary, now Don Bosco Formation Center
1977 – Pasil, Cebu, Don Bosco Pasil
1979 – Victorias, Negros Occidental, St. Joseph Parish
1986 – Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, St. Louis School-Don Bosco
1988 – Banilad, Cebu, Don Bosco Boy’s Home, now in Liloan
1989 – Mati, Davao Oriental, Don Bosco Training Center and Sacred Heart Parish
1991 – Murcia, Negros Occidental, St. John Bosco Parish
1993 – Borongan, Eastern Samar, Training Center
1995 – Talamban, Cebu, Provincial House
1998 – Dumangas, Iloilo, Training Center
1998 – Lawaan, Talisay, Cebu, Retreat House
1999 – Quetta, Pakistan, Don Bosco Learning Center
2000 – Lahore, Pakistan, Don Bosco Learning Center
2008 – Maa, Davao City, Boy’s Town/Calinan
2016 – Pakistan Delegation
Fr. Godofredo T. Atienza
Fr. George P. Militante
Fr. Arturo A. Sanchez, Jr.
Bishop Patricio A. Buzon
Fr. Pietro G. Zago