Salesians work for young people in a number of centres and services throughout Ireland. The main focus and reason for any Salesian misson or centre is ‘young people’ and their ‘needs’. We design and build all our responses to these young peoples’ needs around ‘Education’ and ‘Evangelisation’. We try to respond in a pastoral and educative way to the holistic development of the young person and their families.
Don Bosco believed in what he called the Preventive System, where rather than having to pick up the pieces after someone is in trouble, that we work with young people at the source, to enlighten and encourage them, and so prevent them from harmful or negative decisions and conditions. We promote their potential to be good Christians and honest citizens. Together with the many collaborators in our services, we always strive to honour our Christian heritage and the legacy of this Preventive System.
Currently, Salesians live and work in 131 different countries. There were five Irish Salesians at the Turin Oratory in Don Bosco’s time, but it was only on Dec. 8th, 1919 that the Salesians came to Ireland. Bishop Hallinan of Limerick, who as a young priest had known Don Bosco personally, invited the Salesians to his diocese.