The Salesians have been working in Ireland since 1919. We work for young people in a number of centres and services throughout the country. We are involved in schools, care homes, university hostels, parishes, agricultural education, chaplaincy, spirituality centres, retreats and prayer, the social media, drug rehabilitation and non formal education. The main focus and reason for any Salesian misson or centre is ‘young people’ and their ‘needs’. We try to respond in a pastoral and educative way to the holistic development of the young person and their families.
Salesian College, Maynooth Road, Celbridge, Co. Kildare
We are involved in Salesian College Celbridge. One Salesian is chaplain to Ratoath Community College. In addition we help out in local parishes. Local community groups can avail of the facilities and the ACRE (A Community Rethinking Education) project is based here. It is also the location of SDB MEDIA and Social Communication Centre.
St Catherine’s Centre, North Campus, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.
The houses in Maynooth and Celbridge are officially part of the one community. A Salesian Spirituality Centre and hostel is based in St Catherine’s. We create a welcoming enviornment where young people can experience a sense of belonging in a family atmosphere. Common room activities, barbecues, pizza nights, film nights etc. Read more about St. Catherine’s Centre.
Don Bosco House, 12 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3
Don Bosco House is a service for young people. We are committed to working with vulnerable young people who are in need of care and support. We provide residential care and residential aftercare to young people aged between 13 years and early adulthood. We offer an Outreach service to 18 year olds leaving residential care.
Provincial House, Crumlin, Dublin 12
The Provincial House is located in this parish and the local Salesian community has for many years been involved in providing curacy and chaplaincy service to this parish. Some Salesians also work in the surrounding parishes, one priest is curate in Walkinstown, and others operate in various ministries including prayer groups, retreats, writing and administration. The Salesian Bulletin is edited here.
Rinaldi House, 72 Sean McDermott St., Dublin 1
This is a parish community and a support centre for young people at risk. We are currently the administrators of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Sean McDermott Street. The parish was constituted in 1970 from the Pro-Cathedral Parish. As a religious community living in the area since the early 1990’s we are committed to being a supportive, gentle and spiritual presence for the people of this inner city area.
Salesian Parish, Milford, Limerick
Our Lady Help of Christians Parish was formed in Milford, Limerick in 1981 to cater for the growing housing developments in the area and the expanding college campuses of the National Institute of Technology and Thomond College, which is now the University of Limerick. With this in mind the Salesians also built a student hostel which continues to be open to third level students. http://www.uldigs.ie/. We also have a Salesian Spirituality Centre and provide a University Chaplain UL. We also provide a chaplain to Milford Hospice, and a Home for the Elderly. The DeSales English Language Summer School is also run here.
Salesian House, Palleskenry, Co. Limerick
This is our foundation house, opened in 1919. There are two colleges on the campus: a secondary college and an agricultural college. In addition the Salesians run their central Missions Office from here and do parish supply work as well as chaplaincies. This is also the national shrine for Mary, Help of Christians. It is also a centre for Salesian Cooperators and Past Pupils. The distruibution office of The Salesian Bulletin is also here.
Salesians from all over the world have been invited by the Rector Major Fr Pascual Chavez to help revitalise the Salesian charism in Europe. Several Salesians have volunteered to join us in Ireland, and currently as part of our work in Ireland there are confreres from Poland and from Vietnam.