The Salesian Past Pupils’ Association is an international movement of young people and adults, men and women, established by Confederal Statutes, with Local Branches attached to many Salesian works throughout the world.
While all those who have attended Salesian schools, youth centres, hostels, camps or other works, or have been associated with Salesian parishes, are past pupils, by virtue of their Salesian education, the Association of Past Pupils of Don Bosco attracts those who wish to maintain their association with the Salesian Family in a particular manner.
The Salesian Past Pupils Association came into existence because of the loyalty that some of Don Bosco’s former students had to him. The first formal gathering of Past Pupils occurred on 24 June 1870, when Carlo Gastini gathered some of his former classmates from the first Oratory to meet with Don Bosco for the day. This soon became an annual event and Don Bosco gave his former pupils a simple but demanding task: “Be honest citizens and good Christians”. He challenged them, “honour Don Bosco with your lives.” Today, there are an estimated 3,000,000 Salesian Past Pupils internationally.
Salesian Past Pupils strive to live up to the ideals presented to them throughout their time in a Salesian school, youth centre, hostel, camp or parish. They seek to promote family life, the education of the young, the care of the poor, and their own ongoing formation as members of the Salesian Family. Through belonging to the formal organisation, Past Pupils accept the challenge to help promote the Mission of the Salesian Family. Perhaps the most famous Salesian Past Pupil was Pope John Paul II, who grew up in a Salesian parish in Krakow, Poland.
Salesian Family Co-ordinator
Fr. Michael Browne SDB
St. Catherine’s, North Campus, Maynooth. Co. Kildare.
Tel: 01 628 6111