150th Celebration

You are invited to participate in the Salesian Sisters 150th anniversary celebration! On August 5, 1872, St. Mary Mazzarello with the first group of 11 young women became Salesian Sisters. Today there are over 11,500 Sisters in 97 nations serving young people, the poor, and women at risk. Below are the various live and virtual opportunities for you to participate in during this year in preparation for this celebration. Stay tune for more events coming soon! 

Salesian Snippets on Facebook Live!

Salesian Snippets on Facebook Live!

On the 5th of every month, Sr Monica and Sr Sydney will be interviewing a different member of our Salesian family to learn more about St Mary Mazzarello as we prepare for our 150th anniversary. The show will be live at 8PM CST on the Salesian Sisters West Facebook page.

Youth Art Competition

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We are excited to announce an art competition for the young people of the Western Province in the spirit of the 150th Celebration of the foundation of the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco. We invite all students and Salesian youth in grades 1-12 to participate by submitting art with the theme, “The Life of St. Mary Mazzarello.” The deadline to enter is November 13th.

Download the Art Competition flyer

The Story of the Salesian Sisters

Pathways of Faith, by Sr. Mary Mullaly, tells the rich history of the Salesian Sisters since their arrival in the United States in 1908. This special anniversary edition contains events from the Sisters' expansion across the country, information about their service today, as well as many pictures of Sisters you know, Sisters who have passed on, and many you have yet to meet. Click here to acquire a copy of your own to share with your family and friends. 

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Upcoming Events

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More information coming soon on the following events:

  • Regional Marian Celebrations
  • Regional Salesian Family Day Celebrations
  • Advent & Christmas Celebration on Zoom
  • 3 Days of Celebration for the 150th Anniversary: August 4 - 6 in San Antonio, TX
  • Pilgrimage to Italy: Mornese, Turin & Rome for benefactors, collaborators, and friends (dates: TBD)

“Maìn – the House of Happiness

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"Maìn: The House of Happiness": this is the title of a film on the life of St. Maria Domenica Mazzarello (affectionately known as Maìn), who helped Don Bosco found the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. The charism of St. Mary Mazzarello and the first Sisters has blossomed into the vast missionary congregation that we have today in all 5 continents. 

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In 2022 we, Salesian Sisters, will be celebrating our 150th anniversary! What better way to prepare than to journey with our co-foundress, St. Mary Mazzarello. What makes her story both fascinating and extraordinary is precisely the fact that it was ordinary.

To a Salesian priest, Mary Mazzarello wrote, “To say the truth, I remain both amazed and at the same time confused as I see these daughters always happy and tranquil. It is apparent that, in spite of my unworthiness, our dear Mother, Mary Help of Christians, gives us great graces. Please have the goodness to pray for me so that this spirit may be maintained and grow more and more and so that the virtues that are seen blossoming may be more internal than external.”

During this final year of preparation for our 150th Anniversary, the Salesian family is joyfully committed to re-discovering the spiritual greatness of Mary Mazzarello and dedicating ourselves to making her life-giving and richly joyful spirit our very own so that it may animate our mission written in our hearts. 

Click here to learn more about the life of St. Mary Mazzarello 

Prayer to St. Mary Mazzarello

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