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.

Salesian Family Fun Fest

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You are invited to celebrate our 150th Anniversary with us on Saturday, August 6th at St. John Bosco School in San Antonio, Texas. The Salesian Family Fun Fest will be from 10 AM – 2 PM and will include Mass, great food, games, entertainment, and a whole lot of fun! We hope you can make it to celebrate with us!

Youth Art Competition

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We are excited to announce the winners from the Salesian Art Competition.  Young people from all over the Western Province participated in this wonderful occasion to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.  Click here to see the results! 

“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. 

Upcoming Events

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More information coming soon on the following events:

  • Regional Marian Celebrations
  • Regional Salesian Family Day Celebrations
  • 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)

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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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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Donation for Celebration

As we prepare for our 150th anniversary, we invite you to make a donation to the Salesian Sisters for the events and celebrations being hosted throughout the Province. We are grateful for your generosity as we get ready for all the festivities leading up to and on the day of the 150th anniversary celebration.