Salesians of Don Bosco
Coat of arms of the Salesians
Logo of the Salesians
Map showing the regions marked with the locations of provincial and vice provincial headquarters.
|Motto||Da mihi Animas cætera tolle ("Give me souls, take away the rest")|
|Formation||18 December 1859|
|Type||Clerical Religious Congregation (Clerical religious institute of pontifical right)|
|Headquarters||Direzione Generale Opere Don Bosco,|
|15,298 (14,731 without novices and bishops)|
|Society of St Francis of Sales|
The Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB; also known as the Salesian Society; officially named the Society of St Francis de Sales) is a
The Salesians' charter describes the society's mission as "the Christian perfection of its associates obtained by the exercise of spiritual and corporal works of charity towards the young, especially the poor, and the education of boys to the priesthood". The institute is named after
In 1845 Don
Over the next decade the Salesians expanded into
The Society continues to operate worldwide; in 2000, it counted more than 17,000 members in 2,711 houses. It is the third-largest missionary organization in the world.