The Salesian Family

Salesian Family - Famiglia Salesiana

Don Bosco (St. John Bosco) was inspired to create a vast movement of persons to bring the Gospel of Jesus to young people and to work for their benefit. Don Bosco founded:

  • the Society of St. Francis de Sales (Salesians of Don Bosco),
  • the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters),
  • the Association of Salesian Cooperators, and
  • the Association Devoted to Mary Help (ADMA)

Other Salesian Family Groups have formed since then and today there are 31 Groups. The Salesian Family Groups have spread throughout the world. These Groups live in communion with each other, share the same spirit, and with specifically distinct vocations, continue the mission Don Bosco began. Don Bosco's Salesian charism continues to inspire people to serve young people, especially those who are poor and at risk.

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(Updated 2017)

1. Salesians of Don Bosco: (with novices and bishops) 15762
2. Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters) ** 14655
3. Salesian Cooperators * 26239
4. The Association of Mary Help of Christians 100000
5. Past Pupils of Don Bosco * 97357
6. Past Pupils of the FMA 130000
7. Women Volunteers of Don Bosco 1230
8. Daughters of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary ** 378
9. Salesian Oblates of the Sacred Heart ** 221
10. Apostles of the Holy Family ** 69
11. The Sisters of Charity of Jesus ** 990
12. The Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians  ** 1050
13. The Daughters of the Divine Saviour 167
14. The Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary 109
15. The Sisters of Jesus the Adolescent 26
16. The Association of the Damas Salesianas 2083
17. Volunteers with Don Bosco 82
18. The Catechists Sisters of Mary Immaculate Help of Christians      500
19. The Daughters of the Queenship of Mary Immaculate 37
20. Witnesses of the Risen Lord TR 750
21. The Congregation of St. Michael the Archangel ** 357
22. The Congregation of Sisters of the Resurrection 50
23. The Congregation of the Sisters Announcers of the Lord 23
24. The Disciples - Secular Institute ** 400
25. The Comunity of "Canção Nova" 1300
26. The Sisters of St Michael the Archangel (Michaelites) ** 261
27. The Sisters of Maria Auxiliatrix ** 110
28. The Community of the Mission of Don Bosco (CMB)  
29. The Sisters of the Queenship of Mary Immaculate 29
30. Visitation Sisters of Don Bosco (VSDB) 122
31. Fraternidad Comtemplativa Maria de Nazaret (FCMN) 350
32.     (***2019) Instituto Religioso das Irmàs Medianeiras da Paz (Religious Institute of the Mediators of Peace - IRIMEP) ***70



*Statistical data, GC26, Rome 2017
**Annuario Pontificio 2016; other figures are updated by individual institutes from time to time