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Salesian Family

The Salesian Family today consists of 21 officially recognized groups that have a total of 402,500 members. There are presently 27 more groups that are seeking membership within the Salesian Family.  

1. Salesians of Don Bosco: 16.422
2. Daughters of Mary Help of Christians: 15.074
3. Salesian Co-operators: 35.000
4. Past-Pupils of Don Bosco: 197.730
5. Past-Pupils of the FMA: 130.000
6. Women Volunteers of Don Bosco: 1.308
7. Daughters of Sacred Heart: 404
8. Salesian Oblates of the Sacred Heart: 262
9. Apostles of the Holy Family 100
10. Caritas Sisters of Miyazaki: 1.074
11. Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians: 700
12. Daughters of the Divine Saviour: 109
13.  Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary: 109
14. Sisters of Jesus the Adolescent: 43
15. Association Damas Salesianas: 3.000
16. Association of Mary Help of Christians: 35.000
17. Catechists Sisters of Mary Immaculate Help of Christians: 500
18.  Daughters of the Queenship of Mary Immaculate: 57
19. Volunteers with Don Bosco: 62
20. Witnesses of the Risen Lord TR 2000: 650
21. Congregation of St. Michael the Archangel ?

Salesian Sisters

St. John Bosco and St. Mary Domenica Mazzarello were the chosen instruments of God, whose work, begun in the late 19th century, rapidly spread into a worldwide family dedicated to young people.

Salesian Cooperators

A Salesian Cooperator is a Catholic who desires to "cooperate" with God in growing in holiness by working for the young and the poor after the example of St. Francis DeSales and St. John Bosco in the service of the local church and in communion with the entire Salesian Family.

For more information, contact a Salesian Cooperator yourself at or look here:
        - The Salesian Cooperators

Lay Missionaries

In 1981, the Salesian Lay Missioner program was created to give lay people the same opportunity of active apostolate with youth that the Salesian Priests, Brothers, and Sisters were experiencing.

Since then hundreds of SLMs have served all over the world.   SLMs share in the tradition, prayer, work, family spirit, community life, and educational method of the Salesians of Don Bosco, while living in community with other missioners. SLMs work in various projects to provide an educational experience for young people and are committed to be, above all, Christian witnesses to them