Don Bosco dedicated his life to working for the young and poor so that he could serve them more and more, beyond his native land and beyond his death, he shared his dream with generous helpers who were motivated with his enthusiasm and vision. These became the Religious Congregation we know today as the Salesians of Don Bosco - over 16,000 priests and Brothers living in communities of prayer and active service throughout the world.
Yet not all of us are called to the same state in which this vocation is lived out. Some are called to be ‘Salesian Clerics', while others are called to be ‘Lay Salesians' (or Salesian Brothers).
Salesian Clerics are those who dedicate themselves to the service of the young through their Sacramental Ministry either as permanent Deacons or as Priests (The term ‘clerics' includes those who prepare themselves for the diaconate or priestly ordination).
Salesian Laymen are those who dedicate themselves to the same vocation of serving the young while remaining in the lay state as Brothers among brothers.
Each of us is responsible for the common mission, and participates in it with the richness of his own personal gifts and with the lay and priestly characteristics of the one Salesian vocation.
The Salesian Brother brings to every field of education and pastoral activity the specific qualities of his lay status, which make him in a particular way a witness to God's Kingdom in the world, close as he is to the young and to the realities of working life.
The Salesian priest or deacon brings to the common work of promoting human development and of educating in the faith the specific quality of his ministry, which makes him a sign of Christ the Good Shepherd, especially by preaching the Gospel and administering the sacraments.
The significant and complementary presence of clerical and lay Salesians in the community constitutes an essential element of its make-up and of its apostolic completeness.
The Salesian Family includes many opportunities for men and women, living in vowed communities or with their families. You can read about these other forms of Salesian life through our International Website www.sdb.org .
For further details contact:
Fr. Dixon Fernando
Tel: +94 (031) 222 4343
+94 (031) 531 9567
Fax: +94 (031) 223 8207