Formation Houses

Our Service Centres

The Salesians of Don Bosco mission is the educational and broad human development of poor, disadvantaged, abandoned, orphaned children and youth, to earn a decent living for themselves and their families and become responsible, constructive citizens of their communities and the nation.

 Open to the cultural values of the lands in which we work, we try to understand them and become part of them so as to incarnate in them the message of the Gospel. The needs of the young, of ordinary people, the desire to work with the Church and in her name, inspire and shape our concrete pastoral activity so as to bring about a more just world and one of greater fellowship in Christ. Founded by St. John Bosco, an Italian saint-educator of the nineteenth century, we are today in 132 different nations.

In this official website of our Sri Lanka Vice-Province community will give you a glimpse into what we do, how we do it and why we believe that what we do is worth living and dying for. Journeying with the young: be a part of the adventure!

Seminaries & Formation Of Religious

Dankotuwa2

Dankotuwa Dominic Savio Aspirantate

DEDICATED TO : St. Dominic Savio
LOCATION : Diocese of Chilaw
BEGAN IN : 1987

With this programme the apostolic school leads young boys to be ”Always with Don Bosco”. Thus, “the aspirantate is a centre of Salesian vocational guidance. It keeps itself open to the neighbourhood, and helps older boys and young men who show an aptitude for the religious and priestly life to know their own apostolic vocation and correspond to it” (R. 17).

Scope:

1. To help the candidates to pursue their studies, academic or technical.
2. To help the candidates grow and mature as young men, through an all-round formation.
3. To help the candidates to get a solid background in Christian Doctrine.
4. To help the candidates to discern their vocation and decide freely.
5. To test the candidates suitability for the Salesian life.
6. To offer the candidates a first experience of Salesian Apostolate.
7. To foster devotion to the holy Eucharist and Mary .

Dictum:

Sanctitas Est Gaudium (Sanctity is Joy)

Vision Statement:

We the Salesians of Don Bosco at Dankotuwa,
accompany the adolescents,
who manifest an aptitude for the religious life,
in the Salesian Congregation.
We help them in their self knowledge,
to fine tune their Christian maturation,
through a process of youth catechumenste inspired by Salesian Spirituality,
to take seriously their intellect growth and development,
and to imbibe sound principles of Salesian apostolic work
and put them into practice
in the Sri Lankan cultural context.

Management

Fr.Liyanage Nihal
Rector
[email protected]

Fr.Fernando Tharaka
Administrator
[email protected]

Dn.Harsha Bandara
Dean / Principal
[email protected]

Cl.Stanislas Anthony
PT – 1yr

Cl.Kulendiran Arulappu
PT – 2yr

Activities

  • Aspirantate
  • Formative School
  • Oratories
  • Past pupils
  • Cooperators
  • ADMA
  • Remedial classes
  • Neighbourhood Apostolate
  • Social Work
  • Youth
  • Don Bosco Salesian Bulletin
  • Vocation Promotion
  • Farm and Animal Husbandry

Contact Info

Postal Address:
Don Bosco Institute,
Dominic Savio Aspirantate,
Katukenda East,
Dankotuwa – 61130,
Sri Lanka.

Phone :
+94 31 2258138 House
+94 31 2261498 Rector’s Office

Mankulam1

Mankulam Don Bosco Aspirantate

DEDICATED TO : Bl. Michael rua
LOCATION : Diocese of Jaffna
BEGAN IN : 2014

Don Bosco Aspirantate – Mankulam is dedicated to Bl. Michael Rua. This minor-seminary of salesian formation was begun to facilitate the school education of the aspirants in Tamil medium.

Presently, there are about 50 aspirants studying at Don Rua Aspirantate and looked after well by a community of 4 Salesians. Apart from the attention for the formation that is given for boys, the community is also very much involved in social welfare activities; especially in upbringing the war affected areas and families.

With this programme the apostolic school leads young boys to be ”Always with Don Bosco”. Thus, “the aspirantate is a centre of Salesian vocational guidance. It keeps itself open to the neighbourhood, and helps older boys and young men who show an aptitude for the religious and priestly life to know their own apostolic vocation and correspond to it” (R. 17).

Management

Fr. SURESH Jefferson
Rector
[email protected]

Fr. RATHAPPILLIL Pius
Administrator
[email protected] 

Fr. DAVID Lawrence
VRt / Dean

Cl. CHATHUSKA Sasipriya
Teacher / PT 1yr

Activities

  • Aspirantate
  • Formative School
  • Oratories
  • Past pupils
  • Cooperators
  • Remedial classes
  • Neighbourhood Apostolate
  • Social Work
  • Youth
  • Vocation Promotion
  • Farm and Animal Husbandry
  • Gardening & Cultivation

Contact Info

Postal Address:
Don Bosco Aspirantate,
Don Bosco Street,
Katqudry, Mankulam, Mullattivu,
Sri Lanka.

PreNovitiate1

Kotadeniyawa Bl. A. Zatti Pre-Novitiate

DEDICATED TO : Sacred heart of Jesus
LOCATION : Diocese of Colombo

We, the Prophetic Salesian Community of Human Formation, in its animating role, along with the members of the Salesian Family and lay collaborators,are formed and committed to the spirit and mission of Don Bosco.

We in a spirit of dialogue with Christian and non Christian brethren in a relationship of trust, shared responsibility and accountability, educate, evangelise and uphold the dignity of the young, especially the poor and the marginalised, and we work to establish, like Christ, the Good Shepherd, God’s kingdom in this Island.

Scope:

1. To study the suitability of the candidates based on their human and  Christian values and attitudes.
2. To provide an ambient to study themselves and to discern their  vocation.
3. To give the candidates Salesian experience of Prayer and  Community life.
4. To provide ample opportunities for practical apostolate especially in  the youth world.
5. To foster total commitment to Christ assisted by Mary, keeping in  mind Human, Religious, Intellectual, Salesian, Fraternal and  Apostolic dimensions.

Management

Fr. WICKRAMASINGHE Melinda
Rector 
[email protected]

Fr. GOMES Mackley
VRt & Dn 
[email protected]

Fr. ARANJO Bennett
LA, Confessor 

Br.RANDRIANARIJAONA Jean Jacques
Administrator

Cl.SALVADOR Ebimesak
Pt – 1 Year

Activities

  • Pre-Novitiate
  • Formative Programs
  • Oratories
  • Remedial classes
  • Neighbourhood Apostolate
  • Social Work
  • Youth
  • Vocation Promotion
  • Farm and Animal Husbandry

Contact Info

Postal Address :
Don Bosco Pre-Novitiate,
11232, Sri Lanka.

Phone :
+94 33 2272248 House

Arabe1

Arambegama Novitiate & Don Bosco Retreat Center

DEDICATED TO : Mary Help of Christians
LOCATION : Diocese of Kandy
BEGAN IN : 1999

Formation Process – Novitiate

The Novitiate is truly the beginning of the Salesian religious experience in following Christ. The purpose of this year is to give the novices a greater understanding of their divine vocation, specifically their vocation to Salesian life. Here the novice verifies his suitability for Salesian life and prepares to give himself completely to God knowingly and freely in his first profession, which takes place at the end of this year. He promises to live in community and work with the young in the footsteps of the obedient, poor and chaste Christ.

Scope:

1. To help the candidates to pursue their spiritual formation.
2. To help the candidates grow and mature as young men, through an all-round formation.
3. To help the candidates to get a solid background in Christian Doctrine and Salesian teachings.
4. To help the candidates to discern their vocation and decide freely.
5. To test the candidates suitability for the Salesian life.
6. To offer the candidates a first experience of Salesian Apostolate.
7. To foster devotion to the holy Eucharist and Mary .

Dictum:

Sanctitas Est Gaudium (Sanctity is Joy)

Vision Statement:

We the Salesians of Don Bosco at Dankotuwa,
accompany the adolescents,
who manifest an aptitude for the religious life,
in the Salesian Congregation.
We help them in their self knowledge,
to fine tune their Christian maturation,
through a process of youth catechumenste inspired by Salesian Spirituality,
to take seriously their intellect growth and development,
and to imbibe sound principles of Salesian apostolic work
and put them into practice
in the Sri Lankan cultural context.

Management

Fr. VATTAKUNNEL Emmanuel Joseph (INK)
Rt & Dir of Novices
[email protected]

Fr. MIRANDA Roshan
Vice Rector / Socius
[email protected]

Br. RODRIGO Christopher
Administrator 
[email protected]

Fr. GIAIME Joseph
Confessor
[email protected]

Cl. SHEHAN Maduranga Thissera
PT – 1yr

Activities

    • Novitiate Formation
    • Oratories
    • Parish Ministry
    • Remedial classes
    • Neighbourhood Apostolate
    • Social Work
    • Youth
    • Vocation Promotion
    • Farm and Animal Husbandry

 

Contact Info

Postal Address :
Don Bosco Institute,
Arabegama, Werellagama,
Kandy– 20080,
Sri Lanka.

Phone :
+94 81 3803030 House