Vocation Profile - Salesians of Don Bosco
Salesians of Don Bosco
and others; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Miami, FL; New York, NY
More than 120 countries
The Salesians are a worldwide organization founded by St. John Bosco, and are the third largest Catholic religious order in the world. We can be found in many different initiatives serving young people: schools, oratories, youth centers, technical and professional training centers, parishes, and foreign missions. We also work in the realm of mass media and social communications. We serve in more than twenty U.S. cities, as well as many other parts of the world.
Sound mental and physical health; good judgment and common sense.
The first stage is candidacy, during which the candidate lives with a Salesian community and may may take college courses. The next stage is pre-novitiate, which usually begins in August, and involves a program of study in the Salesian formation house. The next step, the novitiate, is truly the beginning of the Salesian religious experience in following Christ. Here the novice prepares to give himself completely to God knowingly and freely in his first profession, which takes place at the end of this year. An individual who makes the first profession is a religious brother. Brothers then usually complete their university education and work in a Salesian apostolate for two or three years. Some brothers, called clerical brothers, will later study to become priests. Those for whom brotherhood is their unique vocation are called coadjutor brothers. Final profession (marking permanent acceptance into the society) ordinarily takes place six years after first profession.