Called to be at the service of the Universal Church the Salesians are engaged in ministry and mission at parishes and Shrines that are entrusted to their care. The Salesian Community offers to everyone in the parish a systematic proposal of evangelization and education in faith, through the fundamental choice of criteria – the existential unity of Evangelisation, human development and Christian culture.
During his time, when Don Bosco had accepted seven parishes, he knew that it is a very adequate community space for faith formation, teaching, education and life experiences. Even among community of believers where the needs and challenges were not limited to just the youngsters, for the Salesians the priority of attention always rested on the youth, in particular the poor youth. By and by, the Salesians discovered the parish to be the place for “an exemplary care of the youth community… with vast possibilities and favourable conditions for the education of the poor and abandoned youth”.
Thus the option for young people in the parish entrusted to the Saleisians is not exclusive or discriminatory, but a preferential option. It is this preferential option which distinguishes the Salesian parish from the rest.
As on December 2013 there are 1434 parishes and mission centres that are entrusted to the Congregation of Salesian. There are nearly 3000 Salesian priests and brothers engaged in pastoral ministry serving more than 5 million faithful.