History

Our Mission is to educate youth in the spirit of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello

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The Salesian Sisters were founded by St. John Bosco, and St. Mary Mazzarello, on August 5, 1872 in Mornese, Italy. In 1908, the first Salesian Sisters arrived in the U.S.A. and settled in Paterson, New Jersey. From there, Salesian youth and outreach programs spread to Canada and throughout New England, as well as other parts of the country including Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. In 1987, the Province was divided into the Eastern and Western provinces. A few years later in 1991, the Canadian pre-province was established with communities in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick.

The Salesian youth works and outreach programs in Louisiana, 8162171_origTexas, and California formed Mary Immaculate Province, the Western Province of the Salesian Sisters with its center in San Antonio, Texas. In 1993, the Provincial House was constructed and serves as the administrative headquarters for the Western Province, as a retreat and spirituality center, and a meeting and workshop venue. In 2002 the Salesian Sisters of the Western Province began ministries in Colorado.

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The ministries of the Western Province include early childhood programs, elementary, and secondary education, religious education centers, before and after-school programs, youth ministry, adult education, outreach programs for poor and disadvantaged women and children, boys and girls clubs, a lay young adult volunteer program, and summer camps.

Today, there are about 100 Sisters in the Western Province involved in ministries in twelve different communities. Whether 1908 or today, the Sisters' mission continues in the Western United States, impacting the lives of children and youth following the teachings of St. John Bosco and St. Mary Mazzarello.