The Salesian Sisters, the second-largest order of women religious in the world, are dedicated to working with young people who may have been disadvantaged, helping them to help themselves. As the sisters on one Salesian Web site describe themselves, We are a community of consecrated women unafraid of confronting the challenges encountered in the world of youth.
The Salesian Sisters have journeyed 100 years in the United States of America with love and in joy. They step into the new millennium with the same love and the same joy that Don Bosco and Mary Mazzarello inspired through Valdocco and Mornese. The Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco are women of youth, women of promise, and above all, women of God. They, and the young people from generation to generation, all form part of a vision seen by Mary Mazzarello years ago, and the voice of Mary that was heard to say, "I entrust them to you!"
The Salesian Schools Statement of Belief
As a Salesian School, we believe:
- in God Who is present in everyday reality and desires a personal relationship with each individual;
- in the inherent goodness of each person.
We believe that integral Catholic education fosters:
- the development of the total person, attending to the moral, religious, social, intellectual, aesthetic, and physical dimensions;
- a personal relationship with God through experiences of faith, prayer, and sacramental and Marian life;
- academic excellence;
- critical thinking and decision-making skills based on Gospel values;
- education to communication;
- opportunities for developing skills and interests through co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
We believe that:
- among the youth of the working class, there are many forms of poverty;
- our response to this poverty occurs through formal and informal education and through formation to solidarity and service.
We believe that forming good Christians and honest citizens necessitates:
- assisting parents in the human and faith development of the young person;
- helping the young to discover and freely live God's plan in their lives;
- educating to Catholic Social Teachings applied to current issues;
- helping the young person in the development of a sense of responsible membership in the church and in society;
- involving young people in the missionary, evangelizing dimension of the Church.
We believe that a Salesian ministry is characterized by the family spirit, that includes:
- a family atmosphere in which everyone is welcomed, accepted, and respected;
- the educator as a loving presence among the students;
- active parental involvement as a necessary part of the educational process;
- shared responsibility and cordial collaboration among administration, faculty, and staff.