Don Bosco was the inspiration behind a vast movement of people who work for the good of the young in a variety of different ways.
He himself founded not only the Society of St. Francis de Sales (Salesians of Don Bosco) but also the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters) and the Association of Salesian Co-operators.
Other branches of the family include: past-pupils, Volunteers and Young people themselves. All of these groups continue the mission Don Bosco began. His Salesian Charism continues to inspire people to serve young people especially those who are poor and at risk.
The Salesian sisters were founded by St. John Bosco and St. Maria Dominica Mazzarello to work for and with young people and their families.
John Bosco was born in 1815 and grew up in a small farming area called il Becchi, in Northern Italy.
Vides Ireland and SAVIO (Salesian Volunteers Ireland & Overseas) are two volunteering branches of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Ireland
The Salesian Co-operators are the first group of youth ministers established by Don Bosco