Salesian Missions

The Parishioners of St John Bosco Engadine are grateful for the Salesian presence in our Parish since Fr Ciantar arrived in January 1952. Since that time, with the support and encouragement of the Salesians, our parishioners have built our two Churches, the Dunlea Centre, a Primary School and Secondary College, Convent, Presbytery/Parish Centre and a Retirement Village.  Following in the footsteps of our founder St John Bosco, our Parish has a preferential option for the Youth.

Following discussion with Fr Will, the Salesian Provincial, our Parish Leadership teams have decided that we would like to support the Salesian Missions work in Nasinu, Suva, in creating the Don Bosco Community and Youth Centre.

In 2019/20 financial year the Parish has donated $120,000 from our Parish Charity Fund toward construction of this multi-purpose Community and Youth Centre. Our Parish Fund will be providing a further $120,000 in January 2021 for the project.

Read Fr Peter Carroll's letter of thanks at this link.

Fiji, a nation of about 330 islands has always experienced the movement of people to Suva (the capital) in search of work and the hope of better living conditions. This has added not only to the already high level of youth unemployment, but also to social problems with increasing numbers being lured into drugs and crime.

The Fiji's population is just over 900,000.  The median age of population is 27.5 years. This means that half of the population is below the age of 27.5 years. 

The Salesians established a house in Fiji in 1999 – to enable the Samoan-born SDB’s to attend the Pacific Regional Seminary. From the outset they have been involved in organising weekend games and sport in the neighbouring villages. In addition, they also assist with community needs such as helping the elderly with home maintenance and other emergencies that may arise from Pacific cyclones etc. 

The local Fijian community is very much looking forward to the completion of the new Don Bosco Community and Youth Centre in Nasinu.  The Centre will cater for in excess of 500 youth, plus other members of the community in support roles.  Aside from sporting, educational and cultural activities for the youth the centre will provide meals for those in need.

Construction commenced in mid 2018, but following issues and delays by the builder his contract was terminated in August 2019.  The architect has taken over Project Management of the works using local contractors.  Progress has improved since the later part of 2019, with the steel frame completed in November 2019.

The Parish Priest of Nasinu, Fr Mick, has advised that the completion date was to be June 30, 2020, but due mainly to 'Fijian Time', some delays have been experienced. The roof sheeting is now completed and 
internal works are underway. 

Some update photos from November 2020. 

The budgetted total cost of the project is $A2,000,000.  The Salesian Rector Major, Fr Angel Artime, assisted the Australia - Pacific Province in arranging a generous contribution from Salesian Missions Madrid of 50% of the construction costs.  Salesian Missions Australia - Pacific Province has provided the balance of funding for the project to date.  There is $A300,000 yet to pay to complete the Centre, plus furnishings and equipment. Salesian Missions are experiencing the adverse effects of Covid through reduced donations. Our Parish Pastoral Works and Charity Fund will be providing a further $120,000 in January 2021 for the project.