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 work in Nasinu, Suva, in creating the Don Bosco Community and Youth Centre.

In 2020 the Parish will donate from our Parish Charity Fund toward construction of this multi-purpose Community Centre.

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 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.