The Salesians of St. John Bosco (or the Salesian Society) originally known as is a Roman Catholic religious institute founded in the late nineteenth century by Saint John Bosco in order to, through works of charity, to care for the young and poor children of the industrial revolution. The Salesians' charter describes the society's mission as "the Christian perfection of its associates obtained by the exercise of spiritual and corporal works of charity towards the young, especially the poor, and the education of boys to the priesthood."
Don Bosco was inspired create a vast movement of persons to bring the Gospel of Jesus to young people and to work for the benefit of the young. He founded the Society of St. Francis de Sales (Salesians of Don Bosco), the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters), the Association of Salesian Cooperators, and the Association Devoted to Mary Help (ADMA). Other Salesian Family Groups have formed and today there are 28 Groups.
The Salesian Family Groups have spread throughout the world and number 402,500 members. These Groups live in communion with each other, share the same spirit and, with specifically distinct vocations, continue the mission Don Bosco began. His Salesian charisma continues to inspire people serve young people especially those who are poor and at risk.