The Salesians are a Catholic Religious Order (the third largest in the world) who operate in over 126 countries around the world. The Salesians are involved in education, welfare, human development, missions, parishes, youth centres, etc. In Australia the Salesians own and operate schools, youth works, welfare agencies, and parishes, in several States. Their central office is located in Melbourne, Vic.
The Salesian tradition was founded in Turin, Italy, by St John Bosco in 1859 and named after Francis de Sales, the 16th century saint. The Salesian philosophy is based on reason, religion, loving and kindness and relies on an active, caring presence of staff with the young.
The Salesians currently have Priests and Brothers on staff at Dominic College and have enjoyed a long association with Dominic College since their arrival at Boys Town in 1946. The Salesians are known for their practice of the preventative method in education, which relies on establishing a friendly, joyful and pastoral relationship with the young. This system ensures a sound education is given to the students of the College.
In each of the Dominic College offices, you will find a poster depicting the Charter for Salesian Schools in Australia. It explains that the Salesian school community of today is challenged to be: a home that welcomes, a parish that evangelises, a school that prepares for life and a playground where friends meet and enjoy themselves.