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Salesian Congregation is a male Catholic order of priests, deacons and lay brothers founded by Saint John Bosco in 1857 in Turin and approved by Pope Pius IX in 1873. The name Salesian was given by Don Bosco in honor of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop of Geneva. It is also known as Society of Saint Francis de Sales and Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB). It was created for the sanctification of its members and works of charity towards the young, especially the poor.

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