We, the Salesians of Don Bosco, formally known as the Society of St Francis of Sales, are recognized in the Church as a clerical religious institute of pontifical right. We are a Religious Congregation of men devoted to apostolic and missionary activities and to the many different works inspired by Christian charity, but especially to the service of young people, in particular, those who are poor and disadvantaged. Our history began, we may say, when little Johnny Bosco had a very strange dream at the age of 9. However, today, the society has over 14,000 members working in 132 countries. Through a global network of educational and social service organization it currently caters to over 9 million young people the world over.