Salesian Spirituality
As a Christian humanist, St. Francis de Sales emphasized that all life could lead to God. Salesian Spirituality calls every person to the holiness of “being who you are and being that well,” whatever your walk of life. Encountering daily circumstances with an open heart and a listening ear holds a particular devotion to the will of God lived along the path of the “little virtues.” The virtues of humility, gentleness, simplicity, patience, optimism, interiority, and respect presented in the realities of daily living are the Salesian way of living the Gospel with great liberty of spirit and deep joy. It is a way of hope assuring us that God loves us and wants to be with us.
St. Jane de Chantal

St. Jane de Chantal

St. Francis de Sales

St. Francis de Sales


“In many ways
Salesian Spirituality is one of Jesus coming to our homes—
to where we live, work, play and pray.”

-Fr. Joseph F. Powers, OSFS


Visit these links to learn more about Salesian Spirituality

The St. Francis de Sales Association. A lay spiritual family for growing in the Salesian way.

Salesians of Don Bosco. The second largest order in the Catholic Church, the Salesians are devoted to serving orphans and vulnerable children.

Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. We especially recommend their weekly e-newsletter.

Art from Brother Mickey McGrath, OSFS. We love using Br. Mickey’s works for visio divina.


Where in the US is Salesian Spirituality?

Salesian Spirituality has spread from France to all corners of the globe. In the US, it has flourished in many forms: as monasteries, as schools, and as social and service groups. The bronze states in the map below show the locations of non-Visitation communities, such as the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales or the Salesians of Don Bosco. Click the red states to learn more about the Visitation communities (schools and monasteries of the Visitation of the Holy Mary).