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Salesians of Don Bosco

· Village of Port Chester (Town of Rye) -For nearly one hundred years, Rye was disputed territory between New York and Connecticut, until finally in 1788 the New York State legislature officially established the Town of Rye boundaries.  The group of settlers moved outward from Manursing Island and eventually developed Peningo Neck (the present business section of the City of Rye) and "Saw Pit" as Port Chester was commonly called then.  Saw Pit (also know as Saw Pits and Saw Pit Landing), was named for the saw-mill and boat building shop near the mouth of the Byram River where the community evolved.  It was little more than a hamlet until near the Revolutionary War period.  But with its good harbor and growing shipbuilding industry, the port became a natural outlet for farm produce from the surrounding countryside. Since its origins 300 years ago as a shipbuilding community, Port Chester has evolved into a village with a thriving retail economy.  Port Chester's location, on the eastern edge of Westchester County, helps make it an ideal place to live and do business.  The Village boasts 50 acres of parkland, strong public schools and a renowned Restaurant Row.

· Church of Our Lady of the Rosary & Holy Rosary School, Port Chester -Holy Rosary Church was founded by the Port Chester Italian Catholic Community in 1904. Today it serves an American born population and a thriving Latino/Hispanic immigrant community with more than 2000 attending Sunday church services. This same Catholic community in 1928 founded the Don Bosco Community Center.  Holy Rosary School for Pre-K 3 to Grade 8 was established in 1945 and today serves needy children from predominantly immigrant households,

· Salesians of the USA Eastern Province -The Salesian Priests & Brothers of the USA arrived in Port Chester in 1912 to minister to the Italian immigrants and young people of Holy Rosary Church and then went on to found the local Catholic parishes of Corpus Christi and Sacred Heart of Jesus.

· Salesians of Don Bosco International, Rome, Italy -The international Salesian Family was founded by St.  John Bosco in the 19th century.  This link contains wonderful information about Don Bosco, the world-wide Salesian Youth Movement, the Salesian missions, and charitable works of the congregation.

· Salesian Vocation Office, New Jersey -Any young man interested in the religious vocation of the Salesian priests and brothers and their ministry to the young and poor should contact this site.

· Salesian Sisters, Eastern USA -Any young woman interested in the religious vocation of the Salesian sisters, the charism of St.  Mary Mazzarello (Co-Foundress of the Salesian Sisters with St.  John Bosco), and their ministry to the young and poor should contact this site.

· Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York -Here is some extraordinary information about the history of the Roman Catholic Church of New York and its many, many ministries.

· Food Bank for Westchester -The Don Bosco Kids Café which annually serves over 5000 hot meals to members of the Don Bosco Boys & Girls Club is operated by Don Bosco and sponsored by the Food Bank for Westchester.

· Child and Adult Care Food Program -The Don Bosco Kids Café receives food donations from the public, purchases food/milk/bread, and is funded primarily by CACFP.

· Summer Food Service Program -Salesian Summer Daze Camp serves about 250 boys and girls (ages 3-14) from the Village of Port Chester and neighboring area.  It is opened for six weeks beginning the last Monday of June until the first Friday of August.  Breakfast, Lunch, and an Afternoon Snack are served daily, Monday-Friday.  In an average summer over 10,000 meals will be served.  The food program receives food donations from the public, purchases food/milk/bread and is funded primarily by SFSP.

· Westchester Hispanic Coalition -WHC is the co-sponsor of the Don Bosco Day Laborers Program, Monday-Saturday morning.



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