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Welcome to the Province of Our Lady of Peace

Welcome to our website

From the head of the Province of Our Lady of Peace - Sr Marie Claire Jean

I am glad to welcome you to the Southern African Province Website!

We are the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, from our Italian name, “Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice” (FMA), usually known as Salesian Sisters.

Founded in Italy in 1872, our Founders, St Giovanni Bosco and St Mary Domenica Mazzarello wanted us to be a response of salvation to the profound hopes of girls and young women in Italy and around the world. Present today in 98 countries with more than 12000 Sisters, our principal attention is for Christian education and human promotion.

Our Province in South Africa, Lesotho and Zambia works with 13 communities serving the children and youth through formal and informal education, youth ministry, professional formation.

We are a welcoming space where everyone can find a way for serving God and the others. Come and visit us!

Welcome !
Sr Marie Claire Jean (Provincial)


Founding of Salesian Sisters

We were founded in 1872 by by St. John Bosco and St. Mary Mazzarello.


Our Congregation

We are the largest Congregation of religious women with 11,000 sisters worldwide.


Global Presence

We have sisters serving in 98 countries across the globe.


Arrival in Southern Africa

The Salesian Sisters arrived in South Africa in 1961; in Lesotho in 1983 and in Zambia in 1984.

Get involved and help us achieve our mission to bring the poor youth throughout the world closer to Christ, through education and formation.