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Formation Houses: how many and what they include


There are currently 169 formation houses in the Salesian world.


What do they include?
Center for specific formation for priesthood aspirants
Specific formation center for coadjutors/brothers

What are the biggest novitiates?

The three novitiates with most numerous novices this year are: 

Lubumbashi Chem-Chem (AFC): 25 novices

 Ba Thon, Vietnam (VIE): 23 novices 

Shillong Sunnyside (INS): 21 novices

How many Salesian schools and vocational training centers are there?


3,643 Schools 

940,000 students 

68,000 teachers and trainers 



826 vocational training centers 

200,300 students 

15,000 teachers and formators

How was the Synod told through social media?

Here are the numbers from Vatican News:

Over 1400 tweets regarding the Synod

6 languages

The official hashtag #Synod2018 was used 100,000 times

Pope Francis' tweet re the Synod of October 24 reached 50million people (via the 9 multilingual @Pontifex accounts)

On Facebook, the Synod content reached 10 million users

On Instagram it had 650 thousand views

Average age of participants: between 18 and 34 years


ANS - “Agenzia iNfo Salesiana” is a on-line almost daily publication, the communication agency of the Salesian Congregation enrolled in the Press Register of the Tibunal of Rome as n 153/2007.

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