St John Bosco College is part of a larger Salesian Community in Engadine, working with and for young people.

Brief History

Fr Joseph Ciantar established the Salesian mission in Engadine in 1952 when the Salesians were asked by Cardinal Gilroy to assume responsibility for Boys’ Town and the newly established Engadine Parish. While the work of Boys’ Town was the central focus of the Salesians and the local community, other developments continued including the establishment of St John Bosco Primary School (1949), St John Bosco Youth Centre (1964), St John Bosco College (1978), John Paul Village (1985) and a specialised youth ministry called Youth Matters (1995).

The original community, established in 1952, was located on the Boys’ Town site. In 1985 a new community, with a focus on the parish, was formed. The two communities amalgamated in 1999.

Mission Today

The Salesian Community in Engadine continues to animate a large number of pastoral and educative works including:

St John Bosco Parish

Catholic parish serving the suburbs of Waterfall, Heathcote, Engadine, Yarrawarrah and Woronora Heights – with numerous active groups and organisations.

St John Bosco Primary School

A Kindergarten – Year 6 Catholic co-educational primary school.

Dunlea Centre (Formerly Boys' Town)

Provides intensive life skills, therapeutic and educational services to young people at risk, including a residential programme that aims to seek family restoration.

Youth Matters

A parish sponsored youth ministry conducting a variety of drop-in, social, recreational, educational and religious activities.

St John Bosco Youth Centre

A community based network of youth sporting organisations.

John Paul Village

A residential aged care facility incorporating independent living, hostel and nursing home accommodation.