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140th anniversary of largest women’s religious institute

May 03, 2012

The Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco, also known as the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, are commemorating the 140th anniversary of their foundation by St. Maria Mazzarello (1837-81).

The teaching order currently has 1,436 communities in 94 countries. In 2011, the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco had 14,091 members, making it the largest institute of women religious--followed by the Carmelites (9,413), Claretian Sisters (7,171), the India-based Franciscan Clarist Congregation (7,076), and the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (6,698).


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