Father Michael Conway

Salesian Missions Announces New Director

Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, has announced that Father Michael Conway will take the role of director of the organization. Fr. Conway is familiar with Salesian Missions after serving on its board of directors. 

“I’m excited to step into this new role with the organization and appreciate the faith the Rector Major has in my ability to lead,” said Fr. Conway. “Salesian Missions does such important work around the globe funding education and social programs for poor youth and their families. The work of the Salesians is life-changing for so many people living in conditions of poverty.”

In his previous position, Conway was the treasurer of the Eastern United States and Canada Province of New Rochelle. He comes to Salesian Missions with a rich experience of Salesian leadership, having served either as principal or president of Salesian schools in Marrero, Louisiana; Paterson, New Jersey; East Boston, Massachusetts; St. Petersburg, Florida; and most recently at Don Bosco Cristo Rey in Takoma Park, Maryland.

“I am delighted that the rector major has recognized Fr. Conway’s leadership abilities, his financial acumen, his administrative experience and his Salesian heart,” said Father Timothy Ploch, who served as interim director of Salesian Missions. “Salesian organizations and programs for at-risk and marginalized youth and the most needy around the globe will be well served by our new director.”

Salesian Missions is headquartered in New Rochelle, and is part of the Don Bosco Network—a worldwide federation of Salesian NGOs. The mission of the U.S.-based nonprofit Catholic organization is to raise funds for international programs that serve youth and families in poor communities around the globe. The Salesian missionaries are made up of priests, brothers and sisters, as well as laypeople—all dedicated to caring for poor children throughout the world in more than 130 countries and helping young people become self-sufficient by learning a trade that will help them gain employment. To date, more than 3 million youth have received services funded by Salesian Missions. These services and programs are provided to children regardless of race or religion. For more information, go to