The congregation of the Caritas Sisters of Jesus (CSJ) was founded by Salesians Fr. Antonio Cavoli, SDB and co-founder, Venerable Vincent Cimatti, SDB in 1937 in Miyazaki, Japan. The founder, named the congregation “Caritas” because it started with love and concern for the poor people.
The love and self-sacrificing work for the abandoned of the Caritas sisters won the hearts of a lot of non-Catholics and led them to God. The small seed blossomed into fruitful tree that has spread its missionary presence in 15 countries with around 1000 sisters of different nationalities
Don Bosco created a vast movement of persons to bring the Gospel of Jesus to young people and to work for their benefit. He himself founded the Society of St. Francis de Sales (Salesians of Don Bosco), the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters), the Association of Salesian Cooperators, and the Association Devoted to Mary Help (ADMA). Since then other groups have formed. Today 31 groups make up the Salesian Family spread throughout the world. These Groups have specifically distinct vocations but they live in communion with each other, share Don Bosco’s charism of ministering to the young especially those who are poor and at risk.