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Friday, 20 February 2009 00:00

Agnelli visits London

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In February 2009, 130 students from the Salesian Agnelli School in Turin visited London. 45 of those students met up with our Year 11 student leaders from Salesian College Battersea. We also welcomed two students from Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton. The visit followed on from our successful inaugural trip to Turin with Year 11 in June 2008.


Some of the group outside Westminster Cathedral

Thursday, 17 October 2013 18:31

Fr Fabio in Britain

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Fr Fabio Attard, General Councillor for Youth Ministry, visited the Great Britain (GBR) Province from 11th April to 22nd May 2009.

Every six years, each Salesian province receives an official visit from a member of the General Council representing the Rector Major. Usually this is the Council member responsible for the region involved, but as our Regional, Fr Stefan Turansky, was still improving his English, Fr Fabio took his place for this Visitation.

Tuesday, 06 January 2009 00:00

Salesian Family Survey

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At the beginning of January 2009, the Salesian Family Link group sent out copies of a questionnaire to members of the Salesian Family in Great Britain. Peter Hunter has counted up the replies and would like to share the outcome with our readers. 106 questionnaires were returned.

Question 1

How are you connected with the Salesian Family?


Wednesday, 04 March 2009 00:00

A Rectors' Meeting with a Difference

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Fr Francis Preston, former Provincial of the Salesians in Great Britain, is now working in Jerusalem. He has sent the following account of his visit to Egypt for a meeting of Rectors which took place in Cairo from 4th to 8th March 2009:

The Salesian Middle East Province [MOR] where I have been working for three last three years has communities in seven different countries: Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Turkey, Iran, Syria and Lebanon. Travel between these countries is very difficult.

Monday, 16 March 2009 00:00

A Past Pupil returns to Chertsey

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On 16th March 2009 Dr John Lofting visited the Salesian School at Chertsey which he had left as a 14 year old in 1941.


Dr Lofting in the garden of Salesian House Chertsey

As he describes he has led a charmed life, but without his education at Chertsey he would probably have ended up pursuing a criminal rather than a medical career.

Saturday, 24 January 2009 00:00

Salesian Family Days 2009

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Over four hundred people, SDB, FMA, Co-operators, Past Pupils, volunteers and friends, attended the three Salesian Family Days at Farnborough, Easterhouse and Bolton on 24th January and 7th and 8th February 2009.


On each day, after the welcome and opening prayer service, Fr John Dickson, our province historian, gave the first talk on events leading to the founding of the Salesian Congregation on December 18th 1859 and Don Bosco's struggles to express his innovative ideas in a form acceptable to both Church and State.

Sunday, 21 February 2010 00:00

Memorial Mass for Brother John

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About 60 people gathered for a memorial Mass for Brother John O'Kane RIP on Saturday 21st February in St Benedict's Church, Easterhouse, Glasgow.


Members of Brother John's Family

Sunday, 07 December 2008 00:00

Student Voice at Savio House

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Twenty six student representatives from Salesian Schools in Great Britain met at Savio House from 5th to 7th December 2008 for the third Student Voice conference.


Saturday, 13 December 2008 00:00

Cardinal celebrates Advent with US Student

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Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster, kindly agreed to celebrate Advent and the end of the semester for students attending the London Programme of one of America's leading Catholic universities, Notre Dame, Indiana. The celebration took place on December 13th 2008.


The Cardinal at the reception with Notre Dame students.

Saturday, 13 December 2008 00:00

St James' Parish Christmas Production

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The week ending December 13th 2008 saw a unique take on the world famous Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens staged in the beautiful setting of St James' Church, Bootle.


The parish team leader, Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB wrote the script and produced the show together with Katie and Victoria Lyon, two of the parishioners. The cast included over 60 parishioners, adults and children. Given the huge success of Mamma Mia, we used the songs of Abba such as Money, Money, Money to accompany the script that saw Scrooge working in the world of modern high finance. The Ghost of Christmas Past took us right back to the original Christmas scene and Scrooge ending up on the X-Factor with a group of nuns!

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