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Monday, 17 January 2011 00:00

News from Tunisia

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Fr Laurence Essery SDB, a Salesian from Great Britain who is now a member of the Maltese Delegation, is based in Tunisia, where there has been unrest from December 2010. He sent the following report on 17th January 2011.

As you will no doubt know from the TV and press, Tunisia is in turmoil and we in Manouba are not too far from from the 'epicentre', the city of Tunis itself. Yesterday in particular there was a sustained gun battle in the streets around us we believe between the army and police loyal to the ousted president.

Sunday, 30 January 2011 00:00

News from Jerusalem

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Fr Gianni Caputa, who teaches at the Salesian Theological College, Ratisbonne, Jerusalem, has sent the following news of celebrations for the Feast of Saint John Bosco.

While tumultuous events seem to be engulfing many parts of the Middle East at the moment, and we do not forget our Salesian Family in Tunisia and Egypt (and Sudan, and in many other parts of that region), there was time and tranquility in Jerusalem, on Sunday 30 January, for the Salesian Family to solemnise the Don Bosco's Feast day in the Latin Rite with a children's Mass in a local Parish. The youth choir sang together with the students of theology. The Franciscan Parish Priest, Fr Firas Hijazeen commented on the day's Gospel in his homily: "Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth". Fr Gianni Caputa provides us with an overview of the commentary.

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Mass on 30th January

Thursday, 25 November 2010 00:00

Project Europe: 2011 to 2012

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Salesian Provincials from all over Europe, including our GBR Provincial Fr Martin Coyle, met in Rome at the end of November 2010 to review the progress of Project Europe and plan for the next two years.

Project Europe involves
  • Revitalisation from within of the Salesian presences in Europe
  • Relocation and restructuring of the Salesian presences in Europe
  • Europe as a mission territory

Based on the discussions of the European Provincials, an action plan for 2011 to 2012 has been published. It describes tasks at various levels for the Rector Major and his Council, the European Regions and Provinces and the non-European Regions and Provinces. These include education and publicity, reviewing criteria for Salesian schools, parishes and youth work, and preparation and support for missionaries coming from outside Europe to help with a new proclamation of the Gospel in a continent in danger of losing its Christian identity.

You can read and download the action plan (Interventi) and other documents from the Project Europe page on the central Salesian website. Please note that you may need to sign up, for this website if you have not already done so. Registration is free.

Saturday, 01 January 2011 00:00

The Don Bosco Salesian Book Club

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Fr John Dickson SDB is launching a Club to raise awareness of books of Salesian interest.

The first book proposed is The Foundation Decade at Shrigley: Seminary, Church and Shrine 1929-1939 by Professor Peter Roebuck, a past pupil of Shrigley. Fr Dickson has some free copies available and he has written a review to set you thinking.

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Becoming a member only means reading the book and then being willing to join in a discussion of its contents with the author.

If you are interested please email Fr John Dickson.

Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:00

Prague Blog

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From Thursday 4th to Wednesday 10th November 2010, in Prague, Czech Republic, there is a conference on the Salesian Mission in Europe attended by Salesians and Salesian Sisters. The theme is The Salesian Mission in a Frontier Situation and the Initial Proclamation of Christ in Europe Today.

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The conference is being covered on the Salesian News Agency (ANS) website, but we also have the benefit of reports from Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB, Parish Priest of St James' Bootle, Sr Bernadette Cassidy FMA and Sr Connie Cameron FMA. These are not official minutes, but their notes give us a sense of the excitement experienced when dealing with Project Europe.

Sunday, 17 October 2010 01:00

Student Voice

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In October 2010, student representatives from Salesian College Battersea, Salesian School Farnborough, Savio Salesian College Bootle and St John Bosco Arts College Croxteth met at Savio House Bollington for the sixth Salesian Student Leadership Gathering. Ms Kendall from St John Bosco, Ms Adams from Bootle, Mr Moore from Farnborough and Mr Regan and Mr Georgiou from Battersea were also in attendance.

Thursday, 18 November 2010 00:00

Salesians in Teheran

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Fr John Dickson has sent this fascinating account of an unexpected meeting with two Salesian Past Pupils from Iran.

November, with the return of winter, reminds us traditionally of the Holy Souls and invites us to think of our memories of those who have gone before us. This November has been particularly vivid for me as you will see.

Wednesday, 08 December 2010 00:00

New Salesian Cooperators Centre in Cornwall

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On 8th December, the Feast day of the Immaculate Conception, 2010, at the church of Mary Immaculate in Falmouth, a new Centre for Salesian Cooperators was launched and six new Cooperators were enrolled.

During the Mass, Paul Barnes, who along with his wife, Maria, have been cooperators for many years, formally applied for the Centre to be opened. Paul outlined how work had been ongoing for three years to the day since the idea was first muted. Subsequently written permission had been obtained from Rt Rev Bishop Christopher Budd, Bishop of Plymouth and the agreement of the Provincials of the Salesians of Don Bosco and of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in Great Britain

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(l to r) Paul Barnes, Wynn Young-Hares, Fr Jon Bielawski, Marylen Driver, Wendy Bown, Maria Barnes, Bohdan Kiszsczuk and Hilary Kiszczuk.

Monday, 25 October 2010 01:00

Parish Meeting

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Salesians working in parishes met at Hothorpe Hall from Monday 25th October to Wednesday 27th October 2010.

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Fr Martin Coyle (left) with some of the group in the Blue Room

Saturday, 16 October 2010 01:00

Formation Weekend in Battersea

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This year there are four young Salesians in initial training involved in practical experience in the Great Britain Province. On Friday 16th and Saturday 17th October 2010 they met in Battersea for the first of a series of formation gatherings.

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(l to r) Br Krzysztof, Br Kevin, Br Jakub, Fr O'Malley and Br Sandy.

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