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Friday, 14 August 2015 16:26


In his Apostolic Letter on the occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life, Pope Francis encourages us to 'look back with gratitude; live the present with passion; look to the future with hope', so said Fr Martin Coyle SDB in his homily to the congregation at the Parish Church of St Joseph's, Blundellsands on the celebration of the anniversaries of Final Profession of Sister Elena Gibson FMA (Ruby), Sisters Helen Murphy FMA, Valerie Jackson FMA, Eileen Foley FMA (Golden) and Sister Helen Carey FMA (Diamond).

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L to R - Sr Helen Carey, Sr Eileen Foley, Sr Valerie Jackson, Sr Helen Murphy, Sr Elena Gibson

The whole congregation thanked the Sisters for their lives of dedicated service to young people as religious women in the Church - by faithfully following the example of Don Bosco and Mary Mazzarello, and of being with the young in friendship and love.

The celebrations continued afterwards at the Provincial House, where everybody was invited to drinks, a lovely buffet and a cake which was expertly cut by Sister Helen.
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Tuesday, 11 August 2015 10:20


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Congratulations to Jakub Ruszniak SDB, recently ordained to the Priesthood.

Jakub, formerly of the Polish Province of Pila, was joined by his mother, father, two brothers, family, friends and Salesians for this great occasion. Representing the British Province was the Provincial Fr Martin Coyle SDB. Jakub spent two years on practical training at the Salesian School, Chertsey between 2009-2011. Also at the gathering at Rumia, were Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB, two staff from the School and two Cooperators (Pat and Brian Barnes)

Jakub, aged 28 transferred to the British Province on the occasion of his Final Profession, September 2013. Between 2011 and 2015 he has been studying for the Priesthood at Ratisbonne, Jerusalem.

Our prayers and good wishes go to Jakub as he takes up his new post at Bootle.

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Thursday, 06 August 2015 10:12



Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured; his clothes became dazzingly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them. Elijah appeared to them with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus. Then Peter spoke to Jesus: 'Rabbi', he said 'it is wonderful for us to be here; so let's make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah'. He did not know what to say; they were so frightened. And a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and there came a voice from the cloud, 'This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him'. Then suddenly when they looked round, they saw no one with them anymore but only Jesus.

As they came down from the mountain he warned them not to tell any one what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They observed the warning faithfully, though among themselves they discussed what 'rising from the dead' could mean. (Mark 9:2-10)

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 10:18


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Saturday, 18 July 2015 17:00


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After close to 100 years of education on this site, nearly 50 years of which has been Catholic education within the Archdiocese of Southwark, the Governors, staff and students of St John Bosco College, are preparing to bid farewell and embark on their next chapter at Parkham Street, Battersea,at the end of September. Our guest of honour, Bishop Hendricks, was the Principal Celebrant and is pictured (above) with, to his left, our newly appointed Head Boy and Head Girl and (to his right) Mrs Jane Hargrave JP, Chair of Governors, Fr Martin Coyle SDB, Provincial of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Dr Anne Bamford, Director of Education for the Archdiocese and the Head Teacher, Mr Simon Uttley.

This North Liverpool school has officially opened its multi-million pound new home.



[ L to R - Cllr Nick Small, MP Stephen Twigg, pupil Megan, Headteacher Anne Pontifex,

Head girl Antonia, Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, pupil Lauryn and Chair of Governors John Gibbons]


On Wednesday 3 July, St John Bosco Arts College welcomed Sr Connie Cameron FMA (Provincial), Fr Martin Coyle SDB (Provincial), Mayor Joe Anderson, MP Stephen Twigg, esteemed guests, and members from various Salesian communities to the official opening of its £18 million new school building.

Specialising in visual and performing arts, St John Bosco is one of 12 new secondary, primary, and special schools commissioned by Liverpool City Council under a £170 million city deal negotiated with the government.

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson says: “I promised to deliver twelve new schools across the city when I became Mayor back in 2012, so I’m delighted we’ve arrived at another important milestone on this journey with the completion of the new St. John Bosco School.

“It’s important to me as Mayor - and to the city more generally - that we offer each child the best possible start in life by giving them with the best possible education. I know that pupils, staff and parents are absolutely delighted with the finished product. It will ensure generations of local children receive a top class education in magnificent new surroundings.”

The building has received local and national acclaim through a number of awards, including the BDP George Grenfell Baines (GGB) Award and was shortlisted in this year’s RIBA North West Awards. 


[L to R- Fr Martin Coyle SDB, Headteacher Anne Pontifex, Sr Connie Cameron FMA, MP Stephen Twigg]


The school building was designed by architect BDP and was built by contractor Vinci Construction. The school is based around a central heart space and includes two double height dance studios, drama studios, a fitness suite, as well as 3D immersive learning environments and super-sized science laboratories.

Local MP Stephen Twigg, one of the guests in attendance, says: “I’ve visited St John Bosco Arts College on numerous occasions and every time I come back I’m still impressed by the new building.

The school is a credit to the city and Liverpool City Council’s investment and vision for education in this region.

Having met with pupils, staff and other members from the community today, it’s clear to see everyone is delighted with the new facilities and is excited for the future.”

Headteacher Anne Pontifex, added: “Our brilliant new £18 million school building is a wonderful environment for pupils and staff to thrive in. I’m incredibly proud of our building and the difference it has made to our whole school community.”

Friday, 15 May 2015 09:53


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This summer will see the completion of new Salesian buildings in Battersea. St John Bosco College is due to open in late September moving from its temporary home in Wandsworth. The Salesian community house has been re-built almost exactly on the site of its predecessor- Surrey House. Sacred Heart Parish is also enjoying a newly built parish centre alongside the church. In each of these three areas old and new are being blended into an on-going story of Salesian commitment to Battersea.

The newness of this development may not be obvious from the buildings alone which occupy the same traditional spaces as before. What is new is the way that these three elements of the Salesian presence will be able to work together to create a visible example of Salesian work as a home, a school, a playground and a church. Each of these buildings will be interconnected by pathways and form a family of buildings around the playground which lies at the heart of the Salesian site. That arrangement echoes the layout of Don Bosco's own foundation in Valdocco in Turin. In a visible way this re-development will become don Bosco's home in London.


The school, the parish and the community are now in the process of exploring how to bring together a sense of shared commitment to young people, how to make plans and work with other groups in the local area. Each area has its own priorities but each has a common concern to be a home, a school, a playground and a church for those involved. The school will welcome a comprehensive range of young people and will offer special help to young managing the challenges of the autistic spectrum. The Salesian house will offer a venue for learning about Salesian spirituality and single overnight accommodation for small youth groups as well as longer term accommodation for international Salesian students. The parish will continue to build on the involvement of youth in parish life and the importance of catechesis with all age groups.

Gathered around a playground, this church school and home will work to make Don Bosco's spirit live on in London.  

Thursday, 30 April 2015 15:07


0233From the 25th-26th April Blundellsands Liverpool resounded to the noise of participants on the Salesian Spirituality programme.   

This programme has been running since 2006 and it was great to see it in action again!  The programme itself consisted of eight sessions, which looked at many different aspects of Salesian Spirituality and Salesian Youth Work.  The activities, discussions and personal reflection time gave everyone the opportunity to reflect on their own Salesian approach.  The weekend was very much enjoyed by everyone and we all left feeling renewed and inspired!  We are looking forward to running the programme in the future and we really hope that more people will 'come and see' what it's all about!

Thursday, 30 April 2015 14:51


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From Monday 13th April, to Friday 17th April, Sr. Anne Frances FMA (VIDES UK) and Mary Biddle (Youth Pastoral) visited the FMA/VIDES Human Rights Office and the United Nations in Geneva.

The International Institute of Maria Ausiliatrice (Salesian Sisters) and VIDES International are both recognised NGOs within the United Nations and therefore have a right to vote on the Human Rights Council.  As part of their visit, they received formation and training from Sr. Maria Grazia Caputo, focused on the aims, objectives and structure of the UN.  They also had the unique opportunity of putting theory into practice by visiting and experiencing first-hand the work of the United Nations.  They spent two days participating in the convention for migrant workers and their families and a third day on the redress and rehabilitation of victims of torture.  It was a truly incredible experience which challenged and inspired them.


Both Anne Frances and Mary will be sharing their experience around the FMA Province in the coming weeks.  

Look out for further information on:


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Monday, 23 February 2015 15:07





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