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Monday, 29 December 2014 11:54


Saint Thomas Becket

Today is the Feast of St Thomas Becket (known also as St Thomas of Canterbury) - St Thomas is the Patron of our Province.

On this day we remember especially our Provincial (Fr Martin) and his leadership team.

We ask the blessing of St Thomas on the Province, and also on the Salesian Family of Great Britain.


Monday, 01 December 2014 10:27


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Today Scotland celebrates the Feast of St Andrew (normally 30th November, but yesterday was the First Sunday of Advent).

We rejoice with all members of the Salesian Family in Scotland, or of Scottish descent elsewhere on this great Feast Day - and we especially remember all those in the Parishes of St Clare and St Benedict in Easterhouse; the Ur Space project in Newlands, Glasgow and the Cooperators of Paisley, Milton and Easterhouse.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 14:40


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Fr Martin Poulsom SDB has recently released a new EP, called Invisible on his Bandcamp website at

The EP is available as a download exclusive (it's NOT available as a CD), and is a 'pay what you like' download (meaning you can download it for free if you so wish).

The webpage tells you the story of how the four songs came together - two of them being on his last album, Dark Light, and two newly recorded for this release. The four songs are all about commuting in different ways, something that he has been doing for the last eight years as he works at Heythrop College in London.

One of the great things about Bandcamp is that you can listen to the whole EP online before you decide whether you want to download it.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 11:14


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As part of the FMA General Chapter, the Delegates had an audience with the Holy Father. Without doubt a wonderfully blessed experience for all, especially the British Delegates, Sr Connie (Provincial) and Sr Pat.

Thursday, 06 November 2014 15:08


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The Bi-Centenary EXPO arrived at St Mary's Cathedral, Sunday 26th October, after travelling from Glasgow.

Over 600 people attended the three Sunday Masses - one of which was presided over by the Provincial, Fr Martin Coyle SDB - he also preached at the Masses. In the afternoon about 100 people came back to the Cathedral for the EXPO Essence - the play - 'Don Bosco - A Magic Saint'; the Exhibition - 'Vison of Life' and the concluding prayer service.

The whole group was very warmly welcomed by the Dean, Fr Dermott Donnelly and his Cathedral Team.

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Monday, 27 October 2014 14:19


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Over 400 members of the Salesian Family and friends came to St Andrew's Cathedral, Glasgow on Saturday (25th October) to celebrate the Bi-Centenary of their founder and the patron saint of young people, St John Bosco.

The Holy Mass was led by Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, concelebrating with Bishop John Keenan, Bishop of Paisley, ( a past-pupil of the Salesian Missionary College at Shrigley), Fr Martin Coyle SDB, Provincial and 18 priests, both local and farther afield.

Speaking to the Congregation, Fr Martin in his homily emphasised the unshakeable belief in the presence and providence of God that Don Bosco had; how Don Bosco believed in the goodness and potential of young people, especially those that society had ignored, or worse, despised; concluding Fr Martin both encouraged and challenged the Salesian Family to continue the legacy of Don Bosco's mission onto the future, with a special message to the young people gathered to be strong in their witness to the Gospel.

Among the Congregation were staff and students from Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton - with their choir singing a beautiful rendition of 'Bread of Life' after Holy Communion.

Staff and pupils also attended from St Mungo's Academy, Glasgow.

Others in the Cathedral included Altar Servers from the Parishes of St Clare and St Benedict, Easterhouse; the welcome ministry was provided by staff and volunteers from Salesian Youth Ministry and Savio House, Bollington; the music ministry was led and animated by young adults from all around England and the organist from the Cathedral; refreshments were provided from the Salesian Sisters, beautifully served with the aid of friends and volunteers.

A big thanks was offered for support from Mgr Chris McIlroy and the staff of the Cathedral.

The Congregation was invited after the Mass to share refreshments in the Hall and to spend time looking at the Photographic Exhibition provided by Salesian Link on the theme - 'Vision of Life'

Friday, 24 October 2014 10:25


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Rome (Italy). This morning, at 9,35 the Chapter Members re-elected as Mother General Sr. Yvonne Reungoat The 9th successor of Mother Maria Domenica Mazzarello. Among the first to congratulate her along with the Chapter Members, was the Rector Major, Fr. Ángel Fernandez Artime, . A long, warm applause greeted the official proclamation.

All members of the Salesian Family send their best wishes and promises of prayers to Mother Yvonne, and offer congratulations to the FMA British Province.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 15:19


Thornleigh Salesian College have just started their Mission Week. As part of the experience, each student has the opportunity to take part in the Bi-Centenary EXPO - 'Don Bosco - A Magic Saint', and the Photographic Exhibition, and so far it has gone down extremely well - both students and staff responding very positively to the whole experience.

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Monday evening, however, saw an invited audience at the College - Governors, Primary School Headteachers, Salesians from the Community, Senior Leadership Team and Staff from Thornleigh, members of 'Salesian Link',  'Jump' and young people (whose pictures were on show in the exhibition) and their families. After the viewing of the exhibition, and the stage performance from RISE of 'Don Bosco - A Magic Saint', refreshments provided by the College and Salesian Link were enjoyed in Thornleigh House. Over 70 people had a very pleasant evening.

The Bi-Centenary EXPO heads north at the end of the week to Glasgow, where a 'Thanksgiving Mass' Mass will be celebrated at St Andrew's Cathedral, at 1pm on Saturday 25th.

Friday, 03 October 2014 14:25



An excellent start to the Bi-Centenary EXPO was made this week in London - every year group of St John Bosco College, Wimbledon had the opportunity to be part of the experience. Reaction was very positive. Fr Saju from the Chaplaincy reported that "the students were glued to the performance of 'Don Bosco - A magic saint' - many of them could connect something of their own life with that of Don Bosco" The words 'stupendous, cracking performance, great show' was pretty typical of the reaction of the staff and students. The Rise Theatre Company won great applause from the whole College.The Photographic Exhibition was also well received with two of the photographs on display from the staff of the College.Well done "Team Bi-Centenary"

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 17:13


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Over 500 members of the Salesian Family and friends came to St George’s Cathedral, Southwark on Saturday 20th September to celebrate the Bi-Centenary of their founder and the patron saint of young people, St John Bosco.


The Holy Mass was led by Archbishop Peter Smith – concelebrating were Bishop Paul Hendricks, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark, Bishop Howard Tripp, Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark, Bishop Chris Budd, Bishop Emeritus of Plymouth (a past-pupil of Salesian School, Chertsey), Fr Martin Coyle SDB, Provincial of the Salesian Province of Great Britain, and 30 priests, both local and farther afield.


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