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Friday, 15 November 2019 16:14

Rector Major visits our Province next week



Our Rector Major, Don Ángel Fernández Artime, flies in to Manchester on Tuesday. He will visit Savio House to see the work of the retreat team and Salesian Youth Ministry, and in Bolton, he will rededicate the restored chapel at Thornleigh.

Before leaving on Saturday evening, Fr Angel will visit Chertsey and Farnborough, and will conclude his visit with Mass at Sacred Heart Battersea.

We wish you a safe journey, Don Angel!

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Rahim was part of a group of Year 10 RE students from St John Bosco College, Battersea, who visited a synagogue recently, and saw preparations for Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles or Feast of Shelters, including the building of a sukkah, representing the huts farmers stayed in as they worked on the harvest.

Our trip to the synagogue in Wimbledon, last month, was very interesting. We started the session by discussing what we knew about Judaism. Questions were thrown open to both the Jewish students and ourselves which helped to get us thinking as soon as we got there.


We then got to make bread together which was a new experience for me since it was the first time I had ever baked anything. It tasted really good and we got to choose the kind of seeds that we could top our challah bread with.

Friday, 15 November 2019 16:04

Salesian past pupils advise UN in Libya

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For the past year, Colonel Raymond Hughes, past pupil of Salesian College, Bootle, near Liverpool (now Savio Salesin College), has been deployed to Libya to serve with the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), along with another Salesian past pupil, Captain Albert Angel, US Navy, a graduate of Don Bosco Tecjhnical Intsitute, Rosemead, California.


Ray and Albert are the Senior British and American Military Advisors, working closely with the UN Special Representative to the General Secretary. The UN's mandate is to build and unify Libyan security institutions under democratic civilian control, to respond to the security needs of the Libyan people in accordance with international human rights standards.

Friday, 27 September 2019 17:45

A pilgrimage to the Isle of Wight

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Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB writes about the recent pilgrimage from St John Bosco College Battersea to the Isle of Wight


Our first Year 11 trip to the Benedictine monastery of Our Lady of Quarr took place in the middle of September, just before the weather turned. It was an ideal place for students to consolidate what they had learnt in RE last year and it was a subtle way of helping them to revisit topics that could well be examined next summer.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019 11:19

"A new year; a new term; a new day"



Hazel from the Chaplaincy Team at Savio Salesian College Bootle describes the start of 2019-20.



No. I am not being previous or run mad. I truly mean for all you teachers and Year Sevens – Happy New Year!

Our new year began on September 3rd: a new year; a new term; a new day – and a new intake into a new school.


Many eleven year olds had had that date at the forefront of their minds for six whole weeks. It was the date of the rest of their school days. They had to don new uniforms. Many had to travel to school for the first time ever and they had to be punctual. (In fact, two of them knocked on the school door at just turned seven that morning!)


In the hall, ninety small faces looked up at us anxiously. We looked back. "What are they going to be like?" we wondered. I’m sure they were looking at us and asking themselves the same question.

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On Sunday 13 October in Rome, Blessed John Henry Newman will become the first English saint to be canonised since 1970, and the first person who lived after the 17th Century to be made a saint. To celebrate this historic event, Don Bosco Publications has produced a new Pocketbook (out now!) and a prayer card. 


The commemorative prayer card is available for the price of postage (UK 60p). The Pocketbook costs £1.60 including UK p&p, and can be ordered from our online bookshop here. (for overseas orders, contact Don Bosco Publications (see below).

Thursday, 05 September 2019 17:07

Good Luck, Farewell & Thank you to BOVA's Anita


Anita with former BOVA volunteer, Peter

After seven years leading Bosco Volunteer Action (BOVA), our international volunteer programme, Anita Motha is moving on.

Thursday, 12 September 2019 16:35

Diamond Jubilees for Fr Tom and Br John

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On Monday September the 9th, the Salesian family in Battersea gathered to celebrate the diamond jubilee of profession of Bro John Finegan and Fr Tom Williams who were professed in Burwash of September 8th 1959.


The celebration mass was led by Fr Tom and there was a shared homily between Bro John and Fr David O'Malley. We were delighted to welcome the Salesian Sisters from Orbel Street and the cooperators to this Salesian event. We also celebrated the 40th anniversary of Fr Tom,'s ordination at this event which had slipped "under the radar" of the community in the summer.

We wish them both well in their ongoing ministry and an "ad multos annos" from the whole community.

Fr David O'Malley SDB


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Last weekend past pupils of the former Salesian Missionary College, Shrigley, gathered at their alma mater - now the Shrigley Hall Hotel and Spa, for their reunion. Around 30 Old Boys and their wives attended, with a record number coming down from Scotland this year, and one couple travelling all the way from New York.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 17:13

Three confreres celebrate 190 years as SDBs

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Fr Bob (70 years an SDB), Br Michael and Fr Michael (50 years each) renew their vows

Our Lady's birthday is always an important day in the Salesian Family, but Sunday 8 September this year was an extra special occasion in Bolton, as Fr Bob Coupe, Fr Michael Winstanley and Br Michael Winstanley celebrated a combined 190 years as Salesians of Don Bosco.

Fr Bob made his first vows 70 years ago, in 1949, and Fr Michael and Br Michael made theirs in 1959 - a mere 60 years ago.

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