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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.


Girls at the Salesian Sisters' project, City of Joy, in Zambia

In her latest article on the work of Share the Light, Sophie Astles writes about some of the ways advocates and their families have recently been able to offer direct support to young people in Zambia.


Period poverty refers to a lack of access to sanitary products due to financial constraints. It is a global issue and has recently made the headlines in the UK, with the government pledging to fund free sanitary products in all English secondary schools, following a similar scheme that has already launched in Scotland.


A lack of access to sanitary protection brings a range of hygiene risks, but can also have a significant impact on attendance at school. For example, it is estimated that 1 in 10 girls in Africa miss at least one day of school a month as they are unable to afford sanitary products, or because their schools lack clean, safe toilets. It’s easy to forget the importance of menstrual care, particularly when you’ve never had to worry about it, but for many women both in the UK and across the world, getting hold of a tampon is not just a question of popping to the chemist.


At Share the Light, we’re incredibly lucky to have some talented, engaged and enthusiastic supporters. Sharon read an article discussing the lengths some women go to in order to access sanitary protection and wanted to do something to help. Her thoughts went to Share the Light and she set herself a target of raising £500 to cover the costs of sanitary products for the girls living at the City of Joy.

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A group from Great Britain’s Salesian Youth Ministry visited Lebanon recently, where they took part in summer camps for refugee children and had the opportunity to share experience with their counterparts from Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. Photo above: Sr Gill McCambridge

Friday, 19 July 2019 06:43

Farewell to our young Polish Brothers!

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This week, our schools and communities in Bootle and Bolton said farewell to Brs Lucas and Robert - young Salesians who have spent this year in school chaplaincy - as they return to Poland to continue their formation.


Photo:  Mass at Savio Salesian College to say goodbye to Br Lucas; Br Robert with Bishop John, and altar servers from Thornleigh.

Wednesday, 17 July 2019 16:37

Good Samaritan Pilgrimage to Arundel


On June 26th, Ms Barnsley (History) and Fr Marco (Chaplaincy / RE) took nine pupils ranging in age from Year 8-10 on the annual Diocesan Secondary School Good Samaritan Pilgrimage to Arundel. Our trip by school minibus lasted the best part of an hour and a half, however, having departed at half past eight, we made it in good time to meet the other pilgrims.


On Sunday 21 July, the Catholic community in Battersea will celebrate 150 years of Catholic worship in the Battersea Park area, with a special Mass on Sunday 21st July, and a new website for the parish.



Chaplain Fr Marco Villani writes about Salesian School's GCSE Design Technology and Art Exhibition this year

On Thursday July 4th 2019, the Art and Technology Departments at Salesian School Chertsey hosted an exhibition of GCSE and A-level work in the St. Patrick’s Exam Hall at Guildford Road. Parents and staff were invited to an event showcasing the incredible talent that the pupils and students possess.

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