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Wednesday, 08 July 2015 15:22




We are getting ever closer to our Bi-Centenary event, The Big Birthday Festival on 15th August.

This event will celebrate the 'Province on Mission' and is aimed at those who share or support our mission across the Provicne, including members of the Salesian Family. We will come together from all our local communities and areas of mission to celebrate Don Bosco's Birthday through our Liturgy, a presentation of Don Bosco - 'A Magic Saint!', a celebration meal outdoors, and a firework finale. This event will be a great opportunity to share time together, to celebrate who we are and to share this special moment with those with whom we minister. There will be the opportunity in our Liturgy to commit ourselves once again to the Salesian mission as we look to the future with hope.

If you would like to join a group of attendees, please make your interest know to your local Salesian Family contact, i.e. Rectors, Headteachers, Project Leaders, Co-Operators, who will be happy to add your name to their lists.

If you know of people that also may want to attend then please share this with them.

If you are not in contact with an organised group you are very welcome to attend and can request a place by emailing ASAP and no later than 15th July 2015.

Requests for places MUST be made in advance and only a limited number are available which must be allocated to reflect the diversity of all groups in the Province.

No places that have not been booked in advance will be available on the day. 


If you wish to attend, then please act fast to avoid disappointment. 


Wednesday, 20 May 2015 03:55

DBYN: Routes to Europe

Are you aged between 17-25?
Are you interested in human rights, refugees and intercultural learning?
Do you want to meet other like-minded Salesian volunteers from across Europe?
Are you free 19th – 26th July 2015?
Fancy a trip to Austria?


If you answered YES to any of the above, you should get in touch with SYM UK and take part in Don Bosco Youth Net's Step 1 project:

'Routes to Europe'



Routes to Europe aims to develop participants' skills with regards to intercultural communication, understanding and awareness. The course has a specific focus on refugees, so an interest in this topic would be advantageous.
You will explore different aspects of intercultural learning in a fun way. You'll play informative games, take on team challenges, look at how to develop campaigns, have that opportunity to volunteer in a refugee centre, and experience moments of Salesian reflection.
The training course takes place at Salesianum Vienna - a Salesian centre right in the centre of Vienna. As well as taking part in training activities, you will also have the chance to explore Vienna and spend time with your new friends from Salesian organisations all over Europe.
We are looking for participants who are active volunteers in youth work organisations. In addition to having a great week in Austria, we want you to be able to use your skills on your return in your own organisation and with Salesian Youth Ministry UK.
If you want to be a participant on this fantastic project, contact Sue McDonald at


Monday, 18 May 2015 12:11

BOVA Training Weekend

Last Saturday (8th May) Bosco Volunteer Action (BOVA) welcomed two new volunteers to training in preparation for volunteering overseas with the Salesians. The training day was held in the Parish Centre at Sacred Heart, Battersea; a slight change of scene from our usual residential weekend at Savio House, but this gave us an opportunity to have a walk around Battersea and see the construction of the new school and community house, whilst giving our volunteers a chance to learn about the history of the Salesians in Battersea.


The day included input from Anita, Martin, and Venus, a returned volunteers who spent a year volunteering in Campo Grande, Brazil.

We ended our training with the vigil mass at the parish and a beautiful gospel that was very fitting for a training event for volunteers in preparation. The phrase that particularly rang true for me and my experience of working with our Salesian volunteers was 'It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain'. Most of our volunteers do go on to have fruitful learning experiences that come from serving the young and the poor in a new cultural context. Volunteers do bring these experiences back home and go on to use them to inform the next steps in their own journeys, whether personally, professionally or spiritually, and with our support throughout.

BOVA are always looking for new volunteers to come and have an experience of service and learning in a Salesian community overseas. We regularly send volunteers to India, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Cambodia, The Philippines, Mongolia, Bolivia and Brazil; and are continually seeking to meet the needs of communities whilst supporting our volunteers through reflective learning.

This year's annual Provincial Assembly at Hinsley Hall had several new features.


Last weekend 28 FMA were joined by 10 members of the Salesian Family who were led by Sr. Kathleen Taylor an FMA from Ireland. Sr Kathleen facilitated the weekend and helped us explore how to make the message of our recent XXIII General Chapter theme: Broaden your Horizons, be with the young missionaries of hope and joy become a lived reality!

A poem by Margaret Wheatley, which was presented to the group's reflection, in some measure, sums up the focus of our work:

We rise or fall by the choice we make,
It all depends on the road we take,
And the choice of the road each depend
On the light that we have, the light we bend,
On the light we use
Or refuse,
On the lives we live by,
And from which we die.

We worked hard to see what Prophetic Choices we felt challenged to make against the three main areas chosen by the Chapter:
• A personal encounter with Jesus,
• Walking WITH the Young
• Missionaries of Hope and Joy

Reflecting on the icon of Emmaus painted by a Brazilian sister, we allowed the scripture from Luke to guide and accompany us in our deliberations. We were led through a process which demanded reflection, discussion and frank exchanges. Eventually, we were able to prioritise the Prophetic Choices we felt we needed to work on, here in the UK for the next few years. We also looked at one practical way to make these Choices a lived reality. It took a good deal of hard work but we feel that together we have broken the ground which we will continue to work on.

It was not all hard work ! We did have plenty of time to catch up with the news and lives of each other. The lovely setting of Hinsley Hall and reasonable weather made the whole event a really energising occassion! Having Fr Michael Cunningham celebrate mass for us made our tiem together extra special.

We left Hinsley Hall, our hearts burning within us and we set our immediately to "broaden our horizons with the young and be missionaries of Hope and Joy!"


The Salesians engaged in 'practical training' in the GBR Province met at Savio House, Bollington: from the GBR Province, Joe Tran, Joseph Dao Duc Quoc and Gregory Echegwo (Bollington Community), and from Poland, Aleksander Masterlerz (PLE - Poland East, Bootle Community) and Patryk Chmielewski (PLS - Poland South, Bolton Community), along with members of the GBR Formation Commission: Fr Kieran Anderson (GBR Province Delegate for Formation), Fr Michael T Winstanley (Rector, Bolton Community) and Fr Tony Fernandes (Rector, Bolton Community).


On Sunday 19th April, the Bi-Centenary Expo visited Westminster Youth Ministry.

The 'Vision of Life' exhibition, RISE:Theatre and the Provincial, Fr Martin Coyle SDB, all went to the Centre for Youth Ministry to share the Salesian Mission with people in Westminster.


Thursday, 16 April 2015 16:04

Call for Internship on Communication

DBYN is an international network of youth organisations which work in the educational style of Don Bosco. In total we bring together 8,000 volunteers and 1,000 staff which cater for 110,000 young people in 13 EU countries. The international secretariat is the coordinating office for our network. 


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Communication is one of the major challenges within an international organisation. Our policy paper on communication identifies 2 types of communication: The internal communication (including task communication, management communication and policy communication) aims to support the internal work of the organisation. The external communication (including persuasive communication,
recruitment communication and PR & general communication) brings together all communication not directed at our staff of internal working structures. Our crisis communication and our house style interlink both types of communication. 

Don Bosco Youth-Net ivzw (or DBYN) is looking for an intern to revise its communication strategy. The preferred starting date would be September or October 2015 for the duration of 1 semester.


If you're interested or would like to see more information then click here

Friday, 10 April 2015 16:52

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Thursday, 12 March 2015 15:02

Flame2 - March 2015

On Saturday 7th March at The SSE Wembley Arena (London) nearly 8000 young people came together to celebrate their Catholic Faith in the presence of the main speaker, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle - Cardinal Archbishop of Manila, the Philippines; Cardinal Vincent Nichols of England and Wales, 17 Bishops, 3 heads of Religious Congregations (including Fr Martin Coyle SDB), Baroness Sheila Hollins (House of Lords), Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP, (former Master General), Mr David Wells, Director of Adult Formation and Youth Ministry in the Diocese of Plymouth, and Matt Redman, double Grammy award winner.




Friday, 06 March 2015 21:22

Flame 2

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On Saturday 7th March, we will be updating Facebook and Twitter about the activities from Flame 2!

If you would like to be kept up to date then visit either:

Our Facebook page:

Or our Twitter page:

There will also be THOUSANDS of people tweeting about their own experiences on both Facebook and Twitter. 

To see what other people are saying about Flame 2 visit:


We hope it is a brilliant day and we ask that you keep us and everyone who attend from all over the country, in your prayers. 


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