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Fr Martin Coyle SDB, Youth Ministry Delegate, Sue McDonald, Youth Ministry Animator and Fr Martin Poulsom SDB delivered interesting sessions on the updated version of the Rome publication - Salesian Youth Ministry - Frame of Reference.


With 30 young adults from all over the UK in attendance, these leaders engaged in the different sessions as they explored the key concepts of the book, and wrestled with the issues of implementation in their work in the Province.

Food and accommodation was as usual excellent, and the weather even held good for the gathering - below is a photograph of some of the excited delegates coming to terms with Salesian Youth ministry in the 21st Century.

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 12:30

FMA Pastoral Day - 28th February 2015

Do you know the world and reality of our young people today? - one of a series of hard hitting questions that 30 people had to wrestle with at the FMA Pastoral Day held last weekend at Blundellsands.


Don Bosco once wrote that 'we would continue the work he had started ; "I sketch, you will paint in the colours"' - a challenge to all involved with young people.

The day consisted of prayer, reflection and sessions, including two speakers - Joanne Brown, a Volunteer with 'Foodbank', and Ken McCabe, who was for four and a half years a prison chaplain at Walton jail, Liverpool. Both shared their experiences particularly of young people and the effects both economic and spiritual poverty had on them.


The day was organised by Mary Biddle, the Youth Pastoral Worker for the Salesian Sisters, and everybody agreed it was an excellent day.

The FMA Communities of Glasgow, Cowley, Blundelsands, Battersea, Croxteth were well represented, as well as adults, young and old from UR Space, Kendal, Vides and others involved in Salesian Spirituality.


Tuesday, 03 February 2015 16:36

Don Bosco Day Celebrations in the North West

There were many celebrations for the feast of St John Bosco. Here are two accounts from Manchester and Bootle


We had a wonderful celebration of St John Bosco here in St James, Bootle. Here are just a few shots taken by John McCormick-ace photographer, catechist, driver, Youth Active Team, Schools' Team.....thanks John...great job. Thanks to the parish for a worthy celebration. Well done SVP for gaining 2015 DON BOSCO AWARD. Thanks to servers, music group and the wonderful readers from Year 5 at All Saints. Big thanks to Charlotte from Savio Salesian College Year 10 for singing, Victoria Lyon and the wonderful Wednesday Dancers, the Brownies, and to Sue McCormick for 25 wonderful years of service and Salesian care. To Marie Savin and the outstanding catering crew with Rita Shannon's cake for our refreshments at the end of mass, not forgetting the inspirational homily preached by Mike Bennett (Head of Transition and Religious Education) on Catholic Education on this Education Sunday all a fantastic celebration of the Eucharist. How lucky am I to be in St James, Bootle!!!




As has been the way for the past 7 or 8 years now, Salesians from far and wide came together in Manchester for Mass at the Hidden Gem. After having a small chance to catch up with one another before Mass, we got inside to the warmth of the church. We were led in Mass by Fr Bob Gardner, who had recently returned from a trip to Gibraltar. Which he let us all know about in his homily. As usual it was a great time to share our Salesian spirituality with the people of Manchester. After we let Manchester know who was the 'Friend of the Young' we gathered outside in the cold once again to block the exit of the chapel for our group photo before retiring for lunch and the afternoons social activities.

As you will already know, this is a very special year for the Salesian Family. We are celebrating 200 years since the birth of St. John Bosco! To help mark this special year, the Salesian Youth Movement are holding an international youth gathering this summer, walking in the footsteps of Mary Mazzarello in Mornese and John Bosco in Turin.

The highlight of the week will be an overnight stay in Colle Don Bosco, waking up in the home of St. John Bosco on his birthday!

ColleDonBoscoThis event will see young members of the Salesian Family gather in Italy from all over the world. For our group, the initial weekend will be spent in Mornese, visiting the places of St. Mary Mazzarello. On Monday 10th, we will travel to Turin and spend a week visiting the places of St. John Bosco, as well as having opportunities for prayer, mass and socialising.

On Saturday 15th August, we will make our way to Colle Don Bosco (by foot where possible!) and camp overnight, taking part in a vigil, followed by morning mass on Don Bosco’s birthday.

It really will be an amazing week and we would love you to join us! Here are some important details:

WHEN: 7th – 16th August 2015

WHERE: Mornese and Turin (with an overnight stay in Milan)

COST: £450 (including flights, travel in Italy, basic accommodation and meals)

WHO: Young Adults aged 18+

What Next?

If you are interested, please email Mary at the Youth Pastoral Office and ask for a registration form. Please note that all registration forms must be fully completed and returned by Friday 13th February. We are also asking for a deposit of £200 to be paid by this date. If for any reason you are unable to pay this deposit by the 13th February (we know it is very short notice), but would like to be part of the group, please contact us as soon as possible.

If you have any queries or questions, please contact the Youth Pastoral Office: We hope you can join us!

Friday, 06 February 2015 16:30

Youth Pastoral Day 2015

On Saturday 28th February, there will be a Youth Pastoral Day for all those involved with Youth Pastoral work across the FMA Province. The day will be held at the Salesian Sisters, Blundellsands, from 11.00am - 4.00pm.

The day will focus on how we are called to 'Continue the Dream' of Don Bosco and Mary Mazzarello in our current youth culture. We will focus in particular on the new Salesian strenna for 2015, reflecting on our Salesian call to work with the young who are most vulnerable. There will be input, discussion, visiting speakers and time for prayer and reflection. A light lunch will be provided.

If you would like to come along, please email Mary -

It would be great to see you there!

Saturday, 24 January 2015 15:02

Past Pupils Contact



Name Role Telephone Email
Fr Sean Murray SDB Provincial Delegate 0151 944 1039
Peter Hunter President 01924 263528
John Ward Vice President 01895 257623
John Clenshaw Joint Chairman, Secretary    
Brian Conroy Joint Chairman    
Pat Howes Treasurer 020 7223 6704
Patrick Morrissey Former President 020 8942 6179



Battersea Nicholas Potter 020 8679 0126
Blaisdon Roger Allen 01869 244 452
Bolton Vacant    
Chertsey Michael O'Sullivan 01932 880084
Cowley Bill Harris 01926 812503
Farnborough Greg Sudell 01256 330187

Shrigley Bernard O'Neil 07817692021
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 13:30

Sign up to RuaLink

Salesian Link, Social Media and Communications office, is currently tasked with updating and maintaining the website along with the help from Jump

As part of operations in the office we E-Mail a newsletter called RuaLink. Through RuaLink we share news from our communities around the province, news from volunteers, cooperators and past pupils along with various social justice issues and positive news stories from various local news organisations.


This service is also used for Prayer requests. 

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Monday, 10 November 2014 11:52

Service of Remembrance in Battersea

Remembrance Day Service in Battersea



On Sunday 9th November 2014, Past Pupils of Salesian College Battersea gathered in the Lady Chapel of the Sacred Heart Church at 11.30am for a Service of Remembrance. Afterwards they shared their memories in a nearby hostelry. John Ward has put together a memento of the event in PDF form.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 12:50

Funeral of Fr Joe Merriman

Funeral of Fr Joe Merriman SDB


Fr Joe Merriman died at the age of 84 on 17th June 2014. John Ward was at the funeral and has put together a tribute in PDF form.

Thursday, 03 October 2013 12:47

Prayers of Brian Potter

Prayers for Brian Potter


Nick Potter asks for prayers for his younger brother, Brian, and his family:

Sadly I have to tell you that Brian's cancer has returned and is showing in both lungs.

He is restarting chemotherapy today (3/10/2013) but the good news is that Cheltenham is a centre of excellence for cancer and the hospital is just around the corner.

Along with Sue, Anna and Ruth (expecting her first child in December) he is going to need a lot of support and encouragement over the next few months so your prayers would be a powerful medicine along with any messages you may

care to send.

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