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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 11:47


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Titus Zeman was a Salesian priest, born at Vajnory, near Bratislava, in 1915. On 30th September 2016, he became the first Slovakian Salesian to be beatified.


He attended a Salesian secondary school, and felt an early call to the priesthood, entering the novitiate in 1931, and making his perpetual profession in Rome in 1938. He was ordained priest in 1940, and celebrated his first Mass in his home town of Vajnory.


In the early 1950s, when religious orders were banned by the Communist government of Czechoslovakia, and many religious were being sent to concentration camps, Blessed Titus organised the escape of young Salesians to Turin, where they could continue their formation. Aware that he risked the death penalty for his actions, he said, “Even if I lose my life I do not consider it a waste, knowing that at least one of those whom I have saved has become a priest to take my place”.


Following his arrest in 1952, he was beaten and tortured, before being tried for treason. He was sentenced to 25 years of hard labour in the harshest of prisons. On his release after 13 years, his health was broken but his spirit was not. He died five years later, on 8th January 1969.


His memorial is celebrated on 8th January.


More information on the life and legacy of Bl Titus

Monday, 01 January 2018 09:30

The Rector Major's Strenna, 2018

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Each year, the Rector Major presents a Strenna, a gift to the Salesian Family, which will guide our lives and our work for the coming year. 

Monday, 01 January 2018 10:13

New Year messages for 2018 from our Provincials

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Fr Gerry Briody SDB, Provincial of the Salesians of Don Bosco GBR and Sr Connie Cameron FMA, Provincial of the Salesian Sisters GBR, send their greetings for the New Year.

Tuesday, 02 January 2018 15:17

Sean Devereux - 25 years on

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On 2nd January 1993, Sean Devereux was assassinated in Kismayo, Somalia. He was 28 years old. Today, we pray for him, for his family, and for all those who risk their lives to help others.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017 10:20

Christmas greetings from our Provincials

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The British Provincials of the Salesians of Don Bosco and of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) send their Christmas greetings.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 11:01

Battersea: Finding the joy of Advent in a painful world

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The 6th Form Advent Service this year was based on the theme of how can Advent be a time of joyful waiting or hope when there is so much pain and suffering in our world. Students heard accounts from victims of IS, acid attacks and human trafficking. The 6th formers focused on pictures of suffering but were then asked to place candles on each picture of sorrow.

Through this exercise, we were able to illustrate to them that God comes to us amidst our sufferings and that we need to act as His light of joy and hope in our school, our families and in our communities.

The school chapel was beautifully prepared by Fr Saju John whilst students were prepared for the service by the Head of Sixth Form, Mr Polyviou, and the Assistant Head of Sixth Form, Ms Tezare.


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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 20:39

Fourth Week of Advent: A Salesian Parish

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Our Advent journey around the Province concludes with a beautiful reflection from the Parish of Our Lady Help of Christians, Cowley, Oxford, for the fourth week of Advent.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 17:59

Fr Tony SDB - 40 years of priesthood

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Congratulations to Fr Tony Fernandes SDB on his 40th anniversary of priestly ordination!


This wonderful occasion was celebrated in St Gregory's, Bollington, and his family (above) joined the celebrations.  

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 11:38

Salesians talking to students about religious life

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Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB, an RE teacher St John Bosco College Battersea, describes how Salesian Sisters, Brothers and priests bring the Salesian mission and vocation to life at the school.

Over the last couple of months St John Bosco College has been pleased to welcome various SDBs and FMAs who have given generously of their time to talk to our Year 7 pupils about St Mary Mazzarello and to our Year 9 pupils about their personal vocation stories.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 17:23

A year of our mission supporting Asylum Seeker Women

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Sr Pat Devine refelcts on the first year of the Sisters' mission to support women Asylum Seekers in London.

I cannot believe that a year has passed since we started our mission here in Beckenham for Asylum Seeker Women. In this year we have l learnt a lot, journeyed with the ladies who have lived here with us in our community.


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