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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 15:54

It's our founder's birthday!

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Our founder, St John Bosco, was born on 16th August, 1815, in a tiny hamlet called Becchi, in the hills of the Piedmont area of Italy.  His family were agricultural labourers, and John was only a toddler when his father died, leaving his young widow Margherita to bring up three boys alone. She was a resilient and resourceful woman, who instilled compassion and charity into her family despite their own poverty, and brought her boys up strong in faith.

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Don Bosco Publications is delighted to launch the English edition of The Educational Preventive System of Don Bosco Today, by Carlo Nanni SDB, renowned philosopher of education and Rector of the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome.

 

The book presents Don Bosco's approach, which is based on the awareness that education is not only a matter of instruction and the acquisition of skills, but also concerns the formation of intelligence, of freedom, of the capacity to love and to do good to others. Prof Nanni demonstrates how this tried and tested system is applied today, working with young people facing the issues of our contemporary society. 

 

Essential reading and inspiration for all who work with the young, this English edition was translated by Jim Gallagher SDB and Brian Jerstice SDB, by kind permission of the author.

 

Order online now from Don Bosco Publications: £10.00 including UK p&p. For overseas or bulk orders, please contact Don Bosco Publications: publications@salesians.org.uk 01204 308811

Thursday, 09 August 2018 10:57

Update - We are fully connected again!

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Thursday 9th August 2018 - Following the latest engineer visit this morning, we are delighted to report that, at last, our internet connections have been repaired and, with phones already fixed, we have rejoined the 21st century!

Where possible during the protracted and complex problems, we were accessing email on our phones and at home, and doing our best to operate as usual, signal and data allowances permitting. However, there are certain procedures we can only carry out from the computers and terminals in the office, for example, processing orders and payments. We are now working to catch up with those tasks we couldn’t do while we were offline.

We again apologise for any inconvenience, and thank you for your patience. 

Thursday, 09 August 2018 09:04

VIDES Holiday Hangout 2018 in Croxteth

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The VIDES UK team kicked off a busy summer with a project for children aged 4-6 in the local community of Croxteth, Liverpool.

 

The Celebration of Nations" theme lent itself to plenty of fun and games over the four days of activity, as well as showing the children the work VIDES does in other countries, making pizza and learning a little Italian. The team encouraged the children to think about the "friendship request" God is sending to each of them, and how they can respond.

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Bernard, Mike and Helen, Jamie and Matthew, in the old Quad

On a glorious August morning, I tootled the short distance from home to Shrigley Hall, formerly the Salesian Missionary College, but a place I have only ever visited since it became a hotel. I was meeting up with Shrigley Old Boys Bernard O'Neill and Mike Kilduff, to find out about preparations for the reunion taking place from 7th - 9th September, when the boys of 1958 will celebrate their Diamond Jubilee. 

Saturday, 04 August 2018 16:01

Happy Birthday, Salesian Sisters!

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On 5th August 1872, the first fifteen Salesian Sisters were clothed in their religous garments, and eleven of them (including St Mary Mazzarello) made their first professions. Don Bosco and the Bishop of Acqui were present on this joyful occasion at Mornese, Italy. Mother Mazzarello, who had worked with Don Bosco to establish the new society, was elected as their first superior on the same day.  
 

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If you receive our Don Bosco Today magazine, you'll have seen the article on our delightful youth retreat centre in Bollington, Cheshire. But, just in case you haven’t heard of it, Savio House offers retreats for young people aged 11-18. The retreat team is made up of SDBs and volunteers, who give a year to serve young people. Savio also plays host to other vital activities from Salesian Youth Ministry, including the RISE young leaders' programme, and the Phoenix camps for young people held every summer.

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St John Bosco College Battersea ended the academic year by celebrating the recognition of its high quality whole school inclusive practice. The college received a certificate commending its achievement in meeting the needs of students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and social communication difficulties.

Friday, 03 August 2018 12:51

Meet our Finance Manager Designate

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Nicola (Nic) Howell joined Salesian Provincial Office on 23rd July 2018 as Finance Manager Designate, and will be working alongside Paulene Whyte.

 

She is a qualified accountant specialising in Charity Finance and has worked in the charity sector for the last 20+ years.

 

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 09:07

Celebrating Blessed Augustus Czartoryski

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On 2nd August, we celebrate Blessed Augustus Czartoryski. Born a prince in Paris on this day in 1858, where his family lived in exile from Poland, he felt God's call to a simpler life, and against the wishes of his family, became a Salesian priest.

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