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Friday, 15 February 2019 15:44

Young adults' Easter Retreat 2019

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Booking is now open for this year's Easter Retreat at Savio House, Bollington. The event runs from Maundy Thursday, 18th April, to Easter Sunday, 21st April 2019. It's open to young adults aged 17 and over, and costs just £60. 


This is always a popular event, so please contact Sue McDonald as soon as possible to book your place, and spend the Easter Triduum in a beautiful location with other young adults. 


We will add more details about the retreat soon. 

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We are delighted to announce a one-day seminar led by Dr Louis Grech SDB, the National Delegate for Salesian Youth Ministry in Malta, exploring Don Bosco's approach to accompanying young people in their quest for meaning.  The event is aimed at all members of the Salesian Family who have an interest in the welfare and spiritual growth of the young, and coincides with the launch of a new book by Louis Grech on the same topic, from Don Bosco Publications. We expect it to be very popular, so please book your place by Monday 4th March, stating which venue you want to attend.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 15:15

Salesian family spirit never fades

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Tony Galcius, a former Salesian who worked in England and South Africa during his ministry, describes a beautiful gathering of a branch of the extended Salesian Family.


On the vigil of Don Bosco's feast day, a group of men and women gathered in a house on the hill overlooking the city of Stoke. We had gathered, from various parts of the United Kingdom and Ireland, to celebrate Mass in honour of Don Bosco, who had had such a benign influence on our lives either directly or indirectly. All the men had been educated by the Salesians and all of them had tried their vocations as Salesians. The four women - three wives and a widow - had all come under Don Bosco's patronage through marriage. In fact, the house in which this event was taking place, belonged to Elizabeth, whose husband John Collins died three years ago. They had been hosting these  reunions for many years.

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Our Justice and Peace Coordinator, Fr Marco Villani SDB, attended the Arundel and Brighton Justice and Peace conference at the St Philip Howard Centre on 26th January, in the lead up to the memorial of St Josephine Bakhita, a former slave, and International Day of prayer for the victims of human trafficking. He recounts the shocking statistics on the extent of modern slavery in our society. 


The focus of this assembly was on forced Labour, servitude and trafficking. Horrendous cases of domestic servitude were shared - one person had been living in an unconverted loft in Sussex for 17 years, while being forced to work for no pay. The message was that we have to open our eyes to the extent of slavery all around us:  in shops, in the construction industry and in the services sector.

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From September 2019. Salary: Leadership range L35 - L40. Closing date 1st March at 12 noon.

The Governors of Thornleigh Salesian College are seeking to appoint an exceptional Headteacher who will help the school continue to live Don Bosco’s dream of valuing every young person and enabling them to reach their full potential through education. The successful candidate will become part of the Salesian family keeping our tradition at the very heart of everything they do.

Friday, 08 February 2019 15:53

Schools Conference talks about listening

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Senior leaders, teaching, chaplaincy and support staff spent a day on the other side of the classroom on Saturday 2nd February at the 2019 Salesian Schools Network Conference.


Around 135 delegates from Salesian Trust schools and the six schools who are members of our Fellowship group met at John Henry Newman Catholic College, Birmingham, to focus on the theme of listening, inspired by the recent Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.

Friday, 08 February 2019 12:19

A joyful Don Bosco Day in Bootle

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By tradition, the end of January is marked by a celebration of the Feast St John Bosco in every Salesian place. We hear about the Feast at Savio Salesian College and St James' parish in Bootle.


Our school and parish in Bootle always takes this opportunity to celebrate the day with great joy and invite many young people to join us in the celebration.

At Savio Salesian College, the Feast Day opened with festive school assemblies. Fr Jakub guided a reflection on the life of Don Bosco and the reality of the Salesian family throughout the world. A group of students performed a song in honour of Don Bosco, ‘The Friend of the Young’, accompanied by various musical instruments including piano, guitar and drum.

Friday, 08 February 2019 10:39

Salesians guide Roehampton students in discernment

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On Tuesday February 5th, Fr Martin Poulsom and Fr David O'Malley led a Signposts vocations workshop with the Barat House chaplaincy community at the University of Roehampton. Ten students took part in the two hour workshop and then were led in prayer by Fr Martin.

Monday, 04 February 2019 21:42

Shrigley Old Boys' Glasgow get-together

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Joe Doogan has more news of the recent Shrigley Old Boys' gathering in Easterhouse


Once again the Scottish clan of the Salesian family met in the parish of St John Bosco in Easterhouse,Glasgow, to have another fun day to celebrate the feast of Don Bosco.


Mass was slightly delayed until all the Old Boys had finished with their welcome. Our Provincial, Fr Gerry Briody, concelebrated the Mass, ably assisted by Fr Michael Winstanley and Fr Bob Coupe.Although we had only 25 in the congregation, the wonderful singing seemed to fill the church, thanks due to the training received in Shrigley.

Friday, 01 February 2019 16:11

New Cooperator enrolled on Don Bosco Day

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The feast of our founder was even more special this year, as Thornleigh House in Bolton hosted the enrolment of a new Salesian Cooperator, Baron Don Guiseppe Compagnino CHSJ. 


Don Guiseppe, who is a Baron of the Holy Roman Empire and Knight Hospitaller of St John of Jerusalem, has lived in Leeds since 2007, and formerly served in the Carabinieri, one of the Italian police forces.

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