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Monday, 26 November 2018 11:16

Traditional games for Sunday Oratory in Tanzania

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Salesian Cooperator, Paul Barnes, took some good old-fashioned games to Tanzania for children in St Francis Xavier parish.


In Cornwall they say "What goes round comes round". In the early 60's as a Salesian, I helped Sister Georgina McPake (RIP) to run the Sunday afternoon Oratory in Sacred Heart Parish, Battersea.


Fast forward 58 years later, and as a Salesian Cooperator, I find myself doing the same thing in my Tanzanian parish of St Francis Xavier on my current 3-monthly visits.



The choices we make when shopping for Christmas can be uncomfortable, as we snap up mass-produced gifts, which are often produced by people working in poor conditions for very low wages. But visitors to the Christmas shopping evening at Salesian School Chertsey this week were presented with plenty of opportunity to shop more ethically for Christmas.

Thursday, 22 November 2018 15:30

Farnborough Students visit WW1 Battlefields

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Last week, 103 Year 9 students and staff from Salesian College, Fanborough, took part in the annual Battlefields Tour visit to The Ypres Salient and the Northern France battlefields of World War One.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 15:52

Bootle students take on a tough challenge

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What does it feel like to meet a challenge and succeed? That was the question asked by thirty Year 10 students from Savio Saleian College, Bootle, when they visited Aintree Army Barracks.


Thanks to the professionalism and encouragement of Jason McKinney and his esteemed colleagues, our students saved flooding villages and gained an insight into the logistics and consideration needed in the event of such a disaster.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 11:36

Salesian School Chertsey sing their way to success

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Congratulations to Salesian School Chertsey, who swept the board at the Woking Music Festival on Tuesday 13th November, presenting performances from seven different choirs! The staff choir, Salesian Souls, (above) were among the winners and commendations.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 16:09

Feast of Blessed Madeleine Morano FMA

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Born into a large family in 1847, Madeleine Morano felt called to religious life from an early age, but as the main breadwinner, her family responsibilities delayed this. One of eight children, her father and older sister both died when Madeleine was 8, leaving the family dependent on her income. An uncle who was a priest helped her to continue her education while she worked.


Young Madeleine knew she wanted to teach, and her training began when she was employed at a new local school at the age of 14; she was an educator and a catechist for the rest of her life. By the time she was 30, she had saved enough to make sure her mother had a comfortable old age, and began to pursue her religios vocation. When she met Don Bosco, she was set on living a cloistered life with the Vincentians, but he persuaded her that her gifts were needed in a different life, and he accepted her into the Salesian Sisters shortly after.


In 1881, her superiors sent her to Sicily, where in addition to teaching working class girls, she trained teachers, set up new schools, workshops and hostels. She was also responsible for the formation of new sisters, and became Provincial.


She died from cancer in 1908, and was beatified by St Pope John Paul II in 1994.


We celebrate her feast on 15th November, the day of her birth.


Read more about her life

Monday, 12 November 2018 16:45

Celebrating Bl Artimide Zatti

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On 13th November, we celebrate the memorial of Blessed Artimide Zatti, a Salesian Brother who dedicated his life to caring for the sick poor in Argentina.

Monday, 12 November 2018 09:36

Just arrived: our new children's book

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Don Bosco Publications' new children's book, 'The Star from the East', is now in stock. This beautifully illustrated Christmas fairy tale will delight children, and all of the family


Order now from our online bookshop, £11 including UK p&p, or contact Don Bosco Publications for postage cost for multiple copies, and for bulk and overseas orders.





This week, our Salesian schools and parishes are joining the rest of the country in considering the impact of war on families, especially those who died, suffered and lost loved ones in the First World War, as we mark the centenary of the Armistice.


Many of our schools have memorials to Old Boys who died, and other memorials around the country record their names too. At the time of the Great War, the Salesians had their Novitiate in Burwash, Sussex. Although St Joseph’s, the Salesian church, was demolished long ago, its graveyard remains, and in it stands a crucifix memorial with each side of its base recording the names of Old Boys from four Salesian Schools – Burwash, Wandsworth, Battersea and Farnborough.



Rosemary Addai-Kwateng Head of Year 7 at St John Bosco College Battersea writes about a moving assembly led by one of her groups.


One of my Year 7 form groups put together an exceptional assembly on remembering our loved ones during the month of November. Reading the names of each family member, friend and those people they have lost gave other pupils the chance to remember their loved ones and to share in the sorrow of their contemporaries.

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