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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. 

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 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.

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.


Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB

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, 19 December 2017 17:08

The Fathers Preston SDB lead retreat in East Africa

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Last week, Frs Hugh and Francis Preston SDB led a six day retreat for about 40 Salesians from the East African province.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 16:12

Shrigley Old Boys' Reunion in 2018

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Arrangements are being made for the 2018 Shrigley Old Boys' reunion - which will be the 60th anniversary for the Old Boys of 1958!


The weekend will be spent at Savio House and Shrigley Hall, and there are two possible dates, with the preference to be chosen by majority vote.

Monday, 18 December 2017 13:39

Liberia: the Salesians are back in Tappita

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Fr Sony Joseph Pottenplackal SDB from Monrovia has sent news of how the Salesians are faring back in Tappita.

Saturday, 16 December 2017 00:46

A warm welcome to our new Missionaries!

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Our new Project Europe missionaries arrived safely in Bolton this week to a warm welcome, despite the Northern weather.


At the end of November, Danny Sweeney, Social Justice Coordinator for Justice and Peace Scotland and a volunteer animator for Salesian Youth Ministry, was part of a delegation hosted by the Catholic Worker House in Calais, France, who had gone to meet young refugees and the people helping them, a year after the camp known as “the jungle” was removed. Danny writes about the experience.


“We take our Saints seriously in this house!” This was what Br Johannes told me the first morning we were in Calais as we gathered for morning prayer. After picking a couple of hymns (‘Be thou my vision’, and the Taizé chant ‘Ubi Caritas’ for those who are wondering), Johannes had handed me a book which contained readings about the lives of Witnesses; not all (yet) Saints, but holy men and women, to serve as inspiration at the start of the day. Br Johannes’ statement was in response to my asking if I should read the ‘short quote’, or the ‘long biography’ of Saint Joseph Pignatelli SJ, who led the Jesuits during their exile from Spain. “Both” was the correct answer.


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