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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 16:06

Chertsey students send Christmas cheer to Eastern Europe

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Working with the charity 'Link to Hope', the students in years 7-9 and the students in Sixth Form have packed over 155 shoe boxes with goodies, decorated them, and sent them off to families in the poorest areas of Eastern Europe.

Tuesday, 06 November 2018 15:38

Post Synod conference for young people in Scotland

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Last weekend, young adults and religious from around the country gathered at the Conforti Retreat Centre in Coatbridge to explore together what it means to be a young Catholic in Scotland today.

Thursday, 01 November 2018 16:31

Visit to Rome - a Salesian Synod diary

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Fr Roman Szczypa SDB, from the Savio House youth retreat team, was recently part of the Salesian group who went to Rome to hear more about the work of the Synod. He tells us about the experience,

 

The Catholic Youth Ministry Federation (CYMFed) organised a meeting for Youth Ministry workers in England and Wales in Rome during the Synod on ‘Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment’. Speakers from the USA, Ireland and England were invited to attend this meeting, bringing their experiences and talking to us about them. In my opinion, each of our group was delighted to spend five days in Rome, a very special place, and it was a great idea to have the meeting in Rome at the same time as the Synod.

Thursday, 01 November 2018 15:26

Rectors' meeting – 28-30 October – Battersea

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Rectors from the communities of the Province met with the Provincial and his Council from 28th - 30th October.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 11:13

Young advocates inspired to change the world

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In the third article from Share the Light, a charity created from the projects and links developed by the staff and students of Salesian College Farnborough with young people in Zambia, Sophie Astles discusses how the experiences of young advocates has influenced their career choices.

 

For the majority of our advocates, their visit to Zambia is the first time that they are really confronted by the extent of their own privilege. While images of those living in poverty or without the luxuries that we so often take for granted are regularly presented to us on the television, the impact of this is inevitably diluted and short-lived. However, upon arriving in Mazabuka, it quickly becomes apparent to our advocates that mundane aspects of their lives such as education, hot water, electricity and three meals a day are not enjoyed by the majority.

Sunday, 28 October 2018 16:44

Feast of Blessed Michael Rua

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On 29th October, the anniversary of his beatification in 1972, we celebrate Blessed Michael Rua, the first successor to Don Bosco. This seems to have been a role the saint had in mind for him from the early days of their long association, when he puzzled the young Michael by telling him 'we two will go halves in everything'.

 

Blessed Michael first met Don Bosco when he was a pupil at the de la Salle school, and Don Bosco was their much-loved chaplain. When he was 15, he joined the growing group of boys at the Oratory in Turin, and went on to be come a close collaborator in the formation of the Salesians.

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Our Pocketbook range has grown again, with the addition of this little volume on the “Gentle Saint’ who is the patron and namesake of the Salesians.

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Our Justice and Peace delegate, Fr Marco Villani SDB, writes about a new initiative for sixth-form students from Aid to the Church in Need, attended by students from Salesian School, Chertsey and St John Bosco College, Battersea.

 

The inaugural Aid To The Church In Need (ACN) Sixth Form Conference took place on Thursday
October 11th at the London Oratory School, Seagrove Road, Fulham, from 10.30am-2.30pm.

Thursday, 25 October 2018 22:45

Concert raises funds for Don Bosco Ashalayam

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On 18th October the students of SJBC put on an evening of music, dance and song to raise funds for the children of Don Bosco Ashalayam. It was an evening of warmth and much goodwill as parents, visitors and staff from our schools in Chertsey and Farnborough came together to support the work of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Kolkata.

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Br Martin updates us on a recent event for our the Brothers in Formation  

 

During the half term break, the brothers who are in intitial formation gathered in the St John Bosco formation house in Battersea. The meeting was held to explore a deeper understanding of the book edited by Carlo Nanni SDB , "THE EDUCATIONAL PREVENTIVE SYSTEM OF DON BOSCO TODAY,", which was recently published in English by Don Bosco Publications.

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