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Fr Marco Villani, the Province Delegate for Justice and Peace, reports on the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton Justice & Peace Assembly 2018


On Saturday January 27th 2018, the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton Christian Education Centre (DABCEC) in Crawley, West Sussex, hosted the annual Justice and Peace Assembly. The title of the assembly was 'Hope Overcoming Fear', reflecting upon the Church's message on social issues with regard to the maxim of St. Irenaeus, 'The glory of God is the human person fully alive'.

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Fr Martin Coyle, Rector of Savio House, our youth retreat centre in Bollington, Cheshire, writes about an exciting new scheme to support its valuable work with the young, and invites YOU to help by becoming one of the Savio 100!


The Feast of Don Bosco is always a special day in every Salesian House and this year at Savio House we were blessed to have 2 groups of young people overlapping on retreat.


It was also a special day because it saw the launch of Savio 100, a fundraising initiative which aims at gaining additional financial support for the Salesian Mission at Savio House. Despite a large annual subsidy from the Salesian Province, our rising costs mean that we need to look for other forms of support and funding to continue to provide the unique Savio retreat experience to young people at an affordable cost to them.

Thursday, 01 February 2018 20:06

Salesian students send gifts to Don Bosco Ashalayam

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Adam Clark, a Year 11 student at St John Bosco College Battersea, tells us about the a shared project between SJBC and Salesian School, Chertsey, to help the street and vulnerable children of Don Bosco Ashalayam in Kolkata, India. 

Today on Monday 29th January we were packing little goods like pencils, crayons etc. for kids in India. We also included toothbrushes and face flannels.



On Don Bosco's feast day in Bermondsey the Principal of the Bosco Centre, Mr Darren Coghlan, arranged for a mass with all centre staff during which Romaine Shilling was enrolled as a cooperator. Romaine has been a manager in the Bosco Centre for many years alongside Sister Cecily Dunn FMA.



Chaplain Fr Jakub shares some of the school's festive activities, and introduces another of their great videos!


We had a lovely celebration for the Feast of St John Bosco in the school today.


Children have prepared a special banner and worked together on the assemblies presented this morning. The short video below was made for the assemblies, about the meeting of Don Bosco and Dominic Savio.


Fr Jakub Ruszniak SDB



Wednesday, 31 January 2018 16:23

Milton Cooperators send news from Glasgow

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Isabel, Coordinator of Milton Cooperators, Glasgow, Scotland, gives us an update on their group.


We thought you would like to see a photo of Milton Cooperators out having a meal to celebrate the Feast of Don Bosco!


The size of our group has fallen over the years with the death of at least 3 of our Cooperators, but we continue to meet every second Tuesday in the house of one of our Cooperators. 

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 12:22

CAFOD Young Leaders at Chertsey & Farnborough

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Fr Marco, Chaplain at Chertsey, tells us about last week's CAFOD Youth Leadership Training Day in Farnborough Hill.

On Thursday January 25th, the second session of the 2017-2018 CAFOD Youth Leadership Training Programme took place in Farnborough Hill School. Students from over half a dozen different schools, including from Salesian School Chertsey and Salesian College Farnborough, were given information about fundraising strategies utilised by CAFOD and how CAFOD tries to respect the God-given dignity of those in need by only using images of needy individuals in a sensitive manner.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 20:45

Our Founder's Feast: Happy Don Bosco Day!

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Today, we celebrate and give thanks for our founder, St John Bosco. Seeing the problems faced by young people in nineteenth century Turin, their need to be loved, educated and respected, he created an educational approach to nurture them and enable them to thrive in the future.

Our novena this year took the form of reflections from Salesian Cooperators who are inspired by Don Bosco's example. Jessica Wilkinson, Provincial Coordinator for the Salesian Cooperators, offers some thoughts for the feast. Learn more about St John Bosco


God called many of us to follow His Son as Salesian Co-operators, "with each of us living out that call according to our personal circumstances in life." (Salesian Co-operators Daily Prayer) The reflections written by Salesian Co-operators over the last nine days leading up to the feast of our much loved founder have really illustrated that. I would like to thank each contributor and Salesian Link for making this happen.


Tuesday, 30 January 2018 16:13

Catholic Heads talk about ethos and spirituality

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Fr David O'Malley SDB, Schools Delegate for the Province, writes about a recent meeting of Headteachers


A small group of head teachers gathered in Battersea to explore ethos and spirituality in schools. The heads of Salesian schools do this regularly. Two Salesian heads, Alison Burrowes and Ged Owens met up with heads from five other Catholic schools to explore how a Salesian approach to spirituality might support them in building the Catholic ethos of their own schools. The gathering involved a lot of reflection on the challenge of maintaining ethos in the present educational climate, the need to maintain a strong sense of vocation in teachers and the benefits of using a charism to reinforce Catholic ethos in schools.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 07:28

Feast of Bl Bronislaus Markiewicz

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The Salesian Family celebrates Blessed Bronislaus Markiewicz on 30th January.


Born in Poland in 1842, Bl Bronislaus made his perpetual vows to Don Bosco himself, having joined the Salesians in 1887. He returned to Poland and was the founder of the Congregations of St Michael the Archangel. He died in 1902. 


Blessed Bronislaus, pray for us!


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