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Thursday, 19 October 2017 15:05

Fairtrade goes for gold

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Fr Marco Villani, our Justice and Peace Coordinator, recently attended the Fairtrade Conference at King’s College London, and heard about new initiatives, including action to protect gold miners, and resources for schools and youth work.


On Saturday October 7th over two hundred volunteers from around the South East attended an all-day Fairtrade Conference in King’s College London. The event was set up to provide an opportunity for Fairtrade Supporters and delegates to be informed and inspired by the impact that Fairtrade is having on the lives of people in less developed countries.

Thursday, 19 October 2017 14:48

CAFOD Young Leader training for Salesian students

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On Tuesday October 17th, Salesian School Chertsey, Salesian College Farnborough and other schools near and far brought about 60 students to the first of three CAFOD Youth Leadership Training Days. This programme aims to inspire, motivate and equip young people to engage with issues of social justice by nurturing their leadership skills, helping their voice to be heard.

Linked with CAFOD’s latest campaign “Power To Be”, students were informed about this campaign’s drive to press the World Bank to support renewable energy, allowing some of the world’s poorest people to transform their lives through cheap and accessible electricity.

The second Training Day will take place in Farnborough Hill independent girls’ school in Hampshire.


Fr Marco Villani SDB

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 16:14

Party in the USA - Camp St Francis 2017

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During the summer, Salesian Youth Ministry volunteers Sarah, Anya and David, along with Br Ste Lloyd, went to serve at Camp St Francis, a Salesian summer camp for children, overlooking a Californian beach. David (covered in flour in the photo above) looks back on the experience.


Why are you here? This is not a challenge to you, the reader, it is also not an invitation to give up on this article already - though it might save you a few minutes and spare you any disappointment – rather, it is the question that guided our own reflection time during the hugely successful Camp St Francis season. This is the question that was put to each of the counsellors during the preparation week to help channel our thoughts, and to allow us to bring to mind our own personal reasons for being at camp. It soon became very apparent that a lot of our reasons overlapped, probably as we shared one Salesian spirit, and love of the young with one another. As well as being the thing that inspired us through prep week, it was also the question that we were invited to return to as the weeks went on, reminding ourselves why we were there at camp, especially in the more challenging times.

Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:01

Feast of Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa

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On 13th October, we remember Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa, a Salesian Cooperator and mystic who lived in tremendous pain for over thirty years, finding happiness in her suffering, and managing to care about the troubles of others despite her own situation. At the age of 14, she severly injured her spine jumping from a window to escape from an attempted rape, and by the age of 21, she was totally paralysed. After praying for a cure at first, she came to see her vocation as a 'victim soul', and received the grace to bear her suffering, offering it 'for the salvation of the young' and for peace in the world.

Friday, 06 October 2017 14:31

They Made Some Noise!

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Make Some Noise, the 24-hour Salesian youth gather, continues to grow in popularity, with 300 young people from 13 schools and parishes attending this year.


On the evening of Friday 22nd September, groups of 14-16 year olds from all over the UK headed for Bolton, where Thornleigh Salesian College was again the host venue. After an opening reflection, the fun began with a ceilidh, with music from past pupils of Thornleigh, the Castlemore Ceili Band. 

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The Salesians of Don Bosco UK are very proud sponsors of Embrace Liverpool, the Catholic Youth Conference held in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King.


After a year's break, Embrace is back on Saturday 25th November 2017, and it looks as if it's going to be bigger and better than ever, so make sure you register your groups for this invigorating and FREE event! 

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 13:16

Remembering Blessed Alberto Marvelli

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'One can be in politics and be a saint, and this is a very great message that comes from the life of Alberto Marvelli.' These words, spoken by Archbishop Angelo Comastri of Loreto, are an important reminder to all of us, in times when popular respect and trust for politicians is generally low.

On 5th October, we celebrate this inspiring young man, whose life also reminds us that we are called to be involved in the running of our communities, using our voices and skills for the common good - to create fairness and justice in our society.

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 11:45

New publication project with the Sisters of Nazareth

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Fr Bob Gardner SDB, our Director of Communications & Publications and Sarah Seddon, Manager of Don Bosco Publications, were delighted to meet this week with Sr Mary Anne Monaghan, Superior General of the Sisters of Nazareth, and Eileen Pickard, to discuss the publication of a new biography of the Congregation's founder, Victoire Larmenier.

Tuesday, 03 October 2017 15:45

Beatification of Titus Zeman

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On Saturday 30th September, Salesian priest Titus Zeman was beatified in a ceremony in Bratislava, the city where he was born in 1915. He is the first Slovakian Salesian to be beatified.

Thursday, 28 September 2017 16:44

Faith, Fun & Family in the Heart of Battersea

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Br Ste Lloyd SDB describes the new summer scheme which revived a Salesian tradition in London this year.


This summer the Salesian community and Sacred Heart Parish in Battersea rekindled the long tradition of summer schemes in the London area. With the support of the Salesian Youth Ministry department, we offered 30+ young people, aged 8-16, a week of Faith, Fun and Family.

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