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Sunday September 3rd 2017 marked the end of an era, as the Parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes, Newent, and St Michael's Blaisdon, bid farewell to Fr Aidan Murray SDB, and the Salesians ended a chapter in their history, as they formally handed over care of the Parish to the Diocese of Clifton.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 13:52

Fr Tom Uzhunnalil SDB is free

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India's Foreign Minister has confirmed that Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, the Indian Salesian kidnapped in Yemen in March last year, has been released.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 11:37

Good friends and good fruits at Confronto 2017

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Fr Roman Szczypa SDB was part of the group who travelled from the UK to Turin in August, for this year’s Confronto, the Salesian Youth Movement' European gathering. He tells us about the programme, and how impressed he was by the faithfulness of the young people attending. The photo above shows the group with the Rector Major and Mother General. 


‘We are like fruit trees. People come to us in search of good fruits. What a shock if they find none!’

Have you ever had the experience of spending time at a big international meeting? Perhaps yes, perhaps no! But I have actually had this experience. Therefore I would like to share with you, who are at this very moment reading this article, what I have personally experienced. This may be helpful and of interest to you and give you an understanding of what it was like to share in the unity and charism of such an event. This took place in August 2017 in Turin in Italy, at the very heart of where the Salesians were founded by St John Bosco, who was born, lived, worked and died there. Many people from all over the world have heard of this place, Colle Don Bosco, and many people have already visited it.

Friday, 08 September 2017 14:13

Welcome to our new Polish Brothers!

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In August, three Salesian Brothers from Poland joined the British Province for a year. Fr Fr Kieran Anderson SDB tells us more about them.

 

On 30th August 2017, during the community celebration of the Eucharist at St Joseph's, Bolton, Br Dawid Jakubiak SDB, Br Mateusz Papierz SDB and Br Mirosław Kosiec SDB renewed their religious profession as Salesians of Don Bosco.

Having completed 3 years of philosophy studies in Poland, these young Salesians have come to the British Province for one year, as part of their practical training experience.

Monday, 04 September 2017 10:34

A Day in the Life of a Salesian School Chaplaincy

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As the new school year begins, follow Fr Jakub Rusniak SDB and the team through a day in the life of the Chaplaincy at Savio Salesian College, Bootle, in this article from the latest issue of Don Bosco Today.

 

It’s 8 o’clock in the morning and Brother Maciek Sokalkski SDB is just opening the door to the chaplaincy room.

 

It’s been raining all night and a group of pupils, who have been waiting in the cold for a few minutes now, come into the warmth to watch an episode of ‘The Simpsons’ before the lessons begin. The video club is always fun. Students—especially those dropped off early by their parents—love to spend their time here. It’s their space. They can have their morning toast while enjoying some fun before the lessons begin. Soon after, the children go to meet their tutors and another day starts.

Monday, 28 August 2017 10:22

Guiding young adults through complex choices

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Fr David O'Malley SDB explores the complexities of life choices for young adults in an overview of the Salesians' Signposts programme and its aims, published in Don Bosco Today, the UK edition of the Salesian Bulletin.

The facts and stories in this article point to a growing need among young adults to look beyond career and wages to find meaning in their lives and to be happy in what they do. The complexity of choice and the short-term nature of commitments bewilders many young adults. Sometimes they act impulsively, reacting against parental advice and then regret it later. Sometimes they unconsciously do what friends and family want and lose that individual spark that is called vocation.

 

Saturday, 26 August 2017 08:07

Blessed Ceferino Namuncurá

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On 26th August, the day of his birth in 1886, we remember Ceferino Namuncurá, the 'Prince of the Pampas'. He was a Salesian student and aspirant, the son of the last great Chief of the Mapuches, the indigenous people of southern and central Chile and southern Argentina. His mother was a Chilean captive, one of the Chief's three consorts.

Friday, 25 August 2017 08:06

Celebrating Blessed Maria Troncatti

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On 25th August we celebrate Blessed Maria Troncatti, a Salesian Sister, who trained and worked as a Red Cross nurse in military hospitals in the First World War, and was a missionary in Ecuador for many years.

 

She was part of an initially tiny group of Sisters engaged in evangelisation and care for the Shuar people of the Amazon forest, looking after their physical needs as nurse, surgeon and dentist, and their spiritual needs as catechist, envangeliser and role-model. The work she began in an isolated and dangerous environment continues today.

 

Blessed Maria was killed in a tragic plane crash on 25th August 1969. She was beatified in 2012.

 

Read more about her remarkable life

 

A PRAYER THROUGH THE INTERCESSION OF BLESSED MARIA TRONCATTI

Father, who enkindled an active love in the heart of Blessed Maria Troncatti,
ready to spend her life without reserve for the good of every person,
grant us the graces that we ask through her intercession,
and make us capable of imitating her faith
and her ardent love for you and our neighbour.
Through Christ Our Lord.

Amen

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 15:21

It's all happening in the 'Heart of Battersea'

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It's all happening in the 'Heart of Battersea', as our new project in London project gets off to a great start!

 

Salesian Youth Ministry with Southwark Catholic Youth Service is running a primary school day camp for 60 children, with outreach work and community building, all centred on the Salesian oratory at Battersea. The aim is 'building bridges in the service of the young'.

Monday, 21 August 2017 10:42

The missionary heart of the Salesian Family

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Fr Kieran Anderson SDB, Director of the UK Missions Office, traces the Salesians' missionary roots back to Don Bosco and his early dreams, for the Summer 2017 edition of Don Bosco Today.

 

Throughout his youth and for a couple of years after his ordination in 1841, Don Bosco thought that he might become a missionary priest.

His spiritual director, Saint Joseph Cafasso, allowed Don Bosco to study French and Spanish, but when he started to learn English, he was told outright, “The foreign missions are most certainly not for you! Think about it. You can’t get to the other side of Turin in a closed carriage without becoming travel sick and you want to cross the ocean? My dear Don Bosco, you’d die during the voyage and of that I am sure!”

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