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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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Photo: St John Bosco College Battersea


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.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 14:41

Celebrating St Louis Guanella

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On 24th October, we celebrate St Louis Guanella, born in Italy in 1842, who was a Salesian for several years, and who dedicated his life to serving the poor.


As a young parish priest in the 1860s, he was especially drawn to improving the lives of the young, and his encounters with Don Bosco led him to become a Salesian in 1875. He ran the St Aloysius Oratory in Turin  and took charge of adult vocations until he was recalled to the diocese by his bishop to run a hostel for the eldely poor.

Friday, 19 October 2018 12:53

Salesian group in Rome for CYMFed Synod Conference

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A Salesian group has been spending this week in Rome as part of the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation Synod Conference.



Last weekend marked a very important event in the history of the Salesian Province of Great Britain, as we came together in Battersea to celebrate 125 years since the consecration of Sacred Heart church, Battersea, and its significance for the development of our province.


As the Rector Major was kept in Rome because of the Synod, his Vicar, Fr Francesco Cereda SDB, attended the Mass on Sunday in his place.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018 13:20

Annual Aid to the Church in Need Gathering

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Fr Marco Villani SDB, our Justice and Peace Delegate, attended the recent annual Mass and talk for Aid to the Church in Need.


The annual Aid To The Church In Need (ACN) event took place on Saturday October 13th 2018 starting with Solemn Mass in Westminster, presided over by Canon Tuckwell. His Grace Archbishop Angaelos, first Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London was also a guest on the sanctuary. The first reading was read by Mr. Martin Bashir, Religious Affairs Correspondent for the BBC, whilst the homily was given by Fr. Emmanuel Yousaf representing the National Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan.



Paul Dunne, Headteacher at St John Bosco College, writes about the blessing of the new Resource Base at the college, by Fr Francesco Cereda SDB, Salesian Vicar General.

Whilst the Sacred Heart Parish in Battersea celebrated their 125th anniversary on Sunday 14 October a new chapter in the history of Salesian Education in Battersea began with the formal blessing of St John Bosco College’s new resource base provision for children with Autism and additional mental health needs.


Salesian Vicar General, Fr Francesco Cereda, visiting London for the parish celebrations took time out of his hectic schedule to join Provincial Gerry Briody, School Governor Nick Potter, Headteacher Paul Dunne, Deputy Headteacher Maria Bud, Chaplain Fr Saju, Base Lead Louise Power and pupils from the school to bless the new Devereux resource base. Named after Sean Devereux, a pupil at Farnborough and teacher at Chertsey who dedicated his short life to the service of others, the base will open at the beginning of November and will provide support for vulnerable young people who would not otherwise be able to access mainstream education.


Fr Cereda in his homily urged those present to use their gifts to help and support those less fortunate than themselves following in the footsteps of Don Bosco – just as Sean did.




Monday, 15 October 2018 13:08

Students attend first Salesian Leadership workshop

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Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB writes about a new initiative among Salesian schools in the South.


In an attempt to build Salesian Ethos between the Salesian schools in the south a Salesian Leadership Workshop was held on 12th October for Year 11 Prefects and Leaders.

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