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Award winning author Alex Wheatle, MBE, delighted and enthralled students, staff, parents and governors at Saint John Bosco College, Battersea, on World Book Day, Thursday 2nd March with tales from his life and readings from his books.

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In the ten years since it first appeared, Christian Leadership in Education by Fr David O'Malley SDB has become a highly valued resource for teachers and all those who work with young people in a Christian context. 

Thursday, 23 March 2017 10:02

Canonical Visit from Sr Lucy Rose FMA

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On 16th February, the Salesian Sisters GBR welcomed Sr Lucy Rose Ozhukayil FMA as she arrived for her Extraordinary Visitation.  Sr Lucy Rose is a General Councillor of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, based at the General House in Rome. She will remain with us until 3rd April, visiting the communities and the wide range of works the Sisters carry out in Britain.

For our Lenten reflections this year, in partnership with our Mission Office, we have taken the theme for Salesian Mission Day 2017. We will be returning to the roots of the Salesian missionary vocation by learning more about our missionary presence with the indigenous peoples of America. This week, hear about the Mapuche (People of the Land) of Argentina, where Don Bosco sent the first missionaries. 

From an article by Fr Natalino Venancio Freitas de Jesus, SDB - East Timorese Missionary in Argentina:

I am in the Salesian mission of West Pampeano. During the week I’m working in the morning at the hospice of Istituto San Juan Bosco, which has an enrollment of 640 students, from preschool to secondary. Many of them are vulnerable due to the socio-economic reality and complex family realities that exist among the population. Then, in the afternoon I work in the day care center with vulnerable and defenceless boys and girls in Inaun Don Bosco. We provide tutoring, crafts, and an afternoon snack.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 15:30

Scottish Salesian group at Flame 2017

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Danny Sweeney, Justice and Peace Scotland's Social Justice Co-ordinator, is a long-standing Salesian volunteer. He accompanied the Salesian Sisters' URSpace group to the recent Flame 2017 event at Wembley Arena, where he joined BOVA, the Colombans ans Assumption Volunteers in presenting a lunchtime workshop encouraging young people to imagine the experience of refugees.


The URSpace group included around 30 students from several of the Scottish schools the URSpace team works with. 


Read his blog post about the event at Justice & Peace Scotland



Retreats are an important part of spiritual life at our Salesian schools. The Chaplaincy at Salesian School Chertsey tells us about the Year 7 Retreats, which concluded last week


Each pupil in school is given the opportunity to reflect on God, self and neighbour. Recently, the Year 7 pupils received a retreat experience with fellow members of their tutor groups in a safe, spiritual environment.


The theme of the retreat was "An Unexpected Journey", based on the title of the first of The Hobbit trilogy of films. The author of The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien, was a devout and committed Catholic.

Friday, 17 March 2017 16:06

Cardinal Bo's words of hope for the young

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One of the many highlights of Flame 2017 last weekend was hearing Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, the very first Cardinal of Myanmar and a Salesian. At the end of the event, Salesian Link was delighted to spend a few moments in conversation with him.

Cardinal Bo began our conversation, of course, by speaking of Don Bosco’s devotion to the young: "Don Bosco loved all young people. He said that he loved them for the fact that they are young, but he especially cared for those who are abandoned and have lost all hope, and that is why he founded the Salesians."

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From Croxteth to China, globetrotting St John Bosco Arts College is the first to send a delegation of students from the UK to the Chinese city of Wenzhou.

St John Bosco Arts College Liverpool is the first school to send a delegation of students from the UK to the Chinese city of Wenzhou, after being selected to represent the city as an ambassador school in China.

Students and teachers from St John Bosco Arts College in Croxteth travelled to Wenzhou in China to explore the city and visit its sister school, Wenzhou No.2 Foreign Language School.

The school lies in the city of Wenzhou, which is in the South East of Zhejiang Province and has an urban population of over 3 million.

St John Bosco was selected as an ambassador school by Access China UK, an organisation which funds school partnerships in China and promotes the exchange of ideas through different international programmes.

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A very important day in the life of Fr Cyril Edamana SDB and for the GBR Province

On Saturday, 25th February 2017 at Crewe Register Office, Fr Cyril was formally made a British Citizen in the presence of the members of the Savio House Retreat Team, two of his family members and his Salesian brothers Fr Gerry Briody, the Provincial, Fr Kieran Anderson, Fr Roman Scyzypa and Br Janus Garus.

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Fr Marco Villani SDB, Province Delegate for Justice and Peace, reports on the recent Diocese of Arundel & Brighton Justice and Peace Assembly 2017 (Pictured above: CAFOD's Fr Augusto at Flame 2017)

At the end of January, the annual Justice and Peace assembly was held in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton Christian Education Centre (DABCEC) where parishioners and religious from around the diocese met to hear speakers including Fr. Augusto Zampini Davies, CAFOD’s Theological Advisor (and a recent speaker at FLAME 2017) and Jenny Sinclair, founder of Together For The Common Good.


Once again, pupils, students and staff have done Salesian School Chertsey proud during Fairtrade Fortnight. This annual event takes place all around the UK, raising awareness of the poverty of many producers and food growers in the developing world. We recognise how the Fairtrade Foundation, together with Traidcraft, aims to alleviate poverty through just and fair trading arrangements, pricing and the awarding of the Fairtrade Premium, allowing farmers to re-invest in their production lines, or in education and social projects.

Thursday, 16 March 2017 11:30

New App: read 'Don Bosco Today' on the go!

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You can now access the Don Bosco Today magazine from your phone or tablet while you're out and about.

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