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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 11:50

Rise 2017 - an elevating experience for young leaders

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Rise and shine at Crosby beach

 

Br Greg Echegwo SDB tells us about this year's Rise Young Leaders' programme:

 

What a stunning and very elevating Rise Summer Camp of 2017 took place in Savio House between 24th to 28th of July!

 

They were six young people between the age of 14 to 17 that participated in this year phenomenal summer programme, planned to empower and inspire our young people to cultivate and foster the Salesian leadership skills. This thereby brings them closer to the Salesian family.

Wednesday, 02 August 2017 08:07

Celebrating Blessed Augustus Czartoryski

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On 2nd August, we celebrate Blessed Augustus Czartoryski. Born a prince in Paris on this day in 1858, where his family lived in exile from Poland, he felt God's call to a simpler life, and against the wishes of his family, became a Salesian priest.

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Staff and religious from the Salesians, Jesuits, Assumption Sisters and Columbans joined forces again last week to prepare their new volunteers for overseas service. The group gathered for five days, hosted by the Assumption Sisters at Millaret House, in central London’s Heythrop College, for this year’s Lay Missionary Volunteer Network (LMVN) orientation week, to introduce volunteers to each other, and help them get ready for their challenging but exciting experiences ahead when they leave the get new volunteers ready for their service in other countries.

Tuesday, 01 August 2017 14:37

St John Bosco Arts welcome students from China

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'Bosco Buddies' welcome their visitors from China

 

St John Bosco Arts College, Croxteth, has welcomed a delegation of Chinese students to their city for a cultural exchange.

 

Students from its sister school, Wenzhou No.2 Foreign Language School visited Liverpool for a three-day trip which saw them take part in a whole host of activities. This trip follows St John Bosco’s visit to Wenzhou in February 2017 to begin their exciting cultural partnership.

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This week, the 2016-17 retreat team at Savio House, Bollington, ended their busy year together. While some of the team will continue there, others are going on to other things. The Province is very grateful for the superb work the team does, providing retreats to hundreds of young people from all over the country. We wish them all safe journeys, and every success in future, and look forward to meeting Team 2017-18 soon! Here's what Savio House said:

 

These last few days have been bitter sweet here at Savio as we've been saying our final goodbyes to the retreat team. It's been an incredible year with so many memories both in community and on retreats. Once again thank you to all the schools that have helped make this year special!!!

Friday, 21 July 2017 11:27

JOY OF FINAL PROFESSIONS

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Sacred Heart Parish, Battersea played host to the joyous occasion of the Final Professions of Brother Joseph Tran SDB (left) and Brother Gregory Echegwo SDB (right); Salesians of Don Bosco in the British Province.

In the presence of Fr Guillermo Basanes, the General Councillor for Salesian Missions, taking the place of the Rector Major, Bro Greg and Bro Joe made public their desire to be Salesians for the rest of their lives, taking the vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience.

Surrounded by over 20 fellow Salesian Priests and Brothers, there was an outpouring of joy as they received the crosses signifying their Final Profession.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 12:39

Thornleigh student helps with new publication

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Don Bosco Publications is preparing a new edition of our popular Advent and Christmas Swatch, due out in the autumn, and we were delighted to enlist some help from Joseph, a sixth form student from Thornleigh Salesian College.

The week invites students to think about different issues affecting the world

 

St John Bosco Arts College Croxteth, near Liverpool, took the refugee crisis as its Mission Week theme to raise awareness of this vital issue. Figures from the UN Refugee Agency show an unprecedented 65.6 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. Text and pictures: Hannah Fowler, The Foundry Agency

 

Mission Week at St John Bosco Arts celebrates the school’s Christian ethos and invites students to think about different issues affecting the world and its local community.

Friday, 14 July 2017 14:19

Children's book on Don Bosco coming soon!

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Sarah Seddon, Manager of Don Bosco Publications, tells us about their latest project.

 

Nuevo libro próximamente!

 

We are working on a new book for children, translated from the Spanish book 'La Vida y Obra de Don Bosco Contada a los Niños'. Recounting the life of Don Bosco, this beautifully illustrated book also includes activities to consolidate children's understanding.

Friday, 14 July 2017 13:43

Savio Salesian College in Lourdes

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Pupils and staff from Savio Salesian College, Bootle, are having an amazing expereince in Lourdes this week. The trip is an eagerly anticipated feature of the school's life, and pupils have been hard at work fundraising for many months.

 

In true Salesian style, the trip combines a pilgrimage and a holiday for the young people, with moving visits to the Shrine and churches, along with opportunities to relax, have fun and visit local attractions.

 

This Sunday, 16th July 2017,  in Battersea, Br Joseph Tran SDB and Br Gregory Echegwo SDB will make their final professions. In this third and final video, they talk about their feelings and commitment as they approach the moment they will say, "Now, God, we are giving you all," as Br Gregory explains.

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The latest in the new Pocketbook Series from Don Bosco Publications is The Life of Michael Magone, by Philip J Pascucci SDB.

 

This little volume tells the inspiring story of a former street boy whose life was transformed by the influence and education of Don Bosco. Our founder met Michael by chance, and instantly recognised the boy's natural leadership qualities, and offered him the opportunity to join the Turin oratory, where he grew and thrived for the rest of his short life.

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