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Friday, 24 November 2017 00:56

13th General Assembly of SYM Europe in Bollington

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Article by Renato Cursi, via ANS


The 13th General Assembly of the Salesian Youth Movement of Europe (SYM) took place from 17 to 19 November. The meeting was held at Savio House in Bollington, Great Britain. This year's annual SYM Europe event was attended by 55 representatives from 14 European countries.


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Thursday, 23 November 2017 23:07

Sr Gill FMA Perpetual Profession

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On Saturday 18th November 2017, Sr Gill McCambridge made her perpetual profession at St Leonard's Church East Kilbride, at a joyful Mass, in the presence of Mother Yvonne Reungoat FMA, Superior General of the Salesian Sisters, Bishop Joseph Toal, Bishop of Motherwell, Bishop John Keenan of Paisley and her family, Salesian Sisters and SDBs, and many friends from the parish and further afield.


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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 23:57

Red Wednesday Mass at SJBC Battersea

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Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB writes about St John Bosco College Battersea's first celebration of Red Wednesday, the event organised by Aid to the Church In Need to highlight he plight of people persecuted for their faith.



Fr Pat Sherlock SDB describes a recent visit to Auschwitz with students from Salesian College Farnborough
Photos: Brian Solomon


Two Year 12 students and the chaplain from Salesian College were selected to take part in this autumn's Lessons from Auschwitz project. On Tuesday 14th November 2017 they joined about 250 other sixth formers from South East England on a memorable day visit to Oświęcim and the SS extermination camps nearby.

Saturday, 18 November 2017 07:55

Pray with us for Sr Gill on a joyful occasion!

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Please join us in praying for Sr Gill McCambridge FMA, as she makes her final profession today. Many blessings, Sr Gill!


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Friday, 17 November 2017 02:29

Salesian Sisters Superior General arrives in UK

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Mother Yvonne Reungoat FMA, Superior General of the Salesian Sisters, arrives in Glasgow today to begin her visit to the GBR Province. Welcome, Mother Yvonne!


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Friday, 17 November 2017 01:25

Farnborough's Run For Sean raises £3,500

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This week, Salesian College, Farnborough, was delighted to present a cheque for over £3,500 to Mr Kevin O'Farrell, Trustee from the Sean Devereux Children’s Fund. This staggering amount of money was raised by the Year 7 boys. The boys ran as many laps of the College Playing Fields as they could within an allotted time in memory of former student Sean Devereux.

Thursday, 16 November 2017 23:10

Welcome to the UK, Mother Yvonne!

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Mother Yvonne Reungoat FMA, Superior General of the Salesian Sisters, begins her visit to the GBR Province today, Friday 17th November.


Mother Yvonne will arrive in Glasgow, and will be visiting all of the Sisters' communities during her week-long stay. We will bring you more news of her visit soon.


Please pray with us for a fruitful visit.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 16:14

Inspiring Thornleigh Student wins 'Diana Award'

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Jonathan Wright, a 6th Form student at Thornleigh Salesian College, has won a national award recognising his inspiring work in the school and wider community to improve lives. The College tells his story:


For some time now, The Diana Award has enabled and supported thousands of young people to take positive action, by getting involved in their local communities. This award recognises their hard work, dedication and commitment to bring about change.

Earlier this year, we nominated Jonathan Wright, who was at that time, a student in Year 12 at Thornleigh Salesian College Sixth Form. Over the years, Jonathan has had a huge impact on the growth and effectiveness of our School Council. He has led campaigns on anti-bullying, recycling, reducing litter and healthy eating, to name but a few. In 2016, he was elected as Bolton’s Youth MP, leading campaigns on improving mental health services for the young and raising awareness of mental health issues amongst the young with his campaign, “Be Kind to my Mind.”

Just before the end of the summer term, we learnt that Jonathan’s work, within the local community and here at Thornleigh, had been recognised with a Diana Award. The ceremony was held at the Leeds College of Music on November 9th.

“A Diana Award holder upholds the values that Princess Diana governed her life by; compassion, kindness and service. The young role models from around the world are honoured with this award for selflessly transforming the lives of others. They are going above and beyond in their daily lives to create and sustain positive change”

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 16:09

Feast of Blessed Madelaine Morano FMA

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Born into a large family in 1847, Madeleaine Morano felt called to religious life from an early age, but as the main breadwinner, her family responsibilities delayed this . One of eight children, her father and older sister both died when Madelelaine was 8, leaving the family dependent on her income. An uncle who was a priest helped her to continue her education while she worked.


Young Madeleine knew she wanted to teach, and her training began when she was employed at a new local school at the age of 14; she was an educator and a catechist for the rest of her life. By the time she was 30, she had saved enough to make sure her mother had a comfortable old age, and began to pursue her religios vocation. When she met Don Bosco, she was set on living a cloistered life with the Vincentians, but he persuaded her that her gifts were needed in a different life, and he accepted her into the Salesian Sisters shortly after.


In 1881, her superiors sent her to Sicily, where in addition to teaching working class girls, she trained teachers, set up new schools, workshops and hostels. She was also respinsoble for the formation of new sisters, and became Provincial.


She died from cancer in 1908, and was beatified by St Pope John Paul II in 1994.


We celebrate her feast on 15th November, the day of her birth.


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Fr Kevin O'Donnell SDB describes a recent visit to Calais, to help in a warehouse storing supplies for refugees.


On Saturday 11th November, nine of us from Salesian Chertsey went to Calais to help out in the huge warehouse there which supplies basic materials to the many hundreds of refugees still encamped around Calais to stop them dying of the cold or hunger.



There are several exciting opportunities to join the staff at St John Bosco College, in its state-of-the-art building in the heart of Battersea.

Talented individuals are being sought as teachers of English and Media, Science, and Music. There are also vacancies for a Teaching Assistant and a Pastoral Lead, and for an Assistant Headteacher, to take a leading role in the school's onging development.

Further details are on our Job Vacancies page, or visit the St John Bosco College Website for full details and application documents.

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