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In Bolton, staff and Salesians gathered at St Joseph's to say thank you and farewell to Sylvia Hartshorn, who retired this week.

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Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB, from St John Bosco College, Battersea, writes about a very special event at the college

To mark the 25th anniversary of the death of Sean Devereux, his mother, Maureen Devereux, was invited to speak to all the sixth formers at SJBC. Mrs Devereux's down to earth but warm presentation of the life of her son and what drove him was inspiring to say the least. The sixth formers were completely engrossed by her talk, the video clips of his life and recollections of those who knew him.

Sunday, 14 January 2018 14:15

Feast of Bl Luigi Variara

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Blessed Luigi Variara (15 January 1875 - 1 February 1923) was a Salesian priest and missionary, best known for his work with lepers in Colombia. We celebrate his memorial on January 15th.

Friday, 12 January 2018 14:07

New building at Chertsey named for Sean Devereux

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On Friday 12th January 2018, Salesian School Chertsey dedicated and blessed its new Devereux building in memory of Sean Devereux, who was a former PE teacher at Salesian. Sean was killed while working for the UN in Somalia 25 years ago this month.

Fr John Dickson SBD, Chair of Governors, said: "Our new 12 classroom building allows us to accommodate the growing numbers of students attending our school.


Billy receives his certificate from Sharon Wilkie Jones


In recognition of his help for homeless people in Bolton, Billy Higham, a Year 7 student at Thornleigh Salesian College, has received the Community Champion Certificate from SHARE, (Students Homelessness Awareness Raising Enterprise) an initiative set up by Bolton Sixth Form College, aiming to improve literacy skills and raise awareness of homelessness through creativity.

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The Salesian Youth Ministry team send their New Year greetings, and give us a peep at some of the events they are planning for this year. 


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Monday, 08 January 2018 07:59

Feast of Blessed Titus Zeman

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We celebrate the memorial of Blessed Titus Zeman, the first Slovakian Salesian to be beatified, on 8th January. 


In the early 1950s, when religious orders were banned by the Communist government of Czechoslovakia, and many religious were being sent to concentration camps, Blessed Titus organised the escape of young Salesians to Turin, where they could continue their formation. Aware that he risked the death penalty for his actions, he said, “Even if I lose my life I do not consider it a waste, knowing that at least one of those whom I have saved has become a priest to take my place”.


Following his arrest in 1952, he was beaten and tortured, before being tried for treason. He was sentenced to 25 years of hard labour in the harshest of prisons. On his release after 13 years, his health was broken but his spirit was not. He died five years later, on 8th January 1969.


Blessed Titus, pray for us!




Sunday, 07 January 2018 07:40

The Epiphany of the Lord

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We wish you every blessing on the Feast of the Epiphany



Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB tells us how Br Ste's first homily contributed to putting SJBC Battersea's new mission statement into action. 'Ruah' is the Hebrew word for 'breath', and its letters stand for the inspriing spirit Don Bosco breathed into his system of working with the young: Respect, Understanding, Affection and Humour.

Tuesday, 02 January 2018 15:17

Sean Devereux - 25 years on

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On 2nd January 1993, Sean Devereux was assassinated in Kismayo, Somalia. He was 28 years old. Today, we pray for him, for his family, and for all those who risk their lives to help others.

Monday, 01 January 2018 10:13

New Year messages for 2018 from our Provincials

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Fr Gerry Briody SDB, Provincial of the Salesians of Don Bosco GBR and Sr Connie Cameron FMA, Provincial of the Salesian Sisters GBR, send their greetings for the New Year.

Monday, 01 January 2018 09:30

The Rector Major's Strenna, 2018

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Each year, the Rector Major presents a Strenna, a gift to the Salesian Family, which will guide our lives and our work for the coming year. 

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