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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.


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, we look at the Salesians and the Mixe people of Mexico.


Tlahuitoltepec was the first parish entrusted to the SDBs on October 24, 1962, thus they initiated the missionary expeditions to Oaxaca, joined in 1964 by the FMAs. With Father Braulio Sánchez Fuentes as leader, a period of evangelising presence began, characterized by a closeness and kindness. Their ancestors passed on to the soul of the Mixe many values and a pride in never having been conquered; the presence of the devotion to Mary Help of Christians would win the native soul; flourishing in music as a language of veneration of the Mother of God.

Thursday, 09 March 2017 22:07

Savio House retreat for Catholic-Anglican Academy

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Savio House, our Youth Retreat Centre in Bollington, Cheshire, recently facilitated a retreat for a group of 27 Year 10 students from the Academy of St Francis of Assisi, a Catholic-Anglican school in Liverpool.

Thursday, 09 March 2017 15:37

Salesian Sisters to host gathering in Beckenham

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The Salesian Spirituality South team (Mary Biddle, Sr Pat Devine FMA, Katie St Quinton, John Hunt, and Annabel Clarkson), have teamed up with the Salesian Sisters in Beckenham to create an evening to share ideas and prayer, along with some networking and a good deal of socialising!

Thursday, 09 March 2017 12:53

Class Masses at Savio Salesian, Bootle

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Class Masses form an essential part of the Chaplaincy programme at Savio Salesian Collge, and every class has the opportunity to celebrate its own special Mass regularly, with students contributing to the planning and taking part in the celebraation itself. This was one of the factors contributing to the school's 'Outstanding' rating at the Secion 48 Inspection. 


On Ash Wednesday, Salesian College Farnborough welcomed a group of students and teachers from the Valsalice Salesian school in Turin.

The party was staying with families in London and taking part in an English Language course but they spent two days in Farnborough to get an impression of an English school.

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