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Friday, 04 January 2019 15:11

From Don Bosco Ashalayam to Bollywood

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Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB has wonderful news about a former member of the Don Bosco Ashalayam in Kolkata, a project he and many of our students in the UK have been supporting. Rajdeep is pictured above with the lady who has sponsored him through the initiative Fr Andrew is part of.


Rajdeep, who left the Ashalayam last year to join a rugby training school, was recently selected by a Bollywood film director to star in ‘Jungle Cry’, a film based on a true story about the Indian under-14 rugby team who won the 2007 Touraid International School Rugby Tournament in London. He was one of 13 boys selected from over 500 hopefuls for a part in the film.

Thursday, 03 January 2019 11:18

Celebrating Altar Servers on Feast of St Stephen

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On the Feast of St Stephen, 26th December 2018, four more young people entered the Guild of St Stephen at Sacred Heart Battersea, promising to serve the lord with Joy each Sunday. 

Tuesday, 01 January 2019 09:08


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As we step into 2019, I pray that you and all those you love, will be blessed with good health, friendship, happiness and gifted with the gift of giving. God's special blessing on you and your families, and may you all have a very happy and holy New Year.

Friday, 28 December 2018 12:12

ST THOMAS BECKET - Patron of our Province

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On 29th December, we celebrate the feast of St Thomas Becket, Patron of our Province.


Thomas was born in around 1120, the son of a prosperous London merchant. He was well educated and quickly became an agent to Theobald, Archbishop of Canterbury, who sent him on several missions to Rome. Becket's talents were noticed by Henry II, who made him his chancellor and the two became close friends. When Theobald died in 1161, Henry made Becket archbishop. Becket transformed himself from a pleasure-loving courtier into a serious, simply-dressed cleric.

Tuesday, 25 December 2018 11:07

Happy Christmas

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Wishing you and all your loved ones the peace, love and joy of Christ this Christmas and throughout 2019.

Friday, 21 December 2018 22:34

Fourth Week of Advent 2018

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Spiritual Gifts and Practical Gifts - Retreats for the young at Savio House


In the final week of Advent, we hear from Programme Leader Jonny Dearden about the work done at the Salesian Youth Retreat Centre.

Savio House is a retreat centre in the countryside near Macclesfield.  Our work here is to deliver a programme with school groups and to help them learn a bit more about themselves and their connections with each other and with God.



On Thursday, Year 7 and 8 pupils from St John Bosco College Battersea were taken by the Head of Music to sing for the residents of the Sisters Hospitallers Of The Sacred Heart at Roland Gardens.

Friday, 21 December 2018 09:15

Engaging session on Judaism for SJBC students

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The RE Department at St John Bosco College, (SJBC) Battersea, told us about a very special visit they had last week.


Ruth Jampel from 'Judaism for School' visited SJBC on Wednesday to help our Year 11 students really get to grips with some parts of the GCSE syllabus on Judaism. It was fun and interactive from the start. We had model Torah scrolls, cuddly toy Torah scrolls, mezuzahs, kippahs, you name it, we had it! The students really enjoyed being able to handle Jewish items.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 15:07

Savio House team takes Don Bosco's work out

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Jonny Dearden, Programme Leader at Savio House, writes about an unusual week for the team.

Occasionally, our work takes us out of our youth retreat centre in Bollington. Last week, we were invited to work in a small village in Derbyshire called Hartington with St Mary’s Chesterfield and their entire year 12.


Fr Tom Williams preached at the Christmas Carol Concert in St Mary's C of E church, Riverside Battersea at the invitation of Canon Simon Butler. This is the church where JMW Turner painted some of his famous river scenes, and it is the only Grade 1 listed building in Wandsworth. (Photo above: St Mary's Battersea)

Saturday, 15 December 2018 01:22

Third Week of Advent 2018

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Spiritual Gifts and Practical Gifts - Training Young Salesians in West Africa


In the third week of Advent, as we focus on joy, we hear from our GBR Missions Office, which supports the work of Salesian Missions across the world, and in particular, funds the training of young Salesians in the Anglophone West Africa (AFW) Province: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Nigeria.


The British Province has had a long connection with Liberia in particular, and this continues in its financial contribution towards  the training of young Salesians in the AFW Province. For several decades, through the GBR Missions Office, we have made a commitment to send £7,500 a month (£90,000 a year), to support the formation of young men from this very youthful Province, where over half of the approximately 200 Salesians are in formation. This formation takes place in the countries of the AFW Province and beyond, as they continue their studies in East Africa, Italy, Germany and Great Britain.


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St John Bosco Arts College has wowed audiences with its 2018 school production, The Greatest Show. More than 240 of students from Years 7 to 13 were cast in the production, inspired by last year’s blockbuster hit The Greatest Showman.

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