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Thursday, 09 August 2018 16:28

New Rector for Farnborough Community

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On Sunday 19th August during Mass in the chapel of St John Bosco House, our Provincial, Fr Gerry Briody, presided at the installation of Fr Patrick Sherlock as rector of the Farnborough community. In the photo above, Fr Pat is in the centre of the front row, with Fr Gerry behind him.

Thursday, 09 August 2018 10:57

Update - We are fully connected again!

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Thursday 9th August 2018 - Following the latest engineer visit this morning, we are delighted to report that, at last, our internet connections have been repaired and, with phones already fixed, we have rejoined the 21st century!

Where possible during the protracted and complex problems, we were accessing email on our phones and at home, and doing our best to operate as usual, signal and data allowances permitting. However, there are certain procedures we can only carry out from the computers and terminals in the office, for example, processing orders and payments. We are now working to catch up with those tasks we couldn’t do while we were offline.

We again apologise for any inconvenience, and thank you for your patience. 

Thursday, 09 August 2018 09:04

VIDES Holiday Hangout 2018 in Croxteth

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The VIDES UK team kicked off a busy summer with a project for children aged 4-6 in the local community of Croxteth, Liverpool.


The Celebration of Nations" theme lent itself to plenty of fun and games over the four days of activity, as well as showing the children the work VIDES does in other countries, making pizza and learning a little Italian. The team encouraged the children to think about the "friendship request" God is sending to each of them, and how they can respond.

Wednesday, 08 August 2018 22:23

Thornleigh students in Tanzania

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Playing with the children at Upendo Orphanage


A team of Sixth Form students and staff from Thornleigh Salesian College recently returned from a month in Tanzania.

The visit began with a rest day in Oyster Bay, swimming and playing football on the beach with the locals to build up some stamina for their 12 hour bus ride to Moshi, on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro.


Bernard, Mike and Helen, Jamie and Matthew, in the old Quad

On a glorious August morning, I tootled the short distance from home to Shrigley Hall, formerly the Salesian Missionary College, but a place I have only ever visited since it became a hotel. I was meeting up with Shrigley Old Boys Bernard O'Neill and Mike Kilduff, to find out about preparations for the reunion taking place from 7th - 9th September, when the boys of 1958 will celebrate their Diamond Jubilee. 

Saturday, 04 August 2018 16:01

Happy Birthday, Salesian Sisters!

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On 5th August 1872, the first fifteen Salesian Sisters were clothed in their religous garments, and eleven of them (including St Mary Mazzarello) made their first professions. Don Bosco and the Bishop of Acqui were present on this joyful occasion at Mornese, Italy. Mother Mazzarello, who had worked with Don Bosco to establish the new society, was elected as their first superior on the same day.  



If you receive our Don Bosco Today magazine, you'll have seen the article on our delightful youth retreat centre in Bollington, Cheshire. But, just in case you haven’t heard of it, Savio House offers retreats for young people aged 11-18. The retreat team is made up of SDBs and volunteers, who give a year to serve young people. Savio also plays host to other vital activities from Salesian Youth Ministry, including the RISE young leaders' programme, and the Phoenix camps for young people held every summer.



St John Bosco College Battersea ended the academic year by celebrating the recognition of its high quality whole school inclusive practice. The college received a certificate commending its achievement in meeting the needs of students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and social communication difficulties.

Friday, 03 August 2018 12:51

Meet our Finance Manager Designate

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Nicola (Nic) Howell joined Salesian Provincial Office on 23rd July 2018 as Finance Manager Designate, and will be working alongside Paulene Whyte.


She is a qualified accountant specialising in Charity Finance and has worked in the charity sector for the last 20+ years.


Wednesday, 01 August 2018 09:07

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.

Monday, 30 July 2018 15:54

Br Ste Lloyd SDB renews vows

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On Saturday 28th July, Br Ste Lloyd SDB renewed his vows, at a ceremony during evening prayer in the chapel of Salesian House, Battersea.


Provincial Fr Gerry Briody received the vows, witnessed by Frs Martin Coyle and Gerry O’Shaughnessy. In addition to Br Ste's Salesian community, the congregation included visitors from Rome and Spain, and some young people who had just returned from the Rise young leaders' programme at Savio House.

Monday, 30 July 2018 15:25

Happy 90th Birthday, Sr Mary Louise FMA!

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Salesian Sisters came together in Battersea on 26th July to celebrate the 90th birthday of Sr Mary Louise Ballard FMA. Sr Mary Louise is pictured above with her Battersea community and Provincial, Sr Connie, and below with missionary sisters, Sr Rosette, Sr Verginie and Sr Adriana


Sr Mary Louise is a native of Battersea and a die-hard Chelsea fan. Her sense of joy and love of religious life in the service of the young continues to be an inspiration, and we join the sisters in thanking God for the gift of her life and vocation. 


Ad multos annos, Sr Mary Louise!


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