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As we approach the feast of St John Bosco, we will hear from a number of Salesian Cooperators from across the Province who will share a personal reflection on the Rector Major’s Strenna 2018 and their vocation.

Salesian Cooperators were set up by Don Bosco himself; they are part of the worldwide Salesian family. Serving God in the young and the poor. They are lay people living their vocation according to their own circumstances in life.




Sue Cooper, a Cooperator living in Wokingham, Berkshire, reflects on how she is challenged and inspired by the Rector Major’s Strenna.



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From 12 to 14 January, the annual meeting of the Atlantic-German Zone of the Central and Northern Europe Region took place in the Salesian community of Battersea, London. It brought together the Provincials of the Provinces of Austria, North Belgium, France-South Belgium, Germany, Great Britain and Ireland with the Malta Delegation.

Sunday, 21 January 2018 15:40

Feast of Blessed Laura Vicuna

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On 22nd January, we celebrate the feast of Blessed Laura Vicuña, who is the patron of abuse victims. She was born in Chile in 1891, and died on 22nd January, 1904. After her father died, Laura's mother took her to Argentina, where she was educated by the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. She felt a call to religious life from an early age, dedicatting herself to God while she was still too young to follow her vocation to join the Salesian Sisters. 

Friday, 19 January 2018 19:10

Our Liberian Missionaries "wee get-together"

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By Br Donald MacDonald SDB 


Our four Liberian missionaries had a “wee get together” recently in St Joseph’s Bolton, January 2018.

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Bernard with the Rector Major


Shrigley Old Boy, Bernard O'Neill, is in Turin for the 36th Salesian Family Spirituality Days, and when he arrived at Turin Airport on Thursday, he discovered all he had to say was "Don Bosco, Salesiano" for his taxi driver to get him just where he needed to be!



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!




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