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Frs Tony and Martin with Martin's sister and brother-in-law, and Provincial, Fr Gerry Briody


A double celebration took place in Bollington on Sunday 8th July 2018, marking 50 years of Salesian profession for Fr Tony Fernandes SDB and 25 years of priesthood for Fr Martin Coyle SDB.

Friday, 06 July 2018 13:44

Blessed Mary Romero Meneses

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On 7th July, the Salesian Family remembers a sister of the Daughters of Our Lady Help of Christians, who was born in Nicaragua and carried out her mission with the poor in Costa Rica.

Blessed Mary Romero Meneses was a contemplative in action in the mould of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello: a valued spiritual director and writer, who took a practical approach to alleviating the suffering of the people arond her, especially the young. She built proper homes for the homeless, organised volunteers to help families living in dire conditions, and built a church in Saint José to encourage the Salesian devotion to Our Lady Help of Christians.

Because of her work for the people of Costa Rica, the government made her an honorary citizen. She died in 1977, and was beatified in 2002.

Read more about her life and work

Friday, 06 July 2018 13:16

St John Bosco Arts: Race for Life 2018

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Students, staff and governors from St John Bosco Arts College weren't daunted by the heat and blazing sunshine as they completed their Race for Life on Monday 2nd July, in support of cancer research.


Over 40 of them followed a 5k course around the school site, in Croxteth, near Liverpool, in an event organised as part Cancer Research UK's Race for Life Schools Programme. Training and preparations began some time ago, and included a fundraising campaign and assemblies to raise awareness and encourage support, using materials provided by the charity.


In addition to the runners and walkers, the event was suported by staff and students acting as marshalls and water assistants in the scorching conditions on the day.


The school is very proud of its staff and students, and grateful to everyone who made the event possible: "What a fantastic way to raise money for Cancer Research and what a great team spirit!"


Most of us have been affected by cancer in some way, and although more people are now surviving, there is so much more to be done to find new treatments and put an end to this disease. The efforts of the SJBA Race for Life Team are an inportant contribution to this.


If you would like to make a donation and support the St John Bosco 5k team, their JustGiving page will remain open for a while longer. 


Below: the first staff and student finishers.


Photos: St John Bosco Arts College



Thursday, 05 July 2018 16:10

Get ready to MAKE SOME NOISE in 2018!

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This year's Make Some Noise event for schools (Yrs 9 and above) is Friday 28th - Saturday 29th September. It's a brilliant experience for young people and it gets even better and more popular each year. Numbers are strictly limited to 350, so groups need to book early to land their tickets.


Please email Sue ASAP if you'd like to bring a group.




By Fr Jakub Ruszniak SDB, Chaplain


On Monday, 2nd July, a number of students from Savio Salesian College, Bootle,  took part in the "Faith in Action Awards Ceremony" in Lowe House, St Helens.


This was a reward evening when the pupils of different Catholic schools from the Archdiocese of Liverpool were recognised for their contributions towards "putting their faith into action" - volunteering at different events, leading music, fundraising for good causes, animating liturgy, reading etc. The students won a number of Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.


Tuesday, 03 July 2018 15:08

Salesian Youth Ministry Mission Team in Cardiff

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Fr Bob Gardner SDB describes a very successful mission week


Responding to a request from Mary Immaculate School, Cardiff, the Salesian Youth Ministry Mission Team (all 14 members of it), delivered a Retreat for Years 7 & 8.


Entitled ‘Our Journey’ the team delivered sessions to class groups on the theme, through different media – games, discussions, reflections, prayers and good old Salesian charisma.

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St John Bosco College Battersea tells us more about the recent visit of Lord O'Donnell


Early this June, staff and students from St John Bosco College (SJBC) in Battersea welcomed ex-Salesian College pupil Gus O’Donnell to give tips on making a success of their chosen careers as well as some enlightening insights into working at the very top of government.


Now Lord O’Donnell, Gus was born, raised and educated in south London before reading Economics at Warwick University. A keen sportsman and a footballer of some distinction, Gus had to face the realisation that, despite his best efforts, he was never going to be a professional for his beloved Manchester United. Following his MPhil from Nuffield College, Oxford, Lord O’Donnell obtained a PhD from the University of Glasgow.


The Salesians are very proud to be sponsoring Adoremus Youth, an event for young people taking place on Saturday 8th September, as part of the National Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool.
Over 1000 young people from all over the UK are expected to take part in the event, held at the Echo Arena, close to the city's historic waterfront. The theme is "I an the Bread of Life", and a range of inspiring speakers has been lined up, together with great music, engaging activities and culminating in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
The event s aimed at young people from 13 - 20, with age-appropriate activities taking place in three streams, for those aged 13-15, 16-17 and 18-20.  Sessions for 16-17 year-olds will be led by a Salesian team which will include SDBs.



We are delighted to have another student from Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton with us this week for a work experience placement. Niamh, a Year 10 student, has shown talent and versatility, as she worked across Don Bosco Publications and Salesianlink.


Her busy week has included editing complex translated text for a new book, selecting the quotes for July's Text-a-Day, and using her amazing artistic skills to create Salesianlink's social media quote pictures for next month. Her ongoing project for the week has been to research, write and edit the Province's news, and to produce the latest issue of RuaLink e-news.

Friday, 29 June 2018 01:28

Youth Club Holidays for St James' Bootle

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By Niamh, Thornleigh Salesian College Work Experience Student


This video from the Salesians Bootle shows the children from the Youth Group from St James' Bootle doing various activities during their Youth Club Holidays, such as creating prayers, cooking, drawing, painting, and having fun in the countryside area.




By Niamh, Thornleigh Salesian College Work Experience Student


Many young people stepped up on the 26th of June, to 'build up their parishes' with the Thornleigh Chaplaincy GIFT team, and many, many others. Together, they helped develop hope for the future in many Catholic schools in unity.


Various Thornleigh Salesian college students helped lead this event with over 1000 pupils.



By Niamh, Thornleigh College Work Experience Student


On June 21st, 2018 Ex-Salesian College pupil and former Cabinet Secretary Gus O' Donnell was heartily welcomed back to St John Bosco College Battersea to spend a bit of time on the other side of the desk.


Mr O'Donnell taught the students about politics, from his experience as a cabinet secretary.


He has many Salesian influences from his place of education. He was welcomed with open arms by Head Paul Dunne and school governor, Nick Potter (pictured above).

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