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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 15:17

Thornleigh Yr 7s visit Provincial House

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Bernadette from Don Bosco Publications tells students how our founder valued good books


During the first term of each year, SDBs and staff at Provincial House have the opportunity to meet Year 7 students from Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton, when groups visit us to find out what everyone does over here.

Thursday, 02 November 2017 16:35

Salesian Headteachers on Manila Study Tour

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National School of Formation study tour to Manila 24-31 October 2017


Alison Burrowes, Headteacher of Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton and Ged Owens, Headteacher of Salesian College Farnborough joined with 8 other members of the National School of Formation (NSF), under the auspices of EducareM, to attend a week long study tour of the Philippines as the guests of Sr. Mary John Mananzan OSB at St. Scholastica's Priory.

The purpose of the study tour was to see at first hand the role of the church, within school and community, to address the issues of socio-economic, political and gender injustice through a socially oriented programme of engagement. While much of the engagement was within the specific context of the circumstances of the Philippines, that context had strong and clear relevance for the pursuit of justice and peace in the universal church.


Alison and Ged are pictured above with Cardinal Tagle.


Look out for more on the study tour, in a future edition of Don Bosco Today.



'Come to the Water' (Isaiah 55:1) was the theme for this year’s Mission Week at Thornleigh Salesian College Bolton. Students explored how God is calling us to come together as one community to make a difference and reach out to those in need.

Thursday, 02 November 2017 15:23

New altar servers get their skates on in Bootle

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New altar servers at St James' parish, Bootle near Liverpool, were welcomed to the team recently when they had their first training session.


The young people were then invited to join the rest of the team on a trip to the ice rink at Widnes, where plenty of fun was had in true Salesian style.

Thursday, 02 November 2017 13:49

Vides UK: Rights Here: Right Now!

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Sr Ann Frances with some of the group members


Vides UK’s Half-term Hangout for Year 4-6 children was all about rights and justice.

Held near the Vides base in Croxteth, Liverpool, ‘Rights Here, Right Now!’ began by introducing young people to the rights they have, and how they can exercise and protect them.


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Pictured L to R: Br Joe, Fr Tom, Br Dawid, Fr Martin,

Fr Hugh, Br Ste, Br Mateusz, Br Mirosław and Br Greg


The spirituality of St Francis de Sales was the theme for the meeting of brothers in formation, which took place at Battersea recently. This was the first of three gatherings for brothers in initial formation 2017-18.

Thursday, 26 October 2017 14:22

Fr John SDB meets the Princess Royal

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Photo: Fr John Dickson SDB / Royal Holloway

Fr John Dickson SDB met Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal last week, when she opened the new Emily Wilder Davison Building at the Royal Holloway, a college of the University of London.

Monday, 23 October 2017 14:41

Celebrating St Louis Guanella

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On 24th October, we celebrate St Louis Guanella, born in Italy in 1842, who was a Salesian for several years, and who dedicated his life to serving the poor.


As a young parish priest in the 1860s, he was especially drawn to improving the lives of the young, and his encounters with Don Bosco led him to become a Salesian in 1875. He ran the St Aloysius Oratory in Turin  and took charge of adult vocations until he was recalled to the diocese by his bishop to run a hostel for the eldely poor.

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This weekend, Salesians who served in Liberia during the 1990s are commemorating their friends, the five ASC Sisters from the USA who were killed 25 years ago. St John Paul II declared them Martyrs of Charity. Fr Joe Brown SDB and Br Donald McDonald SDB talk about their memories of the Sisters.


Friendship and support naturally developed between the various Catholic missions ministering to the Liberian people during unsettled and dangerous times, and a monthly day of recollection was hosted at each community house in turn.


Br Donald recalled a delightful custom the Sisters had: 'When you first went in, they got you to sit down and they took a picture of you, and when you looked round, all round the room there were the pictures of everyone we knew.'

Thursday, 19 October 2017 15:05

Fairtrade goes for gold

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Fr Marco Villani, our Justice and Peace Coordinator, recently attended the Fairtrade Conference at King’s College London, and heard about new initiatives, including action to protect gold miners, and resources for schools and youth work.


On Saturday October 7th over two hundred volunteers from around the South East attended an all-day Fairtrade Conference in King’s College London. The event was set up to provide an opportunity for Fairtrade Supporters and delegates to be informed and inspired by the impact that Fairtrade is having on the lives of people in less developed countries.

Thursday, 19 October 2017 14:48

CAFOD Young Leader training for Salesian students

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On Tuesday October 17th, Salesian School Chertsey, Salesian College Farnborough and other schools near and far brought about 60 students to the first of three CAFOD Youth Leadership Training Days. This programme aims to inspire, motivate and equip young people to engage with issues of social justice by nurturing their leadership skills, helping their voice to be heard.

Linked with CAFOD’s latest campaign “Power To Be”, students were informed about this campaign’s drive to press the World Bank to support renewable energy, allowing some of the world’s poorest people to transform their lives through cheap and accessible electricity.

The second Training Day will take place in Farnborough Hill independent girls’ school in Hampshire.


Fr Marco Villani SDB

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 16:14

Party in the USA - Camp St Francis 2017

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'Crazy Wednesday'


During the summer, Salesian Youth Ministry volunteers Sarah, Anya and David, along with Br Ste Lloyd, went to serve at Camp St Francis, a Salesian summer camp for children, overlooking a Californian beach. David (covered in flour in the photo above) looks back on the experience.


Why are you here? This is not a challenge to you, the reader, it is also not an invitation to give up on this article already - though it might save you a few minutes and spare you any disappointment – rather, it is the question that guided our own reflection time during the hugely successful Camp St Francis season. This is the question that was put to each of the counsellors during the preparation week to help channel our thoughts, and to allow us to bring to mind our own personal reasons for being at camp. It soon became very apparent that a lot of our reasons overlapped, probably as we shared one Salesian spirit, and love of the young with one another. As well as being the thing that inspired us through prep week, it was also the question that we were invited to return to as the weeks went on, reminding ourselves why we were there at camp, especially in the more challenging times.

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