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Thursday, 20 April 2017 15:21

Salesian Family Formation Day, 27th May

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Join the Salesian Cooperators and the Salesian Sisters for this Formation for All Day on Saturday 27th May 2017 from 11 am - 4pm, in Oxford. The focus of the day is on Mary, the Mother of God and her journey, both physical and spiritual, as she responds to God's call in her life.

The event will be led by Sr Pauline FMA and will include opportunities to listen, to reflect, to share and to pray. PLEASE come along and meet up with new and old friends!


Tea and coffeee will be provided, but please bring a packed lunch.

Contact Sr Pauline: paulinefma@googlemail.com by SATURDAY MAY 13th to secure your place.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 12:31

Salesian Family Day coming up in Croxteth!

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St John Bosco Arts College, Croxteth, is hosting a fabulous, action-packed family day on Sunday 23rd April.


With plenty of attractions the event promises to be a great way to spend Sunday afternoon for 'kids' of all ages.  If you are in or around Liverpool this weekend, go and see!


Entry is free, as are many of the activities. Gates open at 12.30pm.

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 16:41

A letter from Embu ...

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Well, it's an email actually, but that doesn't sound nearly as nice! Fr Francis Preston SDB, who is now in Nairobi, dropped us a digital line this week with news from a recent trip to Embu, where he met Sr Geraldine Reakes, who will be well known many of the Salesian Sisters in the UK.


Over the Palm Sunday weekend I had the opportunity to pay my first visit Embu, a town about 80 miles north of Nairobi, on the outskirts of which are two Salesian communities. The Salesian Sisters have a secondary boarding school there, and on an adjacent site the SDBs run both a secondary and a technical school. They have also a large farm.


I travelled to Embu from Makuyu, another Salesian centre that is situated midway between Nairobi and Embu. I had spent a couple of days at Makuyu, at the invitation of the FMA Provincial, Sr Giselle, giving some input to a gathering of FMA animators [local community leaders] from different parts of Kenya. Among the animators attending the gathering and helping with the input was Sr Geraldine Reakes. Sr Geraldine grew up in Chertsey where she got to know the Salesian Sisters. She subsequently joined the Sisters and has spent nearly all her life as a Sister working in different parts of East Africa.

To conclude our series of Lenten reflections on the theme of Salesian Missions, in Holy Week, we move from the Americas to West Africa, and look at the British Salesians mission in Liberia, and our continuing partnership with the Anglophone West Africa Province. Three of the first SDBs to serve in Liberia, Fr Joe Brown, Fr Harry O’Brien and Br Donald MacDonald, talk about their experiences during a period of tremendous instability, hardship and danger.

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On 11th April 1980, following a fact-finding visit by Fr George Williams SDB, the UK Salesians voted at their Provincial Chapter to adopt the mission in Liberia. The following day, a coup brought down the Liberian government.


Bosco Volunteer Action (BOVA)sends volunteers to serve with Salesian projects around the world. Volunteers have the oportunity to use their exisiting skills and talents, and to learn about other cultures while developing new skills and helping the young in a variety of projects. Hiowever, when making a commitment to live in a totally new environment and culture, good preparation is essential, and BOVA has a great dela iof expertise in valuable new skills and and good preparation is essential.


In early April, two volunteers met with BOVA's animator Anita and Fr Martin Poulsom SDB to spend the weekend discerning discerning long term placements in Salesian communities overseas starting summer of 2017. The team is looking forward to welcoming them back for Round 2 of training!


This item below was written by Sue McDonald of Salesian Youth Ministry as a guest post on the Catholic Truth Society’s Catholic Compass blog, to mark the 32nd World Youth Day on 9th April 2017. Sue is pictured above at Flame 2017 with Chris (left) and Br Janusz (right) from the Savio House Team, wearing their Don Bosco scarves and hi-vis Stewarding gear for the event.


Many groups adopt some sort of outward sign of membership: it could be a school badge, a football scarf, a wrist band. Salesian Youth Ministry has its Don Bosco scarves, worn as a symbol of family. 


Everyone searches to belong in some way, to be at home with others. When we find someone or something we can identify with it becomes part of who we are. When we believe that we belong and are valued, we will proclaim it with joy and conviction alone and as one. This is the Salesian call – family.
Our charism is one of togetherness: a four-pronged spirituality balancing belonging, learning, celebration and faith with, and for, the young. Don Bosco, our founder, began this mission meeting the young on their turf, in the streets, pubs, workplaces and homes. He walked alongside them offering them a spirituality in which they were assured of being loved. I think this is why we have such a strong network of volunteers – they have all known love, the love of Christ, through the Salesians of Don Bosco.

Friday, 07 April 2017 16:58

Farnborough students brave the Dragons' den!

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A team of sixth formers from Salesian College Farnborough travelled to Basingstoke on 30th March 2017 to take part in a “Dragons’ Den” style competition organised by Caritas and the Schools Office in the Diocese of Portsmouth.

All Catholic Primary and Secondary Schools in the Diocese were invited to design a project which would help the local community by putting into practice the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. Three primary schools and three secondary schools prepared bids and presented them to the ‘Dragons’, who were in fact very supportive and un-scary, in the modern church hall of St Bede’s parish in Basingstoke.

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St John Bosco Arts College is celebrating after being shortlisted for the prestigious Times Education Supplement (TES) Schools Awards 2017.

Announced on Friday 7 April, the all-girls Catholic secondary school in Croxteth, Liverpool, is in the running for the ‘English teacher or team of the year’ award.

Now in its ninth year, the TES Schools Awards celebrate the extraordinary commitment, quality and innovation shown by teachers and support staff across the UK.

The winners will be revealed at a gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London on Friday 23 June 2017.

For our Lenten reflections this year, in partnership with our Mission Office, we have taken the theme for Salesian Mission Day 2017. We will be returning to the roots of the Salesian missionary vocation by learning more about our missionary presence with the indigenous peoples of America. This week, we consider the Salesian presence in Latin America - past, present and future, see what life is like for the Chinanteco people of Mexico, and look at the evangelising role of Our Lady of Guadalupe.


What inflamed the missionary zeal of Don Bosco was the knowledge that many souls risked dying without baptism and be eternally lost. The purpose of the mission, according to theology then, was not to preach the Kingdom or implant the Church, but to go to save souls.

The stories of missionary adventures filled pages and pages of the Salesian Bulletin, causing readers to think that a large number of religious were dedicated to this task. But the reality was different: the Salesian work in Latin America was essentially urban. Even with large waves of migrants, in the late nineteenth century, the demographic situation of the continent was not substantially changed, the percentage of indigenous people was still very high, especially in the Andes, Central America and Mexico, but the Salesians did not work with them. The objects of their efforts were “primitive” groups, which were, statistically, a very low percentage in the world of indigenous Americans. 

Friday, 31 March 2017 16:07

Passion play at Savio Salesian College Bootle

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Savio Salesian College Bootle, has been very busy preparing to celebrate the sacred mysteries of Easter.


The Bosco Group have spent the past forty days selling Easter Bunnies to raise money for St. Josephs Hospice Thornton. St. Josephs is very dear to Savio, and the college has raised over £5000 to support its mission in the last nine years.


Year 9 pupils have been working hard to write, rehearse and perform their very own Passion Play. The production is a highly evocative and moving piece, which traces the last week in Christ's life. It premiered at the school's Easter Liturgies, and students also prayed the Stations of the Cross together with staff.


To compliment the staff weekly prayer group 'together We Stand on Holy Ground', staff have met each day during the last week of term to reflect on the passion narratives.


Mr Bennett is leading a weekend Easter retreat and revision weekend for Year 11 pupils to Dolly Hall mid-Wales over the first weekend of the Easter break.


Easter school will take place over the Easter holidays with revision session on offer each day.


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Friday, 31 March 2017 15:13

Signposts - a weekend to explore your future

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On April 22nd - 23rd, Savio House in Bollington, Cheshire will be hosting the next Signposts weekend for young adults who would like some strategies for making good choices in life.


The weekend is open to 18-35 year olds who are seeking direction in life or facing a time of change, and the April event is one of three the Signposts team offers each year.


The one-off resdiential weekend offers a solid groundwork for good decision-making, where young adults are able to explore their personal decision-making process in depth. The weekend takes participants through a series of thinking modes that move towards identifying meaning and purpose in life. It also provides a toolkit for choice based on sound psychology and some insights from the eastern and western spiritual traditions.


The weekend costs £40, and concessions are available. If you would be interested in booking for April weekend, you can download a booking form at the Signposts website.


If you'd like to find out about this or  future weekends, hear more about the  programme, or if you would like to arrange an introductory workshop for your young adult group, please contact Anita Motha on 0207 139 8353 or email development@signposts.uk.net


Read more about Signposts


Download a booking form at the Signposts website


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