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Monday, 09 April 2018 10:13

Salesian Mission Days 2018 - India

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This week, our Salesian Mission Day looks at India, where in less than a decade, the average age is set to be 29. The Salesians in India strongly feel that this is an opportunity to equip the nation for the future by forming young people in the vocational skills they need to succeed in a highly technical jobs market, and in Salesian style, integrating this with social, moral and leadership development through cultural activities, sports, and education in ethics and values.

Friday, 06 April 2018 10:54

Salesian Mission Days 2018 - Laos

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The focus for Salesian Mission Day 2018 is on Asia, and we begin our journey in Laos: a young Salesian mission in a country with a very young population. The video below gives a glimpse of life in Vientiane, and the Don Bosco Centre, the technical school in the city.

Friday, 06 April 2018 09:12

Join our work week at Savio House!

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Savio House is running a work week in order to assist the community with the upkeep of the grounds and accommodation. Tasks will not require any special skill but rather physical ability, stamina and the willingness to work hard; for example: painting, gardening and grounds maintenance. These valuable tasks will be varied and help Savio House to be ready for the young people in the coming year.

We hope you will be able to join us for this experience when we will work hard each day and have the opportunity for community prayer and social time together in the evenings. We are looking for an expression of interest at this time and those we choose to volunteer will be required to complete a more detailed form.

Volunteers must be over 18 and will be required to take part in a health and safety induction on arrival.

Please return your completed form by 31st May 2013 to Fr Martin Coyle SDB by email at

or by post to Savio House, lngersley Road, Bollington, Macclesfield, SK10 5RW


We look forward to hearing from you!


Download an expression of interest form


Thursday, 05 April 2018 18:09

We are seeking a Finance Manager Designate

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Salary range: At least in the range of £30-40,000pa (DOE)
35 hours per week

Closing date: Thursday 26th April 2018


We have an exciting opportunity at our Provincial Office in Bolton. This is a varied role for an experienced and talented finance professional to work in the Charity sector and help to support our projects around the UK. The Finance Manager Designate will work alongside the retiring Finance Manager, providing support to all our works, communities, senior managers and Trustees, ensuring a detailed handover within the course of a year in line with our succession planning model.


Find out more and apply


Thursday, 05 April 2018 11:51

Good Friday workshop for children in Battersea

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Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB and the team from Sacred Heart Parish Battersea joined with Canon Simon Butler of St Mary's C of E Parish, to lead their shared Good Friday Children's Workshop and Worship. This year, it was the Salesian parish's turn to host the event, which was attended by 59 children and their families.

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Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB describes some of the Holy Week activities at St John Bosco College (SJBC), Battersea.


We had two Lenten reflections at SJBC, one on the evening of Thursday 22nd March where parents, governors and other guests were invited to an evening of readings and music for Lent. Our students were joined by students from Salesian School, Chertsey and we had a variety of music to suit all tastes. It was an evening that led those present through the challenging moments of the life of Christ culminating in His death and resurrection.

Saturday, 31 March 2018 23:02

A Happy and Holy Easter!

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May you all feel the blessings of the risen Christ on this wonderful Easter day! He is risen, alleluia!


Thursday, 29 March 2018 20:13

Happy 80th, Fr Joe SDB!

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SDBs gathered in Bolton last weekend to celebrate the 80th birthday of Fr Joe Brown SDB. 


Fr Joe had celebrated with his community of St Joesph's on the big day itself, and at the weekend, he was joined by more confreres who shared a wonderful meal, many memories and funny stories and a splendid cake. Fr Joe also led the community singing!

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Chaplain Fr Marco Villani SDB, updates us on a Chertsey tradition


On Friday March 16th, many KS2 pupils from our primary feeder schools came to Salesian School Chertsey for our “Celebrating RE Day”, an event that has now become an annual feature in our school calendar.


Pupils in the deanery from near and far came for a morning based on the theme of Vocation. A welcome, opening prayer and blessing by the School Chaplain introduced the day whilst the programme outline was shared by Mrs M Morrison, RE teacher and Celebrating RE Day Co-ordinator.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 18:47

Preparations for Holy Week and Easter in Bootle

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College Chaplain, Fr Jakub Ruszniak SDB, describes how students at Savio Salesian College Bootle, have been getting ready for the holiest time of the year.




In the last week, we've been preparing for Holy Week and Easter. Many pupils participated in shoe box appeal as a form of Lenten alms giving; this was in support of the local SVP group. We also had the Stations of the Cross service - stations were placed in different places of the school building.


Finally, Year 8 students had their retreats in the Blessed Sacrament parish centre, where we reflected about the meaning of Lent.


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HolyWeek 2018



In Holy Week, we reflect with Juan José Bartolomé SDB on Mary's presence at the foot of the cross, and the legacy of his mother's love, left to us by Jesus.



Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.

Seeing his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing near her, Jesus said to his mother, “Woman, this is your son”. Then to the disciple he said, “This is your mother”. And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

John 19: 25-27

The unlimited fidelity of the mother of Jesus and the beloved disciple was the cradle of the new Christian community. The beloved disciple was entrusted as a son to the mother of Jesus, and the mother of Jesus was the inheritance given to the disciple Jesus loved. From that moment, the mother of Jesus‘ belonged to the faithful disciple. She became part of his world and of his home. From the moment Jesus died on the cross, Mary makes her home ' wherever there is a disciple faithful to her son. But to have her as mother, the i disciple must bear the cross of Jesus, without betrayal or abandonment. Jesus ‘ chose twelve apostles to continue his work, but he entrusted his mother to only one of them, the one who was most faithful.



Fr Marco Villani SDB, our Justice and Peace Delegate, writes about Fairtrade Week at Salesian School Chertsey, where he is Chaplain.


Thursday March 8th saw the annual Fairtrade Bake Sale at Salesian School Chertsey, Guildford Road. The Fairtrade Team, consisting of pupils and staff members, organised, supervised and ran our most successful Bake Sale yet.

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