As the new school year begins, follow Fr Jakub Rusniak SDB and the team through a day in the life of the Chaplaincy at Savio Salesian College, Bootle, in this article from the latest issue of Don Bosco Today.
It’s 8 o’clock in the morning and Brother Maciek Sokalkski SDB is just opening the door to the chaplaincy room.
It’s been raining all night and a group of pupils, who have been waiting in the cold for a few minutes now, come into the warmth to watch an episode of ‘The Simpsons’ before the lessons begin. The video club is always fun. Students—especially those dropped off early by their parents—love to spend their time here. It’s their space. They can have their morning toast while enjoying some fun before the lessons begin. Soon after, the children go to meet their tutors and another day starts.
A special group accompanied by a volunteer, Hazel Fort, goes to one of the classrooms to lead the morning prayers. We call the group the ‘Peer Chaplains’, which consists of mostly Year 9s, but also a couple of others, who help to animate the moments of prayer. Each day a different class has this special opportunity to mark the beginning of the day in a slightly more reflective and liturgical way.
Read the full article in Don Bosco Today pp 28-30