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Tuesday, 28 November 2017 16:19

Rector Major receives a copy of our latest book!

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During this week's World Pastoral and Family Congress in Madrid, the Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco,  Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, was presented with a copy of Michael Winstanley SDB's new book, Walking with Luke, by Fr Bob Gardner SDB, Director of Don Bosco Publications and Delegate for Youth Ministry. 



140 years ago this week, the first Salesian Sisters' missionary expedition set out from the port of Genoa, Italy. Here's how the Sisters marked the occasion in Genoa.


On November 14, 2017, the provincial community and the directors of the Province of “ Madonna del Buon Consiglio” of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) met before the ancient port of Genoa on a barge near the famous Aquarium to commemorate a historical date: November 14, 1877, the day that led the FMA beyond the borders of Europe, transposing the charism of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello to the Americas.



The perpetual profession as Salesians of Don Bosco of Brother Kevin and Brother Joseph was received by the Provincial, Fr Martin Coyle SDB on Sunday.

The congregation, including 20 fellow SDB’s, rejoiced at the blessing of God of the Brothers Kevin and Joseph to the province and the Worldwide Congregation.

‘God’s love is for all, and we are all called to a universal vocation’ said Fr Martin in his sermon to the congregation, ‘but some are called to follow Jesus in a radical way, as Religious within the Salesian Society, called to serve young people.’

Surrounded by family and friends Brother Kevin and Brother Joseph committed themselves to ‘live obediently, poor and chaste for ever’ and asked Mary Help of Christians, St Joseph, St Francis de Sales and St John Bosco to keep them faithful to this commitment.

The music prepared by Dan Antonio fittingly enhanced this beautiful ceremony, and was executed to perfection by the singers and musicians.

Later on all were invited to Savio House, Bollington to continue the celebrations in gorgeous sunshine. Fr Tony, Rector and the Community had organised food and drink to supplement the spiritual blessings.

Brother Kevin was joined by his mother Hannah, his brother Paul and Annemarie and Martin (sister and brother-in-law). Brother Joseph was joined by many friends from London – Fr Martin SJ, Bro Anthony SJ, Thai, Trang, Quoc, Quynh, David and Francis.

As the Province rejoiced in such a great day, the whole Salesian Family were there to witness the joyful commitment of Brothers Kevin and Joseph – many members of the Salesian Youth Ministry Teams contributed so much energy and friendship to the whole proceedings – and we all thank God for such a beautiful day.

In the summer, Brother Kevin will be ordained Deacon and will minister in the Parish of the Sacred Heart in Battersea, London; Brother Joseph will be ministering in the Province of Africa, Great Lakes – he will be working in a technical school and oratory in Uganda

Please keep them both in your prayers.






Wednesday, 29 June 2016 15:27

Weekend for young Brothers in formation

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June 16th – 19th is a weekend that will be remembered by each of the young brothers in formation this year, not only those in the GBR Province but also the Irish province.

Frs Kieran and Konrad, the people responsible for formation, organised a joint weekend in Northern Irelnd for those in initial formation. This included; 3 Polish, 3 Vietnamese, 2 Maltese, 2 Irish, 1 Scot and 1 Englishman.

The weekend was coordinated by Fr Hugh, a SMA priest living in South Africa but currently preaching retreats in Europe. Fr Hugh spoke to us about the gift of celibacy and how we should be aware and proud of our celibate state and also our sexuality.

Fr Kieran in his very witty style commented on the weekend by saying ''we thought we were getting sex in the city, but end up with celibacy in the countryside".

Our time together was one of great insight, inspiration and most importantly, brotherhood.

A remark was made that this type of event should become a regular occurrence in the formation diary. There is something special about young Salesians being able to gather together to be open and frank without the watchful eye of the formators.

We all truly enjoy this experience even if some of us had to drive a 10 hour journey in gale force wind and rain. I'm sure we shall be rewarded in heaven...


Bro Ste Lloyd

Tuesday, 13 October 2015 01:00


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ALESSANDRINAAlessandrina Maria da Costa was born on the 30th March 1904 at Balasar in Portugal. She was brought up in the faith by her mother, along with her sister Deolinda. Alessandrina stayed with the family until she turned seven, then was sent to Póvoa do Varzim to board with a carpenter's family, so she could attend the primary school that she would have missed out on at Balasar. After returning to Balasar she worked as a farmer, as a lively, affectionate and playful girl, much sought out by her friends.

Monday, 17 August 2015 14:13

Congratulations to Bro Ste Lloyd SDB

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On Saturday evening, the 15th August, Ste Lloyd make his first Profession of the Vows of Obedience, Poverty and Chastity in the presence of the Provincial, Fr Martin Coyle SDB. Supported by his parents, Margy and Gary, his niece and nephew, Alicia and Craig, family, friends and parishioners of his home Parish, St James' Bootle, the occasion was celebrated as part of the Province's Bi-centenary celebrations of the Birth of Don Bosco.

The Chapel of Our Lady Help of Christians, Thornleigh Bolton was a fitting home for Ste's profession, and all the Province send him their prayers and good wishes as he starts his life as a professed Salesian of Don Bosco.

Also in attendance was Bishop John Arnold, the Bishop of Salford.


Saturday, 15 August 2015 11:53


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"Do you want to do a holy thing, a very holy thing, a most holy thing? Educate the young."


The history of our society can be traced to an obscure village in the north of Italy called The Becchi.

Our history began, we may say, when little John Bosco dreamed a very strange dream at the age of 9. Or we may date the origins of our society to a surprise encounter that brought him face to face with a frightened street urchin in a church sacristy on 8 December 1841. Or perhaps to the little band of 17 young men to whom Don Bosco first gave the title ‘Salesians’ on 26 January, 1854.

But these historical facts barely explain our international existence as a ‘family’ of nearly 402,500 members in the service of young people.

With a feeling of humble gratitude we believe that the Society of St. Francis de Sales came into being not as a merely human venture but by the initiative of God.
(source: Const. Art. 1)


Tuesday, 11 August 2015 10:20


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Congratulations to Jakub Ruszniak SDB, recently ordained to the Priesthood.

Jakub, formerly of the Polish Province of Pila, was joined by his mother, father, two brothers, family, friends and Salesians for this great occasion. Representing the British Province was the Provincial Fr Martin Coyle SDB. Jakub spent two years on practical training at the Salesian School, Chertsey between 2009-2011. Also at the gathering at Rumia, were Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB, two staff from the School and two Cooperators (Pat and Brian Barnes)

Jakub, aged 28 transferred to the British Province on the occasion of his Final Profession, September 2013. Between 2011 and 2015 he has been studying for the Priesthood at Ratisbonne, Jerusalem.

Our prayers and good wishes go to Jakub as he takes up his new post at Bootle.

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Today, 12 June, we celebrate the liturgical memorial of the martyrs, Blessed Franciszek Kesy and his four companions. These young lay men were members of the Salesian Family.

One of the main theological and pastoral ideas of Pope St. John Paul II was that the concrete example offered to the faithful by the sanctity of the lives of saints and blessed raised by him to the honours of the altar, constitutes real evangelisation. Among these there are five pupils of the Salesian oratory in Poznań: Czesław Jóźwiak (1919-1942), Edward Kaźmierski (1919-1942), Franciszek Kesy (1920-1942), Edward Klinik (1919-1942) and Jarogniew Wojciechowski (1922 -1942).

These young people, familiarly known as the Poznań five, were arrested by the Nazis on 21 and 23 September 1940 for their activities within the National Organisation of Combat and their commitment to pastoral work at the Salesian Church of Mary Help of Christians in Poznań. They were imprisoned in Poznań, Wronki, Berlin and Zwickau and were executed by guillotine in Dresden on 24 August 1942.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 03:55

DBYN: Routes to Europe

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Are you aged between 17-25?
Are you interested in human rights, refugees and intercultural learning?
Do you want to meet other like-minded Salesian volunteers from across Europe?
Are you free 19th – 26th July 2015?
Fancy a trip to Austria?


If you answered YES to any of the above, you should get in touch with SYM UK and take part in Don Bosco Youth Net's Step 1 project:

'Routes to Europe'



Routes to Europe aims to develop participants' skills with regards to intercultural communication, understanding and awareness. The course has a specific focus on refugees, so an interest in this topic would be advantageous.
You will explore different aspects of intercultural learning in a fun way. You'll play informative games, take on team challenges, look at how to develop campaigns, have that opportunity to volunteer in a refugee centre, and experience moments of Salesian reflection.
The training course takes place at Salesianum Vienna - a Salesian centre right in the centre of Vienna. As well as taking part in training activities, you will also have the chance to explore Vienna and spend time with your new friends from Salesian organisations all over Europe.
We are looking for participants who are active volunteers in youth work organisations. In addition to having a great week in Austria, we want you to be able to use your skills on your return in your own organisation and with Salesian Youth Ministry UK.
If you want to be a participant on this fantastic project, contact Sue McDonald at sue@salesianyouthministry.org.uk


Monday, 18 May 2015 12:11

BOVA Training Weekend

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Last Saturday (8th May) Bosco Volunteer Action (BOVA) welcomed two new volunteers to training in preparation for volunteering overseas with the Salesians. The training day was held in the Parish Centre at Sacred Heart, Battersea; a slight change of scene from our usual residential weekend at Savio House, but this gave us an opportunity to have a walk around Battersea and see the construction of the new school and community house, whilst giving our volunteers a chance to learn about the history of the Salesians in Battersea.


The day included input from Anita, Martin, and Venus, a returned volunteers who spent a year volunteering in Campo Grande, Brazil.

We ended our training with the vigil mass at the parish and a beautiful gospel that was very fitting for a training event for volunteers in preparation. The phrase that particularly rang true for me and my experience of working with our Salesian volunteers was 'It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain'. Most of our volunteers do go on to have fruitful learning experiences that come from serving the young and the poor in a new cultural context. Volunteers do bring these experiences back home and go on to use them to inform the next steps in their own journeys, whether personally, professionally or spiritually, and with our support throughout.

BOVA are always looking for new volunteers to come and have an experience of service and learning in a Salesian community overseas. We regularly send volunteers to India, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Cambodia, The Philippines, Mongolia, Bolivia and Brazil; and are continually seeking to meet the needs of communities whilst supporting our volunteers through reflective learning.

Friday, 15 May 2015 09:53


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This summer will see the completion of new Salesian buildings in Battersea. St John Bosco College is due to open in late September moving from its temporary home in Wandsworth. The Salesian community house has been re-built almost exactly on the site of its predecessor- Surrey House. Sacred Heart Parish is also enjoying a newly built parish centre alongside the church. In each of these three areas old and new are being blended into an on-going story of Salesian commitment to Battersea.

The newness of this development may not be obvious from the buildings alone which occupy the same traditional spaces as before. What is new is the way that these three elements of the Salesian presence will be able to work together to create a visible example of Salesian work as a home, a school, a playground and a church. Each of these buildings will be interconnected by pathways and form a family of buildings around the playground which lies at the heart of the Salesian site. That arrangement echoes the layout of Don Bosco's own foundation in Valdocco in Turin. In a visible way this re-development will become don Bosco's home in London.


The school, the parish and the community are now in the process of exploring how to bring together a sense of shared commitment to young people, how to make plans and work with other groups in the local area. Each area has its own priorities but each has a common concern to be a home, a school, a playground and a church for those involved. The school will welcome a comprehensive range of young people and will offer special help to young managing the challenges of the autistic spectrum. The Salesian house will offer a venue for learning about Salesian spirituality and single overnight accommodation for small youth groups as well as longer term accommodation for international Salesian students. The parish will continue to build on the involvement of youth in parish life and the importance of catechesis with all age groups.

Gathered around a playground, this church school and home will work to make Don Bosco's spirit live on in London.  

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