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Monday, 23 February 2015 15:07


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Jane Ellison, the MP for Battersea, spoke of her hopes for the new site for St John Bosco School at the topping out ceremony in Battersea on February 5th. She wanted it to be both a loving family for young people and a pathway to fulfilling work. She was responding to Dr Anne Bamford the director of education for Southwark diocese who saw the school as a source of high quality Catholic education with a welcome for all students. Mr Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth council, hoped that the new school in Battersea would provide young people with hope for their future.

Mr Simon Utley, head teacher of the Salesian school in Wandsworth that will move back to the new site in Battersea was delighted to reach this stage of the journey towards a new school. He spoke of the schools continuing success and attainment levels and the increased recruitment levels for the New Year. In September St John Bosco College will open its doors on the Battersea site after a four year absence and it is clear that there will be a big welcome for them when they return in September.

The topping out ceremony is a strange, almost pagan ritual during which branches of a tree are buried in mortar in order, according to nordic legend, to repel evil spirits. Today that happened on the roof of the new St John Bosco School in Battersea. Assisting in this ritual were John and Irisa who are both year eleven students at the college. Both of them will return to this site as 6th formers in September and were excited to see the school taking shape. At present the school construction is on time for a September start and student numbers ar rising rapidly as the start date approaches. Next door to the school a new salesian community house is rising from the ashes of the old surrey lane house making this new beginning a sign of ongoing commitment of the Salesians to Battersea.

Tuesday, 03 February 2015 16:36

Don Bosco Day Celebrations in the North West

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There were many celebrations for the feast of St John Bosco. Here are two accounts from Manchester and Bootle


We had a wonderful celebration of St John Bosco here in St James, Bootle. Here are just a few shots taken by John McCormick-ace photographer, catechist, driver, Youth Active Team, Schools' Team.....thanks John...great job. Thanks to the parish for a worthy celebration. Well done SVP for gaining 2015 DON BOSCO AWARD. Thanks to servers, music group and the wonderful readers from Year 5 at All Saints. Big thanks to Charlotte from Savio Salesian College Year 10 for singing, Victoria Lyon and the wonderful Wednesday Dancers, the Brownies, and to Sue McCormick for 25 wonderful years of service and Salesian care. To Marie Savin and the outstanding catering crew with Rita Shannon's cake for our refreshments at the end of mass, not forgetting the inspirational homily preached by Mike Bennett (Head of Transition and Religious Education) on Catholic Education on this Education Sunday all a fantastic celebration of the Eucharist. How lucky am I to be in St James, Bootle!!!




As has been the way for the past 7 or 8 years now, Salesians from far and wide came together in Manchester for Mass at the Hidden Gem. After having a small chance to catch up with one another before Mass, we got inside to the warmth of the church. We were led in Mass by Fr Bob Gardner, who had recently returned from a trip to Gibraltar. Which he let us all know about in his homily. As usual it was a great time to share our Salesian spirituality with the people of Manchester. After we let Manchester know who was the 'Friend of the Young' we gathered outside in the cold once again to block the exit of the chapel for our group photo before retiring for lunch and the afternoons social activities.

Friday, 09 January 2015 15:21


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Monday, 29 December 2014 11:54


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Saint Thomas Becket

Today is the Feast of St Thomas Becket (known also as St Thomas of Canterbury) - St Thomas is the Patron of our Province.

On this day we remember especially our Provincial (Fr Martin) and his leadership team.

We ask the blessing of St Thomas on the Province, and also on the Salesian Family of Great Britain.


Saturday, 06 December 2014 10:02

Salesian Spirituality Day

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On Saturday 22nd November eleven of us gathered together at Savio House for a day of Salesian Spirituality on the life of Mama Margaret.




Sue McDonald and Jessica Wilkinson lead the group through the story of Mama Margaret's life, from her childhood right through to her final hours.

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 16:46

An Advent Journey

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An Advent Journey by Father Michael Winstanley is now on sale for £6 during Advent!


Click the photo to visit the shop to take advantage of this wonderful offer.

Monday, 01 December 2014 10:27


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Today Scotland celebrates the Feast of St Andrew (normally 30th November, but yesterday was the First Sunday of Advent).

We rejoice with all members of the Salesian Family in Scotland, or of Scottish descent elsewhere on this great Feast Day - and we especially remember all those in the Parishes of St Clare and St Benedict in Easterhouse; the Ur Space project in Newlands, Glasgow and the Cooperators of Paisley, Milton and Easterhouse.

Monday, 24 November 2014 10:57

Upcoming DBYN Events

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DBYN - International Youth Conference, Bonn, Germany - 19-26th January 2015

We're looking for several participants to represent us at a Youth Conference in Bonn between 19-26th January. The conference will primarily be looking at how communities are built on and developed through social engagement and in what ways we can use the teachings of Don Bosco to positively engage with the communities around us.

Bonn Jan 15

Participants need to be between 17-30, and have a good knowledge of the Salesians and Don Bosco's teachings. Interested? Email

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 16:16

Blessed Artimede Zatti

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Artemide Zatti was born in Boretto (Reggio Emilia) on 12th October 1880. He experienced difficulties and sacrifices from an early date. By the age of nine he was already earning his living as a day labourer. Poverty forced his family to emigrate to Bahía Blanca, Argentina. Here Artemide began to attend the parish run by the Salesians and developed great confidence in the Parish Priest, Fr Carlo Cavalli.

Advised to become a Salesian, he was accepted as an aspirant by Monsignor Cagliero and, at the age of 23, entered the house of Bernal. Among other things he was entrusted with the care of a young priest who was suffering from tuberculosis. Artemide caught the disease. He was sent to the hospital of San José. While he was there the priest and doctor Fr Evarisio Garrone kept a special eye on him.

With Fr Garrone he asked for the grace of a cure from Mary Help of Christians. On his part he promised to dedicate his whole life to the care of the sick. He was cured and kept his promise.

At first he looked after the hospital Pharmacy. After the death of Fr Garrone, he was totally responsible for the hospital, which became the scene of his holiness. He was totally devoted to his patients.

Someone described his day as follows: "At 4.30 he is already up. Meditation and Mass. Visit to all the wards. Then, on his bicycle, he visits the sick scattered throughout the city. After dinner he shares an enthusiastic game of bowls with the convalescents. From 2 until 6pm he visits the sick again, in and outside the hospital. Until 8 pm he works in the pharmacy. Back to the wards again. Study and ascetical reading until 11pm. Then to bed, ever ready for any call."

In 1913 he directed the building of a new hospital, which, to his great disappointment, was demolished in 1941 to make room for the episcopal residence for the new diocese of Viedma.

In 1950 a fall from a stairs forced him to retire. A few months later he showed symptoms of cancer. He died on March 15th 1951 and his remains lie in the Salesian Chapel of Viedma. John Paul II beatified him on April 14th 2002 in Rome.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 14:40


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Fr Martin Poulsom SDB has recently released a new EP, called Invisible on his Bandcamp website at

The EP is available as a download exclusive (it's NOT available as a CD), and is a 'pay what you like' download (meaning you can download it for free if you so wish).

The webpage tells you the story of how the four songs came together - two of them being on his last album, Dark Light, and two newly recorded for this release. The four songs are all about commuting in different ways, something that he has been doing for the last eight years as he works at Heythrop College in London.

One of the great things about Bandcamp is that you can listen to the whole EP online before you decide whether you want to download it.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 11:14


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As part of the FMA General Chapter, the Delegates had an audience with the Holy Father. Without doubt a wonderfully blessed experience for all, especially the British Delegates, Sr Connie (Provincial) and Sr Pat.

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