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Sunday, 22 June 2014 11:48

Deacon Jakub Ruszniak SDB

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Our congratulations to Bro Jakub Ruszniak SDB who was recently ordained a Deacon in the Holy Land. Bro Jakub, a member of our Province, transferred from his home Province in Poland after spending his practical training at Chertsey; he is currently a student at the Salesian Theological Centre, Ratisbonne Monastery in Jerusalem. Our Provincial, Fr Martin Coyle SDB and the Rector of Chertsey, Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB attended the ceremony. Jakub's parents and family were also in attendance.


Tuesday, 17 June 2014 13:54

Ecover Young Green Champions 2014

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Thornleigh Salesian College is proud and delighted to announce that their school charity Mama Margaret’s has won the Ecover Young Green Champion category at The Observer Ethical Awards of 2014


It started with bracelets and took off from there,” says Emma Jones, a Year 9 pupil at Thornleigh Salesian College  in Bolton, the school which runs and founded Mama Margaret’s. Mama Margaret’s is a craft business which supports women in Dagoretti, one of the poorest slums in Nairobi.  

It was conceived four years ago when teacher Steve Burrowes was looking for gifts to give to Year 11 leavers. “We’d given bookmarks and all the obvious things before as a memento of the school,” says Burrowes, “but this was the first idea that worked on two levels.”

Having taken part in a youth project in Dagoretti 10 years previously, Burrowes was still in touch with a team developing training and work projects for local women. Many of the women were able to craft simple jewellery, so he asked them if they would be interested in making friendship bracelets that the school could buy and have personalised for the pupils.

Thursday, 12 June 2014 10:59

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Recently Salesian Link welcomed a new website into it’s fold – ‘’.


This website, set up, built and operated for many years by Jack Regan has been transferred to Salesian Link, and we aim to continue its excellent work reaching out all over the UK and further afield.

If you have a spare 20 minutes, then browse through the large collection of resources, and if you are looking for a job, why not look at the home page for the latest vacancies?

We have plans to strengthen Jack’s work of many years, as well as bringing our own innovative style and content. So keep an eye out for developments!!

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 15:09


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We were delighted to pay host recently, to the new Regional of the Centre-North Region, Fr Tadeusz Rozmus SDB.


Fr Tadeusz is on a small 'pilgrimage' (his words!) around a number of the Provinces of the region - taking the opportunity to get to know Confrere and to get an early understanding of the Provinces. He was able to join us for a few days during the Province Retreat in Hothorpe Hall, and travelled to Farnborough, Liverpool and Bolton.


Originally from Poland, he was Provincial of the Krakow Province from 2000 - 2006, before moving to Rome to be Rector of the Community of St Callistus (Catacombs) until 2009. In 2010 he became Rector of the Salesian Community in Perugia (Italy) remaining there until his summons to the General Chapter in March 2014.


 Regional at St Josephs

Our photograph shows Fr Tadeusz with the Bolton Community of St Joseph's.

Sunday, 01 June 2014 11:33


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1_13_10824_.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          On 1 June, the Sunday before the feast of Pentecost, we celebrate the World Day for Social Communications. Pope Francis has prepared a special message for the occasion on the theme "Communication at the service of an authentic culture of encounter." In it he exhorts the faithful not to fear the media, but to use them to show their closeness and love. 


In preparation for the Feast of Mary Help of Christians, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, has written a letter to the Salesian Family. In addition to prayers and good wishes, it also includes a strong pastoral and social message. He calls for a new style of pastoral ministry, based on a "revolution of tenderness". We include some excerpts from the letter. 

The Rector Major has already made a few visits to the Salesian Provinces , in which he has seen " evidence of the multitude of exciting projects where God, with a few loaves and a few fish, constantly multiplies our action and causes the poor works of our hands to blossom."

Regarding the present social situation, Fr Fernandez Artime comments: "Just in these days we've received awful news of the persecution of Christians in many parts of the world, of violations of human rights in critical areas of the planet, of the mistreatment and kidnapping of minors on account of their being female or of their religion. Nothing is further from God's plan! The presence of the Risen Lord lights up the darkness; he is peace that melts away fear."

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 10:20

Cooperators Magazine

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The Salesian Cooperators have released their Spring Magazine

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The Magazine contains information about its centres across the UK, and a report about a recent visit to the Salesian Generalate


Tuesday, 29 April 2014 09:59

Don Bosco Today

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The Spring edition of Don Bosco Today has been published!

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Sunday, 20 April 2014 10:32

Happy Easter!

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The Blessings of the Risen Jesus on you and your family.

Monday, 31 March 2014 01:00


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e-Vangelisation is an initiative that offers Evangelisation electronically. So far Salesian Link offer 2 forms of this, with the hope of offering more in the future.

We have the Text-A-Day service, where you receive a pocket reflection to your phone every day. If you would like to sign up then text "YES" to 07939 891 422.


We also have the E-Testament, where people from a wide range of background in the Salesian world, offer reflections on the weeks Gospel. The E-Testament can be found here. 
Thursday, 27 March 2014 09:44

New Rector Major

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On Tuesday 25th March, delegates of General Chapter 27, elected a new Rector Major to lead the Salesians for, at least, the next six years. 

The delegates elected Fr Ángel Fernández Artime to become the 10th Successor of Don Bosco.

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Fr Ángel Fernández Artime was born on 21st August 1960 at Gozon-Luanco, Spain. He made his first profession on 3rd September 1978 and was ordained a priest on 4th July 1987. Originally from the Léon province, Fr Fernández has been a Youth Ministry Delegate, Rector of the School at Ourense, Member of the council, Vice-Provincial and from 2000-06, Provincial of Léon. He also has a Doctorate in Pastoral Theology and a licence in Philosophy and Pedagogy. 

In 2008, Fr Fernández was a member of the technical commission for the 26th General Chapter. In 2009, he was appointed provincial of the South Argentina province, which he has carried out until today. While he was the provincial he got to know and work with, the then Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, better known as Pope Francis. 

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 14:04

New Book from Don Bosco Publications

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Don Bosco Publications have released a new book by Fr Michael Cunningham SDB


A Connected Life - Mystical Christianity for Today

There is, in all of us, a homing device that calls us to our deepest centre, the core of our being, what we call the soul. It is not easy to define the word soul; in fact it is impossible but there are times in our lives when we feel the need to connect with this spiritual centre of our being. This is what I am trying to describe in this short book. I am not an original thinker but I have tried, however inadequately, to point to some of the exciting writers who are exploring this territory. What is commonly agreed is that there is a profound experience of connection at the core of our being. This has always been the case but today we are experiencing a revolution in human experience. We live in a period of time when global connection is a fact as well as a dream. We are connected electronically, economically and politically. If we neglect the deepest connection at the level of our souls – that we are one with God, one with others, and one with creation – our technical connections alone will not satisfy our deepest longings and hunger.

This book has a special launch price of £5 till the end of April where it will go up to £7

You can order it through the shop on the website or by visiting

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