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Article by Renato Cursi via ANS

 

The 13th General Assembly of the Salesian Youth Movement of Europe (SYM) took place from 17 to 19 November. The meeting was held at Savio House in Bollington, Great Britain. This year's annual SYM Europe event was attended by 55 representatives from 14 European countries.

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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.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 16:14

Party in the USA - Camp St Francis 2017

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'Crazy Wednesday'

 

During the summer, Salesian Youth Ministry volunteers Sarah, Anya and David, along with Br Ste Lloyd, went to serve at Camp St Francis, a Salesian summer camp for children, overlooking a Californian beach. David (covered in flour in the photo above) looks back on the experience.

 

Why are you here? This is not a challenge to you, the reader, it is also not an invitation to give up on this article already - though it might save you a few minutes and spare you any disappointment – rather, it is the question that guided our own reflection time during the hugely successful Camp St Francis season. This is the question that was put to each of the counsellors during the preparation week to help channel our thoughts, and to allow us to bring to mind our own personal reasons for being at camp. It soon became very apparent that a lot of our reasons overlapped, probably as we shared one Salesian spirit, and love of the young with one another. As well as being the thing that inspired us through prep week, it was also the question that we were invited to return to as the weeks went on, reminding ourselves why we were there at camp, especially in the more challenging times.

Friday, 22 September 2017 09:55

New BOVA volunteers head overseas

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Anita Motha introduces the two latest BOVA volunteers as they settle into their overseas placements.

 

This summer has been particularly busy for two new BOVA volunteers, Peter and Angela, as they have been preparing for long term overseas placements with Salesian communities. After receiving excellent A-level results and securing their first choices of university offers, they are eagerly anticipating the start of their placements.

Wednesday, 09 August 2017 13:24

New programme gives a taste of Retreat Team Life

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A group of four sixth form students formed the very first cohort of the Salesians' Young Adult Programme, designed to offer a taste of life as a volunteer on the Savio retreat team, and an introduction to the skills they’d use and to the Salesian spirituality that underpins it all. They loved their week so much, they stayed on to support the second Phoenix Summer Camp!

 

Theresa, Chloe, Theo and Moses, who are all about to enter their final year of sixth form, spent a week experiencing Savio House from behind the scenes. The new programme ran alongside this year’s RISE Young Leaders' project and the first week of the Phoenix Summer Camps, to provide them with a taster of the activities they may encounter on the Savio Team.

Friday, 04 August 2017 13:10

Spirits can't be dampened at Phoenix Summer Camp

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Last Thursday, I spent a day with the first of the Phoenix Summer Camp groups, as they took a trip to the banks of the River Mersey, near Stockport, for a day of exciting outdoor activities.

 

At 10:30 on the dot, minibuses arrived at Burnage Rugby Club bringing Year 7 pupils from Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton; Our Lady's Catholic College, Lancaster; and St James' Catholic High School, Cheadle. Unfortunatley, at 10:35, the blazing sun hid and the rain came down, but the high spirits of the youngsters could not be dampened!

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Out this week, the latest book from Don Bosco Publications is a retelling of the life of Don Bosco especially for children aged 7 - 12, written by Rosa Navarro Durán, beautifully illustrated by Jordi Vila Delclòs, and translated from the original Spanish by Josie Bland.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 11:26

Youth and hope at SYLC California

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Salesian Youth Ministry volunteers David, Anya and Sarah are in the USA, about to begin work at Camp St Francis, a Salesian children's camp located on the Californian coast. David and Anya arrived in time for part of the Salesian Youth Leadership Conference (SYLC). David sent some thoughts on the experience so far, and will keep us updated as their summer mission continues.


Get up, get out, do good! This was the message that the Holy Father, Pope Francis left for our young people last summer during World Youth Day, in Krakow. This was also the theme for the Salesian Youth Leadership Conference this past week.


Anya and myself were lucky enough to join the conclusion of this week, as part of our summer mission in the American Western coast province. With Camp St Francis not starting for another few days yet, being able to reflect on the time we have spent here already is incredible.

Thursday, 15 June 2017 13:51

Bosco Volunteer Action 'Talking Faith'

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Anita Motha, Coordinator of our overseas volunteer programme, Bosco Volunteer Action (BOVA),was interviewed with fellow members of the Lay Missionary Volunteer Network on Heaven's Road Catholic Radio recently, discussing the privileges and challenges of volunteering with Catholic projects overseas.

Friday, 02 June 2017 12:11

Salesian Youth Ministry - Holy Land 2017

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Last Saturday, a group of 24 young adults set out for the Holy Land, accompanied by Sue McDonald of Salesian Youth Ministry, Fr Jakub and Sr Gill.

 

The busy itinerary began in Nazareth, and included visits to Capernaum, with Mass on the beach, a renewal of their baptismal promises at the River Jordan, and Mass at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre on the final day. At the end of each day, the Salesian Goodnight was given by a different member of the group.

 

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One particularly powerful experience came in the Garden ofGethsemane, with Fr Jakub celebrating Mass over the Rock of Agony where Jesus prayed to the Father.

 

The pilgrimage was both a deeply spiritual experience, following in the footsteps of Jesus, and an opportunity to share friendship and have fun in the Salesian tradition.

 

We wish them a safe journey home, and hope to bring you more on the pilgrimage once everyone has recovered enough to write about it!

 

Thank you to Sr Gill McCambridge FMA for photos and for social media updates during the week.

 

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Mount of Olives - The Footprints of Jesus, and the Empty Tomb of Our Lady

 

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The Birthplace of Jesus

Thursday, 18 May 2017 14:53

Youth Ministry summer events 2017

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We're almost half way through another busy year, and there are lots of events peeping over the horizon in the months to come. Look out for news and photos! Here's a bit of a run-down:

 

Our pilgrimage to the Holy Land begins in just a few days, from 27th May to 3rd June. We have 24 young adults in the group; all the preparations are now complete, and the excitement is mounting! Please keep us in prayer, and we will be praying for everyone at home, especially the Salesian Family, as we follow in the footsteps of Jesus.

Friday, 28 April 2017 17:58

New Salesian Youth Project needs volunteers

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Salesian Youth Ministry is seeking 24 volunteers for an exciting new summer project in Battersea, running from 18-27th August 2017.

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