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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 13:20

Annual Aid to the Church in Need Gathering

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Fr Marco Villani SDB, our Justice and Peace Delegate, attended the recent annual Mass and talk for Aid to the Church in Need.


The annual Aid To The Church In Need (ACN) event took place on Saturday October 13th 2018 starting with Solemn Mass in Westminster, presided over by Canon Tuckwell. His Grace Archbishop Angaelos, first Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London was also a guest on the sanctuary. The first reading was read by Mr. Martin Bashir, Religious Affairs Correspondent for the BBC, whilst the homily was given by Fr. Emmanuel Yousaf representing the National Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan.

Monday, 15 October 2018 13:08

Students attend first Salesian Leadership workshop

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Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB writes about a new initiative among Salesian schools in the South.


In an attempt to build Salesian Ethos between the Salesian schools in the south a Salesian Leadership Workshop was held on 12th October for Year 11 Prefects and Leaders.

Friday, 19 October 2018 12:53

Salesian group in Rome for CYMFed Synod Conference

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A Salesian group has been spending this week in Rome as part of the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation Synod Conference.



Paul Dunne, Headteacher at St John Bosco College, writes about the blessing of the new Resource Base at the college, by Fr Francesco Cereda SDB, Salesian Vicar General.

Whilst the Sacred Heart Parish in Battersea celebrated their 125th anniversary on Sunday 14 October a new chapter in the history of Salesian Education in Battersea began with the formal blessing of St John Bosco College’s new resource base provision for children with Autism and additional mental health needs.


Salesian Vicar General, Fr Francesco Cereda, visiting London for the parish celebrations took time out of his hectic schedule to join Provincial Gerry Briody, School Governor Nick Potter, Headteacher Paul Dunne, Deputy Headteacher Maria Bud, Chaplain Fr Saju, Base Lead Louise Power and pupils from the school to bless the new Devereux resource base. Named after Sean Devereux, a pupil at Farnborough and teacher at Chertsey who dedicated his short life to the service of others, the base will open at the beginning of November and will provide support for vulnerable young people who would not otherwise be able to access mainstream education.


Fr Cereda in his homily urged those present to use their gifts to help and support those less fortunate than themselves following in the footsteps of Don Bosco – just as Sean did.






Last weekend marked a very important event in the history of the Salesian Province of Great Britain, as we came together in Battersea to celebrate 125 years since the consecration of Sacred Heart church, Battersea, and its significance for the development of our province.


As the Rector Major was kept in Rome because of the Synod, his Vicar, Fr Francesco Cereda SDB, attended the Mass on Sunday in his place.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 14:53

Synod 2018 - Salesian group off to Rome with CYMFed

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A Salesian group from our Province is setting off for Rome to hear more about the Synod discussions. The Catholic Youth Ministry Federation (CYMFed) has arranged a conference in Rome next week for members to gain insights into the progress of the Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.


The Salesian delegates represent most branches of our work, including Youth Ministry, Cooperators and BOVA. They will hear from a range of speakers, some of whom are taking part in the Synod, and will attend Mass at the English College.

Thursday, 11 October 2018 15:29

Mass of Commitment for Savio House team 2018-19

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The Mission statement of Savio House talks about the Community celebrating God’s presence in all people – particularly the young . . .


Sunday 7th October, 2018 saw the coming together of the Savio House Community for their annual Mass of Commitment, the spiritual beginnings of their time together at Savio House, for the school year 2018-2019.


The Mass was celebrated by Fr Gerry Briody SDB, Provincial – and in the presence of the Rector, Fr Martin Coyle SDB and the Salesian Community, family and friends the prayer of commitment was read by the entire group.


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Fr Gerry, whilst offering the new Team Leader, Jonny Dearden every blessing and good wish for the year, took the opportunity to present him with a signed copy of the Savio House Mission statement.

After the Service, an excellent buffet was offered to all by the House.


The work of Savio House is of great importance in the Salesian Mission of the British Province, and we send them our thoughts and prayers on this special occasion.


Please keep the Savio community and the young people they will serve this year in your prayers too.





Thursday, 11 October 2018 11:31

Young Leaders begin CAFOD training

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From Fr Marco Villani SDB, Chaplain at Salesian School Chertsey

On Tuesday October 9th 2018, I took two students, Ella Mcloughlin and Juan Campos Olcina, both from Year 13, to embark on the first of three CAFOD Youth Leadership training sessions.
The venue was Oaklands Catholic School and Sixth Form College, Waterlooville, Hampshire. Our students joined fifty-six students from various schools across the South, including our cousins from Salesian College Farnborough.

After arrivals and registration, the group was addressed by Sarah Burrows (CAFOD Youth Leadership Co-ordinator) and Jo Lewry (CAFOD Community Participation Co-ordinator, Portsmouth Diocese). Students participated in various learning activities to understand better the history, nature, purpose and goal of CAFOD.

Thursday, 11 October 2018 14:05

New Pocketbook on life of Titus Zeman

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The seventh volume in the Pocketbook series from Don Bosco Publications looks at the remarkable life of Slovakian Salesian, Titus Zeman.


Find our more and order from our bookstore. 



Tuesday, 09 October 2018 11:53

By the young, for the young

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Sophie Astles continues our series of articles from Share the Light, a charity created from the projects and links developed by the staff and students of Salesian College Farnborough with young people in Zambia.


One of our key objectives at Share the Light is to develop young people who are articulate, informed and personally engaged 'advocates' for the developing world. This dates back to the first trip from Salesian College Farnborough to Mazabuka in 2012, and since then, the advocate programme has been a central part of the work carried out by Share the Light. It ensures that close links are maintained between the charity, the community and the projects we support, and helps engender a sense of investment in the success of our work. Our aim is to work with those we support and tailor our projects by listening and responding to the community, in order to provide assistance where it is most needed. Our advocates programme helps us to strengthen the ties that make this possible.

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