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Thursday, 30 March 2017 10:15


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Under the title of ‘Don Bosco: the Magic Weaver’, 40 Salesian Sisters and Collaborators came together to study what it means to ‘Walk with the young’ and ‘Waste time with the young’.

Sr Lucy Rose FMA from the General Council in Rome offered some reflections on the Salesian Family and the Strenna.


Helen MacDonald led the first session allowing people to reflect on different memories, and lots of old and new experiences and new opportunities. The session culminated with the confirmation that it doesn’t matter what we bring to the table, we are all ‘members of the Salesian Family’.

Lunch was in the hall (United Reform Church, Blundellsands) and much to everyone’s delight, the sky was blue and the sun was shining.

For our Lenten reflections this year, in partnership with our Mission Office, we have taken the theme for Salesian Mission Day 2017. We will be returning to the roots of the Salesian missionary vocation by learning more about our missionary presence with the indigenous peoples of America. This week, hear about the peoples of the Amazon Rainforest, on the borders of Brazil and Venezuala.


At the end of the seventeenth century and early eighteenth century some indigenous peoples of Rio Negro experienced persecution by non-indigenous explorers. Among these people, were also my ancestors of the Arañaos ethnicity. At that time, some people died from various diseases, but many others were killed; while still others escaped from the river bank and went to live in the forest. The Salesians, upon reaching those lands, approached the indigenous people and won their confidence by showing that they were not bad people.



Retreats are an important part of spiritual life at our Salesian schools. The Chaplaincy at Salesian School Chertsey tells us about the Year 7 Retreats, which concluded last week


Each pupil in school is given the opportunity to reflect on God, self and neighbour. Recently, the Year 7 pupils received a retreat experience with fellow members of their tutor groups in a safe, spiritual environment.


The theme of the retreat was "An Unexpected Journey", based on the title of the first of The Hobbit trilogy of films. The author of The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien, was a devout and committed Catholic.

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Award winning author Alex Wheatle, MBE, delighted and enthralled students, staff, parents and governors at Saint John Bosco College, Battersea, on World Book Day, Thursday 2nd March with tales from his life and readings from his books.

Friday, 24 March 2017 14:49

Are you ready to Make Some Noise?

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Once again, Thornleigh Salesian College Bolton is the venue for the Make Some Noise, our  Salesian Youthgather, which will be held from Friday 22nd - Saturday 23rd Septemeber 2017.


The maximum number we can admit is 350, and this is a popular event! Book before 13th April for the Early Bird price of £5. Passes bought after this date will be £7 each.


If you've not yet received an invite to the Google application form, contact Sue McDonald ASAP:  sue@salesians.org.uk

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 15:30

Scottish Salesian group at Flame 2017

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Danny Sweeney, Justice and Peace Scotland's Social Justice Co-ordinator, is a long-standing Salesian volunteer. He accompanied the Salesian Sisters' URSpace group to the recent Flame 2017 event at Wembley Arena, where he joined BOVA, the Colombans ans Assumption Volunteers in presenting a lunchtime workshop encouraging young people to imagine the experience of refugees.


The URSpace group included around 30 students from several of the Scottish schools the URSpace team works with. 


Read his blog post about the event at Justice & Peace Scotland

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We now have the eagerly-awaited 2nd Edition of this popular book in stock!


In the ten years since it first appeared, Christian Leadership in Education by Fr David O'Malley SDB has become a highly valued resource for teachers and all those who work with young people in a Christian context. 

Thursday, 23 March 2017 10:02

Canonical Visit from Sr Lucy Rose FMA

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On 16th February, the Salesian Sisters GBR welcomed Sr Lucy Rose Ozhukayil FMA as she arrived for her Extraordinary Visitation.  Sr Lucy Rose is a General Councillor of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, based at the General House in Rome. She will remain with us until 3rd April, visiting the communities and the wide range of works the Sisters carry out in Britain.

For our Lenten reflections this year, in partnership with our Mission Office, we have taken the theme for Salesian Mission Day 2017. We will be returning to the roots of the Salesian missionary vocation by learning more about our missionary presence with the indigenous peoples of America. This week, hear about the Mapuche (People of the Land) of Argentina, where Don Bosco sent the first missionaries. 

From an article by Fr Natalino Venancio Freitas de Jesus, SDB - East Timorese Missionary in Argentina:

I am in the Salesian mission of West Pampeano. During the week I’m working in the morning at the hospice of Istituto San Juan Bosco, which has an enrollment of 640 students, from preschool to secondary. Many of them are vulnerable due to the socio-economic reality and complex family realities that exist among the population. Then, in the afternoon I work in the day care center with vulnerable and defenceless boys and girls in Inaun Don Bosco. We provide tutoring, crafts, and an afternoon snack.

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Fr Marco Villani SDB, Province Delegate for Justice and Peace, reports on the recent Diocese of Arundel & Brighton Justice and Peace Assembly 2017 (Pictured above: CAFOD's Fr Augusto at Flame 2017)

At the end of January, the annual Justice and Peace assembly was held in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton Christian Education Centre (DABCEC) where parishioners and religious from around the diocese met to hear speakers including Fr. Augusto Zampini Davies, CAFOD’s Theological Advisor (and a recent speaker at FLAME 2017) and Jenny Sinclair, founder of Together For The Common Good.

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