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Friday, 08 March 2019 11:49

Support women, support the world

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On International Women's Day, Sophie Astles from Salesian-inspired charity, Share the Light, describes their support for the Salesian Sisters' work with women and girls in Zambia

Education is power. Historically, this fact has led to access to education being limited based on factors such as gender, class and ethnicity. In the UK, the first women to graduate from a British university did not do so until 1869. While in 2017, nearly half of women in the UK had entered higher education by the age of 19, access to even basic schooling in countries such as Zambia is often not available to female students. Pregnancy, early marriage and extreme poverty are all factors in restricting girls and young women, as well as an expectation that they will stay at home and help to cook, clean and care for siblings.


At Share the Light, we know how valuable education is as a tool for changing lives. We were created after a wonderful teacher recognised a need for sponsorship to keep children in school, and while we continue this work and other projects, we also support the Salesian Sisters' project for women and girls, City of Joy.

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Accompanying the Young in a Quest for meaning: Reflections on Salesian Spiritual Companionship

Louis Grech SDB's new book on accompanying young people has been launched by Don Bosco Publications just in time for next weekend's seminars presented by the author on the same topic. 

The book provides a well-researched and fascinating grounding in Don Bosco's unique approach to spiritual companionship and its contemporary context, and practical guidance on using the approach today, from a current practitioner.

The book considers the wider topics of human spirituality and whether children are 'born spiritual', and how far Don Bosco influenced the way the Church viewed child holiness, and looks at what today's Salesians and youth workers can learn from Don Bosco's experience.

Tuesday, 05 March 2019 21:34

Ash Wednesday - Reflection

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During Lent this year, we will be reflecting on the Rector Major's Strenna for 2019, 'Holiness for you too'. We will present extracts from Fr Angel's commentary on his Strenna, and thoughts on holiness from members of the Salesian Family, along with scripture readings and prayers for you to pray and reflect on during each week of Lent.

We open with some thoughts from Hazel, a member of the Chaplaincy Team at Savio Salesian College, Bootle, written for teachers but speaking to all who aim to support young people following Don Bosco's example.


Does a saint sit in your front row?

God is truly marvellous! As teachers, we can appreciate this more than most. Our students come to us fresh-faced, eager, apprehensive; some bold, some a little afraid; some contemplative; some sporty; some law-makers, a few lawbreakers; some a mixture of them all. But all have one thing in common - potential.

Tuesday, 05 March 2019 14:56

Spiritual reading for Lent

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Lent isn't just about giving things up. It's a fruitful time to develop our spiritual practices, or begin new habits of prayer and study. A well-chosen book or two can be of great assistance in this, and Don Bosco Publications has a range of titles suited to the season.


Two books from Fr Michael Winstanley SDB are valuable companions for those who want to deepen their faith and understanding during Lent. Lenten Sundays surveys the Sunday Gospels from all three Liturgical Cycles, looking at the historical context, the essence of each story, and how it fits into the life of Jesus, and how we can apply its message in our lives today.  His latest book, Alive!, steps beyond Lent and explores the resurrection narratives, preparing us to welcome the risen Christ by grasping what it is to be fully 'alive' as Christians.


We also have books to enrich the Lenten experience of children and young people. Our Swatch Journey Through Lent is a prayer resource book for young people, containing a range of activities and simple reflections which can be used in groups and families, or individually. The Life of Jesus: A Colouring Book is a way of helping small children engage with the stories of the passion and resurrection in an age-appropriate manner. 


Visit our online bookshop to find out more and buy any of the books, or contact us for overseas and bulk orders -






Fr Jakub SDB writes about a special treat for the hard-working GCSE students of Bootle


Half-term holidays are the time every student is excited about. A week of break – no school, no books, no homework. Time to relax and re-charge the batteries. There are however exceptions. Many Year 11s of Savio Salesian College come to school for a couple of hours every day to revise and prepare for their upcoming GCSEs. It’s optional, but many do take this opportunity. It’s very inspiring to see them making this extra effort in order to perform the best they can. Keeping especially those students in mind, our Chaplaincy Team prepared something special at the start of the half-term week.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019 15:53

A busy week in India for Battersea group

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Students from St John Bosco College Battersea went to India during half term with their Head Mr Paul Dunne and staff. The students are part of the 6th Form Don Bosco Ashalayam group, which supports and makes connections with the project in Kolkata. 

On Sunday, Fr Andrew celebrated Mass at Auxillium Parish Church, Kolkata, which was a beautiful way to celebrate his birthday. The group spent time with the children and young people at Don Bosco Ashalayam and shared gifts with them, and also visited the Green Wave Centre for Visual Arts, where they met young artists and admired their work.

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We are pleased to announce our 2019 RISE leadership summer project, and we will train fifteen Yr10/11s during the project at Savio House, from Sunday 21st - Friday 26th July 2019.

We have begun to look at a fantastic programme, and as we are now in our 4th year, we know how popular this project is, so we are asking all schools to start planning and to register young people as soon as possible. The form can be dowloaded from this page.


We are asking you to make the first contact with your young leaders and invite them to take part in this initiative. The young people do not need accompanying to this project, so you only have to plant the seed!


If your Yr10s took part last year, they are more than welcome to return - the programme runs over a two year cycle. If you have young leaders in Yrs 12/13 keep watch for the project for them.


Please do not leave this too late, as we had to turn young people away last year. We are restricted to 15 places so that the volunteers are able to accompany the young on their journey. We ask that no more than 3 young people from your area attend, as this enhances the group dynamics.


If you have any questions or difficulties please do not hesitate to ask us. Contact


Thank you,

RISE Team 2019

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In the latest book from Don Bosco Publications, Arturo Cattaneo takes cues from Pope Francis' exhortation on family life, Amoris Laetitia (2016), to offer guidance in helping engaged couples prepare for marriage.


The small and highly readable volume is an essential resource for anyone involved in marriage preparation, from priests to families and the couples themselves.


Arturo Cattaneo is a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei, and the author of many books on Canon Law, the Church and pastoral topics. He has doctorates in Canon Law and Theology, and currently teaches at the Faculty of Theology at Lugano, Switzerland. He is a consultant to the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life.


Buy now from our online bookshop, £6.50 including UK p&p, or contact us for overseas and bulk orders.



Friday, 15 February 2019 15:44

Young adults' Easter Retreat 2019

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Booking is now open for this year's Easter Retreat at Savio House, Bollington. The event runs from Maundy Thursday, 18th April, to Easter Sunday, 21st April 2019. It's open to young adults aged 17 and over, and costs just £60. 


This is always a popular event, so please contact Sue McDonald as soon as possible to book your place, and spend the Easter Triduum in a beautiful location with other young adults. 


We will add more details about the retreat soon. 

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 15:15

Salesian family spirit never fades

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Tony Galcius, a former Salesian who worked in England and South Africa during his ministry, describes a beautiful gathering of a branch of the extended Salesian Family.


On the vigil of Don Bosco's feast day, a group of men and women gathered in a house on the hill overlooking the city of Stoke. We had gathered, from various parts of the United Kingdom and Ireland, to celebrate Mass in honour of Don Bosco, who had had such a benign influence on our lives either directly or indirectly. All the men had been educated by the Salesians and all of them had tried their vocations as Salesians. The four women - three wives and a widow - had all come under Don Bosco's patronage through marriage. In fact, the house in which this event was taking place, belonged to Elizabeth, whose husband John Collins died three years ago. They had been hosting these  reunions for many years.

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