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Tuesday, 29 April 2014 09:59

Don Bosco Today

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The Spring edition of Don Bosco Today has been published!

Click the image to view the new edition.

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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.

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. 

Thursday, 27 March 2014 09:34

DBYN Seminar: Oratory as the school of life

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Good Morning - Breath of God"If I could fall into the sky, do you think time would pass me by (not really no!). 'Cause you know I'd fly 2986 miles, so I could just see Rome... last week."

After an eventful (or non-eventful depending on how you look at it) journey I arrived at the Istitutio Salesiano Sacro Curore, Rome at 11:30pm welcomed by some familiar faces, some new faces and a can of Italian beer, very nice!

The aim of the seminar was to look at how our respective organisations can assist the Europe 20:20 target of reducing the percentage of early school leaving to 10% by 2020.

There was a focus on how the "oratory model" has had a long tradition of bringing youth at risk (back) into the educational system and as also identified ways that non-formal youth work can contribute in reducing youth at risk dropping out of school, or facilitating them to re-enter.

We presented the projects (including future project ideas) that our organisations offer to young people and which window of the oratory model the projects fitted in to. We then grouped together with other countries (UK, Austria and Poland became one group) to look at our commonalities and our thoughts about what young people need to help them stay in education.

Thursday, 27 March 2014 09:30

Youth Ministry Weekend - 7th - 9th March

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Last week (before I went to Rome!) was our second gathering of youth ministry teams of the academic year. We were 24 volunteers belonging to seven different projects attached to youth ministry office. This time Fr Martin Coyle was unable to make the meeting (some excuse called the General Chapter) and his presence among the young volunteers was greatly missed.

We were joined for the weekend by Angel Gudina, a Salesian lay animator from Spain and a member of Don Bosco Youth Net. He spoke to us about all the opportunities there were for young volunteers to teach English over the summer in a variety of Salesian Camps around Spain.

After this we had a lesson from Chris Knowles on how to use our new 'Pogoplug'. This technology set up in the Media Office will allow us to share our work with one another. It was a difficult task keep everyone in order while trying to search for Wifi at Savio House!

The rest of the weekend went more smoothly as people moved into their own project/task groups to work. There is a new camp being piloted this year for age 16+ called "Faith in Action" so we look forward to that in August. Easter retreat, Phoenix, Greenbelt, DBYN, Youth Advisory team and Bova were all represented and at the end of the day there was the satisfaction of preparation taking shape into some great events.

The evening saw us as usual getting together for a time of friendship and fun, always punctuated by the Belgium folk dance which seems to have become our signature tune. We are very good at it though it has to be said!

I just end with a big thank you to all those involved in Salesian Youth Ministry I know that it takes up so much more than these few weekends we spend together. I always look forward to the meetings and of course the events we have planned for the young people.

There are so many opportunities in YM both here and in Europe if you are interested to know more or would like to donate money for our camps please email sue@salesianyouthministry.org.uk

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

AConnectedLife

A Connected Life - Mystical Christianity for Today
 
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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 www.don-bosco-publications.co.uk

Thursday, 27 February 2014 15:38

Flame 2

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In 2012, CYMfed held an event at Wembley Arena. It was such a huge success, that they're doing it again!

On Saturday 7th March 2015, young Catholics from all over the UK and beyond will descend on Wembley arena for another day full of prayer, reflection and fun.

Salesian Youth Ministry have tickets to sell to you!

So if you want great seats then download the booking form here.

But be quick!

These seats won't be there forever.

Sunday, 23 February 2014 22:17

Salesians Leaving Easterhouse in 2015

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The following is a statement from the Provincial, Fr Martin Coyle:

 

"On the 15th February I met with Bishop Toal, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Motherwell to inform him of my decision, with the consent of the Provincial Council, to ask the Diocese of Motherwell to take back responsibility for St Benedict’s Parish and St Clare’s Parish, Easterhouse in the summer of 2015. At that time the Salesians will complete our ministry and move from Easterhouse.

This is not a decision which has been easily made since the Salesian Community has been in Easterhouse since 1988 and all the Salesians who have lived and worked there have been affectionately supported by the people of St Benedict’s and St Clare’s. I can appreciate that any time of transition and change will cause anxiety as the way ahead may be unclear and uncertain.  

I ask for your understanding as to why this decision has had to be made and I promise you the prayers and support of the Salesian Province during this time of transition and preparing for change.

As part of the discernment process and following this decision, we will explore how best we can serve the needs of the church in Scotland and the needs of young people in the future through a new ministry if the opportunity is available.

I ask you to pray for Brian, Jim and Roman, the FMA community, and the parish communities in Easterhouse at this time.

Let us journey forward in faith and confidence."

 

 

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 14:38

ST JOHN BOSCO COLLEGE - Ground Breaking Ceremony

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Friday morning, the rain and high winds held off long enough for Archbishop Peter Smith, Fr Martin Coyle SDB, Provincial, Lend Lease, together with Headteacher, Mr Simon Uttley, to put the first spade in the ground at the site of the new buildings for St John Bosco College.1000

The College, a coeducational secondary school and sixth form, opened just over two years ago in temporary accommodation, achieving a judgement of 'Good' by Ofsted within 18 months.

The breaking of the ground will culminate in a move to state-of-the-art buildings, planned for the autumn of 2015.

In a short speech, Fr Martin said;

"There is obviously a heritage of education on this site and the new buildings of St John Bosco College.... will allow it to build on its strengths on this site as an outstanding school, to provide the very best education for the young people of this area, long, long into the future...

...the Salesians of Don Bosco are committed to the provision of education, here in this part of London, to the point where we're also going to be building,just behind us, a new community residence for our mission. So it's a really exciting time for us."

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 12:39

School Voice 2014

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The 'School Voice' began again after a 'fallow' year last weekend (7-9 February). It saw the coming together of 4 Salesian Schools - Savio Salesian College Bootle, St. John Bosco Arts College Liverpool, Thornleigh Salesian College Bolton and Salesian College Farnborough.DSC 0498

The reason they come together as school councils is so that they can share their experience of their schools and to get a sense of what it means to belong to the wider Salesian family. The atmosphere from the first few icebreakers was tremendous. The young people were mixing and it was difficult for an outsider like me to guess which school they had come with!

We listened to how each of the groups had progressed within their role as councillors within the school and how they had gone about attaining this achievement. We looked at the values of communication, respect, teamwork and trust in a fun and interactive way.

In the afternoon, (as predicted by Mr Moore), it rained!! - Just as we were setting off for a walk!

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