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Thursday, 09 October 2014 11:40

Michael in the Philippines

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There are several volunteers overseas at the moment with BOVA. A few weeks ago, we shared stories of Annie who is in Tanzania. 

This week we're looking further east at the Philippines where we have Michael Thompson. He has been over in the Philippines for about two months now.

Here is a little blog post about his activities:

It has been a little over a month now since I lifted off the tarmac at Heathrow Airport feeling a combination of excitement and trepidation for what was to come. In that time I have begun to begin to learn a new way of life and settle into a routine here in the Philippines.

My tasks here are twofold, put simply: I teach maths and I play the keyboard.

 

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Planning my lessons... or playing on Sporcle?

Friday, 03 October 2014 14:25

BI-CENTENARY EXPO HITS THE GROUND RUNNING

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An excellent start to the Bi-Centenary EXPO was made this week in London - every year group of St John Bosco College, Wimbledon had the opportunity to be part of the experience. Reaction was very positive. Fr Saju from the Chaplaincy reported that "the students were glued to the performance of 'Don Bosco - A magic saint' - many of them could connect something of their own life with that of Don Bosco" The words 'stupendous, cracking performance, great show' was pretty typical of the reaction of the staff and students. The Rise Theatre Company won great applause from the whole College.The Photographic Exhibition was also well received with two of the photographs on display from the staff of the College.Well done "Team Bi-Centenary"

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 17:13

BI-CENTENARY MASS OF CELEBRATION

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Over 500 members of the Salesian Family and friends came to St George’s Cathedral, Southwark on Saturday 20th September to celebrate the Bi-Centenary of their founder and the patron saint of young people, St John Bosco.

 

The Holy Mass was led by Archbishop Peter Smith – concelebrating were Bishop Paul Hendricks, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark, Bishop Howard Tripp, Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark, Bishop Chris Budd, Bishop Emeritus of Plymouth (a past-pupil of Salesian School, Chertsey), Fr Martin Coyle SDB, Provincial of the Salesian Province of Great Britain, and 30 priests, both local and farther afield.

 

Monday, 22 September 2014 09:37

ANNIVERSARY OF THE SPANISH MARTYRS

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Today the Salesian Family remembers Blessed Joseph Calasanz Marqués and Henry Saiz Aparicio, priests, with their 93 companions martyrs.

On 22 September occurs the celebration of the  memorial of the martyrs of the Salesian Family in Spain, which reminds us that in the  faith experience and the history of the Church the martyr is a sign of fruitfulness.

There are 95 martyrs: those from Valencia and Barcelona, led by the Provincial  Fr José Calasanz Marques (32); those from Madrid, led by Fr Enrique Saiz Aparicio (42); those of Seville with Fr Luis Torrero (21) at the head. In the group of 95 there are: 39 priests, 25 brothers, 22 clerical students, 2 FMA sisters, 3 Salesian Cooperators (one woman and two men), 2 postulants, a workman and a man attached to the Salesian community. 

“As at the beginning of Christianity and while it was first spreading so in our own days the Church has become once again a Church of martyrs.” – comments Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, Postulator General for the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family– “Martyrdom is the participation  in a vital and real way in the sacrifice of Christ, almost a Eucharist. It expresses in a extreme manner that essential and necessary dimension of Christian life that we all have to understand, accept and take up: giving one’s life. Therefore Christian life is always open to the possibility of martyrdom, which can be viewed as a grace offered to us rather than as a goal to be desired or achieved. In addition it represents the most prophetic encounter between the Spirit, grace and the way of life proposed by Christ and what we call the ‘world’ understood as the combination of the powers of evil.”

“Maryrdom, the shedding of blood, as well as the offering of one’s life in daily sacrifice, is an essential aspect of the Salesian spirit. We too are called to count on the matchless assistance of our martyrs to fill with hope our apostolic initiatives and our pastoral efforts in the not always easy task of the new evangelisation. For us too the words should be true: Sanguis martyrum, semen christianorum. The blood of martyrs is the seed of new Christians! We should not be discouraged therefore in the face of difficulties: we are looking to the future in good company!” the Postulator concludes.

Saturday, 30 August 2014 11:08

FMA - 23RD GENERAL CHAPTER

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coloured fmalogoThe 23rd General Chapter of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians will begin in Rome on the 22nd September after the 194 Chapter members have made a retreat in Mornese, and a pilgrimage to Turin.

During the Chapter the following areas will be considered as well as intense listening to the Spirit present during this important time. There will also be the election of Mother General and her Council. The Chaptere is due to end mid November.

 

* The real world challenges us - a home to be protected and built; in a constantly changing society; the Church a living presence among the people; young people searching for a home.

* The call to new evangelisation - evangelisation as an encounter with Jesus Christ and life witness; education, a privileged channel for evangelisation.

* Home as a place of encounter and invitation - God lives in our home; Mary, home of the Living God; the Church, a house of communion open to all people.

* Valdocco and Mornese: prophetic sources - communities rooted in the Lord Jesus; a home where one experiences family; a community with a missionary vision.

* What kind of home is needed to evangelise today? - relationships as a way of evangelising education; the environment as a place of encounter and mutuality; together, we respond to deepest needs of young people.

Friday, 22 August 2014 22:38

Turin Pilgrimage Updates

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Over the course of the weekend, Salesians from Great Britain are beginning their celebrations for the Bi-Centenary in Turin, Italy.

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On Friday, most of them arrived to celebrate Mass in the Pinardi Chapel. There was a high level of excitement and anticipation for the coming days and its activities.

Saturday has arrived and we have spent today at Colle Don Bosco, the birthplace of Don Bosco. All Salesian groups were together for Mass in the Upper Basilica. People milled around the place where Don Bosco's house still stands today, with many having their picture taken in front of the steps of the house. People then took the chance to roam around the house before gathering for Mass. Mass was a brilliant, unique and a special occasion which brought together the Salesian Family in Great Britain. After some more time to roam around, the group had a prayer service and a 'good afternoon' from Sr Gill McCambridge FMA. 

Sunday was spent at Valdocco, where Don Bosco started his oratory . The groups were taken round to see the original rooms and to see what goes on there today. We celebrated Mass together in the Basilica at Valdocco. People were then free to buy souvenirs before coming together for our final prayer service. Our prayer service was held in the chapel of St Francis de Sales led by Fr Francis Preston SDB. We also welcomed three new cooperators, but we'll tell you more about that later. And to finish the day, the 'good afternoon' was given by Fr Bob Gardner SDB. 

Below are a couple of pictures from each day.

 

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 12:07

SALESIAN LINK @ THEIR NEW HOME

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Salesian Link have moved into their new office and home at the Provincial House, Bolton. Whilst the office (currently) is a little untidy, it will soon be organised to perfection.

 

Our new details are;

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Thornleigh Salesian House

Sharples Park

Bolton

BL1 6PQ

 

Tel - 01204 600 726

Saturday, 16 August 2014 10:28

DON BOSCO - 199 YEARS YOUNG!!

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Friday, 15 August 2014 17:10

Fr Francis Preston SDB

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Fr Martin Coyle SDB has confirmed that the new SDB Provincial Delegate to the Association of the Salesian Cooperators in the GB Province, is Fr Francis Preston SDB.

On the eve of the bi-centenary year of the Birth of Don Bosco, we congratulate Fr Francis on his new appointment, and wish him every blessing.

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