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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 13:24

New programme gives a taste of Retreat Team Life

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Theresa, Theo, Moses and Chloe

 

A group of four sixth form students formed the very first cohort of the Salesians' Young Adult Programme, designed to offer a taste of life as a volunteer on the Savio retreat team, and an introduction to the skills they’d use and to the Salesian spirituality that underpins it all. They loved their week so much, they stayed on to support the second Phoenix Summer Camp!

 

Theresa, Chloe, Theo and Moses, who are all about to enter their final year of sixth form, spent a week experiencing Savio House from behind the scenes. The new programme ran alongside this year’s RISE Young Leaders' project and the first week of the Phoenix Summer Camps, to provide them with a taster of the activities they may encounter on the Savio Team.

Tuesday, 08 August 2017 16:45

Getting to know our new(-ish) Provincial

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Fr Kieran Anderson SDB put our (relatively!) new Provincial in the Q&A hot seat for the latest issue of Don Bosco Today, the UK edition of the Salesian Bulletin. Photo (ANS): Fr Gerry with the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime 

 

Q: Can you tell us something about your background: where you grew up, your family, your interests?


A: I grew up in central Scotland, the second eldest of eight children. I am lucky enough to have three brothers and four sisters as well as fourteen nephews and nieces and one grandniece! Family was and is very important to me. I am blessed still to have my parents and enjoyed the security when I was growing up of having grandparents and uncles and aunts around me.

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Photo: Anita Motha

Staff and religious from the Salesians, Jesuits, Assumption Sisters and Columbans joined forces again last week to prepare their new volunteers for overseas service. The group gathered for five days, hosted by the Assumption Sisters at Millaret House, in central London’s Heythrop College, for this year’s Lay Missionary Volunteer Network (LMVN) orientation week, to introduce volunteers to each other, and help them get ready for their challenging but exciting experiences ahead when they leave the get new volunteers ready for their service in other countries.

Friday, 04 August 2017 13:10

Spirits can't be dampened at Phoenix Summer Camp

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Last Thursday, I spent a day with the first of the Phoenix Summer Camp groups, as they took a trip to the banks of the River Mersey, near Stockport, for a day of exciting outdoor activities.

 

At 10:30 on the dot, minibuses arrived at Burnage Rugby Club bringing Year 7 pupils from Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton; Our Lady's Catholic College, Lancaster; and St James' Catholic High School, Cheadle. Unfortunatley, at 10:35, the blazing sun hid and the rain came down, but the high spirits of the youngsters could not be dampened!

Wednesday, 02 August 2017 11:50

Rise 2017 - an elevating experience for young leaders

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Rise and shine at Crosby beach

 

Br Greg Echegwo SDB tells us about this year's Rise Young Leaders' programme:

 

What a stunning and very elevating Rise Summer Camp of 2017 took place in Savio House between 24th to 28th of July!

 

They were six young people between the age of 14 to 17 that participated in this year phenomenal summer programme, planned to empower and inspire our young people to cultivate and foster the Salesian leadership skills. This thereby brings them closer to the Salesian family.

Tuesday, 01 August 2017 14:37

St John Bosco Arts welcome students from China

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'Bosco Buddies' welcome their visitors from China

 

St John Bosco Arts College, Croxteth, has welcomed a delegation of Chinese students to their city for a cultural exchange.

 

Students from its sister school, Wenzhou No.2 Foreign Language School visited Liverpool for a three-day trip which saw them take part in a whole host of activities. This trip follows St John Bosco’s visit to Wenzhou in February 2017 to begin their exciting cultural partnership.

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Out this week, the latest book from Don Bosco Publications is a retelling of the life of Don Bosco especially for children aged 7 - 12, written by Rosa Navarro Durán, beautifully illustrated by Jordi Vila Delclòs, and translated from the original Spanish by Josie Bland.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 14:39

Our Founder's 202nd Birthday!

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During the evening of 16th August 1815, our founder, St John Bosco, was brought into the world, in the small village of Becchi in the Italian Province of Asti. Francesco Bosco, a widower with a young son, and his second wife, Margherita Occhiena, already had a son together, making John the youngest of three boys in this family of farm workers. 

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This week, the 2016-17 retreat team at Savio House, Bollington, ended their busy year together. While some of the team will continue there, others are going on to other things. The Province is very grateful for the superb work the team does, providing retreats to hundreds of young people from all over the country. We wish them all safe journeys, and every success in future, and look forward to meeting Team 2017-18 soon! Here's what Savio House said:

 

These last few days have been bitter sweet here at Savio as we've been saying our final goodbyes to the retreat team. It's been an incredible year with so many memories both in community and on retreats. Once again thank you to all the schools that have helped make this year special!!!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 12:39

Thornleigh student helps with new publication

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Don Bosco Publications is preparing a new edition of our popular Advent and Christmas Swatch, due out in the autumn, and we were delighted to enlist some help from Joseph, a sixth form student from Thornleigh Salesian College.

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