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Last week the Savio House team ran a day retreat for 69 pupils from Alderley Edge School for Girls. The team were blessed to be able to run their activities in the rare British sunshine - and Alderley Edge brought along their drone to be able to capture the team and Savio in the sun.

 

What a great way to make sure everyone gets in the group photo!

Thursday, 26 April 2018 20:18

Little Angels in Nairobi

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Fr Francis Preston SDB writes from Nairobi about a recent visit to to a home for little ones.

 

On the other side of the main road to Don Bosco Utume, the Salesian community residence and study centre where I am staying in Nairobi, the Cottolengo Sisters have a home for babies and young children.  The Cottolengo Sisters were founded by St Joseph Cottolengo in the first half of the 19th century to work in the "Little House of Divine Providence", a home and refuge for the most abandoned members of society -  the sick, the severely disabled, the elderly - that the Saint opened in the Valdocco district of Turin.   


As young priest Don Bosco visited the Little House to minister to the residents.  The Oratory and the Church of Mary Help of Christians that Don Bosco established in Valdocco are just a few hundred yards away from Cottolengo's Little House.

I paid my first visit to children's home at the invitation of the Sisters a couple of weeks ago.   The photo above was taken in the Little Angels Unit.  I am holding John and Jane, six month old twins.  Their mother died of sepsis when they were seven days old.  Their grandmother tried to care for them but the task proved too much for her, and so the twins were entrusted to the care of the Sisters.   


The youngest baby in the Unit was born just before Easter.  His mother is HIV positive and mentally very unstable and therefore unable to care adequately for him.  In fact,  a significant number of the 80 children the Sisters are caring for are HIV positive.  Looking after them is quite a challenge, but I was greatly impressed by the wonderful work that the Sisters and the volunteers who help them are doing.  St Joseph Cottolengo would be proud of them!

Fr Francis Preston SDB

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The URSpace team has had a busy week delivering retreats for S2 students from John Paul Academy, Glasgow at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Carfin, every day this week.

 

The students enjoyed a change from the school environment, and Srs Bernie, Elizabeth and Gill, and volunteers Ana and Niamh, had prepared a range of activities - indoors and out - to engage them and get them thinking about what they value, what makes them special, and how they can make a difference to the world. The theme was inspired by Pope Francis recent call for young people to shout out about the things that matter in the world.

Thursday, 26 April 2018 19:40

Animators shared prayer and BBQ in Bootle

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Last week a number of Salesian Animators and Volunteers met together for a relaxed evening at St James'. We started with evening prayers and a short reflection, which was then followed by the BBQ in the garden and nibbles in the community room.

 

The evening was a lot of fun, a great opportunity to catch up with everyone., and we plan to make this a regular event.

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Cowley Salesian Cooperators have arranged a pilgrimage to Italy, from 9th - 19th July 2018, where they will visit the Salesians in Rimini, Casa Terme San Marco Salesiani in Padua, and Casa Madre Salesiani, Valdocco Turin

Thursday, 26 April 2018 07:29

Join the Salesians at Flame 2019

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Would you like to be part of our Salesian group at Flame 2019? Flame is the biggest event for young Catholics in the UK, and it's back next year, on Saturday 2nd March, at Wembley Areana.

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Sunday 22nd April is World Day of Prayer for Vocations. On this day, we pray that more men and women may hear God's call, we give thanks for our Priests and Brothers and Sisters, and pray especially for those recently ordained and professed, and for those in formation. 

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 23:36

Salesian Mission Days 2018 - Thailand

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Internal migration is a major feature in Thailand, as industrialistation increases and people move into the cities, where they have to adapt to a hectic lifestyle, away from their close-knit rural families. The country has the second-largest economy in Southeast Asia, and is one of the most developed countries in the region. The capital, Bangkok, has grown rapidly to a population of 10 million, and a further 2 million people travel in and out of the city each day to work.

 

The Salesians are present in this bustling city, working with the young in the spirit of Don Bosco, and this week's Salesian Mission Day film focuses on the professional training they offer to enable young people who are deaf or blind to live independent lives so they can achieve a better future and participate as fully as possible in society.

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Ken Greaney extends an invitation to a special Salesian Family gathering in Chertsey

 

On May 20th the Chertsey Cooperators are hosting their annual Day of Celebration in honour of Mary Help of Christians. The event is aimed at Salesian Cooperators in the south of the country, together with any other folk in the wider Salesian Family for whom the venue is within striking distance.

 

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On 6th April, our Salesian family and friends gathered in Paisley to celebrate the silver jubilee of Sr Connie Cameron FMA, Provincial of the Salesian Sisters GBR. It was a wonderful celebration to give thanks for Connie and for her joyful witness to FMA life over the last 25 years!

 

We'll have a full report soon.

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