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Frs Tony and Martin with Martin's sister and brother-in-law, and Provincial, Fr Gerry Briody


A double celebration took place in Bollington on Sunday 8th July 2018, marking 50 years of Salesian profession for Fr Tony Fernandes SDB and 25 years of priesthood for Fr Martin Coyle SDB.



We are seeking an excellent Assistant Housekeeper to join our friendly and efficient housekeeping team at Thornleigh House, Bolton. The role is for 20 hours a week, Monday - Friday mornings, and the closing date is Wednesday 25th July 2015.


Find out more and apply on our Job Vacancies page 


Friday, 06 July 2018 13:16

St John Bosco Arts: Race for Life 2018

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Students, staff and governors from St John Bosco Arts College weren't daunted by the heat and blazing sunshine as they completed their Race for Life on Monday 2nd July, in support of cancer research.


Over 40 of them followed a 5k course around the school site, in Croxteth, near Liverpool, in an event organised as part Cancer Research UK's Race for Life Schools Programme. Training and preparations began some time ago, and included a fundraising campaign and assemblies to raise awareness and encourage support, using materials provided by the charity.


In addition to the runners and walkers, the event was suported by staff and students acting as marshalls and water assistants in the scorching conditions on the day.


The school is very proud of its staff and students, and grateful to everyone who made the event possible: "What a fantastic way to raise money for Cancer Research and what a great team spirit!"


Most of us have been affected by cancer in some way, and although more people are now surviving, there is so much more to be done to find new treatments and put an end to this disease. The efforts of the SJBA Race for Life Team are an inportant contribution to this.


If you would like to make a donation and support the St John Bosco 5k team, their JustGiving page will remain open for a while longer. 


Below: the first staff and student finishers.


Photos: St John Bosco Arts College



Thursday, 05 July 2018 16:10

Get ready to MAKE SOME NOISE in 2018!

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This year's Make Some Noise event for schools (Yrs 9 and above) is Friday 28th - Saturday 29th September. It's a brilliant experience for young people and it gets even better and more popular each year. Numbers are strictly limited to 350, so groups need to book early to land their tickets.


Please email Sue ASAP if you'd like to bring a group.


The Salesians are very proud to be sponsoring Adoremus Youth, an event for young people taking place on Saturday 8th September, as part of the National Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool.
Over 1000 young people from all over the UK are expected to take part in the event, held at the Echo Arena, close to the city's historic waterfront. The theme is "I an the Bread of Life", and a range of inspiring speakers has been lined up, together with great music, engaging activities and culminating in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
The event s aimed at young people from 13 - 20, with age-appropriate activities taking place in three streams, for those aged 13-15, 16-17 and 18-20.  Sessions for 16-17 year-olds will be led by a Salesian team which will include SDBs.




By Fr Jakub Ruszniak SDB, Chaplain


On Monday, 2nd July, a number of students from Savio Salesian College, Bootle,  took part in the "Faith in Action Awards Ceremony" in Lowe House, St Helens.


This was a reward evening when the pupils of different Catholic schools from the Archdiocese of Liverpool were recognised for their contributions towards "putting their faith into action" - volunteering at different events, leading music, fundraising for good causes, animating liturgy, reading etc. The students won a number of Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.


Tuesday, 03 July 2018 15:08

Salesian Youth Ministry Mission Team in Cardiff

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Fr Bob Gardner SDB describes a very successful mission week


Responding to a request from Mary Immaculate School, Cardiff, the Salesian Youth Ministry Mission Team (all 14 members of it), delivered a Retreat for Years 7 & 8.


Entitled ‘Our Journey’ the team delivered sessions to class groups on the theme, through different media – games, discussions, reflections, prayers and good old Salesian charisma.

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St John Bosco College Battersea tells us more about the recent visit of Lord O'Donnell


Early this June, staff and students from St John Bosco College (SJBC) in Battersea welcomed ex-Salesian College pupil Gus O’Donnell to give tips on making a success of their chosen careers as well as some enlightening insights into working at the very top of government.


Now Lord O’Donnell, Gus was born, raised and educated in south London before reading Economics at Warwick University. A keen sportsman and a footballer of some distinction, Gus had to face the realisation that, despite his best efforts, he was never going to be a professional for his beloved Manchester United. Following his MPhil from Nuffield College, Oxford, Lord O’Donnell obtained a PhD from the University of Glasgow.

Friday, 29 June 2018 01:28

Youth Club Holidays for St James' Bootle

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By Niamh, Thornleigh Salesian College Work Experience Student


This video from the Salesians Bootle shows the children from the Youth Group from St James' Bootle doing various activities during their Youth Club Holidays, such as creating prayers, cooking, drawing, painting, and having fun in the countryside area.



Photo: Liverpool Echo

by Niamh, Thornleigh College Work Experience Student


Kimberley Nye, a student teacher at St John Bosco Arts College, Croxteth, has been shortlisted for a Liverpool Echo Schools' award for Student Teacher of the Year, sponsored by Liverpool John Moores University.


As noted by the College itself, on the 4th of June, the school is overjoyed and delighted that Kimberley's work has been recognised with this nomination.

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