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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 16:23

Milton Cooperators send news from Glasgow

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Isabel, Coordinator of Milton Cooperators, Glasgow, Scotland, gives us an update on their group.


We thought you would like to see a photo of Milton Cooperators out having a meal to celebrate the Feast of Don Bosco!


The size of our group has fallen over the years with the death of at least 3 of our Cooperators, but we continue to meet every second Tuesday in the house of one of our Cooperators. 

Thursday, 01 February 2018 20:06

Salesian students send gifts to Don Bosco Ashalayam

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Adam Clark, a Year 11 student at St John Bosco College Battersea, tells us about the a shared project between SJBC and Salesian School, Chertsey, to help the street and vulnerable children of Don Bosco Ashalayam in Kolkata, India. 

Today on Monday 29th January we were packing little goods like pencils, crayons etc. for kids in India. We also included toothbrushes and face flannels.



On Don Bosco's feast day in Bermondsey the Principal of the Bosco Centre, Mr Darren Coghlan, arranged for a mass with all centre staff during which Romaine Shilling was enrolled as a cooperator. Romaine has been a manager in the Bosco Centre for many years alongside Sister Cecily Dunn FMA.

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Fr Martin Coyle, Rector of Savio House, our youth retreat centre in Bollington, Cheshire, writes about an exciting new scheme to support its valuable work with the young, and invites YOU to help by becoming one of the Savio 100!


The Feast of Don Bosco is always a special day in every Salesian House and this year at Savio House we were blessed to have 2 groups of young people overlapping on retreat.


It was also a special day because it saw the launch of Savio 100, a fundraising initiative which aims at gaining additional financial support for the Salesian Mission at Savio House. Despite a large annual subsidy from the Salesian Province, our rising costs mean that we need to look for other forms of support and funding to continue to provide the unique Savio retreat experience to young people at an affordable cost to them.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 16:13

Catholic Heads talk about ethos and spirituality

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Fr David O'Malley SDB, Schools Delegate for the Province, writes about a recent meeting of Headteachers


A small group of head teachers gathered in Battersea to explore ethos and spirituality in schools. The heads of Salesian schools do this regularly. Two Salesian heads, Alison Burrowes and Ged Owens met up with heads from five other Catholic schools to explore how a Salesian approach to spirituality might support them in building the Catholic ethos of their own schools. The gathering involved a lot of reflection on the challenge of maintaining ethos in the present educational climate, the need to maintain a strong sense of vocation in teachers and the benefits of using a charism to reinforce Catholic ethos in schools.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 20:45

Our Founder's Feast: Happy Don Bosco Day!

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Today, we celebrate and give thanks for our founder, St John Bosco. Seeing the problems faced by young people in nineteenth century Turin, their need to be loved, educated and respected, he created an educational approach to nurture them and enable them to thrive in the future.

Our novena this year took the form of reflections from Salesian Cooperators who are inspired by Don Bosco's example. Jessica Wilkinson, Provincial Coordinator for the Salesian Cooperators, offers some thoughts for the feast. Learn more about St John Bosco


God called many of us to follow His Son as Salesian Co-operators, "with each of us living out that call according to our personal circumstances in life." (Salesian Co-operators Daily Prayer) The reflections written by Salesian Co-operators over the last nine days leading up to the feast of our much loved founder have really illustrated that. I would like to thank each contributor and Salesian Link for making this happen.


Friday, 26 January 2018 23:33

Holocaust Memorial Day 2018

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On 27th January each year, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, we remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.


The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day in 2018 is “the power of words”. The words of those who suffered from these terrible events have the power to show us truths we may prefer not to face, to unite us in empathy, and to strengthen our courage in opposing discrimination and oppression in our own time.

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Bernard with some of the participants


Salesian Cooperator and Shrigley Old Boy, Bernard O'Neill, continues his account of the Salesian Family Spirituality Days in Valdocco, Turin, which explored the Rector Major's Strenna 2018, on listening to and accompanying the young. See his introduction here 


Day 2

Wow... Did not need to count any sheep … I was asleep before my head hit the pillow...
After prayer and meditation the morning talk was by sister Paula Casals FMA. She told us that St Teresa said that you learn to pray by praying , Learn to share by sharing and learn to listen by listening. Listening is not just from ears but with your eyes, body and manner.

Friday, 26 January 2018 16:22

Mrs Devereux inspires Chertsey students

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Fr Marco Villani SDB, Chaplain to Salesian School Chertey, tells us about the visit of Mrs Devereux this week


On Wednesday January 24th 2018, the Feast of St. Francis of Sales Patron of the Salesians, Mrs. Maureen Devereux addressed the students and staff of Salesian Sixth Form Chertsey. With over three hundred students from both Year 12 and Year 13 filling Highfield Road Hall, Mrs. Devereux spoke movingly about her son’s background, his teaching career in Salesian School Chertsey, his mission in Africa and the ultimate sacrifice of his life when challenging injustice.



Our Easter Retreat for those aged 17 and over will take place from 29th March - 1st April at Savio House. The cost is £55 per person.


Only 25 places are available, and this is a popular and deeply rewarding event, so please contact Sue McDonald as soon as possible if you are interested.

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