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Sunday, 28 May 2017 19:25

Memorial of Bl Joseph Kowalski

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During the Nazi occupation of Poland, the Salesians tried to continue with their education and youth work, despite the ban on non-approved programmes, but on 23rd May 1943, twelve Salesians in Krakow were arrested by the Gestapo.


Fr Józef Kowalski was sent to Auschwitz on 26th June, where he did all he could to encourage his fellow prisoners in Block 25, bringing them spiritual comfort and urging their will to survive; secretly administering the sacraments, talking to them about Don Bosco, and at least once, publicly giving absolution to all of the condemned at a mass execution.

Friday, 26 May 2017 14:12

Work for the Salesians at St Joseph's

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Following a recent retirement and restructure, we are seeking four new staff members at St Joseph's, our lovely community house for elderly priests and brothers in Bolton.


We need an experienced cook, and we have now created the exciting new role of Assistant Carer/Housekeeper, and there are three of these posts available.


See our Job Vacancies page for more information and application packs.

Monday, 22 May 2017 14:05

School Governance - who cares?

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One of the biggest groups of volunteers in Britain is school governors. Currently the number is around 30,000. They spend hours of their time each year reading and writing reports, attending training in specific areas, attending meetings and visiting school. So, how does that affect you? Lillian Berry, a former teacher who is now Chair of Governors at a Bolton primary school, outlines the importance of the role, and urges more of us to take it on.

Thursday, 18 May 2017 14:53

Youth Ministry summer events 2017

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We're almost half way through another busy year, and there are lots of events peeping over the horizon in the months to come. Look out for news and photos! Here's a bit of a run-down:


Our pilgrimage to the Holy Land begins in just a few days, from 27th May to 3rd June. We have 24 young adults in the group; all the preparations are now complete, and the excitement is mounting! Please keep us in prayer, and we will be praying for everyone at home, especially the Salesian Family, as we follow in the footsteps of Jesus.



One of the hymns in full swing (Fr Charles centre)

Fr Pat Sherlock SDB, Chaplain at Salesian College Farnborough, describes their recent Lourdes Mass, at which the principal celebrant was a recently-ordained former pupil, Fr Charles Randall CSsR.

While our athletics team was competing in the inter-Salesian sports, superbly hosted by Chertsey on Friday 12th May, the College was celebrating a lively Mass which brought something of the spirit of the HCPT pilgrimage to those who were not able to be there this year.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 13:28

Welcoming our newest Salesian Cooperator

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On Sunday 14th May, the day after the feast of St Mary Mazzarello and on a beautiful sunny day, Mary Biddle, from Kendal was enrolled as a Salesian Cooperator.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 15:53

Mary Help of Christians - 24th May

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Today, as we celebrate the feast of Mary Help of Christians, it seems we have rarely been in more need of prayer and consolation. Our founder, St John Bosco, had tremendous faith in Mary's love and protection, and placed his Salesians and the Salesian Sisters - the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) - under her patronage. Her feast on 24th May is therefore a very special day in the Salesian Family’s calendar.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 13:25

Happy feast of St Leonard Murialdo!

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On 18th May, we celebrate the feast of St Leonard Murialdo, who  was asked by Don Bosco to run the St Aloysius oratory. He later founded the Society of St Joseph of Turin, working with poor and abandoned boys in oratories and schools, where he used Don Bosco's approach of loving kindness. He was supportive of working people, and was an early advocate for an 8-hour working day.


Read more about his life

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 09:28

Feast of St Louis Orione

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On 16th May, we celebrate the Feast of St Louis Orione.

St Louis came from a humble family, and always identified with the poor, and wished to serve them. In his early life, he went to study at the oratory at Valdocco, where he was befriended by the elderly Don Bosco. Both the oratory and its founder had a powerful and lasting impression on Louis.

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There is something magical about meeting with people from a different country and culture, that's especially exciting when we're young. Last summer, pupils of Savio Salesian College, Bootle, together with a group of young people from St Maroun Catholic Parish, Israel, shared that experience, and Savio's Chaplain Fr Jakub Ruszniak SDB, tells us what it was like.

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