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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 15:54

It's our founder's birthday!

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Our founder, St John Bosco, was born on 16th August, 1815, in a tiny hamlet called Becchi, in the hills of the Piedmont area of Italy.  His family were agricultural labourers, and John was only a toddler when his father died, leaving his young widow Margherita to bring up three boys alone. She was a resilient and resourceful woman, who instilled compassion and charity into her family despite their own poverty, and brought her boys up strong in faith.



If you receive our Don Bosco Today magazine, you'll have seen the article on our delightful youth retreat centre in Bollington, Cheshire. But, just in case you haven’t heard of it, Savio House offers retreats for young people aged 11-18. The retreat team is made up of SDBs and volunteers, who give a year to serve young people. Savio also plays host to other vital activities from Salesian Youth Ministry, including the RISE young leaders' programme, and the Phoenix camps for young people held every summer.



St John Bosco College Battersea ended the academic year by celebrating the recognition of its high quality whole school inclusive practice. The college received a certificate commending its achievement in meeting the needs of students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and social communication difficulties.

Thursday, 09 August 2018 10:57

Update - We are fully connected again!

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Thursday 9th August 2018 - Following the latest engineer visit this morning, we are delighted to report that, at last, our internet connections have been repaired and, with phones already fixed, we have rejoined the 21st century!

Where possible during the protracted and complex problems, we were accessing email on our phones and at home, and doing our best to operate as usual, signal and data allowances permitting. However, there are certain procedures we can only carry out from the computers and terminals in the office, for example, processing orders and payments. We are now working to catch up with those tasks we couldn’t do while we were offline.

We again apologise for any inconvenience, and thank you for your patience. 

Friday, 03 August 2018 12:51

Meet our Finance Manager Designate

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Nicola (Nic) Howell joined Salesian Provincial Office on 23rd July 2018 as Finance Manager Designate, and will be working alongside Paulene Whyte.


She is a qualified accountant specialising in Charity Finance and has worked in the charity sector for the last 20+ years.




Students at St John Bosco College, Battersea, have been studying Judaism as party of their RE classes recently. Two year 9 students tell us how a recent visit helped with their understanding  of the Jewish faith and culture.


We went to the Jewish care home, Nightingale House, in Balham and were given a talk in their synagogue, it was an amazing experience because none of us had visited an orthodox synagogue before. We learnt a range of different things such as how the Jews live their everyday life in a care home and the importance of caring for the elderly and vulnerable.

Monday, 30 July 2018 15:54

Br Ste Lloyd SDB renews vows

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On Saturday 28th July, Br Ste Lloyd SDB renewed his vows, at a ceremony during evening prayer in the chapel of Salesian House, Battersea.


Provincial Fr Gerry Briody received the vows, witnessed by Frs Martin Coyle and Gerry O’Shaughnessy. In addition to Br Ste's Salesian community, the congregation included visitors from Rome and Spain, and some young people who had just returned from the Rise young leaders' programme at Savio House.

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A three day Quinquennium Workshop was held from 23rd to 25th July, at Battersea. The course was attended by four Salesian priests ordained within the last five years: Fr Jakub from the Bootle community, Fr Kevin from the Cherstey community, Fr Arek from the Celbridge community in Ireland and Fr Kenneth from the Dingli community in Malta.

Monday, 30 July 2018 15:25

Happy 90th Birthday, Sr Mary Louise FMA!

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Salesian Sisters came together in Battersea on 26th July to celebrate the 90th birthday of Sr Mary Louise Ballard FMA. Sr Mary Louise is pictured above with her Battersea community and Provincial, Sr Connie, and below with missionary sisters, Sr Rosette, Sr Verginie and Sr Adriana


Sr Mary Louise is a native of Battersea and a die-hard Chelsea fan. Her sense of joy and love of religious life in the service of the young continues to be an inspiration, and we join the sisters in thanking God for the gift of her life and vocation. 


Ad multos annos, Sr Mary Louise!


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Monday, 23 July 2018 14:42

Congratulations Br Ste SDB BA(Hons)!

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Br Ste Lloyd received his BA Honours degree in Theology and Religious Studies from St Mary's University in a ceremony at Westminster Cathedral last week. Ste is pictured above with his proud mum and dad.


Instead of taking a break after all that hard work, he went straight off to help lead our RISE young leaders' camp at Savio House. Many congratulations, Br Ste, and we hope you get a chance for a break soon!

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