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Fr David O'Malley SDB tells us about some of the outcomes from the latest meeting of representatives from Salesian schools in Europe.

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 00:00

Farnborough students spend Easter in Lourdes

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Fr Pat Sherlock, Chaplain at Salesian College, Farnborough, describes the recent visit to Lourdes, where they assisted in the pilgrimage for children with disabilities.

Friday, 05 May 2017 14:51

Dominic Savio, 6th May

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On 6th May, we celebrate St Dominic Savio, a pupil of Don Bosco who impressed and inspired all he met during his short life. In this extract from the biography he wrote, Don Bosco describes Dominic's devotion to Our Lady, and his special delight in this in the month of May:

Monday, 01 May 2017 14:14


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Wishing the members of the Salesian Family a very happy Feast Day!!

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Paul Barnes, who has been a volunteer in Moshi, writes about the recent celebrations marking 25 years of the Salesian presence in Tanzania. Our Province has a long connection, and a group of staff and students from Thornleigh Salesian College will be visiting Moshi again soon.


On Saturday 22nd April 2017 representatives of the whole Salesian family gathered at Don Bosco Moshi, Tanzania, to celebrate 25 years of Salesian activity. Moshi is in the foothills of Kilimanjaro the highest mountain in Africa and known as the rooftop of Africa. The Salesian foundation is part of the East Africa Province whose Provincial House is in Nairobi, Kenya.

Friday, 28 April 2017 17:58

New Salesian Youth Project needs volunteers

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Salesian Youth Ministry is seeking 24 volunteers for an exciting new summer project in Battersea, running from 18-27th August 2017.

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Salesian House, Battersea has been shortlisted for a 2017 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)  London Award!

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The RISE event aims to gather up to twenty young people who are leaving year 10 or 11 for a five day project for young leaders, a fun filled week including workshops in communication skills, teamwork skills and youth work skills.

The programme will run from 6pm on the 24th July until 4pm on the 28th July, at Savio House in Bollington (near Macclesfield). It is being organised by the Salesian Youth Ministry Team.

Young people can make their own way to Macclesfield station where we will collect them (or alternatively they can arrange someone to drop them off at Savio House). To cover the costs of food, accommodation and outings we are asking only £99 per head (the project is being subsidised by the Salesians).

We hope through this week to develop Salesian young leaders by giving young people a chance to build skills which they can use in the future. We are therefore asking if you could identify any young people who have displayed leadership qualities (at school and/or local community). You can download an invitaion letter to give to your young people below, together with the registration form.

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Download the  invitation letter and registration form

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As we continue the season of Easter, Michael T Winstanley SDB encourages us to go beyond a 'cocktail approach' to look more deeply into the messages each of the evangelists have for us in their accounts of the passion and death of Jesus.


Many people in the UK, I’m told, enjoy a good cocktail, ordered at a bar or produced at home; the ‘Rusty Nail’, ‘Harvey Wallbanger’ and ‘London Fog’ feature amongst the current favourites. Many Catholics too seem to relish cocktails, cocktails of a different kind: scripture-based varieties.


At Christmas in cards, carols and cribs we readily mix items of Matthew’s nativity narrative with details from that of Luke, often without realising what we are doing. The same is true with our perception of the passion and death of Jesus. We tend to blend bits of Matthew and Mark with extracts from Luke and John, and occasionally toss in a Station of the Cross for good measure. Usually, this isn’t done consciously, and we are probably unaware of our thinking and creativity. From one angle, perhaps it doesn’t matter if this cocktail approach enables us to appreciate the suffering of Jesus, his love for us, and moves us to respond to him with gratitude and love. From another angle, it’s unfortunate, I believe, because it means we are not in touch with the differences in the four Gospel presentations; we can miss important messages for our theological understanding and our spirituality.

Thursday, 20 April 2017 16:30

Easter Triduum 2017 at Savio House

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The Easter retreat at Savio House began with a lively Passover meal, and then the youth and young adult groups attending worked to create a wonderfully prayerful atmosphere for the Easter services.

As the photos show, (thank you URSpace & Sr Gill for these!!), the weekend was a spiritually uplifting experience with plenty of fun too, in the Salesian tradition.

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