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Fr David O'Malley SDB describes an eclectic celebration of Don Bosco in Battersea


The Battersea Salesian family gathered on Saturday evening, February 3rd to pray and to celebrate Don Bosco's day. The group gathered for an evening prayer, beautifully led by Bro Gregory and within that we were able to listen to Fr Angel's message for 2018 on video. Then we moved into sharing food, ably prepared by Bro Ste which was a version of "scouse" washed down with a few beers.

We had a wide representation of the Salesian family including the FMA community, and volunteers from around London, including school chaplains. We were also delighted to welcome two Cooperators from Argentina who brought a guitar and led us in some international singing. It was a great Salesian family night!


David O'Malley SDB


It's an exciting time for Savio House, our lovely youth retreat centre in the Cheshire countryside. Following last week's launch of  the new Savio100 scheme to support their work with young people, Centre Manager Emma updates us on their new website and a special offer.


Savio House has just launched its new website,, where you can find all the information you need about our work, visiting us and volunteering with us. To go along with this, we have also started a reduced rate for youth groups hiring the Barns. The price has been reduced to £35 per person for a 2-night stay during the week or weekend. Through this we hope to enable as many young people as possible to have an experience at Savio House.

Thursday, 08 February 2018 14:22

SDBs try out Farnborough students' Social Media 101

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Photo: Ben Martin


Fr Pat Sherlock SDB reports on a valuable new initiative from students of Salesian College Farnborough. 

On 7th February, members of the Salesian Community in Farnborough attended a practical session on Social Media organised by a group of Year 12 students in the College.


Last year, the students received a grant from Caritas Portsmouth and the Catenians to develop a project to coach older people in the use of computers, mobile phones and similar devices. The project arose from the Diocesan 'Dragons Den' competition some of the sixth-formers entered that year. They hope to extend this to local parishioners and the grandparents of current students, but they began with a pilot group of SDBs.


Photo: Catholic Voices 

Fr Marco Villani, the Province Delegate for Justice and Peace, reports on the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton Justice & Peace Assembly 2018


On Saturday January 27th 2018, the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton Christian Education Centre (DABCEC) in Crawley, West Sussex, hosted the annual Justice and Peace Assembly. The title of the assembly was 'Hope Overcoming Fear', reflecting upon the Church's message on social issues with regard to the maxim of St. Irenaeus, 'The glory of God is the human person fully alive'.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 12:22

CAFOD Young Leaders at Chertsey & Farnborough

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Young Leaders pictured last year


Fr Marco, Chaplain at Chertsey, tells us about last week's CAFOD Youth Leadership Training Day in Farnborough Hill.

On Thursday January 25th, the second session of the 2017-2018 CAFOD Youth Leadership Training Programme took place in Farnborough Hill School. Students from over half a dozen different schools, including from Salesian School Chertsey and Salesian College Farnborough, were given information about fundraising strategies utilised by CAFOD and how CAFOD tries to respect the God-given dignity of those in need by only using images of needy individuals in a sensitive manner.

Monday, 29 January 2018 10:11

The annual Don Bosco Mass in Manchester, 2018

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On Saturday 28th January, Salesian Family members gathered again for Mass at Manchester's lovely Church of St Mary, the Hidden Gem. The joyful celebration continued with lunch at a nearby hostelry!



Chaplain Fr Jakub shares some of the school's festive activities, and introduces another of their great videos!


We had a lovely celebration for the Feast of St John Bosco in the school today.


Children have prepared a special banner and worked together on the assemblies presented this morning. The short video below was made for the assemblies, about the meeting of Don Bosco and Dominic Savio.


Fr Jakub Ruszniak SDB



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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