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Thursday, 01 November 2018 16:31

Visit to Rome - a Salesian Synod diary

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Fr Roman Szczypa SDB, from the Savio House youth retreat team, was recently part of the Salesian group who went to Rome to hear more about the work of the Synod. He tells us about the experience,


The Catholic Youth Ministry Federation (CYMFed) organised a meeting for Youth Ministry workers in England and Wales in Rome during the Synod on ‘Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment’. Speakers from the USA, Ireland and England were invited to attend this meeting, bringing their experiences and talking to us about them. In my opinion, each of our group was delighted to spend five days in Rome, a very special place, and it was a great idea to have the meeting in Rome at the same time as the Synod.

Thursday, 01 November 2018 15:26

Rectors' meeting – 28-30 October – Battersea

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Rectors from the communities of the Province met with the Provincial and his Council from 28th - 30th October.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 11:13

Young advocates inspired to change the world

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In the third article from Share the Light, a charity created from the projects and links developed by the staff and students of Salesian College Farnborough with young people in Zambia, Sophie Astles discusses how the experiences of young advocates has influenced their career choices.


For the majority of our advocates, their visit to Zambia is the first time that they are really confronted by the extent of their own privilege. While images of those living in poverty or without the luxuries that we so often take for granted are regularly presented to us on the television, the impact of this is inevitably diluted and short-lived. However, upon arriving in Mazabuka, it quickly becomes apparent to our advocates that mundane aspects of their lives such as education, hot water, electricity and three meals a day are not enjoyed by the majority.



Our Pocketbook range has grown again, with the addition of this little volume on the “Gentle Saint’ who is the patron and namesake of the Salesians.

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Photo: St John Bosco College Battersea


Our Justice and Peace delegate, Fr Marco Villani SDB, writes about a new initiative for sixth-form students from Aid to the Church in Need, attended by students from Salesian School, Chertsey and St John Bosco College, Battersea.


The inaugural Aid To The Church In Need (ACN) Sixth Form Conference took place on Thursday
October 11th at the London Oratory School, Seagrove Road, Fulham, from 10.30am-2.30pm.

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Br Martin updates us on a recent event for our the Brothers in Formation  


During the half term break, the brothers who are in intitial formation gathered in the St John Bosco formation house in Battersea. The meeting was held to explore a deeper understanding of the book edited by Carlo Nanni SDB , "THE EDUCATIONAL PREVENTIVE SYSTEM OF DON BOSCO TODAY,", which was recently published in English by Don Bosco Publications.

Thursday, 25 October 2018 22:45

Concert raises funds for Don Bosco Ashalayam

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On 18th October the students of SJBC put on an evening of music, dance and song to raise funds for the children of Don Bosco Ashalayam. It was an evening of warmth and much goodwill as parents, visitors and staff from our schools in Chertsey and Farnborough came together to support the work of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Kolkata.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018 13:20

Annual Aid to the Church in Need Gathering

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Fr Marco Villani SDB, our Justice and Peace Delegate, attended the recent annual Mass and talk for Aid to the Church in Need.


The annual Aid To The Church In Need (ACN) event took place on Saturday October 13th 2018 starting with Solemn Mass in Westminster, presided over by Canon Tuckwell. His Grace Archbishop Angaelos, first Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London was also a guest on the sanctuary. The first reading was read by Mr. Martin Bashir, Religious Affairs Correspondent for the BBC, whilst the homily was given by Fr. Emmanuel Yousaf representing the National Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan.

Monday, 15 October 2018 13:08

Students attend first Salesian Leadership workshop

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Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB writes about a new initiative among Salesian schools in the South.


In an attempt to build Salesian Ethos between the Salesian schools in the south a Salesian Leadership Workshop was held on 12th October for Year 11 Prefects and Leaders.

Friday, 19 October 2018 12:53

Salesian group in Rome for CYMFed Synod Conference

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A Salesian group has been spending this week in Rome as part of the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation Synod Conference.

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