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Thursday, 11 October 2018 11:31

Young Leaders begin CAFOD training

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From Fr Marco Villani SDB, Chaplain at Salesian School Chertsey

On Tuesday October 9th 2018, I took two students, Ella Mcloughlin and Juan Campos Olcina, both from Year 13, to embark on the first of three CAFOD Youth Leadership training sessions.
The venue was Oaklands Catholic School and Sixth Form College, Waterlooville, Hampshire. Our students joined fifty-six students from various schools across the South, including our cousins from Salesian College Farnborough.

After arrivals and registration, the group was addressed by Sarah Burrows (CAFOD Youth Leadership Co-ordinator) and Jo Lewry (CAFOD Community Participation Co-ordinator, Portsmouth Diocese). Students participated in various learning activities to understand better the history, nature, purpose and goal of CAFOD.

Thursday, 11 October 2018 14:05

New Pocketbook on life of Titus Zeman

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The seventh volume in the Pocketbook series from Don Bosco Publications looks at the remarkable life of Slovakian Salesian, Titus Zeman.


Find our more and order from our bookstore. 



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Sophie Astles continues our series of articles 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.


One of our key objectives at Share the Light is to develop young people who are articulate, informed and personally engaged 'advocates' for the developing world. This dates back to the first trip from Salesian College Farnborough to Mazabuka in 2012, and since then, the advocate programme has been a central part of the work carried out by Share the Light. It ensures that close links are maintained between the charity, the community and the projects we support, and helps engender a sense of investment in the success of our work. Our aim is to work with those we support and tailor our projects by listening and responding to the community, in order to provide assistance where it is most needed. Our advocates programme helps us to strengthen the ties that make this possible.

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As they prepare to celebrate 125 years since the consecration of Sacred Heart, Battersea, the first Salesian church in the country, parishioners and SDBs are taking part in a Mission Week, led by Fr Roy Shelly of the Diocese of Monterey. They are cominmg together with members of other local parishes, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which was the first Catholic church in Battersea, and St Mary's Church of England parish, in reflecting on their past, present and future.


The celebration Mass will take place at 10:30 on Sunday 14th October, with the Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime SDB and the Archbishop of Southwark.

Monday, 08 October 2018 14:37

Going to Flame 2019? Get your tickets now!

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The biggest Catholic youth event in England and Wales is back at the SSE Arena, Wembley, on Saturday 2nd March 2019, and the Salesians bought 500 of the very first tickets. We've now only got 300 left, so if your group would like to be part of the Salesian contingent at Flame2019, bag your tickets ASAP for a better view and a lower price!!


Because Sue bought our tickets as soon as they went on sale, you'll pay just £20 a seat even after the 12th October 'early bird' deadline, instead of the full price of £23, AND our seats are near the front! For groups of 50+, you can reserve seats for just a £5 deposit each if you book by 31st October. If you have any questions, please email Sue


Download a booking form here. 


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The Next Step Day at Savio Salesian College, Bootle, aims to prepare students for life beyond school, and this year, two past pupils went along to help. Hayley Caruana who left Savio in 1996 and Michael Brierley who left in 1998, returned to join a team conducting mock interviews to help current students hone their skills.


Fourteen representatives from different types of employment attended , and every Year 11 student took part in workshops on Apprenticeships and were guided through the process of registering on the Apprenticeship website, as well as learning about the different type of apprenticeships from Jan Agger of GMLPF. They were then put through their CV paces by Valerie Jones from The Work Outfit, in a CV Bootcamp with information and guidance on how to compile a CV and how best to present yourself in the workplace.

Friday, 05 October 2018 15:28

All the fun of the prayer at Make Some Noise 2018

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Last weekend, our national Salesian youth gather once again gave hundreds of young people an amazing 24hours. The Salesian Youth Ministry event, kindly hosted by Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton, is for students from Year 9 and over, and participants came from Salesian schools and those with a Salesian connection - including a Church of England school whose Chaplain is a member of our Salesian Family. A major aim of the event is to give as many young people as possible the opportunity to meet with Salesians ‘on the playground’.

Tuesday, 02 October 2018 15:49

Our latest book: accompanying young people

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Published on the eve of the Synod on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment, and in the light of our Strenna on the art of listening and accompaniment, the latest book from Don Bosco Publications guides the reader through the needs, challenges and opportunities of accompanying the young in a Salesian way. 

Friday, 07 September 2018 17:10

Fr Andrew - 25 years a Salesian of Don Bosco

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St John Bosco College Battersea and the Salesian community has been helping Fr Andrew Ebrahim to celebrate his 25 years as a Salesian of Don Bosco.


Fr Andrew, head of RE at St John Bosco College, is pictured above with Chaplain Fr Saju John SDB.


Congratulations, Fr Andrew! Ad multos annos! We give thanks for your vocation and ministry.

Thursday, 27 September 2018 15:56

Farnborough's surprise visitors from Brazil

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On Wednesday 12th September, Salesian College Farnborough had a surprise visit from a coachload of staff from Salesian schools in Brazil! This was a very late arrangement, but by the time the coach drove into the College at 9.30am, the Headmaster and his team had devised a programme to welcome them and introduce them to the College.

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