Privacy Policy
flags ornaments church woman and candle
db_slider February January crowd shake hands candle roof pattern donboscocut copy priests-bw copy priests copy lights-resized copy interior copy children copy bosco coffin copy
Past Pupils

Past Pupils (126)

The Past Pupils of Don Bosco are the largest group in the Salesian Family. Worldwide there is an estimate 3,000,000 past pupils in 53 National Federations and 920 Local Federations. In Great Britain there is an estimated 25,000 former pupils. The Past Pupils are an integral part of the Salesian family who share the vision that young people can change the world.

Monday, 15 October 2007 16:27

Cowley AGM/Reunion 2007

Written by

Cowley AGM/Lunch 2007


A most enjoyable Cowley Association Reunion was held on Sunday 14 October 2007 at the Four Pillars Hotel, which has become our preferred location in recent years. This facilitates our use of the Salesian Parish Church of Our Lady Help of

Christians for our Mass. Father Hugh Preston told us that his brother Father Francis, who is in the Holy Land, was celebrating Mass in Jerusalem and would be remembering our Reunion at that Mass.

Mass was celebrated by Father Hugh Preston, with Father Joe Merriman concelebrating. There was a congregation of Cowley Salesian Past Pupils who were in good voice. One of our regulars, Father Pat McGrath, was not with us, due to the

fact that he was in hospital in Frimley, near Farnborough, having suffered a quite serious stroke. He and others were remembered in our prayers.

Below are a few Photos of the event. When we get them, I will add a list of the names of those who attended, in the hope that this might encourage others to attend next year.

Richard Blake, Cowley President/Chairman


Early arrivals enjoying a chat over coffee and biscuits


Richard Blake chairing the meeting with his committee


At the meeting, Guest, Len Carter of Blaisdon, back row right in shirt order


More at the meeting with attention gripped. Father Joe Merriman a regular, back row left

Saturday, 13 October 2007 16:20

Latest edition of 'Maroon and Gold' is available

Written by

Battersea: Maroon and Gold Issue 4


The latest edition of the Newsletter of the Battersea Old Salesians is now available. The front cover is shown below.


Please contact Nick Potter, OSA Chairman, if you wish to read the newsletter and Tony Doran, the editor, if you wish to write for it.

Monday, 09 July 2007 16:16

Blaisdon Association Annual Reunion

Written by

Blaisdon Association Reunion



The Blaisdon Annual Reunion took place during the weekend 7th to 8th July. The photograph above was taken by John Ward's granddaughter.

You can read more about the event on the website of the Blaisdon Brotherhood. (Look under News/Gallery).

Thursday, 05 July 2007 15:57

Walk a Mile Student Pilgrimage

Written by

Catholic Children's Society

Walk a Mile - Student Pilgrimage



On Wednesday, 4th July 2007 the Annual pilgrimage walk of students from Catholic schools throughout out the Westminster Diocese took place, starting at Tyburn and culminating in a wonderful Liturgy in the Nave of Westminster Cathedral

in London.

This walk was in honour of St. John Southworth who was martyred at Tyburn in 1654 for providing Mass to Londoners. The ceremony was celebrated by Bishop Bernard Longley, assisted by Dean Jim Richards, also CEO of the Catholic

Children's Society.

You can read more about the event, and the involvement of Blaisdon Past Pupils, on the website of the Blaisdon Brotherhood. (Look under News/Gallery).

Friday, 29 June 2007 15:55

A very talented young musician

Written by

A very talented young musician



Chertsey's talented young musician, Hamish Dustagheer, gave a remarkable organ recital on 29/6/2007 in memory of Fr Pat Kenna SDB and in aid of Salesian work in the Sudan.

You can read the story, with photographs taken by John Ward, on the Salesian Province web site, or a fuller version on the site of the Blaisdon Brotherhood.

[Note: Research is ongoing to find the articles that compliment this story]

Thursday, 14 June 2007 15:52

£250k for Cornwall Hospices

Written by

£250k for Cornwall Hospice


Blaisdon Past Pupil, Michael McKenna, has been celebrating a wonderful achievement. In the past 16 years, the group he founded has raised £250,000 for hospices in Cornwall.


You can read the full story on the Blaisdon Web Site.

Monday, 28 May 2007 15:46

Don Bosco 2007

Written by

Don Bosco Cup 2007


We had an excellent day at Ewell yesterday (28th May 2007). The Rector of Battersea, Fr Des O'Riordan, started the day with Mass in the Social Club. Then four Salesian teams - Battersea Old Boys and School, Chertsey and Farnborough -

competed in a physically demanding football tournament over 4 hours. There was plenty of food and drink including a barbecue, and a good number of spectators.

Battersea Old Boys eventually beat Chertsey in the Final 2-0 to win the National Don Bosco Cup for the second year. The Battersea School team, managed by the School Chaplain Michael Georgiou, acquitted themselves very well, on and

off the field.

The only regret is that Bootle and Thornleigh were not able to enter teams. They are really missing out on a wonderful day. We ran a raffle to help cover expenses, and the officials kindly waived their fees, so there should not be too much of

a hit on the National Finances.


Click here for more photographs by John Ward

Wednesday, 24 January 2007 14:38

Funeral of Fr O'Shea

Written by

Farewell to Fr Eddie


Today, 23rd January 2007, we were present at a packed Mass and for the burial of a dearly loved Teacher and Salesian Priest, Father Eddie O'Shea SDB. So many of his past pupils from Battersea and Blaisdon and other schools were able

to pay their last respects to this wonderful man. Father Provincial gave a moving and empathetic homily and described Father Eddie just as so many of us knew him. May he Rest in Peace.


Friday, 22 December 2006 14:34

World Post for British Past Pupil

Written by

World Post for British Past Pupil


Peter Hunter has been appointed as the new Councillor of the Presidency of the World Confederation of Salesian Past Pupils taking the place of Basilio Munoz. He is the first ever representative from Britain.


Peter (left) with the Rector Major, Fr Pascual Chávez

Peter, who is now 38 years old, is a Shrigley Past Pupil and a member of the Council of our National Federation of Past Pupils. For many years he was the British representative on Eurogex (the European youth part of the Past Pupils

Confederation). In 2002 he embarked on a round the world trip, at his own expense, visiting Salesian works and promoting the Past Pupils. He met his wife at a Eurobosco conference, where she was a representative from Poland. His lively

participation in these events has been recognised in this appointment.

Many congratulations to Peter on this well-deserved honour.

Thursday, 30 November 2006 14:31

New Editor for Maroon and Gold

Written by

New Editor for Maroon and Gold


Maroon and Gold, the Newsletter of the Battersea Association, is looking for a new Editor. Tony Doran expects to give up the editorship over the next 12 months.

The job involves commissioning people to write, editing their copy, finding pictures, writing headlines and laying out pages. It's a fascinating and rewarding role. If you think you'd like to take over immediately or learn about how it works

before you become editor, please contact Nick Potter or Tony Doran.

Page 4 of 9


Spring 2019

Don Bosco Today Spring 2019 (200x285) Low Res Page 01



Sharing the Salesian Youth Ministry joy in Krakow

Youth Ministry

Sharing the Salesian Youth Ministry joy …

Clare Lewis | 17-05-2019

Ryan from our Youth Ministry team tells us about the recent event in Krakow   Recently I had the opportunity to visit Kraków, Poland, for Savionalia 2019 and it was incredible! It...

RIP Mother Antonia, Mother General Emeritus

Salesian Sisters News

RIP Mother Antonia, Mother General Emeri…

Clare Lewis | 02-07-2019

We are sad to announce the death of Mother Antonia Colombo, Mother General of the FMA from 1997 - 2008, who died peacefully yesterday in Lombardy, Italy, following a long...


Use the tools below to improve your experience

English French German Portuguese Spanish
A- A A+


Search Salesians news and articles
Search & Accessibility