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Sunday, 04 August 2019 19:01

Happy Birthday, Salesian Sisters!

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On 5th August 1872, the first fifteen Salesian Sisters were clothed in their religous garments, and eleven of them (including St Mary Mazzarello) made their first professions. Don Bosco and the Bishop of Acqui were present on this joyful occasion at Mornese, Italy. Mother Mazzarello, who had worked with Don Bosco to establish the new society, was elected as their first superior on the same day.  
 
Tuesday, 02 July 2019 18:42

RIP Mother Antonia, Mother General Emeritus

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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 illness.

 

Mother Antonia was especially dedicated to promoting and enhancing the dignity of women, and placed herself at the heart of initiatives to foster education and active citizenship for women and girls around the world.

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An invitation is extended to all of the Salesian Family to join our Sisters to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Salesian Sisters arrival in Scotland in 1969.

 

Mass will be celebrated by Bishop John Keenan, Bishop of Paisley, at 3.00pm on Saturday 24th August in St. Fergus' Church, Blackstoun Road, Ferguslie Park, Paisley PA3 1LU

 

This will be followed by a simple buffet in the school opposite the Church.

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The latest project from the Bosco Centre in Bermondsey is a community cafe in the Docklands Settlement, serving delicious food and real coffee at affordable prices, while giving work skills and experience to young people with special educational needs.

 

The Bosco Centre was founded three decades ago by Sr Cecily Dunn, who died three years ago today (24 May 2016), and the cafe is the project of the current director, Darren Coghlan.

Friday, 17 May 2019 15:34

VIDES weekend - holiness for you too!

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David McCormick from VIDES writes about an amazing weekend

 

Holiness is for you too. A phrase I am sure that we are all fairly familiar with this year, as the Rector Major has challenged each of us to consider how we can find holiness in the simplicity of our everyday lives. This was also what was asked of a group of young people who have recently taken part in a VIDES for Youth weekend at Barnstondale activity centre.

 

The group of young girls, from St. John Bosco, Croxteth arrived with lots of energy (and snacks) on Friday evening and were welcomed warmly by our team who had been preparing for the weekend for quite some time. The weekend kicked off with everybody’s favourite part – the ice breakers – before we introduced how the weekend would run and some of the things that could be expected. In keeping with tradition, we closed and started each of our days together with a form of prayer and reflection, helping us to focus on the Salesian young people whose stories we can learn so much from. The young people were asked how they could relate different parts of these stories to their own lives, think of their hopes and dreams for the weekend and the future, and were also given space to pray for something in their lives.

 

Thursday, 16 May 2019 14:49

Come to our Enneagram workshop in November

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We would like to invite all members of the Salesian Family to attend a two-day workshop on The Enneagram on Saturday 2nd November- Sunday 3rd November 2019.

 

The day will be led by Fr John Mc Cluskey, a Mill Hill priest currently living in Freshfields, England. He is trained in the Enneagram and his specific presentation style and approach is excellent. He comes highly recommended!

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We wish all of you, especially our Salesian Sisters - a happy and blessed Feast of St Mary Mazzarello!

 

Born on 9th May 1837, and known for her unfailing cheerfulness and ability to draw others into the vital work of supporting poor and marginalised girls, Maria Domenica Mazzarello was chosen by Don Bosco to work with him in establishing the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice (FMA) - the Salesian Sisters.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 11:46

Sisters walk in St Teresa's footsteps in Avila

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A group of Salesian Sisters has been following in the footsteps of St Teresa in the beautiful medieval walled city of Avila, 'Town of Stones and Saints'.

 

They have visited the Convent of St Teresa, on the site of her former home, where a recreation of the room in which she was born has her father's record of her birth painted on the wall: 'On Wednesday, 28th March 1515, Teresa my daughter was born, within half an hour or so of five o'clock in the morning, on the said Wednesday almost at dawn.'

Friday, 05 April 2019 13:47

Excitement mounts as 50th preparations continue

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Excitement is building for the celebrations in August to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Salesian Sisters arrival in Scotland.

 

The Easterhouse and URSpace communities came together this week to discuss and develop ideas for this wonderful celebration.

 

The gathering included looking through documents, cuttings and scrapbooks with memories of over 50 years of presence in Scotland, serving young people in Paisley, Milton, Easterhouse, Elderslie and Johnstone, Nitshill, Newmains and Newlands.


The celebration Mass on Saturday 24th August will be presided over by the Right Reverend John Keenan, Bishop of Paisley and a past-pupil of Shrigley.

 

The Mass will be at St Fergus Church, Ferguslie Park, Paisley, on Saturday 24th August 2019, at 3pm. Please save the date!

 

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Friday, 29 March 2019 16:28

Convocation of the 24th General Chapter, FMA

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Article and photo: BoscoLink AustraLasia


The Mother General of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), Yvonne Reungoat, on 24 February 2019, published the Circular of Convocation of General Chapter 24, according to article 138 of the Constitutions. The 24th Chapter will begin in Rome, at the FMA Generalate, on September 18, 2020.


The General Chapter “is a key moment for evaluation, reflection, and guidance in a common search for God’s will”. All the FMA and educating communities collaborate in this event “through their prayer, study, and proposals”.


The theme of GC24 is "Do whatever he tells you" (Jn 2:5). Communities that generate life in the heart of Contemporaneity, and its goal is to awaken the original freshness of the vocational fruitfulness of the Institute.


The Vicar General, Sr Chiara Cazzuola, was appointed as the Moderator and assumed the responsibility of accompanying the preparation and development of General Chapter 24.


At the conclusion of the Circular, Mother writes: “Dear sisters, in this time of preparation for the GC 24, a time of grace for the whole Institute, we are invited to enter into the depth of the content that the theme offers us to rediscover and live our being together as educating communities with greater generative awareness.


Faithful to the Salesian charism, we feel the need to grow in the capacity to ‘take care’ of reciprocal relations between the various members of the educating community, with and for the young people whom the Lord entrusts to us so that they may grow and flourish. In our homes, we also welcome migrants, poor and fragile people, women and girls in need, where everyone can find attention, care, affection, and the chance to look to the future with hope.


In preparing for the Chapter, let us involve the educating community and other groups of the Salesian Family. In dialogue and sharing, let us make sure that young people can express themselves and tell us what they feel and think.


We entrust ourselves to Mary so that, as at Cana, she will help us to listen to what Jesus tells us, to transform the water of our daily life into the wine of new vocational fruitfulness. I invite you to meet every day in the prayer of entrustment according to the proposal I offer you”.


The entire Convocation Circular of GC 24 (Circular 985) can be downloaded from the FMA website


We accompany our FMA sisters in their journey towards major vocational fruitfulness!

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Save the date: Saturday 24th August 2019

 

To celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Salesian Sisters arriving in Scotland, Mass will be celebrated by Bishop John Keenan to mark 50 years in Scotland for the Salesian Sisters in Scotland. Fittingly, the Mass is in the parish where the Sisters' work in Scotland began: St Fergus Church, Ferguslie Park, Paisley, on Saturday 24th August 2019, at 3pm. All of the Salesian Family is invited.

 

In 1969, the Parish Priest at St Fergus invited the Salesian Sisters to the area, and in August of that year, three sisters began teaching at the school, living in a council flat for the first few years. Two of them are still with us: Sr Agnes McGuinness is now in Croxteth; and Sr Elizabeth O'Donnell, who was recalled from South Africa to be one of the 'Paisley Pioneers', is in the Easterhouse community in Glasgow.

 

Please put the date in your diaries. We will have more information soon.

Friday, 01 February 2019 12:38

Faith and Joy at our World Youth Day at Home

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Fr Jakub, Chaplain of Savio Salesian College Bootle, writes about attending our home-grown celebration

World Youth Day at Panama was one of the most exciting events for the youth who wanted to explore their faith and connect with other like-minded people. Travel to another continent can be however a bit of a challenge because of various commitments at school and at home. But for those kinds of people, the Salesian Sisters of the UK prepared something very special this year – “World Youth Day at Home”. Together with a group of students from Savio Salesian College we decided to take part in this exciting event which was a great way to join in the events happening at Panama while remaining in UK.

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