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Thursday, 23 November 2017 23:12

Joy in East Kilbride as Sr Gill makes final profession

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Sr Gill wih her parents and Mother Yvonne

On Saturday 18th November 2017, Sr Gill McCambridge made her perpetual profession at St Leonard's Church East Kilbride, at a spiritually moving and joyful Mass, celebrated with her family, Salesian Sisters and SDBs, and many friends from the parish and further afield.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 01:36

Mother Yvonne at St John Bosco Arts, Croxteth

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Mother Yvonne greeting students, with Provincial Sr Connie Cameron FMA and Headteacher, Mr Darren Gidman

 

Our Superior General, Mother Yvonne visited St John Bosco Arts College, Croxteth, near Liverpool on Monday, during her visit to the Province

Friday, 17 November 2017 00:15

Pray for Sr Gill as she makes her final profession

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Sister Gillian McCambridge FMA will make her final profession on Saturday 18th November at St Leonard's Brancumhall Road, East Kilbride, at 2pm. Mother Yvonne Reungoat, Superior General, and Bishop Toal will be present.

Thursday, 16 November 2017 23:10

Welcome to the UK, Mother Yvonne!

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Mother Yvonne Reungoat FMA, Superior General of the Salesian Sisters, begins her visit to the GBR Province today, Friday 17th November.

 

Mother Yvonne will arrive in Glasgow, and will be visiting all of the Sisters' communities during her week-long stay. We will bring you more news of her visit soon.

 

Please pray with us for a fruitful visit.

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140 years ago this week, the first Salesian Sisters' missionary expedition set out from the port of Genoa, Italy. Here's how the Sisters marked the occasion in Genoa.

 

On November 14, 2017, the provincial community and the directors of the Province of “ Madonna del Buon Consiglio” of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) met before the ancient port of Genoa on a barge near the famous Aquarium to commemorate a historical date: November 14, 1877, the day that led the FMA beyond the borders of Europe, transposing the charism of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello to the Americas.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 16:09

Feast of Blessed Madelaine Morano FMA

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Born into a large family in 1847, Madeleaine Morano felt called to religious life from an early age, but as the main breadwinner, her family responsibilities delayed this . One of eight children, her father and older sister both died when Madelelaine was 8, leaving the family dependent on her income. An uncle who was a priest helped her to continue her education while she worked.

 

Young Madeleine knew she wanted to teach, and her training began when she was employed at a new local school at the age of 14; she was an educator and a catechist for the rest of her life. By the time she was 30, she had saved enough to make sure her mother had a comfortable old age, and began to pursue her religios vocation. When she met Don Bosco, she was set on living a cloistered life with the Vincentians, but he persuaded her that her gifts were needed in a different life, and he accepted her into the Salesian Sisters shortly after.

 

In 1881, her superiors sent her to Sicily, where in addition to teaching working class girls, she trained teachers, set up new schools, workshops and hostels. She was also respinsoble for the formation of new sisters, and became Provincial.

 

She died from cancer in 1908, and was beatified by St Pope John Paul II in 1994.

 

We celebrate her feast on 15th November, the day of her birth.

 

Read more about her life

Thursday, 02 November 2017 13:49

Vides UK: Rights Here: Right Now!

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Sr Ann Frances with some of the group members

 

Vides UK’s Half-term Hangout for Year 4-6 children was all about rights and justice.


Held near the Vides base in Croxteth, Liverpool, ‘Rights Here, Right Now!’ began by introducing young people to the rights they have, and how they can exercise and protect them.

Friday, 25 August 2017 08:06

Celebrating Blessed Maria Troncatti

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On 25th August we celebrate Blessed Maria Troncatti, a Salesian Sister, who trained and worked as a Red Cross nurse in military hospitals in the First World War, and was a missionary in Ecuador for many years.

 

She was part of an initially tiny group of Sisters engaged in evangelisation and care for the Shuar people of the Amazon forest, looking after their physical needs as nurse, surgeon and dentist, and their spiritual needs as catechist, envangeliser and role-model. The work she began in an isolated and dangerous environment continues today.

 

Blessed Maria was killed in a tragic plane crash on 25th August 1969. She was beatified in 2012.

 

Read more about her remarkable life

 

A PRAYER THROUGH THE INTERCESSION OF BLESSED MARIA TRONCATTI

Father, who enkindled an active love in the heart of Blessed Maria Troncatti,
ready to spend her life without reserve for the good of every person,
grant us the graces that we ask through her intercession,
and make us capable of imitating her faith
and her ardent love for you and our neighbour.
Through Christ Our Lord.

Amen

Friday, 04 August 2017 16:01

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.  
 
Thursday, 03 August 2017 10:45

VIDES UK's Scottish adventure

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The VIDES UK Volunteer Team chilling out

 

VIDES UK embarked on a new Scottish adventure at the end of July, with the opening of the first of the 2017 summer camps in Paisley.


Volunteers arrived early for a final period of preparation to make sure everyone and everything was well and truly ready for a successful and hectic week. At an evening gathering, the team met some of the young people who would be attending, along with their families, and were delighted that Provost Cameron, councillor for Paisley South West. and the Provost of Renfrewshire, came along to show her support for the project.

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Our founder, Don Bosco, had a passinate devotion to Mary Help of Christians, so she is very special to us, the Salesian Family, and her feast on 24th May is celebrated by all of our parishes, schools and communities. Here, Cristiana Ferrauti tells us how her parish in Battersea marked the occasion this year.

 

“She has done everything” Don Bosco used to say, referring to the support and the miracles throughout all his life. From the dream at the age of nine, to the foundation of the Salesians in Turin, everything came from Mary.

Thursday, 01 June 2017 17:12

Salesian Spirituality Weekend July 2017

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All members are the Salesian Family are invited to join the Salesian Spirituality Team at the Sisters' house by the sea at Blundellsands, for an in-depth exploration of our Spirituality to compliment the first Salesian Spirituality programme, done in an informal, active and community orientated way.


The cost for the weekend retreat is a very reasonable £25 including meals. Accommodation is available at Blundellsands, but places are limited, so please get in touch with Mary Biddle (contact below) before the deadline.

For more information and to confirm your place, email Mary  salesianspiritualityteam@gmail.com  by June 10th.

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