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St John Bosco Arts College has wowed audiences with its 2018 school production, The Greatest Show. More than 240 of students from Years 7 to 13 were cast in the production, inspired by last year’s blockbuster hit The Greatest Showman.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 16:09

Feast of Blessed Madeleine Morano FMA

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Born into a large family in 1847, Madeleine 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 Madeleine 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 responsible 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

Tuesday, 06 November 2018 15:38

Post Synod conference for young people in Scotland

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Last weekend, young adults and religious from around the country gathered at the Conforti Retreat Centre in Coatbridge to explore together what it means to be a young Catholic in Scotland today.

Monday, 10 September 2018 10:03

Pilgrim Cooperators visit Padua, Valdocco and Becchi

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Sr Ella FMA describes the joys of the recent Salesian Cooperators’ pilgrimage to Italy.

 

Every two years, Eamonn McDonald of the Cowley Co-operators, organises a Pilgrimage to Italy which always includes Valdocco and the places associated with Don Bosco. Sixteen “Pilgrims” set off from various parts of the U.K. We all met in Bologna Airport where our coach took us to Rimini where the Salesians have a holiday house facing the sea! Accommodation, food and weather were excellent. Our Sisters gave us a warm welcome at our house round the corner! On one day a guided tour of the ancient Republic of San Marino was included, a remarkable experience into another world and outstandingly beautiful!

Friday, 24 August 2018 10:06

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

Thursday, 09 August 2018 09:04

VIDES Holiday Hangout 2018 in Croxteth

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The VIDES UK team kicked off a busy summer with a project for children aged 4-6 in the local community of Croxteth, Liverpool.

 

The Celebration of Nations" theme lent itself to plenty of fun and games over the four days of activity, as well as showing the children the work VIDES does in other countries, making pizza and learning a little Italian. The team encouraged the children to think about the "friendship request" God is sending to each of them, and how they can respond.

Saturday, 04 August 2018 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.  
 
Monday, 30 July 2018 15:25

Happy 90th Birthday, Sr Mary Louise FMA!

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Salesian Sisters came together in Battersea on 26th July to celebrate the 90th birthday of Sr Mary Louise Ballard FMA. Sr Mary Louise is pictured above with her Battersea community and Provincial, Sr Connie, and below with missionary sisters, Sr Rosette, Sr Verginie and Sr Adriana

 

Sr Mary Louise is a native of Battersea and a die-hard Chelsea fan. Her sense of joy and love of religious life in the service of the young continues to be an inspiration, and we join the sisters in thanking God for the gift of her life and vocation. 

 

Ad multos annos, Sr Mary Louise!

 

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Friday, 06 July 2018 13:44

Blessed Mary Romero Meneses

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On 7th July, the Salesian Family remembers a sister of the Daughters of Our Lady Help of Christians, who was born in Nicaragua and carried out her mission with the poor in Costa Rica.

Blessed Mary Romero Meneses was a contemplative in action in the mould of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello: a valued spiritual director and writer, who took a practical approach to alleviating the suffering of the people arond her, especially the young. She built proper homes for the homeless, organised volunteers to help families living in dire conditions, and built a church in Saint José to encourage the Salesian devotion to Our Lady Help of Christians.

Because of her work for the people of Costa Rica, the government made her an honorary citizen. She died in 1977, and was beatified in 2002.

Read more about her life and work

Wednesday, 30 May 2018 16:32

The joy of a special visit

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 Detail From The Visitation by Philippe de Champaigne,

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As we celebrate the feast of the Visitation, when Our Lady brought joy and God's grace to her cousin Elizabeth, we remember the joy we felt during the visit of Mother Yvonne to our Province. Our look back at her visit features the choir of St John Bosco Arts College, Croxteth, who performed Jo Boyce's beautiful setting of the Magnificat for Mother Yvonne.

 

May each of us receive grace and blessings -  and bring each other joy. Happy Feast!

 

 

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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.

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Mother General was given a wonderful welcome at Mary Help of Christians School, Asunción, Paraguay, at a great reception to begin her visit and the World Feast of Gratitude.

 

The Mayor of the City, Mario Ferreiro, was present, and he gave Mother Yvonne a plaque to commemorate her visit to Paraguay.

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