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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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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 is available on the FMA website: https://www.cgfmanet.org.


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.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019 14:46

Helping Salesian Sisters give girls hope and a home

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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.

 

Home: the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household. A safe and loving family home is certainly something I have always taken for granted, particularly as a child. Many of us are lucky enough for this to be a given and to grow up without even having to consider an alternative. However, for many children around the world, a secure home and family is not always the reality.

 

Zambia has been badly affected by the AIDS crisis, and this has left many families with the eldest sibling at the head. Alongside high levels of poverty, this leaves girls and young women particularly vulnerable, open to abuse and unsafe in their own homes. In response to this, the Salesian Sisters founded the City of Joy in 2008.

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Our small group of Salesian World Youth Day pilgrims from Britain were delighted to present when Mother Yvonne Reungoat FMA, Superior General of the Salesian Sisters, officially opened the new relic shrine and pilgrim centre in honour of Blessed Mary Romero Meneses in Panama City this week.

 

The new centre, housed in the Church of Mary Help of Christians at the city’s Don Bosco Institute, will serve the faithful of Panama and the surrounding countries.

Thursday, 17 January 2019 09:48

Sisters host World Youth Day at Home next weekend

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Panama is a bit too far for many of us, so the Salesian Sisters are providing their own World Youth Day experience at the same time as the global event, but at a more accessible location.

 

From 25th - 27th January, young people in Years 9-11, S3 & S4, and sixth formers will be enjoying a fun-and-faith-filled weekend at Barnston, on the Wirral peninsula near Liverpool, planned and facilitated by the Salesian Sisters’ VIDES UK team.

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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!

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