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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.

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.

Thursday, 03 August 2017 10:45

VIDES UK's Scottish adventure

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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.

Friday, 26 May 2017 22:14

Remembering Sr Cecily, one year on

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May 24th was the first anniversary of the death of Sr Cecily Dunn FMA and the Bosco centre gathered to remember her leadership and to dedicate themselves to building on the foundation that she built.

 

There were about sixty people at the event including members of Cecily's family from Dublin and Scotland. The Salesian Sisters were represented at the celebration by Sr Mary and Sr Mary Louise from Battersea and Sr Pat from Beckenham.

 

The picture shows Fr David O'Malley blessing tokens of salesian spirituality which are held by Romaine Shilling one of the management team of the Bosco Centre.

Monday, 08 May 2017 16:09

Two celebrations of our co-founder

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This week, we have two occasions to celebrate St Mary Mazzarello, who founded the Salesian Sisters with Don Bosco, and became our first Mother General.

 

Monday 9th May 2017 marks the 180th anniversary of her birth, and on Saturday 13th May, we celebrate her feast. A joyful week indeed.

 

Happy Feast!

 

Learn more about St Mary Mazzarello

Thursday, 20 April 2017 15:43

Catch up with the Sisters in Beckenham!

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An update from the Sisters in the Beckenham community, who are developing a new mission working with female asylum seekers.

 

We continue to be amazed at the Providence which comes our way weekly. Just a couple of recent examples...

 

A lady from the parish arrived quite late in the evening about two weeks ago with a large planter filled with polyanthus of all colours for near the front door. She also trundled round with a brilliant Dyson Hoover which is very efficient and has a strong capacity for grabbing up all the dust which has accumulated in corners.


Another amazing sign of Providence is our latest friend John from Malta. Sadly his dear wife Monica died unexpectedly in Malta in January. She was only 67 RIP. The Parish Office, knowing John was finding too much time on his hands, suggested he come to see if we needed any help... what a Godsend! I will not enumerate all he has done but the picture included shows how much rubbish he has removed from the back of the garden. He is a lovely man and has quickly become a real friend.


Our two guests seem very much at home.  They are both very different and we are learning lots as we all adapt to each other. Both are very prayerful and church is a very big part of their lives. One attends free English lessons at Leicester Square which is some distance away so she has long journeys on the bus. Our other guest, being from Nigeria, already speaks English. She spends much of her day praying with her Church which is at Brent Cross also a long distance away. At the moment she is doing this via the internet. Please keep them in prayer as they desperately want to pick up their lives and live more normal existences.


Now we are three it is great we have been able to do a sort of Community Plan. We already had a long and very extensive meeting with Sr. Connie in November when we worked together to set out the aim of the Project, so we all share the same vision and are working together to achieve it.


We feel we are very united with you all, Battersea community continue to be marvellous, we have enjoyed their company here and I think they find the house very homely. We were fortunate to have Sr. Lucy Rose for a flying visit. It was quite funny really since she was with us for our house mass on Monday morning. That particular day we were 17 in a very small chapel but the sense of communion and prayer was wonderful! The Claver Sisters usually join us they have been amazingly welcoming and helpful another blessing from the Lord.


We hope that in the near future some of you may be able to pop in and spend some time here. We enjoyed having Sr. Helen Murphy for a couple of days as she had meetings to attend in London. She has been very supportive and helpful with all kinds of things we never knew we needed to know about before!


Please continue to keep us in prayer and we will try to keep you up to date with new developments. Oh nearly forgot to mention that the Kendal Group who attended Flame enjoyed the great St. Edmund’s hospitality. They stayed in the mezzanine and flat belonging to the parish but some joined us for showers and breakfast, all came in for pizza and ice cream after Flame at Wembley. A noisy game of Uno followed with some definite cheating may have gone on! They are our first group and we really enjoyed their company, so we too are Walking with the Young!

 

Our small but really prayerful chapel is the focus for parish adoration every Monday evening. We are joined by four or five parishioners who seek the peace and quiet of a prayerful space we are blessed to be able to provide it!

Thursday, 23 March 2017 10:02

Canonical Visit from Sr Lucy Rose FMA

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On 16th February, the Salesian Sisters GBR welcomed Sr Lucy Rose Ozhukayil FMA as she arrived for her Extraordinary Visitation.  Sr Lucy Rose is a General Councillor of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, based at the General House in Rome. She will remain with us until 3rd April, visiting the communities and the wide range of works the Sisters carry out in Britain.

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