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Tuesday, 28 November 2017 16:19

Rector Major receives a copy of our latest book!

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During this week's World Pastoral and Family Congress in Madrid, the Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco,  Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, was presented with a copy of Michael Winstanley SDB's new book, Walking with Luke, by Fr Bob Gardner SDB, Director of Don Bosco Publications and Delegate for Youth Ministry. 

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As the Salesian Family celebrates the great feast of Mary Help of Christians, the President of the World Confederation of Past Pupils of Don Bosco sends this greeting: 

 

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Dear Past Pupils and friends of Don Bosco.


I would like to wish you the blessed feast of Mary Help of Christians.

Today the whole Salesian family celebrates the feast of our patron.

Don Bosco chose Mary Help of Christians as a patron and guard for his

work and his boys. He chose her as a patron also for us.

 

I encourage You to live Don Bosco´s words also today: Trust to Mary

and You will see the miracles. I believe there are many miracles

prepared for Salesian family.

 

We have only to trust.

 

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:00

Feast of Don Bosco - resources for schools & teachers

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In 1988 on the centenary of his death, Don Bosco was proclaimed the father and teacher of youth and a model for all educators by Pope John Paul II. He is an international figure inspiring a world-wide movement in the service of young people and especially those in most need. He responded to the need he saw by creating welcoming communities in schools, clubs, children’s homes and parishes as well as in many shorter-term projects around the world. On January 31st, this year there will be literally millions of people involved in celebrating his life and his message: That young people need to know that they are loved.

 

Below, you can download a range of resources to help you as teachers, youth workers or parents to share in that world-wide community of care for young people as we celebrate his feast at the end of January. The materials include readings and prayers for Mass, music, staff development resources and a brief outline of the Salesians' Strenna or theme for 2017, 'We are a family'. More materials can be accessed at www.SDB.org.  Please Contact us if you require images of Don Bosco, or would like any of the materials in hard copy.

 

I wish you all a happy feast day. We will keep you in prayer with gratitude as a Salesian family for the work you do in education especially for young people who are poorer.

 

Fr David O’Malley SDB
Salesian Schools Delegate

 

RESOURCES TO DOWLOAD

 

Liturgy resources:

Mass of St John Bosco

 

Music: 

A Man With A Dream

Don Bosco's Prayer

Man of Work and Prayer

Thou Who Didst Befriend

You'd A Tough Life

 

Staff development resources:

A letter from Don Bosco to teachers

Reflection Sheet: The Eight Salesian Beatitudes

Ruah - A Humanistic Spirituality for Teachers

 

Other resources:

A Salesian School - the Four Windows

Salesian Theme for 2017 - the Strenna for Schools

Powerpont on the 2017 Theme

 

 

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 13:44

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Tuesday, 21 January 2014 15:00

Salesian Logo and Coat of Arms

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The Salesian Coat of Arms, appeared for the first time in a circular letter of Don Bosco’s on 8th December 1885.

The shining star, the large anchor, the heart on fire symbolize the theological virtues; the figure of St. Francis de Sales recalls the Patron of the Society; the small wood in the lower part reminds us of the Founder; the high mountains signify the heights of perfection towards which members strive; the interwoven palm and laurel that enfold the shield either side are emblematic of the prize reserved for a virtuous and sacrificial life. The motto Da mihi animas, caetera tolle, (Give me souls, take away everything else) expresses every Salesian’s ideal.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Logo of the Salesians of Don Bosco is made up of two superimposed images: in the background a stylised “S” (Salesians) in white is formed within a sphere like a globe marked to the right and left by two cuttings between the hills/dunes. The second image is in the centre of the globe bridging the “S” road. This is an arrow pointing upwards resting on three perpendicular legs on top of which are three closed circles making a stylised image of three people: the first of these in the middle and taller than the others is the point of the arrow, and the other two beside it appear as it were to be embraced by the central figure. The three stylised figures with the arrow pointing upwards can also be viewed as a simple dwelling with a sloping roof (the arms) and with pillars holding it up (the bodies of the three people).

 

 

 

Inspiration for Salesian Logo

The main sources of inspiration for these elements are the articles in the SDB Constitutions: 7, 21 and 38-40:

a) Don Bosco our model

“The Lord has given us Don Bosco as father and teacher. We study and imitate him, admiring in him a splendid blending of nature and grace.

He was deeply human, rich in the qualities of his people, open to the realities of this earth; and he was just as deeply the man of God, filled with the gifts of the Holy Spirit and living “as seeing him who is invisible”. These two aspects combined to create a closely-knit life project, the service of the young. He realized his aim with firmness, constancy and the sensitivity of a generous heart, in the midst of difficulties and fatigue. “He took no step, he said no word, he took up no task that was not directed to the saving of the young… Truly the only concern of his heart was for souls.” (C21).

b) Presence among the young marked by reason, religion and loving kindness

“Don Bosco has handed on to us his Preventive System as a means for carrying out our educational and pastoral service. “This system is based entirely on reason, religion and loving kindness.” Instead of constraint, it appeals to the resources of intelligence, love and the desire for God, which everyone has in the depths of his being.

It brings together educators and youngsters in a family experience of trust and dialogue. Imitating God’s patience, we encounter the young at their present stage of freedom. We then accompany them, so that they may develop solid convictions and gradually assume the responsibility for the delicate process of their growth as human beings and as men of faith (C 38).

c) Active journey involving the young

“The practice of the preventive system demands a fundamental disposition on our part: an empathy with the young and a willingness to be with them: “Here in your midst I feel completely at home; for me, living means being here with you”. We are actively present among youth in brotherly friendship, helping them in their efforts to grow in what is good, and encouraging them to cast off every form of slavery, so that their weakness may not be overcome by evil. This presence affords us a true understanding of the world of the young and unites us with them in all the healthy aspects of their restless energy. (C 39).

d) A home to meet at education and evangelisation

“Don Bosco lived a pastoral experience in his first Oratory which serves as a model; it was for the youngsters a home that welcomed, a parish that evangelized, a school that prepared them for life, and a playground where friends could meet and enjoy themselves” (C 40).

e) Effectiveness of the Salesian charism in the world and in history

“Our vocation calls us to be deeply united with the world and its history. Open to the cultural values of the lands in which we work, we try to understand them and make them our own, so as to incarnate in them the message of the Gospel. The needs of the young and of working-class areas, the desire to work with the Church and in her name, inspire and shape our concrete pastoral activity so as to bring about a more just world and one of greater brotherhood in Christ.” (C 7).

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 16:18

Recent Developments

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One of the features of the Province that has not previously featured in this account is the work of the Youth Retreat Centre at Savio House, Bollington. Originally Ingersley Hall was a smallish Country House, built in the 1750s by the Gaskell family which eventually came to the Lomas family. It was handed over to the Salesians in 1952 and started life as a House of Studies for post-novices studying Philosophy. When the students moved back to Beckford, Bollington became a publications centre and a not much loved centre for training lay brothers, as was summed up in one famous oft quoted comment: 'a cemetery with lights on'.

In the aftermath of the Vatican Council, the idea of developing a Salesian Spirituality Centre, similar to the centres being redeveloped by the Jesuits where the distinctive charism of the Salesians could be experienced in residential retreats gave new life to Savio House.

Building up an expert Salesian team that could offer such an input and finding audiences that were willing to pay for it was always a struggle. What has emerged is a successful youth retreat centre, directed by Salesians and groups of Young Volunteers who increasingly started taking a gap year between School and University while sharing community life with the Salesians. The facilities have been gradually redeveloped and now serve young people from a wide area of the North West region.


Battersea

At Battersea, the difficulties of running a small, single sex comprehensive school in an increasingly competitive situation, and the reduction of direct engagement of the increasingly aged community in the work of the school meant that various attempts were made to re-envisage our presence there.

The Sacred Heart parish had effectively become a separate community and when the Primary School moved to new premises nearer Clapham Junction, the parish found itself with a large premises in need of repair and not much used. The possibilities of redevelopment began to be explored. The rediscovery of the De Stacpoole Trust, which had become moribund allowed the sale of the property and the building of the new Don Bosco Parish Centre on the opposite side of the Sacred Heart Church which was opened in February 2012.

A separate student community had been established in Orbel Street in 1991 but the remnants of the College community moved from Surrey House and were united in the Rinaldi community in August 1998, when it became obvious that sharing a building with a day school was not really any longer an option.

Setting up a separate Provincial Youth Office beside the Parish House was one attempt to revitalise the work there, though shortage of personnel made this short-lived. Developing Battersea as an international student house was approved by the Provincial Chapter and may well still become a new way forward for the community.

Redeveloping the Salesian College, as an academy had already been under discussion with the diocese when the Labour Government promoted its' Building Schools for the Future Programme' of rebuilding all the country's secondary schools in 2009. This seemed like an opportunity that was too good to miss.

2014-02-07 11.08.092The plan that emerged was for the College to combine with John Paul II School near Wimbledon Common and to be rebuilt on the Battersea site. This project was consulted on and supported by Wandsworth Borough Council who saw it as a way of re-structuring and improving two small struggling Catholic Secondary schools. The process of School amalgamation was undertaken and a new Head appointed but when, with the arrival of the new Coalition Government the whole 'Building Schools for the Future' was cancelled, including our rebuild, the whole project seemed to be fatally undermined. By that stage, the new St John Bosco College was already due to open on the Wimbledon site in September 2011, whereupon the new Head resigned and the whole project moved into crisis mode. With outstanding help from the Head of the Salesian School, Chertsey, a new Headteacher was appointed, the amalgamation of the staffs was achieved and the Wimbledon site received a facelift, so that the students could begin their education in September 2011 and the Sixth Form could open the following year.

In the meantime the Salesians and the Diocese, explored the possibility of using the capital receipts from the sale of the John Paul II site and part of the Salesian College site to finance a new build at Battersea without any help from central government. This scheme has also allowed the Salesians to develop their own plans for a new purpose built community house on the Surrey House site. Negotiations with a large building company and the diocese lead eventually to a successful outcome so that the building of the new College and community house is due to begin in January 2014 with completion due in September 2015.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 13:32

Necrology

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WE GIVE THANKS FOR THOSE WHO LIVED AMONG US

 

 

JANUARY

1

Fr Aloysius Hawarden

86

1960

2

Fr Francis Van-der-Voort

76

1984

3

Fr Michael Brassil

73

1989

4

Br Roland Hill

42

1929

4

Fr Denis Martin

84

2006

5

Fr James O’Donnell

72

1977

7

Fr Hugh Drum

89

1978

7

89

2015

8

Fr Peter McCusker

57

1963

10

90

2005

11

Fr Augustine Ramspott

89

1971

12

Fr Edward O’Shea

84

2007

12

Fr Martin Ryan

85

2009

13

Fr Philip Borg

46

1932

13

Br Charles Hunte

87

1996

14

Br Thomas Noblett

70

1907

14

Fr Michael Redmond

68

1974

14

Fr Michael Murray

81

1981

14

Fr Thomas Collinson

94

1983

14

27

2001

14

Fr Gerald Libera

93

2003

15

Fr Joseph Wronski

47

1946

15

Br Joseph Hanley

87

1969

15

Fr John Bourn

65

1982

15

Fr Peter Campbell

70

1992

15

83

2004

16

Br Edward Barron

63

1980

17

83

1987

19

Fr John Butler

63

1983

19

68

2004

20

Fr Joseph Casey

68

1947

20

Fr William Walsh

72

1962

20

74

1990

21

Fr Thomas Donaghy

76

2010

22

Fr Francis Treanor

79

1996

22

Br Michael McElligott

75

1979

23

Fr Juvenal Bonavia

38

1904

23

Don Juan Vecchi

70

2002

23

87

2011

24

Fr Thomas Morrow

64

1970

25

Fr Vincent De Bono

78

2002

27

Cl Dominic Bonetti

22

1928

27

Fr Eugenio Rabagliati

61

1928

27

Br Peter Landy

24

1987

27

Fr Aloysius Carroll

76

2006

28

Fr Herbert Bamber

58

1967

28

Fr William Tait

71

1978

29

Fr Timothy Lyne

76

1977

31

Br William Naylon

84

1990

31

100

2009

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FEBRUARY

1

Fr John Wiseman

83

1989

3

70

2002

3

Fr John Corcoran

94

2008

5

Fr John Ryan

63

1967

6

Fr John Jones

78

1949

6

80

2015

8

Fr Harold Bleach

74

1977

8

Fr Thomas McKenna

81

1986

9

Br Patrick McParland

34

1933

10

Fr Henry Cron

55

1935

10

Br Alfred Cauchi

95

1967

10

85

1993

11

Br Michael Hughes

54

1908

11

Fr John Hickey

53

1943

12

Fr Thomas Fielding

49

1947

12

Fr John Kelly

89

1990

13

Fr Daniel Broder

87

1989

15

84

2001

15

Br John O'Kane

77

2009

16

Fr Cornelius O’Callaghan

52

1961

18

94

2012

19

Fr James Collett

57

1986

21

Fr Frederick Couche

70

1957

21

Fr Michael Brennan

72

1978

21

Br Felix Radulfini

76

1986

22

Fr Henry Parker

46

1935

22

72

1989

22

Fr James Bohan

82

2000

24

Fr Albert Murphy

56

1951

26

82

1958

26

Br George Wheeler

84

1969

26

77

2002

27

84

2004

28

CI Joseph Collins

22

1903

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MARCH

1

70

1983

2

Fr James McGuire

98

2014

4

Fr George Moss

39

1920

4

Fr James Cummins

91

2010

5

Fr Philip Williams

70

1948

6

Br Francis Clarke

86

1982

8

Fr John Kilkenney

63

1938

8

Fr Patrick Foley

60

1981

9

Fr William Brownrigg

82

1944

9

Fr Patrick McQuaid

76

1992

9

86

1993

10

Br Thomas Doherty

62

1980

10

Fr Anthony Camilleri

79

1992

10

Fr Albert Carette

95

2015

11

Fr David Reedy

88

1976

11

83

2004

11

Fr Joseph Whittle

94

2014

14

Fr Thomas Slyth

64

1959

14

Fr John Hoey

85

2002

15

Fr James O'Driscoll

84

1998

17

Fr Francis Curry

50

1954

17

Fr Charles Burkey

79

1983

17

Fr Joseph Brennan

87

2002

18

Fr William Daly

72

1972

18

48

1985

19

Fr Adrian Papworth

74

1994

21

Br Louis Bonnici

65

1958

21

Fr John Doran

48

1995

21

79

2000

22

Br Joseph Civallero

67

1936

22

Fr Michael Hicks

80

1997

22

82

2004

22

Fr Patrick Donnellan

86

2010

24

Br Bartholomew Bondioni

47

1945

25

Fr Francis Flynn

71

1976

26

Fr Patrick Diamond

73

1937

27

Fr Rudolf Perla

64

1988

28

Fr Patrick Collins

52

1969

31

Fr Francis McCabe

74

1973

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APRIL

1

80

1993

3

Fr Harold Musgrave

75

1958

3

Fr Vincent Donohoe

64

1975

5

Fr Francis Scaloni

64

1926

6

CI Joseph Timlin

20

1934

6

Fr Joseph Deane

46

1968

6

Br Thomas Gallacher

73

1984

6

Br Alan Garman

95

2013

7

Br James Brockbank

76

1962

8

Br Patrick Lynch

54

1979

8

Fr Thomas Hall

85

1987

8

Br Bartholomew Daly

74

1987

8

67

2014

10

Fr John Howatt

73

1980

12

Br Hubert Lyons

80

1990

12

Fr Thomas Kenny

83

2014

16

Fr Thomas Tierney

34

1924

16

Fr Patrick Molloy

55

1966

16

Fr Brendan Neary

92

1997

17

Fr George Fayers

76

1929

17

Fr Richard Millen

60

1955

17

Fr Kevin Byrne

48

1969

18

Fr Michael McGinty

37

1948

18

Fr Martin McPake

70

1995

19

Fr Harold Wrangham

84

1991

19

Don Renato Ziggiotti

91

1983

19

Fr Roy Fosker

89

2011

20

Fr Mannix Hanniffy

62

1983

20

Fr Rory Cunningham

85

1997

20

Br Rodger Cunningham

85

1997

20

Fr Laurence Martin

91

2011

22

Fr Edward Goy

73

1944

22

Br Edward Langan

69

1989

23

Fr Daniel Murphy

61

1971

24

Fr Charles McDonnell

74

1981

24

Fr Tim Leahy

79

2008

25

Fr James Connor

76

1940

25

Fr Henry Clegg

75

1979

25

Fr Dan Lyons

94

2008

27

Fr Hugh McGlinchey

66

1983

27

Br Jan Orysiuk

77

1993

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MAY

3

Fr James Foley

59

1975

4

Fr Edward Grey

87

1978

4

Fr Italo Thomann

83

2013

5

Br Anthony Gleeson

75

1985

6

89

2008

7

Br John Preston

84

1992

7

63

2001

8

Fr Arthur Klepl

82

1939

8

Cl Thomas O’Shea

23

1941

8

Br James McAlister

79

1999

8

Fr Pierce Kearns

79

2003

8

Fr James Pilling

81

2007

9

Fr Matteo Agostinelli

64

2005

9

Fr Patrick Deane

80

2007

9

Fr James Gibbons

77

2007

10

Fr Martin Daly

84

2003

11

Fr Benedict Lama

61

1943

11

Fr Patrick Horgan

79

1984

11

Fr John de Giorgio

79

1987

12

Fr Francis Felip

63

1950

12

Fr Adam Connolly

82

1987

14

Fr Clement Rushton

73

1974

15

74

1999

16

74

1986

16

Fr John Doyle

85

1996

17

Fr John Poggio

65

1957

17

Fr Patrick Burns

65

1981

18

Fr Thomas Payne

58

1960

19

Fr Laurence Sheridan

74

1989

19

Fr Patrick Sheehy

77

1997

19

Fr Paul Coffey

76

2015

20

Fr William Brown

85

1964

21

Fr Vincent Power

72

1982

21

Fr John Livesey

75

1989

22

Br Melchior Barucco

76

1959

22

Fr William Wilson

47

1963

22

Fr Aloysius Coppo

83

1992

23

Fr James Simonetti

81

1961

23

Fr David DeBurgh

62

1980

24

Fr Daniel Lucey

77

1984

24

82

2001

24

82

2002

26

Br John Boyce

76

1994

28

Cl James McNamee

34

1904

29

Fr Patrick Breen

88

1985

31

Br Lawrence Biello

86

1977

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JUNE

1

Fr Carmelo Fenech

84

1984

1

86

2001

2

Fr Edward Muldoon

76

1951

2

Fr Vincent Ford

81

2011

3

Fr Michael Tuberet

65

1985

4

Fr Frederick White

69

1976

5

Fr Bernard Gaffney

72

1974

5

Fr Richard McElligott

90

1980

5

97

2005

6

Fr John Kavanagh

66

1992

7

Fr Patrick Lonergan

73

2013

8

Fr Thomas McCambridge

62

1947

8

Br Francis Connolly

74

1972

9

Fr William Carroll

92

2012

10

Cl John McCarthy

29

1933

10

Fr Thomas Campbell

80

1962

10

Fr John Devine

52

1934

10

Br Maurice Healy

66

1985

10

87

2007

11

Br Pat Mohoney

76

1995

11

66

1997

12

Fr Francis Gaffney

62

1968

12

Br Victor Clitheroe

78

1974

13

Fr James Flower

57

1935

13

Fr Charles Snell

68

1995

13

Fr Thomas Murray

66

1983

14

Don Luigi Ricceri

88

1989

16

81

2000

16

Fr John Mallon

89

2004

17

Fr Pat McCarr

78

1998

17

84

2014

19

Cl George Saley

21

1905

19

Fr James Delahunty

80

1995

19

Fr Michael Purdon

81

1985

22

Fr John Chadwick

65

1972

22

83

1990

23

Don Edigio Vigano

75

1995

23

Fr Dominic Introna

71

1998

24

Cl Denis Cavanagh

26

1944

25

Br Francis Fenton

75

1958

25

Fr Daniel McKeown

74

1978

26

Fr Aloysius Sutherland

75

1958

26

Fr Thomas Dullehan

75

1978

27

Fr Lawrence Castelvechhi

62

1987

28

Cl Vincent Tune

23

1909

28

Fr John Duffy

76

1991

30

Fr John Collins

77

1994

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JULY

1

Fr Henry Hall

73

1982

1

82

2000

3

Fr Michael Fitzgibbon

71

1948

4

Fr John Vanston

70

1986

6

Fr John Conway

53

1914

7

Fr Christopher Harris

79

1993

8

Fr Patrick Kenna

49

2005

9

Fr James Doyle

67

1975

9

Fr James Conway

84

2005

10

Fr John Devine

52

1934

10

Fr David Hourigan

37

1943

10

Fr Patrick McGinty

67

1985

11

Fr Michael Blackburn

66

1997

11

Fr Paul Vella

67

1977

12

Fr Nathaniel Marsh

55

1935

12

Fr Edwin Slack

52

1982

13

Fr John Molloy

73

1937

14

Fr William Drohan

59

1977

16

Fr Christopher Walsh

48

1947

16

78

1978

18

Fr Thomas Daly

86

1981

18

75

1990

19

84

2000

19

85

2015

22

Fr John Noonan

69

1948

25

Fr John Cressey

60

1937

25

Cl William Tracey

26

1960

25

Fr Alfred Pilbeam

84

1991

26

Fr Michael McCarthy

85

1957

26

Fr Joseph Mangion

67

1997

28

Fr Charles Keyte

66

1960

29

Br Carmel Galea

82

1973

30

Fr James O’Caroll

72

1960

31

Fr Patrick Erskine

75

1984

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AUGUST

1

Fr Michael McGrane

51

1965

1

Fr Peter Lappin

88

1999

2

Fr Joseph Quadrelli

54

1969

2

Fr James Brawley

84

2003

4

Br Reginald Wilkinson

83

1985

2

Fr Dennis Bowman

81

2006

4

Fr George Hilton

82

1986

5

Fr Francis Mulligan

69

1989

6

Cl Christopher Higgins

22

1976

7

Fr Anthony Farrugia

87

1995

8

Fr Patrick McLoughlin

70

1962

8

Fr John Mehers

80

2014

9

Fr Charles Macey

73

1928

9

Fr John Kirby

76

1992

10

Br Luigi Franceschi

23

1900

10

Br Abel Hondermarck

84

1962

11

Fr Terence O’Brien

91

2000

12

Fr James Kilcullen

82

2002

13

Fr Philip Grech

67

1988

13

Fr Patrick O'Connor

91

2010

16

Fr Patrick O’Grady

84

1943

18

Fr Charles Buss

65

1938

19

82

1998

21

Fr Philip Brady

54

1973

21

Fr Andrew Wills

76

2001

22

Br Thomas Chambers

88

1991

22

Fr Patrick McBride

80

2008

23

82

2002

23

82

2003

24

92

2013

29

Br Herbert Fitzgerald

80

1984

30

Fr Austin Anderson

59

1958

30

Fr Daniel O'Sullivan

98

2014

31

Fr Samuel Bolton

59

1964

31

55

1978

31

Fr Anthony Garman

95

2008

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SEPTEMBER

1

Fr Joseph Dunne

74

1956

3

Fr Christopher Barragry

59

1964

4

Fr Sean O’Loughlin

80

2006

5

Fr James Kinsley

78

1988

5

84

2004

6

Fr James Melly

70

1989

9

Fr Charles Grace

67

1978

10

Fr William Cole

59

1975

10

Br Peter Reilly

69

1991

13

Fr Francis Flynn

80

1998

15

Fr John O’Connor

67

1959

16

Fr Joseph Cockshoot

89

1998

20

Fr John Docherty

64

1996

24

44

1977

24

Br Thomas Hogan

71

1979

24

Fr Terence Jennings

85

2005

27

Fr Joseph Dryzalowski

60

1968

27

93

2004

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OCTOBER

1

Fr Timothy O’Connor

80

1953

3

Fr Michael DeBary

49

1927

3

Fr John McTague

80

1972

3

Fr Bernard Coop

72

1997

5

Fr Patrick Corcoran

43

1971

6

Fr John Butterfield

49

1968

7

Fr George Preston

71

1988

7

Br Cornelius McElwee

89

2008

9

Fr William Renshaw

53

1972

10

Fr William Smith

60

1947

10

Fr Albert Winstanley

80

1998

13

Fr Frederick Barni

71

1939

14

Fr Daniel McCloskey

73

1981

15

Fr David O’Sullivan

68

1964

15

Fr Alexander Calder

65

1967

15

Fr Francis Hughes

83

1998

15

Fr Denis Corcoran

76

1998

16

Fr Francis Boat

66

1967

16

Fr William Wilcock

75

1968

16

89

2001

17

57

1955

18

Fr Leo Peze

40

1915

18

Fr James Barrett

76

1996

20

Br Francis Donnellan

21

1885

20

Fr Thomas Ingoldsby

95

2013

21

Fr Stanislaus Tyson

73

1984

22

Fr Henry Butters

87

2006

24

87

2003

26

Fr Vincent O’Gorman

77

1988

27

Fr Donald Leaver

89

1975

28

85

1992

28

Fr Michael Brazil

82

2007

29

Don Paul Ribera

76

1921

29

Fr Gerald Crossley

60

1976

29

Fr John Houlihan

57

1991

30

Fr Francis McCormick

87

1968

30

Br John Wrigley

95

1998

30

Fr James Docherty

89

1999

31

Fr Michael Swan

82

1984

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NOVEMBER

1

Fr Peter Hanna

85

1993

2

Br Daniel McKeown

64

1906

2

Fr William Kelly

43

1918

3

Fr Michael Burke

64

1950

3

92

2014

4

Fr John McCourt

59

1936

4

Fr William Fahy

68

1953

4

Fr Robert Marz

58

1956

4

84

2014

5

Fr William Harrod

78

1958

6

Fr George Bolger

91

1988

7

Fr Joseph Lowe

85

1997

7

Fr Terence Lavery

81

2005

8

Br Patrick Brassel

91

1966

8

86

2007

12

Fr William Marrs

50

1960

12

Fr Francis McDonagh

65

1977

12

Fr William Haughey

76

1984

12

Fr Sean McFerran

80

1998

12

Br Dennis Manning

74

2006

13

Fr John Connelly

71

1991

14

Fr Joseph Murphy

51

1971

14

Fr Joseph Downey

76

1997

17

74

1994

18

Fr Malachy Curran

50

1967

18

69

2001

19

Br Martin Daly

28

1905

19

Fr Thomas Giltinan

63

1935

19

Fr Cornelius Grey

69

1962

19

Fr Thomas O’Flynn

77

1987

20

Fr Joseph McVeigh

78

1994

20

Fr Michael Power

80

2009

21

Fr Peter McConville

72

1954

21

Fr Edward Clift

66

1956

21

Fr Edward Jackson

71

1975

23

Fr Walter Austen

61

1940

23

Fr George Gladstone

71

1978

23

Fr Patrick Ryan

70

1988

24

Fr Frederick Stubbings

68

1975

24

Br Noel Weston

90

1978

24

Fr Joseph Nolan

80

1995

25

Don Peter Ricaldone

81

1951

25

Fr Edward Power

72

1982

25

Fr Thaddeus Murray

77

2001

26

Cl Thomas O’Sullivan

64

1982

26

Fr Chris McMahon

63

2005

28

Fr Andrew Boyle

47

1940

28

Br Patrick Quinlan

80

1977

28

Fr Sean Crummey

90

2007

28

Fr John Gilheney

85

2012

30

Fr James Gunning

71

1971

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DECEMBER

1

Fr Thomas Joyce

81

1995

1

CI Derrick Steptoe

26

1946

1

70

1999

2

Fr Stephen Fitzpatrick

37

1937

2

Fr George Davis

86

1989

4

Fr Leo Griffin

78

1991

4

Fr Augustine O’Toole

86

2005

5

Fr Richard Biebuyck

77

1937

6

Fr Angelo Franco

80

1966

6

Br John Caruana

86

1981

6

Fr David Cahill

89

2013

7

Fr Henry Mullaney

64

1978

7

Br Maurice Bondioni

77

1981

7

92

2013

8

Fr Patrick Fleming

84

2008

9

Fr William Nicholson

74

1986

10

Fr Andrew Russell

66

1973

10

Fr Arthur McGrath

68

1984

11

Fr John Sexton

44

1955

12

Fr Charles Archer

85

2004

14

Fr Joseph Downey

76

1997

18

Fr James Walsh

92

2010

20

59

2000

23

Fr Patrick Sherlock

88

1981

23

Fr Edward Fitzgerald

60

1999

24

Fr Francis Rodgers

39

1959

25

Fr Patrick O’Riordan

52

1969

25

Fr Walter Fairclough

67

1981

26

82

1998

26

Fr Michael O'Meara

81

2013

27

Fr Thomas Bricknell

78

1979

28

Fr Joseph Ciantar

74

1967

28

Fr Francis Donnelly

76

1970

28

Fr Michael Diffley

88

2012

29

Fr Daniel Colussi

59

1970

30

27

1888

30

Fr Armando Milford

75

1969

30

Br Anthony Murphy

63

1970

30

Fr Brendan O’Byrne

63

1982

30

74

1997

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Wednesday, 01 January 2014 14:45

BLESSED ALEXANDRINA DA COSTA (1904-1955)

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ALESSANDRINAAlessandrina Maria da Costa was born on the 30th March 1904 at Balasar in Portugal. She was brought up in the faith by her mother, along with her sister Deolinda. Alessandrina stayed with the family until she turned seven, then was sent to Póvoa do Varzim to board with a carpenter's family, so she could attend the primary school that she would have missed out on at Balasar. After returning to Balasar she worked as a farmer, as a lively, affectionate and playful girl, much sought out by her friends.

Injured in jump from window to save her virtue

When she was 14 years old she jumped from a window into the garden at home to safeguard her virtue when it was under threat from some evil-intentioned young men. Five years later, the damage caused by the fall left her totally paralysed, and she was bed-ridden for more than 30 years. She was looked after by her older sister.

Salesian charism includes desire to suffer for souls

She sought the grace of a recovery, but the Mother of God instead gave her the grace to accept her suffering as well as a desire to suffer for the salvation of souls. The Salesian charism included that of being a victim, something she developed along with Frs Beltrami, Czartoryski, Variara and Sister Eusebia. It also inspired Alessandrina. She offered herself to Christ as a victim for the conversion of sinners and for peace in the world: "I have no purpose other than that of giving glory to God and saving souls".

No food or drink for 13 years - other than Eucharist

For four years (1938-1942), overcoming her constant paralysis, she was able to get up from her bed, and on 182 occasions relived Christ's passion every Friday, for three sorrowful hours. She asked and obtained from Pius XII that the world be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary (31 October 1942). From the 27th March 1942 until her death, 13 years and 7 months later, she took no food or drink other than her daily communion. This unexplainable fact was scientifically verified by different doctors, sometimes in a way which was humiliating for Alessadrina.

Becomes a Salesian Cooperator

She was a great mystic. In constant union with Jesus in the world's tabernacles, she was the subject of ecstasies and revelations. The Lord provided that her second spiritual director be a Salesian, Fr Umberto Pasquale, who kept her diary. She then asked to be a Cooperator. She said: "I feel I am in great union with the Salesians and with the Cooperators all over the world. And frequently I witness to my belonging to them and offer my suffering, united with them all, for the salvation of the young! I love the Congregation. I love it very much and will never forget it on heaven or on earth".
Thousands came to her bedside to get comfort from her words. On the 13th October 1955 she died at Balasar, where she is now buried, facing the tabernacle. Crowds of pilgrims regularly visit the place.

John Paul II beatified her on 25th April 2004.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 13:47

BLESSED STEPHEN SÂNDOR

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Admired by his friends 

Stephen Sandor was born in Szolnok, in Hungary, on 26 November 1914 son of Stephen and Maria Fekete, the first of three brothers. His father worked with the State Railways, and his mother at home. Both gave their children a deep religious spirit. Stephen studied in the city gaining a diploma in metallurgy. As a youngster he was admired by his friends, and was happy, serious and gentle. He liked hanging around with his friends, and was a  leader amongst them, like John Bosco was for the young people of Chieri. He helped his younger brothers to study and pray, giving them his own example. He was fervent at the time of his Confirmation and promised to imitate St Peter, whose name he took for Confirmation.

Came to know about Don Bosco through the Salesian Bulletin

Each day he served Mass at the Franciscans and received Communion. Reading the Salesian Bulletin he came to know about Don Bosco. He immediately felt attracted by the Salesian charism. He spoke to his spiritual director, expressing a desire to enter the Salesian Congregation. He spoke to his parents about it. They did not give permission and sought to dissuade him. But Stephen ended up convincing them, and in 1936 he was accepted at the Clarisseum, where he made an aspirantate of two years. He completed a course in how to be a printer at the “Don Bosco” Printery. He began his novitiate but it was interrupted by military service.

Model teacher

In 1939 he began to complete his novitiate and made his first vows on 8 September 1940. Asked to go to the Clarisseum, he immediately began to teach technical courses. He was also assistant at the Oratory, something he did competently and enthusiastically. He fostered the 'Young Catholic Workers'. His group was soon recognised as the best in the Movement. Following Don Bosco's example, he became a model teacher. In 1942 he was called back to the 'Front', and earned a silver medal for military valour. He made a festive oratory out in the trenches encouraging his young friends in a Salesian style.

Master printer and a Salesian Brother

At the end of the Second World War he involved himself in rebuilding society morally and materially, especially in the case of poor young people whom he gathered around him in order to teach them a trade. On 24 July 1946 he made his perpetual profession as a Salesian Brother. In 1948 he gained the title of Master Printer. Stephen's students, when they compelted their studies, were employed by the best printeries in the State and in the city. 

Cause of martyrdom

A period of persecution of Catholic schools began, and they had to close. Stephen was working in the printery, but he had to escape and hide in Salesian Houses, working under a false name in public Printeries.

 

In July 1952 he was arrested while working, and his confreres never saw him again.

 

His Cause of martyrdom was opened  at Budapest on 24 May 2006, and he was beatified on 19 October 2013 

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 13:46

BLESSED ENRICO SAIZ APARICIO and 62 COMPANIONS

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Blessed Fr Enrico Saiz Aparicio and 62 companions - Spain 1936-1939


During the Spanish Civil War between 1936-39, many priests, religious and laity were put to death. 95 Salesians were included in this number.  The Seville-Madrid group, led by Fr Enrico Saiz Aparicio, numbers 63 of this group in all.  The Decree of Martyrdom has already been proclaimed.

Fr Enrico Saiz Aparicio was the courageous Rector of the Salesian aspirantate at Carabanchel Alto, on the outskirts of Madrid.  When soldiers broke into the institute, he immediately said to them: "If it is blood you are after, then here I am.  However, do not harm the youngsters". The young men were freed, while Fr Saiz and eight other Salesians were taken and then killed.  Shortly before he died, he confided to a friend: "What better thing could there be than to die for the glory of God?"  He offered his life in exchange for the young people whom Divine Providence had entrusted to his care.  He gave his last breath for them.

Decree of martyrdom published 26 June 2006; beatified 28 October 2007 in the pontificate of Benedict XVI

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