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We continue our Lenten reflections based on the Rector Major's Strenna 'Holiness for you too', with extracts from his commentary on the Strenna, thoughts on holiness from members of the Salesian Family, and scripture readings and prayers for you to pray on during each week of the Lenten season.

We are now mid way through Lent, and this week, we hear from Fr Kieran, Director of our Mission Office, on holiness in the missionary role of Salesians.Photo: Fr Kieran (centre) with Project Europe missionaries, Br Joe and Br Greg.

I count it as one of the great blessings of my life as a Salesian of Don Bosco that I have had the opportunity to live with other Salesians who have been missionaries. How has holiness revealed itself in the lives of these wonderful confreres? Perhaps I can speak of it to you by recalling a couple of lines from three songs?


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While she was on holiday in The Gambia, Sarah Seddon, Manager of Don Bosco Publications, took the opportunity to visit the country’s recently established Salesian mission, with some gifts from our Province.


On Monday March 18, I took a break from relaxing in the sun to pay a visit to a new Salesian community the small Manjago village of Kunkujang Mariama in The Gambia. I took with me a case of Don Bosco Publications' books to help with the Salesian mission there. Travelling off the tourist trail to a little village in the middle of the African bush can be rather daunting, but I received a warm Salesian welcome and was immediately put at ease.

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Maureen Devereux, mother of Sean Devereux, maintains strong ties with Liberia, where Sean began his humanitarian work as a volunteer with the Salesians. She recommended that the country take part in the Special Olympic World Games, held last week in the United Arab Emirates, and was there to see Liberia's athletes win THREE Gold Medals - and a Bronze! Photo: KMTV Liberia

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Their recent visit to see Salesian works in Kolkata made a deep impression on students from St John Bosco College, Battersea, and they were kind enough to write some of their thoughts for us.

The Salesian work in Kolkata is absolutely amazing and inspiring. In all the schools that we had visited it was very clear, the commitment that everyone puts into helping the children, from the night school kids to the Don Bosco Ashalayam, to the boys working with Christophe.

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Saturday, 15 December 2018 01:22

Third Week of Advent 2018

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Spiritual Gifts and Practical Gifts - Training Young Salesians in West Africa


In the third week of Advent, as we focus on joy, we hear from our GBR Missions Office, which supports the work of Salesian Missions across the world, and in particular, funds the training of young Salesians in the Anglophone West Africa (AFW) Province: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Nigeria.


The British Province has had a long connection with Liberia in particular, and this continues in its financial contribution towards  the training of young Salesians in the AFW Province. For several decades, through the GBR Missions Office, we have made a commitment to send £7,500 a month (£90,000 a year), to support the formation of young men from this very youthful Province, where over half of the approximately 200 Salesians are in formation. This formation takes place in the countries of the AFW Province and beyond, as they continue their studies in East Africa, Italy, Germany and Great Britain.

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 23:36

Salesian Mission Days 2018 - Thailand

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Internal migration is a major feature in Thailand, as industrialistation increases and people move into the cities, where they have to adapt to a hectic lifestyle, away from their close-knit rural families. The country has the second-largest economy in Southeast Asia, and is one of the most developed countries in the region. The capital, Bangkok, has grown rapidly to a population of 10 million, and a further 2 million people travel in and out of the city each day to work.


The Salesians are present in this bustling city, working with the young in the spirit of Don Bosco, and this week's Salesian Mission Day film focuses on the professional training they offer to enable young people who are deaf or blind to live independent lives so they can achieve a better future and participate as fully as possible in society.

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Monday, 09 April 2018 10:13

Salesian Mission Days 2018 - India

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This week, our Salesian Mission Day looks at India, where in less than a decade, the average age is set to be 29. The Salesians in India strongly feel that this is an opportunity to equip the nation for the future by forming young people in the vocational skills they need to succeed in a highly technical jobs market, and in Salesian style, integrating this with social, moral and leadership development through cultural activities, sports, and education in ethics and values.

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Friday, 06 April 2018 10:54

Salesian Mission Days 2018 - Laos

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The focus for Salesian Mission Day 2018 is on Asia, and we begin our journey in Laos: a young Salesian mission in a country with a very young population. The video below gives a glimpse of life in Vientiane, and the Don Bosco Centre, the technical school in the city.

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BOVA volunteer Joe writes about how his experience in India is helping him discern his vocation to the priesthood


For as long as I can remember I have had an inexplicable desire to be a priest. This desire is not something that comes from me, it is not something I want to do; it is something I feel called to do. For a long time, I supressed that calling, instead, aspiring to a more 'normal' life: school, university and married life like a 'normal' person. It was only when faced with the reality of university – looking up courses, visiting campuses, going on open days – that I realised that this really was not what I wanted to do and that I could not happily pursue such a life. And so, having already accepted to study in Derby, I withdrew my application and entered into a 'gap year'.

That gap year has now become two years of 'gap' and I have no regrets. At first, to my mother's dismay, I had no idea what I was planning to do. I knew I wanted to pursue my vocation to enter the priesthood and that I wanted to enter seminary but I felt I wanted more time to discern my calling before making any formal steps. I planned to volunteer with a Catholic organisation as I knew I wanted to spend some time in a religious environment, growing in spirituality and discerning, but also putting into action my faith and doing something proactive. I wanted somewhere far from home, completely outside of my normal life, somewhere I could pursue my faith and vocation unhindered.

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Salesian College Farnborough chose the feast of Don Bosco to remember former pupil, Sean Devereux. Chaplain, Fr Pat, outlines the events.

On January 31st, the Feast of Saint John Bosco, Salesian College Farnborough commemorated the 25th Anniversary one of our former pupils who was inspired by our founder to live out his Salesian ideals to the full. Sean Devereux was a natural leader with a mischievous sense of fun, who devoted himself to the young people of Africa, especially in Liberia and in Somalia, where he was assassinated on 2nd January 1993.

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