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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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Adam Clark, a Year 11 student at St John Bosco College Battersea, tells us about the a shared project between SJBC and Salesian School, Chertsey, to help the street and vulnerable children of Don Bosco Ashalayam in Kolkata, India. 


Today on Monday 29th January we were packing little goods like pencils, crayons etc. for kids in India. We also included toothbrushes and face flannels.

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Our four Liberian missionaries had a “wee get together” recently in St Joseph’s Bolton, January 2018.

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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 15:17

Sean Devereux - 25 years on

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On 2nd January 1993, Sean Devereux was assassinated in Kismayo, Somalia. He was 28 years old. Today, we pray for him, for his family, and for all those who risk their lives to help others.

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 17:59

Fr Tony SDB - 40 years of priesthood

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Congratulations to Fr Tony Fernandes SDB on his 40th anniversary of priestly ordination!

 

This wonderful occasion was celebrated in St Gregory's, Bollington, and his family (above) joined the celebrations.  

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Monday, 18 December 2017 13:39

Liberia: the Salesians are back in Tappita

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Fr Sony Joseph Pottenplackal SDB from Monrovia has sent news of how the Salesians are faring back in Tappita.

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