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On 31st January, we celebrate and give thanks for St John Bosco, our founder. Surrounded by poor young people in urban Turin in the nineteenth century, he recognised their difficulties; their need to be loved and respected; and he created an educational approach based on valuing and nurturing the young that would enable them to feel loved and to thrive.

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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.

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 15:54

It's our founder's birthday!

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Our founder, St John Bosco, was born on 16th August, 1815, in a tiny hamlet called Becchi, in the hills of the Piedmont area of Italy.  His family were agricultural labourers, and John was only a toddler when his father died, leaving his young widow Margherita to bring up three boys alone. She was a resilient and resourceful woman, who instilled compassion and charity into her family despite their own poverty, and brought her boys up strong in faith.

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Wednesday, 01 May 2019 02:48

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The post below was written by Fr Kieran Anderson SDB for the Catholic Truth Society's Catholic Compass blog, in celebration of the feast of St Francis de Sales, patron of the Salesians of Don Bosco.

 

‘Let us be what we are and be that well’– Salesian spirituality for the drama of daily life

 

The plays of Shakespeare deal in dramatic form with the questions that underlie what it means to be human. Yet, the language he uses is often complex, difficult and demanding. St Francis de Sales (1567 – 1622), an exact contemporary of Shakespeare, was also a writer – not of plays, but of books and letters that offered words of guidance, encouragement and wisdom in a simple, accessible and lively style on how best to live life well. In the drama of daily life, we are called by God to holiness.

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Tuesday, 28 May 2019 19:25

Memorial of Bl Joseph Kowalski

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During the Nazi occupation of Poland, the Salesians tried to continue with their education and youth work, despite the ban on non-approved programmes, but on 23rd May 1943, twelve Salesians in Krakow were arrested by the Gestapo.

 

Fr Józef Kowalski was sent to Auschwitz on 26th June, where he did all he could to encourage his fellow prisoners in Block 25, bringing them spiritual comfort and urging their will to survive; secretly administering the sacraments, talking to them about Don Bosco, and at least once, publicly giving absolution to all of the condemned at a mass execution.

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Thursday, 16 May 2019 08:28

Feast of St Louis Orione

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On 16th May, we celebrate the Feast of St Louis Orione.


St Louis came from a humble family, and always identified with the poor, and wished to serve them. In his early life, he went to study at the oratory at Valdocco, where he was befriended by the elderly Don Bosco. Both the oratory and its founder had a powerful and lasting impression on Louis.

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We wish all of you, especially our Salesian Sisters - a happy and blessed Feast of St Mary Mazzarello!

 

Born on 9th May 1837, and known for her unfailing cheerfulness and ability to draw others into the vital work of supporting poor and marginalised girls, Maria Domenica Mazzarello was chosen by Don Bosco to work with him in establishing the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice (FMA) - the Salesian Sisters.

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Sunday, 05 May 2019 14:00

St Dominic Savio's Feast Day

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On 6th May, we celebrate St Dominic Savio, a pupil of Don Bosco who impressed and inspired all he met during his short life. In this extract from the biography he wrote, Don Bosco describes Dominic's devotion to Our Lady, and his special joy in this during the month of May:

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Today the Salesian Family celebrates the 175th birthday of St Dominic Savio, born on 2nd April 1842, near Turin.

 

Dominic studied with Don Bosco at the Turin Oratory, planning to become a priest. He lived a life of great piety, and was renowned for his cheerfulness, and for his intense desire to be a saint, something Don Bosco taught was a possibility for all of us.

 

He frequently played the peacemaker between the other boys, and was never afraid to speak out against wrong-doing and to warn his peers of the danger they courted in giving in to sin.

 

One of his dearest wishes was to come to England as a missionary, but at the age of fourteen, he died at home with his family around him. His last words were: 'Oh, what wonderful things I see!'

 

Pope Pius XI described him as 'small in size but a towering giant in spirit'.

 

Dominic was canonised in 1952, and is patron of choirboys and the wrongly-accused.

 

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