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Friday, 08 March 2019 11:49

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On International Women's Day, Sophie Astles from Salesian-inspired charity, Share the Light, describes their support for the Salesian Sisters' work with women and girls in Zambia

Education is power. Historically, this fact has led to access to education being limited based on factors such as gender, class and ethnicity. In the UK, the first women to graduate from a British university did not do so until 1869. While in 2017, nearly half of women in the UK had entered higher education by the age of 19, access to even basic schooling in countries such as Zambia is often not available to female students. Pregnancy, early marriage and extreme poverty are all factors in restricting girls and young women, as well as an expectation that they will stay at home and help to cook, clean and care for siblings.

 

At Share the Light, we know how valuable education is as a tool for changing lives. We were created after a wonderful teacher recognised a need for sponsorship to keep children in school, and while we continue this work and other projects, we also support the Salesian Sisters' project for women and girls, City of Joy.

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Sophie Astles continues our series of articles from Share the Light, a charity created from the projects and links developed by the staff and students of Salesian College Farnborough with young people in Zambia.

 

Home: the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household. A safe and loving family home is certainly something I have always taken for granted, particularly as a child. Many of us are lucky enough for this to be a given and to grow up without even having to consider an alternative. However, for many children around the world, a secure home and family is not always the reality.

 

Zambia has been badly affected by the AIDS crisis, and this has left many families with the eldest sibling at the head. Alongside high levels of poverty, this leaves girls and young women particularly vulnerable, open to abuse and unsafe in their own homes. In response to this, the Salesian Sisters founded the City of Joy in 2008.

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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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St John Bosco Arts College has wowed audiences with its 2018 school production, The Greatest Show. More than 240 of students from Years 7 to 13 were cast in the production, inspired by last year’s blockbuster hit The Greatest Showman.

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Sr Ella FMA describes the joys of the recent Salesian Cooperators’ pilgrimage to Italy.

 

Every two years, Eamonn McDonald of the Cowley Co-operators, organises a Pilgrimage to Italy which always includes Valdocco and the places associated with Don Bosco. Sixteen “Pilgrims” set off from various parts of the U.K. We all met in Bologna Airport where our coach took us to Rimini where the Salesians have a holiday house facing the sea! Accommodation, food and weather were excellent. Our Sisters gave us a warm welcome at our house round the corner! On one day a guided tour of the ancient Republic of San Marino was included, a remarkable experience into another world and outstandingly beautiful!

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Friday, 06 July 2018 13:16

St John Bosco Arts: Race for Life 2018

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Students, staff and governors from St John Bosco Arts College weren't daunted by the heat and blazing sunshine as they completed their Race for Life on Monday 2nd July, in support of cancer research.

 

Over 40 of them followed a 5k course around the school site, in Croxteth, near Liverpool, in an event organised as part Cancer Research UK's Race for Life Schools Programme. Training and preparations began some time ago, and included a fundraising campaign and assemblies to raise awareness and encourage support, using materials provided by the charity.

 

In addition to the runners and walkers, the event was suported by staff and students acting as marshalls and water assistants in the scorching conditions on the day.

 

The school is very proud of its staff and students, and grateful to everyone who made the event possible: "What a fantastic way to raise money for Cancer Research and what a great team spirit!"

 

Most of us have been affected by cancer in some way, and although more people are now surviving, there is so much more to be done to find new treatments and put an end to this disease. The efforts of the SJBA Race for Life Team are an inportant contribution to this.

 

If you would like to make a donation and support the St John Bosco 5k team, their JustGiving page will remain open for a while longer. 

 

Below: the first staff and student finishers.

 

Photos: St John Bosco Arts College

 

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On 6th April, our Salesian family and friends gathered in Paisley to celebrate the silver jubilee of Sr Connie Cameron FMA, Provincial of the Salesian Sisters GBR. It was a wonderful celebration to give thanks for Connie and for her joyful witness to FMA life over the last 25 years!

 

We'll have a full report soon.

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Tuesday, 10 April 2018 14:50

Salesian Sisters seek a Business Manager

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The Salesian Sisters are seeking a dynamic Business Manager to take responsibility, under the direction of the Provincial Council, for the management and administration of their resources, including finances, personnel and properties. The role is based at their Provincial Office in Blundellsands, near Liverpool. 

 

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Monday, 26 March 2018 10:12

Kendal Young People are Taking the Lead!

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During February half term, Mary and Iain Biddle took three young people for a wonderful stay with the Salesian Sisters at the Blundellsands community. This group of committed young people regularly attend the youth group "Create Space" in Kendal, which was born out of the Salesian Spirituality Team.

 

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During the stay, Mary and Iain delivered the VIDES Youth Leadership Course, encouraging the young people to think about their own gifts and talents while focusing on their future leadership potential. The theme for the stay was "You are young, you are precious, you are loved." They took time to look at the lives of St. John Bosco and St. Mary Mazzarello, as well as discussing and reflecting on the Salesian way of working with young people.

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 13:37

Salesian Family's Easterhouse Gathering

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Joe and Paticia Duggan report on the gathering of the Scottish Salesian Family in Easterhouse, to celebrate Don Bosco's feast.

 

Once again we had a large gathering of the Salesian family here in Scotland for the feast of St. John Bosco. On Sunday 4th February, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, the Cooperators and the Shrigley Old Boys met in the parish of St John Bosco in Easterhouse, Glasgow.

 

After meeting up with old friends we had our Mass concelebrated by F Hugh Preston SDB and Fr Charles Garrick SDB, who came uop from England, bringing the one and only Bro Donald McDonald SDB: a Scottish 'old boys' reunion wouldn't be the same without him.

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