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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 10:17

Centenary of Bl Alberto Marvelli

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On 21st March 1918, a young man was born who would grow up with such compassion for the poorest and weakest in his community that he became involved in politics to make their lives better, following the call we all have as Catholics to play our part in shaping our communities for good.

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This month, Salesian students from Farnborough, spent some time following the footsteps of Bl Józef Kowalski, one of the Salesians killed in Auschwitz

 

During their trip to Krakow during half term, 44 students from Salesian College Farnborough, visited the Salesian Parish of Saint Stanislaus & St John Bosco in Debniki, where St John Paul II had been a parishioner.

 

They were welcomed by Fr Zygmunt SDB and, as it was Ash Wednesday, he administered the ashes to the group.

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Monday, 08 January 2018 07:59

Feast of Blessed Titus Zeman

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We celebrate the memorial of Blessed Titus Zeman, the first Slovakian Salesian to be beatified, on 8th January. 

 

In the early 1950s, when religious orders were banned by the Communist government of Czechoslovakia, and many religious were being sent to concentration camps, Blessed Titus organised the escape of young Salesians to Turin, where they could continue their formation. Aware that he risked the death penalty for his actions, he said, “Even if I lose my life I do not consider it a waste, knowing that at least one of those whom I have saved has become a priest to take my place”.

 

Following his arrest in 1952, he was beaten and tortured, before being tried for treason. He was sentenced to 25 years of hard labour in the harshest of prisons. On his release after 13 years, his health was broken but his spirit was not. He died five years later, on 8th January 1969.

 

Blessed Titus, pray for us!

 

 

 

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Monday, 13 November 2017 11:45

Celebrating Bl Artimide Zatti

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On 13th November, we celebrate the memorial of Blessed Artimide Zatti, a Salesian Brother who dedicated his life to caring for the sick poor in Argentina.

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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 15:45

Beatification of Titus Zeman

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On Saturday 30th September, Salesian priest Titus Zeman was beatified in a ceremony in Bratislava, the city where he was born in 1915. He is the first Slovakian Salesian to be beatified.

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Celebrate the feasts of Salesian Beati Alberto Marvelli and Alexandrina da Costa in October by learning more about their inspiring lives in On The Road to Sainthood, the new book from Don Bosco Publications.

 

The latest little volume in our Pocketbook Series presents brief biographies of 15 Salesian figures whose lives of holiness and devotion have placed them on the path to sainthood. 

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 16:09

Feast of Blessed Madelaine Morano FMA

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Born into a large family in 1847, Madeleaine Morano felt called to religious life from an early age, but as the main breadwinner, her family responsibilities delayed this . One of eight children, her father and older sister both died when Madelelaine was 8, leaving the family dependent on her income. An uncle who was a priest helped her to continue her education while she worked.

 

Young Madeleine knew she wanted to teach, and her training began when she was employed at a new local school at the age of 14; she was an educator and a catechist for the rest of her life. By the time she was 30, she had saved enough to make sure her mother had a comfortable old age, and began to pursue her religios vocation. When she met Don Bosco, she was set on living a cloistered life with the Vincentians, but he persuaded her that her gifts were needed in a different life, and he accepted her into the Salesian Sisters shortly after.

 

In 1881, her superiors sent her to Sicily, where in addition to teaching working class girls, she trained teachers, set up new schools, workshops and hostels. She was also respinsoble for the formation of new sisters, and became Provincial.

 

She died from cancer in 1908, and was beatified by St Pope John Paul II in 1994.

 

We celebrate her feast on 15th November, the day of her birth.

 

Read more about her life

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:01

Feast of Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa

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On 13th October, we remember Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa, a Salesian Cooperator and mystic who lived in tremendous pain for over thirty years, finding happiness in her suffering, and managing to care about the troubles of others despite her own situation. At the age of 14, she severly injured her spine jumping from a window to escape from an attempted rape, and by the age of 21, she was totally paralysed. After praying for a cure at first, she came to see her vocation as a 'victim soul', and received the grace to bear her suffering, offering it 'for the salvation of the young' and for peace in the world.

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Sunday, 21 January 2018 15:40

Feast of Blessed Laura Vicuna

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On 22nd January, we celebrate the feast of Blessed Laura Vicuña, who is the patron of abuse victims. She was born in Chile in 1891, and died on 22nd January, 1904. After her father died, Laura's mother took her to Argentina, where she was educated by the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. She felt a call to religious life from an early age, dedicatting herself to God while she was still too young to follow her vocation to join the Salesian Sisters. 

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