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Joe pictured with Fr Tom Uzhunnalil SDB

 

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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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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Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB, an RE teacher St John Bosco College Battersea, describes how Salesian Sisters, Brothers and priests bring the Salesian mission and vocation to life at the school.


Over the last couple of months St John Bosco College has been pleased to welcome various SDBs and FMAs who have given generously of their time to talk to our Year 7 pupils about St Mary Mazzarello and to our Year 9 pupils about their personal vocation stories.

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Saturday, 16 December 2017 00:46

A warm welcome to our new Missionaries!

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Br Po Tak and Br Martin - with Mr Toad

 

Our new Project Europe missionaries arrived safely in Bolton this week to a warm welcome, despite the Northern weather.

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Sr Gill wih her parents and Mother Yvonne

On Saturday 18th November 2017, Sr Gill McCambridge made her perpetual profession at St Leonard's Church East Kilbride, at a spiritually moving and joyful Mass, celebrated with her family, Salesian Sisters and SDBs, and many friends from the parish and further afield.

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This Sunday, 16th July 2017,  in Battersea, Br Joseph Tran SDB and Br Gregory Echegwo SDB will make their final professions. In this third and final video, they talk about their feelings and commitment as they approach the moment they will say, "Now, God, we are giving you all," as Br Gregory explains.

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Br Joe and Br Geg talk tell us what it's like being Salesian missionaries in the UK the second of our series of videos exploring the missionary and vocational journeys of two of our Project Europe confreres.

 

Read more about Project Europe.

 

Watch: Brs Joe and Greg talk about making their final professions

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Last weekend, family, friends and SDBs from all over the country gathered at Bolton to give thanks and celebrate 25 years of the priesthood of Fr Kieran Anderson SDB. 

 

Fr Kieran is Provincial Secretary and Director of the GBR Mission Office, and in his time as a Salesian, he has served in many locations, including Glasgow, Battersea and Liberia.

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One of the hymns in full swing (Fr Charles centre)

Fr Pat Sherlock SDB, Chaplain at Salesian College Farnborough, describes their recent Lourdes Mass, at which the principal celebrant was a recently-ordained former pupil, Fr Charles Randall CSsR.

While our athletics team was competing in the inter-Salesian sports, superbly hosted by Chertsey on Friday 12th May, the College was celebrating a lively Mass which brought something of the spirit of the HCPT pilgrimage to those who were not able to be there this year.

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Signposts is a Salesian project  for young adults (18-35) who have some life experience but are facing a time of major choice, sometimes without any sense of overall direction. It is for people who want to meet life as an adventure but also want to stack the odds in their favour through wise decisions.

 

The Signposts team is really excited at how things are developing, so we'd like to tell you more about the project - and ask for your help.

 

What does the programme involve?

 

An introductory workshop: A one-off event of a couple of hours that introduces the project and engages young adult participants (aged ​​18-35) in activities exploring how we make meaningful choices. Some people may have enough to take away with them from just this session, but we hope mamy participants will take up our invitation to join us for a residential weekend, where they will be able to explore their own decision-making process more deeply.

A residential weekend: We guide participants through the six Signposts stages (Ownership, Imagination, Valuing, Analysing, Synthesising) and provide a 'tool-kit for choice' offering a structure for the discernment process. Again, this may be enough to equip some particpants with all they need, but we also offer a third stage.

Individual guidance: The final stage offers individual support taking participants through the six signpost stages over a six month period with the aim of guiding participants to move forward in their own discernment. 


So, get in touch if you:

  • Would like to arrange a workshop to introduce your young adult group to the Signposts concept
  • Don't belong to a group, but would like to come to our open workshop on 29th November

 

CONTACT SIGNPOSTS

 

Want to get involved in supporting the Signposts project?

We need your help to grow the project and develop our online presence:

  • Download our flyer and display it at your parish, college or group
  • Tell people aboout Signposts in your newsletters & on social media
  • Follow and retweet us on Twitter: @Signposts4life
  • Share useful resources with us on life choices, discernment and vocation for young adults
  • Contribute articles, videos, activities, photos for the resource area we're developing on our website
  • Pray for the project as it evolves this year

 

CONTACT SIGNPOSTS

 

We're looking forward to hearing from you!

Anita Morais
Signposts Project Development Team

 

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