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As we all celebrated the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary this week, Fr John Dickson SDB had an additional cause for celebration. Fifty years ago, on 15th August 1968, he became a Salesian of Don Bosco.

 

Fr John is a highly respected historian who has published widely on Salesian history, especially on the foundation of the mission to England. He is currently Rector of the Chertsey community, and for the past six years, has been the RC Chaplain at the Royal Holloway, University of London. He is pictured above with Royal Holloway's Chaplaincy & Faith Support Intern, Nina Mattiello Azadeh.

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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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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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