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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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Don Bosco UK - Spirituality - Don Bosco: Vocation

4. Don Bosco: Vocation

John Melchior Bosco was born on 16th August 1815 in a little hamlet called “the Becchi” in the Parish of Castelnuovo d’Asti, twenty miles from Turin, Northern Italy. He was the youngest of a family that consisted of his mother and father, his brother Joseph, stepbrother Anthony and his grandmother. They were poor farmers and lived a very hard, frugal life.

When John was two years old, his father died, and it was left to his mother, Margaret, to bring the family up as best she could. She instilled in John a profound love and respect for God and taught him to be honest and hard-working. At the age of nine, John had a special dream that was to guide his future. In this dream, a man of noble appearance and a majestic lady seemed to be telling John of the qualities he would need to work with young people. As he watched wild animals become lambs, he was told to prepare himself to transform young people the same way. This dream was to recur a number of times throughout John’s life almost as a reminder of what he was called to do.

John’s early education was patchy, but he showed he was smart with a great memory. He was also agile and acrobatic. At ten years old he was already a natural leader, and gathered groups of young people to watch his acrobatic show, then listen as he repeated parts of the Sunday sermon. However, because of Anthony’s opposition, he made little progress in his education. Anthony resented John going to school, and hated to see books lying around the house. When Anthony began to be physically violent towards John, his mother decided he had to leave home. She sent him to stay with cousins of hers, the Moglias, who had a farm near Moncucco. John had a happy time with the Moglias, and although his education had stalled somewhat, he found plenty of time to develop his relationship with God, as he worked in the fields.

In November of 1829, Margaret brought John home to the Becchi. Anthony was less resentful and thinking of getting married. A few days later, John met an old priest called Don Calosso as both were making their way home from a parish mission in a nearby Church. Don Calosso was the priest at Murialdo and was impressed by John’s memory and understanding of the sermons he had heard at the mission. He offered to tutor John in Latin every day and John spent as much time as he could with the gentle old man. In Don Calosso John found a father figure and a spiritual guide, who promised to see him all the way to the priesthood. Unfortunately, a year after their meeting, Don Calosso died suddenly after a stroke. John was devastated. Although Don Calosso left him enough money for his education, John felt obliged to hand it over to the old priest’s relatives. Another avenue of learning was now closed.

Finally, in 1831, when John was sixteen, his mother sent him to school in Chieri, where his intelligence soon enabled him to catch up with his lessons. While in Chieri, he lodged with various people from whom he learned a number of trades that he would later teach his boys. At the end of his secondary schooling, he nearly joined the Franciscans, but after advice from friends, he entered the Diocesan Seminary.

Between 1835 and 1841, John studied Philosophy and Theology in preparation for becoming a priest.

On 5th June 1841, in the presence of his proud mother, John was ordained a priest by Archbishop Fransoni and became Don Bosco. His youthful ambition to be a priest had been achieved.

 

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