The Salesians of Don Bosco UK

I am delighted to welcome you to the website of the Salesian Province of Great Britain, a site incorporating the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), The Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) and the various groups within the Salesian Family. My hope is that this site will become the first port of call, not simply for Salesian news, but for those who are interested in deepening their personal spirituality and knowledge of Don Bosco.
Two hundred years after his birth, his mission to encourage his Salesians to be young with the young, and to form them as good Christians and honest citizens, able to contribute to the building up of the Church and of society, is as relevant as it ever has been.
Fr Gerry Briody SDB, Provincial

Group of young people and leaders

Latest News

Read the latest news from our Salesian province below, or click here to visit our news page

Salesian Farnborough’s 23,000 km challenge

Salesian Farnborough’s 23,000 km challenge

For over 10 years, students for Salesian College Farnborough have visited the City...

Posted: 28th May 2020

Updated COVID-19 statement for our Province

Updated COVID-19 statement for our Province

During this time when the Government is considering ways to gradually lift the lockdown,...

Posted: 28th May 2020

Salesians in Bangalore step up COVID-19 aid as cases rise

Salesians in Bangalore step up COVID-19 aid as cases rise

The Salesian Province of Bangalore, which covers the two most southerly states of...

Posted: 28th May 2020

Latest Resources

Pentecost Novena

Pentecost Novena

Nine days of reflection and prayer between the Ascension of the Lord and Pentecost, with links to a varied range of music videos to set a thoughtful scene,...

A Rosary: Mary in May

A Rosary: Mary in May

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB and Sr Sr Susan Richert PBVM offer a new way to use your rosary to honour Our Lady in her month of May:

Using your rosary beads...

A school Chaplaincy's lockdown tips for students

A school Chaplaincy's lockdown tips for students

Pray, be kind, be imaginative, be positive! Down-to-earth lockdown tips for students from a Chaplaincy Assistant.

What's On

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1st June 2020 - 7th June 2020

Volunteers' Week

Celebrating the gifts and commitment of all who offer their time and skills as volunteers.... Read More »

5th June 2020 - 7th June 2020

Women's Prayer Weekend

This planned event may alter due to the COVID-19 situation closer to the date. Please watch... Read More »

5th June 2020

Prayer and a Pint

Join Salesian Youth Ministry online to share prayer and the drink of your choice.

7th June 2020

The Most Holy Trinity

A celebration of the three Divine Persons of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

8th June 2020

Blessed Stephen Sandor

Memorial of Blessed István (Stephen) Sándor (1914-1952), a Hungarian Salesian... Read More »

12th June 2020

Blessed Francis Kesy and his Companions

Memorial of Salesian students Franciszek Kesy (1920-1942), Edward Klinik (1919-1942), Jarogniew... Read More »

20th June 2020

World Refugee Day

United Nations International Day to encourage support for refugees.

20th June 2020

Salesian Spirituality Retreat Day

Join Salesian Youth Ministry online for a day of reflection and sharing for the whole Salesian... Read More »

23rd June 2020

St Joseph Cafasso

Feast of St Joseph Cafasso (1811-1860) the mentor, spiritual director and friend of Don... Read More »

3rd July 2020 - 4th July 2020

Make Some Noise

This planned event may change depending on the COVID-19 situation closer to the date. Please... Read More »

Who is St John Bosco

St John Bosco is remembered as a man who dedicated his life to the service of abandoned young people. Over 150 years ago he challenged the way young people were treated in the desperate poverty that existed at that time in the city of Turin, Italy.

John Bosco created an order in the Catholic Church, called the Salesians. They were founded in the poverty of a city we consider to be one of the most prosperous in the world today.

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Light a Candle

Light your candle and leave us your prayer requests in detail, or with just a name.

Don Bosco Publications

Don Bosco Publications is a small publishing house operated by the Salesians of Don Bosco UK. Our growing catalogue includes books on Salesian spirituality, biographies of saints, prayer books, handbooks for chaplains and teachers, Gospel commentaries, and a range of books for children. We also stock religious medals, keyrings and prayer cards.

We publish Don Bosco Today, a free magazine issued three times a year to subscribers, and available to read on our website.

Salesian Books

Don Bosco speaks to:


Give timely advice. A fatherly word in private is worth much more than reproach.


Sweeten correction with comfort. Correction at times brings about anxiety and fear. A word of comfort can easily offset this. A person who forgets and helps the culprit to forget is a true educator.

Young People

It is a mistake to skirt difficulties or to skip what you don't understand and go on to something else. Tackle the obstacle until you have overcome it.


You must behave so as to edify all who see you; you must try to help others not only by advice but mostly by example.