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

A hand of friendship

A hand of friendship

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB's reflection for the 19th Sunday of the year.

Today our...

Posted: 8th August 2020

Looking back at 40 years of Salesian youth summer camps

Looking back at 40 years of Salesian youth summer camps

With Salesian summer projects and camps cancelled due to COVID-19, Sue McDonald,...

Posted: 7th August 2020

Sunday reflection: 'Give them food yourselves!'

Sunday reflection: 'Give them food yourselves!'

A reflection on the Gospel for 18th Sunday of the year, by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy...

Posted: 1st August 2020

Latest Resources

Returning to school: a Salesian Perspective

Returning to school: a Salesian Perspective

As schools move towards bringing back more pupils with the easing of lockdown, our Province Salesian Education and Schools delegate, Fr David O'Malley,...

A Novena to the Sacred Heart for our special times

A Novena to the Sacred Heart for our special times

A novena to the Sacred Heart is usually prayed in the nine days preceding the Feast, but can be prayed at any time for your special intentions. This new...

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,...

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12th August 2020

Mid-week Mass

Join the Thornleigh Salesian Community on the Province Facebook page at 17:45 each Wednesday... Read More »

16th August 2020

Sunday Morning Mass from Bolton

Celebrate Sunday Mass on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with the... Read More »

16th August 2020

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Spend half an hour with the Blessed Sacrament.

19th August 2020

Mid-week Mass

Join the Thornleigh Salesian Community on the Province Facebook page at 17:45 each Wednesday... Read More »

23rd August 2020

Sunday Morning Mass from Bolton

Celebrate Sunday morning Mass, with the Salesians from the Thornleigh Community

23rd August 2020

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Spend half an hour with the Blessed Sacrament.

25th August 2020

Memorial of Blessed Maria Troncatti

Salesian Sister, Maria Troncatti, beatified in 2012, was a nurse who served the Shuar people... Read More »

26th August 2020

Memorial of Blessed Ceferino Namuncura

Ceferino Namuncura, son of a Mapuche chief, was a Salesian student who hoped to become a... Read More »

26th August 2020

Mid-week Mass

Join the Thornleigh Salesian Community on the Province Facebook page at 17:45 each Wednesday... Read More »

30th August 2020

Sunday Morning Mass from Bolton

Celebrate Sunday Mass with the Salesians from the Thornleigh Community

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:

Parents

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

Teachers

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.

Priests

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.