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

Retreat and recreation - Sunday reflection

Retreat and recreation - Sunday reflection

Reflecting on the Gospel for 16th Sunday of Year B, Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy highlights...

Posted: 15th July 2021

Trusted to make a difference: Sunday reflection

Trusted to make a difference: Sunday reflection

We don't often realise the level of trust Jesus placed in his disciples when he sent...

Posted: 8th July 2021

Accepting the freedom of Jesus

Accepting the freedom of Jesus

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB asks us to accept the freedom offered to us by Jesus,...

Posted: 1st July 2021

Latest Resources

Justice & Peace Newsletter, June 2021

Justice & Peace Newsletter, June 2021

In June, our Justice and Peace delegate Fr Marco Villani SDB asks us to focus on young people who are seriously ill, and those who support them.

Short video on religious profession for schools

Short video on religious profession for schools

A 10-minute video explaining the significance of religious profession, by looking at key moments in the recent perpetual profession of Br Martin Paul SDB,...

Novena in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Novena in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

A new novena for 'the feast of love' by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB, created for our special times.

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

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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.