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

Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

A reflection for Holocaust Memorial Day, and an invitation to join the UK ceremony,...

Posted: 21st January 2021

New Novena to prepare for the Feast of Don Bosco

New Novena to prepare for the Feast of Don Bosco

Please join us in praying a new novena in the nine days leading up to the feast of...

Posted: 21st January 2021

'The Hill We Climb'

'The Hill We Climb'

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on the message of hope and unity for all of us...

Posted: 21st January 2021

Latest Resources

Camino with Don Bosco - a new novena

Camino with Don Bosco - a new novena

Join the Salesian Family as we pray a new novena to prepare for the of our founder, St John Bosco, on 31 January. The reflections, prayers and activities...

Maranatha Advent Retreat 2020

Maranatha Advent Retreat 2020

A version of our Advent Retreat Day 2020 to follow yourself if you missed the event. If you would like the accompanying PowerPoint presentation, please...

A Camino through Advent 2020 - First Week

A Camino through Advent 2020 - First Week

Join us as we begin our virtual Advent pilgrimage in this very challenging year. Material for prayer and reflection for each day of the First Week of Advent,...

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24th January 2021

Sunday Morning Mass from Bolton

Sunday morning Mass from the Thornleigh Salesian College Chapel, livestreamed on our Facebook... Read More »

24th January 2021

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Spend half an hour with the Blessed Sacrament.

25th January 2021 - 29th January 2021

Morning Prayer from Royal Holloway, London

Morning prayer from the Chapel of Royal Holloway, is streamed by Fr John Dickson SDB at... Read More »

27th January 2021

Midweek Mass

Join the Salesians for Mass each Wednesday evening at the new time of 5:30 pm, live on Facebook.... Read More »

28th January 2021

Celebrate the Feast of Don Bosco with DBYN

An invitation from Don Bosco Youth-net (DBYN) to join them online to celebrate the feast... Read More »

30th January 2021

Online Retreat Day for the Feast of Don Bosco

An online retreat day based on the Rector Major's Strenna for 2021: Moved by Hope. See I... Read More »

31st January 2021

Sunday Mass on the feast of Don Bosco

Sunday morning Mass on the Feast of our Founder, St John Bosco, livestreamed on our Facebook... Read More »

3rd February 2021

Midweek Mass

Join the Salesians for Mass each Wednesday evening at 5:30 pm, live on Facebook.

7th February 2021

Sunday Morning Mass from Bolton

Sunday morning Mass from the Thornleigh Salesian College Chapel, livestreamed on our Facebook... Read More »

7th February 2021

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Spend half an hour with the Blessed Sacrament.

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.